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2016 hottest year in Singapore, overall rainfall less than normal

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:35
SINGAPORE - Singapore experienced its hottest year on record last year as rainfall fell slightly below normal levels, the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) said in a report released on Thursday (March 23).  The annual mean temperature of 28.4°C last...

Terrex incident: HK charges shipping firm, captain

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 07:23
SINGAPORE - Hong Kong Customs has started prosecution proceedings against shipping firm APL and its captain on Tuesday over the shipment of nine Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) troop carriers through the territory without licence last November, it confirmed on...

Local company Raycom Engineering fined for owing 5 employees 3 months' salary

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:03
SINGAPORE - Local company Raycom Engineering & Aerospace Pte Ltd was fined $17,500 on Thursday (March 23) for failing to pay the salaries of five of its employees over three months. The payment default - from March 2016 to May 2016 - totalled about...

Singapore, Vietnam ink slew of MOUs in boost to ties

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:00
HANOI - Economic ties between Vietnam and Singapore are strong, and both countries are doing more to take them forward, including through further discussions over the liberalisation of bilateral air services, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday...

Consumer prices in Singapore rise for third straight month in February

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 05:15
SINGAPORE - Consumer prices in Singapore rose in February for the third consecutive month, reflecting the increase in the price of private road transport cost. The All-Items Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to 0.7 per cent last month, following a 0.6 per cent...

Maid gets fraction of sentence sought by prosecutor

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 05:05
SINGAPORE - Nearly three weeks ago, Indonesian maid Kusrini Caslan Arja was staring at the possibility of being locked up for 18 months - the sentence prosecutors had sought as her penalty for ill-treating her employer's disabled child. On Thursday, the...

2 teens charged with housebreaking; investigations ongoing for thefts from rented Airbnb apartment

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 04:58
SINGAPORE - Two teenagers were charged with housebreaking in a district court on Thursday (March 23), and are alleged to have made away with a loot of over $2,000. Muhammad Hakim Muhalil, 18, Nor Amelia Natasha Nordin, 19, had rented a room in an apartment at...

‘Stay united’: Singapore ministers urge solidarity, alertness

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 02:25
SINGAPORE - Singaporeans need to be alert to prevent a terror attack and to stay united should one occur, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who was one of several ministers to respond on Thursday (March 23) to a deadly rampage by a knife-wielding man...

TODAY's morning brief for Thursday, March 23

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 22:00
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Apex court dismisses appeal for upkeep costs in IVF mix-up case

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - The highest court of the land has upheld a High Court decision to not award damages for the upkeep of a child conceived in an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) sperm mix-up at Thomson Fertility Centre, saying it would hurt the institution of parenthood...

Site tests to assess impact of Cross Island Line begin at nature reserve

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Site investigation works to study if the future Cross Island Line will pass under the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR) are now being carried out in the area, with mitigating measures being put in place to address nature groups' concerns...

A ‘Singapore standard’ hospital in Vietnam for women, children

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 20:00
HO CHI MINH CITY - For more than a decade, Mr Nguyen Van Minh and his family would fly in and out of Singapore for their annual health check-ups and medical treatments, his daughter recalled. Mr Minh, a businessman now aged 61, realised that getting overseas...

Veteran criminal lawyer struck off the roll

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:15
SINGAPORE – A veteran criminal lawyer with nearly three decades of experience was struck off the roll on Wednesday, after the Court of Three Judges noted that his "objectionable conduct" – ranging from making false declarations to mislead the court to...

Father leaves children parting note after killing wife in Novena Suites case

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:55
SINGAPORE - He left behind handwritten notes asking his two children to "obey (your mother) and look after each other" before jumping to his death in full view of them, but they later found their mother lying motionless in the toilet of their father's...

Teenage duo arrested for serial theft in Airbnb lodgings

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:45
SINGAPORE - A man and a woman, aged 18 and 19 respectively, were arrested on Tuesday (March 21) for their suspected involvement in a series of theft. In a press release issued on Wednesday, the police said they received more than five reports from victims who...

Singaporean runs orphanage in Vietnam to help street kids

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:10
HO CHI MINH CITY - When he lost his mother to stomach cancer seven years ago, Singaporean Poh Wei Ye took a six-month break to travel around South-east Asia and worked with various non-governmental organisations to help underprivileged children. On the last...

HK to charge shipping firm, captain over lack of Terrex transport licence

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:05
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG - Hong Kong's Customs and Excise Department is likely to press charges against shipping company APL and the captain of the container ship which transported nine Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) armoured Terrex vehicles into the city from...

SAF to get new S'pore-made armoured vehicle

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:10
SINGAPORE - The Singapore Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has awarded a contract to Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) for the production and supply of the Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV).
 In a press release issued on...

Laptops, phones, cars that never overheat? That could be a reality with this new discovery

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:00
SINGAPORE - A Singaporean scientist is part of a new discovery that could herald a future of motor vehicles or electronic devices that would never heat up with use. Just imagine: laptops, phones and cars that stay cool forever, regardless how long they have...

SEC appoints new executive director

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 06:41
SINGAPORE - Five months after it suspended, then sacked, its executive director, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) has found his replacement. In a statement on Wednesday (March 22), the non-profit organisation said Ms Jen Teo Pui Heng would assume the...