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50 evacuated from Toa Payoh block after void deck fire

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:49
SINGAPORE – Several residents had to be evacuated when a fire broke out at the void deck of a block of flats in Toa Payoh on Tuesday morning (June 20). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident, which happened at Block 14A...

4 teens linked to video of man throwing shared-bicycle into Punggol canal arrested

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:29
SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police have arrested four teens allegedly involved in a case of shared-bicycle abuse for committing a rash act and being a public nuisance, around the vicinity of Punggol MRT station and the bus interchange. According to a statement...

Singaporean dream sours for some Bangladeshi workers as they go home with big debts

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 01:10
SINGAPORE/DHAKA - Mohammad Ashadul Islam placed all his hopes for a better life for his family in Bangladesh on getting a construction job in Singapore. He sold his father's land and fish farm and also borrowed money from banks and relatives to pay S$17,000...

TODAY's morning brief for Tuesday, June 20

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 22:30
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SMEs urged to transform their businesses to ride on digital wave

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - With the growth of the digital economy potentially adding US$1 trillion (S$1.4 trillion) to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) by 2025, experts said it is important that small and medium enterprises...

Spread of falsehoods ‘more serious now’ because of online, social media: Shanmugam

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - While falsehoods and misinformation have been around since time immemorial, the problem is "much more serious now than ever before" because of online and social media, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam yesterday. "Today, you have echo...

Foiled by thunder, bumbling Malaysian robber jailed, caned

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - A bumbling robber who tried to swipe a Rolex watch from a woman was startled by thunder and fled the scene, leaving his slippers behind. For attempted robbery, Patrick Sim Lung Ann, 36, was yesterday sentenced to 30 months' jail and six strokes of...

Half of S’pore’s elderly found to be frail, mostly due to malnutrition

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - A study spanning 14 years and counting has found that half of the elderly here are frail - especially the low-income, and those who are single, divorced or widowed - due to factors including malnutrition, lack of exercise and having chronic...

99 women arrested in islandwide anti-vice operation

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:21
SINGAPORE - A total of 99 women, aged between 22 and 43, have been arrested for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities, the police said in a statement on Monday (June 19). The four-day operation, which ended on June 15, saw police officers...

62 summonses issued against heavy-vehicle drivers in joint blitz

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:10
SINGAPORE - A total of 62 summonses were issued against 30 heavy vehicle drivers for various traffic offences on Monday (June 19), during a joint operation by the Traffic Police, Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the National Environment Agency (NEA). The...

SMRT rolls out new three-door bus on Service 190

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:20
SINGAPORE - The Republic's first three-door, single-deck bus with one entrance and two exits made its maiden journey Monday (June 19), on SMRT's Service 190 from Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange to New Bridge Road Bus Terminal. Part of a trial by the Land...

Residents of Punggol block lament faulty lifts installed by suspended firm

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:59
SINGAPORE - For the past year, elderly residents of Block 621B, Edgefield Walk in Punggol - which comprises mainly two-room rental flats and studio apartments - have had to put up with faulty lifts. Last Saturday (June 17), both lifts were out of service for...

PM Lee apologises for harm done by Oxley Road dispute, to refute charges in Parliament on July 3

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:30
SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (June 19) apologised for the harm caused to the country's reputation and Singaporeans' confidence in the Government by the private dispute between him and his siblings, adding that he deeply regretted...

In full: PM Lee's apology and statement on 38 Oxley Road dispute

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:30
SINGAPORE  - Addressing Singaporeans in a video released by the Prime Minister's Office, Mr Lee apologised and expressed regret over the private dispute with his siblings; He will make a Ministerial Statement in Parliament on July 3 to refute the...

Changi Airport offers first look inside T4

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:31
SINGAPORE - Changi Airport has unveiled photos of Terminal 4's interior, sharing them on their Facebook page on Monday (June 19). Among the photos shared include a look inside T4's departure hall, the transit areas and departure gates.  The airport also...

Revised Registers of Electors open for public inspection from June 20

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 08:35
SINGAPORE - The registers of electors have been revised, and are open for public inspection from today until July 3, said the Elections Department (ELD) Monday (June 19). The move comes as Singapore gets ready for a presidential election in September, which...

Free bus, train rides on June 30 for all NSmen in uniform

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 05:00
SINGAPORE - All past and present national servicemen will get free travel on public buses and trains on June 30. They will, however, have to wear their uniforms for "verification purposes" by bus captains or MRT station personnel. The free rides for that day...

Laws tackling fake news to be introduced next year: Shanmugam

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 02:57
SINGAPORE - New laws to tackle the scourge of fake news are expected to be introduced next year, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said Monday (June 19). A recent government survey, he added, showed that 91 per cent of Singaporeans are supportive of...

Smooth start to Tuas West Extension service on first weekday of operation

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 01:27
SINGAPORE - Three days after wet platforms at several stations dampened a public preview, the Tuas West Extension (TWE) to the East-West Line (EWL) began its first weekday of train services Monday (June 19) without hiccups. On Sunday, passenger service kicked...

Singapore property stocks may build on best rally in five years

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 23:50
SINGAPORE - Singapore property stocks are set for their best annual performance in five years, and strategists believe the rally is far from over. With an expected pickup in real estate following the easing of housing curbs, developers are expected to be the...