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PM wanted to avoid ‘public fight that would tarnish family name’

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - He did not challenge the validity of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's Last Will because he wished to avoid "a public fight which would tarnish the name and reputation of Mr Lee and the family", said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. While he had concerns about the...

Exits, re-entries at separate stations counted as different trips

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:00
We refer to Mr Tan Hsiao Wei's letter "DTL3: Allow transfer between Rochor, Jalan Besar stations" (June 7). The Downtown Line was built to connect commuters travelling from the residential heartlands in the north-west and east directly to the city, while...

Republic offers technical expertise instead of funds

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:00
In the letter "Singapore should chip in for Green Climate Fund" (June 16), the writer has suggested that Singapore makes a contribution to the Green Climate Fund. Addressing climate change is a global responsibility. The Paris Agreement calls for parties to...

S’pore tops Asia, slips one place to 7th in Global Innovation Index

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - The Republic has maintained its top position in Asia and slipped one place to seventh globally in terms of innovation capabilities and outcomes, according to an annual index. Despite the considerable investment made in resources committed towards...

New home sales fall amid fewer launches, but sentiment upbeat

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - New private home sales fell by more than a third last month from April amid a lack of new launches. But analysts said underlying momentum remains strong, with the total number of units sold in the first five months of the year still well above...

Keep a close watch on daughters too, as IS not just targeting men: Halimah

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:35
SINGAPORE - Noting that terror group Islamic State (IS) is not only targeting males, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob on Thursday (June 15) urged Muslim parents to be vigilant not just towards their sons, but also daughters. "They've been seducing women by...

Some stalls go cashless at Geylang Serai Bazaar

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:32
SINGAPORE - Customers no longer have to fumble for spare change and worry about going to the ATM before shopping and dining at the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar. Homegrown mobile payment platform EZi Wallet has launched its digital payment application at the...

PM Lee raises 'serious questions' about LKY's last will; Hsien Yang, Dr Lee hit back

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:44
SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has raised "grave concerns" about events surrounding the making of his father's Last Will, saying on Thursday (June 15) it was untenable for him not to respond to his siblings' allegations before he returned from...

I have grave concerns about the events surrounding making of the last will: PM Lee in Statutory Declaration

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:27
SINGAPORE - Saying his siblings' allegations made it untenable for him not to respond publicly, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong released an edited summary of what he told the Ministerial Committee that was set up to weigh the various options for the home of...

M Ravi’s legal challenge against EP scheme dismissed

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:22
SINGAPORE - The High Court has dismissed the legal challenge mounted by non-practising lawyer M Ravi on changes to the Elected Presidency scheme, on the grounds that he had no standing on the matter to submit the application. The amendments to the scheme were...

Civil servants to get mid-year bonus of 0.5 month

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:20
SINGAPORE - The Government will be paying a mid-year Annual Variable Component (AVC) of 0.5 month to civil servants in July, slightly higher than what was given last year, the Public Service Division (PSD) said on Thursday (June 15). Civil servants received...

ofo considering legal action over bicycle abuse video

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:02
SINGAPORE - Bike-sharing company ofo is considering legal action after an 11-second-long video that showed a man throwing one of the company's bicycles down from a high-rise building is making its rounds on social media. Untitled from dank on Vimeo. The...

Inconsistencies between what PM said in public and private: Lee Hsien Yang

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 08:52
SINGAPORE - In the latest back and forth over the Oxley Road home of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Lee Hsien Yang has accused Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of adopting differing positions on the property in public and private. In a Facebook post on Thursday...

PM Lee’s son, Li Hongyi, says he has ‘no interest in politics’

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 08:18
SINGAPORE - Mr Li Hongyi, the second son of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has publicly declared that he has no interest in politics, seemingly refuting a claim made by his aunt and uncle. "For what it is worth, I really have no interest in politics," Mr...

Tigerair to fly under Scoot name from July 25

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 07:23
SINGAPORE – Tigerair will start operating under the Scoot brand from July 25, wrapping up the two budget airlines' integration efforts that have been underway since May 2016. "Scoot and Tigerair aim to complete their integration and operate all flights...

FairPrice launches budget-friendly infant formula from Australia

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 07:01
SINGAPORE - A new range of infant-formula milk that was previously exclusive to the Australian market will hit the shelves of NTUC FairPrice on Friday (June 16), as part of the supermarket giant's move to address the rising cost of formula milk...

Primary One registration for 2018 to start end June

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 06:17
SINGAPORE – The annual Primary One (P1) registration exercise will kick off on June 29 for children born between Jan 2, 2011 and Jan 1, 2012 due to start school in 2018. The two-month-long exercise, which will be held in several phases, will end on Aug 28,...

Wild boars likely being fed, says AVA of sightings at Tuas

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 05:51
SINGAPORE - The unusually large herd of wild boars spotted outside an eatery in Tuas this week could have been "conditioned" by members of the public who gave them food, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Thursday (June 15). On...

Dispute with PM Lee no ‘private family affair’: Lee Wei Ling

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 03:25
SINGAPORE – The Lee siblings would not have publicised their dispute with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long over their late father's house had it been "merely a family affair", said Dr Lee Wei Ling in her latest Facebook post in the wee hours of Thursday...

Couple charged for insulting, shoving elderly man in Toa Payoh hawker centre

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 03:07
SINGAPORE - A couple caught on camera insulting and abusing an elderly man in a Toa Payoh hawker centre in April have been charged in court. Chow Chuin Yee, 45, was charged on Thursday (June 15) with one count of causing public nuisance, and another count of...