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Changes must not be at the expense of fair trial, say lawyers

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:10
SINGAPORE – Although there is a need to reduce the trauma and stress faced by sexual assault victims in courts, this should not come at the expense of a fair trial, lawyers said on Friday (Feb 17). They also pointed out that there are current processes in...

Singaporean Ai-Ling Lee first Asian woman to be nominated in sound editing for Oscars

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:00
LOS ANGELES - When Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan scored sound editing nominations for their work in La La Land, they became part of cinematic history as the first female team in a category traditionally dominated by men. What's more, Lee, who is...

'I am sorry for the pain the name has caused': Yaacob

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:46
In a statement on Friday (Feb 17), Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim explained his decision to remove the words "Syonan Gallery" from the name of a new exhibition that provoked a public outcry. This is his statement in full: When I...

Syonan Gallery to be renamed after ‘deep reflection’: Yaacob

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:00
SINGAPORE - Following a public outcry, the name of Syonan Gallery will be changed to "Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies", Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim said on Friday (Feb 17) as he apologised "for the pain the...

Rise in number of fires from batteries of PMDs, e-bikes and power banks

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:40
SINGAPORE - The growing popularity of electrical bicycles, personal mobility devices (PMDs) and power banks has led to an increase in the number of fires involving the batteries of such devices, from 16 cases in 2015 to 34 cases last year, said the Singapore...

Man involved in largest-ever car scam in Spore gets 10 years’ jail

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:20
SINGAPORE - One of the three car dealers behind the largest case of fraud to hit the car industry, involving more than S$6 million, was sentenced to 10 years' jail on Friday (Feb 17). The 34-year-old man, Koh Chek Seng, together with alleged accomplices Alvin...

Incoming Deputy Attorney-General Hri Kumar no longer a party member: PAP

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:09
SINGAPORE - Deputy Attorney-General-designate Hri Kumar Nair is no longer a member of the People's Action Party (PAP), the party said on Friday (Feb 17) in response to TODAY's queries, although it declined to say when Mr Nair had resigned. Mr Nair's...

104 arrested, $120K worth of drugs seized in 11-day drug bust

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:35
SINGAPORE – Over 100 people were arrested and more than S$120,000 worth of drugs were seized in an 11-day island-wide operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). During the operation, which took place from Feb 6 to Feb 17, the CNB was referred to a...

‘Lack of clarity’ on Trump a risk to growth: MTI

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 09:55
SINGAPORE - Singapore's trade-driven economy rose faster than thought in 2016 but concerns over a "lack of clarity" on US President Donald Trump's policies could hit growth this year, the government said Friday (Feb 17). The economy expanded 2.0 per cent in...

Live updates: Budget 2017

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 07:05
Watch the live-stream of Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat's budget statement...

Motorcar industry gets most consumer complaints for fifth year: Case

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 04:35
SINGAPORE - For the fifth consecutive year, the motorcar industry has topped the consumer complaints chart, notably for defects in cars.  The Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) revealed this on Friday (Feb 17) when releasing its annual figures for...

Growth projection for exports this year raised

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 00:45
SINGAPORE - The Republic's non-oil domestic exports (Nodx) fell 2.8 per cent for the full year in 2016 - the worst showing since 2013, when exports shrank by 7.6 per cent. This compares with a 1.5 per cent gain in 2015. However, the outlook for trade this...

Singapore economy did much better than expected in Q4, with 2.9% rise

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 00:01
SINGAPORE - The Republic's economy expanded faster than expected in the last three months of 2016, growing 2.9 per cent year-on-year, on the back of a late surge in the manufacturing and services sectors. The final economic data for October to December last...

TODAY's morning brief for Friday, Feb 17

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 20:08
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In the works: Ultrafast camera for autonomous vehicles

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 13:55
SINGAPORE - Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a new ultra-fast camera that can help self-driving vehicles react more quickly to traffic conditions. Unlike optical cameras, which cannot pick up details in the dark and are...

Independent, Fabrications About The PAP warned by police for breaching election advertising rules

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:35
SINGAPORE - The police have issued stern warnings to websites The Independent Singapore (TISG) and Fabrications About The PAP for breaching election advertising rules on May 6 and 7 last year, during the Bukit Batok by-election. In a media release on...

Hot days ahead, but temperatures could drop to 22°C over next 2 weeks

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:30
SINGAPORE - Singapore could see sharp swings in day-to-day temperatures over the final two weeks of February. The daily minimum temperature could dip to around 22°C on rainy days, while some warm days can be expected in the later part of the fortnight, where...

Two pre-schools under probe for undesirable practices

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:56
SINGAPORE - The authorities here are probing two separate cases of undesirable practices - one involving unhygienic practices and another involving the mishandling of a child - that allegedly took place at two preschools. In the first case, a teacher at...

Top lawyer Hri Kumar named Deputy Attorney-General

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:16
SINGAPORE - Mr Hri Kumar Nair, a director at Big Four law firm Drew & Napier, and former Member of Parliament (MP) has been appointed Deputy Attorney-General (A-G), marking the first time an ex-lawmaker will take on the State's prosecutorial...

ITE College East suspends student seen attacking another in viral video

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:50
SINGAPORE - ITE College East has suspended a student seen kicking and punching another in a video that has gone viral on social media.  The police confirmed that a report has been lodged and investigations are in progress. When contacted, the school...