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Tourist arrivals, spending rebound to hit record high in 2016

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 03:30
SINGAPORE - The Republic's tourism industry made a dramatic comeback last year, notching a historic high for visitor arrivals as well as tourist receipts, and reversing its fortunes from 2015. Tourist receipts last year grew by 13.9 per cent to S$24.8...

TODAY's morning briefing for Feb 14

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 22:30
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Water outage at Toa Payoh HDB block sees residents queue for water

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 14:45
SINGAPORE - Residents at Block 147 Toa Payoh Lorong 2 were left without water for nearly four hours on Monday evening (Feb 13) due to a water pump defect. Mediacorp hotline caller Joel Goh told TODAY that residents had to head to a nearby multi-purpose hall...

Chickens culled because of bird-flu risk, not noise: AVA

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 13:20
SINGAPORE - It is not complaints of noise, but the risk of exposure to bird flu that prompted the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) to cull free-roaming chickens in areas where there are "relatively high numbers" of them, the authority...

Elderly woman found dead in Tampines flat

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:54
SINGAPORE - A 77-year-old woman was found dead in the living room of her Tampines flat on Monday (Feb 13). She was found lying motionless with injuries on the throat in the fifth floor unit at Block 276 Tampines Street 22 when the police arrived after...

Singapore’s oldest Roman Catholic church celebrates 120th anniversary

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:45
SINGAPORE - The Republic's oldest Roman Catholic church, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, will celebrate its 120th anniversary on Tuesday (Feb 14). The white-and-dark-yellow national monument on Queen's Street was consecrated as a cathedral on Feb 14,...

Uber, Grab score higher with commuters than taxis

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:35
SINGAPORE - Private hire car services such as Grab and Uber are better than regular taxis, whether it is in convenience, safety or comfort, commuters polled by the Public Transport Council (PTC) in an annual survey say. The survey, involving more than 1,500...

‘I heard a loud crack, then the tree came hurtling towards me’

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:34
SINGAPORE - One moment she was chatting with her two friends while picnicking at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on Saturday (Feb 11), and the next, she looked up to see a large tree falling towards her. Civil servant Tay Pei Lei, 26, who was one of four...

Singapore, Malaysia act against love scam syndicates, 27 arrested

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:25
SINGAPORE - Twenty-seven suspects were arrested in various Malaysian states in a cross-border operation against syndicates running love scams on the Internet, the police said in a press release on Monday (Feb 13). They include 13 Nigerian nationals, who are...

Uber begins mapping Singapore roads in bid to improve services

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:15
SINGAPORE - Utilising cameras attached to some of its cars, ride-hailing app Uber on Monday (Feb 13) began collecting data on Singapore's roads, in the hopes of improving services for both customers and drivers. In a statement on Monday, the tech company said...

Woman in intensive care after being hit by falling tree in car park

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:12
SINGAPORE - A woman is in intensive care after being hit by a falling tree in a car park as she was getting out of a vehicle on Monday (Feb 13), in the second such incident in three days. The Singaporean woman, 48, was brought to Ng Teng Fong General...

Australia, Malaysia, Singapore on love scam alert

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:55
SYDNEY - Love may be in the air on Saint Valentine's Day but authorities in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore warned on Monday (Feb 13) of a growth in online scams cheating lonely people out of their savings. Romance scams cost Australians more money than any...

Man on Singapore-India flight caught smuggling 1.2kg of gold in rectum: Report

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 08:50
SINGAPORE - A 36-year-old man on a Tigerair flight from Singapore to India was caught attempting to smuggle 12 gold bars in his rectum, local media reported on Monday (Feb 13). The man, who hails from Tamil Nadu, was apprehended at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi...

Students to get hands-on experience with real-world tech problems

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 06:58
SINGAPORE – To bolster the Republic's vision to build a smart nation and with digital economy singled out last week by the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) as one of the keys to Singapore's future success, students of Institutes of Higher Learning...

Three new clubs for HometeamNS from 2020: Shanmugam

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 06:42
SINGAPORE - Three new clubhouses for national servicemen from the police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) are in the works, with the first of these slated to be ready by 2020, announced Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Monday (Feb 13). The three...

Jobs, support for families top concerns for Singaporeans: Pre-Budget survey

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:40
SINGAPORE - An environment more conducive to raising families and job security were among the top concerns to emerge in a feedback exercise conducted ahead of the Budget statement, to be delivered next Monday (Feb 20).  Worried about the high cost of living...

More buying drugs online; number of abusers also rises

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:39
SINGAPORE - The scourge of drugs has found a fearsome accomplice in the form of the Internet: Last year, 201 people were arrested for buying drugs and drug-related paraphernalia online, jumping almost seven times from the 30 nabbed in 2015. "It has become...

Two ERP gantries leading to PIE to be activated in bid to ease congestion

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:25
SINGAPORE – Two electronic road pricing (ERP) gantries leading to the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) - at Adam Road and Mount Pleasant Road - will be activated in the evenings from next Monday (Feb 20), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Monday...

Budget statement to be broadcast live on Feb 20 at 3.30pm

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:57
SINGAPORE – Catch the live broadcast of this year's Budget statement, which will be delivered at 3.30pm next Monday (Feb 20) by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament, via Channel NewsAsia and radio station 938Live.  A live webcast of the speech...

Woodlands murder: Suspect remanded for 3 more weeks for psychiatric evaluation

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:38
SINGAPORE – The 41-year-old former property agent charged for the murder of his pregnant wife will be further remanded for three weeks for psychiatric evaluation. Appearing in court on Monday (Feb 13), prosecutors requested for Teo Ghim Heng to be remanded...