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Free MRT rides at Tuas West Extension Open House on Friday

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 04:11
SINGAPORE - Free Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rides and the chance to be among the first to explore the four new stations along the new Tuas West Extension (TWE) drew hundreds of commuters to the far west of the island on Friday (June 16) for the TWE Open...

Here's another sign Singapore's housing market is recovering

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 01:40
SINGAPORE - Chalk up another sign Singapore's housing market is recovering: Redevelopment deals are back. After slowing to a trickle the past three years as housing prices fell, four redevelopment deals - where a group of owners band together to sell entire...

Arrested: Teenager who allegedly hurled ofo bike down from flat

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:45
SINGAPORE – A 14 year old boy who allegedly threw an ofo bicycle down from a flat at 116B Jalan Tenteram has been arrested, the police said in a statement on Friday (June 16) morning. Video footage of the act was widely circulated on social media on...

Dispute between brothers surfaced at reading of Mr Lee’s Last Will

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 22:35
SINGAPORE - The dispute between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 65, and his brother Lee Hsien Yang, 60, arose during the reading of their father's Last Will, and a "series of events" then led PM Lee to be "very troubled by the circumstances" surrounding the...

TODAY's morning brief for Friday, June 16

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 22:30
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Foreign companies’ application to support Pink Dot rejected

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - A group of foreign companies, including Facebook, Google and Uber, had written to the Singapore police asking for permission to support this year's Pink Dot event. However, their application was rejected by the authorities. In a letter dated June...

PM raises ‘serious questions’ over making of Mr Lee’s Last Will

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has raised "grave concerns" about events surrounding the making of his father's Last Will, saying on Thursday it was untenable for him not to respond to his siblings' allegations before he returned from leave...

Would we know what to do when a fire breaks out?

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:00
After reading about the fire at the London apartment block, I am hoping fire extinguishers can be installed in public housing flats. I also realise that I would not know what to do if a fire occurs in my block, my floor, or even my own home. If residents have...

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...