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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017


Surgical forceps removed from Vietnamese man after 18 years

HANOI: Doctors in Vietnam have removed surgical forceps from a man who unknowingly carried them inside his body for 18 years, national television VTV reported. Ma Van Nhat, 54, said the forceps had probably been left in his abdomen in 1998 when he had emergency surgery after a traffic accident. Nhat had felt only the occasional pain and a clinic had given him medicine for a suspected stomach ulcer. An X-ray taken late last year showed the forceps were to blame. The 15cm-long instrument had broken apart and become lodgedRead More

Private home prices fell 3% in 2016: URA

SINGAPORE: Private home prices fell by 3 per cent for the whole of 2016, according to flash estimates from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Tuesday (Jan 3). This is the smallest price drop in three years, compared with the 3.7 per cent decline in 2015 and 4 per cent fall in 2014.  Looking at fourth-quarter figures for 2016, prices fell by 0.4 per cent compared with the 1.5 per cent decline in the previous quarter. This is the 13th consecutive quarter of decline. According to URA data, the declineRead More

Singapore’s economy grows 1.8% in Q4; 2016 GDP at 1.8%

SINGAPORE: The Singapore economy expanded at a faster-than-expected 1.8 per cent on a year-on-year basis in the final three months of 2016, according to advance estimates released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Tuesday (Jan 3). This was more than the revised 1.2 per cent growth in the third quarter. On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally-adjusted basis, gross domestic product (GDP) grew 9.1 per cent, marking a reversal from the 1.9 per cent contraction in the July to September period and dodging a technical recession defined as two straight quartersRead More