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Sultan of Johor expresses reservations about proposed design of Singapore-Johor rail link

The bridge of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) rail track will disrupt the city skyline along the Johor Straits due to its height, he said in an exclusive interview with the New Straits Times. The Sultan of Johor has expressed reservations on the proposed design of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) rail track connecting Singapore and Johor Baru in Malaysia. In the exclusive interview with the New Straits Times (NST) published Tuesday (Aug 8), Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said that while he welcomed the project he disagreed with the overallRead More

NDP 2017: Themed MRT trains to run until Aug 27

The NDP-themed trains will run until Aug 27, 2017. (Photo: Land Transport Authority) SINGAPORE: Four National Day Parade (NDP)-themed MRT trains were launched on Monday (Jul 17) morning to celebrate this year’s National Day. The trains will run on the North South-East West lines, the North-East Line, the Circle Line and the Downtown Line until Aug 27, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA). image: The NDP-themed trains will run until Aug 27, 2017. (Photo: Land Transport Authority) Photos posted on Facebook by LTA showed the interior of a themed trainRead More

First Re-Offer of Balance Flats exercise oversubscribed by almost 4 times

The Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) first Re-Offer of Balance Flats (ROF) exercise has been oversubscribed by about four times, with more than 5,500 applications received for the 1,394 flats on offer as of 5pm on Monday (Aug 7). SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) first Re-Offer of Balance Flats (ROF) exercise has been oversubscribed by about four times, with more than 5,500 applications received for the 1,394 flats on offer as of 5pm on Monday (Aug 7). Of the total number of applicants so far, 2,647 are applying for an HDB flatRead More

Lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam fined S$6,000 for contempt of court over Facebook post

File photo of lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam. (Photo: Eugene Thuraisingam LLP) SINGAPORE: Upset and demoralised on the day before his client was to be executed for drug trafficking, lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam put up a Facebook post in May scandalising the judiciary. He alleged that judges – whom he called “million dollar men” – had “turned blind” to a law that is “cruel and unjust”, and were more concerned with acquiring wealth and material things. For that post, Thuraisingam was on Monday (Aug 7) fined S$6,000 for contempt of court. “The statementRead More

Committee recommends Founders’ Memorial to be at Bay East Garden

Gardens by the Bay – Bay East. (Photo: Gardens by the Bay/Facebook) SINGAPORE: The Founders’ Memorial committee on Monday (Aug 7) recommended that the site should be located at Bay East Garden, and be opened to the public by 2025 – in time for Singapore’s 60th year of celebrations. The 15-member committee submitted its report to the Government after two years of outreach to more than 32,000 people, which included six key findings in addition to the recommendation of the location and time of opening, according to the press release.Read More

Halimah Yacob: First female Speaker could make history again if elected as President

Speaker of Parliament and Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC MP Halimah Yacob. (File photo: TODAY) SINGAPORE: Mdm Halimah Yacob, who on Sunday (Aug 6) formally announced her intention to run in the upcoming Presidential Election, has been in public service for 40 years – in her words “a very long time”. Her career began in 1978 with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), where she served in various roles including director of the Women’s Development Secretariat, director of the Legal Services Department and Executive Secretary of the United Workers of Electronics andRead More

One last look at Singapore’s Raffles Hotel before it closes

Specially curated guided tours by National Heritage Board and the hotel will be held from now until Aug 12. Raffles Hotel, the grand old dame of Singapore. (Photo: Raffles Hotel) SINGAPORE: Throughout his 45-year tenure at the Raffles hotel, Leslie Danker has met, among many others, the legendary Hollywood actor John Wayne, been introduced to Queen Elizabeth II and taken a photo with pop star Michael Jackson. But Mr Danker’s face lights up the most when talking about the history of the iconic hotel.  “I have been at Raffles HotelRead More

Indonesian military officer orders that forest burners be shot

File photo of men putting out a forest fire in Indonesia. (Photo: AFP)    JAKARTA: A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said on Saturday (Aug 5) he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region. Five Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies because of forest fires, according to Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), with the number of hotspots steadily increasing in many areas over the past week. The BNPB isRead More

The NDP 2017 funpack, unveiled

The funpack given out during the 2017 NE show. (Photo: Chan Luo Er)  SINGAPORE: This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) funpack is one of the lightest in NDP history at about 1.5kg – and will include fewer items that can do more, organisers said on Monday (Jul 17).  One of the items in the pack is a clap banner which is also a fan. When smacked against a palm, it produces a clapping sound; it can be spread out, too, to use as a banner. The move to reduce the numberRead More

Uber knowingly bought 1,000 unsafe cars and leased them to drivers in Singapore

A man arrives at the Uber offices in Queens, New York. (File photo: Reuters/Brendan McDermid)  SINGAPORE: Ride-hailing company Uber bought and leased Honda Vezel cars to its drivers even though the model had been recalled due to a fire risk, a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Thursday (Aug 3) claims.  The model was recalled by Honda in April 2016 for an electrical component that could overheat and catch fire. WSJ said according to internal Uber emails and documents it reviewed and interviews with “people familiar with Uber’s operations inRead More

Britons rape trial: Second accused also says woman consented to sex

SINGAPORE: The second of three British men accused of gang-raping a Malaysian woman at Carlton Hotel in Singapore last year said the 22-year-old did not resist. In fact, “she was very sexually aroused”, Vu Thai Son said in a statement to police on Sep 11, 2016 read out in court on Friday (Aug 4). Vu, 24, said he had gone into his friend Richard Ahn’s room to brush his teeth. CCTV footage showed Vu entering the room at about 4.25am. According to Vu, the woman had asked him “what (are)Read More

Shell station armed robbery: 48-year-old man charged

The Shell petrol station at 219 Upper Bukit Timah Road where an armed robbery was reported. (Photo: Leong Wai Kit) SINGAPORE: A 48-year-old man was charged on Wednesday (Aug 2) for robbing a Shell petrol station at knifepoint in broad daylight. Visvanathan Vaduvelu, a Singaporean, allegedly took off with S$1,193 in cash from the petrol station at 219 Upper Bukit Timah Road on Monday, after threatening an employee with a kitchen knife and ordering her to place money from the cash register in a plastic bag. He has been charged withRead More

Man wielding knife at large after fleeing Western Union with $2k

In the second armed robbery reported over two days, a man with a knife forced a Western Union employee to hand over more than $2,000 at its Ubi Avenue 1 branch yesterday morning. The suspect, who was last seen in a white helmet, black jacket and dark-coloured trousers, remains at large. No one was injured, and the man fled on foot, said the police. At about 11am, a florist at Strongberg Florist Trading in Block 301 heard the female employee from the Western Union branch next door cry out. TheRead More

Ex-MD jailed for smashing glass against man’s head

Frenchman Franck Louis Maurice Peltier pleaded guilty to causing hurt to a Briton at a pub in Amoy Street. A company managing director smashed a glass against a man’s head in a pub after the victim chided him for trying to steal other patrons’ drinks. Briton Sam Joseph Chapman, 28, later received 12 stitches behind his left ear. For the offence, Frenchman Franck Louis Maurice Peltier, 51, who used to work for financial data management company Asset Control, was yesterday jailed for three weeks. He pleaded guilty to causing hurtRead More

Singapore to Johor Baru MRT service to start by end-2024

Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan with Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Khaw Boon Wan, who is also Transport Minister, enjoying durian during a tea break at Afiniti Medini, after a site visit to the mixed-use development.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO  Rapid transit link will join Thomson-East Coast Line and is set to reduce congestion Royston Sim Assistant Political Editor In Iskandar Puteri (Johor) Passengers will be able to hop on an MRT train in Woodlands to cross the border to Johor Baru by Dec 31, 2024. The RapidRead More

HDB launches 5,291 flats, including 1,394 units under inaugural Re-Offer of Balance Flats exercise

Blocks of HDB housing flats around Whampoa area in the central part of Singapore. PHOTO: ST FILE SINGAPORE – There will be 5,291 flats for sale from Tuesday (Aug 1), the Housing and Development Board (HDB) announced. These include 3,897 Build-To-Order (BTO) units in the third BTO exercise this year, and 1,394 units under the first ever Re-Offer of Balance Flats (ROF) exercise. This brings the total number of flats launched by HDB this year to 18,095. Applications can be submitted online on the HDB InfoWEB until next Monday (AugRead More

Tampines library to reopen with new features including cooking studio

The Singapore Collection features over 12,000 books by Singapore authors. (Photo: Rachelle Lee) SINGAPORE: A refreshed Tampines Regional Library is set to open its doors to the public at Our Tampines Hub on Aug 5. Sporting a new look and features, it will span five floors with dedicated spaces for people of all ages. Key features include a larger space for patrons to read, with more than 400,000 books available in the four official languages. The library will also feature a Singapore collection of more than 12,000 books by localRead More

Launch of music album, concept trains among plans for NS50 week

ile photo of NSmen. (Photo: TODAY)  SINGAPORE: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of National Service (NS) in Singapore, a slew of events and activities have been planned for NS50 week from Aug 1 to 10 and these include the release of a music album and the launch of concept trains for the occasion. According to the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), August is of historical significance as it marks the enlistment of the first batch of full-time national servicemen in 1967. The pioneer batch of enlistees reported on Aug 17 thatRead More

Amazon Prime Now delivery down for second day after launch

After its highly anticipated launch in Singapore on Thursday, Amazon Prime Now’s delivery service continues to be unavailable. Prime Now stocks products according to a random stow systems. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan  SINGAPORE: The launch of Amazon’s much-hyped Prime Now service in Singapore continues to be plagued with issues, on the second day after its official launch on Thursday (Jul 28). When Channel NewsAsia tried to place an order at about 4.30pm on Thursday, a message featured prominently at the top of the landing page stated that delivery was currently unavailable.Read More

Private home prices down for 15th straight quarter; pace of decline eases

Prospective buyers at a condominium showroom. (TODAY file photo)  SINGAPORE: Private home prices in Singapore fell for the 15th straight quarter in the April to June period, although the pace of decline eased, according to data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Friday (Jul 28). Prices fell by 0.1 per cent quarter-on-quarter, compared with the 0.4 per cent decline in the first quarter and the 0.5 per cent decline in the last quarter of 2016.   Prices of landed properties declined by 0.3 per cent in the secondRead More