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    Govt has to ensure there are job options, not to dictate which is best: Josephine TeoFaris MokhtarSINGAPORE — Addressing the rise of the gig economy, Second Minister for Manpower Jose
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    Angela Merkel to tap rumoured successor for top party roleBERLIN (AFP) - The popular female premier of tiny Saarland state is set to take over as secretary general of Angela Merkel's conservative party, sources said on Monday (Feb 19), fuelling speculation the chancellor is lining up her potential successor
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    A friendly face in the neighbourhood, housewife Patma Gopal gives back to communitySINGAPORE — Madam Patma Gopal, 55, has suffered from a thyroid disorder for 23 years. The condition causes sharp pain in her legs and eyes at times, forcing her to lose sleep at night. As a result, the mother-of-two quit her job as a factory operator in 1995. But instead of
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    Commentary: Govt puts more money where its mouth is when it comes to buses and trainsSINGAPORE - Transport expenditure for the financial year 2018 is expected to swell by more than 50 per cent and hit a record $13
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    Bangladesh says to meet with Myanmar on Rohingya trapped at borderRepresentatives from Bangladesh and Myanmar will meet on Tuesday to discuss the repatriation to Myanmar of more than 6,500 Rohingya Muslims trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries, Bangladeshi officials said. "It is about taking them back to Myanmar," Relief and Refugee Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam, told Reuters on Monday.
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    Singaporeans react to 9% GSTActual footage of Singaporeans reacting to GST hike to 9%.
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    South African budget to set out "tough" measures to repair post-Zuma economySouth Africa's finance ministry is set to spell out "tough decisions" in its 2018 budget on Wednesday to plug a revenue gap and narrow the deficit, providing an early look at how new President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to repair the ailing economy. Africa's most industrialised economy, hurt by nine years of mismanagement under the scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma, faces a 50.8 billion rand ($4.36 billion) revenue gap in 2017/18 fiscal year. Tax hikes, including higher value added tax (VAT), could help plug the shortfall, analysts say.
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    Man convicted of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girls after meeting on social mediaSINGAPORE: A 20-year-old man was convicted on Monday (Feb 19) of sexually assaulting two 12-year-old girls he met on Instagram and Facebook in 2015. Goh Kar Aip pleaded guilty to four of 38 charges involving 10 victims aged 12 and 13. The odd-job worker admitted he preyed on preteen girls because th...
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    Afghan political crisis deepens as second governor refuses to resignA governor in northern Afghanistan has become the second in the region to defy an order by President Ashraf Ghani to step down, deepening a political crisis facing the US-backed government in Kabul. Abdul Karim Khadam, the governor of northern Samangan province, was sacked along with four other provincial governors last week. Noor's refusal to step down has turned the so-called "King of the North" into one of Afghanistan's most infamous politicians and a potential contender in presidential elections due in 2019, while underscoring the weakness of Ghani's government.
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    Budget 2018: 10% increase in tobacco excise duty from Feb 19SINGAPORE: The Government will impose a 10 per cent increase in tobacco excise duty in a bid to discourage consumption, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said during his Budget speech on Monday (Feb 19). Mr Heng said the higher excise duty will be implemented across all tobacco products with effect ...
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    Budget 2018: Ten per cent increase in tobacco excise duty from todaySINGAPORE: The Government will impose a 10 per cent increase in tobacco excise duty in a bid to discourage consumption, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said during his Budget speech on Monday (Feb 19). Mr Heng said the higher excise duty will be implemented across all tobacco products with effect fr...
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    Parliament: 20 cases of sudden train acceleration each yearSINGAPORE - In the past five years, there have been on average 20 cases each year of irregular speed changes or sudden acceleration of MRT trains, said Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng in Parliament on Monday (Feb 19)
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    Singapore Budget 2018: More needs to be done before 1 in 4 people become aged 65 or older in 2030SINGAPORE - Moves to strengthen services for the elderly are very welcome and echo Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Chinese New Year pledge: "We are working to enable ...
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    Medals not the only valuable Olympic memoriesInside the Pyeongchang venues the world's finest winter sports athletes battle it out for medals, but outside the atmosphere is friendlier as athletes and collectors gather to trade the Olympic pins that are made as mementos of each Games.
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    Syrian jets pound rebel enclave near Damascus as ground assault loomsHAMMURIYEH (Syria) (AFP) - Syrian warplanes hit rebel-held Eastern Ghouta with fresh air strikes on Monday (Feb 19), after regime reinforcements and a salvo of rocket fire on the enclave hinted a ground assault could be imminent
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    Iran civil aviation 'cannot confirm' wreckage of crashed plane was found - state TVLONDON: Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation said on Monday it could not confirm reports that the wreckage had been found of an Iranian plane that crashed with 65 people on board on Sunday in central Iran, state television reported. Earlier, the deputy governor of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province ...
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    Iraqi oil minister to visit Turkey - statementIraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi will visit Turkey at the end of the week at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart to discuss the resumption of oil exports through Turkey's Ceyhan port, the Iraqi oil ministry said in a statement on Monday.
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    Olympics: Togo trailblazer Petitjean says Africa warming to winter sportsPYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Togo's trailblazing cross-country skier Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean is glad she is no longer the "new kid on the block" at the Winter Olympics and says the record number of African countries competing in Pyeongchang proves the continent is warming to sports on snow and ice ...
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    Wild Brawls Turn Carnival Ship Into 'Cruise From Hell'A 10-day Carnival cruise of the South Pacific turned into a floating fight club last week when a series of brawls broke out on board.
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    Transport surges past Education as Budget 2018’s second-highest ministry expenditureThis is the first time since PM Lee became PM that Transport is ranked the 2nd-highest budget expenditure.
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    Tennis: Peerless Roger Federer heads list of oldest world No. 1sSINGAPORE - When you're arguably the greatest male tennis player of all time, the superlatives ought to come easy
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    Too early to comment on doping scandal: KremlinMOSCOW: Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Monday (Feb 19) it was too early to comment on an investigation into suspected doping at the winter Olympics by a Russian sportsman. Alexander Krushelnitsky, a bronze-medallist along with his wife in mixed-doubles ...
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    Eyes wide shut: The S$2.3 billion Indian bank fraud that went unnoticedNEW DELHI/MUMBAI — The Punjab National Bank branch in south Mumbai sits just down the road from both the Bombay Stock Exchange and the Reserve Bank of India, at a physical centre of one of the world's fastest growing major economies. The branch, clad in a stately colonial edifice, is
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    Langkawi cable car malfunction: Unforgettable experience for stranded victimsALOR STAR: It was an experience to remember for the more than 1,000 people who were stranded on Gunung Machinchang in Langkawi yesterday evening. One of the victims, Yong Sook Fun, 26, from Kuala Lumpur, said he would not easily forget the experience of being stuck at the first station for eight hours until about 10pm last night. Despite the malfunction yesterday, visitors were seen lining up at the Langkawi SkyCab.
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    Average of 125 cases a year of train doors closing without warning in last 5 years: MOTSINGAPORE: For the past five years, an average of 125 cases of train doors closing without warning occurred per year on Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains on the North-South and East-West Lines, according to Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng. He was responding on Tuesday (Feb 19) to a Parliame...
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    Japan says #MeToo as blue chip company executive resigns for lewd remarkTOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - The #MeToo movement may have finally made its way to corporate Japan, as the president of a blue chip company resigned after a subordinate he was travelling with made sexually explicit remarks to an airline employee
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    'No indications' Russia govt meddled in US election: KremlinMOSCOW (AFP) - The Kremlin on Monday (Feb 19) insisted there was no indication of Russian government involvement in meddling in US elections after Washington indicted 13 Russians for alleged covert efforts to sway voters
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    Singapore Budget 2018: More needs to be done before 1 in 4 people become aged 65 or older in 2030SINGAPORE - Moves to strengthen services for the elderly are very welcome and echo Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Chinese New Year pledge: "We are working to enable Singaporeans to lead active and meaningful lives in their silver years
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    Singapore Budget 2018: More needs to be done before 1 in 4 people becomes 65 or older in 2030SINGAPORE - Moves to strengthen services for the elderly are very welcome and echo Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Chinese New Year pledge: "We are working to enable Singaporeans to lead active and meaningful lives in their silver years
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    Marines drink cobra blood in US-Thai war drillsCHON BURI, Thailand: US and Thai marines slurped snake blood and ate scorpions in a jungle survival programme on Monday (Feb 19) as part of the two nations' annual Cobra Gold war games. Now in its 37th year, Cobra Gold is one of the largest military exercises in Asia, bringing thousands of troops ...
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    Singaporeans 21 and above to get $100-$300 SG bonus ‘hongbao’: Heng Swee KeatSingaporeans aged 21 and above this year will get a one-off SG Bonus ranging from $100 to $300 after the country recorded a Budget 2017 surplus of almost $10 billion. Around 2.7 million people will get the SG bonus “hongbao” at the end of 2018, with the payout depending on their assessable inco...
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    Munich Airport hires humanoid robot to help flyersOver the next few weeks, flyers traveling through Munich Airport will be greeted by a humanoid robot named Josie Pepper, who will be able to field questions about flight operations, and the nearest restaurant or loo. 
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    Children get red packets and goodie bags thanks to ST Pocket Money FundSINGAPORE - Red packets and goodie bags were among the treats given out to 48 primary to post-secondary children on Monday (Feb 19) thanks to the Straits Times Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF)
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    TODAY's evening brief: Budget 2018Good evening! Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday (Feb 19) delivered a Budget Statement aimed at re-positioning Singapore for the future. He also announced details of the impending GST hike, a one-off bonus for all Singaporean adults above 21, as well as Singapore
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    British police arrest woman over 'move your van' note on ambulanceLONDON: A woman who left an angry note on an ambulance responding to an emergency call telling the paramedics to "move your van" has been arrested, British police said on Monday (Feb 19). The handwritten message was left on the vehicle which was left in a parking space outside a home in Stoke-on ...
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    Togo trailblazer Petitjean says Africa warming to winter sportsPYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Togo's trailblazing cross-country skier Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean is glad she is no longer the "new kid on the block" at the Winter Olympics and says the record number of African countries competing in Pyeongchang proves the continent is warming to sports on snow and ice ...
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    Olympics: Canadian skaters break record as Papadakis suffers 'worst nightmare'GANGNEUNG: Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir smashed the short dance world record as French rival Gabriella Papadakis suffered "my worst nightmare" with a wardrobe malfunction at the Olympics on Monday (Feb 19). As Virtue and Moir glided, twizzled and spun their way to a best-ever score of 83 ...
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    France urges UN's top court to dump E. Guinea caseFrance on Monday urged the UN's top court to throw out a case brought against it in a bitter diplomatic row with oil-rich Equatorial Guinea over French accusations of top-level corruption. "France has not accepted the jurisdiction of this court under any title whatsoever to entertain those facts on which Equatorial Guinea seeks the court to rule," the French representative Francois Alabrune told the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Malabo has accused Paris of violating the diplomatic immunity of its vice president, Teodorin Obiang, after he was prosecuted by a French court on charges of embezzling 150 million euros ($180 million) of public funds to finance his jet-set lifestyle.
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    Nice kicks off 134th carnival with Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un on paradeNICE, FRANCE (REUTERS) - Carnival joy filled the French Riviera town of Nice on Saturday night (Feb 17) as it welcomed the 134th edition of the King's Carnival with space as its main theme, honouring French astronaut Thomas Pesquet
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    Crashes imminent as long as Batu Tiga toll plaza stands, road safety experts warnKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Highway operator PLUS Malaysia Berhad should not have delayed Batu Tiga toll plaza’s demolition as it imposes a constant danger to motorists as long as it remains in...
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    Marines drink cobra blood in US-Thai war drillsUS and Thai marines slurped snake blood and ate scorpions in a jungle survival programme on Monday as part of the two nations' annual Cobra Gold war games. Now in its 37th year, Cobra Gold is one of the largest military exercises in Asia, bringing thousands of troops from the United States, Thailand and other countries for 10 days of field training on Thai shores. On Monday, several dozen US and Thai marines took park in an annual jungle survival drill on a Thai navy base in Chonburi province, where troops took turns drinking blood from a severed cobra before grilling and eating the snakes.
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    Singapore Budget 2018: 10% increase in tobacco excise duty for all tobacco productsSINGAPORE - A 10 per cent increase in tobacco excise duty for all tobacco products will kick in from Monday (Feb 19), announced Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat
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    Billionaire Richard Branson unveils hyperloop plans for IndiaMUMBAI (BLOOMBERG) - British tycoon Richard Branson-backed Virgin Hyperloop One is proposing to build a super-fast transportation system in India that would connect the city of Pune with the planned new airport in Mumbai in 25 minutes, saving about three hours
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    John Oliver Defends U.S. To The World: ‘Trump Does Not Reflect America’John Oliver says President Donald Trump has failed at the one thing he’s supposed to be good at: salesmanship.
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    'No indications' Russia government meddled in US election: KremlinMOSCOW: The Kremlin said on Monday (Feb 19) that US charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election campaign did not contain any proof that the Russian state had been involved in such activity. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told ...
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    The new 'in' dining trend in Singapore: chef's tablesWhy they are so popular and where to find them
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    Higher Buyer’s Stamp Duty for residential properties valued above S$1mSINGAPORE – Buyers of residential properties valued at more than S$1 million acquired on or after tomorrow (Feb 20) will have to pay higher stamp duties. The Buyer's Stamp Duty rate is computed on the purchase price or the property's market value, whichever is higher. A new 4 per cent
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    Developers turning more cautious when replenishing landbanks, says DBSSINGAPORE (Feb 19): DBS says developers are turning more choosy in adding to their Singapore landbank. Property sales were off to a good start in January as total transactions — primary and secondary markets — doubled compared to a year ago, says lead analyst Derek Tan in a Monday report. A tota...
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    Tennis: Top seed Anderson beats Querrey in New York Open final for fourth career title(REUTERS) - South African Kevin Anderson put aside memories of his disappointing US Open final when he dominated a third-set tie-break to win the New York Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) victory over American Sam Querrey on Sunday (Feb 18)
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    Photos from The Straits Times's post#SGBudget2018: More here str.sg/budget18blog.
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    'No idea we had a monster under our roof' say couple who took in Florida gunmanWASHINGTON: The couple who took in Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz after his mother's death have described him as quirky but pleasant and seemingly on the right track, saying they had no idea they had a "monster living under our roof." Cruz, 19, moved in with James and Kimberly Snead of ...
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    Kremlin says charges over US election tampering prove nothingThe Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign did not contain any proof that the Russian state had been involved in such activity.
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    Delay on North-South Line on Monday morning due to similar maintenance works behind last week's hold-upSINGAPORE - Travellers on the North-South Line commuting to work after the Chinese New Year weekend, were met with a train delay on Monday (Feb 19) morning which lasted over an hour and a half
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    Three Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai campaignEgypt said Monday three of its soldiers had been killed in the Sinai Peninsula during a wide-ranging operation against the local branch of the Islamic State group. It was the first military death toll announced since the army started its campaign on February 9. It says it has killed about 60 jihadists and arrested hundreds of suspects since the operation began.
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    Islamic State kills 12 Iraqi militiamen near KirkukKIRKUK, Iraq: Islamic State militants ambushed a convoy of government-backed militia fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk late on Sunday, killing at least 12 of them, police and militia commanders said on Monday. At least 10 other fighters from the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) are ...
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    All Singaporeans above age of 21 will receive “hongbao” of at least $100: Budget 2018Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat declared this afternoon that all Singaporeans above the age of 21 will receive an “hongbao” of $300, $200, and $100 depending on their income, this year. The Minister said that this one-off bonus “reflects the Government’s longstanding commitment to share frui...
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    Government to raise top marginal Buyer’s Stamp Duty rate for residential propertiesThe revised BSD rates will apply to all residential properties acquired from Tuesday (Feb 20), and the new top marginal rate of 4 per cent will apply to the portion of residential property value which is in excess of S$1 million.
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    Singapore Budget 2018: 9 things that will affect households and SingaporeansSINGAPORE - Financial Minister Heng Swee Keat presented Budget before Parliament on Monday (Feb 19), laying out the Government's revenue and expenditure for the 2018 financial year
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    Alibaba, Tencent rally troops amid US$10b retail battleSHANGHAI: China's tech giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd, worth a combined US$1 trillion, are on a retail investment binge, forcing merchants to choose sides amid a battle for shoppers' digital wallets. Since the start of last year, the two companies have between them spent ...
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    Former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra calls for party unity ahead of general electionBANGKOK (REUTERS) - Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra met lawmakers from his Puea Thai Party in Hong Kong where he called for party unity ahead of an approaching general election, party members said on Monday (Feb 19)
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    Budget 2018: Top marginal Buyer’s Stamp Duty rate to rise for homes worth more than S$1mThe revised BSD rates will apply to all residential properties acquired from Tuesday (Feb 20), and the new top marginal rate of 4 per cent will apply to the portion of residential property value which is in excess of S$1 million.
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    Singapore Budget 2018: GST to rise to 9 per cent sometime in 2021-2025The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be raised to 9 per cent from 7 per cent sometime from 2021 to 2025, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on Monday (19 February). The exact timing of the GST increase will depend on Singapore’s economy, expenditure growth and existing taxes, Heng said in...
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    Hard to catch Bitcoin thieves who threaten real violence for virtual currenciesSAN FRANCISCO (NYTIMES) - The currency they were after was virtual, but the guns they carried were anything but
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    Schools cannot be used as platforms for partisan politics: MOESINGAPORE: Schools should be free of partisan politics and they do not invite Members of Parliament (MP) or political parties to speak at school events.   That was the response given by Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary in his reply to a parliamentary question by Non ...
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    Photos from SMRT's postIt feels like the festive holiday started earlier last week with our Management from #SMRT Buses diving into the festive mood and showering greetings on our SMRT staff and bus captains at the bus interchanges and depots. Our staff were all smiles and hyped up to welcome the Lunar New Year. The festivities in our network did not simmer down as we usher in the Year of Dog! Joining PM Lee Hsien Loong on the first day of Lunar New Year, SMRT Chairman Seah Moon Ming, SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek and special guests visited our staff at Tuas Depot to thank them for their hard work. They included Second Minister for Transport Mr Ng Chee Meng 黄志明, Secretary-General of NTUC Mr Chan Chun Sing, Executive Secretary of NTWU Mr Melvin Yong 杨益财 and President of NTWU Mr Rosmani Bin Juraini. That morning, SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek also popped by our Train and Bus Operations Control Centres, depots and bus interchanges to rally support for our staff who are working hard to keep the system up and runnin
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    Singapore Budget 2018: 12 highlights from Minister Heng Swee Keat's speechSINGAPORE - Financial Minister Heng Swee Keat presented Budget before Parliament on Monday (Feb 19), laying out the Government's revenue and expenditure for the 2018 financial year
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    Thai ex-PM Thaksin calls for party unity ahead of promised electionBANGKOK: Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra met lawmakers from his Puea Thai Party in Hong Kong where he called for party unity ahead of an approaching general election, party members said on Monday (Feb 19). Many are watching to see how Puea Thai Party performs in a vote which ...
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    Olympics - Sleepless nights for Kramer after 10km failurePYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer is still having sleepless nights over his failure in the Olympic 10,000 metres race but is trying to take consolation from his record-breaking 5,000 performance. The 31-year-old became the first male speed skater to get a third consecutive ...
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    Motor racing - Red Bull launch new F1 car with temporary liveryLONDON: Red Bull became the first of Formula One's top three teams to lift the covers off their new-look car on Monday, a week before pre-season testing starts in Spain, but kept some secrets under wraps. The four times world champions, third overall last year after winning three of the 20 races ...
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    Galatasaray's Gomis collapses during matchGalatasaray striker Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed during a Turkish Super Lig game late Sunday, but insisted after the match that he would continue to play "like a lion".
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    Average of 125 cases a year of train doors closing without warning in last 5 years: MOTSINGAPORE: For the past five years, an average of 125 cases of train doors closing without warning occurred per year on Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains, with the majority of cases occurring on the North-South and East-West Lines, according to Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng. He was ...
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    Fatal abuse of Indo maid: Remand on 60-year-old woman extendedPENANG — The remand on a 60-year-old woman, who was detained in connection with the fatal abuse of an Indonesian maid here, has been extended by seven days. Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the extension order was ap
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    Don’t Try These 8 Tricks at Singapore’s Casinos Unless You Want to Be Arrested“Go big or go home” says the gambler seated beside you at the blackjack table. Everyone knows the odds in a casino are against the player, so you’re both probably trying different tricks to win. Some, like counting cards in your mind, are legal. However, most of the other ways… The post Don....
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    Weekend beauty looks from the London catwalksLondon Fashion Week got into its stride over the weekend, with standout Autumn/Winter 2018 catwalk beauty looks served up by Gareth Pugh, Matty Bovan and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. It was all about the glitter at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, where the models had their hairlines, foreheads and eyelids sprinkled with a dusting of iridescent gold, turquoise and red shimmer. The dreamy approach was paired with scrubbed-clean complexions and tousled waves that were tucked into collars for a celestial aesthetic.
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    Man jailed for assaulting town council officer and theft of perfume and branded handbagSINGAPORE - A rag-and-bone man slapped a town council property officer who had instructed a cleaning supervisor to remove cardboard outside his rental flat, a court heard
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    Singapore Budget 2018: Top marginal buyer's stamp duty to go up from 3% to 4% for residential properties worth over $1 millionSINGAPORE - The Government has raised the top marginal buyer's stamp duty rate from 3 per cent to 4 per cent for residential properties worth more than $1 million
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    Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019Singapore said Monday it would impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and make companies more competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said the tax would be levied on all facilities producing 25,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gas emissions a year. The tax, to be applied to all sectors, will be Sg$5.0 ($3.8) per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions from 2019 to 2023, after which the levy will be reviewed and possibly raised to between Sg$10 and Sg$15 per tonne by 2030.
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    John Oliver: ‘Yes, It F**king Is’ Time To Talk About Gun ControlJohn Oliver returned to TV on Sunday night and began his show’s fifth season with a discussion of last week’s shooting spree at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.
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    Everything you need to know about Budget Statement 2018You don't need to read anything else.
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    Florida students to march on Washington in call for gun reformWASHINGTON: Students who survived a mass shooting at their Florida school on Sunday (Feb 18) announced plans to march on Washington in a bid to "shame" politicians into reforming laws that make firearms readily available. The March for Our Lives will take place on Mar 24, with sister rallies ...
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    Singapore Budget 2018: Why don't we tap our reserves?#SGBudget2018: Why the need to raise taxes and not tap more on reserves instead? Heng Swee Keat explains. str.sg/budget18blog
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    Man violently attacks 7-Eleven staff after being denied boozeSINGAPORE -Unable to buy beer seven minutes after the cut-off time for retail shops, a man violently assaulted an employee at a 7-Eleven store in Changi Village
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    Singapore Budget 2018: Tobacco tax goes up#SGBudget2018: A 10% increase in tobacco excise duty kicks in today. str.sg/budget18blog
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    Top marginal Buyer's Stamp Duty to be raisedWATCH: If you’re planning to buy a home worth more than S$1 million, the buyer’s stamp duty will go up from 3% to 4% from tomorrow. #SGBudget2018
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    'Love is love': Televised gay kiss lights up OlympicsPYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Gay freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy said it was a moment that he "never dreamed" possible as a child after he was filmed kissing his partner on live television at the Olympics. It has been hailed by some as a landmark moment in Games history and the footage went viral on ...
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    Fire razes makeshift dormitory of Dengkil tahfiz school [NSTTV]DENGKIL: A group-of students’ act of performing ‘solat jemaah’ (congregational prayer) for Zohor ended up saving them from a fire, which razed the Tahfiz Al Ridzuan Madrasah community hall in Kampung Dato’ Ahmad Razali today. The 17 students, along with local residents, were praying at the As-Syarif Mosque, which is nestled in the same location as the community hall and a dormitory building.
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    Fire razes makeshift dormitory of Dengkil tahfiz schoolDENGKIL: A group-of students’ act of performing ‘solat jemaah’ (congregational prayer) for Zohor ended up saving them from a fire, which razed the Tahfiz Al Ridzuan Madrasah community hall in Kampung Dato’ Ahmad Razali today. The 17 students, along with local residents, were praying at the As-Syarif Mosque, which is nestled in the same location as the community hall and a dormitory building.
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    Merkel to tap rumoured successor for top party roleThe popular female premier of tiny Saarland state is set to take over as secretary general of Angela Merkel's conservative party, sources said Monday, fuelling speculation the chancellor is lining up her potential successor.
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    From GST to hongbao giveaway: Budget 2018’s impact on economy, environment and societySINGAPORE: The Government’s Budget statement for Financial Year (FY) 2018 was unveiled by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament on Monday (Feb 19). Chief amongst the announcements was the raising of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 7 to 9 per cent “sometime in the period” from 2021 to...
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    Do you think Singaporeans will be brought for promise of $300?Budget 2018: All Singaporeans aged 21 and above will get a one-time Hong Bao of $300, $200 or $100 in 2018, depending on income. Here's a scene in 2015's General Election which might add on to the joy of such goodies.
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    GST will rise by 2%: Finance Minister confirms at Budget 2018Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that the Goods and Services Tax will increase by 2 per cent, as he delivered Budget 2018, this afternoon. This tax hike will raise the GST from 7 per cent to 9 per cent and will be implemented sometime between 2021 and 2025, most likely after the next Genera...
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    Budget 2018: Singaporeans to receive "hongbao"WATCH: Best part of #SGBudget2018? You get “hongbao” of up to S$300 if you’re Singaporean and aged 21 and above.
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    Australia would welcome UK interest in joining Trans-Pacific Partnership: Julie BishopLONDON (REUTERS) - Australia would welcome interest from Britain in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade group after it leaves the European Union, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Monday (Feb 19)
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    Pro-regime forces to enter Syria's Afrin 'within hours': state mediaPro-government fighters will enter Syria's Afrin "within hours" to take a stand against a Turkish-led offensive on the enclave, state media reported on Monday. AFP correspondents in the area and the Kurdish forces holding Afrin could not immediately confirm any imminent deployment. "Popular forces will arrive in Afrin within a few hours to support its people's stand against the Turkish regime's attack on the area and its people," state news agency SANA said, citing its correspondent in Aleppo.
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    Malawi cholera cases pass 500, eight people deadBLANTYRE: Cholera cases in Malawi have tripled and four more people have died, the Ministry of Health said on Monday, a month after the spread of the disease from Zambia was thought to have been contained. Ministry of Health spokesman Joshua Malango said the number of cases had increased to 527 ...
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    15 passengers hurt as bus jumps divider, ends in ditchMERSING: A total of 15 passengers were injured when a bus driver lost control of the vehicle, went over the divider and ended up in a ditch at Km17 of the Nitar Road – Mersing near the Felda Farm in Nitar at 12.35pm last night. The accident occurred when the bus driver, 59, was en route from Melaka to Mersing with 32 passengers, including 10 students from Johor Mersing Polytechnic (PMJ), were on their way to their respective hostels after Chinese New Year celebrations. Others injured received treatment at Felda’s Health Clinic Nitar 1 and at Mersing Hospital.
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    Competition Commission to further examine ComfortDelGro-Uber allianceSINGAPORE - The Competition Commission of Singapore will embark on the second phase of its study of a proposed alliance between ComfortDelGro and Uber's Lion City Rentals, saying that it has not been able to decide conclusively whether the tie-up is anti-competitive