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Learn from the Thais – ban smoking at home

I hope a smoking ban will be introduced and will extend to smoking around landed properties. I wish to highlight one statistic: Out of all the smoking complaints received by the authorities, only 320, or 5 per cent,…

Which districts have seen the strongest gains since Covid-19?

It may sound like a bit of a strange title, given that most people wouldn’t expect to associate gains with the word Covid-19, but this is the current situation we find ourselves in. If you’ve been following the…

My love-hate relationship with CPF

I became a Singapore PR under the AIP scheme the year I relocated to Singapore in 1998. My Singapore citizenship was approved four years later. CPF was something new to me. Initially, I was not comfortable with it.…

Three-line MRT breakdown raises serious, troubling questions

Wed evening’s power-related disruption affecting three MRT lines was the first incident of its kind in four years. It came after a relatively uneventful year, except for a six-hour disruption – also power-related – that affected NEL in…

Struggle to find cheap room to rent near workplace

When Malaysian Chan Chee Hao walked across the Causeway to Singapore on the first day of the border reopening in Aug, he did not expect that he would join hundreds of other workers seeking cheap rooms to rent.…

Couple who hung pork outside window didn’t know it wasn’t allowed, just wanted to make preserved pork

A couple in Jurong West had only meant to make preserved pork but unwittingly raised a stink on the internet after a neighbour called them out for the slabs of raw pork they’d hung outside their window. Speaking…

Tai Cheong Bakery to open new outlet in Bukit Panjang Plaza, easier for those in the West to get their egg tarts

When the Hong Kong bakery first opened a permanent outlet in Singapore in 2016, there was a constant line of people eagerly waiting to purchase their famed egg tarts. Forward to present day, Tai Cheong Bakery has expanded…

Second eatery in Little India among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

A second eatery in Little India has been added to a list of public places that had been visited by Covid-19 cases during their infectious period. MOH said in its evening update of the coronavirus situation on Thurs…

3 new Covid-19 cases: 2 imported, 1 in foreign worker dormitory

Singapore has confirmed three new cases of Covid-19, MOH said on Thurs. One resides in a foreign worker dormitory and two are imported cases. There are no infections in the wider community. All three fresh cases have no…

Extend Covid-19 surveillance testing to entire S’pore population with pooled tests

Pooled testing has been used in communities with low Covid-19 prevalence to increase testing throughput and enable more extensive surveillance testing. So far, surveillance testing for Covid-19 in Singapore has largely been targeted at groups such as essential…

Design of future HDB projects to take into account residents’ physical, social and mental health

Residents moving into new public housing towns from next year may find a number of empty open spaces around their estates. But this is not for a lack of development plans. The idea by HDB is to allow…

Senior birds to spend their golden years at Jurong Bird Park’s new “retirement home”

Retired birds from Jurong Bird Park Kings of the Skies show will now enjoy the rest of their golden years in a new aviary open to the public. Situated next to the Hawk Arena, Jurong Bird Park’s latest…

Man charged for flying drone over Gombak Base, photographing Gali Batu Depot

A 20-year-old man was charged in court on Thurs for taking drone footage of Mindef Gombak Base and Gali Batu Depot. Russell Wong Shin Pin, a Singaporean, allegedly flew his drone, a DJI Mavic Air Drone, into the…

KidZania Singapore owes S$53m to over 1,000 creditors

Khazanah-backed family attraction KidZania Singapore, now under liquidation, owes S$53.4 million to more than 1,000 parties including businesses and government agencies in Singapore, BT has learnt. About S$50 million of that sum is listed as claims by Themed…

Bytedance moving to bigger Singapore office amid expansion plan

ByteDance, the Chinese owner of video app TikTok, is moving to a bigger office in Singapore’s financial district, paving the way for it to make the city-state its beachhead for the rest of Asia. It has signed an…

Singapore investment sales up 78% in 2020 Q3

Singapore saw investment sales volume jump 78% q-o-q to $3.99 billion during the third quarter of 2020, revealed Colliers Intl. “They are indeed showing signs of recovery in the second half of the year, with daily COVID-19 cases…

70% of matrimonial flats retained by wife following divorce

HDB received around 7,200 transfer applications due to divorce from 2015 to 2019, revealed MND in Parliament on Wed. Of these, 70% or 5,100 of the flats were retained by the ex-wife. “Following divorce, one party may retain…

864 households applied for HDB loan deferments from April to August 2020: MND

HDB has assisted about 2,500 households with their HDB mortgage payments from Apr to Aug 2020, revealed MND in Parliament on Wed. Of these, 864 households decided to defer their loan payments, while 277 reduced their loan payments.…

More letterboxes tampered with, Budget 2020 vouchers allegedly stolen

More letterboxes have been tampered with in various HDB estates islandwide, with grocery vouchers meant for lower-income Singaporeans allegedly stolen from them. Police said yesterday that they have received reports of such incidents in residential areas including Marsiling…

COVID-19 tests to be offered to more than 45,000 hawkers, cleaners and food delivery workers

The Government will offer a one-off COVID-19 test to more than 45,000 people working at 110 hawker centres and markets and more than 1,120 coffee shops, as well as food delivery personnel operating in the locality of these…

New S$13.5m grant for key sports businesses like academies, facility operators to defray operating costs

Key sports businesses can tap on a new S$13.5 million grant to defray operating costs under the latest relief measures for the COVID-19-hit sports sector. The Sports Resilience Package operating grant will help up to 150 of these…

September private home sales in Singapore hit two-year high

Private developers sold 1,329 new homes excluding ECs in Sept, marking the highest monthly sale in more than two years. Last month’s private home sales volume is the highest since July 2018, when 1,724 units were sold when…

NLB relaxes rules for time allowed at public libraries, resumes more services

All public libraries will allow patrons to spend up to three hours in their premises from next Tues with safe distancing and capacity control measures in place, NLB said on Thurs. Patrons can visit the Lee Kong Chian…

Power cable insulation fault started chain of events that led to MRT service disruption: SMRT

A breakdown of insulation of a power cable and an attempt to restore power to two MRT lines without “first isolating the fault” led to disruption in train services on Wed night, SMRT said on Thurs. The operator…

Train services return to normal following Wednesday’s widespread disruption

A day after one of the worst power-related disruptions in years that hit three MRT lines and left thousands stranded, train services on the lines resumed, with commuters saying that their morning rides were uneventful. At about 6.45am…

Ong Ye Kung apologises for a ‘rough and stressful’ night of MRT train breakdowns

Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung apologised to commuters in a FB post after power faults caused disruptions along three MRT train lines on Wed night. “Has been a rough and stressful evening for many commuters. We are sorry…

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