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Family of 4 escape fire at Kovan home; no injuries reported

A fire broke out on Sun morning at a private housing estate in Kovan, forcing a family of four to flee their home. A spokesman for SCDF said on Mon that it was alerted to the fire at…

2 stung in Sentosa: Stingrays common around S’pore but docile unless disturbed, say experts

Stingray sightings are a common occurrence in the waters around Singapore and they are known to be docile unless disturbed, said experts who were responding to reports of two recent incidents involving the creatures off Sentosa beaches. A…

New Bill will allow Govt to borrow up to $90b for long-term national infrastructure projects

A new Bill introduced on Mon will pave the way for the Government to pay for major national infrastructure projects through borrowing, something that has not been done since the 1990s. The proposed Significant Infrastructure Government Loan Act…

Long queues to enter revamped National Orchid Garden

Visitors faced long queues to enter the National Orchid Garden on Mon after it introduced an attraction designed to simulate the experience of ascending through a tropical cloud forest. More than 50 people were seen lining up at…

NUS student allegedly stalked woman and trespassed into her property on campus

A NUS student allegedly committed offences, including stalking a woman and trespassing into her property on campus. Ong Jing Xiang, now 25, had been handed three charges earlier this year – one count each of harassment, criminal trespass…

Hungry hornbill yanks songbird from cage, ruffles netizens’ feathers

Love them or hate them — pet birds have been singing (and waking us up in the morning) from their cages in Singapore. One such songbird met an untimely end in the beak of a hungry hornbill. In…

Take steps to improve user experience at park connector networks

NParks has done a great job in keeping Singapore green, helping Singaporeans to enjoy the greenery and keeping Singaporeans healthy. I have been walking and cycling around Singapore for about 15 years. During this period, the number of…

Fukui omakase opens on Mohamed Sultan Road

A new Japanese joint serving dishes powered by fresh, seasonal produce has opened at 25 Mohamed Sultan Road. Fukui, led by a chef who claims to have served the late Lee Kuan Yew, is an omakase delight that’s…

Act to use less plastic

We can already see the devastating effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and more tropical storms, and it is time we took action. Yet, governments have taken little action and people are suffering the effects.…

Chinese New Year boosts retail sales by 5.2% in February

Retail sales grew by 5.2% y-o-y in Feb, compared to the 6.1% y-o-y decline recorded in Jan according to the latest government statistics. The growth was attributed mainly to CNY Celebrations. The total retail sales value was estimated…

Non-mature vs mature HDB estates: What’s really the difference?

About the only time we come across the terms “mature” or “non-mature” HDB towns or estates is when we want to buy a BTO flat. This is when we see which estates are being offered, as well as…

Knight Frank appoints Christine Li as head of research, Asia Pacific

Knight Frank has appointed Christine Li as head of research, APAC, based in Singapore. In her new role, Li will oversee the research teams across the region in forecasting key trends and bringing quality insights to clients across…

Strong showing for private home prices in 1Q21, ahead of expectations: CGS-CIMB

CGS-CIMB Research analyst Lock Mun Yee has maintained her ‘overweight’ rating for the Singapore property sector after the property price index flash estimate for 1Q2021 showed that private home prices rose 2.9% q-o-q, compared to 2.1% in 4Q2020.…

Straits Trading acquires JL Family Office’s stake in Straits Real Estate for $105 mil

The Straits Trading Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary STC Capital has entered into a share SPA with JL Equity II, a unit of the JL Family Office (JLFO) for the proposed acquisition of JLFO’s 10.5% stake in Straits Real Estate…

KSH wins $171.8 mil contract for Biopolis Phase 6 development

KSH Holdings has secured a $171.8 million design and build contract under the Biopolis Phase 6 development in one-north as well as works at the adjacent Buona Vista Node of the rail corridor from HB Universal, a wholly-owned…

IMDA’s Pick Network not intended to stifle competition in parcel locker sector: Sim Ann

Pick Network, the government-owned entity that will operate upcoming parcel-locker network, was not created to stifle competition among private-sector parcel-locker operators, Senior Minister of State for MCI Sim Ann told Parliament on Mon. Addressing concerns that Pick could…

MRT, bus commuters could be subject to frisk searches under proposed laws

Commuters taking the bus or train here could be subject to frisk searches by police officers and other “senior approved persons” under proposed laws introduced in Parliament on Mon. Under the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, a “frisk search”…

Relief period for options to purchase, S&P agreements for property extended to June 30

The relief period for OTP, and SPAs with developers will be extended for an additional three months, up to June 30. This will help buyers of residential, commercial and industrial properties who require more time to make their…

Trial to pedestrianise roads receives mixed reaction from residents

When she speaks to residents living near Kampung Admiralty, Sembawang GRC MP Mariam Jaafar never fails to ask about a 200m stretch of road that has sparked some contention in her ward. In a six-month trial that began…

Bill for rollout of nationwide parcel network passed as Govt addresses security and accessibility concerns

The authorities are developing security guidelines and other requirements for the rollout of the nationwide parcel locker network, said Senior Minister of State for MCI Sim Ann in Parliament on Mon. She said her ministry is working closely…

CBD bustling again as more workers return to offices

The CBD was bustling on Mon — the first day of relaxed workplace restrictions — with snaking queues spotted in food courts and hawker centres during lunch. Between 8.30am and 10am on Mon, TODAY observed a steady stream…

Man stung by stingray at Tanjong Beach in Sentosa

A 38-year-old German man was stung by a stingray at Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach on Mar 28, one of two beach-goers stung in separate incidents that day. In a post on NSS’ FB page on Sat, Mr Benjamin Koellmann…

Man admits leaving home to meet girlfriend while on medical leave for sore throat and blocked nose

Despite being given a MC and told to stay at home until after his COVID-19 swab tested negative, a 20-year-old man left his residence to meet his girlfriend and pick up her things so she could stay with…

Cash surplus not a reason to hold off GST hike as land sales proceeds do not generate revenue: Indranee Rajah

Proceeds from land sales, which make up the bulk of the Government’s cash surpluses, are not considered as part of the Government’s revenue and cannot be used for spending, said Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah in Parliament…

Electric bicycle riders must pass theory test to ride on roads under proposed changes to Road Traffic Act

PAB riders will be required to pass a theory test that covers road safety before being allowed on the roads as part of proposed amendments to the RTA introduced in Parliament on Mon. The changes are aimed at…

No obvious increase in commuter numbers on trains on first day of eased Covid-19 rules in S’pore

The morning commuting crowd streamed out of Raffles Place MRT station, most of them office workers walking closely behind one another. From 8.30am to 9.30am on Mon, the tap of bank and ez-link cards at the gantries was…

By moonlight and warm weather: Hard corals in S’pore take their cues from environment to spawn

The “Singapore sakura” is now in bloom, with pretty pink flowers adorning the crowns of the trumpet trees here. But there is another “flowering” spell underway, unseen to many. Hard corals in Singapore’s waters are spawning – releasing…

Over 9,600 fines meted out in S’pore for Covid-19 breaches in past year

More than 9,600 fines have been issued to individuals and companies for failing to adhere to Covid-19 rules in the past year, with the authorities warning that there will be no let-up in enforcement as more people return…

NParks clears fallen tree amid stepped-up patrols at Rail Corridor

An albizia (Falcataria moluccana) tree that had fallen across the nature trail at the Rail Corridor near the old Bukit Timah Railway Station was cleared on Sun by NParks. A spokesman for NParks said self-sown non-native trees like…

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