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Singapore ranks high on educational mobility: OECD report

SINGAPORE: Singapore is among the top in the world when it comes to upward educational mobility, a report has found, with nearly six in 10 adults better educated than their parents.

British technology company Dyson to build electric car in Singapore

British technology company Dyson said on Tuesday it would build its electric car in Singapore, with a new site set for completion in 2020 ahead of the first vehicle launch a year later.

SCDF officer jailed over death of NSF Kok Yuen Chin

SINGAPORE: One of five Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers charged over a ragging incident that led to the death of a full-time national serviceman (NSF) was sentenced to one year and four weeks in jail on Tuesday (Oct 23).

AHTC trial: Sylvia Lim agrees to stating 'untruth' about extra cost for new managing agent

The former Aljunied-Hougang Town Council chair also admitted to being “careless” with a media statement, but objected to the need to disclose the involvement of party supporters in the running of the town council.

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Public transport in Singapore second most affordable out of 12 cities: PTC-commissioned study

SINGAPORE: Singapore is the second most affordable city for public transport, according to a study comparing trends in public transport fares across 12 major cities.


Man arrested after unattended bag found at Clarke Quay MRT station

SINGAPORE: A 56-year-old man has been arrested for making false threat to cause alarm at Clarke Quay MRT station, said the police on Tuesday (Oct 23).


More and larger exercises between China and ASEAN is 'way forward': Ng Eng Hen

Singapore's Defence Minister also said that it was important for China to engage more with external parties


Temasek's first public bond offer more than 8 times subscribed

SINGAPORE: Temasek Holdings' first public bond offer for retail investors was more than eight times subscribed, said the Singapore state investment firm on Tuesday (Oct 23) after the close of the offer.


The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge: 6 things to know about the engineering marvel

After several delays and budget overruns, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge was officially opened on Tuesday (Oct 23) by China's President Xi Jinping.

Taiwan train driver switched off speed control before deadly accident: Court

YILAN, Taiwan: The driver of a train in Taiwan that crashed killing 18 people told a court on Tuesday (Oct 23) he had switched off its speed-control system, a court official said, as investigators pieced together events that led to the…


5.7-magnitude quake hits Taiwan, tremors felt in Taipei

TAIPEI: An earthquake jolted Taiwan on Tuesday (Oct 23), with tremors felt strongly in the capital of Taipei.


2 injured after chain collisions involving eight cars on TPE

SINGAPORE: Two people were injured after two separate chain collisions involving eight cars happened on the Tampines Expressway (TPE) during the morning rush hour on Tuesday (Oct 23).

Final rotation: Sentosa's Sky Tower to close for good after 15 years

SINGAPORE: Sentosa's Tiger Sky Tower - which was shuttered for three months last year after a malfunction trapped 39 people for hours - will close its doors for good in December after negotiations to renew the lease fell through.


China opens world's longest sea bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau, Zhuhai

The world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China was launched on Tuesday at a time when Beijing seeks to tighten its grip on its semi-autonomous territories.


Taiwan driver granted bail after 18 killed in train crash

YILAN, Taiwan: The driver of a train that derailed in Taiwan killing 18 people and injuring 187, was granted bail on Tuesday (Oct 23) after being detained in connection with the island's worst rail disaster in decades.


How a Victoria JC student lost her film in 1992 and found a Netflix debut 26 years later

Sandi Tan’s film about a teenage killer was stolen by its director. She tells CNA Lifestyle about how piecing together that mystery became her award-winning documentary Shirkers.


Exploring Russia’s riches on the cheap: How a 10-day trip for two cost S$5,000 all-in

Moscow's and St Petersburg's riches extend beyond the country's literary works, art, opulent churches and its tsars. Its magnificence also comes from the simple things in life.

Commentary: You can still retire at 40, even with a longer life expectancy

And it doesn’t involve an onerous amount of savings, says one financial consultant.

The Big Read: Grumbling and rumbling at social enterprise hawker centres — what’s the rub?

The new social enterprise hawker management model isn't delivering on all its promises, say experts.


'We must not allow social stratification to harden in Singapore': PM Lee

SINGAPORE: Social mobility is more important than inequality, and Singapore must not allow social stratification to harden, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said at a community dialogue session.

Monday, Oct 22

AHTC trial: Sylvia Lim concedes fellow Workers' Party MPs 'breached duties'

By not disclosing to other town councillors the rates charged by an incoming managing agent, the elected members had failed to comply with their obligations to residents, charged the plaintiff’s lawyer.

Taiwan investigates train crash that killed 18

Taiwan's president pushed for a swift investigation Monday after an express train derailed on a coastal tourist route, killing 18 people as it sent sleeping passengers flying from their seats.

‘I smashed the glass and crawled out’: Passengers on derailed Taiwan train tell of narrow escape

YILAN, Taiwan: One man said he had to smash a safety glass to crawl out of his carriage. Another said he hit a wall when the train derailed, and several of his fellow passengers were thrown out of the carriage.

At least 18 dead, 175 injured after Taiwan train derails

Images from the site showed the Puyuma Express train completely derailed and lying zig-zagged across the track in northeastern Yilan county.

Sunday, Oct 21

RM70,000 for a 3-bedroom terrace house: Johor royal family comes up with 'affordable' housing project

JOHOR BAHRU: The Johor royal family has come up with an "affordable" housing project - where a three-bedroom terrace house costs as little as RM70,000 (US$16,800).

'I can resign today': Mahathir's meeting with Langkawi taxi drivers over Grab turns chaotic

LANGKAWI: A meeting between Malaysia's prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and members of the taxi drivers association on Sunday (Oct 21) in Langkawi was disrupted when it turned chaotic.

‘Doing the right thing has never been easy for me’: A serial convict’s journey

From boys’ home to gang to five spells behind bars, all Imran ever wanted was to be accepted by family, and find freedom - but not just from prison.

Commentary: Instead of robots or commodities, why not treat foreign domestic workers like fellow human beings?

Recent news of how employment agencies have presented foreign domestic workers as tradable commodities should spur us to think about whether this is the appropriate way to treat another human being, says one observer from Yale-NUS College.

Saturday, Oct 20

8 countries including US, China support multilateral air encounter code 'in-principle'

SINGAPORE: Eight nations have expressed in-principle support for a set of guidelines on military aircraft encounters, a day after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) declared its member countries would adopt the guidelines.

Operating the world's longest flight: Singapore Airlines crew give a behind-the-scenes account

SINGAPORE: In the middle of a hard day's work, most people will likely step outside for some fresh air and a spot of lunch. And after the day is done, even if there's some overtime involved, chances are you can head home and climb into…

‘Easiest aircraft I’ve ever flown’: Taking the F-35 for a spin - and a fight

In the second of a three-part series on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, Channel NewsAsia finds out what's it like to fly the fifth-generation fighter jet through an interview with Lockheed Martin's F-35 chief test pilot.

F-35: How the fifth-generation fighter jet might take RSAF to the next level

In the first of a three-part series on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, Channel NewsAsia’s Aqil Haziq Mahmud visited Lockheed Martin’s production facility for an in-depth look at the fighter jet and how it could be a battlefield…

Friday, Oct 19

Singapore, EU ink landmark free trade agreement

BRUSSELS: Singapore and the European Union (EU) on Friday (Oct 19) inked a landmark trade deal that will eliminate tariffs and give businesses across various sectors, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), better market…

Sylvia Lim avoided calling for tender for new managing agent despite having time do so: Davinder Singh

SINGAPORE: Former chairman of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) Sylvia Lim “dishonestly” put in effect a plan to avoid a tender for a new managing agent, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh said on Friday (Oct 19).

Former Malaysian DPM Zahid Hamidi charged with money laundering, corruption

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was slapped with 45 charges in court on Friday (Oct 19) in a RM114 million (US$27.4 million) case, a new blow to his beleaguered party which lost power in landmark…

NEA working with hawkers and operators to 'iron out' cost and contract issues: Amy Khor

The agency will not hesitate to take operators of hawker centres to task if they are found to be errant, Dr Khor added.

Thursday, Oct 18

AHTC trial: Davinder Singh accuses Sylvia Lim of lying to town council members, court and Parliament

SINGAPORE: Former chairman of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) Sylvia Lim "misled everyone", and lied that the town council had to upscale its own computer system because an IT firm terminated the system in use at the time in 2011,…

Former Malaysia DPM Zahid Hamidi arrested by anti-graft agency

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was arrested by the country's anti-graft agency on Thursday (Oct 18).

AHTC trial: Low explains reason for distrust of CPG, Davinder Singh says he's lying to the court

SINGAPORE: The 10th day of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) trial opened with a series of sharp exchanges on Thursday (Oct 18), with Workers’ Party (WP) Member of Parliament (MP) Low Thia Khiang attempting to explain evidence he…

Multiple unauthorised log-in attempts detected on HealthHub portal: HPB

SINGAPORE: Multiple unauthorised log-in attempts were detected on the Health Promotion Board's (HPB) HealthHub portal over four days, the statutory board said on Thursday (Oct 18).