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Army combat soldiers get new uniforms that cool, dry faster

SINGAPORE: Army combat soldiers are now being issued with a new hybrid uniform that is more comfortable and dissipates heat faster.

Singapore should aim to be cheque-free by 2025: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE: Singapore should aim to "eliminate cheques" by 2025 as the nation works towards a more widespread use of e-payments, said Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung on Wednesday (Jun 20).

Businesses, Government bodies can use PayNow Corporate to transfer funds from Aug 13

SINGAPORE: Companies and Government agencies will be able to use funds transfer service PayNow from August, with the introduction of the PayNow Corporate service.

COE premiums for cars fall to lowest since 2010

SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums for larger cars fell to the lowest in more than eight years, down to S$33,900 in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Jun 20) from S$36,000 previously.

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Man fined S$3,500 for importing a live tortoise

SINGAPORE: A 40-year-old man was fined S$3,500 on Wednesday (Jun 20) for the illegal importation of a Greek tortoise into Singapore.

Locally grown strawberries a first for Singapore's farming industry

SINGAPORE: It was once an unthinkable feat - growing non-native temperate produce on Singapore soil. But a local urban farm has managed to do just that - growing strawberries, with the help of technology in a controlled hydroponics…

Plaque displaying diamond-embellished UOB card sparks ridicule online

SINGAPORE: A plaque displaying a new diamond-embellished United Overseas Bank (UOB) card has drawn ridicule from netizens, after they spotted its odd choice of wording in a photo circulating online.

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Do Michelin stars really matter in Singapore’s fine-dining scene?

With Joel Robuchon’s restaurants closing on Jun 30 and the Michelin Guide coming out on Jul 25, CNA Lifestyle talks to some industry insiders about the importance of these infamous stars.

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Swimming instructor gets 5 months' jail for injuring 4 people in drink driving accident

SINGAPORE: A freelance swimming instructor who caused a traffic accident while drunk, injuring four people, was on Wednesday (Jun 20) sentenced to five months' jail and a fine of S$1,000.

Man who tried to use stun gun on police officer gets corrective training, caning and fine

Sivakandesh had a history of violence-related offences, including rioting.

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Demolition of Rochor Centre to begin from Jun 26

SINGAPORE: The demolition of Rochor Centre will begin on Jun 26 in preparation for the construction of the North-South Corridor (NSC), said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a news release on Wednesday (Jun 20).

Death of NSF Dave Lee: Room for improvement in heat injury prevention and response, external panel finds

SINGAPORE: An external panel, convened in May after the death of full-time national serviceman Dave Lee, has said that improvements could be made to how the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) prevents and responds to heat injuries, Chief of…

Less than a year in, SAF soldier performance centre already reducing injury rates

SINGAPORE: A new Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) soldier performance centre has shown tangible results in reducing injury rates, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said on Tuesday (Jun 19).

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Former policeman who was active member of secret society sentenced to a year's jail

SINGAPORE: A police officer who was an active member of two secret societies was on Wednesday (Jun 20) sentenced to a year's jail.

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Army of fake reviewers being built to dupe buyers, drive online sales

Just one company has as many as 80,000 people, including from Singapore, who are paid to write positive things about products they have never tried, as Talking Point discovers.

‘Just like us’: Singaporeans open hearts and homes to migrant workers

Eight families inspired to invite migrant workers over for a meal, after a CNA Insider series, discover a new level of appreciation for their guests.

Tuesday, Jun 19

High Court grants Hyflux six-month reprieve from creditors

Hyflux, which first made its mark in water treatment, was granted a six-month moratorium which it said was necessary to tide it through the current cash crunch and avoid a possible liquidation.

Civil servants to get 0.5-month mid-year bonus, one-off lump sum payment of at least S$300

SINGAPORE: Civil servants in Singapore will receive a 0.5-month mid-year bonus and a one-off payment of at least S$300, the Public Service Division (PSD) said on Tuesday (Jun 19).

New food hygiene recognition scheme to replace existing grading system

The new scheme, which will be implemented from late 2020, will take the operators’ track records into consideration.

The Big Read: Forget dollars and cents. Trump-Kim summit’s real value is in affirming Singapore’s place in the world

The S$20 million cost of hosting the event, observers noted, was a strategic bet that may yield substantive dividends in the future.

Monday, Jun 18

'We couldn't understand what was happening': Singaporeans in Japan describe earthquake

SINGAPORE: When the Shinkansen bullet train Dr Ewen Chee and his family were on started shaking violently before coming to a stop early on Monday morning (Jun 18), the Singaporean tourist thought they were experiencing a power failure.

Investigations ongoing after cladding falls off HDB block in Pasir Ris

SINGAPORE: Investigations are ongoing after part of an HDB block's decorative cladding fell off its facade.

7 MRT stations along North-South Line to close earlier in July

SINGAPORE: Seven MRT stations along the North-South Line (NSL) from Bukit Gombak to Admiralty will close earlier every Friday and Saturday starting July, SMRT said on Monday (Jun 18).

Singapore exports jump 15.5% in May, well above forecasts

SINGAPORE: Singapore's exports grew at their fastest pace in seven months in May, thanks to a continued surge in pharmaceutical exports, official data showed on Monday (Jun 18).

Sunday, Jun 17

Sambar deer euthanised after accident along BKE involving 3 vehicles

SINGAPORE: A sambar deer that was involved in an accident on the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) early on Sunday (Jun 17) had to be euthanised on welfare grounds as its injuries were too severe.

Commentary: For greater social mobility, should the role of privilege in our education system be reassessed?

No system should stop parents from investing in their children, but any system should attempt to minimise inequalities, says Channel NewsAsia's Bharati Jagdish.

Commentary: An over-emphasis on home ownership can come at a cost to society. Time for a review of public housing policy

Singapore’s housing policy started out with the aim of providing basic, comfortable and safe housing security for Singaporeans. Over the decades, strong public policy support may have led to an over-emphasis on housing ownership, leading…

Saturday, Jun 16

Trust and respect: Why Muslim women are this home salon owner's biggest clients

Half of hairstylist Winnie Lai's customers in her HDB home are Malay-Muslims who appreciate the privacy. Some have become fast friends.

Road-testing the Grab&Go service: A marketing gimmick, or a win-win for drivers and passengers?

A convenience store in the back of the car – that’s what ride-hailing company Grab hopes to provide with its new Grab&Go service. But how does it really work in practice?

They invited me to Pyongyang to thank me for translating, says Korean-Singaporean NSman

NSmen Gim Joo Hyung and Terrence Lee and ICA officer Reshma Nair were among the thousands of people activated from the military and civil service to ensure the Trump-Kim summit ran smoothly.

Commentary: Make full use of the last holiday week to prepare your child for the new school term

As the new school term approaches, use the remaining holiday time to meet your children's less apparent but no less essential needs, says a mother of three.

Friday, Jun 15

'It's a blessing': Why a millennial 'towkay' fasted with his Muslim migrant workers

He has a degree in business and finance. But to get to know his family's construction business better, he lived among their foreign employees to learn from them.

Singapore Airlines flight to Melbourne delayed after slide 'unexpectedly deployed'

SINGAPORE: A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight from Singapore to Melbourne was delayed after an evacuation slide was "unexpectedly deployed" on Friday (Jun 15).

Employment agency fined S$5,000 for bringing in 14-year-old Myanmar maid

SINGAPORE: An employment agency has been fined S$5,000 breaching employment agency licence conditions by deploying a 14-year-old foreign domestic worker (FDW).