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September 20, 2017 11:19 AM Halimah’s rise to become President ‘reaffirms S’pore’s meritocratic system’

SINGAPORE — The election of Madam Halimah Yacob as Singapore’s President last week has been lauded by observers from Indonesia and Malaysia, who say the rise of an ethnic minority to the country’s highest office in the country has enhanced Singapore’s reputation as a meritocratic state. Indonesian labour activist-turned academic Dr Surya Tjandra told TODAY 3

September 20, 2017 11:03 AM Hurricane Maria hammers Puerto Rico with force not seen in 'modern history'

SAN JUAN — Hurricane Maria roared ashore on Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to strike the island in more than 80 years while panicked residents fled to high ground and huddled in shelters hoping to withstand powerhouse winds that have already left death and devastation across the Caribbean. "On the forecast track, [Maria] would be the most destructive 3

September 20, 2017 9:39 AM PM Lee Hsien Loong's China trip demonstrates closeness of bilateral ties: President Xi Jinping

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's visit to China demonstrates the closeness of bilateral ties and embodies mutual consensus to advancing relations between both countries, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday (Sept 20). Both leaders had pledged then to build on that, and to keep the relationship growing in an orderly and healthy way. "In sum, I believe 3

September 20, 2017 8:38 AM COE prices increase across the board in latest bid; Small car COE closes at $42,902

SINGAPORE - Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices increased across the board in the latest round of bidding, which closed on Wednesday (Sept 20) at 4pm. Category A premiums - for cars up to 1,600cc up and 130bhp - went up almost 20 per cent to $42,902. This comes just two weeks after prices plunged 16 per cent to $36,001 during the last tender, the lowest 3

September 20, 2017 7:43 AM NTUC FairPrice launches housebrand formula milk for under S$30 a tin

SINGAPORE: Supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice on Wednesday (Sep 20) launched a new range of formula milk from Australia, under its housebrand label. The FairPrice Gold formula milk is priced between S$27 and S$29 for a 900g tin. It is available in three types - for infants up to six months of age, between six months and a year old, as well as for those 3

September 20, 2017 6:00 AM CPIB says new polar bear mascot is its ‘friendly’ public face

SINGAPORE – Defending its newest “employee” Kopi Lim, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said the polar bear mascot is part of its new public outreach effort to “bring more insights into our anti-corruption work”. Kopi Lim, a bespectacled, stuffed polar bear, was introduced to the public over the weekend on the bureau’s Facebook page and YouTube 3

September 20, 2017 6:00 AM ‘Warm, long-standing’ ties reaffirmed as PM kicks off China visit

BEIJING — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang reaffirmed the warm and long-standing friendship between their two countries during a meeting Tuesday (Sept 19). During their talks, both leaders reviewed the extensive cooperation between the two countries, and welcomed Singapore’s support of China’s Belt and Road Initiative 4

September 20, 2017 5:52 AM Schäuble will be elected on Sunday but will he be finance minister?

Price paid by Merkel for coalition may see the flinty politician sidelined in favour of FDP candidate When German voters go to the polls on Sunday, one result is certain: Wolfgang Schäuble will be returned to the Bundestag, where he has been a member since 1972, for a record 13th term. Less certain is whether he continues as federal finance minister 8

September 20, 2017 1:21 AM Roadmap for electronics manufacturing aims to create 2,100 new jobs, $22b in value-add by 2020: Iswaran

SINGAPORE - Singapore's electronics manufacturing sector is getting a leg-up with the aim of growing it to have a manufacturing value-add of S$22.2 billion and create 2,100 new jobs for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) by 2020. Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran on Wednesday (Sept 20) said this comes as the Republic 4

September 20, 2017 1:20 AM Nearly 140 killed in powerful Mexico quake

MEXICO CITY - Nearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The toll could rise further. Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City - home to 20 million people - were clawing through the rubble of at least 4