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    SMRT slammed for trying to downplay Monday's peak hour train delay

    The scene at Khatib MRT station during a train disruption on the North-South Line earlier in 2014. (Yahoo file photo)The scene at Khatib MRT station during a train disruption on the North-South Line earlier in 2014. (Yahoo file photo)

    Beleaguered transport operator SMRT came under fire after attempting to downplay its 90-minute rail service failure during Monday morning's rush hour, insisting that train services were not disrupted and that trains "ran at a slower speed".

    This even as commuters reported that their trains were stalled, in particular between Yew Tee and Kranji stations, for more than an hour, with others saying they did not care what the incidents were called.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/smrt-slammed-for-trying-to-downplay-monday-s-peak-hour-train-delay-084557197.html

    What's that smell in the air, Singapore?

    A view of Upper Seletar Reservoir in Singapore. Reservoirs here are partially drying up after Singapore's longest-ever dry spell, which is expected to last through the first half of March. (Getty Images file photo)A view of Upper Seletar Reservoir in Singapore. Reservoirs here are partially drying up after Singapore's longest-ever dry spell, which is expected to last through the first half of March. (Getty Images file photo)

    Singapore's dry weather has persisted to create the longest dry spell the nation-state has ever seen, with 27 days sans rain from 13 January to 8 February, and it's caused minor vegetation fires that have resulted in a slight "burning" smell in the air over the past

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    90-minute disruption delays North-South Line commuters during Monday morning rush

    The commuter situation at Sembawang MRT station on Monday morning's North-South Line disruption. (Photo courtesy of Twitter user @_shinekoh)The commuter situation at Sembawang MRT station on Monday morning's North-South Line disruption. (Photo courtesy of Twitter user @_shinekoh)

    A track fault along Singapore's North-South Line delayed peak hour travel for thousands of commuters during Monday morning's rush.

    SMRT reported a "track circuit failure" on the southbound train line between Jurong East and Kranji MRT stations a little after 7am, later saying on its Facebook page that service was restored roughly one and a half hours afterward.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/track-fault-affects-commuters-along-north-south-line-011825252.html

    What's to like, not like about Singapore Budget 2014

    What do people in Singapore think of this year's budget? We took to the streets and asked some, and bring you their thoughts in video. Click the play button to watch it, or access it at the link below.

    http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/video/not-singapore-budget-2014-070419511.html

    Woman and young boy rescued from fire in Punggol flat

    A view of the vicinity of Block 167 in Punngol East, where a fire broke out in a bedroom on the 17th floor. (Photo: Google Street View)A view of the vicinity of Block 167 in Punngol East, where a fire broke out in a bedroom on the 17th floor. (Photo: Google Street View)

    A woman in

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    Singavpore Budget 2014 is to achieve fair and equitable society: Tharman

    DPM Tharman in Parliament delivering the 2014 Budget.

     A fair and equitable society.

    That’s what the Singapore government is hoping to achieve with the 2014 Budget, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in his speech in Parliament on Friday afternoon.

    http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/live-blog--singapore-budget-2014-052201756.html

    Singapore spends S$9 billion on elderly as Lee boosts social aid

    A stall keeper prepares pig legs at the Singapore Chinatown Complex Wet Market

     Singapore said it will spend S$9 billion ($7 billion) on health care and other benefits for the elderly, while providing companies with more funds to increase efficiency as the economy adjusts to a tighter labor supply.

    Foreign labor growth has slowed “significantly” in the past two years, and curbs on the inflow of overseas workers have prompted companies to improve the way they do business, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said in his budget speech in Parliament today.

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    This police sketch that was mocked on the Internet resulted in the arrest of an alleged criminal. (Photos: Lamar County Sheriff's Department and eParisExtra.com)This police sketch that was mocked on the Internet resulted in the arrest of an alleged criminal. (Photos: Lamar County Sheriff's Department and eParisExtra.com)

    A police sketch that was publicly mocked for its resemblance to a Muppet actually helped nab a suspect earlier this week in Texas.

    The drawing of the man was based on the description given to a forensic artist by two unidentified victims: a 77-year-old woman and her 57-year-old daughter, who were robbed at knifepoint in broad daylight.

    The drawing quickly became the laughingstock of the Internet for its resemblance to a cartoon (chubby cheeks, a too-thin lip line, dopey eyes).

    But on

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    At least 77 killed as train derails in Spain

    A train travelling from Madrid to Ferrol derails, killing at least 77 people and injuring many others. The death toll continues to rise.

    LTA splurges S$285m on Caldecott station construction

    Caldecott station is scheduled to complete in 2020. (Singapore Business Review photo)

    The Land Transport Authority has awarded the construction of Caldecott station for a contract sum of S$285 million. Scheduled to complete in 2020, the station will be an interchange connecting the future Thomson Line with the Circle Line.

    China charges Bo Xilai with corruption

    China's senior politician, Bo Xilai, has been charged. (Reuters photo)

    China’s former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary, Bo Xilai, has been charged with bribery, abuse of power and corruption. He is likely to be found guilty, though it is unlikely that he will receive the death penalty.

    Toddler killed in China over parking row

    A Chinese man accidentally kills a two-year-old girl. (AFP file photo)

    A Chinese men throws a two-year-old girl to the ground, killing her, after her mother apparently refused to make

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    Baby boy for Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate


    The 41-gun salute has sounded and 62 rounds fired, signalling the birth of a baby boy for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


    Singapore’s inflation jumped to 1.8% in June

    Petrol pump prices increased after three consecutive months of price correction. (Getty images)

    Singapore’s Consumer Price Index for June rose to 1.8 per cent as compared to 1.6 per cent in May, mainly due to rising global oil prices.

    Singapore’s rising household debt ‘worrying’

    An estimated five to 10 percent of borrowers in Singapore "have probably over-leveraged on their property purchases". (Getty images)

    The Monetary Authority of Singapore expresses concerns that the mounting household debt and surging property prices will pose “significant threat” to the country’s financial system.

    School ‘forces’ students to eat in shower room

    Primary school students eating in a shower room in Malaysia. (Photo taken from Facebook)

    Non-Muslim students in a primary school in Malaysia were made to eat in a shower room during the fasting month.

    Singapore’s teen Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion dreams of greater glory

    15-year-old Amos Chua hopes to be a pro-fighter one day. (Yahoo! photo)

    This 15-year-old is Singapore's first and only world champion in the martial art of

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    Ex-minister Lim Boon Heng to take over as chairman of Temasek Holdings
    Starting from 1 August 2013, former minister Lim Boon Heng will take over as chairman of Temasek Holdings. S. Dhanabalan retires after almost 17 years as chairman.

    Former minister Lim Boon Heng has been appointed as the new chairman of Temasek Holdings. (AFP file photo)

    Singapore among world’s 10 most pessimistic countries
    A recent survey conducted by Gallup ranks Singapore as the 10th most pessimistic country. Nearly 24 per cent of Singaporean respondents expect their lives to get worse in the next five years.

    Singapore is the 10th most pessimistic country. (Getty images)

    Kovan suspect’s family engage lawyers
    Iskandar bin Rahmat's family engages three lawyers to defend him, much to the suspect's surprise.

    Three lawyers were engaged last week for 34-year-old Iskandar bin Rahmat, who was accused of committing the double murder of Tan Boon Sin and Tan Chee Heong. (Yahoo! photo)

    At least 54 dead in twin China quakes
    Two earthquakes in China’s Gansu province have left at least 54 dead with death toll expected to rise. More than 21,000 buildings were severely damaged and more than 1,200 of these have collapsed.

    Duchess of Cambridge goes into labour
    After a

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    Singapore mixed martial artists shoot for global stardom

    Singapore MMA fighter Royston Wee is gunning for The Ultimate Fighter China tryouts on 25 July at Marina Bay Sands. (Photo: Royston Wee)Singapore MMA fighter Royston Wee is gunning for The Ultimate Fighter China tryouts on 25 July at Marina Bay Sands. (Photo: Royston Wee)

    At least two local fighters will try out for the Chinese version of reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter, in hopes of landing a contract with international MMA giant Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    7 gunshots, waist-down paralysis, and he's still moving

    Meet Foo Fung Liang, the president and co-founder of the Handcycling Association of Singapore. (Yahoo! photo)Meet Foo Fung Liang, the president and co-founder of the Handcycling Association of Singapore. (Yahoo! photo)

    Read the inspiring story of Foo Fung Liang, who was shot seven times at point-blank range while he was living in the U.S.. Despite losing the ability to use his legs after that, he went on to bring a new sport into Singapore -- handcycling.

    Indian school meal deaths: children’s food possibly cooked in insecticide container

    Reports claim that insecticide containers may have been used for cooking the food served to children under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in India. Twenty-two children have died after eating the free meal.

    ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘American Horror Story’ lead the 2013

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  • Single mom’s heart-breaking struggle in Singapore

    Most women deliver their babies with blessings from their families, but Madam Salbiah Wahab gave birth to her third child alone in tears and in debt.
     
    Her husband walked out on her barely a month before that painful day. She was saddled with her husband’s debts, payment for their five-room flat and three children to bring up. The then-housewife was at a loss on what to do.
     
    Hers is but one of many stories of low-income families in Singapore. Despite the country’s stellar economic performance, there are still many who are struggling to make ends meet. 

    Madam Salbiah’s story was documented by a group of students from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University as part of their Final Year Project. Titled Growing Up with Less, the multimedia project explores the lesser-known side of cosmopolitan Singapore where government-built apartment complexes are littered with trash and soiled sanitary pads and your neighbour next door could be a drug

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  • This picture of a New Zealand newborn baby left alone in a locked car, with an accompanying note, went viral online over the past two days. (Screengrab from video)This picture of a New Zealand newborn baby left alone in a locked car, with an accompanying note, went viral online over the past two days. (Screengrab from video)

    Reposted from "Trending Now" on Yahoo! Canada

    There is no perfect way to be a parent, and everyone's rules are not the same for fostering a child. That being said, when a parent does something that seems wrong to the vast majority of people, that parent's possible error in judgment takes the spotlight -- and the primary concern is the safety and well-being of the child.

    A photograph taken in New Zealand is causing quite an uproar around the world. The photo at the center of the controversy is of an infant asleep in a car seat locked alone inside a car. A note, seemingly written from the baby's perspective, is attached to the chest and reads, "my mums in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything." There is a phone number written at the end.

    See a video about the incident here:

    A couple who saw the baby in the car talked to the New Zealand Herald. "We waited there for a little bit, wondering if the mum was just going to be two seconds and come back," the man said. "And my wife

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