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Tuesday #sgroundup: Two more bodies found as haunting pieces of wreckage retrieved

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AirAsia #QZ8501: Two more bodies found as haunting pieces of wreckage retrieved

Muslim clerics pray before embarking on a flight with Indonesian Air Force NAS 332 Super Puma helicopter, to fly over the Java Sea to offer prayers for victims of AirAsia flight QZ 8501, at Iskandar Airport in Pangkalan Bun, January 6, 2015. Search teams including divers took advantage of a let-up in bad weather on Tuesday to try to reach the wreckage of an AirAsia jet that crashed nine days ago, and to recover bodies and find its black box flight recorders. Indonesian officials believe they may have located the tail and parts of the fuselage of the Airbus A320-200 at the bottom of the Java Sea, but strong currents, high winds and big waves have hindered attempts to investigate the debris. REUTERS/Achmad Ibrahim/Pool (INDONESIA - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER RELIGION)



Two more bodies have been recovered by a Malaysian and Japanese ship, bringing the total number retrieved to 39, reports Indonesian media.

Separately, three more bodies have been identified -- Indra Yulianto, based on forensics and CCTV recordings of the 51-year-old's outfit at the airport; Hindarto Halim, 61, and 19-year-old Jou Brian Youvito.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/contact-with-airasia-flight-qz8501-bound-for-singapore-from-surabaya-lost-033803688.html

Singapore comes down heaviest on foreign buyers: report

Singapore skyline
Singapore skyline



Singapore and Hong Kong have imposed the heaviest tax burden on foreign property buyers amongst Asia Pacific markets, according to a Knight Frank report.

In terms of tax burdens on foreign investors, our analysis indicates that the more mature and open markets of Hong Kong and Singapore have some of the highest, while Cambodia, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia have more benign tax regimes, the report said.

https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/singapore-comes-down-heaviest-foreign-buyers-report-051502800--sector.html
 

Four more members co-opted into PAP's central executive committee

The PAP unveils its elected 12-member Central Executive Committee. (PAP Facebook page)
The PAP unveils its elected 12-member Central Executive Committee. (PAP Facebook page)



The ruling People's Action Party has co-opted four more people into its central executive committee (CEC), bringing the total number of committee members to 18.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the PAP said that the CEC decided in a meeting on Monday to co-opt  Lawrence Wong, Masagos Zulkifli, Zaqy Mohamed and Liang Eng Hwa.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/four-more-members-co-opted-into-pap-s-central-executive-committee-095424449.html


Haruki Murakami to be online agony uncle: publisher

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami poses with his trophy prior to an award ceremony for the Germany's Welt Literature Prize bestowed by the German daily Die Welt, in Berlin on November 7, 2014
Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami poses with his trophy prior to an award ceremony for the Germany's Welt Literature Prize bestowed by the German daily Die Welt, in Berlin on November 7, 2014



Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is to offer advice to troubled readers in an agony uncle column on his website, his publisher said Tuesday.

The website, named "Murakami-san no tokoro" or "Mr. Murakami's place" will solicit problems from fans of the surrealist, whose novels are published in dozens of languages around the world.

https://sg.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/haruki-murakami-online-agony-uncle-publisher-043208075.html


SE Asia Stocks-Singapore, Malaysia fall to over two-week lows

 



Southeast Asian stock markets mostly fell on Tuesday, with Singapore and Malaysia extending losses to more than two-week lows as investors cut holdings in risky assets amid weak global sentiment and oil company shares retreated in line with softening oil prices.

https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/se-asia-stocks-singapore-malaysia-091834572.html