SINGAPORE ARMY BOYS DON'T HAVE TO WASH THEIR OWN TANKS ANY MORE?

It typically takes nine men up to four hours to dismantle communications equipment from the Bionix armoured infantry fighting vehicle and hose it down. The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is also increasingly handing over the management and warehousing of combat equipment or stores in training institutes to civilian contractors. While outsourcing helps soldiers to perfect their combat skills, Ms Ellen Lee, a member of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Foreign Affairs, said doing some of these manual chores can help toughen up soldiers.

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ORANGUTAN IN ARGENTINA GRANTED RIGHT TO LIVE IN BETTER CONDITIONS

A female orangutan got cleared to leave a Buenos Aires zoo she has called home for 20 years, after a court ruled that she was entitled to more desirable living conditions, lawyers said. The 29-year-old orangutan, named Sandra, has been living in a zoo enclosure for two decades, which animal rights lawyers said was against her comfort.

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MALAYSIA TO CHARGE S'PORE VEHICLES S$7.60 PER ENTRY INTO M'SIA

Motorists with foreign-registered vehicles entering Johor Bahru from Singapore will have to pay a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of RM20 (S$7.55) from the middle of next year, reported The New Straits Times on Sunday (Dec 21). “The Transport Ministry is working out the details of the VEP implementation at the Causeway and the Second Link, before it is enforced,” the newspaper quoted Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi as saying on Saturday.

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AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICER'S QUICK THINKING STOPS DRUNK DRIVER FROM RAMMING CAR INTO PLAYGROUND FULL OF KIDS

An auxiliary police officer acted quickly to stop a driver from crashing his car into a playground filled with children and elderly people in Beach Road at 9pm on Friday (Dec 19). The officer and a colleague were on patrol there when they spotted the black sedan travelling on the pavement, headed right for the playground.

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THE 12 MOST OVERRATED EATING PLACES IN SINGAPORE

Singapore is well-known to be a foodie’s paradise, and along with that come food outlets with inflated reputations that sometimes do not deliver. A redditor has noticed this phenomenon, and posed the following question: What do you think is the most overrated food or eating place in Singapore, and why? We collect the 10 best answers and 2 of our own from suggestions, presented in no particular order.

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NATURAL GRASS TO BE USED IN NATIONAL STADIUM

SportsHub has decided that the pitch at the National Stadium will be fully grass. A new grass pitch will be grown at a nursery and when it is matured it will be transported to the stadium and laid on top of the current hybrid pitch. All this will be done in time for the SEA Games in June next year, SportsHub said in a statement on today (Dec 20). It added that the current hybrid pitch is now playable, as seen in the recent Suzuki Cup. But while the grass is able to grow quickly, it takes a long time to anchor and sink roots. As such the pitch is not robust enough for multi-purpose and intensive usage.

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