Taxi driver dies in morning Ang Mo Kio accident

A TransCab taxi driver died in an accident between his vehicle and a private bus this morning (Jan 8) at Ang Mo Kio. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call at about 6.20am today about an incident at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3. On arrival at the location, SCDF officers pronounced the 61-year-old taxi driver dead. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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Solicitor-General Koh Juat Jong to retire

SINGAPORE — Solicitor-General Koh Juat Jong will retire on Jan 31 after 31 years in public service, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) announced today (Jan 8).

She will be replaced by Judicial Commissioner Lionel Yee with effect from Feb 1.

As Solicitor-General, Mrs Koh assisted the Attorney-General to supervise the work of more than 250 lawyers in the diverse fields of criminal prosecution, domestic and international civil advisory and litigation work, and legislative drafting.

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Jalan Besar eatery owner pleads guilty to unlicensed liquor sale

The 44-year-old’s eatery — Prata City — is located on the ground floor of a shophouse which is within a zone around Little India where authorities have imposed stricter regulations on alcohol sale and consumption in light of the Little India riot on Dec 8 last year. Under the new regulations for the designated zones which will last for up to six months, public consumption of alcohol is banned on weekends, public holidays and the eve of public holidays.

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WiFi connection trial to be conducted at 28 MRT stations

The introduction of Wireless@SG at the platforms of all North East Line stations and 12 other stations with high commuter usage is aimed at enhancing wireless connectivity for commuters while they wait for the trains, the LTA said. The 12 major stations shortlisted for the trial are: Jurong East, Raffles Place, City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut, Bishan, Serangoon, Buona Vista, Outram Park, Paya Lebar, Orchard, Choa Chu Kang and HarbourFront.

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2013 O-Level results to be released on Jan 13

The results of the 2013 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ Level) Examination will be released on Jan 13, the Ministry of Education announced today (Jan 8). School candidates may collect their results from their schools at 2.00pm on Jan 13, a Monday. Private candidates will be informed of their results by post, and they can also access their results through the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board website at http://www.seab.gov.sg from 2.00pm on Jan 13.

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S’pore Poly opens perfumery, cosmetic facility

Final year Singapore Polytechnic (SP) student Tiffany Chin no longer needs to jostle for space in the laboratory with the launch yesterday of a new S$1 million facility for the perfumery and cosmetic science diploma programme, the only one of its kind here. “Now, there is more room, equipment and things (we) can do there,” said the 19-year-old at the opening ceremony.

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Singapore must ease ‘bandwidth tax’ on the poor

The PAP Government, however, contends there is no shortage of help schemes for the poor. In November last year, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing defended Singapore’s kueh lapis approach for helping low-income Singaporeans as being more targeted and flexible in meeting their needs than a single poverty line. Poor households need only to apply for the various social assistance programmes that subsidise housing, childcare, healthcare and eldercare.

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PMO website hacking case adjourned to February

Two brothers charged with hacking offences — including the alleged hacking of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) website — have had their cases adjourned to February. 27-year-old Mohammad Azhar Tahir faces 10 charges, including the alleged offence of modifying contents of the PMO website.

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Public bus fleet to expand 20% by end-2014

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said there will be a 20 per cent increase in the fleet of public buses by the end of this year. All 550 buses under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) will hit the roads. From this figure, more than half are already in operation.

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