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EXPAT JOB-SEEKERS TRYING THEIR LUCK

Foreign professionals can apply for jobs while visiting Singapore. But their visit passes may not be extended by the authorities if the job prospects are unclear, according to the Manpower Ministry's website. Mr Satish Bakhda, chief operating officer at recruitment consultancy Rikvin, said that he has been seeing more such young people coming from countries such as Britain, India and the Philippines. "Unemployment in Britain is slightly higher, and salaries here are comparable," he explained.

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NEA looking into gutter oil extraction incident at Toa Payoh Lorong 4

In response to queries from The Straits Times, an NEA spokesman said that its investigations into earlier incidents in Jurong, where a couple had been seen pumping out the contents of grease traps serving eateries nearby, revealed that the waste oil collected was sent for processing into biodiesel. Food establishments are required to provide grease traps and maintain them regularly by engaging licensed general waste collectors.

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A primer on the MacDonald House bombing that shook Singapore in 1965

A 25lb (11.33kg) package of nitroglycerine, with a timing device, was planted on the mezzanine floor, near the lifts. At 3.07pm on March 10, 1965, the bomb exploded, tearing a hole in the floor, ripping out a lift door and reducing the correspondence room of the Hongkong And Shanghai Bank "into a shambles" according to a Straits Times report. The blast was so powerful that all the windows in buildings within a 100m radius as well as the windscreens of vehicles in a carpark across the street were shattered.

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HAN FOOK KWANG: MINIMUM DEBATE WILL GO ON

Nobel laureate in economics Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times last month: "When it comes to the minimum wage, we have a number of cases in which a state raised its own minimum wage while a neighbouring state did not. If there were anything to the notion that minimum wage increases have negative effects on employment, that result should show up in state-to-state comparisons. It doesn't."

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CEMENT-MIXER DRIVER MUNIR MOHD NAIM JAILED FOR TAMPINES FATAL ACCIDENT

Munir Mohd Naim will also be banned from driving all vehicles for five years upon his release. The 57-year-old, who is now doing odd jobs, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Nigel Yap Yew Cheong, 13, and his seven-year-old brother, Donavan, who was a pillion rider, while they were cycling along Tampines Street 45 at 5.43pm on Jan 28 last year.

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300 PEOPLE TURNED UP TO SPLASH WATER ON LUI TUCK YEW EFFIGY

A plan to burn an effigy of Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew in protest of the fare hike was shelved after the police told the organisers on Friday night that it is illegal to do so and they would be arrested if they do proceeed with the plan, said Mr Goh. A few of the protesters ended up splashing water on the effigy instead

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THAI TEENAGER IN TRAIN STATION ACCIDENT BACK IN COURT AGAIN TO CLAIM $3.4 MILLION AGAINST SMRT

Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, who lost both her legs in a train accident, will be appealing against a High Court decision which ruled that rail operator SMRT and the Land Transport Authority were not at fault for the accident. Lawyer Peter Cuthbert Low confirmed with The Straits Times that a notice of appeal was filed in the Courts on Friday.

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CHEAPER HDBs COMING YOUR WAY?

The softening resale HDB flat prices is good news for home buyers but it has not yet reached a "steady state" said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan. However, HDB's fourth quarter resale housing data does suggests that "we have finally turned the corner" with the balance between sellers and buyers is becoming more neutral, said Mr Khaw in a blog-post on Saturday.

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HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER M RAVI GETS INTO SCUFFLE

POLICE were called to People's Park Centre yesterday morning after a dispute broke out between two lawyers on the opposite sides of an ongoing High Court case. A police spokesman, when contacted, said that both lawyers, Mr M. Ravi and Mr Joseph Chen, were advised accordingly and "no further assistance was required". The dispute occurred on the fourth floor along the corridor outside Mr Chen's office at about 10.50am.

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