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THE National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) yesterday announced plans to open its first nursing home catering to needy elderly people.

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TAIPEI - A plane crashed on landing on Taiwan's outlying island of Penghu yesterday, killing 47 people, the Taiwanese authorities said.
THE new Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) for servicemen will have just three categories, so more people are likely to pass.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands - Questions are growing over whether all the remains of the passengers in Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17's crash have been collected, even as military planes carrying the first set of bodies arrived in the Netherlands from Kharkiv in Ukraine for identification.

Singapore

TWO temporary roads linked to expressways have been built to allow heavy vehicles to turn off directly into construction sites, bypassing schools and residential areas.
A FAULTY train held up the morning commute for thousands of North-South Line passengers yesterday.
THE first of 42 new trains for the Circle and North East Lines have reached Singapore and are due to be put into operation from the middle of next year.

Asia

KUALA LUMPUR - An unprecedented second major aviation disaster in four months could further associate Malaysia with calamity in the eyes of travellers, observers warn, putting the tropical destination's vital tourism sector at risk.
FIVE people have been detained in a widening probe into a Shanghai-based firm that allegedly supplied stale meat to global food giants, such as McDonald's, KFC and Starbucks, which reached some outlets in Japan.
TOKYO - Japan will cut discretionary spending such as public works by 10 per cent in next fiscal year's budget, a draft document showed, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration seeks to reduce the government's enormous deficit even as it promotes growth.

World

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration, detailing what it called evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner, has released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials say prove Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack.
SNIZHNE (Ukraine) - Many people living in rebel-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine, near where a Malaysia Airlines jetliner crashed last week, agree that what happened was a tragedy.
MALAYSIA is racing against time to fly the bodies of victims of the MH17 crash back to their families before next week's Hari Raya holiday, and has stepped up calls for an international probe into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) jetliner with 298 on board.

Money

MORE large transactions and more funds washing about in the financial services sector may have contributed to a significant jump in the cost of fraud incidents in recent years, experts say.
SINGAPOREANS concerned that the city is becoming one of the world's priciest places to live in received some positive news yesterday with predictions that inflation will moderate for the rest of this year.
THE Government and 10 industry partners are injecting $200 million over the next three to five years for research and development into the manufacture of smaller, more efficient semiconductors.

Life!

Like many people here, technical trainer Marc Alexander Gurusamy has a smartphone with constant Internet access but he still tunes in to local radio stations for his music, entertainment and information fix.
Launched in September 2012, Singapore's newest radio station targets women and families, with programmes anchored by the likes of Maddy Barber, Jason Johnson, Arnold Gay and John Klass playing songs ranging from 1990s pop acts such as Ace Of Base to current acts including dance music star Zedd.
Popular South Korean actor Jang Geun Suk's music act Team H is not a vanity project - it is a return to his roots.

Insight

AS A mother of two young children, 32-year-old Ms Shernice Ong could easily tap her company's schemes for more flexible hours or to work from home several times a week.
FOR the past two decades, "work-life balance" was the buzzword describing that ever elusive lifestyle that afforded as much time for leisure and family time as the fulfilment of career ambitions.
ONE workplace lauded for being one of the more enlightened in Singapore is a hotel in the Holiday Inn chain - but even its array of flexi-work offers does not get much take-up.

Opinion

SINGAPORE Airlines and other carriers that used to fly over Ukraine before a Malaysia Airlines jet was blown out of the skies a week ago have come under fire, accused of knowingly putting passengers at risk.
THE annual Primary 1 registration exercise can become a season of angst when the distribution of educational resources is complicated by a mismatch of supply and demand and by questions of equity.
S.E.A. VIEWWITH his allies deserting him, it is time for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto to throw in the towel, accept he was beaten in a fair fight and concentrate on being part of a genuine and constructive opposition, a key component of any democratic state.

Forum Letters

THE Land Transport Authority recently announced an increase in vehicle entry permit (VEP) fees for foreign-registered cars, from $20 to $35 with effect from next month ("Higher entry permit fees for foreign vehicles"; July 2).
SINGAPORE Airlines' reply ("Use of Ukrainian airspace: SIA replies"; yesterday) does not fully address the concerns of Singaporeans and those who fly regularly with our national carrier.
THE National Library Board's (NLB) recent decision to withdraw certain children's titles was regrettable.

Sports

AFTER nearly seven years of planning, £500 million (S$1.05 billion) of investment and over a million tickets sold, the Commonwealth Games has taken off in the land of Braveheart and brave hearts.
A PIECE of real estate in Scotland has been "claimed" by Singapore.
THE faces are still fresh and, for many of them, their trophy cabinets are relatively empty. But the Commonwealth Games will be a good place for Singapore's new generation of paddlers to start their collection, which is likely to swell in the coming years.