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TAXI operators will have to abide by new fare rules from the second half of the year, in an effort to steamline fares and ease confusion for commuters.

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FIVE senior news media executives have been arrested under the Sedition Act over a report that The Malaysian Insider (TMI) news site published on the Council of Rulers.
Empty shelves at a supermarket in Johor Baru yesterday, as Malaysians went on shopping sprees to purchase household items such as paper towels, washing detergent and diapers.
THE first Singaporean to be convicted of organising an overseas tour for commercial sex with a minor was jailed for four years and eight months yesterday.

Singapore

PEOPLE with developmental disabilities such as autism will no longer be left unaccompanied when they are taken to police stations to help with investigations. Trained volunteers, known as appropriate adults, will help them in their interaction with investigation officers under a scheme launched yesterday.
MOTORISTS in Yishun and Seletar can look forward to a faster, smoother ride once various road projects in the area are ready.
A NEW pedestrian bridge linking Merlion Park to the waterfront promenade in front of the Esplanade opened ahead of schedule so that it could accommodate crowds for Mr Lee Kuan Yew's funeral procession on Sunday.

Asia

EAGER to beat the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) today, Ms Diana Wan ran into a crowded neighbourhood supermarket, only to find that early birds had emptied the shelves of many daily necessities.
SINGAPORE companies operating in Malaysia are still uncertain about their readiness for the 6 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) which kicks in today.
SINGAPOREANS who frequently shop in Malaysia say they will continue to do so, even though prices of many goods could go up after the new goods and services tax (GST) kicks in today.

World

LAUSANNE (Switzerland) - With a deadline hours away, Iran and six world powers ramped up the pace yesterday in negotiations over a preliminary deal on Teheran's nuclear programme, while officials cautioned that any agreement would likely be fragile and incomplete.
BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday declared the liberation of Tikrit from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after a weeks-long operation that was Baghdad's biggest yet against the militant group.
ABUJA - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) declared victory for its candidate, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, in Nigeria's presidential election yesterday and said the country was "witnessing history".

Money

A CLOSELY-WATCHED tender for a large mixed-use site in Paya Lebar stunned the market with a staggering top bid of $1.672 billion yesterday - streets ahead of analysts' forecasts.
TOTAL bank lending in Singapore fell a little in February, with business loans continuing their slide for a third straight month.
CONSUMERS will soon be able to compare life insurance products on a new Web portal, and buy a new category of insurance direct - bypassing financial advisers altogether.

Life!

As far as Vin Diesel is concerned, it was not until the fourth movie, the tersely titled Fast & Furious (2009), that the DNA of the franchise as fans know it today was formed.
As Michelle Rodriguez told the press last week in Beijing in her usual blunt manner, nobody at the studio cares what you do with the story as long as the action scenes are great.
Actor Paul Walker died in November 2013 in a car crash in Valencia, California. His close friend and Fast & Furious castmate, Vin Diesel, says that watching the actor in Fast & Furious 7, his final movie, is especially painful.

Opinion

IN MY last column, "Miracle on Waterloo Street" (Feb 21), I described our religious harmony as one of Singapore's greatest achievements of the past 50 years. In this column, I want to highlight another great achievement: our racial and tribal harmony. I want also to say that they are part of the legacy of our founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
THE relative novelty and quickness of personal mobility devices have created an adventurous affinity between them and Singaporeans who want to get around more easily while having some fun as a bonus along the way. Hence the growing popularity of motorised bicycles and other runaround devices such as electric scooters.
WASHINGTON, DC is fast becoming an acronym for "Dysfunctional Capital".

Forum Letters

ACCORDING to Dr William Wan of the Singapore Kindness Movement, employees who enjoy their work in an environment where they are valued and appreciated are more productive ("Happy workplace, happy workers, greater productivity"; March 16).
IN HIS commentary ("How big data can make cooling measures obsolete"; March 17), Mr Sam Baker, co-founder of SRX Property, argued that there is a lack of pricing transparency in the property market.
MY MOTHER, two children and helper were travelling in a taxi along Bukit Timah Road when their vehicle ran into the back of an auxiliary police van.

Sports

AFTER 685 days, 23 games, nine wins, three draws, 11 defeats and a disastrous Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup campaign - the Bernd Stange era hit a new low yesterday, courtesy of a 2-2 draw against Guam at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
WHEN the draw was made for the 2016 Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championship qualifiers last December, many thought that Singapore got themselves a relatively easy group.
WITH just over two months remaining until the start of the SEA Games, several of the key national sports associations (NSAs) tipped to deliver gold medals are sparing no effort nor expense to give their athletes that winning edge.