What's News: December 24, 2015

The new two-car LRT trains are being used on the Sengkang-Punggol LRT network, as seen at Layar LRT station on Dec 23, 2015.
The new two-car LRT trains are being used on the Sengkang-Punggol LRT network, as seen at Layar LRT station on Dec 23, 2015.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

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Fighting harassment at work

Better lighting, closed-circuit television and staff hotlines are just three of the ways employers can take the lead in fighting workplace harassment. They were suggested by the Ministry of Manpower, National Trades Union Congress and Singapore National Employers Federation yesterday as they urged bosses to advocate zero tolerance towards such behaviour.

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First landslide survivor found

A conscious but severely dehydrated man was the first person to be pulled out alive from tonnes of mud and rubble at an industrial park in southern Shenzhen yesterday, but more than 70 people are still missing after a massive landslide hit the area on Sunday.

WORLD

Ramadi 'to be retaken in days'

Iraqi forces, supported by air strikes, are closing in on a governmental compound held by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants in Ramadi, with the army chief saying the city will be recaptured within days. Retaking Ramadi would provide a welcome morale boost to Iraq's much-criticised military.


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Modi's tax reform blocked

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suffered a setback in his reforms agenda after failing to get parliamentary support for a Goods and Services Tax Bill to create a unified tax regime. It is likely the April deadline for implementation of the tax reform will be missed.

OPINION

A look back at MRT's past

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan's recent blog on "teething problems" when the Downtown Line 2 opens was not just to manage expectations. Glitches are common with new transport systems, says Senior Transport Correspondent Christopher Tan.


The Kent Ridge Park mountain bike trail has been closed after a landslide, possibly triggered by heavy rainfall this month. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

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Kent Ridge trails closed after landslide

The mountain bike and hiking trails at Kent Ridge have been closed after a landslide. The National Parks Board is investigating the matter. One possible cause could be heavier than usual rainfall this month due to the north-east monsoon. One biker described conditions there as being "like quicksand".

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Sengkang LRT gets a boost

The Sengkang-Punggol LRT is now running two-car trains, raising the capacity of the increasingly packed system. Carriages had to be fitted with couplers to be linked together. Eventually, 16 of the entire system's 41 trains will have two cars.

BUSINESS

Noble sells farm unit for $1.1b

Noble Group closed a deal to sell its agricultural unit yesterday for US$750 million (S$1.1 billion), a move that will give the commodity giant a much needed liquidity boost and help it reduce debt. Market watchers have backed the move, but some remain concerned over Noble's long-term prospects.


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SPORT

Kobe Bryant's magic

Kobe Bryant may be retiring at season's end but he can still electrify the crowd.

He helped the Los Angeles Lakers overcome the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday by playing both solid offence - scoring 31 points - and suffocating defence.

SPORT

Button's marriage hits bump

A glamour couple in Formula One have hit a bump in their marriage.

Jenson Button has split with his wife Jessica Michibata, with career commitments making it hard for them to spend time together.

LIFE

Friends buy back Anita's items

Hong Kong stars Jacky Cheung, Eric Tsang, Alan Tam and Jackie Chan teamed up with their late friend Anita Mui's fans and bought about 400 lots at an auction of her possessions, in an effort to defend the singer's dignity. The auction was launched by the administrator of her estate, HSBC Trustee.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: December 24, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe