TOP OF THE NEWS
The Health Promotion Board is seeking public feedback on four proposals to make it tougher for Singaporeans to light up. These include raising the legal buying age from 18 to 21, banning the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavours, and changing the packet packaging to a plain design.
TOP OF THE NEWS
Small and medium-sized enterprises are expecting slow growth, weak market sentiment and rising domestic cost pressures in the first half of next year. The pessimism was registered in a quarterly index compiled by the Singapore Business Federation and DP Information Group.
Cartoons and rapping - those are the new ways in which China is pushing its propaganda online. To extol a long list of achievements by a reform group, China's state broadcaster recently released an animated rap video that praised a high-powered committee for its anti-corruption campaign and reforms of the economy, legal system and state-owned enterprises.
After the successful retaking of the provincial capital of Ramadi, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has triumphantly declared that the coming year will see the defeat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.
In a piece two weeks ago, Professor Linda Lim said it was a mistake to view developments such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a "US versus China battle for hegemony". International relations scholar Khong Yuen Foong offers a rebuttal.
Meet Nadine and Edgar - two robots built by researchers at Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) Institute for Media Innovation. Nadine is a companion robot, a possible solution for an ageing population and shrinking workforce. Edgar is a bot that supplies information.
Three members of a Singaporean family killed in a Christmas Day car crash in Malaysia were cremated yesterday. The accident's sole survivor - a three-year-old boy - remains in hospital and has yet to be told the tragic news.
Two parcels of land for residential development were released by the Government yesterday.
Moderate interest is expected for the 1.84 ha executive condominium plot in Yio Chu Kang Road that can yield about 520 units. The other is on the reserve list: a 2.71ha plot in Sumang Walk in Punggol.
The buzz the S-League is enjoying with the return of the LionsXII players could be short-lived, with the Asean Super League set to start in 2017. But Football Association of Singapore chief Zainudin Nordin says participating in the regional ASL will benefit clubs, players and the national team in the long term.
Since actress Tiffany Leong died from cancer at age 30 on Monday, the Channel 8 stars she had worked with have been paying tribute to her online. Leong was a host and model in Malaysia before crossing over to star in Singapore TV shows. In 2013, she was diagnosed with a hereditary disorder that can lead to the development of malignant tumours.
Hong Kong actress Myolie Wu and businessman Philip Lee married amid razzmatazz on Monday, after dating for a year. In the morning, he and his 23 groomsmen pulled up at her home in nine cars, including a Ferrari, a Porsche and two Rolls-Royces. Her 11 bridesmaids included actresses Nancy Wu, Elaine Yiu and Selena Li.