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Construction firms, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, need to embrace technology to avoid consolidation or closure, said Second Minister for National Development and Home Affairs Desmond Lee. He also urged construction firms to focus on protecting and enabling workers by upgrading their skills.
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At least 146 people have been killed after a tanker crashed on the road and exploded in Pakistan yesterday. Many of the victims had gathered to collect leaking fuel before the tanker ignited. According to initial reports, the explosion occurred when somebody tried to light a cigarette.
United States President Donald Trump holds his first meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today at the White House, to build on improving ties and move beyond disagreements on climate change. Officials have downplayed expectations of the visit, describing it as "no frills".
Western technology companies are sharing closely guarded security secrets with Moscow to secure permission for their products to be imported into and sold in Russia. However, this also gives Russia an opportunity to find vulnerabilities in the source code.
France's new President Emmanuel Macron and his new party won the presidential and parliamentary elections in one month. Now comes the hard part of market, pension and euro reform. Europe, not just France, badly wants him to succeed, says Jonathan Eyal.
Last year, 151 Singaporean and permanent resident students were caught for drug offences. The Government had sounded the alert on the growing number of youth being nabbed for drugs but some are still brazenly passing around drugs in schools here.
Some primary schools have put up signs urging parents to leave if they are delivering items their children have forgotten to take to school. The move follows a spike in cases of helicopter parenting. The schools say they are trying to teach pupils to be responsible.
Low interest rates are driving both supply and demand in the local bond market, which is picking up steam after a quiet six months in the second half of last year.
Issuers have mostly been blue-chip companies, though bankers noted that the uptick does not necessarily indicate stronger business sentiment.
Freelance journalist Suresh Nair has refused to back down after the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) sent him a cease and desist letter over his two articles about Tampines Rovers chairman Krishna Ramachandra's resignation. The 62-year-old cited sources saying the FAS council leaked Krishna's private resignation note to the media. The FAS council rejected the claims.
When emerging playwright Nur Sabrina Dzulkifli, 20, learnt that she was the first recipient of the Singapore Unbound Fellowship, she let out a scream. She will receive US$5,000 (S$7,000) to spend two weeks in New York to work on a writing project.
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Explore 13 recipes from 20 home cooks who are sharing their homes in the Singapore International Festival of Arts' O.P.E.N. Kitchens programme. http://str.sg/openkitchen