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In Singapore, each race is encouraged to preserve its culture and traditions, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday at the opening of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. In a speech, he talked about how the multiracial approach has forged a distinctive Singaporean identity.
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Chinese and Philippine officials discussed "sensitive and contentious issues" in the first round of bilateral talks on their South China Sea disputes yesterday, said Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Santa Romana. He co-chaired the meeting in Guiyang, China, with Chinese Vice- Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin.
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The Japanese government yesterday approved a one-off Bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito, who is 83, to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries. The Bill will now be sent to Parliament for debate and is likely to get swift final approval, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
Malaysia's opposition leaders have expressed alarm at the sudden spike in voter registrations in the last two quarters, claiming this could affect them at the general election. Parti Islam SeMalaysia has claimed there is a "massive" shifting of voters in Kelantan.
The future of advanced manufacturing is here, said Lim Chuan Poh. Big companies are trying out exciting tech-enabled platforms that let them control multiple factory rooms. It is time for smaller firms to get on board and work with A*Star.
Three fish farms have started vaccinating their young fish stock against disease, instead of giving them antibiotics, the standard practice. The problem with antibiotics is that they could end up in the people who eat the fish, thus creating resistance.
Ikea Singapore announced yesterday that it will stop selling its popular chicken wings from Tuesday after "feedback recently on the quality, including taste and texture, of the wings " served at its restaurants. The Swedish furniture retailer said it is a temporary halt.
A new insolvency framework aiming to give ailing firms greater flexibility to restructure and survive is set to take effect soon.
The framework - which adopts some parts of the United States bankruptcy code - is set to help distressed companies in sectors such as oil and gas, shipping and offshore marine.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Harry Kane will not be allowed to leave the club after the striker's four-goal blitz in the 6-1 rout of Leicester on Thursday. Kane's goal blitz has lifted his EPL tally to 26 for the season, two ahead of Everton's Romelu Lukaku. "It is very clear we will keep the players we want to keep," Pochettino said.
Not only is there life after 90, but it can also be a vibrant and productive one. So say showbusiness legends Carl Reiner, 95, Mel Brooks, 90, Dick Van Dyke, 91, and Norman Lear, 94, who appear in a new documentary If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast - a look at ageing well. D8
Cyber whiz-kid Reuben Paul impressed security experts with his hacking skills. Learn more about the 11-year-old boy wonder. str.sg/cyberkid
Tiong Bahru all anew
What to expect at the popular Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre, which reopens today after three months of renovations. str.sg/tbreopens