10 must-reads for today

Police officers in Macau clearing rubbish and debris from a street yesterday.
Police officers in Macau clearing rubbish and debris from a street yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Thousands of QR codes will be replaced with SGQR labels starting this month. The new universal sticker will show the QR payment options that the merchant accepts.
Thousands of QR codes will be replaced with SGQR labels starting this month. The new universal sticker will show the QR payment options that the merchant accepts. ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

Recovery work to clear the debris left by Typhoon Mangkhut began in Hong Kong yesterday as the city gradually found its footing after triggering its highest level of alert on Sunday. In Macau, casinos resumed operations after a historic shutdown for Mangkhut, which killed at least four people in China's Guangdong province after making landfall on Sunday.

Merchants will soon no longer have to display multiple QR codes for different cashless payment schemes. The national QR code, dubbed SGQR, will allow consumers to scan and transfer funds from as many as 27 e-payment apps, including GrabPay, Dash and Nets. It will be rolled out later this month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe