Home Briefs: Two new loop bus services this month

Two new loop bus services this month

Two new bus services - 134 and 150 - will be rolled out on March 20, and will operate from 6am to 11.45pm daily.

Service 134 will depart from Sims Place bus terminal to Marine Terrace via Paya Lebar Road and Tanjong Katong Road before looping back to the terminal.

Service 150 is also a loop service, running from Eunos bus interchange to Marine Terrace. When the two new services start, service 76 will terminate at Eunos bus interchange instead of Yio Chu Kang bus interchange.

New communications system for SAF

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will improve its Army Battlefield Internet by enhancing it with a Software Defined Radio system, which will provide four times greater bandwidth.

This will allow ground troops to update headquarters with messages, pictures and videos to facilitate faster and more effective decision-making. Currently, a separate radio is needed for voice and data communication.

Active units in the Armour, Artillery and Engineer formations will be equipped with the Software Defined Radio by this year, and the new system will be rolled out progressively to other units.

New charges for duo in Penang kidnapping

Two of the three people who allegedly tried to extort US$250,000 (S$345,000) in connection with the alleged kidnapping of two Singaporean brothers in Penang now face additional charges. Singaporeans Benjamin Ling Jialiang, 25, and Judy Wee Aye Fong, 52, and Singapore permanent resident Fong Ling Ling, 45, were charged last week with one count each of extortion, punishable with up to five years' jail, and caning for Ling.

Wee now faces four extortion charges while Ling has two charges. Fong faces one count.

$180,000 fine for two construction firms

Two construction companies were fined a total of $180,000 yesterday for giving false information to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), and for housing foreign workers in poor and unsafe conditions. Sing Solid Surface and 3S Solid Surface housed 24 foreign workers in their factory premises between July 2007 and June 2014, but told MOM they were residing elsewhere.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs: Two new loop bus services this month'. Print Edition | Subscribe