Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Jan 2

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, Jan 2.


KL-Singapore High Speed Rail cancellation will have little impact on other plans for Jurong: Experts

Jurong's status as the economic and social centre in the west predated the HSR and will survive it.

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How Covid-19 killed the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project

Cancellation a necessary move to shore up Malaysia's economy against the more immediate onslaught of the pandemic.

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2nd RGS student tests positive for Covid-19; Mandarin Orchard hotel to reopen

The 14-year-old is a friend of Case 58,843, who is a family member of a marine surveyor who was also a confirmed case.

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Existing measures in Singapore can contain fast-spreading Covid-19 strain: Experts

However, things may change if the UK variant starts transmitting in ways that could not be nipped in the bud through contact tracing and testing.

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Hopes and challenges: What to expect in 2021

Joe Biden becomes US president. Vaccines and Covid-19's long shadow. Revised PSLE. ST looks ahead to the new year and new uncertainties.

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Temperature dips below 22 deg C in some parts of island, flood warning at 5 places on New Year's Day

Moderate thundery showers are forecast in the afternoons on most days for the next two weeks.

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Firms, employees in Singapore make good use of paid leave in a year of no travel

Some firms have allowed employees to carry forward or donate unused leave.

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All 191 units at Geylang Lorong 3 vacated, ownership of land returned to State

This is the first time a residential plot of land in independent Singapore has reached the end of its lease.

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Singapore welcomes three 2021 babies born at the stroke of midnight

Audrey Tjioe was having a leisurely new year's eve lunch with family when she "felt a gush of water" as her water broke.

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Crash Landing On You's Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin are officially an item

They have been dating since March last year, according to a report.

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