Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on March 7

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Sunday, March 7.


Easier tax claims process for work-from-home expenses in Singapore

This includes the cost of air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

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PES review by SAF: Better matching roles with soldiers' abilities

Screening and classification review could lead to a more optimal deployment, say observers.

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Fewer blood donors in S'pore in 2020, but collection at 5-year high

This could be due to rise in percentage of those donating more than once, said the Singapore Red Cross.

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Some Singaporeans staying on in Myanmar despite violence in the streets

There are 500 Singaporeans registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Myanmar.

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Robert Chua used to rule television, now he wants to build a food empire

Launching a food business in the midst of a pandemic is a bad idea, friends said. But in August last year, his Joy Luck Teahouse opened in Ion Orchard.

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Same old, same old, maid abuse cases are a blight on Singapore

Past cases make clear that current safeguards are inadequate - all the more so in an affluent country that has allowed so many to work here, says Han Fook Kwang.

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Say no to the dress: More brides in S'pore suit up for the big day

More women are recognising they do not always have to say yes to the dress.

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Indonesian domestic worker is sole Covid-19 community case

In quarantine until Feb 3, she tested positive on March 4 before her return trip to Indonesia.

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Football: Irfan Fandi becomes first Singaporean to win Thai top tier, eyes move to bigger leagues

The 23-year-old centre back is looking to move to Europe, Japan or South Korea after helping BG Pathum win the Thai League 1 title.

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Loud bang in Jurong East after 45kg of chlorine powder poured into public sewers

A maintenance keeper at a swimming school discarded the powder without realising it would cause a reaction.

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