Must-reads

THE BIG STORY

Civil servants to get 1-month year-end bonus

All civil servants will receive a year-end bonus of one month's salary, said the Public Service Division (PSD) in the Prime Minister's Office yesterday. Civil servants in junior grades will also get a one-time payment of $500. The bonus recognises the hard work and contributions of officers in the fight against Covid-19, said the PSD.

OPINION

Identity issues and the political sphere

A conference held earlier this week on identity issues comes at a time when race, religion, gender and sexuality, and their impact on the political sphere, are increasingly on the public agenda in Singapore. In Home Ground, associate editor Chua Mui Hoong looks at the ways to deal with differences in identity politics.

SINGAPORE

Robot tour guide, chatbot on show at new National Gallery space

A robot tour guide and a chatbot helping users with directions have joined the list of exhibits at the National Gallery Singapore.

These are among several tech projects now on display at Y-Lab Showcase, which officially opened to the public yesterday and features tech prototypes designed by individuals and organisations that the museum has recently partnered with.

BUSINESS

Cuscaden prepared to cover break fee in SPH bid

Cuscaden Peak's offer for the assets of Singapore Press Holdings gives shareholders a higher valuation, higher cash component and deal certainty. Cuscaden Peak is also prepared to cover the $34 million break fee if shareholders vote against the Keppel scheme, according to Mr Christopher Lim, spokesman for the consortium.

SPORT

Yeo first Singaporean to qualify for world tour final

Yeo Jia Min yesterday became the first Singaporean to qualify for the prestigious season-ending Badminton World Federation World Tour Final. The US$1.5 million (S$2.05 million) event features the top eight singles and doubles players with the most BWF World Tour points in a calendar year.

LIFE

Local brands set up shop in Takashimaya

A fresh wave of home-grown brands have set up shop in Takashimaya Shopping Centre, signalling a new turn for the mall once reserved largely for global and luxury brands. At least eight local fashion and lifestyle brands opened stores in the past year, defying the pandemic's wrath on physical retail.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2021, with the headline 'Must-reads'. Subscribe