The Straits Times' News In A Minute: Dec 12, 2016

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to witness signing of high-speed rail bilateral agreement; cleaners basic pay to go up by $200 over next three years; Singapore Airlines passengers stuck in Sapporo now back in Singapore.

In today's The Straits Times News In A Minute video, we look at:

* Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will visit Putrajaya tomorrow (Dec 13) for the annual Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat with Malaysian PM Najib Razak.

* More than 40,000 cleaners will see their basic pay go up by $200 over the next three years, with a further annual increase of 3 per cent planned in the three years after that. 

* About 200 Singapore Airlines passengers who were stuck in northern Japan over the weekend due to heavy snow finally returned to Singapore early this morning.