Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, Jan 26

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Friday, Jan 26. 


Asean, India celebrate 25 years of relations


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavanwith - the official residence of the President of India - in New Delhi with (from left) Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi; Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte; Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha; Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen; Indonesian President Joko Widodo; Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. PHOTO: MCI

At a commemorative summit, the leaders renewed their commitment to enhance the multifaceted ties between the South-east Asian grouping and its neighbouring South Asian giant.

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Donald Trump opens door to US joining revamped TPP


Trump listens to a speaker during a working dinner with European business leaders in Davos. PHOTO: AFP

In an interview with CNBC, the US President suggested he was open to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership - which he had rejected only a year ago - if the US was able to make a "substantially better deal".

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Video: SMRT chief Desmond Kuek sure of regaining commuters' trust


SMRT group chief executive Desmond Kuek at Ang Mo Kio MRT station during SMRT's Inclusive Service Delivery programme launch on Jan 25, 2018. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Mr Kuek was responding to the results of a Public Transport Council survey that showed commuter confidence in public transport dipped following a case of flooding in an MRT tunnel and a collision between two trains.

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Keppel Corp shoved into the red by $619m graft penalty


Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. Keppel said the weaker quarterly showing was also due to poorer operating results from its offshore and marine division, although partially offset by higher profits from Singapore property trading as well as fair value gains from assets. PHOTO: KEPPEL CORP

A net loss of $495.8 million for the three months to Dec 31 last year, reversing significantly from a net profit of $143.1 million in the same period a year earlier, pushed the larger Keppel group into its first quarterly loss since 2013.

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More people heading abroad this Chinese New Year


Travel agencies said that vacationers had more time to recover after the new year as well as plan their next holiday if they had already travelled in December. PHOTO: ST FILE

 

Travel agencies said that vacationers had more time to recover after the new year as well as plan their next holiday if they had already travelled in December.

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Singaporeans grab chance to shop online, buy US dollar


With the greenback falling to a three-year low against the Singdollar, some Singaporeans are rushing to buy the currency for an upcoming holiday in the US, while others are doing so for future trips. PHOTO: ST FILE

The Singapore dollar rose to its highest in more than three years on Thursday, and was trading at 1.306 to the US currency as at 7pm, up from 1.312 the previous day.

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More than 300 TCM shops that prepare food and drinks must apply for food retail licences: NEA


Traditional Chinese Medicine stores that prepare food and drinks such as herbal tea and tea-leaf eggs on site have until March 1, 2019, to apply for food retail licences. PHOTO: ST FILE

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine stores that prepare food and drinks such as herbal tea and tea-leaf eggs on site have until March 1 next year to do so.

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Singapore Flyer suspends operations due to 'technical issue', will remain closed on Friday


The Singapore Flyer suspended operations due to a "technical issue" and will be resuming rides after "a thorough check". ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

 

A spokesman for the Flyer told The Straits Times that all 61 passengers on board were "brought to ground safely when the incident occurred at about 9am on Thursday.

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Video: 'Hipster' hawker centre opens in Pasir Ris


The ground floor of Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre has 20 stalls selling popular local food. Budget meals here cost $2.80. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

 

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, which officially opened on Thursday, is a place that offers traditional and hipster cuisine at affordable prices, as well as a taste of the arts and music.

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Home-grown beauty brand going places 


Hair and skincare products from A DrBrand on display at a trade show in Hong Kong last year. PHOTO: A DRBRAND

 

A DrBrand, which started with a handful of skincare products in 2009, has evolved into a 40-product line. It will make its foray overseas this year.

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