Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Friday, Sept 14.
Indonesia and Singapore will exchange financial data to curb tax evasion
Indonesia has met all requirements, including confidentiality and data protection safeguards, to kick-start the arrangement on Sept 30. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Indonesia and Singapore will start exchanging financial data on taxpayers by the end of this month, with an eye on cracking down on tax evasion.
READ MORE HERE Religious groups welcome tighter land tender process
The issue of businesses placing bids for religious land surfaced in 2014, when commercial entity Eternal Pure Land won the bid for a Fernvale Link plot. In January 2015, the authorities said they would review and tighten the land tender process for places of worship. The plot was eventually awarded to Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society, which is now building a temple on the site (above). ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Leaders say most groups facing space crunch do not have enough funds to outbid businesses.
READ MORE HERE One year with President Halimah
President Halimah with members of the Inter-Religious Organisation at a buffet brunch in the Istana's Reception Room on Sept 28 last year. With the President are (clockwise from centre left) Sister Theresa Seow (back facing camera), Mr Kuek Yi Hsing, Mr Shriniwas Rai, Mr Gurmit Singh (partially hidden), Dr H.M. Saleem, Mr Ameerali Abdeali, Mr Ben Benjamin, Mr K. Kesavapany, Mr Ling Kin Huat, Rabbi Mordechai Abergel, Bishop Terry Kee and Mr Rustom Ghadiali. PHOTO: ST FILE
Singapore's eighth and first woman head of state has made it one of her priorities to make the Istana more accessible to ordinary Singaporeans, beyond the five traditional open houses during Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali, Labour Day and National Day.
READ MORE HERE Thousands evacuated in the Philippines ahead of super typhoon Mangkhut
Filipino residents riding on a makeshift raft ahead of an impending super typhoon in Bacoor city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Sept 12, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
A powerful typhoon is expected to make a landfall in the Philippines’ main Luzon island on Saturday, prompting authorities to place 17 areas on alert and start evacuations.
READ MORE HERE VIDEO: Hawker culture nomination does not mean it belongs to or exists only in Singapore: NHB
While hawker food and centres can be found in neighbouring countries, how they operate and what they mean to each nation differ greatly, the National Heritage Board said in a video. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Choosing to nominate hawker culture for Unesco recognition does not mean it belongs to, originates from, or exists only in Singapore, said the National Heritage Board in a video.
READ MORE HERE VIDEO: China welcomes US invitation for trade talks
The Trump administration had invited Chinese officials to restart trade talks, news that gave a lift to Asian stocks, including Chinese shares and the yuan currency. PHOTO: REUTERS
China said it welcomed an invitation by the United States to hold a new round of trade talks, as Washington prepares to further escalate the US-China trade war with tariffs on US$200 billion (S$274 billion) worth of Chinese goods.
READ MORE HERE Police arrest Maserati driver who drove against traffic at high speed for dangerous driving
In a video posted on Facebook, a car can be seen swerving to the right, scraping the road divider and just missing the traffic light pole, before continuing to drive against the flow of traffic on the other side of the road. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/BEH CHIA LOR-SINGAPORE ROAD
A man who drove against the flow of traffic to overtake a lorry has been arrested for dangerous driving, the police confirmed on Thursday.
READ MORE HERE Asian fashion labels on the rise
(Clockwise from top left) Doublet, Minjukim, Rokh, Ji Won Choi. PHOTOS: FEMALE
Just like the model line-up on runways, the mix of design geniuses in fashion is becoming increasingly inclusive.
READ MORE HERE Athletics: Pole vaulter Rachel Yang seeks compensation from Singapore Athletics after botched Asian Games bid
National pole vaulter Rachel Yang is attempting to recover the costs she had incurred in training and preparing overseas for the Aug 18-Sept 2 Games, as well as for the loss of income as she had taken no-pay leave from her job to prepare for the competition. PHOTO: ST FILE
National pole vaulter Rachel Yang is attempting to recover the costs she had incurred in training and preparing overseas for the Aug 18-Sept 2 Games, as well as for the loss of income as she had taken no-pay leave from her job to prepare for the competition.
READ MORE HERE VIDEO: Live rat at McDonald's outlet in Ang Mo Kio has been removed: Spokesman
In a video posted to Twitter, the rat can be seen moving frantically on a table beside a tray of what appears to be french fries. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM TWITTER/MELLYSALATIFF
In a video posted to Twitter, the rat can be seen moving frantically on a table beside a tray of what appears to be french fries.
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