Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, Jan 22

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Monday, Jan 22. 


'Digital district' in Punggol to create 28,000 tech jobs 

Launched on Sunday, the masterplan for the 50ha Punggol Digital District envisions Punggol North to become something of a mini Silicon Valley - a centre for digital and cyber-security industries. 

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Mobile unit trained to fight terror with speed and skill

In an emergency, elite police officers from the Rapid Deployment Troops will not hesitate to ride up staircases on their motorcycles or speed on slippery surfaces like gravel or mud to cut travel time.

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Health Ministry sets up 13-member committee to recommend benchmarks for medical fees

The committee members include medical doctors, academics and representatives from the Government, with the first set of fee guidelines for common medical procedures to be ready by the second half of this year. 

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World Economic Forum President Borge Brende on key themes at Davos

Ahead of the opening of this year's meeting, Warren Fernandez spoke with Mr Brende to get his take on the big themes that are likely to feature in the week-long conference.

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Singapore to sign free trade agreement with Sri Lanka

While details about the FTA have not been made public, analysts and businesses said they expect a boost in trade between the two economies and greater access for Singapore firms to the growing market.

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Second-hand car dealers posing as owners to sell their cars

Some are posing as direct sellers to sell their cars in a bid to avoid their warranty obligations under the "lemon law" and to avoid paying the goods and services tax.

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On 2nd day of shutdown, Trump suggests 'nuclear option' as Republicans, Democrats dig in for fight

Republicans and Democrats appeared to harden their positions on Sunday as both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged fight, with US President Donald Trump suggesting that Republicans should change Senate rules so a measure could be passed to fund the government.

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Decaying Angsana tree outside School of the Arts cut down on Sunday afternoon

The iconic tree - known as the Tree of Knowledge to some students, or more commonly, the Sota Tree - was estimated to be about 40 years old. It was 33.6m tall.

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Bike blues: Shared bicycles turn up in strange places

Submerged in canals or thrown into drains, The Straits Times Picture Desk takes a look at some unusual and quirky locations where rental bikes have been seen and abandoned.

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Golf: No sweat for Sergio Garcia as he romps to SMBC Singapore Open title

As his rivals wilted in the 32 deg C heat at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong course, the Spaniard overcame several challenges for a runaway five-stroke victory.

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