Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, March 5

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Monday, March 5.


Drivers now deployed on Singapore's driverless MRT trains to improve reliability

SBS Transit started manning every North-East Line train last October, while SMRT is also doing the same for the Circle Line.

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Grant to promote flexible work arrangements enhanced and extended: Josephine Teo

The scheme to fund companies is part of a Government bid to better help women achieve both career and family aspirations.

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Drawing more from reserves for healthcare needs will soon deplete precious nest egg: PM Lee

"An ageing society and healthcare is not a rainy day. It is an 'everyday need money' day. It's a long-term trend," said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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Chinese developer and Marina Bay Sands going to trial over $3.5 million gambling debt

MBS had earlier won summary judgment to recover the debt comprising $2.98 million plus interest from Mr Luo Shandong, who appealed.

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China defends lifting of presidential term limit

Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui said removing term limits will safeguard the Chinese Communist Party's authority.

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Malaysia Parliament set to make two key changes seen favouring ruling BN coalition before polls

One is the drawing up of new electoral boundaries, the other a "fake news" legislation that could be used to weaken the opposition's election campaign.

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Veteran blues musician and funnyman Siva Choy dies aged 70, tributes pour in

Known for penning the 1991 Singlish rap classic Why U So Like Dat?, he died on Sunday after suffering two strokes.

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Hollywood braced for best picture photo finish at Oscars

Will it be The Shape Of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Get Out or Dunkirk to win the coveted prize?

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Companies linked to Yolo Run still dogged by unpaid bills and debts 

The poorly-organised run ended more than three months ago, but some suppliers allege they have unpaid bills.

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Golf: Michelle Wie wins HSBC event in dramatic fashion with birdie on 18th for one-shot victory

The US golf star finished with a winning total of 17-under 271 at the Sentosa Golf Club to end a four-year wait for her fifth LPGA Tour title.

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