Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, Feb 15

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Thursday, Feb 15


Budget 2018 likely to focus on raising revenue: Experts

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will likely also explain why Singapore needs to broaden its revenue sources, with some believing the most likely source of additional revenue will be the goods and services tax.

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LTA to take over North East Line, Sengkang-Punggol LRT assets worth $30.8m

The move, which comes after more than six years of discussion between the LTA and transport operator SBS Transit, brings all of Singapore's rail assets under the Government.

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Society should care for the elderly, nurture young: PM Lee in Chinese New Year message

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has highlighted two key themes that he wants Singaporeans to reflect on amid the festivities - and which he indicated would feature in next Monday's Budget.

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17 killed in Florida high school shooting after ex-student opens fire

A former student at a Florida high school opened fire in the school on Wednesday, killing 17 people and wounding at least 14 people before he was arrested by police, authorities said.​

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Up to Workers' Party cadres to decide on new leader: Low Thia Khiang

Mr Low reiterated the point that he has no influence when the party elects a new secretary-general on April 8 - and also declined to comment on whether he has a preferred successor.

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Contribute to Total Defence by reporting suspicious parcels or dispelling fake news: Ng Eng Hen

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, in his Total Defence Message, urged Singaporeans to stay vigilant even as Chinese New Year celebrations start as early as Thursday's traditional reunion dinner.

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Being Chinese in multi-racial Singapore: A framework to check one's ignorance

In this final of a 3-parter exploring how the Chinese Singaporean identity has evolved, ST's Yuen Sin and Lianhe Zaobao's Ng Wai Mun look at the issues arising from being the majority race.

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Walk on the wild side in Sentosa

Hidden amid the bustling hotels and modern attractions is a quiet world of century-old trees and creatures that delight nature lovers.

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Want to live longer? Get a dog

Dog owners have a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or other causes, a team of Swedish scientists found during a 12-year follow-up study.

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Singapore's favourite auntie Liang Ximei is back - on the big screen

It has taken Singapore's favourite television auntie 16 years to make it to the big screen, but actor-director Jack Neo is confident she has not been forgotten.

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