Top stories from The Straits Times on Tuesday, Feb 13

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Tuesday, Feb 13


Mindef offers new short-term cyber-specialist scheme for NSFs to boost cyber-security fight

The Ministry of Defence will train full-time national servicemen who have an aptitude for cyber security to become elite cyber defenders in the regular service, with a new short-term contract scheme.

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Tourism players ready to ride wave of China visitors 

Players in the Singapore tourism industry have been gearing up for a slice of the Chinese tourist pie, as China became the largest source of visitors here for the first time last year.

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Pritam Singh emerging as top choice for WP chief

Mr Pritam Singh is emerging as the top choice for the Workers' Party's next leader, with three of its other MPs publicly ruling themselves out of the race and endorsing him.

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Boy, 8, comes home from childcare centre with bruises on buttocks; police investigating

An eight-year-old boy suffered bruises to his buttocks after he was reportedly beaten with a wooden ruler by the principal of a childcare centre early this month.

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Donald Trump unveils US$1.5 trillion infrastructure plan 

The US president rolled out a long awaited US$1.5 trillion plan to repair and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, including highways, bridges, airports, seaports, railroads and water systems, and extend broadband Internet access.

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SingPost refutes claims by postman who threw away letters

SingPost has refuted claims made by a postman, who was caught on video discarding returned letters and direct mail, about his abysmal working hours.

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Apex court acquits man on death row for drug possession

In a rare 2-1 decision, the apex court acquitted a man on death row for drug possession.

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SAP schools: Relook their role in light of how they have changed 

In the first collaboration of its kind, two reporters - one from The Straits Times and the other from Lianhe Zaobao - explore how the Chinese Singaporean identity has evolved in an exchange of views written in their preferred languages.

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Living in Mayon volcano's shadow

Each day for the past five weeks, Ms Marcela Balla, 66, has had to cross a highway and walk down a narrow trail to a creek 500m away to bathe and empty her chamber pot.

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Primping for CNY? Know the risks

While shopping for hair extensions or gel manicures that stay shiny red, consider possible side-effects that could leave you in a flutter for all the wrong reasons.

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