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In his round-up speech at the Budget debate, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said it is not possible for the Government to keep handing out goodies to everyone year after year. Neither should people see the Budget solely in terms of how much they stand to gain, as help for the lower- and middle-income benefits society.
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The parliamentary review of 1Malaysia Development Berhad is likely to recommend that the state investor's founding management be probed further over claims that billions of ringgit had been misappropriated. The Public Accounts Committee will table its findings to Parliament today.
China's latest sanctions against North Korea have been described as unprecedented, reflecting its commitment to curb the growing security threat from its communist neighbour. China will ban the import of coal, iron ore, gold, rare earths and other raw minerals from North Korea, along with exports of jet fuel and other materials used for rocket fuel production.
Public outrage over documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm wrenched attention away from wars and humanitarian crises, as harsh new light was shed on the elaborate ways wealthy people hide money in secretive shell companies and offshore tax shelters.
If the distance between train breakdowns increases but there are more major breakdowns, would that be a reliable MRT system? Senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan says no, and that a more robust way to track rail reliability is needed.
Irresponsible anglers are leaving lines and hooks in places where they endanger people and wildlife. Environmentalists and fishing enthusiasts have called for better behaviour after a wild otter pup was found with a hook near its eye.
HappYouth gains traction
A nationwide movement that trains teenagers to manage their emotions and help others who may exhibit signs of depression is paying dividends. HappYouth, which started in January, aims to help 10,000 youngsters a year and almost half that number have taken part in talks and workshops.
Two fashion brands will bail out of Singapore's challenging retail scene before the year is out. Eight stores in various malls showcasing the British brand New Look and French men's fashion chain Celio will close in the second half of the year, said distributor Jay Gee Melwani Group.
Luis Suarez, who was lucky to stay on the field after clashes with Atletico Madrid players, saved Barcelona's day with a second-half brace for a 2-1 lead into their Champions League quarter-final second leg. Fernando Torres was sent off for two yellows after giving the visitors the lead.
This year's Singapore International Festival of Arts has 15 commissions in its main season line-up of 20 shows. Among the productions running between Aug 11 and Sept 17 are eight collaborations between Singaporean and international artists.