Proximity grants hit $211m

The Housing Board said 11,000 households have received about $211 million in government grants to help them buy resale flats to live with or near their parents or married child. Under the proximity housing grant introduced in August 2015, those who buy such flats will get a grant of $20,000.


Sword attack at church; 4 hurt

A university student wielding a sword attacked churchgoers in Yogyakarta yesterday, injuring four people, including a policeman, before he was shot and wounded by local police. The attacker, identified as Suliono from Banyuwangi in East Java, went on a 15-minute rampage.


Bus crash driver under probe

Hong Kong police are investigating a bus crash that left 19 dead and scores injured. The 30-year-old bus driver, who has been held for dangerous driving, was involved in a careless driving incident in 2014 that left one passenger injured. In the Saturday night crash, he is suspected of having been over the speed limit while driving down a slope before losing control.


Behind China’s PLA crashes

The deadly crash of a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) plane last month, among others, has raised questions over whether China’s relentless push for military modernisation has outpaced its actual capabilities. But military experts say the accident rate shows a strengthening of PLAAF and its sister branch, the PLA Naval Air Force.


Another Brexit vote won’t help

Britain is engaged in a “civil war” on Brexit, with opposing camps. But a second vote on Brexit won’t settle the issue either, says Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Foreign bosses fail to pay up

There have been at least six cases of non-Singaporean employers absconding without paying their foreign workers in the past 1½ years. Migrant Workers’ Centre chairman Yeo Guat Kwang said the centre had started noticing the trend only in recent years.


Unlimited data plan on offer

An unlimited mobile data plan at a rock-bottom price – that is what new virtual mobile telco Zero1 plans to introduce next month. Zero1 will be pre-registering customers on its website for the $19-a-month plan for the first 3,000 registrations.


Tampines Court sale hits snag

Owners at Tampines Court may have thought their collective sale was sewn up when a buyer was found. But the process is believed to have been delayed as developer Sim Lian Group awaits planning permission approval from the Urban Redevelopment Authority.


Windsurfers secure YOG spots

Windsurfers Alexander Lim, 15, and Marsha Shahrin, 16, yesterday earned Singapore a slot each in the boys’ and girls’ Techno 293+ classes at the Youth Olympic Games in October in Buenos Aires, on the last day of the Singapore Open Windsurfing Championships.


New direction for Art Fazil

Singer-songwriter Art Fazil’s new album, Rentak Art Fazil, has a more accessible, rhythmic pop sound, often with humorous lyrics. The 51-year-old bachelor said: “I wanted to simplify my music to make sure younger listeners are able to get into my music.”

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V-Day treats

Eight foodie treats for Valentine’s Day, from posh to budget.


A book’s journey

What happens to a library book after you have returned it? The Straits Times shows you.

What it should have been

In last Friday’s report, “LTA bars professional engineer after formwork collapse at site”, we said that the formwork at the Great World MRT station construction site had collapsed late last year.

This is wrong. The formwork had failed at the site last month. In yesterday’s report, “Redesigning jobs, retooling mindsets”, we said that the spending on SkillsFuture Credit is about $4 million a year. The correct figure is $40 million.

We are sorry for the errors.

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