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The 10 Asean member states will be signing an agreement today to facilitate cross-border bus transport services within the regional grouping. It is also taking further steps towards creating a single aviation and shipping market, to promote the free movement of goods, services and people among Asean countries.
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Some MRT stations next year will test out a new payment system that does not require a card to be tapped at a gate. Instead, fares can be automatically paid from a mobile device using Bluetooth technology or a radio-frequency identification card. These can be carried in a bag or pocket, and the user can simply go through the fare gates.
Big beer festivals are not part of Malaysian culture and should not become part of it in any way, the country’s Tourism and Culture Minister has said, amid widespread anger after Malaysian police and the municipal authorities cancelled such events in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor due to Islamist protests.
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have signed a reconciliation deal that aims to end their decade-old rift, with a new unity government scheduled to start work on Dec 1. The deal is seen as a significant step to ending the civil war that has split Palestinians since violent clashes between the two groups in 2007.
At its birth, people feared that the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay would be a white elephant. Instead, it has become a hub for the arts and for the community, says its chief executive Benson Puah.
Climate change will have an impact on Singapore’s food security and to mitigate it, the authorities are urging local farmers to harness technology to boost and stabilise yields. As part of the push, tenders for new farmland will be evaluated based on this as well.
Safra’s membership has almost doubled to more than 600,000, driven partly by the one-year complimentary membership that was offered this year as part of the NS50 Recognition Package, said Senior Minister of State for Defence Maliki Osman.
The upcoming carbon tax may be a bitter pill to swallow, but could pay off in a more energy-efficient global economy, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli.
The levy on big greenhouse gas emitters announced in this year’s Budget is meant to nudge industry to adopt cleaner, better practices, he noted.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has played down the significance of tomorrow’s high-profile English Premier League meeting with bitter rivals Liverpool. The Reds are seventh in the ladder, while United are second on goal difference.
“When you are in a big club, when you are a big player, when you are a big manager, every game is important,” said Mourinho.
Actress Jeanette Aw, 38, is leaving her long-time talent agency Hype Records-Artiste Network to be her own agent. The Channel 8 star is leaving at the height of her career, after winning her first Best Actress award at last year’s Star Awards for her role in the showbiz drama The Dream Makers 2.
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