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Sri Lanka seizes record US$65 million worth of drugs

Sri Lanka's navy seized $65 million worth of crystal methamphetamine and ketamine on Wednesday in the country's biggest drugs bust, officials said.
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Sri Lanka seizes record US$65 million worth of drugs

Sri Lanka's navy seized $65 million worth of crystal methamphetamine and ketamine on Wednesday in the country's biggest drugs bust, officials said.

WP chief Pritam Singh shares about 'best burrito' he ever had from Stuff'd at Hougang Mall

During a challenging period back in 2017 (hint: a certain court case kicked off), Workers’ Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh ate the best burrito in his life.  A trivial revelation, but one that’s relevant to the current climate, we promise. In a Fac
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WP chief Pritam Singh shares about 'best burrito' he ever had from Stuff'd at Hougang Mall

During a challenging period back in 2017 (hint: a certain court case kicked off), Workers’ Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh ate the best burrito in his life.  A trivial revelation, but one that’s relevant to the current climate, we promise. In a Facebook post that the Aljunied GRC Member of Parliament shared on Tuesday (March 31), he reposted a charitable initiative by the local Mexican-Turkish food chain that offered free burritos to anyone “who might be having some problems putting food on the table”.  “Over this Covid-19 period, it speaks so highly of business owners who run such establishments like Stuff’d that they keep the community in mind, especially those amongst us who may need a lift,” Pritam wrote, expressing the hope that landlords are playing their part too. 

Pineapples on pizzas, Game of Thrones and other revelations in quickfire Tan Chuan-Jin Q&A

The last time we checked in, Tan Chuan-Jin had become the new «Tweeter of Parliament» after his humorously candid replies to a rando landed him in the spotlight. But beyond his official role as Speaker of Parliament, new stans wanted to know mor
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Pineapples on pizzas, Game of Thrones and other revelations in quickfire Tan Chuan-Jin Q&A

The last time we checked in, Tan Chuan-Jin had become the new «Tweeter of Parliament» after his humorously candid replies to a rando landed him in the spotlight. But beyond his official role as Speaker of Parliament, new stans wanted to know more about the man himself. In true millennial style, Tan dished out personal preferences in an Ask Me Anything-style session with some National University of Singapore students — including his stance on whether pineapple belonged on pizzas.

Is this Harvard Business School grad taking over Woodlands ward?

Could Sembawang MP Amrin Amin be handing over the baton to a newcomer? Some residents seem to think so. Amrin, who helms Woodlands ward in the group representation constituency (GRC), fuelled speculation about his potential successor when he officially int
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Is this Harvard Business School grad taking over Woodlands ward?

Could Sembawang MP Amrin Amin be handing over the baton to a newcomer? Some residents seem to think so. Amrin, who helms Woodlands ward in the group representation constituency (GRC), fuelled speculation about his potential successor when he officially introduced Mariam Jaafar, 43, to his constituents in a Facebook post on Tuesday (March 31). In the post, he mentioned that he had been introducing Mariam to residents and was confident that she would «hit the ground running» and «do her best to serve residents». Amrin also included several pictures of Mariam walking the ground alongside him and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, who helms the Gambas ward in Sembawang GRC. She was also seen attending a Meet-the-People session with Amrin last week, Berita Mediacorp reported.

Exclusive: Germany ready to nationalize airline Condor - sources

The German government stands ready to take over airline Condor after an agreement by Polish carrier LOT to acquire the carrier is likely to collapse, several people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
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Exclusive: Germany ready to nationalize airline Condor - sources

The German government stands ready to take over airline Condor after an agreement by Polish carrier LOT to acquire the carrier is likely to collapse, several people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Russia, US hold energy talks, as Trump complains about oil cheaper than water

U.S and Russian energy officials held rare talks about oil after crude prices crashed to levels last seen about two decades ago, while President Donald Trump said oil that was cheaper "than water" was hurting the industry.
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Russia, US hold energy talks, as Trump complains about oil cheaper than water

U.S and Russian energy officials held rare talks about oil after crude prices crashed to levels last seen about two decades ago, while President Donald Trump said oil that was cheaper "than water" was hurting the industry.

MotoGP rider Iannone handed 18 month ban for failed dope test

Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has been banned for 18 months after failing a dope test last November, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday.
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MotoGP rider Iannone handed 18 month ban for failed dope test

Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has been banned for 18 months after failing a dope test last November, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday.

Explainer: Euro zone mulls package to support economy against coronavirus

With the euro zone economy in need of help during the coronavirus epidemic, officials have until April 9 to design a package that satisfies members with completely opposing views: those calling for joint debt issuance and those fiercely against it.
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Explainer: Euro zone mulls package to support economy against coronavirus

With the euro zone economy in need of help during the coronavirus epidemic, officials have until April 9 to design a package that satisfies members with completely opposing views: those calling for joint debt issuance and those fiercely against it.

Calls to Spain's gender violence helpline rise sharply during COVID-19 lockdown

Calls to Spain's governmental helpline for victims of gender violence shot up in the first two weeks of a state of emergency lockdown imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday.
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Calls to Spain's gender violence helpline rise sharply during COVID-19 lockdown

Calls to Spain's governmental helpline for victims of gender violence shot up in the first two weeks of a state of emergency lockdown imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday.

Loss of taste and smell key COVID-19 symptoms, app study finds

Losing your sense of smell and taste may be the best way to tell if you have COVID-19, according to a study of data collected via a symptom tracker app developed by scientists in Britain and the United States to help monitor the coronaviru
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Loss of taste and smell key COVID-19 symptoms, app study finds

Losing your sense of smell and taste may be the best way to tell if you have COVID-19, according to a study of data collected via a symptom tracker app developed by scientists in Britain and the United States to help monitor the coronavirus pandemic.

Exclusive: China may ease electric car quotas, delay emission rules to help automakers - sources

China is considering temporarily easing quotas designed to boost production of electric cars to help automakers badly bruised by the coronavirus pandemic to revive slumping sales, people familiar with the matter said.
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Exclusive: China may ease electric car quotas, delay emission rules to help automakers - sources

China is considering temporarily easing quotas designed to boost production of electric cars to help automakers badly bruised by the coronavirus pandemic to revive slumping sales, people familiar with the matter said.

UK government promises more COVID-19 tests as criticism grows

Britain said Wednesday it would soon begin testing 25,000 people daily for COVID-19 as criticism of the government grew over low numbers of testing compared to other countries.
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UK government promises more COVID-19 tests as criticism grows

Britain said Wednesday it would soon begin testing 25,000 people daily for COVID-19 as criticism of the government grew over low numbers of testing compared to other countries.

Coronavirus casts shadow over Everest

The Himalayan hilltown of Khumjung should be bustling ahead of Everest's climbing season, but the coronavirus has forced the shut down of the world's tallest mountain and threatened the livelihood of the famed local Sherpas.
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Coronavirus casts shadow over Everest

The Himalayan hilltown of Khumjung should be bustling ahead of Everest's climbing season, but the coronavirus has forced the shut down of the world's tallest mountain and threatened the livelihood of the famed local Sherpas.

Glencore's chrome joint venture in South Africa with Merafe declares force majeure

Glencore's chrome joint venture in South Africa with Merafe Resources has declared force majeure on qualifying contracts after a nationwide lockdown forced operations to shut, a Merafe executive said.
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Glencore's chrome joint venture in South Africa with Merafe declares force majeure

Glencore's chrome joint venture in South Africa with Merafe Resources has declared force majeure on qualifying contracts after a nationwide lockdown forced operations to shut, a Merafe executive said.

NTUC FairPrice closes Bedok Mall supermarket for 3 days for cleaning after employee diagnosed with Covid-19

SINGAPORE - NTUC FairPrice has closed its FairPrice Finest supermarket in Bedok Mall after one of its staff tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday (March 31). In a statement on Wednesday (April 1), NTUC FairPrice said the store will be closed for three day
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NTUC FairPrice closes Bedok Mall supermarket for 3 days for cleaning after employee diagnosed with Covid-19

SINGAPORE - NTUC FairPrice has closed its FairPrice Finest supermarket in Bedok Mall after one of its staff tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday (March 31). In a statement on Wednesday (April 1), NTUC FairPrice said the store will be closed for three days for deep cleaning and will reopen on Saturday (April 4). The staff worked in the backend of the store replenishing stock and has minimal contact with customers, FairPrice said. The staff has been quarantined and is being monitored by medical personnel, while all other staff who work in the store have been put on leave of absence. The employee last worked on March 25 and was on leave on March 26 before visiting a doctor on March 27 with a fever. The employee is now on medical leave. FairPrice said it is extending help to the affected staff and is helping the authorities with contact tracing. It also apologised for causing inconvenience to customers.

Razer set to manufacture face masks in Singapore with help from local companies

Razer — that gaming hardware company that produces gizmos with colourful blinking lights — wants to produce face masks right here in Singapore. Sans their trademark Chroma lighting system, we can safely say.  Last month, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan stated t
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Razer set to manufacture face masks in Singapore with help from local companies

Razer — that gaming hardware company that produces gizmos with colourful blinking lights — wants to produce face masks right here in Singapore. Sans their trademark Chroma lighting system, we can safely say.  Last month, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan stated that his engineers and designers have been working to temporarily convert a portion of the company’s production facilities to produce surgical masks in lieu of gaming peripherals. The plan is to donate up to one million masks to the authorities in different countries, starting with Singapore where the Razer Southeast Asia headquarters is located.

Daily roundup: New Instagram pages dedicated to safe distancing markers pasted across Singapore - and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. New Instagram pages dedicated to safe distancing markers pasted across Singapore Chairs and tables get taped up, but there’s no one sitting on them anyway... » READ MORE 2. NTUC FairPrice clos
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Daily roundup: New Instagram pages dedicated to safe distancing markers pasted across Singapore - and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. New Instagram pages dedicated to safe distancing markers pasted across Singapore Chairs and tables get taped up, but there’s no one sitting on them anyway... » READ MORE 2. NTUC FairPrice closes Bedok Mall supermarket for 3 days for cleaning after employee diagnosed with Covid-19​​​​​​​

US pension funds may pour US$400 billion into stocks, lifting virus-hit markets -JP Morgan

U.S. pension funds that delayed rebalancing their portfolios are likely to pump about US$400 billion into stocks over the next two quarters, analysts at JP Morgan said, providing a potential boost to equity markets battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
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US pension funds may pour US$400 billion into stocks, lifting virus-hit markets -JP Morgan

U.S. pension funds that delayed rebalancing their portfolios are likely to pump about US$400 billion into stocks over the next two quarters, analysts at JP Morgan said, providing a potential boost to equity markets battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

New Covid-19 cluster at Toh Guan dormitory linked to 5 cases; CGH housekeeper among 47 new cases

SINGAPORE - Singapore confirmed 47 new cases of the Covid-19 infection on Tuesday (March 31), including a housekeeper at Changi General Hospital (CGH). A new cluster has also emerged at the Westlite Toh Guan dormitory, with four new cases confirmed on Tuesda
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New Covid-19 cluster at Toh Guan dormitory linked to 5 cases; CGH housekeeper among 47 new cases

SINGAPORE - Singapore confirmed 47 new cases of the Covid-19 infection on Tuesday (March 31), including a housekeeper at Changi General Hospital (CGH). A new cluster has also emerged at the Westlite Toh Guan dormitory, with four new cases confirmed on Tuesday. The first was confirmed on Monday. Of the new cases, 31 were local, with 13 linked to existing clusters or individuals. Another 18 are unlinked. On the CGH housekeeper who was infected, the Ministry of Health said he is a 22-year-old male Indian national who is a long-term pass holder with no recent travel history. He reported onset of symptoms on March 29, and subsequent test results confirmed the Covid-19 infection on Monday afternoon. He is currently warded in an isolation room at Changi General Hospital (CGH). Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work for about two hours on Monday. Meanwhile, the MOH said that 12 more cases of Covid-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 240 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged.

I've been working from home for more than a week due to the coronavirus - here's how to stay sane

Before the coronavirus outbreak, working from home was considered a luxury. «Wah, your company lets you work from home (WFH) twice or thrice a week? Shiok!», was the most common response I got from friends who knew it was a common practice in my
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I've been working from home for more than a week due to the coronavirus - here's how to stay sane

Before the coronavirus outbreak, working from home was considered a luxury. «Wah, your company lets you work from home (WFH) twice or thrice a week? Shiok!», was the most common response I got from friends who knew it was a common practice in my previous two jobs.  Now, WFH is the new norm as more and more companies start practising telecommuting in the interest of safe distancing. This includes us at AsiaOne since the start of last week. While I've been enjoying every bit of it, my husband, who has been working from home for close to three weeks now, is starting to feel the toll of being cooped up at home all the time. ALSO READ: Working from home not so great, employees in China find

Coronavirus: SAF will defer all non-essential in-camp training, conduct smaller group training

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces will conduct training in smaller groups and defer all in-camp training that is not essential for operations for at least a month, said the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday (March 31). Fitness-conditioning centres, where o
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Coronavirus: SAF will defer all non-essential in-camp training, conduct smaller group training

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces will conduct training in smaller groups and defer all in-camp training that is not essential for operations for at least a month, said the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday (March 31). Fitness-conditioning centres, where operationally-ready national servicemen (NSmen) take their physical fitness tests, will be closed. Individual Physical Proficiency Training (IPPT), IPPT Preparatory Training (IPT), and remedial training at Fitness Conditioning Centres, Safra gyms and IPT-in-the-Park locations has been suspended. IPPT requirements for affected NSmen will be waived, said Mindef in a statement on the latest SAF measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The ministry noted that critical operations to safeguard Singapore - such as island defence, protection of key installations, maritime security and air defence operations - continue to be performed around the clock. Units performing these roles have been separated into different groups to ensure operations are not interrupted while in-camp training supporting these critical functions will continue, it said.

Grandma treks 4.5 hours back to Singapore to see sick husband

In the wake of Malaysia's partial lockdown that's left some families stuck on different sides of the Causeway, one elderly woman was so determined to see her sick husband that she made the trip on foot — knee pain and all. The woman, 66, decided to retur
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Grandma treks 4.5 hours back to Singapore to see sick husband

In the wake of Malaysia's partial lockdown that's left some families stuck on different sides of the Causeway, one elderly woman was so determined to see her sick husband that she made the trip on foot — knee pain and all. The woman, 66, decided to return to Singapore on March 29 after learning of her husband's condition, her son Herman Sudil shared in a Facebook post. While Malaysia's movement control order (MCO) prohibits citizens from leaving the country from March 18 to April 14, foreigners are allowed to leave. His mother had arrived in Johor Bahru before the MCO to care for his three-month-old baby while he looked after his hospitalised wife, Herman explained. When his mother received news that her 80-year-old husband was ill early last week, Herman immediately began searching for transport for her to return to Singapore. But the lack of public transport meant that she eventually had to do it on foot.

Struggling Chinatown Food Street to close till June 1

Chinatown Food Street, a popular tourist spot known for local roadside fare, will close from tomorrow, its management said in a post on its website yesterday. There will be upgrading works in the area and business will resume on June 1. Business at the once
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Struggling Chinatown Food Street to close till June 1

Chinatown Food Street, a popular tourist spot known for local roadside fare, will close from tomorrow, its management said in a post on its website yesterday. There will be upgrading works in the area and business will resume on June 1. Business at the once-bustling destination on Smith Street has taken a significant hit with the sharp fall in tourist numbers since travel restrictions were imposed amid the Covid-19 outbreak. In an interview with Chinese language evening paper Shin Min Daily News, Mr Vincent Tan, the managing director of Select Group, which operates Chinatown Food Street, said that aside from renovation and refurbishment works to the 20 stalls at the location, stall holders and their workers will be sent for training or reassigned to other restaurants. Mr Tan, who is also the president of the Restaurant Association of Singapore, told Shin Min that rent for the stalls during the closure will be waived. Efforts to boost visitor numbers seem to have had little success.

Singaporean mum details experience after 5-year-old daughter forced to undergo Covid-19 swab test

[UPDATED, March 31]: In an update to her Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon (March 31), Eeling J. Tan wrote that her daughter has tested negative for Covid-19. Every parent's worst nightmare came true for Singaporean Eeling J. Tan when her sick five-year-ol
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Singaporean mum details experience after 5-year-old daughter forced to undergo Covid-19 swab test

[UPDATED, March 31]: In an update to her Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon (March 31), Eeling J. Tan wrote that her daughter has tested negative for Covid-19. Every parent's worst nightmare came true for Singaporean Eeling J. Tan when her sick five-year-old daughter was made to undergo a Covid-19 swab test. In a post dated March 29, the 41-year-old director at an engineering consultancy detailed her experience after her daughter suddenly developed a fever, having been diagnosed with bronchitis and asthma more than a week ago. She wrote: «My daughter started coughing about a week and half ago. We took her to a PHPC [Public Health Preparedness Clinic], and she was diagnosed with bronchitis and asthma. She was put on an inhaler and a cocktail of medication. She was on the mend until last night when she developed a fever.» The worried parents took her to the clinic once again on March 29, where doctors found that her lungs had not cleared, and coupled with a fever, they decided to send her for a Covid-19 test.

Despair and pride in China's Wuhan as COVID-19 lockdown eases

Residents of China's Wuhan city, ground zero for the coronavirus pandemic, have mixed emotions as containment measures are lifted and the community infection rate slows to a trickle, with some praising the government and others rueing the economic costs.
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Despair and pride in China's Wuhan as COVID-19 lockdown eases

Residents of China's Wuhan city, ground zero for the coronavirus pandemic, have mixed emotions as containment measures are lifted and the community infection rate slows to a trickle, with some praising the government and others rueing the economic costs.

Virus breaks the mold for telework in office-bound Japan

The longstanding stereotype of Japan's office-bound "salaryman" is being tested as companies cautiously embrace working from home in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
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Virus breaks the mold for telework in office-bound Japan

The longstanding stereotype of Japan's office-bound "salaryman" is being tested as companies cautiously embrace working from home in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Australia captain Paine sees crowded test calendar to end championship

Australia captain Tim Paine believes test cricketers would be prepared to play a lot of matches in a short space of time once the coronavirus crisis is over to ensure the World Test Championship can be completed as scheduled next year.
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Australia captain Paine sees crowded test calendar to end championship

Australia captain Tim Paine believes test cricketers would be prepared to play a lot of matches in a short space of time once the coronavirus crisis is over to ensure the World Test Championship can be completed as scheduled next year.

Global M&A dwindles as coronavirus batters world’s economies

Global mergers and acquisitions activity plunged 28per cent in the first quarter to its lowest level since 2016 as the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March, compounding a slow start to the year for dealmakers.
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Global M&A dwindles as coronavirus batters world’s economies

Global mergers and acquisitions activity plunged 28per cent in the first quarter to its lowest level since 2016 as the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March, compounding a slow start to the year for dealmakers.

Ad giant WPP pulls dividend, buyback and outlook

WPP , the world's biggest advertising company, said it was pulling its dividend and share buyback, and withdrawing its guidance for 2020 after it saw an increasing number of cancelations from clients due to the coronavirus crisis.
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Ad giant WPP pulls dividend, buyback and outlook

WPP , the world's biggest advertising company, said it was pulling its dividend and share buyback, and withdrawing its guidance for 2020 after it saw an increasing number of cancelations from clients due to the coronavirus crisis.

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