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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Singapore Straits Times

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From South-east Asia's tallest twin towers in Kuala Lumpur to Indonesia's busiest roundabout to the CentralWorld mall in Bangkok, officials in Asia have thrown a security blanket to protect these places and more, as hundreds of thousands of revellers are set to greet the new year.


Live Breaking News

Downtown Line affected by delays on Thursday morning
A door and signalling fault caused delays on the Downtown Line on Thursday (Dec 31) morning. 
Indonesia to appeal court's rejection of lawsuit against firm over haze-causing fires
The Indonesian government will appeal a court's rejection of a 7.8 trillion rupiah (S$780 million) lawsuit against a pulp and paper company accused of failing to prevent fires that blanketed South-east Asia in toxic haze, an official said on Thursday (Dec 31). PHOTO: AFP
'Rat on a plane' forces Air India flight to turn back to Mumbai
A "suspected rat sighting" in the cabin forced an Air India plane carrying more than 200 passengers to return to Mumbai almost three hours into a flight to London, the airline said on Thursday (Dec 31). PHOTO: AFP
December likely to be warmest on record; 2015 also one of hottest years in Singapore
Temperatures in Singapore for December 2015 are set to hit a record high, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Thursday (Dec 31). PHOTO: ST FILE
Statues donated by Jackie Chan defaced in anti-China attack at new museum in Taiwan
Two statues donated by actor Jackie Chan to a newly opened museum in Taiwan were splashed with paint and daubed with anti-China slogans, reflecting growing tensions over Beijing's influence on the island. PHOTOS: AFP
GBS victim, who was in a coma, discharged from hospital
Mr Sim Tharn Chun will get to keep his promise to his son of watching The Force Awakens together before school reopens. He was discharged on Thursday (Dec31), after spending the past 43 days in hospital after eating raw fish porridge. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
SBS Transit to add 34 more trips a week to North East Line during peak hours from Jan 4
Added trips and trains will cater to growing demand, aimed at reducing average waiting time, says SBS transit. PHOTO: ST FILE
Japan zoo recovers missing red panda after frantic search
About 20 zoo workers and three police dogs joined the hunt for the missing creature, called Sumire, after she disappeared from her enclosure at a zoo on the outskirts of Mount Fuji on Wednesday. ST FILE PHOTO
Robbers use lorry to drag ATM safe out of petrol kiosk in Malaysia
A group of men broke into a petrol station in Shah Alam, tied a rope around the safe inside the an automatic teller machine (ATM) and pulled it out using a lorry. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
HK leader says Facebook was hacked after racy photos of women appear as 'friends'
The embarrassing accusations came from tabloids Next Magazine and Apple Daily which took screenshots of the list of people Mr Leung Chun Ying follows on Facebook.The shots showed young women with low-cut tops, with one reported to be a Japanese adult video actress. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT FROM APPLE DAILY
JUST IN: Indonesian man gets 12 years' jail and 24 strokes of cane for Raffles Place robbery
A 39-year-old Indonesian man was on Thursday sentenced to 12 years in jail and 24 strokes of the cane for a brazen and violent robbery that shocked a lunchtime crowd in the centre of the financial district more than a year ago. Arun, who goes by only one name, was detained by several passers-by after stabbing Mr Kang Tie Tie, a courier for moneychangers, outside the Raffles Place MRT station before making off with his bag containing nearly $800,000. FILE PHOTO: LEON LEE
5 tourists seriously injured after bus with 33 aboard crashes in New Zealand
The bus collided with a car at Otira Gorge, which is on the main highway traversing the Southern Alps between Christchurch on the east coast and Greymouth on the west coast. Those involved in the accident are all tourists.
10-minute grace period for commuters who enter wrong platform at Stevens station on DTL2
The grace period will take effect from Jan 2, 2016, when paid passenger service for the Downtown Line 2 commences. PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Electricity tariffs to fall by 4.2% for first three months of 2016
The electricity tariffs for househoulds will be revised from 20.35 to 19.5 cents per kilowatt hour due to the lower cost of natural gas, said Singapore Power. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN
Weather & traffic update
Generally cloudy, with occasionally windy conditions and showers expected in the afternoon and evening. 
Two vehicles have broken down - on the TPE (towards PIE) before the KPE exit and on the CTE (towards AYE) after Moulmein Rd exit. An accident on the TPE (towards PIE) before KPE exit has caused congestion till the Punggol Rd exit. Drive safe!
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