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    New SimplyGo users can collect free ez-link and Nets FlashPay replacement cards from March 18
    February 28, 2024 10:15 AM

    Adult passengers who updated their cards to SimplyGo or bought a SimplyGo ez-link card between Jan 9 and 22 are eligible for the new cards.

    The collection process will be staggered based on the last digit of a user's SimplyGo ez-link card identification number, LTA added.

    To qualify, they must have been issued SimplyGo cards or converted their travel cards to the account-based system on Jan 22 or earlier.

    Nets FlashPay cards were also to be replaced with SimplyGo-compatible Nets Prepaid Cards.

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    lifestyle
    This 70-year-old Chinese man's daily exercise regime makes him look half his age
    February 28, 2024 10:15 AM

    But in reality, the man, who hails from Chongqing city in southwest China, is a 70-year-old grandfather.

    An article by South China Morning Post revealed that his enthusiasm for fitness and mountain climbing is what keeps him looking so youthful.

    But the most significant - and probably the most exhausting - exercise of them all is scaling the mountain.

    In total, it takes Heping about an hour to ascend the mountain and 50 minutes to descend.

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    world
    Australia intelligence chief reveals details of foreign spy operation
    February 28, 2024 10:07 AM

    While some were unwitting, others knew they were working for a foreign intelligence service," he said.

    ASIO severed links between the Australians and the foreign intelligence service, he said, adding several individuals "should be grateful the espionage and foreign interference laws are not retrospective".

    Australia's foreign interference taskforce has conducted 120 operations since it was formed in 2020, he said in the speech.

    Australia introduced foreign interference laws in 2018.

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    singapore
    Woman trashes tray return station at Sembawang coffee shop, swings fist at passer-by
    February 28, 2024 9:58 AM

    She caused a scene at a coffee shop in Sembawang, and even swung her fist at a passer-by who tried to help.

    A video of a woman knocking off items off the tray return station and later behaving aggressively towards others has been circulating online this week.

    In the clip, a woman wearing a blue top was seen knocking items such as dirty dishes, trays, paper towels off the shelves of coffee shop's tray return station.

    Noticing the woman's strange behaviour, some diners left the coffee shop while a group of passers-by approached the woman in an attempt to stop her.

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    world
    Daily roundup: Expect to pay more for Johor hotels from March due to tax hike - and other top stories today
    February 28, 2024 9:33 AM

    Expect to pay more for Johor hotels from March due to tax hike.

    Be prepared to pay more for your next hotel stay in Johor.

    Ah Boys' Maxi Lim now works for columbarium: 'Something meaningful to do outside of my acting career'.

    Now, Maxi Lim is stepping into yet another industry.

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    lifestyle
    Free Milo, limited-edition cakes and singalongs: Taylor Swift-themed events and promotions to check out during The Eras Tour
    February 28, 2024 9:32 AM

    To get you in the mood for The Eras Tour, Marina Bay Sands has organised a special event called the Taylor Swift The Eras Tour Experience.

    Just for the occasion, there will be an Eras Tour Light & Water Show that will last 14 minutes.

    Apart from that, there will also be The Eras Tour Retail Pop-Up, where you can snag exclusive merchandise.

    Taylor Swift Eras Tour Party with Voca Academy.

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    asia
    North Korea's first spy satellite is 'alive', can manoeuvre, expert says
    February 28, 2024 8:59 AM

    SEOUL — North Korea's first spy satellite is "alive", a Netherlands-based space expert said on Feb 27, after detecting changes in its orbit that suggest Pyongyang is successfully controlling the spacecraft — although its capabilities are still unknown.

    After two fiery failures, North Korea successfully placed the Malligyong-1 satellite in orbit in November 2023.

    "But now we can definitely say the satellite is alive," Dr Marco Langbroek, a satellite expert at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, wrote in a blog post.

    Nuclear-armed North Korea has vowed to launch three more spy satellites in 2024.

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    singapore
    Singapore does not need further GST increases up to 2030 as 'we're in a sound position': DPM Wong
    February 28, 2024 8:50 AM

    The GST increase that we announced was intended for this, so we are okay up to 2030.

    We do not need further GST increases up to 2030," he replied.

    The revenue from this GST increase will go towards medium-term needs, such as healthcare and social development.

    GST increase not key cause behind inflation spike: DPM Wong.

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    singapore
    Ex-Kinderland teacher in viral videos charged with ill-treating 3 more children
    February 28, 2024 8:48 AM

    SINGAPORE — A former Kinderland pre-school teacher accused of ill-treating a 23-month-old girl was on Feb 28 handed five additional charges involving three more children.

    Lin Min, 34, was charged with three counts each of ill-treating a child and two counts of using criminal force on another person.

    She was first hauled to court in August 2023 and charged with ill-treating the 23-month-old girl.

    On June 28, 2023, Lin allegedly used a book to hit a two-year-old boy's buttocks five times.

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    china
    Hong Kong moves towards enacting tougher security law amid concerns about freedoms
    February 28, 2024 8:22 AM

    HONG KONG — A public consultation period for a new Hong Kong national security law closes on Wednesday (Feb 28) amid concerns that the legislation, which authorities want to put in place soon, will further erode freedoms in the financial hub.

    The law, known as Article 23, is aimed at addressing what officials call deficiencies or loopholes in the national security regime, which was bolstered just four years ago by another national security law imposed directly by China.

    It will target crimes including treason, theft of state secrets, espionage, sabotage, sedition and "external interference" including from foreign governments.

    The Hong Kong legislature, which is dominated by pro-Beijing lawmakers, is expected to approve it.

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