5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (18 January 2020)

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Let’s face it: in this social media world, exciting and viral news like a cat feeding a baby bear would often appear in your Facebook news feed, while important news like the GDP growth of Singapore this year wouldn’t get the same reach.

It’s understandable since social media platforms would prioritise engaging and viral contents to keep users in their platform.

In order to ensure that you’d still know about important news instead just social news, below are the top five Singapore news that was reported yesterday which you should know, simplified for you in a bite-sized format:

34YO Domestic Helper Arrested After Allegedly Attacking Employer With Knife

On Friday at around 11.10am, a lady reported an incident to the police saying that her domestic helper assaulted her in her flat along Commonwealth Close with a knife.

The 34-year-old domestic helper was later caught and arrested at Changi Airport Terminal 1 thanks to the use of ground enquiries and CCTV footage.

If convicted of voluntarily causing grievous hurt with a dangerous weapon, offenders can be sentenced to life imprisonment, or a term which may extend to 15 years, and may also be subjected to a fine or caning. Women cannot be caned.

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Smoke & Sparks Seen On Train Departing Kembangan Towards Bedok MRT Station

On Friday night, 17 January, at around 9.50pm, there were reports that smoke and sparks were seen from under the train that was travelling on the East-West Line from Kembangan towards Bedok MRT station.

The service was disrupted and all commuters were safely evacuated from the train at Bedok station.

Investigations are currently ongoing.

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Hydrocarbon Contaminants Found & Removed From Ang Mo Kio Block Water Tanks

National water agency PUB reported that they received complaints from a resident living in Blk 635 of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 that his tap-water had an oil-like odour on Monday.

Ang Mo Kio Town Council then flushed the rooftop water tanks which supplied water to the flats on the sixth to 12th floors on Monday and Tuesday in an attempt to get rid of the odour.

They tested the water and found that while the water quality from the mains was good, there were trace amounts of hydrocarbon found in the tap points. Hydrocarbons are the main components used in petroleum and crude oil.

Ang Mo Kio Town Council has since arranged for a plumber to wash and chlorinate the water tanks on Wednesday so that they no longer have any hydrocarbons.

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Tan Cheng Bock: PSP To Have “Loose Association” With Other Parties For Now

According to the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) secretary-general Dr Tan Cheng Bock, the PSP will have a “loose association” with other parties for now.

He added that the PSP will work with all opposition parties and an arrangement may be worked out when it’s closer to the General Elections.

It was previously reported that the four opposition parties, namely Singaporeans First (SingFirst), Democratic Progressive Party, People’s Power Party and Reform Party had plans to be part of an alliance helmed by SingFirst secretary-general Tan Jee Say.

CEO of investment firm Timbre Capital Leong Mun Wai was revealed to be Dr Tan’s new right-hand man and he shared his hopes of PSP presenting “the most credible alternative front” in Singapore since the 1980s and making the upcoming General Election a “watershed”.

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Despite Getting Breast Cancer At 26, Couple Stays Strong

Just three months after they met on the online dating app Coffee Meets Bagel, Mr Ian Ng and Ms Chan See Ting found that their relationship wasn’t going to be that smooth-sailing.

Are you angry at someone now, and can’t get him or her out of your mind? Well, watch this video and you’ll know what to do next:

Ms Chan found a lump in her breast in June 2019, and was later diagnosed with stage three triple-negative breast cancer, an uncommon and aggressive variety.

Two months after her diagnosis, Mr Ng asked her officially to be his girlfriend, and their relationship has been going strong ever since. They also applied for a BTO four months into their relationship and are planning to get married in the next two years.

It is heartwarming to see the couple stick with each other despite the tough times. This also reminds us to go for regular checkups to ensure that we’re healthy and if we’re not, we can take the necessary measures to hopefully dampen the severity of the complication. You’ll never know what could happen, and it may happen to anyone regardless of their age.


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