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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says Pyongyang has suspended its nuclear and long-range missile tests, and will shut down its atomic test site.

"From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs)," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

"The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test."

The decision was made in a meeting of the ruling party's full Central Committee, which had convened to discuss a "new stage" of policies.

"The overall projects of the party and the country will be geared towards building of a socialist economy, and all our efforts will be made towards it," the KCNA said.
Mr Kim told the committee: "As the weaponisation of nuclear weapons has been verified, it is not necessary for us to conduct any more nuclear tests or test launches of mid- and long-range missiles or ICBMs.

"The northern nuclear test site has completed its mission."

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LONDON: The upcoming Cabinet reshuffle will involve all the Government ministries, but not all ministers will move, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday (Apr 20).

Speaking to Singapore media at the close of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) Meeting in London, Mr Lee also confirmed that the reshuffle will be announced next week.

Some of the key ministers will have their portfolios adjusted, Mr Lee said, although they will "basically stay in places where they still need time to continue to develop initiatives which they have started”.
Mr Lee had earlier said that a Cabinet reshuffle would be set to take place after Parliament takes a mid-term break. The reshuffle, he said, is to give younger ministers more exposure and responsibility.

Parliament’s mid-term break, which is known as a prorogue, started on Apr 3. It will reconvene on May 7.
Mr Lee had also said that he had asked the younger, fourth-generation ministers, known as the 4G leadership, to draft the Government’s agenda for the President’s Address, which will be delivered by President Halimah Yacob when Parliament reconvenes.

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At least 21 revellers were killed en route to a wedding when their bus flew off a bridge, police said Wednesday, the latest horrific crash on India's accident-prone roads.

The bus, carrying more than 40 passengers, smashed through a protective railing in central Madhya Pradesh state late Tuesday and plunged nearly 20 metres to a dry riverbed below.


Police in Sidhi district said 21 people were injured, most of them critically, in the crash some 560 kilometres from the state capital Bhopal.

"Several teams of police and emergency services were rushed to rescue the injured. Most of the injured were in a critical condition," local police officer Vishal Sharma said.

The immediate cause of the crash was unknown but Sharma said the driver was likely speeding.

India has some of the world's deadliest roads with more than 200,000 fatalities annually, according to the World Health Organisation.

Last week, at least 30 people, including 27 children, were killed in northern Himachal Pradesh state when a school bus plunged off a cliff.

The next day, 18 people were killed when a truck packed with labourers overturned on a highway in western India.

Most accidents are blamed on poor roads, badly-maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

Commercial drivers are largely unregulated, meaning many work long hours through the night, raising the danger of them falling asleep at the wheel, campaigners say.

It is disheartening to know that out of 10,000 employees employed by transport company Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (SMRT), none of them can replace the group chief executive officer (CEO) who will be leaving.

Could it be that, because there is no competent employee or executive, this is one of the reasons why the SMRT has been been plagued with problems?

Both the outgoing and incoming group CEOs were top leaders in the army, but does that make them the most suitable men to the helm SMRT? The track record does not seem to prove so.

Is there really no one who has been in SMRT and who has the relevant working experience to take over, for example, senior executives who have been there long enough and have been following the problems and issues to address what is closer to the commuters’ hearts?

Scientists have accidentally developed a plastic-eating enzyme that may be used to combat one of the world's worst pollution problems.

Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme found in a waste recycling center a few years ago in Japan.

They say the enzyme, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, is able to "eat" polyethylene terephthalate, PET, which was patented as a plastic in the 1940s and is used in millions of tons of plastic bottles.

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Miscommunication. Settle the case amicably by yourselves. Case close.

This is how the Singapore Police closed the S$10 BMW petrol incident. Absolutely unsatisfactory. The police made a meaningless public statement that says nothing at all and left the white elephant in the room: notwithstanding the dispute and his amorality making a low income elderly foot the bill, the BMW driver drove away with S$125 of unpaid fuel.
Singaporeans are pliant to the Singapore Police, to them, the police is beyond reproach. This hazardous mindset is built by a climate of fear from the authorities, which have over 5 decades of track record arresting and harassing individuals who are disagreeable with the government.

Questioning the Singapore Police’s judgement in Singapore is dangerous, if not suicidal. When one gets charged for any offence by the police, chances of tabling the charges is near-zero. The deputy public prosecutor (DPP) have already done their legal groundwork to press charges against you, and these prosecutors are trained in the same line of thought as the judges.

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SINGAPORE: A new Government job-matching portal,, was launched on Tuesday (Apr 17) and it will replace Jobs Bank as the landing page for jobseekers. will provide a more advanced search function for jobseekers which includes a feature that shows a percentage score of the skills match between a jobseeker and a job, and the number of applications a job posting has received.

It also shows adjacent jobs that require similar skills that jobseekers may not have considered before to reduce missed matches.

Using machine learning and text analysis, the portal picks up keywords as skills from multiple sources of ad postings of the same job. An upcoming feature which will be implemented later this year will allow employers to indicate core skills needed for each role.

Users can also use filters to only search for employers participating in government support programmes that, for example, support mature workers or those without relevant experience.

These include programmes such as Career Trial, Professional Conversion Programme and Career Support Programme that provide jobseekers and employers with employment support such as training and wage subsidies when the jobseeker lacks relevant experience for the role.

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After a shock revelation that more young people were turning full time private-hire car drivers, a Graduate Employment Survey released on Tuesday (3 Apr) painted a dismal picture for graduates of Private Universities.

While the overall employment rate seems healthy at 79%, only 47.4% of such graduates found full-time, permanent employment within six months of graduation. This implied that almost one in three graduates (the difference between 79% and 47.4%) had to resorted to freelance and part-time jobs.

For the luckier ones who have managed to secure full-time employment, the median gross monthly salary was S$2,650 – a mere 7% higher than that of the $2,480 commanded by polytechnic graduates who have served NS.

Given that that only 37% of the graduating cohort responded to the survey, the actual situation could have been much worse. While the survey was anonymous, the unemployed graduates were more likely to shy away from providing details as they would be more likely to want to avoid talking about their situation.

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A WOMAN died after her German doctor lover allegedly sprinkled cocaine on his penis before she gave him oral sex.

Plastic surgeon Dr Andreas Niederbichler, 42, was charged after the woman collapsed and died in February.

The Daily Mail reported that she was rushed from the doctor's home in Halberstadt, southeast from Hanover, after consensual oral sex.

But she tragically passed away, with Niederbichler now accused of giving her cocaine without her knowledge.

Niederbichler, who is reportedly the new chief physician at the Ameos Hospital in Halberstad, has been charged with bodily harm leading to death.

He is also being quizzed for giving three more women the substance during sex after allegedly meeting them online.

Chief prosecutor Hal Roggenbuck said: "The victims who have been heard so far have all indicated that they have been ill at the meetings.

"All of them showed reactions due to the use of narcotics."

The Singapore we enjoy today is largely the result of careful long-term urban planning.  Every plot of land in Singapore is zoned for a particular use, be it residential, commercial or hotel, and these uses are made known far in advance as part of our Concept and Master plans.

Private residential properties in Singapore are subject to a minimum stay duration of 3 consecutive months. This differentiates residential properties from hotels. This distinction is necessary, given the impact of transient occupants on other residents and the potential impact on safety and security in the estate.

Within the residential zoning, we presently allow for Serviced Apartments (SAs), subject to certain safeguards. For example, SAs are allowed only in areas where infrastructure is able to accommodate the higher number of transient users, and where there is lower likelihood of dis-amenities to the residential neighbours. In addition, there is a minimum of 7 days for the duration of stay in a Serviced Apartment.

While this planning framework has served us well, advances in technology and changing consumer trends have led to a blurring of lines between residential and hotel uses. Facilitated by online platforms and mobile applications, there has been a surge of short-term accommodation (STA) options in residential properties all over the world. While this started off largely as an unregulated activity, the situation has evolved in recent years, due to concerns over abuses and the impact on housing affordability. Some cities like Berlin and New York City have clamped down aggressively on STA in residential properties, while others like Tokyo have allowed some form of STA activities, with regulations imposed on the activities and the parties involved.

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