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    Frustrated with Causeway jam, some travellers walk to Singapore instead
    June 18, 2024 10:40 AM

    Throngs of travellers opted to walk across the Causeway from Johor Bahru after they faced snaking queues for buses and heavy traffic towards Singapore.

    From 12pm on Monday (June 17), the Causeway saw uptick in traffic towards Singapore, according to data from Checkpoint.sg.

    Some social media posts from Monday evening showed long queues at Johor Bahru Checkpoint's departure hall.

    Members of the Telegram channel said on Tuesday evening that while there are no queues at customs, bus queues are still winding at both Johor and Singapore checkpoints.

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    This made my day: TikToker gives out snacks and drinks to strangers across Singapore
    June 18, 2024 10:15 AM

    During the hustle and bustle of life in Singapore, one young man is handing out acts of kindness like candy.

    Since May, TikTok user SomethingForSomeone has been sharing videos of himself giving out snacks, drinks and more to strangers in various parts of Singapore.

    'Come on, you're strong'.

    "Rest first, you're strong," he told Roshan.

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    world
    Daily roundup: Number of double vision cases on the rise in Singapore, says SNEC - and other top stories today
    June 18, 2024 10:13 AM

    Number of double vision cases on the rise in Singapore, says SNEC.

    Fico and Chef Kang's Noodle House join Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand 2024 list, with 9 other new additions.

    The 2024 Michelin Bib Gourmand is finally out, and this year's selection has seen a dip in new additions compared to last year.

    Eighty-one food establishments in Singapore have been recognised with a Bib Gourmand in Singapore.

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    'I want people to see me and slow down': Man drives 'polite car' resembling police vehicle
    June 18, 2024 9:40 AM

    SINGAPORE — From a distance, the multipurpose vehicle is easily mistaken for a police patrol vehicle or ambulance but on closer inspection, the words on the minivan say polite, not police.

    The MPV caught the eye of motorists, who have put up photos of the "Polite Car" on the SG Road Vigilante Facebook page on June 15.

    "I want to be noticed, I want the attention, I want people to see me and slow down to avoid a collision.".

    This article was first published in The Straits Times.

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    Property agent discovers 21 tenants in HDB flat, makes police report
    June 18, 2024 9:30 AM

    One property agent said he resorted to calling the police on 21 tenants in an HDB flat after they resisted eviction.

    Amidst the chaos, some of the tenants even attempted to take the flat owner's furniture with them, said Tay.

    According to the HDB website, a four-room or larger HDB flat can be rented out to a maximum of eight tenants.

    Flat owners renting out their unit are required to ensure that only authorised tenants, not exceeding the maximum number allowed, are staying in the flat.

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    entertainment
    BTS' Jimin to release second album in July
    June 18, 2024 8:58 AM

    Jimin is set to return with his second solo album, MUSE, next month.

    A statement on Weverse read: "We are excited to share details about the release of BTS member Jimin's second solo album, MUSE.

    "We ask for your continued love and support for Jimin's second solo album, MUSE.

    The K-pop superstar released his debut solo album to acclaim, with the five-track collection breaking sales records on its opening day, having shifted more than a million copies.

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    asia
    Thailand passes landmark Bill recognising marriage equality
    June 18, 2024 8:48 AM

    BANGKOK — Thailand on June 18 became the first country in South-east Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, in a historic parliamentary vote hailed as a "victory" by campaigners.

    The Senate gave final approval — by 130 votes to four, with 18 abstentions — to changes to the marriage law allowing same-sex couples to tie the knot.

    LGBTQ+ advocates called the move a "monumental step forward" as it would make Thailand the first country in South-east Asia to enact marriage equality legislation.

    "This would underscore Thailand's leadership in the region in promoting human rights and gender equality," the Civil Society Commission of marriage equality, activists and LGBTI+ couples said.

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    'How to be like this at 49?' Netizens wowed by Charmaine Sheh's bikini photos on Thailand vacation
    June 18, 2024 8:48 AM

    Charmaine Sheh took a vacation in Thailand with friends recently and netizens were amazed by the photos she posted on social media.

    In an Instagram post on June 17, the 49-year-old Hong Kong actress flaunted her impressive figure with three photos of herself sitting by the poolside in a black bikini and mesh cover-up.

    Wrote Charmaine in the caption to her picture: "Taking a break from the world and pampering ourselves on this incredible trip!".

    Another post of the girls' trip by Toby showed seven of them frolicking on the beach with the hashtags, "seven sisters", and "unbreakable bonds".

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    Signed Taylor Swift CD auctioned for $17,000
    June 18, 2024 7:51 AM

    A signed Taylor Swift CD containing two never-released original songs and a series of covers has sold for US$12,505 (S$16,919).

    Taylor had given out the demo CDs when she was starting out on a trip to Nashville.

    Meanwhile, the Anti-Hero hitmaker has confirmed her record-breaking Eras World Tour will wrap this December.

    That feels so far from now, but then again, it feels like we've just played our first show on this tour.

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    asia
    Thaksin granted bail, media reports, as Thai court cases raise risk of political crisis
    June 18, 2024 6:17 AM

    Separately, the Constitutional Court set July 3 and July 10, respectively, as the next hearing dates for two cases involving the opposition Move Forward party and the incumbent prime minister Srettha Thavisin.

    Srettha, a political novice who took office last year, faces potential dismissal over a cabinet appointment.

    The Move Forward party, which won last year's closely fought election but was unable to form a government, could be dissolved for its campaign to amend the royal insult law.

    The court cases, which risk deepening a decades-old rift between the conservative-royalist establishment and its opponents, such as the populist ruling Pheu Thai party and the Move Forward party, have raised the spectre of political instability and rattled markets.

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