Saturday, 19 Sep 2020

Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Sept 5

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, Sept 5.

5,280 S’pore citizens retrenched between January and June

About 11,000 citizens were placed on unpaid leave compared with 33,000 non-citizens in the same period.

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Ong Ye Kung explains why median wage band of S’poreans in financial sector is lower than those of PRs, foreigners

One reason is that financial institutions often bring in higher-earning foreigners to perform specialised, or regional and global roles. 

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Results of Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine produced antibody response: The Lancet

The results of the two trials showed 100 per cent of participants developing antibodies to the new coronavirus and no serious side effects.

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Tests of patients in polyclinics, clinics show low prevalence of Covid-19 in community

From July to mid-August, only 0.03 per cent of patients aged 13 and above who were tested for Covid-19 after being diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at clinics tested positive.

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Orchard Road malls added to list of places visited by infectious Covid-19 patients

These include Wisma Atria, The Centrepoint, Ngee Ann City and Lucky Plaza.

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Former NUS East Asian Institute director denies sexual harassment allegations; university investigating

At least two people have accused Professor Zheng Yongnian of sexual harassment on social media in the past month.

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Thomson-East Coast Line Stage 2 to be delayed by 3 months, will open in first quarter of next year

The six affected stations are from Springleaf to Caldecott.

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All bus services in the red because of Covid-19, only 11 profitable before, says Ong Ye Kung

All 356 public bus services here could not generate fare revenues that cover their operating costs and require government subsidies.

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Ministers challenge PSP NCMP Leong Mun Wai over comments on DBS CEO

Mr Leong had on Tuesday said he was “deeply disappointed” that DBS Bank did not have a home-grown chief executive. 

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‘This conversation seems very intimate’: 5 highlights from Parliament

MPs now have to speak from the podium as their rows of seats do not have the clear screens.

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