Morning call, November 16 2015

Nov 16, 2015 08.27AM |

A MINUTE of silence will be observed this evening at the French Embassy for the victims of the terror attacks that took place in Paris last Friday evening. In Paris itself, police continue to hunt for Abdeslam Salah, 26, a Brussels native and brother of one of the seven terrorists. France also launched yesterday retaliatory airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria.

In the international G20 summit that usually discusses economic issues, world leaders including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pledged to work together to fight terrorism and tighten border and aviation security. A draft statement is expected to be issued as they wrap up the two-day summit that ends today.

In local news, more than 2,000 flats in Bidadari will be launched over the next two weeks. Housing and Development Board (HDB) said yesterday that residents in the new housing estate that will eventually house about 10,000 units will have more options to travel without using cars. These include cycling routes and bicycle and car sharing programmes. Bidadari, once a cemetery site, is one of the hottest HDB estates in the upcoming “mega” sales exercise for its prime location in the North-East. Of the 2,139 flats to be launched soon, more than half will be four-room flats with the others comprising of two-room, three-room and five-room units.

The Land Transport Authority has also announced that it will start putting in “priority zones” at all new bus interchanges and transport hubs. These designated areas near the boarding berths will allow the elderly, pregnant women and those with disabilities to board first. The first transport hub to implement the zones is the Joo Koon hub which begins operating on Saturday.

Speaking of the elderly… the family of an 86-year-old woman who died from a lung infection is claiming that she died because of the haze. Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the hospital that treated Madam Pang Moy, however, said she died “due to complications brought about by the infection, which was not haze-related“. It did not elaborate on how it came to that finding, reported TODAY.


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