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The National University of Singapore ranked 46th among research institutions in the world in the latest Nature Publishing Index 2013 - up from 74th in 2012. Nanyang Technological University soared 140 places to rank 73rd.

As of last April, only 8.3 per cent of directors on Singapore-listed companies were women, a survey by the Diversity Task Force found. This is below countries such as Malaysia (8.7 per cent), China (9 per cent) and Australia (17.3 per cent).

Inflation fell more than expected to a four-year low last month. Consumer prices rose just 0.4 per cent in February over last year, compared with 1.4 per cent in January. This was mainly due to a fall in the prices of transport, clothing and footwear, and communications.

Changi Airport was voted the world's best for the second time in a row. It's the fifth time that the airport has been named the world's favourite by global air travellers. Changi Airport was also named Best Airport for Leisure Amenities.

The number of new cases of tuberculosis fell for the first time in five years, from 1,560 in 2012 to 1,420 last year. To bring down the figure further, Tan Tock Seng Hospital will charge a flat $10 fee for Singaporeans and $15 for permanent residents from April.