Library marks 45th year with launch of book

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Punggol celebrates family bonding

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No common time zone for Asean yet

South-east Asian foreign ministers yesterday shelved a proposal to adopt a common time zone for the region, saying they could not come to an agreement on it.

Malaysia, this year's chair of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean), had revived an idea mooted in the past for the grouping's 10 countries to synchronise their clocks. They are now spread across four time zones.

The proposal would have put the whole region eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the same zone as regional economic giant China, diplomatic sources had said.

It is believed the move would bring business benefits due to the alignment of stock market trading and banking hours.

But Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said after the annual gathering with his Asean colleagues in Kuala Lumpur that members had "different views on this matter and the meeting decided to put the matter in abeyance".

Singapore Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam told reporters that some Asean members needed more time to digest the idea and adjustments that would be needed.

"We came to the conclusion that it's not something that we can take further right now, but we should continue looking at it," he said. - AFP.

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Protest in Maryland turns violent

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'It's a tumbling building of white'

Singapore-based biologist describes being caught in avalanche

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MORE THAN 2,300 KILLED IN NEPAL QUAKE

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Nepal quake: S’pore woman’s 20-hour wait for good news

S'porean woman desperately tries to contact sister and three other S'poreans trekking on Mount Everest

STUCK: Some trekkers were stranded on Mount Everest (above) when the avalanche hit but one Singaporean team managed to descend to safety. Many Nepalese are feared to be trapped under the rubble.
STUCK: Some trekkers were stranded on Mount Everest when the avalanche hit but one Singaporean team managed to descend to safety. Many Nepalese are feared to be trapped under the rubble (above).

After the earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday afternoon, she could not contact her sister.

It marked the start of a 20-hour ordeal, staring at her mobile phone and willing it to ring.

The woman's younger sister had gone to Nepal with friends to climb Mount Everest. She tried desperately to reach her sister and it was only at around 8pm on Sunday that she finally got news that her sister was safe.

Read the full report in our print edition on April 27.

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Help from S'pore to arrive today

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Woman hurt after motorised bicycle slams into her

Woman, 70, hit by motorised bicycle on pedestrian walkway. Rules need review, says daughter

HURT: Madam Heng (above) was hurt when she was knocked down by a motorised bicycle on a pedestrian walkway near Block 120, Paya Lebar Way.
HURT: Madam Heng was hurt when she was knocked down by a motorised bicycle on a pedestrian walkway near Block 120, Paya Lebar Way (above).
LEGAL? Motorised bicycles are seen on roads here.

She was on her way to a nearby to meet her husband for breakfast when a motorised bicycle crashed into her.

Though the accident happened on a pedestrian walkway, it left the 70-year-old who wanted to be known as Madam Heng severely injured.

A medical check-up revealed that the retiree had cracked her facial bone and torn her left thumb ligament.

Her daughter Ms Eileen Lee, 45, is calling for tougher action against errant motorised bicycle users. The police said 39-year-old man has been arrested and investigations are ongoing.

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BIKE RULES TO BE REVIEWED

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