Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Aug 8

Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Aug 8

8/8/2020 3:37:00 AM

Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Aug 8

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, Aug 8.. Read more at

Early-stage coronavirus vaccine trial begins in SingaporeVolunteers are being screened for Lunar-Cov19's early-stage clinical trial and the first vaccinations are expected to be given next week.READ MORE HEREAt least 17 dead after Air India Express flight from Dubai crash lands at Kerala airport

Covid-19: Singapore to put off letting in work pass holders from higher-risk countries it had approved earlier Singapore to extend stay-home notice to 21 days for travellers from higher-risk places Battling COVID-19, and government denial, in rural India

The plane was repatriating Indians stranded by the Covid-19 pandemic.READ MORE HEREUS imposes sanctions on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, 10 other officials for undermining city's autonomyThe US Treasury Department said Lam was sanctioned because she is “directly responsible for implementing Beijing’s policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes”.

READ MORE HERENDP 2020 guide: Everything you need to know to get close to the Aug 9 celebrationsThis year, the state flag and F-15 fighter jet fly-pasts will cover much of the island including the heartland for the first time.READ MORE HERENew dorm cluster found; GV Jurong Point and Sheng Siong at Woodlands visited by Covid-19 patients while infected: MOH

The new cluster includes four previous cases, said the Ministry of Health.READ MORE HERELong and hard battle to clear worker dorms of Covid-19On Friday, Singapore finished testing all 323,000 workers in dorms for Covid-19.READ MORE HERESeventh month prayer services will be allowed from Aug 19 with up to 50 people

Religious organisations have to submit safe management plans at least three days before they plan to start Seventh Month prayer services.READ MORE HERESungei Kadut gears up for the future with green revampThe pioneer industrial estate will be transformed into a unique eco-district where work and play coexist with wildlife.

READ MORE HEREPara sports: Archer Nur Syahidah Alim, bowler Eric Foo win big at Singapore Disability Sports Awards Syahidah, the world No. 1 para archer, won a historic gold medal at the World Archery Para Championships last year.READ MORE HERECoaxing Vanda Miss Joaquim to bloom for National Day The Gardens by the Bay team has found a way to time the orchid's flowering outside the usual peak periods.

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Testing of dorm workers to end by Aug 7, most construction work to resume soon: taskforceTHE Covid-19 testing of migrant workers in dormitories will be completed by Aug 7, which means will a vast majority of workers will be able to resume work by mid- to late August, the multi-ministry taskforce managing the Covid-19 outbreak said on Thursday. Read more at The Business Times.

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Frasers Hospitality to open Tokyo serviced residence on Aug 7FRASERS Hospitality, a member of Frasers Property, on Thursday said it is opening a 22-storey serviced residence named Fraser Suites Akasaka in Japan on Aug 7. Read more at The Business Times.

Sembcorp, Sembmarine urge shareholders to vote in favour of demerger as Aug 11 EGMs approachSINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) - Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) and Sembcorp Marine (Sembmarine) are calling on their shareholders to vote in favour of the proposed $2.1 billion recapitalisation for the offshore and marine engineering group, and a demerger from each other that will result in Temasek Holdings having a direct stake in the marine arm.. Read more at

ShopBack to officially launch in Vietnam on Aug 8CASHBACK startup ShopBack will officially launch its website and mobile app in Vietnam on Aug 8, after going through a beta phase that began last year. Read more at The Business Times.

While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 7A selection of news stories that happened overnight, Aug 7, 2020.. Read more at