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TL;DR: WEEK OF 5 AUGUST

MON: KASHMIR IN LOCKDOWN Since 5 Aug, India’s government has removed Kashmir’s special status as an autonomous state, a provision known as Article 370. Curfew conditions have thus far been imposed on Kashmiris, with a public communications shutdown and Indian paramilitary troops being sent…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 29 JULY

MON: TROUBLES ACROSS THE SEA OF JAPAN South Korea has pushed back strongly after Japan’s recent retaliation against a court ruling on compensation for local World War II victims. Many industries have joined in the boycotting of numerous Japanese goods and services, including flights…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 22 JULY

MON: BUSTED! RECORD HAUL OF ELEPHANT IVORY, PANGOLIN SCALES SEIZED IN SINGAPORE In what was believed to be one of the largest seizures in the world, a record-breaking 8,800kg of elephant ivory was intercepted in Singapore. The shipment, which also included 11,900kg of pangolin…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 15 JULY

MON: HOLY MOLASSES! MOUNT ALVERNIA HOSPITAL SLAMS BROWN SUGAR MILK TEA AND MILK FOAM According to an article by the hospital, brown sugar milk tea is the unhealthiest bubble tea and milk foam the unhealthiest topping. Fruit teas, while seemingly the healthier option, can…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 8 JULY

MON: DUTERTE’S WAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS According to a new Amnesty report, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has created a “large scale murdering enterprise” and should be investigated by the UN for crimes against humanity. Estimates suggest that as many as 27,000…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 1 JULY

MON: HONG KONG PROTESTERS TURN VIOLENT, REJECT CLOSED-DOOR DIALOGUE Thousands of student protesters stormed the Legislative Council (LegCo) complex on July 1, destroying parts of the building and defacing portraits. In response, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam invited student leaders from the University…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 24 JUNE

MON: DENGUE IS BACK! The number of dengue cases this year has surged to four times the figure in the same period last year, with the largest clusters found in Woodlands, Geylang and Thompson. This prompted the National Environment Agency (NEA) to carry out…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 17 JUNE

MON: WILL I GET AN ‘A’, PROF? The A-grade giveaway by Professor Harney to 169 students at SMU has prompted MOE to clarify that bell-curve grading is not used for any national examinations in Singapore. Of the six autonomous universities here, only NUS and…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 10 JUNE

MON: UNPROVEN CANCER SUPPLEMENT POT-TENTIALLY FRAUDULENT The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned Singapore-based Riway Pte Ltd to stop making false claims about its supplement, Purtier Placenta. Riway claims, without evidence, that its health supplement could cure diseases such as cancer, eczema and stroke.…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 3 JUNE

MON: #KUTOO – JAPAN’S ANSWER TO THE #METOO MOVEMENT In a bid to ban mandatory dress codes at workplaces that force women to wear high heels, 32-year-old actor and writer Yumi Ishikawa submitted a petition with 18,856 signatures to the Japanese government. Ishikawa ignited…