REUTERS: Winning an Olympic medal is reward enough for any athlete, but Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's silver at the Tokyo Games has earned her the added bonus of a lifetime's supply of free pizza and movie tickets. Chanu finished second in the women's 49kg event on Saturday (Jul 24), claiming the country's only medal at the Games so far. Since her victory, pizza chain Domino's has promised the pocket-sized 26-year-old free pizza for life, while multiplex chain INOX said on Wednesday that she would never have to pay for another movie ticket. India has 125 athletes in Tokyo, the country's biggest contingent at an Olympics, and INOX will offer each one who wins a medal a lifetime supply of free tickets, while even those who do not finish on the podium get free movies for a year. Badminton player PV Sindhu, boxing great MC Mary Kom, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and archer Deepika Kumari are some of India's top medal contenders and could be in for a treat if they can boost the ... » Learn More about Weightlifting: Chanu’s Tokyo silver earns her free movies, pizza for life
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The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers. Last week, we asked you the following: Reader Talkback: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions? Some context around the question: This week, we are going to choose the biggest topic on most people’s minds, Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone, or dark red, effective tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice. This announcement brings a number of tough new restrictions, measures, closures, and other rules. Officials claim the move will help prevent Covid-19 in the province as cases have steadily been rising for the most part regionally. The decision was, it is to be noted, made by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, with the central ... » Learn More about Reader Talkback Results: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?
An Indian influencer has been arrested after he pretended to commit suicide for an online video. Irfan Khan, 28, better known as Iffy Khan , and who hails from India, posted the video on his Instagram page on Friday (July 23), according to Yahoo News . He has more than 44,000 followers on Instagram. Faked suicide for an Instagram video The graphic video, which has since been deleted, was edited to show Khan jumping in front of a moving train after he was rejected by a lover. The video then ended with Khan lying on the train tracks with blood seeping from his body. Although the video was deleted from Khan's Instagram page, it is still circulating online. Twitter user Binu Varghese tweeted the video on Saturday (July 24) and tagged the Mumbai Police, saying that Khan was "promoting suicide" and "provoking other people to do the same act". Arrested on July 25 Hindustan Times reported that Khan was arrested on Sunday (July 25) by the Bandra ... » Learn More about Indian influencer arrested after pretending to commit suicide for video
PUTRAJAYA: The LRT Kelana Jaya line operator, Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd, must submit a full report within 21 days over an incident where a door of the LRT carriage remained open while the train was moving, said the Transport Ministry. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said early findings on the incident that occurred at 3pm Monday (July 26) had resulted from a door close confirmation unit (DCCU) that “failed to operate normally”. “The Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) has directed Rapid Rail to perform a detailed investigation into the incident, and submit Train 44’s maintenance reports prior to the incident. “Rapid Rail was also instructed to undertake short and long term measures to ensure such an incident does not recur. “Rapid Rail will have to submit a preliminary incident report within seven days (before Aug 2), and a full investigative report with supporting documents within 21 days (by Aug 16). “Further action on the licensed operator of the rail service ... » Learn More about Dr Wee: Rapid Rail must submit full report on ‘open door’ incident of LRT train within 21 days
PUTRAJAYA: More than 200,000 workers in the retail and distribution industry have registered to be vaccinated under the retail industry programme (RiVAC), which kicked off on Monday (July 26). Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the registration of a total of 226,353 workers so far was made via 4,033 companies. He said five RiVAC vaccination centres in the Klang Valley have begun operations this week. They are located at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre and Maju Link in Bandar Tasik Selatan in Kuala Lumpur, the IOI City Tower in Putrajaya. In Selangor, the centres are at the Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre in Bandar Utama and the Centro Mall in Klang. He added that a vaccination centre under the RiVAC programme will be opened at Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka on Aug 1. “The retail, distribution and services sectors are crucial components of the economy. These sectors are affected by the movement control order, where almost all ... » Learn More about Over 200,000 retail, distribution workers registered for vaccination under RiVAC, says Domestic Trade Minister
WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?
ON July 26 every year, the world celebrates the International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems. This celebration was declared by Unesco (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to raise awareness about the importance of mangrove ecosystems to ensure the continuity of its role for global well-being. Coastal mangrove forests refer to an area of forest in the coastal intertidal zone. The main species here comprise mangrove tree species that serve as defensive stands – or coastal fortification against erosion and natural disasters – and protection of fishery resources. A mangrove forest is an area with high biodiversity with various species, such as bruguiera, rhizophora, avicennia, sonneratia, etc. The mangrove forest is also a habitat for various species of fauna such as monkeys, snakes, otters and birds as well as for various types of shellfish, crustaceans and fish. This ecosystem is also able to reduce vulnerability to natural ... » Learn More about Malaysia needs to urgently commit to protecting and conserving mangrove forests
SINGAPORE - About 77 per cent of seniors aged 60 and above have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (July 28). About 187,000 seniors have yet to receive their first dose, added MOH in its update. The multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 said last week (July 20) during a press conference that 200,000 seniors aged above 60 have not been vaccinated, and a bigger push will be made in the coming weeks to get them inoculated. Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said then that about 71 per cent of seniors above 70 have been vaccinated. The figure was above 85 per cent for those aged 60 to 69, he added. MOH on Wednesday also said 10 mobile vaccination teams have been deployed to the heartlands, reaching out to some 2,300 people since July 7. These teams go to locations near where many seniors live, such as at selected community clubs and centres that are not already being used as vaccination centres, or at the Residents' Committee ... » Learn More about 77% of seniors aged 60 and above fully vaccinated against Covid-19: MOH
SINGAPORE - Get the latest news and updates on The Straits Times' News Night. This weeknight news show offers a round-up of the day's top news as well as what's trending online and on social media. Presented by multimedia journalists Dylan Ang and Cheow Sue-Ann, it airs live at 9pm on ST's Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels. People who are severely immunocompromised can now receive the Covid-19 vaccine, said the Expert Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination on Wednesday (July 28). Updating its recommendation for this group, the committee said data has shown vaccination is safe and can protect immunocompromised people - who face greater risk of complications from Covid-19 - against infection and severe disease. In a statement, the committee also recommended that people who have recovered from Covid-19 receive one dose of a vaccine under the national vaccination programme at least three months after the date of infection. ... » Learn More about ST News Night: More people, including those severely immunocompromised, can get Covid-19 jabs in S’pore
SINGAPORE - After returning home late from the basketball court, the lanky teenage boy could usually be heard singing covers of pop songs and playing the keyboard in his room, or screaming at his laptop during gaming sessions with his friends. This would often go on past 11pm, when his mother Madam Rahimah Lee Abdullah would be leaving for her night shift as a petrol station attendant in Pasir Ris. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month Latest headlines and exclusive stories In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months* Subscribe now *Terms and conditions apply. ... » Learn More about Mum of teen killed in Bedok basketball court tragedy: He’s a good boy, so I think he’ll be in heaven