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Train at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station evacuated after passenger’s mobile phone started smoking, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A train at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station was evacuated on Tuesday (Feb 19), after smoke was spotted coming out of a passenger’s mobile phone. The cause of the smoke was probably accidental and electrical in origin, said the Singapore Civil Defence (SCDF), which was called in to help investigate the phone after the incident. No fire or injuries were reported in the incident, which happened on the North-East Line, said rail operator SBS Transit. Passengers were evacuated as a precaution, said Ms Tammy Tan, senior vice-president of corporate…

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‘Indecent exposure not my intention’, says model criticised for outfit at Somerset MRT station, Singapore News

A woman who found herself talk of the town after photos of her in a skimpy outfit went viral online has responded to criticism by netizens. Ms Ashley Garcia, who identifies herself as a freelance model from the Philippines, was seen queueing for an automated teller machine (ATM) at Somerset MRT station in a thin tank top. Photos of Ms Garcia and her eye-catching attire were posted on social media on Saturday (Feb 9). While some netizens felt that there was nothing wrong with Ms Garcia’s dressing, others were quick…

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Woman’s skimpy outfit while queueing for ATM at Somerset MRT station sparks criticism, Singapore News

A woman seen queueing for an automated teller machine (ATM) at Somerset MRT station has set tongues wagging due to her choice of outfit. According to Lianhe Wanbao, three photos of the woman went viral after being uploaded onto social media on Saturday (Feb 9), though it is unclear when exactly they were taken. The woman was clad in a thin pink-coloured tank top and a pair of sandals. It is not known whether she was wearing shorts. She did not seem aware that she was drawing stares from disapproving…

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First phase of Cross Island MRT line finalised; will have 12 stations, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The alignment of Phase 1 of the MRT Cross Island Line (CRL) has been finalised. Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Friday (Jan 25) that this first stretch will be 29km long. It will have 12 stations and pass through areas such as Changi, Loyang, Pasir Ris, Hougang and Ang Mo Kio. “When it is completed by 2029, more than 100,000 households will enjoy better connectivity and shorter travelling times,” Mr Khaw said. He said Bright Hill, a station on the CRL which is also on the…

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Body of 45-year-old man found floating at shoreline near Marina South Pier MRT station, Singapore News

The body of a 45-year-old man was found floating in the waters of the Singapore Strait, at the shoreline near Marina South Pier on Tuesday (Jan 22). Stomp contributor Asrina alerted Stomp to the incident and shared a video taken at the scene. The body was seen floating face-down in the water near a water break situated close to Marina South Pier MRT Station. Several people had gathered nearby the floating body. Photo: Stomp In response to a Stomp media query, the police said they were alerted to the case of unnatural…

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SMRT employee injured during maintenance work at Joo Koon MRT station, leading to delay in EWL train service, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The start of train service between Gul Circle and Boon Lay stations on the East-West Line was delayed in both directions on Wednesday morning (Dec 12), after an SMRT employee was injured on the track side while carrying out maintenance work. The train operator said in a statement on Wednesday that the staff member suffered foot injuries at about 4.10am near Joo Koon MRT station and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was activated to take him to the hospital. “As this process required some time, the start…

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Employer with dementia pushes maid down MRT escalator, Singapore News

A maid was allegedly pushed down an escalator by her employer on Friday after she tried to get him to take the lift instead. The incident happened at about 2pm near exit D at Clementi MRT station. According to Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao, the 41-year-old Indonesian maid had tried to get her employer, identified as Mr Chen Yangda, 67, to take the lift, but he insisted on taking the escalator. They then started a heated argument, and the man, who is believed to have dementia, pushed the maid, causing…

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Air samples collected on MRT rides to detect and monitor viruses: Duke-NUS study, Singapore, Health News

SINGAPORE – Researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School have successfully detected common airborne viruses on board MRT trains, including influenza, adenovirus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which cause flu and flu-like symptoms. For a year, researchers carrying backpacks with sampler devices attached to air pumps rode East-West Line and North-East Line trains during morning and evening peak hours. This was to simulate a commuter’s regular exposure to potential viruses, the researchers said. The devices can also be deployed in a fixed location for stationary sampling. The samples were then taken back…

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Early closures for MRT stations on East-West and North-South Lines from Nov 30 to Jan 12, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Five stations on the East-West Line (EWL) and seven stations on the North-South Line (NSL) will close earlier, around 11pm, on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov 30 to Dec 15, SMRT said on Thursday (Nov 22). The affected stations are from Dover to Lakeside on the EWL and from Marsiling to Jurong East on the NSL. The closure of the MRT stations will allow SMRT to continue with the power supply system renewal, as well as other maintenance and renewal works, the train operator said. During the planned…

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3 taken to hospital after falling down escalator at King Albert Park MRT, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – What started as a simple journey home for Mr Kuang Bor Yuan, his wife and his sister-in-law on Tuesday night (Nov 6) ended with a trip to the hospital for the trio. Mr Kuang said they had just taken the train to King Albert Park MRT station and were on the escalator to the bus stop at around 8.10pm when he felt a slight jerk. The 68-year-old then lost his balance and fell backwards. This caused his wife and sister-in-law, who were standing below him on the escalator…

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