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Stories you might’ve missed, Oct 25

Here are our top stories published today.

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We can’t lockdown or simply let go and let things rip: PM Lee on Covid-19 situation

Singapore – “We can neither lockdown indefinitely and stand still, nor can we simply let go and let things rip,” said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in an update to Singapore’s Covid-19 situation.

Citing the multi-ministry task force for Covid-19, Mr Lee announced through a Facebook post on Saturday (Oct 23) that Covid-19 measures can be eased if the weekly infection growth rate drops below one.

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Which other stars besides Call Me By Fire’s Li Yundi have been caught patronising prostitutes?

On Oct 21, the latest episode of hit Chinese reality show Call Me By Fire showed concert pianist Li Yundi mosaicked over with portions of his scenes cut away. This suspicious move caused netizens to question if Li is the latest Chinese celebrity to be blacklisted by the government.

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Chinese state media outlet People’s Daily revealed that Li has been detained in Beijing for prostitution allegations. Prostitution is illegal in the country. A 29-year-old female surnamed Chen was also detained with Li.

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Restrict locals, give freedom to foreigners – netizens on opening up borders on Southeast Asian countries

Singapore – In response to the updates of Singapore’s border measures, such as resuming travel from Southeast Asian countries, members of the public expressed their concerns on the matter.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Saturday (Oct 23) that travellers from six countries will be allowed entry into Singapore.

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‘Way to go Sylvia’ support for Sylvia Chan grows after ‘silence-breaking’ Xiaxue interview

Singapore — Night Owl Cinematics co-founder Sylvia Chan has had a beleaguered October, from accusations of verbal abuse and a toxic workplace environment at NOC to her filing a police report over death threats, plus an alleged sex video, and more.

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Through it all, her ex-husband and fellow NOC founder Ryan Tan has emerged relatively unscathed, that is, until the next chapter of the NOC Saga unfolded in an “exclusive,” “break-her-silence,” nearly two-hour tell-all with controversial influencer Xiaxue, which dropped on Sunday (Oct 24).

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Jack Neo introduces ‘Ah Girls Go Army’ cast

Singapore — Homegrown film director Jack Neo has revealed the cast of his upcoming movie, Ah Girls Go Army following an online audition that attracted thousands of hopefuls.

On Oct 23, during a Facebook live stream on Saturday, Neo introduced the 14 fresh faces who will join actress Apple Chan, 32, who appeared in Ah Boys To Men 4 (2017) and will reprise her role as Lieutenant Zhang.

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Food Junction @ Bugis Junction food court closed permanently ‘with great sadness’ after 26 years

Singapore — Yet another food and beverage establishment bites the dust, with the Bugis Junction food court closing down permanently after 26 years of operation. “Dear Foodies, we had a good run at Bugis Junction,” wrote Food Junction Facebook page...

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UK may soon get its first Indian PM. What about Singapore?

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Raeesah Khan started the mess, not Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim or Faisal Manap

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