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Commentary: The fear of failure cannot help Singapore reach our best

Singapore comes in second on the OECD PISA rankings but are we missing the forest for the trees in our fixation on such metrics? Crystal Lim-Lange ...

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In Singapore

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Commentary: Why aren’t there more Singaporean CEOs?

Companies regard Singaporean managers as competent, honest, and hardworking – but Singaporeans need to step up, says EDB’s ...

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A sprawling complex in Beijing offers wedding photos for couples who can't afford to travel

Commentary: The wild world of pre-wedding photoshoots

Belinda Lee gets married

Commentary: What’s wrong with being a single woman?

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Education

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Commentary: We have totally undervalued late bloomers

On the back of the release of PSLE results this week, it's time to question this concept of learning as a race against time, ...

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Hong Kong Protests*

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Commentary: Surely separatism is not Hong Kong’s endgame?

Six months of protests have dampened Hong Kongers' hopes for the future, knowing that the city will become part of China in 2047.

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Global Headwinds

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Commentary: Is the global economy finally turning the corner?

Financial markets have become giddy. US and other equities are trending toward new highs, and there is even talk of a ...

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Modern Business

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Commentary: Grow first, develop later? The pitfalls of measuring economic growth using GDP

GDP is an imperfect metric. But it continues to be used as a benchmark for national performance and policymaking in an era of ...

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

China's vast worker pool has powered the explosive growth of its export-driven economy

Commentary: China lifted 850 million people out of poverty but now faces bigger challenges

China created the world's largest middle class by pursuing industrialisation, liberalising the private sector, welcoming ...

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Commentary: This may be the end of Hong Kong as we know it

China's economy expanded at its slowest pace for nine years in the third quarter, fuelling

Commentary: Has China given up on pursuing growth?

China's economy has been hit by cooling domestic demand and the long-running trade dispute with

Commentary: China doesn’t need global trade to keep growing

Pompeo will also seek to promote the United States' strategic vision for Asia, as tensions with

Top Asia Pacific

Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's (R) reported attempts to convince Chinese President Xi

Commentary: India wants to woo Sri Lanka. But China stands in the way

The new Sri Lankan President is widely expected to deepen ties with China. Not if India can help it, says C Raja Mohan.

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Digital manipulation may be good for Hollywood but new "deepfake" techniques could create

Technology

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Commentary: When is it okay to use the CGI of dead actors in new movies?

The decision to cast the late James Dean in an upcoming movie shows how the dead can be exploited in a digital age, says ...

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

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Commentary: Goo Hara’s death should lead K-pop fans to do some soul-searching

Goo Hara shot to stardom when she conformed to the stereotypes of what a K-pop star involves. Now that she’s passed, perhaps ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: Here’s how to remove the roadblocks to flexible working arrangements

Flexible work has the potential to solve many issues that see people fall out of the workforce but many companies still ...

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World News

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Commentary: How the West lost its way and what can be done to restore social mobility

What many advanced economies need are comprehensive programmes that enhance economic security and social engagement, says ...

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Sports

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Commentary: What stands in the way of England winning Euro 2020?

Gareth Southgate will need to shore up a shaky defence, as England gets ready to take on the big guns on home soil next ...

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Spotlight on Malaysia

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Commentary: Why Malaysia’s debate on race, education and vernacular schools will rage on

PUTRA Vice-President Khairul Azam is fighting for Malaysian courts to rule vernacular schools as unconstitutional. But it ...

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On Indonesia

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Commentary: Jokowi’s curious plan for Indonesia’s new capital

The Indonesian president’s scheme to move the capital won’t fix Jakarta – or the government, say two observers.

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Southeast Asia

This year underwater hockey is set to debut at the Southeast Asian Games, the region's biennial

Commentary: Odd new sports at SEA Games aren't a bad thing for Singapore

If we are not going to get shuttlers, runners and footballers, we should at least use our couch warriors.

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InTheUnited States

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Commentary: International law only works if everyone plays by the rules

The US has lost moral authority with latest U-turn on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, says Tunc Kaplan.

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Living Well

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Commentary: Running may help you live longer but more isn’t necessarily better

Running just once a week, or for 50 minutes a week, reduces the risk of death at a given point in time, says Victoria ...

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Ageing Societies

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Commentary: It's not okay to say 'OK boomer'

When I was an employment lawyer, I heard tons of hilarious stories of things people said in the workplace, says University of ...

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