Today’s News Summary: Singapore No Longer Most Powerful Passport, T5 Construction, East Java Earthquake

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Here’s the Top News of The Day.

  • Three killed after magnitude 6.3 quake off East Java and Bali. The quake’s epicentre was 55km north-east of East Java. Indonesia’s most populous Java island is right next to the main tourist island of Bali, where the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings are being held this week.

  • Singapore passport 2nd most powerful in the world, behind Japan, in the latest Henley index. The Japanese passport is now the most powerful in the world after it overtook Singapore in Henley Passport Index’s fourth-quarter update. The Japanese passport offers its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations, compared with Singapore’s total of 189.

  • About 20,000 workers expected at Changi East after T5 construction begins around 2020. A huge plot of land, next to Changi Airport, will become a massive construction zone when major tunnelling works start in 2019 and the construction of a new passenger terminal – Terminal 5 – begins around 2020. When construction peaks, about 20,000 workers, up from just 3,000 now, are expected to be based at the Changi East site.

  • Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) warrant officer who died in Brunei given the final send-off. The SAF Third Warrant Officer (3WO) Muhammad Sadikin Hasban, 33, who died on Tuesday (Oct 9) in Brunei. He was hit by a falling tree branch on Tuesday while supervising contractors performing maintenance work at a helicopter evacuation site.


  • Major 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea. A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea earlier this morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, though there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit about 200km south-west of the town of Rabaul at a depth of almost 40km. The quake in Papua raised the possibility of a local tsunami, although authorities said there was no significant tsunami threat to Hawaii or the wider Pacific region.


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