What's News: April 5, 2016

West Indies' cricketers celebrating after winning the World Twenty20 cricket tournament final against England on Sunday.
West Indies' cricketers celebrating after winning the World Twenty20 cricket tournament final against England on Sunday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Fallout from leaked tax report

An unprecedented leak of tax documents has cast the spotlight on the hidden financial dealings of relatives and aides of Asia's ruling elite, such as Chinese President Xi Jinping, which could spark political repercussions for the leaders. He was among 72 current and former world leaders named in the report dubbed the "Panama Papers".


TOP OF THE NEWS

Guard charged over attacks

A 48-year-old security guard has been charged with kicking a 16-year-old madrasah student in what court papers describe as a "racially aggravated" act. Koh Weng Onn also faces two other charges relating to attacks on two 14-year-old girls who attend the same madrasah. 


WORLD

E. Indian voters head to polls

Millions of voters in Assam and West Bengal were out in force yesterday for the first phase of elections in five Indian states that Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes will give him a much needed victory to increase the influence of his ruling party and boost his stalled reform programme. The Bharatiya Janata Party is not in power in any of the five states.


SPORT

Windies skipper blasts administrators after stunning final win

The West Indies Cricket Board slammed captain Darren Sammy's criticism of Caribbean officials over pay and preparation for the World Twenty20 tournament, casting a shadow over wild celebrations following their amazing four-wicket win over England. Four successive sixes in the last over completed a superb double after the women's team's victory. 


WORLD

US-Philippine drills begin

The Philippines and United States have started 12 days of joint military manoeuvres, which China has described as "fear-mongering and untimely". About 8,000 troops are taking part in the exercises, with at least one drill set to take place near the disputed South China Sea. 


OPINION

On transforming industries

Studying industrial productivity is like observing babies - they all look the same from afar and you need to get up close to see the unique needs of each, says Mr Ho Kwon Ping. The $4.5 billion Industry Transformation Programme hence has to offer targeted measures.


HOME

Couple on trial for maid abuse

A former maid has told a court how she and a colleague were forced to get on all fours while their boss kicked their backsides to punish them for folding a piece of paper. IT manager Tay Wee Kiat and his wife Chia Yun Ling face abuse charges. 


HOME

13 Tesla orders from S'pore

At least 13 people in Singapore have placed orders for the new Tesla Model 3 electric car, which was unveiled last Friday. However, some who have placed a US$1,000 (S$1,300) deposit are unsure of how they will recharge the vehicle and have had no assurance about after-sales support. 


BUSINESS

Slower pace of output decline

Factory activity contracted for the ninth consecutive month in March but at a slower pace of decline, stoking hopes that manufacturing may finally be on the rebound.

The Purchasing Managers' Index posted a reading of 49.4 last month, up slightly from February's 48.5 reading, a low last seen in December 2012. 


LIFE

Bollywood star's stage debut

Bollywood actress Deepti Naval takes to the stage for the first time in her four-decade career to play her mentor, the late novelist Amrita Pritam, in Ek Mulaqaat (A Meeting). Pritam was a literary starin post-World War II India for her writings in Hindi and Punjabi. The play will be staged at the Esplanade Theatre on April 29. 


LIFE

HK film's win draws criticism

Sunday night's Best Film win at the Hong Kong Film Awards by indie movie Ten Years has drawn sharp criticism, including from film mogul Peter Lam. The movie angered Beijing with its portrayal of Hong Kong's dystopian future under Chinese rule. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2016, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe