What's News: April 26, 2016

In-form Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will be seeking to dent Manchester City's Champions League hopes in the first leg of their semi-final.
In-form Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will be seeking to dent Manchester City's Champions League hopes in the first leg of their semi-final.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

4 train lines hit by power trip

Three MRT lines and an LRT line were disrupted for up to two hours yesterday, in an unprecedented breakdown of train services here. A power fault at 7.53pm led to blackouts and the stopping of air-conditioning at multiple stations. 

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Johor 'will still supply water'

Johor will continue to meet its obligation to supply 250 million gallons of water to Singapore every day, even though water rationing has been introduced in parts of the state. Johor Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Hasni Mohammad said cloud-seeding operations are being planned around dams in the state. 

Sarawak goes to the polls on May 7.
Sarawak goes to the polls on May 7. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

WORLD

Battle for Sarawak begins

Election campaigning kicked off in Malaysia's largest state, Sarawak, yesterday, with 82 seats up for grabs amid continued scrutiny of controversies plaguing Prime Minister Najib Razak. Multi-cornered fights could be decisive at the polls, with both the ruling coalition and opposition affected by internal bickering.

WORLD

Duterte looks set for victory

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's rape "joke" had little bearing on his chances in the upcoming Philippine presidential election, according to a new survey in which he held on to a significant lead over his nearest rival, Senator Grace Poe. He is likely to cruise his way to victory on the back of his promise to end drugs, crime and graft. 

OPINION

50 years of Japan-S'pore ties

Today, Japan and Singapore celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties, despite unhappy memories of the wartime occupation. Singapore remembers the past but has chosen not to be imprisoned by it, writes Ambassador Tommy Koh. 

HOME

Attack on teens: Man was ill

A man who allegedly hurt three female madrasah students this month was found to be suffering from a major psychiatric illness at the time of the alleged offences. Yesterday, the prosecution rejected bail for Koh Weng Onn, 48, as a doctor had assessed that he had a high risk of re-offending. 

HOME

$700m boost for tourism

The Government will pump $700 million into the tourism industry here for the next five years, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran said yesterday. The funds will be invested in areas like technology to boost the sector's productivity. 

BUSINESS

CCB to collaborate with S'pore

China Construction Bank (CCB) will collaborate with Singapore on infrastructure financing and to encourage more Chinese firms to list here, after signing framework agreements yesterday with International Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Exchange.

SPORT

'No favourites' in Champions League semi-final

Gareth Bale, having struck a rich vein of form for Real Madrid, is focused on ending Manchester City's Champions League dream in the first leg of their semi-final today. But he refuses to accept the theory that City are the perceived underdogs. "When you go into big games against big teams like that, no one is ever really the favourite," Bale said. 

LIFE

Patterns in Ng Eng Teng's art 

A new exhibition on the work of prominent Singapore artist Ng Eng Teng came about because its curator Kenneth Tay noticed patterns in his name - each word in the late artist's name ends with the preceding word and the letters "ng" are repeated. This led Mr Tay to seek recurring elements in Ng's body of work. 

Chew makes it to Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes list.
Chew makes it to Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes list. PHOTO: MEDIACORP

LIFE

Dark horse Dennis Chew wins

TV host and radio DJ Dennis Chew beat the odds and ousted hot favourites actor Romeo Tan and host Pornsak to get a coveted spot on the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes list at Sunday's second show of Mediacorp's annual Star Awards. Tan was visibly crestfallen but Pornsak took the loss in his stride. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe