What's News: April 12, 2016

Osim International’s Mr Sim is said to be offering two cents more due to some inadvertent trades at higher prices.
Osim International’s Mr Sim is said to be offering two cents more due to some inadvertent trades at higher prices. BT FILE PHOTO

TOP OF THE NEWS

Bishan-size town in Tengah

A town as big as Bishan will be built in Tengah. Surrounded by greenery, it will be planned as a "Forest Town", National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said in Parliament as he unveiled a map and an artist's impression of Singapore's 24th Housing Board town, which will be integrated with nature as well as Jurong Innovation District. 

TOP OF THE NEWS

Sarawak polls set to lift BN

The Sarawak state assembly was dissolved yesterday, paving the way for an election that is widely expected to be a boost for ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) at a time when its popularity is waning. It is likely to romp home to victory while riding on Chief Minister Adenan Satem's popularity. 

A high-speed rail train in Zhengzhou, in China's Henan province.
A high-speed rail train in Zhengzhou, in China's Henan province. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

China, Japan eye rail project

Malaysia and Singapore have yet to iron out major elements that will shape their high-speed rail project. But that has not deterred China and Japan from pressing their influence on the South-east Asian neighbours to position their home-grown engineering concerns ahead of a tender to be called next year. 

WORLD

Worry over 'S'pore' projects

In the city of Zhumadian in central Henan, a residential estate called Singapore Garden is one of several property developments in China that boast the Singapore name. But an announcement that China is ridding the country of "foreign name" projects is causing worries to developers. 

OPINION

Viewing China differently

From the South China Sea to Africa, China's moves can be best perceived as ways to expand its supply chain, not to exert sovereignty or impose control, says Parag Khanna, distilling the thesis in his new book Connectography: Mapping The Future Of Global Civilization. 

HOME

New Traffic Police unit

The Traffic Police have set up a new unit to help deal with traffic issues in local communities and the unit has already taken action in eight cases.

In one instance, it helped to bring about the setting up of a zebra crossing near an eldercare centre in Toa Payoh North. 

HOME

SIA hires women pilots

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has hired women pilots for the first time, with two women joining it in August last year.

SIA's regional arm SilkAir and budget unit Scoot already hire women pilots. 

BUSINESS

Trading bungle behind Osim's raised bid

More details have emerged about Osim International's latest revised bid to take the firm private. It appears chief executive Ron Sim is offering two cents more because of some inadvertent trades at higher prices, the bankers said. 

SPORT

Warriors ready to make history 

The Golden State Warriors' 92-86 victory against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday matched the 72 regular-season NBA victories by the Chicago Bulls in 1995 to 1996. The Warriors now have the chance of beating the Bulls' record with a home win over the Memphis Grizzlies this week. 

Thomas Pang and Cheryl Tan will be playing Romeo and Juliet.
Thomas Pang and Cheryl Tan will be playing Romeo and Juliet. PHOTO: SINGAPORE REPERTORY THEATRE

LIFE

Final show in the park?

Singapore Repertory Theatre's Romeo And Juliet, to be staged from April 27 to May 22, could be the last Shakespeare In The Park production for years. The annual event used to cost between $1 million and $1.2 million to stage, but it is now closer to $1.5 million, which the company says is unsustainable. 

LIFE

3 authors ink deals abroad

Three Singapore writers have clinched book deals with international publishers in the past month. Balli Kaur Jaswal has nabbed a two-book deal with HarperCollins, while a mother and daughter duo -Eliza Teoh and Gabby Tye - are poised to break into the big Chinese market. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: April 12, 2016 '. Print Edition | Subscribe