What's News: Feb 19, 2016

A potential fourth telco will get generous terms from the authorities to operate here, despite protests from existing telcos.
A potential fourth telco will get generous terms from the authorities to operate here, despite protests from existing telcos. PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

TOP OF THE NEWS

Generous terms for new telco

A potential fourth telco will get generous terms from the authorities to operate here, despite protests from existing telcos. Yesterday, the Infocomm Development Authority said it would offer the possible newcomer 60MHz worth of mobile frequencies at a discount of 45 per cent, among other things.

TOP OF THE NEWS

Steps to handle more flights

Flights into and out of Changi are set to double by next decade's end.

With 700,000 flights a year by then, Singapore is making investments in air traffic management, to ensure safety and efficiency in managing them, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo.


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WORLD

Turkey keeps shelling Kurds

Turkey has refused to stop the shelling of Kurdish forces, the only major group of combatants in the Syrian war that is backed by both Russia and the United States. Syria's five-year war has turned into a tangled web of proxy conflicts between global and regional powers.

WORLD

Tech giants back Apple stand

Apple is not alone in its fight against a court order from the US authorities to unlock an encrypted iPhone, as Google and other tech giants threw their weight behind it. Google said asking firms to create a way to hack into people's devices and data would set a "troubling precedent".

OPINION

China could learn from India

China's economy and the poor messaging by its leadership is getting to be a worry. Perhaps it could take a leaf from the book of India, whose central bank governor asks hard questions and brings issues into the open, writes associate editor Ravi Velloor.

HOME

Stiffer sentence for molester

A molester who preyed on five girls - one as young as 10 - has had his sentence increased after a High Court appeal by the prosecution. Ng Lin Kun, 22, had initially been given two years' probation, but now faces reformative training.

BUSINESS

Genting S'pore slips into red

Bad debt provisions continued to weigh on Genting Singapore's fourth-quarter earnings, which slipped into the red for the second time since the first quarter of 2010. The Singapore-listed casino operator posted its first net loss of $7.8 million for the three months ended Dec 31.


Ronaldo (centre) celebrating with captain Sergio Ramos and coach Zidane after scoring on Wednesday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

SPORT

Dominant Real march on

Cristiano Ronaldo broke his drought with his 12th Champions League goal of the season on Wednesday, and a late strike from substitute Jese gave Real Madrid a comfortable 2-0 win at Roma in their last-16 first-leg clash, which saw Zinedine Zidane making his managerial debut in Europe.

LIFE

An audiophile affair

The Analog Assembly's vinyl trade fair for music fans and audiophiles is back after a successful debut last year. It will be held tomorrow at The Projector in Golden Mile Tower. Crate-diggers will not want to miss out on hundreds of new and used records. Sean Lam from folk outfit Hanging Up The Moon will also perform.


PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

LIFE

Huntsman stars coming here

Oscar winner Charlize Theron and Hollywood A-listers Jessica Chastain and Chris Hemsworth will make their way to Singapore in April.

The leads of The Huntsman: Winter's War will be in town on April 3 to walk the red carpet and meet fans at Universal Studios Singapore to promote their new movie.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: February 19, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe