What's News: July 6, 2015

The facade of Burkill Hall located in the National Orchid Garden of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The facade of Burkill Hall located in the National Orchid Garden of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


Big plans for Botanic Gardens

With annual visitor numbers to the Botanic Gardens expected to hit six million by 2020, plans are under way to improve its facilities and ramp up scientific research in horticulture and botany. The newly minted Unesco World Heritage

Site currently attracts around 4.4 million people a year.


Parents allege negligence

The family of a 10-year-old girl who died after surgery following bleeding in the brain is suing the National Skin Centre, Healthway Medical Corporation and two doctors, alleging negligence. Leela Tharunya Ruba Kamalakannan was originally treated for a rash. Her father said there is a "strong public interest to prevent such future situations".


Row over palace makeover

A row is emerging over the £150 million (S$314.5 million) makeover needed for Buckingham Palace.

While the 300-year-old building desperately needs a renovation, anti-monarchists want the royals out but taxpayers are divided over who will bear the costs of the renovation.


Clinton trains guns on China

United States Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China of stealing commercial secrets and of trying to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America".


London bombings and after

The London bombings 10 years ago, on July 7, 2005, was the first big attack by home-spawned terrorists on their own countrymen. It led to a rethink of counter-terrorism efforts. Intelligence and emergency services worldwide have also adapted since, says Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal in his weekly Global Affairs column.

Early-morning commuters at the Woodlands bus interchange. Some 380 more new buses are expected to be on the roads by 2017. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


A more comfortable ride

Commuters are finding it easier to get a seat, thanks to the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP), which has helped to reduce the number of persistently crowded services from 96 in 2012 to just 16. Some 620 new buses have been introduced in that time. B1, B2


A walk down memory lane

A new Monumental Walking Tour takes in the Central Fire Station and Police Station in Hill Street.

The National Heritage Board is launching 13 tours in a bid to make monuments here "relevant".


Prime area office rents down

Office rents in prime areas weakened in the second quarter after nine straight quarters of growth, according to the latest reports from property consultancies.

Analysts have pointed to a sea change in the office market, with banks no longer driving demand as they did in recent times.


Gold Coast draws runners

A flat and straightforward course with great ocean views and cooler weather. That is why the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is believed to be the most popular overseas race for Singapore's running enthusiasts.

A total of 341 people made the trip for yesterday's event, with the Republic being the fourth-largest foreign contingent.


Creepier Dome

The new season of Under The Dome gets creepier with new characters, including a mysterious therapist played by Marg Helgenberger (above) of CSI fame. The television drama about a small town trapped under an invisible dome is now more character-oriented.


Coolie currency

A retired couple are displaying their collection of coolie currency, used by labourers in 19th century Singapore. Labourers were paid in porcelain coins instead of Straits Settlements currency, as their paymasters did not want them to save money and return to China.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: July 6, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe