What's News: March 28, 2016

Mr Arul Kanda Kandasamy, President of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Mr Arul Kanda Kandasamy, President of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).ST PHOTO: TRINNA LEONG

TOP OF THE NEWS

Straight fight in Bukit Batok

The two men facing off in the Bukit Batok polls kicked off their race yesterday, vowing to make the constituency shine. The People's Action Party's Mr Murali Pillai called on voters to work with him to "make Bukit Batok a beautiful place for all of us", while the Singapore Democratic Party's Dr Chee Soon Juan said he would make the constituency "the envy of Singapore".

TOP OF THE NEWS

1MDB 'on track to pay off debt'

1Malaysia Development Berhad is on track to pay off its RM51 billion (S$17.6 billion) debt pile despite being in a dispute with an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, the state investor's president Arul Kanda Kandasamy said yesterday.

WORLD

Trump closer to victory

Mr Donald Trump crushed his Republican opponents in Pennsylvania and four other states, a sweep that put him considerably closer to capturing the party's presidential nomination outright; while Mrs Hillary Clinton won Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware, and was battling to amass enough delegates to put the Democratic nomination within her reach.

WORLD

India in dire need of judges

A plea by India's top judge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appoint more judges has put the spotlight on the country's overburdened justice system, which has a backlog of over 33 million cases. It is common for witnesses and the accused to die before their cases are heard.

OPINION

Offer free health screening

It is time the Health Ministry considered making health screening compulsory and free within the MediShield Life framework as one good way to control rising hospital bills, writes Senior Health Correspondent Salma Khalik.

HOME

Four blocks of AMK flats to go

Four blocks of flats in Ang Mo Kio, first slated for redevelopment in 2006, will finally be demolished next February.

Blocks 246 to 249 along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 2 and 3 are now being used for Housing Board schemes providing temporary housing to people who need it.


ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

HOME

Machines taking food orders

Fast-food chains are turning to technology to beat staff shortages. Chicken chain Popeyes is the latest to install machines to replace cashiers. The management says its kiosks have increased sales by up to 15 per cent and halved order time.

BUSINESS

Sembcorp Marine earnings hit

Sembcorp Marine's first-quarter earnings nearly halved as project deferments caused by the oil price slump again took a heavy toll, along with a steep jump in finance costs. Net profit for the three months to March 31 sank 48.2 per cent to $54.8 million while revenue slid 29.6 per cent to $918.4 million.


Tan Lay Sang with her coach Patrick Siew who, she says, is a key part of her success as he does all strategising. PHOTO: DANIEL NEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SPORT

Bid to avoid osteoporosis leads to golden surprise

Just three years ago, Tan Lay Sang, 50, took to weightlifting because of a family history of osteoporosis. But, having been encouraged to compete on the international stage, the Singaporean won a gold medal this month at the Weightlifting Masters World Cup in Tokyo.

LIFE

Raoul shuts last S'pore store

Raoul, once considered one of Singapore's most promising fashion brands, has shut its Paragon store, the last remaining one in Singapore for the brand. It now has only a concession space in Robinsons where it carries only womenswear.

LIFE

Film avoids Tibetan casting

The trailer for upcoming movie Doctor Strange has ignited outrage against another example of Hollywood's racially insensitive casting. A Tibetan character from the comic books is played by British actress Tilda Swinton. Its film-makers say the move was made in large part over fears of offending the Chinese government and people.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe