What's News: March 29, 2016

China's President Xi Jinping at the fifth regular foreign ministers' meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Beijing, on April 28, 2016.
China's President Xi Jinping at the fifth regular foreign ministers' meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Beijing, on April 28, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

TOP OF THE NEWS

N-S Corridor ready in 2026

Singapore's first expressway to have dedicated bus lanes and cycling and pedestrian paths will be ready in 2026.

The North-South Corridor will link towns in the north with the city and, when completed, the 21.5km integrated highway could shorten bus journeys by 30 minutes.

TOP OF THE NEWS

Xi seeks security structure

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a new regional security cooperation structure that would "suit Asia's unique traits" and also a new crisis-control mechanism to prevent regional issues from flaring up, as he continued to advocate his "Asian security concept".


PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Trump vows 'America first'

Asian allies must pay "their fair share" of defence arrangement costs, Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump said in outlining his "America first" foreign policy approach, as he closes in on the party's nomination. While the speech was aimed at casting him in a more presidential light, experts warned of his oversimplification of global affairs.

WORLD

Indonesian fugitives warned

Spy chief Sutiyoso has urged Indonesian fugitives, suspected to have fled overseas, to return home before he hunts them down. The wanted list has 33 names, which includes a former businessman who embezzled 1.3 trillion rupiah (S$133 million) in state bank loans.

OPINION

India's fresh hope, new fears

When India got independence from British rule in 1947, few gave it a credible chance of surviving as a united nation. Incredibly, it survived and thrives. With its rise comes new challenges, says Ravi Velloor, whose book India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears, has just been published.

HOME

Egg prices up amid hot spell

The hot weather has resulted in a reduced supply of eggs from Malaysia and a small increase in egg prices in some shops in Singapore. Prices rose by 10 cents for 10 eggs on Monday.

HOME

Rally speeches on portal

The annual National Day messages and National Day Rally speeches made by Singapore prime ministers over the decades are now available to the public on the National Archives of Singapore's online portal. It has also uploaded papers presented by various ministries, state organisations and institutions, starting from 2011.

BUSINESS

Industrial space rents slide

Rents of industrial space fell 2.7 per cent in the first quarter after falling 1.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, JTC data showed. Rents are down 5.1 per cent from a year back. Meanwhile, industrial space prices fell 2.5 per cent in the first quarter after sliding 1.5 per cent in the fourth quarter, and are 5.1 per cent lower than a year earlier.

SPORT

No Curry but Warriors still hot

The Golden State Warriors brushed off the absence of injured star Stephen Curry on Wednesday to beat the Houston Rockets 114-81 and advance to the next round of the National Basketball Association play-offs. The Warriors will face either the Portland Trail Blazers or the Los Angeles Clippers next.


A scene from Ten Years, which is part of the line-up for the Singapore Chinese Film Festival. PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL

LIFE

Award-winning HK film to be shown at S'pore festival

Ten Years - a collection of five shorts that paint a dark picture of Hong Kong's future in 2025 and which was named Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Awards - is part of the line-up for the Singapore Chinese Film Festival, which runs from today to May 8.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 29, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe