What's News: April 10, 2017

Officers escorting Sagar Thakkar to a police station in Thane, on the outskirts of Mumbai.
Officers escorting Sagar Thakkar to a police station in Thane, on the outskirts of Mumbai.PHOTO: REUTERS
Painter Tang Kok Soo (above), 41, quit his job as an engineer and downgraded to a smaller flat in order to pursue his love for painting.
Painter Tang Kok Soo (above), 41, quit his job as an engineer and downgraded to a smaller flat in order to pursue his love for painting.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

TOP OF THE NEWS

Egypt churches hit by blasts

More than three dozen people were killed and over 100 injured in bombings at two churches in Egypt yesterday. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the deadliest assault on the country's Coptic Christian minority in years.


TOP OF THE NEWS

LTA calls up m-cycle dealers

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has called up four major motorcycle dealers for separate meetings over recent spikes in motorcycle certificate of entitlement prices. The dealers are one authorised agent and three parallel importers, The Straits Times understands.


WORLD

Indian cops nab scam suspect

Indian police have detained a 24-year-old man suspected of running a multi million-dollar scam from a network of call centres, bilking hundreds of unwitting Americans out of as much as US$100 million. Sagar Thakkar's tech-savvy, English-speaking employees would trick his victims into believing they owed money to the US Internal Revenue Service.


WORLD

Ageing infrastructure in US

Two-thirds of the roads and nearly 150,000 bridges in the United States are in need of repair, including the famous Brooklyn Bridge, as a result of a steady decline in infrastructure spending after a 1960s post-war boom. But President Donald Trump's ambitious infrastructure Bill may meet resistance from fiscal conservatives.


OPINION

Revised Trump administration

Removing Mr Steve Bannon, putting in place a new national security team, bombing Syria. These have the hallmarks of a revised, improved Trump administration, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

TransCom cop put to the test

Police Staff Sergeant Nasron Nasir, 35, had his nerves rattled when he was tasked to respond to a 999 call after an unattended bag was found on the platform at Hougang MRT station. He said he thought it was going to be the first explosives case on the MRT.


HOME

Big problem with big data

There may be a big problem with big data in the future. The amount of data created annually is expected to go up by more than 10 times in the next decade. Scientists have predicted that at this rate, the world will run out of data storage capacity in 181 years.


BUSINESS

S'pore's manufacturing revival

The outlook for Singapore's economy is brightening on the back of export-led growth in the resurgent manufacturing sector. Companies say sales have been picking up, and some economists are optimistic that the uptick in activity will spill over to the rest of the economy and, eventually, the labour market.


SPORT

DNA, manager help Sane rise

After a tough start to his career at Manchester City, dashing young German forward Leroy Sane has settled down and is making waves. For that, the 21-year-old thanks his parents for his good genes - he gets his speed from his ex-footballer father and his balance from his ex-rhythmic gymnast mother - and his club manager Pep Guardiola for guiding him.


LIFE

First solo exhibition

Painter Tang Kok Soo, 41, quit his job as an engineer and downgraded to a smaller flat in order to pursue his love for painting. The winner of the Gold award in the Established Artist category for Singapore at the UOB Painting Of The Year competition last year will hold his first solo exhibition from Wednesday.


Straits Times Digital

VIDEO

It Changed My Life

Aaron Tay has endured a host of medical conditions, and survived against the odds.

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askST

Palm oil: Yay or nay

A reader asked if palm oil was an unhealthy option compared with other oils. Food correspondent Eunice Quek finds out.

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