What's News: February 16, 2017

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim speaking before the launch of a new World War II exhibition Syonan Gallery: War And Its Legacies on Feb 15, 2017.
Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim speaking before the launch of a new World War II exhibition Syonan Gallery: War And Its Legacies on Feb 15, 2017. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

TOP OF THE NEWS

Lessons from WWII

The stories in a new exhibition of the courage and humanity shown by ordinary people living under the Japanese Occupation show us how to live today, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim yesterday. He urged citizens to work together to keep the country strong under new threats, from increasingly dissonant voices to terrorism.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Why 'Syonan' name

Using the name Syonan in a new museum does not signal approval of the Japanese Occupation but remembers what people went through and affirms the commitment never to let it happen again, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim yesterday.


Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama at the elections yesterday.
Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama at the elections yesterday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

WORLD

Jakarta polls: No clear winner

The road to City Hall was supposed to peak on Election Day after a four-month campaign, but people in Jakarta will have to wait about two more weeks to find out who their next governor will be. Despite the drama at the exit polls yesterday, none of the three pairs of candidates won a majority in the snap counts taken.


WORLD

Moscow denies missile report

The US has warned Russia to respect a 1987 US-Russia arms control treaty amid reports that Moscow has deployed a new cruise missile that may breach it. But yesterday, the Kremlin denied the allegations, saying it is committed to honouring its international obligations.


OPINION

Sound basis for culling?

The culling of chickens in the Sin Ming area has put the spotlight on the authorities' management of human-wildlife conflict. Reasonable citizens will not oppose culling, but they would want assurance that the decision was thought out, says Audrey Tan.


HOME

Tree inspections stringent

The National Parks Board (NParks) said its inspection of trees is in line with global standards and, sometimes, even more stringent than international norms. NParks' comments follow two recent accidents that resulted in one death and several injuries.


HOME

Bus firm pulls back job offers

Bus operator Tower Transit said it "inadvertently" hired more bus captains than it needed between December and January. Six men had already signed contracts with the firm when they were told they would not be needed. Tower said it is trying to help the men.


BUSINESS

Venture capitalist rules eased

No minimum capital, relevant experience or audit required - the bar has been lowered for venture capitalists, who will soon just have to be "fit and proper" if they want to set up shop here. The slimmed-down set of rules is part of a broader strategy by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to make it easier for start-ups to get funding.


SPORT

Barcelona on brink of exit

The curtain is coming down on Barcelona's Champions League prospects after their 4-0 drubbing by Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on Tuesday. PSG are on the brink of making the quarter-finals for the fifth season in succession, while Barcelona are facing their earliest exit since 2007.



PHOTO: MEDIACORP

LIFE

Debate over actress' Mandarin

Singaporean actress Joanne Peh (photo) is back in a TV drama after a two-year break, brandishing discernably different Mandarin on Channel 8 series Dream Coder. Some viewers called her out for trying to sound like a mainland Chinese speaker, but Peh rebutted critics, saying she is a "Singaporean speaking proper Mandarin".


WEB SPECIAL

The once heir apparent

Nine things you need to know about Mr Kim Jong Nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. http://str.sg/4eYw

WEB SPECIAL

Kodak moments - not

The Trump-Abe handshake had everyone talking. Here are other awkward hand-holding sessions among world leaders. http://str.sg/4eYJ

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe