What's News: Mar 1, 2017


NSmen, Mindef staff data stolen

Personal data of 850 national servicemen and staff of the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) was stolen from its I-net system last month, in a cyber attack that experts believe could have been the work of foreign governments. Mindef said no classified information was lost.


Raising quality of pre-schools

Childcare centres and kindergartens, regulated under different laws now, will come under a common licensing framework.

By early 2019, both will require a licence that has to be renewed regularly. This is to ensure higher and more consistent standards and improve the quality of pre-schools in Singapore.

Police officers on patrol in the area surrounding the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Police officers on patrol in the area surrounding the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: REUTERS


Kim's murder: 2 to be charged

Two women arrested over the alleged assassination of Mr Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will be charged with murder in Malaysia today. A North Korean delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur yesterday to seek the release of the body of Mr Kim, who died after the duo allegedly smeared a toxin on him. The women say they thought they were playing a prank for a reality TV show.


Taiwan body to seek justice

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has announced the creation of an independent body to enforce a transitional justice system to look into a massacre on Feb 28, 1947, by the Kuomintang government under leader Chiang Kai-shek, and hold those responsible accountable.


Which tax might be raised?

Tax revenue has to be raised, the Finance Minister said in his Budget speech. So which tax might go up? Analysts don't expect a GST hike till 2020, but say online shopping could be subject to GST soon. And personal income tax for high earners may rise, writes Yasmine Yahya.


Cab firms plan surge pricing

Trans-Cab and Premier Taxi are planning to implement surge pricing, where fares are set based on real-time demand. The taxi operators said it will apply only to customers hailing a cab through the Grab ride-hailing app. Prime is also considering implementing this.


Awards for top worker dorms

The best operators of factory-converted dormitories for foreign workers were lauded last night at an inaugural awards ceremony. The top dormitories are clean, spacious and offer perks such as free laundry, Wi-Fi and even gyms.


SGX asks HMC to review loans

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has called on private clinic operator Healthway Medical Corp (HMC) to appoint an independent reviewer to look into questionable loans it made to two entities. This comes after The Straits Times reported that one of the entities may have strong links to HMC executive chairman Fan Kow Hin, despite HMC's claim that it is unrelated.


Money matters in sport

Even as we yearn for amateur codes, at a sports school we must train youngsters for a professional world. We want to teach kids the values of sport, yet arm them with toughness. We look to produce highly competitive young people who know how to win and manage their finances. Sport has too many tales of poverty and bankruptcy, writes Rohit Brijnath.

Mr Cullinan discussing the mix-up with fellow accountant Martha Ruiz on stage at the Oscars.
Mr Cullinan discussing the mix-up with fellow accountant Martha Ruiz on stage at the Oscars. PHOTO: REUTERS


Culprit behind Oscars gaffe

Mr Brian Cullinan, an accountant for the Academy Awards, was the person who botched the procedure for announcing the Oscar for Best Picture. He handed the wrong envelope to presenters, leading to La La Land being declared the winner, before Moonlight was revealed to have won.


In the line of fire

"All of us work together as a close-knit family," said firefighter Shawn Tan, the only female officer at Tuas View Fire Station. http://str.sg/fireofficer


Model celeb kids

Actor Johnny Depp's daughter Lily-Rose is one of many celebrity kids strutting their stuff on fashion runways. http://str.sg/celebkids

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe