What's News: March 19, 2016

TOP OF THE NEWS

Push to boost S'pore's security

A major upgrade of Singapore's security architecture is in the works: The use of police CCTV cameras will be extended to public spaces; building owners and event organisers may be required to impose stringent security measures; and emergency response teams of police officers will be formed. A new national programme called SG Secure will also be rolled out.


TOP OF THE NEWS

STI turns around

The Straits Times Index is finally in the money, up 0.8 per cent so far this year after plunging as much as 12.1 per cent in January. Investors piled in after the US Federal Reserve signalled it will not rush to raise interest rates, sending Singapore stocks up 0.92 per cent, to 2,906.80 yesterday.


Mr Lim's controversial bungalow.
Mr Lim's controversial bungalow. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

WORLD

Penang leader faces probe

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's purchase of a RM2.8 million (S$936,000) two-storey bungalow last year has become controversial after an Umno MP said it was bought below market value and linked it to the sale of state government land. Malaysia's anti-corruption agency says it will open an investigation paper.


WORLD

Chinese columnist missing

A Chinese columnist has gone missing after warning ex-colleagues of the danger of re-publishing an open letter calling for President Xi Jinping to resign. This comes amid the mystery over five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing only to resurface in Chinese custody.


OPINION

Lessons on faith from region

The bid by some people of faith to claim the public domain as theirs to police spurs Farish A. Noor to look into South-east Asia's history for lessons on how peoples of different religions and ethnicities have lived side by side in this region for centuries.


HOME

Mum jailed over son's death

A mother who pushed her autistic seven-year-old son to his death from their ninth-floor flat was jailed for five years yesterday. The court heard that she had been consumed by thoughts that the boy was the reason for her exhaustion and marital problems.


HOME

Firm fails to get higher payout

A department store that owned a plot of land in Tuas acquired for MRT development failed in its Court of Appeal bid to increase the compensation paid to it from $14.2 million to $23 million. The court found that Novelty had been seeking "an unjustified windfall".


BUSINESS

Singdollar rise hits exporters

The Singdollar surged to $1.3567 against the US dollar - an eight-month high - in trading yesterday. The sharp spike is causing exporters to sweat as many face foreign currency transaction losses and rising competition from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, whose domestic currencies are still weak relative to the Singdollar.


The Slingers' Desmond Oh (centre) attempting to get past the Dragon's Matthew Wright (left) and Reginald Johnson (right) at the OCBC Arena.
The Slingers' Desmond Oh (centre) attempting to get past the Dragon's Matthew Wright (left) and Reginald Johnson (right) at the OCBC Arena. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SPORT

Slingers felled by Dragons in Game 3

The Singapore Slingers lost 72-90 against the Westports Malaysia Dragons at the OCBC Arena last night in Game 3 of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Finals. After their victory in front of a sell-out crowd, the Dragons now hold a 2-1 lead in the series. The first team to win three games will be crowned the ABL champions.


LIFE

Audition for China Super Vocal

Celebrity judges (from left) Harlem Yu, Jay Chou, Na Ying and Wang Feng.
Celebrity judges (from left) Harlem Yu, Jay Chou, Na Ying and Wang Feng. PHOTO: MEDIACORP

Aspiring local singers keen to make it big in China can audition for China Super Vocal, a new singing contest slated to air there in July.

Auditions will be held here and the top three to five contestants will get to take part in the show, the rebranded version of the popular show, The Voice Of China, in China.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: March 19, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe