What's News: March 28, 2017

Just a day after Hong Kong's newly elected Chief Executive Carrie Lam (above) vowed to heal political divisions, nine pro-democracy activists were told by police yesterday they will be charged for their roles in the Occupy protests two years ago.
Just a day after Hong Kong's newly elected Chief Executive Carrie Lam (above) vowed to heal political divisions, nine pro-democracy activists were told by police yesterday they will be charged for their roles in the Occupy protests two years ago.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Young playwrights such as Thomas Lim (above), 26, who wrote Grandmother Tongue, are up against veterans in the Best Original Script category of the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards.
Young playwrights such as Thomas Lim (above), 26, who wrote Grandmother Tongue, are up against veterans in the Best Original Script category of the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Trump setback hits markets

President Donald Trump's first major legislative setback on healthcare reform sent markets across Asia slumping yesterday amid fears that his reform agenda will not be fulfilled. The gloom stretched across Europe, with most stock markets dipping.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Next battle: Tax overhaul

Picking themselves up after the collapse of their healthcare plan, US President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress will start on a legislative obstacle course that will be even more arduous: The first overhaul of the tax code in three decades. Plans for lower rates, fewer loopholes and a tax on imports may have to be scaled back.


WORLD

No honeymoon for Carrie Lam

Just a day after Hong Kong's newly elected Chief Executive Carrie Lam vowed to heal political divisions, nine pro-democracy activists were told by police yesterday they will be charged for their roles in the Occupy protests two years ago. It is clear that there will be no honeymoon period for Mrs Lam, who has to do more than what the public expects.


WORLD

Park's arrest sought

South Korean prosecutors have sought an arrest warrant for former president Park Geun Hye on charges including bribery and leaking official secrets. The Seoul Central District Court will hold a hearing on Thursday. If arrested, Ms Park would be the third former president detained on criminal charges.


OPINION

Canberra's balancing act

For two decades, Australia could satisfy Beijing and Washington as it went about being friends with both. Not for much longer. Australian leaders need to face up to this reality, says Professor Hugh White.


HOME

Tech schemes for law firms

The Law Society of Singapore launched two technology-related schemes yesterday. SmartLaw Assist provides law firms with subsidies for an online knowledge database, while SmartLaw allows firms to use the SmartLaw logo to signal they are technology ready.


HOME

MRT signalling system test

The North-South Line (NSL) trains and network will switch to a new signalling system tonight at around 11pm until passenger service ends at midnight, to test the system during passenger service hours. During the switch, trains will stop running for 10 minutes.


BUSINESS

Boost for shipping giant

French shipping giant CMA CGM has further anchored its presence in Singapore by officially unveiling an upgrade that has doubled the capacity of the terminal it jointly runs with PSA at Pasir Panjang. The second phase of the PSA joint venture brings total operating capacity at the CMA CGM-PSA Lion Terminal to four million standard-sized containers.


SPORT

A tough Schooling and Quah

Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen had our attention at the NCAA swimming championships for a simple reason, Rohit Brijnath writes in his Sporting Life column. Because they are tough. Toughness is Schooling racing with a fever and upset stomach, and never brandishing it as an excuse. Toughness is Quah waiting for months for eligibility and racing in unfamiliar yards and still winning a butterfly silver.


LIFE

Young and veterans face off

Young playwrights such as Thomas Lim, 26, who wrote Grandmother Tongue, are up against veterans in the Best Original Script category of the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on April 10.


Straits Times Digital

VIDEO

No tools, just click

Straits Times journalist Natasha Ann Zachariah shows how easy it is to put together an Ikea side table with wedge dowel joinery.

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VIDEO

Out of this world

Dinosaurs on a basketball court? Augmented reality is being used in areas like design and science education.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe