What's News: April 6, 2017

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan on April 5, 2017.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan on April 5, 2017. PHOTO: AFP


N. Korea fires another missile

North Korea has test-fired yet another ballistic missile into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan, in a provocative act on the eve of the first meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The missile flew for nine minutes over 60km yesterday morning.


OneInbox to be shut down

Five years after it was introduced, OneInbox, a free digital mailbox for the public to receive government correspondence, will be shut down in June owing to low take-up rate and high maintenance costs. The service allowed users to sign up to view e-letters from public agencies, such as the CPF Board.

The train blast in St Petersburg, Russia, on Monday killed 14 people. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


New wave of radicalism

Akbarzhon Jalilov, the man suspected of blowing up a Russian metro train, represents a new wave of radicals who blend into local society away from existing militant movements - making it harder for security forces to stop their attacks. Security services typically look for an organisation behind a terror attack, but it may not exist in this case.


Somali pirate scourge returns

After years of quiet seas, undisturbed voyages and no major attacks, Somali pirates have waylaid four ships in the past month, raising fears that the menace has returned to the Indian Ocean.


Ensuring commitment to NS

External threat alone cannot predict a nation's will to sustain compulsory military service, writes political correspondent Chong Ziliang. Those who serve must believe the system is fair and in its purpose, he says, stressing the need to guard against factors that undermine NS.


5 research programmes to end

Five research programmes under the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (Smart) initiative will cease when their 10-year tenure is over. The National Research Foundation (NRF) will look at new proposals to ensure research here remains relevant.


Hacked info 'still confidential'

Singapore's top court has ruled in a test case that hacked confidential information uploaded on Wikileaks may not lose its confidentiality.It clarified the issue in ruling for a firm that sought to expunge e-mails culled from Wikileaks by a former employee being sued.


5 investors file police reports

A land-banking scheme that offered attractive returns for cash investments in real estate in the US and Canada has come under the spotlight. Five investors, who claimed they invested an aggregate of more than $1 million into A2A Capital Management's projects between 2011 and 2014, have filed police reports against the firm.


4 plan appeal to FAS poll panel

All four individuals who did not pass the eligibility and integrity tests conducted by the Football Association of Singapore's Electoral Committee will be making appeals, with a decision on their petition expected by Monday. A fifth individual candidate, Moklas Ma'arof, withdrew his candidacy for the April 29 FAS election due to personal reasons.

Pop Aye is a Thai-language film by Singaporean film-maker Kirsten Tan. PHOTO: GIRAFFE PICTURES


Pop Aye gets M18 rating

The highly anticipated drama Pop Aye, from Singapore film-maker Kirsten Tan, has been given an M18 rating by the Infocomm Media Development Authority. This means only those aged 18 and above will be able to watch it. Executive producer Anthony Chen says he was surprised by the stringent rating.


When Trump meets Xi

They have both pledged to restore their countries to greatness. What is on the agenda when the two superpower leaders meet? http://str.sg/agendakey


Destination: Mix-up

Australia's sunny Sydney or Canada's snowy Sydney? These people got on the right plane for the wrong destination. http://str.sg/mixups

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe