What's News: June 8, 2016

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (left) and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong toasting at a dinner in Naypyidaw on June 7.
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (left) and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong toasting at a dinner in Naypyidaw on June 7.PHOTO: AFP


Myanmar eases visa rules

From Dec 1, Singapore travellers to Myanmar will no longer need to apply for a visa for 30-day trips.

The two countries have eased visa requirements for their citizens, a move that comes amid a growing number of flights between them.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is on a three-day official visit to Myanmar, said it will boost ties between the two countries.


US included in yuan scheme

China has, for the first time, included the United States in its Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investment scheme, allowing American banks to clear renminbi-denominated transactions.

A damaged car being removed from the site of the bomb attack near the historic centre of Istanbul, Turkey, yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Bomb attack in Istanbul

A car bomb ripped through a police bus near Istanbul's historic centre yesterday and killed 11 people, adding to security concerns after a string of attacks in Turkey's biggest city. The blast targeted a shuttle service carrying anti-riot police as it passed through Beyazit district, close to many of the city's top tourist sites.


China building 2 lighthouses

China is building two new lighthouses on Mischief Reef and Fiery Cross Reef, known in Chinese as Meiji Reef and Yongshu Reef respectively, in the Spratly chain, continuing with facility installation to bolster its territorial claims in the South China Sea.


Shopper insights from GSS

A study of credit and debit card transactions during the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) yields insights into shoppers' habits. The findings show that personal liquidity as seen by shoppers' financial strength influences shopping behaviour, say three academics.


Third govt bus tender called

The tender for the third government bus contract - known as the Seletar package - was called yesterday, for 26 services that will run from the Ang Mo Kio, Yio Chu Kang and Yishun bus interchanges. Several parties have expressed interest in the contract.


Doc allegedly baited rare bird

Orthopaedic surgeon Lee Soon Tai, 62, was charged in court yesterday with littering by throwing dying fish into a pond at a public park, and baiting an endangered grey-headed fish eagle with live fish injected with air. Lee will have his case heard next month.


Mall to be put up for sale

Katong Shopping Centre may soon come on the collective sale market for about $630 million. This will be the mall's third attempt at a collective sale.

Over 80 per cent of owners by share value and total area have given their consent for the proposed sale of the 425-unit development.


No Messi but di Maria inspires

A tearful Angel di Maria, who kept his grandmother's death hours before a secret, scored and set up another goal to spur Argentina to a 2-1 win over Chile in their Copa America match, which avenged their final defeat last year.

There was even better news as coach Gerardo Martino expects the injured Lionel Messi to be back for Friday's game against Panama.

A video of the stars of Captain America: Civil War projected onto the side of the ArtScience Museum on April 22. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


Singapore's allure for Hollywood

There has been a steady stream of glitzy promotional events for Hollywood movies and TV shows here in the last two years. Industry insiders point to Singapore's sound infrastructure and central location in South-east Asia as major reasons for the recent increase in star wattage.



Casting and race

When it comes to white actors in Asian roles, director James Wan , who is of Malaysian- Chinese descent, says he is torn. "I want to do something about (increasing diversity) but... I also want to cast and work with people who are the best for the job and not just because of their race."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe