What's News: Jun 2, 2018


S'pore, India deepen ties

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yesterday that Singapore and India will soon launch a third round of discussions to update a key bilateral economic pact as part of their agreement to deepen ties. Both sides also agreed to build on their longstanding defence cooperation.


15 held in anti-terror swoops

Malaysian police have arrested a 51-year-old woman who allegedly planned to run over voters at polling centres during the May 9 general election. The mother of two, who had also planned to carry out a suicide mission by crashing into non-Muslim houses of worship,was one of 15 held in recent counter-terrorism swoops.



KL to pay $17b of 1MBD's debts

Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (above) said yesterday that the government will pay at least RM50 billion (S$17 billion) to cover the liabilities of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) that now fall on taxpayers after the scandal-ridden state fund fell into insolvency two years ago. He said a final figure, however, was still pending amid ongoing investigations. 


Ways to boost adoption of AI

A robust regulatory framework that builds public trust and promotes innovation is a key factor that will encourage the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said at an AI forum in China, adding that this will allow start-ups with innovative ideas to compete. 


Is the West really left behind?

A new book by former diplomat Kishore Mahbubani argues that the West has failed to keep pace with changing times. But former Straits Times journalist Asad Latif asks if the rest of the world is any more ready.


Hugs for mums in prison

There were hugs and tears as 12 women prisoners met their children during a special open visit at Institution A4 in Changi Prison Complex. Unlike previous visits, families were allowed to be with the inmates without physical barriers between them.


JTC expands its green drive

Doing its part for Singapore's Year of Climate Action 2018, JTC has pledged to go green by building on its existing environmentally friendly practices to further reduce energy and water usage, shrink its emissions footprint and increase clean energy use.


IT boost for accounting sector

Smaller accounting firms will get a $2.4 million boost to go digital as part of a road map unveiled to spur growth in the sector. The road map aims to create 2,000 new jobs by 2020, while helping firms adopt new technologies and expand abroad.


Cavaliers sunk in extra time

The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James led the way with 51 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but the Golden State Warriors still closed out an emphatic 124-114 overtime victory. The Cavs could have won if not for J.R. Smith's error of judgment. 



Grand debut for Verdi's Aida

Giuseppe Verdi's tragic love story Aida, set in ancient Egypt, has started its run at the Esplanade Theatre. The Singapore Lyric Opera production has a big cast of 100 singers, actors and dancers.

What it should have been

In yesterday's report, "Ideas to build a vibrant Asean community", we wrongly identified Ms Moe Thuzar as Ms Chong Siak Ching in the photo caption. We are sorry for the error.


Summits in Singapore

Before the Trump-Kim meeting, Singapore also played host to landmark talks, such as the 1993 Wang-Koo summit between China and Taiwan. http://str.sg/sgmeetings


Furry fashion

Cheongsams for cats and vests for turtles? Find out why some owners are dressing up their pets. http://str.sg/petfashion

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe