What's News: March 15, 2017

Bahrumsyah died in what was said to be a botched suicide attack on Syrian troops.
Bahrumsyah died in what was said to be a botched suicide attack on Syrian troops.PHOTO: YOUTUBE/GRAB
7 Letters is among at least 10 local films to be available on iTunes from June.
7 Letters is among at least 10 local films to be available on iTunes from June.PHOTO: 7 LETTERS, KELVIN TONG


More motor accident reports

The number of motor accident reports in Singapore soared to a five-year high of 161,361 last year, according to figures released by the General Insurance Association. This was nearly 8 per cent up from a year earlier. However, this surge did not translate to more motor insurance claims - the total value of such claims slipped 8.5 per cent to $494.4 million. 


Dangers of divisive teachings

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean yesterday cautioned against exclusivist and divisive teachings, noting how they have caused social cohesion to fray in other societies. He was at a retreat of the Religious Rehabilitation Group, where he suggested ways the group could help build a more united society.


Indonesian militant killed

The Indonesian commander of South-east Asian militants in the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was killed on Monday, in what is believed to be a botched suicide attack on Syrian troops. Bahrumsyah died after the explosives-laden car he was driving towards a Syrian Arab Army unit in Palmyra blew up prematurely. 


Compiling civil code in China

Chinese lawmakers are set to pass the draft general provisions of a civil code today, bringing the country closer to enacting a law that will better protect the civil rights of its citizens. China has tried to put together a civil code since the 1950s, without success. 


A push for e-payments

Why is Singapore slow in adopting e-payment systems?

The reason: Cash and cheques remain too easy to use here. Also, too many different types of credit cards are used.

All that is set to change, writes Rachael Boon. 


Paralysed man gets $690k

A motorcyclist who was left paralysed after an accident with a van in 2011 will receive $690,000 in damages after court-approved talks with the van driver. Though Mr Aziz Dolah was riding without a licence, the van driver admitted most of the fault was hers. 


New underpass to ease jams

A new underpass connecting motorists seamlessly from the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) to Nicoll Highway will open on April 2. It is expected to ease the congestion leading to the Sims Way traffic lights, which are just after the KPE's Nicoll Highway exit. 


S'pore quality of life 'top in Asia'

Singapore has topped consulting firm Mercer's list of cities in Asia for offering the highest quality of life. The ranking helps companies decide allowances for international staff.

Vienna was the world's best place to live for the eighth year in a row, while Baghdad was again considered the worst. Globally, Singapore was ranked No. 25. 


Kerber set to regain No. 1 spot 

Win or lose in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, there will be solace for Angelique Kerber. The tournament's second seed is assured of regaining the world No. 1 spot next week. Showing fortitude on Monday, she fought back from 1-4 down in the third set to beat Pauline Parmentier of France 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the third round. 


Local films to debut on iTunes

At least 10 local films, including Ilo Ilo and 7 Letters, will debut on iTunes Singapore from June, thanks to home-grown film-maker Chai Yee Wei's venture, A Little Seed. The firm works as an iTunes aggregator, which formats and delivers content to the digital media store. 

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