What's News: Jun 25, 2018

Former social affairs minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa is running for the post of East Java governor.
Former social affairs minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa is running for the post of East Java governor.PHOTO: CAMPAIGN OF KHOFIFAH INDAR PARAWANSA


Insurance premiums to rise?

Premiums on Integrated Shield Plans may rise further, as the six insurers offering such plans suffered underwriting losses last year. The returns of AIA, Aviva, AXA, Great Eastern, Income and Prudential show them making losses since MediShield Life was launched in November 2015.


Language training for expats

A decree by Indonesian President Joko Widodo to simplify work permit procedures is set to take effect. While the order seeks to reduce delays, businesses have been caught off guard by a requirement for expatriate workers to undergo formal Indonesian language training.


Regional polls for Indonesia

More than 152 million Indonesian voters will cast their ballots in regional polls on Wednesday. Much of the attention will be focused on races on the island of Java, where a number of contests are seen as proxy battles between President Joko Widodo and his likely opponent Prabowo Subianto in next year's presidential election.


Worst water crisis in India

India is facing its worst water crisis, with some 600 million people suffering from an acute shortage.

The situation could get worse, according to a government think-tank, which has warned that demand will be twice of supply by 2030.


Merkel's 'suit policy' strategy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fits her policies the way she wears her suits: The colours may change, but the fit and drape are similar. That policy of appearing to change has helped her survive - but perhaps not for long, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Probe into subscription claim

A mobile content provider alleged that some customers may have been subscribed to third-party services without their consent. A Singtel customer said he was charged $5 for a service after accidentally clicking on an ad. Singtel is investigating.


Court rejects bid to lift PPO

A family court has rejected a bid to lift the personal protection orders against a woman who was the sole caregiver of her dementia-ridden mother and her intellectually disabled sister. The orders were placed following her conduct in a case of family violence.


Venture to upgrade Java port

A joint venture between Indonesia's Jababeka and Singapore's Sembcorp continues to take shape, as Kendal Industrial Park in Central Java has plans to upgrade a local seaport and build a new power plant.

Kendal Port will be expanded into an international hub with the potential to process up to a million 20-foot equivalent unit containers per year.


World Cup fever on the trains

The red-eye train from Moscow to St Petersburg takes about eight hours to cover almost 650km. Flying time is only 90 minutes, but taking the train can be a good way to save money. Train rides are free between the 11 host cities for fans with a valid match ticket and Fan ID - and sleep is actually possible, despite Brazilian and Mexican fans celebrating through the night.



From comic actress to author

Australian actress Isla Fisher, 42, is best known for playing hilariously unhinged characters in comedies such as Wedding Crashers. But she took a step back to raise three children with actor Sacha Baron Cohen, and has became a successful children's author.

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A second chance at love

This couple have been imprisoned for offences such as drug trafficking and drug abuse. What made them get married to each other for the second time? str.sg/ogKJ


Mad about Macallan

Fancy a close-up look at Macallan's whisky distillery in Scotland? Join its 90-minute guided tour for $27 - or simply watch this: str.sg/ogKo

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe