What's News: April 21, 2016

Jay Chou, king of Mandopop.


May 7 Bukit Batok by-election

The promised by-election in Bukit Batok was called yesterday. Voters in the constituency will go to the polls on May 7.

The People's Action Party's Mr Murali Pillai and Singapore Democratic Party's Mr Chee Soon Juan look set to be headed for a straight fight in the constituency.


Ma's farewell interview

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has gained popularity in China after orchestrating warming bilateral ties in trade, tourism and transport, culminating in a historic meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping last November. Yet, he will exit the political stage on May 19, not quite loved by his compatriots.



Trump wins big in New York

Billionaire Donald Trump (above) recorded his most decisive victory of the primary election in his home state yesterday - cementing his position as front runner and making it all but impossible for his rivals to usurp his lead without resorting to a messy contest at the nominating convention.


Taiwanese scams target China

Telecom scams have become more rampant in China in recent years, registering a 20 to 30 per cent spike and losses of at least $2.07 billion yearly. The trend has sparked a spat between China and Taiwan after 45 Taiwanese suspects were deported to the mainland from Kenya.


How to deter driving in S'pore

Charging more for parking and having fewer parking spaces has deterred driving in other cities but such measures do not make sense here, argues senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan. Instead, satellite-based ERP 2.0 can do the job.


Insurance for cyclists

Cyclists and users of other personal mobility devices can get insurance cover from Income from Monday.

It will cost $96 a year, with coverage that includes third-party liability of up to $1 million and medical expenses for injuries.


Uber bids push up COE prices

Bids by Uber pushed up prices for certificates of entitlement (COEs), which ended 2.8 per cent higher at $47,300 for smaller cars, and 5.5 per cent higher at $49,602 for big cars. The Open category closed 4.2 per cent higher at $49,501. Uber-owned Lion City Rental put in 630 bids and obtained 510 COEs.


GIC buys stake in energy giant

Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has acquired a minority stake in electricity transmission company ITC Holdings from Canadian utility giant Fortis. For its 19.9 per cent stake in ITC, GIC paid US$1.228 billion (S$1.65 billion). C1

The national 15s team will draw some players from the rugby sevens side, seen here in their loss to Thailand in the SEA 7s final last Saturday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Kazakhs out so S'pore reinstated in Asian rugby's Div 1

The Singapore national men's 15s team were aiming for promotion from the Asia Rugby Championship's Division 2 this year, having been relegated last year from Division 1 for ending last. But now, they are already back without a ball being kicked, following the withdrawal of Kazakhstan.

Mr Koh Lip Koon (left) and Mr Koh Lip Siang donated over 100 of their late father's works. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH


Jay Chou leads e-sport team

Pop king Jay Chou is entering the gaming market as the leader of an e-sport team, J Gaming. China Digital Culture is paying him the equivalent of $1.7 million in shares for his image rights. He will not participate in tournaments, but he is playing exhibition games and hoping to recruit players.


Patron of Heritage awards

Long-time donors and first-time heritage champions will be lauded tonight at the National Heritage Board's 10th annual Patron of Heritage awards. Among the 104 recipients are Mr Koh Lip Koon and Mr Koh Lip Siang, who donated artworks by their father, the late Koh Cheng Foo, better known by his pen-name Marco Hsu.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: April 21, 2016'. Subscribe