What's News: April 21, 2018

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (above).
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (above).ST FILE PHOTO


PM warns against trade war

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called on Commonwealth member nations to promote trade, and warned against trade conflictyesterday. He warned that unduly restricting investments will not only damage the rules-based multilateral system of trade and investments but also cause power rivalry that can be destabilising and dangerous to the world. 


Delay in unveiling BN line-up

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's plan to unveil candidates for Barisan Nasional in the May 9 polls soon after dissolving Parliament has been ditched. Umno sources said his earlier resolve to field new and younger faces in up to 40 per cent of the seats has been shaken due to potential defections by party veterans. 


India working on China ties

India is seeking to repair ties with China, with a flurry of high-level visits to Beijing, the latest by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj  today. Both Asian giants have been careful not to allow ties to worsen beyond a point, as neither side wants an all-out war, nor have they allowed economic ties to be hurt by political disagreements. 


US mulls curbs on China stakes

The United States Treasury Department is considering using an emergency law to curb Chinese investments in sensitive technologies. Under the 1977 law, President Donald Trump could declare a national emergency, allowing him to block transactions and seize assets. 


How will summit play out?

As expectations ramp up for the coming summit between the leaders of the US and North Korea, veteran diplomat Bilahari Kausikan looks at what "denuclearisation" might or might not mean to the North Koreans. 


Inuka may be put down on Wed

Singapore's beloved polar bear Inuka may be put down on Wednesday. The 27-year-old animal, which has surpassed the average life expectancy of polar bears, is due for a medical examination that day, and if it is found to be suffering, it will be let go, the Singapore Zoo said. 


Hospitals team up

Doctors from Sengkang General Hospital, which opens later this year, have been doing stints at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) emergency department to get up to speed. The collaboration will also see TTSH trauma surgeons shuttling between both hospitals. 


Datapulse's board grilled

Datapulse Technology's board endured a three-hour grilling at yesterday's special shareholder meeting as vexed minority shareholders poked holes at and, at times, mocked the directors over their independence, competence and the commercial logic of a hasty buyout. But when it came down to the votes that counted, the incumbents managed to keep their seats. 


Armstrong settles fraud case

Former cycling superstar Lance Armstrong will pay US$5 million (S$6.56 million) to the United States government to settle a fraud lawsuit that contended he owed US$100 million to taxpayers for doping while competing for a cycling team sponsored by the US Postal Service. 



Montblanc still in demand

Montblanc's fountain pen and nib expert Axel Nier (above), 47, took more than a decade to perfect the art of designing pen nibs. The German luxury goods manufacturer offers personalised nibs. Despite a hefty price tag, demand has grown. 

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Malaysia GE and the 'Mahathir' effect

What are the possible outcomes for Malaysia's upcoming election? How important is the "Mahathir" factor? Here's what panellists at The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum have to say. http://str.sg/stforum


Pick your superheroes (and villains)

Who are the 35 unknown characters appearing in the upcoming movie Avengers: Infinity War? Make a guess, Marvel fans. http://str.sg/GuessAvengers

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2018, with the headline 'What's News: April 21, 2018'. Print Edition | Subscribe