What's News: February 11, 2016


Panel on Elected Presidency

A nine-member Constitutional Commission has been formed to study and recommend updates to the Elected Presidency, two weeks after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the review in Parliament. The committee, led by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, includes Public Service Commission chairman Eddie Teo, Ambassador-at-Large Chan Heng Chee and former Speaker of Parliament Abdullah Tarmugi.


HK activist nabbed over riot

A Hong Kong student activist was arrested a day after the violent riot that injured over 130 in Mongkok, as his group Scholarism said he was in the area that morning but did not attack the police. An inquiry will be held to decide if it was necessary for an officer to fire two warning shots into the air in the mayhem.

A Muslim attends Friday prayers at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South London. PHOTO: REUTERS


Doubts on religious profiling

A British government programme to seek out potential extremists and stop them from being radicalised is viewed as a model by other nations in the West. But Prevent's urging of citizens to identify and report those at risk has raised questions over racial and religious profiling.


N. Korea army chief executed

In the latest purge under leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, the Yonhap news agency reported. General Ri Yong Gil was accused of graft and factional conspiracy, and his name was left out in state media reports of a rocket launch.


Know your legal rights

Few Singaporeans are familiar with their legal rights and that can be a problem when they end up in police custody for one reason or another, as a recent case of a teen suicide shows. People need to educate themselves, says Kok Xing Hui, who recounts her own arrest experience.

The soil investigation works for a new MRT line could have a big impact on the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, a study has found. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


Rail test's impact on nature reserve 'moderate' if care taken

Highly sensitive wildlife in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve could face a large impact from tests to see how a train tunnel could be built underneath it, an environmental study has found. However, mitigation strategies - such as the use of enclosures to reduce engine noise and tanks to collect discharge - could reduce the effect to "moderate".


Marathon that spans the globe

Cousins Ong Tze Boon, 47, and Ong Yu-Phing, 46, have become the first Singaporeans to run seven marathons in seven continents over seven consecutive days.

This added up to 295km, in temperatures ranging from minus 15 deg C to 25 deg C.


Record year for insurance

The total sum assured of new insurance sales exceeded $100 billion last year, a record for the industry, said the Life Insurance Association Singapore yesterday. New protection cover last year totalled $101.2 billion, a 14 per cent increase from 2014.


Frozen to go on Broadway

Disney says it plans to bring a staged musical adaptation of Frozen, the 2013 animated film, to Broadway early in 2018. The show will be the ninth musical - and 10th show overall - that Disney has brought to Broadway. It will feature the same writers as the film - Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the film's songs, and Jennifer Lee, who wrote the screenplay and co-directed the movie.

Long Long Time Ago stars Aileen Tan (centre). PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE


Jack Neo film tops box office

Director Jack Neo's latest movie Long Long Time Ago topped the local box office over the Chinese New Year long weekend. From last Thursday, when it opened, to Tuesday, the film - set in 1960s and 70s Singapore - earned $1.65 million. It beat films such as The Monkey King 2 and Hong Kong comedy From Vegas To Macau III.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: February 11, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe