What's News: March 24, 2016


Nation remembers Mr Lee

Across Singapore, at events big and small, Singaporeans came together yesterday to pay tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew on the first anniversary of his death. Some did what Mr Lee would have done, planting trees and going for a brisk walk across town. In an unusual step, the first 10 minutes of the weekly Cabinet meeting were made public so people could watch a memorial event.


Brussels attackers identified

A day after terrorists conducted a coordinated attack on Brussels that killed 31 people, the police and state prosecutors identified two of the suicide bombers as brothers, one of whom left a desperate will on a computer dumped in a trash can. The brothers, Khalid and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, had been known to the police for criminal activities.


Chinese help for Asean states

China will offer billions in preferential loans to five Asean countries along the Mekong River, while pledging deeper political, economic and social cooperation, in what analysts see as a move to win favour and influence among South-east Asian countries. The pledges were made yesterday by Premier Li Keqiang.


Japan eyes new fighter jets

Japan has opened talks with Western defence contractors about building a new generation of fighter jets, sources say, in what would mark an important milestone in Tokyo's strategy to maintain its air superiority over rival China.


Protect the pedestrians

A suggestion by an expert panel to legalise cycling on pedestrian footpaths has drawn praise and scorn in equal measure. While moves to promote cycling are welcome, the Government needs to do more to protect pedestrians, writes Danson Cheong.


More complaints against ads

An advertisement for a restaurant featuring three women exposing their buttocks was taken down last year after complaints that it was sexist. There were 13 complaints about derogatory advertisements last year, up from six in 2014.


Couple admit starving maid

A couple have pleaded guilty to not providing enough food for their Filipino maid, who lost 20kg in 15 months and had to run away to seek help. But the new lawyer for Lim Choon Hong and Chong Sui Foon has requested they be examined by a psychiatrist. Lim had said his wife had issues with food and control.


Inflation down 0.8%

Singapore's headline inflation last month fell 0.8 per cent compared to the same period last year, due mainly to a fall in demand for certificates of entitlement (COEs) and a weaker housing rental market. However, core inflation - which excludes home rents and private road transport costs - was up 0.5 per cent.


Stange defends Lions

Singapore football coach Bernd Stange has confirmed he will step down after tonight's friendly international against Myanmar and Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier against Afghanistan. He defended the Lions' performances in the last three years, stressing that they were a totally local-born team.

Beckham enjoying the game at Ali Addeh Refugee Camp in the African nation of Djibouti. The 90-minute documentary airs tonight. PHOTO: JACKIE NICKERSON


Bend it worldwide, like Beckham

Former football star David Beckham says he was involved every step of the way in the making of the documentary, David Beckham: For The Love Of The Game, an ode to how sport can unite and inspire communities. The project required him to travel across seven continents in 13 days to play seven football games on seven different surfaces. It airs on BBC Earth tonight.


$16m funding for arts groups

The National Arts Council is giving out $16.2 million in funding to arts groups under its Major and Seed Grant schemes. This is an increase of about $1 million from the last financial year. The Seed Grant supports emerging arts groups, while the more substantial Major Grant backs long-term development needs of arts groups here.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: March 24, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe