What's News: August 19, 2016

Mahrez (left), seen here in a match against Manchester United earlier this month, signed a deal that ties him to Leicester City until 2020.
Mahrez (left), seen here in a match against Manchester United earlier this month, signed a deal that ties him to Leicester City until 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS


Teen's death ruled a suicide

A State Coroner ruled yesterday that the death of 14-year-old Benjamin Lim in January this year was a suicide, and said his school and the police had treated him sensitively. The death of the teen, who was questioned by the police for alleged molestation, raised concerns about how minors are treated during police investigations. 


Cap on carpark spaces at site

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has, for the first time, imposed a cap on the number of carpark spaces that can be built on a site. The URA imposed the limit on the Marina Bay mixed-use site triggered for launch last week, citing its good public transport links as a reason for it needing fewer parking spaces.


Envoy's shock defection 

It was a shock for Pyongyang when its diplomat of 10 years in Britain, Mr Thae Yong Ho, betrayed his hermetic homeland by becoming the most senior North Korean official to defect in nearly two decades. His escape reportedly prompted North Korea to recall the families of other diplomats overseas.


Najib takes a dig at Mahathir 

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak took a swipe at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over his often confrontational foreign policy approach when he led the country. "I chose to be different, and make a clear break with past approaches," Datuk Seri Najib said. 


Second wind for China 

China has suffered capital outflows and fears of a hard landing, but associate editor Ravi Velloor believes a rebound is on the cards for the massive economy and that, when it comes, the world may well by caught unawares. 


Plenty to do at this bus stop 

At a refurbished bus stop in Jurong, commuters will be able to charge their phones, download e-books, enjoy free Wi-Fi and even sit on a swing. If these features are well received, they may be introduced at other bus stops.


$100m system to treat cancer

A proton beam therapy system is to be installed at the new National Cancer Centre. The $100 million machine, the first in South-east Asia, causes much less damage to healthy tissue than other forms of radiation treatment and will occupy three floors of the Outram building when it opens in 2021.


Singtel to buy Temasek stakes

Temasek Holdings has agreed to sell Singtel a 21 per cent stake in Intouch Holdings, the Thai telecoms conglomerate formerly known as Shin Corp. It will also sell its entire 7.4 per cent stake in India's Bharti Telecom to Singtel, which will fund the $2.47 billion purchase with short-term debt and share placement to Temasek. 


Mahrez staying at Leicester for four more years

Last season's English Premier League Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez has inked a four-year contract with Leicester City, quelling speculation that he would be leaving the reigning champions. The Algeria international was a revelation in their unlikely title run, scoring 17 goals with 11 assists. 


Photo displays at MRT stations

In October, photographs will be displayed at six Downtown Line MRT stations. Commuters will get to see works such as Canadian photographer Scott A. Woodward's series on North Korea and a nature series by home-grown artist Marvin Tang. The display is part of the Singapore International Photography Festival, which runs from today to Nov 13. 


Play's R18 rating questioned 

The festival director of the ongoing Singapore International Festival of Arts has taken issue with the R18 rating given to Five Easy Pieces, a play about a paedophile, performed by children. Ong Keng Sen said on the festival's Facebook page that "it is important for the children to understand the full context of what they can be exposed to". 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe