What's News: Feb 24, 2017

Barisan Nasional members rallying at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Barisan Nasional members rallying at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Glen Liang, who runs a Nonya laksa stall with his sisters Sabrina (left) and Audrey, is one of the grant recipients.
Mr Glen Liang, who runs a Nonya laksa stall with his sisters Sabrina (left) and Audrey, is one of the grant recipients.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


Healthier habits for kids

A committee, tasked to find ways to encourage healthy habits among children, has presented a slew of recommendations. Among NurtureSG's proposals, which have been accepted by the Education and Health ministries - pre-schools will no longer serve sugary drinks.


Public projects to start earlier

Upgrading of community clubs, sports facilities and police posts are among infrastructure projects that will be brought forward, as the Government moves to help smaller construction firms tide over the period of slow economic growth. These projects will start in the 2017 and 2018 financial years.


Kim probe: Interpol aid sought

Malaysia has asked Interpol to put out an alert for four North Koreans who fled the country the day Mr Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of the North Korean leader, was allegedly assassinated, amid fresh criticism from Pyongyang over Kuala Lumpur's handling of the investigation. The four men are believed to have returned to North Korea following the Feb 13 attack.


Focus on growth: Jokowi

Political freedom in Indonesia has led to widespread sectarianism, distracting the government from pursuing economic growth, said President Joko Widodo, in a veiled rebuke of protests against Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama led by conservative Muslims.


Wealth changing Vietnamese

Once best known for defeating the US in war, Vietnam is today a thriving economy but prosperity is changing the character of its people, writes associate editor Ravi Velloor. Greed and selfishness are on display, but perhaps that is part of becoming a normal nation.


15,000 rail workers needed

To support the expansion of the rail network to 360km by 2030 and to improve rail reliability, the sector will need to add 5,000 workers to the present 10,000 in engineering, operations and maintenance, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday.


More traffic at Asian airports

The total number of international travellers across airports in the Asia-Pacific region grew by 10.2 per cent last year, outpacing Changi's growth of 5.9 per cent.

The Singapore airport handled a record number of 58.7 million passengers in 2016.


Investors bullish on CDL

Despite strong revenue growth, City Developments (CDL) booked a 40.6 per cent drop in fourth-quarter net profit, due largely to the absence of one-time gains recognised a year earlier. But investors were impressed with the developer's overall showing, sending the shares up 4.5 per cent to close at $9.66.


Red Devils coast, but face jam

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's winner against Saint-Etienne ensured Manchester United sailed into the Europa League round of 16. But manager Jose Mourinho again railed at the congested fixture list as they tackle four competitions.

Their FA Cup clash with Chelsea is sandwiched between the two legs of their next European tie.


Grants for hawkers

Twenty-five current and future hawkers each received $10,000 cash from Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore's Tiger Street Food Support Fund. They were picked from 135 applicants for the grant, launched last year to preserve local street food culture.

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King of the rink

Ice skater Michael Helgren shows journalist Bridget Tan some cool moves as Lion King's Simba.



Where the toys are

Lego's Screaming Cat is just one of the standout offerings at Toy Fair 2017 in New York.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe