What's News: March 7, 2018


Insurers appeal to MOH

Make it compulsory for existing and new policyholders to pay part of their hospital bills, even if they buy riders that cover the entire amount. This was the appeal six companies selling MediShield Life-linked health insurance have made to the Health Ministry to keep claims from ballooning. 


HDB flats for young couples

The Housing Board will allow a select group - full-time students, national servicemen and recent graduates - to apply for a flat first to enable young couples to get their home quicker. They will be assessed for housing loans and grants just before they collect their house keys, instead of at the time they apply for a flat.

Soldiers standing guard yesterday near a damaged house after clashes in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Soldiers standing guard yesterday near a damaged house after clashes in Kandy, Sri Lanka. PHOTO: REUTERS


Sri Lanka declares emergency

Sri Lanka is under a nationwide state of emergency after riots targeting Muslims left at least two people dead in a hill station popular with tourists. The government said it was imposing the extraordinary measures after lapses by police allowed mobs of Sinhalese rioters to burn mosques as well as homes and businesses belonging to Muslims in Kandy. 


Military warns of attacks

Remnants of pro-ISIS militants who seized the southern Philippine city of Marawi last year are planning similar attacks elsewhere, the military has warned. At least 300 militants are getting help from fighters returning from Iraq and Syria, said the head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. 


A tale of two Budgets

Singapore and Hong Kong unveiled their Budgets recently. While there are inevitable priority differences, both are remarkably similar in putting their surpluses to work, with an eye to future challenges, says Ker Sin Tze. 


New on-demand bus service

Soon, you will be able to call for a bus as easily as you would a taxi. An on-demand bus service is set to be launched in Punggol, Joo Koon and Shenton Way in the fourth quarter. The buses will cost less than taxis and be available initially during off-peak hours in the afternoon. 


Airbnb offers to collect tax

United States-based home sharing service provider Airbnb is open to discussing ways to collect hotel and tourism taxes from its hosts in Singapore. A consultation paper setting out a regulatory framework for short-term home sharing will be released by next month. 


US stalls chipmakers' sale

The Trump administration has moved to stall the potential takeover of leading US chipmaker Qualcomm by Singapore-based Broadcom on national security grounds, representing the administration's newly aggressive posture to protect national corporate champions and scrutinise acquisitions by overseas companies. 


S'pore bowler wins Qatar title

National bowler Basil Ng won his first international title at the H.H. Emir Cup in Doha on Monday as Singapore filled the top three positions. In an all-Singaporean men's final at the Qatar Bowling Centre, second seed Ng beat teammate Jaris Goh 387-374 in the two-game, total-pin final. Their compatriot Suresh Elangovan shared third place with Hong Kong's Ivan Tse. 


Opening doors to art

Ten artists working in the eastern part of Singapore will open their doors to the public on Saturday.

They are part of an initiative called East Side Open Studios, whose aim is to "highlight independent spaces", says artist Cheong Kah Kit.

What it should have been

In our report on Monday, "Surbana Jurong eyeing 2 architectural firms in expansion drive", we said that Temasek Holdings owns 51 per cent of Surbana Jurong, while JTC owns the rest. This is incorrect as Temasek had in June 2016 acquired JTC's share of the company.

We are sorry for the error.



Marathon effort to get cruise liner ready for each new voyage.



Red or green?

See the colours of fruits through the eyes of Mr Joshua Chow, who is colour blind.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe