What's News: March 12, 2016


Ramp-up in lift inspections

A series of lift accidents has led to a ramp-up in lift inspections across the island, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong yesterday, adding that this may inconvenience residents.

On Monday, a maid was trapped in a lift in an HDB block in Ang Mo Kio after it suddenly shot up 17 floors.


Trump on US trade policy

Mr Donald Trump's blistering critique of United States trade policy boils down to a simple equation: Foreigners are "killing us on trade" because Americans spend much more on imports than the rest of the world spends on US exports. He is set to become the first Republican nominee in nearly a century who has called for higher import taxes as a broad defence against low-cost imports.



China firm to cut 50,000 jobs

Wuhan Iron and Steel, one of China's largest steelmakers, plans to axe up to 50,000 jobs, as the country tries to rein in overcapacity while growth slows. The firm is a stark illustration of the challenges facing Beijing as it seeks to retool the economy while avoiding social unrest - anathema to the leadership.

A refugee camp near Idomeni, Greece, on the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


EU-Turkey migrant deal would be illegal, says UN

The mass expulsion of migrants from Greece to Turkey under a draft European Union-Ankara deal would be "illegal", the United Nations warned. While EU countries squabbled over how to cope with the continent's worst migration crisis since World War II, the UN said the proposed deal with Turkey raised "a number of very serious concerns".


Lee Kuan Yew's three big ideas

Integrity, the importance of institutions, and Singapore's independence - these are three ideas of Mr Lee Kuan Yew that By Invitation columnist Kishore Mahbubani hopes will endure for Singapore.


Fewer owners selling flats

Fewer home owners are selling their flats when they meet their five-year minimum occupation period. Six per cent of newly eligible flats were sold within a year of the period ending last year, down from about 11 per cent in 2014. Experts are blaming the sluggish public resale market.


MPs to debate tobacco Bill

Proposed changes to the laws to restrict how tobacco products are sold in stores will be debated when Parliament sits on Monday.

MPs have also filed 45 questions, including two about the mental health of school students.


Brokerages cutting costs

Uncertain market conditions, and low trading volumes and retail interest compared with boom times before the 2013 penny stock crash, have forced some brokerages to keep a lid on costs. This has meant various cutbacks, from fewer calendars to reducing financial news terminal subscriptions.


Sunwolves not taken lightly

The Japanese Super Rugby debutant team Sunwolves, with their pre-season troubles well documented, may seem easy meat for the Cheetahs. But the traditional slow starters from South Africa, who have lost their first two games of the season, are taking nothing for granted as their rivals are of an "unknown" quality.


Tribute to Indian music legend

The MANdolin & Beyond, a tribute concert honouring the late Indian music legend U. Srinivas, brings together some of India's finest classical musicians. It will be held at Esplanade Concert Hall tomorrow. Srinivas, who introduced the mandolin to classical Indian Carnatic music, died in 2014.



Meet Game Of Thrones star

Game Of Thrones' English actor Isaac Hempstead Wright (above, left) will be meeting fans of the show at Ion Orchard on April 2. Wright, 17, plays Bran Stark in the globally successful fantasy series about an epic struggle for power. His character was not seen in Season 5 and fans are eagerly awaiting his return in Season 6.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: March 12, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe