Top stories from The Straits Times on Friday, July 6

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Friday, July 6.

Higher stamp duties, tighter loan limits for home purchases

Crowds at the Riverfront Residences showflat in Hougang, on July 5, 2018. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Concerns about the swift rise in private home prices have prompted the authorities to further tighten cooling measures, in a surprise move that will lead to property buyers paying higher stamp duties.


Grab to challenge proposed anti-competitive ruling over its deal with Uber

Grab said even though it was not required by the law to do so, it had informed the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore and "proactively engaged" with the watchdog "before the transaction was signed". ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Ride-hailing firm Grab has hit out at the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore's finding that its acquisition of rival Uber's South-east Asian business is anti-competitive.


Will measures proposed by Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore really change things on the ground?


The watchdog has spelt out a number of measures to counter the "significant lessening" of competition the deal has given rise to. But how realistic and fair are these measures? 


Powder restrictions affect travellers on over 30 flights to and from Singapore

While there is no limit on carrying organic powders such as food in powdered form and powdered baby formula, these items must be presented to officers during security screenings. PHOTO: ST FILE

The new rules were introduced by the United States, Australia and New Zealand with effect from June 30.


David Lee in Russia: Possession without penetration is pointless at this World Cup

Belgium's Nacer Chadli scores their third goal. PHOTO: REUTERS

Only one out of the eight quarter-finalists controlled significant majority of the ball (more than 55 per cent) in their respective round of 16 matches and, even then, Belgium had 58 per cent of possession but fell 2-0 down and needed a last-minute winner to beat Japan 3-2.


Thai cave rescue: Bird's nest collectors scour for ways into cave to save youth footballers

Thai park rangers carry ropes to assist a group of bird's nest collectors (not pictured) in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province, on July 5, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

A team of bird's nest collectors from southern Thailand put their generations-old rock climbing know-how to use by scouring a mountainside for openings that could lead to 12 young footballers and their coach trapped inside a flooded cave.


Najib's supporters to launch fund to help him pay for his $337,000 bail

Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak greeting his supporters as he leaves a court in Kuala Lumpur, on July 4, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Former premier Najib Razak claimed trial to three counts of criminal breach of trust and another charge of abuse of power involving RM42 million (S$14.2 million) linked to SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad, on Wednesday.


Personal stories and freefalling naval combat divers to feature in this year's NDP show

This year's National Day Parade creative director Boo Junfeng and one of the main characters in the integrated film, Madam Mary Klass, 83. ST PHOTOS: JONATHAN CHOO

This year's show will not just be a spectacle but also an introspective look into the lives of Singaporeans who have overcome adversity.


Tennis: Defending champion Muguruza falls in Wimbledon second round

Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck (right) celebrates winning against Spain's Garbine Muguruza. PHOTOS: AFP, EPA-EFE

Garbine Muguruza's Wimbledon title defence was hijacked by Alison van Uytvanck as the little-known Belgian produced a fearless brand of hard-hitting tennis to topple the champion.


Durian prices plunge amid supply glut from Malaysia

Mr Sky Teo (foreground, left), stall manager of Durian Fullhouse near Kovan market and food centre, said sales may not increase even though he is bringing in 30 55kg cartons of durians a day.
Mr Sky Teo (foreground, left), stall manager of Durian Fullhouse near Kovan market and food centre, said sales may not increase even though he is bringing in 30 55kg cartons of durians a day. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Durian vendors attributed the oversupply to the hot weather in Malaysia, which makes durians ripen faster.