Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, April 9

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Monday, April 9.


Video: Singapore and China sign deal to boost cooperation on Belt and Road Initiative


Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on April 8, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Under the agreement, Singapore and China will identify sectors and markets of mutual interest and organise activities to promote cooperation between companies from both sides.

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Video: Pritam Singh elected new WP chief: Current phase of leadership renewal completed, says Low Thia Khiang


Former Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang, new party chief Pritam Singh and party chairman Sylvia Lim speak to the media after the party's biennial conference on April 8, 2018. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Mr Low said the next step is to put in effort to attract younger Singaporeans to join the Workers' Party. "Without new blood, the party will die a natural death."

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Analysis: What will Workers' Party be like in a post-Low Thia Khiang era?


WP chief Low Thia Kiang arrives at the party's headquarters on April 8, 2018. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

While the party might have entered a new chapter with Mr Low handing over the reins, it remains to be seen just how long it will take to truly move into a new era.

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Singapore Bicentennial to be effort of community, says Desmond Lee


There will also be anchor events looking not only at Singapore's history after the arrival of Stamford Raffles in 1819, but also the 500 years prior to that. PHOTO: ST FILE

"It's not the government agencies that decide how the bicentennial will be commemorated. It cannot be top-down," said the Minister for Social and Family Development. 

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Johor-based drug syndicate busted; 14.4kg of heroin seized after joint operation


Heroin seized by NCID in Johor, on April 4, 2018. About 14kg of heroin was seized and 16 people arrested as a result of the investigations. PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

A total of 16 people were arrested, with the syndicate said to have been supplying a sizeable amount of drugs to Singapore. 

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North Korea ready to discuss denuclearisation with US: Reports


US President Donald Trump agreed to a historic first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a stunning development in America's high-stakes nuclear standoff with North Korea. PHOTO: AFP

It is the first time the offer was made directly to Washington, and could pave the way for a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. 

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Video: Donald Trump says 'big price to pay' for deadly Syria chemical attack


A screengrab taken from a video shows an unidentified volunteer holding an oxygen mask over a child's face at a hospital following a reported chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma on April 8, 2018. PHOTO: AFP/SYRIA CIVIL DEFENCE

Reports said 49 people had died in the poison gas attack late on Saturday in the besieged rebel-held town of Douma, with others putting the toll even higher. 

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Commonwealth Games: Singapore's women paddlers fall to shock 1-3 loss to India in team final


Yu Mengyu and Zhou Yihan of Singapore in their 1-3 loss to Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar in the doubles match of the women's team final. India shocked Singapore 3-1 to take the gold. PHOTO: REUTERS

The loss ends Singapore's proud streak of winning every women's team gold at the Games since the sport was introduced in 2002 in Manchester. 

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Golf: Patrick Reed wins the Masters, his first Major title


American Patrick Reed, 27 and ranked 24th in the world, grabbed four birdies and three bogeys at Augusta National Golf Club to claim hid first Major title. PHOTO: AFP

Taking a three-shot lead into the final round at Augusta National, the American finished 15-under 273 - one shot clear of second-placed Rickie Fowler. 

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The Life Interview with Chen Liping: Stumbling on success

Chen Liping, who received her first acting role in 1985 in Takeover, is filming her 60th drama, Say Cheese.
Chen Liping, who received her first acting role in 1985 in Takeover, is filming her 60th drama, Say Cheese. ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

It is easy to assume the Channel 8 actress would be garrulous and extroverted, thanks to the many happy-go-lucky roles she has played over a three-decade TV career.

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