Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, May 6

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

Aloysius Pang's death: Ng Eng Hen gives ministerial statement on COI findings 

Late actor Aloysius Pang died from injuries suffered while carrying out repair works inside a Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer in New Zealand. PHOTO: ALOYSIUSPANG/FACEBOOK

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen presented the findings of a Committee of Inquiry (COI) convened in January to investigate the death of CFC (NS) Aloysius Pang, in a ministerial statement on Monday (May 6). 


Trump to hike tariffs on $272 billion of China goods

US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, US, on May 3, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

The tougher stance is calculated to compel China to reach an agreement without delay, said analysts.


Brunei's Sultan Hassanal says won't enforce gay death penalty after backlash

In a rare response to criticism aimed at the oil-rich state, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said the death penalty would not be imposed in the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code Order. PHOTO: REUTERS

The sultan's office released an official English translation of his speech, which is not common practice.


Plans to improve fly-ferry links when Changi T5 opens

An aerial view of the eastern part of Singapore, where Changi Terminal 5 will be constructed. PHOTO: ST FILE

Other ideas to transform the area include having work and living spaces, and a waterfront district.


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ST Life reporter Jan Lee and multimedia journalist Hairianto Diman in a rehearsal for The Big Story talk show, which will take place at 5.30pm on weekdays.
ST Life reporter Jan Lee and multimedia journalist Hairianto Diman in a rehearsal for The Big Story talk show, which will take place at 5.30pm on weekdays. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

The Big Story, a weekly talk show produced by The Straits Times, premieres today at 5.30pm on Facebook and YouTube.


Sri Lanka expels over 600 foreigners, including 200 Islamic clerics, after Easter Day bombings

Sri Lanka has imposed a state of emergency since the attacks and given wide powers to troops and police to arrest and detain suspects for long periods. PHOTO: AFP

The clerics had entered the country legally but were found to have overstayed their visas.


Singapore-based Australian DJ Adam Sky dies in luxury Bali resort while rescuing friend

Adam Neat was found lying in a pool of blood at the Hillstone Villas Resort after a fatal accident on May 4. PHOTO: ADAMSKYOFFICIAL/INSTAGRAM

While rushing to help a friend, Adam Sky ran into a glass door and cut himself badly, which resulted in a fatal loss of blood.


Moving garden: Singapore's first public buses with 'green roofs' hit the road

The effectiveness of the green roofs and whether more buses will have them will be determined at the end of the three months. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

This is part of a three-month study to see whether the temperature inside the buses can be lowered, and potentially save on fuel.


Can excessive mobile phone use cause cancer?

Mobile phones emit a form of radiation from their antennae, which can be absorbed by the body tissues closest to the antennae. PHOTO: ST FILE

More than 30 studies have been done to date on the topic and the conclusions are often conflicting.


Conserved bird habitats to make upcoming Bidadari Park a green oasis for residents

The planners behind HDB's Bidadari Park: (From left) Heng Juit Lian, Chloe Wan, Zang Eyu, Leong Mei Lin, Leonard Cai, Rachel Teo, and Sheree Hong. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The park will take up 10 per cent of the estate's space and nestle snugly among the residential blocks, with trails connecting seamlessly through the estate.


Shanmugam sits down for interview on proposed fake news law - with Ah Lian

Ah Lian, actress Michelle Chong's alter ego, attempts to take a selfie with Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam before an interview on the proposed fake news law. A person off-camera reminds her that she has an interview to conduct first. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM MICHELLE CHONG/FACEBOOK

"Today lim bu (Hokkien, referring to herself) is want to talk the serious thing. Eh! This thing ah is matter to all of you now watching," Ah Lian opens the video in her trademark vernacular style.