Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, June 2

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Saturday, June 2.

Trump says June 12 Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim is back on

US President Donald Trump, flanked by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean Kim Yong Chol (left) at the White House on June 1, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

US President Donald Trump emerged after a more than hour-long Oval Office meeting with Kim Yong Chol – a top envoy from Pyongyang – saying that the summit will go ahead in Singapore as originally planned.


Cracks on Adam Road traced to water pressure

The cracks, which appeared right next to a huge excavation to build an underpass which will be part of the Bukit Brown road, were caused by water pressure that had built up because of heavy rain.PHOTO: ST READER

The Land Transport Authority said the cracks, which appeared right next to a huge excavation to build an underpass which will be part of the Bukit Brown road, were caused by water pressure that had built up because of heavy rain.


Singapore still incurring costs on HSR as it awaits KL clarification: Khaw

An artist's impression of the Bandar Malaysia station on the KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail line. Malaysia said yesterday that it is open to dusting off the project once its RM1.1 trillion (S$369 billion) debt is eased. PHOTO: EDELMAN

Malaysia said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will personally handle negotiations with Singapore, and that it is not completely shutting the door on the proposed 350km link.


Possible photo-ops and new locations emerge as date for Trump-Kim summit draws near

Marina Bay Sands, touted as a possible venue for the historic meeting between the two leaders, may play out its role as a photo backdrop, though it is unlikely to host the meet. PHOTO: AFP

A photo opportunity is being planned for American president Donald Trump and Mr Kim in the Marina Bay area, sources have told The Straits Times. The location of the planned summit is still under wraps.


Singapore, India to deepen economic, defence ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on Friday, June 1, 2018. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Singapore and India will soon launch a third round of discussions to update a key bilateral economic pact and will consider expanding their air services agreement to cater to the growing demand for air connectivity.


40% of private-hire car drivers - or 23,900 - without vocational licence one month before deadline

Private-hire drivers were given a one-year grace period by the Land Transport Authority to provide chauffeur services after the regulator introduced a vocational licensing scheme in the middle of last year (2017). PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

There are 56,300 private-hire car drivers on the roads currently but a significant number may have to stop picking up passengers in a month's time.


askST: Can live maggots or insects be found in canned food?

Safety guidelines allow low levels of contamination, but consumers must also play their part by adopting good food safety practices when buying, handling and cooking.


Police have reviewed screening processes after two officers found to be secret society members

The Police Cantonment Complex along North Bridge Road. Screening processes for potential officers will be reviewed after two policemen were found to be secret society members. PHOTO: ST FILE

On Thursday, a senior staff sergeant attached to Ang Mo Kio Division admitted in a district court to being a senior member of a secret society, and the headman of a motorcycle gang.


Former senior VP of HSBC pleads guilty to cheating victims, including her relatives, of over $5 million

She cheated five people - four of whom were her relatives - of over $5.2 million in a scam that spanned 12 years to fund a gambling habit.


Augmented reality in Little India, Muslim family recipes, Eurasian stories and a theatrical walk through Chinatown

A section of the Malay Heritage Centre honours pioneers in the Malay community. PHOTO: MALAY HERITAGE CENTRE

If Singaporeans ever need a refresher on the layers of culture that shape the nation's identity and destiny, a jaunt to the four main heritage centres during the school holidays this month is a perfect time to do so.