Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, June 30

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Saturday, June 30.

One dead, four injured in traffic accident at Causeway on Saturday morning

A view of the Woodlands Causeway (towards Johor) at about 6.30am. A Facebook post by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) at 2.30am said that a traffic accident had occurred at the Causeway. PHOTO: LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY

One person died and four were injured in a traffic accident at the Causeway on Saturday.


Malaysia and Indonesia pledge to build on strong bilateral ties

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Indonesian President Joko Widodo greeting children with flags at Istana Bogor in West Java yesterday. Tun Dr Mahathir, who was on his second trip abroad since the May 9 polls, called Indonesia Malaysia's closest neighbour. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to build on already strong bilateral ties, pledging on Friday to resolve outstanding border issues, enhance protection and welfare for migrant workers and, possibly, revive an old Asean car project.


Global rankings barely capture the work of universities: International expert panel

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said each of Singapore's six autonomous universities has its own focus, as well as social and economic mission. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Current university rankings are too crude as they measure institutions against the same one-size-fits-all criteria, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.


17 schools see more than half of places filled after first phase of P1 registration for siblings

Mrs Lee Ah Nee with her husband Bryan Lee Ooi Chiang and their children Cherise (left) and Kayson (right), who are already in Chong Fu Primary School, and Celeste, who is set to register for Primary 1. ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

Seventeen primary schools have had more than half of their Primary 1 places filled with siblings of current pupils after the first phase of registration.


Anywheel, MoBike, ofo and SG Bike apply for bike-share operating licences

MoBike and ofo, which are from China, and Singapore-founded Anywheel confirmed on June 29, 2018, that they had submitted their applications to the LTA. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Four bike-share companies - Anywheel, MoBike, ofo, and SG Bike - have submitted their applications to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for a licence to operate dockless bicycle rental services in Singapore.


David Lee in Russia for the World Cup: Battling Asian teams show they are not just there to make up the numbers

Japan players celebrating their qualification for the round of 16 despite losing 1-0 to Poland in their Fifa World Cup Group H match at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 28, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

Fearlessness, coaches' tactics and players plying their trade abroad have lifted standards.


PM Lee to be guest of honour at French National Day, in first such distinction for a Singapore leader

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will take part in the French National Day parade as guest of honour on July 14, 2018. This is the first time a Singapore Prime Minister will be guest of honour at the annual parade. PHOTO: MCI

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will visit Paris next month and take part in the French National Day parade as guest of honour - the first such distinction granted to a Singapore leader.


Running coach Lexxus Tan arrested amid police probe

Mr Lexxus Tan had posted an apology on his Facebook page on June 6 over his "serious financial distress".

At least two police reports made against the 46-year-old over monetary issues.


VIDEO: Maryland shooting shakes local newspapers that cultivate community ties

Police respond to a shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

About two hours after the shooting in a Maryland newspaper office that killed five people on Thursday, a small newsroom in Ogden, Utah received a telephone call from a man asking about the ideological bent of the newspaper.


Japan tucks into food truck boom

Workers from nearby offices in a Tokyo office hub queueing up for sandwiches at a mobile cafe. Food trucks offering hot meals have become a common sight at carparks or open spaces around office buildings in the city. PHOTO: TOR CHING LI

Finding a tasty, quick and cheap lunch that isn't from a beef bowl or soba chain in Tokyo's central business district can be a challenge. And while the packed lunches at convenience stores are getting tastier, they're often cold and limited in variety.