Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, March 31

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Saturday, March 31.

Grab-Uber deal faces interim action to ensure competition

The commission said that Grab and Uber can make written representations, and it will consider them before making a decision on whether to issue the directives. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Singapore's competition watchdog says it has grounds to suspect that Grab and Uber have infringed the Competition Act, and has proposed interim measures to preserve competition while it investigates their merger.


UN blacklists dozens of ships, businesses over North Korea smuggling: Diplomat

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) during a dinner banquet in Beijing. PHOTO: AFP

The UN Security Council has blacklisted 27 ships, 21 companies and a businessman for helping North Korea circumvent sanctions, keeping the pressure on Pyongyang despite its recent diplomatic opening to talks, a diplomat said.


Video: Farrer Park to make way for redevelopment

The yellow building houses the boxing gym, while the open fields are a popular spot for people to play sports such as football and ultimate frisbee. The Farrer Park fields were a hallowed ground for sports from the 1930s through to the 1980s. ST PHOTOS: JONATHAN CHOO

By the end of next month, the Singapore Amateur Boxing Association (Saba) will vacate the gym at Farrer Park, its home for 50 years, to move into a space at the Bedok Sports Hall.


Singapore set for jump in China, India visitors

About seven in 10 travellers from India and China are holidaymakers who are typically attracted to the sights and sounds of Singapore, according to STB. PHOTO: ST FILE

About one in five travellers at Changi Airport today is either from China or India, and this proportion is set to increase significantly in the coming years.


Modern home upsets neighbours of Tudor-style look of Toh Tuck estate

Dr Michael Teo's flat-roofed corner terrace house in Greenridge Crescent stands out among the more than 70 Tudor-style homes that were built in the 1980s. ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

When Dr Michael Teo's modern terrace house was built last year, it caused a ruckus, with neighbours complaining that it did not blend in with all the other houses in the private estate near Toh Tuck Road.


Heavy traffic stretches overnight at land checkpoints due to Good Friday weekend

Several photos posted on Facebook show a long, snaking queue of vehicles towards the Woodlands checkpoint. PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/SUREENDRAN VIGNESWARAN

Land checkpoints saw heavy traffic for more than 16 hours since Thursday evening, as motorists head for Malaysia over the long weekend.


Money changer employee nabbed in Malaysia after absconding with $470,000 cash

Police had received a report that the man had absconded with the cash he was supposed to have couriered to the money changer's office. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

A 43-year-old employee of a money changing company was nabbed by Malaysian police within 12 hours after he absconded with $470,000 cash.


Visitor discovers war relic in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Police had received a report that the man had absconded with the cash he was supposed to have couriered to the money changer's office. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

A war relic was discovered in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, with police cordoning off an area for about five hours.


Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

In 2014, Cathay Pacific flight attendants requested a redesign of their uniforms because they said they were too revealing and may provoke sexual harassment. PHOTO: AFP

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific will end its 70-year-old skirts-only rule for female uniformed staff after the flight attendants union won the right to wear trousers.


Video: 'I’m back': Arnold Schwarzenegger awake, in stable condition after heart surgery, spokesman says

Schwarzenegger at the 2017 GQ Men Of The Year awards in Berlin, where he was honoured as Legend of the Century. PHOTO: AFP

Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger's first words after waking from the procedure were “I’m back,” according to his spokesman.