Top stories from The Straits Times on Tuesday, May 29

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Tuesday, May 29.

KL-Singapore high-speed rail: Scrapping of project could impact plans for Jurong Lake District, say observers

VIDEOThe Urban Redevelopment Authority had unveiled plans to turn the Jurong Lake District - where the terminus for the high speed rail was to have been sited - into Singapore's second Central Business District.PHOTO: URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Last year, the Urban Redevelopment Authority unveiled plans to turn the Jurong Lake District - where the terminus for the high speed rail was to have been sited - into Singapore's second Central Business District.


VIDEO: Devotees gather at monastery for peace and enlightenment to mark Vesak Day

Visitors and devotees at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery on May 28, 2018. Every year, more than 40,000 devotees come to the monastery for Vesak Day celebrations.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Just before dusk on Monday, several hundred Buddhist monks and devotees began a gruelling journey around the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.


CareShield Life will improve insurance claims system, say caregivers, doctors

Madam Sarah Liew and her 85-year-old mother, who has dementia. Madam Liew said that the family had "totally forgotten" that her mother was covered by ElderShield until they were reminded by staff at her mother's care centre.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

The new CareShield Life insurance system will aim to make the claims process easier than it is under the current ElderShield scheme when it takes effect in 2020 - a move welcomed by doctors and caregivers.


VIDEO: Living City: Old-world charm of Sembawang's kampung mosque

Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang was built in 1963 by villagers who lived by the northern coast of Singapore.ST PHOTO: BASIL EDWARD TEO

Venture beyond the housing estates and forests of Sembawang, and you will find Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang.


VIDEO: Trump-Kim Summit: Meetings between US, North Korean officials rev up

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that a team had arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the meeting between him and Mr Kim Jong Un in Singapore.PHOTO: REUTERS

Negotiations between the United States and North Korea to pave the way for the summit between their two leaders on June 12 have kicked into higher gear since last Saturday's impromptu meeting between South Korea's President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


VIDEO: Malaysia moves to repeal controversial fake news law in first parliament sitting after polls

An advertisement warning members of the public not to spread fake news is seen in Kuala Lumpur on March 31, 2018. Malaysian lawmakers approved an anti-fake news law on April 2, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The fake news law was pushed through Parliament by the then-ruling Barisan Nasional government on April 2, despite numerous protests from opposition lawmakers and civil society groups that it would be misused to muffle dissent ahead of the looming general election.


The value of unpaid housework


The value of housework, more commonly called household production by economists, ranges from 19 per cent of gross domestic product for South Korea, to a high of 53 per cent of GDP for Portugal, 2011 figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development or OECD show.


Kim Keat project the top draw in May Build-To-Order launch, which features new measures to help young couples

An artist's impression of Kim Keat Beacon in Toa Payoh. There were almost 2,400 applicants for 542 three- and four-room flats in Kim Keat Beacon as of 5pm on May 28, 2018.PHOTO: HDB

The next BTO launch, which is in August, will offer about 4,300 flats in Punggol and Yishun.


Man fractures 4 teeth after being punched by Grab driver in dispute, police investigating

The dispute was over the cancellation of the man's Grab trip.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

A Grab spokesman said that the safety of customers, including driver and passengers, is its absolute priority, and that it does not tolerate such behaviour. "The police investigation is ongoing and we will be cooperating fully," the spokesman added.


VIDEO: BTS is first K-pop group to top the Billboard 200 album charts

Boyband BTS is one of South Korea's best known and most lucrative musical exports.PHOTO: BTS/INSTAGRAM

South Korean boyband BTS were, by one count, the most talked-about phenomenon on Twitter last year, with nearly double the number of mentions of US President Donald Trump and Canadian heart-throb singer Justin Bieber combined.