What's News: April 20, 2016


Proposals to curb rail glitches

A panel of 13 electrical experts has made no fewer than 40 recommendations on how Singapore can boost the resilience of its rail system. These include having more frequent inspections, new monitoring technologies and tighter controls at the design and building stages.


Jakarta seized three boats: KL

Malaysia has confirmed that three of its fishing boats were detained by the Indonesian authorities for alleged illegal fishing last month, adding that the move was not consistent with the understanding reached between both countries in handling fisheries-related incidents. It also said the seizure may have happened in Malaysian waters.



Here comes little deliver-e

Little robots  will begin making deliveries from London businesses to customers later this year. With a target delivery cost of £1 (S$1.92) to £3 per delivery, the robots will allow these businesses, which have often been shut out of e-commerce by high delivery costs, to begin selling online.


Thai Constitution in spotlight

Thailand's junta has begun to draw red lines around public opinion ahead of an August referendum on a proposed new Constitution that seems designed to weaken future elected governments. On Monday, a senior Puea Thai party member was arrested in what one eyewitness called a "show of force".


Banking on private wealth

The Europeans are selling and Asian banks are snapping up their wealth management assets as the region's wealth pie grows. Rachael Boon examines what Singapore and its banks need to do to stay in the race.


Young hawkers set up shop

As concerns grow about a lack of new blood to take over from ageing hawkers here, a two-month scheme to groom young hawkers has trained 18 people. Its trainees have gone on to run their own stalls at the Ci Yuan hawker centre in Hougang.


New Ethnobotany Garden

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is developing a new section to showcase how plants were used by indigenous societies in South-east Asia and also to display these plants. The new feature, called the Ethnobotany Garden, is slated to open near the end of next year.


Price gap for homes widens

The landscape of Singapore's property market is changing, with price cuts at new suburban projects, while new sale prices for more central homes have been more stable. This has led to a growing price gap between downtown projects and those in other areas.

Spurs' Harry Kane celebrating a goal against Stoke City. PHOTO: REUTERS


'Perfect' message from Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side delivered the "perfect" message to English Premier League leaders Leicester City after a 4-0 win at Stoke City saw them close the gap at the top of the table to five points. The Foxes had drawn 2-2 against West Ham on Sunday. Pochettino stressed the need to keep believing the title is still possible.

Mr Lee Kip Lee's family donated Peranakan items to the Fukuoka Art Museum to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties between Japan and Singapore. PHOTO: PETER LEE


Peranakan items given to Japanese museum

More than 50 items of garments and textiles from the collection of prominent Singapore Peranakan Lee Kip Lee, father of singer-songwriter Dick Lee, have found a new home in Fukuoka, Japan. The family donated the items to the Fukuoka Art Museum.


Captain America fans see red

Fans have called the organisers of this week's Captain America: Civil War events exploitative, for charging them high fees for better access to the stars of the Marvel Comics blockbuster. Events company Reed Exhibitions sold package deals at $688 and $1,288 for tomorrow's event at Marina Bay Sands.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: April 20, 2016'. Subscribe