What's News: Feb 24, 2018


Integrated depot's big saving

A $2 billion saving of taxpayer money will be achieved with the East Coast Integrated Depot. Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a Facebook post that the cost of the construction is 40 per cent less than what it would have cost to build four depots separately.


SBS wins $472m bus tender

SBS Transit, Singapore's largest bus operator, has won the tender to run 18 services in the Bukit Merah area, with three being cross-border routes into Johor Baru. Its $472 million bid was the third highest of six. The LTA said the five-year operating contract will commence in the fourth quarter of this year.

Marawi's Grand Mosque was used as a hideout by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants during the five-month siege last year.
Marawi's Grand Mosque was used as a hideout by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants during the five-month siege last year. PHOTO: REUTERS


Bid to set up new caliphate

Militants are trying anew to set up a South-east Asian caliphate in southern Philippines, the country's military has warned. Some 200 fighters have fought several skirmishes with security forces this year after government forces retook the southern city of Marawi last October, said a senior commander of a military task force that has been protecting Marawi. 


S'pore investment 'preferred'

Johor residents prefer investments from Singapore over those from China as many do not see themselves benefiting from China's growing economic presence in the state, according to a Malaysian news report. Average Johoreans believe that Chinese projects do not provide enough local job opportunities, the report said. 


Consumed by a fear of eating

More research is needed to understand the development and maintenance of anorexia nervosa so that better treatments can be developed, says Professor Chong Siow Ann. 


Bail for ex-CHC head's brother

Chew Eng Soon, 61, was released on bail yesterday after he was arrested for abetting his brother, former City Harvest Church leader Chew Eng Han, in leaving Singapore. The latter has been charged with leaving the country unlawfully after his alleged escape attempt on Wednesday. 


Promotion for labour MPs

Two labour MPs - Mr Melvin Yong, 46, and Mr Desmond Choo, 40 - will be promoted on April 1 to become assistant secretaries-general and help implement the decisions of the National Trades Union Congress central committee. 


New projects' prices may rise

The recent increase in the top marginal rate of the buyer's stamp duty could send prices up at new projects. But while the stamp-duty hike may "add some friction to transaction volumes", it is unlikely to derail the recovery, president of the Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore Augustine Tan said yesterday. 


No grant for sports groups yet

A year after the initial announcement of the One Team Singapore Fund matching grant, some national sports associations have yet to receive money due to them. This is despite having submitted documents as required by Sport Singapore. The confusion stemmed from a lack of clarity on processes governing the claims, as well as the timeline involved. 



Fields of gold at MBS

A wheat field has sprouted in Marina Bay Sands, the work of French street artist Gad Weil. The 250 sq m artwork, of wheat stalks painted gold and bronze, was created in partnership with French fashion label Chanel. It is launching here in tandem with the Singapore debut of the luxury brand's high jewellery collection, Les Bles de Chanel. 


Budget and you

Here are nine things from this year's Budget announcement that will affect ordinary Singaporeans. str.sg/oiKF


Dress controversy

A photo of actress Jennifer Lawrence in a dress with a plunging neckline has sparked controversy. Here are some other famous revealing outfits. str.sg/o5wz

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe