What's News: January 22, 2016


Bus lane on new expressway

A new expressway linking Woodlands to the city will be the first to have a dedicated bus lane in both directions.

The 21.5km, partly-underground North-South Corridor, to be completed around 2021, will also have a cycling path and pedestrian walkway along the entire route.


Murder inquiry names Putin

A British inquiry into the murder of former spy Alexander Litvinenko has found that Russian President Vladimir Putin "probably approved" the killing.

The Kremlin critic died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with a radioactive isotope.

Kedah Umno leaders said they had lost confidence in the leadership of Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK


Muhyiddin backs Mukhriz

Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin has warned that the party will be weakened if its leadership entertains demands by state party leaders to remove Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir. Datuk Seri Mukhriz has shown no sign of stepping down, but the state assembly could remove him.


Jakarta's tough stance on ISIS

Indonesians who join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group will be stripped of their citizenship and barred from returning to their homeland, the country's security czar Luhut Pandjaitan has warned.


Serious North Korean threat

North Korea's nuclear testing is serious business and comes at a time when questions are being asked about its young leader's hold on power, writes Straits Times associate editor (global affairs)Ravi Velloor. While Chinavacillates in its response, South Korea and Japan get closer.


Ex-principal gets 4 weeks' jail

A former principal of River Valley High School who lied that he was not having an affair with a vendor, to whom he awarded millions in school contracts, was sentenced to four weeks' jail. Koh Yong Chiah, 61, is out on bail.


Keppel Corp's Q4 profits down

Keppel Corporation has made a $230 million provision on its projects with troubled Brazilian firm Sete Brasil.

It also reported another drop in net profits in the fourth quarter to $405 million, although it added that it remains optimistic it can weather the storm ahead.

Sheyi Ojo, 18, celebrating the goal against Exeter that made him Liverpool's youngest FA Cup goal-scorer at Anfield on Wednesday night. PHOTO: REUTERS


Teen Red makes his mark

Nothing is impossible for Sheyi Ojo, as his Twitter page proudly proclaims. On Wednesday night, the 18-year-old became Liverpool's youngest FA Cup goal-scorer with a curling shot in front of the Kop on his Anfield debut, to help the Reds beat fourth-tier Exeter 3-0 in a third-round replay.

The cineplex at the new Waterway Point mall has 11 screens, a digital Imax theatre and a total of 1,450 seats. ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN


Shaw opens Punggol cineplex

The suburban cineplex with the most screens - 11 - opened in Punggol yesterday at the five-day-old Waterway Point mall. Owned and operated by Shaw Theatres, it includes a digital Imax theatre and has a total of 1,450 seats.

It is also the first cineplex in Singapore to be located below ground level.

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