What's News: April 5, 2017

Protesters at a rally against Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama last Friday.
Protesters at a rally against Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama last Friday.PHOTO: REUTERS
Julia Louis Dreyfus
Julia Louis DreyfusPHOTO: HBO ASIA


Review of anti-drug measures

Singapore's stand on drugs remains tough as the Government reviews its strategy on how to tackle an evolving menace. New legislation and new ways to reach out to young people may be on the cards, made necessary by more addicts under 30 and more potent substances available.


Suspect born in Kyrgyzstan

The deadly blast on a St Petersburg train was probably a suicide bombing carried out by a Russian born in Kyrgyzstan, according to intelligence officials from the central Asian state. Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to their Russian counterparts to condemn the attack and offer their condolences.


Plot to take over Parliament

Five men arrested for treason ahead of protests in Jakarta last Friday had plotted to ram into the back gate of Parliament with a truck to let their supporters take over the complex, police say. The suspects had also mapped out a network of underground sewers that led into Parliament to see how best to gain entry.


Manila patrols Benham Rise

The Philippine Coast Guard has begun patrolling a vast underwater plateau east of the main island of Luzon after several Chinese survey ships were spotted there recently.

An aircraft flew over parts of the 13 million ha Benham Rise on Sunday, more than a week after the navy sent a warship to patrol the area.


SGX woos retail investors

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is proposing several changes to its stock market rules that together should help bring traders and retail investors back to the market, says Wong Wei Han.


Fundraising ideas needed

The Singapore Association of Women Lawyers (SAWL) is calling on young lawyers to inject fresh ideas to fundraising efforts, including for its SAWL Scholarship Fund. The fund has granted scholarships worth $662,200 since 1987.


National Gallery's past life

Come June, the National Gallery Singapore will be launching an exhibition detailing the history of the former Supreme Court and City Hall, where the gallery is now housed. Among the artefacts likely to be on display are those belonging to pre-colonial civilisation.


Push for women on boards

The Diversity Action Committee is tackling under-representation of women on the boards of Singapore-listed companies. It hopes to double the share of board seats for women from the current 9.9 per cent to 20 per cent by 2020, then 25 per cent by 2025 and 30 per cent by 2030.


Skating camp with top coach

World renowned figure skating coach Brian Orser will be in town to conduct a development camp for local skaters next week. The Canadian is a former world champion and two-time Olympic medallist. The Singapore Ice Skating Association is working to use camps like this to build Singapore into a regional hub for training and development.


Current affairs? No comment

The makers of HBO's acclaimed political satire Veep, which stars Julia Louis Dreyfus and returns for its sixth season on April 17, say lampooning American politics is much harder now because truth is stranger than fiction. The show will refrain from commenting on current affairs, at least for now.

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Business in the afterlife

Millennial Alex Teo has a Facebook page for his shop selling paper offerings, incense and Chinese religious goods. str.sg/funeralbiz


CPF top-ups and you

How to help your parents or spouse build their retirement savings via the Central Provident Fund Topping-Up Scheme. str.sg/cpftopup

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