What's News: April 8, 2016


More soldiers on patrol

Expect to see more armed soldiers patrolling public areas in Singapore, as the Government gears up to deter potential terrorist attacks. More soldiers will be trained to carry out patrols in crowded areas, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday during his ministry's Budget debate.


TRS co-founder changes tune

The co-founder of socio-political website, The Real Singapore (TRS), admitted yesterday that he had lied about a Facebook page that was the predecessor to the website. Yang Kaiheng, who is on trial for sedition, had insisted on Wednesday that he and his wife Ai Takagi had started the page together but changed his tune yesterday.



Leaks scandal widens in China

More Chinese officials have been ensnared in the Panama Papers scandal, as more information was disclosed from the leaked documents. Analysts say the scandal could hurt the leadership's authority and shake the credibility of President Xi Jinping's (above) anti-graft drive.


Boosting S'pore-India tie-ups

Singapore has confidence in India's growth and wants to increase collaboration with the South Asian country in several areas such as urban infrastructure, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said yesterday during a visit to India.


Dollars don't always make sense

In US politics, money talks, and big money talks louder. Or, at least, that was the conventional wisdom before the 2016 presidential cycle and the surprisingly frugal campaigns of candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, says US bureau chief Jeremy Au Yong. A26

A group of scientists from the Genome Institute of Singapore is aiming to find genetic variations unique to Singaporeans. BERITA HARIAN FILE PHOTO


Mission to map S'porean genome

A group of scientists is mapping the Singaporean genome. Their aim is to find unique genetic variations that will pave the way for medical treatments tailored to the genetic code. The team from the Genome Institute of Singapore will look at Singaporean Chinese, Malay and Indian genes.


Charged with nurse's murder

A 47-year-old man was yesterday charged in court with murdering a 28-year-old nurse. Boh Soon Ho allegedly killed Ms Zhang Huaxiang at a Circuit Road flat last month, before fleeing across the Causeway. No plea was entered.


OCBC acquires Barclays unit

OCBC Bank's private banking unit will acquire the wealth and investment management business that Britain's Barclays Bank has in Singapore and Hong Kong.

The deal will add more than 1,800 clients to Bank of Singapore in two of OCBC's core markets - Singapore and Greater China.


City in the driver's seat

Away goals by Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho gave Manchester City a clear advantage after their Champions League quarter-finals 2-2 first-leg draw at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

While Sergio Aguero insists City cannot take anything for granted in next Tuesday's second leg, PSG's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who netted a goal, could only rue his missed penalty and another fluffed chance.



Jazz prodigy to play here

Pianist Joey Alexander, the 12-year-old Grammy nominee who has been called a genius by acclaimed US jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, is set to perform at the Esplanade Recital Studio on May 24. Tickets at $168 each go on sale via Sistic next Thursday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: April 8, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe