What's News: August 2, 2017

Work being carried out for a temporary bypass road for traffic heading towards PIE (Changi Airport) from Upper Changi Road East after a section of viaduct undergoing construction collapsed the day before, on July 15, 2017.
Work being carried out for a temporary bypass road for traffic heading towards PIE (Changi Airport) from Upper Changi Road East after a section of viaduct undergoing construction collapsed the day before, on July 15, 2017. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


Probe into viaduct collapse

Investigations into the Pan-Island Expressway viaduct collapse at Changi will be completed in October, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min.

In Parliament yesterday, Dr Lam revealed that contractor Or Kim Peow had the lowest quality score of the bidders, but the highest price-quality score overall.


New EDB, JTC chiefs named

The Ministry of Trade and Industry yesterday named Mr Chng Kai Fong, 38, as the new head of the Economic Development Board with effect from Oct 1. It also announced that Mr Ng Lang, 52, current chief executive of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, will become the new chief at JTC Corporation from Sept 1.

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Xi stresses territorial integrity

Chinese President Xi Jinping has emphasised the country's peaceful intentions, but also made it clear that the emerging superpower will not brook any threat to its territorial integrity. He spoke yesterday at a ceremony to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army.


S. China Sea code of conduct

South-east Asia's foreign ministers are set to endorse the framework of a code of conduct meant to prevent conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea from erupting into violent confrontations. Finalising the code has acquired urgency amid tensions over such disputes.


Hard to gauge tech start-ups

Established local firms are buying into tech start-ups in search of new growth. But business veterans struggle to evaluate these start-ups, with SingPost's recent misstep a salutary example. Assistant business editor Yasmine Yahya discusses possible solutions.


Fatal fall: Lift had past issues

A coroner's inquiry into the death of a 77-year-old man heard how he suffered head injuries after falling backwards while reversing his mobility scooter out of a lift. He had not noticed that the lift floor was higher than the lobby floor. The lift had a recent history of problems.


Cabbies cannot do courier jobs

The authorities said yesterday that taxis and private-hire vehicles are not allowed to provide courier services for goods if there is no passenger on board. Providing such services, for instance for online sites like Amazon Prime, helps to tide drivers over off-peak hours.


Ex-HUDC estate eyes sale

Privatised HUDC estate Florence Regency in Hougang is likely to be put up for collective sale soon. Three other former Housing and Urban Development Company developments have started the collective sale process.

Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic (right) scoring against Chelsea during their ICC match here last Saturday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


ICC football: Not a bad start

While a total of 104,407 fans saw the three International Champions Cup (ICC) matches at the National Stadium last week, next year's attendance will depend on the line-up. Bayern Munich were lauded for being the team that did the most to reach out to local fans. C15


Call to not show Diana tapes

Friends of the late Princess Diana have urged a British television channel not to air footage of her pouring her heart out about her failed marriage to Prince Charles. Ahead of the 20th anniversary of her death in a Paris car crash, Channel 4 will broadcast Diana: In Her Own Words on Sunday. The tapes show Diana speaking frankly to her voice coach Peter Settelen about her loveless marriage.


Stand up for Singapore

Get up to speed on all the National Day happenings and celebrations in our special package of stories, interactive graphics and videos. str.sg/ndp-2017


Getting out of a jam

Yangon is growing fast, but its traffic is slowing down. See how Myanmar's largest city is dealing with the gridlock. str.sg/streetjam

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe