What's News: Feb 21, 2017

A Buddhist monk speaking yesterday while surrounded by policemen at Dhammakaya temple.
A Buddhist monk speaking yesterday while surrounded by policemen at Dhammakaya temple.PHOTO: REUTERS
The Magic Lantern by Paper Monkey Theatre
The Magic Lantern by Paper Monkey TheatrePHOTO: PAPER MONKEY THEATRE


Budget with an eye on future

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivered a Budget yesterday that addresses Singaporeans' concerns while laying the groundwork for future growth. Underpinning it all is a message Singaporeans should find familiar - the Republic has to adapt and thrive as the world undergoes deep shifts.


KL summons N. Korean envoy

Malaysia yesterday objected to North Korea's demand for a joint investigation into the murder of Mr Kim Jong Nam and summoned North Korea's ambassador in Kuala Lumpur over remarks he made questioning the credibility of the murder investigation, as tensions rose between the two countries.


Tension rises at Thai temple

Police and devotees at Thailand's mega Dhammakaya temple tussled yesterday after followers defied a police order for those with no residence in the compound to leave.

The scuffles came as police were seeking to arrest the temple's fugitive honorary abbot Dhammachayo, who is believed to be holed up in the temple, over fraud allegations.


Mid-East, Asia spur arms sales

The worldwide arms trade over the past five years - from 2012 to 2016 - has climbed to its highest level since the Cold War, with the Middle East and Asia accounting for much of the demand, according to a report published yesterday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.


Singapore's economic pivot

Singapore needs a much stronger focus on local firms to drive sustained productivity growth, writes David Skilling. The aggression and creativity used over decades to draw MNCs must now be applied to grow the domestic sector. 


Divorce cases dealt with faster

Divorce cases are being handled more quickly, with 74 per cent settled within the same year last year, compared with fewer than half in 2012.

This minimises the animosity between couples and the impact on children.


Progress in HFMD vaccine

Scientists here have cleared an important first step towards developing a vaccine against hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), with a study that found the most comprehensive data on how a particular HFMD virus infects human cells. 


Wilmar Q4 net profit up 69.9%

Higher commodity prices and good sales allowed agribusiness group Wilmar International to end the year on a high.

Fourth-quarter net profit soared 69.9 per cent to US$560.8 million (S$795 million), while revenue rose 26.7 per cent to US$11.95 billion in the three months to Dec 31.


No training at match venue

An S-League encounter will be held under the floodlights of the National Stadium for the first time on Sunday, but the teams involved - quadruple champions Albirex Niigata and league runner-up Tampines Rovers - are not being allowed to train under the iconic dome. The two sides had asked if they could do so to familiarise themselves with the pitch. 


Kids' theatre no child's play

The five productions vying to be Best Production for the Young at the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2017 on April 10, such as The Magic Lantern by Paper Monkey Theatre, use puppetry, technology and innovative staging and costumes to spark the imagination of the audience. 

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End of the road

Mr Kiew Chee Chan, 83, who has been selling his goods for decades in Sungei Road, ponders the end of the Thieves' Market.



The good doctor

Dr Joshua Lam spends two nights a month volunteering his medical services to migrant workers at a clinic.


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