What's News: Feb 23, 2016

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra has big plans lined up to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.
The Singapore Chinese Orchestra has big plans lined up to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA


4 'on way to join ISIS' deported

Singapore has deported four Indonesians, including a 15-year-old boy, believed to be en route to the Middle East to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group. They were arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint as they attempted to enter Singapore from Johor. 


Big arms importers in Asia

Six out of the 10 biggest importers of defence equipment in the past five years have been in the Asia-Pacific, an arms sales report says, as neighbours allege that China is becoming more assertive in its territorial claims. India tops the list, accounting for 14 per cent of globally traded arms. 



London Mayor backs Brexit

British Prime Minister David Cameron has suffered a major personal blow after London Mayor Boris Johnson (above) threw his weight behind Britain's exit from the European Union at a referendum scheduled for June. Mr Johnson told voters the EU remains "an ideal that we do not share". 


Russia condemns Syria blasts

Russia yesterday condemned a series of bombings claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria that killed over 150 people in Syria. Moscow said the attacks sought to prevent a long-term political settlement to the Syrian crisis. 


Kim begins new 'game'

North Korea's nuclear test and missile launch have provoked its neighbours and the US, but it was also aimed at getting China to acknowledge it as a country of significance and Kim Jong Un as a strong leader, writes Narushige Michishita. At home, Mr Kim wants to showcase his strength. 


Son remembers 'tireless mum'

A woman who died last Saturday in a road accident while collecting cardboard boxes with her husband was a pillar of strength, her son said yesterday. Madam Tan Powi Kim, 62, had tirelessly taken care of her grandson who suffers from a rare autoimmune condition, he said. 


More support for NSmen

More organisations have adopted policies that are supportive of employees with national service commitments. For example, some give incentives to workers who do well in the Individual Physical Proficiency Test, while others give them time off to prepare for it. 


DBS' profit up 20% to $1b

DBS Group Holdings put in a strong performance in the three months to Dec 31, with profit rising 20 per cent to $1 billion. Business performance improved across the board, while credit quality risks from DBS' exposure to struggling sectors remained manageable.

But even though it performed above expectations, its shares fell six cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $13.62 following the announcement. 



Defence key for Gunners

Arsene Wenger (above) is sure to demand more bite from Arsenal against old foes Barcelona in their Champions League clash after a 0-0 FA Cup draw with Hull. But he knows keeping things tight at the back is a must against the Spanish giants, whose MSN attacking trio have scored 91 goals this season. 


$49k for Lennon's lock of hair

A British collector paid US$35,000 (S$49,200) at an auction for a 2.54cm lock of John Lennon's hair, snipped in 1966 before the late Beatles star began filming How I Won The War, a dark comedy about the misadventures of a British soldier during World War II. It is said to be the largest lock of Lennon's hair to be auctioned. 


Joshua Bell to play with Singapore Chinese Orchestra

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra has big plans lined up to mark its 20th anniversary this year, from a Korean drama soundtrack showcase to performances with blockbuster classical music stars such as American violinist Joshua Bell. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: February 23, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe