What's News: July 23, 2015

MAS has pledged tough action if banks here linked to 1MDB seriously breached its rules.
MAS has pledged tough action if banks here linked to 1MDB seriously breached its rules.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


MAS warning on 1MDB links

Singapore's financial regulator has pledged tough action if banks here linked to Malaysia's scandal-hit state investment firm 1MDB seriously breached its rules. The Singapore police confirmed yesterday they had issued orders to freeze two bank accounts as part of an investigation.


National cyclist under probe

Vincent Ang, who won a bronze medal in cycling at last month's SEA Games, is being investigated by police for assault. The 38-year-old allegedly slapped and hit a fellow national cyclist during a training ride and at a food centre on Sunday.


Top varsities, but not top pay

Earning a degree from one of Australia's elite "sandstone universities" has long been believed to be the pathway to a higher salary.  But a study found that graduates of newer technology-oriented and research universities earn significantly more than alumni from the Group of Eight top universities.

In a note released by his party yesterday, Anwar Ibrahim said the two NGOs will help broaden the opposition’s reform agenda. PHOTO: SIN CHEW DAILY


Islamic NGOs part of Anwar's new opposition alliance

Jailed Malaysian opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim has included non-governmental organisations the Islamic Youth Movement of Malaysia and Ikram Malaysia Organisation as working partners in a reincarnation of the Pakatan Rakyat alliance which broke up last month.


Help workers eat better

The food construction workers eat at lunchtime is often prepared in the wee hours of the morning and left in the sun for hours. More must be done to enhance workers' well- being, says Joanna Seow.


Travel fair with carnival feel

A carnival atmosphere with an international food street to give visitors a taste of the destinations they can visit is what the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore is hoping will give its travel fair an edge over its rival's.

The association's new executive director revealed plans for the event yesterday.


Baby delivered in car

A couple went to the doctor yesterday - and ended up helping to deliver a baby, after spotting a pregnant woman in distress in the car park. Mr Syed Zukarnain drove as his wife helped the woman give birth on the back seat.


Carrots for fixed deposits

The upcoming Singapore Savings Bonds and stricter rules on the amount of capital banks must hold are likely behind the lenders' promotional blitz for fixed deposit. They may also be short of funds available for lending so dangling attractive interest rates may draw more cash in, say analysts.


Judging sporting success

Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who was re-elected for a second one-year term as president of the Singapore National Olympic Council yesterday, called for a more calibrated approach towards judging the success of different sports and the progress made by Singapore's athletes on the international stage.


Awards racially biased: Minaj

Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj, 32, criticised MTV Video Music Awards' choices and hinted that she was ignored for Video of the Year as she is a good-sized African-American woman. She noted that her video for Anaconda broke what was then a record for first-day views.


Toy store Hamleys opens here

Famous British toy company Hamleys opens its first store here at 6pm today at Plaza Singapura. It also plans to open a second outlet at Marina Bay Sands before Christmas this year, and a third store in the near future. Hamleys is billed as the oldest toy store in the world.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: July 23, 2015'. Subscribe