What's News: June 16, 2017


Bonus for civil servants

Next month, all 84,000 civil servants will get a bonus of half a month's pay. About 1,485 lower-wage workers will also receive a built-in pay increase of $15 to $20 a month, on top of their annual pay increments, the Public Service Division said yesterday.


Cheaper infant formula

It took only a month for FairPrice to bring in a new, affordable infant formula range from Australia, thanks to streamlined requirements which have reduced costs and shortened the process. The milk is priced at between $27.50 and $35 for a 900g tin. Before its arrival, the average price of a 900g tin was $56.06.



Maute brother arrested

Philippine security forces yesterday arrested one of seven brothers behind an ultra-radical Muslim group that has held parts of the southern city of Marawi for more than three weeks. Mohammad Noaim Maute (above) was described as a senior member of the Maute group and a trained bomb-maker.


Tower fire: Focus on cladding

Questions are growing over whether a refurbishment contributed to the London tower fire this week that has left 17 people dead so far. The focus of criticism centres on the cladding fitted to the external walls that is similar to that used on high-rise buildings in other countries which also suffered fires that spread.


Why Modi may be the problem

The social fabric is threatened, the economy is dragging and foreign ties are brittle. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personality is causing problems for his country, says Ravi Velloor.


Growing S'pore's oral history

The National Archives of Singapore's Oral History Centre will form oral history committees for Malays, Chinese, Indians and Eurasiansto develop Singapore's oral history collection. It has been collecting interviews since 1979.


Wild boars at bus terminal

More than 15 wild boars were caught on video loitering around Tuas Bus Terminal. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said this suggested the animals are used to being fed by people. AVA has advised people against doing so and signs have been put up at the terminal, repeating the message.


Fewer new homes sold in May

Developers sold fewer new private non-landed homes last month. The number of homes sold came in at 1,024, a fall of 34 per cent from the 1,558 sold in April. The drop was partly due to the absence of any major property launch, but showed that buyers were also picking up units at older projects.


Holm calm ahead of UFC bout

Holly Holm said she feels no pressure to win her next bout against Bethe Correia in the main event of Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night Singapore tomorrow. Holm ended Ronda Rousey's unbeaten run in 2015 to win the bantamweight belt, but will enter the Octagon at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on a three-match losing streak.



NY steak eatery coming here

New York City chain Wolfgang's Steakhouse will open its first restaurant here by early October. It was founded by Mr Wolfgang Zwiener (above), 78, and anchoring the menu at the restaurant here are the chain's signature USDA Prime Black Angus steaks, which will be flown in chilled from the United States every week.


Ahoy pirates!

Why all the buzz over Skull & Bones, the new made-in-Singapore pirate sea battle online game? str.sg/skullbones


Shop smart

ST Life's Alyssa Woo shows you how to get the best out of the Great Singapore Sale. str.sg/GSStips

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