What's News: June 28, 2017


New cashless payment option

Singapore made another step towards becoming a cashless society with a new fund transfer option that requires just a mobile phone number or NRIC number. The PayNow system, which will start on July 10, will be offered by seven banks.


Getting hitched will be costlier

Marriage registration fees will go up from Saturday. Couples where at least one party is a Singapore citizen or a permanent resident will have to pay $42, up from the $26 they pay now. Foreigners will pay a flat $380 from July 1.

A Registry of Marriages spokesman said the increase was to keep up with rising operational costs.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania bidding farewell to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Monday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Trump and Modi get on well

United States-India relations seem set to deepen under Mr Donald Trump's administration, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appearing to hit it off with the American President in their first meeting at the White House.


UK minister defends DUP deal

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has rejected the idea that the £1 billion (S$1.77 billion) of extra spending allocated for Northern Ireland is a "bung" to the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up the government, arguing that it is necessary investment for a more deprived part of the United Kingdom.


Hints of property recovery

Rising sales volumes, bullish developer bids for land and price dips that appear to have tapered off hint at a property market recovery as early as next year, says Wong Siew Ying.


Bed-sharing with baby debated

A debate over whether parents should share beds with infants has been ignited online, following the death of a 36-day-old baby last week. Her parents discovered she was not breathing the next morning. She was taken to hospital, but pronounced dead soon after.


More strangers than neighbours

The "kampung spirit" here seems to need revitalising, based on findings released yesterday in the latest Graciousness Survey. The survey shows that people have been mixing less with their neighbours, with more indicating a need to maintain their privacy.


More applying for home loans

More people applied for housing loans in the first three months of this year compared with the last three months of last year, according to a new Credit Bureau Singapore report.

It found that mortgage loan applications rose by 20 per cent in the three months to March 31 from the fourth quarter of last year.


SEA Games appeal results

The Singapore National Olympic Council yesterday released the list of successful appeal nominations put forward by the National Sports Associations for the Aug 19-30 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. A total of 37 athletes representing 10 sports were successful, including the men's and women's 4x100m sprint teams.


Depp may face Aussie charges

Johnny Depp could face perjury charges in Australia for an incident in 2015. The actor and his then wife Amber Heard fell foul of Australia's quarantine laws when they failed to declare her canines on arrival. It is alleged that he was aware that he was breaching the laws.


Chelsea kway teow

Guess which Chelsea player cooks the meanest char kway teow, Singapore- style? Check out http://str.sg/4EbH


Flush it down

Toilet paper will clog Taiwan's ageing drainage system - says who? Find out how the authorities are dispelling the myth at http://str.sg/4ERn

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe