What's News: March 1, 2016

Japan won 3-1 but Pang Xue Jie (above), Yang Zi and Clarence Chew stretched their opponents to five games in all their matches.
Japan won 3-1 but Pang Xue Jie (above), Yang Zi and Clarence Chew stretched their opponents to five games in all their matches.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO


More studies on key MRT line

The 50km Cross Island Line, which will see at least 600,000 trips per day, is an important part of Singapore's rail network, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament yesterday. On the issue of whether the line should be built through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve or be routed around it, he said more studies and consultations needed to be done. 


Guidelines on cancer care

More than half of Singapore's cancer doctors have come up with the country's first guidelines on best practices in treating various cancers. They hope these will be an easy reference for patients, doctors and policymakers, and translate into better care for patients.



Pro-farmer Budget for India

In a marked shift by a government seen as friendly to corporate interests, India yesterday unveiled a Budget that benefits those in rural areas, including farmers. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (photo) said "vulnerable sections" of society were the government's priority ahead of coming state elections.


Singapore paddlers put up valiant fight

Despite the absence of injured world No. 21 Gao Ning, Singapore's men pushed third seeds Japan on the second day of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. Japan won 3-1, but Pang Xue Jie, Yang Zi and Clarence Chew stretched their opponents - all ranked within the world's top 30 - to five games in all their matches.


Suu Kyi as foreign minister?

While Ms Aung San Suu Kyi has been largely successful in keeping party members mum, reports have emerged that she will install herself as foreign minister in Myanmar's new government. Analysts say this is plausible, while she waits for the army to let her be president. 


Challenge for new UN chief

The race is on to find the UN's ninth secretary-general. Whoever the new leader is, one of the challenges will be managing the all-powerful Security Council, which can prove both friend and foe, says law professor Simon Chesterman in the By Invitation column. 


Leap-year babies' blues

People born on Feb 29, which happens only once every four years in a leap year, got to celebrate their birthday yesterday. In non-leap years, they often find themselves in awkward situations like being unable to register on websites or missing out on birthday promotions.


Court blocks bid to get funds

A Chinese tour guide who tried to cash in his life insurance policies to pay his legal fees has had that move quashed by the Court of Appeal.

The court said Yang Yin, who is in a legal tussle with a wealthy widow, had to prove that he could not otherwise pay the fees.


More women in boardrooms

A new report has found that across the 30 listed companies comprising the blue-chip Straits Times Index, women holding board seats made up 10.2 per cent last year, up from 7.6 per cent in 2014. It was an even brighter picture for new appointments, with women accounting for 27 per cent, said the Diversity Action Committee. 



Madonna fans cry foul

While many fans were happy that singer Madonna finally performed in Singapore, there were plenty more who felt Sunday's concert (photo) left much to be desired. Apart from complaints about the venue's bad sound quality, fans also said they could barely see their idol. The ticket prices were among the highest for a concert held here, ranging from $108 to $1,288. 

What it should have been

Last Saturday's report, "ST fund recipients win cash prizes", stated that HSBC bank contributed $100,000 to the ST School Pocket Money Fund when the sum was, in fact, donated by the bank and non-profit organisation Orchestra of the Music Makers which had each contributed $50,000.

We are sorry for the error.

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