What's News: March 2, 2016

Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam.
Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE


Officers 'followed procedure'

police followed procedure when they questioned teenager Benjamin Lim and there is no basis to link his death directly to how he was treated by officers, said Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam yesterday.

He said the ministry had not commented on the case out of respect for the family and the upcoming coroner's inquiry.


Mahathir 'set on Najib ouster'

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is on the warpath to purge Prime Minister Najib Razak, signalling that he is ready to work with the opposition to achieve his aim. The former PM has reportedly secured the commitment of 40 leaders.



Clearing migrant 'Jungle'

Demolition teams returned to the northern French port of Calais yesterday, supported by riot police to continue dismantling more makeshift shelters in the migrant camp known as the "Jungle". The camp has become a critical issue in relations between France and Britain, whose top leaders are set to meet tomorrow in France.


HK bookseller: I wasn't taken

Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo has denied he was taken by mainland agents when he vanished two months ago. Amid fears of growing interference from Beijing, Mr Lee - who is also a British citizen - said he would renounce his residency rights in Britain as people had "made use of it" to "complicate matters".


More transparency, please

The Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre enters its second decade this year. It should raise the cap for claims, and be more transparent about its rulings to educate consumers, says senior correspondent Lorna Tan.


Driver jailed over fatal crash

A former polytechnic student was jailed for 21/2 years and banned from driving for 15 years for causing the deaths of two passengers in their teens. Tang Zi Liang, now 22, had driven at 120kmh to 140kmh in 2014 when he lost control of his car.


Jail for series of attacks

A man, who was a teenager when he went on a series of unprovoked attacks fuelled by alcohol in 2010 and 2011, including beating a 64-year-old retiree to death, was yesterday given 16 years' jail and 12 strokes. Sumanthiran Selvarajoo, now 22, had beaten up the man who was praying at Ang Mo Kio Park.


Hope for oil price rebound

After languishing near record lows, oil prices could yet see a sustained rebound this year. And the prospect of that is making investors take notice. Prices have been inching up in the past couple of weeks, rising to a seven-week high on Monday of close to US$36 a barrel after an average of under US$32 a barrel for two months.

Singapore's Feng Tianwei and her teammates play their final group match against the Dutch at the world championships today. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO


Women's table tennis team in tough crunch match

Singapore's women paddlers face their stiffest challenge in third seed Netherlands in their final group match at the world team championships today. Both must win to enter the quarter-finals directly and Singapore coach Chen Zhibin, who formerly led the Dutch women, is upbeat.



2 more S'pore eateries shine

Two Singapore restaurants made their debut on the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list this year. European restaurant Corner House (above) at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, came in at No. 17, and modern Singapore restaurant Wild Rocket in Upper Wilkie Road was at No. 38. They are among 10 in Singapore that are featured on the list.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: March 02, 2016'. Subscribe