What's News: March 29, 2016

Ge Tai - The Musical captures the backstage sniping and back-stabbing rife in this Singaporean musical tradition.
Ge Tai - The Musical captures the backstage sniping and back-stabbing rife in this Singaporean musical tradition.ST PHOTO: TAMARA CRAIU


Road maps for 20 sectors

The Government is setting up teams to develop road maps for more than 20 economic sectors as part of efforts to get Singapore's companies future-ready. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday that these Industry Transformation Maps are tailored to the needs of each industry and aim to lift productivity, invest in skills, drive innovation and promote internationalisation. 


Update of electoral registers

The Elections Department is gearing up for the Bukit Batok by-election, saying yesterday that it will update the electoral registers on April 14. But before the list is updated, the names that will be removed or transferred to another constituency will be available for inspection for two weeks, from today till April 11. 



Hunt for Taleban militants

Pakistan is hunting for Taleban militants who claimed responsibility for an Easter suicide attack in Lahore (above) targeting Christians which killed at least 70 people, with children making up nearly half of the dead. Three days of mourning have been declared in Punjab province. 


Storm wreaks havoc in Britain

Storm Katie with winds gusting to 170kmh yesterday forced the cancellation of over 130 flights in and out of Britain and left around 100,000 homes without power. The storm left a trail of disruption in its wake as it swept across southern England overnight. 


Living with bipolar disorder

What might Vincent Van Gogh and Abraham Lincoln have had in common? Bipolar disorder, a mental illness that causes both mania and depression. Professor Chong Siow Ann explores its link with giftedness and the cost it exacts here, where many do not seek treatment. 


Diabetes in pregnant women

One in five of 1,136 pregnant women here was found to have gestational diabetes mellitus in a study, more than double the 9.2 per cent in the United States. Doctors say this is cause for alarm, as a high proportion of children born to mothers with such diabetes, caused by the stress of pregnancy, go on to suffer from diabetes or obesity. 


Owner of 18 dogs found

The mystery of the 18 dogs found abandoned last week in various spots across the island has been solved. The dogs were from a pet- grooming school, whose owner had decided not to keep them and to leave them in public places.


Terminal expansion

Cosco-PSA Terminal, owned jointly by Cosco Pacific and PSA Corp, is expanding from its current two-berth terminal in anticipation of a rise in trade. The joint venture firm will invest in three container berths in Singapore capable of handling mega container ships as global shipping lines increasingly invest and deploy such vessels.


Schooling to drop one event

Singapore's star swimmer Joseph Schooling will swim in only two events at the Rio Olympics in August, to maximise his chances of a medal in his pet 100m butterfly.

The world championships 100m fly bronze medallist has qualified as well for the 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly but looks likely to give up the shorter event.



A hit at the box office

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice took in an estimated US$170.1 million (S$233 million) in North America and an additional US$254 million in simultaneous release overseas, including $4.57 million in Singapore. It was one of the largest roll-outs in Hollywood history: Warner booked it onto roughly 50,000 screens in 67 countries, including 138 in Singapore. 


Glitz and drama in getai musical

Resorts World Sentosa's new production, Ge Tai - The Musical, opening on April 20, goes into the backstage sniping and back-stabbing rife in a very Singaporean musical tradition. The resort's first Mandarin production is written for Hao Hao, a Taiwanese who became a getai star here. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: March 29, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe