What's News: March 31, 2017

Construction on Fiery Cross, one of the seven islands built by China in the South China Sea.
Construction on Fiery Cross, one of the seven islands built by China in the South China Sea.PHOTO: REUTERS
Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan (above), the elusive Nobel laureate, will finally accept his literature prize at a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend.
Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan (above), the elusive Nobel laureate, will finally accept his literature prize at a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Makeover for checkpoint

The land which Woodlands Point and a former cinema sit on have been acquired by the State for the extension of Woodlands Checkpoint. The WCP and Tuas Checkpoint are among the world's busiest land crossings, clearing up to 400,000 travellers daily.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Jets collide on Changi tarmac

A Scoot B-787, taxiing to prepare for departure to China, and a Dubai-bound Emirates A-380, being pushed out of a Terminal 1 gate by a tow tug, were involved in a minor collision at Changi Airport at 1.40am yesterday. Nobody was injured, but 600 passengers had their journeys delayed.


WORLD

Manila to raise S. China Sea issue

Manila says it will press Beijing over what it intends to do with the seven islands built by the Chinese in the South China Sea when the two sides meet for talks in May.

It is referring to a United States think-tank's report that China appears to have largely completed major construction of military infrastructure on the controversial islands.


WORLD

Xi to meet Trump next month

China has confirmed that President Xi Jinping will meet his American counterpart Donald Trump on April 6-7, at a time of uncertainty for ties between the two countries. The announcement came as US media said Mr Trump was likely to reject China's bid for market economy status as early as this week, meaning Chinese goods would be eligible for higher US tariffs.


OPINION

Suu Kyi's many dilemmas

One year on, it looks like Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD party made a mistake in going for political settlement before settling the economy, says Ravi Velloor.


HOME

Clean start for youth offenders

Singapore Boys' Home residents who want to remove their tattoos now have access to a laser tattoo removal machine which cost $123,500. They were previously treated at public clinics with a 90 per cent government subsidy for the average $3,000 treatment fee.


HOME

Reports of fibre network scam

Allegations have emerged that individual contractors of sole network builder Netlink Trust have been asking for cash payment to install fibre points or activate fibre links. They allegedly targeted condominium residents, claiming this will expedite installation.


BUSINESS

SGX moves against Fibretech

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has filed complaints with the authorities here and in China against China Fibretech chairman and chief executive Wu Xinhua for alleged offences under the Chinese Penal Code. The complaint was filed through lawyers appointed in both Singapore and China who have been advising SGX on the matter since 2016, it said.


SPORTS

Venus rolls back the years

Venus Williams turned back the years with a 7-5, 6-3 victory against Angelique Kerber in the quarter- finals of the Miami Open, becoming, at 36, the oldest player to beat a reigning world No. 1. Her next opponent will be Britain's top-ranked player Johanna Konta, who came back from the loss of her first set to win 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 against Romania's Simona Halep.


LIFE

Bob Dylan to get his Nobel

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, the elusive Nobel laureate, will finally accept his literature prize at a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend. He will be there for two concerts, and academy members will "show up at one of the performances" and "hand over" the diploma and medal.


Straits Times Digital

VIDEO

Taxi talk

Taxi booking service JustGrab was rolled out on Wednesday with dynamic pricing. ST spoke to commuters about the new option.

str.sg/justgrab

VIDEO

Shell-shocked Scarlett

Your question is giving me a lot of anxiety, Ghost In The Shell star Scarlett Johansson says to ST correspondent John Lui.

Watch the interview at str.sg/scarghost

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe