What's News: March 9, 2016


Stricter rules to track planes

The International Civil Aviation Organisation has announced new rules to ensure that civilian aircraft in distress can be tracked almost in real time, among other things. To be put in place from now to 2021, the new regulations come two years after a Malaysia Airlines plane went missing.


China's S. China Sea proposal

China is willing to set up a cooperation mechanism for coastal states in the South China Sea, as part of efforts to improve maritime collaboration with South-east Asia, said its Foreign Minister, Mr Wang Yi, yesterday.

While he gave no details, analysts told The Straits Times this is the first time a Chinese official has mooted such a mechanism.



NLD keeps mum on candidates

Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's  iron grip on her National League for Democracy (NLD) is evident ahead of the nomination of its candidates for president and vice-presidents tomorrow, but the selections remain a mystery. The NLD is playing its cards so close to its chest that it is fuelling "unhelpful speculation", said an analyst.


Man vs machine? Let's Go!

Mr Lee Se Dol, 32, is the world's top player of the ancient Chinese board game, Go.

This afternoon, the South Korean will pit his mind against a Google-developed program in a Go match that could mark a significant milestone in the man-versus-machine debate.


Developers venture overseas

Property developers are looking overseas for growth as local demand slows. They will need to be nimble to accommodate unique preferences and risks in these new markets, writes business editor Lee Su Shyan.

The thousands of CCTV cameras have helped to deter potential offenders and discourage anti- social behaviour. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN


CCTV cameras deterring law-breakers

Loan-shark harassment involving property damage is down to about a quarter of what it was in HDB blocks that are installed with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras. Reckless driving and other anti-social behaviour are also decreasing, as thousands of CCTV cameras act as eyes in the sky to deter law-breakers.


NTU ties up with Northwestern

Nanyang Technological University has added one more partner university for its elite Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP).

Northwestern University in Chicago joins the University of California, Berkeley, and Imperial College London in offering REP students semesters abroad.


SMEs' Budget wish list

Small and medium-sized enterprises face increasing pressures from high rents and manpower costs amid a slowing economy. They hope the Government will help them in the short term through the March 24 Budget, their leaders say.

Tan Howe Liang (left) with Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


Honoured for Olympic work

Singapore's first Olympic medallist, Tan Howe Liang, 83, was one of three people honoured by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for contributions to the Olympic movement last night. The other two were Singapore National Olympic Council vice-president Tan Eng Liang and secretary-general Chris Chan. They were the first Singaporeans to receive an IOC Diploma of Merit.


Art of Charlie Chan draws sales

An exhibition of original artwork for Sonny Liew's best-selling graphic novel The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, first published by Epigram Books last year, has seen brisk sales since it opened last Friday at Mulan Gallery. Out of 90 works on display, 39 drawings in pencil and ink on paper are available for sale, priced between $250 and $1,400.

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