What's News: May 31, 2018


Pedra Branca challenge ends

Malaysia relinquished its right to challenge the ruling that awarded sovereignty of Pedra Branca to Singapore by withdrawing its application to revise a 2008 judgment. The International Court of Justice had placed on record the discontinuance of proceedings, and directed that the cases be removed from the court's list.

A section of the viaduct that collapsed last year.
A section of the viaduct that collapsed last year. ST FILE PHOTO


Demolition of unsafe beams

All crossheads - beams on pillars supporting elevated structures - on uncompleted sections of the Upper Changi Pan-Island Expressway viaduct will be demolished. The Land Transport Authority said more of the viaduct structure, where a construction failure last year led to one death and several workers injured, may be pulled down if it is deemed unsafe.


Jakarta alters anti-terror laws

The Indonesian Parliament passed amendments to the country's anti-terror laws last Friday, more than two years after revisions designed to prevent attacks by terrorists were first proposed. The measures are crucial for a country with more than 1,400 citizens who have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or have left home to link up with the group.


India seeks online monitoring

India's government is seeking a firm to analyse social media posts to help boost nationalism and neutralise any "media blitzkrieg by India's adversaries", according to a tender by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The firm will also have to inject posts with a "positive slant for India", the tender said.


Gaps in vulnerable adults law

The Vulnerable Adults Act passed by Parliament is proactive in preparing for an ageing population. But gaps remain in its powers of protection, such as those related to financial abuse, says senior correspondent Toh Yong Chuan.


MOE eyes more flexibility

To reduce stress on students, steps are being taken by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to introduce more flexibility to the system. "We must remove that do-or-die mentality for every checkpoint, so that even if you don't do so well, it is okay," said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.


Help for seniors to go cashless

People over age 50 are getting help with cashless payments with the e-Payment Learning Journey. The three-hour programme gets seniors up to speed on how to transfer money to others using apps, pay at stores using QR codes and top up ez-link cards at MRT stations.


Italy crisis roils Asian markets

Asian bourses were buffeted yesterday by a brewing Italian political storm, as local and regional equity markets continued their downward trajectory at the opening. When the dust settled, Singapore's Straits Times Index ended the day 2.1 per cent lower. The worst performer in Asia was Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur Composite Index, which slumped 3.2 per cent.


Messi upbeat over World Cup

Lionel Messi is confident Argentina will do well at next month's World Cup in Russia, after scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 warm-up win over Haiti on Tuesday. He said: "I have no doubt that we are going to grow. We have time. The World Cup is our dream, the dream of the country. We are going to leave everything in the World Cup."

Kieran Culkin plays Roman Roy, who is vying to control his father's media empire. PHOTO: HBO


Sly digs at real-life dynasties

The satirical drama Succession takes digs at the real-life dynasties of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and United States President Donald Trump. Creator Jesse Armstrong studied many real examples of clans in which the children have jostled for the crown.


Sembawang's kampung mosque

In this episode of Living City, we visit Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang, built by villagers who lived on Singapore's northern coast. http://str.sg/ofmD


The lives they live

At 27, Madam Susan Lye led passengers out of a damaged plane to safety. Now retired, the former air stewardess has yet to lose her adventurous spirit. http://str.sg/ofhq

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