Why It Matters

Every day on Page 2 of The Straits Times, reporters write about why certain news reports matter to readers.This is a weekly round-up.

A study by researchers from the National University of Singapore's department of psychology found that children of kiasu parents may become over-critical of themselves. Reporter Calvin Yang said pushy parents may be creating anxiety, depression and poor performance in children. http://str.sg/4wNP

New guidelines released on Monday by the Manpower Ministry, labour movement and Singapore National Employers Federation say employers should give paid leave to contract workers who have been with them for at least three months. Reporter Aw Cheng Wei said the guidelines are the first step in better protection for the growing body of freelancers in the economy. http://str.sg/4win

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority announced on June 16 that agricultural land will now be tendered on a 20-year lease instead of 10 years. Reporter Aw Cheng Wei said this will allow farmers more time to recoup investments in farming technology, but added that more can be done to help farmers reap rewards from the land. http://str.sg/4w4d

India's new aviation policy aims to encourage a fast-growing market. India bureau chief Nirmala Ganapathy noted that India is on track to becoming the largest aviation market by 2030. But the policy has met with a mixed response, with some saying the rules do not go far enough to liberalise the sector. http://str.sg/4UyQ

Sport is big money, and in the case of telecasts, it seems that fans end up bearing the costs, sport reporter Jonathan Wong observed. The aggressive bidding by Singapore's pay-TV operators is part of the problem and unless something drastic happens, sport fans are stuck on the losing side. http://str.sg/4UHr

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe