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 of the columns.

Empowering volunteers to issue summonses to litterbugs is one way to police litterbugs. But reporter Samantha Boh agreed that there could be possible abuse of this new policy. Read what she thinks could be a better way to approach the littering problem. http://str.sg/ZyKM

Parents planning a divorce may find it harder to do so after a law was passed in Parliament last week making it compulsory for such couples to attend a parenting programme. This mandatory course, to be taken before couples file for divorce, may force parents to consider their children's interests early before battling it out in court, reporter Priscilla Goy wrote. http://str.sg/ZyEY

The introduction of computing as an O-level subject will widen the pool of digitally literate people, education reporter Pearl Lee wrote, even if the shortage of IT professionals cannot be plugged immediately. With 19 schools offering the subject and other avenues for the young to dabble in programming, these efforts will help in the transition to a Smart Nation. http://str.sg/ZyBs

Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal pointed out that the sweeping victory of reformist candidates in Iran's parliamentary elections is a rare bit of good news in a gloomy Middle East. While the conservative hardliners should not be underestimated, the young of Iran who voted the reformers into power have reason for good cheer. http://str.sg/ZynA

The election of Swiss national Gianni Infantino as president of troubled football governing body Fifa could mean sweeping changes that could raise Asia's profile in the beautiful game. Sports writer Jonathan Wong hoped the coming Football Association of Singapore elections could offer similar possibilities. http://str.sg/ZyAi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe