What's News: March 09, 2018

Military delegates arriving for the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing on Monday.
Military delegates arriving for the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing on Monday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Mr Francois-Henry Bennahmias, chief executive of Audemars Piguet.
Mr Francois-Henry Bennahmias, chief executive of Audemars Piguet.PHOTO: AUDEMARS PIGUET


Pact a win for free trade

Ministers from 11 countries have gathered in Chile to sign a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership, signalling a commitment to lower barriers to trade across the region in the face of rising protectionism. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership represents 13.5 per cent of the global economy with a market of 500 million people. 


Hope for violence to end

Sri Lankans in Singapore hope that communal violence in their country will stop now that a state of emergency has been imposed. Most of the fighting between Sinhalese Buddhists and Muslims is in Kandy district. But tours from Singapore to Sri Lanka have not been affected by the violence. 


No arms race for China: PLA

China will not enter an arms race with any country, least of all the United States, a top general has said. People's Liberation Army's Lieutenant-General He Lei told reporters yesterday that the latest spike in defence expenditure - an increase of 8.1 per cent - should be seen not in absolute terms, but in relative proportions. 


US visit by S. Korean envoys

Seoul's top national security officials yesterday headed to the United States, their first stop in a campaign to rally international support in engaging North Korea. The delegation had earlier reached a number of agreements with Pyongyang, including the cessation of nuclear and missile tests while the two Koreas are engaged in talks. 


Essential transport review

Regulating e-scooters, reviewing bike-sharing, overhauling the Bukit Panjang LRT - it is time to upgrade transport infrastructure, says senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan. 


Penalty for unrelated crimes

Jail terms for two unrelated offences on separate occasions should be served consecutively, said Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon. A district judge had earlier sentenced a 24-year-old man to two jail terms for unrelated crimes to be served concurrently. 


Furniture galore at fair

The International Furniture Fair Singapore features 374 exhibitors from 26 countries. Highlights of the fair at the Singapore Expo include the "Carte Blanche" showcase of prominent brands, an Italian New Renaissance house and an augmented reality zone. 


SMEs way behind larger firms

A study found that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continued to lag further behind their larger, more established counterparts, as the gap between them widens. Top SMEs saw their turnover and profits tumble, while Singapore's largest companies celebrated their most profitable year yet, according to findings from DP Information Group and EY. 


MMA champ's dual-belt goal

Marking International Women's Day yesterday, mixed martial arts (MMA) champion Angela Lee announced her ambition to become the first woman to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously. She will defend her atomweight title against Japan's Mei Yamaguchi on May 18 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and hopes to challenge strawweight champion Xiong Jingnan of China in the future. 


Good times for watchmaker

In a challenging climate which has left the Swiss watchmaking industry smarting, sales for Audemars Piguet have, in six years, doubled to hit nearly 1 billion Swiss francs ( S$1.4 billion) last year. 

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