What's News: March 23, 2016


'Black day' for Belgium

Multiple explosions left dozens of people dead and scores more hurt in Brussels yesterday, casting a pall over Europe as countries scrambled to tighten security. Prime Minister Charles Michel called it "a black day for Belgium", after the capital city was forced to lock down when a series of bombs ripped through its international airport and a busy metro station.


Jakarta cabbies see red

Thousands of angry Indonesian cabbies and three-wheeled bajaj drivers flooded the streets of Jakarta yesterday to demand that the government ban app-based transport services such as Uber and Grab, causing massive traffic jams. Some protesters called the services illegal as they evaded tax, and said they halved the incomes of regular cabbies.



Cabinet role for Suu Kyi

Ms Aung San Suu Kyi (above) will assume up to three or four Cabinet portfolios in Myanmar's new government, giving her wide powers in addition to a handpicked president who is a trusted family friend. It was not clear which portfolios she would take.


Trump questions US role in Asia

White House hopeful Donald Trump has outlined a starkly isolationist foreign policy stance and questioned the cost of the US military presence in Asia. He said Washington's role in the Nato alliance was no longer affordable and had to be scaled back.


Budget 2016 priorities

Budget 2016 needs to trim spending and refocus on new sources of growth for the economy, writes Business Editor Lee Su Shyan, even as Singapore grapples with the longer-term challenges of stalling productivity and structural unemployment.

Pupils of Elias Park Primary School taking part in a water rationing exercise held yesterday to mark World Water Day. PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES


Water levels low at Singapore water source

Singaporeans were urged to step up efforts to save water yesterday, as water levels at the Linggiu Reservoir in Johor dipped to just 42 per cent. Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli urged residents not to take supplies "for granted".


Debate over e-scooter safety

The death of an electric scooter rider, who fell off while riding in East Coast Park, has ignited debate over the precautions that should be taken when using such vehicles. Mr Sam Koh, 23, died of head injuries while riding with friends early on Saturday morning.


Exploring 'clean cold tech'

The National Research Foundation is looking into commissioning Nanyang Technological University to undertake a study that will profile Singapore's demand for cooling up to 2030, and determine the economic value of "clean cold technology".


Prize money debate outdated

This is what constitutes progress in 2016. Fascism has returned, racism won't go away, equal prize money in tennis is still being discussed and old sporting sexists - like Indian Wells tournament chief Ray Moore - still get more news time than they warrant.

NTU assistant professor Liew Kai Khiun, 43, with students of a Korean Wave course. ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN


K-wave courses at varsities

Hallyu, or the Korean pop culture wave, has hit the shores of academia. This semester is the third time the Korean Wave course is being taught at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) since 2014. The Korean wave has also been studied at the Singapore Management University since 2013.


Asian version of Eurovision?

Asia-Pacific nations could soon have the chance to compete in their own version of the Eurovision Song Contest. Australia's SBS has secured an exclusive option to bring the concept to the region, with a contest there possible as early as next year. Eurovision, in its 61st year, draws brilliant acts, and the bizarre.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: March 23, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe