What's News: March 24, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pictured above with his wife Akie)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pictured above with his wife Akie)PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
The Observatory's big gig
The Observatory's big gigPHOTO: PHILIPP ALDRUP


8 nabbed over London attack

Police yesterday raided at least six addresses in various parts of Britain and arrested as many as eight people, after Wednesday's attack in London. Prime Minister Theresa May said the British-born attacker likely acted alone and was known to the intelligence services.


Green way to remember Mr Lee

Thirteen different species of shrub were planted in Tanjong Pagar GRC yesterday, in a ceremony to mark the second death anniversary of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Among them were the Vallaris glabra, or the bread flower, and Pleiocarpa mutica, which were favourites of Mr Lee and his late wife, Madam Kwa Geok Choo.


Japan land scandal deepens

The head of a Japanese nationalist educator, under fire for a sweetheart land deal that has hit the popularity of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pictured above with his wife Akie), told the Diet that he was "surprised at such a drastic and unexpected price cut". Mr Yasunori Kagoike also reiterated his claim that Mr Abe made a donation of 1 million yen (S$12,600) through Mrs Abe, which was swiftly denied by Tokyo.


China-Asean talks on code

China will host a meeting with Asean in May to come up with a "preliminary agreement" on a framework for a "code of conduct" meant to ease tensions over disputes in the South China Sea. A draft is being circulated to get Asean's 10 member states to sign off on it.


Keep options open on N. Korea

Mr Donald Trump talked tough on North Korea, but Mr Rex Tillerson may have struck a deal on Korea during his recent China visit. When it comes to dealing with Pyongyang and its nuclear programme, the US would be wise to keep its options open, says Ravi Velloor.


Milk powder price rise woes

The price of infant milk powder keeps rising but parents say there is nothing they can do but to keep paying. In the last 10 years, the average price of a 900g tin has risen from $25.42 to $56.06, outstripping the price increases of other dairy products and household staples.


Dhaka 'not helping its workers'

Bangladeshi workers in Singapore are not getting enough help from their own government, two local non-governmental organisations have told the United Nations.

They said the Bangladesh government could help to regulate recruitment agents.


Plans for green bond market

Sustainable investments have gone mainstream, and Singapore is taking steps to match the demand by growing a green bond market, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said yesterday. A green bond grant scheme will be introduced from June to kick-start the introduction of such bonds as a new asset class.


Emotional Day pulls out

Australian golfer Jason Day pulled out abruptly from the WGC-Dell Matchplay in Texas after six holes to be with his cancer-stricken mother, who is due for exploratory surgery for lung cancer today.

The tearful world No. 3 did not say when he would return to the game or whether he would play in the US Masters starting in less than two weeks.


The Observatory's big gig

Home-grown experimental rock outfit The Observatory usually perform as a quartet, but their latest gig at the University Cultural Centre Hall tomorrow will feature their biggest stage line-up yet. They will collaborate with 30 guitarists who are students and staff of the National University of Singapore.

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