What's News: March 14, 2018

Nepali students of the University of Dhaka at a memorial for the victims of the fatal air crash.
Nepali students of the University of Dhaka at a memorial for the victims of the fatal air crash.PHOTO: REUTERS


Trump sacks Tillerson

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired yesterday in the biggest shake-up of President Donald Trump's Cabinet. Mr Trump has long clashed with his chief diplomat over issues including North Korea and Russia. Central Intelligence Agency director and Trump loyalist Mike Pompeo will replace Mr Tillerson. 


Harder to reform radicals

Singapore is still trying to develop the right tools to rehabilitate self-radicalised individuals, said Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam. It has been harder to rehabilitate these people, who face "more complex psychological and social issues", he said. 


New questions over air crash

Recordings indicate that confusion reigned in the moments before an air crash in Nepal that left 49 dead, with recordings of the conversation leaked on YouTube. The recordings of the conversation between air-traffic control and the pilot show confusion over which end of Kathmandu airport's single runway the plane was to approach. 


Man who joined ISIS on trial

A former Indonesian civil servant who left for Syria with his family to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group faces life in jail if found guilty. Dwi Djoko Wiwoho is accused of creating a terror threat by undergoing paramilitary training in Raqqa, Syria, and of assisting and funding an act of terrorism. 


Trump attacks world trade

The US steel and aluminium tariffs are not so much a national security matter as a threat to the World Trade Organisation and a reflection of President Donald Trump's dislike of multilateral deals, says associate editor Vikram Khanna.


Tie-up to grow air traffic

Changi Airport Group, Singapore Tourism Board and Qantas are partnering in a $5 million marketing initiative to grow traffic to and through Singapore. They will be promoting travel on Qantas services via Singapore in Australia, Britain and South-east Asia.


Lensless camera developed

Nanyang Technological University scientists have developed a camera that can capture sharp, coloured images without a lens or colour filters. The camera may be used in food safety or forensics because of its ability to capture different spectrums within the image. 


CAD, MAS can cast net wider

The Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will now be able to conduct joint investigations in a wider range of offences.The move will allow for greater efficiency and more effective enforcement of wrongdoing under the Securities and Futures Act and Financial Advisers Act. Such wrongdoing covers capital markets and financial advisory offences. 


Venus overcomes sister

Venus Williams ended younger sister Serena's comeback in the California desert on Monday, in a third-round clash which was supposed to have taken place 17 years ago. They had boycotted the Indian Wells tennis tournament for over a decade after Venus pulled out of the 2001 semi-final and Serena was booed in the final. 


Awards for Asian restaurants

The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao Best Asian Restaurants Awards - which celebrate culinary excellence in Asian gastronomy - are back for a second year. The awards will be given out on April 16 at a gala reception at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. 

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Life Theatre Awards

Best Director nominee Tracie Pang addresses issues like xenophobia through intimate stories. http://str.sg/oTUC


Dual exposure

One space, but more than one use for it in compact Singapore. http://str.sg/oTSM

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe