What's News: Jan 30, 2016


MPs back Govt's plans

After five days of debate, MPs yesterday voted to support the Government's agenda set out in the President's Address at the opening of Singapore's 13th Parliament. The House also voted for the third NCMP seat to be filled, with People's Action Party MPs unanimously supporting the move, and WP MPs refusing to vote on it in an unexpected twist of events.


Non-stop San Francisco flight

United Airlines will start non-stop flights from San Francisco to Singapore in June. This is the first non-stop service between Singapore and the US since 2013, when Singapore Airlines ceased to operate non-stop flights there.

A farewell ceremony performance in Myanmar's Parliament yesterday.
A farewell ceremony performance in Myanmar's Parliament yesterday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Changeover time in Myanmar

Members of the military-stacked Parliament in Myanmar marked their last session with jokes, hugs, karaoke and congratulations ahead of a new Parliament on Monday led by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. The change is historic for Myanmar, which only emerged from decades of military rule five years ago.


New Kedah Menteri Besar?

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has announced that on behalf of Umno, he has made "several suggestions" to the Kedah palace for a new Menteri Besar, effectively confirming that Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir is being replaced.


Wanda and China's soft power

Chinese conglomerateDalian Wanda's purchase of Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment might be a boostfor Chinese film-making, but not necessarily for Chinese soft power, says China correspondentTeo Cheng Wee.


Factory units damaged in fire

The Singapore Civil Defence Force is investigating the cause of a blaze that swept through two factory units in Toa Payoh early yesterday. No one was injured in the fire, which took 60 firefighters around 11/2 hours to contain.


Watch out for SingPass PIN

Letters with PIN codes will be sent out from next month to residents who are still to register for the new SingPass two-factor authentication process, which will be compulsory for sensitive e-transactions in July. The feature was launched last year to improve security, but faced some confusion over sign-ups initially.


S'pore bourse lost 6.4% value

Singapore's stock market lost a hefty 6.4 per cent of its value this month amid market turmoil caused by fears of a hard-landing in China's economy and oil price woes.

The market value of 766 Singapore-listed companies fell to $804.9 billion, down from $856.4 billion as at Dec 31.

Liverpool celebrating a win over Stoke City on Tuesday. The Reds will meet West Ham, who are above them in the standings, tomorrow.
Liverpool celebrating a win over Stoke City on Tuesday. The Reds will meet West Ham, who are above them in the standings, tomorrow. PHOTO: REUTERS


Reds brace themselves for Hammers

Liverpool welcome dangerous visitors West Ham tomorrow in the FA Cup fourth round, wary that the Hammers have not only already done the English Premier League double over them this season by an aggregate 5-0 scoreline but are also above them in the standings.


Rhapsodies on red

The striking red Steinway piano that Chinese classical star Lang Lang played on last year at the concert to celebrate 50 years of Singapore music has found a new home at the National Gallery Singapore. It will be used in a concert series, Singapore Rhapsodies, which invites students to play on the piano.


Aaron Kwok up for Best Actor

Murder mystery Port Of Call, starring Aaron Kwok (photo), and Tsui Hark's actioner The Taking Of Tiger Mountain led the Hong Kong Film Award nominations released yesterday. Port Of Call had the most nominations, 13, including Best Film and Best Actor for Kwok. Tsui's take on a Chinese communist propaganda classic had 11 nods. The ceremony will be held on April 3.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 30 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe