What's News: January 22, 2018

Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) chief Abdul Hadi Awang. The opposition party is looking to win 112 seats.
Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) chief Abdul Hadi Awang. The opposition party is looking to win 112 seats.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK


Punggol's mini-Silicon Valley

The masterplan for the Punggol Digital District aims to create a mini-Silicon Valley ina 50ha area. The district in Punggol North, when ready in five years' time, will be a hub for digital and cyber-security industries that will generate up to 28,000 digital economy jobs.


New S'pore-Sri Lanka FTA

Singapore will sign its 13th free trade agreement (FTA) tomorrow at a time when multilateral deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are in doubt. Details of the FTA with Sri Lanka have not been made public. Sri Lanka's annual growth has averaged 6.2 per cent since the end of the civil war in 2009. Trade between the two countries last year was $2.7 billion.


PAS aims for big electoral win

Malaysia's Islamic party PAS, whose best electoral performance was winning 27 Parliament seats in 1999 at the height of Reformasi anger, said it aims to win a simple majority of 112 seats at the upcoming polls. The opposition PAS, or Parti Islam SeMalaysia, has 13 seats in Parliament today.


Nod for German coalition talks

Germany's Social Democrats yesterday voted to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, moving Europe's economic powerhouse one step closer to a stable government after months of political uncertainty. Talks are now expected to start this week, bringing relief to Germany's partners in Europe.


Anglo-French defence role

As Britain and France cosy up to each other militarily, the question is whether the alliance can reshape the global order, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Car dealers posing as owners

Some second-hand car dealers are posing as direct sellers to sell their cars in a bid to avoid their warranty obligations, and to avoid paying the goods and services tax. They advertise the cars as theirs, also as buyers are likely to be more trusting when buying from owners.


Telco scheme: Risk of abuse

A proposed alternative dispute resolution scheme meant to help shift the odds in favour of customers when disputes with their telcos occur might go too far, according to legal and industry experts. There is a risk that telcos may be exposed to frivolous claims, they said.


Land developers set to gain

Developers that managed to build up land banks before the spike in site prices should benefit from the recovering property market, analysts say. This should, in turn, help boost their prospects on the stock market, following from the good run property counters had last year.


MMA fighter wins respect

Battered and bruised, Singaporean mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Tiffany Teo may have lost to China's Xiong Jingnan in the One Championship strawweight (52.3-56.7kg) title clash in Jakarta on Saturday, but she earned respect for her tenacity. The 27-year-old was taken to a local hospital for checks, which revealed no serious injuries, save for a scratched cornea. The Straits Times understands she will remain in hospital for a few days.


The funny side of Divorce

In Sex And The City, actress Sarah Jessica Parker helped revolutionise the depiction of single women on television.

Her comedy series Divorce, in which she plays a woman going through a messy break-up, hopes to do the same for divorced women and men.


CNY treats

Fancy roasted London duck or abalone yusheng for reunion dinner? ST Food has teamed up with Peach Garden to offer gourmet packages for Chinese New Year. http://str.sg/o3F8


US govt shutdown

The United States government officially shut down on Saturday, but what exactly does that mean? Find out at: http://str.sg/o3R7

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe