What's News: March 06, 2017

 Customers looking at hybrid cars at the VentureCars roadshow at OneKM mall atrium.
Customers looking at hybrid cars at the VentureCars roadshow at OneKM mall atrium. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


T5 likely to have 2 MRT links

The future Thomson-East Coast Line and Cross Island Line are likely to be linked to Changi Airport's Terminal 5, which is slated to open before the end of the next decade. The Thomson-East Coast Line is scheduled to open in stages from 2019 to 2024, and the Cross Island Line, by 2030.


KL arrests 7 terror suspects

Seven men, four of them Yemenis, have been detained in Malaysia's Klang Valley for suspected links to terror groups. Among them are a 41-year-old Malaysian factory technician and a 28-year-old Indonesian farmer, both detained in Kuala Lumpur; and a 37-year-old East Asian man who had entered Malaysia on a student visa.

A supporter at a rally last month in favour of the adoption of a stricter Islamic penal code.
A supporter at a rally last month in favour of the adoption of a stricter Islamic penal code. PHOTO: REUTERS


Syariah Bill in the spotlight

Malaysia's Parliament will reopen today, with the Najib administration set to push through a controversial Bill to strengthen Islamic courts, a move that will influence the upcoming general election. The syariah Bill is widely seen as a backdoor push by opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia and Islamists in the government to introduce the harsher Islamic penal code.


Taiwan tech firms eye Asean

More Taiwanese online firms are choosing Singapore as their base to expand into South-east Asia as Taiwan and its regional rivals compete to snap up talent and become a tech hub. Many have had a presence in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia since 2015.


Return of the draft in Europe

Sweden has reintroduced military conscription. The return of the draft in Europe shows that the approach of countries like Singapore, which remain cautious about ditching defence arrangements, is sound, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Hybrid cars surge in popularity

There are now 70 per cent more hybrid cars here than in 2015, an increase fuelled by a change that year in the maximum rebate given under the Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme, private-hire car services which use hybrid cars, and a desire to use less petrol.


Singapore - the wild city

The National Parks Board is working to develop Singapore into a city where nature is a part of the urban environment. Straits Times photographers capture in pictures some of the terrestrial and marine organisms here as part of World Wildlife Day on March 3.


Hanjin winding up operations

South Korea's bankrupt Hanjin Shipping is in the process of winding up its operations in Singapore, which is likely to affect some 100 employees here.

When The Straits Times visited Hanjin's premises at Anson House in Tanjong Pagar last week, the office had already been vacated, emptied of both staff and furniture.


New coaches for water polo

The Singapore men's water polo team may be 26-time regional champions but are set to name Dejan Milakovic, who was formerly in the Serbian national set-up, as the new head coach in a bid to raise their standard at the Asian level.

Incumbent Lee Sai Meng will take charge of the women's side - the changes coming just months before the next SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.



Ramsay eyes second eatery

British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, 50, hopes to open a second restaurant in Singapore. He says he wants to "turn it up a notch and do something a bit more refined", but has yet to find a suitable location. He was in town last week to judge the inaugural Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Culinary Olympics, which was held at his restaurant in MBS, Bread Street Kitchen.


Goodbye, Hua Nam

Another old-school eatery is calling it a day. ST speaks to its dim sum patrons. http://str.sg/4njw


Making a difference

Watch how a young Singaporean set out to change the world, one small step at a time. http://str.sg/4hkX

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