What's News: March 20, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) speaking with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 19, 2017 .
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) speaking with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 19, 2017 .PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Xi urges Sino-US cooperation

Chinese President Xi Jinping told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday that "cooperation is the only correct choice for both sides". Mr Xi and US President Donald Trump are expected to meet next month, even as the gulf between both sides has widened.


TOP OF THE NEWS

80 expressway rain shelters

The Land Transport Authority has built 80 expressway rain shelters for motorcyclists to take cover or take breaks, but some have still been spotted pulling up at road shoulders despite a horrific crash on the Bukit Timah Expressway on March 11.In a recent check, at least four riders stopped at the crash site in a 15-minute period.


Mr Yogi Adityanath being sworn in as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state yesterday.
Mr Yogi Adityanath being sworn in as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Indian state gets hardline boss

Hindu hardliner Yogi Adityanath has been sworn in as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, in a controversial appointment that signals the importance of the Hindu nationalistic agenda for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Uttar Pradesh is India's most politically important state, with several prime ministers coming to federal power through it.


WORLD

Firm denies North Korea ties

Malaysian firm MKP Holdings, which the United Nations Security Council says possibly violated sanctions against North Korea, has denied any ties with the pariah state. Malaysia is clamping down on North Korean activities after the killing of Mr Kim Jong.


OPINION

EU celebrates turning 60

The European Union turns 60 this week with much cause for celebration - but also in dire need of reform. After Brexit, its biggest threat is not collapse but paralysis as its institutions are in danger of irrelevance, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Building up chemical defence

To make it hard for chemical terrorists to wreak havoc here, the DSO National Laboratories has enlisted the aid of scientists - from biochemists to study the chemicals used, to atmospheric physicists to use real-time data on winds to get people away from toxic plumes.


HOME

Bright spots in optics, lasers

A cellphone screen that looks flat and pristine could have thousands of defects invisible to the naked eye. But quality assurance engineers can detect them using lasers. The field of optics and lasers is a growth area in the Precision Engineering Industry Transformation Map.


BUSINESS

Fuelling clean energy growth

Singapore's burgeoning clean energy industry is poised for growth, with companies eyeing prospects both at home and across the region.

The Government is also ramping up support for the sector - for instance, it will help local companies build a track record, as well as boost research and development capabilities.


SPORT

Call for unity in football circles

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, whose portfolio oversees sport, has called for unity within the football fraternity. Her comments came a day after the Football Association of Singapore called for its first-ever election on April 29, a move that has prompted opening salvos from the two main rivals for the top post, Lim Kia Tong and Bill Ng.


A Shakespeare first edition on display.
A Shakespeare first edition on display. PHOTO: NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD

LIFE

1st edition of the Bard's plays

One of the most sought-after books in the world, a priceless, nearly 400-year-old first edition of William Shakespeare's plays, is on display at the National Library Building until April 23, as part of the exhibition, Shakespeare In Print: The First Folio.


VIDEO

Going places

Pets can now zip around town in style with taxi services tailored specially for them. http://str.sg/47Qb

VIDEO

Kopi boom

Coffee lovers are chasing after Indonesia's high-quality speciality brews and locally sourced beans. http://str.sg/47xE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe