What's News: March 25, 2017


LTA halts govt bike-share plan

The Land Transport Authority has shelved its plans for a bike-sharing scheme now that several private firms are offering such services.

Local start-up oBike and China-based ofo and Mobike are already looking to roll out thousands more pay-as-you-use bicycles over the next two years.


Boost to S'pore-Viet air links

With air traffic volume between Singapore and Vietnam growing rapidly, both countries have agreed to explore ways to strengthen air links. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who wrapped up a four-day official visit to Vietnam yesterday, said this would benefit businesses and the two economies.

Chief executive candidate John Tsang waving to supporters.
Chief executive candidate John Tsang waving to supporters. PHOTO: REUTERS


Battle for votes and hearts

A new chief executive for Hong Kong will be elected tomorrow by the 1,194 members of a select group, amid growing calls for democracy. As former financial chief John Tsang, former chief secretary Carrie Lam and retired judge Woo Kwok Hing wrapped up their campaigns, it was clear they were not just seeking votes, but also the hearts of 7.3 million Hong Kongers who cannot vote.


Russia, Taleban 'grow closer'

The top US general in Europe has said Russia and the Taleban are growing closer, suggesting that the Kremlin may even be supplying the insurgent group, a charge denied by the Russians. Nato's Supreme Allied Commander Curtis Scaparrotti did not say what type of equipment the Taleban might have received.


History of 'fake news'

Empires have for centuries been legitimised by misinformation and outright lies, writes Farish A. Noor. But just as past generations eventually saw through the "fake news" of their time, so will today's public, he argues.


Edible plants, forbidden fruit

There are more than 100 edible plants growing around the city, said an artist who leads foraging tours here. But unlike countries where foragers can pluck fruits or plants in public spaces, they cannot take even fallen fruit from state land here without permission.


Drug addicts get help online

The Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (Sana) is offering new services to tackle the drug threat, including an online counselling service. The live chat is one of the features of talk2SANA, Sana's new online portal, as it focuses on how to connect with young people.


Easing the way for businesses

Moves to revise the entry and renewal criteria for the EntrePass work pass scheme later this year will make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to set up businesses here. One key change is removal of the requirement to have a paid-up capital of at least $50,000.


Winston Lee set to quit FAS?

After almost a decade as general secretary of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), Winston Lee is preparing to step down. No matter which side wins the election on April 29 to vote for a new council, it appears the 52-year-old is likely to resign.


Bhangra band - from Canada

Canadian bhangra band JoSH - better known in Asia than their own country - are proud to represent Canada's multicultural identity. The duo are here to perform at Fun Aur Funkaar, a festival showcasing Pakistan's culture.


Time to think eco

Be a part of Earth Hour tonight by joining in activities like running in The Sundown Marathon to raise awareness. str.sg/earthhour


Spot these clouds

Asperitas is the newest cloud in the sky, joining other unusual fluffy formations listed in a cloud atlas. str.sg/newcloud

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe