What's News: May 17, 2017

Firemen inspect Changi Airport's Terminal 2, where a fire broke out, on Tuesday (May 16).
Firemen inspect Changi Airport's Terminal 2, where a fire broke out, on Tuesday (May 16).PHOTO: AFP


Fire at Changi Airport

A fire broke out at Changi Airport Terminal 2 yesterday, resulting in passengers being evacuated and flights diverted to other terminals.

Three people were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

The fire, which started at about 5.40pm, was put out about an hour later, but passengers were told to expect significant delays as flights out of T2 were grounded.


S'pore's view of Silk Road

Singapore's partnership with China on its Silk Road initiative brings both opportunities and challenges, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said at the inaugural Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. Singapore should be aware that the initiative can present competition, he said yesterday.

Supporters of the outgoing governor protesting in Jakarta yesterday.
Supporters of the outgoing governor protesting in Jakarta yesterday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Jakarta to review laws

Indonesia has said it will review its anti-blasphemy laws, following last week's recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The move comes amid calls against the controversial imprisonment of outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama for insulting Islam, after a long-drawn trial.


Thailand's Facebook U-turn

Thailand has backed down on its threat to block access to Facebook. Junta chief Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted that the government, which is seeking to take down pages it says violate lese majeste and sedition laws, has no authority to suspend its operations.


Pros and cons of carbon tax

Two writers offer opposing views on the impact of the impending carbon tax on the oil sector in Singapore. One thinks it will make Singapore less competitive as an oil refining and trading hub, while the other argues that it can be a force to spur efficiencies, for example.


Widower faces harsh reality

Thanks to an emergency caesarean section, baby Yu En survived a road accident that killed her mother Goh Chieh Ting last week. Mr Dave Yuen said he is facing up to the harsh reality of having to be both father and mother to Yu En, brought into the world three months too soon.


New subs give flexibility

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced yesterday the purchase of two Type-218SG submarines, to be delivered from 2024. Defence analysts said the new submarines will give the navy greater flexibility in deploying its assets and in defending the country.


Rising premiums for govt land

Developers have been paying substantial premiums for government land sites this year. They paid an average of 29 per cent more for residential plots over comparable sites sold over the past five years. That was sharply higher than the 13 per cent average premium in the second half of last year, a Cushman & Wakefield report noted.


Runner in limbo over event

Singapore 400m runner Thiruben Thana Rajan qualified for the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in March. But he has not yet heard from Singapore Athletics (SA) if he will be representing Singapore at the meet. The SA management has been mired in controversy lately, with a snap election, originally scheduled for May 5, called off at the eleventh hour.



Hackers threaten to leak film

Walt Disney boss Bob Iger said hackers are threatening to distribute online the studio's fifth instalment of the lucrative Pirates Of The Caribbean movie franchise, which stars Johnny Depp (above), if they are not paid a ransom in bitcoins.


Food delivery granny

Madam Teo Yoke Lan might be a 70-year-old grandmother, but she takes her job delivering food on foot in her stride. str.sg/footfood


Smash hits

All that stress getting to you? Singapore's first rage room lets you lash out and release your pent-up frustrations. str.sg/smashbash

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe