What's Next: November 15, 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) chats with Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak during the gala dinner on the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Vientiane on Sept 7, 2016.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) chats with Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak during the gala dinner on the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Vientiane on Sept 7, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Najib in Japan at invitation of Abe

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will be in Japan today on a three-day visit at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

During this trip, Mr Abe may announce the transfer of two large patrol ships to Malaysia to help the South-east Asian country bolster its maritime security, The Japan Times reported.

Smart rubbish bins in Orchard Road

Solar-powered smart bins are being introduced in Orchard Road. The bins are designed to compact waste and hold up to eight times more trash than regular bins can.

In addition, the smart bins will not have to be cleared as frequently, and are even equipped with a wireless device to provide free Wi-Fi to people within a 30m radius.

October data on new private home sales

The Urban Redevelopment Authority's monthly data on new private home sales - scheduled to be released today - is expected to show that sales last month soared past the 1,000-unit mark, on the back of strong buyer interest in Forest Woods and The Alps Residences. In September, developers moved a decent number of unsold units, though there were no launches. Overall, 509 new private homes were sold that month, up 8.8 per cent from August's 468 units.

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