What's News: July 22, 2015

Mr Ling Jihua will face prosecutors over corruption, among other things.
Mr Ling Jihua will face prosecutors over corruption, among other things.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Police at the Bedok North hawker centre yesterday, where a man ended up after being chased by a parang-wielding attacker.
Police at the Bedok North hawker centre yesterday, where a man ended up after being chased by a parang-wielding attacker.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Review of growth forecast

Singapore's official economic growth forecast for this year may be trimmed after a weaker showing in the first half of the year threw up uncertainties. The Government said yesterday it is reviewing the forecast of 2 to 4 per cent, although it does not expect growth to slide any further in the second half.


Five new express bus services

Five new express bus services will start in September, carrying peak-hour commuters from their neighbourhoods to the Central Business District, and back. They will serve Marsiling, Woodlands, Pasir Ris, Tampines East, Simei, Yew Tee and Yishun.


WORLD

Ex-top aide's sacking 'timed'

The sacking of a former top aide to ex-president Hu Jintao for graft was timed to prevent distractions at a key gathering of party leaders, and may signal a lull in China's anti-corruption drive, say analysts. State media says Mr Ling Jihua will face prosecutors after evidence emerged of "huge" bribes and the theft of party and state secrets.


Concern over anti-terror plan

Britain's Muslim organisations have backed Premier David Cameron's call to expose the brutality of terrorist groups like ISIS, but fear plans to enforce "British values" may fuel prejudice.


HOME

Man attacks 'friend' with parang

Witnesses told how a hawker centre in Bedok North was left "filled with blood" early yesterday morning after a parang-wielding man slashed a "friend" during a row. Police arrested the suspect, believed to be in his 20s, yesterday evening.


End of Phase 2B registration

The latest primary school registration stage ended yesterday with 22 oversubscribed schools facing the possibility of a ballot. Last year's total for Phase 2B was 31. Demand was hottest at Anglo-Chinese School (Junior).


OPINION

Uniquely S'pore shopping

Singapore's allure as one of Asia's best retail destinations is declining, but it can take steps to recapture shoppers' hearts. It needs to go beyond being a "house of international brands" to marketing uniquely Singapore products and experiences, say two management consultants in the Economic Affairs column.


BUSINESS

GLP launches fund

Global Logistic Properties (GLP), which provides warehouses and the like in China, Japan, Brazil and the United States, has launched the world's largest China-focused logistics infrastructure fund. CLF Fund II already has US$3.7 billion (S$5 billion) in equity committed to it by GLP and its investors.


SPORT

Eyeing better tally in 2017

While Singapore's track and field contingent won nine medals - including three golds - at last month's SEA Games, the national athletics body is looking at bettering this tally at the 2017 Games in Malaysia.


LIFE

National Gallery,Tate tie up

After its tie-up with France's Centre Pompidou, the National Gallery Singapore has announced its second major partnership. Next year, it will work with Tate Britain to present Artist And Empire, an exhibition of works from the 16th century to the present day.


What it should have been

In the report "Susan Lim case back to the courts again next week" (July 16), it was mentioned that "the Attorney-General's submission points out that... in 'the absence of other impropriety (example, dishonesty)', there is nothing unprofessional in a lawyer making 'a grossly excessive claim for his client'."

The Attorney-General's submissions did not use the words "nothing unprofessional". The A-G's Chambers has clarified that whether there was professional misconduct by a lawyer depends on all the facts and circumstances of the case, not just on whether a grossly excessive claim had been made.

It was also stated that Mr Deepak Sharma was seeking permission to appeal against Justice Woo Bih Li's earlier judgment "upholding the Review Committee's dismissal of Mr Sharma's complaint". In fact, Justice Woo has not yet made any judgment on this issue. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe