What's News: September 09, 2015

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waves to the audience, while PAP members (from left) Ms Cheryl Chan, ESM Goh Chok Tong, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Mr Amrin Amin, Minister of Education Heng Swee Keat (obscured) and Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say applaud.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waves to the audience, while PAP members (from left) Ms Cheryl Chan, ESM Goh Chok Tong, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Mr Amrin Amin, Minister of Education Heng Swee Keat (obscured) and Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say applaud.PHOTO: BUSINESS TIMES


Keep faith with PAP: PM Lee

With two days to go before Singaporeans cast their ballots, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday called on voters to support him and his People's Action Party (PAP) if they believe in him and his team to lead Singapore forward. Calling on voters to keep faith with the PAP, Mr Lee said he needed this support all over Singapore.


Firefighting ops hampered

Efforts to combat forest and peat fires in Indonesia that are causing thick haze have been hampered by a lack of equipment and firefighters, resulting in air quality falling to hazardous levels in Pekanbaru and Dumai, in Riau. The poor visibility disrupted flights in parts of Sumatra.


Suu Kyi kicks off campaign

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi kicked off campaigning for general elections with a call for the global community to monitor the outcome. Ms Suu Kyi, who leads the National League for Democracy, said the Nov 8 election should be free and fair, but the transition period that follows would be just as important.

Mr Shinzo Abe acknowledging lawmakers from his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo yesterday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Abe wins another 3-year term as party boss

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won another three-year term as chief of his Liberal Democratic Party, putting him on course to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister in more than four decades. Mr Abe was unopposed in yesterday's leadership election after his sole rival, Ms Seiko Noda, failed to get enough sponsors to launch a challenge.


Big boys enter start-up world

Just five years ago, it was rare to hear of big blue chip companies getting involved in start-ups. These days, hardly a week goes by without news of a big firm investing in one. Assistant Business Editor Yasmine Yahya examines the trend in the Economic Affairs column.


Mind for the future

The world will be your oyster if you have loads of common sense, recognise patterns easily and make good value judgments, says renowned American physicist and futurist Michio Kaku in an interview with Senior Writer Cheong Suk-Wai.


A first in the High Court

Judicial Commissioner Hoo Sheau Peng has become the first woman to hear criminal cases in the High Court. Other female judges in the same court have presided over non-criminal matters, but in recent months Ms Hoo has heard murder, trafficking and rape cases.


Call to scrap pay-TV curbs

An Asian cable TV and satellite broadcasting association has called on Singapore to abolish licensing and censorship rules for pay-TV operators in the country. Casbaa says local broadcasters lose out as restriction-free virtual private networks are easily available.


Positive turn in resale market

Resale prices of private non-landed properties inched up again last month although they are still down about 1.7 per cent from a year back, according to SRX Property. Prices of units on the city fringes have also fallen the least from their recent peaks, SRX said.


Andy Murray out of US Open

British tennis star Andy Murray crashed out of the US Open in the fourth round on Monday, his earliest Grand Slam exit in five years. South Africa's Kevin Anderson stunned the third seed 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-0) to end Murray's run of 18 consecutive major quarter-finals since the 2010 US Open.


Beckham going into acting

David Beckham has confirmed reports that he is going into acting, and admitted he is ready for the brickbats that may come his way. The former footballer was recently reported to have taken a cameo as a "grumpy knight" in director Guy Ritchie's upcoming film, Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: September 09, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe