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FOR the first time, the Health Ministry (MOH) is planning to run its own nursing homes to help Singapore cope with the demands of a greying population.

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PRESIDENT Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has defended himself against a claim in WikiLeaks that he was among leaders in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam investigated in a bribery scandal, where currency printing contracts were secured by a company linked to the Reserve Bank of Australia.
THE third Sino-Singapore joint venture must be one that breaks new ground and has a nation- wide impact in China, and not just one that offers economic benefits on the local level where it is located, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean yesterday.
THE Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the nascent China-backed institution that will finance Asian countries' building needs, will work hand-in-hand with other multilateral lending agencies such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said yesterday.

Singapore

ELECTRONICS giant Panasonic has set up an indoor farm here to supply local restaurants and retailers with vegetables such as lettuce and radishes.
STUDENTS enrolled in private schools are usually more focused on getting a degree than taking up sports or other co-curricular activities (CCAs).
DO NOT make anonymous complaints against your bosses if you want the authorities to probe your grouses fully.

Asia

MORE than a dozen new probes or graft-related sackings and prosecutions have been announced in the two days since a formal investigation was launched against former security czar Zhou Yongkang as President Xi Jinping kept up his anti-corruption drive.
BEIJING - Former security chief Zhou Yongkang is facing the same political path as his one-time ally Bo Xilai, which leads to the gates of Qincheng prison, a compound north of Beijing that has confined a Who's Who of China's fallen elite.
BEIJING - China's Defence Ministry has allowed foreign media for the first time to attend its monthly news conference in another step towards increasing transparency, though the briefing yielded little concrete news.

World

LONDON - For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it is not about complex virology or genotyping, but about how contagious microbes can spread via planes, bikes and taxis.
KENEMA (Sierra Leone) - Sierra Leone has buried a doctor it hailed as a "national hero" for saving the lives of more than 100 Ebola patients before succumbing himself to the killer tropical disease.
GAZA - Israel said yesterday that it will not pull its troops from Gaza until they finish destroying a network of cross-border tunnels, despite sharp United Nations criticism over the civilian death toll.

Money

INSURERS and agents have welcomed moves to force companies to provide a direct sales channel for basic life insurance products.
UNITED Overseas Bank (UOB) delivered a strong set of results that have underpinned the recent surge in its share price amid a slowing home-lending market.
THE outgoing chairman of beleaguered Tigerair has acknowledged that the budget carrier made some mistakes over the years, from ordering too many planes to failing to keep a close eye on its Australian operations.

Life!

If jostling with the downtown crowds over National Day weekend seems too much to bear, gather friends and family members for a theme party.
From Aug 24, 3,100 handmade flower-shaped lanterns will "bloom" along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown.
The story: In Missouri, 1988, a boy, Peter Quill, is taken by aliens and raised by the Ravagers, a band of space pirates. During an attempt to steal a powerful and mysterious object, the adult Quill (Chris Pratt) is ambushed by the henchmen of the supervillian Ronan (Lee Pace), but he escapes.

Insight

"IMPROVE the returns on people's CPF savings" is a common refrain these days, one that was picked up by experts speaking at a forum on CPF and Retirement Adequacy on Tuesday, but they varied over how to achieve this.
ROY NGERNG: Now that we know that the CPF is invested in the GIC, is it also possible to know what is the interest earned in Singapore dollar terms since inception?
AS MUCH as half of Singapore's working population, many of them graduates in the middle-income group, may not have enough in their Central Provident Fund (CPF) accounts to tide them through their golden years.

Opinion

THERE can be no doubt that Singapore's legal world is in for an exciting ride with the accession of Mr Vijaya Kumar Rajah SC (universally abbreviated to V.K. Rajah) to the crucially important position of Attorney-General.
ONE of the ways in which the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) acts as a watchdog of the public interest is through its disciplinary hearings process. This process gives edge to its regulatory function of ensuring that doctors in Singapore live up to the high professional and ethical standards of their calling. The SMC's stringent powers are necessary to prevent doctors from becoming a closed group of professionals who can hold the public to ransom, particularly the individual patient who does not possess the specialised skills to understand, let alone challenge, medical decisions. The council's powers seek to protect the legitimate interests of doctors as well.
THE once red-hot property market has begun to slow in the wake of a succession of new rules but prices probably need to fall further before policymakers wind back these cooling measures.

Forum Letters

I READ with dismay that four more Electronic Road Pricing gantries along the Ayer Rajah Expressway are going to be operational from next Monday ("4 new ERP gantries on congested AYE"; Wednesday).
WE DISAGREE with Mr Tan Suan Jin's assertion that the addition of an engine power criterion in Category A has not improved the demarcation between premium and mass-market cars ("Reconsider engine power criterion for cars"; July 18).
MR LIM Wei Kwang ("Treat social enterprises as normal companies"; Monday) stated that "it is an anomaly for businesses to call themselves 'social enterprises' ".

Sports

LONDON - In a space of half an hour on Wednesday, the Hampden Park roar that greeted a track duo proved that there is more to this sport than its nine-second wonder from Jamaica.
SINGAPORE'S local-born paddlers Clarence Chew and Isabelle Li ended their debut Commonwealth Games campaign yesterday with a straight-games loss in their mixed doubles tie.
SINGAPORE national shooter Jasmine Ser returned home to a warm welcome yesterday, after she clinched a gold medal in the final shooting competition - the 50m rifle, three positions - at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.