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AHEAD of the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China today, protest organisers in control of major roads in the city were demanding that Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying resign, or face the prospect of an escalation of protests.

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THE medals rolled in for Team Singapore at the 17th Asian Games yesterday, when girl power helped the Republic clinch three golds, two silvers and three bronzes, by far their biggest one-day haul in Incheon.
TWO years back, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) had found surgeon Susan Lim guilty of overcharging. In an ironic twist, the High Court ruled that the legal bills sought by SMC from Dr Lim were themselves inflated, and slashed them from $1.33 million to $317,000.
A POPULAR Eu Yan Sang medicinal powder was flagged by the American authorities for lead poisoning risks last week, but the version of the product sold in Singapore, which is from a different manufacturer, is safe for consumption, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) here.

Singapore

EMPLOYERS are receptive to rehiring workers past 65 but are worried about the costs of doing so. They flagged wages and medical bills as the main challenges in rehiring older workers and are hoping for subsidies that could help alleviate the burden.
EVERY morning at 5.30am, Mr Fahmi Rais packs three of his four children into his Kia Sorento sport utility vehicle and drives across the Causeway to drop them off at school in Singapore.
CONSUMERS will be spared - at least for now - any hike in prices of food items as a consequence of the upcoming Causeway toll hike.

Asia

TOKYO - Search and recovery efforts for at least two dozen victims of Japan's worst volcanic eruption in decades were called off due to worries about rising volcanic activity, including the chance of another steam explosion.
BEIJING - In a short, solemn ceremony in central Beijing yesterday, China's top political leaders and a backdrop of 3,000 handpicked extras inaugurated the country's newest national holiday - Martyrs' Day.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to their respective Chinese counterparts, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, to congratulate them on the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China today.

World

JUST like a husband and wife, India and the United States can build their relationship without always seeing eye to eye, visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told an American audience ahead of his meeting with US President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON - The man who jumped the White House fence last month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, and overpowered one Secret Service officer, according to three people familiar with the incident.
WASHINGTON - The savage heatwaves that struck Australia last year were almost certainly a direct consequence of greenhouse gases released by human activity, researchers have said.

Money

CITY Developments (CDL) has acquired a 30.5 billion yen ($355.5 million) historical site in Tokyo as it steps up expansion plans overseas.
THE tender for an executive condominium (EC) site in Sembawang limped to a close yesterday with just two bids - a stark sign of the cooling property market, said analysts.
BUSINESSES and consumers borrowed more from banks in August as confidence in the economy began to lift.

Life!

Director David Fincher is a beast of a perfectionist, known for making his actors reshoot their scenes dozens of times until he is satisfied, as he infamously required Jesse Eisenberg and Rooney Mara to do - 98 times - for a six-minute sequence in The Social Network (2010).
British punk icons the Sex Pistols are known as much for their music and influence on pop culture as they are for the string of controversies that dogged them in the mid-1970s.
Richard Dart seemed to be a sensitive if aimless young British man whose life suddenly snapped into focus after he discovered religion.

Insight

WHEN Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong crooned the first few lines from the xinyao classic Xi Shui Chang Liu (everlasting friendship) during his National Day Rally speech last month, he caught everybody by surprise.
WHEN Shanghai-born Yeh Tsung became music director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) in 2002, he found few music pieces on Singapore - its history, people and their lives - in the orchestra's repertoire.
A SOMETIMES overlooked part of the Singapore "story" is Chinese literature, told local-style. Author and journalist-turned- academic Ow Ching Tee is keen to shed light on its contribution to the national narrative and its place in Nanyang-style culture.

Opinion

THE word "jihad" is once again in the media, as a result of the actions of the radical group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its violent deeds in the Syria- Iraq region.
CHINA'S anti-corruption campaign has been framed as necessary for the Communist Party's survival. It is no small irony that Deng Xiaoping's disguised capitalism that awakened a sleeping dragon is also drowning swathes of the governing and business elites in venality.
CHINA and South-east Asia are geographically contiguous. We have no choice but to live together. China and Asean have decided their relationship should be a "strategic partnership", the 10th anniversary of which was celebrated last year.

Forum Letters

LIEN Foundation chairman Laurence Lien called for experienced leaders from the corporate sector - with "deeper networks, more capability in managing teams and skills to deliver results" - to move into non-profit organisations ("Wanted by non-profits: Corporate leaders"; last Saturday).
I FULLY agree with the experts' view that family members must be informed when a person draws up a Lasting Power of Attorney ("Experts call for more safeguards to LPA scheme"; last Thursday).
A GROWING number of commercial property marketing agents are advertising prices of built-up areas instead of floor areas in their brochures.

Sports

THE FIRST thing Singapore sailor Jodie Lai did after being informed that she had won an Asian Games gold medal in the women's Optimist was not to jump hysterically in glee or embark on a hug-marathon.
FOR the past eight days, they threw bowling balls, each weighing around 10 pounds, about 300 to 400 times - believing that somehow they could overcome unfamiliar lane conditions and beat tough opponents such as powerhouses South Korea for gold.
INCHEON - Just before the women's bowling team began their final frame en route to yesterday's Asian Games team gold medal, head coach Remy Ong got the five of them into a huddle.