What's News: August 20, 2015

At least 40 per cent of two-room flats in new Build-to-Order projects will be set aside for those aged 55 and older.
At least 40 per cent of two-room flats in new Build-to-Order projects will be set aside for those aged 55 and older.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

TOP OF THE NEWS

Choices for older flat buyers

Elderly flat buyers will have a substantial proportion of flats allocated to them, and can opt for shorter leases ranging from 15 to 45 years. Under a new scheme, at least 40 per cent of two-room flats in new Build-to-Order projects will be set aside for those aged 55 and older.

TOP OF THE NEWS

Hunt on for blast suspect

Thai police have issued an arrest warrant and offered 1 million baht (S$40,000) in a bid to track down the chief suspect in Monday's deadly bombing in Bangkok. Police also released a sketch of the man, whom the warrant described as "foreign". The authorities are also hunting two other men seen near the scene of the blast.


Dancers from O School dance school performing at Asia Square yesterday, at an event to launch Got To Move. PHOTO: NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

WORLD

Russia's shrinking rouble

Russia is experiencing its worst economic slump since President Vladimir Putin came to power, resulting in declining standards of living. The rouble has fallen by half against the US dollar, driving prices of imported goods up and causing a collapse in consumption.

WORLD

Somkid to be Thai DPM

Former Thai finance minister Somkid Jatusripitak is set to lead a new economic team in a Cabinet reshuffle as Thailand's military seeks to spur the kingdom's slowing growth. Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday that he will be deputy prime minister.

OPINION

Freshness - from a carton

Bakery chain BreadTalk labelled its soya milk as "freshly prepared" when it was repackaged from a Yeo's carton. Such repackaging is common in the food industry. The issue is not whether it is legal, but whether it is ethical, says consumer correspondent Jessica Lim.

OPINION

Did Lui quit to take the rap?

Did Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew quit politics to take the rap for public transport failures? Or did he disagree fundamentally with the way transport is structured in Singapore? Senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan examines the issue.

HOME

Young achievers honoured

Two madrasah students made history in Singapore by becoming the first from local Islamic religious schools to enter a medical school here. Yesterday, the pair were honoured when they received the Berita Harian Inspiring Young Achiever Award at a gala dinner.

HOME

Solution to keep fruit fresh

National University of Singapore scientists say they are close to discovering a way to more than double the shelf life of cut fruit.

A mixture tested on a honeydew melon extended its edible lifespan at room temperature by up to two days.

MONEY

Bigger houses up for auction

Larger homes are increasingly going up for mortgagee sale, amid higher interest rates and a slumping leasing market.

Banks stepped in and put 99 homes up for auction in the first seven months of the year, well up from the 51 in the same period last year and 11 in 2013, according to latest figures.


PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SPORTS

Coe's new challenge

Sebastian Coe, the new International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president, is "queasy" about the prospect of US sprinter Justin Gatlin, a two-time drug cheat, becoming the 100m world champion in Beijing. Restoring credibility to athletics will bring Coe more praise than any of his own sporting victories.


Dancers from O School dance school performing at Asia Square yesterday, at an event to launch Got To Move. PHOTO: NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

LIFE

Taking dance to the people

The National Arts Council is launching Got To Move, which features about 50 free dance-related activities for the public, such as open classes and studios, dance workshops and masterclasses, and talks. These will be held from Oct 8 to 23. The objective is to get Singaporeans dancing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: August 20, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe