What's News: June 28, 2016

Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrating after scoring the third goal in his team's 4-0 win against Hungary in Toulouse on Sunday.
Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrating after scoring the third goal in his team's 4-0 win against Hungary in Toulouse on Sunday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (above) reshuffled his Cabinet yesterday.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (above) reshuffled his Cabinet yesterday.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Jean Goh (above), daughter of 1970s singers Wu Gang and Xia Hui, won local Mandarin singing competition Hear Me Sing on Sunday.
Jean Goh (above), daughter of 1970s singers Wu Gang and Xia Hui, won local Mandarin singing competition Hear Me Sing on Sunday. PHOTO: MM2 ENTERTAINMENT

TOP OF THE NEWS

SIA plane catches fire

A Singapore Airlines plane bound for Italy caught fire after making an emergency landing back at Changi Airport yesterday morning.

No one was hurt in the incident, which led to the closure of one of the airport's two runways for at least four hours. The plane flew back to Singapore two hours into the flight, after a possible oil leak was detected. 


TOP OF THE NEWS

PM2.5 readings simplified

The National Environment Agency has started issuing bands and descriptors for one-hour concentration readings of fine particles called PM2.5, indicating whether levels are normal, elevated, high or very high.


WORLD

Najib reshuffles Cabinet

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reshuffled his Cabinet yesterday, promoting two new MPs to full ministers and moving two of his loyalists into bigger ministries. But what caught everyone by surprise was the unexpected resignation of Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanazdlah. 


SPORT 

Hazard lights on for Wales 

Skipper Eden Hazard enjoyed what coach Marc Wilmost said was his best show in a Belgium shirt, assisting in the second goal before netting the third in their 4-0 thrashing of Hungary at Euro 2016. He feels Wales next up will be tougher, although fans will be hoping for more of the same.


WORLD

Asian markets rebound

The British pound yesterday hovered at 30-year lows to the United States dollar but most Asian stock markets rebounded from hefty losses fuelled by Britain's decision to leave the European Union, despite fears of months of uncertainty. 


OPINION

Hague ruling tricky for US

The Hague tribunal's ruling on the Philippines' case against China over claims in the South China Sea will come any day now. Whatever the scenario, Washington will be hard-pressed to respond appropriately, says Hugh White in the By Invitation column. 


HOME

Android Pay in Singapore

Google has launched a mobile payment service called Android Pay in Singapore, which will enable all smartphone users to pay at stores by tapping their phones. It can be used at 30,000 retail points here, including FairPrice. 


HOME

5 firms go green on palm oil

Five prominent companies have come together to pledge that they would use palm oil only from sustainable sources, in the wake of concerns about the prolonged haze last year.

The five include consumer goods giant Unilever and home furnishing retailer Ikea. 


BUSINESS

S'pore stock market resilient

Singapore's stock market has weathered the choppy global financial conditions with relative resilience so far.

Yields have been stable and volatility limited, compared with other Asian stock exchanges, even as companies continue to list on the stock exchange, said the Singapore Exchange yesterday. 


LIFE

Singers' child wins contest

Jean Goh (above), daughter of 1970s singers Wu Gang and Xia Hui, won local Mandarin singing competition Hear Me Sing on Sunday. The 25-year-old beat more than 400 hopefuls to win $5,000 cash, a voice-training course in Taiwan, and an acting role in a movie produced by mm2 Entertainment. 


LIFE

Nonya culture stitched up

Nyonya Needlework, a new exhibition at the Peranakan Museum, features almost 200 items of embroidery and beadwork from Singapore's national collection - the largest collection of Nonya needlework in public hands - as well as some loans from the Netherlands. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe