What's News: November 07, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping (second from right) speaking to Singapore President Tony Tan (right) while Mrs Mary Tan (third from left) speaks to Mr Xi's wife Peng Liyuan (second from left) after exchanging gifts at the Istana on Nov 6.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (second from right) speaking to Singapore President Tony Tan (right) while Mrs Mary Tan (third from left) speaks to Mr Xi's wife Peng Liyuan (second from left) after exchanging gifts at the Istana on Nov 6.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWAN

TOP OF THE NEWS

Third S'pore-China project

Singapore and China will be collaborating on their third government-led project in China's south-western Chongqing city to boost its less-developed western regions, following the successes of the Suzhou Industrial Park and the Tianjin Eco-city which began in 1994 and 2008 respectively.

TOP OF THE NEWS

SIA takeover bid for Tigerair

Singapore Airlines has made a $453 million takeover bid for budget carrier Tigerair. It plans to delist and privatise the loss-making carrier but said no jobs would be cut. SIA, which owns 55.8 per cent of Tigerair, is offering stakeholders 41 cents a share. Tigerair shares closed at 31 cents on Thursday.


A child with a leaflet showing NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi during an election rally in Yangon, Myanmar, on Thursday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

 WORLD

NLD expected to do well in Myanmar polls

Pundits expect Myanmar's National League for Democracy to emerge the single largest party in the Ayeyarwady delta in tomorrow's election. If the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party does not hold on to some seats in the delta, where it is fielding strong candidates, several of its top figures may be buried in a political Waterloo.

WORLD

Mahathir quizzed by police

Malaysian police have questioned Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for potential criminal defamation after he accused Prime Minister Najib Razak of bribing ruling Umno officials to stay in power at an anti-government rally. No sitting or former Malaysian prime minister has ever been subject to police questioning.

OPINION

Reflecting on Sino-S'pore ties

Ambassador Tommy Koh has China on his mind as he reflects on 25 years of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore. Singapore, he says, will do its utmost to keep China-Asean ties on a positive trajectory but China must do its part by managing differences with wisdom and self-restraint.

HOME

Woman sues SGH, two docs

The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and two of its doctors have been sued for $8 million by a 51-year-old woman, who claimed that their negligence in treating her urinary condition had caused her to lose her limbs.

BUSINESS

MRT station sites to liven up

There are few MRT users or HDB upgraders around three new MRT stations - Keppel, Cantonment and Prince Edward - announced last week, analysts say, but they are confident the pace of development will pick up.

SPORT

Rossi, Lorenzo say sorry

Valentino Rossi and teammate Jorge Lorenzo both regret their behaviour ahead of this weekend's MotoGP title showdown. Rossi admitted not following the line in Malaysia, leading to him kicking Marc Marquez off his bike, while Lorenzo regretted the thumbs-down he gave Rossi on the Sepang podium.

LIFE

Urban theme for Art Stage

Next year's edition of the Art Stage Singapore art fair will launch a series of South-east Asia-focused programmes on the theme of urbanisation. The fair's sixth edition will run from Jan 21 to Jan 24. Held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, it will anchor the annual Singapore Art Week.

LIFE

Will Adele stream new album?

Music executives are anxiously waiting to see whether British singer Adele  will make her upcoming album, 25, available on streaming services such as Spotifyor withhold it for a time to boost album sales.

Her last album, 21, released in early 2011, sold about 30 million copies worldwide.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 07, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe