What's News: October 16, 2015

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (left) meeting his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan on the first day of his visit to China and on the sidelines of the Asean-China Defence Ministers' informal summit in Beijing, on Oct 15.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (left) meeting his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan on the first day of his visit to China and on the sidelines of the Asean-China Defence Ministers' informal summit in Beijing, on Oct 15. PHOTO: MINDEF

TOP OF THE NEWS

A day's leave to volunteer

From next year, 82,000 civil servants will be able to take one day of leave per year to volunteer at an approved charity of their choice. This will be on top of their annual leave quota. The public service will also adopt at least 50 charities next year.

TOP OF THE NEWS

Views for Founders' Memorial

The committee tasked to come up with a concept for a Founders' Memorial which honours Singapore's first generation of political leaders will hold dialogues to get views from members of the public. The public can also give comments on the memorial's suggested location and form on a new website.


Myanmar President Thein Sein signing the ceasefire accord. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Myanmar truce deal a first step

A ceasefire deal signed between Myanmar's government and eight armed groups, while hard-won and significant, is only the first step on a torturous road, say observers. Its success depends on tangible efforts to adhere to commitments agreed upon. Doing so will be complex and prickly, and made more so by the general election on Nov 8.

WORLD

Pact boosts defence ties

An agreement struck between Singapore and China last year has boosted defence ties, Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said, agreeing with Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan at their meeting during Dr Ng's visit to China.

OPINION

Taiwan looks south for growth

Taiwan's dependence on China has dragged down growth this year. To diversify away from the mainland, it has to work around the Beijing blockade on trade pacts. Political leaders champion a Go South policy that looks to South-east Asia and India, writes senior writer Goh Sui Noi.


ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

HOME

Hold on to your balloons at NEL train stations

Posters have been put up at MRT stations on the North East Line to remind commuters to hold on to their balloons tightly when they are in a station. If flyaway balloons get caught in the power lines, they might trigger a train disruption.

HOME

Childcare centre in trouble

A couple who run 11 Sweetlands Childcare centres have had their Approved Person status revoked for allegedly making unauthorised withdrawals from the Child Development Accounts of several children.

The Ministry of Social and Family Development served notice on them on Wednesday.

BUSINESS

Bargain hunting in oil slump

More foreign corporates are eyeing energy-related companies here as they hunt for bargains amid the oil price slump, according to market watchers.

SPORT

Liverpool manager's pitch

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has told his players to perform with bravery and with more fun in their eyes.

And as his side get ready for a tough game against Tottenham tomorrow, one problem has surfaced. Defender Joe Gomez has suffered an injury and is likely to be sidelined for up to nine months.


PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SPORT

Rory aims to be in contention

Golf's world No. 3 Rory McIlroy aims to make up for lost time when he plays in the Frys.com Open this week. The Northern Irishman, sidelined for almost two months after rupturing a ligament in his ankle, has had a couple of good finishes on his return but not really been in contention for the title.

LIFE

Hello Kitty carnival in town

Hello Kitty Go Around, a touring carnival which started last year for the cult icon's 40th birthday, is making its maiden voyage outside Hong Kong, to Singapore. For the next 3 1/2 weeks, the carnival at Resorts World Sentosa's Coliseum will feature rides, games, special merchandise and meet-and-greet sessions.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: October 16, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe