What's News: October 24, 2015

HDB flats in Bishan.
HDB flats in Bishan.PHOTO: ST FILE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Bus, train fares to be cut

Bus and train fares will be cut by up to four cents per journey from Dec 27, the Public Transport Council announced yesterday. The reduction, which takes into account the drop in energy prices last year, will coincide with the opening of Downtown Line 2.

TOP OF THE NEWS

HDB resale prices stabilising

Property resale prices continued to fall across the board in the third quarter, with the private market registering a larger drop.

While Housing Board resale prices are showing signs of stabilisation, private property resale prices were down 1.3 per cent. That is the largest quarterly decline since 2013.

WORLD

School killer 'driven by racism'

Thursday's attack on a school in Sweden by a masked man (above) who killed a teacher and a student and wounded two others was motivated by racism. The police reached that conclusion after a search of the killer's flat and an analysis of how the 21-year-old selected his victims at the school in the town of Trollhattan.

WORLD

Myanmar's jade trade

It may be the biggest natural resource heist in modern history. The jade industry in Myanmar's Kachin state is worth up to US$31 billion (S$43 billion) yearly, but the sole beneficiaries are a few military officials, their cronies and drug lords, says a report.

OPINION

Discard mental asylum cliche

For much of its 87 years, the Institute of Mental Health has been a psychiatric asylum, providing a safe place for those who need long-term care. It's time to get over the cliche of mental institutions as prisons of the body and soul, says psychiatrist Chong Siow Ann.


MyRepublic’s two-month 4G network trial is confined to certain public areas, such as outside JCube mall (above). PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

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My Republic starts 4G mobile service trial

MyRepublic, which hopes to become the fourth telco here, has started a 4G mobile service trial. During the two-month trial, some 1,000 members of the public will be able to test voice calls and unlimited data use over its 4G network.

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Lawyer heard wife scream

A lawyer told the court yesterday how he heard his wife scream after entering his smoke-filled office, where she was later found dead. Mr Rengarajoo Balasamy was testifying in the murder trial of his former client, Govindasamy Nallaiah.

BUSINESS

Q3 private home prices down

Private home prices slid at a faster pace in the third quarter and are now on a par with prices in the first three months of 2011. Prices fell 1.3 per cent in July to September, after falling 0.9 per cent in April to June, according to data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority yesterday.

SPORT

Tennis stars set for showdown

WTA Finals Singapore top seed Simona Halep has been drawn in the Red Group with world No. 3 Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Flavia Pennetta.

In the White Group are second seed Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber and Lucie Safarova. The top two in each group make the semi-finals.

LIFE

Jenny Bakery draws queue

Hong Kong cookie shop Jenny Bakery, which has opened an outlet in Ang Mo Kio, saw queues forming more than an hour ahead of its opening on its first day of business yesterday. Customers were limited to four tins each of the butter and coffee cookies, almond flakes and nougat - products the bakery is famous for.

LIFE

Musical tribute to Mr Lee's life

Home-grown composer Zechariah Goh has written a piece of music in three movements based on the pain, love and legacy of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The 20-minute piece is one of five works that will be featured in The Philharmonic Winds' Singapore Compose! concert tonight.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: October 24, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe