What's News: September 27, 2016

Dan Norton tackling Fiji's Leone Nakarawa in the Olympic final in Rio. The winger scored Britain's only try in their 43-7 drubbing.
Dan Norton tackling Fiji's Leone Nakarawa in the Olympic final in Rio. The winger scored Britain's only try in their 43-7 drubbing.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his top officials for talks over the treaty.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his top officials for talks over the treaty.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Hear about Mr Ting's plans for the Asian Civilisations Museum.
Hear about Mr Ting's plans for the Asian Civilisations Museum.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

TOP OF THE NEWS

Micron gives S'pore job boost

Singapore's manufacturing sector received a huge vote of confidence as Micron Technology pumped US$4 billion (S$5.4 billion) into its Woodlands facility - a move that is expected to create 500 new jobs.

The investment in the technology fabrication plant, which is among the most advanced in the world, will help the chipmaker consolidate its position as a supplier to some of the world's leading technology brands.

TOP OF THE NEWS

Jailed for killing lover

A hairstylist who stabbed his boyfriend to death was yesterday given 12 years' jail for culpable homicide. Tan Chee Yeow, 40, had been upset that Tan Chin Siong, 48, an assistant vice-president at a local bank, had not acknowledged their relationship publicly. 

WORLD

India-Pakistan pact review?

India has threatened a review of the 56-year-old Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan, an agreement to share the waters of six cross-border rivers, following the terror attack on an Indian Army camp in Kashmir recently. India has blamed Pakistan for the Sept 18 attack which killed 19 soldiers.

WORLD

Clinton-Trump debate

Mrs Hillary Clinton and Mr Donald Trump enter their first televised debate today (Singapore time) as the two most deeply unpopular presidential candidates in American modern history. They are virtually tied, based on recent national polls.

OPINION

Caught between US and China

As tensions mount in Asia, small and mid-sized countries face a stark choice of how far to support the US as it pushes back against China's increasingly assertive regional conduct, writes Hugh White. What complicates matters is the US' flawed policy in the region. 

HOME

S'pore Power on green drive

In the largest purchase of electric vehicles here, national utility company Singapore Power is replacing its fleet of 400 service vehicles with electric vans. For a start, it plans to bring in 31 Renault Kangoos by the year end. 

HOME

'No' to mental illness history

Mental health advocacy group Silver Ribbon is trying to get the authorities to urge firms to stop asking potential employees if they have a history of mental illness in job application forms. It met the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices last month to discuss this. 

BUSINESS

Manufacturing still sluggish

Singapore's manufacturing remained in the doldrums last month, with output barely up from a year earlier.

Production rose just 0.1 per cent from August last year - well below forecasts of a 0.5 per cent gain. Still, it was an improvement from the 3.5 per cent drop in output in July. 

SPORT

Rugby sevens 'has great potential in Asia'

After a rousing debut at last month's Rio Olympics, rugby sevens has much room for growth in Asia, says England winger Dan Norton, as he highlighted Japan's shock run to the semi-finals. Skill levels will improve faster as players, in whatever position, are more involved in the game.

LIFE

Monthly chats at the museum

Asian Civilisations Museum's new director Kennie Ting, 38, will be holding monthly casual chats on the museum's front steps, starting from the last Friday of next month.

He will share with the public about the museum, his work and the challenges he faces, as well as gather general feedback. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe