What's Next: July 2, 2015

Skyline photograph of Marina Bay Sands.
Skyline photograph of Marina Bay Sands.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Looking ahead to S'pore's future

The long-term trends in geopolitics, the economy and democratic governance that will shape Singapore's future will be up for discussion by leaders and policymakers at the Singapore at 50: What lies ahead? conference organised by the Institute of Policy Studies and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks tonight at the opening dinner. The dialogue, moderated by US journalist Fareed Zakaria, kicks off the two-day conference.

SMRT to open bus training centre

Commuters now expect more from their public transport, and provider SMRT hopes to raise its game through its new Bus Training and Evaluation Centre, which opens officially today.

The centre will be the first here to provide team-based training for bus captains and operational service controllers. It will also use big data analytics to personalise training programmes for each driver.

Emergency meeting on migrant crisis

The ongoing migrant crisis of thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingya being smuggled into various countries has prompted an emergency meeting of Asean security ministers in Kuala Lumpur today. Thousands of illegal immigrants are adrift in waters between Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, abandoned by human traffickers.

A summit in Bangkok last month touched on the crisis, but a solution is lacking on how to stem the flow and where to settle those rescued.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2015, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe