Why It Matters

Every day on Page 2 of The Straits Times, reporters write about why certain news reports matter to readers. This is a weekly round-up of the columns.

The Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) decision to split its existing School of Humanities and Social Sciences into two is significant at a time when Singapore is seeing a greater need for research in the social sciences. Education reporter Amelia Teng said NTU's big interdisciplinary push is vital for the future. http://str.sg/4Ytx

Senior health correspondent Salma Khalik said having doctors and dentists provide subsidised patients with an itemised bill is a good move. With 1.3 million people eligible for the Community Health Assist Scheme, clinics should be more accountable for their charges. http://str.sg/4Y9s

US Bureau Chief Jeremy Au Yong noted that Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's stunning announcement about restarting a probe into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server has made him the target of criticism. He has violated a longstanding practice by the Department of Justice to avoid the appearance of meddling in elections. http://str.sg/4Yzu

Trying to fill 5,000 engineering positions by 2030 will be a challenge as engineering has lost its lustre. But with rail networks expected to expand and rail reliability remaining an issue, operators SMRT and SBS Transit need to woo more people to take up the job, said reporter Zhaki Abdullah. http://str.sg/4YLB

The question of how to sustain the hawker culture is becoming more urgent as the average age of hawkers is 59 and more hawker centres are being built. Reporter Carolyn Khew said that Singaporeans should think about what they want their hawker centres of the future to be like. http://str.sg/4Y8K

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe