What's Next: August 11, 2016

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) medical students receiving white coats at a special ceremony on August 8.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) medical students receiving white coats at a special ceremony on August 8. ST PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH

New security proposals in Germany

Germany's interior minister will propose a raft of new security measures today, including speedier deportations and waiving doctor-patient confidentiality, after a spate of terrorist attacks last month.

The minister, Mr Thomas de Maiziere, is also planning to make being a "threat to public security" grounds for deporting migrants, the Bild daily reported.

NTU's 1st medical batch leaves its mark

To commemorate its first batch of medical undergraduates admitted in August 2013, Nanyang Technological University is today unveiling a 25m-long art installation made in part by the students themselves. The students, who are contributing individual ceramic pieces which signify how they see the role of medicine, studied pottery under Dr Suriani Suratman and Ms Hiroko Mita, two proteges of master potter Iskandar Jalil.

S'pore to release Q2 economic data

Data on Singapore's second-quarter economic performance will be released today. Advance estimates released last month showed the economy expanded a modest 2.2 per cent in the April to June quarter. Manufacturing was the biggest drag on growth in the quarter. The sector has been hit hard by the challenging global environment and tepid demand.

Economists say slowing growth in the service sector is also a key concern.

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