What's News: Feb 6, 2016

TOP OF THE NEWS

Big expansion plans for SGH

Singapore General Hospital will be relocated to another section of its Outram campus as it is expanded and improved under a masterplan unveiled by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. There will be four new buildings: the 550-bed Outram Community Hospital, the National Cancer Centre, an interim emergency department, and part of the new general hospital.


TOP OF THE NEWS

France probing KL arms deal

French prosecutors have launched a formal investigation into whether Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was paid bribes over a long-contentious US$1.2 billion (S$1.7 billion) arms deal when he was defence minister.


Chinese migrant workers at a construction site in Tangshan City, Hebei province.
Chinese migrant workers at a construction site in Tangshan City, Hebei province. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

No happy new year for workers

With China's economy growing at its slowest pace in 25 years, more workers are not getting their pay on time and labour unrest is on the rise, a concern for Beijing as it seeks to avoid social unrest even as financial pressures build. Observers have noticed a spike in protests in the last quarter of 2015.


WORLD

Zika: Blood-donation warning

The World Health Organisation has advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who have visited regions affected by the Zika virus, with dozens of cases emerging in Europe and North America involving travellers.


OPINION

Being clever is not enough

Clever people often steal the limelight but their cleverness can also undercut them as leaders, making them seem arrogant, even unkind, writes Professor David Chan. He explains why individuals need both a quick wit and wisdom to lead well.


HOME

Tests on how to build tunnel

Tests will be carried out to see how a tunnel can be built through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. A study found the environmental impact can be kept moderate, said the authorities. The tunnel is part of the Cross Island Line.


HOME

Green light for cab app Karhoo

A third taxi-booking app has been given approval to start being used here. Unlike Grab and Hailo, Karhoo works by sending requests for a ride to the cab companies themselves, giving users a selection of taxis that they can pick.

It is not yet known when it will launch.


BUSINESS

Gloomy forecast remains

The Indonesian economy grew by 5 per cent in the fourth quarter and 4.8 per cent last year. The stronger-than-expected showing, however, did little to lift the gloomy prognosis this year for South-east Asian economies, say economists.


Mr Obama displaying his Warriors' jersey, a gift from the NBA champions, during a ceremony at the White House in their honour.
Mr Obama displaying his Warriors' jersey, a gift from the NBA champions, during a ceremony at the White House in their honour. PHOTO: REUTERS

SPORT

Obama plays host to the Warriors

US President Barack Obama, a basketball aficionado, welcomed reigning NBA champions Golden State Warriors to the White House on Thursday, and joked with star Stephen Curry and his league-leading teammates. He had played golf with Curry last August while on vacation.



PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

LIFE

Gong Li relished playing villain

Chinese actress Gong Li relished playing the invincible and complicated villain White Bone Demon in the new fantasy film, The Monkey King 2. Of her first action role, she says she did not talk much in between takes because special effects make-up sittings went on for up to six hours and she needed to conserve her "power".


LIFE

Try this SUV for a chic ride

Those who like their SUVs rugged and oozing machismo may be a little disappointed by the new Suzuki Vitara. But for those who like their rides chic and urbane, the new model will not disappoint with its compact size and smooth handling. In fact, it comes across looking like an oversized hatchback and drives like a car.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 06, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: February 06 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe