What's News: January 07 2016

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Rah-e-Haq party supporters burning an effigy representing Iran, Israel and the US in Pakistan, in support of Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, which had been heavily criticised by Iran.
Rah-e-Haq party supporters burning an effigy representing Iran, Israel and the US in Pakistan, in support of Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, which had been heavily criticised by Iran. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
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TOP OF THE NEWS

Measures for business growth

Singapore's next leg of growth depends on local companies spreading their wings overseas, and the Government must set this priority by changing old policies and introducing new ones, said the Singapore Business Federation yesterday. The business chamber also unveiled a new economic position paper, which outlines a wide range of strategies for supporting business growth.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Taking action against dengue

Residents in current dengue clusters are taking extra steps not to breed mosquitoes or be bitten by one. This comes as dengue cases rose sharply, with the week of Dec 27 to Jan 2 seeing 455 cases - the highest for the year. It brings the total number of people infected last year to more than 11,000, with four dying from this mosquito-borne viral disease.


WORLD

Malaysia bans bauxite mining

Malaysia yesterday announced a three-month ban on bauxite mining in Pahang from the middle of this month amid mounting concern over hazardous dust and pollution. The move could hurt stockpiles in China of the ore, used to make aluminium.


WORLD

Stop opposing Iran, Teheran warns Riyadh

Iran yesterday warned Saudi Arabia to end its prolonged efforts to confront Teheran, as the two countries' diplomatic crisis deepened despite international efforts to defuse the row. Meanwhile, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group yesterday threatened to destroy Saudi Arabian prisons holding militants.


OPINION

Give non-car owners more

Launching car-free Sundays in the civic and central business districts is a welcome signal that roads are shared spaces, but the plan seems overly conservative, writes Danson Cheong. Only a 4.7km loop will be closed, much of it for two hours in the early morning.


HOME

Flagship Victoria's Secret shop

International lingerie brand Victoria's Secret will open its first South-east Asia flagship store in Singapore by the end of the year.

The two-storey outlet will be at Mandarin Gallery and will offer the brand's full assortment of lingerie.


HOME

Doc gets 12 months' probation

A Singapore General Hospital doctor was given 12 months' probation yesterday for threatening and hurting her

elderly father. Dr Tham Kwang Wei, who had undiagnosed depression with psychotic features then, believed bad luck would dog the family after her father broke a pledge to make monthly contributions to their church.


BUSINESS

'Location key for launches'

Developers pondering what might lure buyers back to the market this year already seem to have the answer - reasonably priced homes in good locations.


SPORT

Cricketer in more trouble

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has found himself in more trouble over his alleged antics, which have seen him branded a "creep" and a "womaniser". After trying to flirt with an Australian TV presenter live on air, an Australian woman has now claimed he indecently exposed himself to her in a dressing room last year.


LIFE

R18 rating for Madonna gig

Madonna's upcoming Rebel Heart tour concert in Singapore on Feb 28 has been issued a rare R18 rating by the Media Development Authority, with an advisory on "Sexual References". Only those aged 18 and older will be allowed entry.

Tickets cost from $108 to $688, while VIP tickets are going at $1,288 each.


LIFE

Agency backs BigBang singer

The agency of Korean singer Seungri pledged on Tuesday to support him, after the BigBang member filed a lawsuit against retired singer Shin Eun Sung to recoup 2.05 billion won (S$2.46 million) in an investment fraud case.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 07 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe