What's News: November 02, 2016

The Labour Movement will be holding a closed door dialogue session with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss current and future challenges, and what working people of today can do to prepare for tomorrow.
The Labour Movement will be holding a closed door dialogue session with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss current and future challenges, and what working people of today can do to prepare for tomorrow. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

TOP OF THE NEWS

PM Lee addresses job worries

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last night outlined what the Government is doing to help businesses upgrade and create good jobs, and help Singaporeans acquire skills for these jobs. The labour movement and Manpower Ministry will make sure workers facing layoffs are treated fairly, and match them with available jobs, he said in a speech at the NTUC.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Beijing and KL sign 14 deals

China and Malaysia have inked 14 agreements, with one involving the sale of Chinese naval vessels, reflecting their warming ties amid a tussle for regional influence between Beijing and Washington. The deals were signed as part of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's six-day visit to China.


At the end of last year, China had 48 passenger airlines, up from 36 at the end of 2012.
At the end of last year, China had 48 passenger airlines, up from 36 at the end of 2012. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

WORLD

China's demand for planes up

China's appetite for planes and pilots is building up, whetted by a slew of new airlines launched in the last three years as local governments, private firms and larger carriers fight for a share of the country's fast-growing domestic travel market.


WORLD

Suu Kyi starts visit to Japan

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Tokyo last night for an introductory visit, during which business will likely be high on the agenda. Ms Suu Kyi is wooing investors to jump-start a nascent economy after the lifting of US sanctions last month.


OPINION

People make a city smart

What makes a city truly smart? Sure, smart sensor technology is a key enabler, but Professor Thomas Menkhoff says that a recent visit to Berlin and Barcelona showed that it is people and their ground-up initiatives that turn a smart city into a compelling home.


HOME

Unfazed by new Malaysian levy

Most drivers here are unfazed by the new road charge levied since yesterday to enter Malaysia.

Singapore cars will be charged an extra RM20 (S$7), which most said they could comfortably foot. But a few said they would reconsider going to Malaysia.


HOME

Guilty of slashing wife's throat

A man slashed his wife's throat because she would not help him to extend his visa to stay in Singapore. Indian national Krishnan Karunakaran, 45, pleaded guilty to attempted culpable homicide and criminal intimidation, and will be sentenced on Friday.


BUSINESS

Nationwide locker system

Missing a parcel delivery because no one was home is a common online shopping frustration, but it will soon be a thing of the past. A nationwide system of lockers will be rolled out by the end of next year to make parcel collection more convenient for both shoppers and deliverymen.


Harry Kane being stretchered off after injuring his ankle back in September. His impending return will surely cheer Spurs manager Pochettino.
Harry Kane being stretchered off after injuring his ankle back in September. His impending return will surely cheer Spurs manager Pochettino. PHOTO: REUTERS

SPORT

Spurs hope key men's return will spur challenge

While Tottenham stay unbeaten in the Premier League and Champions League, injuries have stalled their push. Manager Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld will not return against Leverkusen today but Kane might feature against Arsenal at the weekend.



PHOTO: COURTESY OF RYOICHI WAGO

LIFE

Fukushima's tweeting poet

When an earthquake rattled Japan in 2011, crippling a nuclear plant in Fukushima and triggering the country's worst nuclear disaster, poet Ryoichi Wago (photo) stuck around as the streets emptied, capturing his anguish in a series of moving and poetic tweets. He will be coming here for the Singapore Writers Festival, where Japan is the country of focus this year.


LIFE

Actress on Hitchcock assault

Actress Tippi Hedren - mother of actress Melanie Griffith and grandmother of Fifty Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson - graphically chronicles in a new memoir incidents in which she says she was sexually assaulted and harassed by director Alfred Hitchcock during her star turns in The Birds and Marnie.

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