What's News: November 07, 2016

A demonstrator is detained by police during a protest against what they call Beijing's interference over local politics and the rule of law in Hong Kong, China on Nov 6, 2016.
A demonstrator is detained by police during a protest against what they call Beijing's interference over local politics and the rule of law in Hong Kong, China on Nov 6, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Making building facades safer

After a spate of incidents involving crumbling building facades, the Building and Construction Authority is looking at ways they can be made safer.

Residents, MPs and engineers have called for tighter checks, especially for facades on older buildings.


TOP OF THE NEWS

HK protesters clash with police

Chaos broke out in central Hong Kong last night during a protest against Beijing's move to intervene in an oath-taking controversy involving two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers.

Outside the Chinese liaison office, police used pepper spray to drive back protesters, some of whom hurled plastic bottles at cops.



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WORLD

British PM visits India

British Prime Minister Theresa May (photo) flew to India yesterday, a nation she called a "key strategic partner", to prepare the ground for key trade pacts after Britain quits the European Union. Her visit would focus on breaking down barriers and paving the way for a free trade deal after Brexit.


A rice farmer in Suphan Buri province, north of Bangkok, on Wednesday. Regional exporters are considering planting less of the grain.
A rice farmer in Suphan Buri province, north of Bangkok, on Wednesday. Regional exporters are considering planting less of the grain. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Thai govt offers soft loans amid falling rice prices

Falling rice prices have caused an outcry in Thailand - the world's second- largest exporter behind India - prompting the government to rush out soft loans that help farmers to withhold sales. But falling prices are also making regional exporters consider planting less of the grain.


OPINION

Japan and India draw closer

This week's visit to Japan by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an opportunity for Japan to firm up plans for an alliance that can shift the power balance in Asia, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Scientists' vanishing act

A team of Singapore scientists has performed a vanishing act - inventing an "invisibility cloak" that can make objects and animals disappear in daylight and make them undetectable to surveillance devices in the darkness. The scientists believe it could be used in defence and security applications.


HOME

Helpline busier during exams

A helpline and website service that offers advice to primary school children gets busier when it is the exam season. The Singapore Children's Society, which runs Tinkle Friend, said there is a jump in the volume of calls and chats during exam periods.


BUSINESS

Firms ride 'Industry 4.0' wave

A handful of Singapore companies are riding the "Industry 4.0" wave sweeping global manufacturing and taking home-grown advanced manufacturing solutions abroad. These innovations are helping both local and global manufacturers build factories of the future.


SPORT

Tottenham draw with Arsenal

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, returning after a seven-week absence because of an injury, scored the equaliser against Arsenal yesterday to ensure that his side would remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League. Kane converted a penalty to level the scores at 1-1 in the second half.


LIFE

Famous ramen draws crowds

Tsuta's first overseas outlet opened at Pacific Plaza yesterday and around 250 people stood in line for a taste of its noodles. The Japanese eatery stopped accepting new customers at 5pm, an hour ahead of closing time. Diners can choose from eight types of ramen in either shoyu (soya sauce) or shio (salt) broth. Prices start from $15 for a bowl of ramen.



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LIFE

New K-drama likely to be a hit

Legend Of The Blue Sea is a highly anticipated South Korean drama starring heart-throb Lee Min Ho (left) as both a nobleman's son and a con artist, and popular actress Gianna Jun (right) as a mermaid. The show, which opens in Singapore on Nov 17, marks Jun's return to TV after giving birth.

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