What's News: November 12, 2016

Passengers switching between the East West Line and the Circle Line at Buona Vista Station. For stories on the Circle Line, MRT transport system, transportation in Singapore, commuters, and so on.
Passengers switching between the East West Line and the Circle Line at Buona Vista Station. For stories on the Circle Line, MRT transport system, transportation in Singapore, commuters, and so on. PHOTO: ST FILE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Circle Line mystery solved

The mystery behind a series of delays on the MRT's Circle Line has finally been solved. Engineers from the Defence Science and Technology Agency say faulty signalling hardware on a new train sent "erroneous signals" to other nearby trains, causing their emergency brakes to kick in.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Schooling to sign books

Olympic champion Joseph Schooling will be helping to raise funds for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund on Nov 21. He will sign copies of two new books about him, From Kid To King and Schooling Joseph, at News Centre in Toa Payoh North.


Mr Xi giving a speech yesterday to mark Sun's 150th birth anniversary.
Mr Xi giving a speech yesterday to mark Sun's 150th birth anniversary. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Xi vows to block separatism

Drawing parallels to modern China's founding father Sun Yat-sen, Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday pledged to block any attempts in Hong Kong or Taiwan to break away from the mainland, sending a warning to pro-independence advocates.


Afghan security forces and Nato troops at the site of the explosion near the German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, yesterday.
Afghan security forces and Nato troops at the site of the explosion near the German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

Afghan Taleban attacks German consulate

A Taleban suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into a wall around the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif yesterday, with casualties reported. Armed attackers followed up the blast, battling with Afghan and German security forces late into the night before the attack was suppressed.


OPINION

IP's critical role in innovation

Intellectual property (IP) is morphing from a tool to exclude, to a basis for cooperation. Today, IP is best used to facilitate open innovation that benefits even small and medium-sized enterprises and spurs economic growth, say Lim Chuan Poh and Suresh Sachi.


HOME

From road to runway

Lim Chu Kang Road will turn into a runway this weekend, with the Republic of Singapore Air Force testing its fighter jets as part of Exercise Torrent.

The road offers extra capacity in getting 12 fighter jets airborne in quick succession.


HOME

Auto ramps for buses?

The authorities are considering automated wheelchair ramps for public buses, to make it more convenient for disabled and elderly commuters. Currently, bus captains have to manually deploy ramps.


BUSINESS

Key step for S'pore's future

The soon-to-be finalised report of the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) is an important step in preparing Singapore for the future, but it will not be a panacea for the nation's economic challenges, said Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) and co- chair of the CFE.


SPORT

Lions are underdogs: Hariss

Lions vice-captain Hariss Harun is frank in assessing Singapore's recent form before next week's Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup. "We are going into this tournament as underdogs," he said yesterday at the team's launch of their new Nike kit. "I wouldn't want to lie; the results haven't been positive. At the end of the day, football is results-based."


LIFE

Baba House reopens

The ultramarine Baba House in Neil Road, now revamped and reopened, is filled with elaborate bedrooms and Peranakan history. A new book has also been published to offer a closer look at Baba House artefacts, such as silver-backed hairbrushes and a Victorian four-poster bed.


LIFE

Etsy craft market in S'pore

Forty Singapore-based crafters will sell their handmade wares and do live demonstrations at the Etsy Made Local market at the outdoor plaza of Capitol Piazza this weekend. Clay jewellery, cushion covers and paintings are among the crafts that visitors can check out. The sellers make their living on Etsy, an online marketplace dedicated to craft and vintage items.

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