What's News: Sept 21, 2017

US President Donald Trump addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.PHOTO: REUTERS


New areas in S'pore-China ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong discussed new areas of bilateral cooperation yesterday as they reaffirmed the deep and strong friendship built over the years by successive generations of leaders.


Ex-teacher acquitted

Two boys had likely colluded to falsely accuse their former uniformed group leader of committing an indecent act just to get back at him. In acquitting the former head of department in a primary school, the judge said there were inconsistencies in the boys' stories, and they had a clear motive to lie. The boys were 13 and 14 years old when the alleged offences took place in 2012. 


Trump speech unsettles Asia

With his threat to "totally destroy North Korea", United States President Donald Trump has stoked fresh jitters in Asia in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly. US allies Japan and South Korea, while blindsided by its vehemence, have sought to cast a positive spin on the speech.


Rain wreaks havoc in Mumbai

Many flights were cancelled and trains were running late in Mumbai yesterday, as heavy rain battered India's financial hub for the second time in weeks, causing massive disruption at the country's second busiest airport.


Can Jurong be the next CBD?

JLD as the next Shenton Way? Those letters stand for Jurong Lake District, planned as a futuristic town and second business district. Rachel Au-Yong asks if this ambitious plan has what it takes to draw businesses and people to the west.


Greying society's medical needs

The number of places offered for medical residents trained in family medicine, advanced internal medicine or geriatrics has jumped from 12 per cent in 2013 to 20 per cent this year. The Health Ministry said the ageing population is fuelling this demand. 


Firms urged to hire more PMETs

Second Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo has urged firms here to not just focus on fresh school leavers and foreigners to fill their vacancies, but to also consider experienced mid-career local professionals, managers, engineers and technicians (PMETs). 


GE 'explores selling ops stake'

Insurer Great Eastern Holdings (GE) has reportedly engaged a Malaysian bank to explore selling a large stake in its operations over the Causeway for as much as US$1 billion (S$1.35 billion). The move likely comes in the wake of a central bank rule - which has been in place since 2009 but not enforced - that requires foreign insurance firms in Malaysia to have at least 30 per cent held by domestic investors. 


Theresa Goh strikes gold

Para-swimmer Theresa Goh won her first gold at the Kuala Lumpur Asean Para Games (APG) in the SB4 100m breaststroke yesterday. Goh, who admitted being slightly unwell, also won a silver in the 100m S6 freestyle on Monday. Her total haul from nine editions of the APG is 30 golds, one silver and one bronze. 


Harvey Norman's big revamp

Following the success of its Millenia Walk flagship store, with spacious interiors and modern finishing, Australian furniture and electronics giant Harvey Norman is revamping all its 13 outlets here with the same concept. Managing director Kenneth Aruldoss said the change is a necessary step.

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Hipster hawkers

Young cooks who offer dishes beyond your usual char kway teow and prata - ST food critics pick eight places to try. http://str.sg/4jdj


Kiwi surprise

Meet Ms Jacinda Ardern, the 37-year-old Labour leader who has a fighting chance of becoming New Zealand's next prime minister. http://str.sg/4jnF

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe