What's News: November 09, 2015

The Future Of Us, a free exhibition at Gardens by the Bay that begins next month, will cap the SG50 celebrations.
The Future Of Us, a free exhibition at Gardens by the Bay that begins next month, will cap the SG50 celebrations.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Janata Dal (U) supporters celebrating after an alliance, led by their party, won the Bihar state polls.
Janata Dal (U) supporters celebrating after an alliance, led by their party, won the Bihar state polls.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Historic day for Myanmar

Voting in Myanmar's landmark general election closed yesterday afternoon after a massive turnout of around 80 per cent. The head of the European Union's observer team - the biggest of the foreign teams watching the polls - hailed the peaceful general election as "a celebration of democracy". The election commission will announce official results from today.


Certifying palm oil products

From next February, the Singapore Environment Council is expected to start certifying if palm oil-based products are made in a sustainable way. This was an issue after fires in Indonesia to clear land for oil palm plantations led to haze. 


Big setback for Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suffered a heavy defeat yesterday in a key election in the country's third-most populous state, signalling the waning power of a leader who, until recently, had an unrivalled reputation as a vote winner. 


'Bomb blast likely' in plane

Investigators of the Russian plane crash in Egypt that killed 224 people are "90 per cent sure" the noise heard in the final second of a cockpit recording was an explosion caused by a bomb, a member of the investigation team said yesterday. 


Brics nations need reform

Today, the trend is to dismiss Brics but this informal grouping of nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - can still make a contribution. They should unite to address issues such as corruption and income inequality at home, writes Jonathan Eyal. 


Searching the past for clues to future

Mr Gene Tan, creative director of The Future Of Us exhibition, which runs from next month to March at Gardens by the Bay, said he read up on history to prepare for the show. Most tickets to the exhibition, which caps the celebrations to mark Singapore's 50th year of independence, have been snapped up for weekends in December. 


More choosing 'ad hoc' tuition

A growing number of students are opting for tuition on an "ad hoc" basis, instead of going for classes weekly. Over 20 tuition centres and private tutors offer such services, which are popular with students with busy schedules. 


New gauge of productivity

Productivity in three key sectors looks stronger than previously thought, according to new indicators that aim to account for the peculiarities of each industry.

The construction, retail and food service sectors all appeared better - though some economists say the indicators are not robust enough. 


More blues for Mourinho

It was just as well that Jose Mourinho was not at the scene to witness Chelsea's seventh Premier League loss of the season at Stoke.

Serving a one-game stadium ban, he watched their 1-0 defeat on TV and faces more problems after a Stoke steward accused Diego Costa of deliberately stepping on him while retrieving the ball. 


Big winners at Chinese awards

Chinese pop singer Zhang Jie (above), Taiwan's Kenji Wu and Hong Kong's Kay Tse were among the big winners at the 15th Global Chinese Music Awards, held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre last Friday night. The event was organised by seven stations around the world, including Singapore's YES 933. 


Maxwell is public's favourite

Maxwell Food Centre was voted by members of the public as their favourite hawker centre for the second year running.

The City Hawker Food Hunt awards, presented yesterday morning, were based on public voting from a shortlist drawn up by organisers City Gas and Shin Min Daily News. 

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