What's News: November 11, 2015

Ben Askren is the ONE Championship welterweight world champion with a 14-0 record. He will face off against Luis Santos on Friday.
Ben Askren is the ONE Championship welterweight world champion with a 14-0 record. He will face off against Luis Santos on Friday.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Manas Kongpan, the most high-profile defendant, entering court yesterday.
Manas Kongpan, the most high-profile defendant, entering court yesterday.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Julian Cheung and Charmaine Sheh in Return Of The Cuckoo.
Julian Cheung and Charmaine Sheh in Return Of The Cuckoo.PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES


NLD headed for landslide win

Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) looks headed for a landslide win in Myanmar's first free election in 25 years, likely exceeding the 329 seats it needs to form a government on its own. Its huge majority will inevitably roll back some of the army's influence, but analysts say the party must be strategic.


Xi will have safe visit: Manila

The Philippines said it will not discuss the South China Sea issue at next week's Apec meet, promising a "safe, comfortable and productive" visit for Chinese President Xi Jinping. Manila "recognises that the Apec summit is not the proper forum to discuss this issue", said a Foreign Ministry spokesman.


Trafficking suspects in court

Six months after mass graves were discovered on the Thai-Malaysian border, 88 human trafficking suspects appeared shackled in a packed Bangkok courtroom yesterday to face charges. The case, which implicates a three-star general as well as an influential businessman, is expected to take more than a year to conclude. 


Askren wants quick win in re-match

American MMA fighter Ben Askren aims to finish off Luis Santos inside eight minutes when they meet in their ONE Championship showdown in Singapore on Friday. Their bout in Manila in April was stopped after just two minutes because the Brazilian claimed he was poked in the eye.


India eyes weaponised drones

India is vying to become one of the first countries to import the US' Predator Avenger drones - known to be sleek, fast killing machines - in a move that would allow it to drop a bomb remotely on any square inch of Pakistan. It could also become a strategic consideration in border stand-offs with China.


Taking on S'pore in finance

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi is looking east, and in particular to Singapore, for inspiration to build its financial centre, the Abu Dhabi Global Market. It even wooed Singaporean Richard Teng to head its regulatory unit. Goh Eng Yeow looks at the implications for the Republic. 


E-cigarettes sold illegally

Electronic smoking devices, which are banned in Singapore, are being sold illegally online. Such devices, which include e-cigarettes, are bought by users including teens under 18. The devices can be obtained from online marketplaces like Carousell, Gumtree and Qoo10, as well as social media sites.


SCC to vote on leaders' fate

Members of the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) will vote tomorrow on whether to oust the club's president Baldev Singh and his deputy Brian Teo, who have come under fire over suggestions to tighten criteria for the club's sports memberships.


SMEs face credit crunch

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), already grappling with slumping sales and tight cash flows, are finding that credit is drying up too. Banks are still offering loans, but these come with too-high interest rates or terms they find difficult to meet.


Big plunge for returning duo

Julian Cheung Chi Lam and Charmaine Sheh reprise their old television roles in the movie Return Of The Cuckoo, which picks up from where their hit 2000 TVB drama of the same name left off. The most challenging part of filming the movie? Sky-jumping off the 233m-tall Macau Tower.


Rhys Meyers to shoot here

Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers will shoot a new movie, Shambala, in Singapore. It is being produced by Singapore-based production company Xeitgeist. Singapore actor Allan Wu has also been cast in it. The company says it has raised funds from private sources, and does not need funds from the Media Development Authority. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - 5NIMYANMAR11'. Print Edition | Subscribe