What's News: September 02, 2015

Royal Thai Army soldiers leading the Erawan Shrine bombing suspect after they arrested him in Sa Kaeo district, near the Thai-Cambodian border on Sept 1, 2015.
Royal Thai Army soldiers leading the Erawan Shrine bombing suspect after they arrested him in Sa Kaeo district, near the Thai-Cambodian border on Sept 1, 2015.PHOTO: EPA


Thai police nab blast suspect

Thai police have arrested the main suspect in the Aug 17 bomb blast that killed 20 people in Bangkok. The foreign man, who looks like the person seen planting the bomb in CCTV footage, was arrested on the Cambodian border and has been flown to Bangkok for interrogation.


Pollution curbs before parade

China is pulling out all the stops to ensure clear skies for a major military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Some of the measures, such as restricting cars on the road to even or odd number plates and trains skipping stations, are already bearing fruit, with particulate matter levels in Beijing at their lowest in three years.



China 'to overhaul military'

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to announce an overhaul of the Chinese military this month to move it closer to a US-style joint structure command. This would unify the army, navy, air force and strategic missile corps under one command and consolidate the seven military regions.


Proof of 'secular stagnation'

The past two weeks have been turbulent for the world's markets. But they have supported the theory that the global economy is stuck in a semi-permanent rut. Columnist Andy Mukherjee says proof of the "secular stagnation" hypothesis will come from China.


Nurses take on more duties

More nurses in Singapore are prescribing medicine, ordering tests and even carrying out medical procedures, following a trend in many other countries. The practice is easing manpower shortages here and freeing up doctors so that they can focus on complex cases.


Another book by Subhas

The follow-up to criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan's popular book, The Best I Could, will be released next month. Mr Subhas, who died in January aged 67, dictated much of It's Easy To Cry while hooked up to a dialysis machine. The book describes cases he handled.


Wife on murder charge

A senior civil servant was charged with murdering her husband yesterday. No plea was taken from Vivien Teoh Yi Wen, 26, whose husband, Mr Gordon Yeo Han Tong, 33, was apparently found with slash and stab wounds in their Bukit Panjang flat.


S'pore Savings Bonds out

The first issue of Singapore Savings Bonds were rolled out for application yesterday, promising an average annual return of 2.63 per cent for those who hold the bonds for their full 10-year tenor.



No repeat run for Nishikori

Japan's Kei Nishikori, the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam tennis final at last year's US Open, crashed out of the same event in the first round on Monday.

The fourth seed squandered two match points in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 4-6 loss to Frenchman Benoit Paire.



Beauty World revival to be darker

Beauty World, one of Singapore's most beloved musicals, will cha-cha-cha its way back in November and, this time, it will bare a darker underbelly. It will not be the "Disneyland" version it might have felt like in the past, says its playwright Michael Chiang. Popular television actress Jeanette Aw (above, in the foreground) will be shedding her goody-two-shoes Little Nyonya image to play the villain, the man-eating Lulu.


Kanye sparks satirical memes

A potential takeover of the White House by the Kardashian reality television clan fired up social media on Monday, a day after Kanye West, who is married to Kim Kardashian, declared at the MTV Video Music Awards that he planned to run for president in 2020. The rapper's speech sparked dozens of satirical memes on social media.

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