What's News: November 25, 2015

Mr Tan Eu Cheng, a former taxi driver whose kidney failure diagnosis two years ago left him unemployed, is one of the beneficiaries of the NKF's new programme.
Mr Tan Eu Cheng, a former taxi driver whose kidney failure diagnosis two years ago left him unemployed, is one of the beneficiaries of the NKF's new programme. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


S'pore a major partner: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Singapore yesterday to witness the signing of documents that would elevate the bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership.

Mr Modi called Singapore "a major partner" in almost every area of priority in India's transformation.


US issues travel alert

Amid heightened concerns over terror attacks, the United States has issued a global travel alert urging its citizens to be vigilant while travelling to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Militant groups are planning attacks in multiple regions, it said.



Muhyiddin gagged

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced yesterday that Umno's deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin would be barred from speaking at the party's annual general meeting, adding to speculation that Mr Muhyiddin, along with vice-president Shafie Apdal, would be axed or suspended from the party due to their criticisms of the leadership.

An arrest warrant is out for Mr Sam Rainsy (left), Cambodia's most prominent opposition leader, after his verbal spat with Premier Hun Sen. PHOTO: REUTERS


Cambodia close to tipping point, says UN

The United Nations warned yesterday that Cambodia was edging towards a "dangerous tipping point" following the government's issuance of an arrest warrant for the most prominent opposition leader. The country has been plunged into a political crisis, said a UN official.


Law firms' global challenges

Singapore's oldest law firm is merging with a global firm, in the first of what some expect will be a wave of such tie-ups as barriers to the export of professional services come down. Grace Leong reports on what local firms stand to gain or lose in this push to globalise.


New flyovers open this week

At 5am on Saturday, two new flyovers will open, offering faster and smoother road connections around Yishun and Seletar Aerospace Park. Thousands of public and private residential projects are being planned for the area over the next few years.


Job help for kidney patients

People suffering from kidney failure can now get help finding workwith a new scheme launched yesterday. Set upby the National Kidney Foundation, the programme will help those on busy dialysis schedules.


New Catalist IPOs to add spark

After a mostly sluggish 2015 for the Singapore Stock Exchange, the Catalist - designed to foster smaller, more innovative firms - has in recent weeks seen a spate of initial public offerings. And the trend could continue into the new year, with another five or six new listings lined up in the early part.


Timor Leste out of Para Games

The Asean Para Games come to Singapore for the first time in just over a week but Timor Leste will play no part. It has been excluded owing to the suspension of its National Paralympic Committee (NPC) by the International Paralympic Committee, as the NPC has not held democratic elections since April 2004.



Film tribute to Sheila Majid

Film and music producer Kevin Chin, who has been obsessed with the music of veteran Malaysian jazz-pop singer Sheila Majid (above) for decades, has produced Sinaran, a $1.3 million Malay musical filmed here, with a plot based loosely on her hit songs. The movie opens in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei tomorrow.


Adele album could set record

British singer Adele's new album, 25, sold at least 2.3 million copies in its first three days of release in the United States, a pace that positions the album to smash even the highest sales projections. It could break the current single-week sales record of 2.42 million copies set by 'N Sync's No Strings Attached in March 2000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 25, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe