What's News: August, 14 2015

A painting depicting Chinese resistance against the Japanese occupation at a Beijing exhibition.
A painting depicting Chinese resistance against the Japanese occupation at a Beijing exhibition.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


50 killed in Tianjin blasts

Massive explosions at a warehouse in China's coastal Tianjin city have claimed at least 50 lives and injured more than 700 others, with 6,000 residents expected to be forced to evacuate their homes. Officials, while playing down concerns of potentially toxic air, did not shed light on the cause of the blasts.


Rebound in regional bourses

Most Asian bourses rebounded and some currencies recovered yesterday, even as China devalued its currency for a third straight day. This came after Beijing eased fears over a disorderly devaluation of the yuan, with the People's Bank of China saying it supports a strong, stable yuan in the long term. 

Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann (left) has been ousted from the ruling party by President Thein Sein.
Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann (left) has been ousted from the ruling party by President Thein Sein. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Power struggle in Myanmar

Myanmar President Thein Sein has consolidated power in the ruling party after ousting its leader, Thura Shwe Mann, also the Speaker of Parliament, in a dramatic move which saw a police swoop on the party headquarters. 


China's WWII heroes in spotlight ahead of military parade

China's machinery is in full swing promoting heroes who took on Japanese invaders during World War II as a military parade celebrating China's triumph draws near. The nationwide commemorative activities are aimed not only at bashing a former enemy, but also at boosting Chinese nationalistic pride, analysts say.


One final apology from Japan

On the 70th anniversary of World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should make one final, definitive apology for Japan's role in the war, and be done with it, says Associate Editor Ravi Velloor. Japan has done penance aplenty, not only with its peace commitments, but also its stellar record. 


Hope for acid-attack victim

A Ugandan woman who was blinded and disfigured by an acid attack last year may have a chance to get her sight back. A social activist is raising funds for Namale Allen to come to Singapore to see a surgeon who could treat her. 


Makeover for SkillsFuture

A national scheme to train workers with the right skills demanded by employers is getting a makeover.

SkillsFuture is looking for a branding expert to create a new logo and brand system for it. 


Malaysia's GDP growth slows

Malaysia's economy saw its smallest expansion in almost two years after a new consumption tax curbed private spending, adding pressure on policymakers to revive confidence in a nation facing political turmoil and a weakening currency. Gross domestic product rose 4.9 per cent year on year in the three months through June. 


Golf clubs offer special rates

As part of a special arrangement with the Singapore Golf Association (SGA) to celebrate SG50, nine local golf clubs will offer heavily discounted rates - some by as much as 65 per cent - on selected days in October. The initiative was put forward by SGA president Bob Tan to encourage greater participation in the sport. 


SG50 concerts in heartland

This month, there are several ambitious concerts in the heartland in belated celebration of National Day. These include West Coast Rocks, featuring husband-and-wife singers Tay Kewei and Alfred Sim (left); the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Musical Concert; and TinHill Rock Fest, with a line-up consisting exclusively of Singaporean indie rock acts such as Caracal. 


HK stars in slapping incident

Veteran actor Patrick Tse tried to slap co-star Kenneth Tsang while promoting their reality show, but TVB said it was not a publicity stunt. The incident, captured on video, happened after Wednesday's press conference for the travelling programme Four Amigos Bon Voyage. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe