What's News: June 9, 2017

North Korea's launch of land-to-ship missiles being shown on TV at a Seoul railway station.
North Korea's launch of land-to-ship missiles being shown on TV at a Seoul railway station.PHOTO: REUTERS


Far fewer people in huge debt

The number of borrowers facing credit woes from high levels of unsecured loans has fallen sharply. In March, there were 14,000 borrowers who had unsecured debt of more than 24 times their monthly income, compared with 32,000 in February 2015.


Mindef seeks cyber talents

Students with a knack for cyber security could do their national service in a new Defence Ministry unit tasked to protect Singapore's cyberspace.

It will start as early as this August. Second Defence Minister Ong Ye Kung said his ministry will work with educational institutions to identify these young talents.


North Korea fires missiles

North Korea has fired several land-to-ship missiles from its east coast just a day after South Korea postponed the full deployment of a controversial US anti-missile system. The launches from the North Korean city of Wonsan came less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed fresh sanctions on the reclusive state. The missiles travelled about 200km.


Myanmar crash: Bodies found

The grim task of recovering bodies began yesterday following the crash of a Myanmar military plane, which had gone missing with around 120 people on board, off the Launglon coastline near the town of Dawei. Hundreds gathered on a beach to seek news of their loved ones.


S. Korea turning to Asean

Slowing economic growth and a crimped strategic space have South Korea looking to Asean for friends and markets, writes associate editor Ravi Velloor. But South Korea has to work harder if it is to match the wooing by China and Japan.


Boost to monuments' upkeep

The Chesed-El Synagogue and the Abdul Gafoor Mosque will benefit from more money for maintenance works, to better support the upkeep of monuments here. This year, the National Monuments Fund will disburse double the $100,000 it gave out last year.


Toilet replacement in old flats

Lower-income households that have the less water-efficient 9-litre flush toilets fitted in their older HDB flats will have them replaced free by the PUB. The new water- efficient toilets will be installed over the next three years. The old ones use almost twice as much water.


HRnetGroup launches IPO

The largest Asia-based recruitment agency in the Asia-Pacific outside Japan, HRnetGroup, has launched its Singapore Exchange mainboard initial public offering, with shares priced at 90 cents each.


World body backs para archer

Singaporean para archer Nur Syahidah Alim's participation at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur is in limbo.

The 32-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, needs to sit on a stool when shooting but the SEA Games Federation has rejected an application regarding her use of a stool.

However, World Archery, the international governing body, said para athletes should be able to compete in the SEA Games.



The Voice judges revealed

The line-up for the Singapore/Malaysia edition of the singing show includes Singaporean singer-songwriter Hanjin Tan (above), Chinese balladeer Della Ding Dang and Taiwanese crooner Sky Wu.

The contest premieres on Sept 17 on cable channel Hub E City. Viewers can also catch the show for free on StarHub Go Local a day later.

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Hot new Spidey

"Man, it is hot. I am not used to that kind of heat," says new Spider-Man Tom Holland on the weather in Singapore. str.sg/hotspidey


Dialects on the airwaves

Liang Tian, 76, reads the news in Hakka. He is one of the few dialect newsreaders at a local radio station. str.sg/hakkanews

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