What's News: Aug 12, 2015

An aerial view of Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear power station located in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan.
An aerial view of Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear power station located in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan.PHOTO: REUTERS


S'pore narrows GDP forecast

Singapore's official economic growth forecast for this year has been narrowed amid China's slowing growth and an uneven global outlook. The local economy is expected to grow 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent this year, from the previous forecast of 2 per cent to 4 per cent, government economists said yesterday.


Minister comments on funds

Malaysia's minister in charge of governance and integrity, Mr Paul Low, said political funds should be deposited into a party's account and not into its leaders' personal accounts. His comments came as the US$700 million (S$960 million) donation that was deposited into PM Najib Razak's bank accounts continued to raise questions.



Abe's speech: China sceptical

Chinese state media expressed scepticism over the possibility of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (photo) apologising for his country's war-time actions, citing conflicting reports over the contents of his speech marking Japan's World War II surrender.


Japan ends nuclear shutdown

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking to reassure a nervous public after switching on a nuclear reactor yesterday, ending two years of nuclear shutdown. Stricter safety measures are in place to avoid a repeat of the meltdowns at the Fukushima plant in 2011.


Speaking up on social trends

In nudging the Raffles Institution fraternity to reflect on itself, principal Chan Poh Meng served as an exemplar for the kind of school leader society needs more of - a principled educator with the gumption to speak openly about social trends.


China's steps backwards

China's stock market turmoil demonstrates the difficulties of disengaging from a command economy. Yesterday's currency devaluation and reports of plans to issue infrastructure bonds are steps backwards, writes Lim Say Boon.


DIY check-in at T2

Changi Airport has stepped up its push for "seamless travel" with 25 new self-service check-in kiosks for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir passengers at Terminal 2. This means they can print their own boarding passes and luggage tags, then drop off their bags. 


'Reflect on Mr Lee's legacy'

Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Heng Chee How said yesterday that he had the honour of sitting beside Mr Lee Kuan Yew at previous National Day parades. Speaking at an observance ceremony, he said it was important to reflect on Mr Lee's legacy. 


Probe into penny stock crash

The Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) has acknowledged that it needs to get to the bottom of the penny stock scandal that wiped $8 billion off the value of three share counters in 2013. The CAD said in its annual report last week that the probe, which began in April last year, is the "biggest securities fraud investigation to date".


S'pore netballers need to win

The stakes are high for Singapore when they take on Trinidad and Tobago and Zambia at the Netball World Cup in Sydney, most likely needing to win both games to play off for the ninth to 12th spots. This, after losing 39-46 to Samoa yesterday, partly as a result of poor finishing in the final quarter.



Fun to save Earth from aliens

In the new movie Pixels, Peter Dinklage (photo), Emmy winner for Game Of Thrones, plays an arcade gamer who is the world's only hope when aliens assume the form of 1980s video games to attack Earth. He says that, after a heavy drama like Game Of Thrones, the comedy was a welcome change.

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