What's News: December 6, 2016

Supporters of Ms Jayalalithaa offering prayers for her health yesterday.
Supporters of Ms Jayalalithaa offering prayers for her health yesterday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Euro in steep fall after jitters

European countries faced fresh uncertainties with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi set to quit after losing a referendum vote, and this caused jitters in currency markets.

In a knee-jerk fall, the euro plunged to a 20-month low against the US dollar early yesterday before recovering its losses.


Taiwan urges calm in China

Taiwan urged Beijing to stay calm after another anti-China Twitter outburst from US President-elect Donald Trump, amid concerns in Taipei over what Beijing could do to punish Taiwan as a message to Mr Trump, after his phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.


Tamil Nadu chief critically ill

Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, one of India's flamboyant politicians, was battling for her life yesterday after a heart attack, as security tightened across the state amid fears of unrest among her supporters. There were signs that a succession plan was being put in place with all members of the legislative assembly from her party called for a meeting at the hospital.


Najib in Johor to boost growth

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has kicked off a whirlwind tour through Johor to deliver his promised push for economic growth in the southern state. Johor is a stronghold state for the governing Barisan Nasional coalition led by his Umno party.


World's most vital bilateral tie

How will Japan fare in the new Sino-centric Asian century? The China-Japan relationship is the most important bilateral tie in the world, says Jean-Pierre Lehmann.

Japan now needs to recalibrate its policy, and try to build an equitable relationship with China.


Singtel outage: Some still hit

Some Singtel broadband subscribers were still without Internet access yesterday, although most people affected by Saturday's outage had their services fully restored by Sunday morning. The telco is still investigating the cause of the islandwide outage.


Teen wins $356k scholarship

A 17-year-old student at Raffles Institution has won a university scholarship worth US$250,000 (S$356,000) from a foundation funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Deanna See was one of two student winners in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge. 


FJ Benjamin on SGX watch list

In a sign of how tough the retail business is, FJ Benjamin, an established Singapore fashion and lifestyle group, has ended up on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) watch list after posting three straight years of losses. It is one of the highest-profile firms to join the list since the SGX tweaked its criteria.


Woods happy with showing

Former golf world No. 1 Tiger Woods was pleased about his return to competition after 16 months out with back injury, even as he struggled to a four-over-par 76 in his final round to finish 15th at the elite 18-man Hero World Challenge on Sunday.

The 14-time Major champion finished on a four-under total of 284, 14 shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. 


Bringing music to children

Conductor Wong Kah Chun spearheads Project Infinitude, an initiative to introduce classical music to children.

The four-month-long pilot will introduce 20 children to the basics of making music, have them visit music institutions and give them lessons in the violin, recorder, cello, piano and singing.

What it should have been

In an Insight piece, "What's behind Singapore's latest run-ins with Beijing", in The Sunday Times on Dec 4, an accompanying illustration was based on an inaccurate design of the Chinese flag. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 06, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe