What's News: Sept 27, 2017


Electronics lifts factory output

Electronics - by far the brightest spot in the local economy - kept shining last month to send overall factory output surging.

Manufacturing production rose 19.1 per cent last month compared with the same month last year - beating economists' forecasts of a 16 per cent increase.


Firms' role in anti-terror fight

Companies are being roped into Singapore's fight against terror. A guidebook was launched on what businesses can do to prepare their workplace and workers in the event of a terror attack.

This comes as the terrorist threat in Singapore is at the highest level since 2001.

Police dispersing an anti-communist protest in Jakarta on Sept 18. PHOTO: ANTARA FOTO VIA REUTERS


'Red scare' in Indonesia

A resurgence of anti-communist sentiment in Indonesia has stoked fears that the forces behind religion-and race-based attacks in domestic politics recently are moving to use the "commie" card against their rivals in upcoming elections. One tall tale is that a revival of the long-defunct Communist Party of Indonesia is not only imminent, but also secretly backed by reformist leaders or groups.


WhatsApp disrupted in China

China has disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app in its latest move to tighten censorship ahead of a major Communist Party congress next month. Users have reported widespread disruptions in recent days to the Facebook-owned service, which previously malfunctioned in the country over the summer.


New ways to tax in digital age

From imposing a goods and services tax on e-commerce to proposals for a bandwidth tax, the tax authorities worldwide are looking at ways to bring digital companies within the tax net, says Yasmine Yahya. A18


S'pore is 5th-most visited city

Singapore had 13.22 million international visitors last year, making it the fifth-most visited city out of 132 in the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. The visitors also spent more here than in any other country in the Asia-Pacific region.


Call for SMC sentencing guidelines

A disciplinary tribunal has suggested that the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) set up guidelines to ensure that when action is taken against errant doctors, the sentences are consistent and based on case precedents and policy considerations.


Assets managed here up 7%

Assets under management expanded here last year on the back of a global recovery in the wealth management industry. Total assets managed by locally based managers grew 7 per cent to $2.7 trillion last year, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said in its annual industry survey.


Fellaini to miss game in Russia

Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who scored Manchester United's first goal in their 3-0 win over Basel in the Champions League, was not in the squad that travelled to Russia for today's clash against CSKA Moscow. He has not recovered from an ankle injury suffered in last Saturday's Premier League game at Southampton.



Boy band BTS makes history

South Korean boy band BTS' EP Love Yourself: Seung Her opened at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, the highest chart position for a K-pop group. The album had 18,000 sales and 14.5 million streams. BTS' song DNA debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 85. The seven-member band became the second K-pop act to have a Korean-language song on the chart, following rapper Psy.


Sold, to the highest bidder

The world's largest uncut diamond got the top bid of $72 million. Here are other pricey items sold at auctions. str.sg/bigbucks


Trudeau's socks rock

He says it with his ankles. Take a look at the wacky novelty socks worn by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. str.sg/sockrock

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe