The Big Story: Singapore's economic slowdown, self-driving vehicles, and MOM's new measures for maids

SINGAPORE - Catch up with the hottest topics on The Straits Times' new weekday talk show.

The Big Story, broadcast every weekday at 5.30pm on Facebook and YouTube, will have reporters and senior editors discussing the top stories of the day, in the heart of the newsroom.

Helmed by multimedia journalist Kimberly Jow, the episode airs live from ST's digital studio.

On Thursday's (Oct 24) episode, associate editor Ravi Velloor will talk about Singapore's economy and how it may be a few quarters away from a recovery.

Journalist Toh Ting Wei will talk about western Singapore becoming a test bed for self-driving vehicles.

Journalist Yuen Sin will then discuss the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) move to start collecting information on a maid's work experience, including her key job scope.

Topics covered in previous episodes include how a phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean Dipole is likely causing the dry spell in Singapore; new government measures to encourage parenthood and marriage; the instances where people have to give their NRIC details under stricter rules from Sept 1; and how the growing presence of virtual restaurants and ghost kitchens by food delivery apps disrupt the food and beverage scene here.