The Big Story: US-China trade deal, online Toto Quick Pick glitches, more students choosing poly over JC

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

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

Helmed by multimedia correspondent Hairianto Diman, the episode airs live from ST's digital studio.

In Thursday's (Jan 16) episode, US bureau chief Nirmal Ghosh discusses the implications of the United States-China trade deal for Singapore and the region in the latest Asian Insider episode.

Next, journalist Tan Tam Mei talks about software glitches in the online Toto Quick Pick options, one of which left the number "49" out of the numbers generated in punters' bets for more than a year.

Lastly, senior education correspondent Sandra Davie discusses why more students are choosing the polytechnic route over junior colleges, and shares tips that can help them decide.

In #WhatsTrending, multimedia journalist Dylan Ang looks at the stories trending online.

He talks about the man seen soaking half his body at Sembawang Hot Spring Park, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill mistaking the Malaysian flag for the American one, and the Counter-Strike map featuring Choa Chu Kang that has gone viral again.

Topics covered in previous episodes of The Big Story include the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines, US-Iran tensions, an abandoned baby who was found in a bin, and the fatal Lucky Plaza accident.