What's News: January 28, 2016


Changes to political system

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced changes to the political system: Non-Constituency MPs will get the same voting rights as elected MPs, the minimum number of opposition MPs will go up from nine to 12 after the next election, and smaller GRCs and more single seats will be created. A Constitutional Commission will review three broad aspects of the Elected President scheme.


Google expanding in S'pore

Tech giant Google is planning to assemble a large team of software engineers in Singapore to help develop software for its Android operating system, among other things. The Singapore team will add to its three existing engineering hubs in Australia, India and the United States.



S. China Sea visit draws flak

Taiwan's presidential office said yesterday that President Ma Ying-jeou  will visit a disputed island in the South China Sea today, drawing criticism from the US and Vietnam, which also has a claim in the territory. Mr Ma is expected to offer Chinese New Year wishes to the residents.


Floating nuke plants for China

In its first White Paper on tackling nuclear emergencies, China said yesterday it plans to deploy floating nuclear power plants to meet its energy demands. It vowed to stick to their safe and peaceful use, but did not rule out deploying them in the disputed South China Sea.


Aedes fight needs bite

In spite of the millions of dollars spent and all the efforts made, dengue is not just here to stay, but can also be expected to get worse. Senior health correspondent Salma Khalik says what is needed are new tools to fight this scourge, and not just more of the same.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Pua Uei demonstrating the new technique to treat liver cancer patients in a mock procedure. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG


Faster, fuss-free technique for liver cancer patients

Liver doctors at Tan Tock Seng Hospital are using a new technique to inject chemotherapy drugs into patients with liver cancer. Instead of having the drugs injected via the femoral artery in the groin, they are now sent through a catheter in the radial artery in the wrist. This means a faster, more fuss-free procedure that can be completed in less than an hour.


New witness in Yang Yin trial

A new key witness has been found in the trial involving former China tour guide Yang Yin, who allegedly manipulated a rich widow into giving him control over her assets. In written testimony, the witness said the money Yang claimed was given to him was held in trust so he could look after the widow.


Bank stocks worth a look

More than half of the listed stocks here are trading at prices below "book value". Market watchers say investors keen to make the most of these depressed share prices could consider some property counters and the banks.


Athletics feast on the cards

Planning is under way for an athletics extravaganza in three months' time as the Singapore Sports Hub hosts the Singapore Open, Asia Masters Championships and the Schools National Track and Field Championships over two weekends. Student athletes could get their first taste of competing in the iconic National Stadium.



Jewellery fit for a queen

Singapore jeweller Thomas Kwan, the 61-year-old owner of Foundation Jewellers, has found out that Queen Elizabeth II owns one of his designs.

The brooch (above), a diamond-encrusted gold piece, was presented by the Singapore Government to the Queen as a gift for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.


Beatrix Potter kitty tale found

Beatrix Potter, well known for her classic children's book, The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, began work more than 100 years ago on The Tale Of Kitty-in-Boots, about a well-mannered cat who leads a double life. The 1914 manuscript has been discovered and will be released in September, more than 70 years after her death.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 28, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe