What's News: July, 14 2015

Voters at a polling station in Hougang in the 2011 General Election.
Voters at a polling station in Hougang in the 2011 General Election. PHOTO: ST FILE


Elections in coming months?

The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee was formed two months ago, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, a signal that elections are likely to be around the corner. It will consider having smaller group representation constituencies and at least 12 single-member constituencies. 


Moving closer to Iran deal

Iran and six world powers appeared close to a deal to give Teheran sanctions relief in exchange for limits on its nuclear programme, but Iranian officials said talks could run past their latest midnight deadline (6am today Singapore time).


Najib slams racial rumours

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has threatened to invoke the tough Sedition Act on "those who destroy racial harmony" after a weekend brawl sparked by a botched theft in a Kuala Lumpur mall took on racial overtones and highlighted the fragile race relations in the country. Police said 19 people have been arrested.

(From left) Abdul Basit Tuzer, Altinci Bayyram and Ahmet Mahmud tried to link up with a terror group in Central Sulawesi.
(From left) Abdul Basit Tuzer, Altinci Bayyram and Ahmet Mahmud tried to link up with a terror group in Central Sulawesi. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Indonesia jails 3 Uighurs for terrorism

An Indonesian court jailed three ethnic Uighurs from China six years each for trying to link up with a pro- Islamic State in Iraq and Syria local terror group in Central Sulawesi led led by Santoso, Indonesia's most wanted terrorist. The trio were also fined for immigration offences.


Indonesia military's challenge

The crash of a C-130 Hercules plane has put the spotlight on just how much Indonesia's military needs to modernise its equipment.

But it must go beyond a shopping list and prioritise its spending needs, says By Invitation's Endy Bayuni.


Low-priced hawker food

Social enterprise NTUC Foodfare will cap the price of food items in an effort to keep prices low at its new hawker centre in Bukit Panjang.

One plain roti prata, for instance, will go for just 80 cents, while a plate of chicken rice will be sold for $2.50. 


'Light' way to bug-free food

Blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) in refrigerators could keep food poisoning at bay. National University of Singaporescientists found that the lights are major bug busters capable of killing bacteria which cause food poisoning.


The Ascott in $811m tie-up

CapitaLand's serviced residence arm, The Ascott, has teamed up with Qatar Investment Authority to set up a US$600 million (S$811 million) serviced residence fund as part of an ambitious plan to launch six new funds with up to $10 billion in total assets under management by 2020.


'Dumbo' Chun wins US Open

She is a maths prodigy with a high IQ of 138. So her nickname "Dumbo" certainly does not refer to her intelligence level, but to her open ears and willingness to take advice. On Sunday, 20-year-old golfer Chun In Gee clinched the US Open on her maiden attempt, making it the seventh win by South Koreans in the last 11 years. C13


Miyazaki making short film

Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki, who retired from feature film-making in 2013, said he is working on a 10-minute short animation movie using computer graphics. He is making it with new staff at his Studio Ghibli, which is known for its hand-drawn animation under him.


Leaving on a high note

Eleven years after joining the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as its general manager, Mr Chng Kai Jin is leaving in September. Under his care, the orchestra is no longer in the red and hits a healthy average of 85 per cent attendance for its performances.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Subscribe