What's News: November 30, 2015

PM Lee outside the Esplanade during SG50 Jubilee Big Walk on Nov 29, 2015.
PM Lee outside the Esplanade during SG50 Jubilee Big Walk on Nov 29, 2015. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES


Build inclusive nation: PM Lee

Singapore's future is in the hands of its people, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday as he launched the Future Of Us exhibition at Gardens by the Bay. He called on Singaporeans to help one another and work together to build an inclusive country that is united in diversity.

The free exhibition opens to the public tomorrow.


25,000 at Jubilee Big Walk

Some 25,000 people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, took part in the SG50 Jubilee Big Walk yesterday morning to mark the nation's 50th anniversary.

The 5km walk, held by The New Paper and People's Association, covered part of the Jubilee Walk, the 8km commemorative trail that PM Lee launched yesterday.

A researcher preparing medicine at a lab in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. China is turning its industrial might to the pharmaceutical industry. PHOTO: REUTERS


China to produce more of its own drugs

China, the world's second-largest drug market, is striving to make more of its own drugs for a vast and ageing population. Multinational corporations such as GSK are encountering more challenges in an increasingly competitive market.


Sultan orders e-cigarette ban

In a rare intervention in state affairs, the Sultan of Johor has ordered all shops selling electronic cigarettes to close by Jan 1. He said he made the decision to stop young people from getting addicted to nicotine and questioned why politicians were pandering to businessmen in the industry.


No end in sight to Syrian war

Despite heroic efforts to unite countries behind a single strategy in Syria to defeat ISIS, French President Francois Hollande has failed. Syria's civil war is now a proxy war with no end in sight. And Syria is still a breeding ground for terrorists, writes Jonathan Eyal.


Sleepless in Pasir Ris again

He's back with a bang. Noisy neighbour Liew Chien Siong, 34, was arrested last year for giving residents of Pasir Ris sleepless nights.Now they say he has resumed banging ''solid objects'' against his walls and ceiling.


PSLE league tables by parents

Parents are putting together their own league tables of top performing pupils in the Primary School Leaving Examination. This move comes after the Education Ministry decided to stop publishing the names of individual high-fliers to reduce the emphasis on academic results.


Mapletree eyes other markets

One of Singapore's biggest property companies, Mapletree Investments, has spent nearly $2 billion in the past 18 months in mature markets as Singapore's economy takes a breather.

Its string of investments have been in the United States, Britain and Australia.


NBA giants continue streaks

Reigning National Basketball Association champions Golden State Warriors stretched their winning run to 18 games, beating Sacramento 120-101, while San Antonio stayed unbeaten at home with a 108-88 win over Atlanta.


Vardy sets scoring record

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, the find of the season, became the first player to score in 11 successive Premier League football matches with the opener against Manchester United. But Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised in the 1-1 draw, while Manchester City beat Southampton 3-1 to knock the Foxes off the top of the table.


A superhero start in movies

Japanese model Tao Okamoto, who was here last Friday for a fashion exhibition, says she felt rejected growing up because of her height. The 1.77m looker is now keen on an acting career after her debut in the 2013 movie, The Wolverine. She will next be seen in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.



Travelogue tales

Television host Belinda Lee has come out with her first book, Larger Than Life: Celebrating The Human Spirit. Published in English, it compiles inspiring profiles from two travelogues she hosted. She says an incident recounted in the book, a meeting with a terminally ill patient in Mongolia, helped her get out of her lowest point in life.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 30, 2015'. Subscribe