What's News: September 05 2015

The signage of AHPETC at Block 810, Hougang Central.
The signage of AHPETC at Block 810, Hougang Central.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


AHPETC issue in spotlight

It takes only four years to demolish what the PAP has built up over decades, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last night, noting that a working town council had been handed to the Workers' Party in Aljunied just four years ago. The WP said it would no longer discuss the AHPETC issue and would leave it for voters to decide.


'Too little done' to fight haze

Indonesia said it is stepping up efforts to curb the spread of the haze-producing fires in six provinces near Singapore. But while three more helicopters will be deployed to fight blazes in Sumatra, taking the total number to 13, environmentalists say that is still far too few.


Najib retains hold over Umno

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's control over Umno seems to have survived political rumblings at the party's division meetings, slated to be wrapped up over the weekend. One division though, Gelang Patah in Johor, is known to have officially passed a resolution asking Datuk Seri Najib to "go on long leave".

Refugees crossing the border between Macedonia and Greece yesterday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Shocked EU leaders rush out proposals to ease migrant crisis

European Union leaders, shocked by the images of a drowned Syrian child, have rushed out proposals to address the migrant crisis. The European Commission will next week unveil a plan to relocate at least 120,000 more refugees, to ease the strain on Greece, Italy and Hungary, a source said.


Get to know S-E Asia first-hand

As South-east Asia gets closer to creating an Asean Economic Community, there is an even greater need for scholars on and of the region to do fieldwork. The Internet is no substitute for face-to-face encounters, stresses By Invitation columnist Farish Noor.


Grannies go back to 'school'

More Korean couples are counting on their parents or in-laws to take care of their young children. South Korea correspondent Chang May Choon speaks to grandmothers who are taking baby classes to cope with the challenges of childcare in today's IT-savvy world.


Cheaper broadband deals

A price war between Internet service providers has meant cheaper high-speed home broadband packages. The biggest price cut was in deals for the 2Gbps broadband service, the fastest speed available for homes.


Fund for senior volunteers

Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam launched the National Senior Volunteer Month yesterday and announced a new Silver Volunteer Fund to encourage elderly Singaporeans to give up their time for good causes. The fund is expected to be worth a total of $40 million.


Suburban condo rents hit

Rents appear to be holding up at new completed projects on the city fringe, although suburban condo rents are increasingly under pressure. Tenants have the luxury of choice now, and are typically moving to affordable units in central locations, and often preferring newer condos as well, experts said.


Federer slams 'quitters'

Roger Federer says there are no excuses for the men who have retired from this week's US Open because of the heat. So far, 12 men, a record number for a single Grand Slam, have thrown in the towel. "Really no excuse for that," said the former world No. 1. "It's not like impossible, to be quite honest."


Bieber breaks Spotify record

Justin Bieber on Thursday broke the record for the biggest first week on streaming service Spotify, proving the star's enduring popularity despite his slew of controversies in recent years. His song What Do You Mean? has been streamed more than 21 million times globally since its Aug 28 release, Spotify said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: September 05 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe