What's News: September 07, 2015

Before Mr Modi's ambitious digital India scheme can take off, his government must first fix the basic issue of dropped calls.
Before Mr Modi's ambitious digital India scheme can take off, his government must first fix the basic issue of dropped calls.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


'S'pore needs strong govt'

The People's Action Party is seeking a strong mandate from voters because it believes a strong government is in Singapore's interest. Such a government would be able to shape and implement flexible policies to meet the diverse needs of Singaporeans, said Dr Ng Eng Hen yesterday.


Indonesia tackles forest fires

Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered the police to get tough on companies and individuals responsible for the forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan when he visited South Sumatra province yesterday. A central task force will be set up by today to speed up coordination to fight the fires.


Big bucks in people smuggling

Law enforcement officials warn that migrant smuggling in the European Union has become a bigger business for organised criminal gangs than the illicit trade in drugs and weapons. An estimated 30,000 smugglers are preying on the growing number of people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia.


Modi to telecom operators: Fix dropped-call problem

Dropped calls on mobile phones have become a chronic problem in India's major cities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked telecom operators to address the issue urgently as his government seeks to implement his ambitious digital India scheme. 


Why S'pore, Dubai, HK are key

Today, there are millions of cities, but only 100 are considered global cities. Among them, three are supremely important: Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong. Sociologist Saskia Sassen, best known for her pioneering work on globalisation, explains why.


Deregistered vehicle trouble

The number of people prosecuted for keeping deregistered vehicles - meant to be scrapped or exported - has rocketed. The authorities said that an average of 62 a month were charged in court in the first seven months of this year - the highest number in at least five years.


Helping schools tell their story

The National Heritage Board has, since last year, given more than $700,000 in grants to 31 schools to help them set up permanent displays about their history. The oldest school on the list is the 161-year-old CHIJ Primary.


Lean pickings for law grads

Large law firms have yet to scale back hiring or to cut the salaries of newly qualified and junior lawyers but at least one has moderated its remuneration for this group, as the industry runs into economic headwinds. A few mid-sized firms have made similar moves or reduced their trainee numbers.


England cruise to victory

It was joy for England as the Three Lions crushed San Marino 6-0 last Saturday to become the first team to join hosts France to qualify for football's European Championship next year.

Striker Wayne Rooney also scored his 49th goal for his country, an achievement to equal Sir Bobby Charlton's record.


JJ Lin concert a family affair

JJ Lin made his homecoming concert, JJ Lin Timeline: Genesis World Tour (photo), last Saturday a family affair. He invited his father, mother and brother to sing with him on stage at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The Taipei-based Mandopop star dazzled fans with his voice and showmanship at the show, the 37th stop of his current world tour.


Secret recipe for success

Only two people know the secret mix that goes into the spice blend of the signature fish-head curry sold at Muthu's Curry - brothers Kasivishvanaath A. and Srinivasan A. This secret recipe, and their strong family ties, have helped the brothers keep their late father's business going strong for the last two decades. 

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