What's News: December 7, 2016

J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of India's Tamil Nadu state and chief of Anna Dravida Munetra Khazhgam (AIADMK), gestures from inside a vehicle after addressing her party supporters during an election campaign rally in the southern Indian city of Che
J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of India's Tamil Nadu state and chief of Anna Dravida Munetra Khazhgam (AIADMK), gestures from inside a vehicle after addressing her party supporters during an election campaign rally in the southern Indian city of Chennai on April 19, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

S'pore students top Pisa test

Singapore students have aced a benchmarking test dubbed the "World Cup for Education". The Republic's 15-year-olds were ranked No. 1 for mathematics, science and reading in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa), a study done to measure how well students use their knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems.

TOP OF THE NEWS

Tamil Nadu's future uncertain

The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu faces an uncertain future as it grieves for Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who died late on Monday. The politician, who had been in ill health for some time, died in a Chennai hospital after suffering a heart attack on Sunday.


President Tony Tan Keng Yam concluded a nine-day state visit to Japan yesterday. PHOTO: MCI

WORLD

Tech lessons from Japan

Singapore can learn from Japan on how technology can be of use in everyday life, President Tony Tan Keng Yam said yesterday on the final day of his nine-day state visit to Japan. He also said that Japan is welcome to put in a bid when an international tender is called for the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail project.

WORLD

S. Korean tycoons questioned

Samsung Group's de facto head Lee Jae Yong was among the South Korean tycoons grilled by lawmakers at a parliamentary hearing yesterday in connection with an influence-peddling scandal surrounding President Park Geun Hye. The nine executives were questioned over whether they made donations to a fund in return for political favours.

OPINION

Silicon Valley rival in Asia?

Can Asian developmental states that picked industrial winners create start-up clusters to rival Silicon Valley, ask Kris Hartley and Woo Jun Jie.

HOME

'Ensure circuit breaker works'

There has been a call for more awareness of the maintenance of circuit breakers, following the death of a 15-year-old boy who was apparently electrocuted while showering at home. Experts say you should regularly press the "test" button on the circuit breaker to make sure it is working.

HOME

New rule on 11th-hour appeals

Lawyers who make "last-minute applications" after the appeal process has been completed now have to explain why they could not raise the arguments during the appeal. This comes on the back of a string of 11th-hour appeals.

BUSINESS

Choice site for tender soon

A choice city-fringe residential site in Margaret Drive, close to Commonwealth MRT station, will soon be put up for tender.

Analysts said the site, which could yield 275 condominium units, is likely to receive keen interest from developers, given its central location.

SPORT

Thompson hits 60-point high

Klay Thompson shot 60 points in just 29 minutes as the Golden State Warriors routed the Indiana Pacers 142-106 on Monday. With this, he, Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and Cavaliers' LeBron James are the only active players to score 60 points in a game. Thompson is also the first NBA player to score over 50 points in under 30 minutes.


The Drum, a 25-minute film, stars Wang Yuqing. PHOTO: BIRDMANDOG

LIFE

S'pore film picked for festival

Singaporean film-maker Ler Jiyuan's The Drum will compete at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, one of the world's most important events for short films. The work, about a retiree who finds solace in Indian drums, is one of 73 films chosen for competition, out of almost 8,000 submissions.

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