What's News: July 11, 2015

A graduation ceremony at the National University of Singapore in 2011.
A graduation ceremony at the National University of Singapore in 2011.PHOTO: ST FILE


15,000 to enter local varsities

A record 15,000 polytechnic graduates and A-level school-leavers have been given places in the six universities for the new academic year - 1,000 more than last year. The rise comes even as more alternative career pathways for school-leavers are being provided.


Haze returns to Singapore

The haze was back in Singapore yesterday. The pollution was at its worst at around 2pm, with the three-hour Pollutant Standards Index climbing from 63 at 11am to 92. Doctors have been put on alert to keep an eye on asthma patients.


Water deal for Greater KL

The pact averts a potential water shortage in the Greater KL region. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Averting a potential water crisis in the Greater Kuala Lumpur region, Malaysia's federal government and the Selangor state government have reached an understanding on a water restructuring plan. The signing of a supplemental pact clears the way for construction of a giant water plant on land owned by Selangor state.


Myanmar's Suu Kyi question

Myanmar is set to hold elections on Nov 8, with all eyes on opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for  Democracy.

But even if the NLD wins as expected, Ms Suu Kyi is barred from being president.


Cabinet reshuffle on the way?

Under pressure to improve his government's performance, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has given his strongest indication yet that a Cabinet reshuffle is in the pipeline. But he says one hurdle remains: finding the right kind of people.


Tasty but affordable fare at new hawker centre

The Rice Garden stall in Old Airport Road hawker centre. The outlet at the new centre will also offer budget fare. PHOTO: DANIEL NEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

For less than $3, visitors to the new Bukit Panjang hawker centre can enjoy dishes such as fishball noodles or an economy-rice meal with one meat and two vegetable items . NTUC Foodfare, which will manage the centre, plans to keep its fare tasty and affordable when it opens later this year.


'Bad boy made good' in jail

An ex-convict, who was featured as a bad boy made good in last year's National Day Parade, was sent to jail yesterday for assaulting a cabby and causing hurt to his female cousin. S. Sarbir Singh's offences took place in 2012 and 2013.


To Singapore with love

This National Day, write Thank You letters to Singapore, says Kishore Mahbubani. He relates how he grew from an undernourished child who had to drink milk from a ladle in a pail in the principal's office, to selling textiles in High Street, to entering the world of diplomacy and public service.


Undeterred by tragedy

A promising new job in the United States for cosmetics executive JuE Wong quickly turned tragic when her husband died of a heart attack just three weeks after they arrived. But instead of heading back to Singapore, Ms Wong stayed on. Today, she is head of New York-based skincare company StriVectin.


Answering critics with victory

Embattled British long-distance runner Mo Farah's late surge in the 5,000m in Lausanne gave him a satisfying win over five of the top six in the world rankings this year at the Diamond League meeting.

The 32-year-old said the victory was a good response to critics of him and his US coach.


Cosby's Hollywood star to stay

Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will not be removed as the walk is a "registered historic landmark", the administrators said on Thursday, following Cosby's admission that he obtained sedatives with the aim of giving them to women to have sex.

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