What's News: September 16, 2015

A woman wearing an N95 mask.
A woman wearing an N95 mask.PHOTO: MYPAPER


Moves to tackle haze unveiled

Measures were rolled out to combat the haze yesterday, but the authorities are hopeful conditions could improve on Friday, when the winds change. A health subsidy scheme, free masks for poorer households, and contingency plans for schools and businesses are some of the measures.


PM Lee's advice to PAP MPs

The election results have given the People's Action Party "precious political capital" that it must make good use of, wisely, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told newly elected PAP MPs. The Government will have to take hard decisions from time to time, and PAP MPs must justify them to the people.


No sudden changes: Turnbull

New Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may be known for his progressive views, but he has signalled that he will avoid changing Australia's direction suddenly. A day after defeating Mr Tony Abbott in a sudden vote, Mr Turnbull said he was "filled with optimism".


Pyongyang raises the ante

North Korea is apparently going on the warpath again - announcing a possible satellite launch and the resumption of operations at its nuclear facility. The signs point to the state considering a long-range rocket launch next month, which would violate UN resolutions but would get it global attention ahead of Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to the US later this month.


Impact of China slowdown

Three weeks on from a massive stock rout that rekindled fears of the global financial crisis, nerves have calmed somewhat. Business editor Lee Su Shyan assesses the impact of a Chinese slowdown on Singapore's economy.


Eclipsed by social media

The rise of social media may have eclipsed the importance of voting the opposition into Parliament because social media has provided an effective means for individual Singaporeans to deliver their views directly to those in power, writes analyst Walter Theseira.

The Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple, which traces back to 1913, is dedicated to the goddess Sri Ruthra Kaliamman - one of Kali's forms. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


$1.2m makeover for Hindu temple

Fifty new statues, handcrafted by artisans from Tamil Nadu and depicting different forms of the Hindu goddess Kali, have been installed as part of a $1.2 million upgrading exercise at Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple in Depot Road. The temple's main sanctum will officially reopen to the public tomorrow morning with a consecration ceremony, after it was closed for upgrading works in March.


Growing interest in diesel cars

Diesel models have become the fastest-growing segment of cars, with interest fuelled by the revised carbon emission-based vehicle scheme, taxation, lower running costs and an overall improvement in diesel technology.


SGX forms listing panels

The Singapore Exchange has set up three independent listing committees in a move to strengthen the listing regulatory process. These are the Listings Advisory Committee, Listings Disciplinary Committee and the Listings Appeals Committee.


Chasing the great Senna

Formula One's outright leader Lewis Hamilton arrives for the Singapore Grand Prix in fantastic form, chasing the pole position and race win that will take him level with boyhood idol Ayrton Senna. The two-time world champion leads the drivers' standings by 53 points over his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.


Chef's new plans for Noma

Chef Rene Redzepi - the 37-year-old godfather of the New Nordic movement and the chef at Noma, arguably the world's most influential restaurant at the moment - plans to close Noma after a final service on New Year's Eve next year. He hopes to reopen for business in 2017 with a new menu and with Noma at the centre of a state-of-the-art urban farm.


'If I could have been there'

R&B singer Bobby Brown, in his first interview since the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, his 22-year-old daughter with singer Whitney Houston, said the outcome could have been different if he had been with her shortly before an incident that left her with irreversible brain damage. The emotional TV interview is set to air in the US next Monday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: September 16, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe