What's News: September 26 2015

The Singapore skyline obscured by haze in the Marina Bay area at around 2pm on Sept 22, 2015.
The Singapore skyline obscured by haze in the Marina Bay area at around 2pm on Sept 22, 2015.ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA


S'pore acts against haze firms

Singapore has begun legal action against five companies it believes are among the culprits behind Indonesia's polluting fires.

It has named the firms and said errant companies must know that there is a price to be paid for damaging Singapore's health, environment and economy.


Pressure grows after tragedy

Saudi Arabia has come under growing pressure to account for a crush that killed more than 700 people at the haj pilgrimage. With photographs of the dead circulating on social media, the effort to uncover the facts and assign blame is likely to grow more acute and possibly more political.


Climate change pledge

Chinese President Xi Jinping was expected to make a commitment yesterday to start a national programme in 2017 to limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions. The move to create a so-called cap-and-trade system would be a substantial step by the world's largest polluter to cut emissions from major industries such as steel and cement .

China's envoy to Malaysia Huang Huikang (in red shirt) in Petaling Street, site of a "red shirt" rally planned for today. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK


Chinese envoy slams plans for 'red shirt' rally in KL

China's ambassador to Malaysia has spoken out against a "red shirt" rally planned for today in Petaling Street, where Chinatown is located, saying Beijing opposes discrimination against races. Malaysia's Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the "red shirts" had their say at their last anti-ethnic Chinese rally and urged them to call off today's event.


Small economies' challenge

Small advanced economies like Singapore are performing more poorly than before.

With a much tougher global economic environment, By Invitation columnist David Skilling writes that strategic foresight, resilience and agility will be needed - to an even greater extent - for small country success.


Consumers can fight haze too

What can ordinary Singaporeans do to help fight the haze? Professor Ang Peng Hwa suggests a consumer boycott of paper and palm oil that are being produced by recalcitrant offenders.


VW models in S'pore affected

At least half a dozen Volkswagen models in Singapore are affected by the global emissions scandal that has hit the German carmaker. They include the previous generation Passat 2.0TDI, Golf GTD 2.0TDI, CC 2.0TDI and Sharan 2.0TDI.


Courses for pre-school staff

The Early Childhood Development Agency announced a Professional Development Programme to help pre-school staff take on more responsibilities in their workplace. Some of the courses on it will be run by universities and polytechnics, in an effort to improve pre-school education.


Manufacturing falls again

The manufacturing sector turned in yet another dismal performance last month. The latest data showed output sliding 7 per cent in August over the same month a year ago. July's manufacturing output was also revised downwards, from an estimated decline of 6.1 per cent to a deeper 6.4 per cent fall.


Paddlers' task made tougher

Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu need to play at their best if the Singapore women's team are to beat South Korea in the Asian Table Tennis Championships quarter-finals to ensure a bronze.

But with Isabelle Li out through injury, the stalwarts are being supported by three teenagers.


Real Putin calls Elton John

Russian President Vladimir Putin called pop star Elton John and suggested a meeting, after he was tricked last week by a prankster impersonating the Russian leader. The Kremlin confirmed the call on its website. Two Russian comedians tricked the British singer after he said he would like to discuss Russia's "ridiculous" stance on gay rights with the President.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: September 26 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe