What's News: November 01, 2016

A mystery thriller starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, Inferno is based on a novel of the same name by Dan Brown.
A mystery thriller starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, Inferno is based on a novel of the same name by Dan Brown.PHOTO: SONY PICTURES


MediShield Life of greater help

MediShield Life has helped more people and made higher payouts than its predecessor. Nearly 400,000 claims up until September were processed and a total of $614.3 million paid out, compared with 291,500 claims and $307.5 million during the same period the previous year. The national insurance scheme covers all Singaporeans and permanent residents for life.


China firm gets KL rail project

Malaysia is awarding a RM55 billion (S$18.3 billion) rail project to China Communication Construction Company, just two weeks after Prime Minister Najib Razak made public the plan to build the Kuala Lumpur-Kelantan line. 


Xi's ally set for bigger roles

An ally of President Xi Jinping, Mr Cai Qi, is now Beijing's acting mayor and deputy party boss, making him a strong contender for a spot in the new Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party next year. Observers said that Mr Xi's new "core" status makes Mr Cai a shoo-in to take over Beijing party boss Guo Jinlong's post and his place in the Politburo.


President's friend questioned

Ms Choi Soon Sil, confidante of the South Korean President, begged for forgiveness as journalists mobbed her yesterday outside the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office, where she was quizzed on charges of corruption and meddling in state affairs.


China's technology gap

China has of late notched impressive gains in science and technology, thanks to strong state support. Is it ready to be a world leader? Not quite, writes Professor John Wong, who cites its weak commercial innovation and scientific standards. 


SingPost on parcel tracking

Singapore Post gets up to 70,000 packages a day, a rise of 40 per cent from five years ago, and 15 per cent to 20 per cent are from overseas. But it cannot track such parcels, which are not always scanned en route, and may not be able to account for where they are. 


Revamped market opens

Chong Boon Market at Block 453A, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, reopens today after a six-month revamp.

But some stallholders are still getting used to new stall configurations, which, though larger overall, are also narrower.


Manufacturers more upbeat

Manufacturers are becoming more optimistic about the business outlook for the next six months, but service companies remain less cheerful, according to surveys by the Economic Development Board and Department of Statistics released yesterday. 


Hamilton wins Mexican GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton kept alive his Formula One title hopes after overcoming brake and tyre problems at the start of the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday.

In the end, he won the race to cut the lead of his teammate Nico Rosberg to 19 points, with two races to go.


SAM partners Aussie museum

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art will soon begin a five-year collaboration that will see both institutions exchange expertise on curatorial, research, training and programming matters. The cooperation will also result in a jointly curated exhibition, to be held in both countries from 2019. 


Inferno fails to fire up box office

Inferno, the latest big-screen tour through Dan Brown's historical conspiracy theories, flamed out at the weekend box office, earning a frosty US$15 million (S$20.9 million) in the United States and Canada. It cost roughly US$75 million to make, not counting tens of millions in marketing costs. Its director, Oscar winner Ron Howard, has now delivered four domestic flops in a row.

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