What's News: Oct 3, 2017

A refugee woman collapses from exhaustion after reaching the shores of Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, on Sunday in a wooden boat from Myanmar.
A refugee woman collapses from exhaustion after reaching the shores of Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, on Sunday in a wooden boat from Myanmar.PHOTO: REUTERS


Move to raise smoking age

The Government presented a Bill yesterday which proposes to raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21.

Nearly half of smokers here start to light up on a regular basis between the ages of 18 and 21.


Securing strategic buildings

Iconic landmarks, buildings with heavy footfall and those which house essential services must now be protected by enhanced security, after a new law was passed.

Owners of such infrastructure will be required to work measures such as high-tech video surveillance into the design of their property.


Plan to repatriate Rohingya

A senior Myanmar minister has proposed taking back the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled across the border after a military crackdown, Bangladesh said, but gave no details of how the huge task could be achieved. Bangladesh said the two countries had agreed to set up a working group to coordinate the repatriation.


Nobel Medicine Prize winners

US-born scientists Jeffrey Hall, 72, Michael Rosbash, 73, and Michael Young, 68, have won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling biological clocks of human beings. Medicine is the first of the Nobel prizes to be awarded each year.


Building on China's success

China's biggest political event of the year is set for Oct 18, and a key question is how the Communist Party plans to build on past success. More difficult than sustaining growth is economic reform, says Professor John Wong.


Poor breast cancer awareness

In a first nationwide survey, the Breast Cancer Foundation has found that 27 per cent of 1,005 women have never performed self-examinations or gone for medical checks. Breast cancer is the top killer of women here.


Assessing learning issues

To cater to the growing number of students with multiple learning needs, the Dyslexia Association of Singapore said parents of children with dyslexia can tap its site to assess various learning difficulties, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Factory sector powers on

The manufacturing sector continued to power ahead last month on the back of surging electronics output. The purchasing managers' index - an early indicator of manufacturing activity - was at 52 last month, up 0.2 point from August - the highest since April 2011. A reading above 50 points shows growth in the sector; one below 50 indicates contraction.


Pique prepared to retire early

Barcelona's Gerard Pique broke down in tears over the violence caused by the Catalan referendum after his side's 3-0 victory against Las Palmas on Sunday. Having previously said he would retire from international duty after next year's World Cup, the defender said he would do so sooner "if anyone believes I am a problem for the (Spanish) federation".



Wrestling with poetry

Local literary non-profit Sing Lit Station will take the poetry slam to a new literal level, as poets war over words while wrestlers physically slam each other onto the mat. The weekend event, called Sing Lit Body Slam, will take place at Aliwal Arts Centre.

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Street urchin grows up

Mr Timothy Cheng had a rough childhood but now owns a food stall and an interior design firm at 33. What motivates him? str.sg/49bj


Grocery list challenge

Follow four students from Singapore Polytechnic's Memory Sports Club as they test their skills in a supermarket. str.sg/49bC

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe