What's News: May 19, 2017

Nuclear Power Corp's Kudankulam plant near Tsunami Nagar in India.
Nuclear Power Corp's Kudankulam plant near Tsunami Nagar in India.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG


'Bumper crop' of BTO flats

Home buyers are being encouraged to look north towards Woodlands and Yishun. Some 2,000 flats from these estates are among the 8,748 units released for sale yesterday by the Housing Board, which National Development Minister Lawrence Wong called a "bumper crop".


Campaign on infant nutrition

Amid a public debate over the high prices and nutritional value of formula milk, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) will launch a multi-year campaign by the end of the month to educate parents on the nutritional needs of babies. HPB said that $1 million has been set aside each year for the next five years for this campaign.


India to build 10 N-reactors

India will build 10 indigenous nuclear reactors as it seeks to push domestic manufacturing and ramp up energy production in a country where more than 300 million people do not have access to electricity. The government said this would create 33,000 jobs and generate over 700 billion rupees (S$15.2 billion) in business.


Manila rejects aid from EU

The Philippines says it will no longer accept aid from the European Union, after forgoing €250 million (S$387 million) in grants, as the EU has been "interfering in the internal affairs" of the country. The bloc has been criticising President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs.


Help men to stop using fists

With the number of child abuse cases up, there is a need to help men struggling with domestic abuse to stop using their fists and to learn anew how to be good husbands and fathers, writes Alan John, who works with Pave, a pioneer in the field.


Sad life of a kleptomaniac

Goh Lee Yin, 36, had a strong compulsion to steal. Over the past 12 years, she was diagnosed with a variety of disorders. In court, the argument was whether a jail term was suitable. Goh was found dead on Monday, the day before she was to face more charges in court.


Tiong Bahru market reopens

The Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre will reopen tomorrow after three months of renovations, but some hawkers say they only got their stalls back on Wednesday and may not be ready to open tomorrow. The centre has new floors, paint and fixtures.


No.1 commodity trading hub?

Singapore has the potential to become the world's largest commodity trading hub in the decade ahead as trade flows shift towards Asia. The Republic is well placed to take advantage of rising demand for commodities in the region, said Trade and Industry Minister (Industry) S. Iswaran at the Global Trader Dialogue.


Real shot at La Liga title

A 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo has put Real Madrid just one point away from their first La Liga title since 2012. Real need only a draw in their game against Malaga on Sunday (Monday morning, Singapore time) to clinch the title. Ronaldo, who scored twice against Celta Vigo, is now the all-time leading scorer in Europe's top five leagues.



Grunge pioneer dies at 52

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52. His representative said Cornell, a pioneer in the 1980s grunge music movement, died on Wednesday night in Detroit. His family will be working with a medical examiner to determine the cause of death and has requested privacy.

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Sing a song of NDP

Want to pen the next Count On Me, Singapore? Lyricist Jay Lim gives you pointers on how to write a National Day Parade theme song. str.sg/songhowto


Restructure, reuse

What was once a highway in Seoul is now a park. See other examples of disused infrastructure that has been repurposed. str.sg/adaptreuse

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