What's News: September 24, 2015


12,000 flats to be launched

Some 12,000 Housing Board flats will be launched in November under new policies such as a higher household income ceiling.

Of these, 7,000 will be in six towns, including Punggol Northshore, Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang, Hougang and Sengkang .


China data spooks markets

New figures signalling the slowest pace of manufacturing activity in China since the global financial crisis sent bourses across Asia tumbling, and Asian currencies languishing near multi-year lows to the greenback.

The Caixin/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 47 this month, the lowest level since April 2008.

Mr Chang Sa In, whose older brother went missing during the Korean War, is featured in the documentary Separated Families. PHOTO: KIM JINHA


Show on split war families

Young South Koreans are generally apathetic about their forefathers' sufferings when their families were torn apart by war.

To shed light on the plight of these families, Seoul has produced a documentary featuring 160 stories of separation and tears.


Warrant for new blast suspect

Thailand yesterday issued an arrest warrant for a new suspect in connection with last month's bomb attack in Bangkok, raising the total number of warrants to 14. Police also ruled out the involvement of eight people detained by the Malaysian authorities.


Singapore F1's got drive

Eight years on, the Singapore Grand Prix is still going strong when circuits elsewhere are struggling to draw in the crowds.

Sports writer Sanjay Nair looks at Singapore's winning formula to sustaining corporate dollars and fan interest in the race.

The Oct 1 deadline for Singapore-registered vehicles to apply for a Vehicle Entry Permit will be pushed back by at least four months. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN


Malaysia postpones deadline for Vehicle Entry Permit

The Malaysian transport authorities have told The Straits Times that the Oct 1 deadline for Singapore-registered vehicles to apply for a Vehicle Entry Permit will be pushed back by at least four months. The delay comes as they are trying to develop a radio frequency identification tag that is clone- and tamper-proof.


No baby panda on the way

Jia Jia, the River Safari's female panda, is not pregnant as had been hoped. The seven-year-old was artificially inseminated in April after failed attempts to get it to mate, but it is now believed that its birthing window has passed.


Sentiment at Asia firms dives

Sentiment at Asia's biggest firms fell in the third quarter at record pace due to concerns about China's economic slowdown and the risks it poses, a survey has shown. The 11-point quarterly decline of the Thomson Reuters/Insead Asian Business Sentiment Index to 60 was the steepest since 2009.


High 5s for 5-star hotshot

The superlatives were endless from team-mates, rivals and pundits, as Robert Lewandowski sent Bundesliga records tumbling with his five goals in nine minutes.

The Poland striker came on at half-time, as Bayern Munich trailed Wolfsburg 0-1, and completed his hat-trick in five minutes before two more hits gave them a 5-1 win.



S'pore film gets India release

A film helmed by Singaporean executive producer N. Shanmuga Sundaram is getting a 150-screen release in India. It is probably the first Tamil film with major Singaporean involvement to get such a wide release in India. Unakkenna Venum Sollu, a horror film about a father-daughter relationship, opens in Chennai, Mysore and Kerala today and in Singapore tomorrow.


Birthday tune in public domain

A US judge ruled on Tuesday that Warner/Chappell Music does not own a valid copyright to one of the world's most recognisable songs, Happy Birthday To You, bringing it into the public domain. The company has collected millions of dollars in fees over the years.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: September 24, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe