What's News: July 31, 2015

More Singaporeans found themselves jobless in the second quarter of this year, with the citizen unemployment rate going up from 2.6 to 2.9 per cent. 
More Singaporeans found themselves jobless in the second quarter of this year, with the citizen unemployment rate going up from 2.6 to 2.9 per cent.  PHOTO: ST FILE

TOP OF THE NEWS

S'porean jobless rate rises

More Singaporeans found themselves jobless in the second quarter of this year, with the citizen unemployment rate going up from 2.6 to 2.9 per cent. The overall number of workers has increased, but the additions were largely in the construction sector.

TOP OF THE NEWS

KL under pressure over video

Public pressure continued mounting in Malaysia for the government to respond to former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin's allegations in a leaked video. He was filmed saying that Prime Minister Najib Razak had admitted to US$700 million (S$960 million) being deposited into the Premier's account.

WORLD

Policies 'hurting Indonesia'

Indonesian President Joko Widodo's government may be wooing investors, but a new report says its protectionist policies are damaging the economy. This comes days after Mr Joko said the best time to invest in Indonesia is now.

 


Policemen standing guard near the home of Yakub Memon's family in Mumbai yesterday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

WORLD

Man convicted of 1993 Mumbai bombings hanged

A former accountant convicted of his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings was hanged yesterday on his 53rd birthday. Yakub Memon was the only one of 11 found guilty to have his death sentence upheld on appeal, while the others are serving life sentences.

OPINION

Najib's govt dealt a blow

The shake-up in Kuala Lumpur has elements of melodrama, and uncertainty weighs on Malaysia's economy. Whether or not Prime Minister Najib Razak rides out the current storm, his government has been dealt a bruising blow, writes Associate Editor Ravi Velloor.

HOME

Heritage tour of Queenstown

Participants will be able to walk in the footsteps of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and explore Queenstown, Singapore's first satellite town, in a heritage tour this National Day weekend. Stops on the tour include historical landmarks.

BUSINESS

RBS 'cutting jobs in S'pore'

The Royal Bank of Scotland is said to be cutting several hundred jobs in Singapore as the bank scales back its presence here. It is said to be relinquishing its office space at One George Street, and looking for sub-tenants at One Raffles Quay.

SPORT

De Gea blamed for loss

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that the uncertainty over the future of goalkeeper David de Gea is far from ideal for the club, after the 0-2 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago on Wednesday. The manager blamed de Gea for PSG's opening goal.

LIFE

100 Bands Festival returns

The 100 Bands Festival is back for the second year. Inspired by SG50, this year's edition, which will take place over three weekends starting today, is titled 100+50 Bands Festival. The free event is held at Bedok Reservoir. Acts include local indie favourites such as singer- songwriter Charlie Lim (above).

LIFE

Big names at Venice film fest

The Venice Film Festival revealed a star-studded line-up for its 72nd annual edition on Wednesday, with top Hollywood names taking centre stage. The Danish Girl, starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, is one of 21 films in competition at the festival, which runs from Sept 2 to 12. There is already a buzz about Redmayne's performance as one of the first known people to undergo a sex change operation.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: July 31, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe