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250 political, business leaders to attend welcome dinner ahead of Singapore Forum
Around 250 political and business leaders from Singapore and the region will attend the welcome dinner for the inaugural Singapore Forum on Friday evening.
They will have a dialogue with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, moderated by Ambassador-at-Large Chan Heng Chee, ahead of a one-day conference on Saturday.
The forum takes on the theme Asia and the World - New Growth, New Strategies - and aims to discuss the challenges facing the region in a range of areas, including the economy, politics, society and technology. - ZAKIR HUSSEIN
Construction of Yishun Community Hospital completed
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong attends the topping-out ceremony of Yishun Community Hospital, located next to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, on Friday. Slated to open by the end of this year, the 428-bed community hospital will serve those who are recovering from less severe conditions than those admitted to general hospitals. Both hospitals are run by public health group Alexandra Health. - SALMA KHALIK
University campus to serve as smart traffic test-bed
In future, drivers may be able to receive alerts about upcoming road hazards that have been detected by sensors of other vehicles ahead, through a smart traffic system that collates such data. The Nanyang Technological University campus will be used as a test-bed for such smart cars and traffic systems, in a collaboration between the university and semiconductor company NXP Semiconductors. - CHRIS TAN
India PM Modi starts three-nation tour in France
India's prime minister Narendra Modi starts his three-nation tour today with a day-long visit to France, where he is expected to hold talks with President Francois Hollande on the Rafale fight jets purchase deal. Talks on the deal have been under way for more than three years, with both sides trying to resolve differences over pricing and local assembly. - NIRMALA GANAPATHY