The news in 5 minutes


Infrastructure upgrade for India

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday vowed to upgrade the infrastructure in 100 new and existing cities by 2022, in the hopes of better coping with an ever-growing population, and to boost economic development.

Task force for HDB project

A TASK force overseen by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat will look into complaints about defects at the Centrale 8 HDB project in Tampines. Residents sent a petition to the developer, Sim Lian Group, last week.


Visitors to the Damn Food Waste event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

Pledge to cut food waste

THE world's top food and drink companies, consisting of some 400 retailers, manufacturers and other players, have vowed to halve the food they waste by 2025, following a report that up to two billion tonnes of food produced around the world is lost or wasted.

New property rules

FOREIGNERS hoping to own a property in Indonesia will soon see their dreams come true, as Jakarta is reportedly finalising a regulation that would open its real estate market. Officials say the move will not trigger a price bubble, but will increase the appeal of the property sector.


Weaknesses in US ship

THE United States disclosed that a recent test revealed vulnerabilities in one of its battleships, the USS Fort Worth (photo), which never engaged in combat but did encounter China once in the South China Sea. The combat ship will be taking part in a military drill with the Philippines this week.


New measures at SGX

THE Monetary Authority of Singapore's deputy managing director for financial supervision Ong Chong Tee sets out the rationale for new measures at the Singapore Exchange. The aim, he says, is a vibrant and robust securities market.


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's suggestion to use the Rail Corridor as a cycling track shows the distance Singapore has covered from the time when calculations of the national good weighed heavily on the utilitarian use of scarce land. Recreation increasingly is a part of the redefinition.


Blood pressure risks

AN AMERICAN study has found that young adults with blood pressure at the high range of normal levels might find themselves with damaged heart muscles by the time they are middle-aged. The study tracked nearly 2,500 young adults over 25 years.

Most 'hopeful on S'pore'

MOST Singaporeans are generally optimistic about the country's future, but feel that population and governance issues will be the main challenges.

The poll results were published in a report by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

Temple's rich history

TELOK Ayer Street has seen enormous changes but in the heart of it is a temple that has stood the test of time.

The Thian Hock Keng Temple, or Temple of Heavenly Happiness, began as a simple shrine set up by the Hokkiens in 1819.


Sentosa prices on rise

PRICES at luxury enclave Sentosa Cove may have rebounded from the doldrums with newly disclosed figures showing units fetching in the range of $2,000 per sq ft. Experts say that while two transactions do not make a wave, it is nevertheless a good sign.



Seeing red in Chile

AN ILL-TEMPERED quarter-final ended with hosts Chile's bid for a first Copa America still alive, as they eliminated holders Uruguay 1-0.

In all, 10 yellow cards and two reds were flashed in Santiago, with the losers ending with nine men after striker Edinson Cavani (photo) and defender Jorge Fucile were sent off.

Salazar answers critics

CONTROVERSIAL coach Alberto Salazar finally broke his silence on the doping allegations against him and his athletes, insisting that all of them are clean.

In an 11,600-word open letter, the Cuban-born American defended himself and attacked his accusers.


Graphic novel sold out

THE Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, the graphic novel by Sonny Liew (photo) which raised official hackles, sold out its second print run of 1,500 copies within a week. Its publisher Epigram Books is reprinting a further 3,000 copies of it. In total, it has sold 2,500 copies since its release last month.

Bobbi Kristina Brown with then boyfriend Nick Gordon. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Bobbi in hospice care

BOBBI Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston, was moved to hospice care on Wednesday after suffering irreversible brain damage five months ago, and her former boyfriend, Nick Gordon, was hit with a lawsuit alleging physical abuse and theft from her bank account.



An old market in bustling business hub

IT IS officially Telok Ayer Market but everyone knows it as Lau Pa Sat, the old market that has been standing in the heart of the financial district for more than a century. Read about its long history and many changes over the years in Singapore Slider, the series that depicts landmarks Then & Now, at


Visa needed

CHECK out some of the countries where the Singapore passport, one of the most accepted in the world, does not allow you entry without a visa.

Trading partners

WHAT are the US Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and why do they matter to Singapore?

Get the answers at

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2015, with the headline 'The news in 5 minutes'. Print Edition | Subscribe