Top stories from The Straits Times on Wednesday, Oct 25

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Wednesday, Oct 25. 


Tech can boost construction sector's appeal, say observers


3D digital modelling is one example of how technology can be used to boost the construction industry. PHOTO: CDL

The smarter use of technology is an important focus of the Construction Industry Transformation Map launched yesterday. Observers say these changes can draw more young people to jobs in the construction sector.

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News analysis: Xi Jinping more powerful but still faces some resistance


While Mr Xi has shown prowess in vanquishing his rivals, his record on the economy over the past five years was mixed, with the economy not having performed so well, said Chinese historian Zhang Lifan.  PHOTO: REUTERS

By having his political thoughts written into the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) charter, President Xi Jinping has gained a lot more power, and this will allow him to get the party into line.

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Donald Trump to skip key Asia summit in Philippines to go home earlier


Donald Trump is said to be skipping the East Asia Summit to go home a day earlier. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Leaders of more than a dozen countries will meet for the East Asia summit in the Philippines in mid-November, but US President Donald Trump won't be there. He is planning to skip it and leave the Philippines the day before.

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VIDEO: Writer Djamal Tukimin and composer Law Wai Lun awarded Cultural Medallions


Writer Djamal Tukimin (left) and composer Law Wai Lun receiving their Cultural Medallion award from President Halimah Yacob during a ceremony at the Istana yesterday.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG

Djamal, 71, is lauded not just for his multifarious works of Malay poetry, fiction and plays, but also his efforts in literary criticism, research and archiving of Malay literature. 73-year-old Law's compositions for Chinese orchestra are considered key in shaping the Nanyang music style.

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Raffles Hotel to unveil new suites and dining concepts when it opens in mid-2018


The restoration work is being led by Aedas Singapore, while the interior of the project is in the hands of award-winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud, who has worked on luxury hotels. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Singapore's classic heritage hotel Raffles Hotel Singapore is going to offer a whole host of new facilities, dining concepts and experiences come mid-2018, when it is slated to complete its ongoing restoration and renovation works.

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VIDEO: False ceiling collapses in SMU after water leaks from drainage pipe


The incident occurred at the basement of SMU's School of Information Systems at around 5pm. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

A false ceiling at the Singapore Management University (SMU) collapsed on Tuesday evening after water leaked through from a drainage pipe above it, but no one was hurt in the incident.

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Commentary: Blue skies ahead for Asean airlines with more flight options, transfers


Indonesia allows free access for passenger flights to just five cities - Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Denpasar and Makassar. PHOTO: REUTERS

Agreements signed recently will mean more choices for travellers, and will the pave way for more cross-border airline-related businesses.

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Football: Second-string Man City scrape past Wolves in League Cup shootout


Sergio Aguero and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrate after the match. PHOTO: REUTERS

Manchester City were kept at bay for 120 minutes by second-tier side Wolverhampton Wanderers before winning 4-1 in a penalty shootout to reach the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

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WTA Finals: Williams edges Ostapenko in thrilling three-setter, Pliskova advances as White Group winner


Venus Williams against Jelena Ostapenko at the WTA Finals Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Oct 24, 2017. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Former world No. 1 Venus Williams beat Jelena Ostapenko 7-5 6-7(3), 7-5 in a thrilling encounter that lasted over three hours at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday night. Karolina Pliskova, who had beaten Williams, advances as the White Group winner, while Ostapenko is out of the WTA Finals. 

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Nokia taps nostalgia, yet keeps eye on the future

A Nokia 3310 being presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February. The phone, one of two new devices which went on sale in Singapore this month, is a reboot of the feature phone with the same name from 2000.
A Nokia 3310 being presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February. The phone, one of two new devices which went on sale in Singapore this month, is a reboot of the feature phone with the same name from 2000. PHOTO: REUTERS

The iconic brand, once the world's biggest phone maker, faces an uphill task here against incumbents like Apple and Samsung.

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