What's News: August 7, 2015

Little India station in Downtown Line 2.
Little India station in Downtown Line 2.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


Start of Downtown Line Stage 2

The second phase of the Downtown Line will open on Dec 27, giving commuters in the north-west region quicker access to the Central Business District. Commuters will also get a period of free travel on the line while they familiarise themselves with the network, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announced yesterday.


Call for laws on election funds

A growing number of voices are calling for laws on election funding in Malaysia amid a furore over a US$700 million (S$967 million) donation to Prime Minister Najib Razak. The calls came as Mr Najib's lawyers said they would seek a second opinion on legal action against the Wall Street Journal, after it became clear the money did not come from 1MDB.


Panel: Japan reckless in WWII

A panel set up to advise Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's defeat in World War II says the country's leaders bear a heavy responsibility for a "reckless" conflict. Mr Abe says that he will express remorse and follow previous explicit prime ministerial apologies.


A section of the ''new'' Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The expansion seeks to boost the country's economy and international standing. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG


Egypt opens 'new' Suez Canal

Egypt threw open the gates of a "new" Suez Canal yesterday, following an $11.3 billion expansion that seeks to boost the country's economy and international standing. The event was attended by several heads of state. Representing Singapore was Special Envoy Zainul Abidin Rasheed.


Wild GOP fight may backfire

With 16 candidates in the Republican contest for the presidential nomination, the fight for attention is leading to all manner of antics. The danger is that the spirited contest might turn off voters in the actual election, says US bureau chief Jeremy Au Yong.


Court case over non-delivery

The Consumers Association of Singapore is taking a businessman to court. Case had received 44 complaints against three firms registered under Mr Chiok Wee Juo, alleging the goods that consumers had made full payments or deposits for were later not delivered.


Deaths in fire a misadventure

The fire in Geylang that killed four foreign workers last December was ruled a tragic misadventure by State Coroner Marvin Bay yesterday. He said the case is a reminder that one must flee as soon as a fire is suspected and not wait for help.


Life insurance report card

Direct Purchase Insurance products offered by life insurers have seen an encouraging take-up since they were launched in April. The Life Insurance Association said that most of the products sold were regular-premium term-life policies. These plans are suitable for people looking for basic protection.


Data analysis on tennis court

It has been seven years since the Women's Tennis Association allowed the controversial on-court coaching rule. And now, technology is taking it further as coaches can use a laptop or iPad on court to analyse real-time data with players. This mid-match strategising could help the players turn their game around.


Cosby in second sex case

Comedian Bill Cosby will be questioned under oath in October in a second case involving sexual assault on a young woman, a judge said on Wednesday. The deposition of Cosby, 78, in the case involves

Ms Judy Huth, a Californian woman who said she was molested by the entertainer at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15.


Swift in Vanity's top 10 list

Pop star Taylor Swift, ballerina Misty Copeland and actress Emma Stone led a slew of newcomers in Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list on Wednesday. Swift, who appears on the magazine's September cover, came in at No. 2 on the top 10 list of this year's best-dressed women, behind British Prime Minister David Cameron's wife, Samantha.

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