What's News: Oct 17, 2017

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan (right) and his deputy Sandiaga Uno at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta yesterday.
Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan (right) and his deputy Sandiaga Uno at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS


Tunnel flooding 'preventable'

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the MRT tunnel flooding on Oct 7 was "preventable". Pumps meant to drain water from a storm water pit in the tunnel between Bishan and Braddell MRT stations had failed because of a lapse in maintenance.


Singtel fined for Net outage

The Info-communications Media Development Authority has handed out the largest fine in three years to Singtel for an islandwide fibre broadband outage on Dec 3 last year. The telco was fined $500,000 after some 490,000 users were cut off from the Web. The disruption was triggered by a planned maintenance.


Jakarta governor sworn in

Jakarta's new governor Anies Baswedan and his deputy Sandiaga Uno were sworn into office yesterday by President Joko Widodo, six months after a hotly contested and divisive election. They will have to work hard to meet the high bar set for their respective jobs by former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and his deputy Djarot Saiful Hidayat.


Selangor Sultan bars cleric

The preaching credentials of Malaysian cleric Zamihan Mat Zin have been revoked by the Sultan of Selangor in a rare royal intervention that bars the preacher from speaking on Islam from mosque pulpits and at public functions in the state. The action was taken over a religious lecture by the cleric that contained words that were "racist, ill-mannered and excessively critical of the royal institution".


All eyes on China and Russia

How China and Russia get along will have an impact on the evolving world order, says Jean-Pierre Lehmann.


More online exams in unis

The National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University have increased the number of online exams. While they say it is about increasing efficiency, other universities are doing it as students' handwriting have deteriorated.


Asians 'more diabetes-prone'

A National University Hospital study of 140 mostly Chinese participants has found the inability to produce enough insulin among Asians makes them more prone to Type 2 diabetes than their Western counterparts. The researchers say the findings may help people in the region.


Private home sales dip in Sept

Developers sold 657 new private homes last month, down 47 per cent compared with August, but 29 per cent more than the same period last year.

Analysts attribute this fall to the effect of the Hungry Ghost Festival month, when home sales typically drop off.


Goalkeeper dies after clash

Cardiac arrest caused by an accidental clash with a teammate during a match on Sunday claimed the life of Choirul Huda, 38, a goalkeeper for his hometown club Persela in East Java, Indonesia. A medical team tried to revive Huda, a former fringe player in the national set-up, for about an hour. According to the team's Instagram page, the club will retire his No. 1 jersey.



Rising stars at gala concert

Mezzo-soprano Samantha Chong, 31, and soprano Pham Khanh Ngoc, 29, will be showcasing their vocals at the Singapore Lyric Opera's annual gala concert, Unrequited Love, on Nov 23 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. The rising stars will perform alongside renowned singers such as soprano Jessica Chen and tenor Kee Loi Seng.

Straits Times Digital


Dawn of Xi's era?

What to look out for at the crucial Chinese Communist Party's 19th national congress, which begins tomorrow. str.sg/ccpvideo


Retirement kampung

Take a look at the comprehensive facilities enjoyed by residents of Kampung Admiralty at str.sg/admiralty

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