What's News: August, 26 2015

An area deforested by illegal gold mining in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios on July 13, 2015.
An area deforested by illegal gold mining in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios on July 13, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS


Key GE dates announced

Parliament was dissolved and the Writ of Election issued yesterday, with Nomination Day on Sept 1 and Polling Day on Sept 11. Notice of the widely-anticipated election comes two days after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at the National Day Rally that he would be calling for an election soon, and that the coming polls will be a critical one for the country.


Two Koreas strike deal

The two Koreas may have stopped short of going to war, but the truce may not last long, say experts. The rivals struck a deal to improve ties with more talks and reunions of families separated by the Korean War, but experts say it remains to be seen if the goodwill achieved from the deal can be sustained.



Europe's migrant crisis

While France and Germany have called for a European solution to dealing with the unprecedented numbers of migrants in the European Union, Europe's options are limited. Many European countriesdo not have the capacity to establish refugee camps, prompting politicians to consider re-imposing border controls.

Military planes performing during a rehearsal in Beijing for a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Many world leaders not attending China's WWII parade

China is holding a grand military parade next week to mark Japan's defeat in World War II, but the guest list is notably less grand. Twenty-four heads of state, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Korea's Park Geun Hye, will attend, but most European and Western governments are sending foreign ministers and ambassadors.


Warning on deforestation

Deforestation is occurring faster than thought, with tropical forests nearly the size of India set to be destroyed in the next 35 years. The implications for climate change are dangerous, said a study.


Return of deflation

The major economies - the US, Europe, Japan and China - fell into deflation as a result of the global financial crisis in 2008. At one stage, it looked as if quantitative easing was working, but not any more. Economic Affairs contributor Lim Say Boon explains why the world is set for a period of deflation and slower growth.


Kind act to foreign workers

When three foreign workers tried to give up their seats to Singaporean commuters, a local "uncle" told them to to keep them, adding "you come here to build our homes". The kind act by Mr Rimy Lau, 68, was posted on Facebook and has been widely shared.


Ambulance calls rise 7%

Almost 82,000 ambulance calls were made to the Singapore Civil Defence Force in the first half of this year - 7 per cent up from the same period last year. The figure - the highest in 15 years - is attributed to the country's increasingly older population.


Key interest rates rise

Two key interest rates affecting business loans and mortgages have jumped close to their highest levels so far this year. The three-month Singapore interbank offered rate spiked to 1.00208 per cent yesterday, while the three-month Swap Offer Rate soared to 1.40236 per cent.



Spotlight on IndyCar safety

The death of IndyCar race driver Justin Wilson (photo) on Monday, after suffering a severe head injury when he was struck by debris from another car, has sparked a call for a safety review. US driver Eddie Cheever said the tragedy should lead to a thorough analysis of safety measures in the sport.


S'porean gets key NY art post

Former Singapore Art Museum director Tan Boon Hui, 45, has been appointed director of the Asia Society Museum, a key New York art institution known for advancing knowledge of Asian art globally. He will lead the non-profit educational organisation's global arts and cultural activities and oversee its art collections.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: August, 26 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe