What's News: August 26, 2016

BrainStorm Singapore is hosted by Dr Ma Hong Man (centre) and Michelle Chia. The first episode features Li Nanxing.
BrainStorm Singapore is hosted by Dr Ma Hong Man (centre) and Michelle Chia. The first episode features Li Nanxing.PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES


A cool way to grow plants

A team from Nanyang Technological University has invented a coating for glass that allows light through but blocks most of the heat. It has been used on the roof of the school’s atrium and will now be tried at a vegetable farm in Sungei Tengah.


3 face insider trading charges

Three men have been hit with a total of over 300 charges of front-running, a form of insider trading. Leong Chee Wai, Toh Chew Leong and Simon E Seck Peng are accused of offences allegedly committed between 2007 and 2014, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore. 



N. Korean threat looms larger

The success of North Korea's latest missile launch this week makes it a more realistic and sophisticated threat, given the combination of different missile types in its arsenal, experts said. But they doubt it will catalyse resumption of six-party talks to end the North's nuclear programme. 


China financial show gets Singapore version

A local edition of BrainStorm, a long-running financial infotainment show in China, will premiere on Sept 3. The original programme's host, Dr Ma Hong Man, will helm BrainStorm Singapore along with local host Michelle Chia. Home-grown actor and businessman Li Nanxing will talk about entrepreneurship in the first episode. 


India to ban surrogacy service

The Indian government has moved to ban commercial surrogacy, sparking fears that the multi billion-dollar industry will go underground. Foreigners, single parents and gay couples would be blocked from using surrogacy services in India if Parliament approves the draft law. 


Could Clinton still lose polls?

Mrs Hillary Clinton has a strong lead in the race to the White House but remains a flawed candidate bedevilled by scandals, writes US bureau chief Jeremy Au Yong. If anyone could lose such a lead, it's her. 


Food delivery under scrutiny

The Competition Commission of Singapore is monitoring exclusive arrangements between online food delivery providers and restaurants. It said it has received complaints about alleged anti-competitive practices and that such exclusive tie-ups could be "problematic". 


Insurance firms' safety role

Insurance companies are being urged to share their information about businesses with poor safety records. The move comes after an expert panel made a series of recommendations to the Government on how to improve workplace safety here. 


Steps to boost audits

New regulatory measures have been introduced to raise audit standards - a crucial factor in upholding investor confidence in Singapore's capital markets. The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority will publishnames of individual auditors not up to scratch.


Rooting for club and country

Hougang United coach K. Balagumaran is not buying into the age-old opposition to club players representing their country. As his side prepares to meet reigning champions Brunei DPMM, he says: "If I've got six playing for Singapore by the year-end, it's a positive for both club and country."



Take The Makan Bus

Tourists can now explore heartland treats in Singapore with a new service, The Makan Bus (above). Passengers pay $28 each for a one-day pass. They can hop on and off these buses, which run from 11am to 7.30pm daily at 20-minute intervals, and will be given a brochure listing more than 20 recommended eateries near the stops. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe