What's News: January 21, 2016

The 27 Bangladesh nationals who were arrested under the Internal Security Act.
The 27 Bangladesh nationals who were arrested under the Internal Security Act.PHOTOS: MHA


27 Bangladeshis arrested

A group of 27 foreign workers who were planning to carry out terror attacks back home has been arrested in the largest security crackdown in Singapore in 15 years.

All but one of the Bangladeshi construction workers have been deported, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement yesterday.


Keeping S'poreans healthy

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong has mapped out plans to keep Singaporeans healthy and further boost healthcare standards. In an Addendum to the President's address last week, he said initiatives include raising capacity in hospitals and other healthcare facilities and stepping up efforts to reduce obesity and smoking rates.

About 320,000 fewer children were born last year in China than in the previous year PHOTO: REUTERS


China sees fewer births in 2015

Births in China fell last year, defying predictions that a relaxed family planning policy in 2013 would result in more babies for the country and reverse ageing of the population. The National Bureau of Statistics said about 320,000 fewer children were born last year than in the previous year.


Singaporean in Australian jail

A Singaporean man convicted of money laundering in Australia last October was involved in "organised crime conducted on a transnational basis", said a New South Wales court. Koh Yan Wei deposited over A$1 million (S$1 million) in a safe deposit box, raising suspicions.


Social issues for students

The revised social studies textbook for upper secondary students brings current issues in Singapore to life in a new way. Issues previously not mentioned, such as tension with foreigners, now feature in major chapters. The shift is welcome, says Priscilla Goy.


Dementia-friendly town

Around 2,000 people in Yishun - including students as well as staff at businesses - have been trained to spot people with dementia. The Lien Foundation and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital are leading efforts to create Singapore's first dementia-friendly community.


'Ill health' issue in sentencing

Courts can consider ill health as a ground for exercising judicial mercy when sentencing, the High Court said yesterday. But there is no basis for a reduced sentence if an illness can be treated or being in prison does not make a difference to the offender's health.


Emerging markets bleeding

Investors withdrew hundreds of billions of dollars from emerging markets last year, dealing another blow to nations already suffering from slowing growth, high debt and plunging commodity prices. Net capital outflows amounted to around US$735 billion (S$1 trillion) last year, one of the worst on record, said the Institute of International Finance.


Foreign players aim to shine

Tampines' star catch Jermaine Pennant is the undoubted big name in the S-League, but the other 18 foreign players want to give him a run for his money this season.

For instance, Home United's Danish former Under-21 international Ken Ilso, who scored 11 goals last year, aims for a big second campaign.

Chef Ramsay at Bread Street Kitchen, his casual dining eatery at Marina Bay Sands. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


Ramsey mulls over new eatery

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay says he is looking into opening a high-end restaurant in Singapore. The new eatery would complement Bread Street Kitchen, the casual dining establishment he opened in June last year at Marina Bay Sands.



Oscar race debate intensifies

Actors George Clooney and David Oyelowo have joined those calling for changes in the American movie industry and at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose members did not nominate any actors of colour for the Oscars for a second straight year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 21, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 21, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe