What's News: July 11, 2017

Children celebrating on Sunday after the liberation of Mosul from ISIS rule.
Children celebrating on Sunday after the liberation of Mosul from ISIS rule.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Bill to boost cyber security

A proposed cyber-security law will supersede banking and privacy rules that forbid the sharing of confidential information when a cyber-security breach occurs. Failure to comply can lead to a fine or jail term. 


NetLink trust to raise $2.3b

Fibre optic cable owner NetLink NBN Trust has priced its initial public offering at 81 cents a unit, making the $2.3 billion listing the biggest seen here in six years. The issue comprises a public offer of 185 million units, and a placement tranche of 2.7 billion units that is believed to be two times subscribed. 


Iraq counts cost of ISIS rule

Soldiers cleared explosives from Mosul's historic quarter after its liberation all but ended the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's presence in Iraq, three years of occupation that left a trail of human misery and devastation. It could cost US$100 billion (S$139 billion) to rebuild the city. The UN refugee agency said it may be many months before civilians can return home, though many have nothing to go back to due to extensive damage. 


Rift within KL legal fraternity

Malaysia's legal fraternity is divided over the government's surprise reappointment of the two most senior judges - Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif and president of the Court of Appeal Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin - beyond the retirement age, with the Bar Council calling the move unconstitutional.


Marking Western imperialism

Aug 15marks the 70th anniversary of the independence and partition of India. We should rename it "Western Imperialism Remembrance Day", says Professor Jean-Pierre Lehmann. 


Centres push for inclusivity

A childcare centre has been located next to an early intervention centre for special needs children, and the children are getting the chance to play together. My First Skool can take more than 500 children, and the other centre, by charity Awwa, can serve up to 300 children.


More costly to run GP clinic

A local survey has found that the costs of running a general practice clinic went up by 45 per cent between 2006 and 2013, while patient fees went up by only 14 per cent. It also found that while doctors were working fewer hours, they were seeing more patients. 


Cosco bid 'won't affect S'pore'

China's Cosco Shipping Holdings' bid to buy smaller rival Orient Overseas International is unlikely to affect the ports in Singapore in a significant way, said analysts. Both container shipping companies see Singapore as one of their main trans-shipment hubs for the region, while Cosco also has a stake at the Pasir Panjang Terminal. 


Nothing lucky in Bottas' win

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas clearly deserves his win from pole position at the Austrian Grand Prix, with a great start and excellent drive to hold off Sebastian Vettel. So, F1 columnist David Tremayne says it is disappointing to hear both Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo griping about the Finn possibly beating the lights even after he was cleared. 


Novel way to sell books

Mystery books, which are wrapped and sold to customers who have no idea of what their contents are, are a new and interesting way to market books. The Novel Encounter, a local start-up, sells these books for $29 online, with the book's identity hinted at only through a phrase or two, such as "Corset, Knuckles, Lipstick" to suggest a historical romance with fisticuffs. 

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Intriguing India

Bustling Indian cities Bangalore and New Delhi offer tourists a mix of chaos and calm, the modern and the traditional. str.sg/indiacities


Special childcare

As principal of Singapore's first inclusive childcare centre, Lena Koh draws on her experience as a mum to a special-needs child. str.sg/lenakoh

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