What's News: July 14, 2016

Japan's Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers during the New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, Japan, on Jan 2.
Japan's Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers during the New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, Japan, on Jan 2.PHOTO: EPA


New PSLE scoring system

A new Primary School Leaving Examination scoring system, to be introduced in 2021, will encourage pupils to focus on their own learning, rather than pitting themselves against their peers. The Ministry of Education said that pupils will not be as "finely differentiated" as there will be only 29 possible PSLE scores.


Akihito plans to step down

Japan's Emperor Akihito has indicated he will step down within "several years", saying that he does not want to remain in the role if he cannot fulfil his official duties. The emperor has been plagued by ill health in recent years. Crown Prince Naruhito, 56, is next in line.

Malaysian police detaining one of the terror suspects linked to ISIS militant group. PHOTO: MALAYSIAN POLICE


Malaysia on terror alert

Malaysian police are on the alert for more terror strikes in the wake of a grenade attack on a nightclub in Selangor. They have detained 186 Malaysians and 27 foreigners for alleged terror links and are also probing a warning on social media of a possible attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Malacca. Meanwhile, a key anti-terror official received a death threat.


Top monks shun Ma Ba Tha

The body representing Myanmar's top monks has distanced itself from a Buddhist group that has been at the forefront of anti-Muslim protests in the country. The hardline Ma Ba Tha now says it does not need Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee approval to exist.


MRT cracks: Nothing routine

The Transport Ministry and Land Transport Authority have assured the public that safety is not an issue, and there is no need for a review of processes, after reports surfaced that cracks were found on fairly new MRT trains. But can they be so sure, asks Christopher Tan.


Local Pokemon fans all abuzz

With the new Pokemon Go app topping download charts in the US and Australia, fans are sharing tips to get it to work in Singapore - where it has not been released. The game's developer promises it will be launched in Asia "in a few days".


'Fake cop' rapist gets jail, cane

The wife and child of a man who posed as a cop to rape a 16-year-old girl looked on yesterday as he was jailed for 121/2 years and sentenced to 11 strokes. Muhammad Firman Jumali Chew, 30, had claimed that the girl made advances but the judge called his version of events "completely unbelievable".


S'pore firms eye China project

Singapore companies are stepping up to help China with an ambitious - and potentially lucrative - plan to convert most of its urban areas into "sponge cities" by 2030. These places are designed to behave like sponges, with city-wide systems to catch and store rainwater, and purify and redistribute it, especially during times of drought.

Mr Chatri says the investment will help One Championship lock down its prized fighters like Angela Lee (left), seen here with Japan's Mei Yamaguchi. PHOTO: ONE FC


Investment boost to help One Championship expand

An eight-figure investment in Singapore-based One Championship by Heliconia Capital Management, a Temasek Holdings subsidiary, will provide leverage in dealings with governments and investors as the company seeks new markets, says chairman and founder Chatri Sityodtong.



Kit Chan to perform in S'pore

Home-grown singer Kit Chan, who earlier this month released her first album of original material in 12 years, has announced that her current regional tourwill end on Sept 10 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. It is her first concert at the venue in 15 years.


Aniston takes on tabloids

Actress Jennifer Aniston, who does not usually address gossip directly, finally snapped after years of enduring tabloid stories about her being pregnant. In a piece for the Huffington Post, she rips into the tabloids for spending endless time and money obsessing over her womb, and body-shaming her in the process.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe