What's News: July 3, 2017

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's party and its allies won.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's party and its allies won.PHOTO: REUTERS


MOH eyes wider database use

The Ministry of Health is gathering feedback on a possible move to make it mandatory for all private healthcare institutions to join the National Electronic Health Records system,which was launched in 2013. It is used by all public healthcare institutes but very few private ones have joined.


Changi's India market soars

For the first time in at least five years, India is set to become the fastest-growing market for Changi Airport, among its top 10 country markets. Between January and May, more than 1.7 million passengers travelled between Singapore and India, a 15 per cent jump compared with the same period last year.


Abe's party loses Tokyo polls

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party suffered a hammering in a Tokyo assembly election yesterday, a poll that is seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration. It lost to the upstart Tomin First no Kai party, run by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and its allies, which together clinched a landslide victory in the 127-seat assembly.


Taiwan's smoking ban a no go?

A proposed plan by Taiwan's Health Promotion Administration to ban smoking in all indoor public areas, such as bars and restaurants, may now go up in smoke. Many of these businesses have argued against a blanket ban, saying it would drive away smoking customers.


Foreign policy a balancing act

Singapore needs to strike a balance between principle and pragmatism, and realism and idealism in foreign policy, as it advances into a post-America world order, says Professor Chan Heng Chee.


Inmates share tablets in trial

As part of a six-month trial by the Singapore Prison Service, 800 inmates are now using tablets for several hours a day. They share the tablets, on which they can do a range of things, including write e-letters to their families, play games and read e-books.


Lend an ear to caregivers

It is better to be that family member or friend whom the caregiver can confide in, rather than one who renders practical help by bathing or feeding his elderly parents, says a recent study by Duke-NUS Medical School on social support for caregivers.


CapitaLand's China game plan

CapitaLand is banking on integrated developments to get ahead in China's intensely competitive retail and real estate scene.

It has the largest portfolio of integrated developments, with over 6.2 million sq m of gross floor area, among foreign developers in China.


Reviving foreign talent plan?

In the wake of the Lions' recent poor run, the Football Association of Singapore is reassessing its policy of naturalising footballers under the Foreign Talent Scheme. While there is no urgency, the likes of Jordan Webb, Song Ui Young and Sirina Camara have been identified as possibilities.



Ending Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes says if TV viewers were sorry to see the hit drama series end 1-1/2 years ago, he is glad.

He says: "That's really the final challenge of being the writer - to bring the curtain down when people are still sorry to see it come down and not overstay your welcome. I think we did that."

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Starry affair

Meet the 11 local restaurants that won their first Michelin star. str.sg/michelin17


Behind the scenes

Get a backstage peek into Esplanade Theatre. str.sg/esplanade

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