What's News: November 13 2015

HDB flats in Bishan.
HDB flats in Bishan.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


12,000 flats up for sale

The application period for the upcoming Housing Board sales exercise later this month will be increased from seven to 10 days, given the bumper crop of 12,000 flats that will be put up for sale.

The new flats include those in the Bidadari district, which are expected to be in hot demand.


Better tracking of flights

Countries have agreed to allocate a radio frequency for satellites to receive transmission from aircraft. This could pave the way for flights to be tracked 100 per cent, especially over vast oceans.

The global push to track all commercial flights came after a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared in March last year.

A mother praying for success for her child in the college entrance exams in Seoul yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS


S. Koreans shunning varsity

A growing number of South Koreans are forgoing a prestigious university education in favour of either vocational training or seeking work straight after high school. Their priorities have been influenced by the unemployment rate, which was at its highest level since the 1990s in February.


Out to mend ties in Indonesia

Taking the first step to mend frayed ties, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday assured Indonesia of his support if it applies to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He was speaking during a walkabout with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.


New Sino-S'pore partnership

The "All-Round Cooperative Partnership Progressing with the Times" is the most crucial outcome of Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to Singapore. China Bureau chief Kor Kian Beng examines how it could impact geopolitical dynamics and Singapore's long-term fortunes.

It is all lights and glitter at Orchard as retailers woo shoppers with discounts amid a drop in tourist receipts. PHOTO: ORCHARD ROAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION


Orchard retailers going big on festive discounts

Orchard Road retailers are rolling out bigger discounts of up to 70 per cent for the upcoming Christmas and New Year period to battle a drop in tourist receipts. A mobile app that allows consumers to download vouchers from Orchard Road shops will also be launched next week.


Ex-COO of Harry's charged

A former chief operating officer of bar and dining chain Harry's was charged yesterday with making false salary declarations about its foreign workers, to meet requirements for Employment Pass applications.


Genting's bad debt piles up

There was no lucky roll of the dice for gaming firm Genting Singapore as its bad debt continued to pile up.

It was forced to make a $92.5 million provision, more than double that a year ago. This, coupled with fallout from a slowing Chinese economy, sent net profit tumbling 62 per cent.


Hamilton admits to accident

Triple Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton's late arrival in Sao Paulo for this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix was partly due to a car accident in Monaco.

He said on social media that "mistakes happen" but "we all must take responsibility for our actions".


Tough day on the green

Only six of the 123 golfers who completed their rounds yesterday broke par on the first day of the inaugural World Classic Championship at Laguna National.

Australians Sam Brazel and Scott Barr, South Korean Wang Jeung Hun and Thailand's Natipong Srithong shared the lead on two-under 69.



Star Wars spacecraft at Changi

Two iconic Star Wars spacecraft were unveiled yesterday at Changi Airport as part of the airport's year-end celebrations, as well as to promote the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A life-size X-wing sits at Terminal 3, while a scale model of the TIE Fighter - about 80 per cent of the actual size - stands tall at T2. The exhibits will be there until Jan 5.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 13 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe