What's News: November 28, 2015

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at the 2015 S Rajaratnam Lecture at the Raffles City Convention Centre on Nov 27.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at the 2015 S Rajaratnam Lecture at the Raffles City Convention Centre on Nov 27.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


Small but not powerless: PM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday set out the four strategic ways Singapore has advanced its interests on the global stage in the past 50 years. It should continue to do so, he said while noting that though small, it has refused to accept being powerless on the international stage as its fate.


Council ordered to take action

The Court of Appeal has ordered the Workers' Party-run town council to appoint accountants, subject to the Housing Board's approval, to fix lapses uncovered by an audit this year. The town council also has to make all its outstanding transfers to the sinking fund within three months.

Nahdlatul Ulama leader Mustofa Bisri warned of a shallow understanding of Islam. PHOTO: YOUTUBE


Film challenges ISIS ideology

The release of a 90-minute film denouncing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has signalled the beginning of a global campaign by Indonesia's largest Muslim group to challenge its ideology head-on. The campaign by Nahdlatul Ulama comes at a time when Islam is at war with itself over central theological questions of how the faith is defined.


Risk of China's military reform

Chinese media has hailed President Xi Jinping's plan to overhaul the military, saying it will allow Beijing to better cope with territorial disputes and strategic rivals. But observers warned that the long-overdue reform risks disrupting the military system.


Maritime war of nerves

The stand-off in the South China Sea sees the US and China engaging in a war of nerves over maritime order. During the Cold War, the US also carried out freedom of navigation operations. It took 10 years for the Soviets to accept the concept, writes Narushige Michishita.


Move to keep food prices low

Those keen to run an economy rice stall while helping to keep prices affordable can apply to a scheme launched yesterday by cooperative and foodcourt operator NTUC Foodfare. Stall operators get grants in return for keeping prices low.


Power faults affected trains

The two rail disruptions on MRT's North East Line last month were electrical in nature, said the Land Transport Authority and train operator SBS Transit yesterday. They said they had completed investigations into the cause of the incidents, which occurred on Oct 13 and Oct 26, respectively.


MAS warns of rising risks

The Singapore economy may remain largely resilient but households, corporates and banks must be mindful of a rising level of financial risks, the Monetary Authority of Singapore has warned, citing risks linked to sluggish economic conditions, rising interest rates and foreign currency mismatches.

Tottenham's Harry Kane (centre) celebrating a goal with Ryan Mason (right) and Erik Lamela in a match against Arsenal on Nov 8. PHOTO: REUTERS


Unbeaten Spurs favoured against Chelsea

Tottenham have beaten London rivals Chelsea in just 10 per cent of their last 60 clashes. But Spurs start as favourites in tomorrow's game against the beleaguered English Premier League champions, after a 12-game unbeaten run following a loss in the season's opening match.



Censorship debate continues

The chairman of the National Arts Council, Professor Chan Heng Chee (above), on Thursday weighed in on an ongoing debate over whether state funding for the arts should be used to enforce censorship. In her speech at the opening of the Singapore International Film Festival, she said governments or states end up the arbiter, but standards and values will evolve.


Adele's first tour since 2011

Adele, whose latest album, 25, has smashed sales records in its first week of release, announced on Thursday that she would begin a 15-week concert tour of Britain, Ireland and continental Europe in February, her first in four years.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 28, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 28, 2015'. Subscribe