What's News: November 8, 2016

British PM May meeting her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi yesterday.
British PM May meeting her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Duterte says he is ordering the police to cancel the weapons deal.
Mr Duterte says he is ordering the police to cancel the weapons deal.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Kam's Roast opens in Singapore on Nov 19.
Kam's Roast opens in Singapore on Nov 19.PHOTO: KAM'S ROAST


Debate on elected presidency

Parliament began debating proposed changes to the elected presidency yesterday, and a strong focus was on how best to ensure all races have a chance to be represented in the office from time to time. The changes to the Constitution will also raise the eligibility criteria for candidates and refine the role of the Council of Presidential Advisers.


$350m to study social issues

The Government is investing $350 million in social science and humanities research, it was announced yesterday. This could lead to in-depth studies into issues like employment, transport and the needs of a greying population. 


Duterte to axe US rifles deal

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday that he would cancel an order for about 26,000 American-made assault rifles, in his latest display of defiance against the United States. The rifles were due to be provided to the Philippine police but Mr Duterte said he would look for cheaper alternatives. 


Britain offers India improved visa deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday offered India an improved visa deal, as the two countries kicked off talks on boosting trade links ahead of Britain's departure from the European Union. 


China's rise, democracy's fall

The two twin trends of the 21st century are the rise of China and the decline in democracy. Different though they may be, there is one thing in common: Both China and democracies grapple with a deficit of trust from their citizens, says Jean-Pierre Lehmann. 


Electric scooters seized

Twenty electric scooters have been seized by the authorities since May in a crackdown on errant users of personal mobility devices. In the first nine months of this year, over 1,400 summonses have been issued for the sale or use of e-bikes that do not comply with current rules.


No Zika-linked birth defects

Two women who were diagnosed with Zika while pregnant have given birth to babies who show no signs of microcephaly. The birth defect linked to the virus is marked by babies having small heads. 


5% growth for Indonesia in Q3

Indonesia's economy grew largely in line with market expectations in the third quarter, though lower government spending and a slowdown among its major trading partners proved a drag on growth. Data released yesterday showed it grew 5.02 per cent in the July to September quarter from the same three-month period last year. 


FAS to elect own leaders

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) will hold a landmark election of office-bearers by May next year. The move paves the way for the local football fraternity to elect its own leaders for the first time in more than 30 years. Previously, the committee was appointed by the Government.


Theatre in the playground

With children all too absorbed in their smartphone screens, theatre group Paper Monkey Theatre wants to bring play back to the playground. Its puppet show The Enchanted Flute will unfold this month in Pasir Ris Park and West Coast Park, as part of Arts In Your Neighbourhood, which brings arts events to the heartland. 


No goose at Kam's Roast here

Kam's Roast will open at Pacific Plaza on Nov 19 at 1pm - sans the goose. It is a spin-off of the Michelin-starred Kam's Roast Goose in Hong Kong.

The man behind Kam's Roast opening here, television producer Robert Chua, says he is still looking for a reliable goose supplier. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe