What's News: October 02, 2015

Prosecutors pressed for stiff sentences to be meted out on four salesmen from a mobile phone shop in Sim Lim Square.
Prosecutors pressed for stiff sentences to be meted out on four salesmen from a mobile phone shop in Sim Lim Square.ST FILE PHOTO
In The Room will be screened at the upcoming Singapore International Film Festival.
In The Room will be screened at the upcoming Singapore International Film Festival.PHOTO: YOUTUBE


'Future Economy' committee

A new committee will be set up to look at how Singapore can continue creating opportunities and helping workers and businesses adapt amid a weaker global economy and leaner workforce. It will be chaired by new Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the swearing-in of his Cabinet last night.


Housing prices dip further

Prices of private homes and Housing Board resale flats weakened further in the last quarter, although the two markets may be headed for different sorts of landing. Private home prices were down an estimated 1.3 per cent. There was less pain for HDB owners, with resale prices down about 0.3 per cent. 


KL wants envoy's explanation

Malaysia wants a public explanation from China's envoy, as his recent remarks on race relations threaten to escalate into a diplomatic row.

Dr Huang Huikang had said China "will not sit idly by" when there is "infringement on China's national interests or violations of legal rights and interests of Chinese citizens and businesses". 


Hackers targeting S-E Asia

Amid heightened regional tensions, hackers are stepping up attacks on governments and companies in South-east Asia.

The region was 45 per cent more likely to be targeted than the average for the rest of the world, said security firm FireEye.


Sim Lim cheating cases: 4 salesmen plead guilty

Four salesmen from a mobile phone shop in Sim Lim Square pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to cheat customers, as prosecutors pressed for stiff sentences to be meted out to them. The brazen cheating cases had hurt Singapore's tourism and retail industries, said prosecutors. 


Renew push for Nalanda

The ambitious project to revive Nalanda, the ancient seat of Buddhist learning in India, into a modern beacon of interfaith understanding deserves another concerted push, says associate editor Ravi Velloor in his Speaking of Asia column. 


Helping kids in divorce cases

The Family Justice Courts has piloted a model in which children in divorce cases are consulted. This has seen  encouraging results so far, with three in four families agreeingon custody arrangements instead of fighting it out in court.


Some court offices moving

The Family Justice Courts, based in premises in Havelock Road, is moving some of its offices because of its expanding workload. Starting next week, its divorce-related mediation and counselling services will be at the MND Complex.


Foreigners buy fewer homes

Fewer foreigners are buying homes in Singapore. They picked up 137 non-landed private homes in the third quarter, or about 4 per cent of overall non-landed sales. This is down from 355 or a 9.2 per cent share in the third quarter of 2013, and 261 or a 10 per cent share in the same period last year. 


Van Gaal unhappy despite win 

Manchester United reignited their Champions League quest but manager Louis van Gaal was not pleased with the 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.

They had to hang on nervously for the victory, which he linked partly to fatigue from having to play many matches recently.


French swim star a no-show

France's Olympic and world 50m freestyle champion Florent Manaudou has pulled out of this weekend's Fina Swimming World Cup. The 50m free (short course) world record-holder has suffered a wrist injury and did not arrive in Singapore yesterday. The French sprint king was one of the biggest names set to make a splash at OCBC Aquatic Centre's pool.


Eric Khoo film for S'pore fest

Director Eric Khoo's erotic drama, In The Room, will make its local premiere at the Singapore International Film Festival being held from Nov 26 to Dec 6. It made its international premiere at last month's Toronto International Film Festival and is having its Asian premiere at the ongoing Busan International Film Festival. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - 5WSYPMLEE02'. Print Edition | Subscribe