What's News: October 06, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon her arrival in New Delhi yesterday.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon her arrival in New Delhi yesterday.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
A Free Syrian Army fighter in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus in Syria.
A Free Syrian Army fighter in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus in Syria.PHOTO: REUTERS


Mangrove conservation plan

A 5ha area will be set aside for 2,000 native mangrove trees across 35 species at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, in a move to conserve these plants. Mangroves covered 13 per cent of Singapore's land area in 1950, but this has fallen to 0.5 per cent now.


Three get Nobel for medicine

The Nobel Prize for Medicine was given jointly to three scientists who made discoveries that helped to develop potent new drugs against parasitic diseases such as malaria and elephantiasis.

The three winners are Irish-born Dr William Campbell, Japan's Dr Satoshi Omura and Dr Tu Youyou of China. 


India deepens ties with Germany

India is deepening ties with Germany. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced during German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to India that an investment fast-track would be set up for German companies.

The teaching of German in government schools, which was stopped last year, will resume. Germany also pledged more than €1 billion (S$1.6 billion) to assist with solar projects over the next five years. 


US steps up action in Syria

The American-led coalition will open a major front in Syria to combat militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group in the country's north-east. Last week, US President Barack Obama approved two major steps to empower Arab fighters who would join Kurdish combatants in the offensive. 


Jakarta 'responsible for haze'

Indonesia is legally and morally responsible for the haze, write international law professors S. Jayakumar and Tommy Koh. Jakarta is also bound to cooperate with other Asean members to prevent transboundary pollution, they add. 


NEA studying e-waste system

The National Environment Agency is studying if it makes sense to have a regulated national system to collect, recycle and manage electronic waste.

While 60 million kg of such waste is discarded here each year, only a tiny amount is recycled. 


Yale-NUS needs new deans

Yale-NUS College is looking for new deans after all four of its deans left or announced plans to leave. One of the deans said the departures had nothing to do with issues linked to academic freedom, a concern when the tie-up was first announced. 


Cheaper to relocate staff here

The cost of relocating staff to Singapore has fallen compared with 11 other global cities, according to a new survey by property firm Savills.

It found that Singapore slipped from being the sixth-most expensive city in December last year to seventh in June.


Ireland struggle to beat Italy

Ireland came through their first meaningful test of their Rugby World Cup campaign, beating Italy 16-9 on Sunday, thanks to a Keith Earls try and Johnny Sexton's 11 points. However, they were far from convincing ahead of their crucial final pool game against France to decide who finishes at the top of Pool D. 


Teen wins $100k music deal

Jermaine Leong (photo), 16, winner of the second season of television singing contest The Final 1, is confident that she can juggle a singing career with her studies.

On Sunday night at Capitol Theatre, the Temasek Polytechnic student won a $100,000 recording and artist management contract with Hype Records.


Massive start for The Martian

The Martian blasted off with a huge US$55 million (S$79 million) in takings over the weekend. It marks the second-best launch of director Ridley Scott's career, behind only Hannibal's US$58 million debut in 2001, and the second-best premiere for actor Matt Damon, trailing The Bourne Ultimatum's US$69.3 million bow in 2007.

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