What's News: October 14, 2015

President Xi Jinping of China addressing attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on Sept 28, 2015.
President Xi Jinping of China addressing attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on Sept 28, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS


Chinese leader to visit S'pore

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Singapore next month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean announced yesterday as he met Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli at the 12th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation. The spotlight yesterday also fell on an agreement to expand international use of the renminbi, or yuan, through Singapore.


Peak-hour disruption on NEL

A power fault disrupted train services on the North-East Line during the morning peak hour yesterday. SBS Transit said a power trip at 7.41am cut the power supply, which also caused blackouts in several stations along the line.

Girls at the railway track where an unconscious child, four, was found last Friday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Fears over women's safety

Concerns over the safety of women and children in India's capital have been reignited by the brutal rape of a four-year-old girl last week. Sexual crimes against women in India have been in the spotlight since the fatal gang-rape of a student in a moving bus in New Delhi in 2012. 


Visit a sign of thawing ties

The attendance of China's fifth-ranked Politburo Standing Committee member Liu Yunshan at a military parade in Pyongyang last Saturday indicates that frosty ties between North Korea and China have thawed. His visit was described as a new chapter in bilateral ties.


How TPP benefits Singapore

How does Singapore benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal among 12 nations? While it already has free trade with all but two of the TPP partners, the deal helps open markets to its companies, says Economics correspondent Chia Yan Min.

Those using their vehicles for private car hire services such as UberX have been advised to get the necessary coverage to avoid financial loss. ST FILE PHOTO


Offering car rides for fee? Get right insurance

Insurers are advising motorists who use their vehicles for private hire to get the correct insurance coverage. The General Insurance Association warned that private car insurance policies have a "limitation to use" condition, which limits use to social, domestic and pleasure purposes.


Why adequate sleep is crucial

Adults in their 30s and 40s who routinely get four or five hours of sleep a night are in danger of getting dementia by the time they hit their 60s. Research shows sleep is needed to clear "junk" in the brain from metabolic activity.


DBS cuts earnings forecast

The slowing economy both here and overseas will have a major impact on earnings this year, said DBS Bank executive Janice Chua.

Ms Chua, the bank's head of Singapore equity research, has slashed her forecast of earnings per share growth for this year from 13.4 per cent to just 2.8 per cent.


Para Games outreach efforts

With 50 days to go to the Asean Para Games, which the Republic is hosting for the first time, the organisers are ramping up outreach programmes to touch the hearts and minds of Singaporeans.

Among them are a new music video of one of the theme songs, getting the public to sew cushions and a mass rally.


Bolt eyes his 200m record

Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has started preparing for next year's Rio Games and warns his rivals that he is aiming to break 19 seconds in his pet 200m event. His world records of 9.58sec in the 100m and 19.19sec in the 200m have stood for more than six years and he knows that he needs to run the perfect race to go under 19sec for the longer event.


Slammed for blocking film

Oscar-winning French director Jean-Jacques Annaud denounced the Academy Award organisers on Monday, after they disqualified his Sino-French co-production Wolf Totem for being insufficiently Chinese. It was filmed in China with Chinese actors, and the Chinese media had reported that it would be the country's Oscar candidate.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: October 14, 2015'. Subscribe