What's News: October 15, 2015

Crowds of people trying to board buses outside Clementi MRT Station on July 7, 2015.
Crowds of people trying to board buses outside Clementi MRT Station on July 7, 2015.PHOTO: SHIN MIN


Rail breakdowns: Free rides

Passengers affected by a network-wide rail disruption like the one that hit Singapore on July 7 will be offered free bus rides, the Land Transport Authority announced yesterday. It is also working on a mobile app to provide information to commuters in the event of such a breakdown in future.


Flights over Iran suspended

Hong Kong's flagship carrier Cathay Pacific yesterday announced that it is suspending flights over Iran and the Caspian Sea over concerns about air safety, as tensions soared in the region following Russia's air strikes purportedly targeting militants in Syria.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been eyeing closer ties with Japan and the US, while remaining engaged with China. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


India pursuing wider security policy while engaging China

India's recent flurry of naval drills with Japan and the United States is seen by some analysts as an effort to counter China's increasing influence in the region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled a wider security and strategic policy since coming to power last year, signalling closer ties with Japan and the US, while remaining engaged with China.


MH17 tragedy and Russia's no

Russia said no to demands from Western governments to set up an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, despite a report pinning the blame on a Russian-made missile. The saga will not end here, as a report on the Dutch- led probe into criminal responsibility is expected early next year.


Israel blocks entrance

Israel yesterday began to block the entrance to part of occupied East Jerusalem where three men accused of killing three Israelis on Tuesday were believed to come from. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under immense pressure to restore peace.


Conserve Haw Par Villa

Many see Haw Par Villa as a theme park past its prime but it is a unique Chinese cultural resource - the only such park left in the world. It well deserves to be conserved and urgently as the park's only master artisan is already 81 years old, writes Melody Zaccheus.


Tragic loss of loving mum

Ms Lim Siaw Chian was a loving mother who would express milk so that her newborn baby would have mother's milk even when she was at work. But her child will grow up without her mum, who died in a blaze at a gas firm on Monday.


New way to curb shoplifting

A scheme to deter shoplifters in supermarkets appears to be paying dividends. Sheng Siong employees are walking around stores in dark blue tops that read "May I help you?" The Shopwatch scheme, a collaboration with the police, has contributed to a 42 per cent drop in theft cases at three stores.


Quality gauge for audit firms

Company directors will get additional help in assessing the quality of audit firms under a new initiative that will begin in January.

The Audit Quality Indicators Disclosure Framework, as the initiative is called, will be run as a pilot project by the top four firms - Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC.


Amri to miss key matches

National football striker Khairul Amri faces three to four weeks on the sidelines, after pulling his right hamstring in Tuesday's World Cup home qualifier against Cambodia.

He is set to miss Singapore's next two matches against Japan and Syria, and is definitely out for the LionsXII's final two Malaysia Cup group stage games.


Man Booker for Jamaican epic

Jamaican novelist Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday for his novel, A Brief History Of Seven Killings - a raw, violent epic that uses the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976 to explore Jamaican politics, gang wars and drug trafficking. He is the first Jamaican-born author to win Britain's most prestigious literary award.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: October 15, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe