What's News: October 22, 2016


Private education shake-up

Measures to protect private school students and encourage them to choose their schools wisely will be rolled out in the next two years, the Committee for Private Education said yesterday. These include higher financial requirements and compulsory annual graduate employment surveys for private education schools offering degrees.


PM pays respects to late King

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, accompanied by Mrs Lee, paid his respects to Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Bangkok's Grand Palace yesterday. Mr Lee is the first Asean leader to have travelled to the Thai capital to pay his respects since the monarch died last Thursday.



Trump tones it down

In a small gesture of civility, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested on Thursday he would not dispute the result if the outcome of the race is clear. But he insisted he would not cede the right to contest the outcome of the Nov 8 election, even though his position threatened to upend America's tradition of peaceful power transfers.


ISIS strikes back in Iraq

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria gunmen attacked government buildings in Iraqi city Kirkuk as well as a nearby power plant yesterday, in their first significant counter-attack since Iraqi forces launched an offensive for Mosul.


How China, S'pore view ties

Singaporeans must understand Chinese nationals' view of what China is - seeing Singapore as part of the Chinese overseas community that owes loyalty to it; just as China must understand Singapore's self-image as a multicultural nation with a global outlook, says don.


Ex-auxiliary cop jailed

A former Certis Cisco officer was jailed for three weeks for helping to dispose of a bullet a colleague had fired while playing a game. Muhammad Dzul Adhar Azmi, 22, admitted he obstructed the course of justice to help his co-worker cover up a rash act.


Parts of housing blocks falling

There have been three incidents, over the last two months, where parts of housing blocks have fallen off. While no injuries were reported in any of the cases, these have led at least one MP to call for more to be done to ensure the safety of these housing blocks.


CDL sells Summervale stake

City Developments (CDL) has sold its entire stake in Summervale Properties, which owns the 156-unit luxury condominium Nouvel 18, for $977.6 million. The deal allows CDL to save millions of dollars in extension charges it would otherwise have to pay if it fails to sell all units in the Anderson Road condo by the end of next month.

Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho has an inside knowledge of the Blues that could come in handy during tomorrow's match. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE


Mourinho could hold key to victory

Jose Mourinho, the man who was such a major part of Chelsea's history, must remember tomorrow to make his way to the visitors' dugout at Stamford Bridge. The "Special One" is often viewed as a pantomime villain, but he is an expert analyst with an inside knowledge of the Blues. The losing side will find themselves a long way behind the league leaders.


Seeds of history

Saga seeds are taking centre stage at the Indian Heritage Centre, as part of its first special exhibition. Singaporean artist Kumari Nahappan, 63, a collector of the little red kernels, will be displaying her three-tonne collection at the Once Upon A Time In Little India exhibition launched yesterday and running until next July.



Smoother Peugeot

Traditional automatic transmissions are making a comeback to the Peugeot fold because they are a lot more driveable compared to their jerky semi-automatic counterparts. The latest Peugeot model to benefit from a torque converter autobox is the 2008 - a compact hatchback with a crossover styling.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe