What's News: October 29, 2015

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat touring a biomedical incubator at JTC LaunchPad @ one-north on Oct 2, 2015.
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat touring a biomedical incubator at JTC LaunchPad @ one-north on Oct 2, 2015.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO


Economic team being formed

The team that will set the strategy for Singapore's economic future will be formed by early December and will submit its report a year later, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. The task of the Future Economy Committee, chaired by Mr Heng, is to help Singapore move up the innovation ladder from a value-adding economy to a value-creating one, he added. 


No columbarium at Sengkang

The Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society, which put in the winning bid for a 2,000 sq m site at Fernvale Link, has confirmed it will not build a columbarium there and will instead erect a "hall of filial piety". It comes four months after a new tender was called following controversy about a columbarium planned by a funeral service firm. 



Action on ground 'an option'

Defence Secretary Ashton Carter spoke of direct action on the ground as an option with the United States stepping up attacks against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants. He also vowed continued support for local forces putting pressure on the militants' stronghold in Syria and Iraq.


Lese majeste probe widened

Thai police yesterday widened a major probe into a network of people charged with insulting the monarchy, which has seen three suspects charged so far. The probe has heightened scrutiny of the lese majeste law, which critics say is often used as a political tool.


Label products with palm oil

Many would choose not to buy items that contribute to the haze but, first, they must know how. Compulsory labels stating if a product contains palm oil would send a strong signal that Singapore cares where its food comes from, writes consumer correspondent Jessica Lim.


Illegal tweaks: More checks

From next month, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will get drivers who illegally modify their engines or exhausts to send their vehicles for more checks. This is on top of existing measures such as fines and jail terms. The LTA said such modifications can pose safety and environmental hazards.


Processed meat: 'A little is OK'

The odd slice of bacon will not do that much harm, doctors in Singapore said yesterday. This was despite a warning from the World Health Organisation earlier this week that eating processed meat raises the risk of colon cancer.


S'pore tops business rankings

Singapore has emerged as the most business-friendly economy in the world for the 10th year in a row. According to a league table compiled by the World Bank, Singapore's regulatory environment is highly beneficial for entrepreneurs. 

Jose Mourinho (right) was satisfied with his players' control in a League Cup tie against Stoke. PHOTO: REUTERS


Players back me: Mourinho

Despite a turbulent month, a calmer Jose Mourinho was satisfied with his Chelsea players' control in a decent showing against Stoke.

While the Blues suffered another setback as their defence of the League Cup ended on Tuesday after Eden Hazard's penalty shoot-out miss at the Britannia Stadium, he said the performance proved that they still supported him. 

Mr Kaoru Mende, founder of Lighting Planners Associates, which curated Nightscape 2050. The exhibition is here till Nov 21. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


S'pore's journey from gas lamps to stunning nightscape

The way Singapore has changed through its street lighting capabilities is documented in a timeline titled Evolution Of Singapore's Nightscape - From 1800 To 2050. Curated to commemorate SG50, it is displayed on a 14m-long panel and is part of a travelling exhibition, Nightscape 2050. Making its way from Berlin, the show opens today and runs until Nov 21 at the atrium of the National Design Centre.


Stars at new Macau casino

Singer Mariah Carey headlined a star-studded opening ceremony for a new US$3.2 billion (S$4.5 billion) Hollywood-themed casino resort in Macau on Tuesday, amid a Beijing corruption crackdown and a sharp downturn for the Asian gambling playground.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: October 29, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe