What's News: October 6, 2016


Private hospital surgery fees

The public will now have a better idea of operation fees in private hospitals. The Ministry of Health has started publishing a breakdown of the bill for various medical procedures, to increase transparency and help patients make informed decisions. Many private specialists fix their own fees and there have been cases of doctors overcharging.


Seniors lack housing options

A rare study of nursing homes here has highlighted the lack of housing options for elderly people who grow frail and need someone to take care of them. Nursing homes are practically their only option, the study noted.

Indonesia's armed forces chief Gatot Nurmantyo (right) and minister Luhut Pandjaitan. PHOTO: REUTERS


'No joint drills' in S. China Sea

The Indonesian military will not conduct any new joint military exercises in the South China Sea, armed forces chief Gatot Nurmantyo has said. Today, Indonesia will hold a major exercise in the Natuna Islands.


Russia missile system to Syria

Russia said it has sent an advanced missile system to the Syrian port of Tartus, as tensions escalate between Moscow and Washington.

The announcement came after Washington said it was suspending talks with Moscow aimed at reviving a ceasefire deal.


Boost tech safety laws

Lithium batteries used in smartphones are notorious for overheating, and yet safety regulations here do not provide for their mandatory recall if they prove defective. The law needs more teeth, writes Tech editor Irene Tham.


Diver killed by stingray

A veteran diver at Underwater World Singapore (UWS) died on Tuesday after the barb of a stingray punctured his chest. Mr Philip Chan, 62, who headed UWS' team of divers, had been moving animals out of the closed attraction.


TCM firms working with poly

More local firms are working with Temasek Polytechnic to get its help to produce scientific proof of the benefits of health products like traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) products. The polytechnic had opened a centre of innovation to study complementary health products in June.


'Raise gender diversity - fast'

The Diversity Action Committee has urged local companies to raise gender diversity in their boardrooms at a quicker pace. The committee said the process should speed up as it could "risk undermining Singapore's reputation as a leading business hub with sound and exemplary governance".

Amri Yahyah (left) will lead the Malaysian football team against Singapore in the Causeway Challenge tomorrow. ST FILE PHOTO


Amri raring to beat the Lions once more

At 35, Amri Yahyah finds himself captain of the Malaysian football team after Safiq Rahim's sudden retirement, as they prepare for the AFF Suzuki Cup. Ahead of the Causeway Challenge tomorrow, another win over the Lions, as in the previous AFF Cup in Singapore, will suit him just fine.


Go gothic with black lips

How does one pull off black lipstick? Seen on multiple runways earlier this year including Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and Rodarte, gothic black lips can create a bold look that stands out.



Local film-makers in limelight

The focus will be on three local film-makers at the upcoming Singapore International Film Festival: K. Rajagopal, with his first feature A Yellow Bird; the late Abdul Nizam, whose works will be screened in a retrospective; and Gladys Ng, who is directing the festival's first commissioned short. The festivaal is from Nov 23 to Dec 4. Ticket sales start on Oct 28.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe