What's News: Sept 29, 2017

A decree permitting Saudi women to drive from next year was announced on Tuesday.
A decree permitting Saudi women to drive from next year was announced on Tuesday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE


$700m fillip for construction

The Government is bringing forward $700 million worth of public amenities projects over the next two years, and expects to spend between $20 billion and $24 billion this year to help the construction industry.


Strong interfaith ties 'vital'

President Halimah Yacob met 25 members of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) yesterday, and spoke about the importance of building strong ties among Singapore's different communities.

She said that religious leaders and the IRO will play a key role in maintaining peace and calm in Singapore in the event of a terror attack.


Saudi woman gets senior post

A day after Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on women driving, the conservative kingdom named a woman to a senior government post for the first time. Ms Eman Al-Ghamidi was appointed assistant mayor of Al Khubar governorate "as part of (a) plan to boost the number of females in leadership positions, in line with Vision 2030".


China beefs up security

China is tightening security for next month's Communist Party congress, cancelling police leave in Beijing, limiting tourism to Tibet and clamping down on the spread of political rumours. China'sWeb clampdown has seen WhatsApp, the messaging service run by Facebook, periodically unavailable in the past few weeks.


Asia may fret over Fed's move

The US Federal Reserve plans to unwind its quantitative easing balance sheet from next month. In Asia, concerns may arise over private debt, a tech downturn and political risk, says Ravi Velloor.


More pre-schools in offices

More children are going to childcare centres set up at their parents' workplaces. There are now 470 of these, up some 80 per cent from five years ago, making up one-third of all centres in Singapore.


Nokia returns to Singapore

Nokia is marking a return to Singapore next month with a revamp of the classic 3310 mobile phone.

The phone will work on Singapore telcos' 3G networks and is targeted at parents of young children, among others. Unlike the original, it will support basic Web browsing.


Let tech firms manage money?

Wealthy people around the world, particularly the younger ones, are open to using wealth management services offered by technology firms such as Google, Apple or Amazon, according to a poll by consulting firm Capgemini. A significant 81.7 per cent of those amenable to the idea are young rich individuals under 40.


PSG down Bayern 3-0

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) exposed Bayern Munich's relative lack of pace up front with a decisive 3-0 victory in the Champions League on Wednesday. Kylian Mbappe had two assists, while Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all scored for PSG. The French side, unbeaten in their last nine Champions League games at home, are on top of Group B with a maximum six points.



S'porean to share BTS stage

Singaporean singer Akif Halqi (above), 21, will be performing tonight at the same concert as BTS, currently South Korea's most talked about boyband, which recently topped 73 iTunes charts worldwide. He is the first Singaporean to feature in the KBS K-pop World Festival in Changwon.

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Still saving lives at 89

Meet Dr George Khoo, one of Singapore's oldest practising doctors. str.sg/49xt


'Kopi siu dai, please'

Straits Times journalist Gwendolyn Ng teaches Sesame Street's Elmo some kopitiam lingo. str.sg/49xA

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe