What's News: Sept 6, 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the summit in Xiamen on Monday.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the summit in Xiamen on Monday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


New agency to help firms grow

IE Singapore and Spring Singapore will be merging to form a new entity called Enterprise Singapore.

The merger, which kicks in next year, was done with the aim of helping local firms scale up and expand overseas more quickly as business cycles shorten and technology disrupts industries.


S'pore-Indonesia joint fly-past

F-16 fighter jets from Singapore and Indonesia will take to the skies over Marina South tomorrow, flying together to form the number 50, as part of celebrations to mark the golden jubilee of bilateral ties.

The fly-past, a historic first that involves 25 aircraft from the two air forces, will be witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.


Xi, Modi end meet on good terms

The Brics summit ended on a bright note yesterday, with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreeing not to let their differences turn into disputes. The meeting came after a 21/2-month-long border stand-off between Chinese and Indian troops.


Opposition leader charged

A Cambodian court yesterday charged opposition leader Kem Sokha with treason and espionage over an alleged conspiracy with unnamed foreigners. The court said evidence of the conspiracy was substantial enough to charge him under the penal code section for "treason and espionage", which carries up to 30 years in jail.


Calm global markets belie risks

Markets are calm, even buoyant 10 years after the global financial crisis. But risks remain. Goh Eng Yeow cites three, including the threat of a bubble from crypto-currencies.


SGH campus shrine to move

The authorities are asking for the owners or caretakers of an old shrine on the Singapore General Hospital campus to come forward before Oct 5 and claim it. Otherwise, rites will be conducted on Oct 15 and the tablet moved to a temple in Jalan Bukit Merah.


Diabetes risk from eating meat

Eating even one serving of meat a day puts Singaporean Chinese at increased risk of diabetes, a study here has found. Those who ate an average of 50g of red meat and 40g of chicken every day had an increased risk of 23 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively.


Biomed manufacturing boost

Singapore's biomedical manufacturing sector will get a shot in the arm from a new scheme that aims to develop new technologies and improve processes in the industry. Called the Pharma Innovation Programme Singapore, it will bring public-sector researchers and pharma multinationals together to develop solutions for the industry.


Lions frustrated in qualifier

Despite opening the scoring with an emphatic volley by Shakir Hamzah in the 63rd minute yesterday, Singapore drew 1-1 with Turkmenistan at Jalan Besar Stadium.

While the game was dominated by the hosts, who were playing an attack-minded 3-4-3 system, the draw was a blow to Singapore's hopes of qualifying directly for the 2019 Asian Cup.



Big names for Writers Fest

Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz (above), American poet Li-Young Lee and British poet Simon Armitage are among the big international names joining previously announced headliner, American sci-fi and fantasy writer Ken Liu, at the Singapore Writers Festival from Nov 3 to 12.

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School 'recycles' food

Greendale Primary School pupils show how they are turning their leftover meals into plant food by composting. str.sg/foodwaste


Grains of artistry

Sand sculptors from around the world reveal the inspirations behind their massive grainy creations. str.sg/sandsculpt

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