What's News: September 13, 2017


Nets to go digital next month

Payment solutions provider Nets will launch e-payment app NetsPay next month. Users will be able to pay with just a tap of their mobile phone or by scanning a QR code at merchants that accept the service. It is currently upgrading all of its 100,000 Nets acceptance points.


N. Korea rejects UN resolution

North Korea yesterday rejected a United Nations Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions, and said the United States would soon face the "greatest pain" it had ever experienced. South Korea and Japan welcomed the UN Security Council's unanimous vote to step up sanctions on North Korea.

Rohingya refugees walking to the shore after crossing the Myanmar-Bangladesh border by boat through the Bay of Bengal last week. PHOTO: REUTERS


Dhaka to move Rohingya

The Bangladesh government is seeking to move thousands of Rohingya Muslims to a barren island that floods every year, as the country continues to grapple with the influx of refugees. The surge has overwhelmed the Bangladesh authorities, who are scrambling to find land to build more camps.


Irma's fallout to last a while

Hurricane Irma may now be gone, but its fallout will continue to haunt Florida for at least the next few days. The authorities began allowing some residents to return to homes hammered by the storm yesterday, but officials warned that it would take a long time to repair the damage wrought by the high winds and pounding surf.


Merger signals new era

The merger of IE Singapore and Spring Singapore paves the way for businesses to get help to grow domestically and expand overseas together, a sign of a new business era dawning, says Yasmine Yahya.


Green buildings, better health

The Building and Construction Authority has tied up with the Health Promotion Board to develop a new Green Mark scheme to make more buildings environmentally and health friendly. The scheme aims to encourage healthy lifestyles at workplaces.


China firm eyes bus package

The fourth bus package here with 18 routes has received six bidders, including one from state-owned Shenzhen Bus Group, the largest public transport operator in south-eastern China. The bid by the world's biggest electric bus operator is its first venture overseas.


Asean-US trade must go on

The show must go on for American trade and investment in Asean, even with the United States pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement earlier this year. This point was made by Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang during a session with members of the American business community yesterday.


Higher ambitions for sports

Senior sports officials are examining ways to build on Singapore's best away SEA Games haul of 57 gold medals, 58 silver medals and 73 bronze medals last month. Singapore finished fourth in the overall medal tally in Kuala Lumpur. SportSG chief executive Lim Teck Yin said yesterday: "It is obvious that our ambitions are higher than No. 4."



Women power at film festival

For the first time in its 22-year history, the Busan International Film Festival will open and close with works by female directors - Glass Garden by South Korea's Shin Su Won and Love Education by Taiwan's Sylvia Chang (above, left), who also stars in the movie.


Starting up in Japan

Start-ups are thriving in Fukuoka, Japan's fastest-growing major city outside of Tokyo. We hear from some of the entrepreneurs. str.sg/startupmode


Regal hotties

They are young, hot and eligible. They are also princes and princesses. Meet the royals who are setting hearts racing. str.sg/hotroyals

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