What's News: September 7, 2017

HDB flats in Sengkang estate near the Fernvale LRT station.
HDB flats in Sengkang estate near the Fernvale LRT station. PHOTO: ST FILE


Push for pre-fab HDB flats

From 2019, all the rooms in one-third of new Housing Board flats sold will be pre-fabricated - as part of a government push that is expected to shorten construction time and lower costs in the long run.


No change to growth forecast

Private-sector economists polled by Singapore's central bank maintained their 2017 growth forecast for the Singapore economy at 2.5 per cent, though their estimates showed growth remains uneven across sectors.

Economists expect the manufacturing sector to remain the key driver of growth.

A Rohingya refugee who fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh by boat on Tuesday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Suu Kyi on Rohingya exodus

In her first public comments about the exodus of Rohingya Muslims, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday that sympathy for the Rohingya was being generated by "a huge iceberg of misinformation" to promote the interests of terrorists. Her comments came after United Nations chief Antonio Guterres warned of a risk of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.


Asean set to push for RCEP

South-east Asia's economic ministers will this week endorse the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), calling on other nations involved in the trade deal to settle persistent differences over tariffs and other conditions.


'Generalist' doctors wanted

As the population ages, Singapore needs more "generalist" doctors who can see the big picture when treating elderly patients with multiple health issues, writes Linette Lai. But most young doctors prefer the specialist track. What might change their minds?


Tampines joins heritage trail list

The 17th heritage trail launched by the National Heritage Board features Tampines.

The eastern suburb was a forest in the late 1800s where tigers roamed.

The trail includes a cycling route through parts where kampungs once stood.


Majors that offer best returns

Computing and computer engineering graduates reaped the best financial returns last year, earning median monthly incomes of $3,900 to $4,000 after graduation, for just over $8,000 in annual tuition fees.


Road map for wholesale trade

An industry transformation map for the wholesale trade sector - one of 23 such plans - has been launched in a bid to cement Singapore's standing as a trading hub. IE Singapore - which is merging with Spring Singapore to form the Enterprise Singapore agency - will helm this effort.


Argentina, Chile unconvincing

Argentina's World Cup qualification status is still in doubt, even after a second-half own goal enabled them to snatch a 1-1 draw against Venezuela in Buenos Aires. Likewise, reigning Copa America champions Chile are no certainty to qualify, after a 0-1 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. Both Argentina and Chile are adrift of automatic qualifying spots and face two more rounds of matches next month.



Hollywood star in the making

Singapore-based British actor-host Henry Golding (above) cannot quite comprehend just how drastically his life is about to change, now that he is on his way to becoming a Hollywood star. The 30-year-old has been cast as the male lead in two upcoming major Hollywood films: Crazy Rich Asians and A Simple Favor.


Game for smart Singapore

Fly the ST drone around Smart Nation Singapore to learn about new technologies and earn badges along the way. str.sg/smartnation


Tensions in Seoul?

South Korea correspondent Chang May Choon asks shoppers in Seoul about their reactions to trouble brewing up north. str.sg/seoulshops

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