Why It Matters

Every day on Page 2 of The Straits Times, reporters write about why certain news reports matter to readers. This is a weekly round-up of the columns.

Senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan said the sudden demise of ride-hailing app Karhoo is a wake-up call for other similar apps which have raised millions but have yet to show profits. This latter fact should set off alarm bells with investors who remember the 2000 dot.com bust. http://str.sg/4gBV

Singapore's main source of water in Malaysia, the Linggiu Reservoir in Johor, is drying up. Environment reporter Audrey Tan said everyone has a role to play in conserving water, especially in this climate of erratic weather. Industries also have to cut down on excessive water use. http://str.sg/4geM

The battle for Raqqa, Syria, reflects the bewildering complexities of the Middle East, Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal said. Who is doing the fighting is as important as who wins. This is a thorny issue as the US-led coalition in Syria includes offshoots of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which Turkey regards as a terrorist group. http://str.sg/4gM9

The recent announcement by the Ministry of Education that special needs children have to attend a government-funded special education school signals the Government's commitment to give every child a primary education. But reporter Priscilla Goy said more must be done for Singapore's education system to be truly inclusive. http://str.sg/4gxf

Manpower reporter Joanna Seow noted that the Future Jobs, Skills and Training Department is a timely move to address the potential job losses caused by disruptive technologies. The unit can help workers, who are at a loss in an uncertain job market, prepare themselves for new labour demands. http://str.sg/4gTv

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Subscribe