What's News: January 18 2016

KK Women's and Children's Hospital.
KK Women's and Children's Hospital. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


Unite against terror: DPM Teo

Hours after it was reported that Malaysian police had arrested four terror suspects, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean urged Singaporeans not to allow terror attacks to strike fear and splinter society. People should unite against any such attacks, he said, adding that religious groups in Singapore reject extremism and violence.


KMT 'dinosaur' punished

A Kuomintang party legislator's dig at a heavy metal band singer running for office over his long hair served to confirm public perception of KMT as a "dinosaur" out of step with Taiwan society, with voters punishing the party in polls last Saturday.


AIIB posts 'based on merit'

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank president Jin Liqun has said that key senior appointments in the multilateral lender will be based on a candidate's merit and competence. Mr Jin said he will avoid creating positions to meet the needs of some countries as it would lead to redundancies in the future. He also revealed that the lender has a good pipeline of standalone and joint financing projects.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (centre) speaking in the country’s Parliament in Teheran yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS


New chapter for Iran as sanctions end

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hailed the lifting of international sanctions on his country, after the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal, as a "golden page" in its history. The deal was accompanied by a prisoner swop between the United States and Iran and will also allow Iran to export oil and gas for the first time in more than a decade.


Arab Spring letdown

Five years on, the hopes of the Arab Spring lie in tatters. Power grabs followed the political vacuum after revolution, while the West's dithering policies alienated both reformers and authoritarian leaders, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Live music for Thaipusam

Musicians will play traditional Indian musical instruments on three stages set up along the route of the Thaipusam procession this Sunday, after the authorities allowed live music for the procession for the first time in more than four decades.


KKH study faces hurdle

A study that plans to look at how a woman's health before conception affects her future child has hit a snag. Only 277 women have signed up for the study by KK Women's and Children's Hospital, which aims to have 1,000 by next year.


China slowdown not all bad

For Singapore companies with businesses in China, the economic slowdown and weakening yuan have been a mixed bag.

The falling yuan has narrowed margins for those that book profits in yuan, but companies providing services to consumers seem rather unaffected.


Drawing kids to canoeing

Singapore canoeists shone with seven golds at last year's SEA Games. And to attract the next generation, the Singapore Canoe Federation has spent about $50,000 on junior kayaks. With footrests and shorter paddles with smaller blades, these reduce the risk of injury and let young paddlers focus more on technique.


Traditional treats sold online

Local pastry chef and entrepreneur Daniel Tay has started an online bakery called Old Seng Choong that will sell confectioneries from the past, such as Hong Kong-style red date cake and sugee cake.

The business is named after his father's now-defunct confectionery shop, which started in 1965 and was a household name in Marine Parade.


Cho's outrageous humour

Korean-American comedian Margaret Cho says "it's okay to be outrageous and rude", which is why audiences here can expect her to let rip on topics ranging from rape to Olympian Caitlyn Jenner's gender transition at her first performance in Singapore. Cho was sexually assaulted at a young age and says humour has helped her heal.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 18 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe