What's News: Oct 11, 2017

Umno information chief Annuar Musa said that Prime Minister Najib Razak will negotiate an alliance with opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia.
Umno information chief Annuar Musa said that Prime Minister Najib Razak will negotiate an alliance with opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia.PHOTO: FOTOBERNAMA


China may beat growth target

China is on track to meeting its growth target of around 6.5 per cent this year and could well exceed it, a senior economic official said. The average annual growth rate from 2013 to last year was 7.2 per cent, said Mr Ning Jizhe, head of the National Statistics Bureau.


SAF delivers aid to refugees

The Singapore Armed Forces yesterday delivered the first batch of supplies that included food, blankets and medical supplies to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The aid, worth around $270,000, was donated by the Singapore Government and independent disaster relief organisation Mercy Relief.


Possible Umno-PAS alliance

Umno information chief Annuar Musa said the party has given the mandate to its president, Prime Minister Najib Razak, to negotiate an electoral pact with opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia, the first time the idea of an alliance between the two biggest political parties in Malaysia has been floated.


'Interference' in unis slammed

Concerns that China has tried to interfere with activities on Australia's university campuses came under the spotlight when Australia's top diplomat called on all international students to "respectfully engage" with ideas they may find contentious.


Sugar tax too bitter a pill?

Having declared war on diabetes, should Singapore impose a sugar tax to deter its over-consumption? Academics Euston Quah and Zach Lee discuss how best to ensure such a tax is high enough to be effective, yet equitable as it is likely to hit low-income households hardest.


NParks accused of negligence

In a closely watched case, the National Parks Board is being sued in the High Court for alleged negligence after a tree branch fell on a motorcyclist last year. The Malaysian suffered head injuries and has been in a vegetative state since.


Towards a gracious society

To build a better Singapore, the country needs to cultivate graciousness, said former head of civil service Lim Siong Guan. He said it is not just about helping the poor and the displaced, but also about "the countless little interactions" between people who meet daily.


Easier entry for remisiers?

The minimum requirement for remisiers, to furnish a $30,000 banker's guarantee to broking houses before they can do business, may be axed in a bid to encourage more people to join the industry. This is part of a raft of proposed changes on securities trading and market practices by the Singapore Exchange as it shifts from a very prescriptive approach to a more principles-based approach.


Champion bowlers aim high

After a strong showing at the Asian Lawn Bowls Championships that included a historic gold, Singapore's lawn bowlers are now hopeful of a first appearance at the Commonwealth Games next year. The squad of 10 completed their outing on Monday in New Delhi with four medals.


Girls' Generation losing three

Three members of Girls' Generation are leaving their agency, raising questions about the Korean pop group's future. On Monday evening, S.M. Entertainment confirmed that members Seohyun, Sooyoung and Tiffany did not renew their contracts.


What's next for Joanna?

Singaporean singer Joanna Dong talks of what lies ahead after her third-place finish in Sing! China. str.sg/singjoanna


Change for the worse

They go from ordinary to scary. See how three actors are transformed into creatures of horror for Halloween. str.sg/3spooks

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