What's News: Oct 14, 2017

The Grand Canyon National Park in America, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list.
The Grand Canyon National Park in America, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list.PHOTO: REUTERS
Photographer Bernice Wong looks at urban poverty and social inequality in Singapore.
Photographer Bernice Wong looks at urban poverty and social inequality in Singapore.PHOTO: BERNICE WONG


S'pore economy surges 4.6%

The Singapore economy expanded 4.6 per cent - its fastest pace in more than three years - in the third quarter, buoyed by the surging manufacturing sector. Despite the strong showing, the central bank opted to keep its exchange rate policy stance unchanged, but said that it expects more stable and even growth in the coming year.


Don't tie extremism to a faith

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday that extremism is not the sole preserve of any one religion. Speaking at aninternational conference, he said governments around the world must dispel this misconception, at a time when terrorists want to divide Muslims and non-Muslims.


Impact of US' Unesco exit

The United States' decision to exit Unesco could pave the way for the ascendance of China and Russia at the United Nations body, and may motivate other countries to follow US President Donald Trump's lead, diplomats have said. Meanwhile, China has withdrawn its candidate for Unesco director-general in favour of Egyptian candidate Moushira Khattab.


Freed family still in Pakistan

The American-Canadian couple freed from Taleban captivity in a Pakistani military operation have refused to board a US-bound jet over concerns about the husband's links to a former Guantanamo Bay inmate. US President Donald Trump hailed the rescue as the result of his tough stance against Pakistan.


Way forward on Rohingya

Myanmar's military is less interested in ethnic cleansing than in kicking Rohingya out of the country, writes Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak. A regional approach can help, if based on improved Myanmar-Bangladesh ties.


Judge uses rarely cited law

A district judge used a law meant to prevent "torture" by the police to jail a 42-year-old man who had tied up and assaulted a teenager to extract a confession.

In judgment grounds, the judge said the man should be treated like any vigilante or abusive law enforcement officer.


Prisoners cook for the elderly

Residents of several nursing homes in Singapore have been eating meals prepared by Samsui Central Kitchen @ Changi Prison Complex. The kitchen is run by 30 prison inmates and churns out 2,400 meals every hour.


Shareholders'support sought

Raffles Education boss Chew Hua Seng urged investors at the firm's annual shareholder meeting to give him more time to deliver on his promises, despite the company sinking into a net loss over the last year. He refused to discuss matters related to Mr Oei Hong Leong - his long-time investor turned antagonist - who has served notice to the board calling for Mr Chew's removal from the company.


NBA icon slams 'superteams'

Retired National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Michael Jordan has warned against the "superteam" era in which sides are stockpiling talent to dethrone the Golden State Warriors. "You are going to have one or two teams that are going to be great and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage," Jordan said.


World through women's eyes

Issues of domesticity, familial ties and feminine identity are explored in the Women in Film and Photography programme, which celebrates ground-breaking works by women photographers and film-makers, at the Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film.


Chinese and Indian

G. Naggammal Koh, who was born a Chinese but speaks Tamil, was given up for adoption as an infant and raised by an Indian family. str.sg/livesindian


Retail machinery

These 17 vending machines at Giant Tampines Hypermarket offer items like gardening kits, grooming products and mystery buys. str.sg/venditems

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe