What's News: October 28, 2017

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyc
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby JoycPHOTO: REUTERS


S'pore economy gathers pace

The Singapore economy is powering ahead, judging by a slew of positive news yesterday.

On the macroeconomic front, growth is broadening beyond trade-related industries, with economic expansion expected to remain steady in the coming year, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said. Official forecasts tip economic growth of 2 per cent to 3 per cent this year.


New rule for Islamic schools

Islamic schools must now get approval from the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore before introducing any new religious textbooks in their classrooms. The move is to guard against the use of texts with problematic teachings, which some schools here were found to be using.


Australia's govt in crisis

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday lost his one-seat majority in Parliament after Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four other MPs were disqualified by the High Court because they were dual citizens. The landmark decision threw the government into turmoil and rocked the financial markets.


China's left behind generation

As China morphs from an agrarian society to the world's second largest economy, the transformation comes with a heavy social cost: Millions of elderly people are "left behind" in the villages to fend for themselves in their old age after their children move to the cities to live and work.


Hoarder's anguish

Hoarders are hapless victims whose lives turn tragic due to paralysing indecisiveness when it comes to discarding things, writes Professor Chong Siow Ann. Meanwhile, the authorities struggle to contain the fall-out on neighbours.


oBike adopts geofencing

Bike-sharing firm oBike introduced islandwide geofencing for its service yesterday. Users who repeatedly park outside one of its parking zones could be banned from renting its two-wheelers. The move is in line with regulatory guidelines set out this month.


Man suspected of killing wife

A man allegedly stabbed his wife to death at a condominium next to Downtown East yesterday, before leaving for Malaysia. He returned later to surrender himself. The suspect is said to be the husband of victim Raithena Vaithena Samy. He will be charged in court today.


Saudi megacity set for listing

The US$500 billion (S$685 billion) megacity planned by Saudi Arabia will be floated on financial markets alongside oil giant Saudi Aramco, the kingdom's Crown Prince said. Prince Mohammed bin Salman also said Aramco's initial public offering is on track for next year, and it could be valued at more than US$2 trillion.


Contest of contrasting styles

Trailing Manchester United by five points two weeks ago, Tottenham's strong momentum has brought them level, ditching the theory that the Premier League title race will be an all-Mancunian affair. Spurs visit Old Trafford today for a juicy clash of styles, but they are without their injured ace Harry Kane. Both sides will have a point to prove after recent shock reversals.


Tribute to 'mermaids' of Jeju

Part of photographer Jose Jeuland's collection of pictures of the haenyeo - a group of South Korean women who free-dive without heavy-duty breathing equipment to catch seafood and collect seaweed - is now on show at the Haenyeo - Photography Exhibition By Jose Jeuland in The Fullerton Hotel.


Playing dress-up

Still deciding what to wear for that Halloween party? ST's Alyssa Woo looks at some picks at a costume shop. str.sg/dressup


Fighting the big C

Amanda Lee recounts her journey from diagnosis to recovery in her battle against breast cancer. str.sg/cancercare

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe