What's News: Sept 3, 2016

PM Lee Hsien Loong shaking hands with President Xi Jinping on Sept 2.
PM Lee Hsien Loong shaking hands with President Xi Jinping on Sept 2.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO


S'pore, Beijing reaffirm ties

Singapore and China reaffirmed their close ties and pledged to work together on various fronts, including advancing cooperation between Beijing and Asean amid tensions over the South China Sea, after a meeting in Hangzhou yesterday between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese President Xi Jinping.


Samsung recalls latest Note7

Samsung has announced an unprecedented global recall for its flagship phablet, Galaxy Note7, after several caught fire during charging due to a battery fault. The tech giant promised to replace 2.5 million units of the 5.7-inch premium handsets sold so far, both in South Korea and overseas.


Report links firm to haze

Korindo Group, an Indonesian- Korean conglomerate, allegedly used the slash-and-burn method to clear more than 50,000ha of forests in Papua and North Maluku provinces in Indonesia between 2013 and 2015, said a report, which added that the group contributed significantly to Indonesia's haze disaster last year.


Modi in Vietnam to boost ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making a two-day visit to Vietnam to boost defence and security ties. The two countries are likely to sign a deal to transfer four patrol boats to Vietnam, which has also been keen to source BrahMos cruise missiles from India.


Moral issues in driverless tech

If there is a chance of collision, what should a driverless car do? That dilemma is just one example of how technology, in this case relating to autonomous vehicles, has raced ahead of laws and morals that govern human society, writes Professor Simon Chesterman.


Private education shake-up

The private education industry here has seen school and student numbers fall in recent years. A total of 17 private schools have closed down this year and a record 22 may shut by the year end, said the Council for Private Education.


New gallery on religious harmony

The Ministry of Home Affairs' new Harmony in Diversity Gallery was launched yesterday at the Ministry of National Development in Maxwell Road to highlight the importance of religious harmony.

The new gallery is part of the SGSecure counter-terrorism movement's community cohesion pillar.


Local telcos' shares dive

Shares of the local telcos dived yesterday on news that three firms have submitted expressions of interest to enter the market as a fourth provider. M1 shed 5.6 per cent or 15 cents to $2.51, while StarHub slipped 4.4 per cent or 16 cents to $3.47 and Singtel dipped 2.5 per cent or 10 cents to $3.87.


Messi may not be fit to play

Lionel Messi's triumphant Argentina comeback, in which he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Uruguay on Thursday, has come at a cost.

The Argentina captain, returning to international football in a reversal of his decision after the Copa America final, might not be fit for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Venezuela.


Designer in the spotlight

Award-winning lighting consultant Howard Brandston, who has illuminated the Statue of Liberty and Petronas Twin Towers, opened a Singapore studio this year in conjunction with his firm Brandston Partnership Inc's golden jubilee.


Oscar for Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan will receive an honorary Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards on Nov 12.

He is the first Chinese and the fourth Asian to win the award, which has also gone to Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, Indian film-maker Satyajit Ray and Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe