What's News: September 04, 2017

India's new Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman taking the oath during the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi yesterday.
India's new Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman taking the oath during the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS


N. Korea conducts 6th N-test

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yesterday, which it said was an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, marking a dramatic escalation of the regime's stand-off with the United States and its allies.


Private-hire cars more on road

Private-hire cars put up for sale by Uber-owned Lion City Rentals show the cars clocked an average of 50 per cent more mileage than passenger cars. The data suggests the private-hire industry's growth - Grab and Uber now have more than 40,000 cars - is contributing to congestion here.


Modi reshuffles Cabinet

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi elevated four junior ministers to Cabinet rank and inducted an additional nine members of Parliament into his council of ministers yesterday as part of efforts to accelerate policy implementation before national polls in 2019.


Texans start returning home

Texas residents yesterday were getting ready to return home to inspect damage, as flood waters from the state's most powerful hurricane in 50 years receded.

Harvey is expected to be one of the costliest natural disasters in the United States, having displaced over one million people.


War drill or something more?

Why is Russia not coming clean on the scale of its Zapad military exercise in the heart of Europe, asks Jonathan Eyal. It is not alone in using large armed drills to deter enemies, but war games can have unintended effects.


Caregivers' burden

The deaths of a caregiver father and his special needs daughter highlight the challenges caregivers face. Social service experts say more needs to be done to help caregivers. The Health Ministry has warned that the burden of caregiving is set to rise.


Retailers rev up for F1 race

With the Marina Bay Street Circuit set to roar from Sept 15 to 17 for the Formula One race, retailers in the city are having special promotions, extending hours and hiring extra staff. Meanwhile, the Government is in talks to ensure this is not Singapore's final F1 race.


Developers' shares buoyant

The share prices of property developers are likely to keep rising as market sentiment continues to pick up, according to analysts. The sector has been extremely buoyant since the beginning of the year, with the Real Estate Developers Index up by about 25 per cent.


Counting on Harry Kane

Harry Kane will be under the microscope today as England take on Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier. The Spurs striker finally put his customary August drought in the Premier League behind him last Friday, with two international goals against Malta.

He now has five goals in his last three international outings and his form will be crucial to manager Gareth Southgate's tactics.


L'Oreal fires transgender model

French cosmetics giant L'Oreal has dropped Munroe Bergdorf after she took to Facebook in a now-deleted post to react to violent clashes in the American city of Charlottesville. The 29-year-old model, DJ and trans activist was one of the five faces of its #allworthit campaign to introduce the five new shades of its True Match face make-up.


Sporting inspiration

SEA Games gold medallists - swimmer Roanne Ho, wakeboarder Sasha Christian, fencer Amita Berthier and cyclist Calvin Sim - share the stories behind their triumphs. http://str.sg/4HzM


Nuclear ambitions

Can North Korea really fire a nuclear bomb targeting the United States? Here is an overview of its missile programme. str.sg/nkoreamissiles

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