What's News: Sept 23, 2017

Rohingya refugees at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh struggle to get aid handouts.
Rohingya refugees at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh struggle to get aid handouts.PHOTO: REUTERS


Trump and Kim trade barbs

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called United States President Donald Trump a "dotard" and threatened to take the most "hardline countermeasure in history" after Mr Trump said the US would "totally destroy" the "rocket man" and his communist state, as verbal barbs took on an increasingly personal tone.


Shorter Thaipusam procession

For the first time, the Thaipusam procession on Jan 31 next year will be cut short by 51/2 hours due to a total lunar eclipse - when the Earth is directly between the Sun and the Moon - that will take place from 6.51pm to 11.11pm. Hindus consider eclipses inauspicious.


Pressed to take back refugees

Bangladesh plans to increase pressure on Myanmar to take back the 700,000 Rohingya refugees that it has been sheltering for more than a decade. Bangladesh's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam said his government is waiting for Myanmar to honour the repatriation after an agreement that was reached in the 1990s.


Bali issues volcano alert

Thousands of people were evacuated from villages near an active volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali, officials said yesterday, as tremors rattled some areas. The alert status for Mount Agung in eastern Bali was at three, one level below the highest.


Discovering Malay culture

How much do non-Malays here know about Malay culture, asks Professor Kishore Mahbubani, who admits he thought he knew a lot - until he went to an exhibition now on at the National Library, and realised how much he did not know about the Malay world.


16 new after-school centres

The Singapore Children's Society has set up 16 after-school centres where secondary school students can rest and take part in enrichment programmes. Social workers and counsellors from the society are also present at the school-based centres to offer support and guidance.


SMU looking for new president

The Singapore Management University has joined three other local universities in the search for a new president. Current president Arnoud De Meyer, who took over seven years ago, has asked to step down by the end of next year.


Cromwell calls off reit IPO

Australian real estate company Cromwell Property Group has elected not to proceed with its plans for an initial public offering (IPO) of a real estate investment trust on the Singapore Exchange. Its decision to drop plans for the €1.09 billion (S$1.75 billion) IPO was taken, given the current market conditions, the company said.


Para-paddler wins first gold

Para-table tennis player Jason Chee clinched his first individual gold medal at the Asean Para Games yesterday, beating Thailand's Thirayu Chueawong in the men's individual Class 2 event. He was undefeated in the five-player round-robin event. It was Chee's second medal in Kuala Lumpur, after taking the men's team TM1-3 bronze on Wednesday.


Wanna One meets S'pore fans

Just one month after releasing their debut EP, 1X1=1 (To Be One), K-pop boy band Wanna One held their first fan meet here yesterday. The 11 members were picked by popular vote from 101 aspiring K-pop stars on South Korean boy band survival reality show Produce 101 earlier this year.


Mr Kiasu's comeback

Johnny Lau, the man behind the best-selling Mr Kiasu comics, tells why he is bringing back the character. str.sg/mrkiasu


Man of many voices

He was called the actor with a thousand faces. Former Hokkien voice actor Lim Leng San speaks about his time at Rediffusion. str.sg/radiovoice

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe