TL;DR: WEEK OF 9 SEPTEMBER

Written by Millegram

MON: INDIA DISPOSING OF DISPOSABLE PLASTICS

At a UN climate meet, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the world to follow in India’s footsteps in phasing out disposable plastics. India is set to ban six single-use plastic products, which includes plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets, by 2 October this year.

The Full Story @
NDTV – Summary of PM Modi’s opening statement for the climate meet
Nikkei Asian Review – Details on the proposed single-use plastic ban

 

TUE: NETANYAHU ‘VOWS’ TO ANNEX WEST BANK 

In a televised speech to gather support from right-wing parties, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu “vowed” to annex the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea if he were to be re-elected again during Israel’s general election. In response, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called Mr Netanyahu a “prime destroyer of the peace process”.

The Full Story @
BBC – Details about the annexation from Netanyahu, and responses from the Palestinian

 

TUE: JAPAN CALLS FOR DISCHARGE OF RADIOACTIVE WATER INTO PACIFIC OCEAN

Japan’s Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada has called for water contaminated with radioactive tritium from Fukushima’s Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to be discharged into the Pacific Ocean, as its storage tanks are expected to be full by 2022. South Korea has expressed concerns on the potential impact on fish stocks, but experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency said “controlled discharges” have been done at many nuclear facilities.

The Full Story @
Kyodo News – Details about the proposition from Japan

 

TUE: GEYLANG SHOPHOUSES ABLAZE

The third floor of two shophouse units along Geylang Lorong 4 caught fire on Sunday. About 36 firefighters and 12 emergency vehicles were involved, with aerial vehicles also being deployed to control the blaze. The fire was put out successfully around an hour later and no injuries were reported, although about 20 people were evacuated. 

The Full Story @
CNA – News coverage of the incident

 

WED: A WHOLE NEW WORLD – FOR YOU AND ME? 

Researchers have published their findings on the Exoplanet K2-18b, wherein they confirmed the discovery of water vapor on the planet’s atmosphere. From 2016 to 2017, data of K2-18b was gathered by NASA Hubble Space Telescope and processed through open-source algorithms. K2-18b is twice the size, eight times the mass, and roughly 110 light-years away from Earth. 

The Full Story @
CNA – More comments by astronomers on the discovery
Nature Astronomy – Abstract of the paper for y’all Space Nerds

 

THU: NUS SLIPPED FROM GLOBAL 23RD TO 25TH POSITION 

NUS has slipped 2 places from 23rd to 25th globally, having been overtaken by Peking University. Meanwhile, NTU has climbed three places from 51th to 48th place. According to Times Higher Education (THE) chief knowledge officer Phil Baty, NUS’ drop in ranking is not due to a fall in standard, but the rise of China’s universities. 

The Full Story @
The Straits Times – The implications of the shifts in ranking

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

  1. No-deal Brexit officially blocked in law
  2. Boris Johnson to suspends Parliament for more than a month despite Brexit crisis
  3. Boris Johnson’s Secret Plan To Gather “Targeted And Personalised” Data
  4. Judges rule UK Parliament suspension is unlawful
  5. Fears of no-deal chaos as ministers forced to publish secret Brexit papers
  6. US extracts a top spy from Russia after Trump revealed classified information
  7. Canada elections in brief
  8. Dr Lee Weiling shares her take on 38 Oxley Road on Facebook, Lee Hsien Yang shares her post
  9. Netizens react to parliamentary letter issued to editor of TOC
  10. PM Lee to testify in court if defamation suit against TOC editor Terry Xu goes to trial
  11. North Korea marks 71st founding anniversary
  12. Jack Ma’s farewell concert
  13. Abe announces major Cabinet reshuffle
  14. Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers test snow machine to beat the heat
  15. Thousands pray for rain in Indonesia as forests go up in smoke
  16. North Sumatra commits to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions
  17. Global Commission on Adaption says ‘Invest $1.8 trillion to adapt’ to climate change
  18. Higher income ceilings, enhanced housing grant for HDB flat buyers
  19. Devastation ‘still unfolding’ in Bahamas as Dorian death toll rises to at least 50
  20. Tongan PM, a pro-democracy and climate change campaigner in the South Pacific, dies
  21. Daniel Johnston, indie singer-songwriter, dies at 58
  22. Cathay Pacific freezes new hiring, to focus on cost cuts
  23. ‘Dirty secret’ gas boosts climate warming
  24. New storm to hit Bahamas two weeks after Hurricane Dorian
  25. Saudi oil attacks: Iran condemns US ‘deceit’ after accusation

 

Contributors: Chu Yao Quan, Clement Ng, Erica Liaw, Lune Loh, Zacchaeus Chua

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