Top 5 stories for Wednesday, 14 August 2013

We know you might have been busy and missed the headlines of the day.

Here are five stories you need to know:

Singapore firms must brace for talent exit by 2014

People sit along the promenade during lunch break at Raffles Place in Singapore on October 1, 2012. (ROSLAN RA …

According to a global study by Hay Group, Singapore firms face a rising threat of a talent exodus as economic and labour market conditions improve. According to an industry expert, Singapore employers must establish solutions to keep high value employees from leaving in search of more favourable work arrangements.

K by Kumar: Kumar’s National Day Rally


Starting in October 2013, ‘K by Kumar’ offers an unfiltered view on Asian issues, delivered in Kumar’s signature off-the-cuff, spontaneous style. Get a dose of it in this preview, where Kumar gives his very own National Day Rally speech.

Indian submarine explodes with 18 on board

Image taken on August 14, 2013 shows a general view of submarines moored in the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. An Indian …

A diesel-powered Indian submarine exploded and sank in a Mumbai dock, leaving 18 sailors missing. The cause of the explosion is not known and the search for the 18 personnel is still ongoing. Divers were deployed once firefighters extinguished the flames, which took several hours.

Malaysia may use Crime Prevention Act to keep gangsters in check

Malaysia continues to be stunned by the proliferation of shootings. (Getty images)

The Malaysian government is looking at a law that will allow authorities to hold crime suspects for over a month, in order to counter gangland and underworld syndicate-linked serious crimes that have recently been on the rise.

F4 member Van Ness Wu to marry Singaporean

Vanness Wu and Arissa Cheo have submitted the notice of marriage on 9 August. (Yahoo screengrab of Van Ness Wu's …

Taiwanese singer Van Ness Wu has filed a notice of marriage to wed long-time Singaporean girlfriend Arissa Cheo, after dating on-and-off for years. The couple submitted their notice of marriage on 9 August 2013, a few days before the Chinese Valentine’s Day. Wu met Cheo, the daughter of a Singaporean business tycoon, when she was featured in the music video of his 2006 song, "My Kingdom".

  • Singaporeans slam NEA's $120 licence requirement for tissue sellers
    Singaporeans slam NEA's $120 licence requirement for tissue sellers

    Singaporeans on social media reacted angrily to news that tissue sellers at hawker centres and street corners are being required to pay for an annual licence.

  • Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry
    Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

    Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation. Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school trip to a holiday island -- are still missing after the ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday morning. Mom, I love you," student Shin Young-Jin said in a text to his mother that was widely circulated in the South Korean media.

  • Indonesia’s armed forces chief says “no apology” for warship’s name
    Indonesia’s armed forces chief says “no apology” for warship’s name

    General Moeldoko, the head of Indonesia’s Armed Forces, has clarified that he had not apologised for the naming of a warship after two Indonesian marines who had been involved in the 1965 MacDonald House bombing in Singapore.