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Daily Archives: 2015-06-11

Drugs and the death penalty in Asia

  By Kirsten Han Where is Southeast Asia’s War on Drugs going? Is it even justified? Those were the questions the opening plenary of the first Asian Congress on the Death Penalty sought to answer on Thursday morning in Kuala Lumpur. Southeast Asian nations are at the vanguard of countries that have the death penalty for drug offences, ostensibly because …

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ICA: 29 persons arrested during inland operation

  Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) announced in a press statement yesterday that 29 persons were arrested for various offences during its an inland operation around Singapore conducted on 9 June 2015. Among those arrested, 26 of them were immigration offenders from China and India, aged between 26 and 62 years old. Most of them had overstayed in Singapore. As …

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Will PM Lee show up for Pink Dot this Saturday?

Pink Dot, the annual gay celebratory event of “the freedom to love”, will take place this Saturday at Hong Lim Park for the seventh time since its inauguration in 2009. Each year, the event is headlined by celebrities and has attracted global brands as sponsors. It has also seen an increasing number of people turning up to give it support. …

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LET YOUR imagiNATION run W!LD in Another Country”

This June, W!LD RICE explores the history and heritage of Singapore and Malaysia in Another Country, a funny, poignant and insightful look at life on both sides of the Causeway. The production is part of W!LD RICE’s year-long imagiNATION season, which marks the company’s 15th anniversary and coincides with Singapore’s own jubilee celebrations. Each imagiNATION production takes inspiration from the …

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No Queen’s Counsel for for PM-Ngerng defamation suit: High Court

The High Court today dismissed an application by blogger Roy Ngerng’s for a Queen’s Counsel (QC) to represent him in a hearing on damages he must pay for defaming Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. High Court judge Steven Chong also ordered Ngerng to pay S$6,000 in costs, inclusive of disbursements. Ngerng was found guilty of defaming PM Lee in a …

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NUS, NTU still high on Asia Top 100 varsity rankings

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has maintained its second placing while the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) edged up a spot to tenth place in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) regional rankings released today, 11 June. The University of Tokyo retained its top position. The regional rankings are are based on the same performance indicators and methodology as the established …

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Leading think-tanks and international organisations celebrated SG50 at Heng Mui Keng Terrace

Over 100 representatives from 4 of Singapore’s leading think-tanks and 6 international organisations, located at Heng Mui Keng Terrace, came together on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 to celebrate 50 years of Singapore. “A Japanese newspaper once referred to Singapore as a ‘think-tank country’. Why does Singapore have so many think-tanks? We do so because of our realisation that knowledge is …

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AHPETC to directly manage TC, rebuts Gov’t allegations in letter to residents

The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC), run by the Workers’ Party, “will be embarking on direct management” of the town council from July 2015, says an open letter to residents issued by the town council’s chairman, Sylvia Lim. The decision for direct management was made because there were no takers to the town council’s call for a managing agent in …

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