Monthly Archives: December 2015

Ruslan: A second chance under a flyover

“Ruslan” is a documentary about a man who finds his second chance under a flyover and calls it home. The documentary is currently promoted in Singapore via Viddsee, a social watching platform for Southeast Asian films. The film’s subject, Ruslan first got into trouble with house-breaking and was sentenced to 8 years in jail.  When he was released, he found …

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Cambodian Prime Minister warns critics on Facebook that they can be traced

Phnom Penh Post, Cambodian independent newspaper reports that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has said that Facebook users who insult him or criticise government policy on sensitive issues could be traced in a matter of hours. “My opponents should not make insults, because we can identify you,” Hun Sen said during a speech at a Phnom Penh graduation ceremony. “I’m not …

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Israeli Embassy apologises for incident involving Singapore flag

The Israeli Embassy in a statement on Wednesday apologised for an incident in which the Singapore flag was used as a table cloth at a party hosted by one of its junior diplomats. In its statement, the Israeli Embassy said it “was appalled to learn of deplorable behaviour displayed by one of its junior staff members and expresses its sincere …

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Car free Sundays in CBD and around Padang in 2016 for six months trial by URA

Parts of the Civic District and Central Business District (CBD) will be closed from traffic on the last Sunday of each month for six months, starting from 28 February next year. This comes under a pilot initiative, “Car-Free Sunday” by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to close roads for cycling, jogging and walking. The proposed route is 4.7km long, comprising full road …

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Access to water is a human right

By M Ravi In modern day Singapore, there are still people who cannot afford to pay their utilities bill, which results in the termination of their water/electricity supply by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) and SP Services. I came across a few cases when I was doing pro bono work. Most of these people rely heavily on financial assistance from the …

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Man arrested and to be charged for serial cat abuses at Yishun

Above shows one of the abused cats, Greyie, who was found badly injured at Northland Primary School. Greyie has survived and is recuperating at the vet but its hind legs are now paralysed. (Photo: Cat Welfare Society) In a joint news release on Monday, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) announced that a 40-year-old …

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Ruling does not address legality of Trademark Ban under International Law, says tobacco company

Philip Morris Asia Limited (PMAL), a Hong Kong based cigarette and tabacco company that is the parent of Philip Morris Australia, said today that an arbitral tribunal has declined jurisdiction to hear the merits of PMAL’s case against the Commonwealth of Australia under Australia’s 1993 Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) with Hong Kong. On 1 December 2011, the Tobacco Plain Packaging …

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Battling climate change through personal change

By George Jacobs The recent Paris climate change deal has been hailed as historic, but now that the hoopla has died down, many are wondering whether it will really lead to actions to slow global warming or whether the deal will only amount to more hot air. The top item on most governments’ climate change action menu seems to be …

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The astonishing Singapore stone

By E.S. Shankar Among the 10 artifacts listed as National Treasures  and displayed at the Singapore National Museum is the intriguing Singapore Stone with its links to the Sejarah Melayu. As with the successful effort to have the 1535 Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals translated from Classical Malay in Jawi script to English, and the excavation of the Borobudur in Central …

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