Daily Archives: 2019-10-11

Vietnam environmental activist ‘beaten’ in jail: wife

A Vietnamese environmental activist was beaten in prison for refusing to confess his crimes, his wife told AFP Friday in the one-party communist state notorious for jailing critics. Nguyen Ngoc Anh was sentenced to six years in jail in June for “undermining” the government on Facebook in posts about the environment and politics liked tens of thousands of times. Vietnam …

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Indonesia must probe environmentalist’s ‘suspicious’ death: HRW

The death of an Indonesian activist leading a lawsuit to block a Chinese-funded hydroelectric dam has raised “numerous alarm bells” and should be investigated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday. Golfrid Siregar, 34, a lawyer and activist at the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), was found injured and unconscious on a street in Sumatra’s Medan city last week. He died …

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End of the road: Dyson quits race to make electric cars

by Martin Abbugao / Catherine Lai British inventor James Dyson has dropped out of the race to produce electric cars in the face of stiff competition and after criticism of the Brexit-backing billionaire’s decision to build the vehicle in Singapore. Dyson, famed for his bagless vacuum cleaners, announced two years ago that he was developing an electric car as part …

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S. Korea’s army says will cut force by 100,000 in three years

South Korea’s Army said Friday it will cut its force by 100,000 in the next three years in the face of a shrinking population. Seoul, a key Washington ally, conscripts able-bodied men for two years of service to defend the country from the nuclear-armed North and its much larger army, which invaded the South in 1950 backed by communist allies …

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Malaysia to do away with Science and Arts streaming in secondary schools starting early next year: Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching

Starting early next year, secondary schools in Malaysia can expect to do away with Science and Arts/Commerce streaming, according to a report by leading Chinese-language Malaysian newspaper Sin Chew Daily on Thu (10 Oct). Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching reportedly told Sin Chew Daily in an interview that with the implementation of the Standard Secondary School Curriculum (KSSM), students will …

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AHTC case: High Court finds WP’s Aljunied GRC MPs Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang liable for damages against town council

The High Court today (11 Oct) found Workers’ Party (WP) Aljunied GRC Members of Parliament (MPs) Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang liable for damages against the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) and the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC). Judge Kannan Ramesh, in his written judgement, ruled that Lim and Low as town councillors had acted in breach of …

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Dyson abandons its electric car project as it’s not “commercially viable”

In a shocking statement released on Thursday evening (10 October), British technology company Dyson announced that it has decided to kill its project to build electric cars. The big project’s was supposed to have the electric car plant running in Singapore by 2021. James Dyson, founder of the company that is famously known for its high-tech vacuum cleaners and fans, …

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Malaysia finds hornbill ‘ivory’ in massive wildlife seizure

Almost 800 animal parts including a huge stash of hornbill “ivory”, pangolin scales and deer’s antlers, have been seized in a raid on Borneo island, officials in Malaysia said on Thursday. Borneo’s vast jungles are home to a kaleidoscope of rare creatures but they are frequently targeted by poachers who sell their parts to collectors and for use in traditional …

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