More to varsity than getting a degree: Indranee

Students should enrol in university to gain broader knowledge than just the degrees they earn, and "emerge with an enlarged worldview" having learnt ideas with power to have impact on lives, she said. "The attainment of the degree is not an end in itself. The degree doesn't make you a better person... a good person," she added. "The ultimate purpose of the university is really for the betterment of the person, society and mankind." Later, in a panel discussion with NUS provost Tan Eng Chye and Straits Times Editor at Large Han Fook Kwang, Ms Indranee said she hoped Singapore universities would one day become "powerhouses" in generating ideas.

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MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH INVOLVING 6 VEHICLES

A MOTORCYCLIST was killed in a six-vehicle chain collision yesterday morning that left him pinned between a minibus and a tipper truck. Mr Sashivarman Murugakandar, a 22-year-old Malaysian, was pronounced dead at the scene at the junction of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 and Avenue 1. The pile-up involved a tipper truck, two cars, a motorcycle, and a minibus. A lorry in the next lane was also hit by one of the cars in the crash.

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CITY HARVEST TRIAL: Accused fed auditors a pack of lies: Prosecution

THE prosecution in the City Harvest Church case mounted a stinging rebuttal yesterday as it sought to prove it had presented enough evidence for the trial to continue. Tearing into arguments by the defence, Chief Prosecutor Mavis Chionh strived to show again that the six accused had varyingly cooked deals to misuse church funds, "fed a pack of lies" to auditors and "created false appearances in City Harvest's books". "There is clearly enough evidence for the defence to be called," she said, after taking the court through a summary of the prosecution's case.

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NTUC FairPrice 'most valuable retail brand in S-E Asia'

FairPrice's strengths are that it "competes strongly on value" in a largely price-driven sector, the report said, and continues to strengthen its brand image through efforts such as an online video channel. The chain's chief executive, Mr Seah Kian Peng, said yesterday that it will continue to "leverage our brand strength as well as look for more ways to harness technology to increase convenience for customers and improve productivity that can translate into cost savings and benefits for them".

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Shed light on policies

Sometimes, it is painful when my company proposes a programme and the relevant agency puts up the ITQ, using the idea, specifications and requirements. But the next thing you know, another company is awarded the contract because it has submitted the lowest quote. Sometimes you cannot blame the agencies. Based on the business excellence model, they are told to build good relationships with their suppliers and sustain results and outcomes.

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HDB resale rule one month on: Buyers cautious

As for sellers, the change weakens their bargaining position, as they can no longer use the valuation as a basis for asking price. "Most sellers today are desperate" as they have bought new flats or condominiums and are collecting their keys soon, notes Prop-Nex Realty agent Charles Tan. Nevertheless, both sides are getting used to the new reality.

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PAP MP slams Malaysia for handling of MH370

In an interview with the Straits Times (‘Lessons from an unfortunate event’, 5 Apr), MP for Nee Soon GRC Lim Wee Kiak, who is the head of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Foreign Affairs, criticised Malaysia and ASEAN for their handling of the MH370 incident. Flight MH370 has been missing since 8 March 2014.

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TWO BOYS ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING AS POLICE OFFICERS

Police arrested two teens, aged 15 and 16, for posing as police officers and demanding their victims surrender their mobile phones and ez-link cards to them. The duo were caught after the victims, who are two students, made a police report on April 1 saying that they were approached and checked by two persons who identified themselves as police officers. They were told to surrender their mobile phones and ez-link cards and wait while the two "officers" returned to their vehicle.

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Man gets one day jail for obscene act in public

At about 11pm, after having alcohol, Ho started misbehaving and disturbing other customers at the restaurant. Ho also pulled down his pants and pushed the woman's head towards his groin, and refused to stop despite being warned by the restaurant manager. During sentencing, District Judge Low Wee Ping told Ho what he had done was "shocking".

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