LEE HSIEN LOONG: THE POSITION ON TUDUNG IS NOT FROZEN

I told the group that I fully appreciate their desire to allow Muslim women in uniform to wear the tudung. But a larger issue is at stake: the sort of society we aspire to be. Singapore is a multi-racial, multi-religious and harmonious society. Minorities are fully integrated into the mainstream, but have full opportunities to maintain their identities and practise their faiths. So I am also mindful how crucial it is for us to strengthen our cohesion, and maintain the relaxed confidence and trust that benefits us all, especially the minorities.

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19th-CENTURY CHINESE TEMPLE TO BE DEMOLISHED?

Temple chairman Chin Fook Siang, 71, said he is "gravely concerned". "The place has a history of man than 140 years and many of us grew up patronising the temple," he said in Mandarin. Mr Chin, who grew up in bygone Sar Kong villiage in the vicinity, said the temple had previously served more than a thousand villagers. "Mothers, too poor to afford medical services, would prayto the gods for their children's health, students would pray for good grades and men would pray for prosperity," he added.

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I Am The Queen Of Assessment Books

Let me share how I learnt this secret! It started in 2011, when Nicole was in P1. I was very determined and anxious that I will not WASTE my money buying excessive numbers of assessment books and they will be incomplete at the end of the year. I remembered my growing up years and how I hated books that were badly printed, small fonts, lousy quality paper. And what’s worse, if the exercises were too easy, or too repetitive. (Imagine 100 pages of Vocabulary MCQs!!!)

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I'm Happy! And I'm a Singaporean!

I shall not debate about why I am proud or not proud to be a Singaporean. But I would like to reason a few points close to my heart that were brought up in the video, which did not go down so well with me. No country is perfect in their system. There will always be people finding fault with theirs because it doesn't serve their specific needs.  But let's give the government more credit than they deserve. It is not reasonable to fault how a country should run if you are not qualified to run it. Though I am not inclined to agree on every rule and regulation in my country, I am also certainly not one who will rebel.

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LionsXII vs Selangor FA Full Time Report

The LionsXII earned a 2-1 win over Selangor FA in an exciting encounter at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday night, thanks to Khairul Amri's header in the dying seconds. Selangor initially had the better start, with Shakir earning a caution as early as the third minute after failing to stop Juninho from marauding into the box. Dangerman Paulo Rangel then fluffed his shot wide from outside the box, with goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud looking stranded. However, the LionsXII soon grew into the match and created chances of their own.

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PRIME MINISTER LEE HOLDS DIALOGUE OVER TUDUNG ISSUE, SAYS CHANGES MUST BE GRADUAL

Singapore will move in a "broad and informal way" and not take it issue by issue and by rights and entitlements.It is an approach that has worked for the country, he added, and Singapore is more integrated than it was in the past and also compared to many societies. This is the first such dialogue the Prime Minister has held with the Malay community on the issue, which has generated much debate since September last year. The discussion was sparked after a lecturer asked at a forum why nurses were barred from wearing tudungs.

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300 PEOPLE TURNED UP TO SPLASH WATER ON LUI TUCK YEW EFFIGY

A plan to burn an effigy of Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew in protest of the fare hike was shelved after the police told the organisers on Friday night that it is illegal to do so and they would be arrested if they do proceeed with the plan, said Mr Goh. A few of the protesters ended up splashing water on the effigy instead

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Siam Society: Modern Authentic Thai Food

My favourite Thai dishes come from the Esarn region of Thailand which is essentially sticky rice with Som Tam (raw papaya salad) served with grilled dishes like Khaw Mu Yang (grilled pork neck). That was the kind of food that my fellow Thai students used to bring me to eat for lunch when I was doing my MBA at Sasin GIBA. The presence of sticky rice at any Thai restaurant in Singapore is one of my gauge for the authenticity of the food being served.

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THAI TEENAGER IN TRAIN STATION ACCIDENT BACK IN COURT AGAIN TO CLAIM $3.4 MILLION AGAINST SMRT

Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, who lost both her legs in a train accident, will be appealing against a High Court decision which ruled that rail operator SMRT and the Land Transport Authority were not at fault for the accident. Lawyer Peter Cuthbert Low confirmed with The Straits Times that a notice of appeal was filed in the Courts on Friday.

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100 Things We Love About The 80s (Part 2)

The Bookworm Club was established in 1984 to encourage reading among the children. Many primary school students became its members, charmed by their short story series and the Young Generation magazines. The company, however, experienced decline in the nineties and had to close down by early 2000s. Their poor business in later years, other than internet and competitive market, might be due to the fact that the bookworm image was too nerdy for the newer generation of kids!

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