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Crises brewing in Little India in Singapore

“It is a small miracle that Little India had coped with such acute congestion all these years until the unfortunate events of December 8,” says Eugene Tan Kheng Boon, Professor of Law at Singapore Management University. He adds, “Yet, the law and order narrative does not sit well with the long-standing issues in Little India, such as the easy availability of alcohol, littering, other public nuisances and overcrowding.”

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5-JUDGE COURT OF APPEAL TO HEAR DRUG TRAFFICKER’S CASE

But in 2012, the law had been amended to allow judges to consider a life sentence instead for drug couriers whom the Attorney- General's Chambers certifies as having cooperated in disrupting drug-trafficking activities. Haleem became the first accused to get such a certificate, and was given life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane. But Ridzuan was sentenced to hang.

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INDONESIA IGNORES REQUEST FROM 3-HEAVYWEIGHT PAP MINISTERS

Three Singapore ministers have responded to Indonesia's decision to name a Navy ship after the Indonesian marines who bombed an Orchard Road building in 1965, leaving three people dead and 33 people injured. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen yesterday joined Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam in asking Indonesia to consider the feelings of Singaporeans,

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Police will not be given extra powers in Little India, says Shanmugam

Police will not be given extra powers as the government moves to enact a temporary law aimed at maintaining public order in Little India. Law Minister K Shanmugam reiterated this point during a dialogue on MediaCorp's Vasantham channel on Thursday evening. Following the December 8 riot, part of Little India was designated a proclaimed area for public order purposes.

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Pongal the Harvest Festival

As the vast majority of India’s population depends on agriculture, many Indian festivals are often linked to agriculture and related activities. The Pongal Festival is one of the most important harvest festivals celebrated in India. Also known as Sankaranthi, it is celebrated mostly in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, where farming is the main livelihood. Pongal falls in mid-January each year, to welcome the beginning of the 10th Tamil Month, called Thai. It is a period of thanksgiving to nature for the bountiful harvest.

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New York Times: Singapore’s Angry Migrant Workers

Frustration among Singapore’s unappreciated and underpaid migrant workers has been building in recent years as their numbers have grown faster than the country can accommodate them. Tensions boiled over earlier this month, after a 33-year-old Indian migrant worker was killed by a bus in the Little India neighborhood. A crowd of fellow workers from South Asia gathered at the scene. Their anger quickly escalated, with some 400 people pelting stones, attacking emergency responders and setting fire to vehicles. It was the worst riot to hit Singapore, one of the world’s most orderly countries, since 1969.

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Is it Time to Remove Women’s Charter?

If the law does not require a woman to continue to take care of her ex-husband after the divorce, why would it then expect a man to continue to financially support his former wife when she is fully capable of seeking employment herself? Under current legislation, even a handicapped unemployed man has no legal basis to seek financial support from his former spouse. What more when it comes to women who are perfectly healthy. As such, I suggest the authorities review the relevant sections of the Women’s Charter to make amendments such that it is in line and remain relevant with today’s socio-economic conditions.

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