Tag Archives: Straits Times 24 April 2014

DR NG ENG HEN: MORE SUPPORT & RECOGNITION TO BE GIVEN TO NSMEN

More support and recognition will be given to operationally ready servicemen (NSmen), said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Thursday. More details will be announced when the Committee to Strengthen National Service wraps up its deliberations in June, said Dr Ng, adding that the committee is considering a set of "meaningful" benefits.

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POLICE ARREST FOUR BOYS FOR SUSPECTED VANDALISM IN PUNGGOL

Four boys, aged between nine and 10, were arrested on Tuesday afternoon for their alleged involvement in vandalism in Punggol Field. In one case, the "O$P$" call-sign - short for "owe money, pay money" and typical of loan sharks and runners - was spray-painted on a wall, in what may be an attempt at mimicry.

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GIRLFRIEND WANTS TO MARRY ABUSIVE BOYFRIEND WHO BROKE HER RIBS

On separate occasions during that period, he again punched her in the abdomen and beat her up regularly, causing bruises on her body and two broken ribs. Defence lawyer Louis Joseph said he has been undergoing treatment and regular counselling for depressive disorder. He added that Ms Ong, who was in court yesterday, has forgiven Mohamad Affindi and they intend to get married after he is released from prison.

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SINGAPORE KINGPIN MATCH-FIXER CAUGHT IN FINLAND

Wilson Raj is being held in a prison in Vantaa, a city just outside the capital of Helsinki, while a local court decides whether he is to be extradited to Singapore. "The police will carry out the extradition determination, after which it will be decided whether or not he can be surrendered," said Mr Jari Nieminen, the National Bureau of Investigation officer in charge of the case. Linked to fixes in countries such as Australia and Hungary, Wilson Raj was arrested in Helsinki in February 2011 for bribing players in the Finnish league, as well as travelling on a forged Singapore passport.

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THE HAZE MAY BE BACK NEXT MONTH

Indonesian officials are bracing themselves for more widespread fires in the coming months, with Australian meteorologists predicting the return of the El Nino phenomenon as early as July.. FOREST fires in Sumatra may flare up as early as next month, the Indonesian authorities warned as cloud-seeding and water-bombing operations resumed this week to curb the threat of haze, which blanketed the region last year. The head of emergency response at Riau province's disaster management agency, Mr Ferialdi, said a Hercules aircraft and three helicopters made 20 sorties yesterday to put out fires. "Conditions are very much under control now. We also do patrols and get regular updates of conditions on the ground from local residents," he added.

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