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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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DEAD INMATE’S MOTHER IS HAPPY WITH GOVERNMENT COMPENSATION

The mother of an inmate who died in Changi Prison has withdrawn her appeal for a second inquest into her son's death following an "amicable settlement" with the Government. On Wednesday, Madam Selvi's lawyer M. Ravi told the appeals court that "parties have arrived at an amicable settlement" and she was withdrawing her appeal. Senior State Counsel Tai Wei Shyong had no objections. Madam Selvi was not in court but Mr Ravi said she was "quite happy" with the settlement.

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NAVIGATING THE WAY FORWARD

Yet, even as the state embraces more socially equitable policies, citizens cannot afford to forget that the world remains an inegalitarian and dangerous place. The latest phase of globalisation, in which the economic centre of gravity is moving towards Asia, is promising for Singapore, but only if it remains competitive. China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia are among countries gifted with both large populations and abundant natural resources; city-state Singapore can depend only on the resourcefulness of its people. Nor can it assume that geopolitical realities will remain in its favour indefinitely. Russia's annexation of Crimea taught Ukraine a sharp lesson in the disparities of power. Similarly, Singapore cannot rely on the goodwill of others.

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ECONOMIC GROWTH IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

If our economy is weak, with no foreign investments, there will be no work to attract foreign workers here, and even our own people would have to emigrate to find work. We want better public transport, infrastructure and housing. Sure, if we have the money, these expectations can be easily met. We want more subsidies for better social services. It is good that Singaporeans have empathy for the disadvantaged, but this has to be balanced with affordability, otherwise we will go down the road of bankruptcy taken by some countries.

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DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN’S GADGET BOXES

Kids can also learn programming skills from online communities and YouTube videos, he said. In a Cashew Constituency Edusave Awards Presentation Ceremony in January, he brought in techies who taught kids and parents how to make simple robots. He is also considering a Makers' Fair around mid-year to expose his constituency to made-in-Singapore technologies. "If I can learn to program, many out there can probably do it too. If we give our children the right tools, it will blow our minds as to what they can do."

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Ex-property agent who abused 2 maids sent to jail

On Nov 30 that year, Wong scolded Ms Rinonos for not looking after her son when he vomited. She hit her on the head twice with a plastic tub - using so much force that it broke the container. Wong then cut off some of the maid's hair and threatened to cut it all off if she made another mistake. On another occasion, she threw a child's chair at her for leaving it out of place.The beleaguered maids finally ran away from the flat on Dec 6 that year after Wong had humiliated Ms Rinonos by pulling down her underwear in front of the laughing children. The maids alerted the police.

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GAY MAN WITHDRAWS FROM HIGHCOURT

A GAY MAN has withdrawn his appeal to the High Court for it to make a declaration that the Singapore Constitution bans workplace discrimination of homosexual men. The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) revealed 41-year-old Wee Kim San Lawrence Bernard's decision yesterday. It also said he will have to pay costs to the Attorney-General for withdrawing the appeal as well as for one other court action. Three other people also withdrew applications to join Mr Wee in his bid for the declaration. He declined to comment yesterday. Mr Wee had originally sued his former employer, the department store Robinsons, for discrimination.

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Sultan of Brunei visits SAF base and gets a feel of some of the hardware

Besides firing the Singapore Assault Rifle 21, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah also drove the upgraded Light Strike Vehicle Mark II as well as the Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle on the second of his three-day state visit to Singapore. The 67-year-old Sultan viewed live-firing demonstrations at the 50m indoor shooting range and urban operations range, as well as a static display of the SAF's military hardware.

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Malaysian jailed for failing to stop at Woodlands checkpoint — the third person caught in four months

A district court heard that Koh was driving to a temple in Johor Baru on April 13 when he lost his way and found himself at the Johor Baru (Malaysia) Immigration checkpoint. He told an immigration officer that he wanted to U-turn back towards Malaysia and that he did not have his passport with him. The officer told him to report to the Malaysian police near the Malaysian immigration checkpoint. But instead, he drove towards Woodlands checkpoint and joined the queue at the arrival car section.

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