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    Indonesia and Singapore have hosted their first joint interfaith and intercultural dialogue and exchange to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral and diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and Singaporean Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin inaugurated the event at Singapore's National Development Ministry office on Tuesday (July 11).

    Singaporean Senior State Minister at the Defence and Foreign Affairs Ministry Mohamad Maliki bin Osman and leaders of different religions from Indonesia and Singapore were also present at the event.

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    The objective of the interfaith dialogue was to enhance mutual understanding while establishing a constructive network and dialogue among religious leaders from both countries, the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore stated in a press statement released on Wednesday.

    Through the dialogue, it was hoped that religious leaders could find some ways and means, through which they could co-operate to address common challenges relating to inter-faith issues while at the same time promoting tolerance, harmony and mutual respect among peoples of different faiths in their respective countries.

    "Interfaith dialogues are a bridge to better understanding and can be used to address common challenges, help eradicate hatred and [the] spread of extreme views and disseminate harmony and tolerance," Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore Ngurah Swajaya said in his remarks at the dialogue.

    Prior to the event's inauguration, participants paid a visit to Singapore's Harmony in Diversity Gallery (HDG), which was developed by the country's Home Affairs Ministry in collaboration with community partners and organisations to promote appreciation of Singapore's rich religious diversity.

     

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    Phnom Penh - Cambodia has outlawed sand exports from a coastal region where it has been primarily funnelled in huge quantities to Singapore, a move met with scepticism from activists who said previous bans on the destructive industry had failed to take root.

    Environmental groups have long accused Cambodia of running damaging and corrupt sand dredging operations along the southwest coast and the Mekong river.

    Most of the sand has been shipped to Singapore to fuel the wealthy city-state's rapid expansion - a resource plunder that activists say has devastated local Cambodian communities and ecosystems.

    The new decree, issued on July 10, bars all exports of "construction sand and mud sand" from Koh Kong province to overseas but stops short of outlawing domestic sales.

    It was issued in response to environmental concerns, said Meng Saktheara, a spokesman for Cambodia's mining and energy ministry.

    "If we continue to allow large-scale sand dredging (in Koh Kong) for exports, it would hugely affect the natural environment and local communities," he said.

    Environmental activists welcomed the move but expressed doubt it would fully halt a trade that has survived previous bans.

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    Friday, July 14, 2017 - 17:44
    PIE worksite collapse: Workers rushed down from dorms to check on friends
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    Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 16:53
    PIE work site collapse: Construction firm behind viaduct had submitted lowest bid to secure contract
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    SINGAPORE - There's one more reason to celebrate National Day next month, as Wildlife Reserves Singapore is offering a 52 per cent discount off two parks' admission fees, in celebration of the nation's 52nd birthday.

    The offer is only available to visitors residing in Singapore, from August 1 to 31.

    Local residents can choose between Singapore Zoo and River Safari, or Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park for the special two-park combination offer, according to a statement from Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

    The offer is valid only for purchases on-site but the good thing is, you won't have to cram all the sightseeing within a day, as you can visit the two selected parks within a week.

    Members will also get to enjoy 52 per cent off selected items featuring animal icons Ah Meng the orangutan, Canola the manatee, and Sunny the hornbill.

    As part of the highlights, visitors can expect to see a manatee unveiling a National Day banner, as well as local buskers performing National Day songs at the parks' entrances.

    And what's a National Day celebration without local delights?

    Kampong Mandai at Singapore Zoo will offer treats such as satay, rojak and pisang goreng from Aug 5 to 13, and also a special "Lion City" Miloccino, topped with a dusting of cocoa powder in the shape of the Merlion.

    Admission fees to the parks are as follows:

    Jurong Bird Park: $29.00 (adult) and $19.00 (child 3 to 12 years)
    River Safari: $30.00 (adult) and $20.00 (child 3 to 12 years)
    Singapore Zoo: $33.00 (adult) and $22.00 (child 3 to 12 years)

    For more information, go to http://www.zoo.com.sg/sg52/

    candicec@sph.com.sg

    Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 17:13
    Going to the Singapore Zoo just got cheaper in August
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    The local construction company behind the viaduct project in Changi, under which part of a raised road it was constructing collapsed yesterday (July 14), is revealed to have gotten the contract in 2015 after submitting the lowest bid.

    A construction worker was killed, while 10 others were injured. 

    Stomp also visited the site after being alerted by Stomper Fauzi and Shafiel to the incident

    The company, Or Kim Peow, (OKP) which partnered with engineering consultancy firm CPG to secure the deal, placed a bid of S$94.7 million. 

    According to The Straits Times, the bid was 27 per cent lower than the next lowest bid, which was S$129.7 million submitted by Yongnam Engineering. 

    Singapore Pilling and Samwoh Corp also submitted bids of S$185 million and S$193.7 million respectively, both of which were vastly higher than OKP’s bid. 

    The two-envelope system put in place supposedly prioritise quality over price, but despite that, many public projects tend to be awarded to the lowest bidder. 

    Preliminary investigations revealed that concrete supports of a section had given way, which led to the collapse of the viaduct.

    In the meantime, work has been halted at the site.

    The viaduct was scheduled to be completed in early 2020 before the accident. 

    Structure on highway under construction collapses near PIE

    Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 17:57
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    In the latest development to the Boon Tat murder case, the prosecution has asked for the suspect, 69-year-old Tan Nam Seng, to be remanded at the Complex Medical Centre in Changi Prison for psychiatric assessment. 

    This comes in light of the high-profile murder case in which Tan is accused of fatally stabbing son-in-law, 38-year-old Mr Spencer Tuppani, at a coffeeshop along Telok Ayer Street on Monday, at 1.22pm.

    According to The Straits Times, the judge has agreed to the prosecution’s request. 

    The suspect was taken back to court yesterday (July 14).

    He was charged with causing the death of Mr Spencer, a former director of port operations and logistics service provider TNS Ocean Lines.

    The victim fled after the attack, collapsing outside an eatery, A Poke Theory, in Boon Tat Street, some 70m away. 

    He was subsequently conveyed to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) where he died an hour later. 

    Boon Tat St stabbing victim was a businessman who 'sold everything he owned' to save dying firm

    The victim had married the suspect’s eldest daughter, Ms Tan Cheng Cheng in 2004. 

    Before that, he had joined TNS Ocean Lines back in 2003, and became its chief executive officer and director later on. 

    Mr Tuppani was also credited with leading the company back to profitability in 2014, after the 2008 economic crisis, and named an Outstanding Entrepreneur finalist at the 2014 Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry-DBS Singapore Indian Entrepreneur Awards. 

    The suspect’s family engaged a lawyer, Andy Chiok, to be in court on their behalf.

    Mr Chiok informed District Judge Christopher Goh yesterday (July 14) that the family would secure a legal representation for Tan by the next court hearing, stated on Aug 3.

    If found guilty, Tan faces the death penalty.

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    Two more Bangladeshi men have been arrested for their alleged involvement a case of Unnatural Death at Geylang Lorong 24A, said the Police in an official statement. 

    The case first came to light when 42-year-old Lim Leong Tat was found beaten to death in an alley at Geylang Lorong 24A on July 9. 

    The victim had allegedly attempted to mediate a fight between the suspects and another group prior to getting assaulted. 

    The police subsequently arrested two Bangladeshi men in connection to the case.

    The latest arrest marks the fourth suspect, who was charged in Court today (July 15) with an offence of murder. 

    The third suspect was charged on July 14 with murder. 

    If convicted, both could be sentenced to death. 

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    Durian seller Mr Yap Kean Seng turned 65 years old on Tuesday (July 11) and to celebrate the special occasion, held a giveaway for his loyal customers.

    The annual event typically sees eager fans queuing up for free, high-quality durians from Mr Yap, who is affectionally known as Durian Seng.

    Besides it being an opportunity to show appreciation for his longtime customers, this is also Mr Yap's way of giving back to society and something he has consistently done for more than 30 years.

    This year's "durian party" began at 7.30pm and took place at 14 Jalan Tampang in Sembawang, where Mr Yap's makeshift stall has been located for the past nine years.

    Customers who flashed Durian Seng's name card (or what he calls a loyalty card) were entitled to one box of free durians, which they had to consume at the venue.

    Those without the card could receive one on the spot by purchasing a box of durians, and then immediately get another box for free.

    Stomp was part of the crowd who visited Mr Yap at his stall to wish him a happy birthday.

    Durian seller gives out free durians on his 65th birthday

    He told Stomp that he had ordered 300kg of durians that cost between $4,000 to $5,000 for the special event.

    Despite the extremely high prices and poor harvest of durians this year, Mr Yap said he decided to continue with his giveaway anyway, simply because he wanted to make his customers happy.

    "Many of them are my longtime customers of over 10 years. They always show their support for me and do not buy durians from other places at all, so I try my best to give back to them," he added.

    Friends and customers of Mr Yap whom Stomp interviewed spoke just as highly and fondly of him.

    Praising his honesty and generosity, several of them said that these were hard-to-find qualities and the reason behind their staunch support.

    Besides giving Mr Yap red packets, a group had also prepared a cake for him and sang him a birthday song.

    When Stomp asked about his birthday wish for 2017, Mr Yap responded with a grin, "To be healthy, for my customers to be happy and for everyone to live in bliss."

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    A 49-year-old motorcyclist died in a traffic accident along the Central Expressway (CTE) yesterday night (July 14) at around 9pm.

    Stomp contributor Low and Stella alerted Stomp to the accident.

    Stella sent in a video, showing a jam on the expressway.

    In the video, two police patrol vehicles, an ambulance, as well as a tow truck could be spotted, parked across several lanes on the road.

    A blue police tent could also be seen.

    Low told Stomp in a phone interview that he was stuck in a massive jam from Chin Swee Road towards the exit to Pan Island Expressway (PIE) at around 10.15pm.

    Said Low: "Some friends told me that there had been an accident.

    "The jam was really quite bad."

    Stomp contacted the SCDF and Police for official statements on the incident.

    In response to Stomp's media query, a SCDF spokeman said: "SCDF received a call for medical assistance at CTE towards SLE, near the Jalan Bahagia exit, at around 9pm.

    "An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, where male Indian in his forties was pronounced dead on arrival."

    The Police have also issued an official statement on the accident:

    "On July 14, at around 9pm, the Police were alerted to an accident involving a car and a motorcycle along CTE towards SLE, before PIE exit.

    "A 49-year-old male motorcyclist was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

    "Police investigations are ongoing."

    Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 20:43

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