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Construction supervisor gets 11 years’ jail, 9 strokes for rape


A woman who had never left China was looking forward to her very first overseas holiday – to be with her husband who was working here. But nine days into her stay, the 44-year-old was raped by a co-tenant, a Bangladeshi construction supervisor. Yesterday, Hossain Anowar, 32, was sentenced to 11 years’ jail and nine strokes of the cane for raping her on Feb 29 last year. He initially denied it, claiming he had paid for sex. But on the second day of trial, he pleaded guilty after she was cross-examined.Read More


Drug mule who transited in Singapore with 43 pellets of Ice gets 25 years’ jail and caning

Adri Anton Kalangie was sentenced to 25 years’ jail and 15 strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to importing not less than 249.99g of methamphetamine on Monday, July 17 2017 SINGAPORE – A 42-year-old Indonesian drug mule who swallowed 29 pellets of methamphetamine, inserted 10 pellets into his rectum and hid four pellets in his shorts and shoe, took a flight from China to Singapore, intending to transit to Indonesia on the same day. But at Changi Airport, Adri Anton Kalangie missed his connecting Singapore Airlines flight andRead More


Chinese Straddling Bus May Be Gigantic Ponzi Scheme

Remember that amazing straddling bus that China took out for a test drive a few weeks ago? The world couldn’t get enough of the concept and design. The savings by building on top of existing roads, rather than creating subways underneath, were incredible. The TEB-1 was the wave of the future. Turns out that the world might have seen this innovation a few times already. According to government sources in China, and analysts around the globe, the entire company appears to be a Ponzi scheme. With all the international attentionRead More


Cops Pull Over “Clown Car” Van With 40 People Crammed Inside

Crowded roads and subways are common for commuters in China. That is why the straddling bus generated so much publicity. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a Ponzi scheme. However, some determined and flexible commuters found another unbelievably weird way to go to work. Forty construction workers crammed into a six-seat van.   Late last month, police in southern China spotted a white van driving erratically. It wove in and out of its lane, almost causing multiple accidents. Before long, police in Chongqing pulled the vehicle over. Officers approached theRead More


PIE work site accident: Investigation will focus on design, construction process, says MOM

SINGAPORE: The design and construction process of an uncompleted viaduct near the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) will be the focus of an investigation into why it collapsed in the early hours of Friday (Jul 14). One worker was killed and 10 others injured after the structure on which they were standing collapsed. “MOM officers from the Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate have been onsite since this morning to conduct a thorough investigation which will focus on the design and construction process of the flyover,” Minister of State for Manpower Sam Tan said inRead More


The World’s Biggest Airport Is Set To Open In 2019

Beijing is booming, and it needs an airport capable of handling its growing population, along with the millions of tourists who visit annually. Luckily construction is already underway on the Beijing New Airport, and when it’s finished, it won’t just be a big airport, or a bigger airport; it will be the biggest airport in the world. The first phase of the new airport, which is currently under construction in a rural area of southern Daxing district about 30 miles from Beijing’s city center, is set to open in 2019. AccordingRead More


Two dead, 18 hurt in China knife attack

BEIJING: A knife attacker killed two people and injured 18 in a rampage in southwest China, state media reported, the latest such attack in recent years. The man, aged 30 and believed to be suffering from mental health problems, is in police custody after the assault in Guizhou Province, according to the official Xinhua news agency. All 20 victims were rushed to hospital after the attack, but two later died, said the report. Few other details were available. Knife attacks are not uncommon in China. In January a man armedRead More


The real threat to S’pore – construction of Thai’s Kra Canal financed by China

The Kra Canal or the Thai Canal refers to a proposal for a canal to cut through the southern isthmus of Thailand, connecting the Gulf of Thailand with the Andaman Sea. It would provide an alternative to transit through the Strait of Malacca and shorten transit for shipments of oil to East Asian countries like Japan and China by 1,200 km, saving much time. China refers to it as part of its 21st century maritime Silk Road. China is keen on the Kra Canal project partly for strategic reasons. Presently,Read More


Chinese deals in Malaysia under scrutiny

China’s growing involvement in Malaysia has been praised and panned in recent years. The Sunday Times looks at how its widening presence is drawing increasing attention in the first of a two-part series. Tomorrow, why the promise of new ports in Malaysia with help from China may not materialise. Shannon Teoh Malaysia Bureau Chief and Trinna Leong Malaysia Correspondent In Kuala Lumpur The slew of projects and investments by China’s state-owned enterprises and their soft loans have been a major talking point in Malaysia since 2015, when they helped prop up stateRead More


Jitters over China projects with axing of Bandar Malaysia deal

Malaysia’s decision to scrap the sale of a 60 per cent stake in its signature Bandar Malaysia project to a Malaysia-China consortium came as a rude shock, with the fallout set to spread from the 197ha township earmarked to house a terminus for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail, to the rest of the economy. Optimism over the perceived impact of massive Chinese deals – RM144 billion (S$47 billion) of which was unveiled in November after Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to Beijing – was deflated overnight. The immediate effect wasRead More


Tourism scam suspect claims to be victim

A key suspect, who is the aunt of a female doctor allegedly connected to a bogus tourism company, turned herself in to police on Tuesday, insisting she was also a victim of the fraud. Phongphan Siriwat, aunt of Dr Phannarat Chantharamani, surrendered to Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief Thitirat Nongharnpitak, saying she wanted to prove her sincerity and show she had no knowledge of the scam. She insisted she was one of the victims. Ms Phongphan, who has been charged with public fraud, also prepared to submit a bail requestRead More


Forest City project: Penalty for China buyers who seek to cancel purchase

More questions have been raised about Malaysia’s Forest City project for buyers from China, following Beijing’s introduction of tighter rules to stem the flight of capital from the country. The developer, Country Garden, had reportedly agreed to refund buyers from China caught out by the new capital controls, but a statement from the company late last night appeared to rule that out. “In the event of home booking cancellation, we would also like to clarify that cancellation after a sales and purchase agreement has been signed is deemed as aRead More


Last-minute stumbling blocks ahead of planned Donald Trump, Xi Jinping summit: Officials

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States and China are finalising plans for a summit between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago this April, but diplomats are struggling to remove last-minute stumbling blocks. Officials in both countries told AFP that Trump has tentatively agreed to host Xi to his Florida resort in early April – a significant outreach after the mogul’s bare-knuckle anti-Chinese election rhetoric. But according to officials, the plan is running up against differences over how to deal with issues like North Korea, what “deliverables” can comeRead More


Boomtime property buyers now big losers

More than 800 condo units were resold at a loss this year as economy slows   An ultra-luxury apartment with a sea view at Sentosa Cove has made the largest loss in the property market so far this year. Originally bought for $11 million in 2011, the condominium unit at Seascape was sold for $6.35 million in October at a loss of $4.65 million. A high-end property at The Ritz Carlton Residences in Cairnhill Road made the second-largest loss-making deal of $3.7 million in March. Another Sentosa Cove unit atRead More


Singapore, China ink pacts to deepen cooperation in bilateral projects

Singapore and China have signed four cooperation pacts, including one for each of the three government-led projects, a day after inking 15 agreements on mainly commercial deals. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli witnessed the signing ceremony yesterday after they reviewed the progress made in the three bilateral flagship projects and discussed the direction of future bilateral cooperation. The four agreements included cooperation in intellectual property rights protection, furthering collaboration in the biomedical industry, and the development of a transport and logistics hub. They are:Read More


Iranian Firms Interested injoint project with China over the Nicaragua Canal Project

Iranian companies  are interested in contributing to the construction of a massive canal across Nicaragua that a Chinese company is to build, Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said Wednesday. Representatives of private Iranian construction companies accompanying Zarif on a visit to Managua discussed the possibility of getting a share of the $50 billion project, the minister told a news conference. The Nicaraguan Canal, formally the Nicaraguan Canal and Development Project (also referred to as the Nicaragua Grand Canal, or the Grand Interoceanic Canal) calls for a waterway linking the PacificRead More


Seven Weird Facts About China’s Newest Glass Bridge

Any tourist not afraid of heights must rejoice! China finally opened the long awaited Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge. Announced in 2012, construction of the skywalk began in late November 2014. Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan and constructed by China Railway Major Bridge Reconnaissance and Design Institute, the structure cost nearly $4 million and connects two cliffs in the Tianmenshan National Forest Park, at Chestnut Pass, which is located in the Hunan province. While the bridge is open for tourists without vertigo, construction on additional components of the skywalk willRead More


China uses crowdfunding for Great Wall restoration

Heritage officials have launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for restoration work on the Great Wall of China. More than 16,000 people have donated online since the campaign started at the end of August, raising almost 300,000 yuan ($45,000; £34,000) so far. It’s being run by the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation, a state-supervised body, which says the wall is in serious need of repair, China Radio International reports. Work on the wall began more than 2,000 years ago, but much of what visitors see today was constructed duringRead More


Air China magazine London race slur sparks anger

A Chinese airline has reportedly warned passengers that “precautions” should be taken when visiting areas in London mainly populated by “Indians, Pakistanis and black people”. Air China included the comments as part of a feature in its in-flight magazine on visiting the city. It also advised tourists not to go out alone at night, and for females to always be accompanied when travelling. A London MP has written to the Chinese ambassador to the UK for an apology. The comments were noticed by Beijing-based producer Haze Fan from US newsRead More


Angry China warns against ‘cradle of war’ in South China Sea after Hague ruling

BEIJING/MANILA (AFP, Reuters) – China warned its rivals Wednesday (July 13) against turning the South China Sea into a “cradle of war” and threatened an air defence zone there, after its claims to the strategically vital waters were declared invalid. The surprisingly strong and sweeping ruling by a UN-backed tribunal in The Hague provided powerful diplomatic ammunition to the Philippines, which filed the challenge, and other claimants in their decades-long disputes with China over the resource-rich waters. China reacted furiously to Tuesday’s decision, insisting on its historical rights over theRead More