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Fewer workplace fatalities in first half of 2017

Construction workers from Bangladesh and India attend a briefing before starting work at a construction site in Singapore March 24, 2016. (File photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su)  SINGAPORE: Fewer workers died in workplace accidents in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year, the Manpower Ministry and the WSH Institute said in a press release on Wednesday (Aug 2).  There were 19 workplace fatalities from January to June, down from 24 in the second half of 2016 and 42 in the first half of 2016. The manufacturing sectorRead More

India court hears 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea

India’s Supreme Court has ordered doctors to examine a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim whose parents want permission for her to abort her baby. The child is reported to be 26 weeks pregnant and doctors say her body is not developed enough to carry a baby. Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors confirm the mother’s life is in danger. The girl alleges she was raped several times in the past seven months by her uncle, who has been arrested. Her pregnancy was only recently discovered whenRead More

Maradona to visit Kolkata for a two-day trip in September

KOLKATA: Argentine legend Diego Maradona is set to kick off the football carnival in India during his September 18-19 visit, about a month ahead of the City of Joy’s historic date with FIFAU-17 World Cup Final. This will be the 1986 World Cup winner’s second visit to the city after December 2008 when thousands of fans gathered to welcome him past midnight at the airport. Confirming this in a video-conference call with the promoter of the trip in the wee hours today, the 56-year-old said he is very excited toRead More

Australia, India left out as Vietnam renews visa-free travel for some Europeans

Insiders are unable to push for a wider visa program to include more nationalities. The government has decided to extend its visa-waiver scheme for visitors from five European countries by another year, effectively rejecting the recent push by industry groups for a wider scope. A post published on the government website on Monday afternoon said the visa waivers for citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. will stay on for another year, until June 30, 2018. They will be allowed to stay in Vietnam for 15 days. ThisRead More

India convicts police, doctors in gangrape case during Gujarat riots when Modi was chief

MUMBAI (AFP) – An Indian court on Thursday (May 4) convicted five police officers and two doctors of tampering with evidence in the gang rape of a pregnant woman and the murder of her family during one of the worst incidents of religious unrest since independence. Ms Bilkis Bano was gang raped and seven of her relatives were killed during religious riots that broke out in the western state of Gujarat in 2002. At least 2,000 Muslims were hacked, beaten, shot or burnt to death in the violence, which eruptedRead More

Muslim man dies after attack by cow vigilantes in India

NEW DELHI (AFP) – A Muslim man has died after he was attacked by hundreds of Hindu vigilantes while transporting cows in India, police said Wednesday (April 5), amid rising tensions over the slaughter of the sacred animal. Pehlu Khan, 55, died in hospital late Monday, two days after a mob attacked his cattle truck on a highway in Alwar in the western state of Rajasthan. Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and their slaughter is illegal in many states. In parts of northern and western India, squads ofRead More

Speak Asia promoter held for Rs 2,200 crore scam

NEW DELHI: Speak Asia promoter Ram Sumiran Pal, one of the three masterminds behind a Rs 2,200 crore online marketing fraud, was arrested by the Delhi crime branch on Tuesday. Pal, 37, and his associates duped at least 24 lakh investors in the scam extending to Singapore, Italy and Brazil among others. The crime branch received an input that Pal, who was hiding in Dehradun, would visit Connaught Place on Monday. A trap was laid and he was arrested. “Pal is the first senior office bearer of Speak Asia toRead More

Police in India detain 750 over US call centre scam

Police in the western Indian city of Thane have arrested more than 750 people suspected of defrauding US citizens from a fake call centre. Officers say the suspects obtained lists of US tax defaulters and used threats to obtain their bank details. The scam is said to have netted more than $150,000 (£118,000) a day, making it one of the biggest frauds in India’s history. Thane police officials said they were contacting the FBI to ask for help. Some 70 of those detained were formally arrested, police said, with theRead More

India, Singapore to strengthen anti-terror, economic cooperation

India and Singapore on Tuesday decided to strengthen cooperation in countering threats of rising terrorism with Prime Minister Narendra Modi terming cross-border terrorism and increasing radicalisation as “grave challenges” that endanger the very fabric of the two societies. Modi, who held comprehensive talks with Singapore Prime Minister on ways to enhance cooperation in key sectors including trade and investment, said defence and security cooperation is a key pillar of strategic partnership between India and Singapore.   Addressing a joint press meet, Lee condemned terrorism and offered condolences to the families of the soldiers who were killed in the Uri attack. AssertingRead More

Indian property firm to fix Singapore’s diaspora

The Indian diaspora in Singapore and the region is being targeted for real estate investments by the nation’s largest listed real estate developer. Mumbai-headquartered Godrej Properties (GPL) has established an international representative office in Singapore on Wednesday at One Fullerton Road at Raffles Place. They increased sales of about S$1.03 billion in its latest financial year ending in March. “We want to provide a service to non-resident Indians and help them in their choice of residential properties in India,” said Mr Mohit Malhotra, executive director of Godrej Properties. “Indian nationalsRead More

Goa Gem Scam

When Sarah Bowles woke up in a Berlin youth hostel on a chilly morning just before Christmas, she felt both sick and relieved. Sick because she knew that her £6,500 life savings were lost and she would have to explain to her family why she was in Germany rather than travelling in India. And yet relieved that her ordeal was over, not least as she had avoided the real threat of ending up in prison. Her story? She had fallen for one of the growing number of ingenious jewellery scamsRead More