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Case filed against woman who
entered Sabarimala temple
Kerala police have registered a case
against Kanaka Durga, one of the two
women who entered the Sabarimala
Temple on Jan 1 triggering violent
protests across the state.
Police took action on the basis of a
complaint that she assaulted her
mother-in-law Sumathy Amma on
reaching her home at Perinthalmanna
in Malappuram district on Tuesday.
A case was also registered against
Mrs Sumathy after Ms Durga said she
was attacked by her mother-in-law.
Ms Durga said she was hit on her
head with a wooden reaper as she
stepped into her house.
A few policemen who were on duty
in front of her house rushed her to the
Government Taluk Hospital at
Perinthalmanna. Sub-Inspector P.S.
Manjitlal said the injury was not
Chennai boy crowned India’s
youngest chess grandmaster
D. Gukesh has become
India’s youngest chess
grandmaster at 12
years, seven months
and 17 days.
The boy from
Chennai received the
title at the 17th Delhi
International Open Chess tournament
on Tuesday after beating compatriot
D.K. Sharma in the ninth round.
Gukesh overtakes R.
Praggnanandhaa, who held the record
at 12 years and 10 months.
689 endangered soft-shell turtles
recovered in West Bengal
West Bengal’s Criminal Investigation
Department on Tuesday recovered at
least 689 endangered Indian soft-shell
river turtles and arrested four people.
Based on a tip-off, the police
apprehended Lachman Kumar, 30, Raj
Kumar, 25, Sushil Kumar, 20, and Raju
Kumar, 30, from Uttar Pradesh’s
Sultanpur district while they were
onboard the Doon Express.
They were arrested before they
could dispose the consignment in
Hooghly district’s Bandel.
They were travelling from Varanasi
with the endangered turtles. The seized
turtles and the men have been handed
over to the range officer of Durgapur
division for legal action.
Football coach Constantine
resigns after Asian Cup defeat
India’s national football team coach
Stephen Constantine resigned after
they were knocked out of the Asian
Cup following a 1-0 defeat by Bahrain
in Sharjah on Monday.
India needed a draw to progress to
the knockout stage but finished last in
Group A after conceding an
injury-time penalty that allowed
Bahrain to leapfrog them into third
It was Constantine’s second stint as
India’s coach. His first tenure between
2002 and 2005 saw him guide India to
the top 100 of the Fifa rankings.
Kumbh Mela attracts 20 million
pilgrims on first day
Throngs of devotees took a dip at the
Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga
and Yamuna rivers and the mythical
Saraswati, as the Kumbh Mela opened
on Tuesday in Prayagraj.
Hindus believe that doing so will
cleanse them of their sins.
The seven-week festival, which runs
until March 4, has been billed as the
world’s largest human gathering.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi
Adityanath said 22.5 million Hindus
plunged into the icy waters on the first
day of the Kumbh.
Prime Minister to inaugurate
three-day Vibrant Gujarat summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived
in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, yesterday on
a three-day visit to his home state to
launch the biennial Vibrant Gujarat
Global Summit and other events in the
state capital and Ahmedabad.
Heads of five countries and over
30,000 national and international
delegates, including a group of 20
businessmen leaders from Singapore,
are attending the ninth edition of the
Mr Modi will also inaugurate the
state-of-the-art public hospital Sardar
Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical
Sciences and Research in Ahmedabad
48 injured at Jallikattu event
At least 48 competitors were injured, 14 of
them seriously, in the bull-taming sport
Jallikattu, which was held at Palamedu, near
Madurai in Tamil Nadu, as part of the Pongal
festivities on Wednesday.
Some were given first aid at the site while
others with serious injuries were sent to the
The event is a traditional spectacle in
which a bull is released into a crowd of
people and multiple participants try to grab
the hump on the bull’s back with both arms
and hang on to it while the bull attempts to
Participants hold the hump for as long as
possible, attempting to bring the bull to a
They stand a chance of winning prizes,
which include scooters and household
The dangerous sport was banned by the
Supreme Court on grounds of animal cruelty
in 2015. However, the ban was lifted in 2017.
Competitors trying to control a bull at the annual Jallikattu event in Palamedu village on
the outskirts of Madurai.
January 18, 2019
Indian techie youngest to climb
world’s tallest peaks
Indian techie Satyarup Siddhanta
climbed the 4,285-metre high volcanic
peak Mount Sidley in Antarctica on
Wednesday and became the youngest
person in the world at 35 years and 274
days to scale the tallest mountains and
volcanoes in all seven continents.
According to the Guinness Book of
World Records, Daniel Bull, an Aus-
tralian, was the youngest to climb these
peaks. He achieved it at the age of 36
years and 157 days, completing the sum-
mits between 2006 and 2017.
Siddhanta scaled these peaks be-
tween 2012 and 2019. He is the only In-
dian to scale “Seven Summits and Seven
“I played the national anthem on the
summit,” Siddhanta said over a satellite
phone. “It’s very cold and overcast here.
I suspect I have sustained frost bite on my
According to Dipanjan Das, Sid-
dhanta’s close friend who coordinates his
logistics during such trips, it took the
climber 10 hours to reach the peak from
the base camp.
“Very few mountaineers in the world
– about seven or eight– have completed
the feat. He becomes the youngest,” said
mountaineer Debraj Dutta, secretary of
the Indian Mountaineering Federation,
Eastern Zone chapter.
On Dec 15, 2017, Siddhanta scaled
Mount Vinson, Antarctica’s highest
point, to become the fifth Indian to com-
plete climbing the tallest peaks in each
continent, the so-called Seven Summits.
Last year, he scaled Pico de Orizaba,
which is the highest volcanic peak in
Based in Bengaluru, Siddhanta hails
from Haridevpur in Kolkata and is a soft-
ware engineer by profession.
Veteran mountaineers said the speed
with which Siddhanta, an asthmatic dur-
ing his childhood, achieved the feat made
it more remarkable.
“I am proud of Satyarup as a moun-
taineer for his world record. His feat is re-
markable since he achieved it in less than
seven years and in the face of fund con-
straints,” said Basanta Singha Roy, who
became the first Bengali to climb Mount
Everest in May 2010 and went on to scale
three peaks above 8,000 metres.
The son of middle-class parents, Sid-
dhanta worked for two companies in two
different shifts to raise funds for his trips.
“Our anxiety will not go till he safely
comes back. There is danger in every
step. Descending is considered no safer
than ascending,” said Siddhanta’s
mother Gayatri, who is anxiously wait-
ing for his return.
Siddhanta’s next target is to reach the
North Pole to complete what is known as
the Adventurers’ Grand Slam – which is
reaching the two poles and summiting
Mount Everest. In December 2017, he
skied 111km to the South Pole. He had
climbed Mt Everest on May 21, 2016.
Hindustan Times, Indo-Asian News
Mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta.
“I played the
on the summit.
I suspect I have
bite on my
– Satyarup Siddhanta
Tamil Murasu launches new site
ADVAITH GIRISH, Grade 9A
The secondary students of our school re-
cently participated in the British Council
International School Award accredita-
tion programme along with their coun-
terparts from the Capitol Public School
in Bengaluru, India.
The topic chosen for the School Ex-
change Programme was “movie review
of a film of patriotic genre”.
We chose two movies from Singapore
and India – the inspiring documentary
Time nor Tide, Remembering Lee Kuan
Yew – Building A Nation, based on the
life of the founding father of modern Sin-
gapore, and Gandhi, the epic historical
drama on the life of Mahatma Gandhi,
the Indian independence leader.
The secondary students (grade eight
and nine) of both schools were very ea-
ger to work on such an interesting
project, which would help them to evalu-
ate and analyse the movies and express
their opinion about the direction and the
strength of the characters.
We explored the various possibilities
to understand and unravel the plot of the
movies, the qualities that the leaders dis-
played and the magical essence of their
patriotism. We also showcased our find-
ings and research with the help of a stimu-
lating PowerPoint presentation.
We were excited to share our findings
with the students of Capitol Public
School through Skype. They too en-
thralled us with their review of various
movies depicting the story of the free-
dom fighters of India.
It was indeed an invigorating experi-
ence for students, as well as teachers of
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Tamil-language newspaper Tamil
Murasu has revamped its website to of-
fer readers a broad platter of content,
from hyper-local news and horoscopes
to entertainment stories and human in-
The www.tamilmurasu.com.sg site
was launched on Wednesday, timed
with the annual Pongal festival. To dis-
cern what readers wanted in the new
site and keep ahead of digital trends, the
Tamil Murasu team sought feedback
from the public, and also visited India’s
two largest Tamil news publications, Di-
namalar and The Hindu (Tamil).
The result is a new site with several
features, including: Singapore news on
social issues, Tamil community events
and festivals, lifestyle stories about
health, food and fashion, an entertain-
ment section featuring Kollywood
news, and coverage of Thaipusam and
Deepavali festivals, a sports segment
with a focus on football and cricket, spe-
cial weekly features that focus on hu-
man interest and social issues stories,
and multimedia content.
Mr Jawharilal Rajendran, editor of
Tamil Murasu, said: “Tamil Murasu
prides itself on being the voice of the
Tamil community and we are continu-
ously looking for ways to refresh our
website to deliver content that is engag-
ing and culturally relevant to our read-
ers. We hope the new website will not
only appeal to Tamils in Singapore and
Malaysia but also to the larger Tamil di-
aspora all over the world. We welcome
each and every one of them.”
The Straits Times
YBIS secondary students displaying their creative work.
Pig-themed lanterns in Chinatown
will be lit on Jan 20 ringing in the Year
of the Pig. The lanterns are in the
shape of a family of eight pigs – the
tallest of which is 12 metres high.
The pigs, the centrepiece of this
year’s Chinese New Year lantern dis-
play, are perched atop a lantern de-
picting a purse overflowing with gold
They are part of a total of 2,688
lanterns that will line the streets of
Chinatown until March 6.
Spreading the Deepavali cheer.
Percussion instruments to be allowed
at Thaipusam procession
Chinatown lights up for
Chinese New Year
SAI RAKSHA, Grade 7B
Students from our school
participated in a project along with
the Taman Jurong Community
Centre to celebrate Deepavali, the
festival of lights.
The main aim of this event was
to foster a strong sense of
belonging among the residents and
bring out the kampung spirit.
The students entertained the
residents with a dance
It gave the students, teachers
and parents a unique pedestal to
strengthen racial diversity and
spread cheer among the residents.
Various activities were done in
collaboration with the Taman
Jurong CC to foster unity among
the residents and make them aware
of diverse traditions and culture.
The students participated in
various activities such as
earthen-lamp painting and
decoration to spread the true
essence of Deepavali: Celebration
of good over evil.
Thaipusam will once again move to the
beat this year. Percussion instruments –
including traditional Indian drums such
as the thavil, dhol and khol – are allowed
to be played by devotees at the annual
event for the first time since 1973, when
the playing of all music was banned after
fights between competing groups.
Following feedback from the Hindu
community, the authorities have been re-
laxing rules surrounding Thaipusam
since a move in 2012 to allow music to
be transmitted over broadcast systems
at designated points along the proces-
This year, there will be 35 such
points, 12 more than last year, with mu-
sic allowed to be played from 7am – an
hour earlier than last year – until
10.30pm. The changes were shared by
the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the
Hindu Endowments Board (HEB).
Some 20,000 people are expected at
this year’s Thaipusam procession, which
will be held on Sunday and Monday.
Musicians accompanying kavadi-
bearers, usually made up of friends and
family or religious singers, will be al-
lowed to play additional percussion in-
struments: the ganjira and one of either a
thavil, dhol or khol.
Musicians must register themselves
and their instruments with the HEB be-
fore the procession.
The festival, which usually takes
place over a period of around 24 hours,
is celebrated in honour of Lord Muru-
gan, who represents virtue, youth and
Devotees seek blessings and fulfil
their vows by carrying milk pots as offer-
ings. Many also carry kavadis – struc-
tures of steel and wood – and pierce their
bodies with steel rods, among other
things, as they journey along a 3.2km
route from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
in Serangoon Road to Sri Thendayutha-
pani Temple in Tank Road.
The SPF said the new provisions were
in response to feedback received by the
HEB. It added: “The police have been
working closely with the HEB to further
facilitate Thaipusam over the years, tak-
ing into consideration the past conduct
of participants and whether they adhere
to the rules, or cause law and order or
safety problems, or disturb residents and
the general public.”
HEB chief executive T. Raja Segar
said he is thankful to the authorities for
taking the community’s feedback into
“The Hindu Endowments Board is
happy to have negotiated greater flexibil-
ity for music provision based on the feed-
back from Thaipusam devotees last
year,” he said.
The Straits Times
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