delivered to your doorstep. Call 6319-1800 or e-mail email@example.com. Catch us online at www.tabla.com.sg
REPORT ON PAGE 8
Mr Anandan Bala
at the summit.
Singapore Deputy Public
the challenges he faced
world’s highest peak
MCI (P) 078/03/2019
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
JULY 5, 2019
FALL OF INDIA’S
Heavy rains kill 30 in Maharashtra
Heavy monsoon rains that struck
Mumbai and other parts of
Maharashtra on Tuesday has since
killed at least 30 people.
The torrential downpour also
caused a small dam to burst near
Bhendewadi hamlet in Maharashtra’s
Ratnagiri district. At least 11 people
were killed and another 12 are
missing. The state’s Water Resources
Minister Girish Mahajan said that the
homes of the surviving villagers would
be rebuilt and the dam repaired on
The rain has since abated, allowing
schools to reopen and public
transport, including suburban trains,
to resume services.
According to India’s Meteorological
Department, Mumbai received
375mm of rainfall, the highest in 14
years. It was the city’s second-highest
rainfall recorded over a 24-hour
period since 1974.
Over 500kg of heroin seized at
In the biggest seizure of narcotics
being smuggled from Pakistan in
recent years, the Indian Customs
seized over 500kg of heroin, valued at
around Rs2,700 crores, on Sunday.
It was seized at the Integrated
Check Post at the Attari border, about
30km from Amritsar. Commissioner
of Customs Dipak Kumar Gupta said
this was one of the biggest seizures of
heroin by any Indian agency on the
The heroin was concealed in 15
gunny bags of a rock salt consignment
that was coming from Pakistan.
Two people – mastermind Tariq
Ahmed Lone belonging to Jammu and
Kashmir’s Handwara and an importer
from Amritsar – were arrested.
Seaplane services to start in
Seaplane services will start from 2020
at the Tehri Lake in Uttarakhand as
the state government on Wednesday
signed a tripartite agreement with the
Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the
Airport Authority of India to start the
Initially, 12 to 20 seater seaplanes
will start operating in Tehri Lake
which can fly passengers between
Tehri and Dehradun with an
approximate cost of Rs5,000 per
passenger, top officials said.
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh
Rawat said the cost of the project will
be borne by the Central government.
Dead man ‘wakes up’ just before
burial in Lucknow
Mohammad Furqan’s grave was dug
and his body was about to be buried
when some of his family members
noticed movement in his limbs.
Mourning stopped and a family
member rushed him to a hospital in
Lucknow. The 20-year-old was
admitted to a private hospital on June
21 after an accident. He was declared
dead on Monday and his body arrived
at his home in an ambulance.
“The patient is in critical condition
but definitely not brain dead. He has
pulse, blood pressure and his reflexes
are working. He has been put on
ventilator support,” the doctor
treating him said.
The story has shocked the city and
raised questions about its healthcare
system and prompted the launch of an
Centre disapproves West Bengal
The Central government on
Wednesday informed the West Bengal
government that it has not approved
the state government’s proposal to
change the name of the state to
This has led West Bengal’s Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee to send a
letter to Prime Minister Narendra
Modi urging him to “accept the wishes
of the people” and expedite the
renaming process. According to the
Times of India, this is the fourth time
that West Bengal’s name-change
request has been rejected. Earlier
proposals were made in 1999, 2011
Farmers in West Bengal took part in an annual bullock
race called Moi-Chhara to celebrate the arrival of
monsoon at a paddy field at Herobhanga village, in
South 24 Pargana district, on June 30.
The race usually takes place in mid-June or early July,
when farmers begin cultivation. It involves pairs of bulls
racing against each other. The winner gets a prize.
The bulls are tied together by a piece of wood called
joyal, which helps them run simultaneously. The jockey
stands on another piece of wood called moi.
The festival is a symbolic representation of the way a
farmer farms his land.
Farmers commemorate Moi-Chhara
For editiorial matters,
write to us at
For advertising enquiries,
Talk to us at
For home delivery, call
(Mon to Fri 9am to 6pm)
Advertise with us by calling
9171-4327 or 6319-2068
Catch us online at
Singapore Press Holdings
(English/Malay/Tamil Media group)
V.K. Santosh Kumar
Marketing Team Head
Mr Rahul Gandhi with his mother Sonia Gandhi.
Being born a Gandhi is traditionally a
guaranteed ticket to the Indian prime
minister’s office, but the magic ran out
for Mr Rahul Gandhi, the latest scion
of the country’s most famous and
The 49-year-old son, grandson and
great-grandson of Indian prime minis-
ters, resigned as head of Congress, the
main opposition party, on Wednesday
acknowledging a humiliating defeat by
Mr Narendra Modi, India’s new power-
Congress has appeared increasingly
tired in the past decade, while
Mr Rahul has struggled to overcome
the expectations of being the latest
flag-bearer for India’s equivalent of
the Kennedy clan in the United States.
He has never overcome an image
as a footloose princeling and political
No relation to independence hero
Mahatma Gandhi, Mr Rahul was born
in 1970 when his grandmother Indira
Gandhi – daughter of India’s first
prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru –
In 1984, Mrs Indira was shot dead
by her Sikh bodyguards and she was
succeeded by her son Rajiv Gandhi,
Mr Rahul’s father.
Mr Rajiv was assassinated in 1991
by a Tamil Tigers suicide bomber
when Mr Rahul was 20.
Rahul was enrolled at Harvard but
dropped out after a year, following his
He later graduated from Rollins
College, Florida, and in 1994 earned a
master’s degree from Cambridge.
While in his 20s, he lived in
London, where he worked at a man-
agement consultancy for a time.
His Italian-born mother Sonia
Gandhi took charge of the Congress
party in 1998 before handing over to
her elder child in 2017.
In 2007, leaked US diplomatic
cables described Mr Rahul as an
“empty suit” and “lightweight”, with
little known about his political beliefs.
But by 2009, the US assessment
was that Gandhi sounded like a “prac-
ticed politician who knew how to get
his message across and... was comfort-
able with the nuts and bolts of party
organisation and vote counting”.
While Mrs Sonia remained party
leader, Mr Rahul was mastermind of
the 2014 election campaign in which
Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) crushed the Congress.
Afterwards he sought to revive the
Mr Rahul tried to reach out to
minority Muslim voters who felt alien-
ated by Mr Modi, and stressed his
Congress won three key state elec-
tions last December and it looked like
Mr Rahul was a serious contender.
Election adverts showed him hug-
ging an emaciated peasant woman,
while his leftist manifesto pledged to
end abject poverty by 2030 and give
cash transfers to 50 million families.
But Mr Modi openly mocked
Mr Rahul’s privileged upbringing as a
“shahzada” (crown prince) at rallies
across the country, comparing it to his
own rise from being “a son of soil”.
Mr Modi’s mud stuck, while
Mr Rahul’s attack on Mr Modi’s poor
record on helping farmers, creating
jobs or his supposed close ties to
business tycoons had no impact.
In his resignation letter, Mr Rahul
said he had no “hatred” for the BJP
but “every living cell in my body
instinctively resists their idea of In-
He said Mr Modi’s party had taken
over and turned “the entire machin-
ery of the Indian state” against the
While some analysts said
Mr Rahul could yet return for a new
try to get the key to the prime
minister’s office, not everyone agreed
with his view of the elections.
Mr Rahul “appears to be clinging
to the socialist ideas of his grand-
mother and doesn’t realise that people
have changed, that even the poor have
changed”, said Mr Parsa Venkatesh-
war Rao, a veteran journalist.
SBI Term Deposit Promotion
Enjoy attractive interest rates by placing your money with SBI.
After all, we’ve been delighting customers for over
Talk to us today.
Terms and Conditions:
Applicable for fresh and renewal of funds. The deposit amount per
individual or per joint account with the same individuals is minimum SGD / USD
maximum SGD / USD
1,000,000 in the currency the deposit has been placed. Visit www.sbising.com
for terms and conditions. Promotion is for a limited period only.
Deposit Insurance Scheme:
Singapore dollar deposits of non-bank depositors are insured by the
Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation, for up to
S$75,000 in aggregate per depositor per
Scheme member by law. Monies and deposits denominated in Singapore dollars under the CPF
Investment Scheme and CPF Retirement Sum Scheme are aggregated and separately insured up to
S$75,000 for each depositor per Scheme member. Foreign currency deposits, dual currency
investments, structured deposits and other investment products are not insured.
SGD Term Deposits
USD Term Deposits
Gandhi dynasty’s first failure
Tharman in shortlists to take
over as IMF leader
With Ms Christine Lagarde,
the current leader of the
Fund, poised to become
the next president of the
European Central Bank,
the big questions are who
will succeed her and
whether the United States
would break with tradition
and try to install an Ameri-
can in the post.
The top job at the IMF has
traditionally gone to a European
but there have been some sugges-
tions that the practice be changed
to reflect Asia’s growing influ-
ence in the global economy.
Among the names that have
emerged on early shortlists are
Singapore’s Senior Minister Thar-
man Shanmugaratnam, who was
the chairman of the International
Monetary and Financial Commit-
tee; Mr Agustin Carstens, a for-
mer deputy managing director of
IMF; and Mr Mohamed El-Erian,
the former chief executive of
On Tuesday, European officials
nominated Ms Lagarde to suc-
ceed Mr Mario Draghi as the
European Central Bank’s presi-
dent. Ms Lagarde, a stabilising
force who has lent star power to
the IMF since taking over as its
managing director in
2011, plans to step away
from her responsibilities
while the nomination
process moves forward.
The expected transi-
tion of power at the
fund comes as the global
economy slows and pro-
amid President Donald
The next director of the fund
will have to confront economic
woes in Argentina, Venezuela
and Turkey, as well as take over
the kind of multilateral institu-
tion that Mr Trump has long
criticised as overstepping its au-
By tradition, the leader of the
World Bank is an American, and
a European heads the IMF.
The Straits Times
For 30 minutes yesterday after-
noon, Tampines temporarily
transformed into Turin when
Ronaldo mania hit Yumin Pri-
mary School as the Juventus star
striker made a surprise visit in
support of the Singapore
Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim
About 1,000 kids from Yumin
and neighbouring Chongzheng
Primary School packed the Yu-
min school hall and screamed at
the top of their voices, and
bellowed: “Ronaldo! Ronaldo!”
He was dressed simply in an
all-white combination of T-shirt,
bermudas and shoes.
The 34-year-old was cool and
charming, and fielded questions
from six lucky students in fluent
He also freely gave out hugs
and high-fives to the kids and
demonstrated some tricks with
Ronaldo also displayed his
cheeky side when he left the hall
at 1.20pm by videobombing Yu-
min teacher Amalina Batcha
Sahib and shaking her shoulders
The 34-year-old Manchester
United fan said: “I just wanted to
take a video with Ronaldo in the
background and I didn’t expect
him to join in. It was a really
“I hope our students are moti-
vated by Ronaldo because he
showed that you can achieve
great things with hard work, re-
gardless of what background you
The Straits Times
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Tampines GRC MP Desmond Choo with Chongzheng and Yumin Primary School
Cristiano Ronaldo shows
heart for heartlands
Pay rise, bonus for cleaners and landscape
Cleaners and landscape maintenance workers will get
bonuses from Jan 1 next year as well as annual pay
rises in the next few years.
The measures are part of moves to lift the pay of
lower-income workers at a time when issues like
inequality have been in the spotlight.
The initiatives come under the Progressive Wage
Model, which sets out the minimum pay for different
job levels and pegs wage increases to a skills ladder.
Singapore dethroned by Switzerland as best
place for expats
Switzerland is now the best place in the world for
expats to live and work. It took the crown from
second-placed Singapore, which held it for four
straight years since 2015, according to the latest
edition of HSBC’s annual survey.
HSBC credited quality of life, highly competitive
salaries and stunning surroundings for Switzerland’s
vault to the top from eighth place last year.
Singapore, however, remains the best destination
for expats relocating with children due to its
well-regarded education system, job stability and
opportunities and quality of life.
SAF building state-of-the-art training facility
Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) troops will hone their
military skills in a new state-of-the-art training facility
that features, among other buildings, an integrated
transport hub with a bus interchange and an MRT
station. It will be opened progressively from 2023.
Along with buildings resembling a hotel, hospital
and shopping centres and road networks that are
configurable, the features in the new Safti City aim to
provide varied, realistic and challenging scenarios for
the troops. Expected to be about the size of 100
football fields, Safti City will feature smart
technologies such as targets that can “shoot back” at
training troops and simulated battlefield effects like
the use of smoke and loud sounds.
S’pore passport ties with Japan’s for top spot
The Republic’s passport continues to retain its top
spot in an index ranking passport power and global
mobility released on Tuesday.
In the 2019 third-quarter update, Singapore and
Japan share the No. 1 spot on the Henley Passport
Index, with its passport holders able to enjoy
visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 189 destinations.
In the previous update of the index, Singapore,
Japan and South Korea shared the honours.
Seven charged in Orchard Towers murder
Seven people were charged yesterday with the
murder of Mr Satheesh Noel Gobidass, 31, after he
died following a brawl at Orchard Towers on Tuesday.
The charges were handed to four of the accused in
court: Natalie Siow Yu Zhen, 22; Joel Tan Yun Sheng,
26; Chan Jia Xing, 26; and Ang Da Yuan, 26.
Another three – Tan Sen Yang, 27; Loo Boon Chong,
25; and Tan Hong Seng, 22 – were charged via video
link with one count each of murder with common
A closed-circuit television footage from a shop on
the first storey showed that the victim and the group
exchanged blows after Mr Satheesh approached one
of them. The group later left and Mr Satheesh fell in
front of the building’s glass doors. He was taken to
Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was pronounced
dead at 7.25am.
New fund to aid patients with rare diseases
Singaporeans with three forms of rare diseases now
have access to financial aid to help with medical
expenses which can run into thousands of dollars
Launched on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health
and SingHealth Fund, the Rare Disease Fund will, for
a start, fund five medicines used to treat the three
conditions – primary bile acid synthesis disorder,
Gaucher disease and Hyperphenylalaninaemia due to
tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) deficiency.
|Singapore Press Holdings|
|Copyright © 2021 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co|