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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

A Tale of Two Cities - Celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day

Last Sunday was the first annual Nelson Mandela International Day and was celebrated across the world. Mandela is symbolic with "human rights". For the occasion, ordinary people in South Africa and abroad committed themselves to devoting 67 minutes of their time to community service, to mark the number of years Mr Mandela spent in politics, an initiative backed by global figures like former US president Jimmy Carter and Martti Ahtisaari of Finland.

Mr Alan Shadrake's arrest in Singapore on the same day was most unfortunate.

The Minister in-charge of MICA, who was just caught in a flash flood the day before, was busy instead speaking privately with the Environment Ministry and PUB about conducting on-the-ground dialogues to explain the floods.

Reference #1 :-
Straits Time Online
Jul 19, 2010


JOHANNESBURG - NELSON Mandela turned 92 on Sunday (18 July 2010) with US President Barack Obama and other world leaders hailing the anti-apartheid icon's contribution to global politics and human rights.

'We are grateful to continue to be blessed with his extraordinary vision, leadership, and spirit,' Mr Obama said in Washington as an increasingly frail Mandela celebrated quietly with extended family at his home in Johannesburg. 'We strive to build upon his example of tolerance, compassion and reconciliation,' he said

His birthday was in 2009 recognised by the United Nations as 'Nelson Mandela International Day' and will be celebrated across the world.

Sunday was also the first annual Nelson Mandela International Day, declared by the United Nations.

For the occasion, ordinary people in South Africa and abroad committed themselves to devoting 67 minutes of their time to community service, to mark the number of years Mr Mandela spent in politics, an initiative backed by global figures like former US president Jimmy Carter and Martti Ahtisaari of Finland.....


Reference #2
Straits Time Online
Jul 19, 2010
By Mavis Toh

Singapore - A BRITISH national who was in Singapore to launch his book which discusses the death penalty in this country was arrested on Sunday (18 July 2010) morning.

Mr Alan Shadrake's arrest comes just two days after a police report was lodged by the Media Development Authority.

In response to queries from The Straits Times on Sunday, a police spokesman said that amongst other things, Mr Shadrake is being investigated for alleged offences of criminal defamation.

The veteran freelance journalist has also been served with an order by the Attorney-General to attend court for contempt of court, based on the contents of the book.

The Straits Times understands that the alleged offences are related to the 75-year-old's latest book titled Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice In The Dock.



Reference #3:-
Abstracted from
Straits Times Online
Jul 19, 2010

PUB asked to explain floods
By Tessa Wong

A DAY after the latest flooding incident, Acting Minister of Information, Communication and the Arts Lui Tuck Yew is asking the Public Utilities Board (PUB) to explain itself to affected residents.

Mr Lui, who is the Member of Parliament for the Tanjong Pagar GRC, said that he would speak privately with the Environment Ministry about conducting on-the-ground dialogues....

'I think the most important thing is for people to have an explanation and better understanding of what the situation is, as well as to know what plans PUB has in place to alleviate the situation,' said Mr Lui.

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