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Studying panda poo part of 'Rediscover' city activity

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

A chance to analyse panda droppings at the River Safari, a tour of Singapore Cable Car's back-of-house and a guided tour of the Singapore Sports Museum by sports personalities.

These are some of the activities the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has lined up from April to October for the second phase of its Tourism50 celebrations.

The STB was set up in 1964 as the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board and is marking 50 years of tourism development and promotion.

The new string of activities, called Rediscover, was launched yesterday.

It offers a glimpse into how tourist attractions in Singapore are run behind the scenes.

STB hopes it will help Singapo-reans rediscover their country's tourism offerings and appreciate the people behind them.

"It's not always about discovering the new," said Melissa Ow, assistant chief executive of STB's experience development group.

"It's also important to help people revisit, reconnect and understand that there's so much we offer as a city and destination."

Rediscover will kick off over the Easter weekend, from April 18 to 20, with a family carnival at the 43-year-old Jurong Bird Park.

More than 20 events from the arts, attractions, cruise and sports industries will be held during the seven-month celebrations.

Other highlights will include free guided tours of the artworks displayed at MRT stations on the North-East and Circle lines next month, and a "Be a Panda Researcher" programme with experts at River Safari in June.

Every Sunday in September, sports personalities such as marathon runner Mok Ying Ren and national sprint legend C. Kunalan will lead guided tours of the new National Stadium and Singapore Sports Museum at the Singapore Sports Hub.

These will cost S$25 (RM65) per person.

Attractions such as the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay will also be offering promotions such as free admission and discounts for locals.

The first Tourism50 event, offering free tours of Haw Par Villa, attracted more than 13,000 visitors over two weekends last month.

More information on Tourism50 can be found at www.xinmsn.com/rediscoversg. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Indian national jailed for molest

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

On Jan 16 this year, a woman said goodbye to a worker who had completed upgrading work in her HDB flat in Tampines, and turned away.

From behind, he suddenly slid his hand under her armpit and reached for her breast. It was only after she bit his palm that he released her.

Vadla Kandappachari was sentenced to nine months in prison yesterday, after pleading guilty to molesting the 43-year-old woman.

The construction worker from India also admitted to one other charge of outraging his victim's modesty by kissing the back of her right palm. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Thai forces shoot dead seven drug suspects

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:36 PM PDT

BANGKOK, April 12, 2014 (AFP) - Thai security forces shot dead seven suspected drug smugglers and seized hundreds of thousands of methamphetamine pills after a firefight in the Golden Triangle border region, an official said Saturday.

The clash broke out late Friday in the mountains of northern Chiang Rai province after a border patrol spotted about 10 hill tribe people who refused to stop after crossing the frontier, according to the authorities.

"When we cleared the clash site we found seven men shot dead and we seized six bags of methamphetamine," a local border task force official said by telephone, adding that each bag contained an estimated 100,000 tablets.

"Sporadic shooting continued through the night," said the official, who did not want to be named.

Clashes between security forces and drug traffickers are fairly common in the kingdom's border regions including in the Golden Triangle, where the remote edges of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.

Thailand has seen a marked increase in seizures of methamphetamine, which is relatively cheap and easy to make.

Known as yaba - "crazy medicine" - the pills are often smuggled from neighbouring Myanmar where armed rebels use profits from narcotics to fund their operations.

There are an estimated 600,000 yaba users in Thailand.

General Pongsapat Pongcharoen, commander of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, said the traffickers probably wanted to take advantage of Thailand's Songkran New Year holiday which starts this weekend.

"They thought that police are busy directing traffic or taking days off during the holidays but in fact we intensify the crackdown during this period," he said.

"This fatal incident may deter them for a while but it will not root out the drugs problem," he added.

Kredit: www.thestar.com.my

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