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53 arrested for criminal offences

The police arrested 53 people for criminal offences like rioting, cheating, forgery and robbery in an island-wide operation lasting 17 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the six police land divisions arrested 44 men and nine women, said the police yesterday.

Deputy director of the CID, Assistant Commissioner of Police Florence Chua, commended the officers involved in the operation.

"This was a complex operation in which officers showed great perseverance and determination in locating and arresting these persons," she said. "Officers worked closely together to bring these criminals to task. No one is above the law."

Investigations are ongoing.

BG Perry Lim to be new army chief

The Singapore Army will get a new chief on March 21.

Brigadier-General (BG) Perry Lim Cheng Yeow, 41, will be replacing Major-General Ravinder Singh, 49, who has been Chief of Army since 2011.

Maj-Gen Singh will be leaving the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) after he relinquishes his appointment, the Defence Ministry said yesterday. It added that the change of command is part of the continuing process of leadership renewal in the SAF.

BG Lim, currently the Chief of Staff (General Staff), joined the SAF in December 1990. He was awarded the President's and SAF Overseas scholarships a year later. He graduated from Cambridge University with first-class honours in Mechanical Engineering. He was also awarded the Lee Kuan Yew postgraduate scholarship in 2008 and obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from Insead, Singapore.