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Charity is never far from her mind

Kollywood actress Hansika Motwani is well known back home as a philanthropist

SELFIE TIME: (Above) Hansika Motwani capturing the crowd and posing with fan Prasaanth Ravindran.


At 24, she already boasts more than 40 movies under her belt.

Yet, Kollywood actress Hansika Motwani still finds the time to help the less fortunate.

According to The Times of India, she began adopting orphans on her 20th birthday and has not looked back. She is taking care of the food, shelter and educational needs of 28 children.

Hansika visits them during her vacation time, but declined to divulge more information because she "does not want to expose them (to the public)".

She was in town on last week to promote the South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) to be held in Singapore, where she will be performing.


The busy Indian beauty, who won Best Actress at last year's SIIMA for playing a vengeful spirit in horror flick Aranmanai, held a meet-and-greet with fans at Apolo Bistro Restaurant & Bar at The Little India Arcade and headlined a roadshow held at Campbell Lane.

Hansika, who is single, told The New Paper in an interview before the events: "I am doing this because God has given me enough, so I want to give to others who don't have it."

She is well known back home as a philanthropist.

SELFIE TIME: Hansika Motwani capturing the crowd and (above) posing with fan Prasaanth Ravindran. TNP PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

This is perhaps why her more fervent fans have erected a temple in her name in Madurai, India.

Upon mention of the temple, she scrunched up her nose before saying, "No controversial questions, please!", and refused to answer anything related to extreme fandom.

Hansika is now filming action movie Bogan, which is slated to be released in December.

While juggling her responsibilities as a part-time surrogate "mother" and full-time actress, she said she "can't go without painting" as it is her "stress release".

She plans to organise an art exhibition to showcase her best pieces.

Student Prasaanth Ravindran, 23, who was still in a daze after taking a selfie with Hansika during the meet-and-greet, told TNP his idol insisted on knowing the names of her fans before posing for a picture with them.

"She is the second-most beautiful woman ever," he said with a sigh.

Who is the first then? "My mother," he replied with a cheeky grin.

At the roadshow, which attracted a 500-strong crowd, three fans got to dance alongside her on stage.

But altruism is never far from her mind and she urged: "If you are capable and fortunate (enough) to help another person, please go ahead."



South Indian International Movie Awards 


June 30 (Telugu and Kannada film awards) and July 1 (Tamil and Malayalam film awards)


Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre


$45 to $325 from Sistic (Tel: 6348-5555 or sistic.com.sg)

Tie your way out of a tight spot

SCDF introduces Improvised First Aid Skills for use in event of terror attack

HELP: Trained individuals applying improvised first aid on wounded casualties during an exercise.
FIRST AID: Our reporter tying a necktie above a 'gunshot wound' during an exercise.

Belts, shoelaces and handkerchiefs.

Items one would normally take for granted can be the difference between life and death, especially with the threat of terrorism here.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has introduced the Improvised First Aid Skills (IFAS) to educate members of the public on how to use everyday items to stop excessive bleeding during medical emergencies.

It is part of the SG Secure movement, which was announced in March, to prepare and train Singaporeans to protect themselves in the face of a terrorist attack.

Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of terror attacks worldwide, said SCDFchief medical officer Colonel (Dr) Ng Yih Yng.

He added that for casualties, bleeding is one of the main causes of death in a traumatic situation.

Col Ng, who has been in the force for four years, said: "If the bleeding is severe, the person can die in as short as three minutes. This is why first aid is important."

Responders who are caught in a terror attack should first find a safe place to hide before attempting to conduct IFAS in order to avoid drawing attention to themselves, he advised.

"The first thing you need to do is make sure you are in a safe place because you don't want to be in a position where you can also be a casualty," said Col Ng.

"Chaos after a terror attack can also make it difficult for emergency services to reach casualties. So, having someone nearby who can provide basic first aid will be very useful in an attack," he added.

IFAS comes in three steps - press, tie and tell:

Firstly, an absorbent such as a handkerchief, scarf or shirt can be pressed directly onto the wound to stem bleeding.

"Most of the time, direct pressure on the wound will stop bleeding," said Col Ng.

In the case of severe bleeding on the limbs, responders can use everyday items such as neckties, belts or lanyards to stem the excessive flow of blood by tying the affected area.


"Once you tie tight enough, the bleeding will stop. That will give more time for SCDF officers to attend to the casualty," said Col Ng.

Where medical resources are stretched, Col Ng advised members of the public to alert emergency medical responders when someone is severely injured.

"By helping emergency services prioritise casualties who need immediate attention, more lives can be saved," he said.

When SCDF officers enter the scene, those who have been performing first aid should inform them of the injured's wound and the time it was attended to.

Col Ng said: "When it's a mass casualty situation and you have to attend to multiple severely injured people, it helps to record the time when a wound was tied."

"Items such as pens and lipsticks can be used to write the information on the forehead or uninjured upper parts of the limbs of the casualty."

He added that the three steps to conduct IFAS are not new ideas to stop bleeding.

"We can take the Boston Marathon bombings or the Paris attacks as good evidence that by doing basic first aid, many lives can be saved," Col Ng said. (See report on right.)

He also encouraged residents to attend their constituency's Emergency Preparedness Day to get trained on basic first aid.

Dr Ng said: "Some help is better than no help at all. Fifteen minutes of basic first aid training can go a long way."

Chaos after a terror attack can also make it difficult for emergency services to reach casualties. So, having someone nearby who can provide basic first aid will be very useful in an attack.

- SCDF chief medical officer Colonel (Dr) Ng Yih Yng

Pop by for sports workshops

FUN AND GAMES: The Pop Up Clinic workshops will involve modified sports to suit people of all ages and abilities.

He suffered a stroke last year and can no longer remember how he was before.

Mr Chang Phan Yong, 42, can only remember that he had fainted,and has been feeling weak on his right side ever since.

"I try to do as many things as I can on my own," said the bachelor, who lives alone.

"But volunteers from Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities help me with the housework."

Mr Chang can walk short distances unaided, but relies on a motorised wheelchair to get around.

He has been doing strengthening exercises at home, but is "very excited to learn new sports" at the Pop Up Clinic workshops today.

He was invited to the event by SPD, formerly known as the Society for the Physically Disabled.

Pop Up Clinic is an initiative by the People's Association (PA) along with various sports partners to make sports accessible to all Singaporeans.


"It is to showcase to our residents that they can do sports any time and anywhere, at their convenience," said Mr Michael Foo, director of the community sports division of PA.

Pop Up Clinic workshops will be held today at Tampines Central Park from 5pm to 8pm.

Those interested in having a go at new and modified sports can attend the workshops.

Residents from Tampines Central and Tampines West can expect modified games of tennis and Ultimate Frisbee by the Singapore Tennis Association and Freakshow, an Ultimate Frisbee club.

The workshops hope to demonstrate how open spaces can be easily converted into areas for sports. The game play will also be modified to suit people of all ages and abilities.

Mr Foo said: "The main purpose is to make these sports friendly for everyone, even children and the disabled."

After today's event, Singaporeans can look forward to eight more workshops at the Singapore Community Games Finals at Republic Polytechnic on June 5.

"By the end of Pop Up Clinic, community sports clubs will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to organise modified sports for their residents according to their requirements," said Mr Foo.

Mr Chang, who encourages everyone to stay active, said: "If I can do it, so can everyone.

"Most importantly, do not give up, because the world is filled with warmth and kindness."

The 10 girls who've made it to Round 2 of New Face

Our social media hunt on Instagram is over and 10 girls were picked to bypass the walk-in auditions.


Arinah Zaimah, 16, is a defender in the Singapore Under-19 girls' football team and she feels her football training will help her in the competition.

Said the CHIJ St Joseph's Convent student: "Through soccer, I learnt how to be strong and tough, not just physically, but mentally as well.

"People are going to judge you during the competition, so I feel that soccer trains me to be tough enough to (put up with it)."

Arinah made it to Round 2 of New Face last year, but did not crack the top 25. This year, she hopes to do better.

"I'm more confident about my (photo-taking) angles now," she explained.


Amanda Yong, a public policy and global affairs student at Nanyang Technological University, is relieved she can compete this year.

The 21-year-old said: "I had wanted to take part for two to three years, but I always missed out because coincidentally, my family had made holiday plans (during the audition period)."

Amanda's family did not book a holiday this time around so she is able to take part.

She said: "I've heard about the experience (of taking part in New Face) and the people that the contestants meet. I want that kind of exposure and training."

The 1.63m-tall contestant hopes her height will not put her at a disadvantage.

"But it won't affect me. If you want to compare, there's no end to it. It'll just make you sad."


At 14, La'Keysha Lee may be the youngest, but she is definitely not a newbie.

The CHIJ St Joseph's Convent student, whose dad is African-American and whose mum is Chinese, was a child model and took part in a beauty pageant when she was only seven.

But she said it was not a pleasant experience.

"The (other) girls said I was ugly, cannot make it and looked fat in the dress," she said.

She said she lost her confidence and stopped modelling and joining pageants. Now that she is older, she believes her self-esteem has improved.

"My mum saw the ad for New Face and told me to give it a chance.

"I think New Face is a stepping stone for a (modelling) career. I plan to pursue modelling since it has always been my dream."

Tune in to a live telecast of The New Face 16 walk-in audition on our Facebook page tomorrow 
from 1pm

In general, my luck with contests has never been that good, so I was pleasantly surprised that I was selected.

- Vahbiz Chinoy, 18, marketing student at SIM University

I hope to be confident and be myself, and push my insecurities aside.

- Shida Nasir, 18, hotel management student at Shatec Institutes

I was quite surprised I was picked because (there are) quite a few good-looking girls.

- Faustina Pang, 20, marketing student at SIM Global Education

I'm interested in the fashion world and I think fashion is a part of the arts that shouldn't be overlooked.

- Sage Lee, 19, student at Lasalle College of the Arts

My mum urged me to try. She thinks I look a little different from others, so maybe my exotic features will (set me apart)."

- Iqra Ahmer, 17, student at CHIJ St Joseph's Convent

I'm not really a confident person... But I will fake it till I make it.

- Cheryl Goh, 16, student at Temasek Polytechnic's School of Design

As I grow older, I want to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone.

- Gabriella Choo, 18, business management student at Kaplan Higher Education Academy

For more pictures of the contestants, 
go to tnp.sg


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