Man pays for car with 660,000 yuan in coins

A man forked out 680,000 yuan (S$147,500) for a car in China's Shenyang city.

What's so unusual about that?

Well, he paid for it with 660,000 yuan in coins and 20,000 yuan in notes.

The coins, which were packaged into 1,320 bundles, weighed a total of about 3,600kg.





The money was taken to the store in the back of a truck.

It took more than an hour for around 10 staff members to unload it, reported Sina news.





The buyer, whose surname is Gan, works at a petrol station. He said that he is usually paid his salary in coins.

CCTV News quoted him as saying: "We have been receiving the coins for nearly three months. As our station is in the suburb, there are very few banks. Thus, we did not deposit and decided to use them to buy a car for our company."

A bank spokesman told Sina news that an appointment must be made before hand for such a large amount of coins to be processed, and that the bank would collect a fee.

CCTV News quoted a Sina Weibo user as saying: "These people are so selfish. They only seek their own convenience, but pay no attention to trouble it may cause others.

"Do they live in the mountains? Don’t they have any single bank nearby? Is it even impossible to deposit them once per week, or per month?"

Sources: Sina, News163, CCTV News, Shanghaiist

Other payments made in coins:

1. A monk in China paid for 16 water heaters with 223,840 coins worth 10 fen each. The coins weighed 716kg. It took nine bank employees 13 hours to count the coins.

2. In October last year, mobile phone store Mobile Air at Sim Lim Square in Singapore tried to give a customer a refund of more than $1,000 in coins.

3. In November last year, a customer of a car dealer in Singapore left $19,000 worth of coins as payment at the car showroom. The change had a strong odour of fish. The customer had been ordered by a court to pay the amount.

M'sian wins synchronised swimming duet gold

The Malaysian pair beat their Singapore counterparts to the gold medal.

Malaysia emerged as champions in the synchronised swimming duet event of the 28th South-east Asia (SEA) Games today at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, claiming the gold medal with a total score of 150.9103 points.

Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi and Zylane Lee, both 23, had grabbed an early lead when they came in first in the duet technical final on Tuesday before securing the gold today with their performance in the free routine final, which earned 75.5667 points.

Singapore had scored higher in the free routine final with a score of 75.8667, but lost out to the Malaysians because of their lower score in the duet technical final.

The gold medal is awarded to the highest combined score from both finals.

Malaysia's gold comes after they lost to Singapore yesterday in the team technical and free routine event.

Indonesia came in third, claiming their second bronze medal in synchronised swimming at this year's SEA Games.

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China bans 'dirty' words on social media

In the future, asking someone about their mum in Chinese cyberspace may be a lot more difficult than you think.

China is currently pushing for cleaner language online and is hoping to eradicate profanity in its many forms.

This week, the 25 most popular dirty words/phrases on Weibo got the thumbs down and will be given the boot in due time.

Can you guess some of them?

The most innocent-sounding phrase, which sounds rather harmless if one takes it literally, is "your mother" or "your mum".

In Singapore, whether spoken in English or Mandarin, "your mother" is used as an insult which means a "sexual act with your mum". 

This crude reference was reportedly used almost 250 million times last year on Weibo.

The China Internet Network Information Centre revealed that there were 649 million Internet users as of the end of last year.  

Another word/phrase that is on China's banned list is "green eggs" which apparently takes a dig at the colour of a man's testicles.

Bloomberg and Business Insider reported that Cyberspace Administration Of China chief Lu Wei told Chinese media on Tuesday (June 2) that there are at least 25 coarse words/phrases that he wanted to expel from the Chinese Internet. 

 Here’s a list of a few of the newly banned words with rough translation from Mandarin to English:

  • “Your mum”
  • “green tea b**tch”
  • “green eggs”
  • “f***”
  • “howling monster”

Peking University's journalism professor Hu Yong said: "The widespread use of dirty words made such direct action more difficult in this case.

“To control the use of coarse language is to control the moral behaviour of the public, which is very hard through administrative means.

“The government has to rely on the Internet companies to do so, but such micro-management of cyberspace has the potential risk of turning the booming Internet industry into a backwater.”

Mr Zhang Zhanbin, an official with the State Council’s Committee for the Care of the Next Generation, said that in addition to calling for cleaner language, the government has also hired more than half a million retirees to help monitor activities at Internet cafes.

Weibo is also considering adding the 25 vulgar words/phrases to its filtering system such that the system could automatically dispose of the posts if netizens write or comment with these words.

Source: Business Insider, Bloomberg

Dad to President: Please let me kill my kids

Unable to afford medical treatment for six of his kids, a man has written to the President asking for permission to carry out mercy killing.

Fate has dealt this sweet shop owner in India a rather bitter blow.

The father of eight said he's unable to continue paying for medical treatment for six of his children, who are paralysed.

So Mr Mohammed Nazir, 42, has written to President Pranab Mukherjee for permission to carry out euthanasia for his children, aged between eight and 18 years.


His eldest son and youngest daughter have normal growth.

The other children suffer from a rare neurological disease called Canavan. Over time, they suffer seizures and become paralysed, unable to stand or walk on their own.

Their vision and speech are also affected.

Mr Nazir said the kids were born healthy and started developing complications later on: 

" Their bones are very weak. They began falling ill when they turned 4 or 5. They are unable to stand and walk on own."

And there's only so much that his 5,000 rupees (S$105) monthly pay can cover. 

He added: "It's after exhausting all options that I am forced to take this decision.

"I simply cannot bear to see my children suffering since I am powerless to help them." 

The Times of India said the case falls outside the 2011 guidelines for passive euthanasia, which allow for the withdrawal of life-prolonging medical treatment for terminally ill patients.

The kids' mother Tabassum, 36, has also lost hope, as her kids' suffering seems to be increasing with each passing day.

She said: "That's why my husband and I decided that we have to put a stone on our hearts and end their suffering."

If their request for mercy killing is turned down, Mr Nazir hopes the President or Prime Minister can give financial help for the kids' treatment.

Doctor SK Upadhyay said the disease is incurable "but with the help of drug(s) this can be controlled to a limited period".

Physiotherapist​ Pankaj Singh Rathore, who treated the children, said tests showed their bodies are getting weaker as they aged.

"I've come across a dozen of such cases... in which all the siblings develop a similar disorder." He added: "The life span of such kids is a maximum of 25 to 30 years but it can be extended a little with physiotherapy."


WATCH: Father seeks mercy killing for six paralysed kids


Sources: NDTV, India TV, Times of India, YouTube

Australian politician quotes "the great American philospher" Taylor Swift

Apparently Taylor Swift's songs are not just ditties about her love life.

To one Australian politician, they're a source of wisdom. 

To Northern Territory Attorney-General John Elferink, the 26-year-old is not just a talented lyricist, she's also a "great American philosopher".

So when Elferink needed a little bit of help while answering tough questions about mandatory alcohol treatment programmes during a parliamentary sitting, he turned to Swift's lyrics.

"I'm a very sensitive person but I turn to the great American philosopher T-Swift," said Elferink.

He then went on to quote the chorus of Shake It Off, albeit incorrectly.

"Some players are gonna play, play, play, others are gonna fake, fake, fake, while I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake it off," Elferink quoted while somehow managing to keep a straight face.



He did manage to draw a few giggles but not everyone was amused.

"Okay thanks" was the nonplussed response from Lynne Walker, the MP of Nhulunbuy, a township in Australia's Northern Territory. . 

One thing's for sure, he certainly made our day. 

Sources:, Mail Online

Poly student took upskirt photos of women in Chinatown

A polytechnic student was convicted of taking upskirt photos and videos of dozens of women around the Chinatown area.

A polytechnic student was convicted on Thursday (June 4) of taking upskirt photos and videos of dozens of women around the Chinatown area.

Koh Junxiang Clemence, 18, pleaded guilty to six charges.

Another 56 charges will be taken into consideration during sentencing.

On Jan 30, Koh saw a 27-year-old woman enter the female toilet in Pearls Centre.

He followed her to take indecent pictures of her.

Koh went into the cubicle next to hers, turned on the camera function of his Samsung Galaxy Note 4 mobile phone, and put it under the partition between the cubicles.

The woman spotted the phone and Koh's hand, ran out of the toilet and called the police.

It was only after Koh's arrest for this incident that the extent of his offences came to light - 173 upskirt photos and six upskirt videos were recovered from his mobile phone and laptop.

He had been prowling for victims since at least Dec 17, 2014, at places like Daiso at Chinatown Point, and a Popular bookstore.

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Feng Tianwei defeated by Thailand's Suthasini Sawettabut

World no. 4 Feng Tianwei is out of the table tennis women's singles competition after being defeated by Thailand's Suthasini Sawettabut.

Women's singles world no. 4 Feng Tianwei is out of the South-east Asia Games women's singles competition after her loss to Thailand's Suthasini Sawettabut today (June 4).

The Singaporean lost 11-9, 10-12, 7-11, 9-11 to her opponent in a Group C tie and finished second in the group.

Her exit followed that of teammate Isabelle Li. The 2011 and 2013 women's singles silver medallist beat Laotian Seangdavieng Douangpanya 3-0 today but finished second in Group A.

Only the top paddlers from each of the four groups advanced to the last four at 3pm today.

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28 passengers hurt after three buses collide at Changi Road

At least 20 people were in a bus collision at Changi Road this morning.

Several  passengers were hurt when the buses they were on collided outside a mosque at Changi Road on Thursday (June 4) at around 9.35am.

The passengers were on two SBS double decker buses and one SMRT bus.

An eyewitness told The New Paper the SMRT bus had jam braked after hitting the first SBS bus when another SBS bus collided into the SMRT bus.

He said there were more than two dozen people on board the three buses.


He said passengers were bleeding with some holding pieces of tissue against their bloodied faces. 

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said 28 people were taken to Changi General Hospital.


WATCH: CCTV footage of a three-bus pile up along Changi Road on Thursday morning. Read the story here:

Posted by The New Paper on Thursday, 4 June 2015


WATCH: What happens after three buses collide at Changi Road this morning - 28 people were taken to hospital. TNP/ JONATHAN CHOO

Posted by The New Paper on Wednesday, 3 June 2015

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Vietnam unleashes "Iron Girl"

IRON LADY: Vietnamese swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien during a training session at the OCBC Arena.
IRON LADY: Posing with the gold medal she won in the women’s 200m individual medley event at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar.

Hungarian world swimming champion Katinka Hosszu is known as the "Iron Lady" for her stamina and ability to contest in multiple events.

At this South-east Asia (SEA) Games, Vietnam look set to unleash their very own "Iron Girl", Nguyen Thi Anh Vien.

Astoundingly, the 18-year-old versatile swimmer has been registered for all 19 women's events, making her quite literally a one-woman swim team.

How many races she will eventually take part in, only she and her coach Dang Anh Tuan know.

What's for sure, is that she comes with a solid reputation.

Certainly solid enough to give Singapore's swim sensation Joseph Schooling, who is seeking a perfect record of nine gold medals from nine events, a run for his money in the quest to be the Games' numero uno of the pool.

In Myanmar two years ago, Nguyen clinched the gold in the 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley and the 400m individual medley. She has since improved dramatically.

She holds 14 of the 17 national long-course swim records in Vietnam and was named Athlete of the Year twice, in 2013 and 2014.

The youngest athlete in Vietnam's 2012 Olympic contingent, she is set to compete in Rio next year, with a possible medal in sight.

Her quality is beyond doubt.

During an earlier interview, Singapore national swim coach David Lim, who amassed 19 golds during his SEA Games career, said that she is "bound to win her fair share of golds".

The bigger question, however, is how she will handle her potentially gruelling schedule.

With her events spread across just six days, Nguyen may only get minutes' worth of rest between races.

Depending on how she fares, the US-trained Vietnamese could be looking at up to seven events in a day.

But whatever Nguyen and her coach have planned for this Games, they are keeping it close to their chests.


Arriving in Singapore on Tuesday night, both declined to be interviewed yesterday morning at their first training session at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

Despite the monumental task ahead of her, Nguyen looked relaxed during the 60-minute session, sharing laughs with her teammates in between drills.

In the water, she showed good form and seemed to enjoy herself.

When asked about Nguyen's ability, Lim and another swim legend, Ang Peng Siong, had positive things to say.

"She has steadily improved," said Lim, 48.

"She was at the pool training at the same time as the Singapore team and she looked pretty good."

Ang, 52, praised her technical strength and was not surprised by her registration in all of the 19 events.

He said: "I think she is capable of doing it. But I think the challenge is how she actually recovers from each race. I think that is the key thing, how she sustains her performance and energy level through six days of competition."

Lim, however, feels that the physical strain will be too much to bear.

"Taking part in 19 events is, to us, unheard of and crazy," he said.

"There is no doubt in my mind that there will be some clashes. She will withdraw from some (of the events)."

Although Nguyen could very well scupper the hosts' aim of bettering their best-ever gold medal haul - 17 at the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang - both Lim and Ang were confident that this will not happen.

"I think our strength is really in the guys," Ang said. "Tao Li will maintain her dominance in the (butter)fly event and I think the girl freestylers like Ting Wen and Amanda will be able to maintain their competitiveness."

Lim added: "It's a long week, a six-day week, so anything can happen during the period. The important thing is that everybody in our team stays focused and do what he or she needs to do, so we can't be distracted by big names."


  • Name: Nguyen Thi Anh Vien
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 1.72 m
  • Weight: 53 kg
  • Personal bests:

Women's 50m freestyle - 26.86sec

Women's 100m freestyle - 57.49

Women's 200m freestyle - 
2min 01.80sec

Women's 400m freestyle - 4:12.94

Women's 800m freestyle - 8:40.75

Women's 50m butterfly - 28.65

Women's 100m butterfly - 1:00.64

Women's 200m butterfly - 2:12.46

Women's 50m breaststroke 
- Not available

Women's 100m breaststroke - 1:21.76

Women's 200m breaststroke - 2:39.74

Women's 50m backstroke - 29.26

Women's 100m backstroke - 1:02.70

Women's 200m backstroke - 2:12.25

Women's 200m Individual medley - 2:12.66

Women's 400m Individual medley - 4:39.65