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S'pore businessman declares devotion to comatose wife in touching online video

HAPPIER DAYS: Mr Chandru Vishindas says his wife, Madam Pooja Baharani Ghansham, is an amazing person who has made him the man he is today.
TENDED TO: Full-time nanny, Madam Paramjit Kaur (in white), looks after Mr Chandru Vishindas' son Ryan while Madam Rani Sham Baharani (in blue), helps with supervising the household. Mr Chandru has another child, Rheanna (right).
NEEDS CARE: Ryan, now two years old, (with father, Mr Chandru Vishindas, and grandmother, Madam Rani Sham Baharani) cannot walk or talk. He is undergoing tests to determine the cause.

It has been two years since his wife fell into a coma following the birth of their baby boy.

But Mr Chandru Vishindas, 35, is not giving up hope.

He has spared no expense in caring for Madam Pooja Baharani Ghansham, 35, at his Bedok five-room HDB flat. He has hired two maids, two nurses, a nanny and a driver.

The father of two has also declared his love via a video and website dedicated to her.

And it has struck a chord among many netizens.

Read the full report in our print edition on Sept 18.

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Tags: love, wife and coma

Asian Games hit by second sexual harassment case

South Korean police are investigating a second case of sexual harassment at the Asian Games in Incheon.

AFP reported that a footballer from the Palestine Under-23 team had been charged for groping a female worker in the laundry room of the Games' athletes village and had been barred from leaving the country.

The new case came to light within hours of Iran football equipment manager Amereh Ahmad being thrown out of the Asiad by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for verbal sexual harassment of a female volunteer.

Aside from making the Games organising committee to put up strongly-worded notices around the athletes' dwellings, the incidents have prompted the OCA to to declare that it had a "zero tolerance" approach towards such cases.

Tough stance

Speaking about the Amereh case, OCA director general Husain Al-Musallam said: "It was not a matter of a physical attack - it was verbal sexual harassment.

"The OCA will not tolerate any misbehaviour of this nature and we will take a tough stance.

"We cannot accept this, so we have removed him from the Games."

Source: AFP

The haze is back! 3-hour PSI briefly crosses into unhealthy range

Singapore's skyline was shrouded by haze on Wednesday.

Singapore was shrouded by haze on Wednesday, with the three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading briefly creeping into the unhealthy range.

The three-hour PSI reading was 55 at 7am but continued to inch up throughout the day, hitting a high of 102 at 8pm. The reading then dropped to 94 at 11pm.

Time 7am 8am 9am 10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm
3-hr PSI 55 56 57 59 59 60 60 58
Time 3pm 4pm 5pm 6pm 7pm 8pm 9pm 10pm 11pm
3-hr PSI 60 65 75 86 93 102 100 99 94

A reading between 51 and 100 is considered moderate. A reading between 101 and 200 is considered unhealthy.

PSI Value Air Quality Descriptor
0-50 Good
51-100 Moderate
101-200 Unhealthy
201-300 Very unhealthy
Above 300 Hazardous

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in its daily haze advisory that the haze was likely due to smoke blown into the country by prevailing winds.

Only 23 hotspots were detected in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Wednesday, though this was likely due to cloud cover over parts of the island.

Meanwhile, 139 hotspots were detected in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Conditions could improve on Thursday with rain expected in the late morning and early afternoon.

"The overall air quality for the next 24 hours is expected to be in the high-end of the moderate range but may creep into the low end of the unhealthy range from time to time," NEA said.

To find out the PSI reading, click here.

Tags: Singapore news and haze

China national in tussle over S'porean widow's wealth arrested

Mr Yang Yin, a former tour guide, outside Gerald Crescent last Thursday (Sept 11).

A China national who was accused of trying to cheat a dementia-stricken Singaporean widow of her S$40 million fortune has been arrested, police said on Wednesday (Sept 17).

Former tour guide Yang Yin "has been arrested for suspected criminal breach of trust following police reports lodged against him", the Singapore Police Force said in a statement.

"He is currently assisting in police investigations," the statement added.

Yang, 40, is facing allegations that he manipulated Madam Chung Khin Chin, 87, a retired physiotherapist suffering from dementia to give him control over her fortune.

Yang was a tour guide when he first met Chung in China in 2008 and later developed a relationship with the woman, who eventually allowed him to live in her Singaporean home.

Yang’s wife and two young children also moved in last year.

Yang Yin is flanked by Madam Chung Khin Chun (left) and Madam Chang Phie Chin in a photo taken in Beijing on Oct 23, 2008. PHOTO: Courtesy of Madam Hedy Mok

Madam Chung's assets include a sprawling Gerald Crescent bungalow worth an estimated S$30 million.

Niece requests High Court to freeze all assets

Her niece, Hedy Mok, 60, had asked the High Court to freeze all the elderly woman’s assets amid proceedings to revoke Yang's Lasting Power of Attorney, which he obtained in 2012.

The Lasting Power of Attorney gives Yang control over Madam Chung's assets, including her property.

Mr Yang (left), a former tour guide, loads his items from the house at Gerald Crescent into van on last Wednesday (Sept 10). With him are his lawyer (right) and the driver of the van used to transport the items. PHOTO: Singapore Press Holdings

Ms Mok said Yang got Madam Chung to send money to his bank account in the Chinese city of Hangzhou on numerous occasions, with amounts ranging from S$4,000 to S$40,000, The Straits Times reported.

Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said it had launched an investigation into Yang’s status as a permanent resident.

Source: AFP

Rooney buries the hatchet, thanks Fergie

Wayne Rooney has thanked Sir Alex Ferguson for bringing him to Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney has thanked Sir Alex Ferguson for bringing him to Manchester United.

It looks like a rift has been healed after Wayne Rooney sang praises of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Despite the legendary boss' key role in bringing Rooney to Old Trafford from Everton a decade ago, the pair had a falling out after Ferguson marginalised the striker during his final season in charge.

The Scot then revealed after his last home match in charge of the Red Devils that the England international had requested a transfer, plunging the player's future at the English Premier League giants in doubt.

While Rooney has since signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract in February and assumed the club's captaincy under Louis van Gaal, the forward seems to have buried the hatchet with Ferguson following an interview to mark his 10th year at United.

Incredible Fergie

Speaking to MUTV, the 28-year-old said: "Sir Alex is the best manager there’s been and for him to recognise my talent and want me to join this club was a great honour for me. He was vitally important.

"I'm grateful to him for having the faith to bring me in from Everton.

"I think he's an incredible person and manager, the way you see his desire for the game. He certainly helped me a lot and helped us all.

"At the time I was coming into the squad as a young lad and there were a few other young lads. He brought all that together and made us world (club) champions. I'm very grateful for everything he's done."

Even after a decade of service to United that has seen him make 446 appearances and score 218 goals, Rooney is feeling happy at the club and is looking forward to making it 15 years in 2019.

He said: "I've just signed new long-term deal at the club and hopefully in five years' time we'll be sat down for a 15-year one (interview).

"I don't see any reason why not."

Source: PA Sport