13 injured in accident between bus and taxi at Upper Serangoon Road

A bus collided with a taxi this evening (Dec 8), at Upper Serangoon Road.
A bus collided with a taxi this evening (Dec 8), at Upper Serangoon Road.

Thirteen people were sent to hospital after an accident took place between an SBS Transit bus and ComfortDelGro taxi at Upper Serangoon Road this evening (Dec 8). 

The taxi driver and the taxi passenger were hurt, as were 11 bus passengers. 

SCDF said one was sent to KK Women's and Children's Hospital, four were sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and eight were sent to Changi General Hospital. 

Police say investigations are ongoing. 

Green Day's lead guitarist, Jason White, has cancer

Jason White, Green Day's guitarist, has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer but will make a ''full and speedy'' recovery.

The band recently posted the news on their official website.

"We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you to hear it from us before word spread. Jason recently underwent a routine tonsillectomy, and his doctors discovered a treatable form of tonsil cancer. Thankfully they caught it early and he should make a full and speedy recovery."

The band asked fans to send ''love and positive healing vibes'' to the guitarist, who joined the band full-time in 2012.

Fans have since poured in their love for the guitarist on their website as well as social media.

Photos: Instagram, Green Day Official Website

Sources: Contact Music, Green Day Official Website

Man jailed for hacking Prime Minister's Office website

28-year-old Singaporean man was jailed for two months on Monday for defacing the Prime Minister's Office website last year.

Mohammad Azhar Tahir, who is unemployed, had pleaded guilty to "unauthorised modification" of a section of the website on Nov 7, causing it to display mocking messages and pictures from international hacker group Anonymous.

Court documents said the man had injected a computer code into the server of the website, causing a section of it to be compromised.

The hacked section was removed in the early hours of Nov 8.

Mohammad Azhar has not commented on any ties with Anonymous.

The man​ was also jailed for an additional four months for mooching off a neighbour's wireless Internet service and modifying social media and e-mail accounts belonging to Ah Boys To Men actor Muhammad Ridhwan Azman, reported The Straits Times.

Sources: AFP, The Straits Times

After alleged rape, Uber banned from operating in New Delhi

An Uber taxi driver allegedly raped a 25-year-old passenger in the Indian capital before threatening to kill her, police said December 7, in a blow to the company's safety-conscious image.

Uber, the U.S. online ride-hailing service, has been banned from operating in the Indian capital with immediate effect after a young female passenger was allegedly raped by one if its drivers, the Hindustan Times reported.

The Delhi government has blacklisted Uber from providing transport services due to the behaviour of its driver, the newspaper said, quoting a statement from the transport ministry.

The news could not be independently verified but was reported by other news outlets.

Repeated calls to officials at the city’s transport department went unanswered.

Police said they were considering legal action against the online taxi service for failing to run background checks on the driver, who was arrested on Sunday and due to be brought before a court on Monday.

- Reuters

Related report: Uber taxi driver allegedly rapes woman in India

Two gang members nabbed in Singapore over abduction case in Malaysia

Two Malaysian gang members involved in the November abduction and murder of a Myanmar businessman in Malaysia have been arrested in Singapore, reported The Star.

The men were nabbed last Wednesday at different parts of the island, according to the Malaysian newspaper.

The duo are believed to have been among the armed Gang 21 members who abducted a 30-year-old Indian-Myanmar businessman in full view of his family at a coffee shop on Nov 12.

Gang 21 is a prominent gang in Malaysia.

Malaysian police arrested the alleged mastermind of the crime on Nov 20 at Banting Hospital.

The suspect later led officers to a forest near a sand factory in BidorPerak where authorities found the remains of the victim.

Police hunting one more suspect

Sentul Assistant Commissioner of Police R. Munusamy told reporters on Monday: "We are still looking for one more suspect. We have narrowed down the motive of the crime to either a dispute in drug distribution activities or an act of revenge."

He believes the suspects could have killed the man as an act of revenge for his involvement in the killing of one of the suspect’s brother last month.

ACP Munusamy added that the businessman had survived an attempt on his life five or six months ago.

“We believe that the businessman was involved in drug dealings. He was not a gang member, but he had affiliations with gangs.

“Drug rivalry could have prompted the attempted murder,” he said.

Source: The Star

Woman kisses brother-in-law, causes chaos at wedding in India

A woman was so excited that her brother-in-law was tying the knot that she leapt up and kissed him in front of the bride and her family at his wedding in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

She then pulled the groom to the dance floor and danced with him, Malaysia Nanban reported.

A brawl promptly erupted between the two families.

It quickly turned into a free-for-all with the 500-odd guests running for cover on Thursday night.

The bride's family not only beat up the groom’s family, but also held the man captive.

Aligarh mayor Shakuntala Bharati, who was among the guests, said although it was a personal matter, she had to intervene to free the groom.

The groom went home without his bride.

Source: The Star

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Indonesian maid says she was tortured with vacuum cleaner by HK employer

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih arrives at the Wanchai Law Courts to begin giving evidence against her former employer who is accused of abuse and toture in Hong Kong on December 8, 2014.

An Indonesian domestic helper told a Hong Kong court on Monday that she had been tortured by her employer, with a vacuum cleaner tube placed in her mouth and twisted to cause lacerations, public broadcaster RTHK said.

The landmark trial, featuring pictures of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih’s bruised body, has sparked international outrage at the treatment of maids in the Asian financial centre.

Former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono denounced her treatment as torture.

Sulistyaningsih’s employer, Law Wan-tung, a former beautician, faces 20 charges, including inflicting grievous bodily harm, assault, and criminal intimidation.

The public broadcaster said Law appeared calm as she pleaded not guilty to all the charges, except one, of failing to take out an insurance policy for an employee.

The domestic helper told the court, through an interpreter, that her employer had slapped, scratched, and punched her.

She said her employer had also hit her with hangers, mop handles and a ladder, and she was not paid or allowed enough food or rest, Hong Kong’s public broadcaster RTHK reported.

Sulistyaningsih was only allowed to sleep from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and given six pieces of bread and a bowl of rice, she added.

While cases of such harsh treatment are rare, Hong Kong’s policies on migrant workers have made maids reluctant to report abuse for fear of losing their livelihoods and being deported.

Hong Kong, a former British territory that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, has about 300,000 foreign domestic helpers, most of them from the Philippines and Indonesia.

- Reuters

M'sian girl, 15, killed her newborn baby by throwing her out of third-storey flat

A 15-year-old girl threw her newborn from her third-storey apartment in Kuala Lumpur, killing the baby.

The teenager gave birth to the baby at home on Thursday in secret, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Afraid her family would find out about the child, the Malaysian girl disposed of the baby girl.

A local voluntary patrol team found the body of the dead baby at about 11pm and called the police.

The authorities found the young mother after checking each unit floor by floor.

The girl is a school dropout. It is believed she had a relationship with an Indonesian man living nearby.

Police are investigating the murder case.

Source: The Star

M'sian security guard stabs dad, 68, after almost killing co-worker

The elderly father, 68, has been trying to persuade his security guard-son, 30, to return home after attacking a co-worker when the son turned violent and stabbed the dad.

He left home after attacking his co-worker.

Less than a day later, the 30-year-old security guard in MarangTerengganu turned violent again.

This time, he stabbed his own father in the chest, newspaper The Star reported.

His 68-year-old father had been trying to persuade his son to return home following the earlier incident, which nearly killed 24-year-old Mohamad Zaki Ramli.

The senior said: “I was in shock seeing the knife in my chest and held tightly by my son. I (gathered) the strength I had and rode the motorcycle home to save myself.” 

He was admitted to Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah.

The suspect’s mother has revealed that her son has been suffering from mental problem for the last five years.

Source: Star Online, Harian Metro

Little India riot: A look back at TNP's coverage

Several men hurling projectiles during a riot that broke out in Little India on 8 December 2013.
The chaotic scene at Race course Road after a mob turned violent following the death of a pedestrian hit by a bus there on 8 December 2013. The mob of about 400 people damaged nine Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) vehicles, five police vehicles and several private vehicles. 27 people, all of South Asian descent, had been arrested. Eighteen people, including 10 police officers and four SCDF officers, were taken to hospital with injuries. Officers from the Special Operations Command and Gurkha Contingent were deployed to Little India to tackle the riot.
A riot broke out in Little India on 8 December 2013 after a fatal accident at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road. At least four police patrol cars were overturned by the mob, and an ambulance and two patrol cars were also set on fire. The riot left the street strewn with debris, including uprooted plants and broken glass.
A riot broke out in Little India on 8 December 2013 after a fatal accident between a private bus and a person at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road. At least four police patrol cars were overturned by the mob, and an ambulance and two patrol cars were also set on fire. The riot left the street strewn with debris, including uprooted plants and broken glass.

A year ago, a riot erupted in Little India.

The mayhem - the worst public disorder on Singapore soil in more than four decades - involved about 400 people.

The spark?

A fatal traffic accident a the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road, which claimed the life of a foreign worker.

Construction worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu, 33, was asked to alight from a private bus after the drunk man jumped the queue.

He was chasing after the same bus when he fell and was run over.

The crowd's emotions ran high and spilled over against law enforcement officers on the ground that fateful night.

And The New Paper was there to capture the heat of the moment.

The pictures that executive photojournalist Jonathan Choo shot told a story of a night marred by chaos and confusion.

TNP Photo: Jonathan Choo

One particular picture (above), published on Dec 9 of The New Paper, was re-used many times by news outlets all over the world.

Mr Choo was taking pictures of the scene when several men became aware of his presence.

“There were about four men (who were) alerted to my presence after another turned around and signalled at me to stop shooting (pictures),” he said.

A rioter nearby tried to grab his camera, holding on to the strap. “I pulled free of him and ran as fast as I could down Hampshire Road,” he recalled.

As he was running, Mr Choo could hear stones hitting the wet ground around him.

“I stopped running after about 100m, when I reached the end of the road where a group of riot police were gathered," he added. "I was shaking, it felt like a life-and-death situation.”

The picture though was worth the close shave with danger.

It won a slew of awards, from the Society for News Design (SND) Excellence Award in March 2014 to the annual News Picture Of The Year at the Singapore Press Holdings’ English and Malay Newspapers Division (EMND) Awards.

It also nabbed the Society for News Design (SND) Excellence Award - widely considered the equivalent of the Academy Awards in news reporting. 

Continued coverage

TNP's coverage did not stop there.

The team reported on the Committee of Inquiry which was set up after the riot and examined the resultant findings

We also returned to the ground time and time again, to find out how the increase enforcement in Little India has affected those working, living and visiting in the area.