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12 February 2003

Saturday's News


Senior Minister LEE Kuan Yew last night warned of the short-term risk of a global recession caused by a war on Iraq. This would happen if the Iraqis destroyed their oil fields, as well as those in neighbouring Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, as this could drive oil prices as high as US$50 a barrel. On the other hand, if the oil fields remained intact, oil prices could fall after a war and fuel a global recovery. (1)

In court yesterday, Audrey ONG, 23, was jailed for 12 years after she pleaded guilty to two charges of helping her British boss, Michael McCrea, 44, dispose of the bodies of two people he had murdered and removing bloodstains from the apartment they were killed in on 2 Jan 2002. (4)

The Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple in Ceylon Road, which was reconsecrated yesterday, was formally earmarked as a historic site by the National Heritage Board. The temple, which underwent a S$7 million renovation, dates back to the late 1800s. (6)

A newborn baby boy was found dead outside a flat in Jurong East yesterday afternoon. The child had been wrapped in an orange towel and left outside the home of Madam Margaret Verma on the 22nd storey of Block 201 in Jurong East Street 21. (H2)

Some Housing Board staff will be offered early retirement when HDB restructures itself. HDB has 8,246 employees currently. (H8)

NTU students are to get eight new hostels, which will be ready in 2008. The seven-storey buildings offer an additional 5,000 places, allowing eight in 10 undergraduates to live on campus. Currently, about five in 10 of the 16,000 students stay in the university's 15 hostels, which are four to five storeys high. The new halls will be built on the periphery of the campus in Nanyang Avenue, near the Jurong West Extension. (H13)

A part-time IT trainer who molested 20 of his young pupils, aged between 6 and 7, in a primary school was yesterday sentenced to six years' jail and the maximum 24 strokes of the cane. The school is in the eastern aprt of Singapore. (H15)


New Delhi: India was preparing to test-fire a long-range ballistic missile capable of hitting targets deep inside China, sources said yesterday. Highly placed sources from India's defence research organisation said the earliest probable launch of Agni-III would be after the end of the Indian monsoon season in September. (4)


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London: Anti-terrorism police detained seven people in co-ordinated early morning raids in four cities in Scotland and England on Thursday. Two men were arrested in London, two in Edinburgh, one man in Manchester and a man and woman in Glasgow. Officials linked the operations to recent arrests of North Africans charged with plotting attacks with ricin, a deadly toxin. (10)




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