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The WEATHER on SATURDAY (18 Jan 2003): Windy and cloudywith intermittent rain, heavy at times.  WEATHER OUTLOOK:  SUNDAY: Cloudy conditions with intermittent rain are expected. MONDAY: Periods of showers in the afternoon.     WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   12.11am  2.5m   10.37am  2.9m    SUN Sunrise  7.14am    Sunset  7.17pm   MOON  Moonrise  7.18pm   Moonset  6.54am    PSI: 36 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 23-28 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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St Valentine's Day Dome Readings

14 Feb 2003  1pm - 2pm

Dome Kent Ridge, University Cultural Centre, NUS

Love poetry blossoms with an assembly of celebrities reciting poems on 14 Feb 2003 at lunch hour at Dome Kent Ridge, University Cultural Centre.

This hour-long session featuring readings of love poems as befits the occasion marks the launch of a new series of readings, Dome Readings, aimed at enriching and broadening the arts and cultural events offered by the Centre for the Arts.

Professor Tommy Koh (Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mr S. Dhanabalan (Chairman, Temasek Holdings), Ms Claire Chiang (Director, Banyan Tree Gallery) and Ms Nuraliza Osman (Ms Singapore Universe 2002) will be joined by singer Jacintha Abisheganaden who will belt out a love song to the guitar tunes provided her father, Alex.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (Minister of State, Ministry of National Development) will also be in the audience listening to these words and tunes of love.

A series of one-hour sessions, Dome Readings will offer poetry, prose and drama readings by leading personalities, established writers and budding writers among NUS students as well as veteran writers among NUS staff.

It serves as a platform to showcase the literary arts, highlight current creative work in poetry, fiction and drama, and sustain the development of a discerning interest in literature – especially Singapore writing.

Dome Readings will be held twice a semester at Dome Kent Ridge located within the University Cultural Centre during lunchtime from 1-2pm. After the first session on Valentine’s Day, subsequent sessions, featuring writers and students reading their own work in the genres of poetry, fiction and drama, will be held on 15 August and 17 October 2003.

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NEW WEB SITES   is the Web site of the new Media Development Authority, formed by the merger of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA), the Films and Publications Department (FPD) and the Singapore Film Commission (SFC).   is a cyber platform, set up by the Ministry of Law, to keep Singaopore's overseas lawyers informed of developments in the local legal scene, gather feedback on legal reform and developments in other countries and to assist the local legal fraternity to network with those working overseas.  is a new one-stop portal set up by the Ministry of Law. It provides answers to frequently asked questions on legal matters by the man on the street such as whether you need to engage a lawyer to draft your will, can you still pay your traffic fine without going to court after the offer for composition has expired, or how to apply for custody of your children.  is the Web site of a new online monitoring system launched by the Supreme Court on 28 Nov 2002. It allows subscribers to be automatically alerted via e-mail whenever there is any legal action involving a specified list of companies. The information is drawn directly from the databases of the Supreme Court.

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19 January 2003

Saturday's News


A personnel manager who sent threatening letters to Cabinet ministers LEE Hsien Loong and LEE Yock Suan made history yesterday when he was convicted under new anti-terrism laws which came into effect two years ago. Hui Man, 31, was sentenced to five years in jail yesterday. (1)

The police received 56 bomb-hoax calls in 2002, up from 36 in 2001. (1)

About 4,000 youngsters were nabbed by the police for various crimes in 2002 - a sharp 49 per cent jump from the 2,800 arrested in 2001. (3)

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has formed a new group to deal with suspected chemical or biological attacks. The group, named Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosive (CBRE) Defence Group, was formed in October 2002. It comprises a Chemical and Biological Defence Unit, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit and a Medical Response Force. A team from each unit is on stand-by 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can swing into action in 15 minutes flat. (6)




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Miami: Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees died because his bowel and small intestine had become so twisted that they restricted his blood flow, autopsy results released on Thursday 16 Jan 2003 showed. The 53-year-old died last Sunday, after suffering cardiac arrest prior to an emergency surgery for intestinal blockage. (L24)



To assist you in tracing the above news articles in The Straits Times, we have provided the section and page numbers at the end of each news article. Therefore, (12): main section page 12; (S4): sports section page 4; (A10): asia section page 10; (L3): life section page 3.

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