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The WEATHER on TUESDAY (21 Jan 2003): Partly cloudy. Showers with thunder are likely in the afternoon over many areas..  WEATHER OUTLOOK:  WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Afternoon showers with thunder are expected.     WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   1.52am  2.7m   12.43am  3.1m    SUN Sunrise  7.15am    Sunset  7.18pm   MOON  Moonrise  10.02pm   Moonset  9.38am    PSI: 24 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 24-32 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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Co-founded by the late theatre doyen KUO Pao Kun and T. Sasitharan (Director of Practice Performing Arts School) the Theatre Training & Research Programme (TTRP) opened its doors in year 2001.

This intensive, multicultural and multilingual contemporary theatre programme has since admitted students from Poland, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.

The TTRP trains actors through Contemporary acting classes and immersion in Asian classical theatre systems (Beijing or Kun opera from China, Noh theatre from Japan, Wayangwong or Balinese Dance from Indonesia, and Bharatanatyam or Kathakali or Kudiyattam from India).

The conception and design of the TTRP was augmented by the counsel of leading Singapore practitioners and eminent international artists, scholars and specialists in the field of theatre education and practice, such as Prof Richard Schechner, Professor, Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University & Mr John Clark, Director of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) among many others who are experts in the field of theatre.

Students with good potential and genuine financial difficulties will be recommended for any available bursaries and scholarships.  Currently, 18 students have been awarded either a bursary or a full scholarship from the Georgette Chen TTRP Scholarship Fund, the Lee Foundation and the National Arts Council of Singapore.

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Local Application deadline is 8 Mar 2003.  The number of places each year is limited to a maximum of 20.  For more information on the TTRP, please call 65- 65691542 or fax: 65-65667436.  Alternatively, you can also email us at or download the application form at 

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22 January 2003

Tuesday's News


All pre-schoolers will soon be taught through play, activity, discovery and experiment - methods already in use at many private kindergartens here. The new programme is likely to turn out more confident children, eager to learn and able to communicate easily with teachers and children alike. It was tested over the last two years when 1,336 children in 32 PCF kindergartens were divided into two groups,  with one group trying out the new curriculum while the other stayed with the old. (1)

The container ship which collided with the Singapore Navy's RSS Courageous on 3 Jan 2003 was spotted on the patrol craft's radar, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Tony TAN revealed in Parliament yesterday. The Navy crew on duty had also sighted the ANL Indonesia visually. (1)

There has been a spate of intrusions by Malaysian government vessels into Singapore's waters around Pedra Branca, with five violations by its navy and marine police last week alone. Malaysia's actions were disclosed by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Tony TAN in Parliament yesterday. (3)

A 15-year-old schoolboy who raped his cousin, 6, at her home while her mother was watching television in another room is now in remand and will appear before the Juvenile Court again on 25 Feb 2003. (H3) 

Two youths, who were earlier acquitted by the High Court of setting fire to two wet markets in Ang Mo Kio, were convicted of arson yesterday by the Court of Appeal. HUANG Rong Tai, 21, who is mildly retarded, was jailed for 10 years. His friend, who turns 17 next month and will be sentenced later, cannot be named as he was 13 years old when the first market was set on fire on 8 Feb 2000. (H3)




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London: Police in riot gear burst into a London mosque yesterday. Seven people were arrested as part of a wider probe into the discovery of ricin poison in the capital earlier this month. The authorities believe the mosque - the base of outspoken Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri - played a role in recruiting terrorists and in supporting their operations, both in Britain and abroad. (5)




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