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What is the North Korean regime’s latest doing?

SEOUL – NORTH Korea this month publicly executed two of its citizens for handling propaganda leaflets floated across the border by South Korean groups, one of the activists said on Monday. An army officer who pocketed dollar bills enclosed with the leaflets was shot along with a 45-year-old woman who concealed one of the flyers, …

What is Hesokuri?

Jan 20, 2011 Japanese housewives’ secret savings ‘at 3-year low’ TOKYO – THE ‘secret savings’ of Japanese housewives hit a three-year low in 2010 as they were forced to compensate for slumping family incomes with the hidden reserves, according to a survey released on Thursday. The value of ‘hesokuri’ – the cash and investments that …

What is the Thaipusam procession?

SINGAPORE: Hindu devotees celebrated Thaipusam with an annual four kilometre procession that kicked off at the stroke of midnight. Ten thousand participants took part in the event. The procession made its way from the Serangoon Road Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to the Hindu Temple in Tank Road. Amidst tight security and safety measures, devotees completed …

Man steals 100,000 worthless East German marks

January 15, 2011 | Author: candyce | Posted in Anthropology Sociology, Crime, News and Society, Society

BERLIN – MORE than 20 years after reunification, police in eastern Germany stumbled upon a man’s stash of worthless 100,000 East German marks, believed stolen from a bunker for sale to collectors. Police were searching the apartment of a 33-year-old man in the city of Halberstadt on drug, weapons and extortion charges when they found …

Bangladesh arrests leader behind ‘beggar amputees’

January 15, 2011 | Author: candyce | Posted in Anthropology Sociology, Crime, International, News and Society

DHAKA – BANGLADESHI security forces said on Saturday they had arrested the alleged leader of a gang responsible for amputating the limbs of children and forcing them into begging. Omar Faruq, 30, was arrested on Friday in a Dhaka suburb, said Colonel Zia Ahsan of the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). ‘He has admitted that …

What is kids’ ambition or dream in this era?

January 12, 2011 | Author: candyce | Posted in Anthropology Sociology, Football, Primary education, Soccer

Singapore – Over nine in 10 children living in Singapore prefer to spend more time with their family than making money while becoming a football player is kids’ top career choice. The fifth annual Children’s Career Survey conducted by Adecco Singapore has found that 96% of children, aged between seven to 14, said it’s more …

What is the possibility of higher pay for poly graduates?

SINGAPORE: The starting pay for fresh polytechnic graduates rose 5.3 per cent last year, to an average gross monthly salary of S$1,871. Post-National Service (NS) diploma holders earned an average gross monthly salary of S$2,183, an increase of about 2.5 per cent from 2009. During the economic downturn in 2009, post-NS diploma holders’ gross average …

Massive revenue from the Integrated Resorts (IRs)

January 12, 2011 | Author: candyce | Posted in Anthropology Sociology, Consumer Guides, Economics, Entertaining

REVENUE from the integrated resorts (IRs) between April and November last year may have hit about $420 million but collections from other gambling activities have fallen. Second Minister for Finance Lim Hwee Hua said this in Parliament on Tuesday. Levies charged for entry at the IRs raked in $130 million for the Totalisator Board during …

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