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Singapore appoints new high commissioner to India


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Singapore, Singapore has appointed Lim Thuan Kuan as its new high commissioner to India. Lim will assume his post on August 12, the foreign ministry said in a statement. He will replace Karen Tan, who has been appointed as Singapore's permanent representative for the United Nations. Lim was Singapore's ambassador to Vietnam from 2005 to 2008 and served as Singapore's permanent representative to the Association of South East Asian Nations ( ASEAN) in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Arts in area studies on South East Asia from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, the ...
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India, China will not rush to resolve border issues: Khurshid


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Singapore, India and China will not rush to resolve differences over their contested border even as there has been steady progress in the overall relationship, said external affairs minister Salman Khurshid. "I think we have constantly, if not rapidly, made progress. I feel there is no reason why we should continue to feel a sense of alarm or discomfort. "But it helps to remain cautious and vigilant and careful. Because it is not a relationship that has finally overcome the difficult issues that caused us to actually come into a confrontation," Khurshid said in an interview with The Straits Times published on Friday. While both sides were determined to resolve these issues, "we are also very clear that it does not help to hasten resolution if you are not ready," Khurshid was quoted as saying. On South-East Asia, Khurshid said India was not looking for a military base in the region but would focus on deepening strategic ties, even as its Look East policy extends to the Pacific. "We are not a country that subscribes to policing any part of the world. The areas we are comfortable with are capacity building, intelligence sharing, exchange of ships, call on each other's ...
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Gang-rape victim's death: Army issues advisory against holding New Year parties


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New Delhi, Against the backdrop of the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim, the Army has issued advisories to all its formations across the country against holding new year parties. Advisory has been issued to all formations that they should not organise new year parties, Army officials said here. Army chief Gen Bikaram Singh and his wife Bubbles Singh will visit patients in Army Research and Referral Hospital here and Base Hospital on the first day of the new year and distribute sweets. Congress president Sonia Gandhi too has announced that the party will not be celebrating the new year following the incident. Amid outpouring of anger and grief in the country, the body of the 23-year-old victim was flown here from Singapore early on Sunday morning and cremated within ...
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BJP questions rape victim's 'secret' funeral


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New Delhi, Indian's main Opposition party, the BJP, has questioned the government for conducting the Delhi gang rape victim's funeral in secret. "(Performing the last rites) in a hush hush manner was avoidable. We understand the right of privacy. But this raises lot of curious questions," CNN IBN quoted BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad as saying. However, minister of state for home affairs RPN Singh defended the government saying: "We wanted to respect the privacy of the family. Even the media has done the same. We didn't have any intention (to do anything) secretly. (The last rites) was done according to the wishes of the family." The body of the 23-year-old victim was cremated within hours of its landing in the national capital on Sunday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi received the body and the victims's family members, who were on the same flight, at Delhi airport. The special flight from Singapore landed here around 4.15am and the victim's body was taken to her residence before being cremated. Media was not allowed in the ...
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Family hopes girl's death will make India safer for women


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Singapore, The distraught family of the young gang-rape victim hopes her death will contribute to making India a safer place for woman, an Indian diplomat said on Saturday. Indian high commissioner TCA Raghavan said the family was "deeply affected" by the death of the woman who was brutally raped and tortured in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16 and left to die by a roadside. But the family was also moved by a large number of messages of support they had received from everywhere, Raghavan told the media. "They hope that the death of their child will lead to a better future for women in Delhi and India," he quoted them as saying. The gang-rape victim was shifted out of Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital to Singapore on Thursday in a desperate bid to save ber life after she suffered multi-organ failure. ...
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President, PM mourn Delhi girl's death


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Singapore, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday deeply mourned the death of the Delhi gangrape victim in a Singapore hospital calling her a brave girl and the daughter of India who fought till very last for dignity and life. President Pranab Mukherjee said: "She was a brave and courageous girl who fought till the very last minute for her dignity and her life. She is a true hero and symbolises the best in Indian youth and women." "I convey my condolences to her parents and family who have faced this adversity with fortitude and grace. I pray that they have the strength to bear this loss The nation will mourn the passing of this brave daughter of India." "At the same time, let us resolve that this death will not be in vain. We will do everything possible to ensure that such an incident never happens again," said the President. "I request everyone to maintain peace and calm and call upon the authorities to take all necessary steps to bring the perpetrators of this ghastly crime to justice," said Mukherjee. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said: "I join the nation in conveying to her family and friends my deepest condolences at this ...
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Rape victim admitted to Singapore hospital


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Singapore, The 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim has reached Singapore and she has been admitted to the ICU of Mount Elizabeth Hospital here, said reports. The hospital specializes in multi-organ transplant procedures. Large parts of the victim's intestines were removed as a result of the injuries she suffered from the attack. The victim was moved to the airport on Wednesday from a hospital in Delhi in an ambulance and her papers have been arranged by the government. Doctors who have been treating the woman at Safdarjung Hospital did not issue the usual medical bulletin on Wednesday, but have maintained that even she has been responding to the treatment, her condition has remained critical. As the condition of the woman remained worrying, authorities have been under tremendous pressure from all fronts as the incident sparked protests nationwide. In their medical bulletin on Tuesday doctors attending the victim said she continued to be critical but is improving and is a shade better than she was a day ago. The 23-year-old medical student was raped and brutalized with an iron rod on a moving bus and then thrown off the vehicle along with her male companion on ...
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