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One of the Oldest Hindu Temples in Singapore Investigated for “Criminal Offences”

he temple on 141 Serangoon Road is a well-known landmark in the Little India area

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Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Wikimedia
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  • Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore is being investigated for criminal offenses 
  • Commercial affairs department conducted the probe
  • Religious activities in the temple will remain unaffected during the investigation

New Delhi, August 23, 2017: A police investigation has been launched into the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore, over suspected criminal offenses, a media report said.

The police confirmed on Tuesday that its Commercial Affairs Department was conducting the probe but said it was “inappropriate” to comment further, the Strait Times reported.

The temple on 141 Serangoon Road is a well-known landmark in the Little India area. According to the temple website, it is one of the oldest in Singapore and was built by early Indian migrant workers.

The Commissioner of Charities (COC) said it had been notified of the investigation and had also launched its own inquiry into the temple under section 8 of the Charities Act, which gives the Commissioner the power to institute such inquiries into charities.

The COC said it received feedback on the management of the temple, which led to it carrying out a review.

“The review identified certain areas of concern with regard to governance and administration, which warrant conducting an inquiry,” it said.

The COC added that it will decide on the next course of action after the inquiry.

Religious activities in the temple will not be affected and it can continue with its operations and daily services, the COC said, adding measures would be put in place to ensure the temple was properly managed. (IANS)

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Journalist Behind the Panama Papers Killed in a Car Bomb

Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a "one-woman WikiLeaks".

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Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device. (Representative image) Pixabay

Valletta, October 17, 2017 : A journalist who led the Panama Papers probe into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her residence, the media reported.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device, reports the Guardian.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the American news outlet Politico as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”.

Her latest revelations accused Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack, the Guardian reported.

Malta’s President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, called for calm. “In these moments, when the country is shocked by such a vicious attack, I call on everyone to measure their words, to not pass judgement and to show solidarity.”

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In a statement, Muscat condemned the “barbaric attack”.

“Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine,” said Muscat, adding “Both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way.”

He announced in parliament later on Monday that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officers were on their way to Malta to assist with the investigation, following his request for help from the US government.

According to local media reports, Caruana Galizia filed a police report 15 days ago to say that she had been receiving death threats.

The journalist posted her final blog on her Running Commentary website at 2.35 p.m. on Monday, and the explosion, which occurred near her home, was reported to police just after 3 p.m.

Over the last two years, her reporting had largely focused on revelations from the Panama Papers, a cache of 11.5 million documents leaked from the internal database of the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. (IANS)