Home Briefs: Deepavali festivities islandwide

Deepavali festivities islandwide

More than 4,000 residents will be treated to traditional song and dance performances as well as other Deepavali festivities over three weekends.

Thirteen events, the first five held last Saturday and yesterday, have been organised across the island by various Indian Activity Executive Committees.

The activities include a Tamil singing competition in Toa Payoh, the distribution of hampers to needy residents in Clementi, and a dinner to bring different races together at Braddell Heights Community Club.

Fun walk raises $15,000 for SPCA

About 300 people - together with their furry friends - took a leisurely stroll around Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park yesterday to raise more than $15,000 for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

They were joined by Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Transport, for the 3km fun walk.

The event - Paws for a Cause - was organised by the Bishan North Grassroots Organisations and the SPCA.

Man under probe for false report

Police are investigating a 32-year-old man who is believed to have lodged a false report. He stated last Friday that an unknown man had snatched his pouch containing coins and a SIM card at Block 142, Bukit Batok Street 11.

During investigation, the police detected many inconsistencies and established that he had provided false information.

Anyone convicted of giving information he knows to be false to a public servant could be punished with imprisonment for a term that may extend to one year, or a fine that may extend to $5,000, or both.

Upgraded Leng Kee Park reopens

An upgraded Leng Kee Park in Lengkok Bahru, with several new features such as an amphitheatre and a futsal court, has reopened after six months of work.

At its official reopening yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing said upgrading the park is the relatively easy part, while maintaining it requires a joint effort. There is a need to foster a closer sense of community spirit among residents, he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe