Man jailed 10 months for cheating pawnshops
A man was jailed for 10 months yesterday for conspiring to cheat pawnshops by pawning jewellery comprising fake and real gold, and pocketing a total of $17,420.
Saje Husiadi, 56, admitted to three charges of scheming with Mohamad Nur Fadly Rosli, 34, to cheat Ban Joo Pawnshop, Shing Heng (East) and Loong Shing Pawnshop in March this year.
Another three similar charges were considered in sentencing.
Saje deceived the staff of the various pawnshops into believing that the jewellery to be pawned were made totally of real gold. The staff ended up handing him cash of between $2,100 and $3,770.
He was working for Fadly who created the jewellery made of fake and real gold. Fadly's case is pending.
12 govt projects get Minister's Award
The Ministry of National Development yesterday lauded 12 projects run by its agencies for their contribution to Singapore.
Among the winners were the Housing Board's initiative in building the first green and sustainable neighbourhood in the mature estate of Yuhua.
The National Parks Board was also recognised for the inscription of Singapore Botanic Gardens as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The projects were given the annual Minister's Award, which was first introduced in 2006.
SUTD student projects solve real problems
Singapore University of Technology and Design yesterday unveiled 43 projects by its final year students. The under- graduates showcased their ability to apply classroom skills to solving real world problems and improving real-life situations.
Of the 43 projects, 29 were developed in collaboration with a range of industry partners from local transport provider SMRT to Korean big player Samsung.
Projects ranged from using smart technologies for indoor farming and beverage brewing to bicycle sharing applications and portable personal mobility devices.
Some also aimed to resolve medical issues. The Fuga Digital Chest Drain Device automates the process of draining excess fluid out of one's lungs, which makes the procedure more efficient.