Home Briefs: PM Lee on leave until June 19

PM Lee on leave until June 19

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be on leave from today to June 19, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

During his absence, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean will be the Acting Prime Minister.

NDP ticket collection starts at Kallang Wave

Ticket collection for the National Day Parade (NDP) and preview shows began yesterday at Kallang Wave Mall.

Successful applicants who have been notified have till June 19 to collect their tickets at the mall's atrium between 10am and 9pm daily.

$220k raised for Heart Foundation

More than $220,000 has been raised for the Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) at its annual Charity Cup Golf Tournament, held at Tanah Merah Country Club yesterday.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was guest of honour at the event, which is in its 15th year. The money, raised by 128 donors from the corporate sector, will be used to support cardiac patients and their families through difficult times, as well as to fund the SHF's ongoing rehabilitation and community programmes.

Some of these programmes include a three-month programme called "Step Up for Health!", which was introduced to impart knowledge on nutrition and exercise to the public.

Unemployed man jailed for molest

An unemployed man was jailed for nine weeks yesterday for molesting a woman aboard an MRT train.

Indian national Godiyal Pramod, 37, a Singapore permanent resident, pleaded guilty to standing behind a 21-year-old woman and rubbing himself repeatedly against her on an eastbound train from City Hall to Bugis station on May 4 last year.

A court heard that the woman boarded the train at City Hall at about 6pm. As the train was crowded, she stood close to the middle of the cabin. Pramod positioned himself behind her.

The victim initially did not realise that Pramod's contact with her was deliberate.

She then moved towards the train doors to distance herself, but Pramod followed and continued molesting her.

When the train arrived at Bugis MRT station, she alighted and reported the incident to SMRT staff.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe