Six short political films first passed by Singapore censors

Singapore - Six short films documenting political activities in Singapore have been approved by Singapore censors, the first since the easing of an outright ban last month, media reports said on Saturday.

The films produced by Ho Choon Hiong, 33, focus on street demonstrations, protests and fasting.

"It is an encouraging sign," The Straights Times quoted Ho as saying of the Board of Film Censors (BFC) nod.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said last month that the ban could be relaxed. He said during the National Day Rally address that factual footage, documentaries and recordings of live events would be okayed.

Father who hurled son against wall and ceiling escapes jail term

Singapore - A father who hurled his 7-year-old son against a wall, ceiling and wardrobe escaped a jail sentence by a Singapore judge, who said he has made progress in controlling his outbursts since the incident, news reports said on Saturday.

The 43-year-old marketing executive, whose name was withheld to protect the identities of his children, was fined 1,000 Singapore dollars (699 US dollars) instead.

Community Court Judge May Mesenas heard how the man slapped the boy and tossed him and his 6-year-old brother around a room on September 15, 2006, The Straits Times said.

The older boy suffered bruises on his forehead, arm, legs neck and back.

A teacher noticed bruises on the victim's brother.

Thai Beverage to be dropped from Singapore's Straits Times Index

Singapore's Straits Times IndexSingapore - Thai Beverage and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings will be dropped from the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) starting September 22, the Singapore Exchange said on Friday.

Extremely low trading volumes were cited for Thai Beverage and plunging market capitalization for Yangzijiang.

They are to be replaced by plantation firm Golden Agri-Resources and Jardine Matheson Holdings, which owns properties across Asia.

The changes follow a six-month review of the index.

Singapore pursuing suit against Asian Wall Street Journal

Singapore pursuing suit against Asian Wall Street Journal Singapore - Singapore's attorney-general is suing the Asia edition of the Wall Street Journal, the publisher and two editors, alleging that two editorials and a letter "impugn the impartiality, integrity and independence" of the city-state's judiciary.

A statement posted on the attorney-general's website on Thursday said that the office was seeking contempt proceedings against Dow Jones Publishing Co (Asia) Inc, which owns and publishes the Asian Wall Street Journal.

Singapore stocks fall 2.5 per cent

Singapore - Stocks on the Singapore Exchange fell 2.5 per cent on Thursday with banks leading the decline.

The benchmark Straits Times Index slid 66.77 points to 2,569.58.

Malaysians top foreign home buyers in Singapore

Singapore - Malaysians overtook Indonesians as the top foreign buyers of private homes in Singapore in the second quarter, a property consultancy said Thursday.

According to DTZ, Malaysians accounted for 19 per cent of the overall purchases by foreigners, who bought a total of 913 private homes, up 3 per cent from the previous quarter.

Indonesia followed with a 17-per-cent share. Chinese and Indian citizens each accounted for 11 per cent of the foreign buyers while purchases from UK nationals accounted for 9 per cent.

The Indonesians were found to favour the prime districts, DTZ senior director Chua Chor Hoon said.