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Memorable articles in the local papers

Quotes/lines taken from the Straits Times. Click here to access their website.

“‘Bo-geh, you cannot enjoy. But bo-geh, bo-lui is worse.” Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, Singapore from article titled ” Bo-geh at 85? It’s worse to be bo-lui as well: PM

“Government data also shows that one in two who reach 62 will live beyond 85.” From article titled ” Bo-geh at 85? It’s worse to be bo-lui as well: PM

This is a rather sobering thought. 50 % of every Singaporean who reaches 62 can expect to live to at least 85. Doesn’t it make you wonder how the world will be in the next 50 years?

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The next one is rather motivational. At least it appears on the surface that the Taleban aren’t as heartless or cruel as they could be. The survival of the masses or at the very least, the optimal survival of those that are able to, are given a fighting chance. Kudos to the UN for managing to broker this deal and for those gutsy health workers that are risking their lives to save others.

Perhaps their daimon is guiding them as well through that old land?

UN Workers ‘safe’ from Taleban (article taken from Straits Times; originally from Associated Press)

KABUL: Taleban leaders appear to be honouring a pledge under which they have guaranteed safety to 10,000 United Nations health workers carrying on a campaign to immunise 1.3 million children against polio in Afghanistan.

The massive week-long immunisation campaign, which started on Wednesday, is being carried out nationwide, including in the violent southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand.

Kandahar’s governor and local elders had worked to ensure that the health workers would be allowed to travel safely.

Health workers have been abducted in the past, but Taleban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said the militants would allow the workers access to southern Afghanistan for the current vaccination campaign.

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