This Week’s Headlines – The Passing of Lee Kuan Yew – The GermanWings Crash


News In Focus: A Look At This Week’s Most Interesting Stories


Europe: The Germanwings crash in the French Alps, which left 150 dead, has garnered worldwide attention, especially as all evidence points to the co-pilot crashing the plane.

For an update, we go to ABC News:


Asia: Singapore’s founding father and patriarch Lee Kuan Yew died on 22 March at the age of 91.

Born to a wealthy Chinese family in 1923, Lee went to Britain in 1946 to study at the London School of Economics before graduating at Cambridge in 1949 with a first class honor in law.

Upon his return to Singapore, Lee started a law firm with his wife, Kwa Geok Choo, found his true calling was politics and began campaigning for an end to British colonial rule.

When Britain gave Singapore self-government in 1959, Lee, at the age of 35, became prime minister, a position he held for more than 30 years until he stepped down in 1990.

During his tenure, Lee co-founded the People’s Action Party (PAP), and almost single-handedly turned the newly founded country into one of the world’s powerhouse economies.

Even after his retirement from public office, Lee remained influential until his physical health gave way. He left Singapore, in his words, a First World oasis in a Third World region.



US: Monica Lewinsky, being “That Woman” who brought President Bill Clinton to face impeachment two decades ago, has re-emerged from self-imposed silence on 20 March to give a TED talk in Vancouver.

This time, Ms Lewinsky gave herself a mission: to campaign against cyber-bullying and today’s internet shaming culture, by speaking of her own traumatic humiliated experience. In doing so, she tries “to give a purpose to (her) past.”

Calling her 20-minute talk “The Price of Shame,” Monica Lewinsky, at 41, more confident and self-assured, shared her experiences of being “the victim zero” of cyber-bullying when the scandal of her affair with President Bill Clinton was exposed.

The Internet has created a culture where people enjoyed viewing other’s shame online, according to Ms Lewinsky.  “Public humiliation as a blood sport has to stop,” she told the TED talk audience.  “We need to return to a long-held value of compassion and empathy.”

Now, Ms Lewinsky hopes to “get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums.”

The full TED talk is a click away:


India: Passing a high school examination is easy, provided that one takes the examination in Bihar, India, and receives a little help from supportive parents and sympathetic relatives.

Last Thursday, a video footage went viral in the Internet showing parents, friends and relatives scaling the walls of testing centers in Bihar to sneak in cheat sheets to students taking high school examinations.

In India, students must pass the Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations, equivalent of GCSEs in the UK, in order to continue their education.

Every year, more than 1.4 million students in Bihar attend the examinations in 1,100 centers; and competition is said to be fierce.

While 600 students in Bihar have been disciplined for cheating in examinations, the problem has become rampant, to the embarrassment of education officials.

The AFP captured the cheating on camera:


UK: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has dropped its popular Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson after an internal investigation found the 54-year-old had assaulted a producer.

Top Gear is one of the BBC’s most successful productions. The car show comes in second only to Dr. Who, with some 350 million faithful viewers around the world.

Clarkson is credited for much of the show’s success. With a fan favorite out of the way, the BBC will need to look for another formula to sustain spectator’s enthusiasm for the show.

CNN has compiled footage of Clarkson at his best, and at his worst:


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Lee Kuan Yew Tribute Image Courtesy of Juriah Mosin /