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Singapore teen charged after offending late leader Lee Kuan Yew

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A teenager in Singapore has been arrested for posting an expletive laden YouTube video attacking Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern edge Singapore who passed on March 23, and Christianity.

A 16-year-old, who appeared in a video that criticized Lee Kuan Yew, was arrested because of comments that belittled Christianity, according to Singaporean police and local news reports.

A district court on Tuesday charged 16-year-old Amos Yee with jailable offenses including indecency and offending but released him on Sg$20,000 ($14,500) bail.

The student smiled and fidgeted as the alleged offenses were read to him in court, AFP reported.

In the eight-minute video titled “Lee Kuan Yew is finally dead”, Yee celebrated the death of Singapore’s founding father Lee, who died last week, aged 91 and was cremated after a state funeral on Sunday.

Yee also made insensitive remarks about Christianity in the video, which was seen by hundreds of thousands before it was taken down.

He called Lee, who did not profess any religion, a “horrible person” and challenged the former leader’s son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, to sue him.

Yee then went ahead to compare Lee with Jesus, calling both “power-hungry and malicious”.

If convicted the teenager the teenager could face up to three years in prison, police said in a statement.

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DPM Pokharel gets responsibility of Officiating PM

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KATHMANDU — Ahead of his visit to the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has given the responsibility of the Officiating PM to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel.

PM Oli, who is also the chairman of Nepal Communist Party (CPN), is leaving here for China today.

Similarly, Oli has appointed party’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the officiating chairman of CPN, according to CPN central committee member Bishnu Rijal. Currently, another chairman of CPN Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is out of the country.

Likewise, deputy parliamentary party leader of CPN Subas Chandra Nembang has got the responsibility of officiating parliamentary party leader in the absence of parliamentary party leader and PM Oli.

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