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Indian wins International Migrant Day contest

Last Updated: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 11:25

Singapore: An Indian national, working
as a safety supervisor at a construction site here, has won a
first of its kind talent hunt for migrant workers, held to
mark the International Migrant Day in the city.

Karu Gajarathi Raju, 32, sang an old Bollywood song to
win the first prize of USD 3,000 in a contest attended by
thousands of foreign workers, `The Straits Times` reported
on Monday.

Raju, who worked as radio jockey in Andhra Pradesh
before coming to Singapore, sang a Kishore Kumar song from the
film "Aradhana", a hit movie of the 1970s.

The event was held at "The Float@Marina Bay", the
central business district venue for big-ticket events such as
the National Day Parade and the Youth Olympic Games opening

"This is one way for us to show that we appreciate
what they (migrants) have done and what they have contributed
to Singapore`s economy and society," senior Parliamentary
Secretary of Manpower and Health and Guest of Honour Hawazi
Daipi said at the event.

"We wanted a venue big enough to hold 12,000 to 15,000
spectators and one that is symbolic to recognise the
contribution of the migrant workers," the daily quoted Bernard
Menon, manager of the non-governmental organisation, Migrant
Workers Centre.

The event was promoted among foreign workers here
through advertisements in Chinese and Tamil dailies and
through trade unions, employers and domitories which are hub for
housing the foreign workers.

Singapore`s construction and services sectors heavily
depend on foreign workers from across Asia.


First Published: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 11:25

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