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The Straits Times, 10 April 1997

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The Straits Times Estd. 1845 THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 1997 60 CENTS MITA (P) 027/12/96

She takes credit card but gets $200 pay rise [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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She takes credit card but gets $200 pay rise A secretary and goldsmith's assistant who stole find forgiveness A SECRETARY who stole her colleague's credit card was forgiven by the victim and tfieir employer, who not only persuaded her to stay on in hqr job but gave her a $200

Victim asks court to spare man who helped rob him [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Victim asks court to spare man who helped rob him Elena Chong By A GOLDSMITH was robbed of $200,000 worth of gold bv two armed men, but he asked a court yesterday to spare the man who helped set up the crime. In a letter, Mr Lee Kim Bqon, 45,

Crutches seized, so man crawls into court [ARTICLE]

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Crutches seized, so man crawls into court HONGKONG A disabled beggar, accused of striking a police officer, had to crawl into court after a magistrate confiscated his crutches for use as evidence. Polio victim Cheung Sun Wan, 27, dragged himself on his stomach into the courtroom on Tuesday, and was

One in three workers trained [ARTICLE]

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One in three workers trained Productivity body's efforts pay off ASK ANY housewife, older worker, retiree or small local company to go for training previously, ana they would say they had no time or money to spend on it. But now, they are singing a different tune. And the difference

SPECIAL BOND [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SPECIAL BOND Syamil Samian could not walk before. But at Margaret Drive Special School, the eight-year-old learnt how to walk with the aid of a walker. His mother, Madam Kalsom Daud, 43, comes in to help her son in the school. When the new and bigger 59.5-mi llion school is

Changi Airport voted best in the world [ARTICLE]

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Changi Airport voted best in the world GENEVA Singapore's Changi Airport has been voted the world's top airport by longhaul airline passengers, the International Air Transport Association data) said yesterday. The second spot went to Britain's Manchester, which is undergoing major reconstruction. Changi ousted Manchester from the top spot it

Excited by new opportunity at age 59 [ARTICLE]

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Excited by new opportunity at age 59 MR Eric Lim, 59, a former chemical plant executive, stopped work for nine years to look after his property in Malaysia. He was bored staying at home when he came back last year, and signed up for the Back to Work Programme, launched

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NEWS FOCUS

HK govt-in-waiting plans tighter laws on demos [ARTICLE]

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HK govt-in- waiting plans tighter laws on demos Wang Hui Ling Ban proposed on foreign funding for political groups By Hongkong Correspondent IN A MOVE seen widely as targeting the pro-democracy camp in Hongkong, the territory's post-handover government yesterday proposed legal changes to tighten laws governing political bodies and the

Iraq defies UN air embargo, flies pilgrims to Jeddah [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Iraq defies UN air embargo, flies pilgrims to Jeddah DUBAI An Iraqi plane flying Muslim pilgrims to the haj pilgrimage in defiance of a United Nations air embargo on Baghdad landed yesterday at Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia, airport sources said. "The Iraqi plane, flight number 1161, landed at Jeddah

Human rights: US to condemn China too [ARTICLE]

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Human rights: US to condemn China too Lee Siew Hua By US Correspondent WASHINGTON The United States will back a Denmarksponsored resolution condemning China's human rights situation, despite Beijing's decision to sign an international accord which Washington had been pushing for. State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns told reporters on Tuesday:

Back to former glory after facelift [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Back to former glory after facelift 171-year-old temple in CBD restored by artisans at a cost of $2 m SURROUNDED by skyscrapero* in the Central Business District, the 171-year-old Yuen Hai Ching Temple's intricate figbrines still stand proudly on thereof. -Once, they sported faces bltflred by the elements over th».years

Room for more at Margaret Drive Special's new school [ARTICLE]

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Room for more at Margaret Drive Special's new school WHEN the new $9.5 million Margaret Drive Special School is ready next year, children would not have -"to be turned away. At the moment, there are 122 children on the waiting list at the school and at Bales tier Special School.

Dr Yeo to be full-time PSA chairman [ARTICLE]

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Dr Yeo to be full-time PSA chairman FORMER minister Yeo Ning Hong is stepping down as executive chairman of govern-ment-linked conglomerate, Singapore Technologies Pte Ltd (ST), to assume a full-time role as chairman of the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA). ST managing director Ho Chine will be appointed its president

Search on for US fighter jet which disappeared [ARTICLE]

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Search on for US fighter jet which disappeared WASHINGTON A bomb-laden US Air Force attack jet on a training mission over Arizona has been missing since last Wednesday, defence officials said. The A-10 Thunderbolt veered off course and vanished minutes after Captain Craig Button took off in the jet from

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WORLD

Rubber bullets don't bounce, they kill [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rubber bullets don't bounce, they kill FOO HWEI WEN Reuter AFP

West Bank explodes m violence [ARTICLE]

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West Bank explodes m violence Three Arabs killed in deadliest day since Israel began work on new settlement j# 'JERUSALEM Violence has escalati" ed to a new pitch on the West Bank with fierce Arab-Israeli clashes underlining the failure of an American effort to revive the peace process. Prime Minister

Crisis hits Israeli economy as investors keep away [ARTICLE]

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Crisis hits Israeli economy as investors keep away TEL AVIV The crisis in the Arab-Israeli peace process is frightening off foreign investors, contributing to the economic slowdown which has hit Israel since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office last June. "The multinationals which moved here in recent years have tended

Howard dumps senator accused of cheating [ARTICLE]

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Howard dumps senator accused of cheating SYDNEY Prime Minister John Howard's precarious majority in the Australian Senate Mils under threat yesterday after he bowed to pressure to dump one of its key officials amid a deepening scandal over ftHud claims. Mr Howard announced late on Tuesday that he wanted Senator

US forces 'at breaking point', no thanks to non-combat demands [ARTICLE]

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US forces 'at breaking point', no thanks to non-combat demands WASHINGTON Increased demands on a reduced US military to engage in peace opera*s§ns and other non-combat missions have stretched units Jo "the breaking point", according to a House Republican report on the condition of American forces. Congressional warnings About a

End of the road for model escapee [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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End of the road for model escapee Convicted murderer back in jail after 26 years on the run FOR nearly 26 years, escaped killer Robert Lee Corliss lived openly in the New Hampshire town of Barnstead, working in a machine shop, paying his taxes and earning the respect of townsfolk.

Here comes the British Royal Navy again [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Here comes the British Royal Navy again Felix Soh 16 warships and thousands of men assembling for mammoth exercise with S'pore, Malaysia, NZ and Australia Reports by Ocean Wave 97 These are the ships in the British naval deployment to the region: HMY Britannia, the royal yacht HMS Illustrious, aircraft

Inside the belly of a nuclear sub [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Inside the belly of a nuclear sub Tne submarine HMS Trenchant, operating from Singapore, sank a Japanese cruiser in the region's waters during Wortd War 11. Now, more than 50 years later, it is back in the high-tech reincarnation of a nuclear* powerecfsubmaiine. The Trafalgar-class submarine is part of a

Just six small cuts — not one big gash — sank the Titanic [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Just six small cuts not one big gash sank the Titanic Louise Branson By En Washington 1 ONE of the controversies surrounding |:the sinking of the luxurious Titanic ocean liner in 1912 on its maiden voyage can now be laid to rest. Divers have discovered that it did not sink

The Saint' faces scandal-hit Tory [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The Saint' faces scandal-hit Tory Anti-corruption figure to run against former minister dogged by sleaze allegations KNUTSFORD (England) "Sleaze" looks set to remain a central theme of Britain's election campaign as a former minister embroiled in scandal faced an anti-corruption candidate in what was once a safe seat for the

WORLDFILE

FBI AGENTS ERRED [ARTICLE]

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FBI AGENTS ERRED The US justice uepanmem nas round that FBI agents who interviewed security guard I Richard Jewell about last summer's Olympic bombing made a major error in judgment, FBI Director Louis Freeh said in a memo made available on Tuesday. But he said the Justice Department investigation found

FIGHTER PURCHASE [ARTICLE]

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FIGHTER PURCHASE A Pakistan Air Force team is in France discussing the planned purchase of 32 Mirage 2000-5 fighters, PAF chief Air Chief Marshal Abbas Khattak said on Monday from Islamabad. He told reporters that Pakistan had asked France to transfer technology with the top-of-the-range jets, seen as an alternative

ATTACK IN COURT [ARTICLE]

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ATTACK IN COURT A man threw a Moiotov cocktail at a judge presiding over a civil trial at the Champaign County courthouse in Urbana, Illinois, on Tuesday, triggering a fire and an evacuation that caused a panic but only minor injuries. Police said they detained two people, but released both.

GUN-CASE MINISTER QUITE [ARTICLE]

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GUN-CASE MINISTER QUITE Jamaican Tourism Minister John Ju&r resigned on Tuesday following a Marft 20 incident where he fired his gun during a political confrontation in his constituency. 1 Witnesses said Mr Junor exchanged angry words with a heckler and then; threw the first punch as the two w exchanged

ZAIRE EMERGENCY [ARTICLE]

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ZAIRE EMERGENCY Zaire's embattled President Mobutu Sese Sefep decreed a nationwide state of emergency in the face of a relentless advance by M rebel forces controlling a third of the central African country. Rebel leader Laurent Kabila said members of Mr Mobutu's elite presidential guard were putting up a %it

THINNING OZONE LAYER [ARTICLE]

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THINNING OZONE LAYER Tlje atmospnere's protective ozone layerA which protects the Earth from the suits ultraviolet rays, is thinner than ever over the Canadian Arctic, Canada's Envir-, ,'j onment Ministry said in Ottawa on r/i Tuesday. Scientists reported that ozone levels over certain parts of Canada's northern regions last month

Soon, NZ may curb daredevil acts like this [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Soon, NZ may curb daredevil acts like this WELLINGTON New Zealand, a haven for fans of extreme stunts such as helicopter bungy-jumping, is to regulate daredevil airborne sports, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said yesterday. A comprehensive set of regulations for commercial adventure aviation would be a world first, CAA

EU pledges to step Up fight against racism [ARTICLE]

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EU pledges to step Up fight against racism T even as it blasts China for Excessive use' of death penalty GENEVA The European Union, in a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, has said that it is stepping Hji* its fight against racism at home, and blasts countries

Free college tuition for American sextuplets [ARTICLE]

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Free college tuition for American sextuplets NEW YORK The parents of sextuplets born last month in a New York City suburb had one fewer expense to worry about college tuition after the State University of New York at Stony Brook on Tuesday offered free tuition to all six, who would

PEOPLE

Director Reeve does it his way... [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Director Reeve does it his way via video monitor and two-way microphone WASHINGTON Actor Christopher Reeve (above), paralysed from the neck down in a horseback riding accident, has completed his directorial debut, a film that 2 will be shown on the HBO television network on April 20. Reeve, best known

Crash, blackout and surprise [ARTICLE]

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Crash, blackout and surprise GENEVA Miss Sweden 1994 was injured in a car crash caused by the doctor who treated her husband for a skiing injury, the wide-circulation Swiss paper Le Matin reported on Tuesday. It quoted Ms Domenique Forsberg-Troxel, 28, as saying that she was on her way two

Running on faith [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Running on faith TEHERAN A Frenchman on a marathon run through the world's holy cities has arrived in the Iranian capital on his way to the Far East. Mr Jamel Balhi, 34 (above, in front of the Azadi Tower in, Teheran) has been running between 60 and 80 km a

Meanwhile... [ARTICLE]

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Meanwhile PLAYBOY'S FOUNDER IS 71 :Mr Hush Hefner turned 71 yesterday, but his publicist said Playboy's founder did not plan to throw a big party because his 101-year-old mother died last month. HATE-MAIL LAWYER HELD: Mohammed Mahdy, an Egyptian lawyer who bombarded former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with hate mail,

Non-citizens in US face tougher times [ARTICLE]

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Non-citizens in US face tougher times WASHINGTON A growing resentment towards illegal immigrants in the United States is spilling over to legal immigrants who are not citizens. ITor years, there was little distinction between citizens ani legal immigrants, and little re&on for immigrants to become naturalised citizens but nety distinctions

MEDICALNOTES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MEDICALNOTES Rich environment for kids may boost brain-cell growth (WASHINGTON A rich, stimulating environment seems vital early in life for a child to reach his or her full potential. Research suggests a rich environment may trigger new brain cells to grow and survive, at least in young mice. Researchers at

Hormone replacement for women [ARTICLE]

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Hormone replacement for women CHICAGO Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause appears to increase life expectancy for most women, according to a US study, published in this week's Journal Of The American Medical Association. "These findings suggest that HRT may be appropriate for a broader population than is currently recommended

Ring checks patient's Vital signs [ARTICLE]

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Ring checks patient's Vital signs WASHINGTON Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a ring equipped with tiny receptors that can check a patient's vital signs 24 hours a day. On Tuesday the researchers said a prototype of the ring could monitor a person's pulse rate and the

Early puberty for US girls [ARTICLE]

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Early puberty for US girls CHAPEL HILL (North Carolina) American girls are beginning puberty before the age of 10, much earlier than previously, possibly because of exposure to oestrogen in the environment, a researcher said on Tuesday. Dr Marcia HermanGiddens, who also found that black girls begin puberty shortly before

Record one in 10 Americans were foreign-born, says census bureau [ARTICLE]

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Record one in 10 Americans were foreign-born, says census bureau WASHINGTON The great American melting pot is becoming more like a stew, and an increasingly exotic and complicated one at that. In its latest report on population trends, the Census Bureau said on Tuesday that nearly one in 10 people

Man stabbed to death as Bangladesh goes wild over cricket win [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Man stabbed to death as Bangladesh goes wild over cricket win DHAKA Wild celebrations by millions of Bangladeshis after the country reached the cricket World Cup left one man dead, several hundred people injured and more than 100 under arrest, officials said. People poured onto the streets to savour the

One million US kids abused or neglected [ARTICLE]

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One million US kids abused or neglected Actual incidence may be three times as high WASHINGTON Child abuse and neglect remained at record high levels in the United States, with about one million substantiated cases a year and many more cases going unreported, US officials said. Data from 1995 showed

Clinton's lament: No golf with visitor Chretien [ARTICLE]

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Clinton's lament: No golf with visitor Chretien WASHINGTON President Bill Clinton complained on Tuesday that his knee was impeding US relations with Canada because it kept him from golfing with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien. "The biggest threat to our friendship is this injury of mine because it has

Dead man's bust gets sculptor in grave trouble [ARTICLE]

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Dead man's bust gets sculptor in grave trouble LONDON A sculptor who uses human corpses for his moulds was arrested on suspicion of body-snatching and holding secret burials after a woman recognised a friend's face in an art show, police confirmed here yesterday. Anthony-Noel Kelly, whose work has been hailed

Keep your nose clean and stay out of trouble, Abe [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Keep your nose clean and stay out of trouble, Abe NATIONAL Parks Service worker Billy Brookins cleaning the face of a statue of Abraham Lincoln inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Tuesday. The monument, one of Washington's main tourist attractions, is cleaned annually to combat the effects of air

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EAST ASIA

Angry Hashimoto orders raid on nuclear plant [ARTICLE]

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Angry Hashimoto orders raid on nuclear plant PNC executives admitted on Tuesday they had lied that the staff had visually confirmed the fire had been doused. "In fact no one had confirmed that the fire had been put out. The staff at the scene knew this but had thought that

Japan's electronic chicken gets a pecking from look-alikes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Japan's electronic chicken gets a pecking from look-alikes Kwan Weng Kin By Japan uorresponaent TOKYO Look-alike versions of Tamagotch the handy, pet-raising simulation game that is currently the hottest-selling electronic toy in Japan has surfaced in this country and other East Asian cities and giving the original a good run

... and in Singapore [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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and in Singapore SOLD OUT: People queueing outside Takashimaya on Tuesday for a chance to buy the Tamagotch toy. All 1,000 pieces were snapped up within 1 w hours.

US looking at more food aid for N. Korea [ARTICLE]

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US looking at more food aid for N. Korea WASHINGTON In another sign of quickening diplomacy, the United States said on Tuesday that it was considering more food aid for North Korea and that Pyongyang had agreed to hold a eecond round of talks with Washington on foreign missile sales.

America profiting from wars, says Beijing [ARTICLE]

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America profiting from wars, says Beijing BEIJING China yesterday blasted the United States for profiting from wars and bloodshed around the world, .filing it "the world's No 1 1 arms exporter". ""The official China Daily i said in an editorial: "Among me 50 main clashes worldm wlde in recent years,

Hongkong stands firm on ‘high' fees for new airport [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Hongkong stands firm on ‘high' fees for new airport 100% jump Fees for 747-type passenger aircraft are set atHK$66,B77 (5512,400), or more than twice the HK53 1,426 now charged at Kai Tak. 737-type aircraft will be charged HK515,943,fr0m the current HK58,502. HONGKONG The territory's airport authority has defended the fees

Widow surrenders corrupt cop's millions to HK govt [ARTICLE]

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Widow surrenders corrupt cop's millions to HK govt t HONGKONG The widow of a corrupt i policeman has agreed to turn over her husband's millions to the government. The HK512.84 million (552.4 million) j oujt-of-court settlement ended the Attori ney-General's three-year battle for control oLthe disgraced sergeant's estate, the Smith

Taipei negotiator to visit Beijing in sign of thaw in ties [ARTICLE]

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Taipei negotiator to visit Beijing in sign of thaw in ties TAIPEI Taiwan yesterday said a senior negotiator whose organisation handles talks with Beijing would visit China this month, signalling a modest easing of a 22-month-old impasse. "We have obtained verbal agreement from the mainland side, agreeing to visits by

China names Xiamen street after Taiwan [ARTICLE]

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China names Xiamen street after Taiwan BEIJING China has renamed a street in the port city of Xiamen "Taiwan Street" and at the same time launched a trade centre on the site to promote business with Taiwan, the official Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. Local developers have leased property on

The great pork eat-in [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The great pork eat-in Lee San Chouy Taiwan President and govt leaders woo consumers scared off by hog epidemic By Taiwan Correspondent 1 love pig knuckles. I am not allowed to eat them at home, but today I can eat to my heart's content/ Taiwan's President Lee Teng-hui TAIPEI Taiwan's

Hefty HK jail terms for two who pushed drugs [ARTICLE]

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Hefty HK jail terms for two who pushed drugs HONGKONG Two foreign men have been jailed after being caught peddling Ecstasy and cocaine to undercover policemen, reports said yesterday. Irishman Thomas O'Brien, 29, and Scot Gerald Ward, 27, were jailed for four years and three years and eight months respectively

HK fire death toll rises to eight [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HK fire death toll rises to eight HONGKONG— The mother and nephew of leading Hongkong television personality James Wong Tsim were among the seven people who died in Tuesday's high-rise fire as the death toll rose to eight yesterday. Wong, 56, a lyricist, actor and television celebrity, was appointed by

‘HELP US TO HELP OURSELVES' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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‘HELP US TO HELP OURSELVES' Blind masseurs demonstrating in front of the ruling Kuomintang hleadquarters in Taipei yesterday to demand that the governing party protect the working rights of the blind. They want parliament to drop its plan for a law allowing only people who can see to work as

EAST ASIAFILE [ARTICLE]

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EAST ASIAFILE Baby weighs in at 9 kg i BEIJING A woman in central Henan province has given birth to a baby who is the same size as an 18 month-old tod- dler, the China Daily reported. The baby, weighing 9 kg and measuring 70 cm long, was born by

Tung criticised over Budget allocations [ARTICLE]

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Tung criticised over Budget allocations Wang Hui Ling By Hongkong Correspondent HONGKONG A NEW FUTURE DAYS BEFORE THE HANDOVER FUTURE Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa has announced his pre-handover Budget, placating critics who had criticised him for not doing so earlier. But new controversies emerged immediately after his announcement on

ECLIPSE EGGS [ARTICLE]

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ECLIPSE EGGS :a hen has laid three eggs covered in markings resembling a solar eclipse which occurred in China last month, it was reported yesterday. The hen laid the eggs two days the solar eclipse on March 9, the New Evening Post said. AFP

NEW ENVOY [ARTICLE]

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NEW ENVOY Taiwan is to appoint its retiring naval commander-in-chief as its representative to the Netherlands, a country which provoked Chinese protests in the 80s by selling submarines to the nationalist island, reports said yesterday. Admiral Ku Chung-lien will replace Mr Kuo Wei fen.- AFP

FERRY CRASH [ARTICLE]

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FERRY CRASH :a high-speed ferry and a towing vessel collided in waters near Hongkong yesterday, but there were no reports of injury, a marine department spokesman said. The ferry with 194 passengers and eight crew members aboard was on its way to the neighbouring Chinese city of Zhuhai when it

FALLEN HERO [ARTICLE]

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FALLEN HERO A i former Chinese national judo champion was among an eight-member t gang arrested in southern China for strangling its Z victims in a spate of late-night robberies, reports said yesterday. Xu Feng was arrested at a hotel in Guangzhou city, the Ta Kung Pao daily said.- AFP

LEOPARD FEAST [ARTICLE]

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LEOPARD FEAST Afraid to kill an animal under state protection, a farmer in China's remote west allowed a snow leopard to go on a killing spree in his sheep pen tor six days while he waited for the authorities to arrive, China Daily said yesterday. The farmer, who lives in

GYM COLLAPSES [ARTICLE]

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GYM COLLAPSES Nine people were killed and more than 10 injured when a north China gymnasium collapsed as workers were trying to demolish it, state radio and local reporters said. The accident occurred in Yinchuan, capital of the Ningxia region, on Monday. Reuter

EXAM SHIFT [ARTICLE]

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EXAM SHIFT Chinese Vice-Premier Li Lanqing has urged the country's education sector to shift from its traditional reliance on examinations as the sole judge of performance. Chinese schools should seek to produce students of high quality, rather than those who are good at taking exams but lack all-round abilities, Mr

More Hongkongers apply for Taiwan permits [ARTICLE]

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More Hongkongers apply for Taiwan permits HONGKONG The number of Hongkong people applying for permits to live and travel in Taiwan has risen sharply as the territory's return to China on July 1 draws closer, a local television station has reported. ATV quoted Mr Zheng An-guo, general manager of Taiwan's

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Cambodia not ready for Asean, says Sam Rainsy [ARTICLE]

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Cambodia not ready for Asean, says Sam Rainsy Lee Siew Hua By Ub Correspondent WASHINGTON It is too early for Cambodia to join Asean, the country's opposition leader Sam Rainsy has said. He was on a three-day visit to Washington to urge the Clinton administration and Congress to condemn violence

Battle of the baldies [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Battle of the baldies FIBREGLASS figures of two bald men butting heads in the traditional hua loan chon kan, or bald men's fight, on display at a museum in Nakhon Pathom near Bangkok. Researchers estimate that there are up to 12 million balding people in Thailand eight million of them

PNG hired mercenaries to guard ex-PM' [ARTICLE]

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PNG hired mercenaries to guard ex-PM' PORT MORESBY Mercenaries brought to Papua New Guinea (PNG) were to become a "palace guard" for former Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan, sacked PNG Defence Force commander Brigadier-General Jerry Singirok said yesterday. He alleged that they would have committed "war crimes" on the civil

No wife-beater but he bites instead [ARTICLE]

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No wife-beater but he bites instead MANILA A 29-year-old woman has fifed physical-injury charges in the Philippines against her husband who bites her all over the body when they fight, according to news reports yesterday. The reports said that Ms Susan Jose went to a police station in the financial

Thai plan for ground stations to link up with US satellites [ARTICLE]

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Thai plan for ground stations to link up with US satellites Sinfah Tunsarawuth Military proposal to be put to the Cabinet soon By in Bangkok THE Thai Defence Ministry has proposed building ground stations to be hooked up with US military satellites. The ministry's permanent secretary, General Yuthasak Sasiprapha, told

Suharto's daughter acknowledges Muslim links [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Suharto's daughter acknowledges Muslim links Rukmana gathering support for polls 3 JAKARTA Indonesian Presi- dent Suharto's eldest daughter has acknowledged a link with the head of the country's largest Muslim organisation, underscoring her powerful role in i the ruling Golkar party. The official Antara news agency quoted Ms Siti Hardiang^ti

Await my instructions for polls, Megawati tells supporters [ARTICLE]

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Await my instructions for polls, Megawati tells supporters Susan Sim By Indonesia Correspondent SOLO (Central Java) riirrOusted Indonesian Democratamic Party (PDI) leader Megawati Sukarnoputri yesterday told Jsa her supporters to wait for her »n for the May 29 general election, 10 days after c accusing rival parties of trying D

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DUO FREED [ARTICLE]

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DUO FREED :a government engineer and his driver had been freed by Muslim bandits in Lanao del Sur province in the southern Philippines after 28 days in captivity, local officials who negotiated their release said yesterday. The officials said no ransom was paid for the release late on Tuesday of

NEW TALKS [ARTICLE]

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NEW TALKS Representatives of thousands of poor Thai protesters held a new round of talks with the government yesterday, a day after blockading Cabinet ministers in their offices. About 30 representatives from the Assembly of the Poor, which has organised the almost three-month protest by about 10,000 people outside Government

PARCEL BOMB [ARTICLE]

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PARCEL BOMB An umbrella group representing Myanmar dissidents in Japan yesterday denied links to a parcel-bomb blast in Yangon that killed the daughter of a leading general. A statement issued by the Burma Joint Action Committee said statements by the Yangon authorities that dissidents in Japan were behind the attack

BLAST TOLL [ARTICLE]

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BLAST TOLL Seven Vietnamese minority students were killed and 33 more were injured when an American fragmentation bomb exploded inside a schoolyard, according to local news reports yesterday. The incident occurred at a boarding school for minority students near the Lao border in Ky Son District in north-central Nghe An

CLOSING IN [ARTICLE]

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CLOSING IN Cambodia's anti-drug police chief said yesterday that the authorities were closing in on a group of military and police officials involved in the drug trade. Speaking as he showed reporters more than 500 kg of marijuana from a recent seizure, Mr Heng Peo said that he and his

3 TREMORS [ARTICLE]

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3 TREMORS Three moderate earthquakes rocked parts of central and northern Philippines yesterday, but there were no reports of casualties or damage, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Mr Ric Mangao, a scientist at the Phivolcs seismology division, said the country had been registering an increased number

Indonesian Muslim leader questioned over riots [ARTICLE]

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Indonesian Muslim leader questioned over riots JAKARTA An Indonesian Muslim leader is expected to be charged in connection with recent riots in the central Java town of Pekalongan. The Antara news agency reported yesterday that Mr Afifudin Musytari was questioned for eight hours on Tuesday in Semarang, the capital of

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Fake-medicine ring also sold to Thailand and Indonesia [ARTICLE]

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Fake-medicine ring also sold to Thailand and Indonesia Ihe imitation products are sold usually in sundry shops and retail outlets, mostly in the rural areas, to avoid detection by the authorities or manufacturers of the genuine pharmaceutical products. WkIT MERTAJAM A syndicate Miling fake medicines that was busted He week

Prison museum to feature hangings [ARTICLE]

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Prison museum to feature hangings ■JANG Visitors to the Pu- Prison building which has Rn turned into a museum SB be able to watch a record- of the execution of wanted PKninals like the notorious ■hgster Botak Chin from ■Conducted tours will take torn to the various sections of building

BLIND FURY [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BLIND FURY Murder accused John Nyumbei, 31, lashing out at press photographers as he was led out of the courtroom in Kuching, Kwak, yesterday. The High Court adjourned until tomorrow when it will announce its verdict on the unemployed man charged with pitating Jong Liu Chin, 17, on March 16,

Woman knifed in failed car-jacking in KL [ARTICLE]

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Woman knifed in failed car-jacking in KL KUALA LUMPUR A woman waiting in a car was attacked by a man armed with a knife in a carjacking and abduction attempt outside Lot 10 shopping complex in busy Jalan Bukit Bintang on Sunday. The Malay Mail reported that the woman, who

Dirty loos: Blame it on ‘poor shots', says minister [ARTICLE]

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Dirty loos: Blame it on ‘poor shots', says minister KUALA LUMPUR Malaysians are generally "poor shots", which is one of the main reasons for the deplorable condition of public toilets, says Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Sabbaruddin Chik. The Star yesterday reported that the Parliament erupted in laughter when

10% of Al-Arqam ifollowers 'are still unrepentant' [ARTICLE]

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10% of Al-Arqam ifollowers 'are still unrepentant' Hard-core group won't obey teachings vBERUAS (Perak) Ali. Arqam, banned as a deviaftionist group, still has about 11,000 members who refuse to •follow true Islamic teachings, ■mi senior Islamic Development Department official has "About 10 per cent of lArqam's 10.000 former followBers are

Pupils stage demo to support sacked principal [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Pupils stage demo to support sacked principal Show of support... Students of the private school holding up placards on Tuesday, to demand Mr Mohan's reinstatement. Malay Mail picture. KUALA LUMPUR Upset over the dismissal of their principal, pupils of a private secondary school at Jalan Cheras. Kuala Lumpur, staged a

Military skills may be taught in schools [ARTICLE]

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Military skills may be taught in schools *We want to teach our youth discipline, love for the country, and the ability to follow orders.' Deputy Defence Minister Datuk M Dr Abdullah Fadzil Che Wan. yr KUALA LUMPUR Military skills and practices may be included in the secondary-school curriculum to inculcate

MALAYSIAFILE [ARTICLE]

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MALAYSIAFILE Govt can't ban sale of glue KUALA LUMPUR The sale of glue or other sniffing items could not be banned to check sniffing problems as it had a role in the country's economic growth, Deputy Home Minister Ong Ka Ting had said. He told the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday

CRASH AWARD [ARTICLE]

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CRASH AWARD welder, who was paralysed after an accident three years ago, was awarded M5450,000 (XXXXX,500) damages in a consent judgment in a sessions court in Kuala Terengganu on Tuesday. Mr Zuraili Ahmad, 30, of Pahang, said in his statement of claim that he broke his left thigh bone and

TOURIST SPOT [ARTICLE]

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TOURIST SPOT The Perak state government plans to develop a 280-ha site in Tapah, near the road leading to Cameron Highlands, as a tourist spot, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib has said. He said in Ipoh on Tuesday that the state government would also be developing 400 ha

TENAGA BLAST [ARTICLE]

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TENAGA BLAST :a man was killed and another injured when a switchgear at Tenaga Nasional Berhad's 33 KV main intake in Sungei Petani, Kedah, exploded when they were carrying out inspection work on Tuesday, The Star reported yesterday. The newspaper reported that Mr Balraj Singh, 29, an engineer, died from

SABAH SUED [ARTICLE]

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SABAH SUED :J timber company has filed a suit against the Sabahj government, claiming 5 more than Msl 13 million^ (Ss64 million) in damages and interest following ths state Forestry Department's move to seize 3,056 logs in Tawau^ on Jan 18. m The Star yesterday reported that Syarikat Raspand Sdn

HOTEL FIRE [ARTICLE]

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HOTEL FIRE FirtP razed part of the 18th floor of the 2 1 -storey Radisson Hotel in Shah Alam whtfft opened for business in oi February. Selangor Fire Services and Rescue Department director Wan Nor Ibrahim was at the scene directing fire-fighting operations m the hotel located adjacent to the

Want to join a bank? Pass a profile test first [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Want to join a bank? Pass a profile test first KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia plans to introduce psychological tests for all new employees of banks and finance companies to weed out potential crooks in a bid to curb commercial crime. The Sun yesterday quoted Finance Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Dr Shafie

Time to say ‘no' to SM Lee, PM Goh told [ARTICLE]

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Time to say ‘no' to SM Lee, PM Goh told KUALA LUMPUR Singapore Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his generation have been trying to tell young Singaporeans that Malaysia is a dangerous neighbour, said a letter writer in the latest issue of the weekly magazine Massa. The time has

Headmaster 'ordered schoolgirl to strip' [ARTICLE]

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Headmaster 'ordered schoolgirl to strip' a KUCHING-The Education Department has questioned a headmaster who is reported to have ordered a Primary 6 girl to remove her clothes in front of him. Sibu division Education Officer Chang Foh Soon said yesterday m that the department needed a few more days to

999 calls 'either engaged or go unanswered' [ARTICLE]

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999 calls 'either engaged or go unanswered' KUALA LUMPUR Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng has described as "frightening" news reports that emergency telephone numbers like 999 were engaged constantly or went unanswered. He pledged to take up the problem with the Energy, Telecommunications ana Posts Minister. The Health Ministry

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They are gone... [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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KTM to issue final warning today: [ARTICLE]

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KTM to issue final warning today: Jasbir Singh Move in 48 hours or else By ABOUT 160 illegal squatters who are still occupying Malayan Railway (KTM) land will be served with court orders today to move out within 48 hours. They also have to pull down all structures they have

Disruptions in phone services for 3rd time this week [ARTICLE]

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Disruptions in phone services for 3rd time this week TELEPHONE services in the Orchard Road area were disrupted yesterday for about half an hour, the third time in as many days. The interruptions were caused by unusual faults in two of the switches at the Orchard Exchange, said Singapore Telecom

Heavy vehicles park overnight on KTM land [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Heavy vehicles park overnight on KTM land EVERY night, heavy vehicles such as excavators, tower cranes and bulldozers roll into Malayan Railway (KTM) land for illegal overnight parking. Squatters also use the land to store construction material or set up motor workshops. Iron gates and heavy padlocks secure lots where

Police arrest suspect who robbed neighbour in Clementi flat [ARTICLE]

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Police arrest suspect who robbed neighbour in Clementi flat A MAN wearing a mask and armed with a parang, pushed his neighbour into her flat as she returned home from the market on Tuesday. He blindfolded her with a towel and masking tape, and tied up her legs and arms

Small-car COEs hit all-time high of $35,550 [ARTICLE]

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Small-car COEs hit all-time high of $35,550 May COE results COE price Up/down PQP* Small cars (I,ooocc and below) $35,550 +$5,952 $23,476 Medium cars and taxis (1,001ccto1,600cc) $53,887 +$7,061 $46,356 Big cars (1,601cc to 2,000cc) $63,500 +$3,450 $51,941 Luxury cars (2.001 cc and above) $61,700 -$400 $53,431 Motorcycles $$2,855 $401

You can now pitch tents here [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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You can now pitch tents here Tan Hsueh Yun NParks relaxes rules and allows overnight camping in five coastal parks By Most of us live in flats, so this is a chance to experience whatever little outdoor life we have in Singapore.' Mr S. Ganesan 30, a teacher. The National

Students' protest over varsity fee hikes fizzles out [ARTICLE]

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Students' protest over varsity fee hikes fizzles out Reasons: Apathy Exam-fever Fear JUST two days after it began, the students' black-ribbon protest against university fee hikes seems to have fizzled out. You had to look hard at the stream of students coming to and from the central library at the

Big drive to sell Pata Travel Mart overseas [ARTICLE]

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Big drive to sell Pata Travel Mart overseas Rav Dhaliwal By A MAJOR drive will begin this month to sell a trade fair in which travel agents get to see the best on offer from hotels, tour operators and airlines. Overseas missions will be part of the effort to promote

SCDF fleet gets new rescue vehicle [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SCDF fleet gets new rescue vehicle Melissa Heng By A NEW two-in-one rescue vehicle, with a crane to lift rubble, will be put into use if there are disasters such as the Hotel New World collapse in future. Tailor-made for Singapore, the million-dollar vehicle will join the Singapore Civil Defence

Developer sues couple for not making last payment [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Developer sues couple for not making last payment Lim Li Hsien House had leaks, cracks, so they held back $95,810 By A NEWLY-WED couple moved into their new three-storey corner terrace house in Seraya Road, Katong, only to discover before long that it was full of defects. They said the

Some defects caused by couple: Developer [ARTICLE]

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Some defects caused by couple: Developer LKN DEVELOPMENT said that it was not responsible for many of the defects, as they were not covered by the warranty in the building contract. These included hairline cracks in the plasterwork on the third floor. And it found no damage in the built-in

Serial condo burglar gets eight years'jail [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Serial condo burglar gets eight years' jail Stole cash and valuables totalling over $200,000 A SERIAL burglar who targeted only plush private properties and stole cash and valuables totalling over $200,000 from such homes was sentenced to a total of eight years' jail yesterday. Hawker's assistant Abdul Karim Mohamed, 37,

Punggol murder: Man charged [ARTICLE]

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Punggol murder: Man charged A MALAYSIAN fitter was charged in hospital yesterday with murdering his girlfriend at Punggol Park on Monday. No plea was taken from Pang Nee Kong, 36, who is accused of causing the death of Miss Lim Siew Shyan, 26, a clerk, at the junction of Punggol

Cholesterol drug cuts risk of heart attack among diabetics [ARTICLE]

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Cholesterol drug cuts risk of heart attack among diabetics Indrani Nadarajah By "Even though the study is a European one, the results are relevant to Singapore too, because they point us in the direction that we should take to manage diabetic patients with heart disease/ Prof William Chew. DIABETICS face

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SIA FLIGHT DIVERTED [ARTICLE]

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SI A FLIGHT DIVERTED Singapore Airlines tngnt from Pert* was diverted to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday because of heavy rain ham. The Civil Aviation Authority of v Singapore said the captain of fligM 5Q224 decided en route to fly on to Kuala Lumpur. It said the flight iM$ the only

COURSE LISTINGS [ARTICLE]

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COURSE LISTINGS Mortf° man auu courses avauaoie at community centres and sea-sports 0 clubs are listed in a new 80-page booklet put out by the People's c< Association. 4 j It is called Courses for Everyone and is available at community Bl centres and clubs, sea-sports clubs and public libraries.

LICENCES SUSPENDEDD [ARTICLE]

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LICENCES SUSPENDEDD Three stallholders have just had their licences suspended for two^ weeks by the Environment MinisW^; They are Asia Ghami at Block $49, Clementi Avenue 3, Bonnie Eating House at Sixth Avenue and Trishaw Coffee House at Newton Road. Thiy had accumulated at least 12 demerit points during a

SAF EXERCISES [ARTICLE]

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SAF EXERCISES The Singapore Armed Forces (SAD uP conducting military and live-firing exercises in various parts of «sp' Singapore and offshore islands. The exercises, which will end^n Saturday, are in LimChu Rang, r Hong Kah, Marsiling, Mandai, Sembawang, Tampines, Upper <w Jurong, Jalan Behar, Kranji, Seli!lar, Bedok Jetty and Tuas.

SPH scholar triumphs in content [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SPH scholar triumphs in content A PHOTOGRAPH taken by a Singapore Press Holdings scholar has beaten more than 5,000 entries from 17 countries, including Australia, India, Taiwan and Malaysia, in an AsiaPacific photo contest. Mr Ernest Goh's entry of an old woman gazing pensively into the camera, clinched the US$5OO

A daily struggle to survive [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A daily struggle to survive Karamjit Kaur Sisters who fought to keep their home By They live in a three-storey townhouse. but have no money for groceries or food "My heart really goes out to them. I travel quite a bit but I visit them when I can, buy food

S'pore ‘will share development experience' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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S'pore ‘will share development experience' Hau Boon Lai By SINGAPORE, re-affirming its cftmmitment to sharing its experience of development with oftier developing nations, will welcome more study groups from Eritrea in areas where the Republic has expertise in and which the East African country finds relevant. Prime Minister Goh Chok

Paralysed worker to get 'new legs' in two weeks [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Paralysed worker to get 'new legs' in two weeks PARALYSED Bangladeshi worker Mohamad Bashar, 24, will be getting a hip girdle and casts fitted to his legs in two weeks. He took measurements for his casts yesterday at the Raja Limb Centre in Joo Chiat Road, which specialises in making

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The Straits Times

SAF sets minds at rest [ARTICLE]

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SAF sets minds at rest BOTH the fact that all the safety procedures of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAT) were reviewed following two major accidents in a month, and that the review showed the procedures to be adequate, signal the importance it attaches to safety. This is, of course, as

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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f QUOTES "You do 100 good deeds and you will get credit for it. On the other hand, all you have to have is one bad deed and that makes the headline news and changes people's perceptions." US Defence Secretary William Cohen speaking to US soldiers in Japan. "He's been

This man is creating a stir in Pakistan [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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This man is creating a stir in Pakistan Nazir Kamal By Instead of seeking assistance from the International Monetary Fund (whose conditions are considered too restrictive), Mr Sharif has decided to attack the financial issue his way, by relying overwhelmingly on measures to generate higher economic growth. This he has

Military force cannot do the job in Albania [ARTICLE]

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Military force cannot do the job in Albania Frederick Bonnart By International Herald Tribune BRUSSELS The international force raised on Italy's initiative for Albania is due to get there next week. Although its purpose is limited to protecting and supervising the distribution of humanitarian aid, it is a risky undertaking

Big country, big problems [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Big country, big problems Felix Soh By Russia is struggling to overcome its political and economic adversities, says political commentator Georgi Arbatov 'Mr Yeltsin was wrongly persuaded that he didn't have to worry about the economy if he introduced economic reform and everything will be achieved by an invisible hand.'

Art, culture are better bridges among people than meetings [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Art, culture are better bridges among people than meetings Park Sang Seek B> LAST Friday, I attended the reception at the opening night of the 10th Singapore International Film Festival to meet people, and watched the movie Gabbeh to ap^eciate art. To my surprise, I failed to communicate with the

Virus of bogus warnings infects the Internet [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Virus of bogus warnings infects the Internet Amy E. Schwartz Si jp Washington Post B In the world of Internet hoaxes, bogus virus warnings form an entire subculture. Nearly everyone who has spent time online has occasionally been importuned by the supposed public service messages that plead with recipients to

Japanese immune to elderly patients' needs [ARTICLE]

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Japanese immune to elderly patients' needs The Nikkei Weekly MISTREATMENT of diabetes in older people can cause family members to suspect the onset of senility wrongly in a loved one, according to geriatric specialists. Usually the suspicion is based on an ageing person's failure to respond when spoken to. "There

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Many children not placed in safely seats in cars [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Many children not placed in safely seats in cars I READ with sadness the recent story of the infant that was killed after falling out of a moving car. Obviously, if the child had been secured in a properly fitted child car seat, she would be alive today. As a

Talking Point error will be corrected [LETTER]

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Talking Point error will be corrected I REFER to the letter "Founder of Congress Party was not Nehru" by Mr D. Kadhirvelou (ST, April 8). We thank him for pointing out the factual error in Talking Point's story on India, where the programme referred to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal

Report on herpes contains some inaccuracies [LETTER]

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Report on herpes contains some inaccuracies I REFER to the report "Dealing with herpes: Knowing the facts can help" (Life!, April 9). I wish to point out certain inaccuracies and add some comments. The two basic types of herpes simplex viral infection are labial herpes and genital herpes, and not

Threatened with court action over licence [LETTER]

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Threatened with court action over licence OUT of the blue, the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA) sent me a "Summons to an accused person" (Summons No. SBA XXXXX9/97 Subordinate Courts), threatening me with court action if I do not settle my car-radio licence payment within seven days. Such a high-handed and

Pager ad does not make sense [LETTER]

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Pager ad does not make sense I REFER to Ms Cecilia Ng's reply to Mr Peter Ho's comments on the Hutchison Paging advertisement (ST, April 5). Being a Generation X-type teenager looking for an alphanumeric pager to compliment my acid-burnt denims, I probably fit Ms Ng's "target group" perfectly. And

Why can't messages be sent? [LETTER]

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Why can't messages be sent? MY WIFE and I have mobile phones and subscribe to different service providers. These phones are fine when making normal calls, but when I try to send short messages, they do not work. It could be that these networks do not talk to each other.

Incorrect to say amended rules not announced [LETTER]

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Incorrect to say amended rules not announced I AM happy to learn that the Law Society members are not adverse to change ("Not fair to say lawyers resist change", ST April 8). It is, however, necessary to point out that it is incorrect to say that "The necessary amendments to

Covers for first-aid kits on buses break easily [LETTER]

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Covers for first-aid kits on buses break easily I REFER to Mr Derek Chia's letter "First-aid kit on bus not easy to reach" (ST, April 4). I agree with him that first-aid kits and fire extinguishers in buses must be easily accessible for use in an emergency. As part of

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SPORTS

Man U targets E.Asian market [ARTICLE]

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Man U targets E.Asian market LONDON Manchester United is to launch an all-out assault on the lucrative East Asian market, chief executive Martin Edwards announced on Tuesday. He was speaking to the London Daily Express as the European Cup semi-finalist unveiled record interim pre-tax profits of £19.5 million (Ss46 million).

SAAA sets four-gold target for Sea Games [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SAAA sets four-gold target for Sea Games ATHLETICS by Shirlynn Ho-Pereira SAAA'S vision 1997-2000 Year Targets 1997 Sea Games 4 golds. Asian Junior c'ships Finalists. 1998 Asian Games 2 bronzes. C'wealth Games 1 bronze. Asian track and field 1 silver, 1 bronze, c'ships 1999 Sea Games 5 golds. Asian Junior

Cavaliers in the running [ARTICLE]

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Cavaliers in the running NBA BASKETBALL NEW YORK Terrell Brandon had 25 points and 11 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers moved back into a tie for the final play-off berth in the Eastern Conference with a 93-73 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday. Danny Ferry and Chris Mills

Lions overcome wet and cold in Beirut [ARTICLE]

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Lions overcome wet and cold in Beirut RED CARDS I Anderson da Silva (Home United), G. Bala Subramaniam, Jason Ainsley (Jurong), R. Sasikumar (Geylang United), Nahar Daud (Tione Banru United), Jan Janostak, Rahim Ismail (Woodlands Wellington). YELLOW CARDS 1 Goran Paulic, A. Sivakumar, Dalis Supait Johari Husin, Abdul Wafi Othman

‘Botak’ has the last laugh as ITE Bishan lays claim to title [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Botak’ has the last laugh as ITE Bishan lays claim to title Santokh Singh By THE supporters called him "Botak" (bald) and "Bogay" (toothless), but Satria Mad responded brilliantly as ITE Bishan beat ITE Balestier 2-0 in the Schools South Zone A Division soccer final yesterday. The 19-year-old did not

T. Bahru loses as hot-shot Haris stopped [ARTICLE]

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T. Bahru loses as hot-shot Haris stopped RESERVE LEAGUE iw ysdt TIONG BAHRU United's hotshot Haris Sumri drew a bLwk and his side went down 1-2 to Balestier Central, despite leading 1-0, in the Tiger Beer Reserve League match at the %<& Payoh Stadium last night. Haris, 18, had netted

TABLE [ARTICLE]

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TABLE RESERVE LEAGUE P W D L F A Pts. Balestier 3 3 0 0 10 2 9 T. Bahru 4 2 1 1 12 7 7 Home 3 2 10 6 1 7 Woodlands 4 2 117 7 7 SAFFC 3 2 0 17 2 6 Sembawang 4 2

Clubs use two-week break to remedy weaknesses [ARTICLE]

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Clubs use two- week break to remedy weaknesses By Joe Dorai THE two-week break in the SLeague, following the national squad's pre-World Cup soccer commitment in Lebanon, could not have come at a better time for several teams. Woodlands Wellington coach Dean Wheatley has used the breather to sharpen the

SAFFC aims to be fairest of them all [ARTICLE]

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SAFFC aims to be fairest of them all S-LEAGUE leader Singapore Armed Forces FC is once again leading the race to be the fairest team around. The Jurong-based club has averaged 8.58 points for its first three matches in the race for the $10,000 award. The award is based on

Europeans are better masters of bump-and-run Augusta [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Europeans are better masters of bump-and-run Augusta PAST WINNERS Last 20 years (US, unless stated): 1996 Nick Faldo (Eng). 1995 Ben Crenshaw. 1994 Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spn). 1993 Bernhard Langer (Ger). 1992 Fred Couples. 1991 lan Woosnam (Wales). 1990 Nick Faldo (Eng). 1989 Nick Faldo (Eng). 1988 Sandy Lyle (Scot). 1987

Tyson hurt, so fight postponed [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tyson hurt, so fight postponed BOXING K ,LAS VEGAS The world "> heavyweight rematch bew IM tween Evander Holyfield o^and Mike Tyson, scheduled ""for May 3, has been postponed because Tyson suf- fered a cut in sparring, the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission said on Tuesday. It took

Woods shoots 'disappointing' 59 [ARTICLE]

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Woods shoots 'disappointing' 59 AUGUSTA Most golfers would consider a round of 59 one of the great achievements of their lives. Tiger Woods dubbed it "a disappointment". "To be honest I had irons on two par-fives and walked away with par. Any time you do that it's disappointing," he said.

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OBITUARIES

850 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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850 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths CHIA HUNG CHIANG Age 82 years I Passed away peacefully on Bth April, 1997 at I I 9.30am leaving behind loved ones. Wives (GOH CHIN NOI, deceased) (LIM KIM NOI, deceased) I Sons: Daughters-ln-Law: I Chia Swee Hock Elsie Oh I Chia Swee Hee

852 Acknowledgements 852 Acknowledgements [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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852 Acknowledgements 852 Acknowledgements Igil H-iD.IIM-iM IL Ja*Å^«^^ SEE CHIN HOCK t father of See Cheng soon, Michael: passed away peacefully on 5-4-97 Wishes to express their heartfelt thanks appreciation to all relatives, friends, colleagues, business associates neighbours for their kind assistance, attendances, condolences, prayers, H donations, scrolls wreaths during

850 Deaths 850 Deaths [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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850 Deaths 850 Deaths QUEK BOON CHOO AGE: 72 passed away peacefully on 9/4/97. (Huabcmdi Sim Ceok Leone, deceased) SoiMI Daught*r»'tn-lawi Sim Sz* Klang, Richard Aw Sing Choon, Florence (Sim Chee Kim. Robin, deceased) Yew Kok Wan. Catherine Sim Chee Khoon, Jimmy Lee Guat Hua, Lillian Sim Chee Hean, Sam,

854 Condolences 854 Condolences [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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854 Condolences 854 Condolences 7M Vufitit &*<UU«wito I MR. HENRY CHI A SWEE MENG I of Far Eastern Insurance Agency Transco Credit Pte Ltd Transco Enterprises and the Group off Companies j on the demise of his beloved father j CHIA HUNG CHIANG I Far Eastern Insurance Agency I Transco

856 In Memoriam 856 In Memoriam [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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856 In Memoriam 856 In Memoriam in Loving Memory Time changes many things, But not the memory this day brings. Sadly missed but always remembered by Husband G. Haridasan Son Gehe I GEETHAMBIKA HARIDASAN I Departed 10/4/96 I

858 Requiems [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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858 Requiems With Fond Memories Of JOSEPH KOLANDAI Departed: 10 April 1996 Dearest Father, you toiled all those years for us, And then you had to go To eternal peaceful rest Promised to the just and honest. Sadly mi«»ed by: Wife, Children, Grandchildren and lowed ones. Mat* will be held

856 In Memoriam 856 In Memoriam [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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856 In Memoriam 856 In Memoriam With Fond Memories Of ONG SIEW LIAN Departed: 10th April 1992 The depths of sorrow we cannot tell, Of the loss of one we love so well, And while she sleeps a peaceful sleep, Her memory we shall always keep. Always remembered by Lim

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SPORTS/RACING

Jadeja denied maiden century in draw [ARTICLE]

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Jadeja denied maiden century in draw TEST CRICKET 9*F JOHN/S (Antigua) IndU's opening batsman Ajay Ja deja came within a whisker of his maiden Test century as the Føurth Test between the West Indies and India ended in a predictable draw on Tuesday. «His eagerness got the betteT of him

Ganz fires Inter closer to final [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ganz fires Inter closer to final Uefa Cup soccer semi-finals, Ist leg: Inter Milan 3 Monaco 1 Tenerife 1 Schalke 0 Striker nets two, sets up another in Italian side's victory over Monaco MILAN Inter Milan staked its claim for a place m the Uefa Cup soccer final on Tuesday

History provides good omen for Reds' Cup bid [ARTICLE]

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History provides good omen for Reds' Cup bid European Cup-Winners' Cup PARIS Liverpool visits holder Paris Saint-Germain m the European Cup-Winners' Cup semi-finals today with happy memories of facing a French side at this stage of a European soccer competition. For it was against St Etienne m the European Cup

SPORT IN SHORT

Ravanelli puts op on hold [ARTICLE]

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Ravanelli puts op on hold ITALIAN soccer striker Fabrilj zio Ravanelli has put back an Achilles tendon operation until I after the English season s<£". that he can help Middles* brough in pursuit of its Cuq^ t double and Premiership sur^« Ravanelli, who scored his^ 27th goal of the season

Bangladesh in 72-run win [ARTICLE]

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Bangladesh in 72-run win BANGLADESH beat Scotland^ by 72 runs in a rain-affecte<JjP second semi-final of the Inter*; f national Cricket Council Tro^j phy after play resumed in KuaSj la Lumpur yesterday. Brief scores: Bangladesh* 243-7 in 50 overs on Tuesday*] Scotland 171 all out in 44.31 overs (G. Williamson

Graf in the clear [ARTICLE]

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Graf in the clear GERMANY'S former women' Jj tennis world No. 1 Steffi GrsU has received a rare bit of gooff" news. The Women's Tennis Asstk*-^ ciation has decided not to take action against her over allegations that she received illegal appearance money at WTA tournaments.

Sick Seles pulls out [ARTICLE]

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Sick Seles pulls out THIRD seed Monica Seles, a fi- nalist at the Hilton Head tournament last weekend, pulled out of the Women's Tennis Association event at Amelia Island, Florida, on Tuesday suffering from bronchitis. The former world No. 1 had been due to face fellow-Ameriii can Jennifer Capriati in

THE WHIP HAND/

Who's calling what? [ARTICLE]

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Who's calling what? COMMENTATOR Alen Noordin, who has been receiving the stick from The Whip recently for his inaccurate racecalling, was spared the blushes last weekend. But not his senior colleagues Chris Lee and Walter Vijay. Many Bukit Timah racegoers were heard complaining about the duo's calling of Races 3

‘Crime of envy' [ARTICLE]

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‘Crime of envy' 1 IT MUST have been a case of jealousy for leading trainer Malcolm Thwaites* newcomer Beyond My Belief in the last race at Kuala Lumpur last Sunday. Soon after it was announced that stablemate Lanntara had also come in for strong support, the highly-touted fa- < vourite

‘Heavy' mistake [ARTICLE]

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‘Heavy' mistake i THE Selangor Turf Club's staff who flashed the riders' claim and overweight must have been sleeping last Sunjday. They had jockey Suhaimi Salleh as riding 2.5kg over on Middle East II in Race 4. This aroused the scribes in the 1 press box at Bukit Timah. This

Brickbats again [ARTICLE]

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Brickbats again I ONLY last week, The Whip mentioned that the Selangor Turf Club camera crew had zeroed in on the second horse rather than the winner going to the post, catching some a punters by surprise. J They were at it again last weekend. For example, runaway winner Sophisticated

Royal Star gives trainer Ang 10 rousing reasons to smile [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Royal Star gives trainer Ang 10 rousing reasons to smile Danny Khoo RACING By TEN is perfection to most. But for trainer Bernard Ang, it represents pure satisfaction. "I am not hoping for win No. 11 from Royal Star," said the delighted Bukit Timah trainer yesterday. "He's done enough to

FOCUS ON NEWCOMERS [ARTICLE]

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FOCUS ON NEWCOMERS IPOH-BASED trainer Boyle Chua's Mutual Co-Operation is the pick of two Class 2 newcomers entered for the Singapore Turf Club April Meeting starting on Saturday. Racing as Stride back home, the three-year-old bay English-bred filly by Batshoof out of The Strid, raced 11 times at two for

TAN THEAN LOON'S GUIDE TO YESTERDAY'S BUKIT TIMAH TRACKWORK [ARTICLE]

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TAN THEAN LOON'S GUIDE TO YESTERDAY'S BUKIT TIMAH TRACKWORK TRAINER Michael Kent's horses, including Tiger Beer Triple Challenge winner Southerly Wind, were the star performers at Bukit Timah yesterday. Southerly Wind, the likely favourite for Sunday week's second leg of the three-race Tiger Beer series, did a smart barrier trial.

Prebble to ride here [ARTICLE]

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Prebble to ride here RISING Melbourne star Brett I Prebble will join Macau's Lao Weng Hong as guest riders at the Singapore Turf Club April Meeting, which starts on Saturday. The STC approved Australian trainer Michael Kent's ap- J plication for the 19-year-old rider yesterday. The three-time top appren tice

MONEY 7

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TOKYO [ARTICLE]

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BANK RATES [ARTICLE]

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BANK RATES BUSINESS LOANS Local Enterprise Finance Scheme (LEFS) 2 and Local Enterprise Finance Overseas Scheme (LEFSO) y r loans are available from 30 banks and finance houses. k>' Export Factoring 1 year 3' i H Domestic Factoring 1 year 6u* 1 Equipment and Factory loans up to 4 years

OVERSEAS MARKETS ROUND-UP

HK shares rise in line with Dow's gains [ARTICLE]

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HK shares rise in line with Dow's gains HONGKONG share prices rose 0.2 per cent yesterday on late selective buying following a stronger US market, dealers said. The key Hang Seng Index gained 28.11 points to finish at 12,426.68 its fourth consecutive session of gains. The value of turnover amounted

OVERSEAS INDICES [ARTICLE]

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OVERSEAS INDICES Apr 9 Change KL Composite 1163.85 +1.60 Hang Seng XXXXX.68 +28.11 Nikket Average XXXXX.37 -318.33 Australian All-Ord 2389.20 +20.30 Dow Jones (Tue) 6609.16 +53.25 FTSEIOO(Tue) 4269.30 -2.40 Jakarta Composite Closed Thailand SET 712.63 —2.73

KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian stocks were mixed as property shares declined and bank shares rose, after the central bank announced exemptions to its lending curbs. Yesterday, the central bank, Bank Negara, said loans for the purchase of property that will be occupied by owners will be exempt from its new iending

TOKYO [ARTICLE]

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TOKYO Japanese share Pies ciosed 1.8 per cent lower terday, with the Nikkei :k average pressured by fu-;s-led declines and contin- ued selling of leading bank and construction stocks, brokers said. The Nikkei fell 318.33 points to finish the session at 17,703.37, while the broader Topix Index of all shares

SYDNEY [ARTICLE]

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SYDNEY Australian shares surged 0.9 per cent higher yesterday after the release of a government report on the financial sector generated strong interest in bank and insurance stocks, brokers said. The Australian Stock Exchange's key indicator, the AllOrdinaries Index, closed 20.3 points higher at 2,389.2 points after reaching an intra-day

NEW YORK [ARTICLE]

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NEW YORK Blue-chip stock prices on Wall Street rose above 6,600 points on Tuesday, with 30 points of the 53 point gain coming thanks to one large computerised purchasing program. The Dow Jones Average of 30 blue chips closed up 53.25 points to 6,609.16. Some 451 million shares changed hands

LONDON [ARTICLE]

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LONDON Share prices ended the session virtually unchanged on Tuesday after an early Wall Street-inspired 8.2--point gain and a midafternoon 12.1-point fall after the DJIA opened lower, dealers said. The FTSE 100 index was 2.4 points down at 4,269.3. AFX Asia

BANGKOK [ARTICLE]

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BANGKOK Thai shares prices fell 0.4 per cent yesterday as profit-taking overcame bar-gain-hunting, but investors shrugged off the expected downgrading of bonds issued by Thai financial institutions. The broad-based Stock Exchange of Thailand Index dropped 2.73 points to finish at Ii.&MO JJUIIIIb. AFP

JAKARTA [ARTICLE]

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JAKARTA The Jakarta Stock Exchange was closed yesterday for a holiday. The market will reopen today. AFP

GOLD PRICES [ARTICLE]

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GOLD PRICES SINGAPORE Physical (SS) Tue Wed Kilobar XXXXX-XXXXX.06 XXXXX-XXXXX.08 100 gm 1613-1690.23 1617-1694.35 50 cm 808-849.75 810-851.81 20 gm 322-346.08 323-346.08 5 gm 81-93.73 81-93.73 1 gm 16-25.75 16-25.75 Bullion coins (SS/oz) S'pore bullion coin 515—521 516—522 Canadian maple leaf 515—521 516—522 Australian nugget 515-538.69 517-540.75 ÜBS gold Kinebar™

ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS [ARTICLE]

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ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS Contract date: April 9 1997 unit ONE 3 6 9 12 rAII VALUE UWT MTH MTH MTH MTH MTH CALL DATE USS s'/,, 5V, 6 s'h 5'/ 16 5V, 6 4y„ 11/4/97 A$ 5'.. s'. 5W svi s>» 4', 11/4/97 NZ 6»/,c 7 7y,„ 7', 7'/, 6

TIN [ARTICLE]

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TIN Closing prices (Ms/kilo) KLTin $14.21 (+0.03) Turnover 104(+ 24)

KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR Transaction Date: April 9 19^7 I Adjusted for new issues; Par value M$ 1 unless otherwise specified; P/E ratios are not adjusted for currency differences. IW7 Last Vol Net High Low Company Sale (000) P/E INDUSTRIALS Consumer Products 790 850 Ajlnomoto 680 unch 7 519 448 322 Angkasa

CURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY COUNTER RATES Singapore dollars to one unit of foreign currency Buying OD Selling US dollar 1.4309 1.4473 Sterling pound 2.3086 2.3645 Australian dollar 1.1034 1.1381 Canadian dollar 1.0228 1.0461 NZ dollar 0.9736 1.0073 EC unit 1.6596 Singapore dollars to 100 units of foreign currency Austrian schilling 11.6594 12.1821 Belgian

SICOM FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SICOM FUTURES April 9 1997 Rubber Futures (Closing prices) RSS I Contract Tonnes (S cents/kg) Month High Low Sett Vol Open Int May 97 166.50 166.25 166.00 500 625 Jun 167.25 1000 Jul 169.00 2170 Aug 169.50 1870 Sep 170.25 1870 RSS 3 Contract (UScentsAg) May 97 116.25 115.75 115.75

CRUDE & PRODUCT PRICES [ARTICLE]

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CRUDE PRODUCT PRICES CRUDE/PRODUCT MONTH* CHANGE PRICE (US$) BBL BRENT BLEND May +0.17-0.17 18.00-18.05 WEST TEXAS Interm May +0.21-0.21 19.44-19.48 S DUBAI FATEH May +0.15-0.15 16.32 16.37 I TAPIS BLEND May 0.00 20.95 21 .05 MINAS May 0.00 17.90—18.00 11 NAPHTHA (CIF Jap) +0.50-0.50 211.00-213.00 NAPHTHA +0.30-0.30 22.40-22.60 j— "CST-180

PALM OIL [ARTICLE]

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PALM OIL Crude palm oil (Ms/tonne) I Apr 1290.00 (south) Refined palm oil (USS/tonne) 01 «BO Palm Oil "Ufcr 542.50 (seller) IVJay 540.00 (seller) RBDOIein Apr 580.00 (seller) j May 577.50 (seller) RBO Stearin Apr 437.50 (seller)

SIMEX FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SIMEX FUTURES April 9 1997 Brent Crude Open High Low Sett Est Vol May 97 18.02 18.07 18.02 18.07 173 Jun 18.21 18.25 18.21 18.24 8 Jul 18.38 0 Aug 18.49 0 Act Vol (Tue): 141. Open Int (Tue): 58. Spot US Dollar/Japanese Yen Open High Low Sett Est Vol

SILVER [ARTICLE]

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SILVER Ctot ing price* (USS/troy oz) Tue Wed Singapore 4.830—4.840 4.800-4.810 Mon Tue New York 4.790-4.800 4.785-4.795 Source: Rothschild

CLOB INTERNATIONAL [ARTICLE]

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CLOB INTERNATIONAL MALAYSIAN STOCKS (in Ss) Gr's 1997 Curr Last Vol Day Div Net M Cap High Low Company Traded Sale +or- '000 High Low P/E $mil 478 370 m f AISBSOC 380 -2 39 392 380 SO 77 6 389 8 137 94 m a AMDBSOC 101 -2 861

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INDICES [ARTICLE]

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INDICES April 9 Change ST Industrials 2103.20 -1.51 ST Finance 4197.33 -4.00 ST Hotels 2130.79 +4.85 ST Properties 1958.49 -1.72 8T Composite 2195.88 -6.82 BT-MQA 1028.47 -5.15 BT— SRI 1003.00 -1.40 BT 08/OS -305 -85 BT CADI -XXXXX -22 BT OBV +XXXXX961 -XXXXX DBS CPF Index 591.72 —1.35 OCBC 1651.37

SCOREBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SCOREBOARD MAIN CLOB Up On Unen Up Dn Unen Industrial 47 52 44 8 23 13 Finance 10 10 10 3 5 0 Hotels 6 2 4 12 0 Properties 5 3 7 4 12 3 Plantations 0 0 0 2 5 1 Mining 0 0 0 0 2 0

TOP ACTIVES [ARTICLE]

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TOP ACTIVES Berjayalnd 12,339,000 Westmont Land 6,177,000 MBfHldgssoc 4,817,000 SerialSyslOc 4,497,000 KL Industries 4,358,000 JSH US$O.O5 500 4,086,000 MBFLandßhd 3,704,000 AmsteelWt 3,154,000 Promet 3,097,000 PJDevWt 3,058,000

TURNOVER (READY) [ARTICLE]

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TURNOVER (READY) Total Market Wed Tiw Industrials 61.308m 55.226m Finance 14.571m 13.953m Hotels 2.750m 3.352m Properties 23.%1m 21.318m LoansStocks 29.660m 30.208m Plantations 6.737m 2.472m Mining 864,000 519,000 Totalvdume 139.851m 127.048m Total value in S$ 322.595m 310.927m Sesdaq volume 13.387m 10.027m Nasdaqvdume Nil Nil

SES MAINBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SES MAINBOARD 1W7 Curr Last Vol Day Grs Net MCapWtAvg Htgh Low Company Ti»d«d Sal* +or- 000 High Low Wv% P/E Irnll Prte» ASCNT$XXXXX US flS XXXXX iS 8S V. «1 166 162 SON 120* 2&S I 340 254 mt /ton. 80c 255 cd unch 316 261 285 27.8 10.4

Share prices dip slightly amid mild profit-taking [ARTICLE]

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Share prices dip slightly amid mild profit-taking SIM WAI CHEW MARKET REPORT SHARE prices closed slightly lower yesterday after moderate trade with some light profit-taking, dealers said. The benchmark Straits Times Industrials Index pulled back 1.51 points to 2,103.2 after two days of gains. The dip was led by component

BONDS, LOANS & WARRANTS [ARTICLE]

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BONDS, LOANS WARRANTS AM share* quoted have a par value of $1 unit** otherwise specified, bi trading In thl* stock Is re«trict«d to buying-ln market only. Adjusted for *cri{VrighU. N Tax-ex«mp«*d dividend. P/E ratio* rtflwrt th« la«t annual consolidated result*. P/E reooe and Gr'» YTd of foreign share* art adjusted

UNIT TRUSTS [ARTICLE]

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UNIT TRUSTS Mgrs' Prices, Apr 10 MrtnntFundMgra AbtrustS'poreGrFd 0.996-1.048" American Ml Astir AIA Unit Linked Fund 1.045-1.100* AXAUf* FortressFund 1.005+ Citicorp kwt Bank C* Global Bond Fd 1.034-1.044" Citi Asia Infrastructure Fd 1.13—1.18" CrtdH Ly ono.it Ml AM*t Mit CLAsia-PacGrFund 0.960—1.010" CLS'poreGrFund 1.005—1.060" CL Reg China Fund 1.240-1.305" CLReglndiaFund 0.700-0.735"

SESDAQ [ARTICLE]

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SESDAQ 1007 Curr Ust Vol Day Qr's Nat MCapWtAvg High Low Company Tradad Sala +or- 000 High Low Dlv% P/E $mll Prlca 186 128 eABRHIdgeSc 129 cd -1 30 130 128 3.0 184.3 57.4 133 202 144 e AS Auto 10c 190 unch 94 190 169 197.2 188 117 81

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Australia unveils key financial reforms [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Australia unveils key financial reforms Govt relaxes regulations governing bank mergers and foreign takeovers CANBERRA Australian Treasurer Peter Costello yesterday announced the biggest financial reforms the country has seen since 1983, loosening restrictions on bank and life office mergers as well as foreign takeovers of banks. But he stopped short

Retail spending leading economic rebound: NZ bank warns [ARTICLE]

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Retail spending leading economic rebound: NZ bank warns WELLINGTON New Zealand's economy is set to rebound, although the recovery will be "unhappy" because it will be led by higher retail and services spending rather than firgher investment and export growth, the National Bank of New Zealand said. n "The bank's

Motorola on road to ‘Very gradual recovery' [ARTICLE]

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Motorola on road to ‘Very gradual recovery' CHICAGO Technology giant Motorola Inc has begun its recovery after battling with stiff competition in its key semiconductor and cellular phone businesses but analysts cautioned on Tuesday that a rebound will be gradual. "I think we're at the beginning of a new cycle

London exchange gears up for paperless trade [ARTICLE]

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London exchange gears up for paperless trade Neville Stack B Y in London PAPER will be a thing of the past on the London Stock Exchange after this week. The last batch of paperbased transactions in 2,200 securities of the Financial Times-Stock Exchange Index have been "dematerialised" turned into electronic

US regulators need more time to overhaul phone subsidies [ARTICLE]

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US regulators need more time to overhaul phone subsidies WASHINGTON Regulators want more time to overhaul the vast web of subsidies that keeps phone service affordable, creating a new obstacle in their efforts to spawn new competition and lower prices in the telephone business. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and

Ericsson unit outpaces Brazil's booming bourse [ARTICLE]

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Ericsson unit outpaces Brazil's booming bourse SAO PAULO If you are investing in Brazil, there is only one thing more attractive than the red-hot stocks of state-con-trolled phone companies: the company that makes the equipment phone companies use. Ericsson Telecomunicacoes, the Brazilian affiliate of Sweden's L.M. Ericsson, is the biggest

MONEY WORLD

FOOD GIANT'S POWER PLANTS [ARTICLE]

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FOOD GIANT'S POWER PLANTS Taiwanese food giant President Enterprises Group plans to establish power plants in the Philippines and Vietnam after giving up a US$lOO million (XXXXX.9 million) power project in China, reports said yesterday. The United Daily News said the group decided to shift to the two South-east Asian

CHIP FIRM'S SALES SLIP [ARTICLE]

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CHIP FIRM'S SALES SLIP Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM), the world's largest computer chip foundry company, said sales fell 26.4 per cent in March from a year ago. Sales dropped to NT$2.B billion (XXXXX.3 million) from NT$3.B billion. Sales in the three months to March also fell 26.3 per cent to

CHINESE INSURANCE RULES [ARTICLE]

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CHINESE INSURANCE RULES China's central bank has pledged further measures to regulate the country's booming insurance sector and prevent financial risks, a report said yesterday. During its first ever national conference on insurance supervision, the People's Bank of China said it would speed up the pace of insurance legislation and

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Moody's downgrades long-term debt rating, upsetting Thailand [ARTICLE]

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Moody's downgrades long-term debt rating, upsetting Thailand Agency 'should take into account measures put in place by govt' BANGKOK Thailand yesterday took issue with Moody's Investors Service's downgrade of the country's long-term debt rating but expressed confidence the economic outlook would improve with measures taken to combat problems. Although the

Seoul ‘in jet deal with European consortium' [ARTICLE]

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Seoul ‘in jet deal with European consortium' SEOUL South Korea is to sign an agreement with the European aircraft consortium AIR Aero International (Regional) this week to build mid-sized passenger jets jointly, a newspaper report said yesterday. The head of AIR, Mr Partric Gavin, will fly into Seoul today to

UNITED WE STAND [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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UNITED WE STAND President Fidel Ramos (centre) joined by Mr Charles Adams (to the left of Gen Ramos), president of United Parcel Service in the Asia-Pacific, and other officials and crew giving the thumbs-up at the inaugural flight of the launch of regular UPS air services in the Philippines on

Seoul may rope in top businesses to run banks [ARTICLE]

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Seoul may rope in top businesses to run banks 'Banks have grave problems because they don't have any owners/ Mr Kim Jang Hee, an economist SEOUL South Korea may let leading industrial groups help run commercial banks, defying criticism that this will give the nation's biggest companies too much control

BOJ stands by easy credit amid growing optimism [ARTICLE]

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BOJ stands by easy credit amid growing optimism TOKYO Growing expressions of optimism among politicians and bureaucrats about Japan's economic health have not convinced Bank of Japan (BOJ) that the time has come to raise interest rates, senior money traders say. "No matter what other policymakers say, the BOJ's judgment

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Vickers, Inc sets up $10m Asian operations centre [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Vickers, Inc sets up $10m Asian operations centre Patrick Tan Py INDUSTRIAL valves, pumps and control systems maker Vickers, Inc has set up a Sslo million Asian operations centre in Singapore and plans to increase sales in Asia Pacific to US$5OO million (XXXXX million) within five years, up from •bout

Aidec to focus on India and China [ARTICLE]

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Aidec to focus on India and China ASIAN Infrastructure Development Co will concentrate much of its future financing efforts in India and China, due to "huge" infrastructure needs of the two countries. closely held company, known as Aidec, invests in infrastructure projects in Asia, and is currently involved in several

Shelford site sale fixed for Monday [ARTICLE]

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Shelford site sale fixed for Monday THE latest collective sale of freehold property in Shelford Road, Bukit Timah, will be launched next Monday. Comprising three bungalows with a combined land area estimated at 44,533 sq ft, the freehold site located at 12A, 14, 14A Shelford Road, will be sold by

US-based bond investor to pursue own path in Asia [ARTICLE]

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US-based bond investor to pursue own path in Asia US-BASED Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco) will continue to pursue investment opportunities in the region on its own despite taking a 49 per cent stake in local-ly-based Pacific Asset Management (PAM), says a senior Pimco official. PAM and Pimco's representative office

South African bank offers property financing for Asians [ARTICLE]

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South African bank offers property financing for Asians THE Amalgamated Banks of South Africa (Absa) branch in Singapore has launched property financing for Asian investors looking to purchase South African property. The financing will be available in US and Singapore dollars to qualifying non-South African resident buyers against mortgages of

IN SHORT

BANKS MARKET NOT READY [ARTICLE]

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BANKS MARKET NOT READY Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Sen Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday ruled out an early opening of his country 's financial market to foreign banks. "The need for Malaysia is to go slow on that because wc fear that some of the big banks in Japan, Eu

S'PORE AT FURNITURE FAIR [ARTICLE]

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S'PORE AT FURNITURE FAIR A group of Singapore furniture manufacturers are participating in an international furniture fair, the 36th Salone Internazionale del Mobile '97, in Milan, led by the Singapore) Furniture Industries Council. The fair, which started yesterday at the Milan Trade Fair I Centre, will end on Monday. The

TARTARSTAN REACHES OUT [ARTICLE]

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TARTARSTAN REACHES OUT Tartarstan, a former Soviet republic, is keen for Malaysia to participate in its economic reconstruction, particularly in the development of high-technology industries. First Prime Minister Ravil Muratov said yesterday that developing high technologies was vital in view of the coun try 's abundant natural resources, such as

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