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The Straits Times Estd. 1845 TUESDAY, JULY 15, 1997 60 CENTS MITA (P) 027/12/96

Three get award for acts of courage [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Three get award for acts of courage THREE Singapore Armed Forces servicemen yesterday received a new State award for the courage they showed during an accident m New Zealand on March 9 m which two soldiers died and 12 others were injured. They were Lieutenant-Colo-nel Toh Boh Kwee, 31, commanding

Second senior royalist official killed [ARTICLE]

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Second senior royalist official killed KOMPONG THOM Mr Hun Sen yesterday confirmed the killing of a senior intelligence officer, the second official loyal to First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh to be killed since the prince's ouster. Second Prime Minister Hun Sen said Mr Chao Sambath was killed during fighting,

Cambodia may drop Asean membership bid [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Cambodia may drop Asean membership bid We consider if we go to Asean or if we stop. I want to stop if Asean continues to interfere m our internal affairs/ KOMPONG THOM (Cambodia) Cambodia's Second Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday that Phnom Penh might withdraw its application to join

Hashimoto rapped over air mission to Thailand [ARTICLE]

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Hashimoto rapped over air mission to Thailand Kwan Wong Kin By Japan Correspondent TOKYO The despatch of three Japanese military transport planes to Thailand by Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto where they are on standby for the possible evacuation of Japanese nationals from Cambodia has been criticised by one of his

Nurse scared to death by 'corpse' [ARTICLE]

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Nurse scared to death by 'corpse' CAIRO A nurse died of fright after opening a morgue m Egypt and discovering a "corpse" chanting prayers from the Quran. The man who came back from the dead, Mr Abdel Sattar Abdel Sallam Badawi, had been declared deceased by a doctor m the

S'porean paralysed after accident near Melbourne [ARTICLE]

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S'porean paralysed after accident near Melbourne Jasbir Singh By A SINGAPORE student has been left paralysed from the waist down after a highway accident m Australia. Mr Eric Ting, 25, an undergraduate at a university m Queensland, was driving a rented van at the time. He had four passengers with

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NEWS FOCUS

Neighbourhood police centres to be set up soon [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Neighbourhood police centres to be set up soon Each will manage one to four NPPs Faster response, better service promised RESIDENTS will be served by three new Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs) that will be added from later this year to the existing police posts. This will help beef up police

Republicans intensify security focus on Beijing [ARTICLE]

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Republicans intensify security focus on Beijing Only the Soviet Union, at the height of the Cold War, was singled outforsucha special report to Congress. WASHINGTON House Republicans are trying to get the country's national security apparatus to focus more attention on Beijing's intelligence and military operations. The House last week

SBS identifies 40 danger spots and gives tips to its drivers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SBS identifies 40 danger spots and gives tips to its drivers Kara m jit Kaur By NOT SAFE TO PARK Where illegal parking poses a problem for bus drivers: New Upper Changi Road outside Bedok MRT station towards Tampines Bedok Road (both directions) Tampines Aye 9 (both directions) Loyang Lane

Stanford graduate is 16th Rhodes Scholar [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Stanford graduate is 16th Rhodes Scholar BOUND FOR OXFORD By Raoul Le Blond A SINGAPOREAN who graduated from California's Stanford University has been chosen to be the Republic's 16th Rhodes Scholar. She is Miss Patricia Tan Shu Ming, 23, the daughter of Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Tony Tan.

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WORLD

21 in Algeria killed in blast blamed on militants [ARTICLE]

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21 in Algeria killed in blast blamed on militants PARIS A bomb blast ripped through an Algiers market crowded with women shoppers and children yesterday, Killing 21 people and wounding about 40, Algerian state-run radio said. The explosion, blamed by the security forces on Muslim militants, followed a bloody weekend

Sparks fly over blast tragedy [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sparks fly over blast tragedy If this piece of debris could gash this man's car, just think what it could do to flesh. Flying shards from the demolition of a Canberra hospital killed a girl and injured several others. Aussie chief minister and union point fingers at each other CANBERRA

Cairo to West: Don't give Islam a bad name [ARTICLE]

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Cairo to West: Don't give Islam a bad name President expresses concern over negative image and calls for more dialogue between religions CAIRO Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, saying Islam was seen as the West's main enemy m the post-Soviet era, has urged the Western world to change its negative image

Egyptian militants vow to fight on [ARTICLE]

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Egyptian militants vow to fight on CAIRO The main Muslim militant group m Egypt has said that it will ignore a call by its imprisoned leaders to stop its military campaign against the government. "We confirm that we will continue our fight," said a statement signed by the Gama'a al-Islamiya

Strike No 2 looming at British Airways [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Strike No 2 looming at British Airways BA's summer of discontent Unionists threaten another three-day strike this week. They want BA to lift suspension of about 100 employees. BA also faces a possible strike by ground staff. Flight problems worsened yesterday: Only 200 out of 2,000 cabin crew who called

Oh Diana, Queen of Gaffes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Oh Diana, Queen of Gaffes Her holiday with Harrods boss riles Parliament LONDON Britain's gaffeprone Princess Diana was m trouble again yesterday for sharing a luxury holiday on the French Riviera with the controversial owner of Harrods luxury store. Photographs of her with her arm around Mr Mohammed AlFayed aboard

Spain stands still to mourn slain politician [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Spain stands still to mourn slain politician Millions stop work at noon and traffic halts to observe 10 minutes of silence ERMUA (Spain) Spain came to a virtual standstill yesterday as the nation paid its last respects to a young politician kidnapped and murdered by Basque separatist guerillas. While the

2 bullets to the head [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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2 bullets to the head THIS X-ray photograph (right) of Spanish Popular Party councillor Miguel Angel Blanco Garrida's skull shows the two bullets that killed him. The 29-year-old (seen above m an undated picture) who was kidnapped by the Basque separatist group ETA last week, died m a San Sebastian

Hubby lives on — in widow's glass egg-timer [ARTICLE]

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Hubby lives on in widow's glass egg-timer LONDON A Briton has been "reincarnated" as an egg-timer m a bid to make his widow smile every time she boils an egg. Mr Malcolm Eccles, 50, died m February of bowel cancer and his ashes are now stored m a glass egg-timer

Britain turns up the heat on tobacco firms [ARTICLE]

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Britain turns up the heat on tobacco firms LONDON Britain's new Labour government turned up the heat on the tobacco industry yesterday, warning companies that it could legislate to cut nipotine levels m cigarettes and improve the rights of non-smokers. Minister for Public Health Tessa Jowell said the government was

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STAR OF SHOW [ARTICLE]

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STAR OF SHOW France's new Leclerc tank was the undisputed star of the traditional Bastille Day parade yesterday when 5,000 soldiers and 300 vehicles marched down the Champs Elysees m Paris as 90 aircraft flew overhead. Some. 27 Leclercs rolled down the broad avenue for the first time and a

DOCTOR MISSING [ARTICLE]

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DOCTOR MISSING The surgeon who operated on Mexican drug baron Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who died unexpectedly last week, had gone missing, newspapers m Mexico City reportedon Sunday. Carrillo, 42, died after extended surgery to change his appearance at a hospital m Mexico City. The El Universal newspaper said there were

DOG ATTACK [ARTICLE]

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DOG ATTACK A 17-month-old boy required 24 stitches m his face after being attacked by his uncle's dog m Blois, France, police said on Sunday. The boy was playing m his home when he went near the dog, a German shepherd, which was under a table. AFP

DEAD FISH [ARTICLE]

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DEAD FISH Thousands of dead fish naa peen wasneo up on the coast of Tasmania, an official m Hobart said yesterday. He also said people had been warned not to handle the dead fish. The dead fish sparked fears that a her-pes-like virus which clogged gills with mucus and killed

GENE FIND [ARTICLE]

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GENE FIND Scientists researching milk production had unexpectedly discovered a key gene which allowed males to outgrow females, it was reported m Auckland yesterday. The find would help m research for some cases of a human disorder known as Laron-tvpe dwarfism, the report said. AFP

Bosnian Serbs defy world community [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bosnian Serbs defy world community They give a hero's burial to war-crimes suspect killed by Nato peacekeepers BAN JA LUKA (Bosnia) Thousands of Bosnian Serbs on Sunday buried a war-crimes suspect shot dead by Nato troops sent to arrest him, m a ceremony showing defiance to the world community. Former

Ex-Serb Army soldier gets 20 years for atrocities [ARTICLE]

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Ex-Serb Army soldier gets 20 years for atrocities THE HAGUE -The UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia yesterday sentenced Dusan Tadic. a former soldier m the Bosnian Serb army, to 20 years m prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The sentence followed a tribunal decision on May 7

Big haul of explosives found in Londonderry [ARTICLE]

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Big haul of explosives found in Londonderry BELFAST Hopes of a truce by IRA guerillas were dimmer yesterday after police m Northern Ireland found a large quantity of home-made explosives they said were one step away from being turned into a bomb. And fresh violence hit the province overnight when

Israel and Arafat's men restore calm in Hebron [ARTICLE]

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Israel and Arafat's men restore calm in Hebron HEBRON Israel and President Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority joined forces yesterday to restore calm to the volatile streets of the divided West Bank town of Hebron. Some 200 Palestinian policemen stood on the invisible border dividing the 80 per cent of the

MAORI ATTACK [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MAORI ATTACK Maori activist Hone Harawira (right) attacking a Knights D raconis team member at an Auckland beach yesterday. The "knights" were re-enacting a fictional landing by Spanish conquistadors to promote a book when they were attacked. Reuter picture.

Have you heard this? A nighfat the disco can make you deaf [ARTICLE]

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Have you heard this? A nighfat the disco can make you deaf LONDON One evening m a nightclub can leave young people with severely-damaged hearing and with the threat of deafness, according to specialists. British doctors are reporting a up-to-100-per-cent increase m patients with hearing problems caused by discos as

PEOPLE

Lauren Bacall still strutting at 72 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Lauren Bacall still strutting at 72 ROME Even at 72, Lauren Bacall (above) still gets stage fright Especially when she is starring m a brand-new role as a catwalk model. The Hollywood diva made her debut on the runway for Italian designer Gai Mattiolo on Sunday night as he turned

Clinton offered his own coat of arms [ARTICLE]

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Clinton offered his own coat of arms LONDON —An aristocratic British publisher yesterday unveiled the coat of arms it proposes for President Bill Clinton, saying he was the only nead of a major country not tohaveon& Burke'ißetrage said it hoped to present it to Mr Clinton, either on calf skin

Beauty in brawl eyes showbiz career [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Beauty in brawl eyes showbiz career WASHINGTON Former Miss Canada International Danielle House (above), who was stripped of her crown last week when a court convicted her of assault, is on a US "working vacation" to talk to her newly-signed agents. "I would really like to become part of the

Meanwhile [ARTICLE]

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Meanwhile BOY, 10, WRITES BOOK: Briton Jacob Connors, 10, who is barely able to read and write, has had his first book, The Queberry, published, with the help of his teacher. MOUNTAINEER RESCUED: Japanese mountaineer Hideki Inaba, 33, was rescued by helicopter on Sunday after falling during a climb m

Clinton to endorse legislation against genetic bias [ARTICLE]

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Clinton to endorse legislation against genetic bias WASHINGTON President Bill Clinton will endorse legislation this week to make it Segal for health-insurance companies to discriminate against healthy people on the basis of their genetic inheritance and help assure the privacy of genetic information, White House sources said. Mr Clinton's call

Mars probe may go on for several months [ARTICLE]

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Mars probe may go on for several months PASADENA (California) The Mars Pathfinder's Sojourner robot, the size of a microwave oven, has rolled into its second week on the Red Planet after overcoming obstacles that had threatened the mission. The Soiourner was originally scheduled to explore the planet for a

Ex-French govt 'blocked probe into call-girl ring' [ARTICLE]

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Ex-French govt 'blocked probe into call-girl ring' Rich Arabs among clientele of prostitution network PARIS An investigation which began with a routine police crackdown on call girls here has snowballed into a scandal linking France's previous Conservative government to an international network of prostitution, according to a report m the

All the write staff, or is it? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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All the write staff, or is it? Fren ch industrial giant stops using handwriting analysis m hiring workers PARIS France's graphologists, who say they can divine character from a person's handwriting, are on the defensive after one of the country's leading employers dropped the century-old technique from its array of

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EAST ASIA

Woman nabbed after 68 hurt in hit-and-run accident [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Woman nabbed after 68 hurt in hit-and-run accident picture. HONGKONG —A woman was arrested by police yesterday and charged 3fflliM ins the hit-and-run dr] oL who caused a fbwgSffcle*-. children, a poltappoke%|^ said. The 40-year-old woman was nabbed m North Point on Hongkong island for reckless driving, failing to stop

Real focus of US interest in HK is to democratise China: SM [ARTICLE]

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Real focus of US interest in HK is to democratise China: SM Tm not interested m befeg'^Qatically correct Fm interested m being correct* Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew. THE United States is not so much interested m the future of six million Hongkongers as it is m seeing China with

Tung backs plan for land reclamation to build more homes [ARTICLE]

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Tung backs plan for land reclamation to build more homes HONGKONG Hongkong's Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa has "unofficially" expressed support for a plan to reclaim 10,700 ha of land, according to construction chief Sir Gordon Wu. A study by Sir Gordon's Hopewell Holdings, which was presented to Mr Tung

Carbon dioxide blamed for Japan army training deaths [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Carbon dioxide blamed for Japan army training deaths picture. TOKYO Three soldiers who died of mysterious fumes during mountain training on a volcano m northern Japan may have succumbed to a freak carbon-dioxide emission, a Japanese volcano expert said yesterday. Volcanology Professor Junichi Hirabayashi of Tokyo Engineering University said air

Parents swarm office to stop kids from being deported [ARTICLE]

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Parents swarm office to stop kids from being deported 300 seek review on illegal children m just one day HONGKONG Hundreds of worried parents swarmed the office of the Legal Aid Department yesterday to seek help to stop the deportation of their mainland children who entered Hongkong illegally. More than

HK judges who do not speak Chinese should go: Lawyer [ARTICLE]

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HK judges who do not speak Chinese should go: Lawyer HONGKONG Hongkong judges who do not speak Chinese should step down from the bench, a senior lawyer was quoted as saying yesterday. "An English-speaker who does not speak Chinese should not be permitted to be a judge," said barrister Deny

Cashing in on the HK handover, literally [ARTICLE]

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Cashing in on the HK handover, literally HONGKONG The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp is introducing a special banknote to mark the establishment of the Hongkong Special Administrative Region. The bank, one of the territory's three note-issuing banks, said yesterday that the notes will be circulated from today. They will

Patten under fire [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Patten under fire Biography reveals that ex-governor was less than truthful What'salie or two? *Mr Dimbleby, a close friend of the former governor, documents instances m which Mr Pat> ten did not hesitate to make statements that were 'misleading' and, m at least one case, *not strict lytrueV -South China

PLA to open press office in HK to improve its image [ARTICLE]

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PLA to open press office in HK to improve its image HONGKONG The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), which took over defence duties from its British counterpart here early this month, is set to open a press office to soften its hardline Image, reports said. A PLA source said the

Chinese leaders meet to prepare for congress [ARTICLE]

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Chinese leaders meet to prepare for congress HONGKONG A round of meetings to prepare for the Chinese Communist Party's 15th Congress started yesterday at a beach resort m northeastern China, press reports said. The party's senior leaders, meeting m Beidaihe, would focus on the party's report for the coming 15th

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VISA REQUEST [ARTICLE]

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VISA REQUEST Taiwan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Roy Wu said yesterday that Taipei would ask the US to grant its President a transit visa and counted on approval from Washington despite an expected protest from China. The United States has said that President Lee Teng-hui was eligible for a visa to

BUILDING FALLS [ARTICLE]

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BUILDING FALLS A five-storey residential building m eastern China's Zhejiang province collapsed during the weekend, killing 36 people and injuring three others, a newspaper reported yesterday. The Xinmin Evening News reported that the building, which was completed m 1995 and inhabited by 30 households, toppled over with little warning. AFP

CALL FOR TALKS [ARTICLE]

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CALL FOR TALKS Mr Tang Shubei, vicechairman of China's semiofficial Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, has called for political talks between Beijing and Taipei as soon as possible, the official China Dairy reported yesterday But the talks could succeed only if based on the principle of "one China",

CDs SEIZED [ARTICLE]

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CDs SEIZED HongKong cusioms omcers seized over HK$7 million (Ssl.3 million) worth of pirated compact discs m a territory-wide operation over the past two days, a Customs and Excise Department spokesman said yesterday. More than 80 people were held. The customs authorities mobilised about 100 officers m the raids at

PETROL RULING [ARTICLE]

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PETROL RULING Cars m the booming metropolis of Shanghai will be required to use unleaded petrol by year-end, the official China Daily said yesterday. Shanghai is following the example of Beijing, which began the move last month.- AFP

NUCLEAR DUMP [ARTICLE]

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NUCLEAR DUMP The Taiwanese government is unlikely to ship low-level nuclear waste to North Korea for storage before the end of next month, a nuclear safety official said yesterday. Mr Chiu Tsung-szu, director of the Fuel Cycle and Materials Administration, denied reports that Taipower's application to dump 60,000 drums of

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Deserted Angkor Wat may fall victim to fighting [ARTICLE]

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Deserted Angkor Wat may fall victim to fighting ANGKOR WAT Cambodia's best-known landmark and the symbol of the nation, Angkor Wat, has been all but deserted as experts warn that the historic temple complex could fall victim to the outbreak of factional fighting. The hundreds of tourists who usually throng

Ranariddh's party in disarray as calm returns [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ranariddh's party in disarray as calm returns PHNOM PENH Cambodia's royalist Funcinpec party, vanquished on the battlefield last week, remained m disarray yesterday as life m Phnom Penh resumed a semblance of normality. Only 10 members of the 33--strong Funcinpec steering committee remain m the country after Second Prime Minister

Asean poised to help restore peace in Cambodia [ARTICLE]

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Asean poised to help restore peace in Cambodia But Hun Sen 'will drop plan to join group if it butts in' JAKARTA Asean said yesterday that it will try to help restore peace m Cambodia by sending its foreign ministers to meet the leaders of the wartorn country. But even

The word is 'constructive interventions' [ARTICLE]

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The word is 'constructive interventions' Asean must take proactive approach, says Anwar ASEAN must now move from being a largely "reactive" organisation to a "proactive" one and undertake "constructive interventions" to prevent a simmering problem from erupting into a full-blown crisis like m Cambodia, Acting Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Sen

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Hanoi voices quiet support for Hun Sen regime [ARTICLE]

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Hanoi voices quiet support for Hun Sen regime VIETNAM indicated quiet support yesterday for the Hun Sen-led government m Cambodia, saying stability was better than turmoil and backed Phnom Penh's early membership of the Asean regional grouping. Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Khoan was quoted by the Saigon Times dally as

Malayan Banking leads the way in Phnom Penh [ARTICLE]

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Malayan Banking leads the way in Phnom Penh MALAYAN Banking Bhd became the first foreign bank to reopen its doors m Phnom Penh yesterday as other foreign banks remained shut a week after the worst fighting m the Cambodian capital m more than two decades. The decision to reopen the

Ranariddh men were not refused asylum: Aussie envoy [ARTICLE]

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Ranariddh men were not refused asylum: Aussie envoy AUSTRALIA'S Ambassador m Phnom Penh, Mr Tony Kevin, yesterday denied that his embassy had refused asylum to frightened opponents of Second Prime Minister Hun Sen. Foreign sources, speaking on condition they were not identified, said on Sunday that some embassies had refused

Tokyo hopes Sihanouk's words will help bring peace [ARTICLE]

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Tokyo hopes Sihanouk's words will help bring peace JAPANESE Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto said he hoped Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk's remarks on the recent fighting would help stabilise the country. "I hope that the remarks will lead to stabilisation," he said m Tokyo, the Jiji Press and Kyodo News reported.

Mekong river panel meeting delayed indefinitely [ARTICLE]

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Mekong river panel meeting delayed indefinitely A JOINT committee meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) scheduled for yesterday and today had been postponed indefinitely due to the absence of the Cambodian delegates, the Nation daily reported yesterday. The newspaper quoted an MRC official as saying the meeting would be

Taiwanese gave rival faction money to buy arms: Hun Sen [ARTICLE]

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Taiwanese gave rival faction money to buy arms: Hun Sen KOMPONG THOM Cambodia's Second Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday accused unidentified Taiwanese, including a general, of involvement m this month's fighting m Phnoin Penh, prompting sharp denials from Taipei. "A group of Taiwanese mafia arrived m Cambodia. The day there

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Cardingets new partner after fake shirts row [ARTICLE]

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Cardingets new partner after fake shirts row HANOI French fashion house Pierre Cardin has taken a new partner to produce its shirts m Vietnam after sacking a state-owned firm for producing and selling fakes. Mr Nguyen Dv, Pierre Cardin's managing director for Indochina, said yesterday the company had withdrawn stateowned

Cheers for Manila cops as they kill 6 kidnappers [ARTICLE]

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Cheers for Manila cops as they kill 6 kidnappers MANILA Philippine police gunned down six suspected kidnappers m a dawn gunbattle m the capital yesterday, scoring a rare success against rampant kidnapping, the authorities said. Police Senior Superintendent Jesus Versoza said his men had been tipped off that the suspects

Jakarta heralds Mandela visit [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jakarta heralds Mandela visit JAKARTA President Nelson Mandela arrived here yesterday on a three-day official visit which Pretoria said underscored the importance of South-east Asia for South Africa. Mr Mandela, who arrived at Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusumah Airport from the Indonesian resort-island of Bali, was whisked off to the Merdeka Palace

Do Muoi holds talks with Jiang in Beijing [ARTICLE]

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Do Muoi holds talks with Jiang in Beijing BEIJING Vietnamese Communist Party Secretary-Gener-al Do Muoi began a four-day official visit here yesterday, holding talks with his Chinese counterpart, Mr Jiang Zemin. The two leaders sat down for talks at the Great Hall of the People after an official welcoming ceremony,

Smokebuster on wheels [ARTICLE]

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Smokebuster on wheels BANGKOK A "smokebuster caravan", loaded with information on the harms of cigarette-smoking, will begin visiting schools m Bangkok next week to discourage students from taking up the habit, The Nation newspaper said yesterday. The mobile unit was put together by the Action on Smoking and Health Foundation

HOT SEATS: These chairs blocked fire exit [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HOT SEATS: These chairs blocked fire exit This violation and other safety lapses blamed for high death toll m Pattaya hotel inferno picture. PATTAYA Failure by officials to uphold safety standards was a major cause for the high death toll m a hotel fire here on Friday, according to preliminary

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EXECUTIONS TO START [ARTICLE]

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EXECUTIONS TO START The Philippines will start executing deathrow inmates m the first half of next year, prisons director Vicente Vinarao said yesterday, ruling out the use of lethal injections this year. A total of 369 convicts, including four foreign men and three Filipino women, have been sentenced to death

RIOT DUO JAILED [ARTICLE]

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RIOT DUO JAILED An Indonesian court m south Kalimantan has jailed two men for carrying weapons and for looting during riots m the province's capital of Banjarmasin, according to a Jakarta Post report yesterday. Over the weekend, two Baniarmasin district courts sentenced Radei bin Mutasi, 30, to nine months m

FERRY TRAGEDY [ARTICLE]

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FERRY TRAGEDY One person died and 11 were missing after a ferry sank off the western Indonesian island of Bintan, the Media Indonesia daily said yesterday. The ferry to Bintan sank after leaving Telaga Punggur port on Batam on Saturday. A young boy was found dead while two passing Doats

NO-GRAFT VOW [ARTICLE]

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NO-GRAFT VOW Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, considered the leading contender for the post of premier, has vowed not to engage m graft or tarnish the reputation of the ruling Communist Party. The Deputy Premier, who had been dogged for months by allegations of business impropriety among family

POLICE CAPTAIN NABBED [ARTICLE]

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POLICE CAPTAIN NABBED An Indonesian police captain was arrested last week for alleged involvement m an Ecstasy ring. Suko Hariyanto was arrested at his home m Jogjakarta on charges of illegal possession of 360 Ecstasj' pills. He also admitted receiving 45 million rupiah (5522,500) from an Ecstasy dealer who had

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ALL FOR A WORLD RECORD [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ALL FOR A WORLD RECORD Instead of tearing these poisonous scorpions from his face, Malaysian Ali Khan sleeps with 5,2 1 8 of them m a2mby 2 m cubicle m a shopping centre m Kuala Lumpur. He began his feat on July 5 and hopes to remain m the cubicle

When 'enchanting' turns to 'confusing' [ARTICLE]

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When 'enchanting' turns to 'confusing' ALOR STAR The guidebook Enchanting Northern Malaysia is meant to provide visitors with an insight into the four northern states of Penang, Perak, Kedah and Perlis, but it seems to be confusing tourists instead. The northern region tourism committee chairman Datuk Syed Razak Syed Zain

KL to look at panel to verify assets of leaders [ARTICLE]

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KL to look at panel to verify assets of leaders KUALA LUMPUR Acting Prime Minister Datuk Sen Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday the government would consider a proposal to set up a credible panel to verify assets declared by leaders. He also told reporters that providers of false information about alleged

Is it Malaysia Incorporated or Corrupted? [ARTICLE]

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Is it Malaysia Incorporated or Corrupted? KUALA LUMPUR Does Malaysia Incorporated sound like "Malaysia Corrupted? Some foreigners said it did sound similar, Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) president Hamdan Adnan tola a one-day conference on graft on Sunday. The Star newspaper yesterday also reported that he said, on a

Review of laws an effort to cut social ills [ARTICLE]

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Review of laws an effort to cut social ills KUALA LUMPUR In an attempt to curb social ills, all laws covering the work of the National Unify and Social Development Ministry and related legislation involving the work of other ministries will be reviewed. According to a report m the Sunday

Growth zone will create 500,000 jobs, says study [ARTICLE]

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Growth zone will create 500,000 jobs, says study KANGAR About 500,000 jobs wiU be created m the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle's (IMT-GT) Special Economic Zone (SEZ), according to a recently-concluded study. It said that the SEZs would also create indirect employment for 150,000 to 200,000 people. The study, commissioned by the

M$ 14,600 debt paid — in $2 notes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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M$ 14,600 debt paid in $2 notes A DISGRUNTLED Mr Hussein Che Ismail (above) carting M$ 14,596.78 (558,393) m Ms 2 notes to an Ipoh finance company to pay off a loan on his car. The 40-year-old government servant, who works m Kota Baru, regretted the action of the finance

Officials can now raid large vessels for illegals [ARTICLE]

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Officials can now raid large vessels for illegals KUALA LUMPUR The Immigration Department, opening a new front m its drive against illegal immigrants, plans to stop and check large vessels such as timber barges and oil tankers. Previously, it could only conduct searches on vessels weighing less than 75 tonnes.

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COURT DELAY [ARTICLE]

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COURT DELAY Malaysia's High Court yesterday delayed for seven weeks the sentencing of a foreign journalist found guilty of contempt of court. Murray Hiebert, 47 a journalist with the Far Eastern Economic Review, will know his penalty on Sept 4 for questioning a civil suit brought against a school by

NEWBRIDGE [ARTICLE]

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NEWBRIDGE Penang would have a second bndge to Seberang Prai by 2001, Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said on Sunday. The design of the second bridge, called Jambatan Mutiara, was being worked out and would be implemented soon, he said. NST

ASEAN STAMPS [ARTICLE]

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ASEAN STAMPS Pos Malaysia will issue special first-day covers and stamps to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Asean next Thursday. The first-day covers will be available until stocks last.

PEAK TRIP [ARTICLE]

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PEAK TRIP Bernama A second expedition to de- termine the height of two of the highest peaks on Mount Kinabalu will be launched next week. According to a report m The Star newspaper yesterday, the second expedition will determine the height of a horn on Victoria Peak, estimated to be

MUMS PLEA [ARTICLE]

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MUMS PLEA A housewife m Johor Barn has appealed to the public to help her find her 16--year-old daughter who has been missing since last Thursday. The Star newspaper yesterday quoted Mrs Lee Soon Khuan, 40, of Taman Sentosa as saying that her daughter, Ms Teo Wee Wee, had disciplinary

PARKING LOTS [ARTICLE]

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PARKING LOTS The old problem of parking lots being "booked" by some restaurant owners along Jalan Maju m Johor Baru is still there. A report m the Star yesterday said promises by the City Council to fine such offenders do not seem to have worked.

End in sight to hand, foot and mouth disease [ARTICLE]

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End in sight to hand, foot and mouth disease Drop m admissions m Sarawak and m other states KANGAR The government will soon declare that the spread of the hand-foot-mouth disease m the country is over. The Star newspaper yesterday quoted Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng as saying that

$1 a night [ARTICLE]

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$1 a night Genting resort woos Singaporeans to mark founder's birthday KUALA LUMPUR Genting Highlands will start a promotional drive next Monday targeted at Singaporean visitors that will feature prices as low as Ssl per night m any one of the four hotels at the resort. This is the first

A Masters for a Missus [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A Masters for a Missus BANG I A mother of six was among 540 people who have received their scrolls at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's 25th convocation ceremony here. Fighting against time, family needs and work pressures, Madam Wahidah Abdul Majid, 46, succeeded m obtaining her Masters m Education. The Sun

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Free measles vaccination for youths to curb rise in disease [ARTICLE]

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Free measles vaccination for youths to curb rise in disease THE Ministry of Health has arranged for all secondary, pre-uni-versity and polytechnic students to be vaccinated against measles, for free, to help contain the disease. In the first six months of this year alone, 977 cases of measles were reported,

Specialists: Don't touch that colon! [ARTICLE]

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Specialists: Don't touch that colon! Yasmeen Hameed By COLON FACTS The colon does not accumulate months of faeces and toxins. People will pass out 80 per cent of all that they eat m five days. Constipation does not lead to cancer. The colon is a self-cleaning organ and all that

IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, TILL PRI 1 STARTS DO WE PART [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, TILL PRI 1 STARTS DO WE PART Picture by NO SICKNESS could stop six-year-old Mohamad Danial Fauzy Mohamed Selamat from going with his parents to Anglo-Chinese (Barker Road) yesterday to register for Primary l. His mother, housewife Kamsiah Sanojo, 30, said: "He was not feeling

WP asks Public Prosecutor to explain stand on PAP men at polling stations [ARTICLE]

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WP asks Public Prosecutor to explain stand on PAP men at polling stations THE Workers' Party (WP) has called on the Public Prosecutor to hold a press conference to explain why the complaints it lodged against several People's Action Party (PAP) men (Turing the General Election on Jan 2 were

Seafood eateries in Jumbo battle [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Seafood eateries in Jumbo battle Urn Li Hsien By HONGKONG'S floating Jum bo Restaurant may be known worldwide but its affiliate here is m a legal tangle over the use of "Jumbo" m Singapore: two restaurants here say they have a prior claim to the name. Jumbo Seafood Restaurant and

Former leader compares church to Moonies cult [ARTICLE]

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Former leader compares church to Moonies cult Tan Ooi Boon Central Christian Church suit By A FOUNDER and former leader of the Central Christian Church yesterday compared his church to "destructive cults" such as the Moonies which are banned m Singapore, the High Court heard yesterday. Mr Daniel Eng, 35,

ABOUT THIS CASE [ARTICLE]

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ABOUT THIS CASE THE Central Christian Church and its founder, Mr John Philip Louis, are suing the editors of The New Paper (TNP) and Lianhe Wanbao for calling it a cult m a TNP report "Concern over two cult groups" on Noy 23, 1991, a translation of which was published

Members' personal details recorded and passed around [ARTICLE]

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Members' personal details recorded and passed around PERSONAL details of church members such as their income, sins and their dates were recorded and these were passed around to church leaders, Mr Daniel Eng said. The former Central Christian Church evangelist said that such records were sometimes used by the church

100-year-old tree retained in house restoration [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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100-year-old tree retained in house restoration Koh Boon Pin By ARCHITECT Teh Joo Heng was so concerned about conservation that when he was asked to restore a house m Chatsworth Park, he pleaded with his client, a developer, to retain a 100-year-old rain tree on the site. He said. "Setting

IN SHORT

MATHS CONTEST [ARTICLE]

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MATHS CONTEST It all added up. Two groups were better than one. So Yayasan Mendaki and the Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) got together to hold a mathematics competition on Sunday. This was the Mendaki-Sinda Mathematics Olympiad, held to test the abilities of Secondary 3 and 4 students now m

$30,000 STOLEN [ARTICLE]

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$30,000 STOLEN A thief broke into a money changer's kiosk m Woodlands Central and made away with $30,000 m cash. The break-in was discovered at 7.30 am on Thursday, when Mr Chua Chwee Siong, 46, arrived at his kiosk, Uni Money Changer, and found the sliding door forced open. About

BODIES FOUND [ARTICLE]

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BODIES FOUND The body of a man was recovered from the sea off Pulau Tekong by the Police Coast Guard on Saturday at about 9.45 am. The man was about 1.65 m tall and dad m blue jeans and a brown T-shirt A silver Orient watch and a red wallet

DONATE BLOOD [ARTICLE]

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DONATE BLOOD Help save lives by donating blood this Saturday. The Tanglin Community Club and the Singapore Blood Transfusion Service are holding a blood donation drive between 11 am and 5 pm at the dub premises at Whitleyßoad. Donors are asked to bring along documents such as their identity cards,

Lifestyle cars catching on [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Lifestyle cars catching on Leong Chan Teik By Jan-June 1997: 270 sold Whole of 1996: 320 sold FANN Wong owns one, and Singaporeans have snapped up nearly twice as many of such cars m the first half of this year as they did last year. "Lifestyle cars", a term which

Ready to roll: S'pores longest sushi [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ready to roll: S'pores longest sushi Picture by S|MtE people would go to any lengths to produce a whopper of imhl AtB m long, it was Singapore's longest sus/ii. It was created by 14 chefs from the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre and 80 students from the Nanvang Technological

Capturing birdlife on film [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Capturing birdlife on film A HERON m a fit of jealousy, fit to kill m fact. Two birds doing more than billing and cooing. Another one preening itself. Definitely a feather m the cap of anyone who snaps such pictures. And the photographers who did won for themselves handsome nest

Stores see greater sales in first two weeks [ARTICLE]

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Stores see greater sales in first two weeks Ray Dhaliwal The Great Singapore sale By THE Great Singapore Sale, which is midway through, has been living up to its name m the first two weeks, with many stores happily reporting an increase of 10 per cent or more m sales

Club in Batam set up for S'poreans living there [ARTICLE]

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Club in Batam set up for S'poreans living there THERE are about 400 Singaporeans living m Batam, with about 300 of them working on the Indonesian island as managers of transportation companies, building projects and banks, estimated Mr Denny Poh, chairman of the newlyformed Batam Singapore Club. Mr Poh, 37,

Spray that may double shelf life of local fruit [ARTICLE]

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Spray that may double shelf life of local fruit Yasmeen Hameed By Most tropical fruit here last just days without refrigeration. PSB and IMCB came up with an emulsion which is sprayed onto mango, duku langsat, banana, papaya, starfruit and guava. The coating keeps the fruit from losing moisture, lowers

These are a few of my favourite things... [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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These are a few of my favourite things Picture Dy Shopping treats: These children from Katong Special School were given free goodies m the convenience store. ALAIN LIJVI

7-Eleven offers free shopping to disabled children [ARTICLE]

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7-Eleven offers free shopping to disabled children LET children loose at a store and what do they pick up? Chocolates, potato chips, ice-cream and other snacks, of course. Some 30 children from Katong Special School lived up to this reputation when they were invited for a spot of free shopping

Model workers win trip to Bali as reward [ARTICLE]

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Model workers win trip to Bali as reward PACK your bags, we are going to Bali. True enough words for 62 model workers, all winners of this year's Singapore Labour Foundation's Educational Tours Award. They will enjoy a seven-day tour of Jakarta, Jogjakarta, and Bali. The trips, worth $1,482 each,

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learning is like dancing' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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learning is like dancing' Madam Phillips Hsu, 64. Picture by MADAM Phillips Hsu, 64, does not own a computer, but wants to learn all about the Internet The retiree, one of the 14 winners of the SLF Internet Scholarship awards, keeps herself busy with dancing lessons, community work and frequent

A trip fit for him [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A trip fit for him Mr Govtndasamy Chlnaya, 58. Picture by THE furthest that fitter Govindasamy Chinaya has been was to Penang so he was naturally delighted to find out that he was going to Indonesia as part of his prize for being a model worker. The 58-year-old father of

Treat for oldest winner [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Treat for oldest winner Mr Lee Kok Kee, 62. Picture by ONE good surprise deserves another. When Mr Lee Kok Kee returns from Indonesia this Saturday, his family is likely to spring a special treat on him. Mr Lee, 62, is this year's oldest winner m the Singapore Labour Foundation

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Nato should get the monsters [ARTICLE]

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Nato should get the monsters PRESUMABLY, Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic will not sleep easy of nights now. But the tortured memory or those Bosnian Muslims and Croats who were subjected to these two men's evil acts of "ethnic cleansing" during the Bosnian civil war will not be assuaged until

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5 i iPi^J 1 "Al Gore is locked m the trunk of Bill Clinton's car. If the car goes over the cliff, that's the end of Al. If it speeds first over the finish line, it helps Al." Ted Van Dyk, a Democratic analyst, on US vice-president Al Gore 's

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Surprise and relief as Tung takes over reins in Hongkong [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Surprise and relief as Tung takes over reins in Hongkong Ching Cheong Reports by i Surprise: Better ties with Taipei TAIWAN: It gave the meeting high-profile treatment, with Mr Koo telling reporters soon mat a formal link between the two sides had been established. CHINA: A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman

Relief: Protests can take place [ARTICLE]

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Relief: Protests can take place ON THE very first day indeed the very first hour of Hongkong's return to China, Hongkongers found to their relief that demonstrations were tolerated. Credit should go to the Chief Executive of the newlyestablished Special Administrative Region (SAR), Mr Tung Chee Hwa, who defused what

WHY NO CRACKDOWN [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHY NO CRACKDOWN First, any attempt to stop the protesters would be taken as proof that the moment China took over control of Hongkong, demonstrations would be banned. Second, given the presence of 8,000 journalists m town to cover the handover, any use of force to stop the protest group

Singapore — a model for the world? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Singapore a model for the world? Louis Kraar success is the result of anxiety, and the anxiety is never fully assuaged by success.' Minister for Information and the Arts George Yeo. Hongkong is looking on Singapore as a model, and even one of Asia's former colonial powers, Britain, is seeking

like an ink-blob to project fantasies, hopes and fears [ARTICLE]

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like an ink-blob to project fantasies, hopes and fears Ell M. Noam Hands off the Internet! By NEW YORK These have been heady days m Washington for that marvellous medium, the Internet First, the US Supreme Court struck down restrictions on indecent content, overturning a law passed virtually unanimously by

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Prosecutor's statements flawed [LETTER]

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Prosecutor's statements flawed LAM YEOK PING CHIA QUEE KHEE Remisier's ALS licence cheating case PENALTY TOO HARSH I AM shocked at the severe sentence two weeks' jail meted out to a remisier for using another car's ALS licence, although I am sure it would have pleased the person who provided

Give CPF top-up only to the less fortunate [LETTER]

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Give CPF top-up only to the less fortunate MOHAMEDMOHD MYDIN I REFER to your report "$327 million earmarked for Medisave, Medifund accounts" (ST, July 12). I disagree with Mr Abdul Gafar Ibrahim Sharif s suggestion that the Medisave, Medifund and CPF top-up of $200 be given to senior citizens aged

Tacts' in history textbooks should be questioned for true picture of past [LETTER]

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Tacts' in history textbooks should be questioned for true picture of past JITENDRA SHARMA Looking through a secondary school history textbook recently, it dawned on me how certain Tacts" are accepted without question. THE recent debate on the TV programme Perspective, Brought up several important points regarding history, particularly who

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Singapore pays penalty for lack of discipline [ARTICLE]

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Singapore pays penalty for lack of discipline Santokh Singh reports from Bangkok RUGBY A LACK of discipline cost Singapore the Yook Cup as it went down 0-16 to Thailand at the Chulalongkorn Stadium yesterday. The Republic lost concentration at crucial moments, giving away unforced penalties and was duly punished by

Redhill Rangers wants Moore to be its coach [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Redhill Rangers wants Moore to be its coach Joe Dorai SOCCER By But deal is subject to club's admission to S-League NATIONAL Football League Division Two club leader Redhill Rangers is keen to have former national coach Douglas Moore as its coach. But the deal will only materialise if it

Silva set to join Man Utd [ARTICLE]

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Silva set to join Man Utd LONDON Manchester United has agreed to a £4 million (559.6 million) transfer deal with Brazilian defender Celio Silva, yesterday's edition of The Sun newspaper revealed here. Should Silva sign, it would end speculation that United was about to make a major signing for its

Sprint quartet for German stint [ARTICLE]

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Sprint quartet for German stint Hakikat Rai ATHLETICS By SINGAPORE'S sprint relay team will train and compete m Germany after all. The Singapore Amateur Athletic Association has lined up a two-week stint there for the 4xlOO-metre quartet of Timothy Yeo, Yusof Alias, Hamkan Afik and Muhamad Hosni Muhamad. No date

TODAY'S EVENTS [ARTICLE]

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TODAY'S EVENTS ATHLETICS Schools' Nat C'ships (Nat Stadium, 8.30 am). BILLIARDS SBSC National 9-Ball C'ship (9 frames), s-fi-nals (SBSC tournament hall. National Stadium, ?pm). CRICKET Shaw Foundation Schoolboys' League U-17: Victoria v Greenridge (CSC), Henderson v Whitley (IA) 2.30pm. NETBALL Friendly: Welsh National Team v SCC Invitation team (Kallang NetbaJl

ON THE RUN [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ON THE RUN Picture by Hakim Sha (right) of Monk's Hill Secondary School running away from Serangoon Garden secondary scnoors Koh Kian Yong m the 3,000 m B boys' final of the Schools' National Athletics CnamDionshins at the National Stadium yesterday. Hakim won the event m 9min 36.55ec. JERRY SEH

Balestier files Venga complaint [ARTICLE]

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Balestier files Venga complaint S. Murali By BALESTIER CENTRAL has written an official letter of complaint against Woodlands Wellington team manager R. Vengadasalam. The club has complained to the S-League about the Rams manager's behaviour m Sunday's match between Balestier and Sembawang Rangers at the Yishun Stadium. The S-League confirmed

Lehman all geared up for trophy's defence [ARTICLE]

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Lehman all geared up for trophy's defence GOLF British Open TROON (Scotland) Tom Lehman is leaving no stone unturned m his bid for a second successive British Open golf title at Royal Troon this week. Winning* the Loch Lomond World Invitational against a tough field last Saturday was merely his

Chua keeps hopes alive [ARTICLE]

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Chua keeps hopes alive TROON Singapore's Chua Guan Soon shot a two-under-par 69 m the final qualifying round on Sunday to keep alive his hopes of competing m the British Open. He is lying m joint-20th spot at Irvine Bogside, one of four courses being used for qualifying But he

SCORES AND STATISTICS [ARTICLE]

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SCORES AND STATISTICS ATHLETICS National Schools meet (all finals): Boys 3000 m B Div: 1 Hakim Sha (MHS) 9:36.5 a Koh Kian Yong (SGS) 9:38.0 3 Benjamin Ng (CH) 9:41.2. C Div: 1 S Murugathason (SGS) 10:36.5 2Ng Junwei (HSS) 10:41 2 3 Muhammad Yunus (JSS) 10:43.5. 400 m hurdles

Villeneuve and Williams are back on track [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Villeneuve and Williams are back on track AFTER 9 RACES] DRIVERS' STANDINGS: 1 Michael Schumacher (Ger) 47 pts 2 Jacques Villeneuve (Can) 43 3JeanAlesi(Fra)2l i Heinz Harald Frentzen (Ger) 19 5 Eddie Irvine (Ire) 18 6 Olivier Panis(Fra) 15 7 David Coulthard (Brit) 14 8 Gerhard Berger (Aus) 10 8

Canadian hit by ban [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Canadian hit by ban SILVERSTONE Jacques Villeneuve was hit by a suspended one race ban just hours after victory m the British Grand Prix on Sunday had revived his world title challenge. The punishment, for failing to maintain the correct distance behind the safety car earty m the race, is

$250,000 boost from Pools [ARTICLE]

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$250,000 boost from Pools Mahmood Gaznavi CRICKET By THE Singapore Cricket Association's aim to have a fullyequipped ground received a boost on Sunday when Singapore Pools made a $250,000 contribution. The SCA hopes to have an exclusive cricket ground at Kallang with a pavilion and other facilities to help develop

UWC is on course for double honours [ARTICLE]

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UWC is on course for double honours UNITED World CoUege continued its march m the quest to land the double when it consolidated its No. 1 position m the Division Two League cricket competition on Sunday. UWC chalked up its ninth win m as many outings when it defeated Indian

Diminutive Nicholas pulls off big upset [ARTICLE]

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Diminutive Nicholas pulls off big upset GOLF Women's US Open CORNELIUS (Oregon) Little Alison Nicholas of England pulled off a gigantic upset when she held off Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez to win the Women's US Open by one stroke on Sunday. Nicholas shot an even-par 71 at Pumpkin

The only job Keegan wants [ARTICLE]

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The only job Keegan wants SPORTSPEOPLE England boss can tempt him back into football management LIVERPOOL Former Anfield ace Kevin Keegan has revealed that the England job is the only one that would tempt him back into football management, CarlingNet reported on Sunday. Keegan, who quit Newcastle m January, has

Maradona on the ball again [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Maradona on the ball again BUENOS AIRES Argentina's ageing idol .Diego Maradona returned to bask once more m his own legend on Sunday, making officially his fifth comeback to soccer before worshipping Boca Juniors fans and leading his team to a 3-2 victory over Racing Club. The Boca Juniors stadium

Wrestlin' Rodman loses debut — and kicks the ref [ARTICLE]

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Wrestlin' Rodman loses debut and kicks the ref DAYTONA BEACH (Florida) Dennis Rodman, the National Basketball Association leader m rebounds and fines, got to attack a referee m his unsuccessful debut as a professional wrestler. Rodman and well-known pro-wrestling star Hulk Hogan lost their tag team match against Lex Luger

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OBITUARIES

350 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths 350 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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350 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths 850 Deaths CHUACHWEEGIM AGE: 93 passed away peacefully on 13 July 1997. (Husband: Cheong Soon Tlan, deceased) Sons: Daughters-in-law: (Cheong 800 Chlat, deceased) (Tan Guat Ngo. deceased) Cheong 800 Koon Quek Ang Suan Cheong 800 Hong Judy Loke Heow Ho Daughters: Son-in-law:

852 Acknowledgements 852 Acknowledgements 852 Acknowledgements [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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852 Acknowledgements 852 Acknowledgements 852 Acknowledgements |The Family of the lota MARY LIM BABY Agsttl Departed on 11/7/97 Wish to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all relatives, friends, colleagues, priests, church members and St. Joseph Dying Aid Association for their kind assistance, attendance, condolences, donations and wreaths during

856 In Memoriam 896 In Memoriam [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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856 In Memoriam 896 In Memoriam In Loving Memory Of YEO ENG LEONG who was called home to the Lord on 15th July 1995 Dearly miated by Wife and all loved ones IN MEMORY OF SHANGAEA SINGH SANGATPURA Departed: 15/7/89 Eight years have passed since you left us, but the

850 Deaths [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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850 Deaths LOKEKWOKTHO Age 70 pasted away peacefully on 13.7.97. leaving behind beloved ones. Wife: Hon Kum Foon Wiyon Loke Raymond Loke Alvin Loke Daughters-in-law: Wendy Urn Tan Siew Ching Daughters: Christina Loke Christy Loke Alison Loke Kitty Loke Catherine Loke Sons-in-law: John Chew Derrick Wong Peter Cave Jeffrey Yaw

854 Condolences 854 Condolences [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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854 Condolences 854 Condolences With Deepest Sympathy Heartfelt Condolences to Mr Loh Yew Weng on the demise of his beloved wife JOYCE LIM SEU HONG THE MANAGEMENT STAFF OF PHILIPS OPTICAL STORAGE LASER OPTICS ASIA PACIFIC

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SPORTS/RACING

Noah's lark continues in Federation Cup tennis [ARTICLE]

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Noah's lark continues in Federation Cup tennis France m final for first time PARIS Successful Davis Cup coach Yannick Noah carried his winning formula into women's tennis, guiding France to its first Federation Cup final where it will meet Holland. With its semi-final against Belgium level at 2-2 m Nice,

End of the road tor the glamour guys [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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End of the road tor the glamour guys LATEST STANDINGS AFTER EIGHT RACES Eighth stage, 161.5 km from Sauternes to Pau Top 8: 1 Erik Zabel (Ger) TEL 3hr 22min 42sec (average 47.804kmh) 2 Nicola Minali (Ita) BAT 3 Jeroen Blijlevens (Hoi) TVM 4 Frederic Moncassin (Fra) GAN 5 Lauri

Trainer Dr Tan enjoys new lease of life [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Trainer Dr Tan enjoys new lease of life Tan Thean Loon RACING REVIEW By PENANG trainer Dr Tan Swee Hock, who had a slow start earlier m the season, is currently enjoying a new lease of life and is surely one for the notebook. Of late, his horses have been

Vasil giving up STC offer [ARTICLE]

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Vasil giving up STC offer AUSTRALIAN Tony Vasil, who was allocated 32 stables by the Singapore Turf Club, has told the club he would not be taking up its offer to train at BuMt Timah. It is understood Vasil had contacted the STC last Friday, citing family commitments as his

Malaysian clubs up stakes [ARTICLE]

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Malaysian clubs up stakes RACING m Malaysia has received a boost with the announcement of an increase m stakemoney by the three Malaysian tun clubs with further increases expected m a year's time. Starting from Aug 16, first day of the Penang Turf Club Sprint Trophy meeting, stakemoney will go

MRA issues Woon restricted licence [ARTICLE]

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MRA issues Woon restricted licence WOON KWOK CHENG, who was banned from riding for five years after being convicted of jumping off a horse during a race, has been issued a temporary restricted licence by the Malayan Racing Association. Woon. 42, began riding trackwork at Bukit Timah last week and

SATURDAY'S BUKIT TIMAH WEIGHTS AND RATINGS [ARTICLE]

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SATURDAY'S BUKIT TIMAH WEIGHTS AND RATINGS Gleam 56.5 King's Champion 56.5 Hippo Prospero 56 Victor-sGoal 56 Goldenßoyli 55.5 ReportTlme 55 Big Twister 54.5 Legal Aspect 54.5 HippoVaiour 54 Flint Zest 53.5 Ming'sWarrior 53.5 Akaaber Chief 53 Justßight 52.5 BendemusEl 52 Scotland Park E2 50.5 C 3 D1 1400 m (74-60)~

SUNDAY'S BUKIT TIMAH WEIGHTS AND RATINGS [ARTICLE]

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SUNDAY'S BUKIT TIMAH WEIGHTS AND RATINGS Silver Cup 1400 m C1 (117-92) Mahkotall 57 FirePhoenixll 56 Starmanll 56 YaHah's Success 55.5 Gracelandll 54.5 Lion Horse 54.5 Raphael Gold 54 Magic Guest 53.5 Mr Perseverance 52.5 Paititi Gold II 51.5 Jubilant Action 50 Noble Tradition 49 Abraxas 47.5 Justßrilliant 47.5 C1

SPORT IN SHORT

China sets tenth world mark [ARTICLE]

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China sets tenth world mark WORLD records continued to tumble at the Asian Weightlifting Championships m Yangzhou yesterday, with China s Wang Yanmei setting a new mark m the women's 83-kilo-gram snatch. Her victory, which came after a titanic struggle with Taiwan's Chen Hsiao-lien, marked the 10th world record to

Armenian triumphs [ARTICLE]

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Armenian triumphs SARGIS SARGSIAN became the first Armenian to win an ATP Tour tennis title, beating New Zealand's Brett Steven 7-6 (7-0), 4-6, 7-5 to pocket UXXXXX,000 (XXXXX,000) m the ATP Hall of Fame Championships. Fifth seed Sargsian, a 24--year-old who won the US college title two years ago, won

Cup back in New Zealand [ARTICLE]

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Cup back in New Zealand YACHTING'S America's Cup, sport's oldest trophy, returned to its New Zealand home yesterday after undergoing repairs m London from the damage it received m a political protest earlier this year. The 150-year-old silver Victorian ewer was attacked by a 28-year-old student m its case at

Belgian in world record [ARTICLE]

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Belgian in world record BELGIAN Luc van Lierde broke the triathlon world record m Roth, Germany, on Sunday. The 28-year-old Van Lierde, competing before 120,000 spectators at the Europe Ironman competition, completed the 3.Bkm swimming course, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km run m 7hr 50min 27sec, beating the old

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The Straits Times Money

Gates remains world's richest man, says Forbes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Gates remains world's richest man, says Forbes Microsoft chairman^ net worth doubles to $52b NEW YORK Microsoft Corp co-founder and chairman Bill Gates' software empire has made him the richest person m the world for the third year m a row and his fortune has doubled, according to Forbes magazine.

Leading Korean groups to sell off billions of dollars in assets [ARTICLE]

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Leading Korean groups to sell off billions of dollars in assets It is the policy of the government to improve the financial health of 'the chaebols so this is our plan for the future.' AHyundai spokesman. SEOUL South Korea's giant Hyundai Group plans to sell off US$2.2 billion (553.2 billion)

MONEY WORLD

MORE GO BANKRUPT [ARTICLE]

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MORE GO BANKRUPT Japan's corporate bankruptcies last month rose 19.7 per cent from a year earlier to 1,349 cases, a private credit research agency said yesterday. Liabilities left behind shrank 39. l per cent to 403.9 billion yen (555.2 billion), Teikoko Databank said. The figures cover corporate failures involving liabilities

VILLAGE ROADSHOW 'TENTATIVE' [ARTICLE]

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VILLAGE ROADSHOW 'TENTATIVE' Village Roadshow Ltd said yesterday it had not made a final decision to proceed with the possible listing of a property trust. The cinema operator and radio network group said m response to an article m The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper that it was m the early

OFFERS FOR HOPEWELL STAKE [ARTICLE]

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OFFERS FOR HOPEWELL STAKE Hopewell Holdings has been approached by independent third parties interested m acquiring a stake m the company, the Sunday Morning Post reported. The newspaper quoted group chairman Gordon Wu as saying it would be a "dereliction of duty" to turn down a good offer. "There have

DUPONT BUYS ICI UNITS [ARTICLE]

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DUPONT BUYS ICI UNITS DuPontCowiilbuy some businesses of Imperial Chemicals Industries for about US$3 billion (554.3 billion) as the British company transforms itself into a specialty chemicals maker. DuPont will buy ICl's white pigment business outside North America and its worldwide polyester films, resins and intermediates business. Wilmington, Delaware-based DuPont

HONGKONG [ARTICLE]

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HONGKONG July 14, 1997 HKS ASMPeeeJc 640 +0.250 AMedmdlM'l 3.82 +0.10 4aaed Oversea 0 80 uncn AelaSaclW 5.00 -0.50 SanhofEA 32.10 -0 30 C.P Pofcphand 2 38 0.02 COLHolel 346 +0.10 Ca4e OeCorai 2.02 -O 06 CathPacAa 14 70 +0.30 Cera_ryCi_y 2.15 -0 02 Cheung Kong 77 50 unch China

TOKYO [ARTICLE]

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TOKYO July 14, 1997 YEN MMMMCap 9600 +150 Mnamato 1160 uncft tut Elacttc 338 -11 Atnada 974 +3 Ann Cnsvn lns 645 -5 4Mft.a___M ioeo 10 afco_TT>, WnHjfcM 2160 +70 ■a_hM_b_6 2630 +120 Canon 3340 +70 Cawo 1040 +30 Canan 923 +28 0* Nippon 2560 +30 oa_-en_lUngyo 1470 +90 Dan.

Hang Seng goes from strength to strength

HONGKONG [ARTICLE]

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HONGKONG share prices rose l per cent to an all-time high on strong sentiment yesterday, dealers said. The key Hang Sens Index gained 145.65 points to finish at an all-time high of 15,370.94 breaking the previous record of 15,225.29 set last Friday. Turnover amounted to HK519.07 billion, up from last

TOKYO [ARTICLE]

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TOKYO Japanese share prices rallied yesterday with the key market barometer closing 1.8 per cent higher on late buying centring on banking and high-technology issues, brokers said. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 353.23 points to 20,228.72. The Topix index advanced 20.75 points to 1,525.14. Turnover on the major board

KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian stocks feu yesterday, led by large stocks such as Tenaga Nasional, amid concern that Malaysia's higher interest rates will hurt corporate profits and stall economic growth, investors said. "If this goes on, it's going to practically kill the economy," said Mr Steve Lim, who helps to manage

OVERSEAS INDICES [ARTICLE]

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OVERSEAS INDICES July 14 Change XL Composite 1015.50 —2.11 Hang Seng XXXXX.94 4-145.65 Nikkei Average XXXXX.72 +353.23 Australian AlWrd 2673.00 -26.10 Dow Jones (Fri) 7921.82 +26.10 FTSEIOO(Fri) 4799.00 -+31.20 Jakarta Composite 722.50 —0.92 Thailand SET 611.91 -16.64

SYDNEY [ARTICLE]

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SYDNEY Australian shares siumpeci 1 per cent yesterday to their lowest levels m three weeks amid dwindling hopes of an imminent rate cut ana prof-it-taking m key industrial and bank stocks. The All-Ordinaries Index fell 26.1 points to 2,673 at the close, ignoring Wall Street's 35- -point advance to near-record

JAKARTA [ARTICLE]

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JAKARTA Stocks fell yesterday for a fourth day after the rupiah weakened against the US dollar, raising concern that a slide m the currency would erode the value of Indonesian shares m US-dollar terms. The Jakarta Stock Market Composite Index slipped 0.13 per cent or 0.92 point to 722.5, as

BANGKOK [ARTICLE]

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BANGKOK Thai share prices dropped 2.8 per cent yesterday on uncertainty about some of the weaker finance firms as details about a planned consolidation of the sector began to emerge, analysts said. The finance sector sub-in-dex was down 56.35 points at 2,288.09. The composite Stock Exchange of Thailand Index was

GOLD PRICES [ARTICLE]

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GOLD PRICES SINGAPORE 3ooa? -< XXXXX^XXXXX.37 XXXXX-XXXXX.23 100 gm 1491—XXXXX1 1477—1548.09 50 gm 747-785.89 740-778.68 20 gm 298-319.30 295-316.21 sgm 74-86.52 74-86.52 1 gm 15-23.69 15—23.69 Button coins (SS/oi) Spore bufflon coin 475-481 XXXXX6 Canadian maple leaf 475-481 470-476 Australian nugget 476-498.52 471—493.37 ÜBS gold Kineb*r~(SS/oz) 474-507.79 470-503.67 OUBgoW options

ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS [ARTICLE]

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ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS Contract <gjg July 14, 1987 IMT ONE 3 C 9 12 VALUE MIH MIH HTH MTH MIH C L DATE USS 5Vh 5* SV„ 5Vi» 5w 4v* 16/7/97 XT 4H 4V4 4v* 4H 4'/» 4V., IV7/97 N2S 6>Vi« 6h 6y> 6m 6v« 6h 16/7/97 STG 6V, 6

TIN [ARTICLE]

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TIN Closing pricw (Ms/Wto} KLrm $13.77 (+0.25) Turnover 120 (+l7)

CURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY COUNTER RATES SlnoAport) t_hrtl>n to on# untt of for Stan currency BuylngOO Selling USdolar 1.4311 1.4495 Sterfna pound 2.3979 2.4591 AustraSandoto 1.0439 1.0783 Canadaidotar 1.0373 1.0624 NZdolv a. 0.9421 0.9757 EC unit 1.6137 Bfcyei^eclaaeatitoMOuwaa of foreign currency Austrian schifing 11.2325 11.7416 Betaianfranc 3.8427 3.9893 Dartshkronor 20.5669 21.5173 Deutschemark 79.8882

SICOM FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SICOM FUTURES July 14. 1997 Rubber Futures (Closing prices) RSSI Contract Tomes. (Scanty**) Month High Low Sett Vbt Open ht Ai_g97 131.75 700 Sep 138.50 138.5Q,.. 138.50 SO 1795 Oct 143.25 143_SS 143.25 75 1675 Nov 145.00 144.50 145.00 75 1675 Dec 146.75 146.00 146.75 75 1675 RSS3Contract (UScentvXg) Aug

KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR Tran— ctton Date: July 14, 1997 •MtmfiUxMmtumt; PirwhwlHl aim iiim*i ipif Wilt; P/tratto>«r»noti»ii»dforcunMity«W»— t«. 1997 Last Vol Net High Low Company Sale (000) P/E INDUSTRIALS Consumer Products 780 550 Ajlnomoto —460 -10 1 304 448 283 Angkaaa -400 -10 8 84 806 610 Apollo Food Hlg .670 unch

BANK RATES [ARTICLE]

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BANK RATES OCBC OUB UOB 06S TLB POSB KB DEPOSIT RATES S.'vwgs 3 Urn 2 M 3 3 2w 2H Fixed deposit 1 monui 3>-. 3w 3. 3w 3n 3w 3 months 3^ 3H 3h 3h 3v% 3^ 6 months 3 v. 3% 3h 3h 3v. 3v. 12months 4 4

CRUDE & PRODUCT PRICES [ARTICLE]

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CRUDE PRODUCT PRICES CRUO6/PROOUCT MONTH* CHANGE PRICE (09%) BBL BRENT BLEND Aug +0.30-0.30 18.20—18.25 WEST TEXAS Interm Aug +0.29-0.29 19.44 19.48 OUBAiFATEH Aug +0.35-0.35 17.13-17.18 TAPS BLEND Aug +0.20-0.20 18.85-18.95 MNAS Aug +0.30-0.30 17.90-18.00 NAPHTHA (OF Jap) +2.00-1.50 207.00-208.50 NAPNTW +0.15-0.15 21.35-21.55 CST-180HSFO -2.00-2.00 98.00 99.00 Titling o< cargoes. Prices

PALM OIL [ARTICLE]

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PALM OIL Crude pohn oi (Ms/tonn«! Jul 1177.50 (south) Refined pahn ofl (US$/lonne) RSOPaimCH Jul 492.50 (seller) Aug 490.00 (seller) 380 Oleic Jul 532.50 (seller! .Aug 530.00 (seller) RBD Stearic Jul 375.00 (seller)

SIMEX FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SIMEX FUTURES July 14, 1897 Brent Crude Opm Mgh Low Sett EatVol Aug 97 18.18 0 Sep 18.25 0 Oct 18.29 0 Act Vol (Fn): 60. Open W (Fri): 1 15. Spot US Dollar/ Japanoae Yon Open Mp In Ml EatVol Sep 97 113.67 114.06 113.42 114.02 260 Act Vol

SILVER [ARTICLE]

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SILVER C*o*wng prices (US$/troy 02) Mon Fri Singapore 4.360-4.370 4.380-4.390 Frl Thu New York 4.360—4.370 4 370-4.380 Source. ftDtftscftU

CLOB INTERNATIONAL [ARTICLE]

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CLOB INTERNATIONAL 1997 Curr Last Vol Oay DSv Nat MCap High Low Company Tradad Bala -for- DM High Low P/E SmH 326 162 m 8 Ungulsoc 160 -6 M 202 106 -104 6704 1700 1400 m 8 M Banking 1440 4-10 126 1440 1440 14.7 274 XXXXX4 1030 1400 m

TTJ Design seeks foreign partners and SES float [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TTJ Design seeks foreign partners and SES float STEEL fabrication and engineering firm TTJ Design and Engineering Pte Ltd, hopes to team up with foreign partners and seek a listing on the Stock Exchange of Singapore (SES) m three to five years. Speaking at the opening of the company's $15

S'pore among most expensive cities for expat housing [ARTICLE]

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S'pore among most expensive cities for expat housing Kalpana Rashiwala By SINGAPORE is still one of the most expensive cities m the world for an expatriate executive to own or rent a house, relative to his salary, according to a recent survey by property consultant Knight Frank. The survey showed

Going through the roof [ARTICLE]

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Going through the roof TIEN CHUNG PING ftmy (y puritan Property rental .i^mj HWWt mmt Amsterdam $100,000 1300.000 3.00 $2,000 24.0% Auckland $90,000 $320,000 3.56 $1,300 tfJ* Bombay $35,000 $225,000 6.43 $1,500 51.4% Brussels $90,000 $190,000 111 $1,375 18.3% Hongkong $240,000 $1,900,000 7.92 $4,000 20.0% •Johannesburg $90,000 $300,000 3.33 $2,270

Bank loans growth lowest in 21/2 years [ARTICLE]

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Bank loans growth lowest in 21/2 years SINGAPORE'S total bank loans advanced 12.6 per cent m May the weakest rise m more than 2'/ 2 years —as borrowings by manufacturing, and construction and building industries slowed. The Monetary Authority of Singapore, which has most of the functions of a central

INDICES [ARTICLE]

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INDICES July 14 Change ST Industrials 1954.60 -12.54 ST Finance 3822.03 +24.12 ST Hotels -3.65 ST Properties 1786.94 -2.09 BT Composite 1984.16 -5.97 BT-MGA 951.17 —9.67 BT-SRI 1008.45 —10.34 BT 08/ OS -193 -120 BTCADI -XXXXX -98 BT 06V +XXXXX473 -XXXXX DBS CPF Index 542.24 -3 94 OCBC 1456.64 -11.19

SCOREBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SCOREBOARD HAM CLOB Up On Unch Up On Unch Industrial 38 102 43 5 35 4 Finance 9 12 9 4 5 1 Hotels 2 6 6 0 3 0 Properties 4 10 2 3 17 0 Plantations 0 0 0 17 1 Mining 0 0 0 0 2 0

TOP ACTIVES [ARTICLE]

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TOP ACTIVES XL Industries 19,411,000 Mulphaß 8,920,000 HKLandUSIOc 4,630,000 HuanHsinUS2Oc 3,411,000 Renong Bhdsoc 2,643,000 Frt Links 20c 2,536,000 Sing Tel 15c 2,203,000 Burwillloc2ooo 1,910,000 Magnum Corpsoc 1,810,000 DBS Land 1,790,000

TURNOVER (READY) [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TURNOVER (READY) Total Martiet Frt Hon Industrials 78.894 m 49.098 m Finance 12.933 m 9.931 m Hotels 1.965 m 1.390 m Properties 15.131 m 28.670 m Loans Stocks 9.969 m 5.027 m Plantations 2.042 m 1.168 m Mining 365.000 110.000 Totalvoiume 121.298 m 95.394 m Total value m S$ 320.830

SES MAINBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SES MAINBOARD 1 INOUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL Transaction Data: July 14.1 gg7 1997 Curr Last Vol Oay Gr4 Net MCapWAvg Mgh Low Company Traded Sale or- 000 High Low Dtv P/E Smll Pries AS6NT3IO 200 US ASFuSic'OO US 885 33 109 107' SON 12.3 2704 340 240 ml A__^asoc 242 -1

Currency turmoil puts damper on market sentiment [ARTICLE]

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Currency turmoil puts damper on market sentiment CHAN WEE CHUAN MARKET REPORT JITTERS over regional currencies spooked Singapore investors yesterday, resulting m another dismal day on the stock market. Dealers said sentiment was poor, with institutional investors staying away from the region because of weaknesses m the currencies of all

BONDS, LOANS & WARRANTS [ARTICLE]

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BONDS, LOANS WARRANTS TOfWQn WOT W BD^HWO fOT OMT^KKw UPWW^Wfc C IrUvW HDOB WWt AppTO^MO UnNHRI «CBBBi, X vBi^HSB W9np> /*i»imju«j him Lm<liiml*iJ *W jinlr n^H^ it* iuiji juM—jlßilm. fnißMiWili fc.» /uwium r^^ j*# b^^M^^ <^ In^a^B^t^^ cLx,. j^^ WUrrinCy lyW ICTCIWO II In 01 nOCm UBI« IE UnCQnVWM, C.

UNIT TRUSTS [ARTICLE]

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UNIT TRUSTS Mgre'Prtc— .JutyiS r>in c a_iii>uii__iiiiw» i i i s-portfuamancmFo 0921-0.9*0* mmmm* m, *mi'ii** *<~r. -j. r n>s a— aa ci 1.46-i.stim T***myr*t 143— i.saa> Spore Prog Fa_d o*3-067a SlponStcFMd o**-li)Oa S-ponmmtstfmV I.lo— l.ltMa S*aiE_MrFa_l OJO-0.85a imammmmmt*** —a— sj T«LnCMiWstf4 OJB9-0.946-Tatet B__bcV«__»Fo 0446-0.890- taaWnhaawm m —0m OOVatat I t/7/971

SESDAQ [ARTICLE]

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SESDAQ 1997 Curr Laot Vol Day Gfo Not MCapWtAvg High Low Company Tradod Sale +or. '000 Moll Low Dtv P/E Smll Price 180 76 •MRHttaSc 101 -2 111 105 103 3X1 147.1 454 10S 283 144 AS Auto TOc 271 cd inch 1S9 273 271 -224 300.4 272 117 81

Attacks on ringgit ease as govt takes firm line [ARTICLE]

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Attacks on ringgit ease as govt takes firm line IN KUALA LUMPUR While Bank Negara's action has increased interest rates, it has positive effects on the economy since it encourages savings and reduces inflation.* Mr Affifuddin. KUALA LUMPUR Speculative attacks on the Malaysian ringgit eased yesterday after officials reiterated their

Philippine peso trades thinly at average rate of 28.77 to US$ [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Philippine peso trades thinly at average rate of 28.77 to US$ Luz Baguioro Currency turmoil m region IN MANILA By m Manila lt was a confusing time for everybody because for the first time, there was no big brother to hold our hand.' Mr Reyes of Anscor Hagedorn Securities. Move

You will lose, State Secretary warns rupiah speculators [ARTICLE]

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You will lose, State Secretary warns rupiah speculators IN JAKARTA JAKARTA Indonesia warned speculators yesterday against mounting an attack on the rupiah, saying the strength of the Indonesian economy would make it a money-losing proposition. "Speculators against the rupiah will lose," State Secretary Moerdiono said after meeting President Suharto. 'The

Baht's 15% drop is too much, says Thai central bank [ARTICLE]

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Baht's 15% drop is too much, says Thai central bank IN BANGKOK BANGKOK Thailand's central bank said yesterday the baht had fallen bo low, as the currency weakened further m early trade, but declined to confirm reports that it had intervened m the market Bank of Thailand deputy governor Chaiyawat

IMF move seen as key to possible Thai rescue by Japan [ARTICLE]

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IMF move seen as key to possible Thai rescue by Japan TOKYO A possible move by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help bail out Thailand will be the key to Japan's participation m a multi-billion-dollar Thailand rescue scheme, monetary sources said yesterday. "Much depends on how the Thai authorities

Petronas to list KLCC project by year-end [ARTICLE]

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Petronas to list KLCC project by year-end KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's national oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd iPetronas) said it would list its Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) project by the year-end. The KLCC project includes the 450-metre tall Petronas twin towers, the world's tallest. "I can confirm that we are

Infrastructure spending will help manufacturers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Infrastructure spending will help manufacturers THE manufacturing sector may have been disappointed for not getting any direct incentives, but it stands to benefit from the $4 billion earmarked for economic and infrastructure development during the current year. Of the $9.6 billion the Government plans to spend on improving the country

Rating firm IBCA drawn to incentives [ARTICLE]

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Rating firm IBCA drawn to incentives Reactions to Budget '97 THE new concessionary tax rate for credit rating agencies is expected to encourage them to expand their activities and help boost the market for fixed income securities here. "The incentives will encourage us to carry out more support functions here

Perks for finance industry 'mainly for major players' [ARTICLE]

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Perks for finance industry 'mainly for major players' Jean Chia By little immediate gain for overall sector THE package of tax incentives unveiled m the 1997 Budget focuses on the "big boys", with little immediate benefit for the already fast-growing financial industry, said fund managers and banking community. Seven tax

Rajabali will appeal for Scotts shares to be restored to trust [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rajabali will appeal for Scotts shares to be restored to trust Narendra Aggarwal By JUMABHOY family patriarch, Mr Raiabali, 99, is to ask the Appeal Court to have main-board-listed Scotts Holdings' shares restored to his trust The High Court last month ruled that were was no breach of trust by

OUB helps arrange $977m consortium loan [ARTICLE]

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OUB helps arrange $977 m consortium loan OVERSEAS Union Bank (OUB) is one of seven lead managers m a group of 23 banks which extended an As9os million (XXXXX.4 million) loan to Australian Pacific Airports Corp (Apac), an Australian-led consortium. The five-year loan would be used m part to finance

TAS will license live' audiotex services [ARTICLE]

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TAS will license live' audiotex services AUDIOTEX operators can now apply for licences to introduce "live" services, the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore (TAS) said yesterday. Audiotex services offer callers a range of information and entertainment over the telephone, for a fee. The services introduced four years ago have until now

COMPANIES IN BRIEF

LAND FOR WAREHOUSE [ARTICLE]

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LAND FOR WAREHOUSE KianHo Bearings Has secured a land parcel at Changi South where it plans to build a warehouse to consolidate its warehouse facilities located currently m various parts of the island. In a statement yesterday, it said Jurong Town Corporation had extended it a 30-year lease for tne

KOH BROS REVAMP [ARTICLE]

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KOH BROS REVAMP Koh Brothers Group said yesterday it has transferred three main operating companies m Singapore to its wholly owned subsidiary, G&W Group Holdings, ahead of the tatter's listing on the Stock Exchange of Singapore's mainboard. The companies transferred under the restructuring exercise make and sell ready-mix concrete and

MMC TIES UP [ARTICLE]

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MMC TIES UP Britain's Northern Petroleum said yesterday it had agreed with Malaysia Mining Corporation to form a joint venture to invest m proven reserves m the former Soviet Union and m the Middle East. Northern said the investments would be structured m such a way that it could earn

STOCK SUSPENDED [ARTICLE]

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STOCK SUSPENDED Trading m Berjaya Industrial shares has been suspended pending an announcement, said a Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. Shares of Berjaya Industrial, an investment company controlled by Mr Ling Hee Liong, the eldest son of Malaysia's Transport Minister, were last traded at M 52.91 on Friday. Bloomberg News

FINANCE HOUSE EXPANDING [ARTICLE]

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FINANCE HOUSE EXPANDING Arab-Malaysian finance una saia yesterday it plans to open more branches and offer new services after being accorded a Tier-1 finance house by Bank Negara. "We will want to do more of course but we will select the areas where we want to be. We cannot say

MORE CAR MAKES [ARTICLE]

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MORE CAR MAKES The DRB-Hicom group is currently negotiating to assemble and produce more makes of vehicles, including those of Ssangyong and the proposed national four-wheerdrive (4WD) vehicles. The national 4WD would be available to the public m 1 Vi years, group chairman Datuk Mohd Saleh Sulong told reporters. "We

TOP RISES (C) [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TOP RISES (C) Cents BSembawang 2420 50 2.1 GE Life 1650 40 2.5 Gentingssoc 685 40 6.2 Burwill!0c2000 146 34 30.4 E Resources 10 232 32 16.0 DatacraftlOc 372 24 6.9 Creative T 25c 2810 20 0.7 Venture MWt99 350 20 6.1 RHBCapßhd 398 14 3.6 Venture Mfg2sc 472 12

TOP RISES (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES Cents BurwiHloc2ooo 146 30.4 34 LiangCourtWt 40 17.6 6 E Resources 10c.... 232 16.0 32 JurongEngß 52.5 14.1 6.5 Jurong Engß2oo 50 9.9 4.5 AVJennmgsH 64 7.6 4.5 DatacraftlOc 372 6.9 24 FrtLinks2oc 49 6.5 3 Gentingssoc 685 6.2 40 Venture MWt99 350 6.1 20

TOP FALLS (c) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS (c) Cants SPH Foreign 2770 70 2.5 NBT 2090 50 2.3 KeppelCorp 620 35 5.3 DBS Foreign 1880 30 1.6 SlAForeign 1320 30 2.2 CityDevSOc 1310 20 1.5 Wing Tai 25c 414 20 4.6 M Resources 352 20 5 4 HLeongCrßW2o 45 17 27 4 Sime Darby 50c

TOP FALLS (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS Cents Mulphaß2so 2.5 58.3 3.5 Muiphaß 2.5 54.5 3 OspreyMßPSs4o 0.5 50.0 0.5 OspreyMßPS 1 33.3 0.5 RashidHßl42 5 28.6 2 HLeongCrßW2oo.. 45 27.4 17 OspreyMß 30.5 15.3 5.5 FirstEngWtOl 31 15.1 5.5 HLeongFnWt9B 51 10.5 6 Showplaß 5.5 8.3 0.5

3 down, who's next? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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3 down, who's next? t^^^^^^^^^^T^m^^Tm^l^^^Mf^i^^sU JALEHA HASWM

Speculators send currencies tumbling across South-east Asia [ARTICLE]

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Speculators send currencies tumbling across South-east Asia More stories: Page 46 SOUTH-EAST Asian currencies tumbled yesterday as the Philippines' move to devalue its currency sparked worries that the crisis which engulfed the baht and the peso may widen to more of the region's currencies. The Thai baht and the Indonesian

ST Industrials Index drops to 21/2-year low [ARTICLE]

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ST Industrials Index drops to 21/2-year low TURMOIL m the regional currency markets exacted its toll on the Singapore bourse yesterday, with the Benchmark Straits Times Industrials Index falling to its lowest level m I*4 years. The index shed 12.54 points to 1,954.6. its lowest point since Jan 24, 1995

ERA no longer on list of Housing Board agents [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ERA no longer on list of Housing Board agents Colin Tan By ERA Realty Network, one of the largest estate agencies m the Housing Board resale market, is no longer on the board's Listed Housing Agents Scheme. It is understood that ERA was suspended at the beginning of this month

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The Straits Times Life!

Masthead [TITLE SECTION]

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The Straits Times Life! TUESDAY JULY 15, 1997

Life! Cover

Bon Jovi wants more in life than just being top gun [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bon Jovi wants more in life than just being top gun STILL BLAZING AWAY FLIRTING WITH HOLLYWOOD JON BON JOVI'S on-going affair with the movies started with a bit role m Young Guns II m 1990. His character made a short appearance, got shot and died m the movie starring

Mix of hits and long breaks [ARTICLE]

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Mix of hits and long breaks IN THE last six years, Bon Jovi, one of the '80s biggest rock bands, has been plagued with break-up rumours. What really happened was this seven years of being at the top and nonstop touring got to its members and they latched onto long

Arts awards for 86 troupers [ARTICLE]

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Arts awards for 86 troupers MAGDALENE LUM THE People's Association Cultural Troupe (Pact) awards were presented to 86 part-time artistes last Friday. Three received Excellence Awards that recognised their contributions m promoting the performing arts, while Artistic Awards went to five artistes who have gave outstanding performances. There were also

A Belly Happy award recipient [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A Belly Happy award recipient MANY Singaporeans remember Lee Weng Kee as the restaurant manager m the popular TV sitcom, Happy Belly. Others may not have recognised him when he donned a cheongsam with a high-slit to play a middleaged mamasan m a recent Mandarin musical, Miss To Sup Neung.

Hard work, patience the key for this dancer [ARTICLE]

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Hard work, patience the key for this dancer IF YOU want to learn to dance, you must be patient and be willing to work hard and practise every day. This advice comes from Paddy Low Chwee Chin, 33. She should know. She has been a dancer with the People Association

Chemistry technician with a love for Malay dance [ARTICLE]

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Chemistry technician with a love for Malay dance YOUNG people who waste their time loitering at shopping centres would be better off taking up an art form, said Fathurrahman bin Said. That was what he did when he was m the air force and found he had time on his

Nasty psycho villain has last laugh on Hollywood [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Nasty psycho villain has last laugh on Hollywood JAMES WOODS is Hollywood's one-stop shopping place for villains. Sure, he is nice now and then, and he has won Emmys m such tender stories as Promise. But psychos of every stinky stripe are his speciality m such films as The Onion

Brand names in movies earn extra for studios [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Brand names in movies earn extra for studios HIDDEN publicity, otherwise known as "product placement", is a little known industry that provides a fair bit of pocket money for Hollywood movie studios. Whether it is Vincent Perez straddling an Italian motorcycle m The Crown or Cruella listening to a Danish

They preen, [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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They preen, A hair-raising experience Tabitha Samuel, seven, one of the child models participating m the Zero Degree Celsius fashion event, has two wires inserted m her hair to make her pony-tails stand before the show starts.

they strut [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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they strut Text and pictures: SIM CHI YIN THE legs were long, but not the faces watching them. Cool, thought the audience. And aptly, the show at Chijmes last Thursday evening was called Zero Degree Celsius. It was the eighth annual fashion showcase by the graduating students of the International

Men In Black, Contact shine at US box-office [ARTICLE]

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Men In Black, Contact shine at US box-office SCIENCE-FICTION movies held sway at the American weekend box-office as Men In Black retained the top spot and Contact, starring Jodie Foster, opened m second, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. Men In Black, an alien invasion spoof starring Will Smith

Goei goes from acting to writing and making movies [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Goei goes from acting to writing and making movies JANET HO GLEN