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The Straits Times, 16 April 1998

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The StraitsTune^ Established 1845 L nUrSQay April 16, 1998 108 Pages in five parts mita (P) H4/i2«7 MMM A Singapore Press Holdings publication Ul) Cents

Poverty may hit 20m more Indonesians [ARTICLE]

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Poverty may hit 20m more Indonesians iinjwrnBWBWMBi Economists say economic crisis will raise percentage of Indonesians living in poverty to 20% of the population JAXARTA Up to 20 million more Indonesians could be forced into poverty by the nation's ravaging economic crisis and they will remain desperately poor for years

Asean through American eyes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Asean through American eyes LUDWIG ILIO G. CHANDRADAS

New telemedicine service soon [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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New telemedicine service soon EDMUND TEE "SEP A DOCTOR OMUNE FOR MHOR AILMENTS *L THE doctor is in in your home, that is. Come May 1, people will be able to consult their neighbourhood doctor for advice on minor ailments, from their homes, over the high-speed SingaporeOne online network. That

Japan bank's leads won't get pay for a year [ARTICLE]

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Japan bank's leads won't get pay for a year TOKYO— The Industrial Bank of Japan Ltd (IBJ) said yesterday that its chairman and president will not receive any pay for one year, due to the firm's involvement in bribery scandals. The bank's chairman, Mr Yo Kurosawa, and president, Mr Masao

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GIC shares case: HK man charged [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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GIC shares case: HK man charged ACQUITTED: On appeal I Kevin K. W. Lee faces 18 corruption and fraud charges involving $12 million. He is alleged to have offered cash and shares to an ex-GIC official A FORMER managing director of a private investment firm in Hongkong was charged yesterday

Hi-ti ling: JNew browsers stop some [ARTICLE]

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Hi-ti ling: JNew browsers stop some EDMUND TEE By] NOT everyone who tried filing their tax returns over the Internet managed to do so. The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) said that this was partly because its e-filing system was unable to support the most recent versions of web

Taiwan Strait crisis cost island $37b [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Taiwan Strait crisis cost island $37b DANNY LEE &M Taiwan's bourse and financial market were kit first by China's military exercises, said an economic think-tank 1 THE PRICE OF A NEARLY-WAR military exercises and missile tests China held from jjrte 1995 to 1996 to rattle Taiwan cost the island a

paze-free cruise deal bow offered [ARTICLE]

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paze-free cruise deal bow offered GUARANTEE FOR 3 DESTINATIONS t* SEA-CRUISE operator is ffering would-be passengers a haze-free guarantee, in en effort to forestall a slump In bookings for trips to the Malaysian west coast this year. The blue-skies promise from Star Cruises covers passengers sailing on the ship Star

Boost for Everest team's morale [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Boost for Everest team's morale SINGAPORE'S Mount Everest expedition team and the mountaineering sport received a boost on Saturday when Community Development Minister Abdullah Tarmugi assured the team that the Singapore Sports Council and his ministry were still behind them. He told expedition leader David Lim, 33, over the phone:

Now, an anxiety drug for dogs [ARTICLE]

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Now, an anxiety drug for dogs ZURICH A Swiss company has announced it is launching a new drug for dogs, designed to ease their anxiety when parted from their owners. Novartia AG said in a statement that separation anxiety in dogs could lead to excessive barking and destructive behaviour. The

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Never too old to be back in school [ARTICLE]

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Never too old to be back in school The quest for knowledge continues at a US college, and as the baby-boomer generation gets older, the demand for such schools is likely to grow NORTHFIELD (Minnesota) As the spring session at the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium began, students made their way

Clinton thrilled by senator's trip [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Clinton thrilled by senator's trip OLDEST MAN HEADED FOR SPACE HOUSTON United States President Bill Clinton expects to get a kick out of watching 76-year-old John Glenn "wander around up there" on his new space mission. Senator Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, gave Mr Clinton a tour on

Shuttle's payload of mice and men [ARTICLE]

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Shuttle's payload of mice and men CAPE CANAVERAL (Florida) Technicians are loading a menagerie of animals aboard the space shuttle Columbia for a mission to study the inner workings of the brain and nervous system. Columbia. U' scheduled to blast off "today on the mission to understand how the body's

Israel frees long-time Palestine detainee [ARTICLE]

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Israel frees long-time Palestine detainee JERUSALEM Israel yesterday released its longestheld Palestinian "administrative detainee", Ahmed Katamesh, who served more than five years in prison without trial, officials said. Katamesh, 45, suspected of being a senior West Bank leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was released

Teheran mayor freed from jail [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Teheran mayor freed from jail Interior Ministry sets up a defence committee for bim and mounts an exMbffloQ publicising Ms achievements as mayor of the capital TEHERAN Teheran mayor Gholam-Hossein Karbaschi, arrested 11 days ago on corruption charges, was released from prison yesterday. He was reportedly on his way to

France wages $3b war on air pollution [ARTICLE]

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France wages $3b war on air pollution PARIS France spends over 10 billion francs (552.7 billion) per year on fighting air pollution which is costing the country more than three times that amount in related health problems. A study published yesterday by the French Environment Institute (Ifen) rhowed that the

Kabul a ghost town under Taleban [ARTICLE]

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Kabul a ghost town under Taleban UN HUMAN-RIGHTS REPORT ON AFGHANISTAN EPolice :seeps ggbreets empty QfiNEVA Kabul is now a > Vhost town" because people dare not venture onto the streets for fear of being harassed by the Taleban's Muslim religious police, the United Nations Human Rights Commission said here

Feel like a box of fluffy ducks? [ARTICLE]

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Feel like a box of fluffy ducks? DAVID COHEN By I.VWELLINGTON NZ-SPEAK: The lowdown Chuffed: pleased Dinkum: authentic Flufrv ducks: cheerful, bright, happy, as in a box of fluffy ducks Joker: man Jokester. a joker who tells jokes Get off the grass: come to one's senses Gobstopper: large, circular sweet

MEN OF LEISURE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MEN OF LEISURE AFP Garden gnomes in picturesque surroundings lend an otherworldly air to this exhibition ground north-east of Paris. About 300 of the finest examples of the jovial little garden ornaments were gathered there on Tuesday for die first gnome exhibition.

WORLD FILE

TOP COP HELD OVER HOW CASH 'THEFT' [ARTICLE]

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TOP COP HELD OVER HOW CASH 'THEFT' ONE of Italy's most decorated policemen, Francesco Delfino, has been arrested after allegedly pocketing thousands of dollars intended to help secure the release of kidnapped busitini. Reuters

LAW TO PROMOTE [ARTICLE]

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LAW TO PROMOTE PAKISTAN plans to introduce a law to promote breast feeding ana to regulate the aggressive marketing of commercial infant food Reuters

GRENADE KILLS ONE IN POLICE STATION [ARTICLE]

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GRENADE KILLS ONE IN POLICE STATION A GRENADE, to be used as evidence in a murder trial, exploded at a police station in Chichawatni, Pakistan, killing the station commander and injuring five. Reuters

CABNET OF THREE [ARTICLE]

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CABNET OF THREE NEPAL'S King Birendra has appointed a threemember Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister-desig-nate Girija Prasad Koirala. The Deputy Prime Minister will be Shailaja Acharya. Economist Ram Sharan Mahat was named Finance Minister. Reuters

USE M COLOMBIA [ARTICLE]

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USE M COLOMBIA THE number of kidnappings in Colombia rose by 20 per cent in the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year. Marxist rebels committed more than half. Reuters

Two pickets injured in dockside clash [ARTICLE]

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Two pickets injured in dockside clash WAR ON THE WATERFRONT SYDNEY Two pickets were hurt in another violent dockside clash yesterday. Australian unions, meanwhile, launched a Federal Court challenge to last week's mass sacking of dockers by Patrick Stevedores. One man was taken to hospital with minor injuries after being

THE BUDGET IN BRIEF [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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THE BUDGET IN BRIEF REUTERS me «nnn« k,^ 'ufi conomic8 Erik A* 1 h ol<^g up a compact disk -ontaining details of" me spnng Budget in Stockholm on Tuesday. The government presented a cautious Budget, resisting calls for tax cuts.

Flow of illegals set to rise [ARTICLE]

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Flow of illegals set to rise TRAFFICKING of foreign workers into Asian countries which have not been as adversely affected as some of their neighbours will increase as the economic crisis drags on, according to the International Labour Organisation. With shrinking job opportunities at home and growing wage gaps as

Take note: 700,000 fewer US secretaries today [ARTICLE]

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Take note: 700,000 fewer US secretaries today WASHINGTON There are 700,000 fewer secretaries on the American business scene than there were 15 years ago, the US Census Bureau has reported, but experts say that may have more to do with the title than the job. In a statement timed to

Asian jobless ranks to swell [ARTICLE]

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Asian jobless ranks to swell IRENE NGOO REPORTS by ILO cites inadequate policy responses to crisis crippling economies in Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea WORKERS in Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea will face more hardship in the coming months because of inadequate policy responses to the financial crisis crippling their

Sharp rise in violent right-wing plots in US [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sharp rise in violent right-wing plots in US Government buildings, bridges and banks have been the target of hate groups, but most of these Moody plans have been thwarted by ponce ATLANTA Right-wing plots to derail trains, assassinate public figures and blow-up bridges have increased sharply in the US in

Retired programmers Uncle Sam wants you [ARTICLE]

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Retired programmers Uncle Sam wants you LICKING THE MILLENNIUM BUG WASHINGTON Not-so-over-the-hill computer experts, rejoice! Uncle Sam wants and will pay you. To prevent US government computers from suffering the world's greatest memory loss at the turn of the century, Uncle Sam will take extraordinary steps to reclaim retired brainpower.

White House out to slash air accidents [ARTICLE]

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White House out to slash air accidents WASHINGTON The US government is seeking to slash the air-accident rate over the next 10 years by focusing on one of the most common types of accidents sound planes flown into the ground by confused piAviation regulators unveiled on Tuesday a priority list

India reverses its brain drain [ARTICLE]

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India reverses its brain drain Economic development and improved communications in India make for better prospects and encourage Indians working overseas to return BOMBAY For ifeaay years India watched helplessly as its best scientific and engineering talent- fled the country for better proipects abroad. But rapid electronic communications and career

Soul-cleansing dip in Ganges [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Soul-cleansing dip in Ganges HARDWAR (India) Several million Hindu devotees immersed themselves joyfully in the River Ganges on Tuesday as the last Kumbh Mela festival of the century reached its climax. At least six million hymnchanting devotees bathed in the chilly water, many of them going in even before the

New Delhi accuses Beijing of border incursions [ARTICLE]

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New Delhi accuses Beijing of border incursions NEW DELHI India's Defence Minister George Fernandes has charged that China was making repeated military incursions into a north-eastern state. He said Chinese troops were "coming and going" into parts of Arunachal Pra- desh and that they had built a helipad in the

Petty clans take over from godfathers [ARTICLE]

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Petty clans take over from godfathers The Camorra is in a state of anarchy with small-time clan leaders fiahtina for supremacy, unlike the Sicilian Mafia which keeps its members in line THE MAFIA: Rise and fall NAPLES The once all-powerful godfathers of the Camorra, the Neapolitan Maria, are either dead

Lover leads cops to Mafia boss [ARTICLE]

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Lover leads cops to Mafia boss PALERMO (Sidly) Italian police have arrested a powerful Mafia leader after following his mistress to his hideout, a police source said. Police arrested Vito Vitale, considered to be the Mafia head in the Trapani region of north-west Sicily and a protege ofjafled Sicilian Godfather

Salon robber leaves clue His nails [ARTICLE]

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Salon robber leaves clue His nails NEW YORK -A bandit has robbed 17 nail salons in Manhattan in the last three months. Last week, he provided police with an unusual set of dues his fingernails. The robber is a welldressed man in his 30s, b 1.8 m tall and weighing

Farewell to arms for children? [ARTICLE]

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Farewell to arms for children? Some 250,000 children are estimated to be involved in wart around the world and Unicef wants to make their enlistment a war crime UNITED NATIONS Uniccf wants to make recruiting children into armies, sending them into combat zones or forcing them into prostitution a war

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My husband nominated as Premier? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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My husband nominated as Premier? DONT KID ME, SAYS WIFE MOSCOW When Mr Sergei Kiriyenko was nominated Russian Premier by President Boris Yeltsin, it was so unexpected that, when friends called to congratulate his wife, she thought they were talking about their daughter's birthday. "It was the same day we

HA BCBBamC CAB NO REPRIEVE FOR PARAGUAYAN KILLER [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HA BCBBamC CAB NO REPRIEVE FOR PARAGUAYAN KILLER WASHINGTON A Paraguayan murderer was executed by lethal injection in Virginia on Tuesday, despite calls for a delay to study claims that he was not told he could seek consular aid at the time of his arrest, prison officials said. Angel Francisco

VODKA-LACEDMEATBALLSANYONE? [ARTICLE]

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VODKA-LACEDMEATBALLSANYONE? STOCKHOLM -Ms Ulla Nylin-Reinelt, a Swede hV ing in the US hM launched vodka-flavoured meatballs, mixing two very Swedish concepts into a singular taste sensation. The cocktail meatballs, mixed with vodka and ei*£2E£EfS.'JS! wondering what vodka known for being flavour'ess would add to the taste of a meatball. AFP

RONALD DAIL NO.1 WITH NZ KIDS [ARTICLE]

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RONALD DAIL NO.1 WITH NZ KIDS WELLINGTON Some 3O'°°o New Zealand chUdren voted British author Roald Dahl favourite, naming his book Matilda first on their lists and The BFG second, book sellers Whitcoulte said 13fr

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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Venezuela's former President Carlos Andres Perez was placed under house arrest on Tuesday on charges that he and his female companion embezzled state funds. Frinklin Raines, the US' first African-American budget director and White House point man in last year's landmark balanced budget agreement with Congress, has resigned. Disgraced former

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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Quoteworthy 'It's something I don't think about, let alone worry about. Ifyoustart worrying, then you block wherever that comes from. It's like when I start thinking, I get in my own way/ J -^Singer Edward Van rUleo on his new album tided Van Halen 111

I Drug reactions killing patients [ARTICLE]

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I Drug reactions killing patients CHICAGO Adverse drug reactions appear to be a major cause of death among hospital patients in the United States, a new study reported on Tuesday. Researchers at the University of Toronto, who examined 39 studies, estimated that an average of 106,000 deaths at US hospitals

DWARFED BY HISTORY [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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DWARFED BY HISTORY AFP A group of schoolchildren get a hands-on history lesson during an excursion to the ancient site of Babylon, near Baghdad, on Saturday. Despite the recent face-off between Iraq and the UN over weapons inspections tourists have been trickling in to visit what is undoubtedly one of

Money medicine sickens US public [ARTICLE]

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Money medicine sickens US public Efforts by the Clinton administration and Congress to crack down on physician fraud are seen as indicative of a loss of faith in medical ethics PHILADELPHIA The journal of the American College of Physicians has warned that US society is losing confidence in the ability

Get ready for 'superbugs' [ARTICLE]

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Get ready for 'superbugs' WASHINGTON New drug-resistant "superbugs" are certain to poo up soon unless doctors and hospitals crack down on procedures. Careless use of antibiotics and slipshod hygiene are almost certainly responsible for the rise of bacteria that resist the last-defence drugs, methicillin and vancomycin. Health experts gave the

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EAST ASIA

'3 million' died in Korean famine [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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'3 million' died in Korean famine CALL FOR URGENT AID Two million tonnes of food needed this year WASHINGTON Famine has killed about three million North Koreans since August 1995, the head of a South Korean humanitarian organisation and a former Bush administration official have said. To avert further widespread

Siew tells minister to stay on [ARTICLE]

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Siew tells minister to stay on TAIPEI Taiwan Premier Vincent Siew has rejected the resignation of popular Justice Minister Liao Cheng-hao. The Premier told Mr Chang You-hui, secre-tary-general of the Cabinet, to return the resignation letter. The China Times reported yesterday that the minister may reconsider. On Monday, Mr liao

Driver of Macau's security chief slain [ARTICLE]

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Driver of Macau's security chief slain MACAU The driver of Macau's security chief was shot dead at point-blank range outside his home yesterday the latest in a series of killings in the Portuguese-administered gambling enclave, police said. Mr Wong Kam Seng, 50, who works for Under-secretary for Security Bngadier Manuel

ANA pilots' strike entres 11th day [ARTICLE]

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ANA pilots' strike entres 11th day KWAN WENG KIN By JA>A.X CtfMßgife^DliF, dots away MfhrfuarantMd allowance TOKYO A pilots' fttattftbtt All Nippon Airways, Sm 5(bV second-largest airHnfT entered its lit* day today otosr a >. dispute r^H^m^r a new pay hopes will save it one billion yen (Ssl2 million) a

Taiwan team for China next week [ARTICLE]

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Taiwan team for China next week TAIPEI A group of Taiwan negotiators would visit China next week, the first delegation from the island in nearly three years, it was reported yesterday. Taiwan's top negotiator Koo Chen-fu said at the end of a Kuomintang meeting that Mr Chan Chihhung was to

MIND NT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MIND NT REUTERS Kidering whether to make a dive fiijr t> i Taipei women stop in front of a road rnoon thunderstorm which inun <tj Mymg areas. The downpour on Monday saw 1 14 mm of rain die second-hi^es^dij^i^^ril rain in the past 100 years and forced Taiwan's domestic airports

HK to provide early red-tide alert system [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HK to provide early red-tide alert system CMsfl Extorthre Tna pMfes fovt vM inpravt sysMi for sMaitorinf °T? WW^* mVwmKm tyaralH to fisVtaMttrbk HONGKONO Hongkong's CyrfßwtuUve Tung Cbee Hwa j dimly visited fish farms devastated by a toxic red tide amid further warning for the public not to eat affected

China may rezone military regons in army shake-up [ARTICLE]

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China may rezone military regons in army shake-up HONGKONG The Chinese army is considering rezoning its seven military areas into five "war-zone regions" in a major shake-up of the top command. The five regions of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would comprise Nanjing, Guangzhou, Jinan, Shenyang and Chengdu. The two

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LANDMARK HOTEL MAY MOVE [ARTICLE]

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LANDMARK HOTEL MAY MOVE THE Mandarin Oriental Hotel might give up its flagship 35-year-old building in Central for a site on newlyreclaimed land in front of the Hongkong Stock Exchange, said Mandarin Oriental International managing director Robert Riley. Moving the Mandarin would free up the prime site. BLOOMBERG

6,300 CHILDREN IN IODINE POISOINING [ARTICLE]

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6,300 CHILDREN IN IODINE POISOINING ABOUT 6,300 children in western China have been poisoned by iodine supplements which were issued despite an earlier ban. The children, all attending schools in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, fell ill when the tablets were issued to 70,000 schoolchildren, the Guangming Daily reported

LAND-USE BAN EXTENDED [ARTICLE]

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LAND-USE BAN EXTENDED CHINA would extend a onevear ban on the use of farmland for non-agrfeultural projects such as real-estate development to protect dwindling arable land, the China Daily said yesterday. The move was first introduced in April last year. AFP

ZHU PROTEGE GETS AHEAD [ARTICLE]

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ZHU PROTEGE GETS AHEAD A PROTEGE of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji has been made a Vice-Minister of Finance, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Former Vice-Governor of Guizhou Lou Jiwei has been credited with bringing Hongkong and foreign investment to the province of Guizhou, said the South China Morning

JAIL TERM FOR TAKING BRIBES [ARTICLE]

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JAIL TERM FOR TAKING BRIBES AN 81-YEAR-OLD man was given a suspended eight-month jail term yesterday for taking bribes worth thousands of dollars to help a businessman join the Hongkong Jockey dub. Abdulla Tyeb Chiba, an honorary voting member of the club, was also fined HK520,000(554,182). AFP

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Thai festive road deaths set to double [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Thai festive road deaths set to double BANGKOK Car crashes which have already killed 70 people on Thai roads this Buddhist New Year holiday are expected to result in more fatalities as Bangkok residents return en masse from the provinces, police said. The death toll this year is sharply higher

Safeguarding Viet kids [ARTICLE]

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Safeguarding Viet kids HANOI A four-point programme will be used by the Vietnamese Interior Ministry to fight crimes against children. The campaign will focus on murder, assault and sexual assault, as well as child prostitution and drug abuse among children, both of which nave seen an alarm- ing rise in

Ramos backtracks on timber exports [ARTICLE]

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Ramos backtracks on timber exports President reverses decision to allow Philippine hardwood exports this year following environmentalist outcry MANILA Philippine President Fidel Ramos reimposed a ban on lumber exports abruptly yesterday, following an outcry over an earlier decision to lift it The government said earlier this week that it would

Pol Pot "agrees to be tried' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Pol Pot "agrees to be tried' Former Khmer Rouge chief will accept the group's decision to hand him over to an international tribunal, says Far Eastern Economic Review HONGKONG Former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, mastermind of Cambodia's "Killing Fields" regime, has agreed to be tried by an international court,

Students press for reforms [ARTICLE]

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Students press for reforms RALLIES CONTINUE IN JAKARTA JAKARTA Hundreds of students gathered at rallies at Jakarta universities yesterday to press their case for urgent political and economic reforms to deal with Indonesia's financial crisis. At the state-run Indonesia University (UI), at least 700 students from several universities joined for

REGIONAL FILE

REPRIEVE FOR FUGITIVE BANKER [ARTICLE]

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REPRIEVE FOR FUGITIVE BANKER EXTRADITION proceedings against fugitive banker Rakesh Saxena were adjourned in Vancouver on Tuesday until next week to give his lawyers time to sift through new evidence from Thailand. The British Columbia Supreme Court granted the adjournment at the request of Saxena's lawyers who are trying to

TRANSFER OF COAST GUARD CONTROL [ARTICLE]

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TRANSFER OF COAST GUARD CONTROL THE Philippine coast guard was formally transferred yesterday from the control of the Philippine Navy to the civilian Department of Transportation and Communications. President Fidel Ramos said the transfer was carried out to help facilitate the wider transport of goods in this archipelagic nation. AFP

LOSSES DUE TO LACK OF PARKING SPACES [ARTICLE]

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LOSSES DUE TO LACK OF PARKING SPACES JAKARTA loses at least 4.8 billion rupiah (Ssl.3 million) in potential parking revenue each month because of the critical shortage of authorised parking areas, a city councillor was quoted as saying in The Jakarta Post yesterday. He said the funds usually ended up

SOUTHERN PHILIPINE VILLAGE RAIDED [ARTICLE]

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SOUTHERN PHILIPINE VILLAGE RAIDED THREE people were killed near the town of Tacurong in the southern Philippines yesterday when separatist guerillas raided a remote Muslim village and set a mosque and several houses on fire, police said. They said about 30 gunmen from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front stormed the

AIRPORT BAN ON MOBILE PHINES [ARTICLE]

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AIRPORT BAN ON MOBILE PHINES THE head of the Philippines' immigration bureau said yesterday that his men would henceforth be banned from using mobile phones at Manila's airport to deter them from abetting human smuggling. Immigration Commissioner Homobono Adaza told reporters that mobile phones, pagers and handheld radios would not

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Johor to build 11 more dams in 5 years [ARTICLE]

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Johor to build 11 more dams in 5 years MALAYSIA'S WATER PROBLEM Move to ensure continuous water supply JOHOR BARU Eleven more dams will be built in Johor over the next five years to ensure a continuous supply of water for the state and for distribution to other states. "Our

ARMED,WITH WRONG LICENCE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ARMED,WITH WRONG LICENCE NEW STRAITS TIMES Three security guards (two shown above with their faces masked) were detained by Home Ministry enforcement officers on Tuesday for having the wrong firearms licence^ Not only that, they were armed with guns which were licensed for use only in farms and orchards while

Sabah to rush food to stricken villagers [ARTICLE]

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Sabah to rush food to stricken villagers Government to start food aid today to drought-bit areas, though the situation is not seen as critical. In KL, residents prepare for water rationing KUALA LUMPUR The East Malaysian state of Sabah yesterday promised food aid to hungry villagers in drought-stricken areas as

Haze in Brunei capital eases but not elsewhere [ARTICLE]

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Haze in Brunei capital eases but not elsewhere IGNATIUS STEPHEN Byl IN BANDAR SKRI BKCAWAN THE haze situation over the Brunei capita] improved slightly yesterday morning as officials disclosed that a Malaysian military aircraft would soon begin cloudseeding operations over drought-stricken areas of the sultanate. The slight clearing of the

Acehnese intruders used force [ARTICLE]

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Acehnese intruders used force BERN The Swiss embassy in Kuala Lumpur had to seek police help against 14 Indonesian refugees last week because they used force and did not ask for asylum, the Swiss Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. Answering criticism by the United Nations High Conimisssioner for Refugees of

Jail for actress who gave false evidence [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jail for actress who gave false evidence KUALA LUMPUR Actress Norliana Sulaiman has been jailed for two years for giving false evidence in a sex-for-hire case. She was jailed for one year for giving false evidence before judge Zura Yahya on Feb 6, 1996, in the trial of production house

Poultry farmers quitting business [ARTICLE]

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Poultry farmers quitting business Poor demand for chicken and Jtifh cost of supplies have forced many farmers to halt production FOWL: Few takers OH MARCH 2, tIM ftvtremefrtftUmtfMincrttttta tkt prict tf cMckM te tffitt ristaf costs. Tbtarktcf ffarai cMckta «m ptffMl at Ms3.so(Ssl.6o)ptrkf.HP 45 sm. But farMtrs say they co«rid

Sign waste deals quickly: Minister [ARTICLE]

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Sign waste deals quickly: Minister ItUALA LUMPUR Local authorities were yesterday directed to sign quickly interim agreements with the companies that have been appointed to manage solid waste throughout the country. The Housing and Local Government Minister, Datuk Dr Ting Chew Peh, said this was to ensure that the privatisation

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JUNE PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CHARGES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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JUNE PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CHARGES A BUTTERWORTH Sessions Court judge, charged with three counts of using criminal. force on a man with intent to outrage his modesty in the court on March 24, was produced in the High Court on Monday. Rungit Singh, 42, pleaded not guilty to all

MALAYSIA'S NEW MAN IN THE ON [ARTICLE]

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MALAYSIA'S NEW MAN IN THE ON DATUK Hasmy Agam has been appointed Malaysia's new Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, succeeding Tan Sri Razali Ismail, the Foreign Ministry announced yesterday. Mr Hasmy, 54, has served as alternate Permanent Representative to the UN since July 6, 1996. Bernama

BOOST FOR PROPERTY SECTOR [ARTICLE]

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BOOST FOR PROPERTY SECTOR THE Joho: state government will speed up the approval of building plans tor developers who want to convert their proposed projects to cheaper housing types. Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said this was a move by the state to spur growth within the property and

WIFE HIT ME, SAYS MAN, 60 [ARTICLE]

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WIFE HIT ME, SAYS MAN, 60 A 60-YEAR-OLD man has lodged a report against his wire for allegedly assaulting him with a plastic scoop on Sunday. Seremban district police chief, Assistant Commissioner Mak Chee Onn confinned that police were investigating the case. New Straits Times

BANKRUPTCY SIDER ON HOLD [ARTICLE]

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BANKRUPTCY SIDER ON HOLD THE Huh Court here yesterday allowed an appeal by president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah to set aside a bankruptcy order against him on March 3. the decision. Bernama

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Ramos allies rate ppvt as corruvt [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ramos allies rate ppvt as corruvt NIRMAL GHOSH Reports by PHILIPPINES CPU RESPONDENT Former senior Philippine government officials shock international seminar on graft in Asia with poor assessment of current administration PMMSOITHE FKT YEAI Of US NESMKYIIttTM ■MUSENHKNG FBI TO JAL THAT NiswriumD.' -MrMalouMaiwahMof The Manila Times MANILA -At a

Who says Japan is not providing leadership, envoy asks [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Who says Japan is not providing leadership, envoy asks AMBASSADOR SPEAKS OUT Newly-appointed Japanese Ambassvdorto Singapore Hitvshi < HashWpto rebuffed criticism that Japan failed to provide leadership duringthe Asian economic crisis. WUROMUI relays his deferux delivered at his press conference on Tuesday. I am not sure what they mean by

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SURVEY ON U.S.MALAYSIA RELATIONS

HOW ARE THE AFFECTED ASIAN COUNTRIES COPING WITH THE FINANCIAL CRISIS? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HOW ARE THE AFFECTED ASIAN COUNTRIES COPING WITH THE FINANCIAL CRISIS? M«KnniMIWI1VU»HSNnMDNTMB«TKMa Indonesia: •wi nu mi i mam ma m no m mokm nun iwds MIlBIBIMiMRIWnyinillSJmiRIHBIN.'

Americans want govt to help region [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Americans want govt to help region IRENE NGOO REPORTS by Survey shows they fear losing their fibs but at the same time are seeded about usn^iheirtaxd(Mantobc^ Asian economies IK NTUIHES Tim IT PMC MMSTQ SBN aiW TBNC ME STUMND. HEY CONTMIIE TO DEMONSTRATE THE SPECIAL JUS MPORTJUIT IM£ PLAYED IY

1 in 2 want better ties with China [ARTICLE]

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1 in 2 want better ties with China POLL ON U.S. ATTITUDES TO ASIA AMERICANS are warming to China and many see it as becoming more of a friend. In a survey, commissioned by seasoned Asia hand and professor Alfred Balitzcr, half of the 1,500 polled want the United States

SURVEY ON U.S.- ASIA RELATIONS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SURVEY ON U.S.- ASIA RELATIONS Graphic! by C. CHANDRADAS Tail by IRENE NGOO am m» mm a^m m^kmm m^^ KIIIIOUYFT Singapore and Taiwan: TjjEM^flBiriWIffWWgJMWMSWITT^BTtyiWITIW vv I^^P^w H^^MBV NHH BB Hv^WI^^P HBJHVwb MHwI IMF HIHHDHHL HHBu SHMWk flv ■HHIL MOT GGOTHB MU MK H BBcT MHiiaiiiiiiVttMynf Commtnts by Or Alfred BaHteer,

Don't impose values on other nations, US urged [ARTICLE]

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Don't impose values on other nations, US urged N ALFRED BALITZER: A love affair with Asia DR ALFRED Balitzer's "love affair" with Asia started in 1984 wheif then US President Ronald Reagan despatched him to Brunei as a special ambassador. A professor of government studies at the Claremont McKenna College

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A-team [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Hotel's food checked every month [ARTICLE]

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Hotel's food checked every month TAN YILIN COMPASS ROSE GETS AN 'A' *L EVERY month or so, a microbiologist appears in the kitchen of tne Compass Rose restaurant at Westin Stamford Hotel. His job: To check on the cleanliness of the restaurant's food and food preparation techniques. He also takes

MOVIE MAGIC COMES ALIVE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MOVIE MAGIC COMES ALIVE How many times have you gone to the movies and seen technology that you pooh-poohed as movie magic? This is one of the real-life examples on display at the aviation security conference and exhibition. Passing off as someone else with a stolen security pass will become

REPLACEMENT KILLERS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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REPLACEMENT KILLERS fcgen JT 0 counterfeiters will have a difficult time passing their works of art through this. Bom an infra-red detector and a video microscope, it can pick up invisible security patterns.

SPED [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SPED If only Sandra Bullock had swept her bus clean witn this detector. The Itemiser detects particles that drugs and explosives leave. The suspect object is swept with a paper filter by hand or a hand vacuum, and the sample is analysed and identified within five seconds. A more portable

TOTAL RACALL [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TOTAL RACALL Do not try stuffing any naughty VCDs into your trousers Defore you pass Customs. It may have had the Rapiscan Secure 1000 installed. This body scanner will Chow up foreign objects keys, guns, drugs Or unusually large amounts of money when jou stand in front of an X-ray-like

ASIA PACIFIC AVIATION SECURITY CONFERENCE AND EXIBITION

Tackling rowdy air passengers [ARTICLE]

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Tackling rowdy air passengers DAVID MILLER KOH BOON PIN Revorisby and Many airlines now carry handcuff s on board to deal with the orowhig number of passengers who misbehave IT IS not an in-flight service they care to advertise but many airlines now carry handcuffs and similar restraints on board

HOW DANGER WAS HANDELS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HOW DANGER WAS HANDELS SIA: In one case, a depressed passenger broke a bottle of alcohol and started waving the broken bottle about in the cabin. But the man, who had cut himself in the process, was disarmed without anyone being hurt. Cathay Pacific: The most dangerous case in recent

BEAT THE TAX DEADLINE WITH ELECTRONIC FILING [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BEAT THE TAX DEADLINE WITH ELECTRONIC FILING J ALEHA HASHIM EDMUND TEE Crapklci by TeU by Now that the deadline for posting your tax returns is over, electronic-filing is the only way left if you want to avoid paying up to $1,000 in fines because the deadline has been extended

Should doctors promise profits? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Should doctors promise profits? The issue of whether it is ethical for doctors to guarantee profits will be discussed in Parliament on Monday FOUR doctors who guaranteed the Sesdaq-listed company AsiaMatrix certain profits when it agreed to buy stakes in their practices have sparked off a debate on whether such

Low allegedly made false declaration [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Low allegedly made false declaration LIM SENG JIN FORMER SDP MEMBER ON TRIAL *L A SRI Lankan businessman said yesterday that a veteran Singapore opposition politician had suggested that he get hold of a forged university degree to make it easier for him get an employment pass here. Markus Don

Stressful,tiring and times-consuming [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Stressful,tiring and times-consuming that was how Ms Hanis (above) described the action which took two years. She is shown holding copies of the lookalike ad on the right and the photograph for the Aids awareness campaign. The defence oTMs Urn (right) was that she had commissioned a roadside artist to

Hanis gets $30,000 [ARTICLE]

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Hanis gets $30,000 ELENA CHONG *L Former international model Hanis won a suit against a social escort agency owner for using her picture in an ad THE High Court awarded former international model Hanis Saini Hussey $30,000 damages and costs in her defamation suit against the owner of a social

Two suspected illegals nabbed [ARTICLE]

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Two suspected illegals nabbed JOINT action by the Police Coast Guard (PCG) and the Royal Malaysian Marine Police (RMMP) led to the arrest of two suspected Indonesian illegal immigrants on Sunday. A Singapore police statement said that at about 10.40 am that day, the RMMP alerted the PCG's operations room

Electrician electrocuted while fixing traffic light [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Electrician electrocuted while fixing traffic light 'MY SON MS ALWAYS KEN CAREFUL OH THE JOB. WE WERE WAITING FOR HIM TO COME HOME FOR SUPPER WHEN I RECEIVE! A CALL FROM THE POLICE.' The father of Mr Chua Wee Kiong (above), who did not want to be named. AN ELECTRICIAN

Sinda to get new CEO [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sinda to get new CEO The new man at the helm, the first not seconded from the Civil Service, plans to reach out to more Indian troops THE Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda), the Indian community's self-help group, will have new chief executive officer next month. Mr S. Vivakanandan, 35,

Fire destroys old couple's [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fire destroys old couple's JASBIR SINGH *L AN ELDERLY couple were forced to move in with friends after their pre-war bungalow house was destroyed by fire, said their daughter-in-law yesterday. The single-storey house along Bassein Road, off Balestier Road, was reduced to its skeletal structure in less than 15 minutes

Jurong island to have treatment plant [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jurong island to have treatment plant S220M FACILITY WILL PROCESS WATER, WASTE Newisland's utility will ease the pressure on potable water resources here THE new Jurong island being reclaimed will come with a $220-million facility to treat industrial water and hazardous wastes, and provide all the industrial water the island

Singles less sympathetic [ARTICLE]

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Singles less sympathetic SINGLES appear to be less sympathetic towards Mick Son. Twenty-four people, most of them singles aged between 22 and 40, said he deserved to be slapped for misbehaving in the bookstore. Several noted that Mick's response to being slapped making a face and sticking out his tongue

Slapping boy is out, but.,. [ARTICLE]

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Slapping boy is out, but. IE IS IK mil AM H SDMI HAVE KEN ABU TO CMfTIOI HtS EMOTIONS EVEN ffTMCNUCNUNiT.' Mr. Christine Ho, 40, a koosewif e, who said the man cxmld have resorted to other measure*, rack as informing tn« store manager. The Straits Times Newsline was overwhelmed

CLOMMING AROUND IN PUBLIC [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Wealth of choice on Chinese Net [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Wealth of choice on Chinese Net SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY B,j JASON LEO W There are more than 500 sites on the Chinese Internet, which are all linked to the Speak Mandarin web site TJ" AW pupil Oliver for choice when I jhe wants infor■JlLa^^mation on things Chinese on the Internet. He

Speak Mandarin website offers more [ARTICLE]

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Speak Mandarin website offers more CHINESE INTERNET SITES f «JH£ Speak Man- darin Campaign I website was I launched in 1996, -JL. when the campaign went into cyberspace. The site, at www.gov.sg/spkmandarin has grown, and gone interThe latest facility allows visitors to type in Chinese words to find out how

Facelift for a goddess [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Facelift for a goddess Hokkien immigrants, out of gratitude, built a temple to honour her. Now, 150 years later, their descendants plan to restore Taoist goddess Ma Zu s home to its former glory. KM CHEN reports. TM MB DECAY HAVE HMD HE TCMPIE'S BEAVfY, NT ELEMENTS IF lIS ommisoimaN

A 30,000 silver dollar temple [ARTICLE]

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A 30,000 silver dollar temple THIAN Hock Keng Temple was built in 1842. However, records show that a shrine already stood on the site, on the beach where Telok Ayer Street is today, as early as 1821. The temple, built by early Fujian (Hokkien) immigrants who were grateful to the

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Grades of hygiene [ARTICLE]

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Grades of hygiene THE Environment Ministry's scheme to grade eating establishments in terms of hygiene is an eminently healthy one. According to the programme, which comes into effect next month, they will have to display badges ranging from A for excellent to D for below average. That stringent criteria were

COMMENTARY • ANALYSIS

Malaysians' patience fading as taps stay dru [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Malaysians' patience fading as taps stay dru BRENDAN PEREIRA *L In KUALA LUMPUR SERDANG Member of Parliament Datuk Yap Pian Hon has been facing the firing squad every day for the past fortnight Step out of his office and his constituents pounce on him, wanting to know when regular water

Divided over issue of bond-breakers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Divided over issue of bond-breakers PANG GEK CHOP *L Is this not a case of killing the chicken to frighten the monkey or executing one to warn a hundred? 9 Reader Chen Aiqing on publicising bond-breakers. READERS of Lianhe Zaobao were just as preoccupied with the issue of bondbreaking among

Myopia a serious problem [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Myopia a serious problem 'If parents do not bother about their eyesight, and spend long hours in front of the television or computer and read in bed. how can we teach children to care for their eyes Header Ning Xin IF YOU put a group of children of different countries

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In bad times, buyers beware Your article Too little too late" (ST, April 14) was timely. With the current economic recession, even highly reputable developers are putting their projects on hold. Buyers are also kept in the dark. I am one of the buyers of the project mentioned in the

IU crash tests on screens [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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IU crash tests on screens •^T "W" -TE REFER to m #m /Mr Sebastian \l\l Tng's letter V W (ST. April") V in which he queried whether the crash tests for in-vehicle units (lUs) carried out in Japan were conducted with both tempered glass and laminated glass windscreens. We would

RESULTS [LETTER]

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RESULTS LMriMtrtflass: Wtatenn cridwC bit IU TraHTttf flats: IU COHapSMi WtTR WNMSCf C#H MR Ml Mt fwnf Odt.

Tempered glass safe too [LETTER]

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Tempered glass safe too 1 WOULD like to thank Mr Sebastian Tng for his comments in "Legislation for laminated glass windscreens?" (ST, April 11). International research has shown that both laminated and tempered glass is safe to use. In Singapore, we allow the use of both laminated glass as well

Adhesive tape holding IUs proven adequate [LETTER]

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Adhesive tape holding IUs proven adequate IKbhiiK to the recent public concern over the m-vehicle units (Ills) dislodging and hurting the driver while driving (ST, April 4 and 6). We would like to further assure the public that the lUs have been installed using 3M's technology 3M Very High Bond

Doting parents have raised naughty kids [LETTER]

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Doting parents have raised naughty kids YOUR report "When noisy kids ruin calm in public places" (ST, April 9) and recent articles concerning gangsterism in schools have something in common. It is a result of both parents working and children left in the care of maids. With smaller families of

Act against water wasters [LETTER]

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Act against water wasters I REFER to the letter by Mrs Choo Wai Chan "Lack of water catchment hampers ideas" (ST, April 14). I agree with her that public education remains the mainstay of our water conservation plan. No matter what scheme we utilise for storage purposes, the bottom line

Why not screen movies for foreign workers? [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Why not screen movies for foreign workers? 1 HAVE followed with great interest the recent saga about Filipino maids being barred from congregating at Lucky Plaza for various reasons. It is not my intention to decide who is in the right or wrong. Rather, I would like to point out

Equal, but not identical [LETTER]

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Equal, but not identical IHAVE been asked to explain what I meant when I wrote that in Singapore, there is no pressing need to fight for sexual equality. I meant that women have equal opportunities, equal political rights, equal legal rights, and equality in allthe areas that count A woman

Everyone should fight for his rights [LETTER]

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Everyone should fight for his rights THE article "Sexual inequality still alive" by Ms Jacqueline Zhang Jing Yin (ST, April 15) is amusing. It is obvious that the writer did not consider several facts and points before attempting to enlighten us on the flaws of Mr George Wong's letter. I

Unfair for Nets to charge [LETTER]

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Unfair for Nets to charge I REFER to Nets' comments in the letter titled "More CashCard uses" (ST, April 15). As the policy towards a cashless society is a national one, Nets quite obviously has a major role to play. The transition from cash to cashless has to be smooth

A free press protects people [LETTER]

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A free press protects people REGARDING the recent exchange over "sensationalist journalism" perpetrated by the US media, I would like to give an American perspective. In America, the country is the property of its citizens. With or without Mr Bill Clinton, we will move forward. The US government is a

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WORLD CUP UPDATES

JOIN THE PARTY WITHOUT TICKETS [ARTICLE]

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JOIN THE PARTY WITHOUT TICKETS WORLD CUP security plans were mired in confusion on Tuesday after French officials, contradicting their British colleagues, invited fans without tickets to visit France during the tournament and "join in the party". The invitation by French Tourism Minister Michelle Demessine sparked an angry response from

SAMPSON-HARKERS PARTING OF WAYS [ARTICLE]

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SAMPSON-HARKERS PARTING OF WAYS UNITED STATES soccer coach Steve Sampson dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he announced that team captain John Harkes, one of the most experienced American players, will not play in the World Cup finals in June. Sampson told reporters he had dropped Harkes a veteran of

GASCOIMGNE MUST PROVE FITNESS [ARTICLE]

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GASCOIMGNE MUST PROVE FITNESS ENGLAND coach Glenn Hoddle has told Paul Gascoigne that his World Cup finals slot is secure but only once he has proved his fitness. He said he never had any doubts about the player's ability to play the pivotal midfield role, despite recent doubts raised by

LATE NEWS [ARTICLE]

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LATE NEWS MLUnOTUMED TOUSBUL AC MILAN'S Dutch international striker Patrick Kluivert could be joining Arsenal next season. The English Premiership title-chaser has reportedly bid US$lB million (5528.9 million) for the 21--year-old, who has failed to win over the critics since joining Milan from Ajax.

I'll win, says Europe chief [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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I'll win, says Europe chief YAP KOON HONG SOCCER But Johansson won t stand again if he loses fight for Fifa'stopjob FACTFILE: All about Johansson Date and place of birth: Nov 5, 1929, Bromma (Sweden). Marital status: Married to Lola for 20 years. Four children, 10 grandchildren. Marital motto: What

A raging Bull waits for gates to open [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A raging Bull waits for gates to open THOMAS KOH TIGER BEER S-LE AGUE SOCCER iIL GOMBAK UNITED'S midfield general Surachai Jaturapattarapong was a frustrated man last Saturday. His International Tranfer Certificate arrived a day late and the 29-year-old Thai had to watch the action from the sidelines as the

Watch out, Gombak ready to charge [ARTICLE]

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Watch out, Gombak ready to charge I TIGER BEERS-LEAGUE SOCCER S-LEA6UE: Fixtures Geylang United v Woodlands Wellington (Bedok), Home United v Balestier Central (Bishan), Jurong FC vSAFFC(Jurong East), Marine Castle United v Tanjong (Hougang), Sembawang Rangers v Gombak United (Yishun) 7.30pm. GOMBAK UNITED chairman John Yap has called on his

UEFA CUP SOCCER SEMI-FINALS

Rah-rah Ronaldo [ARTICLE]

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Rah-rah Ronaldo Brazilian nets double to propel Inter past Spartak in the snow 'RowMo has proved he is the best ptayer n the world.' Inter Milan coach Gigi Simoni on the Brazilian striker. MOSCOW As if there were any more need for proof that he deserved his second World Player

taste for the English [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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taste for the English ENGLISH SOCCER LONDON Aime Jacquet has been watching a lot of Nicolas Anelka lately and he likes what he sees. In fact, the French national coach is so impressed with the emerging Arsenal prodigy that he is considering elevating him from the Under-18 team to face

Do-or-die mission for Chelsea [ARTICLE]

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Do-or-die mission for Chelsea CUP- WINNERS' CUP SOCCER PARIS Chelsea, one of England's most cosmopolitan sides, is hoping that Italian player-manager Gianluca Vialli's intimate knowledge of Italian football will help it overcome its 0-1 deficit against Vicenza in today's European Cup-Win-ners' Cup second-leg semifinal clash. The Londoners can thank their

Lazio makes it all-Azzurri final [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Lazio makes it all-Azzurri final UEFA COP: The Italians love it be the fourth all-Italian Uefa Cup final in nine years. I ROME Lazio reached its first European final on Tuesday when it drew 0-0 with Atletico Madrid to reach the Uefa Cup final on a 1-0 aggregate. Vladimir Jugovic's

SCHOOLSCENE

Just in Justin's in [ARTICLE]

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Just in Justin's in CHAN TSE CHUEEN BOWLING I 14-year-old all keyed up for debut in Asian championships ■W-" USTIN TENG has I been bowling for two- and-a-half years, but never before has he felt so excited about a to#namcnl. %rVhe reason? The Secondary Two student from St Patrick's Secondary

Warm-up for Republic's top schools [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Warm-up for Republic's top schools BOWLING THE opportunity is simply too good to pass up. Although only eight students and four reserves can represent the Republic in the Asian Schools Bowline Championships at Orchid Bowl starting on Monday, other youth bowlers can now also be part of the historic event.

ACJC pulls as one at the final hurdle [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ACJC pulls as one at the final hurdle WATEBPOLO NATIONAL team trainees Terence Tan and Nigel Eng scored seven goals between them to lift the Anglo-Chi-nese Junior Colleges water polo team to its fifth national title in eight years. ACJC beat defending champion Hwa Chong Junior College 11-5 at AngloChinese

MOTORCYCLING Doohan faces twin challenge in title chase [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MOTORCYCLING Doohan faces twin challenge in title chase JOHOR BARU Australian Michael Doohan, chasing a fifth world sOOcc title, is out to make amends in the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend after failing to finish in the season opener at Suzuka, Japan. Confronting him are a new track and the

Wily Wizards conjures vital away victory [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Wily Wizards conjures vital away victory BASKETBALL NEW YORK It was a desperate situation for the Washington Wizards. A loss to the New York Knicks would have eliminated it from play-off contention, and a victory would have kept its already slim postseason hopes alive. Give the Wizards credit. A team

OUT: Knicks protest [ARTICLE]

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OUT: Knicks protest NBA Commissioner David Stern on Tuesday denied a protest filed by the New York Knicks over its one-point loss to the Miami Heat last Sunday. Referees had waved off a last-second basket by Allan Houston whicn would have given New York the win. Stern concluded that the

James, Peter continue Muruthi tradition [ARTICLE]

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James, Peter continue Muruthi tradition MAHMOOD GAZNAVI CRICKET I By] I FOR THE last three decades, the name Muruthi has been synonymous with local cricket Stacey Muruthi has been a permanent fixture in the make-up of the national team, having played almost without a break for the Republic in various

Rivals excite Ouzo, but trainer Thwaites cautious [ARTICLE]

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Rivals excite Ouzo, but trainer Thwaites cautious MALCOLM BASTIANS RACING *L THE sight of foreign rivals Starborough from the United Arab Emirates and Vialli from New Zealand on Tuesday elicited mixed feelings from the connections of Ouzo, the Malayan Racing Association's entry for the HK$7 million (551.45 million) Queen Elizabeth

DANNY KHOO»S GUIDE TO YESTERDAY'S BUKIT TIMAH TRACKWORK [ARTICLE]

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DANNY KHOO»S GUIDE TO YESTERDAY'S BUKIT TIMAH TRACKWORK LUCKY KIWI served notice of his intentions with a pleasing workout at Bukit Timah. Taken out by a track rider, the Asti Bay gelding ran right away from his unnumbered stable companion at the end of a 600m workout to clock a

WHIP HAND

PUNCHES NOT [ARTICLE]

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PUNCHES NOT IT SURE looked like Three Punches was heading for a comfortable victory in Race 3 last Saturday when leading by about five lengths from Tax Free 200m out Remarked senior race caller Chris Lee: "This horse has got to fall to get beat." Fall he did not, as

HEART-STOPPING WIN FOR KENT [ARTICLE]

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HEART-STOPPING WIN FOR KENT TRAINER Michael Kent slumped onto the table after Race 2 last Saturday. The reason: his charge, Admiral Benbow, just got up in the nick of time to pip Success Arch. As if that was not enough, he was seen patting his heart to those who congratulated

JUST ONE DASH TOO MANY [ARTICLE]

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JUST ONE DASH TOO MANY THE Singapore Turf Club's veterinary surgeon who passed three horses fit to race after they broke through the gates and raced for some distance was criticised by several punters. The Don 111, Sunstorm and Sir Regent were seen to have raced for a few hundred

DIFFICULT HORSES NOT FOR ROOKES [ARTICLE]

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DIFFICULT HORSES NOT FOR ROOKES THE STC's stipendiary stewards were not spared criticism either. This came after favourite Gold Is Gold's dismal performance in the first race last Sunday. Ridden by apprentice Crystal Ang, tne four-year-old jumped awkwardly, hung out from about the 800m and went even wider in the

KHOO FAILS IN LICENCE MD [ARTICLE]

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KHOO FAILS IN LICENCE MD FORMER glamour rider Leslie Khoo has failed to get his assistant trainer's licence reinstated. In a statement last Tuesday, the Malayan Racing Association secretariat said that an MRA special committee met on April 4 and decided to maintain its earlier decision not to grant Khoo

MRA TRIO SPEND $710,000 AT SALE [ARTICLE]

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MRA TRIO SPEND $710,000 AT SALE MRA trainers Malcolm Thwaites, Charles Leek and Keith Stone were prominent buyers at the Doncaster Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in England late last month. Together, they bought 17 horses for 260,400 guineas (XXXXX,892). Thwaites paid 172,300 guineas for nine horses, Leek 65,100 guineas for

YOU'RE OUT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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YOU'RE OUT BASEBALL AFP Texas Rangers shortstop Kevin Elster leaping over Detroit Tigers* Luis Gonzalez alter forcing him out at second base during the first inning at The Ballpark in Arlington Texas on Tuesday. The Rangers defeated the Tigers 11-2.

SCORES & STATISTICS [ARTICLE]

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SCORES STATISTICS BADMINTON hrt« iMstitMNcy: Chua Chu Kang 3 Toa Payoh East 2, Pasir Ris South 3 Cheng San 2. Boon Lay 3 Hong Kan North 2, Punggol Central 4 Paya Lebar 1. Radm Mas 3 Telok Blangah 2, Thomson 3 Ayer Raja 2, Potong Pasir 4 Tiong Bahru 1,

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TODAY'S EVENTS BASKETBALL Schools' National (."ships s-finals: C Division (8.30am). B Division (2pm) Geylang Indoor Stadium. CRICKET luanku Jaafar Trophy U-13: Malaysia v Singapore (IA, 11am). SNOOKER SBSC National Classics, S-finals (SBSC Tournament Hall, 6pm).

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S&P slashes 4 banks' ratings [ARTICLE]

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S&P slashes 4 banks' ratings TAN LIENG &L Downgrade based on information from annual reports, published data and talks with bank management CREDIT rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) yesterday lowered public information ratings on four local banks and affirmed ratings on two others, reflecting worries over Singapore's economic outlook.

Dow crosses 9,100 [ARTICLE]

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Dow crosses 9,100 NEW YORK US stocks surged on Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average above 9,100 for the first time, amid optimism that 1998 earnings will match or exceed expectations as the economy expands with little inflation. "We could easily see the Dow rally to 10,000 within a

OPEN HOUSE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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OPEN HOUSE IM root KONG The F&N group has launched its serviced apartment business at home with Fraser Suites (above) in River Valley and Fraser Place in Robertson Quay. But the regional economic crisis has Slowed its foreign projects. [25j>er cent take-up for two projects, pigess]

TOP RISES (C) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS (C) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS (%) [ARTICLE]

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SES MAIN BOARD Transaction date: April 15, 1998 [ARTICLE]

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INDICES [ARTICLE]

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INDICES a»w cmwf ST HHuilrWi 1943.94 -1741 ST mMN 2M.M -IXM STH*«ta MO&2O -1.47 ST PfMrtlM 9*020 -n.04 ■TCampMM* 1334.0* -20 J8 ■T-MCA 733JS -MO •T-WH MU4 -4J* BTO«A>S -7«2 «.J7 •TCAW -2US9 -Of ■TOSV ♦XXXXXM -209M4 OMCPFkMtx 443.43 -«.1« OCK 1014.71 -Ml UOSOTC S3CM -n.71 UOI HKH M.92 -102

TOP ACTIVES [ARTICLE]

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SCOREBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SCOREBOARD MAM CLO* UP On Una* Up On Una* MMuetrtpJ 38 9ft 41 1 44 1 Finance 3 21 8 0 12 0 Helen 1 7 10 2 0 Prapartlea 4 10 2 2 17 1 Wentetlene 0 0 0 2 5 1 Mining 0 0 0 0 2 0

Fears about KL firms take toll [ARTICLE]

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Fears about KL firms take toll MARKET REPORT FEARS of more corporate failures across the Causeway and the downgrading of four local bankTpublic information ratings sapped sentiment and squeezed the stock market yesterday. Even news of soaring US stocks the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 97-9 points to a record

TURNOVER (READY) [ARTICLE]

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TURNOVER (READY) TeteietoflMt Waft Twe InduttrUr* MOzStm XXXXXm Finance XXXXXm XXXXXm HptPM 2.113m 1.184m Prepertlei 25.*45m XXXXXm LoantStocki 12.481m XXXXXm Plantation* 4349m 2.739m MMng 0.448m 0.520m Total volume 1113 48m 133.526m Tetet value In S$ XXXXX8m 1**.771m Saadag volume 6.i96m 7.804m Nasdaq volume _H« Ml

BONDS, LOANS & WARRANTS Transaction date: April 15,1998 I [ARTICLE]

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BONDS, LOANS WARRANTS Transaction date: April 15, 1998 I X _B L'l 1 11 Vl ■STBTBTai r *!__3 _."*iT _0 laat Val Day Laat Ouata M Avg Ma* Law Cii>i«i Sam *ar- 000 Mtgn Lav ftwyar Saftar Prtea 234 9 m mAMD8c5.5%XXXXX6 M 204 ft A Ac«r W0W731 US$ 13

SESDAQ [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR hh» in c— tm roow »/i 310 WO AJ*oomoto 260 unch 3 14J 148 73 AngMsa S3 -3 19 19 290 123 ApoHeFMdHtg 180 12 S 5 2 38« 190 Bar)«yaLand 322 4 201 IM 374 SIS Bar)aya Singer 139 -IS 276 7.S 510 267 C&CMnteng 460 -IS

Hang Seng slides [ARTICLE]

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Hang Seng slides HONGKONG Shares dropped 0.4 ner cent yesterday on profit-taking, reversing early gains on the back of an overnight rise on Wall Street "Profit-taking on mainly financial and property stocks dragged the market down," said Delta Asia Securities research director Ricky Tarn. The key Hang Seng In- dex

SICOM FUTURES April 15,1998 [ARTICLE]

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SICOM FUTURES A pril 15,1998 #*>ii rnt«r»t (Cluhii prices) MS 1(T S imy< IHHHHHIHI^^JSC^f "BB r OifllHMH|^^ X -^J C^ I »»^l^^»4Oo ZOO l^ UOS^k s&fcsT3 m° i M2.508 Apr/ k^ IMJ^^B 1 T77.7S WL7S4^^H Hj| 3 (0$ cantlAg) I T7I7S **11* 74J0 74.00 T4 -°^K*<> >«» B M ISt*

GOLD [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY SinQAport 4o9aa_rs to on* unit of tofoiQn curhtncy USaoHar _3TBt XXXXX aaVMaa/ammt 2.6372 2.7277 AiiUflllP .ißai too*3 XXXXX Cwi-w aalar 1.0933 112*3 NZaaaar O.BSTI XXXXX ECaaft 1.7809 Singapore toaari to 100 units of foreign cufraacy Austrian scNMno. 12.2202 12.8928 Watfaammm 4.1*39 4.3827 Danttkranar 22-363* XXXXX2 CVa*jticl>#**AAni 60. 9496 09.6090

HONGKONG STOCKS [ARTICLE]

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HONGKONG STOCKS Thim^bß MM ASMPacMc 5.50 ♦O.KX) MMMM1 O2S -0.01 MXOwrm 0.52 *O.01 4UU Sac M L04 -0.05 «f CA 15J5 +O.XS COMMIX LU »0.02 COt Hat* 170 -0.07 Ca*t 0* Coral LS7 -0.03 CMthP&cMk 4.90 ♦OK) CanturrCltY 121 *0.03 Cliowia.Kana. 55^0 -1.75 CMnaUgM 38.00 *0.20 CMnaMotorBitt 44.00 -0.50 CWcPadfk

ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS [ARTICLE]

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CRUDE & PRODUCT PRICES [ARTICLE]

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CRUDE PRODUCT PRICES _B— _Z___ l ____T i ~i

BANK RATES [ARTICLE]

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BANK RATES Oarn Claaa U99/DMR XXXXX 1900* USVYan XXXXX Ut9W UXXXXX 1.5930 18*88 USVHK9 T.T49S 7.T480 AB/USB 0.*473 0.6*4CAI99 XXXXX 1.6784 Sourca: tXCO AP SPORE

PALM OIL [ARTICLE]

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PALM OIL _-_a paan aa MVlasas) AprM 2^80.00 (Sort XXXXX88 08 May 99 672.50 <aa*ar) Jun 880.00 (saNar) May 99 700.00 (saltar Jim BTTJo(aaBar) RSOStaartn

SIMEX FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SIMEX FUTURES April 15 1998 U •twrtCf** O— W0I L— >tH WYil MlyM 13 45 13.45 13.45 13.45 12 Jut 13.90 13.90 13.77 13.90 272 ■M 14.28 0 Ad Vol (Tut* 172. 0»*n M (Tut): 24. feat US Hhr/JumM Y «i 0|» MH» L— WM ErtVI JWI*« «».*7 I29.SS 12».»7

SILVER [ARTICLE]

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SILVER Ctoaaag artcaa (USSAroy m) Tap BMB Man Tap Haw York XXXXX9 XXXXX0 Sourer ROTHSCHILD

TIN [ARTICLE]

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TIN qaaa-i prtaaa 6-9/I— > KLTht $20.50<*0_7) Turnovor 48(*H>

CLOB INTERNATIONAL [ARTICLE]

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CLOB INTERNATIONAL VZacTZHphnT^l P-.. 1 Cmr LMt V«l Bay «nm Nat Mte >"» i*» C— y TrX— faO *f -000 MH» iw <»» y/t »3 US 28 m I AIMSOc 783 -33 477 SI 7*3 5.0 32J 80.5 •5.5 123 m, AMMSOc 3J.S -1 966 34 5 32 s!o 10.0

Reforming global financial system [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Reforming global financial system LEE SIEW HUA Reports by US CORRESPONDENT CAMDESSUS: Proposals GFLLDF;LTD;LSL Plans at the Washington meeting of 22 nations include beefing up national financial systems and forcing private sector to better weigh risks WASHINGTON From all over the world, financial ministers and central bankers have come to

Think disclosure, transparency first [ARTICLE]

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Think disclosure, transparency first THE RUBIN GAME-PLAN WASHINGTON Think about making loans conditional on the transparency of a country's financial system. This new move was proposed by Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin on Tuesday. He said the International Monetary Fund and other lenders should "publicise their concerns about important gaps in

UNIT TRUSTS [ARTICLE]

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UNIT TRUSTS Absrdisw Asaat Mgt Asia Lte Abtrdttn S'port Gr Fund 0.943-0.991" Oirdn-tslsetP'srWUKaOlAV) Asian Flitd Incom* Fund 0.906** PacHk Cgultv Fund 0.978** MsnttlanEcultyFund 0.920" Malaysian Equity Fund to*3~ r-iWpHn.DMtvFund 0.950~ Slngaport Equity Fund a9o«** Thailand CquKy Fund 1.060** All Gwrttt (Asia) Ltd Govott Asia PaeMk Growth Fd 0.C89-0.934* Govttt Global

Intel results exceed forecasts [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Intel results exceed forecasts First-quarter earnings drop 36% to $2b and chip-maker plans to cut 3,000 jobs over the next six months SAN FRANCISCO Intel Corp, after warning last month that sales ana earnings for the first quarter would be weaker than expected, reported on Tuesday that its financial results

Seagate chalks up huge losses [ARTICLE]

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Seagate chalks up huge losses COST OF WEAK DEMAND Worldwide §lutofdisk rives eroding profit margins SCOTTS VALLEY (California) Seagate Technology Inc reported on Tuesday a big third-quarter loss as a result of falling prices and weak demand for its computer disk drives, but said parts of its business were improving.

Court appoints receiver for Kia car unit [ARTICLE]

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Court appoints receiver for Kia car unit SEOUL A South Korean court yesterday initiated receivership proceedings for bankrupt Kia Motors Co in a crucial move which sets the stage for the car maker's sale to a third party. The decision by Seoul District Court judge Lee Kye Hong was the

Was Tokyo behind record US bill sale? [ARTICLE]

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Was Tokyo behind record US bill sale? WASHINGTON On Monday morning, the New York Federal Reserve Bank sent out an unusual electronic message asking traders for bids on the biggest block of US Treasury bills ever sold at one time on behalf of a customer. Although the Fed did not

Japan's economic reforms will 'spur Asian recovery' [ARTICLE]

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Japan's economic reforms will 'spur Asian recovery' JAPAN is taking the right path in its economic reforms and this should spur a recovery in Asia, says Japanese investment house Nomura. Nomura economists argued that the widespread criticism of Japan's stimulus package to revive its economy was unjustified. "Hiere is a

US car firms seek more Manila concessions [ARTICLE]

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US car firms seek more Manila concessions LUZ RAGUIORO By I\ MANILA AMERICA'S three leading car assemblers yesterday pressed the Philippine government for more concessions as Ford Motor Company prepares to re-enter the local market after a 15-year absence. Representatives from Chrysler, Ford and General Motors on a visit to

Far East to get $ 193m from Eastpoint sale [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Far East to get 193m from Eastpoint sale Property giant denies selling mall to ease cashflow and says there is nothing unusual about deal PROPERTY giant Far East Organization will reap a huge return of nearly 90 per cent on its $193 million sale of Eastpoint mall in Simei to

DPI plans new S'pore facility [ARTICLE]

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DPI plans new S'pore facility GLOBAL EXPANSION TEXAS DuPont Photomasks, Inc (DPI) has selected a site in Singapore for a new photomask production facility. The site will service the growing number of semiconductor manufacturers in Singapore, and the rest of South-east Asia. It plans to invest US$5O million (5580.6 million)

Indonesia set to lift palm oil export ban [ARTICLE]

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Indonesia set to lift palm oil export ban JAKARTA Indonesia yesterday tried to remove confusion over its ban on crude palm oil exports, saying it will adhere to an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and end the embargo next week. The ban will be lifted on April 22

HSBC to buy HK office building [ARTICLE]

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HSBC to buy HK office building HONGKONG HSBC Holdings pic will buy an office building in Hongkong for HK$4.O4 billion (SsB4s million), its biggest investment in the city in a decade. The London-based parent of Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corp will buy a 900,000 sq n space in the Kowloon building,

MBf Capital in the red [ARTICLE]

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MBf Capital in the red Subsidiary MBf Finance also suffers full-year losses with bad loans comprising 21 per cent of total loans KUALA LUMPUR MBf Capital Bhd, which owns Malaysia's largest finance company, yesterday reported a first-ever net loss of M5566.4 million (XXXXX million) for 1997, reversing a M5299-5 million

ABR plans cool move into HDB [ARTICLE]

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ABR plans cool move into HDB CHAN WEE CHUAN *L ABR Holdings, the lossmaking ice-cream parlour operator, yesterday served up its new ingredients for success: a top-notch ranee of its famous Swensen s ice cream, an expansion into the residential heartland and a makeover for its chain. The new range,

STIC targets at least 10 new Bintan tenants [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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STIC targets at least 10 new Bintan tenants DESPrTE the regional turmoil, mainboard-listed Singapore Technologies Industrial Corp (STIC) still hopes to attract 10 to 15 more tenants to its industrial park in Bintan this year. "It is not a total standstill, but it just takes a lot of effort to

Centrepoint Prop delays projects [ARTICLE]

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Centrepoint Prop delays projects SERVICE APARTMENTS Group taking its time with Malaysian and Viet flats SINGAPORE'S third-largest service apartment operator, Centrepoint Properties, has slowed down its service apartment projects in Malaysia and Vietnam because of the regional economic turmoil. And, at home, Centrepoint and its parent Fraser Neave expect a

KL may cancel 4 broker licences [ARTICLE]

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KL may cancel 4 broker licences KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's Securities Commission warned it was ready to cancel the stock-trading licences of four local securities firms and told another three to submit merger plans within two weeks. It said it wrote to Capitalcorp Securities, Kin Khoon Co, Labuan Securities and MBf

COMPANIES IN BRIEF

KEPPEL, TAT IE ON WARRANT SWAP [ARTICLE]

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KEPPEL, TAT IE ON WARRANT SWAP KEPPEL Bank and Tat Lee Bank (TLB) said yesterday that under their proposed merger they have agreed on a warrant swap of eight existing Tat Lee warrants for seven new warrants issued by their new entity. This is in line with their recent agreement

TRANSASIA RAISES LANKA BELL STAKE [ARTICLE]

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TRANSASIA RAISES LANKA BELL STAKE TRANSMARCO'S whollyowned subsidiary Transasia Telecom is lifting its stake in its Sri Lanka telecommunications unit Lanka Bell from 57.5 per cent to 60.04 per cent. It has subscribed for 3.4 million Lanka Bell shares and over US$lO.4 million (5516.8 million) of convertible unsecured subordinated loan

FCC APPOINTS CEO AND DIRECTOR [ARTICLE]

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FCC APPOINTS CEO AND DIRECTOR FIRST Capital Corp vesterday announced the appointment of Mr Quek Chee Hoon as director and chief executive officer with effect from July 1, replacing Mr Quek Leng Chan. Mr Quek Chee Hoon is presently Temasek executive vice-president

MULTI-PURPOSE SUFFERS LOSS [ARTICLE]

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MULTI-PURPOSE SUFFERS LOSS KUALA LUMPUR Mul-ti-Purpose Holdings Bhd has posted a M571.8 million (5531.8 million) net loss after extraordinaries for 1997 from a M5190.8 million profit previously. It made provisions for unrealised foreign exchange losses of M534.8 million, and for falls in investment values of Msls2 million. However, sales increased

WING TIEK FILES POLICE REPORT [ARTICLE]

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WING TIEK FILES POLICE REPORT WING Tiek Holdings has lodged a police report in Kuala Lumpur against Mr Mohamed Shafeii Abdul Gaffoor, the managing director of Sabah Shipyard, for making false allegations against the company in a police