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The Straits Times, 23 March 1999

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No sacred cows in review of ageing issues [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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No sacred cows in review of ageing issues SALMA KHALIK Six work groups will establish basic policy frameworks and desired outcomes; findings out m 6 months *1 THREE MAIN CONCLUSIONS OF INTER-MINISTRY PANEL THE Government's basic philosophy, which stresses individual responsibility, followed by reliance on family and the community, is

Minister Mah is new FAS president [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Minister Mah is new FAS president ADAM'S RIB COMMUNICATIONS Minister Mah Bow Tan has taken on the challenge of leading Singapore soccer into the next millennium. Singapore's No. 1 football fan was named president of the Football Association of Singapore Council last night. Mr Mah, the first Cabinet minister to

Turf Club acts to prevent infection [ARTICLE]

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Turf Club acts to prevent infection DOMINIC NATHAN Bu STABLE hands, jockeys and others who come into contact with horses will be screened for viral infection tomorrow, the Singapore Turf Club said yesterday. The screening will be done at the Communicable Disease Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Blood samples

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BORNEO HC'l RROR: Tales of cannibalism emerge as Kalimantan rampage death toll hits 114 page 2 Centurion Club J^t^ %&'£j? Members are the best of the best, each averaging r Js^ m Rl| $l I million m sums assured, 100 lives, and 85% l^/jM si, f P°l' cies s o^

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PRIME NEWS

Borneo rampage toll rises to 114 [ARTICLE]

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Borneo rampage toll rises to 114 Armed with machetes, spears and muskets, Malays and Dayaks are on the warpath against Madurese, and there are reports of cannibalism SINGKAWANG (Indonesia) Ethnic violence raged on m Indonesian Borneo yesterday, with the death toll rising to 114, the military said, as tribesmen armed

MASS EVACUATION [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MASS EVACUATION THE military has launched a mass programme to evacuate the Madurese immigrants from the over-populated and poor island of Madura who have moved to West Kalimantan sparking tensions with the indigenous peoples. Some 12,473 ethnic Madurese settlers have so far been evacuated to safety m Pontianak, the West

Ties with France get a boost [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ties with France get a boost IRENE NG A joint declaration of enhanced partnership will be signed by both countries' prime ministers later today By is paris Beyond personalities On a personal level, President Chirac and myself as well as Senior M mister Lee Kuan Yew enjoy a very warm

S'pore owners can take up Private uy offers [ARTICLE]

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S'pore owners can take up Private uy offers COLIN TAN SES ON CLOB SHARES By THE STOCK Exchange of Singapore will not stop Singaporean owners of Malaysian Clob shares from accepting offers from the Malaysian private sector to buy their shares. However, the exchange stressed that these investors the legal

SCDF vehicles get licence to shoot [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SCDF vehicles get licence to shoot CHUA CHIN HON All its fire engines and ambulances will have hand-held video cameras, to film motorists who will not give way Bt THREE PROSECUTED SUCCESSFULLY DURING TRIAL PERIOD IN A trial, the crew of an SCDF ambulance took a video camera along when

Three teens admit to gang-rape of girl [ARTICLE]

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Three teens admit to gang-rape of girl LIM SENG JIN Bg THREE teenage boys gangraped their friend's 14-year-old ex-girlfriend and forced her to perform oral sex on them, after he told them that she had left him for another boy. Two of the three boys also molested her. And when

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US court may deal 'reality TV a blow [ARTICLE]

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US court may deal 'reality TV a blow POLICE THEATRICS' 'The officers had no authority to bring into the Ayeni home persons who were neither authorised by the warrant to be there nor serving any legitimate law-enforcement purpose. A private home is not a sound stage for law-enforcement theatrics.' Chief

Morocco withdraws candidate for WTO chief [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Morocco withdraws candidate for WTO chief RABAT Morocco said yesterday it was withdrawing its candidate for the new head of the World Trade Organisation, citing political pressures. "After evaluating the process of nominating the future WTO head and m light of the latest developments... Morocco has decided unilaterally to withdraw

WORLD FILE

MUGGERS USE AIDS THREAT TO ROB [ARTICLE]

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MUGGERS USE AIDS THREAT TO ROB CUBAN police have arrested two muggers who allegedlycut themselves and threatened to transmit the Aids virus to their victims, the local press said. Medical examiners found that neither men carried the virus, the weekly Tribuna de La Habana said on Sunday. AFP

PROPOSAL TO RELAX PET QUARANTINE [ARTICLE]

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PROPOSAL TO RELAX PET QUARANTINE BRITISH expatriates wanting to bring their pets home without going through the six-month quarantine must wait another two years, The Times said yesterday. Agriculture Minister Nick Brown is to announce to the House of Commons this week the relaxation of the laws designed to keep

47 STRANDED DOLPHINS RESCUED [ARTICLE]

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47 STRANDED DOLPHINS RESCUED AUSTRALIAN rescuers freed 47 bottle-nosed dolphins found beached on the southern Kangaroo Island yesterday after a nine-hour operation m which one dolphin died. AFP

AUSSIE TEEN WROTE TO MASS MURDERER [ARTICLE]

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AUSSIE TEEN WROTE TO MASS MURDERER AN AUSTRALIAN teen who was bullied by classmates was yesterday cleared of criminal charges stemming from a letter he wrote to American murderer Charles Manson, wishing he would kill a fellow student. AFP

NZ MINORITY GOVT AHEAD IN PCUS [ARTICLE]

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NZ MINORITY GOVT AHEAD IN POLLS NEW Zealand's minority government learned last night that it was ahead m a major political poll for the r first time this election year. Reuters

PM Goh praises French presence [ARTICLE]

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PM Goh praises French presence IRENE NG Companies that have focused on the long-term potential of Asia will benefit when it recovers, the Prime Minister tells his Parisian hosts By IN PARIS DON'T write off Asia. Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong came to Europe with this message but he found

N-W Australia [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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N-W Australia PERTH Winds of up to 300 kmh uprooted trees and unroofed buildings as Cyclone Vance struck Australia's north-west yesterday, leaving a trail of devastation. Thousands of residents m the coastal towns of Onslow and Exmouth were evacuated ahead of the cyclone, but emergency services said some families who

PITBULL TERROR: [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PITBULL TERROR: REUTERS Pitbull terriers getting a grip on things during a canine-education programme in Nice, France, last week. The programme was launched by Mayor Jacques Peyrat following a recent law restricting the possession and breeding of pitbulls and other attack dogs.

Last warning for Milosevic: Halt attacks 0r... [ARTICLE]

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Last warning for Milosevic: Halt attacks 0r... PRISTINA (Serbia) A fresh Serbian anti-guerilla offensive and the murder of four policemen pitched Kosovo deeper into a vortex of violence as US envoy Richard Holbrooke embarked on a last-ditch peace mission. He was bound for Belgrade to see President Slobodan Milosevic yesterday,

Chechen chief survives bid on his life [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Chechen chief survives bid on his life Leader is marked man THE assassination attempt on Mr Maskhadov (above) on Sunday was the second time the Chechen President was targeted. He survived a similar attack last July when a car bomb exploded near his motorcade. President Maskhadov escapes a second assassination

Siberian official hurt in gun attack [ARTICLE]

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Siberian official hurt in gun attack MOSCOW The First Deputy Governor of the Siberian region of Omsk, Mr Andrey Galushko, survived an assassination attempt yesterday. He was hit twice when gunmen fired on his car near his home as he was being driven to work. A spokesman for the Governor's

Alarming increase in same-sex stalkers [ARTICLE]

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Alarming increase in same-sex stalkers PAUL HAM Same-gender stalkers, especially women-on-women, are increasingly on the prowl, as are cyberstalkers, according to mental-health experts By INSYDNKY ZOE, a Sydney lawyer, seemed to have everything: she was attractive, ambitious, well-paid and m a job with a secure future. So it came as

BRIDGE-BUILDER: [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BRIDGE-BUILDER: REUTERS US First Lady Hillary Clinton gets help with her scart before entering the Mohammad Ali Mosque m Cairo on Sunday, the first day of a 12-day North Africa trip with her daughter, Chelsea, billed as a bridge-building visit to the Islamic world.

Officials to verify balloon feat [ARTICLE]

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Officials to verify balloon feat GENEVA Aviation officials will soon examine data recorded m "black boxes" stowed aboard the record-breaking balloon of Mr Bertrand Piccard and Mr Brian Jones, an International Aviation Federation (FAI) member has said. The FAI must certify that the Breitling Orbiter 3 did not stop or

BIRD WOMAN OF EGYPT: [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BIRD WOMAN OF EGYPT: REUTERS These are but two of the 53 birds that live freely m the home of Madam Amal Safwat, a French-educated Egyptian m her 40s. Madam Amal, who treats them like her children, fell m love with birds 20 years ago after rheumatism attacked the joints

Billion $ graft 'funded Yeltsin campaign' [ARTICLE]

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Billion graft 'funded Yeltsin campaign' Part of profits from speculation via shell company may have helped President's 1996 re-election, says Newsweek, citing ex-govt officials WASHINGTON Russia has shuttled billions of dollars through a shell company, with some of the money possibly supporting President Boris Yeltsin's re-elec-tion campaign, according to Newsweek

Abducted Brazil composer freed [ARTICLE]

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Abducted Brazil composer freed BRASILIA Kidnappers freed the composer brother of a famous Brazilian singing duo on Sunday after his family paid a US$3OO,OOO (XXXXX,000) ransom. Wellington Jose de Camargo, abducted more than three months ago, was found on a highway m the central state of Goias, said the local

FACING DOWN A MOB [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FACING DOWN A MOB A Turkish plainclothes policeman brandishes an automatic weapon at Kurdish demonstrators while a colleague watches his back. The mob turned violent at a Newroz celebration m the Gazi Mahallasi district m Istanbul on Sunday. The Newroz festival, traditionally a celebration of spring, has become a focus

US 'spy plane' neld in India [ARTICLE]

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US 'spy plane' neld in India NEW DELHI A US plane was forced down and detained m western India for alleged espionage. The private Zee television news channel said the private plane was detained m the city of Ahmedabad. It said the plane was flying to the Pakistani city of

Ulster boy thrashed by suspected guerillas [ARTICLE]

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Ulster boy thrashed by suspected guerillas BLOODY WEEK NORTHERN Ireland was rocked by a series of violent incidents last week: Catholic civil-rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson was blown up by a car bomb last Monday. Former Protestant guerilla Frankie Curry, who was released from prison recently, was shot dead m Belfast's

Turkish oil pipeline bombed during Kurd Test [ARTICLE]

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Turkish oil pipeline bombed during Kurd Test The blast, believed to be the work of Kurdish separatists, disrupted the flow of crude oil from Iraq to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan DIYARBAKIR (Turkey) A bomb exploded m southeast Turkey, halting the flow of crude oil through a pipeline from Iraq

PEOPLE

Teng-hui is rich but his No. 2 is richer [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Teng-hui is rich but his No. 2 is richer NO MONEY WOES FOR PRESIDENT TAIPEI Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui will have no money problems after he retires because he and his wife possess assets worth NTSIOO million (555.2 million), according to Chinese media reports on Sunday. The family's possessions include

CLINTON HEATED TO SATIRE OF SAGA [ARTICLE]

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CLINTON HEATED TO SATIRE OF SAGA WASHINGTON What do US President Bill Clinton, the Teletubbies, Nasa and sex have m common? They were all satirised during a musical presented by members of the Gridiron Club, an exclusive group of professional journalists masquerading as amateur entertainers, to an audience that included

SECOND QUEEN FOR JORDAN [ARTICLE]

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SECOND QUEEN FOR JORDAN AMMAN (Jordan) Jor- dan got a new queen on Sunday, which makes two. She is Rania, 28, wife of King Abdullah, who last month succeeded his father King Hussein, who died on Feb 7 after a long battle with cancer. It might seem redundant to declare

SCHROEDER MODELS MENSWEAR [ARTICLE]

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SCHROEDER MODELS MENSWEAR BONN German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder made a surprise appearance as a fashion model m the spring/summer menswear catalogue from Brioni fashion house. The Chancellor, who is known for his smart, if sober, taste m tailoring, is shown being fitted for a suit by Brioni top designer Angelo

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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French Catholic philosopher Jean Guitton, best known for his conversations on life and death with the late French President Francois Mitterrand, died on Sunday. He was 98. Britain's 98-year-old Queen Mother may have to move out of her official London home m order to pay off £4 million (Ssl 1

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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Quoteworthy It is conservative to cut taxes and compassionate to give people more money to spend. Texas governor and presidential hopeful George Bush, on what he means when he says he is a "compassionate conservative"

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EAST ASIA

Tung to go all out to fight corruption [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tung to go all out to fight corruption The Independent Commission Against Corruption will continue to be fair and impartial m discharging its duties, Hongkong Chief Executive pledges HONGKONG Hongkong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa yesterday pledged to combat corruption to preserve the Special Administrative Region's reputation as one of

17 mainland Chinese insist on immediate HK residency [ARTICLE]

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17 mainland Chinese insist on immediate HK residency RIGHT-OF-ABODE TEST CASE Stand based on ruling by Hongkong's highest court m January HONGKONG Seventeen mainland Chinese yesterday pressed their claim to residency m Hongkong m a test case that could herald a wave of immigration from China. Their claim could open

Ex-PM of Taiwan to visit China [ARTICLE]

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Ex-PM of Taiwan to visit China TAIPEI Former Taiwan Prime Minister Hau Peitsun is to visit China early next month, 61 years after he left his birthplace, an official said yesterday. Mr Hau, 79, who headed the Cabinet m 1990-93, will travel to his hometown Yencheng m the eastern Chinese

Jiang meets talian President [ARTICLE]

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Jiang meets talian President ROME Chinese President Jiang Zemin met Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro yesterday on the first official day of his trip to Italy. "I'm convinced that my meetings will help develop relations between Italy and China over time," said Mr Jiang. "In recent years, cooperation between our

Anti-China mood bad for Asia: Perry [ARTICLE]

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Anti-China mood bad for Asia: Perry Opposition to the policy of engaging China is undermining Sino-US ties and poses a risk to regional security, says former US Defence Secretary HONGKONG Former US Defence Secretary William Perry yesterday warned that growing anti-China rhetoric m Washington posed one of the greatest risks

EU 'no' to calls to criticise Beijing [ARTICLE]

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EU 'no' to calls to criticise Beijing BRUSSELS The European Union (EU) will not sponsor a United Nations resolution criticising China over its human-rights record, the bloc's foreign ministers agreed here yesterday. The move represents a rebuff for international rights agencies, which have urged both the EU and the US

ASIAN VOICES

MAINTAIN ORDER IN CINEMA HALLS [ARTICLE]

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MAINTAIN ORDER IN CINEMA HALLS THE mass closure of cinemas m Hongkong last Wednesday was an ideal opportunity tor cinema operators to blame their financial woes on copyright piracy. Rather than trying to gain the public's sympathy, I would suggest that they focus on their customers' needs instead. Some of

U.S. MAY PROVOKE WAR TO TEST SYSTEM [ARTICLE]

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U.S. MAY PROVOKE WAR TO TEST SYSTEM THE United States-backed Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) system must be tested m a real war to confirm its effectiveness and there is no more suitable testing ground than the Taiwan Strait. The US may provoke China to fire its M-series missiles to check

LET US FIGHT REAL ENEMY: POVERTY [ARTICLE]

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LET US FIGHT REAL ENEMY: POVERTY I HAVE some ideas to help Indonesia, especially with problems that may cause disintegration. I appeal to leaders not to speak on things which are not their business. They should also not blame others if they do not have proof. They should not make

SHORTER WORK WEEK BOOSTS MORALE [ARTICLE]

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SHORTER WORK WEEK BOOSTS MORALE DURING recent dealings with several government departments and banks m Malaysia, I noticed that the staff were not only very productive and effective, but also cheerful and motivated. When I asked them, they said they were only working five days that week and were looking

MA'S HK VISA A STEP FORWARD IN TIES [ARTICLE]

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MA'S HK VISA A STEP FORWARD IN TIES TAIPEI Mayor Ma Yingjeou's success m getting a visa from the Hongkong government for his recent trip there is a breakthrough m Hongkong-Taiwan ties. When the British were still m control, the territory's authorities refused to issue any visa to Taiwanese officials,

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China's Spratlys structures' will stay' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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China's Spratlys structures will stay' NIRMAL GHOSH China denies they are for military use and rejects the Philippines' demands that they be dismantled, saying they are for civilian purposes Bu PHILIPPINES CORRESPONDENT MANILA China yesterday rejected demands to dismantle structures on a disputed atoll m the Spratly Islands, reiterating that

Outrage over govt honour for former Thai dictator [ARTICLE]

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Outrage over govt honour for former Thai dictator CEREMONIAL TITLE FOR THANOM BANGKOK The government has provoked outrage by naming former dictator Tlianom Kittikachorn as an honorary royal guard. Students, democracy groups and supporters of the families of people killed m the October 1973 uprising against his military dictatorship demanded

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Lite on a kniie-edge [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Lite on a kniie-edge SUSAN SIM NEWS ANALYS7S B, INDONESU CORRESPONDENT Kalimantan's killing fields AREAS have descended intc unabated bloodletting and even cannibalism. Violence continues m Setimbuk, Jawai, Telukkeramat and Semelantan and has spread to Seiakau and Tanjungbelas. Some 16,000 refugees are said to be m Sambas and Pontianak. Economic

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HOT INDONESIAN MELTING POT Javanese (39%) The Javanese are the biggest group and the most influential culturally and politically m the country. Sundanese (14%) The Sundanese make up the majority of the population m Priangan m West Java. They have a distinct, non-Javanese culture. Malays (7%) They are found m

Indigenous Indonesians [ARTICLE]

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Indigenous Indonesians JAKARTA Scores of Indonesians from 54 of the archipelago's different ethnic groups, many m native costume, rallied at the national Parliament here yesterday to demand more control over their lands and respect for their birthright. The ethnic groups, united under the name The Alliance of the Indigenous People

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Dangerous to put oil viral jabs, warns minister [ARTICLE]

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Dangerous to put oil viral jabs, warns minister DOUGLAS WONG Residents of affected areas should not be distracted by the discovery of a new virus and delay vaccination By IN KI'AI.A LUMPUR CRIPPLED: Pig ♦THE HMI 5-hillion \SS64S-million 1 pig-rearing industry that provides a livelihood, to 300,000 people luls been

Thais eye Singapore market [ARTICLE]

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Thais eye Singapore market EDWARD TANG By THAILAND CORRESPONDENT BANGKOK Thai pig breeders are keen to export pork to Singapore to help meet its demand following the ban on imports from Malaysia due to the outbreak of the deadly Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus there. Sources told The Straits Times that

Mahathir slams Anwar without naming him [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mahathir slams Anwar without naming him BRENDAN PEREIRA The Prime Minister attacks his former deputy at every opportunity and describes him as a foreign stooge and one who is morally unfit to lead IN ALOR STAR WHAT HE SAID 'We should fry him. Al Gore does not love Malaysia nor

Indonesia's help sought to check exodus [ARTICLE]

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Indonesia's help sought to check exodus ALOR STAR The recent sharp increase m illegal entries has prompted Malaysia to officially ask Indonesia to help stem the flow of immigrants. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said Malaysia was holding discussions with the Indonesian authorities on ways to prevent

Anwar lawyers seek ruling on trial judge [ARTICLE]

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Anwar lawyers seek ruling on trial judge KUALA LUMPUR Lawyers for sacked Malaysian Deputy Premier Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday they wanted the judge m his corruption trial to consider standing down before they would take their case any further. "We will not make our submission unless the judge rules on

S'pore and Malaysia to hold talks on April 21 [ARTICLE]

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S'pore and Malaysia to hold talks on April 21 KUALA LUMPUR Senior officials from Malaysia and Singapore will hold talks on bilateral issues here on April 21. They follow talks held m Singapore on March 11. said Foreign Minister Datuk Syed Hamid Albar yesterday. "At this stage, both parties are

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Union leader had a soft side [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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U nion leader had a soft side M.NIRMALA His children described veteran trade unionist 6. Kandasamy as a good listener and a 'cool dad' §21 KANDASAMY: Set high standards ACTING Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent a letter to Mr Kandasamy's children, telling them that m 50 years as a

One killed, 2 injured in gang hold-up [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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One killed, 2 injured in gang hold-up CHONG CHEE KIN Ten men, carrying knives, attack and rob four workers of $40,000 of remittance money m Circuit Road By ONE Bangladeshi worker was killed and two were injured when they were attacked by a gang of knife-wield-ing robbers. The robbers got

Ex-bouncer on trial for cop's murder [ARTICLE]

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Ex-bouncer on trial for cop's murder PUB DISPUTE He allegedly stamped on the sergeant's head, crushing the skull AN EX-BOUNCER led an off-duty police sergeant out of a pub after a dispute but ended up stamping on his head and crushing part of his skull, the High Court heard yesterday.

No need for bank holidays on Jan 3 and 4 [ARTICLE]

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No need for bank holidays on Jan 3 and 4 The committee is still studying whether or not to make New Year's Eve a bank holiday. The Monetary Authority of Singapore IT IS not necessary to declare bank holidays here on Jan 3 and 4 next year, the committee looking

Awards for peacekeeping mission cops [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Awards for peacekeeping mission cops POLICE officers who served as observers m the Cambodian general election m July last year were recognised for their good work yesterday. In an awards ceremony, they were presented with medals and bars by the Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Wong Kan Seng. 'The experience

Runaway fire truck hit man and car [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Runaway fire truck hit man and car Fireman (jets two weeks' jail and fine for forgetting to pull the handbrake after parking his engine at station A FIRE truck rolled and crashed through the doors of the Central Fire Station, hitting a pedestrian and a car all Because a fireman

Jurong food stall suspended [ARTICLE]

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Jurong food stall suspended THE Environment Ministry has suspended the licence of a food stall at Jurong Wot The suspension started yesterday and will last for two weeks. Madam Tok Lan Eng, who operated the Ming Fa Shu Shi food stall at Block 305, Jurong West Strfet 52, was found

War against creepers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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War against creepers DOMINIC NATHAN They climb up trees and spread, creating a canopy which can kill trees and drive forest animals to extinction WEEDING OUT THE INVADERS THE National Parks Board is fighting a "guerilla war" to keep the nature reserves from being invaded by fastgrowing creepers and other

$10,000 to move and transplant rare tree [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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$10,000 to move and transplant rare tree OVERNIGHT, a 17-m tree sprouted at the Botanic Gardens. It stands just inside its new Gateway entrance, near the fountain. However, for the last 100 years or so, its home had been a patch m the central catchment forest near the Upper Peirce

Play ball? Sure, we're able! [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Play ball? Sure, we're able! IT WAS a sight to shame the sedentary and the slothful some 500 disabled people playing a variety of games toith guts and gusto at the National Institute of Education campus at Bukit Timah Road on Sunday. The occasion was the Singapore Sports Council for

Four illegal immigrants and boatman arrested [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Four illegal immigrants and boatman arrested They crossed the Johor Straits m a speedboat and were caught when they landed on the coast here FOUR illegal immigrants from Myanmar were arrested on Sunday night when they landed on the northern coast of Singapore from an unlit speedboat. The Indonesian boatman

Fined for bringing in sex workers [ARTICLE]

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Fined for bringing in sex workers A MAN was fined a total of $40,000 yesterday for bringing m and harbouring Indonesian women to work as prostitutes here. Chia Ngee Seng, 36, unemployed, pleaded guilty to two charges of harbouring Yeni Nuraini, 29, and Paujiah Nurlidayati, 25, at a flat m

End of wasted trips to a full upper deck [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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End of wasted trips to a full upper deck 'Commuters told us that it would be good to have such a device so that they do not have to climb to the upper deck only to have to come down again if there are no seats. Mr LJm Cim Hong,

Rainwater pipes keep new HDB blocks drier [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rainwater pipes keep new HDB blocks drier TAN HSUEH YUN In new gutter and pipe system, water is channelled to the ground so it won't splash into common corridors *L RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY YOU could say that the next time it rains, new Housing Board blocks will be left

New NUS part-time courses [ARTICLE]

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New NUS part-time courses POLYTECHNIC graduates working m the building and real estate industry can now upgrade themselves with four new part-time degree courses launched at the National University of Singapore yesterday. Half of the modules will be taught on-line so professionals can study at their own pace, said Associate

2 pedestrians die in separate accidents [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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2 pedestrians die in separate accidents A 69-YEAR-OLD grandmother died m a hit-and-run accident while crossing Bedok North Avenue 3 on Sunday morning. Madam Aminah Abdullah, 69, was heading for home m Tampines after her morning visit to the market m Bedok when she was knocked down at a pedestrian

Review of rules to give technopreneurs a boost [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Review of rules to give technopreneurs a boost IRENE NG A public sector committee will re-look bankruptcy and other laws Intolerant of failure', says NSTB's Teo Ming Kian *1L ALL rules and regulations which hinder technopreneurship are being reviewed by a public sector committee, said National Science and Technology Board

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Doctors learn how to treat the elderly [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Doctors learn how to treat the elderly SALMA KHALIK Part-time geriatric medicine courses teach them how to spot problems that are sometimes dismissed as old age Bu SINGAPORE wants more doctors like Dr Tan Chee Beng, Since he completed a oneyear, part-time diploma course on geriatric medicine for practising doctors,

Elderly differ from others [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Elderly differ from others CARING FOR AILING MUM: You need patience 'I WAS teaching family medicine at the Chinese University of Hongkong five years ago when my mother, who was 67, had a stroke. I flew back and forth for the first year, and came back to Singapore a year

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Stop the Serbs – now! [ARTICLE]

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Stop the Serbs now! WORLD opinion must wonder why the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) has not yet acted against a Serbian government that has violated every possible civilised canon m its brutal treatment of the Muslim ethnic Albanians who comprise more than 90 per cent of the population of

Singapore 'must keep topping up talent pool' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Singapore 'must keep topping up talent pool' WEAVING A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF TAPESTRY SAP SCHOOLS: 'Many of our national and community leaders have gone through the old Chinese school system. They do nottack understanding and appreciation of the sentiments and feelings of our minority communities. I am confident that todays

America's foe — hysteria and confusion [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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America's foe hysteria and confusion HOW TO DO IT THE correct response would be for presidents hereinafter to abandon the role of export salesman, to concentrate trade policy efforts on bringing China into the multilateral forum of the World Trade Organisation, and to press for tighter campaign finance rules. 17

US needs to rethink China policy [ARTICLE]

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US needs to rethink China policy JIM HOAGLAND By THE WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON A morally and politically flawed China policy suddenly seems mortally wounded. The outburst of controversy over Beijing's behaviour presents a chance for the White House and Congress to come together at last on a China strategy that

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Pan's poems published before [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Pan's poems published before IREFERtoMrQuek Kiat Sing's lamentations on the lack of support shown to Singaporean artists m his letter, "Don't wait till artists are dead to show support (ST, March 20). He states that Pan Shou will have a collection of his poems published. In fact, it is not

Free software for better programs [LETTER]

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Free software for better programs I REFER to the letter "Free software idea raises serious issues" (ST, March 17) by Mr Stuart Ong, vicepresident of the Business Software Alliance. It is apparent from his letter that ne is unfamiliar with the free software model which Mr Stallman of the Free

Self-esteem is not measured in kilograms [LETTER]

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Self-esteem is not measured in kilograms I FEEL compelled to write after reading the International Women's Day commemorative section (ST, March 8). What provokes my concern is the number of slimming advertisements m the section! There are far too many slimming advertisements even on normal days. But it is a

Maintain regular routes for postmen [LETTER]

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Maintain regular routes for postmen I REFER to Singapore Post's reply "Provide more details of missing mail" (ST, March 18). I called the number provided 841-2000 to give my feedback but my repeated attempts ended m my almost memorising the recorded messages advertising the various services but no response from

Allow more time for school projects [LETTER]

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Allow more time for school projects I HAD the same experience with my daughter's project work as MP Chin TetYung(ST, March 18). My daughter came home one day last year and said that she had to do a project on eclipses. She was m Primary 3 then. I thought that

More information needed about virus [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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More information needed about virus I REFER with great concern to the recent news about the Japanese encephalitis virus. On the one hand, it is said that the Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is spread to people via Culex mosquitoes carrying the virus from a pig. On the other hand, it

Close casinos to prove point [LETTER]

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Close casinos to prove point I REFER to the letter "Superstar Leo is no floating casino" by Mr Colin Au (ST, Mar 22)". I am sure every adult Singaporean and all habitual gamblers know that casinos are the main attraction on board holiday cruise ships, though not all who join

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CAPTAIN MAH AND TEAM 2010 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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CAPTAIN MAH AND TEAM 2010 SANTOKH SINGH Old and new faces to lead Republic into the new millennium By 'It's like watching your family member play. You are not merely watchinghut are a part of the activity. FAS president and Communications Minister I Mah Bow Tan explaining why he feels

Soccer will enjoy this higher profile [ARTICLE]

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Soccer will enjoy this higher profile GODFREY ROBERT COMMENT by FROM an advisory position to a hands-on operation. From telling a committee what to do to getting down to doing it himself. From being a step back m the comfort zone to putting himself m the firing line if things

Minister Mah a genuine heart-and-soul fan [ARTICLE]

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Minister Mah a genuine heart-and-soul fan TAY CHENG KHOON *L IT IS not hard to see the passion Mr Mah Bow Tan has for soccer. What is hard to fathom is why this self-con-fessed non-footballer is so keen and dedicated to the sport. Even the Minister for Communications himself is

Slow and steady search [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Slow and steady search SANTOKH SINGH President Mah says FAS m no hurry to appoint new chief executive *1 FOOTBALL IN THE 21st CENTURY THE post of soccer supremo is still vacant and newly-appointed Football Association of Singapore president Mah Bow Tan is m no hurry to fill it. It

Kwek steps down as head [ARTICLE]

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Kwek steps down as head KWEK LENG JOO has stepped down as chairman of the S- League board. And, with the anticipated additional spare time, he hopes to shave a few points off his 24-handicap m golf. The managing director of City Developments declined to give a farewell interview, telling

It's a big leap forward for Yap [ARTICLE]

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It's a big leap forward for Yap S. MURALI Bu IT HAS been a dramatic few years m local soccer for John Yap. A stockbroker by trade, he started his association with soccer m 1995, when he was approached to be chairman of National Football League club Boon Keng SC.

Valeric out of final by just 11 pins [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Valeric out of final by just 11 pins BOWLING SINGAPORE'S teenage bowling sensation Valeric Teo was denied a spot m the final of the AMF Malaysian Masters Cup by just 11 pins m Petaling Java yesterday. The 14-year-old Raffles Girls' School student had upset Australian world champion Maxine Nable m

Late goal keeps Sembawang top [ARTICLE]

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Late goal keeps Sembawang top NFL SOCCER A LATE goal by Chika Onyekaba pioserved Sembawang Sports Club's perfect win record m the Singapore Pools National Football League Division One competition on Sunday. After trailing 0-1 to lowly Towner SC m the first half, Sembawang managed to draw level midway through

EUROPEAN SOCCER ROUND-UP

Europe's booming Bs boost title hopes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Europe's booming Bs boost title hopes SWEET TASTE OF VICTORY 'WE AM GOING TO ENJOY IMS WIN..JUT WE NOW WANT TO 60 ON AND WIN EVERY 6AMEWEHAVE UFTTHS SEASON.' Spurs* manager 'HE HAS TUNED USMTOAREAL TEAM.' Goalscorer Allan Nielsen, on Graham PARIS The booming Bs were at it again at

By George, it's a new era for Spurs [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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By George, it's a new era for Spurs Transformed Tottenham collects first Cup after eight years LONDON George Graham is reluctant to talk about a new era at Tottenham Hotspur but Sunday's League Cup final victory over Leicester City means the north London club is back m the big time.

Looks like a two-horse race [ARTICLE]

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Looks like a two-horse race MILAN Lazio and Fiorentina are jockeying m what looks like a two-horse for the Italian League title. Both sides secured victories as their rivals fell behind on Sunday. The day was also marked by the resignation of luckless Inter Milan coach Mircea Lucescu after his

Inter's crisis worsens with manager's exit [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Inter's crisis worsens with manager's exit ROME Inter Milan plunged further into disarray when caretaker-manag-er Romanian Mircea Lucescu resigned on Sunday after a 4-0 thrashing by Sampdoria. The defeat followed hot on the heels of European Cup elimination by Manchester United and saw Lucescu, who was hired as a temporary

TOP DIVISION TABLES [ARTICLE]

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TOP DIVISION TABLES r i f tit «M Ueitwl 3d It 9 3 68 3i 63 Arsewl 30 16 11 3 42 13 W Cfcetsea 29 15 1! 3 44 Z3 56 Leeds 3d 15 9 6 49 77 54 V»t H» 30 13 7 10 34 39 46 Astro

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Valeric Misses Out Tottenham's Messiah HK|9 XL Races Off Singapore's teenage sensation V r alerie f 'J^teji^ George Graham leads Spurs to their Krm T^ e Se^ an g or Turf Club calls off this reo tails to quality for the Malaysian F first title m eight years m his

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SPORTS/RACING

KL meeting cancelled [ARTICLE]

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KL meeting cancelled DANNY KHOO RACING Ban on horse movement causes turf call off races *L THE races m Kuala Lumpur are off. The Selangor Turf Club has cancelled its Sultan of Selangor Gold Cup meeting because of insufficient entries. However, racegoers can still bet on Saturday as the SLTC

HKJC: Kan's death accidental [ARTICLE]

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HKJC: Kan's death accidental contribute to the trampling death of a promising woman jockey who was thrown from her horse during a race on Sunday, the Hong Kong Jockey Club said yesterday. Following an inquiry into the death of 20-year-old Willy Kan at Shatin race course, Jockey Club stewards ruled

Rematch for Lewis, Holyfield fixed for Sept [ARTICLE]

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Rematch for Lewis, Holyfield fixed for Sept BOXING LONDON Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield will fight again for the undisputed world heavyweight title m September at a venue yet to be decided. Briton Lewis and American Holyfield drew m a controversial unification fight at New York's Madison Square Garden 10

Rodman's back – and Lakers wins [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rodman's back and Lakers wins BASKETBALL ORLANDO (Florida) The Wizard of Odd materialised m the Magic Kingdom, rejoining the Los Angeles Lakers, renewing his brand of bump-and-grind basketball and, for once, responding to questions. Dennis Rodman, here today.. .where tomorrow? "Oh, I'm here with the Lakers for the rest of

A real sweat for Moya [ARTICLE]

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A real sweat for Moya TENNIS KEY BISCAYNE (Florida) Newly-minted world No. 1 Carlos Moya squeaked past Jason Stoltenberg at the Lipton Championships on Sunday, contributing to an exodus of Australians that also included fifthseeded Pr<t Rafter and Mark Philippoussis. The Spaniard, just 37 points m front of American Pete

Herron denies Lehman with birdie in play-off [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Herron denies Lehman with birdie in play-off GOLF ORLANDO Tim Herron, winless on the PGA Tour since 1997, denied Tom Lehman his first victory since 1996 with a play-off victory m the Bay Hill Invitational. After both players parred the first play-off hole, the par-four 18th, Herron sank a 15-foot

SCORES AND STATISTICS [ARTICLE]

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SCORES AND STATISTICS BASKETBALL NBA: Chicago 95 Boston 92 (OT), Toronto 85 New York 81 (OT), Clippers 100 Minnesota 85. Detroit 104 Utah 101 (OT), Cleveland 88 New Jersey 85, Charlotte 94 Milwaukee 87, Denver 102 Seattle 98, Portland 91 Philadelphia 75, Lakers 115 Orlando 104. CRICKET sth day of

Hackett upsets fellow world champs [ARTICLE]

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Hackett upsets fellow world champs SWIMMING BRISBANE Grant Hackett upstaged fellow world champions lan Thorpe and Michael Klim to score a surprise win m the men's 200 metres freestyle at 'he Australian Swimming Championships yesterday. The 18-year-old, who won the 1,500 m at last year's world championships m Perth, powered

SRC bats into race for title chasers [ARTICLE]

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SRC bats into race for title chasers MAHMOOD GAZNAVI CRICKET hi, SINGAPORE Recreation Club is now a serious contender for the Singapore Cricket Association Division One League title. The Recs displayed championship stuff m their 81-run win over Indian Association at the Balestier Road ground on Sunday. Batting first, SRC's

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LIVE ON TV TENNIS Upton C'sWps, Men's q-finals (ESPNCh23& 25, tomorrow, 2am).

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TODAY'S EVENTS SOCCER SBHFL Div 1: Hong Leong Gp v Micron (Kallang. 5.15pm). TENNIS Singapore Int'lJr C'ships (STC, 8.30 am). VOLLEYBAJLL Schools' National C'ships: C Div (8.45 am) B Div (2pm) Temasek Polytechnic.

OBITUARIES

850 DEATHS 850 DEATHS [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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850 DEATHS 850 DEATHS YEE SHUI CHEE AGE: 90 passed away peacefully on 21/3/99 leaving behind loved ones. (Husband: Wong Foon Lee, deceased) Son: Daughter-in-law: Huang Wenjiong Liang Jingxia Daughter: Wong Chui Ping Grandsons: Granddaughters-in-law: Huang Dongsheng Lai Wei Huang Xuming Vi Xue Ping Phey Teck Moh Yap Li Lin,

830 DEATHS 850 DEATHS [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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830 DEATHS 850 DEATHS GOH AH TEE Age: 81 was called home to be with the Lord on 21 March 99, leaving behind loved ones. (Husband: Ng Khonq Ow, deceased) Sons: Daughters-in-law Ooi Soon Cheng (Ong Siew Lan, deceased) Ng Soon Huat Ng Soon Kin Nq Soon Bee Thia Poh

852 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 852 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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852 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 852 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Family Of The Late TAN TUAW MO! Departed: 19.3.99 wish to express their heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation to: Pastor Beatrice Kang, Bro. Keet Keong and members of Trinity Christian Centre, Pastor Pang of Bethel Assembly. Dr Cynthia Goh, Dr Lee, Dr Kwan, staff nurse

852 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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852 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS THE FAMILY OF THE LATE WEE KEE NEO (Mrs Ko Yeow Poh) Departed on 18 March 1999 wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Elders and members of Bethesda Katonq Church, Pastors and members of the SDA Church (Dunman Road) Houganq Polyclinic (Home Nursing), JBW, relatives,

854 CONDOLENCES 854 CONDOLENCES 854 CONDOLENCES 854 CONDOLENCES [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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854 CONDOLENCES 854 CONDOLENCES 854 CONDOLENCES 854 CONDOLENCES f Deepest sympathy j^EL, and condolence GS&fi9 to the Family of the Late G. Kandasamy From members and staff of The Amalgamated Union of Public Employees AUPE Multi-purpose Co-operative Society Ltd AUPE Sports Recreation Club Wisma AUPE 295 Upper Paya Lebar Road

856 IN MEMORIAM [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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856 IN MEMORIAM Ist Anniversary Thalai Thevasam RAJAM (Ex. SGH Ammah) Thalal Thevasam Prayers will be held at Blk 221 803-425, Yishun St 21 on Wednesday 24.03.99 between Bam to 10am. Lunch will be served after prayers. Pis. treat this as a personal Invitation. Tel. no.: XXXXX12

856 IN MEMORIAM [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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856 IN MEMORIAM Ist ANNIVERSARY m loving memory of FOON SWEE LAN departed: 23/3/98 Loved and deeply missed by: Sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and loved ones. "Her smiling way and pleasant face are a pleasure to recall."

856 IN MEMORIAM [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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856 IN MEMORIAM r~ 1 In loving Memory 4th Anniversary Wong Teing King Departed 23.3.95 Always loved and Remembered by your Loved ones

856 IN MEMORIAM 856 IN MEMORIAM [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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856 IN MEMORIAM 856 IN MEMORIAM HAZEL POH GEOK CUNNISON Nee TAN POH GEOK 12th May 1957 19th March 1998 "When day is done and grass is wet with twilight dew I think of all the happy days and joys we knew That yearning, returning, to hold you m my

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The Straits Times MONEY

UOB ups the ante by raising UIC stake [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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UOB ups the ante by raising UIC stake COLIN TAN Bank chairman Wee Cho Yaw building up defensive stake m case of a takeover bid by HKR, say analysts By EARNINGS REPORTED LAST WEEK (FY '98) UNITED Overseas Bank (UOB) has bought more shares m United Industrial Corp (UIC) m

TOP RISES [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES Hych22 Outs SIA2OO 605 75.0 10.3 OCBC 870 45.0 5.5 SIA 795 45.0 6.0 Venture MWt99 640 45.0 7.6 DBS 990 40.0 4.2 Goodwood Part 2200 40.0 1.9 VentureMfQ2sc 765 40.0 5.5 JMHUS2SC4OO 366 32.0 9.6 C Properties 98b 30.0 3.1 City Dcv 50c 810 Z5.0 32

TOP RISES (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES March 22 Cwts UICWt99 26.5 47.2 8.5 Elt«hWW9 2 33 J 0.5 Singamas HW0c 17.5 27.9 3.9 S Finance Wt99 36.5 25.9 7.5 EngKongKJc 25 22.0 4.5 JayaWt99 W 17.6 1.5 Keppe!TtTWtO2.^. 52 16.9 7.5 CKTangWt99.. W. 5 16.7 1.5 JC-MPHWtOO M 16.7 2.0 IME2SC 46 15.0 6.0

TOP FALLS (C) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS (C) UmtkU Cants Creative T 25c 2040 60.0 2.9 GuangzhouHK!oc 60 40.0 40.0 FW 570 20.0 3.4 CSC 705 15.0 2.1 Prima 261 15.0 5.4 DBS Foreign 1310 W.O 0.8 GP Bat 80c 236 W.O 4.1 UOB Foreign K)K) 10.0 1.0 AvimoGrp2Oc. 224 4.0 1.8 Bum»tlflOc2OOO 60 4.0

TOP FALLS (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS March 22 Cants tt> GuanozhouHKlOi 60 40.0 40.0 Overt Gen AsWc 3 14.3 0.5 PertamaWt99 3 MJ 0.5 GRPEOc M tt.s 2.0 Pacific Can 50c 19 9.5 2.0 Showp»a2sc 5 9.1 0.5 BurwilttOcPOQO 60 6.3 4.0 Df agonLand 10c 8 5.9 0.5 TuanSins2sc 17 5.6 1.0 Prinw 261

Bank counters soar on talk of call warrants [ARTICLE]

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Bank counters soar on talk of call warrants DENNIS CHAN DEUTSCHE BANK KEEPS MUM By THE local tranches of bank shares soared yesterday on speculation that Deutsche Bank would issue separate call warrants on each of the Big Four banks. This is a significant departure from earlier talk that Deutsche

KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR Trwifction date: My ch 22. t999 1 Adjusts for n twl«u.s; f»»rv»lu.Mslu«l»MO«*fwts«ip«cm«ft P/l rtk» *r« not a^yst* fw currwcy Mmtm. 0 1999 Last Vol Ntt High Low Company S«l« COOP) P/E INDUSTRIALS Consumer Products 310 265 Ajmomoto 265 -7 1 14.6 83 56.5 Angkasa 56.5 -2.5 17 283

SICON FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SICON FUTURES March 22, 1999 1 RuDdsr Futures (Closing prices) RSS 1 (Tonnes, S ctnti/kg) Month High Low Sttt Vol Op«n Int Apr 99 102.75 150 May 102.50 102.50 103.50 100 775 j un 105.00 250 Jul/Sep 107.75 600 Oct/Dec 110.50 150 525 Jan/Mar 00 114.00 RSS 3 (US cents/kg)

GOLD ■ [ARTICLE]

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iCURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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i CURRENCY IJMHiNpwfiaiMMMbm

I UNIT TRUSTS & FUNDS [ARTICLE]

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I UNIT TRUSTS FUNDS GDFG I Managers' prices (Ss) LEGEND: All prices an indicative except for Ex Rlnqqlt Assets; Broadly Diversified,* (CPF* Approved),* Narrowly Focused (CPF Approved}' Lower Rlshi Low to Medium Risk; Medium to High Risk; Higher Risk; open-ended AktrtMa Asset Mft Asii Ltd Aberdeen Spore Gr Fd 1.080

HONGKONG STOCKS [ARTICLE]

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HONGKONG STOCKS March 22, 1999 If 1 1 .il' "7"B8i 1 DFSG

SILVER [ARTICLE]

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SILVER ■■■■HlHissffl

ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS [ARTICLE]

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ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS Contract (Mt: 1 March 22. 1999 On* 3 6 9 12 V«lu» Untt mtti mtto mthi mth» mthi Call d«t« USS 4'/, 4/j 4-»/u 47* 4'V» 37« 24/03 AS 4'/. 47i 4'/, 4>/,. 4% 37, 24/03 N2 37. 3 14 4 4/, 47, 3V. 24/03 STG 4V.

CRUDES PRODUCT PRICES [ARTICLE]

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CRUDES PRODUCT PRICES Crud«/Product Month* Chwy Price (USS) BBL BRENT BLEND Apr +0.17 13.62 13.67 WEST TEXAS Interm Apr +0.21 15.34 15.38 DUBAI FATEH May +0.53 13.63 13.68 TAPIS BLEND Apr +0.20 14.50 14.60 MINAS Apr +0.10 13.10 13.20 NAPHTHA (CIF Jap) +2.25/1.75 138.75 139.50 NAPHTHA +0.20 14.30 14.50 CST-180

SIMEX FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SIMEX FUTURES DGDFG Eurodollar 3 Month diposit <100 implied interest rate) Opon High Low Sttt Est Vol Apr 99 94.9875 94.98/5 94.9875 94.985 100 May 99 94.970 0 Jun 99 94.950 94.950 94.935 94.935 4152 Act Vol (Fn): XXXXX. Open ,nt VW XXXXX Euroyen 3-Month deposit (100 implied interest rate)

CLOB INTERNATIONAL [ARTICLE]

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CLOB INTERNATIONAL DSGFD S2-WH Curr Lilt Vol Day Gross M«t M C«p Hmi Low Company TradXJ Sal* ♦Of 'OOP High Lew dlv P/E Smll HONGKONG STOCKS 235 173 CDL(2OOO) HK23scd »17.5 10 235 235 8 12.1 4550 Cathay Pac 20c HK72ocd 265 6 XXXXX.4 Cn«unq*onqsOc HKI7BO 240 3 XXXXX.5 HKT«i5Oc4OO

SES MAIN BOARD [ARTICLE]

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SES MAIN BOARD Transaction date: March 22, 1999 1 MULT! INDUSTRY J2-WH Curr Last Vol Day Gr'j Net M Cap Wt Avg Hkjn Low Company Traded Sat* +or- 'OOP High Low Dlv P/E Smll Pflct 142 17.5 mb Acma 50c 7) +1 52 71.5 70.5 27.5 5 117.5 70 49

INDICES [ARTICLE]

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INDICES Chang* Straits Times Index 1497.68 24.69 BT 08/ OS 25.00 150.00 BT CADI -XXXXX.00 39.00 BT 10-aay MA -XXXXX.00 2.00 DBS CPF Index 442.25 9.38 DBS 50 Index 489.02 7.80 OC BC 30 455.12 10.38 UOB Blue Chip 583.58 8.76 MSCI Singapore 215.29 -1.45 Simsci Futures 216.60 -0.10

SCOREBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SCOREBOARD MAIN SDQ Up On Unch Up Dn Unch Multilnd 8 7 3 0 0 0 Manufacturing 30 33 19 II 5 10 Commerce 17 7 n 3 0 2 Tpt/Stor/Comms..l3 4 7 110 Finance 25 6 5 0 0 0 Construction 5 7 5 0 4 3 Properties 17

Bank and property stocks close Higher [ARTICLE]

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Bank and property stocks close Higher Dennis Chan MARKET REPORT RUMOURS that covered warrants on banks would be issued and improved sentiment on the property sector yesterday spurred a rally on the stock market. Dealers said the 24.69-point or 1.7--per-cent rise m the key Straits Times Index to 1,497-68 was

TOP ACTIVES [ARTICLE]

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TOP ACTIVES UIC Wt99 36.562.000 S Finance Wt99 21,524,000 UIC 19,266,000 Wir.o Tai 25c 9,527,000 JC M^H WtOO 7,582,000 Hol.ir.g Inv NTS 7,370,000 UK rj«og Wt99 7,317,000 SV t «qq 10c 7,167,000 Tarv." n onglntsOc 6,108,000 IPLC *VO2 5,788,000

TURNOVER (READY) [ARTICLE]

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TURNOVER (READY) TURNOVER COOO) Main Sesdaq Total Multilna 38,942 38,94? Manufacturing 27.077 7,410 34,487 Commerce 10,422 1,130 11.552 Tpt/Stor/Comms 11,261 1.142 12,403 Finance 33,893 33,893 Construction 7.250 2.293 9.54: Properties 25.711 25.711 Hotels/Rsts 1,826 3.407 5,233 Services 2,393 559 2.952 Others BLW 97,981 542 98,523 Total 256.756 16.483 273.239 Clob

BONDS, LOANS $ WARRANTS [ARTICLE]

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BONDS, LOANS WARRANTS GDG STOCK PRICES LEGEND NOTES Straits TkM* Index Stocks Mstw«Qrt«dt!anaparvak«<>tsiaMarttradrt*MstfU)OC serlplMS and approval tnvtjtmant stem aat* ottwrate sottilto m Margin stocks Alt starts are scnpitw eictpt fcn#. Fitfac. MC. X lloao. X N c Stock* approved undtrCPF I nv«stn»ntSeh«m« fnttts Menu. WHJPrd. y johm A«*mrc-.fw WtCA. Tekyn

SESDAQ [ARTICLE]

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SESDAQ 52-WK Curr Last Vol Day Cf» N«t M Cae Wt v<; Hlqh Low Company Tr»d«d Salt ♦or- 'OOP High Low Wv» Pit $mM Prtct IIAMUFACn«iNG 219 30 c 'AS Auto 10c 89 unch 1436 89.5 88.5 15 N 8.4 101.6 89 79.5 45 c ASJHldqs2oc 60 3.7 9.9 54

US cable TV groups strike buyout deal [ARTICLE]

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US cable TV groups strike buyout deal SIO4B PURCHASE PHILADELPHIA Comcast, the fourth-largest US cable television company, has agreed to buy Media One Group, the third-biggest, for US$6O billion (5510.3.8 billion) m stock and assumed debt, to create a cable network with 11 million customers. Comcast yesterday offered 1.1 share

Italian banks swept by Europe's merger wave [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Italian banks swept by Europe's merger wave MEASURE FOR MEASURE Two of the country's largest banking groups make separate moves to join forces with their rivals ROME Two of Italy's largest banking groups have moved simultaneously to combine with two local rivals, extending a wave of mergers m Europe after

MONEY WORLD

PRESSURE ON EU TOUR BEEF BAN [ARTICLE]

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PRESSURE ON EU TOUR BEEF BAN US OFFICIALS plan to announce US$9OO million (551.56 billion) m European products that could be hit with 100 per cent duties by May 13 if the European Union does not end its ban on hormone-treated beef, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. The list

CHINA BANKS ON SERVICES FOR JOBS [ARTICLE]

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CHINA BANKS ON SERVICES FOR JOBS CHINA expects to create more than 10 million jobs a year m the service industry to soak up millions of newly unemployed workers shed by the state sector, the China Daily said yesterday. Reuters

CALL TO FREE UP FUTURES TRADING [ARTICLE]

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CALL TO FREE UP FUTURES TRADING THE Korea Futures Exchange has asked the government to allow securities firms and other financial institutions to offer futures trading as a sideline, chairman I^ee Jong Nam said. The Korea Futures Exchange is due to start operations next month. Bloomberg News

TOP CORPORATE POLLUTERS NAMED [ARTICLE]

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TOP CORPORATE POLLUTERS NAMED THE British government's Environment Agency published a list of top corporate polluters yesterday m a bid to shame them into cleaning up their act. The list featured energy, water and construction companies which were fined by the green watchdog for oifences against the environment last year.

VIVENDI TO BUY US FIRM FOR $11B [ARTICLE]

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VIVENDI TO BUY US FIRM FOR $11B FRENCH conglomerate Vivendi SA yesterday said it would acquire US Filter Corp, the largest US water treatment company, for US$6.2 billion (5510.7 billion), creating a world power m water technology. Reuters

Gucci mulls over LVMH's $13.7b offer [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Gucci mulls over LVMH's $13.7 b offer PARIS Gucci Group, one of Italy's biggest fashion firms, yesterday said it was considering a takeover bid from LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, which offered US$Bl a share, valuing Gucci at US$7.9 billion (5513.7 billion). Gucci's fate now lies with an Amsterdam

HK names 3 firms for $40b share sale [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HK names 3 firms for $40b share sale Investment banks Goldman Sachs, ING Barings and Jardine Fleming could net up to US$l billion m fees HONGKONG Goldman, Sachs Co, ING Barings and Jardine Fleming Holdings were picked for Asia's most lucrative investment banking job helping the Hongkong government arrange to

Price index down [ARTICLE]

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Price index down BEIJING -The production price index m .31 major Chinese cities was down 3.7.3 per cent m February compared to the same month last year, the Financial News said yesterday. The index, compiled and issued by the central People's Bank of China, gauges the purchase price of goods

G7 may waive $35b owed by poor nations [ARTICLE]

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G7 may waive $35b owed by poor nations DEBT-FORGIVENESS PLAN TOKYO The Group of Seven (G7) industrialised nations may forgive US$2O billion (5534.6 billion) m official development lending to the world's poorest nations, a Japanese financial daily reported yesterday. The G7 nations were moving to hold an emergency meeting of

Call for Beijing to rein in supply of goods [ARTICLE]

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Call for Beijing to rein in supply of goods MARY KWANG By CHINA CORRESPONDENT BEIJING A Chinese economic think tank has warned that China should guard against shrinking asset values and global overproduction, which were among the fundamental reasons for the Asian financial crisis which has spread to Russia and

Indonesia to issue bonds worth $52b [ARTICLE]

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Indonesia to issue bonds worth $52b But birth of the country's first Treasury bond market will be a prolonged process JAKARTA Late next month, the Indonesian government plans to issue more than US$3O billion (5551.9 billion) worth of bonds and m the process conceive what it hopes will be the

Chemical import tariffs to be cut [ARTICLE]

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Chemical import tariffs to be cut JAKARTA Indonesia is planning to cut tariffs on imports of some chemical products by an average of 5 per cent next year as part of its efforts to harmonise the tarift'structure of the whole sector, a newspaper has reported, citing a senior official. "The

WHEELING IN CUSTOMERS: [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WHEELING IN CUSTOMERS: AFP Bangkok's Hard Rock Cafe launching a new promotion amid the economic crisis, using the truncated body of a tuk tuk to draw attention. Tuk tuk, the distinctive three-wheeled taxis of Thailand, means "cheap and everywhere" m Thai.

Do-or-die stimulus package for Thais [ARTICLE]

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Do-or-die stimulus package for Thais APRIL 1 TARGET IN STORE: Tax perks include: Cutting the value-added tax; Cutting corporate tax to between 25 and 27 per cent; and Giving taxpayers BANGKOK A Thai stimulus package of tax cuts and increased government spending that is m the works looks to be

Group to help sell Thai Airways stake [ARTICLE]

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Group to help sell Thai Airways stake THE consortium that will help sell a minority stake m the national carrier includes: CS First Boston; Kleinwort Benson; Asset Plus Securities; and Jardine Fleming Securities BANGKOK Thai Airways International said yesterday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with a consortium of

Economists more upbeat on S'pore [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Economists more upbeat on S'pore NARENDRA AGGARWAL They expect economy to grow 0.7% this year on robust US demand and recovery m Malaysia Bu LOOKING UP OPTIMISM over Singapore's economic growth prospect* has increased, with economists based here now predicting 0.7 per cent growth this year, says London-based research house

Lexis-Nexis hopeful of five-fold growth [ARTICLE]

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Lexis-Nexis hopeful of five-fold growth YEOW PEI LIN ASIA-PACIFIC SALES Bu LEXIS-NEXIS, the world's largest provider of full-text online business and legal information services, is looking to grow its Asia-Pa-cific sales five-fold m five years. This target comes on the back of a strong push for news and information products

KL's bad-loan ratio may shrink [ARTICLE]

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KL's bad-loan ratio may shrink TAIPEI Bank Negara is targeting the banking system's non-performing loan (NPL) ratio to fall to 10 per cent of total loans by the end of this year from 14.9 per cent as at end-Novem-ber last year, said assistant governor for insurance and exchange controls Awang

Malaysia's ratings reflect low level of foreign debt [ARTICLE]

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Malaysia's ratings reflect low level of foreign debt OUTLOOK: Stable BATIKS REFLECT: Malaysia's manageable amount of foreign debt m both die public and private sectors; Diversified export Fiscal flexibility An unblemished debt service record. BHJ6KI RISKS: The political and policy front where sudden changes m inoertaintyfor nvestors; The government may

Funds outflow from Malaysia 'nominal' [ARTICLE]

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Funds outflow from Malaysia 'nominal' KUALA LUMPUR Foreigners have repatriated oak RM2O million (Ss9.l million) as of March 19, based on statistics compiled by Bank Negara. Mr Sulaiman Mahbob of tin National Economic Action Council said yesterday. The Sun newspaper reported him as saying that tin amount repatriated m nominal,

Nokia issues disclaimer on Internet user [ARTICLE]

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Nokia issues disclaimer on Internet user TAMMY TAN Bii FINNISH cellular giant Nokia yesterday disclaimed responsibility for the actions of "Nokia Boy", an Internet user who had allegedly libelled Sing Tel Mobile through a message circulated m an Internet newsgroup. Responding to a Straits Times report published yes- terday, communications

BA chief wants cut in HK landing fees [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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B A chief wants cut in HK landing fees COLIN MARSHALL: Make fees competitive When you see that Chek Ijjp Kok is charging double that ofClwngi Airport m Singapore, then if mere is any discretion on the part of airlines, tliey are going to go where it is less costly.

M&S in S'pore to turn around in second half [ARTICLE]

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M&S in S'pore to turn around in second half KALPANA RASIWALA Robinson will scale down M&S business and open a new John Little outlet at the Jurong Point extension Reports btj THE Robinson group's Marks Spencer (M&S) business m Singapore will be profitable m the year ending June, after slipping

No plans for share buyback [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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No plans for share buyback $300 M IN THE KITTY RETAILER Robinson Co, flush with $300 million m cash and investments, does not plan to buy back its shares, preferring instead to continue increasing dividends as profits grow. "My impression at the moment is that I don't think the changes

Retailer considers sale and leaseback of stores [ARTICLE]

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Retailer considers sale and leaseback of stores LONDON British retailer Marks Spencer (M&S) is planning to sell and lease back up to 40 of its stores to raise up to £250 million (XXXXX.3 million; for the troubled group, a news report said yesterday. The Sunday Telegraph reported that new M&S

RESULTS AT A GLANCE [ARTICLE]

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RESULTS AT A GLANCE LINIETEVES-JACOBERG: Net profit: 28 per cent rise to $23.1 million for the year ended Dec 31. Turnover: 6 per cent drop to $134.5 million. Earnings per share (EPS): 14.3 cents, up from 12.1 cents. Net tangible asset (NTA) backing per share: 55 cents, up from 44.5

Higher share prices lift ICS' full-year gain [ARTICLE]

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Higher share prices lift ICS' full-year gain INSURANCE Corporation of Singapore (ICS) made a full-year net profit of $5.4 million last year, reversing an interim loss of $3.8 million, thanks to higher share prices m the second half of 1998. It had a net profit of $5.7 million m 1997.

Factory closure costs drag BAT into the red [ARTICLE]

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Factory closure costs drag BAT into the red BRITISH-AMERICAN Tobacco Company (S) (BAT) yesterday reported a net loss of $26.53 million last year after setting aside nearly $50 million to cover the cost of closing its factory here. The factory closure, announced last December, would result m redundancies and a

Construction firm wins mainboard approval [ARTICLE]

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Construction firm wins mainboard approval HUMEGRUWN construction firm I.ian Beng Group received the nod yesterday from the stock exchange for a mainboard listing. But it did not provide any details of its impending initial public offering (IPO), such as the number or price of shares that woulci be floated. It

Tibs returns to the black on higher bus revenue [ARTICLE]

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Tibs returns to the black on higher bus revenue BUS and taxi operator Tibs Holdings has reported a net profit of $3.1 million for the year ended Dec 31, reversing its $1.1 million loss m 1997, helped by higher bus revenue and cost-cutting. Group turnover rose 8.9 per cent to

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Life! The Straits Times Tuesday,. March 23, 1999|

LIFE! COVER STORY

SURPRIS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SURPRIS ELISABETH GWEE Love Bites Romantic tale Shakespeare In Love warmed hearts and wore down the opposition like Saving Private Ryan *L LOVE'S labours were not lost at the 71st Academy Awards on Sunday night m Los Angeles. A romantic fable about the Bard and his muse muscled out a

AND HERE ARE THE WINNERS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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AND HERE ARE THE WINNERS Fd like to do is just thank very, very sincerely the families who lost sons during World War 11... all the families who incurred the tremendous losses during this war/ Director Steven Spielberg (above) of Saving Private Ryan, which won five Oscars including Best Director

Who's tops? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Who's tops? CAT ONG Clothes Call The winners all are sure, sure. But the side show. Now, that is even more eye-popping... mwwwaaahhh! Hi BARE was out at the Oscars this year but so were bosoms. Hollywood's current golden girl, Gwyneth Paltrow, was seen crying into hers, barely contained as

And the bead goes on... [ARTICLE]

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And the bead goes on ANOTHER way to make an Oscar splash is to bead it! Now that designers campaign like politicians for movie stars' favour and it is fashion stylists not the stars themselves who do the actual shopping, hardly anyone will do what Demi Moore did m 1989

My child, you are safe with me [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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My child, you are safe with me TEO PAU LIN King Of Comedy Roberto Benigni's tale of parental love m a concentration camp is portrayed sensitively and wins a Best Actor prize EXPECT a mighty whiff of unbridled exuberance if you ever come m contact with Best Actor winner Roberto

WINNING BITES [ARTICLE]

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WINNING BITES It's the last Oscar before the Millennium, so I am the Twentieth Century fox.' Host Whoopi Goldberg 'I thought Hilary And Jaclde was about a support group for First Ladies.' Goldberg on the movie, which failed to win honours She's determined to play every Queen m England. Next

No ifs and Bards, she passes with an A [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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No ifs and Bards, she passes with an A Paltrow's not just Brad Pitt's ex-girlfriend LOS ANGELES Once famous for being the girlfriend of actor Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow has entered the Alist of Hollywood women with her first-time lucky win. In Shakespeare In Love, for which she received her

Coburn makes no bones about his win [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Coburn makes no bones about his win LOS ANGELES Former action-film hero James Coburn, 70, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar yesterday for his role m Affliction, said he hoped that the award would help get him more roles despite his arthritis. The actor, who played rough and tumble

No apology and some cheered [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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No apology and some cheered Hollywood's elite split as Elia Kazan gets his award LOS ANGELES One of the most suspenseful moments of this year's Academy Awards ceremony was whether the audience would applaud or give a stony silence to director Elia Kazan when he received his life-time-achievement Oscar, and

LIFE! NEWS

Divorce is best, [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Divorce is best, Marriage Breakup Dou Wei admits to a relationship with another woman and says Faye Wong can have custody of their daughter IT IS true after all. Chinese singer Faye Wong's marriage is on the rocks. Her husband, rocker Don Wei, has admitted publicly to a relationship with

JACKSON TO HOLD CONCERT IN KOREA [ARTICLE]

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JACKSON TO HOLD CONCERT IN KOREA SEOUL Michael Jackson will hold a concert m South Korea later this year, events promoters m the capital said yesterday. A spokesman at Cheil Communications, which organised a cancelled tour by the artiste last year, said Jackson was set to make the announcement today

Fung Bo Bo to wed this year [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fung Bo Bo to wed this year HOT SHORTS FORMER Hongkong child actress Fung Bo Bo will marry her Malaysian boyfriend at the end of this year. However, the actress, who now lives m Kuala Lumpur after retiring from show-business a few years ago, told reporters she has not fixed

Gods And Monsters gets into the Spirit [ARTICLE]

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Gods And Monsters gets into the Spirit SANTA MONICA, California The movie Gods And Monsters won top honours at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress prizes. Veteran actor lan McKellan won for his role as a tortured movie director and Lynn

TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR WISE [ARTICLE]

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TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR WISE LONDON British comedian Ernie Wise, who made his name m a legendary double act with the late Eric Morecambe, died on Sunday aged 73. His wife Dorreen told BBC television that he died m Nuffield hospital m Slough, west of London. Amid a number of

Touched by an Angel [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Touched by an Angel Jek Kian Jin II Mysterious Investors mUiBcA Need help to fund a startup? There's always hope you will meet a secretive veteran with cash and passion WHEN I came to Silicon Valley a year ago. Id heard about Angels and their mysterious ways. Angels seem to

Will you remember me when I'm dead? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Will you remember me when I'm dead? CLARISSA OON THEATRE IMIIIIIIIIiHi— fff YOU CAN COUNT ON ME The Necessary Stage Drama Centre March 11 PEER PLEASURE Raffles Girls', St Gabriels secondary schools Drama Centre Last Saturday fiy DYING young and national education were the topics dealt with m the young

BITE INTO IT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BITE INTO IT 'Haven't people always been saying that I have few friends? Now that I've found one, why must I go through so much stress because of rumours?' TV and pop-star Leon Imi (right), insisting that his friendship with actress Shu Qi is strictly platonic This whole reticence ever)

LIFE! PERSONAL TECH

Your PC will be ready, in 1½ min [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Your PC will be ready, in 1 min FRANCIS CHIN Just-In-Time Business Just tell Dell what you want and it will do the rest quickly and with the latest and fastest m components §1 ALL it takes is 90 seconds and two technicians to assemble a PC from scratch at

Are you choosy? Here are 5,000 options [ARTICLE]

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Are you choosy? Here are 5,000 options DELL COMPUTER needs no showroom or shop to sell or demonstrate its products, says Mr Paul Bell, its senior vice-president for home and small business sales. Everything is done through newspaper ads, brochures, direct mail, Internet or word of mouth. He explains the

Good, I can change stars face [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Good, I can change stars face MY BOOKMARKS BELINDA LEE, 21 A/TV \y who hosts Mandarin show Kan Vi Kan Take A Look) on Singapore Cable Vision Channel 21 HER bond with the Internet is like her relationship with chocolates, she says. "I enjoy indulging every now and then, but

Beware, you got mail [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Beware, you got mail Raoul Le Blond S! KI N J I HI H\ NATIONAL FRAUD iMFOfWATtoK emnm Scamquy greets visitors to beat Internet fraud THE Web offers about as much privacy as a glass house. Here are 10 tips to keep you one step ahead of hackers, spammers, hucksters

COLOUR BEAUTY ON HP'S PALMTOP [ARTICLE]

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COLOUR BEAUTY ON HP'S PALMTOP THE latest palmtop, the Hewlett-Packard Jornada 420, offers 256 colours. It weighs 250 g and offers sin-gle-nanded access to e-mail, personal information and real-time data. Key attractions, besides the colour screen, are 8 MB RAM, six-hour battery life and $799 price. Details m www.hp.com/jornada

INTERNET SECRETS BARED [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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INTERNET SECRETS BARED CYBERSPACE issues are addressed m an informative CD-ROM program, The Internet For Policy Makers, from consultancy firm GetIT. The $150 CD explains the origin and global impact of this "network of networks". Call 738-6929. 256 colours are offered m this HP palmtop

SEMINAR ON FIGHTING Y2K BUG [ARTICLE]

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SEMINAR ON FIGHTING Y2K BUG Francis Chin IN THE LOOP By TAKE preventive action against the Y2K millennium bug. Attend a seminar tomorrow on Y2K The Final Lap: Manag- ing The Unexpected, organised by the Information Technology Management Assoc iation and Kent 870-1303 or just turn up at Orchard Hotel