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The Straits Times, 21 April 2000


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The Straits Times Established 1b45 r nClciy April 21, 2000 168 Pages m seven parts mita (P) 034/12/1999 •<P A Singapore Press Holdings publication \J\J Cents

Bus, MRT, LRT fares to go up [ARTICLE]

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Bus, MRT, LRT fares to go up LESLIE KOH Hikes of up to 20 cents will take place m June. Hardest-hit are long-distance MRT and bus riders, single-ticket holders and feeder-bus passengers B^ IF YOU take the bus and train, expect to pay more m two months, as the green

CPF cut will be restored 'as soon as possible' [ARTICLE]

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CPF cut will be restored 'as soon as possible' IRENE NG B« IN HO CHI MJNHCITV THE Government will keep faith with workers and union leaders, and restore the Central Provident Fund cut as soon as possible. Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave this assurance yesterday, when asked to


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LEAP OF FAITH DESMOND FOO If you enjoy the high of adrenaline rushes, you just might leap at the Übin Lagoon Resort's new lifestyle attractions when it opens next month. The $25-million resort on Pulau Übin features adventure training within a resort setting. Turn to Pages 72 and 73 for

S'pores non-oil exports at new high [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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S'pore's non-oil exports at new high LOH CHEN YI Bil STILL GOING STRONG SINGAPORE'S non-oil domestic exports rose a strong 17-1 per cent to $9-76 billion last month, beating the forecasts of analysts. The export value was also the largest on record for a month and reinforced the view that

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TNI will keep out of politics, says Widodo [ARTICLE]

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TNI will keep out of politics, says Widodo DERWIN PEREIRA It aims to be a professional force and so politics will be out of bounds, says chief; but analysts remain sceptical Bu MH AIIS TIMES INOONKStABI KKU' POLITICS AND IDE AMY: HEIKIHG THE TIES "Over the last year, we have

Tax officer jailed for renting out flat to 2 women overstayers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tax officer jailed for renting out flat to 2 women overstayers KAREN WONG *L District Judge Mavis Chionh noted that he had not "ivilfully and maliciously" broken the law, but he had failed to exercise the due diligence required m checking the immigration status of his tenants. A TAX OFFICER

Black box found [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Black box found RESCUERS recovered the flight-data recorder. known as the black box. from the wreckage of an Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 plane yesterday at Samal island m Davao city, southern Philippines. The plane crashed on Wednesday while approaching Davao city airport, killing all 131 on board. The recorder is

Nothing to be gained? Then pain is less [ARTICLE]

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Nothing to be gained? Then pain is less WASHINGTON No gain, no pain? Feople injured m traffic accidents actually recover better when they cannot collect money for their pain and suffering, according to Canadian researchers. They said policy-mak-ers should consider no-fault insurance as a prescription for treating whiplash. The study,

Church re-opens after facelift [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Church re-opens after facelift EASTER JOY Renovation includes stained-glass mosaic and 15 statues YESTERDAY, the doors of the Church of St Francis Xavier, a Catholic church m Serangoon Gardens, were thrown open after a facelift that took 10 months just m time for Maundy Thursday. The renovation of the 41--year-old

US school system to go international [ARTICLE]

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US school system to go international LEE SIEW HUA America wants more students to study overseas and to attract more students fre m abroad to hone competitiveness Bo IS CORRESPONDENT WHAT MR RILEY SAW IN ASIA: SINGAPORE confirmed his opinion that America's mathematics curriculum should be focused. Heavy investment m

It's reverse brain drain in Shenzhen [ARTICLE]

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It's reverse brain drain in Shenzhen LOH HUI YIN Many new-economy professionals are returning to China, attracted by new opportunities or driven by patriotism By HONGKONG CORRESPONDENT SHENZHEN: Its edge HIGH-TECH output accounted for 40.5 per cent of Shenzhen's total industrial output last year, against 20 per cent for Shanghai.


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'OKLAHOMA' REMEMBERED REUTERS United States President Bill Clinton touring the Oklahoma City National Memorial during dedication ceremonies on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary- of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. It was the worst act of domestic terrorism m US history: 168 people died. With Mr Clinton are, from left,

Howard vows Net-gambling ban [ARTICLE]

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Howard vows Net-gambling ban CANBERRA Australian Prime Minister John Howard, concerned over the growing number of problem gamblers, vowed yesterday to pursue a total ban on Internet gambling, despite strong opposition arouna the country. Mr Howard accused state governments and territories of being irresponsible when they refused on Wednesday to

Bust boost for viewers [ARTICLE]

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Bust boost for viewers VIENNA An Austrian television station is offering women a breast-enlarge-ment operation m a bid to boost viewing numbers for its tabloid programme. Interested viewers must send a photograph of them- selves to the programme. Check It. together with a few sentences on why they want to

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GI Jane: Here's the real story [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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GI Jane: Here's the real story LOUISE BRANSON In a bid to shake off the sex scandals of the 90s, the US military is trying to treat both sexes equally, but it ignores their obvious differences at its peril By IN WASHINGTON The 90s were a decade m which the

Preparing for a bloody Easter [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Preparing for a bloody Easter Zimbabwe Land Crisis With President Mugabe deciding not to order black war veterans off their land, white farmers are bracing themselves for a violent weekend HARARE Zimbabwe's white farmers prepared for a violent Easter yesterday amid reports that war veterans were preparing to occupy more

Queen's message may fuel anger [ARTICLE]

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Queen's message may fuel anger LONDON Britain faced an embarrassing protocol slip late on Wednesday when it emerged that Queen Elizabeth II had congratulated Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on his country's national day even as his supporters murdered a white farmer. A spokesman said such messages were sent out to

Another twist: Cuban boy to remain in US [ARTICLE]

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Another twist: Cuban boy to remain in US But the US Attorney-General insists the court ruling does not preclude returning the six-year-old Cuban boy to his father m the interim MIAMI A court has ordered that Cuban shipwreck survivor Elian Gonzalez remain m the United States until it resolves an

Greek Elian [ARTICLE]

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Greek Elian ATHENS The Greek government is trying to secure the return of a Greco- Egyptian toddler being held m Egypt by his Muslim grandparents against the wishes of his parents m Greece, according to an official source m Athens. Greek Foreign Minister Georges Papandreou was expected to meet the

Crime in South Africa: More than meets the eye [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Crime in South Africa: More than meets the eye FELIX SOH Crime statistics alone do not portray an accurate picture of the country, says High Commissioner to Singapore Bill ..Mlii Long awaited freedom 'We have been freed. All of us, not just blacks but whites too. Whites were trapped m


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Oh Jean Canadian PM adds another gaffe to Mid-East trip Blunder after blunder BEFORE the Saudi flap, Mr Chretien (left): Upset die Israelis by suggesting that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had the right to threaten a unilateral declaration of independence. Upset the Syrians by saying he understood why Israel would

Take the $1m, whether you want it or not [ARTICLE]

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Take the $1m, whether you want it or not Canada announces that it intends to give aid to Iraq for humanitarian purposes, even though Baghdad has rejected the offer from an 'oppressor' Iraq says: 'The people of Iraq do not need help from those who have oppressed them and are

India objects to President being called 'untouchable' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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India objects to President being called 'untouchable' JON STOCK New Delhi lodges a strong protest after French newspapers use the derogatory term to describe the visiting Indian leader By IN NENVI3FI.HI THE government m NewDelhi has reacted furiously to newspaper articles m France which have described the Indian president as

Paedophiles feast on online sex bazaar [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Paedophiles feast on online sex bazaar But Internet is also helping government agencies to nab predators NEW CANAAN (Connecticut) The Net is proving to be a double-edged sword, emboldening previously unknown sexual predators and fueling a market for child pornography but also helping to snare those who victimise children. And


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KATIE'S CYI ER NIGHTMARE At 13, she met Mark, 23, a colic Internet. He understood her, t special. They agreed to meet si Frank, a 41 -year-old paedophi] student from California on the ade her laugh, he told her she was )nths later. Mark turned out to be n online

Hillary returns funds from woman with drug links [ARTICLE]

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Hillary returns funds from woman with drug links The campaign donation was given by a businesswoman who had solicited money for the Democrats from a man who was later jailed for drugs NEW YORK Mrs Hillary Clinton, running for the post of New York senator, has returned a donation of

Playing it safe [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Playing it safe THE U5522,000 (5537.0001 that businesswoman Vivian Mannerud gave to Mrs Hillary Clinton's campaign was the single largest contribution to the First Lady's fund \Vhile acting as a Democratic fundraiser m 1995, Ms Mannerud had solicited a US$2O,OOO contribution from Cuban American seafood supplier Jorge Cabrera. He was


New satellite named after writer Clarke [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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New satellite named after writer Clarke PIONEERING ROLE RECOGNISED COLOMBO Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, considered the father of geostationary orbit, now has a satellite named after him. The European Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (Eutelsat) has dedicated its latest satellite to Clarke m recognition of his pioneering role m the


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TEARFUL GORBACHEV AT EXHIBITION MOSCOW Fighting back tears, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev paid a visit to a Moscow art exhibition organised m memory of his wife Raisa I who died last September J aged 67 after a long battle 1 with leukaemia. M Money raised from the m sale


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HOSPITAL TRIBUTE TO REAGAN LOS ANGELES The University of California. Los Angeles, will name its new hospital the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre m response to a US$l5O million (XXXXX million) fund-raising campaign honouring the former president. The campaign has already secured pledges of USSBO million from Southern California civic


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CAR TROUBLE FOR POWELL WASHINGTON If he ever becomes Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will not have to cope with this sort of trouble. He was seen exchanging insurance information with the driver of another vehicle on Wednesday. "He was

Labs growing bones for replacements [ARTICLE]

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Labs growing bones for replacements NEW GRAFTING TECHNIQUE PARIS European scientists are growing bones m the laboratory, with the goal of developing replacement grafts for people whose bones have been injured m an accident or who are suffering from arthritis, the New Scientist has reported. The technique entails taking cells

DNA tests prove boy is French child king [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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DNA tests prove boy is French child king Heart of the matter It is the heart of Louis XVII This is a great day for an historian. It is very exciting to put an end to one of the greatest enigmas of French history. To draw a close to a

US strategy for fighting two wars 'outdated' [ARTICLE]

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US strategy for fighting two wars 'outdated' Americans are far less secure than they think and the nation is unprepared for the problems of the coming century, a report warns WARNING: US^ must change The world is changing fast and if the US government does not change with it, it

Russia ratifies N-arms pact after 7 years [ARTICLE]

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Russia ratifies N-arms pact after 7 years But the treaty to cut nuclear warheads will not take effect until the US Senate approves new amendments MOSCOW The Russian parliament has finished ratifying the Start II nucleararms reduction treaty with approval by the upper house, giving President Vladimir Putin a significant



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GRENADE EXPLOSION INJURES 7 STUDENTS A GRENADE exploded during a defence training class at a school m the Azerbaijan capital of Baku on Wednesday, wounding seven students, local officials reported. Such classes, which include instruction m how to handle and disassemble grenades, are a regular part of schooling. But dummy


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POLICE ARREST FORMER SLOVAK PM MASKED police commandos arrested former Slovak prime minister Vladimir Meciar yesterday morning after he was charged with abuse of power while m office. Police said they were arresting the former premier on a charge of illegally payine bonuses to his ministers. Reuters


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EXECUTION FIRST IN 40 YEARS THE state of Tennessee carried out its first execution m 40 years on Wednesday despite an appeal by the European Union to stay the sentence. "I forgive the state of Tennessee for murdering me for something I didn't do," said Robert Glen Coe. "I'm not


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POSITIVE RESPONSE TO U.S. 2000 CENSUS TWO-THIRDS of US households have returned their census forms, the Census Bureau announced on Wednesday, beating government targets despite the suggestion that citizens refuse to respond to questions they find intrusive. The government had made 61 per cent its target response rate for the


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6 MONTHS' JAIL FOR VIAGRA SMUGGLERS FOUR businessmen were sentenced m Miami on Wednesday to a maximum six months m prison for trying to smuggle 70,000 doses of the anti-impotency drug Viagra m a sting run by an undercover officer posing as a Russian mobster. 'This disrupts the legitimate pharmaceutical

Suicides increasing among British schoolchildren [ARTICLE]

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Suicides increasing among British schoolchildren ALFRED LEE A warning issued to the government by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers cites the pressure of mandatory tests as the reason B'j. IN LONDON All work and no play. Pupils were being "factory farmed" and put on "the conveyor belt of education"

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT REUTERS REUTERS At least, that is what the Chinese border police are hoping tor, as they came out m lorce during a joint exercise at a border port ot Yantian on Wednesday. They were arresting "smugglers" who arrived m boats (left) and, m another scenario, patrolled beside

Porn alert stamps on HK papers [ARTICLE]

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Porn alert stamps on HK papers To protect children from obscene material, the govt is open to public consultation on a set of proposals HONGKONG Hongkong newspapers with pictures of scantily-dressed women and guides to sex services may nave to be stamped with warning marks m a government overhaul of

BEIJING: Cleaning up its act [ARTICLE]

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BEIJING: Cleaning up its act BEIJING Chinese police have cracked down on illicit entertainment m the capital, closing down 1 IS brothels, gambling dens and other illegal establishments. The police apprehended 1,877 suspects, including 44 alleged drug users and dealers, 92 suspected gamblers and 137 people believed to be prostitutes

China vs EU [ARTICLE]

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China vs EU The European Parliament resolution seeking more support for Taiwan and Tibet could have a negative impact on Sino-European ties, warns Beijing WARNINGS 'We would like to warn a small number of people m the European Parliament with ulterior motives not to waste the long-established, effort -costing Sino-European

China vs US [ARTICLE]

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China vs US Beijing warns US not to pass a Bill giving Taiwan military aid BEIJING A United States proposal to enhance military ties with Taiwan would have a "disastrous" effect on US relations with China if Washington were to adopt it, a leading Chinese government adviser has warned. 'This

Taiwan's deputy leader trades barbs with China [ARTICLE]

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Taiwan's deputy leader trades barbs with China Annette Lv, recent target of Beijing's vitriol, accuses a visiting Chinese academic of using 'unbridled' language TAIPEI Taiwan and China traded barbs yesterday, with the island's Vice-Presi-dent-elect, dubbed by Beijing as "the scum of the nation", telling a visiting Chinese academic to behave.

Pro-independence investors probed [ARTICLE]

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Pro-independence investors probed TAIPEI China will interfere m the business operations of Taiwan investors on the mainland if they favour independence for the island. Beijing has launched a probe into the stance of Taiwanese investors on independence, reported the Economic Daily News, quoting sources from China's Taiwan Affairs Office. Mr


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Clinton to phone CEOs on China ties [ARTICLE]

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Clinton to phone CEOs on China ties He needs to garner their support for normalising trade relations with China so as to counter the opposition from the majority of Democrats TRADE UNION FEARS CHEAP CHINESE LABOUR THE trade pact between the US and China, which would pave the way for

Gephardt won't back trade deal [ARTICLE]

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Gephardt won't back trade deal ST LOUIS (Missouri) US House of Representatives minority leader Dick Gephardt has announced his opposition to permanent trade benefits for China, but said he would not demand that fellow Democrats follow his lead m the biggest legislative battle of this election year. The announcement will

China expels top party man accused of graft [ARTICLE]

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China expels top party man accused of graft If convicted of accepting $8 million m bribes, the NPC vice-chairman may become the highest-ranking official to be executed for corruption BEIJING A top Chinese official was kicked out of the Communist Party yesterday for allegedly accepting 40 million yuan (SsB million)

Another charged in Guangxi [ARTICLE]

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Another charged in Guangxi HONGKONG A second top official m southern China's Guangxi province has been charged with corruption. Liv Zhibing, vice-chair-man of the Guangxi autonomous region people's government, has also been accused of protecting his children, other relatives and colleagues who were involved m smuggling, tax eva- sion and

Top Japanese execs quit to care for ailing wives [ARTICLE]

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Top Japanese execs quit to care for ailing wives Chairman of Tokai Bank, Mr Satoru Nishigaki, 65 SDP deputy chairman, Mr Shigeru Ito, 72 Mayor of Takatsuki, Mr Tosliio Emilia, 75 They are torn between desire to help their wives and their sense of professional duty, but finally decide to

Scholar who returned wants to take China into Net age [ARTICLE]

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Scholar who returned wants to take China into Net age LOH H UI YIN Son of retired top official Qiao Shi plans to build his mega-million-dollar CyberCity project m Shenzhen which will be buzzing with IT ideas By HONGKONG CORRESPONDENT Hindrance being Qiao Shi's son? 'It does help open doors.

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Temasek buys 10% stake in Cyber City Loh Hui Yin This will open up future investments m Shenzhen for Singapore SINGAPORE-linked companies, including Temasek Holdings, have taken a 21 per cent interest m a company which is developing a Chinese version of the high-tech Silicon Valley. Government-owned Temasek Holdings acquired

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Dioxin at naval base 35 times too high TOKYO The levels of cancer causing dioxin being spewed from an incinerator near a US naval base in Japan have hit 35 times the permitted safe amounts, an official said yesterday. Readings from a government survey conducted unt"' February found the high

Japan PM hints at early election in June [ARTICLE]

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Japan PM hints at early election in June He says he will discuss the date with the two heavyweights of his ruling party, Nonaka and Aoki, as well as the heads of the other coalition parties TOKYO Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori dropped a broad hint yesterday that he was considering

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The rules have changed for Thai money politics EDWARD TANG NEWS ANALYSIS By THAII.WD CORRKSPONDFYI The removal of the deputy premier for graft and a landmark ruling against vote-buying are two actions that have dealt a big blow to corruption BANGKOK Two events m the past month the removal of

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MINISTER LIED ABOUT ASSETS Edward Tang Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sanan Kachornprasart, the key man responsible for holding the ruling coalition together, resigned on March 29, a day after he was found to have lied about his personal assets. The National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) ruled that he


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SENATORS STRIPPED OF POLL VICTORIES Edward Tang The Election Commission, m an unprecedented ruling, overturned more than a third of the results of the Senate election held on March 4. It annulled the victory of 78 senators-elect, including Mrs Chaweewan Kachornprasart, the wife of embattled ex-Interior Minister Sanan, who were


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All that's left are charred limbs and LUZ BAGUIORO Rescuers uncover grisly finds as they dig through the plane wreckage. Investigators say sabotage or mechanical failure improbable By PHILIPPINES CORRKSPONDKNT MANILA Rescue workers found a severed hand still gripping the control stick ot the Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 that crashed

headless corpses [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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headless corpses AFP Family members grieve after their anticipation of the plane's arrival turns to shock when it crashed into a coconut plantation. AFP Wrapped up m body bags, charred remains are all that relatives have as they try to identify the bodies.

Easter joy turns to grief for relatives [ARTICLE]

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Easter joy turns to grief for relatives DAVAO Ms Luisa Hall, a college professor, took Air Philippines Flight 541 to southern Davao city with her Australian husband, Martin, and two daughters to attend her mother's birthday, a brother's wedding and her youngest child's baptism. But they never made it. A

Plane on fire before it crashed: Witnesses [ARTICLE]

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Plane on fire before it crashed: Witnesses DAVAO The Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 that crashed m southern Philippines was already on fire and there were loud explosions before it slammed into a coconut plantation on Samal island near here, witnesses said. Mr Samson Badilles, who was among the first to

How 2 hostages were beheaded: Rebel [ARTICLE]

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How 2 hostages were beheaded: Rebel Philippine guerilla spokesman gives a chilling account of the murder of two ex-soldiers his group had captured MANILA Two Philippine hostages, apparently killed by Muslim rebels, were told to kneel and bow down before their heads were chopped off with a barong, a sword-like

Viets in US: Far from home and missing it [ARTICLE]

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Viets in US: Far from home and missing it A survey of Vietnamese residents m US found that 90 per cent would return to live m Vietnam if it becomes free and democratic WESTMINSTER (California) Twenty-five years after their forced migration, the vast majority of Vietnamese living m the US

3 Hanoi officials censured for graft [ARTICLE]

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3 Hanoi officials censured for graft HANOI With the Vietnam Communist Party vowing to crack down on corruption, three top government officials were censured at the conclusion of a key meeting on Wednesday m preparation for next year's party congress. The major theme for next March's party congress will be



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DEPOLITICISE ARMY, SAYS HUN SEN CAMBODIAN Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for a depoliticised military, free from the influence of rival factions m parliament which led to fighting m the capital m 1997- AFP


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CAMBODIA FREES 2 MYANMAR REBELS CAMBODIA'S military court yesterday released two Myanmar rebels arrested here for entering the country illegally m January, allegedly m search of military support for their battle against the Yangon junta. AFP


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GUERILLAS SURRENDER TO JUNTA THIRTY-four guerillas surrendered to the ruling Myanmar military junta, state television reported on Wednesday. They included members of the militant All Burma Students' Democratic Front, ethnic Karen, Mon, Shan and Chin groups as well as remnants of former drug lord Khun Sa's Mong Tai Army, the


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HANOI TO EXTRADITE SOUTH KOREAN VIETNAM is set to extradite a South Korean wanted for fraud, who was detained on an international arrest warrant m Ho Chi Minh City last week, police and Interpol officials said yesterday. Details of the charges against Lee were not avail- able. AFP


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PERTAMINA BLOCKS OFF GAS BLOWOUTS INDONESIA'S state oil and gas company, Pertamina, as been able to block off three gas blowouts m the Sumatran province of Riau a week after the first leak, a company spokesman said yesterday. AFP DKLFLSKJG

Govt bows to pressure and reshuffles Jakarta judges [ARTICLE]

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Govt bows to pressure and reshuffles Jakarta judges WHY ROTATE? THE move is the start of major reform m the country's judicial system, one of the most highlighted areas needing change. The mass rotations are partly due to strong public pressure and criticism over numerous court rulings. The reassignment of

Three more killed in Aceh bloodshed [ARTICLE]

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Three more killed in Aceh bloodshed LANDMARK TRIAL OPENS BANDA ACEH (Indonesia) Two policemen and a civilian were killed m the latest violence m Indonesia's strifetorn province of Aceh, police and witnesses said yesterday. The killings occurred just hours after the opening on Wednesday of a landmark human rights trial

Student conduct to be factor in passing exams [ARTICLE]

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Student conduct to be factor in passing exams The new rule takes effect m Indonesian schools next month after mounting criticism over the number of students involved m demonstrations JAKARTA Conduct will soon be added to grades to determine whether an Indonesian student achieves a pass mark, press reports said

Hakkas can help recovery: Gus Dur [ARTICLE]

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Hakkas can help recovery: Gus Dur JAKARTA President Abdurrahman Wahid yesterday called on members of the Hakka Chinese ethnic group m South-east Asia to contribute to Indonesia's economic recovery. "I hope that Hakka people... can help efforts for a recovery of the Indonesian economy which has been hit by the

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Prospects for Vietnam are good, says BG Lee IRENE NG The Deputy Prime Minister notes how hardworking the people are, seeking opportunities to better themselves By IN HO CHI MINH CITY DEPUTY Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong left Vietnam yesterday, struck by its hardworking and bright people, who have been

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KL sees agriculture as growth engine for economy BRENDAN PEREIRA Mahathir is expected to announce a slew of financial incentives and outline his vision to transform the sector MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia is turning to agriculture m a big way. Next Monday, Prime Minister Datuk Sen Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Motorist beaten up after accident [ARTICLE]

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Motorist beaten up after accident KLANG Villagers beat up a bank clerk and set fire to his car after an accident m which a woman pedestrian was killed. The Sun reported that the incident at Batu 4, Jalan Kampung Jawa, on Wednesday was the second m three days where road

Malaysia to make glue-sniffing a crime [ARTICLE]

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Malaysia to make glue-sniffing a crime KUALA LUMPUR Gluesniffing will be made an offence under a proposal by the National Anti-Narcotics Agency to detain and send those addicted to rehabilitation centres. The move follows the deaths last week of three teenagers who went to sniff glue m Cheras but were

Man claims sexual harassment [ARTICLE]

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Man claims sexual harassment ALOR STAR A m.ile worker has reported thai he was sexually harassed by his female colleague, the first such case handled by the Human Resources Ministry. Labour Department di-rector-general Muhamad Saufee Abdul Muain yesterday said investigations were m tr final stages. "1 confirm the case was

'Foreigners out to sabotage bumiputras' [ARTICLE]

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'Foreigners out to sabotage bumiputras' 'They have been able to buy over banks and industries for a song as the IMF pressuredfor 100-per-cent opening ofthe economy as a condition/or problemridden countries to secure loans. Dr Mahathir, on how there was evidence that foreigners had succeeded m sparking an economic crisis

Umno candidates accused of corruption [ARTICLE]

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Umno candidates accused of corruption The candidates are being investigated by the party for allegedly buying their nominations m the lead-up to the Umno elections next month KUALA LUMPUR At least three Umno candidates contesting next month's party elections are reported to have used money to win nominations from various

MCA chief admits to rift with his deputy [ARTICLE]

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MCA chief admits to rift with his deputy But he insists the matter is just a minor difference of opinion Agreement 'broken' AT THE core off the problem is the alleged failure of Dr Ling to carry out a "gentleman's agreement" reached with Datuk Urn, under which the MCA president


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STILL WATER RUNS DEEP THE STAR With most of the dense foliage gone and excavation work m progress, this valley m Kuala Kubu Bam will be filled with 235 million cubic metres of water when the RM2 billion (SsB9l million) Sungai Selangor dam is ready at the end of 2004.

Watch for sabotage at Johor port, says MP [ARTICLE]

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Watch for sabotage at Johor port, says MP Umno politician wants government to take measures at the country's second port at Tanjung Peiepas because it is too close to Singapore KUALA LUMPUR A Johor Umno politician has asked the government to take measures to prevent any "sabotage" against Malaysia's second

Najib downplays S'pore's purchase of frigates [ARTICLE]

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Najib downplays S'pore's purchase of frigates KUALA LUMPUR Singapore's reported purchase of six French-made frigates will not spark off an arms race m the region, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Berita Harian Malaysia yesterday quoted the minister as saving that Malaysia saw the purchase as a normal

New Malaysian panel to preserve Muslim unity [ARTICLE]

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New Malaysian panel to preserve Muslim unity It will promote the correct understanding of Islam and prevent political parties from misusing the religion for their own interests PUTRAJAYA Malaysia has set up a panel to provide the correct understanding of Islam m a multi-racial society and to curb religious deviation.

Doctor apologises for 'losing her cool' over unpaid bill [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Doctor apologises for 'losing her cool' over unpaid bill WRONGFUL CONFINEMENT OF MOTHER AND BABY I KUALA LUMPUR A gynaecologist has apologised for her action m confining a woman and her newborn son to enforce payment of the maternity bill. Dr Norliah Mohamad, the 41-year-old owner of Bandar Baru Sungai



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TRADE UNION WANTS NO FOREIGN WORKERS THE largest trade union representing civil servants. Cuepacs. has called on the government to review its policy of allowing foreign workers into the country. Trade union president N. Siva Subramaniam claimed the\ caused numerous social problems, especially as many were sick. The Sun reporter!.


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SCHOOL GANGSTERISM 'HYPED UP BY MEDIA' GANGSTERISM m schools is not serious and has been blown out of proportion by the media, said Education Department director-^ .neral Datuk Seri AWdul Shukor Abdullah. He said less than 1 per cent of the 4.7-million student population was involved The Star Asia News


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12% OF EARLY-INTAKE MATRICS LOSE PLACES ABOUT 12 per cent of matriculation students lost their places after their recent Malaysian School Certificate results did not fulfil minimumentry requirements. They joined matriculation classes m January an earl\ intake introduced for the first time this year. New Straits Times


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FOUR IN FAMILY DIE AS VAN HITS TRUCK FOUR family members m a van died and a motorcyclist was seriously injured when the two vehicles rammed into the rear of a stationary truck yesterday The accident happened on the North-South Highway near Rembau m Negn Sembilan. Bernama


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COPS SEEK TO HOLD OFFENDERS ON ISLAND TEREXGGANU police will suggest to the state government that it convert the island of Pulau Bidong into a holding centre for drug offenders to help ease congestion at police lock-ups. Bernama

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More routes, buses and trains LESLIE KOH DEARER RIDES This is what bus and train commuters can expect with the latest round of fare hikes. Passengers will be paying up to 20 cents more from June 1 il HIKE: Tied to service THE Public Transport Council has laid down the

Mum and son locked in by loan sharks [ARTICLE]

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Mum and son locked in by loan sharks KRIST BOO Civil Defence frees duo padlocked m their Yishun flat after a mysterious call demanding return of money *L A MOTHER and her son found themselves padlocked m their home by loan sharks. Property agent Peter Ng, 31, had to call

Pump prices down [ARTICLE]

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Pump prices down MOTORISTS here can look forward to cheaper petrol from tomorrow. Savings for petrol and diesel range from 5 cents to 7 cents a litre, the country's five major oil companies Caltex, Esso, Mobil, SPC and Shell announced yesterday. The price adjustment reflects the recent easing of world

PM back in S'pore [ARTICLE]

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PM back in S'pore JL PRIME Minister Goh Chok Tong returned to Singapore yesterday evening after a 12--day official visit to China and Hongkong. This was his first visit to China since 1997-

Girlfriend riding pillion dies after crash with car [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Girlfriend riding pillion dies after crash with car KARAMJIT KAUR Flung off by the impact of the headlong collision, the 18-year-old lay unmoving as her boyfriend watched helplessly »S TRAGIC VICTIM: Mr Yusri Mohamed Avub and his girlfriend Norashimah Hashim (above) were flung from their motorbike (left) when it crashed

US reiterates commitment to forward presence [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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US reiterates commitment to forward presence 'To have the US Navy as a part of mat reality is something we are very proiid of. Admiral Johnson, Chief of Naval Operations of the US Navy, on the Changi Naval Base THE United States is committed to its forward presence m Asia,

Prof who quit as head over exam error still in faculty [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Prof who quit as head over exam error still in faculty PAULINE LEONG *L SHORT TENURE Appointed last July to head the pharmacology department at NUS, Prof Lee (above) makes way for Prof Wong (left), who is acting head. PROFESSOR Edmund Lee Jon Deoon, who took responsibility for the me

Minimal rules for Speakers' Corner [ARTICLE]

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Minimal rules for Speakers' Corner IRENE NG The Speakers' Corner is a symbolic opening up, says BG Lee, and only an 'absolute bare minimum' of rules will apply for those taking part INHOCHIMINHCITY 'We always try to be ready. One factor is the state of the economy. Another is finding

At odds over madrasahs' future [ARTICLE]

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At odds over madrasahs' future AHMAD OSMAN BR. THE association of Islamic scholars and religious teachers has rejected proposals by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) on the future of madrasahs if compulsory education is introduced. Pergas said last night that the suggestions were not m line with its

Teacher sacked over slapping incident [ARTICLE]

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Teacher sacked over slapping incident He got pupils to hit each other as a punishment. MOE investigated and called his actions Inappropriate' WTfATffEDID THE teacher had wanted to punish 14 pupils for not bringing their worksheets to class. He made them line up m front of the blackboard and asked

Retirement Act doesn't protect jobs till age 62 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Retirement Act doesn't protect jobs till age 62 ALETHEA LIM *!L Wrongful dismissal EX-DRIVER Noor Mohamed had appealed m February against a district-court ruling, which said that Apollo Hotel, his employer for 25 years, had the right to dismiss him under the terms of his employment contract. But Judicial Commissioner


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Adventures KOH BOON PIN A $25m resort offering adventure training m a tranquil environment is all set for its soft launch next month h AFTER a delay of nearly two years, Übin Lagoon Resort is finally opening its doors to the public m a soft launch on May 21. Developed

America's love-hate relationship with China [ARTICLE]

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America's love-hate relationship with China The Friday Interview American sinologist Michel Oksenberg has been an adviser to three past American presidents on US policies towards China. He tells KAO CHEN why a policy of "strategic ambiguity will simply invite everyone to explore the mushiness". BUSHY white hair against black bushy


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COOPERATE where we can CONTEND where we must U.S. POLICY ON CHINA: The 3 Cs BE CLEAR Clarity means removing any doubt m Beijing's mind that an unprovoked Chinese military attack on Taiwan will elicit an American response and to spell out to Taiwan that rhetoric and actions on its

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Knowledge the theme of May Day joy Based on learning as a passport to a better life, the celebrations include a family carnival and a zoo outing BETTER knowledge, better life. This is the theme of the coming May Day celebrations which recognise workers' contributions to the economy. The theme

$5,000 cheat promised man good report for errant son [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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$5,000 cheat promised man good report for errant son ELENA CHONG By AN UNEMPLOYED man cheated a clerk of $5,000 by claiming that he could influence a "high-ranking officer" at the Reformative Training Centre (RTCj to write a good report about the latter's son. A district court heard on Tuesday

Income helps you find streets online [ARTICLE]

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Income helps you find streets online SINGAPORE'S largest online street directory will soon be available to NTUC Income's 400,000 policyholders for free. The insurance cooperative launched the i-Map at its 11th in-house productivity campaign yesterday Packed with all the information found m a printed street director), it offers additional features

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Drive and listen to the Communiport read out your e-mail SENDING e-mail by speaking out the commands while driving may soon become a reality with a new device demonstrated this week. Called the Delphi Communiport Mobile Productivity Centre, the voice-recogni-tion gadget allows you to tell a Palm V handheld computer

High demand mars debut of cyber-journalist [ARTICLE]

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High demand mars debut of cyber-journalist LONDON The longawaited debut of Ananova, the first virtual news anchor, was short-lived on Wednesday after high demand caused a bottleneck at her home website,, company officials said. Ananova was due to begin her non-stop threedimensional web broadcasts on Wednesday, as well as

Cyberspace may reign, but paper is far from dead [ARTICLE]

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Cyberspace may reign, but paper is far from dead ZURAID AH IBRAHIM Despite all the Internet buzz, some say that paper will not perish. In fact, the printing market has been rosy, thanks m part to the Internet '±1 PALO ALTO (California) Paper will perish m the Internet age, some

Voice-recognition tech still needs work [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Voice-recognition tech still needs work STEVE DAWSON VIEWPOIXT Despite coming a long way, the budding technology still has to perfected until it can give total accuracy, before it can be used m sensitive areas like medicine STAR TREK IV, you might recall, is the movie where Jim Kirk's crew journey

GPS can be jammed with stuff from store [ARTICLE]

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GPS can be jammed with stuff from store PARIS The Global Positioning System (GPS), the space network that helps aircraft, ships and explorers to navigate, can be jammed using cheap equipment bought from stores and knowledge acquired on the Internet, the New Scientist says. A US Air Force team, dubbed

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Designing the dream room from scratch 3D HOME INTERIORS Broderbund $99.90 EVEN if you are living m a rented room, you can fantasise about French windows. Greek columns and Victorian bedspreads with this de-sign-and-dream software. You start by drawing a room m a blueprint and add furnishings and fabrics. The

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Just point and shoot with the keyboard [ARTICLE]

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Just point and shoot with the keyboard UNREAL TOURNAMENT GT Interactive $57.90 (for PCs) $64.90 (Macintosh) IF YOU have a top-end Pentium ill machine and you have not played Unreal Tournament, >ou ought t< knock your head with a pail oi nonchaku sticks 'I'he game is played from a first-person

Virtual malls? Make 'em real [ARTICLE]

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Virtual malls? Make 'em real OO GIN LEE E-shoppers are looking for virtual malls that are like the real thing, offering instant help via chatrooms, says an award-winning study §X WHEN it comes to shopping online, people want virtual malls to be like the real McCoy. Shoppers say they like

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Better now than later [ARTICLE]

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Better now than later TWO things can be said for certain about American stock markets: one, they are volatile; and two, that volatility will continue to affect global equity markets. After dropping 618 points last Friday, the Dow Jones index recovered 277 points on Monday, 184 points on Tuesday and

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Major nations thwart China's moves to forge friendly ties [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Major nations thwart China's moves to forge friendly ties MARY KWANG By CHINA CORRF.SPONDF.NT BEIJING China's President Jiang Zemin is currently on a five-nation tour to win more friends, but m its ties with major countries, Beijing is seeing an unravelling of its efforts to forge partnerships with such nations.

Tokyo chief fans fire of prejudice [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tokyo chief fans fire of prejudice HAU BOON LAI STRAITS TIMES JAPAN BI'REAT Saying it again TOKYO Governor Shintaro Ishihara (left) has continued malting controversial remarks m public. Last Sunday, he called on soldiers to help prevent sangokujin. or third-nation residents, and other foreigners from rioting m the wake of

Japan must get tough to get up [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Japan must get tough to get up PHAR KIM BENG §i WHY CURRENT CRISIS^ IS INTRACTABLE Victor's curse JAPAN became over-confident after decades of economic growth. While much of the industrialised world was downsizing and deregulating, invariably under the twin barrage of die Reaganite and Thatcherite "revolutions". Japan held on

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Sufficient publicity on landlords' due-diligence requirements [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sufficient publicity on landlords' due-diligence requirements IREFHRtoMrLimKk Hong's letter, "Rental saga: Guidelines needed for flexibility (ST, April 13) and Mr I,ee Hsiu Tien's letter, "Illegals: Spirit of the law missing" (ST, April 15). Mr Lim and Mr Lee said that there was not enough publicity on the duediligenee requirements that

Join us to make S'pore a city of kindness [LETTER]

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Join us to make S'pore a city of kindness I REFER to the article, "In Search of Kindness" byMrAsadLatif(ST, April 19). I thank the writer and the people who gave their views on kindness. I find these interesting and insightful as they simply and accurately reflect what I believe most

Not always feasible to specify pick-up points [LETTER]

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Not always feasible to specify pick-up points I THANK Mr Adrian Hong Tae Vim for his suggestion that taxi drivers be required to pick up and drop off passengers only at designated points m the letter, ""Designate pick-up points for taxis" (ST, April 17). Taxi stands are provided m areas

Bring madrasah issue out into the open [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bring madrasah issue out into the open IX THESE times of openness and a budding civil society, the call to discuss the madrasah issue behind tightly closed doors seems archaic. The fear that public discussion of the fate of the madrasahs will lead inevitably to social tension and misunderstanding appears

People, Govt share blame for passive minds [LETTER]

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People, Govt share blame for passive minds I REFER to the report, "General Election m 2002 and I may step down after that, says PM Goh" (ST. April 18). I left Singapore nearly five years ago. I am a proud young Singaporean but am trying to leave the Singaporean mentality

Unite against fuel profiteers [LETTER]

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Unite against fuel profiteers APART from the periodic outbursts m the Forum pages against unfair profiteering by oil companies, Singapore consumers seem to have no other recourse against predatory cartel-like pricing. We are barking dogs with no real bite and the other parties know it. So what is to stop

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Time to get Real, Man GODFREY ROBERT Madrid came with a plan, executed it well and deserved win *L RESULTS ManUtdZ Real Madrid 3 (Real Madrid won 3-2 on aggregate) Setters: United Beckham 65th, Scholes 89th pen; Real Madrid Keane 20th og, Raul 50th, 53rd. AttMtfMCtt 59,178 Bayern Munich 2

It is Bayern's turn now for the treble [ARTICLE]

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It is Bayern's turn now for the treble MUNICH Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld paid tribute to Porto's courage, after his men needed a goal m injury time to beat the Portuguese champion 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League semi-finals. "Porto^jlayed^vith our nerves," he said after a dramatic


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SERVES YOURIGHT JEFFREY LOW He may be a Manchester United fan but JEFFREY LOR is also one who knows the hard truth when he sees it. And it couldn't be any clearer last night against Real Madrid. SO LONG, goodbye, Red Devils. Your great pie m the sky has vanished

The fallacy has been exposed [ARTICLE]

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The fallacy has been exposed ONE fan m all likelihood a non-Manchester United one has declared the truth has finally prevailed. As expected when the reigning European champion lost, there were some fans who could not wait to gloat. Jeffrey Ong, who emailed Timesport, said he was "baffled by Singaporeans'

Turkish fans cut off ear of rival [ARTICLE]

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Turkish fans cut off ear of rival ISTANBUL Three men identifying themselves as supporters of Turkish n n OCt loam Galatasaray sliced off tfae ear of a rival Fenerbahce fan after abducting him off the street, the Sabah newspaper reported yesterday. The incident came on the eve of the second

Lazio denies signing Rivaldo [ARTICLE]

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Lazio denies signing Rivaldo ROME Italian soccer club Lazio yesterday denied reports it had signed Barcelona's Brazilian striker Rivaldo for 99 billion lire (Ss62 2 million). "There is no basis to the reports," Lazio said m a statement. "Neither president Sergio Cragnotti. nor other officials, have ewer had meetings or


Indonesian players stage boycott [ARTICLE]

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Indonesian players stage boycott I BADMINTON I KUAIA LUMPUR Indoj ncsian badminton has been ■r racked by a. players' boycott, with just three weeks to the '$> Thomas and Über Cup fi- nals here next month. Only two of the 32 play's? ers called for selection trials attended, while only

Singapore outplays Hongkong [ARTICLE]

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Singapore outplays Hongkong CRICKET lARUN Vijayan grabbed 3-21 and hit an unbeaten 31 m Singapore's fourwicket win over Hongkong m the opening match of the Tuanku Jaafar Trophy Under- 19 cricket competition m Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Man of the Match Arun was ably assisted by bowlers Aravind Srinivas (3-16) and


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Big guns fire blanks in tepid match-up [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Big guns fire blanks in tepid match-up KELVIN PHANG The ammo was missing m this tie and SAFFC won only from a penalty B£ IT WAS a battle between the big guns of the Tiger Beer SLeague but the ammunition was strangely missing as SAFFC beat reigning champion Home United

Clementi scores first win [ARTICLE]

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Clementi scores first win SANTOKH SINGH *L WHAT Raul Gonzalez did to his favourite team m the early hours of the morning, Hafiz Esah was determined to inflict on his S- League opponent m the night. It may not have been m the same class or manner m which the


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S-LEAGUE MATCH STATISTICS SEMBAWANGO CLEMENTi 2 Scorers dementi: Hafiz Esah (23rd, 85th) Bookings Yellow cards Sembawang: Sa harom Rahim. dementi Nor ZaoT~ Red card: Saharom Rahim (27th). Referee TiTiothy Dennison Crowd 1,322 Man of the Match Hafiz Esah Sembawanq Noorisham Zainon. Mirko Jurilj, Shahrudin Samsudin. Kr.airi Mavu (Khirlany Aziz 53rd),

Crescent wins one, loses one [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Crescent wins one, loses one CHAN TSE CHUEEN SCHOOLS' HOCKEY *!L CRESCENT Girls' School overcame the odds to land itself one title at the Delta Sports Complex yesterday. Through to two finals at the Schools' National Hockey Championships, it started both as underdogs. Its C girls succumbed 1-2 to defending

Koh's sailing into the unknown [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Koh's sailing into the unknown CHAN TSE CHUEEN SAIIJNC Unexpected winds of change blow Seng Leong to Olympics FACTFILE Name: Koh Seng Leong. Age: 17. School: Victoria Junior College first-year student. Height: 1 74 m. Weight: 62kg Family: Father Aik Beng. 42, is a software developer and secretary of the

No attempt to cheat, say pair [ARTICLE]

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No attempt to cheat, say pair MARATHON VANCOUVER Kelly Smith was just the fifth wheelchair racer to cross the Boston Marathon finish line, but it was his able-bod-ied brother, rolling m 25th. who grabbed headlines. Kevin Smith, of Vancouver, was disqualified from the race because he is not disabled. Also

Bacher cites cases of fraud [ARTICLE]

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Bacher cites cases of fraud CRICKET SYDNEY South African cricket chief Ali Bacher has claimed that two matches at last year's World Cup were fixed, one international team was throwing and ma nipulating matches and an umpire was under suspicion. He told Australian newspapers yesterday from his home m Johannesburg

Barkley quits standing [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Barkley quits standing BlSkl IHVI 1 PLAY-OFF MATCH-UPS Injured NBA star ends his 16-year career by thrilling home crowd HOUSTON Charles Barklev ended his 16-year career the way he wanted to. Determined to go out standing up, the Houston Rockets forward thrilled the hometown crowd with 7niin 26sec to go

Play-off wishes granted for trio [ARTICLE]

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Play-off wishes granted for trio GFDSLJLSJGK NEW YORK The San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets will open the play-offs at home, and the Detroit Pistons will get the post-season match-up they wanted Miami rather than Indiana. The Spurs, Hornets and Pistons were among the few teams with something to gain


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"I have fought the good tight, I have finished the race. 1 have kept the faith... Kang Siok Lv beloved wife of Goh Soon Ho (deceased) Age 96 Was taken home to be with the Lord on 19 April 2000 Forever cherished by: Sons: Daughters-in-law: Dr Albert Goh Lily Yung


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CHAY HUNG FOON AGE: 50 passed away peacefully on 19/04/2000 leaving behind loved ones Husband: Tan Tiong Ghee Son: Daughters: Roy Tan Guan Ming Angela Tan May Boon Vanessa Tan Li Boon Brothers-in-law: Sisters-in-law: Tan Tiong Lin Lee Siew Yong Tan Tiong Lei Wong Ching Hsia Tan Tiong Tee Soon


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TAN HAW PONG Age: 76 passed away peacefully on 19 April 2000, leaving behind loved ones. Wife: Sa* Kai Sons: Daughter-in-law: Fan Leng (Sunny) Tan Hua Kirn (Ivan) Tan Hwa Meng (Anthony) Lim Chai Hong (Lily) Daughters: Sons-in-law: Tan Hoon Eng Chua Keng Chye Tan Lee Siang Ong Kirn Chwee

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THE FAMILY OF THE LATE CLARA SIM SHI LING wishes to express heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all relatives, friends, neighbours, colleagues, religious and church groups for their kind support, assistance, attendance, condolences and donations during their recent bereavement. Special Thanks to: Father Patrick Goh, and priests of Church of


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p In Loving Memory of BW OH SIEW ENG Departed 21st April 1999 your memory lingers, Sweetly tender, fond and true. There is not a aay, dearest mother, *c do not think of you. Always remembered by: Hubby, all tier children, grand children loved ones fc S B we THEN


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