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The Straits Times titbl IW NEWSPAPER DESIGN IN ASIA Established 1545 1 U6MTciy October 14, 2003 •82 Pages m five parts mita (P) 033/03/2003 ••A Singapore Press Holdings publication UU Ccati

PhD's the ticket to 70% off [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PhD's the ticket to 70% off WANG ZHENG By\ KOKTIIK STRAITS TIM KS BEIJING It pays to be smart, at least when shopping at a newly opened shop m south-western China. A sign outside the small fashion store m Chengdu, Sichuan province, reads: "The higher your diploma, the more discounts

JI man's death 'mere setback' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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JI man's death 'mere setback' LUZ BAGUIORO H, t PHILIPPINES CORRESPONDENT MANILA The death of escaped terrorist Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi m the southern Philippines on Sunday is more a 'tactical setback" than a crippling blow to Jemaah Islamiah (JI), analysts and security experts said. His loss is significant as he

New budget airline gears for take-off [ARTICLE]

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New budget airline gears for take-off TAMMY TAN GOH CHIN LIAN By. and TIE-UP: Crucial Valuair aims to offer travellers attractive and competitive air fares with the highest reliability of service. Thus it is very important that customers are able to pay for their air tickets m an easy and

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TWIN CHALLENGES; SMLeeon hard-to-stop 'queen bees' of terrorism and China juggernaut page 4 stock market Singapore motorists who f^M Benson Puah's not leaving, sees longest winning don t pay Malaysian fines IV^^H^ l^» he has big plans for streak m four years NgWfflF^^B Page 6^^^B^;,;:-^^B the Esplanade n Life; D**iga:

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HOME [ARTICLE]

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HOME ACCUSED GAINED NO MONEY' NONE of the six former employees of an Informatics subsidiary gained any money from the scam they are accused of, a top Informatics executive admitted m court yesterday. Five former employees of the Computer Assisted learning Group are alleged to have conspired to cheat the

COMMENTARY [ARTICLE]

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CO M MENTARY RESHAPING LEADERS' TRAINING IN THE XXXXX, three-quarters of Americans had a great deal of confidence m the federal government. Thirty years later, the figure had slipped to little more than one-quarter. State and local government scored slightly better m absolute terms but showed the same slide m

FORUM [ARTICLE]

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FORUM BETTER DEFENCE IN MILITARY COURT A READER says accused m military court should not be defended by a professional lawyer from Mindef Legal Services. One solution may be to expand the ambit of the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme to offences under the Singapore Armed Forces Act. Another suggestion is

LIFE! [ARTICLE]

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LIFE! WOMEN'S PRAISE COUNTS MORE COMPLIMENTS from men still have the instant, inimitable power to put more spine m a woman's posture and glow to her face, writes columnist Teo Pau Lin. But complimenting is what men do. Women exist on an entirely different plane when it comes to judging

HOME [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HOME Satellite TV gives hotels a headache SEVERAL hotels that switched to satellite TV have had a shock as they assumed programmes would be free when they are not. Hotels thought the bill would not exceed the $1,000 annual licence fee to the Media Development Authority (M DA) and $10,000

HOME [ARTICLE]

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HOME Serial divorce hits the very poor WOMEN who are caught m a poverty trap with many children from a series of marriages worry social workers and Members of Parliament who said they have seen more of such cases m recent years. The number of serial divorcees, those who have

SPORTS [ARTICLE]

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S PO RTS Was tennis fixed? CLAIMS that some top tennis players have deliberately thrown matches are reportedly under investigation by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the sport's governing body. The ATP reportedly warned a former top 10 player not to get involved after it learnt there had been

MONEY [ARTICLE]

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MONEY IRAQ MINISTER WANTS INVESTMENT THE interim Trade Minister of Iraq yesterday urged Singapore firms to invest m the rebuilding of his war-torn country. On a visit to Singapore, Dr Ali Allawi said local companies should seek lucrative contracts m sectors from transport to health and telecommunications. He tried to

WORLD [ARTICLE]

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WORLD THEY ARE NEW TERROR TARGETS IRAQIS who cooperate with the United States-led occupation are the new target to those who oppose the US presence m Iraq. Whether they are police officers or Governing Council members, opponents of the occupation consider them collaborators. And they are regarded as much easier

ASIA [ARTICLE]

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ASIA TERROR FIGHT: IT'S TOUGH GOING DESPITE its success m bringing to court some masterminds of previous terror attacks, and even with the back-up of a terrorism law, Indonesian police face an uphill battle cracking down on terrorist cells. Their main problem is a highly suspicious public who see their

SPORTS [ARTICLE]

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SPORTS ROMANIAN POSH AND BECKS SPLIT CHELSEA striker Adrian Mutu and his TV 7 star wife Alexandra have divorced after months of bickering between the two played out m the Romanian media. Married m 2000, they were considered one of Romania's most glamorous couples. A Bucharest court ruled the divorce

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PRIME NEWS

Egyptian twins separated successfully [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Egyptian twins separated successfully US doctors keep them m an induced coma to help their recovery; father faints on hearing the good news, mother overjoyed DALLAS Two Egyptian boys joined at the head have been separated successfully. Two-year-old Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim are now m a medically induced coma of

'Queen bees' of terror hard to stop, says SM [ARTICLE]

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'Queen bees' of terror hard to stop, says SM TAN TARN HOW Byl S I MOR CORK KS PO\ DF.NT Terrorism a problem only Muslims can fix; to face rising China, region must 'get together, integrate, offer an alternative' TERRORISM and the China juggernaut are the two great challenges facing

TAIWAN: Pursue economics, not politics [ARTICLE]

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TAIWAN: Pursue economics, not politics TAIWAN wanted a Free Trade Agreement with Singapore two or three years ago, but it never came about as President Chen Shui-bian wanted it to be signed with Taiwan as a political entity. Revealing this last night, Mr Lee Kuan Yew said there was no

Generation gap: I just didn't like MTV... [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Generation gap: I just didn't like MTV... "NOW, I'm born of the generation that believes that the parent moulds the thinking, the values of the child. I believe that profoundly because that's why I am what I am. I grew up m a three-generational home father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, aunts,

What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been THE photo accompanying yesterday's report, "Mostly thoughtless pranks: St Andrews", showed a student with members of the school disciplinary committee. The school has clarified that the student was not implicated m any of the disciplinary issues raised m the article.

Instant check to see if you owe fine [ARTICLE]

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Instant check to see if you owe fine BEN NADARAJAN Bu. How it works SINGAPORE vehicles entering or leaving Malaysia will have their licence-plate numbers logged into an automated vehicle searching system. If the number matches that of a vehicle with an unpaid fine, the driver must pay up or

Stolen cars put on road back to Malaysia [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Stolen cars put on road back to Malaysia GLENYS SIM Btr TWO months after businessman Teong Kee Cheong, 29, bought his year-old car, thieves stole the Toyota Unser from outside his Johor Baru home. That was six months ago. He was expecting the insurers' cheque m the mail when yesterday

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[See also MONEY: Al3] CELEBRATES THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF ITS NEW LUBE OIL BLENDING PLANT (LOBP) IN INDONESIA ON 12th October 2003 I PT P A( Z ]Fl( Z Lubritama Indonesia United Oil Company Pte Ltd is pleased to announce its official opening of the lube oil blending plant m

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13-year-old Ronn had to tighten his belt when his family fell on hard times. c nac^ no money or At times, nc even n u^ to drink tap water m school B^ |a ut w tri the support of The Straits fimes School Pocket Money Fund, Ronn and his 8-year-old

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Australia to cut flow of Asian sex slaves [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Australia to cut flow of Asian sex slaves Under as 2 4- mil lion plan, a mobile strike team is being formed to investigate people-trafficking and sexual servitude CANBERRA Australia has unveiled a four-year plan to stop the flow of women and girls being trafficked into the country to work

DEAD [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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DEAD Drowned m a pool of her own vomit PUANGTHONG Simaplee (left) arrived m Australia m 1986 when she was just 12 years old. She apparently had a false passport and had been sold by her parents m Chiang Mai, Thailand. She died 15 years later m a pool of

Saudi Arabia to hold elections for first time [ARTICLE]

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Saudi Arabia to hold elections for first time MOROCCO: More rights for women RABAT Morocco has announced landmark reforms giving women greater rights on matters covering marriage and divorce. King Mohammed VI said the changes to the personal status code are designed to end "the iniquity weighing on women", BBC

Alternative peace deal hammered out [ARTICLE]

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Alternative peace deal hammered out MIDDLE-EAST SECRET TALKS JERUSALEM A group of Israeli and Palestinian politicians, human rights activists and intellectuals has reached agreement on a new draft peace deal after more than two years of secret talks. The negotiators do not come from either government, news reports said. But

Supermarket strike in California [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Supermarket strike in California First Strike In 25 Years Union workers at the three largest chains slam bid to freeze wages and cut health and pension benefits LOS ANGELES Shoppers m Southern California arrived at their local supermarkets on Sunday to buy groceries, only to find turmoil as thousands of

WORLD FILE

NUKE TALKS FOR IRAN NEXT WEEK [ARTICLE]

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NUKE TALKS FOR IRAN NEXT WEEK IRAN will launch talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency next week on the watchdog's call for the Islamic regime to sign an additional protocol of the nuclear Non-Prolifera-tion Treaty allowing for snap inspections ofsuspect sites, Mr AH Rabii, an adviser to President Mohammad

SAUDI FORCES NAB MILITANTS [ARTICLE]

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SAUDI FORCES NAB MILITANTS SAUDI security forces arrested suspected militants on Sunday m an Islamist heartland north-east of the kingdom, officials said. The authorities are tracking down other suspected militants m Qassim province, they added, but did not say how many people had been arrested. Reuters

30 DIE IN MENTAL HOSPITAL FIRE [ARTICLE]

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30 DIE IN MENTAL HOSPITAL FIRE AT LEAST 30 psychiatric patients, some of whom were sedated, were burnt alive at a hospital m Belarus on Sunday after a patient set fire to the building, the Emergencies Minis- try said. Interfax news agency said hospital staff had attempted to fight the

IRANIAN TOURISTS IN LONDON QUERIED [ARTICLE]

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IRANIAN TOURISTS IN LONDON QUERIED BRITISH police recently questioned a group of Iranian tourists after they were seen covertly shooting a video of Jewish community buildings m London, Newsweek magazine reported. It said the Iranians were detained and questioned by the British police m recent weeks. The magazine did not

BOLIVIA PROTESTS LEAVE 16 DEAD [ARTICLE]

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BOLIVIA PROTESTS LEAVE 16 DEAD SOLDIERS patrolled the streets after Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada declared martial law m the city of El Alto to quell bloody protests over a proposal to export gas to the Unitea States and Mexico. Sixteen people were reported dead m the unrest. AP

New Zealand to have its own Supreme Court [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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New Zealand to have its own Supreme Court ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-THREE YEARS AFTER COLONISATION, NEW ZEALAND IS FIT TO RUN ITS OWN COURT SYSTEM.' New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark WELLINGTON New Zealand will establish its own final Court of Appeal and end its reliance on Britain's Privy Council

For $70, you can own a piece of the moon [ARTICLE]

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For $70, you can own a piece of the moon MELBOURNE A new real-estate agency here is offering for sale one-acre blocks on the moon for Ass 9 (Ss7o) and 10-acre "lifestyle" blocks for As29B. Lunar Realty boss Paul Jackson, 33, said yesterday he had bought the Australian rights to

PEOPLE

Bollywood star back in business [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bollywood star back in business PRODUCTION FIRM REVIVED MUMBAI Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan gave himself a 6lst birthday present at the weekend by relaunching his failed film production company at a gathering of film celebrities and industrialists. AB Corp, formerly the Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd, was established m 1995 but

S. AFRICAN JUSTICE MINISTER TO QUIT [ARTICLE]

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S. AFRICAN JUSTICE MINISTER TO QUIT JOHANNESBURG South African Justice Minister Penuell Maduna, who is being probed m an investigation into apartheid spy claims, has said he would quit after nextyear'sgeneral election, Tne Sunday Independent reported. Mr Maduna announced on Thursday that he was included m an investigation by a

GANGSTERS KILL EX-PALACE BURGLAR [ARTICLE]

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GANGSTERS KILL EX-PALACE BURGLAR ROME Renato Rinino, an Italian burglar who raided the London apartment of Prince Cnarles nine years ago, was shot dead on Sunday m an apparent gangland murder m northern Italy. Rinino became a household name when he confessed m 1997 to having burgled the prince's apartment

PHONE RINGS...AND IT'S GAME OVER [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PHONE RINGS...AND IT'S GAME OVER ganisers at the start of his game. The identity of the caller was not disclosed but there was speculation that it could have been a friend wishing him many happy returns. LONDON Former world chess champion Ruslan Ponomariov has become the first player to be

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will have a mountain named after him provided he visits the former Soviet republic of Georgia, according to officials there. Billionaire Widow Joan Kroc, whose husband Ray was the founder of the McDonald's fast-food corporation, has died of cancer. She was 75.

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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Quoteworthu < O})era lias no nationality, no country. It is universal, tills is our message.' —Mr Ahmed al-Dosari, the creator < \m< t ■nn.< hilled us the first opera to he written and produced by Arabs and which had its premiere m i l.i ion Sunday night

Life's a real pain for 75 million Europeans [ARTICLE]

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Life's a real pain for 75 million Europeans DOCTORS AND POLITICIANS NEED TO LISTEN TO WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING. MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO TACKLE PAIN HEAD-ON.' Mr Marit Lovig of Norway's Patient's Association The most common ailment among the sufferers is back pain; the economy loses nearly 500

Attacks targeted at Iraqis working with Americans [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Attacks targeted at Iraqis working with Americans Regarded as collaborators, they are easier prey than heavily protected US soldiers and reconstruction workers BAGHDAD To those fighting the US presence m Iraq loyalists of former president Saddam Hussein, religious extremists and foreign terrorists Iraqis cooperating with the US-lea occupation have become

New US draft seeks timetable for polls and Constitution [ARTICLE]

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New US draft seeks timetable for polls and Constitution UNITED NATIONS A new draft UN resolution on Iraq gives the US-appointed Governing Council until Dec 15 to develop a timetable for elections and a new Constitution. The draft resolution, drawn up by the United States and co-sponsored by Britain and

Tory leader denies wife paid for work not done [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tory leader denies wife paid for work not done With his leadership already under pressure, Duncan Smith says he will ask Parliament's ethical watchdog to clear the air LONDON Britain's Conservative party leader lain Duncan Smith is fending off demands for a leadership challenge and allegations of impropriety even as

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Boost for builders [ARTICLE]

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Boost for builders CONTRACTORS and their long supply chain that make up the ailing construction industry are getting much needed booster shots, even if of moderate strength. In the same week that Singapore's third-quarter preliminary growth estimates showed how sickly construction has been it contracted by 9-5 per cent m

COMMENTARY ANALYSIS

Two beacons of hope amid Middle East gloom [ARTICLE]

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Two beacons of hope amid Middle East gloom SUNANDA K. DATTA-RAY By K)R Till STRAITS TIMES FROM the chaos and carnage of the Middle East comes a glimpse of human faith, hope and courage that may yet succeed m arresting the present stampede towards a far worse catastrophe than anything

Regaining the piblic's trust in public service [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Regaining the piblic's trust in public service NOT JUST CUSTOMERS Public processes require greater transparenctj, oversight, and participation than m the private sector. Citizens are more than just customers. They can demand a right to participate, and few can be turned away. Public service today requires a knowledge of markets,

An ailing pope: the Vatican's dilemma [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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An ailing pope: the Vatican's dilemma Z5 TEARS IN THE PAPACYI Pope Jolu^*ain^^lunn^uJpecuuaucneTc^^^ at the Vatican on Saturday. Of the 263 men who have held the office, only three others have led the Catholic Church for 25 years or longer. THE VATICAN'S DILEMMA IS THAT IF THE DISEASE IMPRISONS POPE

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Rules for HUB owners who go private [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rules for HUB owners who go private I REFER to the letter, "Double standard?" (ST, Oct 6), by Mr Tan Boon Eng. He asked why Housing Board flat owners are allowed to buy private properties and retain their HDB flat, while private property owners cannot buy new HDB flats for

M1 users do have Internet SMS [LETTER]

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M1 users do have Internet SMS WE THANK Mr Albert Teo for the feedback m his letter, "Hard to send SMS via Internet" (ST, Oct 6). Ml does offer Internet SMS as one of its value-added services. Our customers have to register for the service and, once registered, they have

Let NSmen lawyers defend in military trials [LETTER]

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Let NSmen lawyers defend in military trials I REFER to Mr Teh Peij ing's letter, "Accused at a disadvantage" (ST, Oct 10), which said that "m a civilian court, a defendant has the right of attorney even at public expense to ensure that the ensuing trial is balanced... How is

Look at big picture, not the mundane [LETTER]

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Look at big picture, not the mundane I VIS IT The Straits Times website occasionally, where some of the letters m the Forum section leave me chagrined. They make me wonder how a people can become so obsessed with the mundane that even a minor point becomes a focal point

Confusion with switch to digital TV [LETTER]

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Confusion with switch to digital TV STARHUB Cable Vision (SCV) recently sent a notice to residents that its cable television service was going digital this month. This has a significant impact on Housing Board households who also receive their free-to-air channels through the SCV ports m their households. Owners of

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The Straits Times home SYMBOL OF MARRIAGE 'Eacli time I marry, my husband wants me to bear hint at least one child, as a symbol of our union and togetherness, as something we can share. Madam Fauziah, 45, who is into her third marriage and has to take care of

Headache for hotel over satellite TV [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Headache for hotel over satellite TV KELVIN WONG Bu Copyright problems arise because of wrong impression that regulator's nod was all they needed to air shows THE freeing of rules for Singapore hotels to offer satellite TV programmes is giving three of them a headache and making another three think

'No money gained' by accused ex-staff [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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'No money gained' by accused ex-staff SELENA LUM IT TRAINING SCAM TRIAL Bu\ Exec admits firm would've been 'enriched' if scam hadn't been uncovered NOT one of the six former employees of an Informatics Group subsidiary who have been accused of cheating the Government of training grants gained any money

Woman brutally slashed in flat — man arrested [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Woman brutally slashed in flat man arrested Neighbour heard duo arguing and later saw woman bleeding along corridor. Man nabbed 1 week later A 46-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested m connection with the brutal slashing of a woman. The incident, which took place a week ago m a two-room rental

60 golf clubs stolen from pro shop [ARTICLE]

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60 golf clubs stolen from pro shop MORE than 60 golf clubs and accessories worth about $125,000 were stolen from a pro shop at Fairway Club of Palm Resori m Jurong over the weekend. An executive who turned up to open the shop at about 7-3Oam on Sunday found the

Goodbye to manual updating of bus fare stages [ARTICLE]

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Goodbye to manual updating of bus fare stages CHRISTOPHER TAN By \lilll (OIIKI SI'ONDI I SOFTWARE HAS A WAY OF EMBARRASSING YOU. SO I'M KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED.' —Mr Silvester Prukasam. fare systems manager at the 1 1 V who hopes to see all the buses converted to the new

TransitLink revamps top management [ARTICLE]

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TransitLink revamps top management FARES and services company Transit Link, which is jointly owned by Singapore's public transport operators, has replaced its entire senior management team after the previous office holders left one after another. Dr Fong Seek Kong, 59, previously deputy managing director of SMRT Corp, took over from

Pocket money fund helps feed 4 of 7 sons [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Pocket money fund helps feed 4 of 7 sons ALEXIS HOOI By How you can donate Make cheque out to "The School Pocket Money Fund' and send it to: Trie School Pocket Money Fund, Singapore Press Holdings. 10(K)Toa Payoh North. XXXXX94. Don't forget to include your name. iC number and

Biopolis to have three high-safety labs [ARTICLE]

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Biopolis to have three high-safety labs CHANG AI-LIEN Bo SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT Being built from scratch, they will incorporate stringent safety features and high-tech equipment THERE will be three high-safety laboratories m the new multi-million-dollar biomedical complex here, effectively doubling Singapore's capabilities for work with lethal infectious agents. The Agency for

BOOST FOR ECONOMIC TIES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BOOST FOR ECONOMIC TIES LIANHE ZAOBAO >ri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga met Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong at the Istana yesterday morning. Their talks focused on bilateral economic cooperation. Mrs Kumaratunga also briefed Mr Goh on the internal developments m her country. The Sri Lankan leader, who arrived here on

IN SHORT

37 NEW FINDS AT TOP FISH SHOW [ARTICLE]

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37 NEW FINDS AT TOP FISH SHOW AFTER being put on ice m May because of the Sars crisis, the world's biggest ornamental fish and aquarium accessories show, Aquarama, is set to open on Oct 30 with more exhibitors and 37 newly discovered species. Organiser CMP Asia Exhibitions' general manager,

AIRPORT WINS SIX AWARDS IN 3 WEEKS [ARTICLE]

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AIRPORT WINS SIX AWARDS IN 3 WEEKS CHANGI Airport is on a winning streak. In the last three weeks, it has received six awards, bringing the total number of awards bagged this year to 12. Readers of the AsiaPacific and United Kingdom/Europe editions of the Business Traveller magazine voted Changi

ERS SHARES TO COPE WITH GST HIKE [ARTICLE]

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ERS SHARES TO COPE WITH GST HIKE TO HELP Singaporeans cope with the increase m the goods and services tax to 5 per cent on Jan 1, the next lot of Economic Restructuring Shares (ERS) will be issued m January and February. A statement from the Ministry of Finance advises

140 ACCIDENTS ON MRT ESCALATORS [ARTICLE]

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140 ACCIDENTS ON MRT ESCALATORS IT PAYS to hold on to the handrail when you are taking the escalator m an MRT station. Of the 471 accidents that occurred last year on the Mass Rapid Transit system, about 140 took place on escalators. Most of them involved passengers who lost

Muslim serial divorcees a growing concern [ARTICLE]

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Muslim serial divorcees a growing concern HELMI YUSOF 5x The rising number of Muslims who have pone through two or more divorces is worrying social workers and MPs MADAM Fauziah* is into her third marriage and has to take care of five children two of hers and two of her

THREE HUBBIES AND A ROCKY RELATIONSHIP [ARTICLE]

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THREE HUBBIES AND A ROCKY RELATIONSHIP FOR thrice-married Madam Yani*, children have been a source of happiness and sorrow. They have comforted her when she was down, but the squabblings among her two former husbands and husband over access to the children also put a tremendous strain on her. She

REMARRIED FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT [ARTICLE]

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REMARRIED FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT MADAM Fauziah* said she never intended to marry three times. "We all want that one relationship with that one husband but, financially, I couldn't make it on my own after my first divorce. I needed the men to help me support my kids. "As it is,

Economic agenda for SM Lee on Europe trip [ARTICLE]

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Economic agenda for SM Lee on Europe trip SENIOR Minister Lee Kuan Yew will visit Germany, France and Britain over the next two weeks. He arrives m Berlin today to attend the JP Morgan International Council meeting. Mr Lee is a member of the bank's international advisory council. His visit

More than 3,000 perform fire-walk [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More than 3,000 perform fire-walk ABOUT 3,200 men made the ceremonial dash across a pit of hot coals at Sri Man amm an Temple yesterday, as part of the annual Hindu festival of Thimithi. The fire-walking festival has been held at the South Bridge Roaa temple since 1840. It is

High hopes Hari Raya light-up will draw more Malaysians [ARTICLE]

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High hopes Hari Raya light-up will draw more Malaysians THE organisers of this year's Hari Raya light-up and celebrations are hoping to attract more Malaysian visitors. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is also promoting the month-long annual event m countries such as Indonesia and Thailand. Malaysian singer Ning Baizura has

TECH & SCIENCE

Online science journal challenges rules of the game [ARTICLE]

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O nline science journal challenges rules of the game 'Scientists want their work to be seen and used. Dr Harold Varmus, chairman of the PLoS board of directors 'Science thrives on the free flow of information.' Dr Patrick Brown of Stanford University, a co-founder of the new journal Unlike its

ROBOTIC ARM: Powered by thoughts [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ROBOTIC ARM: Powered by thoughts WASHINGTON One of the first major findings published m the new science journal PLoS Biology details the work of scientists who built a brain implant that lets monkeys control a robotic arm with their thoughts. The work marks the first time that mental intentions have

LASER PLANE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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LASER PLANE THIS aircraft keeps getting hit by a laser beam fired from the ground. But rather than bringing it down, the beam actually keeps the plane flying. The prototype plane with a wingspan of 1.5 m and weighing just 300g has been making successful test Flights at the National

Don't count on CD-Rs to store your data for a lifetime [ARTICLE]

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Don't count on CD-Rs to store your data for a lifetime NATALIE SOH Hu Study suggests discs of some brands work for just 20 months THINK recordable CDs (CDRs) will last forever? Think again. That belief has taken a knock after a recent article m PC Active, a Dutch magazine,

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The Straits Times asia

Masthead [TITLE SECTION]

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The Straits Times asia REWRITING HISTORY Japanese don't engage m oral war. They write, and m the process become convinced by the excuses that they craft. Ms Wang Xuan, Chinese researcher on Japan's germ warfare during World War 11, on why Tokyo is unwilling to apologise for its war atrocities

Pak Lah boleh [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Pak Lah boleh BRENDAN PEREIRA By] MALAYSIA COKRKSPONDKNT 1 think the general feeling you get is that people are ready for change/ Academic Mansor M dimmed Nor, on the incoming Prime Minister, Datuk Si i J Abdullah (left) Malaysians' confidence m incoming PM Abdullah is high with polls suggesting if

Military trying to stick to its guns on politics-free role [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Military trying to stick to its guns on politics-free role DERWIN PEREIRA K'l t\l)O\t:Sl.\ COH/US/'ON,/)/ THE TALK IN JAKARTA JAKARTA Last week's celebration of the 58th anniversary of the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) was one of pomp and military muscle. The newly acquired Russian Suknoi iets screamed overhead as red

CHINA

One giant leap tor China [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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One giant leap tor China DAVID HSIEH By THK STRAITS TIM F.S !ll\ Kl'KFAl' After sending a man into space, the next step will be seeking fuel sources and making a landing on the moon, say Chinese scientists BEIJING China's historic manned space launch, which could take place as early

Astronaut may be picked today [ARTICLE]

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Astronaut may be picked today BEIJING The three final candidates vying to become China's first astronaut m space have arrived at the spacecraft's desert launch pad, the government said yesterday, and gave strong indications that only one will make the trip. The men arrived on Sunday at north-western China's Jiuquan

Beijing calls on Europe to lift ban on arms sales [ARTICLE]

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Beijing calls on Europe to lift ban on arms sales BEIJING China has urged the European Union (EU) to end a ban on arms sales to Beijing imposed after the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. The 14-year ban should end "at an early date" to remove barriers to greater cooperation on

ASIA

Anti-Koizumi book hits the stores [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Anti-Koizumi book hits the stores KWAN WENG KIN By I JAI'W CORRESPONDENT Former envoy Naoto Amaki's book is called So Lone, Gaimusho, ana is subtitled I will not forgive PM Koizumi ana traitorous bureaucrats'. Book written by a former envoy accuses the PM of backing Washington m the Iraq war

Bush likely to press China to revalue currency [ARTICLE]

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Bush likely to press China to revalue currency WASHINGTON After weeks of public prodding, US President George W. Bush is expected to step up the pressure on China to revalue its currency when he meets Chinese President Hu Jintao. So far, China has rebuffed calls from US Treasury Secretary John

LUCKY DRAW [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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LUCKY DRAW REUTERS Artisan Junichi Nakata putting the finishing touches to a huge dharma toy m Takasaki, north of Tokyo. It is said to bring good fortune, so many political candidates have one. They paint a second eye on it when they win an election. Candidates for Prime Minister Junichiro

S'pore to India: Let's work on maritime safety [ARTICLE]

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S'pore to India: Let' s work on maritime safety V.K. RAGHUNATHAN COMBATING TERRORISM Bu 1 l\l)l VCORRKSFONDKM NEW DELHI Singapore yesterday called for increased cooperation m maritime security with India, noting that terrorists had been studying maritime targets m Asia. "Seaborne trade is a critical element for our region's prosperity,"

Roh puts job on the line with referendum [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Roh puts job on the line with referendum South Korean leader announces vote for mid-December, saying he cannot govern with declining public support SEOUL Barely a year into his five-year term, embattled South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun put his job on the line yesterday by seeking a new mandate

ATM scam sparks panic [ARTICLE]

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ATM scam sparks panic TAIPEI A scam involving the withdrawal of millions of Taiwan dollars from ATM machines has sparked panic, officials said yesterday. But the Bureau of Monetary Affairs assured the nervous public that the police were investigating the case. Police suspected that remnants of a syndicate specialising m

Taiwan loses another diplomatic ally to China [ARTICLE]

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Taiwan loses another diplomatic ally to China LAWRENCE CHUNG By THE STRAITS TIMES TAIWAN BIHFU TAIPEI Taiwan's Foreign Minister offered to resign yesterday after the island lost another of its 27 diplomatic allies when Liberia switched allegiance to Beijing at the weekend. The latest diplomatic setback for Taiwan came as

SOUTH-EAST ASIA

Jakarta faces tough battle against terror [ARTICLE]

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Jakarta faces tough battle against terror With their every move viewed as an attack on the Muslim community, Indonesian police find little public support for their crackdown By] DEVI ASM ARANI THE STRAITS TIMES INDONESIA BUREAU JAKARTA The Indonesian police face an uphill battle against terrorist cells m the country.

Indonesia sends in troops after attacks on Christians [ARTICLE]

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Indonesia sends in troops after attacks on Christians JAKARTA Indonesia is deploying thousands more security forces to Central Sulawesi province after deadly attacks on Christian villagers sparked fears of renewed religious violence m the region. At least 10 Christians have been killed m attacks by unidentified gunmen, clad m black

JI leader Al-Ghozi executed to impress Bush? [ARTICLE]

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JI leader Al-Ghozi executed to impress Bush? MANILA Conflicting reports over how fugitive bomb expert Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi was killed have prompted public scepticism, with some believing that his death was stage-managed to impress US President George W. Bush ahead of his visit later this week. Officials said the Indonesian

SMILE OF A BOMBER [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SMILE OF A BOMBER REUTERS Indonesian Muslim militant Abdul Jabar smiling during his trial m a Jakarta court yesterday. He was sentenced to 20 years m jail for a deadly bomb attack on the Philippine ambassador's residence m the Indonesian capital m August 2000. The car bomb killed two people

MALAYSIA

Tough tasks for Islamic leaders [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tough tasks for Islamic leaders REME AHMAD OIC Summit By l\ kl VI V I lAll'lll 'THERE IS A NEED FOR US TO FOCUS ON KNOWLEDGE AND SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SO THAT MUSLIMS CAN PLAY A ROLE IN THE MAINSTREAM OF THE WORLD ECONOMY.' Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar

MTUC calls for capon foreign workers [ARTICLE]

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MTUC calls for capon foreign workers KUALA LUMPUR The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has urged the government to limit the recruitment of foreign workers amid rising retrenchments of Malaysian employees. MTUC secretary-general G. Rajasekaran made the call on Sunday m the wake of two actions taken by the government

Police nab four kidnap suspects [ARTICLE]

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Police nab four kidnap suspects KUALA LUMPUR Police have detained four Bangladesh nationals here and m Kajang who are suspected of kidnapping a fellow countryman and demanding a RMIO.OOO (554,530) ransom. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ayob Mohamed said yesterday the four, aged between 26 and 34, had been remanded

S'pore using reclamation to cripple port: Johor official [ARTICLE]

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S'pore using reclamation to cripple port: Johor official JOHOR BARU Reclamation work off Tuas by Singapore will cripple the port of Tanjung Pelapas m the long term, Berita Harian reported yesterday. It will make the navigational passage to the port shallower and narrower, the Malay-language daily quoted an unnamed Johor

Stress driving teenagers to suicide [ARTICLE]

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Stress driving teenagers to suicide KOTA BARU About 130,000 out of one million children and teenagers m Malaysia are suffering so much mental stress that some commit suicide. "Suicide is the third contributing factor to death among youths m this country," the Health Ministry's director-general, Tan Sri Dr Mohamad Taha,

The Straits Times sports

Holland, Spain and Turkey happy with draw [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Holland, Spain and Turkey happy with draw SOCCER FRANKFURT The major countries were kept apart m the Euro 2004 play-off draw yesterday, opening the way for Spain, Holland, Russia, Turkey and Croatia to reach next year's Finals. Spain need to overcome Norway to make the short trip to neighbouring Portugal

Becks started it, not me, Says Alpay [ARTICLE]

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Becks started it, not me, Says Alpay Uefa could charge both England and Turkey for tunnel brawl LONDON England and Turkey players may be charged by European soccer's ruling body Uefa following a half-time brawl m the players' tunnel during Saturday's 0-0 draw m Istanbul. A melee involving as many

Ferdinand explains no-show [ARTICLE]

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Ferdinand explains no-show MANCHESTER England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand pleaded his case m front of Football Association bosses yesterday but must wait for a decision on whether he faces a misconduct charge for failing to take a drugs test. Ferdinand was excluded by the FA from last Saturday's

Mutu and TV star divorce [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Mutu and TV star divorce BUCHAREST Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu and his TV star wife divorced after months of bickering between the two played out m the Romanian media. Mutu and his wife Alexandra, a well-known personality m her homeland, married m 2000, and were considered one of Romania's most

Chance for Chelsea to top Premiership [ARTICLE]

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Chance for Chelsea to top Premiership EPL Fixtures Today: Birmingham v Chelsea Saturday: Arsenal v Chelsea i Live on Ch23, 9.55pm >: Fulhain v Wolverhampton; Leeds Manchester United (Lite on Ch23. 6.55pm): Manchester City v Bolton; Middlesbrough v Newcastle; Portsmouth v Liverpool (Live onCh23, lOfwi) Sunday: Birmingham v Aston Villa

Foreign trio end playing days for Singapore [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Foreign trio end playing days for Singapore PEH SHING HUEI BADMINTON H U THREE foreign shuttlers have said or will soon say goodbye to playing with the Singapore team. But varying fortunes await Indra Wijaya, Liv Zhen and Fan Jingjing. While the Indonesia-born Indra, a permanent resident, was appointed assistant

I'm sorry, Stephenson tells Asian golfers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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I'm sorry, Stephenson tells Asian golfers GOLF THE ASIANS ARE KILLING OUR TOUR... OUR TOUR IS predominantly international and the majority of them are asian. they have taken it over: Stephenson (above) OAHU (Hawaii) Australian Jan Stephenson has apologised for insulting Asians on the Ladies Professional Golfers' Association Tour. In

Tennis body vow to probe 'fixing' [ARTICLE]

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Tennis body vow to probe 'fixing' TENNIS They want to keep sport clean amid allegations of match-rigging LONDON The men's professional tennis tour vowed yesterday that they would stop at nothing to keep the sport clean amid accusations of match-rigging. The Association of Tennis Professionals, the governing hody of the

SCORES [ARTICLE]

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Obituaries

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"I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes m me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes m me will never die." John 11: 25-26 PEH LIANG HOU Age: 85 was called home to be with the Lord on 12 October 2003, dearly missed and

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"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell m the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:6 FLEE YEW CHEE Age: 75 lied home to be with the Lord on 13 Oct 2003 leaving behind loved ones and relatives. Wife: Yap

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3* LIM POH CHOO. JANE passed away peacefully on 12 Oct 2003. leaving behind: Husband Lee Vow Kam, Thoma Son Lee Vi Ouan, Maxter Daughter Lee Oing Yin, Marlene Body is resting at carpark along Jalan Kuras. Cortege will leave on 16 Oct (Thurs) for Mount Vernon Crematorium at liar

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VELLAYAN MURUGASU •xPSA Am: 78 Departed on 12-10-03 Sadly mlsMd by: Wife: G Janaki Sons: (Vellayan, deceased); Thangarajah Tharmarajah Daughter*: Rajeswari and daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren relatives. Cortege leaves today, 14-10-03, Blk 51, Telok Blangah Dr., #02-120. S(XXXXX1) Tel XXXXX750 for cremation at Mt

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JEE VAN KHIN AGE: 86 Passed away peacefully on 12 October 2003 leaving behind all loved ones. Wife: Tan Bee Ying Sons: Daughters-in-law: Jee Kirn Joo Larry Sheila Wong Jee Kirn Ho Jerry Doreen Chai Jee Kirn Leng Billy Josephine Lee Jee Kirn Heng Willy Irene Fung Daughters: Son-in-law: Jee

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"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4: 7 RUTH LIM AH WAH Age: 56 was called home to be with the Lord on 13 October 2003, dearly missed and fondly remembered by loved ones. Husband: John Ng Hak

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THO KIM HONG (KENG KOR) AGE: 75 passed away peacefully on 12 October 2003. Dearly missed and fondly remembered by loved ones. Sons: Daughters-in-law: Ng Choon Lian Teoh Ah Lian Ooi Choon Seng Tan Gin See Pang Soon Hong Toh Lay Har Daughter: Cecilia Ng Guat Eng Godson: Goddaughter-ln-law: Toh

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With deepest sympathy to the family of the late Tan Hock Kee Kenneth From the Management Staff INCOME

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TOH KOK ANN AGE .67 Passed away peacefully on 13 October 2003, leaving behind loved ones Wife Khoo Khee San Son Daughter-in-Law Toh Yong Siang Tan Meow Ling Daughter Son-m-Law Toh Chwee Ling Toh Boh Kwee Grandson Granddaughter Toh Yu Jie Toh Chuan Ting Body Is retting it Blk 115

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF V PAINNISALVAM (ROCKY) Dep 14.10.2002 My Heart Is Son As Time Goes By I Miss You Mot* Your Loving Smile, Your Gentle Fact, No On* Can nil Your Vacant Place. Dearly misted by Wlft Priya. Sen Harindran Always rtm*mb*r*d by •II loved ones

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4TH ANNIVERSARY In Loving Memory Of KANDASAMY KUPPUMAH Departed 14.10.1999 Sadly missed and always remembered by: Daughttr: Kalaivani Sons: Senthil Maran Chitty Babu (Sydney) Babukannan Husband: G.K Niddy

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9th Anniversary h Everhvmg Memory Of EAN HONG HENG CHUNG Departed: 14A Ortober 1994 In our hearts your mrmars lingers. SvMftk Under, fond and trw. Therr v not a da\, dear son. That we do not think of you. I Dearh missed Of always p remembered by Mum, fc^ Dad

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With Deepest Sympathy Heartfelt Condolences to MR LEE KIM BOCK On the demise of his Beloved Father MR LEE CHWEE THIAM Departed on 11 October 2003 From: Goh Cheng Liang Goh Hup Jin V3J WUTHELAM

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10th Anniversary In Loving Memory Of MOLLY LIM CHENG LUANG Departed 14.10.93 You will always remain m our hearts. Fondly remembered by sisters, brothers and their families.

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The Family Of The Late MARY WONG AH HEONG Departed on 8 October 2003 wish to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all relatives, friends, colleagues and business associates for their kind assistance, attendance, condolences, donations and wreaths during their recent bereavement. Special thanks to Rev Fr David Thexeira

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ATHMA SHANTI POOJA MDM MALAYATHAL (wile of the late Karapaya Ramesamy Konar) Ag«:67 passed away peacefully on 30 Sept 2003. The family wish to thanks all relatives and friends. Karumathi prayers will be held on 14.10.2003 (Tuesday) at Blk 206, Seranqoon Central fcOs-170. 5(XXXXX6), followed by prayers at Sri Sivan

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In Loving Memory Of POH BOEY HUANG IRENE Rctunwtf Horn*: M.10.1997 So many fond memories So much love. In our hearts, always Dearly missed and cherished by Family Loved Ones.

MONEY

ASIAN INDICES [ARTICLE]

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ASIAN INDICES OttlJ CHANCE HONGKONG: Hang S«nq XXXXX97 '2b 14 MALAYSIA: KLSE Comp 791.74 ♦1.08 CHINA: Sh»nzh»n B 249.61 -4.93 AUSTRALIA: Sydnty All Ord 3283.00 «I 6 HO JAPAN: Ntkkti Cosed THAILAND: SET md*. 578.59 -3.56 INDONESIA: Jakarta Comp 644.43 -0.39 PHILIPPINES: Maniu Comp 1384.43 09.23 SOUTH KOREA: S»oul Comp

TOP ACTIVES [ARTICLE]

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TOP ACTIVES Vikay Ind 5c 62.599.000 Chart SemiCond 26c 55.281,000 BBRHIdgsSc 30,392,000 El Nets lc 29.905.000 UniFood HK25c 27,980,000 Integra 5c 27.841.000 Eastern Asia 26,173,000 N*oCorp6c 25.430.000 SPC 50c 24,887.000 Adroit 10c 24.698.000

SECURITIES TRDG SCOREBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SECURITIES TRDG SCOREBOARD MAIN SDO TOTAL Up Dn Unch Up Dn Unch Up p n \Jnctl Multilnd 755 000 5 5 Manufacturq S8 35 41 24 11 13 82 46 54 Commerce 27 13 20 9 3 3 36 16 23 Tpt/Stor/Com 10 12 9 110 11 13 9 Finance

INDICES [ARTICLE]

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INDICES CtWWf Straits Times Index 1750 78 »4.74 BT 08/ OS 484.00 ♦118.00 BTCADI -XXXXX.00 *112.00 BT 10-day MA -XXXXX.00 »48 00 UOBSesdaq 117.41 *2.69 UOB Blue Chip XXXXX »1.23 STI Futures 1755 5 MSCI Singapore 216.83 *0 70 SiMSCI Futures 218.20 »0.40

SECURITIES TRDG TURNOVER [ARTICLE]

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SECURITIES TRDG TURNOVER TURNOVER COOO) VALUE (OOO) Main Sdq Total Mun Sdq Total Multilnd 22.714 22.714 29.782 29 782 Manufacturg 538.510 143.142 XXXXX2 480.143 40.545 520.688 Commffc* 133.686 27.156 160.842 63.791 9.039 72,830 Tpt/Stor/Com 173.417 4,964 178.381 137,209 2.824 140 033 Finance 40.253 40.253 135,337 135.337 Construction 81.961 95.390 177.351

SGX SECURITIES TRDG: MAIN BOARD [ARTICLE]

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SGX SECURITIES TRDG: MAIN BOARD asdf 52-Wk Tai Curr.ocy last 'Vol Day 6ft Ntt M Cap mm iw Ca»» camaaai Itmm am aw *tm m0 im mm, rfl jam 12.5 4.5 1000 Acme 5c 11.5 unch 3074 11.5 11 89.8 1001 Allunc* T»ch 11.5 susp 9.S 32 5 5.5 1002

SGX SESDAQ [ARTICLE]

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SGX SESDAQ 52-Wk Tel Currency Kit Vol Day Grs Net M C<D MANUFACTURING 41 12.5 ?tOl APOiISc 39 unch 1993 39.5 39 2IN 17 1 411 29.5 10 1501 AS Auto 10c 27.5 ♦O.S 567 27 5 27 N 36 1 53 10 1502 ASTMOc 53 *4.5 8545 53 48

SGX XTRANET [ARTICLE]

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SGX XTRANET STOCK PRICES LEGEND NOTES Struts Tlmei indei Stocks All shares guot»d have par value of $1 and art traded m lots of 1.000 N N«t or Tji ««.mpt»<J dividend «d snares each unless otherwise specified t> dividend Currency trid#d SS unless otherwise specified r d cum dividend ct

G-7 message not specifically about forex: ECB chief [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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G-7 message not specifically about forex: ECB chief There was no statement specifically about euro-dollar, that was maybe misunderstood/ ECB's president, Mr Duisenberg, who says the statement was meant to plead for a more evenburden-sharing among many currencies Markets may have misread call for more flexible exchange rates to correct

Off to India — a new twist to outsourcing [ARTICLE]

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Off to India a new twist to outsourcing The road less travelled Online travel agency ebookers, beginning with five young Finns who moved to New Delhi m July last year, is sending Europeans to answer phone calls and e-mail messages at a call centre m India for wages that are

HONK KONG: Hang Seng Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HONK KONG: Hang Seng Index Yesterday's close: 11,961.97 (Up 26.14 points) Hong Kong's key stock index ended marginally higher but short of the psychologically important 12.000 barrier as many blue chips looked overbought. Turnover fell to HKSM.2 billion from a 20-day average of HKS15.7 billion. Reuters

HONG KONG [ARTICLE]

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HONG KONG Octl3 Company Ciet* Company Clot* Bank Of Chin* HK 12.30 005 HK DmM 29 90 005 Bank Of East Asia 21.10 0.30 HSBC Hdgs 109.50 unch Cathay Pacific 13.85 040 H Whampoa 62 25 050 Cheung Kong 66.00 05C Johnson Elect 11.80 0 15 Ch Kong inlra 17.25

SICOM FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SICOM FUTURES Octl3, XXXXX Rubber Futurts (Closing prlcts) RSS t (S c»nt«/kgj Month HH» L— WH VI Qptn mt Nov 03 214 50 D»cO3 XXXXX J»"04 215.00 f><>o4 215.25 RSS 3 (US cents/kg) Month High Lew S«tt VI O— n Int Nov 03 123.50 123.50 124.00 200 4800 D»cO3 124.00

KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR Octl3 I Company Ct— Company CIOM AMMB Holdings 4.96 0.14 Malayan Banking 9.95 0 10 B Am*r Tobacco 40.00 075 Malaysia Airports 1.72 -0.03 Beriaya Sports 4.36 unch Malaysia Mining 2.62 0.03 Commerce Asset 4 30 unch MAS 4.66 0.02 Diqi.com 3.72 unch Nestle Malaysia 21.40 0.10 Gamuda

CRUDE & PRODUCT PRICES [ARTICLE]

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CRUDE PRODUCT PRICES Cru<»/Pro«uct Mirth* Chim Prt<« (US)) ML Brent Blend Dec ♦003 30 0330.08 W T*iij lnt*rm O*c *0.91 3185 3189 Dub»iFit*h Nov 41 27.49-27.54 T»pis Blend Oct «!25 32.35-32 45 Timing ot C«rgo»J Pnc*jai*t 17:55 Crud«/Pro«uct Month* Ch«H9« Prtct (Uss) BBL Mmas Oct *1.25 31.35-3t.45 Naphth«ClF J«p ♦6.50/»7.00

SGX DERIVATIVES TRDG [ARTICLE]

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SGX DERIVATIVES TRDG Oct l3J OPEN HIGH LOW SETT VOL OP/INT EURODOLLAR FUTURES D«O3 98 840 98 845 98 840 98.845 2682 XXXXX MarO4 98 750 98 750 98.725 98.73S 2820 XXXXX JunO4 98 495 98 49b 98 460 96 460 4775 XXXXX S*pO4 XXXXX XXXXX 98 090 98.100 4788

KUALA LUMPUR: Compesite Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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KUALA LUMPUR: Compesite Index Yesterdays close: 791.74 (Up 1.08 points) Malaysian shares reversed earlier losses to finish higher, as gains in blue chips such as Maybank and Tenaga Nasional led the main index to a seventh straight day of gains. Volume fell to 795 million shares from last Friday's 1.03

SHENZHEN: share Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SHENZHEN: share Index Yesterdays close: 249.61 (Down 4.92 points) China share prices closed 0.3 per cent lower as investors pocketed profits from last Friday's strong gains. Investors were frustrated with the apparent slow progress in reform policies at the the third plenum of the 16th Central Committee of the China

SHENZHEN [ARTICLE]

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SHENZHEN Octl3 C»wnny Ct— Company Clot* Annul Gu|inq D B 4.70 0)4 Ltvzon Pharm 7.87 -0.05 Beijing Or El»c B 5 47 0 18 Lutha Tnl B 5.25 0.14 Benqanq Steel B 3 38 0.02 ShdonqCh Papers 6 08 0 14 Ch Int Mann* 11.77 -0.43 Shjzhuanqßaoshi 301 -0.06 China

CURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY Foreign Currency Kott Rates (9am. Oct 13) BuvinQ S#Minq Singapore dollars to on* unit of foreign currency Australian dollar 1.1820 XXXXX Canadian dollar XXXXX 1.3100 Euro 2.0210 2.0440 NZ dollar XXXXX XXXXX Sterling pound 2 8470 2 8790 USdOllar XXXXX XXXXX Singapore dollars to 100 units ot foreign currency

SYDNEY: All-Ordinaries [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SYDNEY: All-Ordinaries Yesterdays close: 3,283 (Up 16.8 points) Australian shares dosed up 0.5 per cent, as solid gains by News Corp, AMP and Rio Tinto offset a flat banking sector, dealers said. Market volume was 1.57 billion shares worth AS2.22 billion. Gainers led losers by 775 to 533, with 305

SYDNEY [ARTICLE]

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SYDNEY Octl3 Company Ct— Company Cl— AMP Limited 7.10 0.18 Qantas Airways 3.48 0 06 ANZ Bank Grp 18.22 -0 03 Rio Tinto 35.12 0.22 Brambles Ind 4 65 0.03 Spor* Telecoms 1.52 0.03 Broken Hill Prop 11.42 0.04 St George Bank 21.40 0.13 Coles Myer 7.78 0.05 SunCorp-MetWay 12.45

BONDS, LOANS & WARANTS [ARTICLE]

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BONDS, LOANS WARANTS Transaction date: Oct 13, 2003 52-Wk T*i LMt Vol Day Last Ouote High Low Coot Company %tt» *f- 'OOP HUH L>w Buytr Seller 34.5 2 3698 ASTIWO4O62I 34.5 *3 t306 34 5 30.5 34 35 4 5 0.5 36*7 Acma W041H6 1 1 1.5 130 48 3602

US machine tool orders up 17% in August [ARTICLE]

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US machine tool orders up 17% in August WASHINGTON US machine tool demand rose 16.6 per cent m August from the previous month, two industry trade groups said m a joint report. The manufacturing sector is starting to pick up momentum, they said m the report on Sunday. The American

TOKYO: Nikkei 225 Stock Average [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TOKYO: Nikkei 225 Stock Average Last Fridays close. 10,786.04 (Up 254.6 points) ♦The stock market was closed for a national holiday.

TOKYO [ARTICLE]

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TOKYO OctiO I Company Ct— Cani»Miy Clott Canon Inc 5400 ISO Mill** Hldgs XXXXX00 XXXXX Denso Corp 2355 60 Muuho Hldgs XXXXX0 0 East Japan Rail XXXXX0 -2000 Nissan Motor 1235 20 Fanuc Ltd 7110 260 Nomura Hldgs iB6O 60 Fuji Photo Film 3190 30 NTT Data Corp XXXXX0 XXXXX

PM hosts dinner for MAS panel [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PM hosts dinner for MAS panel PRIME Minister Goh Chok Tong yesterday hosted a dinner at the Istana for the high-powered international advisory panel (LAP) of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The lAP, with members nailing from various global financial institutions, also met Senior Minister \jee Kuan Yew. The

OCBC brushes off talk that bank is for sale [ARTICLE]

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OCBC brushes off talk that bank is for sale EDNA KOH By UNANCF. COR R ESPONDENT OCBC Bank is not for sale, and its key shareholders are not looking to sell their stakes, the bank's chief executive, Mr David Conner, said yesterday. At the same time, he would not be

Trading curbs on broking analysts to start from December [ARTICLE]

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Trading curbs on broking analysts to start from December LORNA TAN By OMPANIES (OHKKSI'OM E T CHASGES There will he no trading m suspended counters unless S(iX approves off-market trades on a case -by-case hasis. SGX will stop prescribing a standard agency agreement format between a securities member and a

Orders pouring in for shipyards [ARTICLE]

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Orders pouring in for shipyards THE maritime industry is m a renaissance. Singapore's shipyards are brimming with orders, powered ny demand from shipping lines and spill-over orders from China. And liners such as Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) are benefiting from higher freight rates and volumes. NOL said its freight rates

Koon's shares a winner in S'pore and Down Under [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Koon's shares a winner in S'pore and Down Under AZHAR KHALID Stock Watch Hu 'About two out of three trades are transacted m Singapore and the volume is better here than m Australia/ Mr Chong, on his company's shares SHARES of newly listed Koon Holdings have raced off the charts

StarHub may hold off listing till 2OO5 [ARTICLE]

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StarHub may hold off listing till 2OO5 STARHUB'S eagerly awaited initial public offer (IPO) will not be launched next year unless market conditions change a lot, chief executive Terry Clontz has reportedly saia. The company had earlier hoped for a flotation this year. "I don't expect us to be doing

Simon Cheong raises SC Global stake to 70% [ARTICLE]

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Simon Cheong raises SC Global stake to 70% LEE SU SHYAN TALK OF PRIVATISATION Hy COMPANIES CORRESPONDI I PROPERTY developer Simon Cheong yesterday stepped up his stake m SC Global Developments by 15.1 per cent to 70.1 per cent following an $11.58-million purchase. Along with the 15 per cent controlled

STI extends winning streak to eighth day [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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STI extends winning streak to eighth day COLIN TAN MMiKI TS( Olilil SI'OSDhM TAKING STOCK Benchmark touches 18-month high as blue chips show signs of 'tiredness'; building stocks rise on news of $600 m rescue plan EVEN though blue chips put up a subdued show yesterday, the benchmark Straits Times

TOP RISES (¢) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES octl3 Cwits Venture Corp2sc 20K) 60.0 3.1 FSN 1180 40.0 3.5 FSNWO 1170 30.0 2.6 City Dcv 50c 625 20.0 3 3 DBSGrp 1440 20.0 1.4 Keppel Corp 50c 585 10.0 1.7 OCBC4.S%NCPS 100 XXXXX 10.0 0.1 osimsc 120 W.O 9.1 SPH 1990 10.0 0.5

TOP RISES (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES octl3 Cents *> C5CWXXXXX7 2 WO.O 1.0 See Hup Seng W05 6 71.4 2.5 BBRHWgsSc 4 33.3 1.0 Benefun2ok HKk 2 33 3 0.5 Futuristic Kk 23 31.4 5.5 Liang Huat We 10.5 31.3 2.5 GMG Global 5c 4.5 28.6 1.7 See Hup Seng We M 27.3 3.0

TOP FALLS (¢) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS Octl3 Ctnts StamfofdTyres 10c 59.5 82.5 58.1 Stamford Tyre W07 51 66.0 56.4 CSC 585 20.0 3.3 Creative T 25c 1890 20.0 1.0 OUE 650 10.0 15 SIA 200 1140 10.0 0.9 SIASOC 1140 W.O 0.9 JMHUS2SC4OO 720 8.6 0.7 RSHltdKk 50 6.0 H)7

TOP FALLS (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS octl3 (frits StamfordTyresiOc.... 59.5 58.1 82.5 SUmfordTyreWO7.... 51 56.4 66.0 RSHLtdWc 50 W. 7 6.0 Sunlight W0607W 5.5 8.3 0.5 SHC Capital 10c 18 7.7 1.5 Cathay Orq 25c 19.5 7.1 1.5 Links Island 8c 14 6.7 1.0 KiogWaniOc 16 5.9 1.0 Ben** Int 25c 25.5 5.6 1.5

Daiwa upgrades SPH rating to '2' [ARTICLE]

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Daiwa upgrades SPH rating to '2' DAIWA Institute of Research said yesterday it upgraded its rating for media company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) to "2" from "3", on hopes of a gradual recovery m the advertising market. A stock with a "2" rating is expected to outperform the local share

The Straits Times money

Iraq spells out areas for investment [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Iraq spells out areas for investment NICHOLAS FANG By Interim Trade Minister urges Singapore firms to be part of country's rebuilding and says security situation is stabilising IRAQ'S interim Trade Minister, Dr Ali Allawi, yesterday urged Singapore firms to grab business opportunities m the massive rebuilding of the wartorn country,

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Life!

Masthead [TITLE SECTION]

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Life! THE STRAITS TIMES Tuesday, October 14, 2003 CELEBRATES THE WONDER OF LIFE

15 actor back in school [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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15 actor back in school SHERWIN LOH Bui FACT and fiction have blurred m Singapore film-maker Royston Tan's debut feature, 15 (right), which opens here on Oct 2.3. Rated R(A) with about five minutes snipped, the movie about self-destructive teens living on the edge of society features a cast of

FEI-NATICS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FEI-NATICS LIANHE WANRAO Some 6,000 fans, comprising mainly Ah Sohs, jam-packed Sun Plaza m Sembawangon Sunday afternoon to get their CDs signed by Fei Yu-ching. The Taiwanese singer, who spent four hours signing autographs, was promoting his new album, When Will You Come Again. The CD a disc of 12

Rocky road back [ARTICLE]

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Rocky road back The Eye and The Ring play on Thursday, Oct 30; Pitch Black and Monsters Inc. will be on Friday, Oct 31. Scary Movie and The Rocky Horror Picture Show v ill he on Saturday, Nov 1. Tickets, at $13 for the Friday and Saturday shows and $10

From stage to print [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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From stage to print MAK MUN SAN Hu 'There is a vacuum m terms of documentation of Malay plays and we hope to take this opportunity to revive and inject interest m Malay theatre. Noor Eflendy Ibrahim, artistic director of Teater Ekamatra For the first time, Malay plaits penned m

Assent of a woman [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Assent of a woman Teo Pau Lin GIRL TALK know Yd rather get a compliment from a woman than a man. Women have hi^ier standards and they'd have to like you first to give you one I WAS sipping coffee with two female colleagues recently when the conversation took a

A switch to City Lights [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A switch to City Lights SHERWIN LOH By TIRED with her monotonous job as a personal assistant, Trina Poon decided m March to take up a challenge set by her uncle, Singaporean painter Anthony Poon. Switching to a part-time position at the engineering company where she works, the 29--year-old artist

BITE INTO IT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BITE INTO IT There's a voice m my heart, and I talk to myself. We nave a discussion, and make sure we have no regrets.' Actress Cecilia Cheung (above) on how she works out her troubles Egomania is the natural ingredient of talent/ Writer Martin Amis Tdsinga million songs to

Digital dramas [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Digital dramas MAK MUN SAN />'/ Hiah Definition technology allows di recto r Gerald Lee to make three movies m a year THE husband of MediaCorp actress Aileen Tan is launching two Mandarin movies almost simultaneously, thanks to the use of High Definition (HD) technology. Movie director Gerald Lee's psychosexual

DOME DREAMS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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DOME DREAMS Clarissa Oon ARTS REPORTER As the Esplanade celebrates its first birthday, its CEO N Benson Puah has a few wishes. Foremost among them is to make the "Durian an arts centrefor everyone asdfasfdasfd FIGURING OUT THE ESPLANADE Construction cost: $600 million Main halls: 2,000-seat Theatre, 1,600-seat Concert Hall

World Standards Day

THE WORLD FOR YOUR PICKING [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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THE WORLD FOR YOUR PICKING AWARDS CEREMONY HONOURS 31 Twenty-six individuals and five organisations received awards at the World Standards Day 2003 and Singapore Accreditation Council Award Presentation Ceremony held last week at the Embassy Bar and Restaurant at the Esplanade. The professionals received the Distinguished and Merit Awards for

MISSION: Safety [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MISSION: Safety RAV DHALIWAL Hi, u Singapore is one of the top trading nations m the world. Our international trade is three times our GDP, the highest trade to GDP ratio m the world. We are well regarded by international standards bodies and accreditation bodies. Our favourable international standing has

Continuing the good work [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Continuing the good work The Singapore Accreditation Council works to ensure global confidence m local testing and certification. Getting products and systems certified to international standards, such as the ISO 9001:2000, ensures that manufacturers and traders get greater access to overseas markets. But how does one know that the certification

Drive for cleaner air [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Drive for cleaner air What the TRs cover TRIO on CNG Vehicle Workshop and Personnel Requirements: Provides guidelines on safe practices for those working with CNG vehicles and related equipment. It covers the procedures for the installation, inspection and maintenance of and repairs on the CNG fuel system. TR II

PROVIDING A COMMON FRAMEWORK [ARTICLE]

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PROVIDING A COMMON FRAMEWORK A new standard helps companies assess their e-suvphj chain management capability. Singapore has scored a first with the launch of the Technical Reference (TR) for Maturity Assessment for eSupply Chain Management (eSCM). launched on Aug 25, it is the first standard m the world to combine

A boost to consumer goods industry [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A boost to consumer goods industry Thanks to messaging standards implemented here and overseas, local supermarkets sourcing for the latest products at the best prices will be able to reach out to overseas suppliers more effectively. The project is expected to generate cost savings equivalent to about 2 per cent

Towards an international standard [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Towards an international standard A standard on the performance of thermal imagers for human temperature screening has been developed. Spring Singapore facilitated its development m a record-breaking three months, following the urgent need for mass human temperature screening arising from the Sars outbreak earlier this year. Manufacturers of thermal imagers

Good news for local suppliers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Good news for local suppliers Local suppliers of components for many medical devices no longer have to meet the different quality systems and requirements of various multinational corporations. Today, they have to comply with just a single set of quality systems based on the United States' Fotxl and Drug Administration

CONVERGING ON SINGAPORE [ARTICLE]

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CONVERGING ON SINGAPORE Infocomm experts from around the world are converging on Singapore over the next few months to attend a number of international info-communication and technology (ICT) standards events and meetings. The IT Standards Committee (ITSC). one of the standards committees under the Standards Council, is coordinating the events.

LIFE! TRAVEL

Intrigue, royal sagas and more [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Intrigue, royal sagas and more AUDREY PERERA B, GETTING THERE The Cultural Triangle depending on which point you are headed for is approximately 200km from Colombo, a leisurely drive of about five hours. From Nov 1 Sri Lankan Airlines will offer 1 1 flights a week from Singapore to Colombo

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Loosen up at Awana [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Loosen up at Awana Magdalene Lum MALAYSIA GETAWAYS A GOOD break can do wonders to help one rejuvenate from months of hard work. One way to have one is at the Awana Kijal Golf, Beach Spa Resort, a five-star place with a beach front of over 7-6 km m Kemaman,

Penang turns on the lights [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Penang turns on the lights MALAYSIA celebrates Deepavali, the Festival of Lights which symbolises the triumph of good over evil, on a grand scale on Oct 25. Held from 10am to 4pm that day at Penang's Esplanade (Padang Kota), the Open House open to all Malaysians and tourists, will be

Fright night parade in Kulai [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fright night parade in Kulai TRICK or treat? If you want to celebrate Halloween m style, put on your scariest, funniest or cutest costume and join the costume parade at Riders Lodge m Kulai, Johor. The riding lodge is holding the parade as part of a three-day Halloween Celebration held

Redang's my place in the sun [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Redang's my place in the sun Magdalene Lum JALANJALAN By I'M AN AVID SUMMER AND BEACH BUM, AND MY FAVOURITE SPOT IS PULAU REDANG (above), WHICH IS RELATIVELY UNSPOILT' Anita Kapoor (left) WHO: Anita Kapoor, 32, deputy editor of Harper's Bazaar (Singapore). She hosted Discovery Travel £2 Adventure Channel's weeklong

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No Sex yet in this city HO AI LI Ih, MKIJIA HFI'OHTKK BUZZING WHILE cable television viewers m Asian countries such as Malaysia and Thailand can look forward to the fifth season of Sex And The City on cable from tomorrow, viewers here will still have to wait. More than

Thompson joins Hogwarts [ARTICLE]

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Thompson joins Hogwarts LONDON Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson will play one of Harry Potter's teachers at Hogwarts School m next year's Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban. She will play Sybill Trelawney, the eccentric professor of divination, while Maggie Smith will be back as Professor McGonagall, Robbie Coltrane as

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck put their differences aside on Saturday night for the Boston-New York baseball playoff game. Affleck is a rabid Boston Red Sox fan while Lopez prefers the Yankees. They watched from the front row at Fenway Park, next to Boston's

Not Tse's big day [ARTICLE]

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Not Tse's big day HONG KONG Ming Pao Weekly has a report that may silence the Hong Kong tabloids. For weeks, they have been saying Nicholas Tse's mother, former actress Deborah Li, is preparing for his wedding to singer Faye Wong. But now Ming Pao says Li has booked 70

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THE STKAITS TIMES: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 The Straits Times Classified

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