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The Straits Times, 14 November 2003

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The Straits Times BEST IN NEWSPAPER DESIGN IN ASIA Established 1845 FnSeW^ November 14, 2003 134 Pages m five parts mita (P) 033/03/2003 ••A Singapore Press Holdings publication O\J Cents

Civil service ideas contest needs revamp [ARTICLE]

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Civil service ideas contest needs revamp ALEXIS HOOI Changes on the way as too much time, effort and money go towards preparing for elaborate annual Wits convention By, wote MramwniME' "Has anyone calculated the number of man-hours spent on transforming Wits reports into presentations and rehearsing for the perfect Wits

HARD-HITTING FILM [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HARD-HITTING FILM Graphic violence and even a gang rape mark the new movie, After School, a highlight of this year's Festive Season Crime Prevention Campaign. Youth crime is one emphasis selected by police and the National Crime Prevention Council. The film focuses on the futility of juvenile delinquency. It is

Behind sex news, changing mores [ARTICLE]

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Behind sex news, changing mores CHUA CHIN HON By THE STRAITS TIMES CHINA BUREAU 2003: The top 10 stories 1. Woman teacher m Wuhan is first plaintiff to win a sexual harassment suit Beijing's first such case is thrown out for insufficient evidence. (21 votes) 2. Shaanxi couple, fined for

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HOME [ARTICLE]

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HOME TERROR-PIRATE LJHK POSES THREAT DEPUTY Prime Minister Tony Tan has warned that terrorists who link up with pirates to hijack fuel-laden ships and crash them into ports pose the most urgent threat to global maritime security. If they pull off such an attack m the Straits of Malacca, it

COMMENTARY [ARTICLE]

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COMMENTARY UNLIKELY MID-EAST BEOFEUOWS UNLIKELY as it may sound, the Israelis and Saudis really need each other, writes New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman Saudi Arabia faces public unrest a n d^pen terrorism at home, which peace between Israel and Palestine would go a long way to ease. Israel needs

FORUM [ARTICLE]

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FORUM NEW CONSUMES ACT BMN6S HOPE A READER is relieved that the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act has been passed because he was recently the victim of a dishonest merchant When he sought recompense, he found his rights as a consumer counted for very little. He thinks the Act is

LIFE! [ARTICLE]

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LIFE! LONGEST CONN M SMGAPME THE longest condominium m Singapore will take shape soon on a narrow strip of land at the end of Upper Bukit Timah Road, next to the Bukit Panjang LRT station. The Linear will be only six storeys high, with a span of about three soccer

SPORTS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SPORTS Reticent Goosen at the Skins AN UNDERSTATED golfer like Retief Goosen doesn't fit a made-for-TV, circus-like tournament such as the Tiger Skins. Annika Sorenstam is there to milk the gender battle theme, andjesper Parnevik is sought for his flashy persona on course. Local boy Lam Chih a* Bing gives

HOME [ARTICLE]

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HOME The day ez-link card sales soared WHEN commuters learnt they would have to pay a non-refundable $3 for each new ez-link cards from the next day, they snapped up thousands of cards on Nov 3. There was a press conference at 5.15pm, then people heard the news on the

ASIA [ARTICLE]

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ASIA In-vitro mum loses IN A case with important implications for couples turning to in-vitro fertilisation, a Japanese court has refused to recognise a dead man as the father of a child bom using his frozen sperm. The district-court m Matsuyama m western Japan rejected a paternity claim by the

MONEY [ARTICLE]

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MONEY HUMS RAISE HOME LOAN RATES OCBC Bank raised mortgage rates yesterday for the second time m three months, and competitors DBS Bank and United Overseas Bank promptly followed suit. For the first time, HDB dwellers are affected as all three banks have decided to stop undercutting for this segment

ASIA [ARTICLE]

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ASIA TMICS PROTECT JAKARTA MINISTER A GROUP of youths showed up at the office of a government watchdog after it accused Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea of corruption. The youths demanded apologies and retractions and said anti-corruption activists would be thrown out and their office occupied if they refused.

SPORTS [ARTICLE]

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SPORTS RMALDO'S MARRIAGE IS OVER BRAZIL and Real Madrid soccer star Ronaldo confirmed yesterday that he and his wife, Milene Domingues, plan to divorce, amid rumours that she had an affair with one of his clubmates. A day earlier, Domingues admitted their four-year marriage was m trouble but denied that

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PRIME NEWS

CIA warns Iraqi revolt about to take off [ARTICLE]

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CIA warns Iraqi revolt about to take off Secret report says Iraqis losing faith m US and governing council; military leaders fear Saddam planned guerilla war WASHINGTON A top-se-cret report by the United States Central Intelligence Agency paints a bleak picture of an Iraq that is approaching a crucial turning

CURL UP AND DYE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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CURL UP AND DYE Among the faces at this year's Singapore Buskers' Festival are Nathalie (left) and Carine who form the Kromatik duo, which specialises m face painting and creating zany hairstyles with fancy touches and tones of colours. Hailing from Canada, they are among 25 international buskers who will

A scan within an hour, because it's not free [ARTICLE]

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A scan within an hour, because it's not free SALMA KHALIK Bu HEALTH CORRESPONDENT MORE than nine out of 10 stroke patients get a CT scan within an hour of reaching the Singapore General Hospital or Tan Tock Seng Hospital. That is because the hospitals must make these expensive machines

Shankar says: Woman did not rebuff advances [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Shankar says: Woman did not rebuff advances CHONG CHEE KIN Denying that he molested the woman, ex-TV presenter says she 'enjoyed the attention' after they met at party By FORMER TV presenter Vidya Shankar Aiyar yesterday denied molesting a woman, saying instead that she had welcomed his advances the night

US senators launch marathon debate [ARTICLE]

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US senators launch marathon debate Democrats hope to block four judicial appointments m 30-hour session WASHINGTON With coffee, cots and determination, United States senators have launched into what promises to be the longest non-stop debate of their chamber m a decade. Both Republicans and Democrats squared off on Wednesday evening

Teresa Hsu is Active Senior Citizen [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Teresa Hsu is Active Senior Citizen SHE has been called the Mother Teresa of Singapore and named Reader's Digest Hero for Today. And last night, Miss Teresa Hsu, who founded the Home for the Aged Sick m Hougang, was named Active Senior Citizen of the Year. With the title comes

Son tipped for key military position [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Son tipped for key military position CHING CHEONG Jiang Zemin's grip on power m China looks set to pass to next generation By EAST ASIA CORRESPONDENT HONG KONG Chinese leader Jiang Zemin appears to be grooming his elder son, Mianheng, tor a key post m China's military. This is evident

Aussie who disrupted SIA flight fined [ARTICLE]

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Aussie who disrupted SIA flight fined DARWIN An Australian was fined As7sO (Ss9oo) yesterday after pleading guilty to abusing the crew of a Singapore Airlines (SLA) flight so badly that they were forced to make an unscheduled landing. Michael Edward Donovan, 41, was on board a Boeing 777-200 carrying 298

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WORLD

Hacker blackmail [ARTICLE]

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Hacker blackmail Gangs reMler e-commerce sites unworkable, then extort money 'ITS A BRUTE-FORCE TOOL HACKERS WU MONTOR THE SUCCESS OF THE ATTACK AW THEY WILL THEN TRY SOMETHMG SUGHRY MFFEREMT V HE SITE IS Mr Paul Lawrence, Europe and Ada manager for Top Layer, a US company that provide* pmtoctfcm

High-tech firms pool resources to fight cyber strikes [ARTICLE]

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High-tech firms pool resources to fight cyber strikes SAN FRANCISCO Chief security officers at major high-tech companies and several banks have said they will form a think-tank to share ideas about how corporations can keep computer networks safe from attack. The group will share information with member companies and governments

PM Goh condemns attacks in Riyadh [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PM Goh condemns attacks in Riyadh SINGAPORE Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong has sent his condolences to King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia. The letter, dated Nov 12 and released to the press yesterday, read: "Your Majesty, I read with great dismay, anger and disgust, the terrorist

Saudi scholars offer to talk to militants [ARTICLE]

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Saudi scholars offer to talk to militants They will meet Crown Prince to push for mediation RIYADH A group of scholars will press its offer to mediate between the government and Islamist militants m a forthcoming meeting with the kingdom's oe facto ruler, one of the group members said m

$700b defence Bill gets nod from US Senate [ARTICLE]

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$700b defence Bill gets nod from US Senate More money is allotted to military spending and several programmes m war on terrorism get full funding Ml: What it covers I'Ujsi leiosuiuon includes^ US$l.3 billion (552.27 billion) for chemical and biological defence programmes,,, US$9.l billion for ballistic missile defence m fiscal

Arnie appoints mixed crew for top jobs [ARTICLE]

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Arnie appoints mixed crew for top jobs A budget-cutter, a conservationist and two Democrats are among the 11 senior appointments so far LOS ANGELES Aa the administration of Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger takes shape, his range of appointments suggests the Republican Governorelect of California plans to run the state much as

Renowned budget cutter [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Renowned budget cutter Ms Donna Arduin, who will be finance director, has a reputation of being a dogged champion of austerity favouring deep cuts to social services. Given the scope of the California's money troubles, observers see her appointment as the most crucial one. AFP

Bush won't share fate of his father, says envoy [ARTICLE]

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Bush won't share fate of his father, says envoy WILLIAM CHOONG bjl UNITED States President George W. Bush is unlikely to suffer the same fate as his father m 1992 because his focus foreign policy has become an overarching issue for all Americans, said Washington's top envoy here yesterday. "Foreign

Efforts to contain nuclear threat 'fall short' [ARTICLE]

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Efforts to contain nuclear threat 'fall short' Russia bears brunt of blame m report on global effort to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons IE ME NX A 111 OF THM6S. NT WE ARE NOT MOVM6 NEARLY FAST ENOUGH. WE NAVE A MUST HOLD LEADERS TO THE WISE PUDGES THEY HAVE

Bush to let Sept 11 panel see key papers [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bush to let Sept 11 panel see key papers WASHINGTON The independent commission probing the Sept 11 attacks said it had reached an agreement with the White House to let it review disputed classified intelligence documents. It will designate a fourperson sub-committee that will examine the most sensitive documents, commissioner

PEOPLE

Pain-loving woman has one big fear [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Pain-loving woman has one big fear GETTING ROBBED IN BRAZIL SAO PAULO A Brazilian woman with the most body piercings inlhe world 1,903 fearrfretuming to her crime-riddai home country as she would attract so much attention that she could be robbed, "The last time I went to Brazil, I had

CHINESE FIRM EYES CLINTON AS MODEL [ARTICLE]

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CHINESE FIRM EYES CLINTON AS MODEL BEIJING A small clothing manufacturer m -China hopes to sign on former US president Bill "CUntoa to represent its brand, citing his *worf4" wide charisma". "Our suits match Clinton's character and personality," for Wans Zhen, an official at Fapai Xifu Co, said yesterday. The

BOXER SEEKS SHARE OF 'ROCKY' PROFITS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BOXER SEEKS SHARE OF 'ROCKY' PROFITS NEWARK (New Jersey) Former heavyweignt boxer Chuck Wepner is suing actor Sylvester Stallone for a share of the profits from the Rocky movies, claiming the series was based on his career. Wepner, who went nearly 15 punishing rounds m a 1975 loss to Muhammad

SADDAM ALIVE, SAYS EX-AIDE [ARTICLE]

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SADDAM ALIVE, SAYS EX-AIDE PARIS Saddam Hussein's former interpreter, who has just published a book on his career, has said audio tapes of the ousted Iraqi ruler were genuine and proved he was still alive. Mr Sama Abdul Maj id also told LCI television on Wednesday that Saddam had asked

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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A dissident Buddhist leader under house arrest m Vietnam is "critically ill" but has not been allowed visits from his doctor. Mr Thich Quang Do, 74, deputy head of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, is too weak to even drink milk. Flight attendant Daniel Cunningham, who spiked a

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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Quoteworthy We have a very macho, arrogant attitude towards driving. We re a violent society and ft spuls onto road behaviour.' Ms Wendy Watson, general manager of land transport regulation at South Africa's Transport Ministry, on die country's infamously unsafe roads

Australia accused of lying about refugees [ARTICLE]

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Australia accused of lying about refugees 14 Turkish Kurds expelled from Australian waters did seek asylum but request was ignored SYDNEY The Australian government was accused of lying yesterday after it emerged that 14 Turkish refugees expelled from its waters wanted asylum a fact it had denied. Australia had sent

US to speed up schedule for Iraqi self-govt [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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US to speed up schedule for Iraqi self-govt It aims to give civil control to temporary Iraqi leadership and hold elections by middle of 2004 WASHINGTON The Bush administration will try to hold elections m Iraq m the first half of next year and turn civilian authority over to a

Our troops will ste deadly blast, vows y despite Berlusconi [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Our troops will ste deadly blast, vows y despite Berlusconi t \7 t l&eus less to ad itself. 9 rimeMlnirtcr io Berlusconi ROME Italy will keep its troops m Iraq to help the Americans despite the bombing m Nassiriya on Wednesday that killed 18 Italians, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has

Japan rethinks decision to send troops to Iraq... [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Japan rethinks decision to send troops to Iraq... KWAN WENG KIN BLAST REACTIONS Bu JAPAN CORRESPONDENT TOKYO The deteriorating security situation m I rau is holding up a decision Dy the Koizumi administration on when it should dispatch troops to the war-torn Arab country, fulfilling a promise made to Washington.

...but Portugal not backing off [ARTICLE]

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...but Portugal not backing off LISBON Portugal has dispatched a police contingent to southern Iraq as planned despite a massive suicide bombing of the Italian base station where they were originally scheduled to be housed. The attack killed 27 people. Interior Minister Antonio Figueiredo Lopes saluted and shook the hand

Palestinians, Israel seek to revive talks [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Palestinians, Israel seek to revive talks Mid-East Road Map Hopes rise with Arafat swearing m Cabinet and PM Qurie preparing for meeting with the Israeli leader IF MIME DECIDES TO PRESENT* PLAN TO DISMANTLE HE TERRORIST ORGANEVEN IN STAGES, HE WIIFMDR4 ISRAEL PARTNERS WILLING TO TRAWL THE LONG ROAD HI

IAEA report confirms Iran's nuclear plans, says US [ARTICLE]

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IAEA report confirms Iran's nuclear plans, says US VIENNA The United States has said a report by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog confirmed Washington's belief m a secret Iranian nuclear programme, while Teheran insisted its nuclear policy was peaceful. In the first US reaction to a confidential report by the

Desperate Russians steal water [ARTICLE]

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Desperate Russians steal water Police are called m as drought-stricken residents m Vladivostok siphon off hot water from the central heating system *We will he merciless to those who tap into the radiators. This is simply theft. Vl adi v os t ok Deputy Mayor Yuriy Mol ochn vy MOSCOW

Britain will not hand over Iranian envoy [ARTICLE]

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Britain will not hand over Iranian envoy Argentina fails to prove ex-diplomat's role m blast LONDON Britain has refused Argentina's bid to extradite a former Iranian diplomat accused of involvement m the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre m Buenos Aires. A Home Office spokesman said on Wednesday: "We

Germany creates a million 'mini-jobs' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Germany creates a million 'mini-jobs' TAMARA THIESSEN But critics say the new scheme to cut the jobless rate does not offer a solution to the unemployment problem m the long term By FOR THE STRAITS TIMES PARIS A new German employment scheme has since April created close to one million

Discount airline may close Belgian hub over EU ruling [ARTICLE]

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Discount airline may close Belgian hub over EU ruling Ryanair, Europe's biggest no-frills carrier, issues warning as payment deal with Charleroi airport comes under probe BONE OF CONTENTION: Payment by public entities MUCH of Ryanair's business model is based on negpthtting payments from underused airports and regional public bodies m

Russian tycoon could be held for two years [ARTICLE]

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Russian tycoon could be held for two years Khodorkovsky Denied Bail He can run for president even if he is behind bars, as long as he is not convicted, says election chief MOSCOW Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of Russian oil giant Yukos, could be kept m custody for up to

Fijians try to lift 'curse' of cannibal past [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Fijians try to lift 'curse' of cannibal past NABUTAUTAU (Fiji) The relatives of an English missionary, murdered and eaten 137 years ago, were among 600 people who gathered m this remote village yesterday for a ceremony that locals hope will lift a curse caused by the act of cannibalism. Ten

Hindus take offence at US don's book on deity [ARTICLE]

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Hindus take offence at US don's book on deity WASHINGTON Eighteen years after publishing a study of the Hindu god Ganesha, a US university professor is under fire from believers who brand sexual references m the book as an insidious "hate crime". Hindu student activists are demanding that Ganesa, Lord

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Martial law in Aceh [ARTICLE]

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Martial law in Aceh SIX months after launching its biggest assault against the separatists m Aceh, the Indonesian military wants martial lew to be extended m the rebel north Sumatra province. The generals say they need more time to hunt down the 5,000 Free Aceh Movement (GAM) guerillas fighting for

Israeli and Saudi rulers do need each other [ARTICLE]

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Israeli and Saudi rulers do need each other THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN By' THE NEW YORK TIMES READING the latest poll from the European Union (EU), which indicates that 59 per cent of EU citizens now consider Israel the greatest "threat to world peace"; reading reports that Mikis Theodorakis, the composer

How to win with China [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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How to win with China MARTIN WOLF Bu FINANCIAL TIMES UNTIL recently, the world happily ignored Napoleon's warning. But China is now shaking the world. The United States was the first continental, capitalist, economy. The European Union is trying to become a second. Potentially, China dwarfs them both. Already it

Japan must engage the Chinese dragon [ARTICLE]

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Japan must engage the Chinese dragon YOICHI FUN ABASHI Bu ASAHI SHI M BIN I RECENTLY visited Mr Yasuhiro Nakasone, former member of the Lower House, at his office m Tokyo. Photographs picturing him with political leaders from around the world lined one wall. A photo of him posing with

Business behemoths that rule (and help) the world [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Business behemoths that rule (and help) the world NAY AN CHAN DA SINCE the massive protests that disrupted the World Trade Organisation's meeting m Seattle m the United States m 1999, not a single international gathering on trade issues has convened without being dogged by protesters condemning globalisation. Every day,

Why have camera phones entered the picture? [ARTICLE]

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Why have camera phones entered the picture? JIM SOLLISCH By I HAVE CURSED MY CELLPHONE FOR MANY THINGS... BUT NEVER HAVE I CURSED MY PHONE FOR FAIUN6 TO TAKE APICTURL I COME from a family of product innovators. My father, an avid slurper of soup, dreamed up the perfect soup

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Taken for a ride over a pricey bag [LETTER]

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Taken for a ride over a pricey bag Even m a case like mine, when products are sold under a pretence, there was little I could do. I AM extremely relieved to read that the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act, which spent nine years as a Bill, has finally been

Guess who came by my garage sale [LETTER]

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Only way to peaceful unification [LETTER]

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Only way to peaceful unification 1 FOUND the commentary, Taiwan may gain more freedom by not pushing for it" (ST, Oct 31), convincing but it was flawed m one aspect: Mr Janadas Devan left out the feelings of the Taiwanese. And those Taiwanese vote. Most Taiwanese do not feel that

Wrestling shows aired only after 10pm [LETTER]

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Wrestling shows aired only after 10pm WE REFER to the letter, "Burger King should send Sable packing" (ST, Nov 8). As the "Home of Entertainment", MediaCorp TV Channel 5 carries a wide range of programming, from popular local productions to award-winning dramas, sitcoms, blockbuster movies and sports programmes. Contrary to

IDA working on innovative solutions for broadband growth [LETTER]

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IDA working on innovative solutions for broadband growth I REFER to the letter from Mr Tan Say Joon, "Better broadband, please" (ST,Nov 7). The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has implemented regulatory measures and programmes to promote broadband adoption and competition. For example, TDA has taken measures tn ensure

Motive behind paper chase not always laudable [LETTER]

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Motive behind paper chase not always laudable WHILE m Australia for my postgraduate studies, I, too, came across a few multiple-degree holders. I was impressed by their versatility until I looked further and realised that there is more than meets the eye. Many of these students are either very rich

Expertise counts, not degrees [LETTER]

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Expertise counts, not degrees Ensuring Job Success I READ with interest Mr Lee Kay Swee's letter, "What Spore grads are up against" (ST,Nov4). Mr Lee highlighted the importance of acquiring "different expertise to cope with a fast-changing world". By citing the examples of the British graduate "who has a basic

MANY COMMIE TO ACQUIRE DEGREES BECAUSE THEY DOMINANT TO WORK. [LETTER]

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MANY COMMIE TO ACQUIRE DEGREES BECAUSE THEY DOMINANT TO WORK. they will take one of a similar discipline, just so as to get themselves a comfortable job. Within my limited social circle, I have a businessgraduate friend who is going into veterinary study; another business graduate did a master's degree

Grads should not be jack of all trades and master of none [LETTER]

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Grads should not be jack of all trades and master of none MRLEEKaySwee said that different expertise is required to cope with a fast-changing world, and that creating a conducive environment for working adults m Singapore to acquire additional qualifications m different disciplines at a reasonable cost would be a

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IN GOD'S HANDS 7 am there to show my devotion to God. Whatever happens there, I will leave it to God/ Mr Hasan Salamat, 59, a retired teacher, who ha* gone to Mecca to do a minor pilgrimage or nmrah, despite his wunies about the terrorist violence m Saudi Arabia

TheStraitsTimes home [ARTICLE]

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TheStraitsTimes home Friday, November 14, 2003

Scanning of users' computers will 'not be intrusive' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Scanning of users' computers will 'not be intrusive' HO KA WEI BEN NADAKAJAN Singapore can now seek Interpol's help to deal with hackers based overseas or take a company's operations offline if at risk Bu and TO STOP a hacker before he strikes, the authorities can now take two key

She agreed to rest at my flat: Shankar [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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She agreed to rest at my flat: Shankar CHONG CHEE KIN JOSIUR I Irak fPi HNrik 'lamlSlo.3 9 I amNo.3!Take aqueue number. 9 Tlease behave like normal people. This is t^* I (xmftmom.' Ex-TV presenter disputes cabby's testimony that woman asked to be taken home repeatedly during the ride By(

Forum letter writers go on air [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Forum letter writers go on air A SPECIAL episode of Channel i's discussion programme, i On The News, aired last night, featured lively exchanges on recent topics m the news. The programme, hosted by Clarence Chang (extreme left), featured long-time contributors to The Straits Times Forum Page, including a name

Bedok condo owners get offer to drop lawsuit [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bedok condo owners get offer to drop lawsuit Defendants' goodwill offer: Do it and you pay only your own legal costs THE lawyers and others taken to court over the privatisation of the Bedok Reservoir HUDC estate yesterday offered the people suing them a chance to back out of the

Man hit wife and dog in quarrel, gets 6 weeks' jail [ARTICLE]

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Man hit wife and dog in quarrel, gets 6 weeks' jail AN ANGRY husband punched the family pet and hit its right hind paw with a wine bottle. When his wife tried to protect the doe, he kicked both her and the animal. What made it worse was that Leong

Cards for Malaysia's road tolls sold here [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Cards for Malaysia's road tolls sold here CHRISTOPHER TAN Touch 'n Go cards can be topped up at Maybank ATMs By SENIOR CORRESPONDENT ITS fast, it's convenient, and it's relatively cheap. Malaysia's Touch n Go contactless smart card, used mainly to pay road toll and carpark charges and light-rail fares

The hottest ticket in town on Nov 3 [ARTICLE]

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The hottest ticket in town on Nov 3 DAVID BOEY 6,500 ez-link cards sold when people learnt about non-refundable fee of $5 charged from next day fiL Ticket options for tourists here PAY cash on buses or buy standard tickets to ride the MRT Buy a $45 visitors' card from

Greatest threat at sea? A terrorist-pirate link-up [ARTICLE]

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Greatest threat at sea? A terrorist-pirate link-up NEO HUI MIN By FOR THE STRAITS TIMES DPM Tan calls for action to secure Malacca Straits against fuel-laden ship 'bombs' PARIS Terrorists who may be linking up with pirates to hijack fuel-laden snips and crash them into ports pose the most urgent

Navy's first new frigate to be launched on Tan 7 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Navy's first new frigate to be launched on Tan 7 THE first of the six new frigates being developed for the navy as part of Singapore's largest single defence contract ever awarded, will be launched by Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean m France on Jan 7French shipbuilders Direction Des Constructions

Relief for man as molestation charge dropped [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Relief for man as molestation charge dropped TANYA FONG After bearing evidence that indicated it was not possible for Indian construction worker to molest maid m lift, prosecution withdraws the charge Bu A CONSTRUCTION worker who was accused of molesting a maid m the lift of a Housing Board block

IN SHORT

CHARGED OVER TEMPLE CHANGES [ARTICLE]

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CHARGED OVER TEMPLE CHANGES THE secretary of the Tan Si ChongSu Temple m Magazine Road, on Havelock Road, was m court yesterday to face a charge of renovating the temple without obtaining the consent of the Preservation of Monuments Board. Tan Khuan Seng, 64, allegedly made changes to the century-old

MAN FOUND DEAD ON EXPRESSWAY [ARTICLE]

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MAN FOUND DEAD ON EXPRESSWAY A MALAYSIAN man was found dead on the road shoulder of the Pan-Island Expressway, near Nanyang Technological University, at about 4pm on Wednesday. Mr Paramasivan Raman, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. He died from serious head injuries. Anyone who saw the

HANDBAG CONTAINING $420 MATCHED [ARTICLE]

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HANDBAG CONTAINING $420 MATCHED A WOMAN m her 60s was walking along a footpath near Block 122, Kirn Tian Road, m the Tiong Bahru area, when a man grabbed her handbag, which contained $420 and some personal documents. The incident happened at 10.30 am on Tuesday.

WOMAN'S BAG STOLEN IN FOODCOURT [ARTICLE]

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WOMAN'S BAG STOLEN IN FOODCOURT A WOMAN m her 50s had her handbag, which contained $500 m cash and a mobile phone worth $400, stolen from under her nose at a foodcourt m People's Park Centre at about 2pm on Wednesday. Her handbag, which was placed on the seat beside

FINED FOR AIDING MONEYLENDER [ARTICLE]

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FINED FOR AIDING MONEYLENDER A 22-YEAR-OLD man was fined $34,000 by a district court yesterday for abetting an unlicensed moneylender, a man known only as "Eng Kok", and harassing his clients". Goh Meng Leong pleaded guilty to one charge of abetting Eng Kok ana another four of harassing the latter's

Terror or no terror, umrah goes on for these pilgrims [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Terror or no terror, umrah goes on for these pilgrims MARIA ALMENOAR MFA monitoring situation; advises those headed for the Middle East to stay informed of developments By MR HASAN Salamat and his wife, Madam Hamidah M. Arshad, left for Saudi Arabia yesterday on a 16-day umrah or minor pilgrimage

It busking is right up your street... [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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It busking is right up your street. KELVIN WONG ...don't miss the Singapore Buskers' Festival, which runs for nine days and will begin with a colourful procession down Orchard Road By STREET performer Etienne McGinley loves making people laugh. And he plans to do just that now that he is

REELITY BITES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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REELITY BITES TANYA FONG To drive home the anti-crime message to youngsters, the movie After School injects "slices of realism" m the form of gang fights and a rape scene. The film, which is m Mandarin with English subtitles, stars Jaceiyn Tay, Thomas Ong (right, m a movie stiD), and

Ex-trade official accused of inflating travel claims [ARTICLE]

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Ex-trade official accused of inflating travel claims KAREN HO By A FORMER centre director of the Beijing and Shanghai offices of International Enterprise Singapore (lES) has been charged with submitting several inflated travel claims to the statutory board. Erik Wang Wah Khiam, 34, faces six charges of allegedly pocketing about

Here's a guide to Xmas shopping at the malls [ARTICLE]

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Here's a guide to Xmas shopping at the malls THIRTY-ONE shopping malls across the island have banded together to produce a 60-page shopping guide to boost sales during the Christmas season. The guide, m English and Chinese, will be distributed to tourists and shoppers at Changi Airport, shopping centres and

TECH & SCIENCE

Search for lunar ice comes up empty [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Search for lunar ice comes up empty INDIANAPOLIS The latest effort by science to answer whether there is ice on the moon has come up empty. There is no sign of a lunar skating rink m the mysterious polar craters or even a big slab of ice. The results of

Local drug set to enter world market [ARTICLE]

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Local drug set to enter world market CHANG AJ-LIEN A US biotech firm has bought the rights to commercialise a drug that helps prevent blood vessel walls from narrowing m stent patients By SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT A SINGAPORE-DEVELOPED drug that prevents blood vessel walls from narrowing m patients with a stent

Drive to make Linux an alternative to Windows hots up [ARTICLE]

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Drive to make Linux an alternative to Windows hots up Open Source Development Lab and IBM plan to push corporate adoption of Linux on desktops from January NEW YORK linux is a rising star m the geeky bade office of computing. Its gains have come as an operating system for

Microsoft denies EU charges of squeezing out software rivals [ARTICLE]

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Microsoft denies EU charges of squeezing out software rivals BRUSSELS Software giant Microsoft clashed with European regulators on Wednesday, hitting back at charges that it had acted unfairly to increase its share of the market for software to run simple computer networks. After antitrust probes m the United States, it

ABOVE ALL ELSE, GO GREEN [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ABOVE ALL ELSE, GO GREEN Greenpeace and Wilderness Society activists from four countries Australia, Japan, Canada and Germany took their complaints to the top on Wednesday by setting up a tree-top protest platform on an 80m hardwood tree m the Styx forest m Tasmania, Australia. The Global Rescue Station aims

Private think-tank to counter computer attacks [ARTICLE]

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Private think-tank to counter computer attacks SAN FRANCISCO Chief security officers at major high-tech companies and several banks will form a think-tank to share ideas about how corporations can keep computer networks safe from attacks. The group said on Wednesday that it will share information with member companies and governments

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TheStraitsTimes asia Friday, November 14, 2003

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A COUNTRY OF CONTRASTS 'China is Africa and Europe combined, with its huge expanse of backwardness embellished by. .sleek-looking cities. Chinese entrepreneur Son Dawn, on the unequal distribution of wealth m China

Jakarta police uncover list of terror targets [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jakarta police uncover list of terror targets Citibank branches and two international schools are among the places mentioned m a list that is found m a Jl hideout JAKARTA Indonesian police have discovered a target list, including Citibank branches, a suburb popular with expatriates and two international schools, which indicated

Opinion polls to blame for LDP's shouting [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Opinion polls to blame for LDP's shouting KWAN WENG KIN ASIA DEBRIEF Bu JAP AS CORRESPOSDENT TOKYO Mid-campaign opinion polls predicting an easy win for the Liberal Democrats m last Sunday's general election could have deprived the party of a resounding victory. One element is the so-called announcement effect, m

CHINA

Singapore model for HK's bus fare scheme [ARTICLE]

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Singapore model for HK's bus fare scheme MARY KWANG M Govt steers private operators towards a new card system allowing passengers to pay only for distance travelled Bu\ HONG KONG CORRESPONDENT Smaller salaries 'Workers 9 pay has fallen by 10 per cent to 20 per cent. Transport fares have increased

Pro-Beijing MPs shoot down HK democracy Bill [ARTICLE]

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Pro-Beijing MPs shoot down HK democracy Bill The motion urges direct election of territory's leader and all legislative seats HONG KONG Pro-Beging and big business lawmakers voted down a motion calling for full instatement of the democratic process m Hong Kong. Twenty-one lawmakers approved the motion late on Wednesday and

IN FULL BLOOM [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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IN FULL BLOOM XINHUA A model displaying her nails decorated with flowers at the Jiangsu provincial hairstyling and makeup competition held m Nanjing. Nearly 400 participants showed off their creative talents m categories uke evening and bridal makeup, hair sculpturing and eyebrow-shaping.

Shanghai hopes to get Disney theme park [ARTICLE]

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Shanghai hopes to get Disney theme park SHANGHAI Shanghai is m talks with Walt Disney to bring a theme park to China s commercial hub by around 2010, but a Disney official said yesterday the ongoing construction of its Hong Kong tneme park was its first priority. The Shanghai park,

Child-trafficking ring smashed in Shenzhen [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Child-trafficking ring smashed in Shenzhen Nine children are rescued and six suspects nabbed; experts have blamed thriving trade on China's one-child policy BEIJING Police m south China said yesterday they had smashed a child-trafficking ring m Shenzhen city, rescuing nine children and arresting six suspects. Ten children, most of them

Gigolo trainers nabbed for inflating tuition fees [ARTICLE]

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Gigolo trainers nabbed for inflating tuition fees TAIPEI Police raided a gigolo training centre and arrested nine of its operators for overcharging students, officials said yesterday. They were accused of inflating tuition bills by adding the costs of expensive clothes and mobile phones and of having links to organised crime,

China sets terms for Dalai Lama's return [ARTICLE]

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China sets terms for Dalai Lama's return BEIJING China insisted yesterday that the Dalai Lama accept publicly that Taiwan is a part of China and drop his call for Tibetan independence if he wants to set foot m Tibet again. "If the Dalai Lama really gives up Tibet independence and

PRAY AND CALL [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PRAY AND CALL AP A woman swings her prayer wheel while speaking on her mobile phone m the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. China now has more than 500 million phone subscribers, half of whom are cell phone users the world's highest number.

Chen slammed over 'dollar diplomacy' [ARTICLE]

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Chen slammed over 'dollar diplomacy' Opposition demands answers to reports of Taiwan spending $30 million on several construction projects m Panama TAIPEI Did President Chen Shui-bian's trip to Panama cost Taiwan a staggering US$l7 million (Ss3o million)? The opposition here is demanding an answer after Panamanian newspapers ran reports of

Medical staff who caught Sars suffer from bone disease [ARTICLE]

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Medical staff who caught Sars suffer from bone disease Cases are reported m Beijing and Hong Kong; experts say the problem is possibly linked to the drugs used to treat the virus BEIJING Between a third and half of all medical workers m Beijing who were treated for the potentially

CADDY MUM [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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CADDY MUM EPA Caddy A Jiao, mother of two, loading golf equipment onto a vehicle m Hainan. Though it is China's smallest province, Hainan has nine golfcourses as tourism accounts for 15 per cent of its revenues. The caddies are mostly local fisherwomen, who welcome the additional income.

China's youth unfit to join military [ARTICLE]

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China's youth unfit to join military BELJING The Chinese military is having a hard time finding suitable recruits because modern lifestyles, including excessive drinking, have wreaked havoc on the health and fitness of the country's young. State media reported on Wednesday that nearly half of draft-age youngsters were unqualified to

ASIA

Japan's banks a lifeline for 'zombie' firms [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Japan's banks a lifeline for 'zombie' firms KWAN WENG KIN Many of the banks have no choice: if they write off all their problem loans at once, they would go bust By JAPAN CORRESPONDENT TOKYO When the Daiei Hawks baseball team won the league pennant recently, no one had more

Court rejects paternity claim on 'frozen sperm' kid [ARTICLE]

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Court rejects paternity claim on 'frozen sperm' kid Japanese judae says there is no proof the woman's late husband consented to the use of his sperm after Ms death SinjESg^omen barred from IVF jptlj^l» t*ftiM,tM^||pM|ij(ffi^ S fipwwafHpiipiBBi rapwdW |Kt MM0 llHlfll ■■IwllfltllllilM^HUM iMpprtprMtwt•!tiMttdMtltfvfeyilMlt MM*I*I^^A •fM^^feflfttM m^— fcaWSfc China Dailt/Asia News

Japan to launch spy satellites next week [ARTICLE]

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Japan to launch spy satellites next week TOKYO Japan will launch a pair of spy satellites aboard its domestically developed H- 2A rocket next Saturday, an official said yesterday. The launch, originally scheduled for Sept 10, has been delayed three times because of technical problems. The H-2A would lift off

WINTER PICKLING [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WINTER PICKLING EPA Workers at the Dai yasu pickle factory m Kyoto cut turnip into very thin slices using traditional implements. The preparation of senmaizuke, using an expensive kind of turnip grown only m the Kyoto area, is traditionally associated with the beginning of winter.

Airline to have all-male crew to lure women [ARTICLE]

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Airline to have all-male crew to lure women TOKYO In a bizarre twist on the traditional attractions of pretty air stewardesses, a Japanese airline is to testmarket flights with all-male cabin attendants to attract female passengers, an official said yesterday. Skynet Asia Airways is offering all-male cabin service for up

Beijing to set up next round of six-way nuke talks [ARTICLE]

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Beijing to set up next round of six-way nuke talks Vice-Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo will visit North Korea later this month to discuss specific dates for meetings TOKYO China will send an envoy to Pyongyang later this month to put the finishing touches to preparations for multilateral talks on North

A trail-blazer [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A trail-blazer MS DOI became the first woman to lead a political party m Japan when she took over the Socialists m 1986. J She led tfye party through turbulent years, and scored a stunning win over the LDP m a 1989 Upper House election. A staunch defender of Japan's

Japan's Socialist chief quits over election defeat [ARTICLE]

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Japan's Socialist chief quits over election defeat Takako Doi's party won just six seats, down from 18 TOKYO Japanese Socialist leader Takako Doi, who blazed a trail for women m a land where men still call most of the political shots, said yesterday she would resign after the party was

Rebels put truce talks on hold till Colombo crisis solved [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rebels put truce talks on hold till Colombo crisis solved Assurance by Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers to Norwegian peace envoys allays fears of the country plunging back into civil war *We do not want war. Unfortunately, the President and the Prime Minister speak different opinions. Unless and until a stable

Dhaka approves Bill to tap phones, e-mails [ARTICLE]

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Dhaka approves Bill to tap phones, e-mails DHAKA A parliamentary committee has endorsee legislation that would allow Bangladesh's intelligence agencies to intercept phone calls and e-mails for national security purposes, a ruling party lawmaker saidyesterday. The Bill, approved on Wednesday by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Telecommunications, would amend a

SOUTH-EAST ASIA

Manila control tower siege: Did Swat team go too far? [ARTICLE]

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Manila control tower siege: Did Swat team go too far? Senators query if excessive force was used after being told that Villaruel was shot 12 times and no negotiations took place MANILA Philippine senators are questioning if excessive force was used when police commandos stormed Manila airport's control tower and

Bangkok prisoners celebrate graduation [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bangkok prisoners celebrate graduation BANGKOK The usually sullen atmosphere at Bang Kwang maximum security prison on the outskirts of Bangkok brightened yesterday as 35 inmates celebrated their university graduation with families and friends. Krisada, 38, who is serving a 33--year term for murder, now holds a bachelor's degree m business

Mass lay-offs to go ahead [ARTICLE]

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Mass lay-offs to go ahead JAKARTA The Indonesian government will go ahead with mass lay-offs at ailing state aircraft maker Dirgantara Indonesia despite large-scale protests by workers, top economy minister Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti said yesterday. The meeting has decided, m the framework of business repositioning and to boost the competitiveness of

Thailand pledges $432m aid for neighbours [ARTICLE]

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Thailand pledges $432 m aid for neighbours NIRMAL GHOSH Bangkok hopes prosperity m M vanmar, Laos and Cambodia will stem migrant flow and help stabilise border areas By THAILAND CORRESPONDENT BANGKOK Thailand on Wednesday moved to cement its role as steward and catalyst for the regional economy Dy pledging 10

British exec's jailing sparks concern [ARTICLE]

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British exec's jailing sparks concern British Embassy m Jakarta to sort out problem JAKARTA The British Embassy has said it is "very concerned" about the jailing of a British man m Indonesia after his company allegedly failed to pay millions of dollars m back taxes. Mark Greenwood, a senior official

One visa, four nations [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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One visa, four nations PRIME Minister Khin Nyunt of Myanmar and his Thai counterpart, Mr Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand, at the Pagan summit. Among other things, the leaders pushed for a single visa for tourists visiting Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia as a way to boost tourism m the region.

Many creases to iron out in Vietnam-US ties [ARTICLE]

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Many creases to iron out in Vietnam-US ties LEE KIM CHEW NEWS ANALYSIS Hy Despite a landmark visit by Vietnam's top defence official to Washington, political, strategic and trade differences remain KEEN to foster closer ties with Vietnam, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld rolled out the red carpet for his

In memory of Flying Tigers [ARTICLE]

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In memory of Flying Tigers BANGKOK A memorial has been erected m Chiang Mai to the Flying Tigers, a group of volunteer pilots from the United States who attacked Japanese bases m Thailand during World War 11, The Bangkok Post reported yesterday. United States Ambassador to Thailand Darryl Johnson and

Indonesian minister under fire for thuggish tactics [ARTICLE]

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Indonesian minister under fire for thuggish tactics ROBERT GO By THE STRAITS TIMES INDONESIA BUREAU JAKARTA When Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea was accused of corruption by a government watchdog, a group of youths showed up at the latter's office accusing the activists of slandering the Cabinet member. Around

MALAYSIA

Few takers for jobs on palm plantations [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Few takers for jobs on palm plantations REME AHMAD Farming is touted as the growth sector now that retail and manufacturing industries are m a slump but attracting workers won't be easy Bu IN KUALA LUMPUR AGRICULTURE: Next big thing industry, is regarded by the government as a future engine

Rail project will test Abdullah's pledge [ARTICLE]

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Rail project will test Abdullah's pledge BRENDAN PEREIRA Costly JB-Padang System He faces high pressure to bring m transparency, although the project was awarded before he became PM By MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT ■Il^jf XL confident on palm ou exports .^^^^^^^^^^^^Mflll Ii«1l A-—- J KUALA LUMPUR Expectations of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad

Abdullah urged to limit term as Prime Minister [ARTICLE]

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Abdullah urged to limit term as Prime Minister KUALA LUMPUR Scores of Malaysian civil groups and opposition parties yesterday urged the government to limit a prime minister to just two terms, allow democracy to flourish and fight corruption. The term limit would help ensure that "there are checks and balances

BOTCHED ESCAPE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BOTCHED ESCAPE NEW STRAITS TIMES An Indonesian burglary suspect gets caught after being hurt while trying to escape from police m Malacca. The car m which he and his gang were fleeing crashed into an oil palm estate on Wednesday.

Cops bust stolen-car smuggling syndicate [ARTICLE]

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Cops bust stolen-car smuggling syndicate KUALA LUMPUR Police busted a syndicate believed to have obtained Customs clearance to ship more than 360 stolen cars worth RM36 million (5516.3 million) m 180 containers to Singapore since August. The activities of the syndicate, which used a non-exis-tent freight-forwardine company to export the

PAS plan slammed by govt and allies [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PAS plan slammed by govt and allies A political stunt, says ruling Barisan Nasional, while opposition partner also has misgivings KUALA LUMPUR A plan to turn Muslimdominated but secular Malaysia into an Islamic state was criticised yesterday by both the government and opposition allies of the fundamentalist party that put

TheStraitsTimes sports [ARTICLE]

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TheStraitsTimes sports •Friday, November 14, 2003

O'Leary rubbishes Elland Road talk [ARTICLE]

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O'Leary rubbishes Elland Road talk BIRMINGHAM Aston Villa manager David O'Leary yesterday dismissed rumours suggesting he would take over at troubled Premiership side Leeds if given the call. Speculation was rife m the British press that the former EUand Road manager would return as a successor to Peter Reid, who

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BETTER FOR OWEN TO WAIT 7 really don't think it would be m Michael's interests to sign an extension at this stage. Former Liverpool star John Toshack, on Michael Owen, who is believed! to be stalling on signing an extension because of Liverpool's lack of success m getting into Europe

United confirm signing China player Dong [ARTICLE]

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United confirm signing China player Dong SOCCER NEW YORK Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the Red Devils are set to swoop for Chinese starlet Dong Fangzhuo when the transfer window opens m January. The 18-year-old Dalian Shide striker, who has also attracted interest from Real Madrid and

pay for calling coach a coward [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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pay for calling coach a coward He's likely to be second choice behind Kluivert again m Euro 2004 play-offs Clockwork Orange August: AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf was banished hi August after ignoring orders during the 1-1 draw m the friendly with Belgium."He plays tee much for himself," said Dick

Ronaldo and wife to divorce [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ronaldo and wife to divorce SPORTSPEOPLE RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil star Ronaldo confirmed yesterday that he and Milene Domingues are divorcing, amid rumours of her having an affair with one of his Real Madrid team-mates. The 27-year-old, speaking after training with the Brazil team for tomorrow's South American 2006 World

Doctor says no Games for Aqu [ARTICLE]

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Doctor says no Games for Aqu M ARC LIM Bu INJURY-STRICKEN Agu Casmir will have to miss the South-east Asia Games soccer tournament starting on Nov 29 m Ho Chi Minh City. Yet the Football Association of Singapore are hoping against hope that their latest foreign-born citizen can make the

RETICENT GOOSEN [ARTICLE]

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RETICENT GOOSEN PEH SHING HUEI GOLF CMF Tomorrow 1 and Sunday: Tiger Skins 2003 Dayl&Day2 (Delayed, Chi, 9pm) Today to Monday: PGA World Cup (Live, Ch24,2am) IAStETJAU Today; NBA Houston v Dallas (Live, Ch24, 8.30am) Tomorrow: San Antonio v Philadelphia (live, Ch23, 9am) Tomorrow: Rugby World Cup s-final 1 New

Secrets from Sorenstam [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Secrets from Sorenstam ANNIKA Sorenstam (left) gave Timesport journalist Peh Shing Huei (right) some priceless golf tips at the MasterCard clinic at Sentosa Want to hit a high shot? "Set up with the ball closer to your left foot," said the world's No 1 woman golfer, and twack, the ball

Yag brings marketing spark to the Rockets [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Yag brings marketing spark to the Rockets BASKETBALL HOUSTON There is a new set of rare treasures making up the Ming Dynasty of the 21st Century unusual collectibles bearing the likeness of Chinese basketball star Yao Ming. The 2.26-metre tall giant from Shanghai has been a dream on and on

Aussies for Cup: England coach [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Aussies for Cup: England coach RUGBY Line-ups tn^m± 15 Josh Lewsey 14 Jason Robinson 13 Will Greenwood 12 Mike Catt 1 1 Ben Cohen 10 Jonny Wilkinson 9 Matt Dawson 8 Lawrence Dallaglio 7 Neil Back 6 Richaixl Hill 5 Ben Kay 4 Martin Johnson (captain) 3 Phil Vickery 2

A USSIES NOT SCARED OF HAKA [ARTICLE]

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A USSIES NOT SCARED OF HAKA MELBOURNE Confronting the haka, the inspirational ceremonial dance the All Blacks perform before their matches, has sometimes been a problem for their opponents. Ireland once linked arms and advanced towards New Zealand, chanting "You'll never beat the Irish" m 1989. England hooker Richard Cockerill

A-Rod ends year as No. 1 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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A-Rod ends year as No. 1 TENNIS Old man Agassi beats Ferrero to ensure young Roddick is tops RODDICK FACTFILE Bora: Aug 30, 1982 m Omaha, Nebraska. I r *fW^^ Samprii won fa^jr m 1 1 v t ottweasou Oi any tocßftcr luniDf ISO Xv« U3^ VO^UMJO^\ Aflfr^fy^mi tO dMUwtyi

SCORES AND STATISTICS [ARTICLE]

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SCORES AND STATISTICS BADMIHTOH CMm Opm h taaaaaftM, Man's 2* r* Peter Gade-Chnstensen (Den) bt Xie Km (Chn) 15 2 15-5. Anders Boesen (Den) bt Boonsak Poisana (Thai 15-11 15-11. Bao Chonlai (Chn) bt Chung Pel Wet (Mas) 15 3 15-2. Wong Choong Harm (Mas) bt Chien Yu-hsiu (Twn) 15-4

SPORTS FILE

RIRI TO DEFEND S'PORE MARATHON TITLE [ARTICLE]

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RIRI TO DEFEND S'PORE MARATHON TITLE DEFENDING Singapore Marathon champion Joseph Riri will head a field of top runners m the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon on Dec 7Riri, who won last year's race m 2hr IBmin 46sec, will face stiff competition from 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Francis Robert Naali,

U.S. MUST NAME MIES, SAYS IAAF [ARTICLE]

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U.S. MUST NAME MIES, SAYS IAAF WORLD athletics chief Istvan Gyulai has urged American officials to name the four competitors whose B samples have tested positive for the designer steroid THG (tetrahydrogestrinone). Gyulai, the general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations, said: "We can now confirm all four

DUNCAN DESTROYS NEW JERSEY AGAIM [ARTICLE]

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DUNCAN DESTROYS NEW JERSEY AGAIM TIM Duncan had 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to an 85-71 victory over the New Jersey Nets m a rematch of the National Basketball Association Finals on Wednesday. He made 12-of-19 shots and blocked three. As he did m

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|ATHMA SH ANTI POO J a| RENGASAMI S/0 VEERAN D«parttd on 31 Oct 2003 Sadly missed end always rtm»mb#r»d by family members. Karumathi Prayers will be held on 14/11/03 (Fri) at Blk 929. Dl 4-127 Houqanq Street 91. Athma Shantl Pooja will be held on 15/11/03(Sat), 7.30pm at Sri Sivan

OBITUARIES

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And w* know tM ttt thtnos wort tooth* for good to thorn tint tor* God. to thorn who tn tht csUtd tcconUng to his purpou. mSSmSm MICHAEL LOW KIAN GWAN Age: 40 was called horn* to be with the Lord on 12 November 2003. leaving behind loved ones. Wife: Berenice

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have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4: 7 Beverley Lim was taken home to be with the Lord on 13 November 2003. Forever cherished by loved ones. (Father: Lim Eng Bee, deceased) Mother: Irene LJm-Goh Daughter: Naomi Chua Brothers:

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FOURTH ANNIVERSARY In Evtr Loving Memory Of ROYSTON CONSIGLIERE Wtth Jmus tine* 14 Nevtmbtr 1999 Father m thy gracious keeping Leave we now our loved one sleeping. (tarty mil std by Family Loved On«s.

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With Deepest Sympathy Heartfelt Condolences To our Executive Director Mr Wang Chew Hoon his family On the Demise of his Beloved Mother LEE NIAP WAH Departed on 1 1 Nov 2003 From: The Management Staff of Chosen Group of Companies LIM LUCY AGE: 52 passed away peacefully on 12 November

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#5f hhxt mufti eAui 1 fliQ 9*/ H*f\jai (UQ i^ My friends, give me your blessings, that I may merge with my Lord and Master. SUSHIL KAUR (d/o Late S Wazlr Singh) Age: 63 passed away peacefully on 12 Nov 2003 leaving behind loved ones. Husband: Harbhajan Singh Loomba Daughter:

MONEY

ASIA INDICES [ARTICLE]

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ASIA INDICES H«vl3 CHANCE HONGKONG H*ng S*nq XXXXX.57 .-..♦256.09 MALAYSIA: KLSE Comp 791.49 *U8 CHINA: Shwuhtn B 272.06 -0.25 AUSTRALIA: Sydney All Ord 3230.30 *12.90 JAPAN: Nikkti XXXXX.67 ♦ITL4S THAILAND: SET Imtox 658.15 _..*4.66 INDONESIA: J«k«rt« Comp 614.64 -5.23 PHILIPPINES: Manila Comp 1343.88 -19.65 SOUTH KOBE A: Seoul Comp 813.11

SGX SECURITIES TRDC: MAIN BOARD [ARTICLE]

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SGX SECURITIES TRDC: MAIN BOARD 1 rf] iY-'T I*i f l'JiM 1 rl (-JJ i t'VJ FjwA^X^J^J S2-Wk Tat Currency last Vol Day Gr's Net M Cee HLgg <t Sj Jm aw te m m m% m gj 13.5 4.5 1000 Acnu5c 93 *0.5 5253 K) 9 74J WM AllienctTtch

TOP ACTIVES [ARTICLE]

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TOP ACTIVES Chert SemKond 26c 59.571,000 GES Intl Ltd 20c 24.613.000 AlliedTech5c 22.861.000 El-Nets k 22,477,000 NOt XXXXX.000 HorlionEduc 5c 21,729,000 Jadasonlc 19.768,000 EnersevelOc 19,094.000 GlantWTech HKIOc 16,096.000 CHTHK60C XXXXX,000

SECURITIES SRDG SCOREBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SECURITIES SRDG SCOREBOARD MAIN SDO TOTAL Up On Unch Up Dn Unch Up On One* Multllnd 14 1 2 0 0 0 14 1 2 M»nuf»cturg 72 31 33 20 6 W 92 37 49 Commtrc. 28 7 22 10 5 2 38 12 24 Tpt/Stor/Com IS 4 ti 1

INDICES [ARTICLE]

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INDICES Clfi>— Str«lU TWn«* kxtoi 1746.74 *29.38 BT 08/ OS -235.00 *442.00 BT CAW -XXXXX 00 *149.00 BTIO-d«yMA XXXXX 00 24.00 UOB S*sd»q 113.77 *3.81 UOB Blue Chip 640.44 *12.02 STI FutUTM 1745 »25 MSCI Sinqjpor* 214.93 *3.78 SIMSCI Futurts 214.40 *2.70 I

SECURITIES TRDG TURNOVER [ARTICLE]

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SECURITIES TRDG TURNOVER TURNOVER COOO) VALUE COOO) UMn S4q WH Mtn Hq Til Multllnd 27,953 27.953 34.712 34,712 M«nuf«cturq 390.550 30.585 429.135 365.333 15.324 380.657 Commtfc* 76,663 5.509 82,172 40.835 1.656 42.491 Tpt/StOf/Com 118,036 2.856 120,892 150.587 2,617 153.204 Firunc* 21.230 21.230 148.8 V 148.857 Construction 31,880 34,021 65,901 6.497

SGX SESDAQ [ARTICLE]

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SGX SESDAQ jn.s. c^ "-ass a --v. «a MANUFACTURING 42 12.9 m APOMSC 30.3 +1 893 31 293 2in 13.4 321 46.5 10 HOI AS Auto We 31.5 unch 995 33 30 5 -S 42.3 55.5 X) SO2 ASTIKJC 41.5 +03 4993 43 40.5 Ml 10 5 l»1 AslenMlcroSc 8.5

SGX XTRANET [ARTICLE]

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SGX XTRANET STOCK MHCCIUeCNO StralUThaMlitftxStodu N M«rTutunplid«vMin« id oum eri eM«rh|MIMM Ol www t»w Iw Ul HfMlinW iMtIbMHMIUtM UN M-IIT CtaM*HMCMM m wwimwii itMTM Mcti uM*n oWwrvtot «9*cNM Currency tratftd S$ unless ottMrwtM sptcHltd riT ntln rninrti Hit rnnirtMtU inmiH rinitti mil Hmuinni i urn toiu>M»wiKciplHlch«w<»t.P/Ua«feft9ncounfrt«r» muitidtor cuntney cfwmQM. Gr

Steel tariffs may go if industry has restructured [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Steel tariffs may go if industry has restructured Bush set to decide by Dec 10; his other options include easing sanctions or extending them for a few more months WASHINGTON President George W. Bush said yesterday that his decision on whether to lift import tariffs protecting the United States' steel

New US jobless claims near three-year low [ARTICLE]

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New US jobless claims near three-year low WASHINGTON The number of Americans seeking initial jobless aid rose last week but the figure held close to the lowest m almost three years, suggesting an accelerating economy is helping the labour market to strengthen. First-time claims for unemployment benefits rose by 13,000

HONG KONG: Hang Seng Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HONG KONG: Hang Seng Index Yesterdays close: 12,227.57 (Up 256.09 points) Horn) Hong's teexftnq stares jumped beck above the 12.000 level, rebouwdftn after three sessions of losses with China Unjcom's stock cBmNng on hopes of imminent acquisitions. Tun-over totalled HK$13.1 biNkm less then e recent everaoe of above HKS15 bMNon.

HONG KONG [ARTICLE]

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HONG KONG Nov 13 Clip any Cleee Bank Of Chine HK 1335 035 Bank Of East Asia 23.50 0.90 Cathay Pacific 14.85 0.65 Cheung Kong 61.50 1.50 Ch Kong Infra 17.10 0.10 China Mobile 22.40 0.65 China Res Entp 375 0.15 China Unkom 730 0.40 CITIC Pecrfk 1315 0.20 CLP

SICOM FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SICOM FUTURES Nov 13. 2003 I RuM«r Futurtt (Ck>»lno prtcnl Ml 1 (S c*nti/k«) M— Ml MHH L— Itt VI O»iHrt D*cO3 224.75 J«n 04 223 50 Ft«>o4 224.00 M«rO4 225 .25 RSS 3 (US ctntsAg) M— W» Mlfh L— UM VI Onwim o^o3 129.00 2700 J«0 04 127^5 126.75

CRUDE & PRODUCT PRICES [ARTICLE]

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CRUDE PRODUCT PRICES Cm— /Prodnct Mwith* Ch—«a Mca (USD ML Brtnt Stand Jan -0.43 28.69-28 74 WTaxaslntarm Jan -OJB 30.73-30.77 Dubatfata* 0«C «0.1» 27.30 27 35 Tte(« Stand 0«c vMk 31.15-31.25 Timing of cargoes. Prkn at at 17:40 1 CrwW*r— urt Mmlf Chimt Prtc« (US» ML Mktll O*C unch 3O.tS-30.25

SGX DERIVATIVES TRDG [ARTICLE]

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SGX DERIVATIVES TRDG 3 OPEN HIGH LOW SETT VOL OP/INT tUWOOOLUAW FUTVWCS DKO3 96.800 98.800 96.795 98.795 1757 XXXXX M»rO4 XXXXX 98.605 98.585 96.605 XXXXX XXXXX JunO4 XXXXX 98.245 98 215 98 245 W63 XXXXX S»pO4 97.765 XXXXX 97.780 XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX D«cO4 97 320 97 360 97 315 97.360

KUALA LUMPUR: Composite Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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KUALA LUMPUR: Composite Index Yesterday's close: 791.49 (Up 1.18 points) tA^^tmrntm^m fc**M cHaMTa* akal^rf IntafTtelhiMl SMpptatf Corp** stock Mt record htpi efler the lun to ouaVterfv MrelMt. jaanaai ati (aaaa aan ay area aaaaaaav. torafi intone dropped to Wednesday's 737 mMon shores. Advencers beet tosers by dfft to 399. Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR IEZ29 Cawaany Cleee AMMB Holdings 3.12 O.04 8 Amer Tobacco 42.00 0.25 Barjaya Sports 3.92 -0.06 Commerce Asset 4.18 0.04 Dlgl.com 3.64 0.02 Gamuda 7.50 -0.10 Genting 17.00 unch Golden Hop* 3.46 unch Hong Leong Bank 5.45 0.05 101 Corp 7.10 O.OS KL Kepong 6.45 -0.15 Lafarge MCement

SHENZHEN: B-share Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SHENZHEN: B-share Index fester-day s dose: J72.06 Down 0.25 point) at foretoji conMQ^diRontoitod femrkn t-stare Mw Mtat OJ per MtaBitsStan*Moointon>art I Tin Bunqhel mBipQjJto todei, vrtopliQ hono-CMrreflcy B swres tor rtarttotre-ftoytoaiofUOT^to wrtvtrede. Bloomberg News Reuters

SHENZHEN [ARTICLE]

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SHENZHEN IKfl Anhui Gui.ng D 8 431 -0.04 Beijing Or Elec B 374 0.09 eengeng Steel 8 3.51 -0.02 Ch Int Marina 13.50 -0.02 Chine M Snekou 8 7.42 0 08 Ch South Gless 8 4.66 O.OS Chine Venke 8 5 0! O.IO Chqing C Auto 8 10.04 -0.18 Dalian

CURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY FwTWQR CWTMCy MM RStM (9«m.N0»13) Sing«port dollars to on* unit of foreign currtncy Australian dollar XXXXX 1.2480 Canadian dollar 1.3120 1.3390 Euro 2.0020 2.0240 HZ dollar 1-0740 1.0990 Sterling pound 2.8830 2.9130 US dollar 1.7200 1.7380 Sinqaport dollars to 100 units of foreign currency Chinese renminbt 20.50 21.10 Danish

SYDNEY: All-Ordinaries Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SYDNEY: All-Ordinaries Index Yesterdays close: 3,230.3 (Up 12.9 points) Austraien shore prices closed 0.4 per cent hkjhcr os hey books recovered from recent weakness ond major resources stocks ootood oo hopes of otobel Votoroe was 9523 mi Won shores worth AS2J6 bJMon. Gomer boot losers by XXXXX 5(7. AFP

SYDNEY [ARTICLE]

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SYDNEY Nov13 I Cempewy Cleee AMP Limited 6.13 -0.04 AN2 Bank Grp 16.50 -0.10 Brambles Ind 4.57 0.05 Broken Hill Prop 11.48 0.27 Coles Myer 7.64 -Oil CSL 16.95 0.26 CSR Ltd 1.96 0.04 C'wealth Bank 27.71 031 Foster's Grp 436 -0.04 General Prop 7rt 2.81 0.05 Macguerle Bank 35.35

BONDS, LOANS & WARRANTS [ARTICLE]

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BONDS, LOANS WARRANTS Transaction date: Nov 13, 2003 S2-WH Ttl List Vol Day Lnt Ouott MtfK L— CXi C>w»Miy Sf *f -OOP HN> L— fcryr w 37 2 MM ASTIWO4O62I 25 unch WO 25.5 25 243 25 43 0.5 JOT AcmaWo4lTl6 1.5 *0.5 5 1.5 1.5 0.5 1.5 142 48

Applied Materials tops sales targets to post profits [ARTICLE]

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Applied Materials tops sales targets to post profits SAN FRANCISCO Applied Materials reported its first quarterly profit of the year on Wednesday with sales and orders exceeding targets, as the world's largest maker of microchip production equipment declared a turning point after a threeyear industry slump. Citing expansion and upgrades

TOKYO: Nikkei 225 Stock Average [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TOKYO: Nikkei 225 Stock Average Yesterday's close: 10,337.67 (Up 111.45 points) Tokyo stocks closed higher as investors chased after rising US stocks on bright news tor I..B..I..II immmm i.iLill (euHKHugy reins, ouymj MaVantan ana otner crojr-reietto issues. Trading volume cone down a notch, with 952.96 RiHBon shores changing hands on

TOKYO [ARTICLE]

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TOKYO HB29 Cewseewy CltM tj Canon Inc 5110 20 Denso Corp 2010 2 East Japan Rail XXXXX0 -200 Fanuc Ltd 6460 -0 Fuji Photo Film 3120 17 Fujitsu 656 1 Hitachi 640 Honda Motor 4370 8 'to Yokado 3900 4 Kansai Electrk 1837 -1 Kao 2300 4 Kyocera Corp 6600

China's trade surplus at record high [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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China's trade surplus at record high Surplus soars to $9.98 b as exports grow at fastest pace m five months, fuelling concern that US may react with tariffs The US may set up barriersfor Chinese exporters unless China takes steps to correct the imbalance, says Mr Chen ofBNP Paribas Peregrine

US trade deficit expands for first time in six months [ARTICLE]

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US trade deficit expands for first time in six months WASHINGTON A surging economy that whetted appetite for foreign-made goods helped push the United States' trade deficit up 4.4 per cent m September to US$4l.3 billion (5571.8 billion) and the politically sensitive trade gap with China hit a record at

Growth in France, Germany sparks optimism [ARTICLE]

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Growth in France, Germany sparks optimism LONDON Euro zone economic giants Germany and France both grew m the third quarter, data showed yesterday, bolstering hopes that the United States will not remain the sole engine of global growth. Germany, Europe's biggest economy, pulled out of its second recession m two

'Strong will' sees him through 7 years of losses [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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'Strong will' sees him through 7 years of losses HUGH CHOW He was drowning m debt but he soldiered on; now Yao Hsiao Tuna's Hi-P enjoys turnover of over $143 m and is seeking to list m S'porc Reports by To really inculcate people with the right virtues, with the

Global outfit with humble beginnings [ARTICLE]

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Global outfit with humble beginnings HI-P International has grown from its humble origins as a small toolmaking business into an integrated contract manufacturing services provider with factories m China, Singapore and Mexico. The company designs, makes and assembles components found m telecoms, consumer electronics and data storage products sold by

WIN $100 CASH [ARTICLE]

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WIN $100 CASH 1W SHUNS IMS-MAS KNOT QUIZ Ed you have something to say about Singapore's mpetitiveness m the face of emerging onomies such as China and India? What ilicies need to be changed to make Singapore a tter place to invest, wbrk and liv* m? Make your point and

China's north-east belt may be next fast-growth zone [ARTICLE]

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China's north-east belt may be next fast-growth zone AUDREY TAN Bu "GO TO the north-east" may not have the catchiness of a slogan, but it is the latest message from the Chinese fovernment to foreign invesors. As China embarks on a "Rejuvenate the North-east" campaign to shake up the old

Smith Barney bullish about Asia and Singapore stocks [ARTICLE]

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Smith Barney bullish about Asia and Singapore stocks COLIN TAN Investment bank's regional strategist says there is room for STI to rise by another 15% over the next few months By MARKETS CORRESPONDENT INVESTMENT bank Smith Barney is so bullish about Asian equities that it is advising clients to increase

DBS ex-credit card head quits to join OCBC [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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DBS ex-credit card head quits to join OCBC HUGH CHOW By FINANCE CORRESPONDENT FORMER DBS Bank credit card chief Andy Chan has quit to join rival OCBC Bank, just two months after he was replaced and moved into a less prominent job. According to a DBS spokesman, Mr Chan will

Rate hike, chip sales boost local indexes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rate hike, chip sales boost local indexes COLIN TAN TAKING STOCK Hv MARKETS CORRESPONDENT STOCK prices continued to rebound yesterday, with OCBC Bank's plan to hike interest rates for home loans and a research report forecasting a surge m chip demand giving the market a muchneeded boost. Rate-sensitive bank stocks

CFSB may end up with 13% stake in NOL [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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CFSB may end up with 13% stake in NOL AZHAR KHALID It has managed to unload only a third of 236 million shares it was supposed to sell at $2.32 each to investors, say sources By The tide may yet turn for CSFB. Already, NOL announced that it would use

SCS shocks with $29m net loss in 3rd quarter [ARTICLE]

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SCS shocks with $29m net loss in 3rd quarter LEE SU SHY AN By COMPANIES CORRESPONDENT 'Management has reviewed its existing businesses. We are implementing a turnaround programme. Mr Pek, who aims to consolidate and better coordinate various basinets units SINGAPORE Computer Services (SCS) yesterday shocked the market with a

TOP RISES (¢) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES thwO Cwfa OBSGrp VWO 50.0 15 CrwtteT2sc «40 40.0 22 VcntweCorp2sc 1970 40.0 2.1 BSmftMWQ M5O 30.0 2.1 FIN 1200 30.0 Ut> GfMttetMc 1130 30.0 2.7 SPHWO 1930 30.0 t6 JMHUS2SC4OO 855 25.9 1.8 OUt 700 25.0 3.7 DcctEßekSOc 278 20.8 45 CSC 605 20.0 3.4 CltyD«soc 615

TOP RISES (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES *wO Cwb Acm*Wo4m6 15 50.0 0.5 See Hup Seng W05... 245 28.9 53 MuMChmWOS 135 22.7 2.5 See Hup Seng ttc 375 210 65 Hl* Hoc 05c 3 20.0 05 Futuristic 10c 215 19.4 15 CwftPrintßc 13 W. 2 2.0 CJthiyorg2sc 21 X.7 10 El-Nets 1c 15 16.7

TOP FALLS (¢) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS We* 13 Cwb SWSOC 1220 10.0 0.8 Robinson 745 5.0 0.7 SeaVtew 895 5.0 0.6 HLAsteZOc 187 3.0 16 JuronqCcment 78 3.0 3.7 WWantWo4lo24 32 2.6 45 RlfflKLassc 80 2.5 3.0 GPMBOC 404 2.0 0.5 Jurong Tect) X)c 116 2.0 1.7 UtarcoPolo 188 2.0 11 Supa*o«rflsc 20 2.0

TOP FALLS (%) [ARTICLE]

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PacNet and SCV patch up with deal [ARTICLE]

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PacNet and SCV patch up with deal BRYAN LEE Bu INTERNET service provider Pacific Internet (PacNet) has signed a deal with rival Star Hub Cable Vision (SCV) to resell its cable Internet service, putting an end to a heated dispute between the two companies. PacNet president and chief executive Tan

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All 3 local banks up mortgage rates [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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All 3 local banks up mortgage rates EDNA KOH OCBC, DBS and UOB now offer nearly the same packages, with fixed-rate ones becoming more expensive and variable-rate plans cheaper By FINANCE CORRESPONDENT BUYERS of Housing Board (HDB) flats or private property who were hoping to lock m favourable mortgage rates

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