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The Straits Times, 23 March 2004

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The Straits Times BEST IN NEWSPAPER DESIGN IN ASIA Established 1845 Tuesday* March 23, 2004 86 Pages m five parts mita(p)o4B/03/2004 A Singapore Press Holdings publication Ow Cents

HAMAS' SPIRITUAL LEADER ASSASSINATED [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HAMAS' SPIRITUAL LEADER ASSASSINATED SEEPAGES timt PHOTOS: AFP REUTKRS Grief gripped tens of thousands of Palestinians yesterday as they carried the coffins of Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin (inset) and others killed by an Israeli missile strike outside a Uaza City mosque. Militants vowed to avenge his death.

Barisan Nasional captures 90% of seats [ARTICLE]

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Barisan Nasional captures 90% of seats WARREN FERNANDEZ The final tally of 198 seats is coalition's best showing since 1974; PAS retains Kelantan with slim margin after recounts By FOREIGN EDITOR A DAY after his stunning landslide polls victory, Datuk Sen Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn m as Malaysia's Prime

'Passion' first film to get M18 rating [ARTICLE]

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'Passion' first film to get M 18 rating ONG SOU FERN Movie passed uncut; new classification starts next week FII.M CORRKSPONDKNT MEL GIBSON'S controversial er>ic, The Passion Of The Cnrist, is the first movie to get an MlB rating under the new film ratings system. Chronicling the last 12 hours

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NEWS FLASH

HOME [ARTICLE]

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HOME CHECKS ON FURNITURE RETAILERS YET another furniture seller has allegedly failed to make good on customer purchases, and the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) has decided to turn up the heat on event organisers and venue providers. In the latest case, 18 complaints were made against Century Collections Furniture

COMMENTARY [ARTICLE]

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COMMENTARY RECOVERY DEPENDS ON U.S. ALTHOUGH the Singapore economic upturn looks strong, it depends on external demand, in particular, the United States, writes columnist Eddie Lee.. Structural changes are putting enormous pressure on the US recovery. These changes include the globalisation of labour markets resulting in the outsourcing phenomenon; the

FORUM [ARTICLE]

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FORUM TRANSPORT SECURITY BEEFED UP THE Home Affairs Ministry writes to outline the measures it has taken to improve security against terrorist threats to the public transport system. Various government agencies work closely with public transport operators to manage security concerns and build capabilities to respond to emergencies and threats.

LIFE [ARTICLE]

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LIFE COMING: ACCIDENTAL BABY NO. 4 NOT all couples plan to have babies. Many get pregnant by accident. Madam Annie Pek is one such "accidental mum". All three of her children were the result of accidental pregnancies and accidental baby No. 4 is due m September. Although thoughts such as

HOME [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HOME Sleepy kampung draws visitors THE laid-back charm of Kampung Lorong Buang Kok has attracted film crews, students on school excursions and curious passers-by. There are 10 Chinese and 18 Malay families with homes there. Among them is Mr Seah Yam Keng, who moved out 15 years ago but still

HOME [ARTICLE]

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HOME Slight rise in public sector corruption CASES of government and statutory board officials who abused their position rose slightly last year. Up from 43 to 56, they formed close to four out of every 10 cases handled by anti-corruption officers. The figures were in a report the Corrupt Practices

WORLD [ARTICLE]

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WORLD Yard seeks Britons' help SOON after Metropolitan police commissioner John Stevens said a terrorist attack on London was "inevitable", Scotland Yard has launched an unprecedented campaign to urge the public to report individuals they suspect are terrorists. The campaign asks people to consider whether the behaviour of those they

MONEY [ARTICLE]

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MONEY ASIAN BOURSES POUNDED ASIAN stock exchanges took a pounding yesterday in the aftermath of the Taiwanese election and the Wall Street tumble on Friday. Even in Malaysia, shares nudged only a little higher despite a landslide victory for the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition widely seen as favourable for the

WORLD [ARTICLE]

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WORLD 100 KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN THE assassination of Afghan Aviation Minister Mirwais Sadiq on Sunday has sparked fierce fighting that has left up to 100 people dead. Mr Sadiu was the son of the most powerful warlord in tne country, Herat Governor Ismail Khan. Mr Khan's troops fought those of

ASIA [ARTICLE]

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ASIA YOUNGEST GANDHI IN POLITICS MR RAHUL Gandhi, the heir of India's politically powerful Gandhi family, will enter politics in the coming national elections. He will stand for the parliamentary seat of Amethi, a family stronghold in northern Uttar Pradesh state. Rahul is the great grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's

SPORTS [ARTICLE]

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SPO R T S TOP SHUTTLER TAKES A BREAK THREE months after she won a gold medal in the South-east Asia Games, shuttler Xiao Luxi has decided to quit the national badminton team. "I really need to do something other than badminton now," she said. "I've been carrying an injury,

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PRIME NEWS

Judges to weigh KMT's call tor recount [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Judges to weigh KMT's call tor recount LAWRENCE CHUNG Court official says case will be handled fairly and openly, but protesters remain unmoved as stand-off passes third day Bu THE STRAITS TIM KS TAIWAN BUREAU TAIPEI Taiwan's High Court yesterday appointed three judges to deliberate on the petition filed by

Outram's medical hub boost with NNI switch [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Outram's medical hub boost with NNI switch CHANG AI-LEEN Neuroscience institute will be joining Sing Health m a move that will complete a suite of specialist groups at Outram Bu( SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT the pieces are falling into puce for the hub. i wouldn't say that its m labour yet, but

What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been IN YESTERDAY'S story, "Awards for top students to study m China", a photo caption accompanying the story said that the guest of honour, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, was greeted by principal Hon Chiew Weng as he arrived at The Chinese High. This is wrong.

400-bed hospital for the north in Yishun Central [ARTICLE]

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400-bed hospital for the north in Yishun Central SALMA KHAIJK By HKALTH CORRESPONDENT THE new hospital m the north will be at Yishun Central, next to the polyclinic. With 400 beds, it will be about the size of the current Alexandra Hospital, which it will replace when completed m five

HAMAS FOUNDER SLAIN IN ISRAELI STRIKE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HAMAS FOUNDER SLAIN IN ISRAELI STRIKE Palestinian militants vow to exact revenge on Israel and the US SEE AISO MBEB HE WAS THE PALESTINIAN BIN LADEN. HE HAD THE BLOOD OF HUNDREDS OF ISRAELIS ON HIS HANDS-JEWS, WOMEN AND CHILDREN.' Israeli Defence Minister Shaui Mofaz, comparing Sheikh Yassin to AJ-Qaeda

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Report suspicious people, Britons told [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Report suspicious people, Britons told London anti-terror blitz LONDON Scotland Yard launched an unprecedented campaign yesterday urging the public to report individuals they suspect of being terrorists after Britain's top policeman said an attack on London was "inevitable". Police asked Britons to call a hotline to register anything suspicious, such

US ready to launch new rail security system [ARTICLE]

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US ready to launch new rail security system WASHINGTON United States Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is expected to announce new rail security programmes including the creation of a "rapid deployment mass transit programme" but officials said the focus will remain on aviation security and bioterrorism, the USA Today newspaper

KILLING OF HAMAS SPIRITUAL LEADER

Rage in the Arab world [ARTICLE]

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Rage in the Arab world Hamas leader's killing sparks anti-Israel demonstrations and vows of revenge across the Middle East CAIRO Quranic verses blared yesterday from a mosque m Lebanon on word of the Israeli killing of the spiritual leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas. Rage over the death of

Sharon personally supervised attack [ARTICLE]

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Sharon personally supervised attack JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon personally supervised the attack on Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Israeli public radio reported. Mr Sharon had given the green light to Sheik Yassin's elimination and supervised the operation, the radio said. Apache

Restraint urged on both sides [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Restraint urged on both sides WORLD REACTIONS 'WAR, WAR, WAR ON THE SONS OF ZION. AN EYE FOR AN EYE. THERE WILL BE A RESPONSE WITHIN HOURS, GOD WILLING.' Militant group VI- Vcp:i Martyrs Brigade!* BRUSSLES The United States yesterday urged all sides to temain calm and exercise restraint as

Afghanistan rocked by power struggle [ARTICLE]

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Afghanistan rocked by power struggle Clashes between central government forces and a warlord's troops leave up to 100 dead and raise fears that country is slipping into chaos KABUL Afghanistan was hurtling towards instability as it prepares for an election after the son of the country's most powerful warlord was

'HAMMER AND ANVIL' OP [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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'HAMMER AND ANVIL' OP A squeeze from both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border termed by the US as a "hammer and anvil" operation started last week and led to a ferocious five-day offensive m the region. Al-Qaeda No 2 Ayman Al-Zawahri is believed to be holed up m a tribal

Al-Qaeda away via secret tunnel [ARTICLE]

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Al-Qaeda away via secret tunnel PESHAWAR (Pakistan) Pakistani forces said yesterday that an "important" Al-Qaeda-linked target may have escaped a beseiged tribal village near the Afghan border by slipping through a secret tunnel. The 2km tunnel was discovered during a ceasefire yesterday after a five-day bombardment of the village by

Terrorists making fuel-air bombs [ARTICLE]

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Terrorists making fuel-air bombs Latest Threat A 2002 attack suggests terrorists can produce thermobaric explosives more destructive than conventional bombs LONDON Terrorists could be developing thermobaric and fuel-air bombs, which are even more devastating than conventional devices, the New Scientist reported on Sunday. According to the magazine, the Canadian defence

Madrid bomber's entry into terror web [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Madrid bomber's entry into terror web MADRID A radical imam's fiery teachings m his hometown of Tangier motivated a jean-clad, clean-shaven immigrant who enjoyed the company of girls to instigate the Madrid carnage. Jamal Zougam, currently detained on suspicion of murder pending further investigation, has been burrowed deeply into Western

French terrorist 'planned major Aussie strike' [ARTICLE]

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French terrorist 'planned major Aussie strike' SYDNEY The French authorities have told Australia that a suspected terrorist now m a Parisian jail spent months m Sydney helping to prepare an attack "of great size" on the country, The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday. The suspect, Willie Brigitte, was deported from Australia

'I felt obliged to please as he paid all this money' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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'I felt obliged to please as he paid all this money' GIRL WHO SOLD VIRGINITY LONDON A university student who auctioned her virginity on the Internet to pay for her studies went ahead with her decision to have sex with the highest bidder. The News Of The World reported that

Regional polls setback for Chirac's party [ARTICLE]

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Regional polls setback for Chirac's party The ruling coalition trails the Socialists after the first round as voters protest against high unemployment and reforms 7 have listened to the French people. Region mj region... the message has been expressed. I will take it into account/ Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said

PEOPLE

Snake Man dies after bite from pet [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Snake Man dies after bite from pet WORLD RECORD HOLDER BANGKOK A Thai man who held a world record for spending the longest time with snakes has died after being bitten by one of his 30 pet reptiles. Mr Boonreung Bauchan, known as the Snake Man, died on Friday, a

MICROSOFT'S ALLEN FUNDS ALIEN HUNT [ARTICLE]

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MICROSOFT'S ALLEN FUNDS ALIEN HUNT SEATTLE The world is not enough for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The billionaire, who is building a science fiction museum complete with Captain Kirk's chair, now wants to boost the search for aliens. He is giving US$l3.5 million (Ss23 million) to help build a radio

PRISON FEARS FOR CHILD KILLER'S LIFE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PRISON FEARS FOR CHILD KILLER'S LIFE LONDON Child murderer lan Huntley has been refused a place at the jail dubbed "Monster Mansion" because of fears for his life. The prison's leaders felt the double child killer, 29, may suffer revenge attacks at Wakefield Jail, West Yorkshire, said Britain's Daily Mirror

EX-MINER IRKED BY ARTISTS'SCORN [ARTICLE]

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EX-MINER IRKED BY ARTISTS' SCORN LONDON Prints of his paintings outsell those of master impressionist Claude Monet, making Jack Vettriano a very rich man. But he is stung by disdain from the art circles. The self-taught former Scottish coal miner said on Sunday: "There is jealousy, envy, the fact that

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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Former world-ranked marathoner Brian Maxwell, who pioneered the energy bar business m the mid-1980s, has died after an apparent heart attack. He was 51. Actor George Clooney has raised US$l4O,OOO (XXXXX,000) at private fund-raisers for his father Nick, who is campaigning as the lone Democratic candidate for the 4th District

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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Quoteworthy 'Doing what you want to do most m the world is the greatest luxury far greater than living Welsh jogger Rosie Swale Pope, 57, who is attempting to run solo 32,000 km around the world

Mafia blamed for garbage crisis in Italy [ARTICLE]

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Mafia blamed for garbage crisis in Italy Politicians point finger at mafia role as streets popular with tourists are filled with tonnes of rotting rubbish uncollected for two weeks CAMPANIA (Italy) Mountains of stinking, rat-infested garbage filled the streets of a dozen towns m southern Italy yesterday m a public-health

Bush portrays Kerry as a reckless tax spender [ARTICLE]

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Bush portrays Kerry as a reckless tax spender He says Democrat has a 'trillion-dollar tax gap' between his spending plans and revenue a claim that Kerry's team calls 'absurd' WASHINGTON United States President George W. Bush opened a new line of attack on Democratic Senator John Kerry to portray him

US punks show Republican streak [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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US punks show Republican streak NEW YORK Their websites preach personal responsibility and reflexive patriotism and support a vote for US President George W. Bush and they do it with the in-your-face zeal of a mosh pit. They are a heretofore latent political entity: Republican punks. With his mohawk, ratty

Bypass surgery may not help heart patients [ARTICLE]

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Bypass surgery may not help heart patients New research says problem is not clogged arteries, so artery-opening surgery is useless as prevention NEW YORK A new understanding of heart attacks indicates that the increasingly popular aggressive treatments may be doing little or nothing to prevent them. The artery-opening methods such

Cousin to Sars virus uncovered [ARTICLE]

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Cousin to Sars virus uncovered PARIS Scientists have discovered a previously unknown virus, a cousin to Sars, that causes respiratory sickness and is likely to have spread around the world. The virus is only the fourth so-called coronavirus to be found m nearly four decades and could explain many cases

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COMMENTARY ANALYSIS

Will Afghanistan be a running sore for Bush? [ARTICLE]

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Will Afghanistan be a running sore for Bush? SUNANDA K. DATTA-RAY lOKTIIK STRAITS TIMES SUNDAY'S murder of a prominent Afghan minister, only days after United States Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit highlighted Afghanistan's importance m the US political agenda, warns of the difficulty of pacifying a turbulent country. But

The Steaits Times TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2004 Abdullah wins big [ARTICLE]

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The Steaits Times TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2004 Abdullah wins big O^T^^^W HE size of the Barisan Nasional's win and the voter turnaround m the east I coast Islamic stronghold show conclu- sively that Prime Minister Datuk Seri I Abdullah Badawi was the defining fac--JL. tor m the Malaysian election. This

No retreat to the sidelines in the war on terror [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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No retreat to the sidelines in the war on terror MICHAEL RICHARDSON By FORTHK STRAITS TIMKS THE horrific bombings of four commuter trains m Spain that killed more than 200 people have sent tremors around the world. Other countries that are allies and friends of the United States are fearful

Something's strange about our economic upturn [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Something's strange about our economic upturn EDDIE LEE By SENIOR WRITER LKJIJnCt by recent prognosis, this year's economic recovery is m the bag. Private sector economists say global growth is on a firm uptrend. Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Parliament last Wednesday that the Government's forecast range of

Thumbs up for Pak Lah's style of governance [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Thumbs up for Pak Lah's style of governance SUHAINI AZNAM Til K STAR TWO trends emerged from this election. First, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) lost its stranglehold over Kelantan and Terengganu, putting paid to its dream of an Islamic state at least for now. Secondly, the Democratic Action Party (DAP),

Taiwan crisis was never real [ARTICLE]

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Taiwan crisis was never real GWYNNE DYER §M. "IF CHEN loses, the chances of war are about 20 per cent," said Mr Arthur Ting of Cheng Kung University m Taiwan, only days before the vote last Saturday m which President Chen Shui-bian was seeking re-election. "If he wins, the risk

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New HDB 5-room flats too small for their price I DISAGREE that HDB five-room flats are too big ("Why buyers shun 5-room, exec flats"; ST, March 18). The new flats m Sengkang and Punggol are being shunned precisely because they are too small for their price. I am the owner

Public-transport security reviewed regularly [ARTICLE]

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Public-transport security reviewed regularly WE UNDERSTAND and appreciate the concern expressed by readers over the security of our public-transport system ("Review security of public transport system"; ST, March 17). We would like to assure them that this is a concern we share and take very seriously. Security planning against threats

Unprepared, vulnerable [ARTICLE]

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Unprepared, vulnerable I WAS shocked at how unprepared and vulnerable our island state was, especially m the wake of terrorist attacks m other parts of the world ("Big hunt for robbers who fled to Tekong"; ST, March 19). How could three armed robbers land on our territory so easily? What

EM3 pupils: Slower but not stupid [ARTICLE]

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EM3 pupils: Slower but not stupid This boy cuts my hairfor free and I am proud of him. He ain't he's my brother. I REFER to the reports, "More than just exam results m new-look rank list" (March 18), "Primary school streaming relaxed" and "Cheers greet bold act m scrapping

Be bold — revamp streaming policy altogeter [ARTICLE]

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Be bold revamp streaming policy altogeter I LAUD the recent changes to broaden the definition of "educational success" to include arenas beyond the traditional academic domain. I was therefore happy to see Mr Tharman move to merge the EMI and EM 2 streams. However, I was disappointed that the downplaying

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Case takes furniture dealers to task again [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Case takes furniture dealers to task again KELVIN WONG JOANN TAN *y\ and Another fails to deliver; watchdog wants tighter checks Case's suggestions Hake exhibitors pay a deposit, to be used to compensate customers Ask companies for documentary proof of their financial viability THE Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) is

2 nabbed on Tekong face arms charges [ARTICLE]

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2 nabbed on Tekong face arms charges THE two men who were caught on Pulau Tekong last Saturday were charged m a district court yesterday. Mohamad Hassan Awang, 26, a Malaysian, and Herman, 23, an Indonesian, looked solemn when the charges were read out to them. Herman was charged with

PR row: 16 study mamas stuck in Sydney [ARTICLE]

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PR row: 16 study mamas stuck in Sydney TANYA FONG Spore agency, blamed earlier for matchmaking woes, is now accused of failing to deliver on Aussie PR Bjtl A SINGAPORE travel agency, accused earlier by Chinese study mamas of failing to get them Australian husbands as promised, is now being

Older workers go with Flow ...and learn basic English [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Older workers go with Flow ...and learn basic English AZRIN ASMAM Scheme helps uneducatecf staff pick up English for their work m MADAM Png Lak Moy won't just look at her picture when she sees this story today. She will read it too. Nothing remarkable, except that a few months

unveils 8 sites for mall links [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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unveils 8 sites for mall links GOHCHIMJAN URA will chip m up to $14,000 per sq m to help defray tunnel costs but traders remain cool to the idea By < I GOING UNDERGROUND? |1| Palais Renaissance to Forum The Shopping Mall W\ Far East Shopping Centre to Liat Mi

SMU student dies after collapsing during frisbee [ARTICLE]

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SMU student dies after collapsing during frisbee AN UNDERGRADUATE from Singapore Management University (SMU) collapsed while playing m a frisbee tournament on Sunday, and died about an hour and a half later. Mr Fu Ying Jie, 23, a third-year accountancy student, was taking part m a friendly seven-a-side match against

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BOGUS COPS ROB FOREIGN WORKER [ARTICLE]

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BOGUS COPS ROB FOREIGN WORKER A VVORKER m his 30s from India was robbed of $500 by a group of seven men who claimed to be police officers. The worker, who was on his way home, was passing Sun Plaza Park m Tampines at about 11.30pm last Saturday when the

TOURISTS' BAGS STOLEN AT SENTOSA BEACH [ARTICLE]

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TOURISTS' BAGS STOLEN AT SENTOSA BEACH AN AMERICAN couple m their 20s, who went for a swim off Palawan Beach m Sentosa last Saturday afternoon, had their bags stolen. The tourists had left them on the beach before entering the water. When they came back, the bags which contained their

TWO SUSPECTED DRUG TRAFFICKERS NABBED [ARTICLE]

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TWO SUSPECTED DRUG TRAFFICKERS NABBED CENTRAL Narcotics Bureau officers nabbed two Thai na- tionals at about 9.30pm on Sunday on suspicion of drug trafficking. Acting on a tip-off, they arrested a 34-year old construction worker at a bus stop m Bencoolen Street. When they opened the bag he was carrying,

2 TEENAGERS SNATCH BOY'S MOBILE PHONE [ARTICLE]

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2 TEENAGERS SNATCH BOY'S MOBILE PHONE TWO teenage boys snatched a 15-year-old boy's mobile phone, valued at $420, at the void deck of Block 308 Yishun Ring Road at about 5.20pm last Saturday. The victim gave chase but lost them at Block 242.

WOMAN ROBBED OF HER HANDBAG [ARTICLE]

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WOMAN ROBBED OF HER HANDBAG A WOMAN m her 30s was robbed of her handbag while she was on her way home at about 9- 20pm last Friday. She was at the void deck of Block 739 Woodlands Circle when three teenage boys grabbed at her bag from behind. They

56 officials charged witn corruption [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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56 officials charged witn corruption Number up from 43 m 2002; and this includes 22 civil servants, double the 11 charged m 2002 FSADFASSJFLJSA;L A HOUSING Board official who asked for contractors to renovate his house for free. Officials abroad who received hongbao and holidays m exchange for speeding up

Tiger Airways in talks over budget terminal [ARTICLE]

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Tiger Airways in talks over budget terminal PLANS for a terminal for budget airlines are firming up, with the Transport Ministry m serious talks with Tiger Airways to set up such a base. Speaking to reporters at a conference, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said yesterday: "We're confirming the details

PM's mother-tongue stand welcomed but... [ARTICLE]

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PM's mother-tongue stand welcomed but. SOHWENLIN REBECCA LEE Despite his reassurances that bilingual policy is here to stay, Chinese-language advocates worry about falling standards lh, and I DROPPING MOTHER TONGUE AS A UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENT SIGNALS THAT THE GOVERNMENT ADMITS CHINESE IS TOO DIFFICULT TO LEARN.' Book publisher Urn Dcnan SEVERAL

The (education) road less travelled [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The (education) road less travelled The United States and United Kingdom may be the traditional destinations for Singaporeans seeking a tertiary education overseas. But China is fast emerging as another option. Last year, there were 370 Singaporeans studying there, a figure which sur}irised Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, as he

Relak! [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Relak! ARLINAARSHAD §1 Flood-prone Kampung Lorong Buang Kok s laid-back lifestyle draws former residents and a stream of visitors Caged m a flat, free as a bird 'I felt like a caged bird. So I came back with my husband, and the kids call us every day and visit every

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MOM REQUIRES STAFF ADDRESSES [ARTICLE]

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MOM REQUIRES STAFF ADDRESSES EMPLOYERS of work permit holders, except domestic workers, must submit their workers' residential addresses to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) from May. MOM cites the need for contact information during health emergencies as a reason for the change. Employers can submit addresses by e-mail or via

S'ORE POOLS SALE DELAYED [ARTICLE]

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S'ORE POOLS SALE DELAYED TEMASEK Holdings' sale of Singapore Pools to the Singapore Totalisator Board nas been postponed from April 1 to May 1. This is to allow the second and third readings m Parliament of amendments to the Singapore Totalisator Board Act, which is required for the sale. With

HELP WITH INCOME TAX RETURNS [ARTICLE]

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HELP WITH INCOME TAX RETURNS SOME 530 volunteers from the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, polytechnics and grassroots organisations will help the public file their tax returns electronically this year. The voluntary e-filing service began on March 13 and will continue until April 11. Volunteers will be at selected community

TECH & SCIENCE

Smart phones poised for take-off [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Smart phones poised for take -off Industry looking to near future when everyone will want cell phones to do a lot more computer stuff, like Web surfing ATLANTA Of the half billion or so cell phones produced last year, fewer than 10 million were smart phones with the type of

Carbon dioxide build-up at record high [ARTICLE]

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Carbon dioxide build-up at record high Greenhouse gas that traps heat causing higher temperatures; expert points finger at China and India, which are taking off MAUNA LOA (Hawaii) Carbon dioxide, the gas largely blamed for global warming, has reached record-high levels m the atmosphere after growing at an accelerated pace

Stem cells tail to reverse heart damage in mice [ARTICLE]

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Stem cells tail to reverse heart damage in mice PALO ALTO (California) Stem cells from bone marrow did not restore muscle after heart attacks m tests on mice, according to two studies m the journal Nature that contradict some findings from earlier research. Separate experiments at Stanford University m California,

Put together from 250 pieces [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Put together from 250 pieces PHOTOS: THE restored sarcophagus of Pharaoh Ramses VI (above) lies m his tomb after renovation works were completed m Luxor, Egypt, on Sunday. The tomb of Ramses VI, who ruled from XXXXX C to XXXXX C, was robbed within 100 years of the pharaoh's death,

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Umno dances to Malay heartland swing [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Umno dances to Malay heartland swing WARREN FERNANDEZ THE TALK IN XL By i om:k:\ t.Di ion BN's big win is mainly due to Premier Abdullah, who gets a strong mandate and a chance to deliver on his promises With reports by Woon Wui Tek m Kedah, Reme Ahmad m

MALAYSIAN GENERAL ELECTION THE BIG SWING

B N rides high on thePak Lah factor [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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B N rides high on thePak Lah factor JOCELINE TAN The PM's non-confrontational style, religious credentials and quiet appeal to people's goodness have carried the day By THE STAR IT WAS already 9.45pm when the sirens sounded, indicating that the Prime Minister's motorcade was very near the Putra World Trade

PM Goh congratulates Abdullah for BN victory [ARTICLE]

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PM Goh congratulates Abdullah for BN victory GOHCHOKTONG PRIME Minister Goh ChokTong has written to congratulate his Malaysian counterpart, Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, on the Barisan Nasional's victory m Sunday's general election. We reproduce here the congratulatory letter: Dear Pak Lah, You have won big. My heartiest congratulations to you

PAS will bounce back and here's how [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PAS will bounce back and here's how CHEONG SUK-WAI NEWS ANALYSIS By l\ KIM.MA Ml'lli Islamic party will yo-yo between modernity and tradition when situation suits it to survive ON SUNDAY night, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) president Abdul Hadi Awang's eyes said it all. Blood-red from too many tears, his

FALL OF THE CLERICS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FALL OF THE CLERICS ABDUL HADI AWANG President Lost parliament seat m Marang, Terengganu, by 163 votes (0.3 per cent) NASHJUHIDDIN MAT ISA PAS secretary-general Lost parliament seat m Besut, Terengganu, by 8,200 votes (18.3 per cent) HARON DIN PAS information chief Lost parliament seat m Arau, Perlis, by 3,243

Election agency sorry for polling blunders [ARTICLE]

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Election agency sorry for polling blunders PUTRAJAYA The Election Commission (EC), reeling from heavy criticism over blunders m the verification and voting process, apologised to voters yesterday, saying that it "deeply regretted" what happenea on polling day. Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said it was unfortunate that voting

PAS hangs on to Kelantan — barely [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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PAS hangs on to Kelantan barely REMK AHMAD After recounts m eight constituencies, PAS goes from holding 41 seats to winning just 24 seats against BN's 21 By IN KOTA BARU, KELANTAN WAITING CROWDS of supporters gather outside PAS headquarters in Kota Baru, Kelantan, as they wait for the final

Anwar's wife retains seat after recount [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Anwar's wife retains seat after recount RAZOR-THIN MARGIN KUALA LUMPUR The wife of jailed Malaysian ex-deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim retained her parliamentary seat after a vote recount yesterday following a neck-and-neck contest, the Bernama news agency said. Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who heads the Keadilan party, bagged 21,737 votes

Sabah goes on holiday after BN victory [ARTICLE]

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Sabah goes on holiday after BN victory KOTA KINABALU Sabah has declared today a public holiday following the landslide victory of the state Barisan Nasional m the general election. Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said he decided to gazette today as a public holiday m view of overwhelming request for

First Cabinet meeting next Wednesday [ARTICLE]

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First Cabinet meeting next Wednesday PUTRAJAYA The first Cabinet meeting of the new Barisan Nasional government will convene next Wednesday, Datuk Sen Abdullah Badawi announced yesterday. The Prime Minister said those who would be selected to join his Cabinet must have the ability to serve as good ministers for the

Police happy with voter behaviour [ARTICLE]

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Police happy with voter behaviour KUALA LUMPUR There were no major untoward incidents m what was described as a "fairly incident-free" general election. Deputy Internal Security and Public Order director Deputy Commissioner Datuk Arthur Edmonds said all police contingents nationwide reported a "clean fight". "Except for a few minor complaints,

THE FINAL SCORE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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THE FINAL SCORE Barisan Nasional made strong gains m the 2004 elections, but its victory was marred by a series of last-minute recounts m Kelantan S which Barisan eventually lost. Sources: ELECTION COMMISSION MALAYSIA BERNAMA

Lim Kit Siang set to lead the opposition [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Lim Kit Siang set to lead the opposition LESLIE LAU The DAP chief aims to restore Parliament as a forum to debate secular rather than Islamic issues By INKI ALA l A'MPI'K MORE than many other politicians, Lim Kit Siang nas suffered for the rise of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS)

New Terengganu MB to review Islamic laws [ARTICLE]

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New Terengganu MB to review Islamic laws SALJMOSMAN By IN KUALA TKRKNGG AMI THE ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, which has taken back the state of Terengganu from Parti Islam Se-Malaysia, will look at the former government's hudud and Islamic criminal laws, said Menteri Besar-designate Idris Jusoh. "We will refer it

TAIWAN ELECTION AFTERMATH

Divider, not unifier [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Divider, not unifier LAWRENCE CHUNG CHEN SHUI-BIAN NEWS ANALYSIS By THE STRAITS TIMES TAIW'AS BUREAU Playing ethnic card, DPP leader has split Taiwan into two camps THE IDENTITY ISSUE PUYED A KEY PART IN THE POLLS, LIKE PREVIOUS ONES, BUT IN AN EVEN MORE RUTHLESS WAY... CHEN'S CAMP PRACTICALLY ASKED

Taiwan's whodunnit is the talk of HK [ARTICLE]

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Taiwan's whodunnit is the talk of HK MARYKWANG HONG KONG CORRKSI'ONDKNT THE MAN m the street m Hong Kong seems more interested m speculating about who was behind last Friday's shooting of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian than the outcome and impact of the presidential election. A newspaper vendor, who identified

Asian leaders warn against tension and confusion [ARTICLE]

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Asian leaders warn against tension and confusion TOKYO Leaders around Asia watched Taiwan anxiously yesterday, hoping the political upheaval following its disputed presidential election would not lead to greater tensions with China. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer urged President Chen Shui-bian to act with "a very great degree of moderation"

Defence minister quits in blow to Chen government [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Defence minister quits in blow to Chen government LAWRENCE CHUNG While he cites age and health, analysts say real reasons may be political ft, THE STRAITS TIMES TAIWAN BUREAU TAIPEI Taiwanese Defence Minister Tang Yao-ming resigned yesterday and said he would want to leave despite pressure on him to stay,

ASIA

Rahul Gandhi to contest seat in stronghold [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rahul Gandhi to contest seat in stronghold The heir to Indian political dynasty will make his electoral debut for Congress party m northern Uttar Pradesh state NEW DELHI Rahul Gandhi, the heir of India's politically powerful Gandhi family, will make his debut into politics m upcoming national elections. Mr Gandhi

India taps French speakers for new outsourcing jobs [ARTICLE]

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India taps French speakers for new outsourcing jobs NEW DELHI India, whose vast pool of English-speaking professionals has brought it thousands of outsourcing jobs, plans to tap its French speakers to capture new markets. The Indian government plans to start training and recruitment for high-tech workers m the country's former

Body of ex-CEO rebuked by Roh found [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Body of ex-CEO rebuked by Roh found SEOUL Police found the body of a South Korean businessman m a river m Seoul yesterday, 11 days after he said he was going to kill himself because President Roh Moo Hyun publicly named him for unfair lobbying. Mr Nam Sang Kook, 58,

Shanghai loses lustre as a cultural centre [ARTICLE]

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Shanghai loses lustre as a cultural centre SHANGHAI Shanghai is aggrieved that its aspiration to become China's cultural hub might never take off after all. Signs are appearing that China's fastest-growing city m recent years is losing whatever cultural appeal it still has, reported the Shanghai Star. These have worried

SOUTH-EAST ASIA

Why Indonesian parties shy from syariah [ARTICLE]

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Why Indonesian parties shy from syariah DEVI ASMARANI Polls show that Islamic laws will not be accepted easily across the diverse nation, so most parties do not push for it B'J THE STRAITS TIMES INDONESIA BUREAU MAKASSAR (South Sulawesi) For them to graduate, primary school students m Bulukumba regency, about

Detainees 'planned to attack enemies of Islam' [ARTICLE]

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Detainees 'planned to attack enemies of Islam' JAKARTA A group of Indonesian Muslim extremists who were arrested after a blast at a bomb-making factory had wanted to use the explosives to fight enemies of Islam, police said yesterday. The detainees said the bombs were made to defend themselves against, and

Anti-graft Islamic party poised to win more votes [ARTICLE]

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Anti-graft Islamic party poised to win more votes WAFOOT SIMON By] IN JAKARTA THE INDOOR stadium turned into a sea of white. Some 10,000 supporters of the Islamic-based Justice Party (PKS) crowded into an area no longer than six basketball courts. Outside, many more jostled to get m to hear

Thai lawmakers fingered for army camp raid [ARTICLE]

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Thai lawmakers fingered for army camp raid NIRMAL GHOSH By THAU AND CORRESPONDENT BANGKOK A police officer and a village headman were killed yesterday m continuing violence m southern Thailand's Pattani and Yala provinces. The killings took place as police investigated allegations that three ruling party lawmakers had planned the

Bali kissing contest defies proposed ban [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Bali kissing contest defies proposed ban BALI Dozens of Balinese singles locked lips m a steamy kissing festival yesterday that ended with village priests dumping buckets or water over the couples to douse their passions. Locals m Sesetan believe the annual festival ensures the good health of those taking part

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Gunners face fearsome foursome [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Gunners face fearsome foursome SOCCER Four games against Chelsea and United block Arsenal's path to Treble LONDON Are Arsenal's nerves, as they head into a fortnight that could make or break their season, beginning to fray? That is manager Arsene Wenger's fear, as the club embark on a run of

Milan upbeat ahead of Deportivo date [ARTICLE]

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Milan upbeat ahead of Deportivo date MILAN European champions AC Milan head into today's Champions League quarter-final, first leg against Deportivo Coruna on a high, after an impressive victory over Parma on Saturday. Milan, who have a 10-point lead at the top of Serie A, have not lost m the

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PORTO v LYON [ARTICLE]

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PORTO v LYON LISBON Porto coach Jose Mourinho is fighting injuries and the threat of complacency as his side prepare to follow up their shock Champions League win over Manchester United with a quarter-final against French club Olympique Lyon. Porto, who scooped the Uefa Cup and the Portuguese league and

Police to probe cause of riot at Roman derby [ARTICLE]

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Police to probe cause of riot at Roman derby ROME Italian police will investigate the cause of a riot that led to Sunday's Serie A match between local rivals Roma and Lazio being abandoned, Rome's Prefect Achille Serra said yesterday. About 174 people were hurt after a rumour, denied by

Xiao to quit national team [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Xiao to quit national team PEH SHING HUEI BADMINTON Confidence hit due to injury and poor form, but she says she will return here *L I'VE BEEN CARRYING AN INJURY, MY FORM HAS NOT BEEN GOOD AND MY CONFIDENCE HAS SUFFERED BADLY.' Xiao, on why she's quitting the national team

Woods' worst finish since 1999 [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Woods' worst finish since 1999 GOLF ORLANDO Not only did he not win it, but Tiger Woods also suffered his worst finish m five years yesterday morning (Singapore time) when he tied for 46th at the PGA Bay Hill Invitational. A week that began with Woods trying to become the

Third-choice 'keeper for Lions as Hassan, Lewis unavailable [ARTICLE]

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Third-choice 'keeper for Lions as Hassan, Lewis unavailable MARC MM SOCCER SINGAPORE may be left with only a third-choice goalkeeper when they host Japan m next week's World Cup qualifier at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Once Singapore's strongest department, goalkeeping will be national coach Raddy Avramovic's main concern ahead of

Tanjong Pagar take pride in losing only 0-3 to U-23s [ARTICLE]

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Tanjong Pagar take pride in losing only 0-3 to U-23s CHIA HAN KEONG *L IT SAYS much or little for Tanjong Pagar United that last night's 0-3 defeat by the Singapore U-23 team at Queenstown Stadium was considered pride restored. In contrast, the hosts were thrashed 0-9 by Tampines Rovers

SCORES AND STATISTICS [ARTICLE]

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Obituaries [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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Obituaries '"One thing I ask of f/>e N Lord; this I seek: To dwell m the house of the Lord all the days of my life." Psalm 27 CHUA JUAK CHER JACOB Ag«: 75 was called home to be with the Lord on 22 March 2004. Dearly missed and always

Obituaries [OBITUARY + ILLUSTRATION]

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Obituaries 1 LIM HING KAH Age: 89 Was called home to be with the Lord on 21 March 2004. Dearly missed and always remembered by loved ones. Sons: Daughters-in-law: Grandsons: Granddaughters-in-lovw Lim Tai Hin Kow Swee Tin Chris Chan Yong Wei Anna Khoo Swee Ai Lim Tai Tong Tan Guan

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ASIAN INDICES [ARTICLE]

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ASIAN INDICES Mar 22 CHANCE HONGKONG: Hang Seng XXXXX.91 -239.67 MALAYSIA. KLSE Comp 908 96 +4.51 CHINA: Shenzhen B 295.01 -2.03 AUSTRALIA: Sydney All Ord 3399.60 -30.20 JAPAN: Nikkei XXXXX.51 -100.00 THAILAND: SET Index 681.34 +0.07 INDONESIA: Jakarta Comp Closed PHILIPPINES: Manila Comp 1431.67 -19.16 SOUTH KOREA: Seoul Comp 863.69

TOP ACTIVES [ARTICLE]

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TOP ACTIVES L&M 1c 56,662.000 Rowsley Ltd 2.5 c 30.553.000 Adroit 10c 25.776,000 Sing Tel 15c 24,344,000 NOL 23.508,000 Interra 5c 18.797,000 Chart SemiCond 26c 15,760,000 Cosco Corp 20c 15,518,000 Rowsley WOBlll7 13,144,000 Bio-Treat HK4Oc 10,961,000

SECURITIES TRDG SCOREBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SECURITIES TRDG SCOREBOARD MAIN SOO TOTAL Up Dn Unch Up Dn Unch Up Dn Unch Multi Ind 386 000 386 Manufacturg 9 99 34 4 23 15 13 122 49 Commerce 8 31 14 3 9 4 11 40 18 Tpt/Stor/Com 7 16 7 002 7 16 9 Finance 1

INDICES [ARTICLE]

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INDICES Ch«ng« Straits Times Index 1812.16 -26.96 BT 08/ OS -423.00 -97.00 BTCADI -XXXXX.00 -208.00 BT 10-day MA -XXXXX.00 -43.00 UOBSesdaq „1.43 -1.66 UOB Blue Chip 650.06 -6.24 STI Futures 1815 -33 SIMSCI 219 .29 -3.17 SiMSCI Futures 219.20 -3.90

SECURITIES TRDG TURNOVER [ARTICLE]

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SECURITIES TRDG TURNOVER TURNOVER COOO) VALUE COOO) Main Sdq Total Main Sdq Total Multilnd 13,489 13.489 16 616 16,616 Manufacturg 122,350 14,753 137.103 128 840 3.045 131,885 Commerce 24.862 10.359 35,221 30 432 3,525 33.956 Tpt/Stor/Com 112,887 157 113,044 223,987 156 224,142 Finance 26,378 197 26.575 XXXXX2 123 142.064 Construction

SGX SECURITIES TRDG: MAIN BOARD [ARTICLE]

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SGX SECURITIES TRDG: MAIN BOARD Transaction date: Mar 22, 2004 52-Wk TH Currency U«t Vol Day Cr» Net M Cap IMC* Com,™, TriM tm m> L- Dtf WE -13.5 4.5 WOO Acma Sc 7.5 -0.5 1187 8 7.5 58.6 1001 Alliance Tech 11.5 susp 9.5 37 7.5 1002 Asia Food&Prop

SGX SESDAQ [ARTICLE]

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SGX SESDAQ 52-Wk T.I Curr.ncy last 'Vol Dav Gr s Net M Cap nm im ut» ct mm i* u» ■>>» g g MANUFACTURING 42 15 2101 APOiISc _31 -0.5 23 31.5 31 5N 12 32.6 46.5 10.5 1501 AS Auto 10c 29 -0.5 12 29 29 -N 39 72.5

SGX XTRANET [ARTICLE]

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SGX XTRANET STOCK PRICES LEGEND Straits Time* Index Stocks N Net or Tax-exempted dividend xd ex-dtvidend cd cum dividend ct conditional trdg crl cum right Issue col cum bonus Issue co cum offer xri ex-right Issue xM ex-bonus Issue xali t«-«ll cdxa cum dividend ex -all edea cum dividend cum

Shell's Nigeria ops to pump more oil [ARTICLE]

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Shell's Nigeria ops to pump more oil Shell will cut jobs and raise production m the country, which makes up 10% of its global output, by 500,000 barrels daily LONDON Royal Dutch/Shell said it would streamline operations m Nigeria, cutting jobs and raising production from about one million barrels daily

Wal-Mart tops Fortune 500 list again [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Wal-Mart tops Fortune 500 list again CHRISTIAN INTON Photo: REUTERS

Lucent officials accused of bribery [ARTICLE]

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Lucent officials accused of bribery SAUDI LAWSUIT TRENTON (New Jersey) A Saudi Arabian telecommunications company claims m a lawsuit that top current and former executives of telecoms gear maker Lucent Technologies were directly involved m a seven-year bribery scheme to win billions of dollars worth of business from Saudi Arabia's

US airlines get subpoenas over loan issues [ARTICLE]

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US airlines get subpoenas over loan issues NEW YORK UAL's United Airlines, US Airways Group and America West Holdings said on Sunday that they had received subpoenas from the US Treasury Department seeking their correspondence with airline loan board members and staff. The subpoena seeks receipts for meals, airline tickets,

HONG KONG: Hang Seng Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HONG KONG: Hang Seng Index Yesterday's close: 12,550.91 (Down 239.67 points) Hong Kong's benchmark index ended at its lowest level this year, with investors rattled by mass political protests m Taiwan following the island's knife-edge election result. Turnover was thin at HK513.82 billion (SS2.B billion), compared with a 20-day moving

KUAU LUMPUR: Composite Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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KUAU LUMPUR: Composite Index Yesterday's close: 908.96 (Up 4.51 points) Malaysian snares bucked the regional trend to close higher, boosted by a stronger-than-expected election victory by Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi's ruling coalition. Volume was 681.14 million shares worth RM1.53 billion Losers led gainers by 565 Reuters AFP

SHENZHEW: B-share Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SHENZHEW: B-share Index Yesterday's close: 295.01 (Down 2.03 points) Chinese share prices closed 0.46 per cent higher, led by the financial sector after news that China's securities firms had their best month m February since January 2003, dealers said. The Shenzhen 6- share Index was down 0.68 per cent on

SYDNEY: ALL- Ordinaries Index [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SYDNEY: ALL- Ordinaries Index Yesterday's close: 3,399.6 (Down 30.2 points) Australian share prices closed down 0.96 per cent as market heavyweights News. Corp and Telstra went ex-dividend and the resources sector lost ground, dealers said. Market turnover was worth A52.06 billion (552.58 billion). Losers beat gainers by 771 to 514.

TOKYO: Nikkei 225 Stock Average [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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TOKYO: Nikkei 225 Stock Average Yesterday's close: 11,318.51 (Down 100 points) Japanese stocks ended lower for a second straight session, with a profit warning from Sanyo Electric dragging down technology shares and profittaking continuing to weigh on recent highflyers like real estate firms. Volume fell, with 132 billion shares changing

HONGKONG [ARTICLE]

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HONGKONG Mar 22 I Company Of H X &China Gas 13.20 -0.15 HK Electric 33.60 0.10 HSBC Hdqs 116.50 -2.00 H Whampoa 55.50 -2.25 Johnson Elect 8.55 unch Legend 2.80 -0.10 Li and Fung 13.75 -0.25 MTR Corp 12.10 0.10 New World Oev 7.75 -0.15 P CenCyberworKs 5.20 -0.05 Shanghai

KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR Mar 22 I Company Close AMMB Holdings 4.06 unch B Amer Tobacco 50.50 1.50 Berjaya Sports 4.70 0.06 Commerce Asset 5.60 -0.05 Digi.com 4.46 -0.10 Gamuda 6.30 unch Genting 18.40 -0.60 Golden Hope 4.20 0.04 Hong Leong Bank 5.65 unch 101 Corp 9.70 unch XL Kepong 7.30 unch

SHENZHEN [ARTICLE]

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SHENZHEN Mar22| Company Clo— Anhui Gujing D B 5.02 0.01 Beijing Or Elec B 7.95 -0.04 Benqanq Steel B 3.98 -0.03 Ch Int Marine 15.92 -0.04 China M Shekou B 8.78 -0.01 Ch South Glass B 5.30 -0.01 China Vanke B 6.91 -0.03 Chqing C Auto B 10.09 -0.13 Dalian

SYDNEY [ARTICLE]

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SYDNEY Mar 22 Company Close AMP Limited 5.44 0.06 ANZ Bank Grp 18.92 -0.11 Brambles Ind 5.26 0.02 Broken Hill Prop 12.21 -0.29 Coles Myer 7.99 -0.12 CSL 20.05 unch CSR Ltd 1.93 -0.02 C'wealth Bank 32.43 -0.27 Foster's Grp 4.41 0.02 General Prop Trt 3.10 0.03 Macquarie Bank 34.63

TOKYO [ARTICLE]

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TOKYO Mar 22 I Company cio— Canon Inc 5110 -80 Denso Corp 2230 -40 Cast Japan Rail XXXXX0 XXXXX Fanuc Ltd 6400 -20 Fuji Photo Film 3180 -40 Fujitsu 610 -3 Hitachi 767 10 Honda Motor 4750 -40 Ito Yokado 4560 -30 Kansai Electric 1994 -3 Kao 2300 -15 Kyocera

SICOM FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SICOM FUTURES Mar 22, 2004 Rubber Futures (Closing prices) RSS 1 (S cents/kg) Month Ht9h Low Sott Vot Ooow lot Apr 04 228.50 May 04 228.50 JunO4 232.00 Jul/Sep 04 238.00 RSS 3 (US cents/kg) Month HUH Low Stt VI Ooonlnt Apr 04 133.00 133.00 133.00 150 1500 May 04

CRUDE & PRODUCT PRICES [ARTICLE]

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CRUDE PRODUCT PRICES Crude/Product Month* Change Price (US$) BBL Brent Blend May ♦0.06 33.40-33.45 W Texas Interm May -0.27 37.11-37.15 Dubai Fateh May 30.60-30.65 Tapis Blend Apr 0.30 35.75-35.85 Timing of cargoes. Prices as at 17:25 22/3/2004 Crud«/Product Month* Chang* Prict (USS) BBL Minas Apr -030 34.95-35.05 tNaphthaClFJap -5.00/1.50 340.25-344.75

SGX DERIVATIVES TRDG [ARTICLE]

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SGX DERIVATIVES TRDG Mar 22 1 8 OPEN HIGH LOW SETT VOL OP/INT EURODOLLAR FUTURES JunO4 98.840 98.845 98.840 98.845 3125 XXXXX SepO4 98.700 98.715 98.700 98.715 3931 XXXXX DecO4 98.470 98.490 98.465 98.490 6654 XXXXX MarOS 98.170 98.195 98.170 98.195 6022 XXXXX JunOs 97.825 97.845 97.825 97.845 3907 XXXXX

CURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY Foreign Currency Note Rates (9am, Mar 22) Buytm S«mnq Singapore dollars to on* unit of foreign currency Australian dollar 1.2550 1.2710 Canadian dollar 1.2600 1.2760 Euro 2.0620 2.0860 NZ dollar 1.0990 1.1230 Sterling pound 3.0820 3.1160 US dollar 1.6830 1.7020 Singapore dollars to 100 units of foreign currency Chinese

I BONDS, LOANS & WARRANTS [ARTICLE]

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More than 40 firms suing Chinas central bank [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More than 40 firms suing Chinas central bank BEIJING More than 40 Chinese companies are suing the People's Bank of China, the central bank, accusing it of administrative misconduct m handling the collapse of a high-profile venture capital company m the late XXXXX. The lawsuit, filed to a Beijing court

Asian firms raise record $29b on equity markets [ARTICLE]

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Asian firms raise record $29 b on equity markets Region's stocks still m demand as level of funds from IPOs and secondary share sales m first quarter beat 2000s high HONG KONG Asian companies have raised a record amount of funds on equity markets m the first tnree months of

Opec may delay plan to cut output in April [ARTICLE]

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Opec may delay plan to cut output in April 'Most US refiners are working with minimum inventories, which is a big reason for the high prices. Doha's Mr Attiyah, on oil prices rising to 13-year highs last week DOHA (Qatar) Mr Abdullah al-Attiyah, Qatar's Oil Minister, said the Organisation of

Mitsubishi Electric revises earnings forecast [ARTICLE]

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Mitsubishi Electric revises earnings forecast TOKYO Mitsubishi Electric Corp more than tripled its profit estimate for this business year yesterday, citing strong demand from China for factory equipment and 1 o we r-t nan -expected losses related to its pension fund. The revision pushed the Japanese electronics conglomerate's shares to

CPF investors reap 35% gains from gold [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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CPF investors reap 35% gains from gold LORNATAN Those with property funds and corporate bonds also did better than most last year, latest figures from CPF Board show By] INVESTORS who used their Central Provident Fund (CPF) balances to buy gold, property funds and corporate bonds fared better than the

UOB petitions to wind up Ho Wah Genting [ARTICLE]

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UOB petitions to wind up Ho Wah Genting LEE SU SHYAN Btt SESDAQ-LISTED Ho Wah Genting International said yesterday that it has been slapped with a winding-up petition by United Overseas Bank (UOB) over a sum of $2.5 million. In a brief announcement, the precision engineering services group said that

BUY OPPORTUNITIES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BUY OPPORTUNITIES KOOKMIN BANK According to a Reuters report, Kookmin Bank is exploring the sale of a stake worth 1.4 trillion won (5 52.5 billion) to Temasek to finance its expansion m the fund management sector. BANK OF ASIA Thai media have reported that Temasek has shown interest m an

Temasek 'eyeing stakes in Kookmin, Bank of Asia' [ARTICLE]

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Temasek 'eyeing stakes in Kookmin, Bank of Asia' EDNA KOH REGIONAL ACQUISITIONS By FINANCE CORRESPONDENT If successful m its latest acquisition pursuits, it would he Temasek's second stab at buying into a South Korean bank as well as its maiden foray into the Thai financial sector TEMASEK Holdings has again

FedEx dangerous goods service to cater to rising biotech demand [ARTICLE]

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FedEx dangerous goods service to cater to rising biotech demand RACHEL UN FLYING dangerous goods such as products containing hazardous chemicals from Singapore to the such as blood products, flammable solids and poisons. With the dangerous goods service, however, FedEx now hopes to cater to retail clients, providing "We can

Khoo saga: What sin store tor the companies directors? [ARTICLE]

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Khoo saga: What s in store tor the companies directors? LEE SU SHYAN Experts weigh implications for the four children caught up m the issue of non-disclosure of tycoon's additional holdings m listed companies COM PAN IKS CORRKSPONDKNT THE Khoo secret-shareholding saga rumbled on yesterday as the business community wondered

ComfortDelGro bucks trend to rise 23% over last month [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ComfortDelGro bucks trend to rise 23% over last month STOCKWATCH Cabs get an extended lifespan THE Singapore share market may be down, but there is one counter that investors are keen to jump aboard transport group ComfortDelGro. Bucking the recent market downtrend, ComfortDelGro rose 5 per cent yesterday. Not only

SembCorp unit ventures into Iran's oil and gas sector [ARTICLE]

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SembCorp unit ventures into Iran's oil and gas sector AZHAR KHALID *L SOPS Iran will have a paid-up capital of US$l2,OOO (5520,424), of which U559,360 will be SembLog's share A UNIT of conglomerate SembCorp Industries is making its first foray into the Persian Gulfs rich oil and gas sector by

Tianjin boiler maker to raise $21m from IPO here [ARTICLE]

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Tianjin boiler maker to raise $21m from IPO here TSCHANG CHI-CHU Ih, THF STRAITS TIMES CHINA BUREAU TIANJIN Another Chinaplay listing is heading Singapore's way. This time, it is Chinese boiler manufacturer Tianjin Baocheng Group, which plans to raise 100 million yuan (5520.6 million) before the end of this year.

TOP RISES (C) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES (C) Mar 22 Cents F&N 1390 10.0 0.7 ComfortDelgro 25c 109 5.0 4.8 JardineC&C 630 5.0 0.8 Auric Pac 50c 118 4.0 3.5 Sing Tel 10 233 4.0 1.7 Capita Hall M 4 3.0 2.1 Sing Tel 15c 233 3.0 1.3 Hup Seng H 10c 23 2.0 9.5

TOP RISES (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES Mar 22 Cents KohßrosWM 1 100.0 0.5 LSMIc 1.5 50.0 0.5 Wee Poh 0.5 c 2 33.3 0.5 El-Nets 1c 3 20.0 0.5 Inno-Pack 4 14.3 0.5 NeoCorpfc 4.5 12.5 0.5 GikenS2sc 16.5 10.0 1.5 PNEMicronBc 16.5 10.0 1.5 Hup Seng H 10c 23 9.5 2.0 CAMlnt3c 7

TOP FALLS (C) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS (C) Mar 22 Cents DBSGrp 1360 40.0 2.9 SIA2OO 1060 40.0 3.6 SIASOC 1060 40.0 3.6 UOB 1330 40.0 2.9 JMHUS2SC4OO 1060 33.8 1.9 Creative T 25c 1720 30.0 1.7 OCBC 1160 30.0 2.5 SPH 1830 30.0 1.6 SPHIOO 1840 30.0 1.6 TACBtIO 200 275 22.0 4.5 GreatEastsoc

TOP FALLS (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS Mar 22 Cents Rowstey WOBHI7 5 16.7 1.0 Sunlight WXXXXX4 2.5 16.7 0.5 OCBC DB eCWO4IOOB 14 15.2 2.5 GMG Global 5c 3 14.3 0.9 LKN-Primefi<Hd2Oc 3.5 12.5 0.5 FOSNetwUS5c 15 11.8 2.0 Jade Tech 1c 7.5 H.B 1.0 SIADBSeCWOSOIO7.. 15 11.8 2.0 DBS DB eCW04!011 12 11.1

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Singapore touch creating a buzz in today's ads [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Singapore touch creating a buzz in today's ad s RACHELLIN Spore comes m an impressive 10th m the Gunn Report, a global ranking that takes into account all major ad awards By THE RANKINGS The top 10 countries m the Gunn Report are ranked according to the most number of

Advertisers can't wait to grab an Effie award [ARTICLE]

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Advertisers can't wait to grab an Effie award AUDREYTAN Bu THE prestigious Effie awards are coming to town, sending leading advertisers such as Unilever and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) into a tizzy. Unilever and APB have told their advertising agencies to snare as many Effies which is short for "effective

M1 ends 5-year ad tie-up with DDB [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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M 1 ends 5-year ad tie-up with DDB HUGH CHOW It hands its account to TBWA, which is one of the two ad agencies behind Adidas' Impossible Is Nothing global campaign M. The agency has helped Ml come up with a new inspirational lifestyle-focused campaign 1 Life. Live It. featuring

Canon takes aim at 20% of Spore digicam market [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Canon takes aim at 20% of Spore digicam market AUDREY TAN §1 JAPANESE camera-maker Canon is shooting to capture 20 per cent of the digital camcorders market m Singapore this year, despite being a relative latecomer to the scene. It plans to gain ground on its more established rivals Sony,

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T aiwan leads regional market rout COLIN TAN Its benchmark index tumbles almost 7%, pulling down other bourses m Asia. Malaysian shares nudge just 0.5% higher despite landslide election victory by the ruling party TAKING STOCK lit/t MARKETS CORRESPONDED* I WHY THEY SANK 1 Taiwan sinks into turmoil in the

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Life! The Straits Times Tuesday, March 23, 2004 CELEBRATES THE WONDER OF LIFE

ROYAL FEAT: [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ROYAL FEAT: Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, seen here with Princess Caroline of Monaco, attended the Bal de la Rose m Monte Carlo last Saturday. The annual ball is a charity event and this year's theme was China, m line with France's year-long celebration of Chinese culture. REUTERS

Robbie's belated party [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Robbie's belated party LONDON Singer Robbie Williams flew into Scotland on Sunday and checked into Skibo Castle to start five days of celebrations to mark his 30th birthday. The castle is famous as the wedding venue of Madonna and Guy Ritchie. Williams (right) jetted into Inverness with a 10--person entourage.

Cheung named m press punch-up [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Cheung named m press punch-up HONG KONG Actress Cecilia Cheung flew into Beijing on Sunday to shoot a movie amid reports that a journalist was beaten up after tailing her. She refused to answer queries on arrival m Beijing about the incident m Hong Kong last Friday. A female journalist,

Lady Chatterjee is Indian [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Lady Chatterjee is Indian NEW DELHI A new movie adaptation of Lady Chatterlev's Lover by Anglo-Indian film producers MerchantIvory will be a sexy but comical take on the D.H. Lawrence novel, says bestselling author William Dalrymple who will write the screenplay. He called the movie "a sexy, contemporary, 21st century

Designer victory [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Designer victory Baghdad-born Zaha Hadid is the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize LOS ANGELES For the first time m its 25-year history, the coveted Pritzker Architecture Prize has been won by a woman, a Baghdad-born designer whose relatively small collection of Modernist works has vaulted her

America's 'love rat' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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America's 'love rat' Carolyn Bessette's ex-lover tells all about his romance with JFK Jr's wife NEW YORK In Britain, James Hewitt was branded a "love rat" after he spilled the beans on Princess Diana in a book. In the United States, Michael Bergin is being called the same. The former

To tell or not to tell? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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To tell or not to tell? Ginnie Teo GIRL TALK Bad breath, body odour or nose hair that sticks out. Should you tell the sufferer about it or suffer m silence? Or mould you leave it to those close to him? I ONCE had to interview a young couple. She

Cinderella's feat of love [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Cinderella's feat of love MALCOLM TAY DANCE CINDERELLA Singapore Dance Theatre Esplanade Theatre l-ast Thursday and l-'ridux *L EVERY time the Singapore Dance Theatre pulls off a full-length production, it is a remarkable feat of labour and love. This third run of Cinderella, Graham Lustig's charmer which requires over 40

BITE INTO IT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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BITE INTO IT You tall tor the person, not an age. Not a number.' Actress Naomi Watts (above), 35, on dating Heath ledger, 24 'Hey, my initials are JC and I'm 33 that sounds pretty good.' Actor Jim Caviezel (right) on being asked to take the title role m The

4th 'accident' on the way [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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4th 'accident' on the way Not all couples plan to have babies. Many of them get pregnant by accident. MAX MUN SAN talks to two such couples m the first of a six-part fortnightly series on family life 'Our children are our wealth. Some people choose to remain childless to

Unplanned parenthood [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Unplanned parenthood WHENEVER Mr David Chin, 34, saw noisy children running about m MRT trains, he would point to the "monkeys" and taunt his wife of eight years: "Give birth lah, give birth lah." It was the childless couple's way of giving themselves reality checks kids meant trouble, period. They

THE LATER, THE BETTER [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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THE LATER, THE BETTER SHERWIN LOH Low ratings have pushed must-see TV dramas to late-night slots THESE days, it seems that prime-time slots, from 7pm-llpm, on free-to-air English-language channels are the exclusive domain of reality TV shows like American Idol or homegrown sitcoms like Oh Carol. Whatever happened to the

ARTS GLUT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ARTS GLUT Clarissa Oon ARTS CORRESPONDENT SO MANY CENTRES. BUT ARE THERE ENOUGH STAFF. TALENT AND ART WORKS? THE RASH OF ARTS CENTRES IS ALSO SYMPTOMATIC OF HARDWARE-HAPPY SINGAPORE OF LATE, there has been an explosion of arts centres m Singapore to serve a population of four million. This Friday,

ARTS CENTRES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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ARTS CENTRES THE SUBSTATION (Armenian Street, off Stamford Road) Opened: September 1990 History: Founded by the late drama doyen Kuo Pao Kun and converted from a disused power station Spaces: 817 sq m of space including a 120-seat theatre, dance studio and gallery Direction: Supports young Singapore artists and new

Potential headaches and other no-no's [ARTICLE]

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Potential headaches and other no-no's EACH new arts centre will face its own set of challenges. For The Arts House, it is to constantly find art works and programmes to fit a space that was not purpose-built as an arts centre. Apart from its tiny 75-seat film theatrette, another space

Wish list [ARTICLE]

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Wish list ONE would think that the rash of upcoming arts centres would be able to satisfy all the needs of arts lovers and artists here, but here are two areas which are still wanting: VENUE FOR ART FILMS With one of the highest per capita rates of cinema attendance

Britney s wide, wide web [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Britney s wide, wide web Pop star Britney Spears is easily one of the most influential persons on the planet. Just check out the websites devoted to her GO AHEAD, type Britney Spears in a Google search. Don't be embarrassed, it's a sociological exercise. The first two Internet search results

Snaring musical family roots [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Snaring musical family roots TAN S HZ R EE The search for a pan- Asian aesthetic continues m Singapore, when Orchestra Asia from] apan comes here with its original blend of music By 1 ARTS COR HFSPON DENT ORCHESTRA ASIA HAS SPENT ONLY A DECADE TO GET WHERE WE ARE.

Townshend child porn arrest to be aired on TV [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Townshend child porn arrest to be aired on TV LONDON The Who star Fete Townshend is to feature m a BBC documentary being quizzed by police after his arrest for viewing child porn, The Independent reported. The guitarist, who was held m January last year, will appear m the hard-hitting

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Uncle Ho is calling [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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U ncle Ho is calling THNG LAY TEEN There is much more to Ho Chi Minh City than just grisly reminders of war and death, there's an economic bustle and great food *L WHEN IN HO CHI MINH CITY... ON THE way to the Cv Chi tunnels, a I V2

LIFE! MALAYSIA: ALL-IN-ONE HOLIDAY DESTINATION

Rafting down Pahang River [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rafting down Pahang River Magdalene Lum MALAYSIA GETAWAYS ADVENTURE seekers who want something more than the regular coach holiday across the Causeway, can join the Pahang River Rafting Expedition (RRXO4) From April 23 to May 1. Held to celebrate Malaysia's annual Water Festival (April 10 May 8), the nine-day expedition

Get close to town and food [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Get close to town and food IF YOU hanker for Penang hawker fare like assam laksa, char kway teow and chendol, you can watch out for the occasional promotion at hotels here. Or, you can visit Penang. Apart from the famous Gurney Drive stalls, the Sisters Char Kway Teow stall

Dive in and hunt for prize money [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Dive in and hunt for prize money Magdalene Lum MALAYSIA GETAWAYS *y FANCY diving into the deep blue sea to hunt for "treasures" worth a total of RM20,000 (S$9,000)? The 11th Annual Labuan Underwater Treasure Hunt on May 1 and 2 offers a top cash prize of RM3,000 plus a

Grand bargaining position [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Grand bargaining position THERE are still bargains to be found m Malaysia's March Mega Sale Carnival, especially m Kuala Lumpur malls. Suggestions include the SuriaKLCC, Lot 10, and Sungai Wang m Jalan Bukit Bintang or the new Berjaya Times Square m Jalan Imbi which houses the British department store Debenhams.

Sample Rawa's homely meals [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sample Rawa's homely meals Magdalene Lum JALANJALAN THE HOTEL STAFF GOES OUT TO CATCH FISH ON SATURDAY MORNING FOR THE SPECIAL BARBECUE HELD THAT NIGHT. YOU CAN EAT THE FISH WITH HOME-MADE BARBECUE SAUCE' KatrinaKarim WHO: Katrina Karim, 38, executive director of The Public Relations Consultancy, which handles public relations

Wedding belle [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Wedding belle BUZZING LONDON Singer Kylie Minogue has made a Leap Year marriage proposal to her boyfriend, French actor Olivier Martinez. They are set to wed m June, said a British report. The News Of The World said her sister, Dannii, revealed the news to friends over drinks. She reportedly

Teenybopper war [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Teenybopper war LOS ANGELES Grunge rocker Avril Lavigne, who is m a media spat with teenybopper Hilary Duff, has resorted to hurling Xrated expletives at her. The quarrel started after Duff, commenting on news that Lavigne was mad at her fans who copied her trademark tie-and-tank top dressing, said the

Aliens, talk to him [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Aliens, talk to him LONDON Britons want rocker Ozzy Osbourne (inset) to represent Earth if aliens land on the planet. Some 1,000 Internet users chose him over British Prime Minister Tony Blair to welcome any landing Martians. The Yahoo! poll was conducted following the discovery of signs of water on

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