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The Straits Times, 3 August 2000

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The Straits Times Established 1845 1 fttirSCl&y August 3, 2000 150 Pages in six parts mita(P) 034/12/1999- mm A Singapore Press Holdings publication OU :.nts

Crime rate down again [ARTICLE]

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Crime rate down again CHONG CHEE KIN Hefty drop in serious cases last year continued through June, and the public helped in 40 per cent of arrests Hu Fewer cases THERE were fewer reports of: Rape Murder Molest Robbery Housebreaking Snatch theft Motor vehicle theft Cheating and related offences Rioting

46 hurt in fire attack at HK immigration dept [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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46 hurt in fire attack at HK immigration dept LOH HUI YIN HY HONGKONG CORRKSPONDKNT THE year-long battle for residency' by mainland Chinese took a violent turn yesterday when a group seeking Hongkong identity cards set fire to themselves and immigration officers. At least 46 people were burnt and cut

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PRIME NEWS

Manila rallies support after bomb blast [ARTICLE]

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Manila rallies support after bomb blast LUZ BACUIORO The Philippines pushes for stronger intelligence links and anti-terrorist measures against extremists By PIIII.IPI'INFS CORRESPONDENT MANIIA The Philippines rallied support from Indonesia and Malaysia in fighting terrorism yesterday, after a deadly bomb attack on the home of Manila's envoy to Jakarta revived

What it should have been [ARTICLE]

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What it should have been IN OUR article "Nursing homes for elderly: Toa Payoh site attracts many bidders" published on July 26, we said the site had attracted 44 bidders. The Ministry of Health has clarified that 44 parties have expressed interest in the site and that bids can only

93 killed in Kashmir attacks [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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93 killed in Kashmir attacks JAMMU India and Pakistan traded charges yesterday over an unprecedented rash of guerilla attacks in Kashmir which left at least 93 civilians dead and dozens injured. Tuesday night's bloodbath cast a shadow over tentative moves towards peace in the insurgency-plagued Himalayan territory, where the Hizbul

Psst, guys: That pot-belly tells a whole lot about you [ARTICLE]

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Psst, guys: That pot-belly tells a whole lot about you SALMA KHALIK The male menopause affects men as young as 35 but an advocate of HRT says that need need not be the case By Men generally start with about 700 million male sex hormone cells when they are 19

THREE DEAD. 29 HURT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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THREE DEAD. 29 HURT AFP Firemen and highway personnel work at the site where a Dutch coach carrying families on holiday crashed into a bridge early yesterday at Valence, southern France, killing three and injuring 21 others, four seriously. Eight people were also hurt when a Swedish-registered minibus smashed into

Pirates hit Straits of Malacca [ARTICLE]

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Pirates hit Straits of Malacca YEOH EN-LAI SHIP ATTACKS But no strikes in Singapore Straits in first half of the year Bu_ PIRATES have moved north from Singapore Straits to the Straits of Malacca. In the first six months of this year, 14 attempted or actual pirate attacks were reported

Rave drug ecstasy floods the US market [ARTICLE]

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Rave drug ecstasy floods the US market Israeli and Russian underworld gangs are the driving force pushing 450 per cent more of the drug into America WASHINGTON The disco drug "ecstasy" is flooding the US illegal leisure-drug market and has been promoted to "top priority" in US anti-narcotic efforts, said

Elderly man, 76, caught with 4.5 kg [ARTICLE]

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Elderly man, 76, caught with 4.5 kg JULYN KANG OPIUM TRAFFICKING Bu The 76-year-old man is believed to be an opium distributor in thejalan Besar area. He would cook the opium, chop it into 1.5 g pieces and sell it to elderly men in Jalan Besar for between $8 and

DEMOLITION FALL-OUT [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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DEMOLITION FALL-OUT SHINMIN A section of a scaffolding around an old block of Kallang Road flats collapsed yesterday, damaging three vehicles parked nearby. The rear windscreen of a taxi was shattered and two vans were damaged slightly' A crew was demolishing the low-rise Block 29 with a ball-wrecker when the

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REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

Republicans parade war heroes [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Republicans parade war heroes LEE SIEW HUA The trotting out of popular military icons will help to anchor Bush, who needs to fortify his light credentials in foreign policy and defence By us correspondent PHILADELPHIA War heroes went on parade on the second day of the Republican party's national convention

A stronger US military but a smaller role abroad [ARTICLE]

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A stronger US military but a smaller role abroad APPROACH TO FOREIGN POLICY It will also take tougher line on China, says adviser Need for strength 'He will not squander this unique moment in history by allowing America to retreat behind empty threats, false promises, and uncertain diplomacy. Vietnam War

Bush Sr dismisses talks of dynasty [ARTICLE]

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Bush Sr dismisses talks of dynasty PHILADELPHIA Former president George Bush strongly denied he was building a family legacy in US politics through his two governor sons, Jeb and George W., who will run for the White House in November. "We don't feel entitlement, we don't feel the legacy thing,"

Protesters play cat and mouse in streets with police [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Protesters play cat and mouse in streets with police PHILADELPHIA Scores of protesters, seeking to disrupt the Republican National Convention with illegal hit-and-run demonstrations, were arrested in a cat-and-mouse contest with police here on Tuesday. The evening rush-hour traffic was turned into gridlock around City Hall as hundreds of young

My enemies are now Hillary's, says Clinton [ARTICLE]

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My enemies are now Hillary's, says Clinton In New York CORAL GABLES (Florida) President Bill Clinton, showing concern as his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton trails in her US Senate race, has said in an interview that his enemies had "transferred their anger" to his wife. "Everybody who always hated me

WORLD

STRANDED AT SEA [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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STRANDED AT SEA 10% or Canadian army arsenal A ship carrying military equipment back to Canada from Kosovo runs into troubled waters following a payment dispute between two marine firms OTTAWA A freighter carrying C5233 million (XXXXX million) worth of military equipment, about one-tenth ot the Canadian army's equipment, faces

Britain and France tie up to turn warships electric [ARTICLE]

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Britain and France tie up to turn warships electric LONDON Britain and France have signed an agreement to develop the technology that will lead to electric warships. The introduction of electric propulsion would be as dramatic a change as the switch from sail to steam and could save the Royal

Cigarette firms 'waging secret war' [ARTICLE]

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Cigarette firms 'waging secret war' The tobacco industry placed 'spies' at the anti-smoking World Health Organisation, tried to discredit it and monitored its activities secretly WASHINGTON The tobacco industry has been waging a sophisticated, secret campaign to undermine efforts by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to combat smoking, the UN

Iran faces threat from well-armed drug gangs [ARTICLE]

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Iran faces threat from well-armed drug gangs TIRDAD ZOLCHADR By INTEHKRAN THE Iranian authorities are struggling to contain an unprecedented flow of opium and morphine from Afghanistan, with drug traffickers now equipped with sophisticated weapons. Iranian police found a Soviet-built missile during a recent skirmish with drug traffickers. General Nasser

Spray to beat blaze [ARTICLE]

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Spray to beat blaze AN AIR tanker drops retardant on a fire burning out of control arounaa house in Reno, Nevada. Lightning sparked the blaze that nas burnt up to 200 ha and is prompting evacuations from the south-west of the city. Fires have been raging in the US west

London kidnappings: Two who got away [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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London kidnappings: Two who got away ALFRED LEE By IN LONDON- TWO foreign students including a Malaysian Chinese woman have escaped the clutches of a man who has already kidnapped three women, including a Chinese student from Vietnam. The two came forward af- ter police appealed for help in finding

WORLD FILE

FIRM SEEKS BLOOD TO BUT DISEASE [ARTICLE]

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FIRM SEEKS BLOOD TO BUT DISEASE A CALIFORNIA start-up on Tuesday called for volunteers to donate their DNA in an effort to aid scientists searching for the genes that cause 20 common diseases such as asthma and breast cancer. DNA Sciences Inc wants as many as 100,000 people to donate

PAINTING STOLEN FROM NZ MUSEUM [ARTICLE]

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PAINTING STOLEN FROM NZ MUSEUM THIEVES have snatched an oil painting, described as a New Zealand "national treasure", from an Auckland museum. The 1917 painting by renowned artist Charles Goldie was wrenched from the wall of the War Memorial Museum on Tuesday by bold thieves who walked out unimpeded, despite

HAN WATCHED WIFE STARVE TO DEATH [ARTICLE]

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HAN WATCHED WIFE STARVE TO DEATH A GERMAN man who watched his sick wife literally putrefy and starve to death before his eyes was jailed for five years on Tuesday. The man said he did not call a doctor for his wife because she had no insurance cover. But he

SUSPECT NOD IN CHILD-MURDER CASE [ARTICLE]

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SUSPECT NOD IN CHILD-MURDER CASE POLICE have arrested a man in connection with the abduction and murder of an eight-year-old girl, in the case that has shocked Britain. Roy Whiting, 41, had been arrested a day after Sarah Payne's disappearance on July 1, but was later released without charge. Her

MORE TROUBLE FOR CONCORDE [ARTICLE]

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MORE TROUBLE FOR CONCORDE A BRITISH Airways Concorde flight to New York was delayed by more than two hours on Tuesday when the airline had to draft in a replacement for a plane grounded after an engine change. It was the fourth incident in as many days involving BA's fleet

Killing is his game [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Killing is his game NIRMAL GHOSH Villagers are either bribed by the warlord Veerappan or afraid of him, and 130 police officers have been killed in the fight to apprehend him INDIA CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI The wiry and heavily-moustachioed Veerappan is a pathological killer and bandit who has prowled the

Israeli Foreign Minister resigns [ARTICLE]

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Israeli Foreign Minister resigns JERUSALEM Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy resigned yesterday, further weakening Prime Minister Ehud Barak as he tries to negotiate a peace deal with the Palestinians. An hour after Mr Levy's announcement, the 120-seat Knesset, or Parliament, voted 61-51 with six abstentions to dissolve itself. It was

Putin sacks six generals allied to defence minister [ARTICLE]

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Putin sacks six generals allied to defence minister The Russian president may use a public row involving the minister to replace him with a civilian, which would be a revolutionary move MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin has sacked six senior generals, apparently weighing in against his defence minister in a

PEOPLE

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AH Sardar Jafri, an Urdu poet who championed peace between India ana Pakistan and worked on a poetry collection until a few days ago, died on Tuesday of brain cancer. He was 86. Max Showalter, the prolific character actor, has died in Middletown, Connecticut, aged 83. In a long career,

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Quoteworthy He is an emperor in a weak, dispirited country. He is, in a sense, a captive in his own country. He cant leave. US Defence Department spokesman Ken Bacon on why Iraq under Saddam Hussein remains "contained" and is "no longer a threat to its neighbours" 10 years aft

From comic opera to near tragedy CONDUCTOR TO THE RESCUE [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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From comic opera to near tragedy CONDUCTOR TO THE RESCUE LENOX (Massachussetts) Seiji Ozawa conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra through Verdi's Falstaff the other night and then, on his way home, helped to rescue a car-accident victim. Driving along a mountain road in rain and fog after conducting Verdi's comic

DIETRICH 'WAS SEDUCED BY JFK' [ARTICLE]

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DIETRICH 'WAS SEDUCED BY JFK' LONDON Former US president John F. Kennedy seduced Marlene Dietrich in his bedroom in the White House, according to the diary of the late British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, which is being published this week. Tynan, who died in 1979, said the singer and actress

WORLD RUNNER EXPECTS ATTACKS [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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WORLD RUNNER EXPECTS ATTACKS MEXICO CITY Briton Robert Garside, on a quest to be the first to run around the world, has been attacked in so many countries that he almost expects it now. Mr Garside began his trek almost four years ago and has been snot at in Russia,

MILLIONAIRE JAILED OVER MURDER PLOT [ARTICLE]

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MILLIONAIRE JAILED OVER MURDER PLOT NEW YORK Former newspaper owner Abe Hirschfeld, 80, was dragged struggling and yelling from a court on Tuesday after being sentenced to one to three years in prison for trying to nave his partner killed. The millionaire developer was convicted in June of second-degree criminal

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Redeem 2 free movie tickets with minimum charges of $35 for IDD 001, BudgetCall 013 or STD 020 calls in a single bill tomorrow. To usher in Singapore's 35th National Day, here's a treat for all SingTel customers, including those using the M1 and StarHub networks. Just present the original

EAST ASIA

Blast at Japan gunpowder storehouse [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Blast at Japan gunpowder storehouse TOKYO Japanese police launched an investigation yesterday into a powerful explosion that ripped through a gunpowder mill storehouse ana injured 56 people living nearby. The explosion occurred about 10.10 pm on Tuesday in a gunpowder magazine at the factory of leading chemical firm NOF Corp.

Taiwan names new police, fire chiefs [ARTICLE]

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Taiwan names new police, fire chiefs TAIPEI Taiwan's Premier yesterday named the nation's new police and fire chiefs after the botched river rescue of four stranded construction workers led to the new government's first major political crisis. The announcement came a day after seven people were indicted in the deaths

Another Japanese Cabinet member in trouble [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Another Japanese Cabinet member in trouble Chief Cabinet Secretary admits to receiving millions of yen in Questionable political donations from friends, but denies breaking any laws TOKYO There is no end to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori's woes. The Cabinet's chief spokesman admitted yesterday to receiving millions of yen in

HK airport gunman appears in court [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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HK airport gunman appears in court According to Hongkong police, the hostage taker is believed to suffer from psychological problems. He offers no plea to the charges Traumatised 1 don't want to remember anything, I don't want to think about it' Hostage victim Ale Padam Kumari HONGKONG A man accused

Hundreds in Taiwan ill after gas leak [ARTICLE]

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Hundreds in Taiwan ill after gas leak TAIPEI Hundreds of people have become ill as a result of what is thought to have been a poisonous gas leak in the southern port city of Kaohsiung late on Tuesday, officials said yesterday. Doctors at the Chichin Hospital said that by noon

Top Chinese leaders gather at Beidaihe [ARTICLE]

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Top Chinese leaders gather at Beidaihe They will discuss Taiwan policy and Jiang's succession BEIJING China's leadership has begun its annual retreat to the seaside resort of Beidaihe, where leaders are expected to debate a series of issues, including Taiwan and .Communist Party succession. Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Premier Zhu

EAST ASIA FILE

HO CASINOS FOR WESTERN CHINA [ARTICLE]

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HO CASINOS FOR WESTERN CHINA NO CASINOS will be allowed to be set up in western China despite the country's hope for more foreign investment into the underdeveloped regions. The central government will absolutely not allow the establishment of such amusement facilities as casinos, although it is wooing more foreign

UNDERWEAR THAT COOLS THE GROIN [ARTICLE]

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UNDERWEAR THAT COOLS THE GROIN JAPANESE scientists have come up with a novel approach to feeling fresh on a not summer's day: underwear that cools the groin. Icetouch, invented by Japanese sportswear maker Mizuno Corp, is made of a mixture of cotton and polyethylene vinyl alcohol AFP

TAINTED NEEDLES CAUSE OF 3 DEATHS [ARTICLE]

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TAINTED NEEDLES CAUSE OF 3 DEATHS THREE Japanese patients at Mimihara General Hos--4 pital in Sakai, Osaka prefecture, who died in June from blood poisoning, had been infected through needles used to administer intravenous drips, officials said. The bacteria identified in DNA samples taken from the three patients, who were

POLICEMAN EXECUTED FOR SHOOTING [ARTICLE]

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POLICEMAN EXECUTED FOR SHOOTING CHINA has executed a policeman who sparked a public outcry against police arrogance when he shot and killed a mini-van driver in a fit of road rage, the Liberation Army Daily reported yesterday. Du Shugui, 44, was put to death on Tuesday, about two months after

MANY KOREAN GRADS STIU JOBLESS [ARTICLE]

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MANY KOREAN GRADS STIU JOBLESS THE employment rate for Korean college graduates, though has risen steadily over trie past few years amid the economic recovery, still hovers far below pre-cur-rency crisis levels, the Education Ministry said. In an annual report, the ministry said that only 56 per cent of the

Chinese try hand at fake Japanese cigarettes [ARTICLE]

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Chinese try hand at fake Japanese cigarettes Japanese police investigating bogus cigarettes being sold under well-known Japanese brands have found the fakes originated in China TOKYO Chinese counterfeiters are game to produce any kind of fake products and have even tried their hand at making bogus cigarettes bearing well-known Japanese

Anti-Tung motions toned down [ARTICLE]

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Anti-Tung motions toned down Councillors ordered to drop the word 'condemn' THE TWO MOTIONS The first motion is sponsored by independent councillor Alfred Au. It condemned Mr Tung and his Executive Councillors for allowing bus firms to raise fares. The second motion is sponsored by Democrat councillor Gary Fan. It

US plays down negative sentiment in Seoul [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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US plays down negative sentiment in Seoul Mixed reception WHILE the US Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (above) was being welcomed on a visit yesterday at the Chinese port of Qingdao, South Korea saw protests against the presence of US forces. Demonstrators smashed chunks of ice carrying the words Unequal

Bush camp says it supports Taiwan [ARTICLE]

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Bush camp says it supports Taiwan PHILADELPHIA The US Republican Party has reaffirmed its commitment to Taiwan and said for the first time in its party platform that "all issues regarding Taiwan's future must be resolved peacefully and must be agreeable to the people of Taiwan". In the platform adopted

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SOUTH-EAST ASIA

So, who gained from meeting in Yogyakarta? [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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So, who gained from meeting in Yogyakarta? SUSAN SIM NEWS ANALYSIS By I\DO\ESIA CORRFSPOSDEST No one really expected much out of the meeting between Indonesia's four leaders and the king, apart from a 'psychologically constructive' show 'Productive meeting' INDONESIA'S Speaker of Parliament, Mr Akbar Tandjung, who attended the Yogyakarta talus,

Official denies hiring PR man for Gus Dur [ARTICLE]

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Official denies hiring PR man for Gus Dur JAKARTA A secretary to Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid yesterday denied a report that the presidential palace had hired a foreign public relations consultant to improve the leader's image. "The Presidential Palace has never entered a contract for cooperation with PT Ellipse," secretary

Jakarta boosts security after bomb attack [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Jakarta boosts security after bomb attack DEVI ASMARANI 'The major reason why Indonesia is vulnerable to terrorist attacks is the waning authority and credibility ofthe government. 9 Jakarta Post editorial Police increase presence at foreign embassies and companies, and check suspicious visitors after blast at Philippine ambassador's house By STRAITS

Bomb attack was personal, says Philippine envoy [ARTICLE]

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Bomb attack was personal, says Philippine envoy MANILA Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Leonides Caday believes the bomb attack at his residence in Jakarta was intended for him personally and was not politically motivated. Vice- President Gloria Arroyo told fejlow members of the Philippine Cabinet that "Caday felt it was personal,

Royal motorcade forced to switch route [ARTICLE]

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Royal motorcade forced to switch route BANGKOK The military is concerned about the danger that was posed to the Thai King and Queen on Monday night after protest rallies in front of Government House forced the royal motorcade to change routes, a Bangkok Post report has said. It quoted Lt-General

Thai demonstrators spark traffic chaos [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Thai demonstrators spark traffic chaos Roads blocked as protesters assemble around Govt House BANGKOK Pro-democra-cy protesters have threatened to block roads outside Government House in Bangkok in an attempt to force the government to dissolve Parliament. Traffic came to a halt around Government House on Tuesday after hundreds of protesters

Bangkok targets citys pollution pests [ARTICLE]

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Bangkok targets citys pollution pests EDWARD TANG A squad of inspectors will have more powers to punish wrongdoers as pollution-weary residents spend billions on medical treatment By THAILAND CORRESPONDENT STEPS: So far to improve Bangkok's air quality include: Designating eigfat major roads that needed intensive air-pollution control. Advising motorsts to

Poor in Bangkok get rice treat [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Poor in Bangkok get rice treat A LONG queue formed in Bangkok yesterday as hundreds stood patiently in the hot sun waiting to get a gift rice. This woman and her child happily accepted a sack, a present from a Chinese foundation which performs the act of charity every year

Suharto's relative pleads guilty to possessing drugs [ARTICLE]

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Suharto's relative pleads guilty to possessing drugs The granddai«ght er-in-law of the ex-president admits that some drugs in her bag were hers but denies having a larger stash found in her car JAKARTA A granddaueh-ter-in-law of Indonesia's former president Suharto appeared in court yesterday charged with the possession of illegal

Brunei delegation in Singapore for visit [ARTICLE]

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Brunei delegation in Singapore for visit A DELEGATION comprising ministers and senior officials from Brunei is here for the seventh Singapore-Brunei Darussalam Exchange visit. Professor S. Jayakumar, Minister for Foreign Affairs and for Law, is hosting the visit, which is from today to Saturday. It is part of a regular

Ex-rebel 'Gringo' still regarded as a terrorist by US [ARTICLE]

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Ex-rebel 'Gringo' still regarded as a terrorist by US MANILA He may now be a senator, but former military rebel Gregorio Honasan, also known as "Gringo", is still considered a terrorist by the US In a speech on Tuesday, Senator Aquilino Pimentel took up the cudgels for his colleague, Senator

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UN PEACEKEEPERS SHOOT MILKMEN [ARTICLE]

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UN PEACEKEEPERS SHOOT MILKMEN UN PEACEKEEPERS shot two suspected pro-Indone-sian militia fighters to death in a gunbattle near East Timor's border with Indonesia yesterday. The clash took place between Australian troops and a gang of armed men, said a UN spokesman. No Australians were injured. AP

3 IN THE DOCK FOR DRUG POSSESSION [ARTICLE]

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3 IN THE DOCK FOR DRUG POSSESSION THREE Chinese nationals faced drug possession charges in the Philippines, officials said in Manila. One of the three, Chang Shin Lu, was charged on Tuesday in court with possession of 948 gm of the banned metamphetamine hydrochloride, lnrallv known as shabu. \FP

GRENADE INJURES 8 IN KARAOKE BAR [ARTICLE]

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GRENADE INJURES 8 IN KARAOKE BAR A GRENADE explosion wounded eight people at a karaoke bar in Pnnom Penh, Cambodian police said yesterday. A district police chie^ said the attack late on Tuesday followed a conflict between customers over women in the bar. AP

FIRE RAVAGES SHANTY TOWN [ARTICLE]

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FIRE RAVAGES SHANTY TOWN A FIRE raged through the Vietnamese market and a shanty town in the Lao capital Vientiane, where a mysterious four-month-old bombing campaign has flared up again. Diplomats in the citv confirmed the fire. AFP

HYANMAR DENIES FORCED LABOUR [ARTICLE]

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HYANMAR DENIES FORCED LABOUR MYANMAR'S military regime yesterday denied reports that Myanmar-made goods being sold by USbased retail giant Wal-Mart were produced by forced labour. Reports by human rights groups, however, have documented allegations that the army uses forced labour for portering. AFP

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Disabled man on the move PARALYSIS is no deterrence to /.m i. il Ali, 44, who has modified a motorbike to suit his physical condition. MrZainal, who is paralysed from the waist down after a fall from a rambutan tree, has adapted the bike so it fits his wheelchair and

Women get their chance to e-mail Mahathir [ARTICLE]

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Women get their chance to e-mail Mahathir KUALA LUMPUR A women's group in Malaysia has launched a website which enables women to email Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The messages to the Prime Minister can be forwarded through the e-mail address mymalaysiaboleh. com until Aug 20. The homepage,

Umno joins MCA to fight Ecstasy menace [ARTICLE]

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Umno joins MCA to fight Ecstasy menace Fearing a whole generation is at risk, the two bodies are declaring war on the drug, hoping to warn students, parents and teachers about the dangers I WANT TO STATE HERE THAT THE CAMPAIGN BY MCA IS FOR THE PEOPLE OF MALAYSIA AND

'Photos of topless women in fitting room' [ARTICLE]

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'Photos of topless women in fitting room' PENANG A supermarket operator has lodged a police report over the circulation of an e-mail purportedly showing pictures of topless women allegedly taken by a hidden camera in its fitting room. The outlet's promotions and advertising manager, Mr Yee Kam Ming, nas threatened

Waterborne Samaritans to the rescue [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Waterborne Samaritans to the rescue THIS young woman fighting her way home through flood waters, almost didn't make it. She lost her balance and would have drowned if some men had not come to her rescue in a boat. Two days of heavy rain in Negri Sembilan resulted in massive

Vernacular schools 'won't lose identity' [ARTICLE]

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Vernacular schools 'won't lose identity' Their nature will be kept, says Education Minister GENTING HIGHLANDS Chinese and Tamil schools have been told not to worry about losing their identity with the introduction of the vision school concept. Malaysian Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad said the government move would not

'Broadcast Anwar verdict live on TV [ARTICLE]

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'Broadcast Anwar verdict live on TV Umno Youth says the move will keep the public abreast of the latest developments and indirectly help identify protesters at the court KUALA LUMPUR Umno Youth yesterday proposed that local television stations broadcast tomorrow's verdict on the sodomy trial of former Deputy Premier Anwar

Transvestites try to run down vigilantes [ARTICLE]

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Transvestites try to run down vigilantes MALACCA Five transvestites, angry at a group of vigilante corps members who conducted spot checks on them, got into a car and tried to run them down. As the four vigilantes dived for cover, the transvestites drove towards the town and disappeared. The incident

Inspector honoured for quiet act of heroism [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Inspector honoured for quiet act of heroism Walking alone into the hideout of Al-Ma'unah men who took hostages last month, he 'talked religion' and persuaded them to surrender IPOH A hitherto littleknown police officer, who talked religion" with the leader of the AI-Ma'unah group during last month's hostage-taking drama and

Odour-control plan to boost durian sales [ARTICLE]

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Odour-control plan to boost durian sales KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia is working on odour-control measures to boost sales of the delicious but strong-smelling durian. Mr Abdul Shukor Abdul Rahman of the Malaysian Agriculture Research Development Institute (Mardi; said controlling the smell was just one of the ways in which the country

Raid on homeopathy clinic claiming to have Aids cure [ARTICLE]

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Raid on homeopathy clinic claiming to have Aids cure The authorities raided the clinic after seeing a report in a Malay newspaper last month which said the clinic claimed it had found a cure for Aids MALACCA Health officers raided a private clinic specialising in herbal cures and seized several

MAN-EATER [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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MAN-EATER NEW STRAITS TIMES Policemen carrying a 1 10-kg tiger they had shot dead just as it was about to pounce on them in Jili, Kelantan, on Tuesday. A day earlier, the animal mauled a rubber tapper to death. Police, armed with M-16 rifles, had to fire several shots before

Causeway pedestrian tunnel gets facelift [ARTICLE]

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Causeway pedestrian tunnel gets facelift JOHOR BARU A pedestrian tunnel at the Causeway, which was a notorious hang-out for beggars, drug addicts and snatch thieves, has been given a facelift by Johor authorities. Deputy Works Minister Khalid Nordin visited the spruced up underpass on Tuesday. The tunnel floor is now

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Re-establishing neighbourhood ties [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Re-establishing neighbourhood ties On Sunday, the Housing Board said two more sites would come under the Selective Enbloc Redevelopment Scheme. Wliat happens after such an announcement? How do residents cope? JOSEPHINE JAMES speaks to those leaving Holland Drive for new homes at Strathmore Avenue Still together Unsettling The block is

NTU students ciy foul over gown deposit [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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NTU students ciy foul over gown deposit ARLINA ARSHAD Graduates must return a form to get back their $150 convocation-gown deposit. Otherwise, the money will go automatically to the NTU Fund Bit MONEY MATTERS MAKE IT VOLUNTARY, NOT BY DEFAULT 'Donation should be voluntary, not by default. Communications student Koh

Driver jailed for stabbing girlfriend [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Driver jailed for stabbing girlfriend ATTACK WITH SCISSORS AT CARPARK Lovers' tiff ended in him chasing and hurting girlfriend A MAN stabbed his girlfriend with a pair of scissors after accusing her of cheating on him. Chia Teck Guan, 44, a truck driver, was jailed for six months on Tuesday

The Young and the arrested [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The Young and the arrested CHONG CHEE KIN SE LIN A LU M More teenagers have been arrested for serious crimes in the first half of the year. Surge in number of reports of statutory rape By atul Petty crimes Teenagers resort to petty crimes for various reasons, like boredom,

Slight dip in number of molest cases [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Slight dip in number of molest cases REPORT CARD ON CRIMES MOLEST incidents showed a marginal decline, dropping from 485 cases in the first half of last year to 479 during the same period this year. This is a 1.2-per-cent drop. However, simple molest cases rose fractionally. Such cases make

Break-ins at private homes up [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Break-ins at private homes up THE number of houses broken into nearly doubled in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year. Fifty houses around the island were hit between January and June; last year, it was 26. In several of these cases, an

China expert to give public lectures here [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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China expert to give public lectures here TAN LARK SYE PROFESSORSHIP HISTORIAN Yen Chinghwang, an expert on modern China and the overseas Chinese, has been named the inaugural Tan l^ark Sye Visiting Professor at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The 62-year-old professor, who arrived here on Monday from Australia, where

Othman Wok in stable condition [ARTICLE]

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Othman Wok in stable condition FORMER minister Othman Wok is in a stable condition following a heart-bypass operation on Friday. The former Social Affairs and Culture Minister had a heart attack and was admitted to hospital on the same day. A National Heart Centre spokesman said on Moncfay that he

Marine Terrace 'yes' to upgrading [ARTICLE]

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Marine Terrace 'yes' to upgrading FIAT owners in the Marine Terrace precinct have voted in favour of the Main Upgrading Programme (MUP). Under the upgrading, residents living in Blocks 12 to 20 a totalof 1,343 units will enjoy new facilities, such as covered linkways, children's playgrounds and a fitness corner.

Tourists teamed up to burgle homes [ARTICLE]

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Tourists teamed up to burgle homes The two Columbians met by chance and decided to turn housebreakers to make some quick money. The police, however, put paid to their plans TWO Colombian tourists who met by chance while holidaying here decided to team up and break into homes to steal,

Sentosa needs focal point, say tourism players [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Sentosa needs focal point, say tourism players A COUNCIL of international tourism professionals delivered on Tuesday their proposals on Sentosa's future development. They gave the thumbs up for the island's plan to build a waterfront condominium, retain its natural beaches and develop a tourist attraction on it, all at the

The vote goes to huge theme parks [ARTICLE]

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The vote goes to huge theme parks SHARMINI SELVARAJAH ALICIA YEO WHAT S'POREANS WANT Hu and Big bucks for rides SINGAPOREANS want their share of roller-coaster rides, and they are willing to pay for them. Eighty-five per cent of the people The Straits Times interviewed agreed to pay between $20

Burst water pipe disrupts traffic [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Burst water pipe disrupts traffic MORNING peak-hour traffic along Cairnhill Road at its junction with Orchard Road was disrupted yesterday between 5.30 am and 11.45 am because of a burst water pipe. The leak caused a bulge to develop on the road. The metre-long bump, which was 5-cm high, appeared

Payroll thieves hit unattended vehicles [ARTICLE]

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Payroll thieves hit unattended vehicles NEAL COOKE SELINA LUM and HE WAS hoping to strike it rich on 4-D but, instead, lost nearly $16,000 while he was placing his bet. Mr Chang I^eng Kin, the managing director of an alu-minium-casting company, had left last month's wages for his 18 foreign

Mum back to care for kids [ARTICLE]

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Mum back to care for kids SHAHIDA ARIFF The mother of 4 abandoned children claims she had no idea her kids had been left behind by their father Bu\ THE mother of four abandoned children in MacPherson estate has returned home, claiming that she had no idea her children had

Jennie Chua is new chief of ComChest [ARTICLE]

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Jennie Chua is new chief of ComChest BRAEMA MATHI As the new chairman, she has to raise $40 million annually for the 50 or so charities under the NCSS Bu HOTELIER Jennie Chua has been given the ultimate recognition for her fundraising abilities she has been tasked to come up

More than 16,000 flags sold [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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More than 16,000 flags sold JOSEPHINE JAMES DEBBIE GOH By, and IT IS that time of the year when Singapore is a flutter with national fervour and flags. And the largest national flag ordered this year from flag-maker K.S. Lau hangs down proudly between two Housing Board blocks at Choa

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Playing 'God' for a day KOH BOON PIN DEBBIE GOH Under Westin's Guest of the Day (God) programme, a quest is selected at random for VIP treatment -just one way top hotels stay ahead of the pack Hu and CHECK into The Westin Stamford and Westin Plaza and you might

How are you being served? [ARTICLE]

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How are you being served? Conrad International Centennial Singapore Rates: S360 to $3,300 Daily fruit platter in room. Toiletries include disposable contact-lens holder. Takeaway teddy bear and rubber ducky. Stairmaster in room on request. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Rates: $435 to $4,500 LD/CD player with choice of 350 discs. Tea,

What counts as 5-star [ARTICLE]

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What counts as 5-star THE Mobil Travel Guide is relied upon by many travellers in the United States. The criteria for its hotel star awards include the following: One-star: Clean, well-maintained and quiet room; Furniture and plumbing in good condition; Convenient location; Swimming pool and food services or grocery store.

I'm fat but that's okay [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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I'm fat but that's okay SHARMILPAL KAUR Over a third of S'poreans in polled say they are overweight but most drag k their feet about taking any action M Hi, BMI: Weight and height IT TAKES neither sex nor age into account, and is most widely used as a measure

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Bank charges a hurdle for e-commerce, say firms [ARTICLE]

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Bank charges a hurdle for e-commerce, say firms NATALIE SOH Business leaders at IDA forum say premium levied for online credit-card transactions erodes their profits />'/ BOOSTING DOT. COM DRIVE THE Government announced on Tuesday these initiatives to "dot.com" the private sector and help businesses adopt e-commerce: Continual revisions of

Top up Cashn Card on the Internet [ARTICLE]

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Top up Cashn Card on the Internet YOU can now top up your CashCard through the Internet. The service is free, but you have to buy a Smart Card Reader, which costs from $20 up. Offered by Nets (Network for Electronic Transfers (Singapore) Ptc Ltd, it also requires you to

Soon, the taste of freedom [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Soon, the taste of freedom REUTERS OLGA, a 10-month-old orangutan, drinks milk From a bottle as six-month-old Ricky clings to her at a Jakarta zoo last week. Ricky and Olga are two of seven orangutans that will be released at a national park in Kalimantan soon. The orangutan population in

Cholera's genetic map decoded [ARTICLE]

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Cholera's genetic map decoded PARIS Scientists have announced they had decoded the genetic map of the cholera bacterium, paving the way for revolutionary drugs to fight a disease that has claimed countless lives. Tough and versatile, the comma-shaped cholera bug lodges in the mucous membranes of the small intestine, where

Play Counterstrike in virtual HDB estate [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Play Counterstrike in virtual HDB estate OO GIN LEE Three S'poreans have created two 'virtual maps' that use local scenes as backdrops for the popular game FANS of a hit shoot-em-up computer game can now slug it out with one another while shouting in Singlish at the former Capitol cinema

ALL-ROUND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT Boost for photosynthesis doubles crop output [ARTICLE]

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ALL-ROUND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT Boost for photosynthesis doubles crop output KUNMING A Chinese scientist has developed technology which can greatly improve photosynthesis efficiency in crops. It also helps upgrade crop quality and increase output. Trial tests done in Harbin, the capital of north-east China's Heilongjiang Province, doubled the per-unit output of

Microsoft cracks down on sites [ARTICLE]

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Microsoft cracks down on sites REDMOND (Washington) Microsoft, the world's largest software-maker, said it has taken legal action against more than 7,500 websites and auction sites worldwide for selling programs that the company says are counterfeit. Microsoft is working with others in the industry and with the authorities to stop

Massage your ego by finding your name on the Internet [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Massage your ego by finding your name on the Internet ZURAIDAH IBRAHIM NOTES FROM THE NEW ECONOMY By: It is habit forming, but finding your 'self in cyberspace can be rewarding and, occasionally, shocking I HAVE an Internet habit that I have been reluctant to admit, until now. Once in

Clearing the air on cell phones [ARTICLE]

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Clearing the air on cell phones AFTER several of the world's largest cell-phone manufacturers, including companies jike Nokia, Motorola and Ericsson, said last week that they planned to release more information on the radiation levels of their devices, it will be harder to ignore the debate over health risks and

The lost world [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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The lost world AFP ANEWLYerected sculpture depicting fossilised dinosaur hones covering the glohe was unveiled on Tuesday at a small Beijing park. Intrigued, a Chinese taxi driver leaves his cab to check out the art piece. 'hi na continues to he one of the most exciting and important archaeological regions

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Is America slowing? [ARTICLE]

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Is America slowing? THE American economy grew at a robust 5.2 per cent annualised rate in the second quarter, faster than the revised 4.8 for the first quarter. The growth was due mainly to business investments, particularly in computers and software, the stockpiling of inventories, which accounted for nearly a

China and India jockey for influence in Myanmar [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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China and India jockey for influence in Myanmar THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES Ready for wooing INTELLIGENCE analysts say that China's economic, political and military influence in the country has already become so strong that it would be hard for Yangon to reorientate its foreign policy radically. But the

Crucial for US to import labour [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Crucial for US to import labour ROBERT DUNN Hi, IN A FEW YEARS, IT WILL NO LONGER BE A MATTER OF INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES KINDLY DECIDING TO ALLOW A FEW IMMIGRANTS TO ENTER THEIR LABOUR FORCES; THEY WILL BE COMPETING TO ATTRACT IMMIGRANTS WITH THE SKILLS AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDS THEY NEED

Invite China, S. Korea, Asean and India to next summit [ARTICLE]

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Invite China, S. Korea, Asean and India to next summit FRANK GIBNEY CALL TO GROUP OF EIGHT Bty LOS ANGELES The only notable thing about last week's Group of Eight summit conference in Okinawa was its expense. Desperate for some good publicity, Japan's government tossed away nearly US$BOO million (SSI.4

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Western hypocrisy in shark's fin debate [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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Western hypocrisy in shark's fin debate PROPONENTS OF A BAN ON SHARK'S FIN SOUP IGNORE THE FACT THAT MOST SHARKS ARE CAUGHT UNINTENTIONALLY IN NETS AND LONGLINES WHICH TARGET MUCH MORE VALUABLE FISH STOCKS, SUCH AS TUNA AND SWORDFISH. "m r r petkr m Knights I\i I assures us V

A well-rounded schooling is best [LETTER]

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A well-rounded schooling is best IN REFERENCE to "Allow more flexibility in choice of subjects" by Leung Ngai-Hang Zachary (ST,Aug2), I have to disagree. Having graduated from St Joseph s Institution in 1996, 1 shared the impression that I would have done better in my O levels had I been

Let Malay teachers upgrade themselves [LETTER]

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Let Malay teachers upgrade themselves I refer to article, "Shorter degree course for Chinese-language teachers" (ST.Augl). How about the long-suffering, non-graduate Malay-language teachers who have been clamouring for the Ministry of Education (MOE) allow them to further their studies at the University of Malaya? It is time MOE let these

Ashes from incense paper afire hazard [LETTER]

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Ashes from incense paper afire hazard I HOPE this is the season to review the sensitive issue of burning incense paper in public areas, with an approach consistent with the recent killer-litter consensus based on logic and a sense of civic-consciousness. I live on the second storey in an HDB

First, it's maids. Now, toddlers P [LETTER]

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First it's maids. Now, toddlers P I READ Mr Jacky Tai Siew San's letter, "Crying baby spoiled my movie outing" (ST. Aug 1), with much annoyance. Being a mother of two young children, I agree with him that babies should not be taken to the cinema as the noise is

Why I take my baby to the cinema [LETTER]

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Why I take my baby to the cinema The call to ban babies from cinemas is disturbing: where does it start and where does it end? Ban them from restaurants? The MRT, buses and airplanes? Country clubs? This would definitely cause a further dip in our population figures. I AM

Think about fellow patrons [LETTER]

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Think about fellow patrons I empathise fully with Mr Jacky Tai and his fellow cinema-goers, who had the unfortunate experience of sharing a theatre with an extremely inconsiderate mother and her crying baby. Tolerance is important but it must not overshadow the greater need for understanding of and consideration for

No wonder some children misbehave [LETTER + ILLUSTRATION]

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No wonder some children misbehave WITH gracious and tolerant people like letter writers Michelle Lee and Mohamad Azni Abdul Ghani around ("Baby in cinema: Applaud mum", and "Be tolerant in a less-than-perfect world", ST, Aug 2) no wonder we have so many children misbehaving talking loudly, playing and running around

Welcome foreign sportsmen who turn citizens [LETTER]

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Welcome foreign sportsmen who turn citizens MR TAY Lin Siau's letter, "A win is no substitute for national pride" (ST, Aug 1), ignores the fact our nation evolved from an immigrant society. If a foreign national, regardless of his sporting prowess, decides to make Singapore his home, who are we

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Geylang trio ready to play despite probe [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Geylang trio ready to play despite probe ERNEST LUIS S-LEAGUE SOCCER Released players show no sign of nerves during training PRE-MATCH STATISTICS JURONGvHOME Jurong East Stadium, 7.30pm) Jurong's probable XI: 1-Bashir Khan, 7-Hrvoje Ratkovie, 9-Dalis Supait, 1 1-Razali Rashid, 12-Thirukuniaran, 14-E. Manhnohan, 16-Nor Azman Hussain, 17-1. Kalaiselvan, 19-GohTat Chuan, 15-Joselito

Likelihood of more questioning [ARTICLE]

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Likelihood of more questioning FOREIGN S-League players Billy Bone, Brian Bothwell, Lutz Pfannenstiel and Max Nicholson are more than likely to be called up for further questioning by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau. They were released on police bail on Tuesday. The Football Association of Singapore's legal adviser R. Palakrisnnan,

Guti leads Real's 5-1 thrashing of Milan [ARTICLE]

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Guti leads Real's 5-1 thrashing of Milan EUROPEAN SOCCER Mil AN Guti scored two goals and paved the way for another on Tuesday, as Real Madrid embarrassed AC Milan 5-1 in a warm-up match at the San Siro. Guti put the visitor 1-0 up in the closing seconds of the

Ang claims silver in World Masters [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Ang claims silver in World Masters CHAN TSE CHUEEN SWIMMING FORMER Olympian Ang Peng Siong proved he had not lost his touch in the pool. The once world-class sprinter won a silver medal in the 50 metres butterfly at the on-going Fina World Masters Championships in Munich. Competing in the

Rivaldo gets huge salary increase [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Rivaldo gets huge salary increase BARCEI ONA Barcelona has agreed on a deal to keep Rivaldo at the club for the next three years, putting paid to speculation linking the Brazilian forward with a move to AC Milan. Rivaldo had talks with Barcelona president Joan Gaspart until late on Tuesday,

Reds' scatter-gun approach [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Reds' scatter-gun approach SOCCER O MARCUS BABBEL From Bayern Munich on free transfer OGARY MCALLISTER From Coventry on free transfer O BERNARD DIOMEDE From Auxerre for £3m (557.74m) OPEGGUY ARPHEXAD From Leicester on free transfer ONICK BARMBY From Everton for £6m OPHIL THOMPSON Liverpool's assistant manager O GERARD HOULLIER Liverpool's

Big names spurn cash-rich Bulls [ARTICLE]

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Big names spurn cash-rich Bulls BASKETBALL WHO ACCEPTED BULLS' OFFER Ron Mercer from Orlando for a six-year deal worth US$67 million (Ssll6 million) WHO REJECTED BULLS' OFFER Grant Hill (moved to Orlando) Tim Duncan (stayed at San Antonio) Tracy McGrady (moved to Orlando) Tim Thomas (stayed at Milwaukee) Eddie Jones

Heavy trading of players on opening day [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Heavy trading of players on opening day WASHINGTON A heavy trade of National Basketball Association players was witnessed on Tuesday, the first day when the NBA allowed the signing of any contract with free agents and other players in the league. A nine-player trade was finalised between Miami Heat and

Sampras wins, Agassi falls to Golmard [ARTICLE]

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Sampras wins, Agassi falls to Golmard TENNIS TORONTO Pete Sampras shook off the rust. Andre Agassi could not. 'The second-seeded Sampras, playing his first match since winning Wimbledon tor a seventh time, recovered from a shaky start to beat France's Michael Llodra 5-7, 6-2, 7-o" (7-4) in the first round

No Olympic spot, so Chiba sues [ARTICLE]

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No Olympic spot, so Chiba sues SWIMMING Wu threatens to sue BANNED Chinese swimming star Wu Yanyan has also expressed her intention to sue the China Swimming Association after her four-year ban for doping last month. "This is a totally unfair punishment," the world record holder in the 200-metre individual

SHE QUALIFIED IN STYLE — DESPITE BEING SICK [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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SHE QUALIFIED IN STYLE DESPITE BEING SICK AT THE Japanese national championships in April, which also served as the Olympic trials, Suzu Chiba won the 200-metre freestyle in 2min 00.545ec and was placed third in the 100m in 56.29, despite the fact that she was so sick from influenza that

SPORT IN SHORT

BRADMAN TAKES FIRMS TO COURT [ARTICLE]

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BRADMAN TAKES FIRMS TO COURT CRICKET legend Sir Donald Bradman took six companies to the Australian Federal Court yesterday to protect his name and reputation. The action, brought by Sir Donald, 91, and The Bradman Foundation, alleges the companies and two directors used his name to mislead the public into

REAL RENEWS BID FOR ZIDANE [ARTICLE]

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REAL RENEWS BID FOR ZIDANE SPANISH soccer giant Real Madrid is launching a renewed bid to acquire the services of French superstar Zinedine Zidane, the Spanish daily AS reported yesterday. New club president Florentino Perez is ready to offer Serie A runner-up Juventus US$5O million (SsB7 million) for the 28--year-old

WORLD CHAMPION TO SKIP OLYMPICS [ARTICLE]

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WORLD CHAMPION TO SKIP OLYMPICS NORTH Korea's world women's marathon champion Jong Song Ok will not run in the Sydney Olympics, a press report said yesterday. The 25-year-old Jong, who brought the Stalinist state its first world athletics raid medal at last years world championships, has retired and is now

IAAF TO HEAR CHRISTIE AND CO. [ARTICLE]

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IAAF TO HEAR CHRISTIE AND CO. BANNED British track athletes Linford Christie, Doug Walker and Gary Cadogan will have their positive doping cases heard by an International Amateur Athletic Federation (lAAF) arbitration panel on Aug 14. A hearing originally scheduled for July 6-9 was postponed.

Jones braces up for Sydney with year's best in 100m [ARTICLE]

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Jones braces up for Sydney with year's best in 100m ATHLETICS STOCKHOLM Marion Jones, bidding for an outrageous five gold medals at the Sydney Games, brushed aside a quality field to win the women's 100 metres and a one-carat diamond at a packed Olympic Stadium here on Tuesday. Once the

'New' Fu is relaxed, having fun for a change [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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'New' Fu is relaxed, having fun for a change DIVING BEIJING In the regimented and often faceless world of China's state-controlled sporting machine, Fu Mingxia stands out as the undisputed golden girl. The triple Olympic diving gold medallist is on the comeback trail for the Sydney Olympics after three years

One last hurrah for Thomson [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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One last hurrah for Thomson THERE was a time when Thomson Secondary School had six softball teams comprising 120 players. Come next year, it will have none. The school, long known for its dedication to the sport which, in turn, has produced some 11 national titles since 1990, will merge

THOMSON'S SECRET TO SOFTBALL SUCCESS [ARTICLE]

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THOMSON'S SECRET TO SOFTBALL SUCCESS Dedicated teachers-in-charge, including Cheng Yau Wan and Lee Boon Kau. Significant support from the principals since the early 70s. Incumbent Lau Kum Leng, for one, was generous with equipment and training opportunities. Last year, the team went to Shanghai for an eight-day training stint, which

FACES [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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FACES Name: Michael Tan Chun Wee School: Jurong Secondary School (Sec 2) Sport: Basketball (C Div) He was left out of the school team last year because he was "too lousy", the 14-year-old said sheepishly. This season, the 1.59-metre tall forward was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament,

Wushu first to set up home in a CC [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Wushu first to set up home in a CC CHAN TSE CHUEEN WISH I Federation to move to Braddell Heights in two years' time *z The CCs and the co-location partners will share modern facilities which would otherwise have been duplicated if they are built in separate locations. Minister for

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ATHLETICS Stockholm International Meeting Men's 100m: 1 Ato Boldon (Tri) lO.Olsec 2 Obadele Thomson (Bar) 10.01 3 Darren Campbell (Gbr) 10.06. 110m hurdles: 1 Allen Johnson (USA) 13.15 2 Robin Korving (Hoi) 13.25 3 Jevgeni Pechonkin (Rus) 13.39. 400m: 1 Alejandro Cardenas (Mex) 45.31 2 Hendrik Mokganyetsi (Rus) 45.37 3

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M. Muralitharan 3-76, U. Chandana 2-21. S. Jayasuriya 2-45). Sri Lanka 308 (M. Atappatu 120, A. Ranatunga 54) and 41-4 at lunch. SOCCER Argentina Apertura (Opening) C'ship: Chacarita Juniors 0 Union 0. SWIMMING World Masters Championships in Munich Men's 50m butterfly, 25-30 age-group: 1 Vlastimil Havlicek (Teh) 25.075ec 2 Justin

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BASKETBALL Schools' National Championships finals C Division, Girls: Raffles Girls' 49 Assumption English School 41. Boys: Jurong 62 Raffles institution 59. 3rd placings, Girls: Jurong 43 Naval Base 37. Boys: Manjusri 60 Swiss Cottage 39. Most Valuable Player, Girls: Sa rah Lim (AES). Boys: Michael Tan (Jurong) RUGBY Schools' National

OBITUARIES

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The Family Of The Late TAN ENG HIN Age: 96 Departed on 29/7/2000 Wish to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all relatives, Quasi Government Bodies and friends for their kind assistance, condolences, donations and wreaths during L their recent bereavement.

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With Deepest Sympathy and Heartfelt Condolences to The Rt Rev. Dr. John Chew Bishop of Singapore on the demise of his beloved mother on 31st July 2000 CHONG FEI JU From St Andrew's School Board of Governors, Principals and Staff of St Andrew's Junior School and St Andrew's Secondary School

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With Deepest Sympathy Heartfelt Condolences to MR SIM CHOON LAY and Family on the demise of his Beloved Mother ANNE LEE LEE ENG From Management Staff Ponggol Choon Seng Seafood Restaurant

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The family of the late LUCY CHIN YOK PIN called home to be iv/r/i tfi« Lord on 25 July 2000 wishes to thank Fr Timothy, Godmother Sr Christina, Andrew, Nicholas; Prayer Groups from Praise Worship, Sodality of St Joseph (Church of Christ the King), Holy Spirit; many local overseas friends,

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SIM MEOW LAN AGE: 87 Passed away peacefully on Ist August 2000, leaving behind loved ones. (Husband: Lim Cheng Hai, deceased) Sons: Daughters-in-law: Lim Ah Tee, Simon Tay Siow Eng (Lim Jee Tee, Alfred, deceased) Koh Penny Lim Juat Yong, FranK Tan Choon Shia Lim Juat Nan Seow Kin Fah

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THAYAMMAH KANNAMMAH Aqe: 71 passed away peacefully on 2nd August 2000, leaving behind loved ones. Husband: Mr. Adakalam Anthony Daughters: Sons-in-law: onanambal Kaneasan Krishnammal Giwa Dauqhters-ln-law: Kunaseqaran Rosty Panisilvam Krishnaveni Grandchildren: Vijayan Kanesan Roy Vanitha Jey Gobi Relatives and friends Cortege leaving on 3.8.2000 Thursday at 3.30pm from Ang Mo

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ALAN LOK PENG TAM Age: 61 passed away peacefully on 2 August 2000, leaving behind loved ones. Mother: Lee Ah Yong Wives: Lim Sieu Lian Lucy Goh Ah Nya S OO5 Daughters-in-law: Jeffrey Lok Chee-Tung Monica Wee Bee Ling Gregory Lok Chee-Nam Evelyn Wong Wei Yee (Lok Chee-Wai.deceased) Daughter: Son-in-law:

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C. B. PANICKER Age: 90 passed away peacefully on 2 Auqust 2000. Always remembered by loved ones. (Wife: Sathia Bhama, deceased) Daughter: Son-in-law: P. Lakshmi Kutty Gopalan Nair Sons: Daughters-in-law: S. Madhavan p. Ambika Bala Gopal jothy Nair Grandchildren, great-granchildren. great-great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. Blk 322, ttO3-1912 Anq Mo Klo

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Ifln Loving Memory of SACHDEV (LAD S/0 SIVADASAN Departed 3.8.1998 Dearly missed always remembered by: Dad, Mum, Sister, Brother Inlaw, Niece, Nephew and loved ones.

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CHONG LYE NEO AGE: 67 Passed away peacefully on 2/8/2000 leaving behind loved ones. Husband: Tan Koon Enq Son Daught«r-!n-law lan Tan Chio Wan Suzana Tan Daughters Sons-in-law Cynthia Tan Huan Leng Sim Chee Min Kris Tan Huan Si Ivan So Teck Seng Brothers Slster-ln-law (Chua Lye Boon, deceased) (Chua

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I Th« family of the late LUCY TSANG SOAK LUIN wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to all relatives (S'pore KL), friends, colleagues business associates for their prayers, support, condolences, donations, wreaths, assistance attendance during their recent bereavement. Special thanks to: Frs. Patrick Goh, Paul Staes, Friar John Wong of

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SEAH CHOON SONG Age: 81 passed away peacefully on 31/7/2000 leavinq behind: Beloved Wife: Tan Wee Kim Sons: Daughters-in-law: Seah Khiang Peng, Low Gek Choo Vincent Seah Kiang Kok Koh Ah Chang Seah Kiang Liang Lim Peck Hoon Grandsons: Granddaughters: Seah ShaG Yi Seah Siew Lee Seah Shao Wei Seah

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W The Family Of The Late TE LEE CHIN KWONG Departed on 29 July 2000 wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and deepest appreciation to Dr. E. Au, Dr. London Ooi, Mr Mrs Woo, doctors and nurses of SGH who cared for him, all relatives and friends for their kind

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Tht Family Of Tht Latt N OUEK PECK HUAT wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the doctors and staff of Ward 6C. TTSH, relatives and friends for their condolences and support during their recent bereavement.

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In Loving Memory Of Our Latt Father SANDIAGO SAVARIMUTHU who left us on 3.8.77 Durly missed i lovingly rtmembtrtit Oy (smily *nO lovm cnts

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Tht Family of tht Latt] TOH PENG HOON, JENNY Departed 29th July 2000 "Ish to txprtss their sincere thanks appreciation to Or H L Urn of NUH, Management Staff of SGS-Thomson (Toa Payoh), pastors prayer groups, relatives and friends for their kind asslstanct. condoltncts, donations wreaths during Mjtir r»c«nt bereavement.

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KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR Adjusted for n«w Issues; Par v jlut MSI unless otherwise specified; Pit. ratios are not edMted (or currency dlfferencet. 2000 LMt voi N«l High Low Company %ttt COOOI P/t INDUSTRIALS Consumer Products 420 310 Aiinomoto 350 19 1 158 62 Angkasa 71.5 0.5 5 670 290 Apollo Food

GOLD [ARTICLE]

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GOLD Ptiysk«<Ss> IM Vm Kilotar XXXXX-XXXXX.65 XXXXX-XXXXX.97 100 gm 1546-1637.70 1550-1641.82 50 gm 773-829.15 775-831.21 20 gm 309-342.99 310-344.02 5 gm 77-101.97 78-101.97 1 gm 15-36.05 16-36.05 Bullion coins (Ss/oO Wa4 Ty Sport bullion coin 495-507 497-509 Canadian mapl* loaf 495-507 497-509 Australian nuggot 490-523.24 491-524.27 ÜBS goM KlnrtW" ?___L_.

CURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY Foreiqn Currency Note Rates (9am, Auq 2) Buying OO Selling Singapore dollars to one unit of foreign currency Australian dollar 0.9930 1.0070 Canadian dollar 1.1520 1.1760 NZ dollar 0.7760 0.7920 Sterling pound 2.5700 2.5970 US dollar 1.7250 1.7360 Singapore dollars to 100 units of foreign currency Austrian schilling 11.40

UNIT TRUSTS & FUNDS [ARTICLE]

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UNIT TRUSTS FUNDS Managers' prices (Ss) LEGEND-. AH price* «r» indicative t«c«pt (or Ei Blnqglt An.t v Broadly Diversified j I Narrowly Focused Lowtr Rltk. Low to Medium Risk; t Medium to Ml^h Rltk; Higher Risk; open-ended; Before tubdlvlilon of units; After subdivision of units; SP after stock split N.A-

SPOT RATES [ARTICLE]

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SPOT RATES Opan Close US$/Yen 109.09 108.70 USS/SS 1.7305 1.7300 USS/HKS 7.7986 7.7982 AS/USS 0.5793 0.5820 Eur/ USS 0.9152 0.9183 E/USS 1.4925 1.4934 Source: Nlttan AP

HONGKONG STOCKS [ARTICLE]

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HONGKONG STOCKS HKS ASM Pacific 27.50 0.30 Bank of Cast Asia 17.75 0.25 C P Pokphand 0.22 -0.01 Cafe De Coral 2.90 -0.03 Cathay Pacific Airways 17.10 0.75 COL Hotels ..3.35 unch Century City Int'l 0.27 -0.01 Cheung Kong Holdings 93.75 2.00 China Motor Bus 49.80 unch CITIC Pacific Ltd

PALM OIL [ARTICLE]

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PALM OIL Crude palm oil <Ms/tonn«) Aug OO 1020 (South) Refined palm oil (US$/tonne) RBO Palm Oil Aug 00 280.00 (seller) Sep 00 285.00 (seller) RBD Olein Aug 00 300.00 (seller) Sep 00 305.00 (seller) RBO Stearin Aug 00 230.00 (sellei)

SILVER [ARTICLE]

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SILVER Closing price* (USS/Ucy oz) Tue Wed Singapore 4.97-4.99 4.97-4.99 Mon Tue New York 4.98-5.00 4.97-4.99 Source: ROTHSCHILD

TIN [ARTICLE]

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TIN Closing prices (Ms/kilo> KL Tin 20.01 (unch Turnover 56 (-5)

SICOM FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SICOM FUTURES Rubber Futures (Closing prices) RSS 1 (Tonnes. S c«nti/»q> M^lth High Low Sett Vd Open Int Sop 00 119.25 400 Oct 00 120 50 NovOO 121.75 Dec 00 123.00 Jjn/MjrOI 126.25 Apr/JunOI. 129!25 RSS 3 (US cents/kg) Sop 00 68.50 .*»000 Oct 00 70.00 i)25 NovOO 71.25 2950

S'PORE EXCHANGE DERIVATIVES TRDG [ARTICLE]

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S'PORE EXCHANGE DERIVATIVES TRDG Eurodollar 3-Month deposit (100 implied interest rate) Open High Low Sett ttt Vol AuoOO 93.2500 93.2500 93.2500 93.2525 100 SepOO 93.195 93.195 XXXXX 93.195 5487 Oct 00 93.050 0 Act Vol (Tim XXXXX Open Int (Tut XXXXX Sinq Dollar Interest Rate Futures Opon Hlfh Lo» Sett

CLOB INTERNATIONAL [ARTICLE]

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CLOB INTERNATIONAL 52-Wk Curr Last Vol Day Grois N«t M Cap Mian Lew Co^par., Tra— Sate ♦f "OOP Mm> Low <»» »/t Smll HONGKONG STOCKS 395 200 COH2000) HK335 -5 12 340 335 8 10.5 6627.8 Cathay Pac 20c HK72O 265 6 XXXXX4 Cheung KongSOc HKI780 240 3 XXXXX.5 HKT.I5OC4OO

ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS [ARTICLE]

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ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS On* 3 6 9 12 Valu* Unit mth mthi mtM mths mth» Call data USS 67,, 6'/,, 6V„ 6'7„ 6V, 5"/ u 04/08 AS SV. 57,. 5"/,. 57. 6 SV. 04/08 N2s 5'V. 6'/,. 67. 67. 67, 57» 04/08 STG 57, SV. s'/. 5"/« s'i 4% 04/08

CRUDE & PRODUCT PRICES [ARTICLE]

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CRUDE PRODUCT PRICES Cru4«/Pro*ic» Month* Chum Ertc» (USS) BBL BRENT BLEND Aug »VOO 27.85-27.90 WEST TEXAS lnt»rm Auq ♦0.80 28.32-28.36 DUBAI FATEH San *0.86 25.17-25.22 TAPIS BLEND Auq *0 .25 30.15-30 25 MINAS Auq *0.25 31.46-31.56 NAPHTHA (CIF Jip) ♦3.50/5.00 267.00-269.00 NAPHTHA ♦0.60 28.00-28.20 CST-180 HSFO ♦1.00 140.00-142.00 Timlnq of

SGX SECURITIES TRDG:MAIN BOARD [ARTICLE]

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SGX SECURITIES TRDG:MAIN BOARD 52-Wk Curr Last Vol Oay Gf% Net M Cap Wt Avg High -Jam__ Company Trade* Sale *of- 000 High Lew CNv H P/E Jmh Price 163 101 mc AcmaSOc 115 unch 4 115 113 5 14.4 199.6 116 54 21 c Alliance Tech 24.5 20 2

INDICES [ARTICLE]

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INDICES Crwnqe Straits Times lod»» 2065.92 -8.16 BT 08/OS -497.00 »8 00 BT CADI -XXXXX 00 »35 00 BT IOd«y MA .......XXXXX.00 -49.00 OBS 50 Inden 692.24 *2 16 OCBC 30 668.79 ♦1.78 UOB Blue Chip 792.00 »5.33 STI Futures 2061 »4 MSCI Singapore 274.38 0.08 SiMSCI Futures 273.20 *).4O

SCOREBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SCOREBOARD MAIN SOO Up Pw Uiteh Up On Unch Multi Ind 9 2 7 0 0 0 Manufacturing 44 38 32 17 15 8 Commerce 15 14 15 6 2 4 Tpt/Stor/ Comms ..17 6 8 0 0 0 Finance 15 S 5 0 0 O Construction 9 7 8

TOP ACTIVES [ARTICLE]

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TOP ACTIVES Str«techsc 74 265 000 ">CO 20c 23.842.000 SMRT 10c 23.217,000 TT lot 15c IS,lBO]OOO Inn b»n<j 5c 13,327,000 hOlU H 5c 12,556.000 ur..f v PSI.OO M.27->,OOO I T»cni,rp 4c 11,214,000 fM Hldq» 20f 11.129.000 Ufmtm 5c 10.350.000

TURNOVER (READY) [ARTICLE]

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TURNOVER (READY) TURNOVER (OOO) Main Sesdaq Total Multi ind 7.326 7 326 Manufacturing 78,627 9,125 87 752 Commerce XXXXX 2,060 46 656 Tpt/Stor/Comms 48,416 48 418 Finance 10.470 10 470 Construction 77.756 4.281 82 037 Properties 13.148 XXXXX Hotels/Rsts 1,211 319 1530 Services 120.249 18.064 138.313 Others BJ-W 13.519 22

BONDS, LOANS & WARRANTS [ARTICLE]

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BONDS, LOANS WARRANTS STOCK PRICES LEGEND Ii V'JSH. U 1"**ln<WX stotfc XI2S" m mLISSV*^" 0" ->_ c Stocks «ppr«v*u undtr CPF Invtstnwntf SctMin* N i"i£!i!T p< *<l.<'lvld!,"? *««-«v«^m« cacum rf c coo*Jltlo««l tr«*<j i Umi22T? ew cum bonus l«»u« co cum offer xrt ex-rkjht lisue xM ex -bonus Issu* x»lle«-all

SGX SESDAQ [ARTICLE]

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SGX SESDAQ S2-Wk Curr Last voi Day Grs Ntt M Cap Wt Avq Waft Law Company Tn*4 Sata ♦or- 'OOP Hla» Law Otv P/I SmU Price MANUFACTURING 202 98.5 c AS Auto 10c 110 -1 94 112 110 10 N 44 144.4 110 82 50 c ASJ HkJgi 20c 50

Goldman partners' $7b bonanza [ARTICLE]

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Goldman partners' $7b bonanza Sale of 40m shares broadens the investor base and enables partners to cash in while the going is good NEW YORK Goldman Sachs Group said on Tuesday that its partners and big shareholders sold about US$4 billion (556.94 billion) worth of shares, marking the biggest stock

Opec scraps plan to pump more oil [ARTICLE]

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Opec scraps plan to pump more oil PRICE SLIDE 'Oil prices aren't too high, they're fair.' Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez CARACAS The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) told members to cancel plans to raise output for a third time this year after crude oil prices lost more than 10

Euro switch a security nightmare [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Euro switch a security nightmare FRANKFURT It sounds like a bank robber's dream. When Europe starts swapping its national currencies for crisp new euro notes late next year, billions of bills will hit the road in trucks and trains to banks while francs, deutschemarks and liras arc hauled away. With

US home sales at lowest level in two years [ARTICLE]

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US home sales at lowest level in two years NEW YORK A key gauge of future economic activity remained unchanged in June, while new home sales during that month fell to the lowest level in more than two years, the latest indications that the US economy may be cooling down.

CEOs finding it harder to hold onto jobs [ARTICLE]

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CEOs finding it harder to hold onto jobs NEW YORK Job security is becoming a quaint historical notion at the highest levels of the corporate world, where CEOs and senior executives are facing the pressure of an uncertain future that middle managers and other workers have long known. A study

Stanchart to slash 6,000 jobs worldwide [ARTICLE]

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Stanchart to slash 6,000 jobs worldwide Despite a 31% jump in interim profits, the bank is conducting a productivity scheme that includes staff layoffs LONDON Britain-based Standard Chartered reported a 31 per cent growth in firsthalf underlying profits yesterday and said that it was carrying out a major productivity programme

IN SINGAPORE [ARTICLE]

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IN SINGAPORE THE Singapore office of Standard Chartered Bank said that the bank's plan to lay off some 6,000 workers over two years will affect the entire group worldwide. However, the plan is still on the drawing board. In responding to a query from The Straits Times on how its

Greenspan 'backs Bush tax-cut plans' [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Greenspan 'backs Bush tax-cut plans' PHIIJVDELPHIA Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan will support Mr George Bush's plans for a substantial tax cut if the Texas governor is elected President, according to Mr Bush's top economic adviser. Mr Lawrence Lindsey, tipped widely for a senior job in a Bush administration, played

Europe accuses US of blocking access to its satellite market [ARTICLE]

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Europe accuses US of blocking access to its satellite market ALLEGED VIOLATION OF WTO RULES THE CHARGE "PROCEEDINGS by the Federal Communications Commission on spectrum allocation and licensing are not aKvavs carried out in an objective, transparent timely and non-discriminatory manner. They raise concerns regarding their compatibility with US WTO

German 3G auction: 2 bidders rapped [ARTICLE]

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German 3G auction: 2 bidders rapped 3G AUCTION UP FOR GRABS Twelve blocks of spectrum; bidders must secure at least two in order to obtain a licence the mats Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobil Vodafone Group's Mannesmann Mobilfunk France Telecom's MobilCom E-Plus-Hutchison British Telecommunicatioiis-backed Viag Interkom Swisscom-backed Debitel Group 3G MobilCom and

Deutsche Bank to outline new strategy [ARTICLE]

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Deutsche Bank to outline new strategy FRANKFURT Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank, is poised to signal a shift in strategy today, following the failure to free itself from its costly retail banking network. Its chairman, Mr Rolf Breuer, is expected to outline plans to build a Europewide retail-banking platform, based

Deutsche Telekom advertises US deal [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Deutsche Telekom advertises US deal REACHING OUT TO SHAREHOLDERS BONN Deutsche Telekom, whose stock has dropped 24 per cent in three weeks, is running fiill-page advertisements in German newspapers to convince investors its US$4O billion (5569.4 billion) purchase of VoiceStream Wireless makes sense. Europe's largest phone company is hoping the

INFLATION WATCH [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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INFLATION WATCH BANK GOVERNOR SAYS: The balance of risks had, in recent months, tilted somewhat further towards higlier inflation.' Reserve Bank governor lan Macftarlane, adding that the rate rise sought to limit those risks ANALYST'S VIEW: 7 really thought the bank's statement was very much focused in the rear-view mirror,

Rate hike takes Aussies by surprise [ARTICLE]

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Rate hike takes Aussies by surprise Quarter-point rise to 6.25% could be the first in a fresh series of rate moves to dampen inflationary risks SYDNEY Australia's central bank surprised financial markets yesterday with a rise in official rates that many thought was at least a month away, and left

Brash warning on NZ price increases [ARTICLE]

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Brash warning on NZ price increases WELLINGTON New Zealand central hank governor Don Brash warned companies that the bank may raise interest rates for the sixth time since November if they respond to a one-time jump in inflation by increasing prices and driving up wages. The annual inflation rate could,

Business confidence at risk, say critics [ARTICLE]

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Business confidence at risk, say critics NEWS ANALYSIS SYDNEY Australia's central bank saw the whites of the eves of inflation, and decided to fire. Many analysts were taken aback by the Reserve Bank's (RBA) decision yesterday to raise official interest rates, and interpreted the move as the first in a

HK may set fixed rate for sale of its currency [ARTICLE]

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HK may set fixed rate for sale of its currency Move is unnecessary, say dealers and analysts, since the HK dollar is pegged to the greenback already HONGKONG The Hongkong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has said that it is considering undertaking to sell Hongkong dollars at a fixed rate, effectively putting

Bank freezes ex-Sogo chiefs assets [ARTICLE]

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Bank freezes ex-Sogo chiefs assets TOKYO A Japanese bank has frozen the personal assets of the former chairman of collapsed Sogo department store chain in a fight for 11 billion yen (XXXXX.5 million), an official said yesterday. Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ) secured the freeze of Mr Hiroo Mizushima's assets

$2.38 PEAL: It's all about power [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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$2.38 PEAL: It's all about power Powercor is the largest electricity distributor in Australia's second-most populous state, selling electricity to more than 575,000 people It has an extensive distribution network in western Victoria state, owns a 19.9 per cent stake in Victoria's Hazelwood power station It sells electricity to major

Li Ka-shing buys Aussie power company [ARTICLE]

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Li Ka-shing buys Aussie power company REGIONAL EXPANSION SYDNEY Hongkong billionaire Li Ka-shing has bought Australian electricity distributor Powercor Australia from Britain's second- ranked utility ScottishPower for As2.3* billion (552.3 billion), the Australian Financial Review said, without citing sources. One of Mr Li's companies confirmed yesteraay that they were in

MONEY WORLD

HYUNDAI LOOKS INTO RESTRUCTURING [ARTICLE]

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HYUNDAI LOOKS INTO RESTRUCTURING SOUTH Korea's financial regulator said yesterday that the Hyundai Group was seriously considering a new restructuring plan at the request of its main creditor bank. Reuters

MAS STAKE: NALURI IN TALKS WTTH GOVT [ARTICLE]

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MAS STAKE: NALURI IN TALKS WTTH GOVT MALAYSIAN aviation firm Naluri said yesterday that it was in talks with the government over the sale of its stake in Malaysian Airline System (MAS). "We wish to inform that the company is in initial discussion with the government in respect of its

SEOUL MAPS OUT BANKING BLUEPRINT [ARTICLE]

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SEOUL MAPS OUT BANKING BLUEPRINT THE South Korean government is preparing a blueprint for integrating commercial banks under a financial holding company structure, Yonnap News Agency reported, citing an unidentified government official. Yonhap said the government will no longer proceed with its plan to reorganise Hanvit Bank, Cho Hung Bank,

JAKARTA ON EXPORTERS'GAINS [ARTICLE]

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JAKARTA ON EXPORTERS' GAINS BANK Indonesia said that it had moved to urge exporters to repatriate earnings, but admitted that it could not force them to do so because it remained committed to a floating exchange rate. There was speculation that the monetary authorities may issue regulations to force exporters

IBRA TO SELL FOOD DISTRIBUTION FIRM [ARTICLE]

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IBRA TO SELL FOOD DISTRIBUTION FIRM THE Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (Ibra) said it wiU sell food distribution company PT Pangansari Utama this year as part of its effort to help fund the state Budget. AFX-Asia

LG BUYS BACK $I60M IN SHARES [ARTICLE]

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LG BUYS BACK $I60M IN SHARES SOUTH Korea's LG Electronics said yesterday that the company has agreed to buy back 100 billion won (Ssl6O million) worth of its own shares in a bid to boost the share price. The two affiliates of LG Group agreed to tie the knot on

INDOSAT EARMARKS $700M INVESTMENT [ARTICLE]

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INDOSAT EARMARKS $700M INVESTMENT INDONESIA'S state international telephone operator PT Indosat Tbk said it will invest up to US$4OO million (XXXXX.t million) in the cellular phone business in the next three years in a bid to expand into the domestic market. New telecommunications regulations, expected to be issued this month,

Lira Hwee Hua moves over to Temasek [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Lira Hwee Hua moves over to Temasek LEE SU SHYAN She leaves broker Jardine Fleming to join the Government investment arm as senior vice-president Hi, MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for Marine Parade GRC, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, has quit her job at Jardine Fleming for a post as a senior

OUB announces 2 new senior appointments [ARTICLE]

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OUB announces 2 new senior appointments THE Overseas Union Bank group (OUB) has made two senior management appointments Mr Bill Chua Teck Huat as senior vicepresident and head of operations division at OUB and Mr Francisco J. Dy 111 as chief executive officer of OUB.com. Before joining OUB, Mr Chua

Tan Chong pulls in record Nissan sales [ARTICLE + ILLUSTRATION]

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Tan Chong pulls in record Nissan sales CHEE JANN PERNG Hu CAH distributor Tan Chong International was again given a smooth market ride from the hugely successful Nissan Sunny and Cefiro models. It said yesterday that it sold 2,063 Nissan vehicles last month, surpassing its record of 1,991 units in