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The Straits Times Established 1845 OcltlirQciy March 30, 2002 154 Pages m seven parts mita (P) 094/()3/2(X)2 4MB A Singapore Press Holdings publication Kj\J Cents

Israelis storm Arafat HQ, tanks roll into West Bank [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Israelis storm Arafat HQ, tanks roll into West Bank Arafat's an enemy, says Snaron "We've done everything possible to arrive at peace but all we have had until now has been terror, terror and more terror... This is why we see Arafat as an enemy, so he is going to

SAT exam looks set for major revamp [ARTICLE]

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SAT exam looks set for major revamp By ZURAIDAH IBRAHIM STRAITS TIMES UNITED STATES BUREAU PALO ALTO The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) that Singapore students need to take to enter local universities next year is likely to face a major revamp to include es-say-writing and more advanced maths problems. The

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HOME [ARTICLE]

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HOME FISH BREEDERS HIT BACK Tl 1 1 EVES have boon dipping their hands m the water lately and have gotten away with more than $140,000 worth ot 'ornamental tish. But the specialist fish breeders who were hit are making sure it does not happen again. One, who lost 820,

COMMENTARY [ARTICLE]

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COMMENTARY MEGA AND BUSH: ANY SIMILARITIES? WHAT the world needs is fewer tip-toeing diplomats and more foreign ministers like Mrs Makiko Tanaka people who tell it like it is, who refuse to gloss over harsh realities, writes Tom Plate. But many men did not like his enthusing over the growing

FORUM [ARTICLE]

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FORUM LET CELLPHONE CALLERS PAY THE Calling-Party-Pays system for mobile-phone users is the one that should apply here, writes Mr George Wong. It is only logical that the person making the call should bear the full cost, rather than the one who receives it, especially when there are more junk

LIFE! [ARTICLE]

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LIFE! SPOTLIGHT ON SPORE POETS SINGAPORE poetry is to be the centrepiece of the Spring issue of the Atlanta Review poetry journal, which is circulated m 120 countries. The six poets whose work will be featured are Gilbert Koh, Kirpal Singh, Toh Hsien Mm, Alvin Pang, Cyril Wong and AngelineYap.

ASIA [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ASIA Jaffar, the Osama threat of Indonesia MUSLIM cleric Jaffar Uinar Thalib has emerged as Indonesia's danger man someone spoken of m the same breath as Osama bin Laden. He leads an Islamic paramilitary' organisation of thousands all loyal, well-armed, well-drilled and known for their fanaticism and brutality. The New

HOME [ARTICLE]

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HOME Bundle on stairs was a baby A WOODLANDS resident could not help taking a little peek inside a red plastic bag that someone had left on a staircase. And what MrVoon Svvee Heng saw startled him. Inside was another plastic bag, with bloodstains on it. And lying m it

MONEY [ARTICLE]

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MONEY FEWER EXPATS, LOWER RENTS TWO of Singapore's biggest expatriate communities the Japanese and the Americans have been shrinking m recent years. And this is adding to the woes of the ailing private home-rental market. Rents fell by about 10 per cent last year. MONEY: S lO

WORLD [ARTICLE]

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WORLD TAMIL USERS AGREE TO TALK l ANDMARK peace talks between the Sri Ixinkan government and the Tamil Tiger guerillas are to be held m Thailand. The talks brokered by Norway give fresh hope of ending the separatist war m Sri I^inka, which had gone on tor 18 years and

ASIA [ARTICLE]

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ASIA IT'S A MYSTERY, SAYS KOIZUMI HE IS mystified as to why the Japanese economy is not moving at all. Real growth could be so far away he might not be m office to see it, says Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, whose popularity is waning. "I really wonder why the

SPORTS [ARTICLE]

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SPORTS GOING THE DISTANCE TEEN tennis player Lee Wei Ping relies on CD-ROMs tor her school work. And if she has questions, there is no around for her to put them to. But she can e-mail her teachers. Based m Indonesia and training to be a professional tennis player, that

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PRIME NEWS

Reclamation will not hit shipping lanes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Reclamation will not hit shipping lanes NATALIE SOH Projects around Tuas, Pulau Tekong have not narrowed channel between Singapore and Malaysia; boundary also unchanged Bu SINGAPORE'S reclamation projects around Pulau Tekong and Tuas have not led to a narrowing of the shipping lane there, contrary to charges made m some

Malaysia may not cooperate [ARTICLE]

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Malaysia may not cooperate RE ME AHMAD By l\ kIAI A I.IMHK PRIME Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday warned that Malaysia will not cooperate with Singapore If the Republic continues to reclaim land m the Johor Straits. He noted that despite an assurance from Singapore that it would study any Malaysian

The Business Times weekend [ARTICLE]

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The Business Times weekend PICK up a free copy of today's edition of The Business Times (BT) at its booth at Shaw House today and tomorrow, and subscribe to Singapore's only business daily at a great discount. A six-month subscription costs $100 (usual price $132) and comes with a free

Amoving Good Friday service [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Amoving Good Friday service A REMEMBRANCE service to mark the day that Jesus died on a cross moved some to tears at St Joseph's Catholic Church m Victoria Street yesterday. This service was one of many held across Singapore to commemorate Good Friday the day Christians believe Jesus was crucified

US doubts Iraq's change of heart [ARTICLE]

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US doubts Iraq's change of heart It says President Saddam Hussein has not adhered to previous policy agreements, so why should he do so now? BEIRUT Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appears to have secured broad Arab support m heading off military action against his country by the United States with

Frail Pope skips annual ritual [ARTICLE]

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Frail Pope skips annual ritual VATICAN CITY For the first time m his 23 years as head of the Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II was unable on Thursday to perform the ritual washing and kissing of the feet of priests, a ritual symbolising Jesus Christ's humility. The Hi -year-old

Major milestone in North Pole trek today [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Major milestone in North Pole trek today ALICIA YEO The elements forced him to five up before, ut not this year By BY THIS morning, adventurer Khoo Swee Cniow would have crossed a major milestone on his journey to the North Pole the" 83-km point where he had to give

TV viewing linked to violence [ARTICLE]

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TV viewing linked to violence Adolescents who spent 1-3 hours daily before goggle box were four times more likely to commit aggression later m life LOS ANGELES Adolescents who watch more than one hour of television a day are more likely to commit aggressive and violent acts as adults, according

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WORLD

Anti-immigration feelings run high [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Anti-immigration feelings run high IN GERMANY: Schmidt rejects miriticulturalism as unworkable IN ITALY: Govt threatens to destroy ships carrying illegals WE BROUGHT IN TOO MANY FOREIGNERS AS A RESULT OF IDEALISTIC THINKING... FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF THE THIRD REICH.' Former chancellor Helmut Schmidt NOBODY IS THINKING ABOUT FIRING CANNON AT

Danes register anti-Muslim mood at polls [ARTICLE]

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Danes register anti-Muslim mood at polls ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE COPENHAGEN AntiMuslim sentiment has found its fullest political expression here m Denmark where an anti-im-migrant party won 12 per cent of tne vote m parliamentary elections m November, nearly doubling its showing m the previous election. Its campaign posters featured a

IN AUSTRALIA Refugee sympathisers clash with police [ARTICLE]

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IN AUSTRALIA Refugee sympathisers clash with police WOOMERA (Australia) About a dozen asylum seekers, including one child, scaled two razor wiretopped fences yesterday to escape from an outback detention centre as about 1,000 protesters clashed with riot police outside. The protesters later broke into Australia's notorious Woomera immigration detention centre

Indian leaders shun festival in the wake of riots [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Indian leaders shun festival in the wake of riots NEW DELHI India's top leaders yesterday shunned what is usually one of the country's happiest religious festivals, expressing their anguish at the Hindu-Mus-lim strife that has killed at least 726 people m Gujarat state m the last month. Every year, millions

Sri Lanka peace talks to be held in Thailand [ARTICLE]

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Sri Lanka peace talks to be held in Thailand The date and venue have not been decided yet, says a statement read by Thai and Norwegian ministers BANGKOK Thailand will host the proposed peace talks hetween the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger guerillas aimed at ending an 18--year-old separatist

US and India plan their first joint military exercises [ARTICLE]

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US and India plan their first joint military exercises NEW DELHI The United States and India are to hold their first joint military exercises m Alaska. The aim is to expand military links between the two countries following the Sept il attacks on the US, Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes

More deaths on streets of Jerusalem [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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More deaths on streets of Jerusalem A SHOCKED woman weeps over the body of a victim of a suicide bomb attack outside a Jerusalem supermarket yesterday. The suicide bomber was 18-year-old Ayat Al-Akhrass (far right), from the Daheisheh refugee camp near the West Bank town of Bethlehem. She blew herself

Palestinian factions unite to defend West Bank, Gaza [ARTICLE]

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Palestinian factions unite to defend West Bank, Gaza They call on all their citizens to confront Israe! as they lobby world leaders to help end the offensive on Arafat's Ramallah headquarters 'The Israelis will pay a high price for its aggression m Ramauah.' A llamas official GAZA CITY All of

Arab summit a missed opportunity for peace [ARTICLE]

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Arab summit a missed opportunity for peace BEIRUT The Arab summit that ended here on Thursday was a missed opportunity for the world to seize upon a Saudi-sponsored peace initiative for the Middle East. The failure of governments to seize the initiative has left the door even wider open for

Death sought for Sept 11 terror suspect [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Death sought for Sept 11 terror suspect MIAMI The United States will seek the death penalty for Zacarias Moussaoui, who investigators believe is the missing 2Oth hijacker m the Sept 11 suicide attacks which killed about 3,000 people. US Justice Department attorneys "have filed a notice of intent to seek

US can't always keep the peace, Rumsfeld warns [ARTICLE]

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US can't always keep the peace, Rumsfeld warns While restoring stability to Afghanistan is vital, the Defence Secretary says US troops should not get bogged down there 'THOSE WHO DEVELOPED THE CONCEPT FOR THAT THOSE FORCES WOULD COMPLETE THEIR MISSION BY THE END OF THAT YEAR... WE'RE NOW HEADING INTO

RAF officer made to run in high heels wins case [ARTICLE]

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RAF officer made to run in high heels wins case LONDON A female Royal Air Force officer has won a six -year legal battle for compensation after being ordered to run m high heels wearing a heavy backpack. Flight-Lieutenant Deborah Burns, 28, tripped and ruptured her Achilles tendon only three

WORLD FILE

PEARL MURDER TRIAL SET TO START [ARTICLE]

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PEARL MURDER TRIAL SET TO START THE trial of 11 suspects charged with the abductioti and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl will begin next Friday m a Pakistani prison, officials said yesterday. Chief suspect Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Sheikh Adil, one of three men accused of sending e-mail

BOY KILLED BY TWO ROTTWEILERS [ARTICLE]

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BOY KILLED BY TWO ROTTWEILERS A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy was bitten to death by two Rottweiler dogs m Germany on Thursday, police said. The boy was walking the dogs with a 37-year-old woman m woods near the western town of Hornbach when one of the eight-month-old animals knocked him down and

AIR STEWARD 'MADE FAKE THREATS' [ARTICLE]

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AIR STEWARD 'MADE FAKE THREATS' A FRENCH flight attendant who scrawled bogus bomb threats m a toilet on a Jan 19 Virgin Atlantic Airways flight from London to Florida endangered the passengers and crew by forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, a prosecutor said on Thursday. An affidavit

PLEA TO PUBLIC ON MISSING WOMEN [ARTICLE]

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PLEA TO PUBLIC ON MISSING WOMEN THE Canadian authorities on Thursday asked for the public's help to find five women whom they are considering adding to a list of 50 Vancouver women who have vanished since 1983. These women often involved m the sex or drug trade came from Vancouver's

MINERS PROTEST AGAINST JOB CUTS [ARTICLE]

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MINERS PROTEST AGAINST JOB CUTS ABOUT 1,000 Romanian miners barricaded themselves into their mines yesterday, union officials said. The miners are protesting against plans by the Remin company to halve jobs m its mines m the northern areas of Ba-ia-Borsa and Rodnait. AFP

US threatens to pull out of war-crimes court treaty [ARTICLE]

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US threatens to pull out of war-crimes court treaty It does not want to be part of the first such permanent tribunal, fearing Americans could be brought before it for political offences UNITED NATIONS The United States will not be a part of the world's first permanent war-crimes tribunal and

PEOPLE

THE 'BUTCHER OF BENGAL' DIES [ARTICLE]

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THE 'BUTCHER OF BENGAL' DIES ISLAMABAD Former army chief General Tikka Khan, once called the "Butcher of Bengal" for his ruthless crackdown on separatists m what became Bangladesh, died m Pakistan on Thursday at the age of 87The government news agency, which announced the death, said he had suffered from

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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Adan Medrano, the alleged No 2 figure m the Gulf cartel, a major drug-trafficking syndicate, has been arrested by Mexican authorities. He is wanted m the United States. Prominent Rwandan composer and singer Simon Bikindi, has been taken to the UN court m Arusha, Tanzania, to face trial over the

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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Quoteworthy 'It's time Count Draaila went to work for Romania. Romanian Tourism Minister DanMatei Agathon on plans for a vampire theme park m the town of Sighisoaru

FOX'S ILLNESS MAY HAVE TV SHOW LINK [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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FOX'S ILLNESS MAY HAVE TV SHOW LINK LONDON Hollywood actor Michael J. Fox is one of four people m the cast and crew of a 1970s Canadian television sitcom who have been diagnosed with Parkinson s disease. Neurologists were wondering if their afflictions were coincidental or whether their environment and

U.S. RESEARCHER WINS PRIZED AWARD [ARTICLE]

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U.S. RESEARCHER WINS PRIZED AWARD NEW YORK Dr Anthony Fauci, the pioneering immunologist and longtime director of the infectious-disease centre at the US National Institutes of Health, has been named winner of the nations richest medical award. He won the US$5OO,OOO (*****,000) Albany Medical Centre Prize m Medicine and Biomedical

Ex-President's wife sues for costly divorce [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ex-President's wife sues for costly divorce SHE WANTS $4.6 BILLION LUSAKA The former president of Zambia is facing a divorce settlement worth three-quarters of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) after 33 years of marriage. Mrs Vera Chiluba, who stood by her husband, Mr Frederick Chiluba, as he rose up

US film workers want protective tariffs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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US film workers want protective tariffs Developed m Hollywood, produced outside the US They argue that like steel movies are products and must be subject to punitive duties if filming is done abroad TORONTO Are movies physical objects or intangible services? The answer could help determine whether American film industry

FLIGHT OF JOBS: 18,000 lost over a year [ARTICLE]

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FLIGHT OF JOBS: 18,000 lost over a year LOS ANGELES Hollywood's movie business has lost 18,000 jobs over the past year as film shoots have fled to cheaper climes, sparking a trend from which Tinseltown will never recover, experts predicted this week. The University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA) quarterly,

American schools clamp down on 'police and thieves' game [ARTICLE]

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American schools clamp down on 'police and thieves' game WASHINGTON Public schools across the United States have banned children from playing "police and thieves citing zero-tolerance for anything resembling violence at school. Errant pupils have been suspended or expelled, The Washington Times reported yesterday. The report cited several cases, including

With an anchor like her, who cares about the news [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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With an anchor like her, who cares about the news LOUSE BRANSON TV news m the US is slipping as Hollywood's sway puts ratings and sexy looks above everything else By STRAITS TIMES I MTF.DSTATFS Bl RF.AI WASHINGTON American TV news is fast turning into Personality Star Wars, what with

VANSUSTEREN:Career i- lift [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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VAN SUSTEREN: Career i lift AP REUTERS WHEN Greta van Susteren moved from CNN to Fox News, the 47-year-olo 1 was beginning to show her age (top). But dramatic plasticsurgery, which removed the bags under her eyes, soon turned her into a foxy and stylish bombshell (above).

Malaysians, S'porean held on drug charges [ARTICLE]

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Malaysians, S'porean held on drug charges SYDNEY Federal police have arrested two Malaysians and a Singaporean suspected of smuggling :i kg of heroin into Australia. Immigration officer! at Sydney airport arrested a 50-year-old Malaysian and a 7- year-old Singaporean as they entered the country yesterday. The men, who allegedly carried

US prays for rain, then more rain [ARTICLE]

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US prays for rain, then more rain Prolonged drought hits farm, city and tourist industry alike but things could get worse, water-resource expert warns WASHINGTON Drought has parched the soil, dried up once-reliable wells and all but emptied drinking-water reservoirs right across America. Rural folk and city-dwell-ers alike are feeling

Water rationing [ARTICLE]

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Water rationing THIN6S have been so bad m Virginia government officials have had to resort to a stop they bate almost as much as levying new taxes imposing limits on water use. In Roanoke they can only water gardens at night; restaurants m eastern Pennsylvania can serve water only upon

Antique Boeing plane crashes in sea near Seattle [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Antique Boeing plane crashes in sea near Seattle SEATTLE A 1940s passenger plane once used by Haitian dictator "Papa Doc" Duvalier and now owned by the Smithsonian Institution crash-landed m Puget Sound near Seattle. All four people aboard were rescued safely. The only Boeing 307 Stratoliner stilf m existence came

Signs of EI Nino seen in eastern Pacific [ARTICLE]

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Signs of EI Nino seen in eastern Pacific GENEVA The likelihood of a return of El Nino, a phenomenon that can disrupt weather around the Pacific, has increased m recent weeks, the UN weather agency said. The United Nations World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) issued a statement noting that El Nino-type

NZ hospital finds cache of body parts [ARTICLE]

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NZ hospital finds cache of body parts The 310 surgical specimens are found m an old laboratory 'It is likely they were all taken during surgery, and very likely with consent. But we have to check. Auckland District Health Board spokesman Brenda Saunders AUCKLAND A forgotten cache of body parts,

Silence that bark, or any noise, with new device' [ARTICLE]

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Silence that bark, or any noise, with new device LONDON A British scientist has invented a "Silence Machine" which can cut out nuisance sounds such as the barking of dogs, loud thumping music from neighbours, an old air-conditioner and even a partner's snoring. The New Scientist magazine reported that the

Bio-tech firm to go public on rice genome [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bio-tech firm to go public on rice genome Valuable research will help global bid to improve crops for the poor but competitors will have to pay WASHINGTON An agricultural biotechnology company has agreed to publish its research on the rice genome so that scientists can use the information to develop

Mental stress can kill heart patients [ARTICLE]

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Mental stress can kill heart patients It is found to increase the risk of dying threefold GAINESVILLE (Florida) When it comes to heart disease, is it the couch-potato lifestyle or the french-fry diet that is most likely to do you m? Neither one is a good thing, hut a new

Laughter triggers fits in asuimatic children [ARTICLE]

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Laughter triggers fits in asuimatic children SYDNEY Laughter is not always the hest medicine at least not for children with asthma. A study hy medical researchers m Australia of more than 500 children with asthma found that m twothirds of the cases attacks were brought on by laughing fits, tickling

High-yield hybrid promises food security for Africa [ARTICLE]

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High-yield hybrid promises food security for Africa YAMOUSSOUKRO (Ivory Coast) Seventeen West African countries have launched an initiative to promote a hybrid rice they claim will reduce poverty on the continent while improving its food security. General manager Kanayo Xwanze of the West African Rice Development Association (Warda) hailed the

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Nothing but the truth [ARTICLE]

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Nothing but the truth THE final report of the investigation into the crash of the Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 m Taipei on Oct 31, 2000 is due out m the last week of April. The chief concern of interested parties primarily, the families and relations of the 83 people who

Spending on auditor rotation makes sense [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Spending on auditor rotation makes sense TAMMY TAN Lee Su Shyan By DCPVTT MONEY EDITOR BY ULTIMATELY, THE ONLY WAY TO SHUT THE DOOR ON SUCH THINGS HAPPENING IS TO ENSURE THAT ONLY MEN OF INTEGRITY RUN COMPANIES OR CHECK THE BOOKS. UNTIL THAT STATE OF UTOPIA IS ACHIEVED, FORCING

Third World needs to engage WTO [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Third World needs to engage WTO KUSSHIK BASU Bu HYPOCRISY and trade talk go together, as America's decision to impose tariffs on imported steel shows. Although that action is expected to ne judged illegal by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), developing countries remain wary. Historically, they argued that the WTO

Why do some men put good women down? [ARTICLE]

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Why do some men put good women down? TOM PLATE Bu "IN TRADITIONAL Taiwanese society, there was no 'war' between men and women because women tended to be submissive, gentle and willing to take a secondary role," well-known Taiwan-basedi radio host Ching Meng-chung recently told the monthly Taipei Review. "Nowadays,"

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Provide more cash-deposit machines, DBS [LETTER+ILLUSTRATION]

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Provide more cash-deposit machines, DBS -W- "y PON the I I acquisition of I POSB by DBS tt I Bank, numerous branches islandwide were shut down. In their place, self-banking autolobbies were established. Among the newer features at these autolobbies was the cash-deposit machine. These allow customers to deposit cash

Incoming calls should be free [LETTER]

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Incoming calls should be free THE Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore is considering whether mobile-phone users should pay tor both incoming and outgoing calls. I know that Sing Tel favours the Mobile-Party-Pays regime, under which mobile users pay for incoming as well as outgoing calls. As a consumer, I prefer

Stem loss of airlines to other airports [LETTER]

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Stem loss of airlines to other airports I REFER to the article, "KLIA slashes fees to lure airlines" (ST, March 29). The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) should not rest on its laurels when airports m neighbouring countries become more competitive, and are luring airlines to serve them. Changi

Banking market here is competitive [LETTER]

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Banking market here is competitive WHHN addressing the American Chamber of Commerce last week. United States Ambassador Franklin I^ivin said that "of the major international cities, Singapore has the dubious distinction of having the least competitive retail banking sector" ("US-Spore trade pact could create 50,000 jobs"; ST. March 2.'*). Contrary-

Oil firms' margin is 40 cents a litre [LETTER+ILLUSTRATION]

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Oil firms' margin is 40 cents a litre IREFKR to the letter, "ExxonMobil explains price increase* (ST, March 28), by Ms Susanna U)h. Singapore consumers are not complaining about higher petrol prices. What they are frustrated about is whether they are getting "market value" for the petrol they buy. When

Objection over gender deplorable [LETTER]

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Objection over gender deplorable I REFER to the report, "Old RGS girl wants to head old Rafflesians" (ST, March 27), on Raffles Girls' School alumna Madeleine Lee's candidacy for the post of president of the Old Rafflesians' Association (ORA). The Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) finds it

It's not relevant to the position [LETTER]

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It's not relevant to the position TWENTY years ago, my dream as a pri man -school pupil was to be admitted to Raffles Institution (RI). For me, it represented the acme of academic achievement while also emphasising all-round character development. Entry was based purely on merit. So, it was with

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Masthead [TITLE SECTION]

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FAMILY SPIES It breaks the social fabric of society, to have family members reporting on each other like spies/ Lawyer and former deputy public prosecutor Edwin I .<>«>. on whether the law should require people to report a family member who abuses the maid Saturday. March .30, 2002 The Straits

Baby was dumped, just like rubbish [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Baby was dumped, just like rubbish JULYN KANG It was so quiet and still; I thought it was dead. Mr Voon, who found the baby Healthy infant placed m plastic bag and abandoned on Woodlands block staircase; a resident mistook it for trash initially *L SHOCK FIND 7 tfumght it

Bigger S'pore, from sea and swamp [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Bigger S'pore, from sea and swamp LYDIA LIM Land reclamation began way back m 1962, but this is the first time such works have figured m volatile ties with Malaysia Hn Border not affected by land reclamation THE border between Singapore and Malaysia was once an imaginary line m the

Five main stages in reclaiming land from the sea [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Five main stages in reclaiming land from the sea IThe seabed of soft marine clay is stabilised with sand-compaction piles or vertical drains. 1 f 2 A sand wall is built around the area to be filled in. Sand barges bring imported marine sand to the site just outside the

Fish farmers going all out to stop thieves [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Fish farmers going all out to stop thieves GINNIE TEO Many of them are now investing m security following recent thefts of expensive ornamental fish CASHING IN ON THE BAIT 'Tliere are more thefts now because the ornamental fish business is a booming industry at the moment. There are people

This pavement's not for pedestrians [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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This pavement's not for pedestrians THERE are pedestrian walkways along Sungei Kadut Street 6, but you won't see any people on them. They are piled high with stacks of timber, pallets and waste materials, apparently by companies that use the walkways as temporary storage sites. Half of the factories m

Maid abuse: Is silence a crime? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Maid abuse: Is silence a crime? SILENT WITNESS? 7 believe the husband must have had some idea of what was going on, yet he kept quiet and hid the truth. Freelance musician Sarjit Singh PUNISHMENT FOR WRONGDOING 'TJie bottom line is tliat criminal law punishes people for the act of

Spy camera found in women's toilet in Kallang [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Spy camera found in women's toilet in Kallang A WOMAN got the shock of her life on Wednesday when she noticed a tiny camera staring down from the false ceiling of her toilet cubicle. The printing company employee rushed out to ncr office next door crying for help, reported Shin

Banks confident cashier's orders still safe to use [ARTICLE]

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Banks confident cashier's orders still safe to use JULYN KANG Despite recent reports of fakes, taking proper precautions will prevent an increase m such cases Hu IN THE NEWS: Past cases IN 1999, a 38-year-old bank assistant manager cheated her bank of $18.7 million using fake cashiers orders to siphon

Sleepless in S'pore? Most say 'no' to pills [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sleepless in S'pore? Most say 'no' to pills Not a problem for only the elderly YOUNGER patients are coming forward for treatment, a sign that insomnia is no longer the problem of just the elderly, said consultant psychiatrist Tan Chue Tin. Stress and anxiety are the most common reasons affecting

Dual economic strategy to ensure continued growth [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dual economic strategy to ensure continued growth Addenda To President's Address To Parliament Trade and Industry Ministry will boost competitive environment here, while forging links overseas MAINTAINING A COMPETITIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT THE Ministry of Trade and Industry 1 will continue to cut red tape and remove regulatory harriers that hinder

Focus on top talent in civil service [ARTICLE]

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Focus on top talent in civil service THE Public Service Division (PSD) plans to set up an internal job market within the civil service to attract, retain and stretch top talent. This is one of the plans outlined by the Prime Minister's Office m its addendum to the President's Address.

IN SHORT

APPLIANCE RULES SIMPLIFIED [ARTICLE]

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APPLIANCE RULES SIMPLIFIED NEW rules that simplify and speed up the registration of electrical and gas appliances for sale here will take effect on Monday. The Government will hand over the job of certifying such goods to third-party assessors. The Singapore Productivity and Standards Board said the move will help

CENTRALISED NUMBER FOR CPF [ARTICLE]

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CENTRALISED NUMBER FOR CPF FROM Monday, the four toll-free lines of the Central Provident Fund (CPF) branch offices m Bishan, Jurong, Tampines and Woodlands will be merged into one centralised telephone number. People wanting assistance on CPF member services need only call 1800-227-1188. For assistance on employer services or self-employment

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Is land pricing the cause of rising costs? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Is land pricing the cause of rising costs? LYDIA LIM By Talk about increasing costs to businessmen and the finger is invariably pointed at land prices. But these depend on the market, argue economists. How is land valued? Should the Government relook the tvay land is priced to ensure Singapore's

How to put a price tag on sites [ARTICLE]

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How to put a price tag on sites OPPOSITION politician Chiam See Tone once incurred the wrath of then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew by saying that there was "no such thing as value of land". The exchange took place during a 1985 parliamentary debate on changes to the Housing

...and when developers won't bite [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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...and when developers won't bite Will BUYERS BENEFIT? 'The name of the game is risk... At certain times, land cost can be a relativehj big component of development cost, ihe question to be asked is, if we reduce the price of land, will developers reduce the selling price of the

No room for scepticism, distrust, fear [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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No room for scepticism, distrust, fear ASAD LATIF THINKING ALOUD l<« A fight is on, undoubtedly, but it is not for the survival of any single part of Singapore. It is for the peace and well-being of the entire nation, and it will fail unless Muslims and non-Muslims join hands.

TECH & SCIENCE

Get ready for the next big thing — Web Services [ARTICLE]

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Get ready for the next big thing Web Services OO GIN LEE Major computer companies are investing billions to develop software to boost your online capacity many times over By TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT On talking terms TODAY'S Internet applications can only be used within a particular computing lanquaqe or platform and

Channels on Mars [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Channels on Mars THE first of what could be a daily flow of images of the Red Planet, snapped by a camera on board the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, has been released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The new black-and-white image (above) shows a 6.4-km-wide section of a network

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STUDENT SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS IN SINGAPORE, vendors are already working on the next generation of software developers students. Last month, Hewlett-Packard (HP) inked a S3-million memorandum of understanding with Ngee Ann Polytechnic to supply its students with the requisite hardware, software and training to use its NetAction platform. The programme is

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EVEN GOD NEEDED A VISA This country was so closed that nobody, not God, not Buddha, could get m the last 50 years ivithout a visa. South Korean businessman Park Sang Kwon, who has set up a vehicle assembly plant m North Korea which opens next month Saturday, March 30,

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OSAMA DERWIN PEREIRA The Laskar Jihad chief, who wants to set up an Islamic state at home, may one day expand his scope, warns a terror expert I DON KSIA CORK KSPO\I)K \T THE POUCY OF ANY GOVERNMENT, ESPECIALLY A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT, IS ALSO THE RESPONSIBILITY OF Ml THE

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Taiwan wafer firms cleared for China but the technology stays [ARTICLE]

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Taiwan wafer firms cleared for China but the technology stays LAWRENCE CHUNG Premier Yu treads a fine line between meeting commercial demands and losing Taiwan's edge m the semiconductor race By STRAITS TIMES TAIWAN Rl'RKAl' TAIPEI Taiwan's semiconductor chipmakers have been cleared to nuild eight-inch sil-icon-wafer plants m China but

UNMASKING HUMANOID ROBOTS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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UNMASKING HUMANOID ROBOTS AP Exhibitors peel on the silicone rubber skin and expose the innards of Saya, a made-in Tokyo robot. It can emote human expressions by combining movements from 18 facial points. The world's only exhibition for entertainment robots is on at Japan's port city of Yokohama. The 90-odd

Jaswant on inaugural flight to China [ARTICLE]

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Jaswant on inaugural flight to China WARMING BEIJING-NEW DELHI TIES BEIJING Indian' Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh arrived m China yesterday on board the inaugural flight linking New Delhi and Beijing, symbolising warming relations between the two Asian giants. During his five-day visit, he is expected to have talks with his

Eason Chan's dad charged with bribery [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Eason Chan's dad charged with bribery HONGKONG The father of Cantopop singer Eason Chan has been officially cnarged with accepting more than HKS3 million (SS7O8,OOO) m bribes when he was an engineer with the Housing Department. Chan K.au Tai, r>7, faces 16 charges of bribery and one charge of misconduct

Restive Chinese province to lay off 540,000 [ARTICLE]

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Restive Chinese province to lay off 540,000 BEIJING China's north-eastern province of Liaoning, the scene of some of the worst cases of labour unrest m years, plans to cut hundreds of thousands of jobs this year, state media said yesterday. The Liaoning government plans to lay off 540,000 workers this

Koizumi stumped by slump [ARTICLE]

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Koizumi stumped by slump Japans Economic Woes Japanese PM vows to speed up reforms but says he might be out of office before measures begin to yield benefits WASHINGTON Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi says he does not know why the nations economy shows no sign of revival and that

Japan to slash low-interest loans to China by 25% [ARTICLE]

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Japan to slash low-interest loans to China by 25% TOKYO Japan yesterday decided to slash loans to China by a record 25 per cent m this fiscal year as it tries to contain bulging public debts and ease concern over China's growing military might. The 24.7 per cent cut will

Alive after three weeks [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Alive after three weeks AFP COALMINER Yang Xianbin talking to incredulous relatives by cell phone from his Shaanxi hospital bed on Thursday just hours after being rescued from a three-week ordeal of being trapped alive m a collapsed, flooded mine. He survived by drinking two handfuls of muddy water a

US to free up land used for military bases in South Korea [ARTICLE]

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US to free up land used for military bases in South Korea SEOUL The United States will close half of its military bases m South Korea m the next decade under an agreement signed with the nation, but will not reduce the number of American troops stationed here. The Land

North Korea postpones formal talks with Japan [ARTICLE]

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North Korea postpones formal talks with Japan TOKYO High-level talks between Japan and North Korea that were scheduled tor this weekend m Singapore were postponed because the North Korean side was not prepared. Japanese Health Minister Chikara Sakaguchi, who was to meet his North Korean counterpart Kirn Su Hak, told

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Celebrity trials moved to suburbs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Celebrity trials moved to suburbs Jakarta hearing causing big traffic jams, 50... Legal experts say there is a 'systematic ploy' on the part of Golkar to lessen the public's interest m the trials JAKARTA The trials of Tommy Suharto and Parliamentary Speaker Akbar Tandjung have attracted so many spectators and

Indonesian suspect 'noftold' about charges [ARTICLE]

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Indonesian suspect 'noftold' about charges JAKARTA One of three Indonesians arrested m the Philippines on suspicion of terrorism said yesterday they have still not been told what they are charged with. "Last night, I met a senior superintendent m charge... and immigration officials and all of them complained they didn't

Thaksin admits he can't speak official Thai [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Thaksin admits he can't speak official Thai BANGKOK Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has admitted that he cannot speak the official Thai language. The leader, who grew up speaking a local dialect m Chiang Mai province, said the Central Thai language spoken by Bangkok residents and government officials often got the

Thugs for hire' attack Jakarta activists [ARTICLE]

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Thugs for hire' attack Jakarta activists JAKARTA Indonesian activists who won a suit recently against the Jakarta city administration for forcibly evicting pedicab drivers were attacked by "thugs for hire". Scores of black-uniform-ed men armed with sticks and machetes attacked activists from the Urban Poor Consortium on Thursday. The assailants

Close watch to thwart student soccer betting [ARTICLE]

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Close watch to thwart student soccer betting BANGKOK The Thai authorities are setting up a surveillance network of parents and teachers to prevent students from taking part m illegal gambling on World Cup matches. The Education Ministry will ask parents and teachers to keep a check on students' cash spending,

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BUSTS DESTROY THAI ARMY DEPOT; 5 HURT [ARTICLE]

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BUSTS DESTROY THAI ARMY DEPOT; 5 HURT A SERIES of explosions destroyed a Thai army depot where old artillery shells, grenades and other ammunition were stored, officials said yesterday. Five soldiers were injured. The Thursday night blasts at the Surasrihanart army camp near the Cambodian border may have self-detonat-ed due

E. TIMORESE RETURNING HOME FOR APRIL POLL [ARTICLE]

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E. TIMORESE RETURNING HOME FOR APRIL POLL THOUSANDS of East Timorese refugees are returning home ahead of next month's election to choose the soon-to-be-independent nations first president. Almost 4,000 refugees have crossed over from the Indonesian province of West Timor m the last month, said a spokesman for the UN

KIDNAPPED HOTEL OWNER FREED [ARTICLE]

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KIDNAPPED HOTEL OWNER FREED A HOTEL owner kidnapped last month m the southern Philippines was freed yesterday, but a South Korean friend remained captive, according to a town mayor who led negotiations for their release. No ransom was paid for Mr Carlos Belonio, kidnapped on Feb 6 along with his

10 VIETNAM VILLAGERS INJURED IN CLASH [ARTICLE]

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10 VIETNAM VILLAGERS INJURED IN CLASH TEN Vietnamese villagers were injured m a clash after residents of one village accused the owners of hrick kilns m a neighbouring village of damaging their rice fields with the kilns' smoke, officials said yesterday. Seven farmers from Van Trung village m northern Bac

MYANMAR FREES SEVEN POLITICAL PRISONERS [ARTICLE]

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MYANMAR FREES SEVEN POLITICAL PRISONERS MYANMAR'S military junta yesterday freed seven members of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, bringing to 253 the number Of political prisoners it has released since starting reconciliation talks with her 18 months ago. Seven men belonging to the Rational League for Democracy party

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Tajudin's bid to bar sale of shares fails [ARTICLE]

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Tajudin's bid to bar sale of shares fails COURT RULING ON TRI STAKE KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian tycoon Tajudin Ramli lost a court battle yesterday to bar the national asset management company from selling his shares m Technology Resources Industries (TRI). The move could signal the collapse of the business empire

Pedestrian mall scheme scrapped [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Pedestrian mall scheme scrapped Complaints of inconvenience end weekend road closure KUALA LUMPUR The Malaysian government has decided to scrap an experiment to turn a popular shopping street into a pedestrian mall during weekends to promote tourism because of complaints from shop owners and tourists. The stretch of Jalan Bukit

Swiss to offer information on Perwaja-linked account [ARTICLE]

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Swiss to offer information on Perwaja-linked account KUALA LUMPUR The Swiss government has agreed to provide information on a foreign bank account linked to the scandal- plagued Malaysian steel company Perwaja. Dr Rais Yatim, the Minister m the Prime Minister's Department, said the Swiss offer would speed up a government

Religious scholars take fight with critics to mosques [ARTICLE]

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Religious scholars take fight with critics to mosques REME AHMAD The ulamas hold dialogues m mosques and distribute booklets which slam writers said to be critical of Islam INKIAI A I .I'MPI X A GROUP of religious scholars has taken its fight with writers who were critical of Islam into

Tohor's Malay housewives face HIV risk [ARTICLE]

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Tohor's Malay housewives face HIV risk They are victims of their husbands' infidelity. The state government calls for an awareness campaign It is no longer safe for women to assume that HIV or Aids will not spread within the sanctuary of their homes. Women's Affairs Committee chairman Halimah Mohamed Sadique

Errant cops 'raping women in jail' [ARTICLE]

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Errant cops 'raping women in jail' Activists want better prison security and a commission of inquiry KUALA LUMPUR Women who are detained by police, especially foreigners, are vulnerable to rape and sexual abuse, say human rights activists who want better protection for women behind bars. The activists made the demand

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JUST LIKE A BRITON 'Actually, my caddie asked me today: Are you sure you don V have a little British blood m you?' Swedish golfer Litelottc Neumann, whow caddie teased her ab«»ut adapting to the windy condition* m California Saturday, March 30, 2002 The Straits Times sports VOTE-BUYING ACCUSATION 'HP's

Courting tennis via the Net [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Courting tennis via the Net CHAN TSE CHUEEN SPORTPEOPLE Pro wannabe Lee Wei Ping trains m Jakarta, studies online Btr INSTEAD of a teacher, 13-year-old tennis player Lee Wei Ping nas a computer for a tutor m Indonesia. She takes school lessons with that, and a set of CD-ROMs. When

MGS' flexibility helpful to athletes [ARTICLE]

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MGS' flexibility helpful to athletes COME May, Methodist Girls" School Secondary 1 student Lee Wei Ping is likely to give her mid-year examinations a miss with blessings from her school. She will not be the first. Swimmer Nicolette Teo was given permission to do so last year, as she prepared

Newcastle thumps weary Everton 6-2 [ARTICLE]

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Newcastle thumps weary Everton 6-2 PHILIP ALLEN ENGLISH mm I li First win m four matches keeps Magpies m hunt for Champions League place Hu NEWCASTLE United showed determination not to drop out of the Champions League qualification places with a second-half blitz to thrash Everton 6-2 at St James*

Much at stake in Elland Road clash [ARTICLE]

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Much at stake in Elland Road clash PIC SOCCER ON DEMAND KMEMKR TO MCUJK THE mmnttum English Premiership News: 88*5000 English Premiership News: 88*5001 Champions League/ Italian Serie A News: 88*5002 World Cup News: 88*5003 Call on cell phone after noon for latest updates via SMS and web links. LONDON

Ronaldo-Ronaldinho Brazil set for a roll [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ronaldo-Ronaldinho Brazil set for a roll BRAZILIAN SOCCER RIO DE JANEIRO The "Ro-Ro" attack is back but this time without Romano. Ronaldo and Ronaldinho are Brazil's new hope to carry the team to a fifth World Cup title. The two stood out m Wednesday's 1-0 win over Yugoslavia m a

Roma and Juventus need to keep pace [ARTICLE]

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Roma and Juventus need to keep pace ITALIAN SOCCER Plane grounded ROME— The Little Airplane. incen/.o Montt'lla. took flight on the pitch at Leeds on Wednesday l>ut was grounded at the airport after Italy's 2-1 win against England, reported Italian sports daik La (.azzetta dello Sport. Due to a problem

Valencia eyes title [ARTICLE]

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Valencia eyes title SPANISH SOCCER MADRID Valencia is looking to forge ahead m the Spanish title race this weekend by beating bottom club Tenerife today, while its main rivals think about the Champions League. Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna face tough quarter-final first-leg games on Tuesday. Valencia coach Rafa

Serena wins War of the Williams-VII [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Serena wins War of the Williams-VII TKNNIS Defeats Venus for only the second time to meet Capriati m the final KEY BISCAYNE (Florida) One last sequence of overpowering strokes, and Serena Williams had a victory she wanted badly, not so much because she advanced to the final of the Nasdaq--100

Woon and the art of taiji [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Woon and the art of taiji JEFFREY LOW SOCCER Bu SOCCFRCOHRKSPONDKNT TAIJI m football? Hmmm...it might have been the Chinese art of longevity that has brought Tohari Paijan back as head coach of Tanjong Pagar United. Less than a week after he resigned last Saturday night, he has changed his

Sengkang vows to give Home a fight at home [ARTICLE]

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Sengkang vows to give Home a fight at home MARC LIM «2. Probable line-ups SENGKANG MARINE V HOME UNITED (7.30pm, Houqanq Stadium) Senqkanq: I Aim* Boon 1 Tan Ski BenftJ Daniel Hill 4 Annan Sliali 7 Ba/ali Ahmad 8 Steven Tan 9 Anthony Carbone 10 Simon HariandllTodd lan Hamuell 12

Schumacher sets fastest practice time in new Ferrari [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Schumacher sets fastest practice time in new Ferrari motor rac:i\(. Practice times 1 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari Imin 15.6275 ec 2 Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Williams 1:16.645 3 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Jordan 1:16.770 4 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) Sauber 1:17.018 5 Felipe Massa (Bra) Sauber 1.17.081 6 Enrique Bernoldi (Bra) Arrows 1:17.327

Little-known Carter takes surprise lead [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Little-known Carter takes surprise lead GOLF i want to play hy best golf just like craig perks did last week. I've reached my dream of playing on the tour. now, my goal is to win a tournament: Esteban Toledo, on what it will take to win his first title One-win-only

Lee is SGA's new president [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lee is SGA's new president AN UNOPPOSED Dennis Lee Kirn Yew was elected president of the Singapore Golf Association at its annual general meeting. Wednesday's election at its office m United Square, where a total of 46 votes were at stake, saw the SGA's outgoing vice-president taking over from the

Neumann thrives on windy course [ARTICLE]

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Neumann thrives on windy course RANCHO MIRAGE (California) Swede Liselotte Neumann made good use of her hononuv membership at Mission Hills Country Club m January, hitting the count almost every weekend m anticipation of the LPGA's first Major of the year. So, she dealt with the blustery wind on Thursday

SCORES AND STATISTICS [ARTICLE]

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SCORES AND STATISTICS BASKETBALL NBA: Toronto 85 Atlanta 83. Milwaukee 95 Denver 88, Philadelphia 99 Chicago 79, Sacramento 101 Houston 74, Minnesota 113 Dallas ill, Utah 112 Cleveland 91. CYCLING Catalan Cycling Week 176 km fourth stage from Baga to Vie: 1 Martin Perdiguero (Esp) Acqua S Sapone 4hr 30min

Formula One will remain free-to-air [ARTICLE]

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Formula One will remain free-to-air PARIS Formula One will not become a feature of pay-per-view television, said Federation Internationale de I' Automobile chief Max Mosley yesterday. The FIA president said the collapse of a deal with German media group Kirch did not mean fans would have to dig deeper and

Hard hit and bloody, Garnett bounces back [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hard hit and bloody, Garnett bounces back HVSKI I li VI I Despite stitches, the Timberwolf inspires his side to win over Dallas 7 knew it wasn't major. I still had my wits about me. It wasn't like I couldn't remember mij name or anything. Minnesota's Kevin Garnett, who received

Jordan's future hinges on knee [ARTICLE]

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Jordan's future hinges on knee WASHINGTON For a change, Michael Jordan was not 99.9 per cent sure of anything. He said on Thursday he planned to play next season. He also said he probably would not play unless his injured knee improved. "You guys are asking me to make a

Pepsi beats Coke to the punt [ARTICLE]

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Pepsi beats Coke to the punt AMERICAN FOOTBAIX ATLANTA The National Football League has benched Coca-Cola. It announced on Thursday that it was switching to Pepsi as its official soft-drink sponsor. Pepsi will pay about US$l6O million (***** million) over the next five years, from this season. Coca-Cola was the

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TAN IS FOURTH AT BALI OPEN [ARTICLE]

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TAN IS FOURTH AT BALI OPEN POOL PLAYER Tan Tiong Boon finished fourth m the nine-ball pool Bali Open, losing 4-7 to Indonesia's No. 1 player Alwi m the third-place play-off on Thursday. The Singaporean, seeking to sharpen his form ahead of the Pusan Asian Games, lost 5-11 to Indonesia's

LEVEL 1 COACHING COURSE BY STTA [ARTICLE]

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LEVEL 1 COACHING COURSE BY STTA THE Singapore Table Tennis Association is organising a Level 1 coaching course from June 3-7. The course fee is S3O and lessons will be conducted by Qjn Zhifeng m Mandarin. Those undergoing the course will be tested on June 7. The application forms, to

BUFFALO IS SEA GAMES MASCOT [ARTICLE]

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BUFFALO IS SEA GAMES MASCOT THE buffalo to be called "Kirn Nguu" (Golden Buffalo) has been chosen as the mascot of the 22nd South-east Asian Games m Vietnam next year, Vietnam News Agency said yesterday. The buffalo was picked because of its close attachment to rice civilisations m SEA countries.

BARRICHELLO IS AGAINST HA RULE [ARTICLE]

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BARRICHELLO IS AGAINST HA RULE A TOP Formula One driver spoke out against Federation Internationale de l'Automobile's new rule punishing those involved m race incidents by moving them 10 spots down the grid at the next race. "You're going to see some overtaking which, sometimes, is going to be impossible,"

CHONBUK TO MEET AL HILAL IN HNAL [ARTICLE]

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CHONBUK TO MEET AL HILAL IN HNAL SOUTH KOREA'S Chonbuk Hyundai on Thursday eased past Chongqing Lifan of China 2-0 m a semi-final of soccer's Asian Cup-Winners' Cup. In today's final, it will meet Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, 1-0 winner over Qatar's Al Sadd Club.

Malaysia in final after win over S'pore [ARTICLE]

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Malaysia in final after win over S'pore CRICKET HOST Singapore will not feature m the final of the Tuanku Ja'afar Trophy Under- 13 cricket competition after losing to Malaysia by two wickets. This means it will be defending champion Malaysia against Hongkong m the final at Kallang tomorrow. The loss

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"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell m the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:6 AW HONG BENG, TRISTONE Age: 69 Faithful Husband, Devoted Father, innovative Artist, Globetrotting Adventurer Ltaving behind: Wlft Lav Ai Jok, Molly Son Aw Tuan

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Surely goodness and love wilt follow me all th* days of my lift, and I will dwell In th* house of th* Lord forever. Dc 511 YEO HOCK KHIM Aqt: 80 was called home to be with the Lord on 29 March 2002. Dearly missed and fondly remembered by loved

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2nd Anniversary In Loving Memory Of JENNY YEO IM NEO Called home to God on 30 March 2000 Remembering you is easy, we do it everyday. Missing you is hardest, because it never goes away. We love and cherish you always. Husband: Tommy Sister: Roseline Daughters: Sons-in-law: Juniper Benny Serene

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Obituaries SARAH VICTORIA PAUL AGE: 75 was called home to be with the Lord on 29 March 2002, leaving behind loved ones. (Husband: Shanty Kumar Paul, deceased) Sister: Lilly Joseph Deeply missed always remembered by family, relatives friends. Body resting at void deck at Blk 614, Houqanq Aye 8. Cortege

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KOH BIN TIAMOEY Age: 89 passed away peacefully on 28 March 2002, leaving behind loved ones. (Husband: Yeo Ah Moy, deceased) Sister: Yap Hwee Sons: Daughters-in-law: Yeo Woo Sang (Hia Hui Ngim, deceased) Yeo Mci Mci Yeo Ah Mau Yeo 800 Chye Yeo Say Mcc Wang Tee Inn Yong 800

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In Loving Memory of TAN HOOD KIM 30.3.1907-30.3.1975 Though time fades memories. it cannot break love ties. Trie amder of your love qiows on. Your voice still echoes m our hearts. !n silent moments you are near, and we feel you m our lives. Dearly missed by wife, children grandchildren

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Ist Anniversary nl Thalai Thevasam i N. K. PERUMAL Departed on 10 April 2001 Our hearts are full of memories, we treasure them with care. The way you had to leave us, will always seem unfair. Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall. Living our

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'The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need." Psalm 23:1 ROLAND EU6IN A. PIETERSZ (Retired SAF WO2) Age: 63 called horn* to be with the Lord en 29 Mar 02 leaving behind: Wife: Loo Shiu Lan Mother: Olive Tay Daughter: Mary Ann Son: Alban Son-in-law: Alan P. Roberts

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I Th&fcwndy ofth&lote' I DAVID CHENG LAI BENG Passed away peacefully on 25 Mar 2002 wishes to express their heartfelt thank appreciation to all relatives; friends colleagues from Singapore, Penang.Thailand, England other countries business associates neighbours for their prayers, visits, kind assistance, attendance, condolences, contributions, scrolls wreaths during their recent

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THE FAMILY OF THE LATE j KONG AH MENG Age: 90 Departed on 25 JKarcfi 2002 wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to all relatives, friends, colleagues, business associates for their kind assistance, attendance, condolences, wreaths and donations during their recent bereavement.

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</ fl /»«w(/.//cw»/y/w/' *^1 First Anniversary Melissa Goh Li Li Departed: 30/03/2001 Missed is the touch of your friendly hand, Gone is your kindness beyond recall; Gone to a world where peace and love j Are given and gained hy all. I Deeply Missed and Always Remembered byHusband: Edwin Yeo

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If" Athma Shanti Pooja BSti The Family Of The Late VYTHILINGAM JANAGEE Departed on 17 Mar 2002 wish to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all relatives, friends colleagues for their kind attendance, assistance, prayers, condolences, wreaths and donations during their recent bereavement. Athma Shanti Pooja will be held

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OS In Loving Memory of Q9 HELEN YONG SIEW LAN Called Home on 30 Mar 2001 A year has passed and we still feel sad sometimes because you're gone. But we rejoice knowing Cod knows best. He gave you rest. We miss you and will always love you. ■j53 Your

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CLOB INTERNATIONAL [ARTICLE]

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CLOB INTERNATIONAL v. i."'",* Curr L«it Vol Day Crott Ntt MCip High Low Company Tr»fl.d Sal* »or- 000 MiQh Leo dlv p/t $mll Unit Trusts table appears on Mondays Catn«yP«2oc MK72O 265 6 ***** 2 Chtung KongsOc HKI7BO 240 3 ***** 5 63 45 Citye- Solutions Lt HKS2 2 51

BONDS, LOANS & WARANTS [ARTICLE]

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BONDS, LOANS WARANTS tatt voi Dty LaitOuott W Ava High Lew Company S«ir *or- '000 High Low Buyer Seller Price 39.5 Its S ASTIWO4O62I 35 1.5 117 36 35 35 35 5 35 5 25 i AcmaWo4lli6 3 unch 54 3.5 3 3 3.5 3 75 17 i Amt*k W*****0

S'PORE EXCH DERIVATIVES TRDG [ARTICLE]

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S'PORE EXCH DERIVATIVES TRDG EURODOLLAR (Closed) Open High Low Sett Est Vol Act/Vot Op/lnt Jun 02 Sep 02 Dec 02 Mar C 3 Closing range: Jun 02: Sep 02: Dec 02: Mar 03: SING DOLLAR INTEREST RATE FUTURES (Closed) Open High Low Sett Est Vol Act/Vol Op/lnt Apr 02 May

ASIAN INDICES [ARTICLE]

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ASIAN INDICES M«r29 CHANCE MALAYSIA: KLSE Composite 756.10 _.*i.Os JAPAN: Nlkkti *****.94 -308.17 HONGKONG Hang Seng. Closed THAILAND: SET Indtl 373.95 "~-5 60 iNDONf SIA: j«k*rt* Composite Closed PHILIPPINES: M«nlla Composite Closed SOUTH KOREA: Seoul Composite 895.50 »2.91 CHINA: Shenzhen B 228.7S -5 07 AUSTRALIA: Sydney AH Ordirtnes Closed M«f

CURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY Foreign Currency Not* Rates (9am, Mar 28) Buymq 00 Selling SmgaDor* dollars to on* unit of foreign currency Auitrahan dollar 0.9720 0.9880 Canadian aoM»r 1.1440 1.1680 Euro 1.6030 1.6270 NZ dollar 0.8000 0 8230 Sterling pound 2.6150 2 6420 US dollar 1.8370 1.8490 of foreign currency Cnmesertnminb, 22.20 22.42

ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS [ARTICLE]

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ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS On« 3 6 9 12 VllUt Unit mth mttw mth« mthi mthi Call data USS fL, \l, IV. 2V» 2 A 3/4 03/04 AS.. 3^ J A» 4 4*/^ 4'V* A l 1/ m/n^ N2S fit 47. SI. mt, 5»/ v 37. 03/04 STO 3Vw 3V U

GOLD [ARTICLE]

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GOLD COLD PHYSICALS (SS) an ThM Cest Bars 1 KilODar *****- **********96 *****48 PamoGoid Bar* 100 qm 1753- ********** 1875.63 50 qm 877- *****9.36 949 66 20 qm 351- *****8.31 392.43 5qm 88-115.36 89-116.39 l qm 18-40.17 18-41 20 Cold Bullion Corns Wee Thu 1 o* 558- *****3.28 ***** 1/2

RCUDE& PRODUCT PRICES [ARTICLE]

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RCUDE& PRODUCT PRICES CrwWProtfurt Month* Change Prlct (Uss) BBL Brent Blend Mty unch 25 60-25.65 WTeuslnterm May »0.22 25.89-25.93 Dubai Fateh May *0.10 24.10-24. is Tapij Blend Apr *0.20 25.25-25.35 Minis Apr *O.?O 24.75-24.85 NiphtnaCiF jap 0.00/4.00 *****-***** N»PMM *0.30/0.25 25.2025.25 CST-180HSF0 O.SO 136.***** 25 Timing of cargoes Prices as

HONGKONG [ARTICLE]

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HONGKONG M r 2° first Trictor H 0.96 -0.01 Poly Investments 028 003 MK$ Founder 1.17 -0.02 Prosper Evision 011 unch Fountain Set 1.97 -0.01 09 Technology.. 015 001 Across Asia Multimedia 0.35 0.05 FT Hidgs 0.34 0.01 Qmgiing Motors H 133 006 Alpha General 0.03 unch Giordano 4.6S unch

SICOM FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SICOM FUTURES OMHMMMMMpp|B|||| Rubber Futures (Closing prlcts) RSS t (S c*nts/kg) Month HH> Low Utt Vol Optn Int Apr 02 ***** May 02 12?. 25 JunO2 122.75 Jul/S*pO2 125.00 RSS 3 (US ctnts/dq) Month High Lo« S.tt Vol Op«n Int Apr 02 65.25 550 May 02 65.25 1400 JunO2 65.75

KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR M«r29 RM iCBCorp 1.36 0.02 Patimas Computers 2.69 uncti IJMCorp 5.10 -0.15 Pelangi 0.70 -0.01 Abric 1.95 -0.03 Ingress Corp 2.56 -0.01 PROTON 11.00 unch Affin Holdings 0.31 0.01 Innoyest 0.38 0.03 Petaling Garden 116 unch AlCCorp 5.15 0.05 Insaj 0.4* 0.01 Pttra P*rdana a 4 20 0

SYDNEY [ARTICLE]

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SYDNEY Mar 28 AS Alintaqas 3.88 -o.o' Amcor 7.60 0.06 AMP umit«d 19.00 -0.02 ANZ Banking Croup 17.77 -0.02 Aristocrat Leisure 6.29 0.09 ASK 12.99 -0.01 Austir United Comm 0.22 -0.31 Austereo Crp 1.91 unch Australian Gas Light 9.15 -0.01 AXA Asia Pacific 3.10 0.02 BHP Billiton 11.40 uneh BiHabong

BANGKOK [ARTICLE]

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BANGKOK MifW Baht ABN Amro Asia 38.00 -0.75 Adkmson Sec 17.60 -0.50 Advance Agro PCL 18.20 1.40 Advanced Into 43.25 -2.25 Advanced info Service 43.25 -2.25 Asia Credit 9.15 -0.45 Ayudhya Inv. Trust 7.15 -0.20 Bangcnak PetrolL 3.20 -1.02 Bangkok Bank 49.50 -1.00 Bangkok Bk FB 62.00 0.50 Bangkok Eipress

CHINA [ARTICLE]

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CHINA *»<29 RMB Jinzhou Harbour B 074 -0.02 Shghai Tyre 6 Rub B 0.66 -o.o' Konka Crp B 4.24 -0.10 Shghai Vacuum El* B 0.75 -0 01 AnhuiGujinq Distill B 6.66 -0.11 Luthai Tvitil* 8 9.17 -0.06 Shghai Wei Geoqiao B 0.82 -0 02 Beijing Orient Electß 5.99 -0.22 Nanjing

JAKARTA [ARTICLE]

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JAKARTA Mar 28 B» Akßar Inflo Mk 250 15 Astra Agro 1600 75 Astra Graphia 395 -5 Aitra Inn Inc 2550 -50 Bk Central Aiii 2575 75 Gudanq Oaram ***** 100 H M Sampoerna 4525 0 indah Kiat P&P 240 -15 indofood Suks»s 800 0 inaosat ***** 100 Karkavasa 35

TOKYO [ARTICLE]

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TOKYO Mar 29 Yen Honda Motor 5380 190 Mitsui Fudosan 1043 -16 Shionoqi 1990 -90 Hoy* 9040 -230 Mitsui Marine Fire Ins 606 '7 Showa Denko XX 186 5 ACOM 7700 -320 ishihara Sanqyo Hauha 214 -3 Mitsui Mining Smettng 443 -5 SMC ***** -40 AdvantestCorp 9630 -320 Ishikawaiima Hinma

Japan's industrial output up 1.3% [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Japan's industrial output up 1.3% ECONOMY: Weakness all round Last month's jobless rate stayed unchanged at 5.3 per cent, just below the post-war nigh of 5.5 per cent last December Household spending shrank and consumer prices fell for the 29th straight month Inventories slid for the sixth month running while

HP management bought votes: Hewlett [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HP management bought votes: Hewlett FROM BOARDROOM TO COURTROOM NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO Hewlett-Packard (HP) dissident board member Walter Hewlett went to court m the United States on Thursday to stop the company's merger with Compaq Computer, charging that HP management bought votes and misled a key adviser to seal the

US consumer spending up CF.6% last month [ARTICLE]

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US consumer spending up CF.6% last month WASHINGTON Consumer spending m the United States grew briskly last month as incomes rose at the fastest pace since December 2000, the government said yesterday, signalling the nascent economic recovery is picking up speed. Consumer spending increased 0.6 per cent last month to

Soft start to Malaysia's bond futures trading [ARTICLE]

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Soft start to Malaysia's bond futures trading EXCHANGE'S 5 PRODUCTS Malaysian Government Securities contract Crude palm oil futures Stock index futures Stock index options Three-month interest rate futures KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia launched its long-awaited bond futures trading yesterday but volumes were modest despite effort! by the derivatives exchange to stir

Insider trading of bonds Goldman maybe charged [ARTICLE]

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Insider trading of bonds Goldman maybe charged A case against Goldman Sachs would be the first insider-trading bond case m memory, some lawyers say WASHINGTON Goldman Sachs Group has been notified that tne Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement staff plan to pursue a case against the third-biggest securities firm

Service office rents plunge a third; occupancy falls to 70% [ARTICLE]

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Service office rents plunge a third; occupancy falls to 70% LORN A TAN GLUT OF SPACE AS COMPANIES DOWNSIZE H'l RENTALS have dived by nearly a third for top quality service offices since tne boom days of 1998 as more and more excess space becomes available from companies reducing their

ST Aero unit to expand air charter services [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ST Aero unit to expand air charter services NICHOLAS FANG By TRANSPORT RKPOKTIK SINGAPORE Technologies Aerospace (ST Aero) subsidiary Pacific Flight Services (PFS) is seeking to chart its own course by offering a full range of air-char-ter services to select clients worldwide. PFS, owned wholly by the aerospace arm of

How to gain access? It's simple [ARTICLE]

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How to gain access? It's simple MANY people are not familiar with webcasts but they are easy to access and the hardware for them is already commonplace. Of course, Internet access is a pre-requisite. Then, investors just need a 56kps modem, which is very common now. This will enable them

Electronics downturn pushes Flextech into first-ever loss [ARTICLE]

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Electronics downturn pushes Flextech into first-ever loss ELECTRONICS manufacturer Klextech Holdings said yesterday the global electronics slowdown pushed it into the red last year for the first time. But cost-cutting and restructuring efforts, coupled with a likely electronics-sector recovery, would ensure a better 2002, it said m a statement. It

SingTel to reappoint PwC as auditor [ARTICLE]

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SingTel to reappoint PwC as auditor SINGAPORE Telecom (Sing Tel) said on Thursday it plans to reappoint PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as its external auditor at its next annual general meeting. The proposed reappointment comes as regulators are reviewing whether to make it mandatory for listed companies to rotate their auditors on

ST Engg results to be webcast live [ARTICLE]

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ST Engg results to be webcast live LEONG CHAN TEIK April 8 briefing is open to all; the company is among a growing number of firms that are reaching out to investors via the Internet I±L RETAIL investors do not need a personal invitation to attend ST Engineering's upcoming briefing

Work to begin on Cairnhill Crest soon [ARTICLE]

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Work to begin on Cairnhill Crest soon VLADIMIR GUEVARRA B U WORK on the 248-unit luxury development Cairnhill Crest is expected to go into full swing soon. Although Property Enterprises Development (PED), which is behind the project along Cairnhill Road, declined to discuss it, the billboard it erected on the

Shrinking expat numbers hit rentals [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Shrinking expat numbers hit rentals LORNA TAN Housing rents dive by 10% as global slump and Sept 11 attacks lead to mini-exodus by Japanese and Americans Bu A HEFTY fall m two of Singapore's largest expatriate communities m recent years has compounded the woes of the already ailing private home

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Showdown at ORA [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Showdown at ORA SALLY LAM w\ cool woman candidate J^W® r P res^ nnyc y has fkfckedifp some excitement The OhMtaff lesians' Association may no longer b( just m old boys' network if fund manager Madeleine Lee, 39, (far left) beats the two male contenders, orthopaedic surgeon Lee Soon Thai,

LIFE! • NEWS

When beauty meets hairy [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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When beauty meets hairy Tress Chic? Is the just -got -out-of -bed hairstyle the new do? From the number of stars seen at the Oscars sporting that coiffure, it might seem the case 'THERE WAS ONE YOUNG WOMAN WHO LOOKED AS THOUGH SHE'D PUT MUD IN HER HAIR. AND WHO

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MS MADELEINE LEE, 39 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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MS MADELEINE LEE, 39 Did time m: Raffles Girls' School, 1974-1978. Girl Guide, track-and-field athlete and chorister. After-school hours: BA in Economics and Accounting and MBA m Finance from a university m London. As managing director and chief investment officer of Commerzbank Asset Management Asia m the *****, she turned

DR LEE SOON THAI, 48 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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DR LEE SOON THAI, 48 Md tilM m: Rattles Institution, 1966-1972. This school prefect and scout also played rugby and football. After-school hours: MBBS (Singapore); Fellowship Of The Royal College Of Surgeons (Edinburgh Glasgow). Now: Orthopaedic surgeon at the Osteoporosis Clinic and Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Elizabeth Hospital. Also the president

GIRL VS BOYS AT ORA [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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GIRL VS BOYS AT ORA In this corner, fund-manager Madeleine Lee, who is taking on the old-boy network for election today as president of the Old Rafflesians' Association. In the other, orthopaedic surgeon Lee Soon Thai, and oh! there's anaesthetist Lim Ec Koon too DRUM EE KOON, 54 Did time

LIFE!

Foster hits the Panic button [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Foster hits the Panic button Maternal Instincts Mother of two Jodie Foster is back on the big screen, this time as a mother fighting three burglars JODIE FOSTER has two young sons, but she was surprised by the way her maternal instincts kicked into overdrive during the making of Panic

Taking a cue on stage [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Taking a cue on stage Theatre Works Leaving their luxury trailers, egos and superstar salaries behind, Hollywood actors are making a beeline for the stage HOLLYWOOD'S young pns have ridden into London's theatreland with all weapons blazing. For "treading the boards" m one of the world's most famous stage capitals

BITE INTO IT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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BITE INTO IT 'It's not just us, it's the whole nation that's disappointed.' Javed Khan (above) from Lagaan, on the film not winning, an Oscar 'I think shaving his head did a lot for some fans. It was like shaving off his boyhood.' An S'Syncfan on Justin Timberlake's new look

Rugrats celebrate 10 years in diapers [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Rugrats celebrate 10 years in diapers RUBY PAN Still Growing Catch the animated one-hour anniversary special about talking babies m diapers next weekend ?IL WHO could have known that a bunch of talking babies would make it so big? Rugrats, an animated series about life from a baby's point of

Some Like It Hot director dies [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Some Like It Hot director dies LOS ANGELES Oscarwinning film-maker Billy Wilder tne Austrian-born cvnie whose gifts for writing and directing led to classics like Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch has died, a family friend said. He was 95. Wilder, who went from being