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The Straits Times PACIFIC AREA NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR Established 1845 lllGSQciy December 31, 2002 66 Pages m five parts mita (P) 094/03/2002 A Singapore Press Holdings publication \J\J Cents

Arroyo shock: I won't run for president [ARTICLE]

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Arroyo shock: I won't run for president LUZ BAGUIORO By PHILIPPINES CORRESPONDENT Admitting she is a cause of divisiveness m the country, she pledges to focus all her energy on strengthening the economy MANILA In a move that caught the nation by surprise, President Gloria Arroyo declared yesterday that she

Go-ahead for bright students to skip O levels [ARTICLE]

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Go-ahead for bright students to skip O levels JANE LEE *k THE days of a single education system for all are numbered, with the official nod given yesterday to let some of the country's brightest students skip O levels and start pre-university studies early. The seven schools which will offer

Rush to top up accounts for ERS [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Rush to top up accounts for ERS LONG queues formed at several of the Central Provident Fund (CPF) branch offices yesterday as many Singaporeans rushed to beat the deadline for topping up their CPF accounts. Queues snaked out of the CPF offices at Bishan, Woodlands, Jurong East and Tampines as

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BRIGHT SPOT: Tourist arrivals m Singapore on target to reach 7.5 million this uear page 4 The Straits Times TOP 10 SERIES mm ML Design: PETER WILLIAMS I I 1 Hey guys, we're going to take your f I wo»^«eilot3^S^i<sylpirrti^ Pv l^^^^^f 1 8 1 1 breath away at the

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PRIME [ARTICLE]

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PR IM E FRESH GLOW TO TOURIST FIGURES SINGAPORE welcomed nearly 590,000 visitors last month a healthy 10-ner-cent boost m numbers, compared with the figure for November last year. The increase m visitors came from all markets, except for Australia, Hongkong and South Korea. And it was the third month

HOME [ARTICLE]

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HOM E TAXIS GALORE BEFORE MIDNIGHT? THE problem of taxis vanishing before midnight and then reappearing m battalions on the stroke of 12 could well improve m the New Year. Comfort is likely to introduce a staggered midnight surcharge, to make it worthwhile for cab drivers to pick up passengers

COMMENTARY [ARTICLE]

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COMMENT AR Y U.S. TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH HUGE deficits are looming over America's fiscal horizon. The shadow of war with Iraq and changed economic conditions, such as huge defence spending and the bursting of the stock-market bubble, may lead some to reason that new tax cuts would be

FORUM [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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FORUM HEATH GROUPS OR PROFn CENTRES? IT IS surprising to learn of the price discrepancies of certain medicines here, as the various clinics and hospitals which prescribe and sell them are all under the Health Ministry, writes Mr David Soh. It may be time for the ministry to see if

HOME [ARTICLE]

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HO ME Two couples who made GST savings A LAWYER devised a plan to beat the hike m the Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the full support of the woman he was about to marry. They made efforts to buy most of their furniture and household items early even

MONEY [ARTICLE]

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MONE Y Oil price shoots past US$33 OI L prices rose above USS33 a barrel yesterday, amid fears that America may attack Iraq early next year and concern that the strike m major oil-producer Venezuela could continue. For the first time since December 2000, crude oil for February delivery rose

MONEY [ARTICLE]

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MONE Y S6X MARKET VALUE PLUMMETS ABOUT 19 per cent or $47.4 billion m market value was wiped off the Singapore Exchange (SGX) this year largely because investors were spooked by the global economic outlook and the series of big corporate accounting scandals m America. The SGX's total market capitalisation

WOULD [ARTICLE]

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WOULD NUCLEAR POLICE UNDER PRESSURE WITH North Korea resuming its nuclear build-up m defiance of the West, the policing powers of the world's nuclear watchdog are stretched to the limit. The International Atomic Energy Agency is faced with multiple threats ranging from the grave Iraai menace to the atomic aspirations

ASIA [ARTICLE]

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ASI A TAIWAN'S JOBS SCHEME SUMMED TAIWAN'S government is trying hard to drum up support for its hastily-devised job creation programme from the opposition parties, no less. But critics say the programme would only drain government coffers further, as it offers no long-term solution to Taiwan's job crisis, but is

SPORTS [ARTICLE]

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SPORT S ACGENTURE GOES MATCHPIAY AFTER five years as a strokeplay event, the $33,000 Accenture Champion of Champions golf tournament at the I^aguna National Golf and Country Club next week will switch to matchplay. Reactions from local pros have been favourable. Said M. Murugiah: "It's good to have something different.

LIFE! [ARTICLE]

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LIFE! 24-HOUR SNAP IMPRESSIONS ABOUT 70 camera-toting Singaporeans are snapping away all over the island, to record their impressions of the last 24 hours of 2002. Those taking part m the Eye The City photography event come from all walks of life and all age groups. They will call it

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Paris airport worker held after bomb find [ARTICLE]

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Paris airport worker held after bomb find Terror Front: France Baggage handler hid explosives and two guns m his car and may have planned to use them for hijacking, say police PARIS French police foiled a possible terrorist attack on an airline when they arrested a baggage handler who had

Terror Front: The US Hunt for five who sneaked in [ARTICLE]

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Terror Front: The US Hunt for five who sneaked in WASHINGTON The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a nation-wide manhunt for five Middle Eastern men who have sneaked into the United States illegally. Coming m the midst of the holiday season, the announcement was certain to spread new jitters

MURDERED [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Gunman kills three US doctors in Yemen [ARTICLE]

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Gunman kills three US doctors in Yemen Terror Front: Middle East SANAA (Yemen) A suspected Muslim militant shot dead three American missionary doctors and wounded a pharmacist yesterday. It was the first major antiUnited States attack m Yemen since the sinking of the USS Cole m 2000. Wielding an AK-47

Up, up and up: 7.5 m target for tourist arrivals within reach [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Up, up and up: 7.5 m target for tourist arrivals within reach GINNIE TEO By CONSIMKHCORRKSPOVOKM November sees 10% rise m arrivals, with growth m most major markets, including a 68% increase m Japanese visitors FOR the third month m a row, visitor arrivals to Singapore went up, by 10.1

A flashy New Years Eve bash [ARTICLE]

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A flashy New Years Eve bash LASERS and strobe lights flash on as a worker helps turn the Singapore Expo into a discothec jue. More than 1 .000 lights have been installed m two of its halls to ensure party-goers will have a whale of a time tonight. There will

Jakarta Muslim leader says no to Islamic law [ARTICLE]

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Jakarta Muslim leader says no to Islamic law DERWIN PEREIRA :<-K •1"> INDONESIA COBRFSPONOFM Syariah support IN a survey, of 2,500 who responded: 71 per cent wanted syariah implemented, 10 per cent higher than when a similar poll was carried out last year. 67 per cent wanted a government system

HK may raise taxes to curb deficit [ARTICLE]

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HK may raise taxes to curb deficit CHING CHEONG BUDGET SPECULATION By EAST ASIA CORRESPONDENT Or it may make more people pay taxes, says govt source HONGKONG Personal and corporate taxes m Hongkong may go up if the Hongkong government cannot find a way to control its ballooning budget deficit.

ISLAM BEING HIJACKED' [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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ISLAM BEING HIJACKED' 'Islam is a peaceful religion. But there are opportunists who are trying to use it to justify acts of violence... Some of them want the government to impose syariah. But they have to be realistic and understand that it will marginalise our minority groups even more.' NX's

Hole-in-one prize: $1.7 m helicopter [ARTICLE]

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Hole-in-one prize: $1.7 m helicopter PEH SHING HUEI Hu NO LONGER excited by luxury cars as hole-in-one prizes? Well, how about a helicopter? Next month's Eurocopter Golf Tournament at I^aguna National Golf and Country Club here will offer an ECI2O Colibri Helicopter to any player who aces the Classic Course's

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T'rto i J-illo JOB We're closing at 6pm today so we can be with friends and family to say goodbye to 2002. We'll see you again when the sun shines on 2003. Happy New Year! [Business Hours: New Year's Eve 31 Dec. 10 am 6pm New Year's Day 1 -Jan.

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Our O-Ceartiest CongratuCations I*o i IS M ■<""•'•* Mr Tan Kian Hoon Mr Lim Yew Lin Ms Rita Koh Ah Lay Chairman. Punggol North CCC Chairman. Rivervale Horizon RC Chairperson, Rivervale CC WEC Vice Chairman. GRC Community Relations Vice Chairman. Punggol North CDEC Vice Chairperson. Rivervale Vista RC Exco Committee

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WORLD

MUD RUSH [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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MUD RUSH PHOTOS They could not all win the annual Maldon Mud Race m Maldon, England, hut one thing was certain: they all got to take back a free mud pack (left). Setting off at low tide on Sunday, the competitors (above) slipped and slithered from one bank of the

Twin threats stretch nuclear cops to the limit [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Twin threats stretch nuclear cops to the limit asdfasdfasdfasdf Atomic energy agency concedes it is under pressure but insists it has the resources to fulfil watchdog role VIENNA They are the world's nuclear cops, keeping tabs on everything from Mr Saddam Hussein s Iraq to the atomic aspirations of unpredictable

Osama sought help from scientist to make N-bomb [ARTICLE]

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Osama sought help from scientist to make N-bomb ISLAMABAD A leading Pakistani nuclear scientist, barred by his government from talking to reporters, has made it known tnrough his son that Osama bin Laden approached him before the Sept 11 attacks for help m making nuclear weapons. The Al-Qaeda leader was

US warns that end is near for stand-off with Iraq [ARTICLE]

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US warns that end is near for stand-off with Iraq But officials say that a war is on hold until UN arms inspectors report back WASHINGTON US Secretary of State Colin Powell has warned that the stand-off with Baghdad "can't go on indefinitely", as Iraq's neighbours make contingency plans m

Quit and avert war, Saddam, say Arab leaders [ARTICLE]

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Quit and avert war, Saddam, say Arab leaders AMMAN (Jordan) Arab leaders looking to avoid a US-Iraq war that they fear would ignite their volatile region are considering the possibility of pressing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to step down and go into exile, diplomats say. "There is a strong feeling

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Fires At Asylum Camps flj^S New Kenyan President B^9 Foes Usin 9 Voodoo: Cnavez > Australia tightens securing three Opposition leader Mvvai Kibaki is sworn m I Venezuela's embattled President accuses 4ft. detention centres following aspateoJ arson 9[p^B as President after winninga landslide fiS f his political opponents „l attacks

Aussies tighten security after asylum camp fires [ARTICLE]

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Aussies tighten security after asylum camp fires Trail A series off fires wrecked more than 77 rooms at the new Baxter centre m South Australia over the weekend. Two small fires also occurred m a toilet Mock at the remote Woomera centre m South Australia's desert early on Sunday. Over

British TV station to show man eating dead baby [ARTICLE]

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British TV station to show man eating dead baby LONDON Britain's Channel 4 television, which recently broadcast the country's first public autopsy m 170 years, is to show a Chinese man eating the flesh of a dead baby, says a British newspaper. The bizarre act will be shown m a

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Alfred B. Ford, great-grandson of Henry Ford, has made a donation of 500 million rupees (Ssl 9 million) to a Hare Krishna project m eastern India. Desmond Hoyte, former president of Guyana, died last Sunday m Georgetown. He was 73.

Untitled [ARTICLE]

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Quoteworihy In Italy and Germany, people consider it perfectly normal to earn a lot as a politician and even to Jiave things like a car with a chauffeur But m my country, it would be frowned upon.' Mr Jules Maaten, a delegate from the Netherlands, on why members of the

Chavez: Foes using voodoo to attack me [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Chavez: Foes using voodoo to attack me 'THEY'VE HIRED 85 WITCHES' CARACAS Venezuela's embattled President Hugo Chavez has unwittingly landed himself m the lead role of a real-life drama that may well be named Witches ofCaracas. He is accusing his political foes of using witches to attack him with black

NO MORE HUNTING FOR CHARLES [ARTICLE]

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NO MORE HUNTING FOR CHARLES LONDON Prince Charles has to give up one of his favourite hobbies because his mum said so. The Queen has ordered him to stop hunting, which is opposed by a majority of British people and members of parliament, the Daily Mirror reported. Prince Charles, his

BUSH CRUISE TURNS OUT PLAIN SAILING [ARTICLE]

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BUSH CRUISE TURNS OUT PLAIN SAILING PORT CANAVERAL (Florida) Former president George Bush and his son, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, went on a three-night Caribbean cruise over the weekend with family, despite a flu epidemic hitting cruises. Mr Jeb Bush had said he was more worried about not having e-mail

COMEDY CLUB LEFT TRUMP IN STITCHES [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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COMEDY CLUB LEFT TRUMP IN STITCHES Some customers thought Mr Trump's beer splashed on a woman and two men threw mugs at him, slicing a gash that required 28 stitches, the New York Post reported. AP NEW YORK It was no laughing matter, especially for the son of realestate mogul

'Feel rich' factor sends Eastern Europeans into shopping frenzy [ARTICLE]

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'Feel rich' factor sends Eastern Europeans into shopping frenzy SALARIES: Big increase The average salary m the Czech Republic rose 7.4 per cent m the third quarter of 2002 from the same quarter m 2001. In Hungary, take-home pay m November rose 12.5 per cent from the same month m

Israeli soldiers lose fight to stay out of West Bank [ARTICLE]

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Israeli soldiers lose fight to stay out of West Bank JERUSALEM Israels Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal by reserve soldiers who claimed that they were not obliged to serve m the West Bank and Gaza Strip as the occupation violated international law. But the court, which ruled that members

Opposition ends four decades of one-party rule [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Opposition ends four decades of one-party rule NEW ERA IN KENYA NAIROBI Kenyan opposition leader Mwai Kibaki has won the job of president m a historic and peaceful vote which heraldea the first step towards ending authoritarian rule m Kenya. In a day of celebrations, Kenyans danced m the streets

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WORLD: THE YEAR AHEAD

IRAQ [ARTICLE]

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IRAQ Will the on-offwar be on finally? 1 IF THE pundits are right, the US will lead an invasion force into Iraq m late January or the following month. If that happens, the rest of the world could hurt a little if the fighting is over swiftly or a lot,

CHINA [ARTICLE]

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CHINA Will Hu really run the show? 2 THE leadership succession story, which began last month at the 16th Communist Party Congress, will continue with new party chief Hu Jintao assuming the state presidency m March. What remains unclear is whether President Jiang Zemin will hand over to Mr Hu

MALAYSIA [ARTICLE]

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MALAYSIA Abdullah to take over at the helm 3 ANALYSTS expect few policy changes when Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi takes control of Malaysia next October. Mr Abdullah himself has stressed there will be no major policy shifts, and his priorities would be national unity, security, economic growth, education,

INDONESIA [ARTICLE]

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INDONESIA Expect posturing before poll 4 THE New Year came early for Indonesia. The recent tussle between two leading politicians over the sale of a major stake m the country's second biggest telecommunications operator is a harbinger of things to expect ahead of the 2004 general election. The next 12

Middle East [ARTICLE]

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M iddle East Ground still too poisoned for peace 5 THE two-year-old conflict between Israeli and Palestinian forces escalated over the past year without any concrete moves towards peace. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has taken a massive political gamble by calling early elections, slated for Jan 28. Within his

TERRORISM [ARTICLE]

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TERRORISM Al-Qaeda alive and active 6 MORE than a year after an Amer-ican-led coalition ousted the Taleban government, Al-Qaeda fighters are still m Afghanistan. The terrorist network is active m Yemen and m eastern Africa, where the US is building a military presence. And m Asia, the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah

NORTH KOREA [ARTICLE]

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NORTH KOREA Another nuclear weapon threat 7 BETTER armed than Iraq, with a standing army of about one million and a nuclear energy programme powered by enriched uranium, North Korea poses a substantial threat to stability m Asia and the world. Newly-elected South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun says he

SCIENCE [ARTICLE]

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SCIENCE Here come the clones 8 THERE were some amazing advances m genetics this year cloned cats and featherless chickens, for example. But next year, we could be grappling with daunting legal and ethical questions over the first human clones. Clonaid, a company associated with a group that believes extraterrestrials

IRAN [ARTICLE]

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IRAN President battles the hardliners 9 IRAN'S fifth president Mohammad Khatami, 59, controls a terrifying arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and leads a country strategically wedged between Afghanistan and Iraq. The reformist leader has taken momentous steps to shake off Iran's hardline Muslim image: Death by stoning has been

AFGHANISTAN [ARTICLE]

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AFGHANISTAN Kabul struggles to rebuild I/A THE war on terrorism m has moved on from I I Afghanistan, but what it M W has left behind is a rickety V»^ government lacking nationwide support. Reports from Kabul suggest it is comparatively safe, thanks to the International Security Assistance Force. But

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COMMENTARY ANALYSIS

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Get on with it [ARTICLE]

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Get on with it INDONESIA has shown the way. It had claimed Sipadan and Ligatan, islands off the north-east coast of Borneo, long administered by Malaysia. It submitted those claims to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The court rejected them, ruling the islands rightfully belonged to Malaysia. Jakarta accepted

Health gives a booster shot to US' north-east corridor [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Health gives a booster shot to US' north-east corridor DAVID LEON IH ARDT By NKW YORK TIM FS The operating room of the future unveiled at the Massachusetts General Hospital In Boston helps staff cut preparation time between operations from 45 minutes to 15 minutes. Co-designer Keith Isaacson (left) of

Don't get burnt by market volatility [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Don't get burnt by market volatility LIM SAY BOON B 9 SADLY, most small investors would have lost money again this year. For the third year m a row, the United States and most equity markets are ending the year as an annus horribilis a terrible year. At this point,

RETURN TO 'GOOD, BAD AND UGLY' SYSTEM [ARTICLE]

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RETURN TO 'GOOD, BAD AND UGLY' SYSTEM AT THE risk of over-simplifi-cation, the time is ripe to return to the old "good, bad and ugly" system. You buy the stock with the best fundamentals, and then pair it with a short position on an ugly stock that matches the good

Dangerous deficiencies in Bush's budget deficits [ARTICLE]

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Dangerous deficiencies in Bush's budget deficits JEFFREY D.SACHS *1L UNITED States President George W. Bush seems poised to wreck America's budget for years to come. When Mr Bush came into office, the outlook was for budget surpluses as far as the eye could see. Today, through a combination of irresponsible

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No sign flat used for public worship [LETTER]

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No sign flat used for public worship NON-AUTHORISED USE OF HDB FUTS IS AN INFRINGEMENT UNDER THE LEASE AGREEMENT. THE LESSEES ARE LIABLE TO GET A WARNING, FINES OR EVEN HAVE THEIR FLATS COMPULSORILY ACQUIRED.' WE REFER to the letter, "My flat is next to a 'temple' by Mr Ooi

No need for fire safety' rating with strict enforcement [LETTER]

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No need for fire safety' rating with strict enforcement WE REFER to the letter, "Time to rate all discos on fire safety" (ST, Dec 25), by Mr Khriztopher Phay Kia Yong. We are indeed pleased to know that our surprise enforcement inspections of entertainment outlets during this festive period have

Be a good model, Andrea [LETTER+ILLUSTRATION]

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Be a good model, Andrea ANDREA De Cruz, m the article on her Christmas this year ("No wedding yet, they're taking life one step at a time; ST, Dec 25), is indeed a shining example of hope for those close to the edge of death. She should also be a

Sing Health passing on drug savings [LETTER+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sing Health passing on drug savings 1 REFER to the report, "Cheaper at polyclinics? Not always..." (ST, Dec 27), and the commentary, "How to get cheaper medicines" (ST, Dec 28), by Ms Salma Khalik. Sing Health retail pharmacies are committed to provide patients with the best possible value for their

Have one body purciiase all medicines [LETTER]

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Have one body purciiase all medicines I AGREE totally with Ms Salma Khalik ("How to get cheaper medicines"; ST, Dec 28). It is really surprising to note from the recent press report the price discrepancies m certain medicines prescribed by the various clinics/hospitals under the umbrella of the Ministry of

$9 for this? Cutthroat FRFF? Nothing's for free [LETTER+ILLUSTRATION]

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$9 for this? Cutthroat FRFF? Nothing's for free I REFER to the letter, "Would you pay $9 for this?" by Mr Miguel Bernas (ST, Dec 3). I agree wholeheartedly with Mr Bernas that $9 for a small bottle of water is cutthroat. However, I disagree with him that food and

Say 'no' to recycled airbags [LETTER]

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Say 'no' to recycled airbags 1 REFER to the letter, "Only 'good' secondhand car parts used, and only m certain cases" (ST, Dec 24), by Mr Richard Chng, Motor Convenor, General Insurance Association, m response to "Airbag replaced with old one" (ST, Dec 13) by Mr Joseph Khor. Car owners

Water by the litre, and no patronage needed [LETTER]

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Water by the litre, and no patronage needed RECENTLY, we had an unpleasant dining experience at an Indonesian restaurant at Parkway Parade. My elderly parents asked for water, only to brought bottled water v/hich had to be purchased. When we clarified that we wanted only tap water, the waitress said

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Near midnight SITUATION Cabs in abundance [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Near midnight SITUATION Cabs in abundance KARAMJIT KAUR This could be the scene if solution is found soon to 'missing taxi' nightmare TIME Bu TRANSPORT CORRESPONDENT 'It's really very frustrating when all the empty taxis pass you by with the 'on-call' or 'hired' signs turned on, but the moment the

Newly-weds stock up on home to beat tax hike [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Newly-weds stock up on home to beat tax hike DAWN WONG GST Countdown By TAKING THE RIGHT STEPS *We would wear the same shoes when we went to buy the items! We were so afraid to buy the wrong things, but it was a risk we had to take** because

Teens in gang fight sent to Boys' Home [ARTICLE]

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Teens in gang fight sent to Boys' Home A 14-YEAR-OLD teenager who used a chopper to hack off the palm and fingers of a 13-year-old victim m a gang fight was yesterday sentenced to two years m the Singapore Boys' Home. The bespectacled teen who went to the juvenile court

Ouster attempt likely at People's Park Centre elections [ARTICLE]

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Ouster attempt likely at People's Park Centre elections K.C. VIJAYAN In, THE People's Park Centre, currently embroiled m a dispute over unpaid maintenance fees, will hold a general meeting today to elect a new management council. A 20-strong group of subowners led by accountant Lo Hock Ling has been trying

Just how well-read are Singapore children? [ARTICLE]

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Just how well-read are Singapore children? YOUNGSTERS here will find out how literate they are when the results of a worldwide study is released m April. About 7,000 Primary 4 pupils from all the primary schools here took part m the Progress m International Reading Literacy Study last October. It

Sewage leak at Sungei Bedok [ARTICLE]

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Sewage leak at Sungei Bedok THE public is advised to stay away from Sungei Bedok and a stretch of the East Coast beach after waste water from damaged sewage pipes leaked into the river. The Public Utilities Board (PUB) yesterday cautioned against coming into contact with the sea water at

IN SHORT

LONER POWER BILLS NEXT MONTH [ARTICLE]

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LONER POWER BILLS NEXT MONTH HOMEOWNERS will pay less for electricity next year. Tariffs will fall on average by 7-9 per cent from tomorrow, Singapore Power subsidiary Power Supply announced yesterday. Homes and small businesses using electricity supplied at 230 and 400 volts may see their bills go down by

CISCO GUARDS FOR THAIPUSAM [ARTICLE]

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CISCO GUARDS FOR THAIPUSAM CISCO guards will help control the crowds during the annual Thaipusam procession next month. The move is one ot' several new measures taken by the event's organisers Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple m Serangoon Road, the !Sti Thendayuthapani Temple m Tank Road and the Hindu Endowments Board

CUSTOMS, TRADE OPS UNDER ONE ROOF [ARTICLE]

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CUSTOMS, TRADE OPS UNDER ONE ROOF A NEW department that integrates the Customs and trade enforcement operations here will be set up m the Finanico Ministry m April. To be called Singapore Customs, it will provide a jingle point of contact for businesses here m the areas of revenue enforcement

Mosque facelift done, with some multi-racial help [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mosque facelift done, with some multi-racial help AHMAD OSMAN Bu Non-Muslims as well as Muslims joined bands to raise $9 million to redevelop 83-year-old Kbadijab mosque m Geylang NEW Year's Day will be a big day for the 83-year-old Khadijah mosque between Ix>rong 29 and Lorong 31 m Geylang. The

Hang on, that's not the cheng tng man... hey, it's our boss [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Ex-stewardess caught shoplifting [ARTICLE]

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Ex-stewardess caught shoplifting A FORMER air stewardess, who walked into Robinson's shopping centre at Raffles City with her son and walked out with $360 worth of unpaid goods, was fined $3,000 for theft yesterday. Chua Mvi Huen, 38, could have gone to jail for up to three years. The former

Can't find a job? Your MP may have the right contacts [ARTICLE]

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Can't find a job? Your MP may have the right contacts LAUREL TEO MEMBERS of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC are tapping their own contacts to help residents m the constituency find jobs, and will even provide introduction letters. Led by Mr Charles Chong and Mr Ahmad Mohamed Magad, the

Check Cash Card expiry date via SMS [ARTICLE]

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Check Cash Card expiry date via SMS CASHCARD users can now find out when their cards expire by sending an SMS. All they need to do is key m an SMS message with the word "expiry", followed by the card's 16-digit identification number and send it to *****. They will

Model senior citizens raising funds m style [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Model senior citizens raising funds m style WHEN it comes to modelling, age is no barrier for Madam Yong Sooi Fun. The sprightly 82-year-old has been doing it for the past five years for the Singapore Action Group of Elders (Sage), a voluntary welfare organisation. Madam Yong is the oldest

Dead skipper's wife told to head for HK [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Dead skipper's wife told to head for HK CHONG CHEE KIN *!L Family of captain allegedly killed by a crewman onboard still do not know what happened to him THE family of Captain Ma Sai Chung, who was allegedly slain and then thrown overboard from his ship two weeks ago,

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TECH & SCIENCE

Save the Iberian lynx—with a simple cork [ARTICLE]

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Save the Iberian lynx with a simple cork WILDLIFE campaigners are urging shoppers to buy New Year champagne bottled with a real cork stopper, to help prevent the extinction of the Iberian lynx, according to BBC News Online. The move by the wine and champagne industry towards synthetic "corks" and

Here's why champagne has more fizz [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Here's why champagne has more fizz Mysteries pondered by party-goers, such as why bubbles rise more slowly m beer than m sparkling wine, have been solved NEW Year's revellers probably don't know it, but inside every bottle of sparkling wine is a burbling scientific mystery. And Dr Gerard Liger-Be-lair is

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The Straits Times asia Tuesday, December 31, 2002

New stars call tune in Japan songfest [ARTICLE]

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New stars call tune in Japan songfest KWAN WENG KIN By JAPAN CORRESPONDENT New Year's Eve national gala axes veteran performers as network tries to project new image to boost its ratings TOKYO Japan's traditional New Year's Eve gala the Red and White Song Festival is shedding many ageing stars

OUT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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OUT It has left our generation behind and ingratiated itself to the young. Mrs Sugcmiya, 76, who wrote angrily to Asahi Shimbun daily m response to NHK network's axing of veteran singers such as Aid Yashiro (left) and Hideki Saijo.

IN [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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IN Without the support of the young, nothing succeeds these days.' Mr Hiroaki lima, 35, a lecturer on the media at Waseda University, who applauds MIK\ move to bring m chart-topping new artistes such as Every Little Thing (above).

Beijing to protect ana spruce up Peking Man caves [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Beijing to protect ana spruce up Peking Man caves GOH SUI NOI THE STRAITS TIMES CHINA BUREAU Plans to save world heritage site from deterioration and pollution conies as part of city's upgrading for 2008 Olympics BEIJING Future visitors to the archaeological site where the Peking Man was discovered will

Cultural heritage gets more attention [ARTICLE]

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Cultural heritage gets more attention BEIJING In recent years, the Chinese government has been paying greater attention to preserving the country's rich cultural heritage. Last month it revised its 1982 law on the protection of cultural heritage to give it more teeth. The law punishes those who destroy historical sites

Agriculture bank chief named top stock-mart regulator [ARTICLE]

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Agriculture bank chief named top stock-mart regulator SHANGHAI China has appointed Agricultural Bank chief Shang Fulin as top securities market regulator, replacing Mr Zhou Xiaochuan, who was named central bank governor over the weekend, state newspapers said yesterday. Mr Shane, 51, general manager of the Agricultural Bank of China, was

China spacecraft launch 'final test before manned flight' [ARTICLE]

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China spacecraft launch 'final test before manned flight' BEIJING China successfully launched its fourth unmanned spacecraft yesterday m what is likely a final test before sending its first astronaut into orbit. Official media said Shenzhou IV, or Divine Vessel IV, was sent into a preset orbit by a Long March

Power monopoly broken up to encourage competition [ARTICLE]

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Power monopoly broken up to encourage competition BEIJING China has dismantled its massive state power firm into 11 smaller companies m a move to end the corporation's monopoly on the power industry and encourage greater competition. The State Power Corporation, which controls half of China's power generation plants and virtually

Outspoken Chan back in firing line [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Outspoken Chan back in firing line HONGKONG Hongkong's former top civil ser-vant-Anson Chan has caused a flap after she slammed "some people" for "confusing black and white". Her comments were seen as a veiled criticism of statements by support- ers of a proposed anti-sub-version law that critics fear will crush

Unpaid workers stage huge protest [ARTICLE]

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Unpaid workers stage huge protest BEIJING Chinese labourers have staged large-scale demonstrations m the north-eastern province of Liaoning against corruption and unpaid wages, a rights group said yesterday. Up to 2,000 chemical-factory workers partly blocked the Avenue of the Red Flag m the district of Shuangtaizi, the New Yorkbased China

Chen seeks support for jobs plan [ARTICLE]

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Chen seeks support for jobs plan LAWRENCE CHUNG By THK STRAITS TIMKS TAIWAN BI'RKAU It will be tough going as critics charge that the programme does not offer a long-term solution Jail a cheaper option TAIPEI More cash-strapped Taiwanese are choosing to 90 to jail instead of paying fines amid

Taiwan may recall its Jakarta rep [ARTICLE]

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Taiwan may recall its Jakarta rep TAIPEI Taiwan may recall its representative to Indonesia if Jakarta refuses to apologise formally for a diplomaticsquabble that followed the Taiwanese President's aborted visit to Yogyakarta this month, Foreign Minister Eugene Chien has warned. He issued the threat after opposition lawmakers demanded firm action

A SPORT FOR ALL [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A SPORT FOR ALL XINHUA Normally indulged m by children, skating is a favourite sport for most people m Changchun, capital 01 UMMI north-east Jilin province, including these enthusiasts practising on Sunday m a chilly winter.

German leader meets Jiang, Hu [ARTICLE]

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German leader meets Jiang, Hu BEIJING German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder held closed-door talks with Chinese President Jiang Zemin and his expected successor Hu Jintao yesterday with trade, Iraq and North Korea said to dominate the agenda. Mr Schroeder, on the second day of a threeday visit, praised Mr Hu for

ASIA

N. Korea may pull out of nuclear treaty [ARTICLE]

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N. Korea may pull out of nuclear treaty Its statement that US violated the 1994 pact with Pyongyang could signal it is preparing to quit NPT r say Seoul media SEOUL North Korea has for the first time indicated that its membership m the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) could be

SEOUL: Pressuring and isolating Pyongyang will not succeed [ARTICLE]

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SEOUL: Pressuring and isolating Pyongyang will not succeed SEOUL Underscoring South Korean reluctance to join United States moves to sanction North Korea over its nuclear brinkmanship, President Kirn Dae Jung said yesterday that pressuring and isolating the communist state will not succeed. "Pressure and isolation have never been successful with

How far will North take brinkmanship, experts ask [ARTICLE]

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How far will North take brinkmanship, experts ask SEOUL For people with the unenviable task of deciphering what is regarded as one of the world's most impenetrable countries, the question of the moment is: How far will North Korea go? Until a few days ago, the conventional wisdom here was

PROTECTION FOR SAFETY [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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PROTECTION FOR SAFETY Burqa-clad women walking past an Indian soldier m Srinagar yesterday following shadowy threats from an Islamist group. Women m the southern district of Rajouri m Indian Kashmir have been warned of serious consequences if they do not don the all-covering burqas. A clothing merchant has sold 5,000

'Islamabad was set to use nuclear bombs on Delhi' [ARTICLE]

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'Islamabad was set to use nuclear bombs on Delhi' MUSHARRAF'S CONFESSION KARACHI Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that he had been prepared to use nuclear weapons if Indian troops had crossed into Pakistani territory earlier this year, when tensions were at a peak. "I personally conveyed messages to Indian

Pakistan's PM wins vote of confidence [ARTICLE]

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Pakistan's PM wins vote of confidence ISLAMABAD Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali comfortably won a vote of confidence yesterday that assured the survival of his coalition government. Mr Jamali won 188 votes m the 342--seat National Assembly, the lawmaking Ix)wer House of Parliament. He needed only 172 to survive

SOUTH-EAST ASIA

Thailand to clear IMF loans ahead of time [ARTICLE]

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Thailand to clear IMF loans ahead of time EDWARD TANG Bu THAILAND COMBSPONDENT Strong foreign reserves prompts Thaksin government to consider repaying debts to creditors BANGKOK Six years after Thailand was thrown a US$l7.2-bil-lion (Ss3o-billion) lifeline to bail out its foundering economy, the nation is on the brink of repaying

306 die over long weekend in Thauand [ARTICLE]

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306 die over long weekend in Thauand BANGKOK As Thais enjoy an extra-long holiday weekend ahead of the New Year, the death toll from accidents has risen to 3()6, with traffic accidents accounting for most of the fatalities. Traffic accidents on the country's notoriously dangerous roads claimed 2.il lives over

Foreign activists linked to Aceh rebels jailed [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Foreign activists linked to Aceh rebels jailed BANDA ACEH An Indonesian court sentenced two foreign women to several months m jail yesterday for violating visa regulations after they were accused of associating with rebels m the troubled province. The court sentenced British academic Lesley McCulloch, 40, to five months' jail

Commander acquitted of East Timor atrocities [ARTICLE]

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Commander acquitted of East Timor atrocities JAKARTA A court yesterday acquitted an Indonesian military commander charged with crimes committed during East Timor's hreak from Indonesia. He was the ninth security official to be cleared of all charges over the bloodshed. Lieutenant-Colonel Yayat Siulradj.it was found not guilty of failing to

Arroyo's decision seen as a gambit [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Arroyo's decision seen as a gambit LUZ BAGUIORO Shocking I Won't Run' Announcement By Analysts say it is a clever move by the Philippine President to shore up her popularity and tackle the economy MANILA PRESIDENT Gloria Arroyo's decision yesterday not to seek a new term is an astute political

Three who might make a go for it [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Three who might make a go for it With Mrs Gloria Arroyo (left) out of the running, focus now shifts to three potential presidential fronrninn^njSenator Panffilo LacsonrThe former national police chief has gained a following because of his iron-fisted approach to crime and corruption. Former education chief Raul Roco: He

High praise for President's act of'self-sacrifice and humility" [ARTICLE]

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High praise for President's act of 'self-sacrifice and humility" MANILA Politicians on both sides of the Philippines' ideological divide lavished praise yesterday on President Gloria Arroyo's decision not to seek a second term. In Mrs Arroyo's camp, Manila Mayor Lito Atienza addressed those who may be sceptical of the President's

Jakarta and KL tighten net on terror suspects [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Jakarta and KL tighten net on terror suspects JAKARTA Police m Malaysia and Indonesia have stepped up efforts to rein m terrorists within their borders, pursuing a money-changer linked to October's Bali bombings and arresting a militant linked to the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terror group. In Malaysia, police are hunting

World Bank backs environment group [ARTICLE]

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World Bank backs environment group PHNOM PENH The World Bank said yesterday it could withdraw from its work m Cambodia's forestry sector after the government demanded that independent environment monitor Global Witness cease operating here. World Bank country director lan Porter said Global Witness, which acts as an independent monitor

MALAYSIA

Slain M 16 chief: Goldsmith, pimp, and loanshark rolled into one [ARTICLE]

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Slain M 16 chief: Goldsmith, pimp, and loanshark rolled into one REME AHMAD «y IN KUALA LUMPUR Legitimate businesses allowed gang mastermind to openly mingle with community leaders and politicians SUNNY Sum Wing Chai was a successful businessman like no other. Although high on the wanted list, the burly leader

EVIDENCE SEIZED [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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EVIDENCE SEIZED SIN CHEW DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK Police at the weekend sealed off and seized stock and records from the Jon-Ten Jewellery- shop m Sungei Wang Plaza. The M l 6 gang used the shop as a front to either sell or melt down gold robbed from other goldsmith shops.

Elvis Keh 'is no weapons expert' [ARTICLE]

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Elvis Keh 'is no weapons expert BEN NADARAJAN By SINGAPOREAN Elvis Keh Jiang Long, accused by the Malaysian police of being a financier and trainer of the notorious Ml 6 gang of robbers, was no "weapons expert" or an "award-winning marksman", said his lawyer. Mr Kit son Foong was replying

Tomb thieves dig up eight graves [ARTICLE]

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Tomb thieves dig up eight graves SIBU Tomb-raiders have again dug up Iban graves and stolen jewellery buried with the dead despite the arrest of seven people last month. The robbers desecrated eight graves last week, six of them on a single night. The graveyard is shared by people from

KL will not go to court over water: Syed Hamid [ARTICLE]

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KL will not go to court over water: Syed Hamid REME AHMAD By IN KUALA LUMPUR ternational arbitration although they added it would take a long time to settle the issue if this route was taken. Datuk Seri Syed Hamid, responding to remarks by Singapore Foreign Minister S. Jayakumar that

More English experts called in to boost students' proficiency [ARTICLE]

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More English experts called in to boost students' proficiency KUALA LUMPUR The Education Ministry will triple the number of English-language experts from Britain to improve English proficiency among students and introduce an oral component for all English tests from next year. The government is also allocating RM22B million (Sslos million)

Singapore is responsible for sour ties: Mahathir [ARTICLE]

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Singapore is responsible for sour ties: Mahathir BRENDAN PEREIRA By MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT to support his assertions. He said when Singapore separated m 1965, the Republic gave an undertaking that Malaysia could continue to maintain its facilities m Singapore m accordance with an earlier agreement with the British. But they failed

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SPOKEH...AND HEARD? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SPOKEH...AND HEARD? Vai J ne R°°ney a great player. I told him that after the game but I don't know if he understood me.' —Rolton's on-loan Real Madrid player Ivan Campo, on Everton's teenaged star Wayne Rooney

Arsenal stays in comfort zone [ARTICLE]

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Arsenal stays in comfort zone §OCCER A comeback 1-1 draw with Liverpool leaves it five points clear at top LONDON Arsenal goes into the New Year with a five-point lead on top of the Premiership but it should have been many more. It finished last season with 13 straight victories

Now You Can Own A Racehorse! [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Now You Can Own A Racehorse! HORSE RACING Written By STEVE LEVAR IF you have always dreamed of being a horse owner and racing for the millions of dollars m prizemoney offered each year by the Singapore Turf Club, tnen stop dreaming! Now the Singapore Turf Club gives you the

Jets in play-offs after poor start [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Jets in play-offs after poor start AMERICAN FOOTBALL MFL: 12 teams m the play-offs The 12 National Football League teams that qualified for the play-ofls (m order of seeding): American Football Conference 1 Oakland Raiders, 2 Tennessee Titans, 3 Pittsburgh Steelers, 4 New York Jets, 5 Indianapolis Colts, 6 Cleveland

Dead leg nearly leaves Ziege dead [ARTICLE]

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Dead leg nearly leaves Ziege dead LONDON A dead leg nearly cost Tottenham's Christian Ziege his career, and possibly his life. The German complained of the problem after ne was sent off against Charlton on Boxing Day and later phoned the club doctor when his leg grew to twice the

PREMIERSHIP [ARTICLE]

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PREMIERSHIP f■•i r n Arsenal 21 13 4 4 42 22 43 Chelsea 21 10 8 3 34 17 38 Nan United 21 II 5 5 33 21 31 Ke«castle 20 11 2 7 34 29 35 E»erto« 21 10 5 6 23 22 35 liwpool 21 9 7 5

S'pore back in Malaysia event [ARTICLE]

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S'pore back in Malaysia event CHIA HAN KEONG HOCKEY By SINGAPORE will be rejoining the Malaysian Under-21 hockey tournament next month after an absence of seven years. After applying unsuccessfully for the biennial tournament last year, the Singapore Hockey Federation will be sending its U-21 squad to compete against 12

Accenture to go matchplay [ARTICLE]

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Accenture to go matchplay PEH SUING HUEI GOLF New format more likely to produce a local Champion of Champions THE Accenture Champion of Champions golf tournament at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club next week will copy the format of its rich sister event, the Accenture World Matchplay Championship

SCORES [ARTICLE]

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SCORES AMERICAN FOOTBALL NFL: Buffalo 27 Cincinatti 9, Pittsburgh 34 Baltimore 31, Cleveland 24 Atlanta 16. Carolina 10 New Orleans 6. Tennessee 13 Houston 3, Washington 20 Dallas 14, Minnesota 38 Detroit 36, New England 27 Miami 24 (0T). Indianapolis 20 Jacksonville i 3. Denver 37 Arizona 7 NY Jets

NBA STANDINGS [ARTICLE]

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NBA STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pet GB New Jersey 22 9 .710 Philadelphia 18 11 .621 3 Boston 18 12 .600 3 1 Orlando 17 15 .531 IVi Washington 13 16 .448 8 New York 9 17 .346 10' Miami 10 19 .345 11 Central Division W

Wauqh is the second-best Test captain [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Wauqh is the second-best Test captain CRICKET MELBOURNE Steve Waugh became the secondleading Test captain m cricket history yesterday when he led Australia to a five-wicket win over England m the fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. "11l look back one day and say it's a good achievement,"

Lakers showing signs of recovery [ARTICLE]

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Lakers showing signs of recovery BASKETBALL LOS ANGELES Shaquille O'Neal appeared more sprightly and Los Angeles' reserves actually extended a lead, two signs the Lakers might be coming around as the year ends. O'Neal scored 35 points on 14-of-18 shooting, Kobe Bryant had 13 points, 12 assists and fell one

SPORTS FILE

ALL-BLACK RUGBY GREAT DIES [ARTICLE]

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ALL-BLACK RUGBY GREAT DIES ONE of New Zealand's rugby greats, Don Clarke, 69, died from melanoma m a Johannesburg hospital. The former full-back was an icon for a generation of New Zealanders, playing 31 Tests and 89 All- Black games. He was a big man and his fame was built

LEWIS REFUSES TO FIGHT TYSON [ARTICLE]

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LEWIS REFUSES TO FIGHT TYSON WORLD heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis has ruled out a rematch with Mike Tyson, even though there was a contractual obligation for a second fight. "I have no interest m it, Lennox has no interest m it, but he has to fight someone," said his

BOWLING TRIALS FOR YOUTHS [ARTICLE]

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BOWLING TRIALS FOR YOUTHS THE Singapore Tenpin Bowling Congress is organising the National Youth Squad Selection Trials to select bowlers for the national youth squad for next year. The trials will be held over four days on Jan 4, 5, 11 and 12 at various Cathay Bowls. Participants will play

SPORTS: THE YEAR AHEAD

Obituaries

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WONG WENG CHIEU Age: 68 was called home to be with the Lord on 30 Dec 2002, leaving behind loved ones. Brothers: Sisters-in-law: Wong Weng Hong Jimie Chan Gek Choo Jessie Wong Weng Foo John Goh Yeat Leng Florence Wong Weng Tuck George Chua Gek Cher Helen Sisters: Brothers-in-law. Wong

Obituaries

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"He who dwells m the shelter of the Most High will rest m the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 MR TAY CHOON HYE Age: 72 Chairman of SUTL Group of Companies was called home to the Lord on 27 Dec. 2002, leaving behind loved ones. Body resting at SUTL

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With Deepest Sympathy Heartfelt Condolences to the family of the late TAY CHOON HYE From Bruce Davidson Alec Stuart friends colleagues Imperial Tobacco International Limited

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God himself will be with them and be their God." l^ He will wipe every tear from their eyes, death shall be M no more Rev 21: 3-4 |1 Age: 99 I was called home to be with the Lord on 1 29 December 2002, leaving behind all loved ones.

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MICHAEL EE HOONG SIAN6 Age: 86 passed away peacefully on 30 Dec 2002 leaving behind loved ones. Wife: Minnie Constance Tan Sons: Daughter-in-law: Eric Ec Cheng Huat Janie Tan (Richard Ec Cheng Hock, deceased) Daughter: Son-in-law: Sandra Ec Cheng Gek David Chua Grandchildren: Adeline, Felix, Jeremy, Jacqueline, Samantha Kimberly. Great

Obituaries

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Djaja Tandjung Tan Kai Tjeng Tan Kay Seng 7 I Age: 79 I passed away peacefully on 30 December 2002 leaving behind J I Wife I] Lim Ing Po Llm Chai Hoon Dian Anisah Salim t] Sons Daughters-ln-Law f I Erwan Tandjung Tan Eng Hoa I Erdhi Tandjung Tan Eng

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With deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Our Director, Mr Arthur Tay family On the loss of their beloved father MR TAY CHOON HYE From: Board of Directors and Staff of Sing Investments Finance Limited

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LINDA CHEN MON6 HOCK I CHINESE SCHOLAR NUS, BA (HON) MALAY, MA (HISTORY), DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION i Age: 74 passed away peacefully on 29 December 2002 leaving behind: Husband: Dr. (Prof). Tan Seng Huat, PPA(S), PPA(G) Relatives: Chen Mong Yu Wen Ping, Chen Meng Zhe Chen Jin Feng, Chen Mong

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Market value on SGX sinks 19% to $206.6 b [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Market value on SGX sinks 19% to $206.6 b AZHAR KHALID Ri, MARKETS CORRESPONDENT Analysts warn that the figure, which is the lowest since August 1998, could drop lower due to global uncertainties THE market value of stocks listed on the Singapore bourse has plummeted by a stupendous $47-4 billion,

Oil price soars to 2-year high of US $33 [ARTICLE]

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Oil price soars to 2-year high of US $33 CRUDE oil prices rose above US$33 a barrel yesterday for the first time m more than two years amid concern that the United States may attack Iraq early next year and a strike m Venezuela looks set to disrupt oil supplies

ASIAN INDICES [ARTICLE]

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ASIAN INDICES PtJO CHANGE HONGKONG: H*ng S»ng 9272.33 -172.93 MALAYSIA: KLSE Comp 648.43 -1.96 CHINA: Sh»nin«n B 187.14 -2.85 AUSTRALIA: Sydney All Ord 2960.50 -30.90 JAPAN: Nikkei 8578.95 -135.10 THAILAND: SET ma»> Cios*a INDONESIA: Jakarta Comp Closvd PHILIPPINES: Manila Comp Closed SOUTH KOREA: Seoul Comp 627.55 -29.37 0«c27 CHANCE NEW

TOP ACTIVES [ARTICLE]

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TOP ACTIVES Ail* Dckor HKISc 24,121,000 TT Int 15c 7,408,000 DM X T»ch USSC 6,651.000 Mult i Vis HK7c 6.560,000 Chart S*miCond 26c 6.119,000 L»ong Mln 20c 5,842,000 EuroptroniOc 5,517,000 l&M ie 5.357.000 Diticraft 10c 4.147,000 S«mbM»r 10c 3,916,000

SECURITIES TRDG SCOREBOARD [ARTICLE]

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SECURITIES TRDG SCOREBOARD MAIN SDO TOTAL Up On Unch Up On Uncn Up On Uncn Multilnd 296 000 296 M«nufacturg 23 48 21 6 13 11 29 61 32 Commerce 5 18 13 0 5 1 5 23 14 Tpt/Stor/Com 79 11 000 7 9 n Fin»nc» 573 000 573

INDICES [ARTICLE]

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INDICES Ch«nq« Str«itjTlmtjlndt« 1331.95 -9.63 BT 08/ OS _.-301.00 -17.00 BT CADI -*****.00 -77.00 BT 10-d«y MA -*****.00 -30.00 UOB Stsdaq 51.82 -0.14 UOB Biue Chip 452.54 -3.96 STi Futures 1330 -15 MSCI Singapore 163.06 -1.43 SiMSCI Futures 162.50 -1.90

SECURITIES TRDG TURNOVER [ARTICLE]

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SECURITIES TRDG TURNOVER TURNOVER COOO) VALUE COOO) M«ln SOq Tot«l M«ln sag TeUI Multllnd 9,309 9.309 10.535 10 535 MinuUcturg 58.848 6.924 65,772 33.891 1193 35 084 Commerce 12,541 1,075 13.616 4.386 279 4 665 Tpt/StOf/Com 11,833 11.833 14,520 ***** Finance 13,174 13.174 31.640 ***** Construction 16.526 4,797 21,323 4,675

SGX SECURITIES TRDG: MAIN BOARD [ARTICLE]

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SGX SECURITIES TRDG: MAIN BOARD asdf 25 14.5 AirOe»«nsc 17 unch 3B 17 16 5 3 22 7 73 2 96 51.5 CWT2SC 70 0N 246 O s., 12.5 6.5 Chin* Toll 20c 7 unch 6 7 6.5 43.8 52.6 49.5 38 ChuanHup2oc 43.5 -0.5 456 44 43.5 25N 6

SGX SESDAQ [ARTICLE]

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SGX SESDAQ MANUFACTURINe 24.5 15 AP Oil 5c 15.5 5 6 5 13 58.5 14 AS Auto 10c 19 -1 155 20 10 .Z ji'2 svs 10.5 asthoc_ 13.5 ♦o.s >cc i 35 23 7.5 AsiinMicroSc 10 ,o« 31.5 15 AvaplasSc 17 6 189 40 s y> 7 cnse 7.5

SEG XTRANET [ARTICLE]

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SEG XTRANET STOCK PRICES LECCND Strait i Tlmat Indan Stacks M buylna-ln s tcrtalass and non C pf c Stack* appravad undar CPf liwattw ti ScHawa N Tax-aiampiadtftvMand utt* dj»ldand ed cumdlvldwK) ct condition*! tr*j crl ram rtaM lisua CM cum bonus it t im ca eumofttr irl *i-rlght Issua

China's economy grows 8% this year [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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China's economy grows 8% this year Expansion is led by jump m exports and foreign investment as well as higher govt spending on public works projects BEIJING China's economy grew by 8 per cent this year, helped by a surge m exports ana foreign investment as well as increased government

US auditors fear tax work may go to law firms [ARTICLE]

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US auditors fear tax work may go to law firms NEW CORPORATE GOVERNANCE RULES NEW YORK Accountancy firms and their clients are lobbying intensively to prevent US regulators from imposing new rules next month on impartiality that they claim will threaten lucrative tax consultancy work and lead to confusion m

HONKONG: Hang Seng Index [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HONKONG: Hang Seng Index Yesterdays dose: 9,272.33 (Down 172.93 points) rwnojKongs MncnrnarR stock index feM to its lowest close since inifrOetooer as US tension with ftorth Korea and Iraq cloooed the outlook for equities andsunjmqoil prices sent airline shares tunbNng. TitiKwer was Hght at HKS44 bHIion. Across the market, there

HONGKONG [ARTICLE]

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HONGKONG asdf Omujty Clow Company Cf— Bank Of China HK 7.90 -0.10 HK Eloctric 29.35 005 Bink Of East Am 13.10 0.05 MSBC Hdqs 85.00 -1 25 Cathay Pieific 10.70 -0.15 H Whampoa 48 30 -1 20 Chtung Kong 49.80 -0.70 Johnson Eltct S2O -0 30 Ch Kong Infra 13.30

SICOM FUTURES [ARTICLE]

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SICOM FUTURES asdf Rubber Futures (Cloilng prlctj) RSS 1 (S cent ./kg) *to*fo MHH Lw im vn Openlnt Jin 03 149 SO F »bo3 149.75 150.00 Apr/Jun 03 152.00 RSS 3 (US cents/kg) ****> HHH Lew Sett VI Open Int £28— 85.00 300 febO3 66 50 3350 M«rO3 M.50 88.00

KUALA LUMUPUR: Composite Index [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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KUALA LUMUPUR: Composite Index Yesterdays close: 648.43 (Down 1.96 points) Malaysian i shares reversed a seven-day winning streak and ctosrttowefasinstrtirtiooa) window dressing appeared to draw to a dose. vokm was a paltry 94 million shares. Decnnors overwhelmed gainers by 352 to 182. Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR [ARTICLE]

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KUALA LUMPUR asdf Company Cto— Company Clou AMMB Holdings 3.70 -0.06 M Intl Shipq FB 670 unch Barjaya Sports 3.28 -0.02 Malaysia Airports 1.51 001 B Am»r Tobacco 35.7S 0.25 Malaysia Mining 1.92 -0.03 Commarca Ass»t 3.22 unch MAS 3.42 -0 06 oigi.com 2.22 -0.02 Ntstlt Malaysia 20.00 unch Gamuda

CRUDE & PRODUCT PRICES [ARTICLE]

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CRUDE PRODUCT PRICES Crud«/Product Mtrth' Chang* Prtc* (US$) BBL Brtntßltod Jin »004 30.51-30.56 A T«««s Inttrm Jin *0.43 32.99-33.03 Dub«iF«t»h F*b ♦0.60 28.36-28.41 T«pisßl«nd j»n «1.20 32.65-32.75 Timing of c«rgo«» p ricts 1$ at 7:20 Cnf/PnOuet Month* Ch«nq> Prlc« (USS) BBL MmM J»n *0.20 31.95-32.05 N«phth«ClFJ«p .2 50/0 00 301.50-307.00

SGX DERIVATIVES TRDG [ARTICLE]

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SGX DERIVATIVES TRDG MHHIHIH OPE* HIGH LOW SETT VOL OP/INT EUROOOLLAW rUTOWCt M«rO3 98.660 96.680 96.660 96.670 8016 ***** JunO3 98.635 98.635 98.610 98.620 4807 ***** S*pO3 98.475 98.450 98.445 98.445 4079 ***** O*CO3 98 200 98.215 98.175A 98.170 4029 ***** M«rO4 97.885 97.900 97.860A 97.855 2269 6930 JunO4 97.505

Justice Dept scours Silicon Valley for stock fraud [ARTICLE]

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Justice Dept scours Silicon Valley for stock fraud SAN FRANCISCO Seeking to mirror its aggressive pursuit of executives on Wall Street, the Justice Department is putting a new focus on Silicon Valley, pursuing managers of the technology boom who are suspected of crossing the line into securities fraud and insider

SHENZHEN [ARTICLE]

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SHENZHEN asdf Company Chwa Company Ckw Anhui Gujing 0 B 4.93 -0.07 Uvzon Pharm 866 -0 02 Btijing Or Elac B 4.28 -0.06 Luthai Taxt B 4.70 -0 05 Btngang StMl B 2.89 -0.07 ShdongCh Papvrß 5.70 -0 04 Ch Int Mirint 6.75 -0.1 T Shjzhuangßaoshi 2.95 -o 05 China

SHENZHEN: B share Index [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SHENZHEN: B share Index Yeste; 187.1 (Dow Chin, thin trai the side sentkne from th V* Turnt down3( Friday rday's dose: 4 ti 2.85 points) i shares closed lower in fe as investors stayed on lines amid poor mt, recemno, no cheer e appointment of a new jrities regulator, brokers

CURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY Fortifn Currtncy Nota Rafts (9am, D«c 30) Buying 00 UMnq Singapore dollars to on* unit of fortign currency Australian doi'ar 0.9700 0.9860 Canadian dollar 1.0940 1.1170 Euro 1.8020 1.8240 NZ dollar 0.8960 0.9220 Sterling, pound 2.7670 2.7960 US dollar 1.7290 1.7410 Singapore dollars to 100 units Of tore.qn currency

SYDNEY: All Ordinaries [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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SYDNEY: All Ordinaries Yesterdays close: 2,960.5 (Down 30.9 points) Australian shares feH 1.1 per cent as fears of an impending war weighed on banking and resources issues but rifted sentiment in the goW sector, brokers said. Turnover was 331.1 million shares worth AS623.6 million. AFP

SYDNEY [ARTICLE]

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SYDNEY asdfasdf Company Clow AMP limited 11.25 -0.17 ANZ Bank Grp 17.2S 0.45 Brambles Ind 4.64 -0.02 Broktn Hill Prop 9.95 -0.23 Colts Myer 6.24 -0 08 CSL 21.40 -0.30 CSB Ltd 6.23 -0.12 C'wMlth Bank 27.12 -0.35 Foster's Grp 4.54 0.02 Gtntral Prop Trt 2.93 -0.01 Macquari* Bank 23.25

BONDS, LOANS & WARRANTS [ARTICLE]

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BONDS, LOANS WARRANTS aasd mJtCm 1 1 s£ -c- poo 4 m^ 1 u~ b^°"l^, 37.5 17 ASTIWO4O62I 17.5 5 0.5 Acma W04t1:6 1.5 -05 15 101 31 AmteK W*****0 70.5 68 68 5 7 1 Armstrong W*****0 «f 05 107 103 Baronet 6**SAo9o9ol lok 104 *1 90 104 104

TOKYO [ARTICLE]

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TOKYO as sdf Company Cl— Canon Inc 4470 60 D»nso Corp 1947 -3 Cut oaoan Rail *****0 4000 Fanuc Ltd 5250 250 Fuji Photo Film 3870 0 Fujitsu 339 -12 Mlticri 455 -13 Honda Motor 4390 -40 ■to Yokado 3500 -10 Kansai Electric 1793 17 Kao 2605 -5 Kyoora Corp

TOKOYO: Nikkei 225 Stock Average [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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TOKOYO: Nikkei 225 Stock Average Yesterdays dose: 8,578.95 (Down 135.1 points) Shares in Japan feM1.6 per cerrtmhalr^tradinqinttie final session for the year, with prices pressured by weakness on Warl Street dealers said. Volume was thai at an estimated 231 million snares. DecJiners led gainers by 835 to 453, with 192

US group urges MAS to pore over HSBC's Ibid for Keppel Insurance [ARTICLE]

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US group urges MAS to pore over HSBC's Ibid for Keppel Insurance EDNA KOH By FISANCK CORRKSPONDFM The consumer group cites the bank's offer for a US finance firm which it accuses of engaging m predatory lending practices AN AMERICAN consumer group has urged Singapore's central bank to take a

DelGro's Wong Hung Khim retires as exec chairman [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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DelGro's Wong Hung Khim retires as exec chairman LEONG CHAN TEK TOP-LEVEL CHANGES Bt MANAGEMENT MANOEUVRES TRANSPORT group DelGro announced management changes yesterday ahead of its proposed merger with Comfort Group that is expected to be finalised m March. Mr Wong Hung Khim, 64, retires today as executive chairman of

Asian stocks slide as tension grows over North Korea [ARTICLE]

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Asian stocks slide as tension grows over North Korea COLIN TAN MARKETS CORRESPONDENT NORTH Korea's continuing nuclear brinkmanship sent regional markets scuttling south yesterday, with North Asian stocks bearing the brunt of the downward pressure. In the wake' of the escalating tension, markets m South Korea, Taiwan and Hongkong were

Keppel unit sold to management team for $3.9 m cash [ARTICLE]

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Keppel unit sold to management team for $3.9 m cash THE battle for Nat Steel continues to rage, but elsewhere, another management team has succeeded m buying out quietly one of the region's biggest corrosion protection specialists from a unit of govern-ment-linked Keppel Corp. Keppel said m a statement yesterday

TOP RISES (¢) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES Dec 30 Cents DBS Bk 6% NCPS IO ***** 10.0 0.1 F&N 780 5.0 0.6 GreatEastsoc 855 5.0 0.6 Haw Par HC 20c 215 5.0 2.4 Clipsal 30c 234 4.0 1.7 HKLandUSIOc 139 3.5 1.5 lsetansoc 198 3.0 1.5 SunlkjhtGrpiOc 26.5 2.5 10.4 GP Bat 80c 161 2.0

TOP RISES (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP RISES (tec 30 Cents l&Mic 1 100.0 0.5 BBRHWgsSc.. 1.5 50.0 0.5 Nippecraft 10c 3 20.0 0.5 Xpresssc 3 20.0 0.5 Cyber Vill 5c 3.5 16.7 0.5 Eastern Pub 10c 13.5 12.5 1.5 SMB United 10c tts 12.5 1.5 Global Tech HKIc 5 11.1 0.5 SunliqhtGrpiOc 26.5 10.4 2.5

TOP FALLS (¢) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS Dec 30 Cents VentureCorp2sc 1390 50.0 3.5 Creative TZ5c 1230 20.0 1.6 UOB 1160 20.0 1.7 Haw Par 40 328 12.0 3.5 OBSGrp 1090 10.0 0.9 Robinson 540 10.0 1.8 SIA2OO 1010 10.0 1.0 SIASOc 1010 10.0 1.0 SPH 1830 10.0 0.5 SPHKX) 1830 10.0 0.5 CSC 334

TOP FALLS (%) [ARTICLE]

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TOP FALLS Dec 30 Cents GulTechWoso9l7 2 42.9 1.5 EasycallAk 5 28.6 2.0 GMG Global 5c J. 5 25.0 0.9 Excel 20c 2 20.0 0.5 PDCCorpsc 12 20.0 3.0 Shanghai Allied 40 42 16.0 1.8 Cathay Org 25c 16 15.8 3.0 MagnecompiOc 13.5 15.6 2.5 Liang Huat 10c 3 14.3

Number of mobile phone subscribers jumps to 3.18 million [ARTICLE]

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Number of mobile phone subscribers jumps to 3.18 million KELVIN WONG Bu THE guy who cleans your condo pool. The little old lady at the nerbal soup shop. The cook who serves up your favourite fishball noodles. Everyone you see these days seems to have a mobile phone glued to

Some firms unfazed by SGX move to jack up listing fees [ARTICLE]

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Some firms unfazed by SGX move to jack up listing fees HUGH CHOW SGX-aspirant Global Active said the listing fees which may be jacked up by a whopping 24 times from March 1 were still "value for money". Group chief operating officer Serene Tan said: "It doesn't make any difference

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Life!

Masthead [TITLE SECTION]

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Life! THE STRAITS TIMES Tuesday, December 31, 2002 CELEBRATES THE WONDER OF LIFE

NS men book in [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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NS men book in fThe first-ever literary anthology of national service nasfti From Boys To Men features 51 prose and poetry pieces by 30 i CLARA CHOW reports '^HiM MENTION national service, and two reactions often The editing process was conducted entirely via V surface. mail between Bhatia m New

Party till 6 am at the Expo [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Party till 6 am at the Expo asdf df REVELLERS at the Essential NYE 2003 event at the Singapore Expo Hall tonight will not just get to party till 6 am. They can drink all the way till dawn, too. The event, which features more than 10 artistes and DJs

Ford: Many me, Calista [ARTICLE]

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Ford: Many me, Calista AGEING Hollywood heartthrob Harrison Ford surprised his girlfriend Calista Flockhart on Christmas Day by popping the question. The 60-year-old Indiana Jones star gave the 38-year-old Ally Mcßeal star a US$3OO,OOO (*****,000) diamond set on a platinum ring, which he had hidden m a US$l,2OO bag, says

Winona Ryder's on suicide watch [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Winona Ryder's on suicide watch CONVICTED star Winona Ryder (right) has been put on a suicide watch after she was htf&rd saying: "Sometimes I feel like doing myself m." The actress, who has checked into Cedars Sinai hospital, has lost weight following her conviction for shoplifting earlier m the month,

RIGHT UP HER ALLY [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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RIGHT UP HER ALLY FASHION WIRE DAILY Harrison Ford popped a surprise proposal to Calista Flockhart on Christmas Day. With something as romantic as that, how could she say no?

Michelle Chong hurt [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Michelle Chong hurt A STUNT on wheels got Media Works actress Michelle Chong a stint m hospital over the weekend. The actress had been rehearsing for the Channel U fundraiser Ren Ci Charity Slow with fellow actresses Constance Song, Cynthia Lee and Ericia Lee last Friday when she fell and

An Eye on Singapore in 2002 [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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An Eye on Singapore in 2002 SHAHIDA ARIFF By IF YOU have 24 hours to capture on film your impressions of Singapore this year, what kind of pictures would you take? This is the question facing a group of about 70 Singaporeans today as they head off to various parts

He always had his wits about him [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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He always had his wits about him SAMUEL LEE OBITUARY: Steven Lee *L MAN IN THE MIX: Asa DJ-presenter, Steven Lee was equally smooth at helming entertainment programmes and gameshows as he was at reading news bulletins. The first TV newscaster m Singapore died last Thursday, but Steven Lee's deep,

HOW TO GET THAT LOOK [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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HOW TO GET THAT LOOK Architect Mink Tan offers some tips on how to get that look: While one may be inspired by a certain style, try not to do the expected by emulating patterns and designs. Bring out the form instead through playing with its basic elements or materials

Tropical living in Malaysia [ARTICLE]

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Tropical living in Malaysia MICHELLE HO §R Leading works of architecture m Malaysia, ranpngfrom homes to hotels, are snowcasea m Tropical Style, a pictorial book by Gillian Beal TALK about Malaysian home style and it would be all too easy to merely describe it as idyllic is-land-style living, lush palm

BITE INTO IT [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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BITE INTO IT 'It's the first marriage for him, the third for her, and the last for neither/ Saturday Night Lite's Tina Fey on the engagement bettceen Jennifer Ixtpez and Ben Affleck (above) To me, music comes from heaven/ Singing pastor Ho Yeow Sun (right) on whether pop music is

Cool it up in the highlands [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Cool it up in the highlands wx\ Ba» IbLi P^bJTMJ JK^\m^^C^Ji FOR a cool climate and relaxing atmosphere, head for Cameron Highlands which nestles 1,524 m above sea level m north-west Pahang. Its day temperature is about 21 deg C. At night, temperatures can dip to about 10 deg C.

Relax on a beach or two in Tohor [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Relax on a beach or two in Tohor BEACH lovers who want to unwind m Johor can choose from 17 beaches there. The best beaches are located along the east coast m the districts of Mersing and Kota Tinggi. Penyabong, a small and tranquil resort town m Mersing, for instance,

New Year songs from Tiger Huang [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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New Year songs from Tiger Huang WELCOME the New Year with cheers from a Tiger not the beer or golf pro Tiger Woods, but Tiger Huang, the "Queen of the Pub" from Taiwan. She sings at the Tiger Huang Live Your Life concert at Genting's Arena of the Stars at

Really cheap buys at Holiday Plaza in JB [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Really cheap buys at Holiday Plaza in JB Who: Elvin See, 30, a restaurant supervisor with the Olive Tree Mediterranean Restaurant at Inter-Conti-nental Hotel. He has been working m the hotel for the past nine years. He won an Honesty Award from the hotel for finding and returning 10 watches

TRAIN ING DAY [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Is Tobey Demi's new man? Bl'Z/INC. G.I. JANE star Demi Moore must be a very busy woman. Two weeks ago, she was said to be dating former United States President Bill Clinton. Now, Moore, 40, is said to have paired up with SDiderMan star Tobey Maguire, 27--maker was Titanic star

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Shooting's out for Madonna MADONNA took up shooting after she married British director Guy Ritchie. But now she regrets taking it up, following her devotion to Kabbala, a Jewish faith. The American star, who believes that the souls of the dead birds will come back to haunt her, wishes to

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'Dumb' to get $35m a movie SOME movie stars dream of the day where they join the US$2O--million (5534.8 million)-a-movie club. Not George Clooney (left). The actor said the money he made from movies like The Perfect Storm embarrassed him. He added that he would be glad to work exclusively

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