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The Straits Times, 26 April 2000


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The Straits Times Established 1845 W6QneSQciy April 26, 2000 196 Pages in six parts mita (P) 034/12/1999 4dP A Singapore Press Holdings publication \J\) Ceofti

Where are the hostages? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Where are the hostages? PHILIPPINE Muslim extremist Sipadan on Sunday. In Sabah, group Abu Sayyaf yesterday claimed Malaysian navy commandos responsibility for abducting 21 remained on stand-by for the order people from the Malaysian island of to hit the captors' hideout. See Pages 2, 46 and 47 JOSE RAYMOND SIPADAN!

Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park from August [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park from August LYDIA LIM By UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICERS WILL PATROL THE AREA TWICE A DAY AND THEY WILL ADOPT 'A MINIMALIST, HANDS-OFF APPROACH'. Citizens can go there seven days a week from 7 am to 7 pm to speak on any subject, but must

NTUC, customers protest DBS charges [ARTICLE]

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NTUC, customers protest DBS charges EDNA KOH 500,000 ACCOUNTS AFFECTED Bv AT least 500,000 POSBank and DBS Bank account holders will be forced to choose one of three options from June 1. Top up their account balances to the minimum of S500; Pay a monthly service charge of $2, for

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Abu Sayyaf: We abducted resort hostages [ARTICLE]

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Abu Sayyaf: We abducted resort hostages LUZ BAGUIORO By PHILIPPINES CORRESPONDENT But the Philippine authorities say the claim by radical Muslim group Abu Sayyaf cannot be verified yet MANILA The Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group yesterday claimed responsibility for kidnapping 21 people from the Malaysian resort island of Sipadan and

Sipadan kidnapping: 5 held [ARTICLE]

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Sipadan kidnapping: 5 held BRENDAN PEREIRA By MALAYSIA CORRESPONDENT KUALA LUMPUR Five men were arrested yesterday as police scoured the waters near southern Philippines, where Muslim rebels are believed to be holding 21 hostages kidnapped from Sipadan on Sunday. Sabah Police Commissioner Mamat Taib said the five included two former

New Anglican bishop [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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New Anglican bishop HE WAS the top arts student of his year at the former Nanyang University, and worked as a civil servant before he decided to become a church man. Yesterday, Reverend Canon Dr John Chew, 52, was installed as the eighth Anglican bishop of Singapore, leader of 25,000

Landlord laws need to be tough, says Wong [ARTICLE]

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Landlord laws need to be tough, says Wong CHUA MUI HOONG Bu Debate continues on May 9 PARLIAMENT will sit on May 9 to enable MPs to raise further questions on the immigration-offenders problem. Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng's reply on the issue was cut short by the end

Illegal tenants: Man jailed 20 months [ARTICLE]

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Illegal tenants: Man jailed 20 months A SHOPKEEPER who sublet the upper storey of a shophouse to 12 illegal immigrants has been jailed 20 months for harbouring them. Kir Chuee Huat, 51, had failed to check on his tenants' immigration status, a district court heard yesterday. While his conduct was

Stolen: Garden and pond [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Stolen: Garden and pond BRISTOL (England) How did our garden go? That was the question a bewildered English couple faced on Monday after thieves made off with their entire back yard, including trees and a small pond. They dug up conifers and shrubs, swiped cement ornaments, a sundial, benches and

$16.3m [ARTICLE]

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$16.3m KAREN WONG Hu It is evident from my client's conduct and cooperation that the $2-million bail is sufficient to ensure his attendance in court. Mr Tail Chee Meng, Kwek's lawyer That's the amount former MD is accused of taking from company Fresh charges raise the stakes in case against

$56m [ARTICLE]

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$56m That's what firm owes creditors A PROVISIONAL liquidator has been appointed for a well-known company, Tong Tien See Construction Pte Ltd, which owes at least $56 million to creditors. The contracting company's petition to place itself under judicial management was rejected yesterday by Justice M.P.H. Rubin. The company, with

3 found dead in manhole [ARTICLE]

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3 found dead in manhole KRIST BOO Bu THREE men were found dead in a sewage manhole in the financial district yesterday evening. They were workers laying fibre optic cables underground for traffic lights. The manhole is in Chulia Street outside UOB Plaza. Police received a call at 6.30 pm

Elephant kills British tourist [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Elephant kills British tourist BANGKOK A young British tourist was killed and her father and sister wounded when a bull elephant ran amok at a seaside resort in Pattaya, poEce said yesterday. Miss Andrea Taylor, 23, was pronounced dead in hospital after being trampled and gored by the elephant at

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Kids crazy over Pokemon cards 'are victims of marketing' [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Kids crazy over Pokemon cards 'are victims of marketing' ALFRED LEE By IN LONDON A British teachers' association speaks out against the marketing tactics of the company as fights over the cards break out in school playgrounds KRITISH schoolchildren aught in the grip of a craze ver Pokemon cards are

Sri Lanka troops dig in to defend ex-rebel base [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sri Lanka troops dig in to defend ex-rebel base Air force jets and helicopter gunships hit rebel positions after the Tamil Tiger guerillas capture the sprawling army base of Elephant Pass COLOMBO Sri Lanka's air force bombed camps of Tamil Tigei' rebels on a strategic causeway yesterday as soldiers dug

US 'Star Wars' plan a form of armament, says China [ARTICLE]

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US 'Star Wars' plan a form of armament, says China Global Nuclear Arms Control 'Disarmament should be conducive to the enhancement of every country's general security instead ofbecoming the instrument and means for a few countries to strengthen their military superiority by weakening or restricting other countries. Mr Sha Zukang,

Four nations urged to ratify nuclear pact [ARTICLE]

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Four nations urged to ratify nuclear pact UNITED NATIONS With 187 countries committed to the Nuclear Non-pro-liferation Treaty, world leaders have urged four remaining countries to ratify the treat) and to join efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Those four countries India. Pakistan, Israel and Cuba drew mention

Treaty aims to curb spread of N-weapons [ARTICLE]

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Treaty aims to curb spread of N-weapons Backgrounder THE Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is a landmark international treaty aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, promoting cooperation in peaceful uses or nuclear energy and moving towards a goal of nuclear disarmament The treaty was opened for signature


Marriage on hola for Bond girl [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Marriage on hola for Bond girl MICHELLE'S BUSY MAKING FILM IPOH Malaysia-born Hongkong star Michelle Yeoh. the ex-Bond girl who has taken on a new role as a producer, does not plan to get married until she completes the flick. Yeoh, who hails from this city, flew in with her


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PIERCE BROSNAN TO WED IN MAY LOS ANGELES Actor Pierce Brosnan James Bond on the silver screen is to rr .ry his companion, forme ournalist Keely Shaye-Sn -th, in a private ceremo. in May in his native Ireland. Brosnan, 47, recently purchased a 250 sq m villa in Malibu, with


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NIKE BOSS SNUBS ALMA MATER NEW YORK The chairman of Nike, Mr Phil Knight, will not make a planned US$3O million (Sssl million) contribution to help his alma mater, the University of Oregon, renovate its athletic stadium because of the university's decision to join an antisweatshop group. Mr Knight, a


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COURT THROWS OUT SIMPSON'S LAWSUIT LOS ANGELES A lawsuit seeking telephone records that O.J. Simpson says would exonerate him in the killings of his former wife and her friend has been dismissed by a US federal judge. "I think your lawsuit here borders on being frivolous," US District Judge Dean

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Allen Richardson, a man who escaped from a US prison work camp 29 years ago and has since lived in Canada, on Monday agreed to return to jail to finish serving his four-year sentence for drug offences. Chilean writer Jorge Edwards has won the Miguel de Cervantes Award, the most

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Quoteworthy A man like me does not need to hire anyone to kill someone else. I would do it myself. Mr Chalcrm Yubamrung, a Thai politician, demiiig involvement in the death of a public prosecutor


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A PINK EGG TO MATCH MY FROCK AFP Dressed in a pink frock, three-year-old Lashawn Johnson spies a pink Easter egg on the White House lawn and descends upon it. The Maryland lass had joined hundreds of other children from all over the US on the White House grounds to



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ODD-SHAPED MOONS ON JUPITER JUPITER'S innermost moons are oddly shaped worlds battered by meteorites and bathed in intense radiation, according to images and measurements released from Nasa's Galileo spacecraft. AP


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AIRPORT RADAR REPLACED AN airport radar system that collapsed at Logan International Airport, Boston, delaying hundreds of Easter weekend flights, was replaced on Monday and the new radar was tracking flights by afternoon. AF


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12,000 KIDS SOLD TO SEX TRADERS ABOUT 12,000 children in the Mexican capital are vie- tims of sexual exploitation through prostitution, pornography and sex tourism, according to an official report published on Monday. The main victims are girls from extremely poor families from rural communities. AFP


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SNORING INMATE STABBED TO DEATH A PRISONER was stabbed to death with a sharpened table knife in a Dublin jail on Sunday after his snoring drove a cellmate into a violent rage, newspapers reported. Reuters


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BETS ARE OFF ON LIVINGSTONE WIN LABOLR Party dissident Ken Livingstone is such a certainty to win the election for mayor of London that one bookmaker announced on Monday it had stopped taking bets. AFP

Elian's cousin 'made threats' [ARTICLE]

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Elian's cousin 'made threats' US Justice Department claims that Marisleysis Gonzalez hinted there were guns in the Miami home, which led to concerns of a volatile situation WASHINGTON The cousin of Cuban shipwreck survivor Elian Gonzalez made a "threatening" statement two days before armed federal agents stormed into a Miami

Cuban American leaders call for strike in Miami [ARTICLE]

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Cuban American leaders call for strike in Miami MIAMI Miami's irate Cuban American leaders called for a general strike yesterday in protest against the armed pre-dawn raid in which Cuban castaway Elian Gonzalez was seized from his Miami relatives. Calling the protest "Dead Tuesday", powerful exile leaders asked residents of

British workers win back right to strike [ARTICLE]

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British workers win back right to strike New law protects them from dismissal during the first eight weeks of a strike, but employers fear it could revive the union militancy of the 1970s LONDON The British worker has won back his right to strike without fear of losing his job


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UP IN FLAMES AFP As part of Nato's efforts in Kosovo to maintain peace and heal the scars of war these Kosovo Force (KFOR) Greek soldiers melt down weapons confiscated during the disarmament process in the oven of a metal factory in Obilic near Pristina.

Saudi unrest: 40 reported killed [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Saudi unrest: 40 reported killed The unrest was sparked when Saudi security forces stormed mosques belonging to Ismaili Muslims and arrested three senior clergymen SANA (Yemen) A clash between members of a Muslim minority and security forces in Saudi Arabia on Sunday night left at least 40 people dead, far

Skydiver knocked out cold in air by team mate [ARTICLE]

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Skydiver knocked out cold in air by team mate FREE-FALLING STUNT THAT WENT AWRY ON May 5, 1991, a parachute stunt team jumped out of the airplane at an altitude of 3,800 m. The members went into formation to perform manoeuvres while free-falling near an Alberta town. They were to

6 kids shot at US zoo [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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6 kids shot at US zoo It looked like a riot fight ...I saw a lot of people running, jumping, hitting on each other. Mr Michael Hatcher, 19, who was visiting the zoo with his girlfriend 'I saw a man with something in his pocket. He said, "Get out of


Pssst, do you want a degree ? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Pssst, do you want a degree MARY KWANG BY China Correspondent Why it's such a lucrative business Employers can afford to be choosy given the massive unemployment, so a degree acts as a leverage In China, traditional reverence for education remains strong, and a degree is seen as an investment

In Colombo, children are taught by parents to lie, cheat and bluff to get into top schools [ARTICLE]

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In Colombo, children are taught by parents to lie, cheat and bluff to get into top schools FEIZAL SAMATH By IN COLOMBO THE parent of a middle-class boy faked some certificates and paid an enormous sum to a "fixer" to ensure his child won admission to a prestigious government school

Huge forgery business [ARTICLE]

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Huge forgery business Mary Kwang FAKE papers cost 300 yuan (SSSB) to 3,000 yuan (SssBo) a set, depending on the quality of the forgery, the qualification required and the university whose degrees are to be forged. Forgeries for a much sought-after university may be cheaper than for less well-known colleges

China goes online to fight counterfeiters [ARTICLE]

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China goes online to fight counterfeiters It hopes to authenticate transcripts and certificates TO HELP fight counterfeiters, the Chinese government is building up a computer bank of degree-holders that will help it authenticate degrees, transcripts and other certificates. The State Council Academic Degree Commission started work on the database several

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Caught while having a geisha good time [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Caught while having a geisha good time Smiling at the end of the ordeal, Mr Havato Akiyama, left, leaves the police station with Tom; while above, Yuichi Mizutani is led away by the police at the Hodogava police station. The former cabby had kidnapped the boy who was on his

Pre-paid phones 'boon for criminals' [ARTICLE]

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Pre-paid phones 'boon for criminals' TOKYO A top Japanese official said yesterday that illegal aliens could use pro-paid mobile phone services to commit crimes because no identification was required. "They can be easily used by illegal foreigners to sell drugs and arc extremely difficult to trace," Mr Kosuke Mori, chairman


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MAY THE DRINK BE WITH YOU AFP While Mei-mei, the robot waitress may not battle Darth Vader like its reel-life counterpart R2D2, she sure knows how to serve a cuppa. The 10 million yen (S$ 160,000) robot makes her "service" debut at a Chinese restaurant in Kawasaki citv, Tokvo.

Big severance payouts for Taiwan officials [ARTICLE]

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Big severance payouts for Taiwan officials Some 100 outgoing senior officials will receive NTS6OO million in taxpayers' money when the island's government changes hands next month TAIPEI When the Taiwanese government changes hands after the inauguration of President-elect Chen Shui-bian on May 20, up to NT$6OO million (5532.4 million) in

Beijing official warns of 'unstable situation' [ARTICLE]

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Beijing official warns of 'unstable situation' TAIPEI Increasing the pressure on Taiwan to accept Beijing's terms for talks, a top Chinese official has warned that a refusal by the island to agree that it is an inseparable part of China would create a "very unstable situation". The remarks by Mr

Jet fighters aplenty, but where are pilots? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Jet fighters aplenty, but where are pilots? TAIWAN'S ADVANCED AIRCRAFT A shortage of personnel to man the expensive aircraft from the United States and France is forcing Taiwan to consider putting these planes aside TAIPEI Taiwan can afford the best and most expensive jet fighters, but a shortage of pilots


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IN THE NET AP laiwanese coast Ouard otticers question three Chinese fishermen, caught fishing in restricted Taiwanese waters off Nankan Island in the Matsu Island group, about 130 km from Taiwan. Despite Taiwan's ban on direct trading with China, small trading between fishermen and cross-boundary fishing still goes on. Last

China and S. Africa back new world order [ARTICLE]

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China and S. Africa back new world order Both sides maintain that no country should dominate others and say that negative effects of globalisation should be reduced and restricted PRETORIA Visiting Chinese President Jiang Zemin and his South African counterpart Thabo Mbeki yesterday signed the Pretoria Declaration, pledging mutual support

Guangxi scandal: More arrests expected [ARTICLE]

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Guangxi scandal: More arrests expected BEIJING More arrests are expected as a huge bribery scandal revolving around sacked Communist Party official Cheng Kejie continued to unfold in the southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. An official from the Guangxi People's Procuratorate saia yesterday that arrest warrants for four more Guangxi officials

Falungong anniversary: Scores detained [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Falungong anniversary: Scores detained The spiritual movement marks the first anniversary of a mass sit-in with protests in Tiananmen Square. About 100 followers are arrested BEIJING Scores of Falungong members were detained in Tiananmen Square yesterday for protests on the first anniversary of a mass sit-in that sparked an official

Mori to take first bite at international diplomacy [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mori to take first bite at international diplomacy The Japanese premier begins his G-8 tour this weekend with the aim of getting to know the world leaders before he hosts the summit in July TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who took the reins from his stricken predecessor earlier this

US unions go on TV to stop China pact [ARTICLE]

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US unions go on TV to stop China pact 'Fair trade' caravans and adverts of Chinese sweatshop workers are used to pressure undecided Democrats in the House of Representatives WASHINGTON Opponents of President Bill Clinton's landmark trade pact with China intensified their lobbying campaign yesterday, with "fair trade" caravans through

Agriculture chief leads team to Beijing [ARTICLE]

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Agriculture chief leads team to Beijing Delegation will study Chinese commitment to trade rules WASHINGTON US Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman has left for China accompanied by four members of Congress to study Beijing's commitment to market opening agreements, his office said. They were scheduled to arrive in Beijing yesterday and

TALKS: 3 different interpretations [ARTICLE]

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TALKS: 3 different interpretations SOUTH KOREAN MEDIA: North Korean leader Kim Jong II could soak up the pomp and let Mr Kim Yong Nam, the ceremonial head »tate, deal with task of begging aid. President Kim would return home humiliated. SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS: President's Office insisted that the meeting and

Ambiguous deal snows Korean rift [ARTICLE]

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Ambiguous deal snows Korean rift Debate over the wording of the June summit agreement underscores the cultural divide between the two long-time arch-rivals SEOUL It had the makings of a diplomatic nightmare: Was there a loophole in a summit deal allowing North Korea's leader to duck out of talks with

Pyongyang may expel Japanese Red Army hijackers [ARTICLE]

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Pyongyang may expel Japanese Red Army hijackers TOKYO North Korea may expel the four remaining members of the Japanese Red Army group it has sheltered for 30 years, the latest evidence of a diplomatic offensive by Pyongyang, a Japanese newspapersaid yesterday The report came as preparations are under way for

Anger over firing of key ministers [ARTICLE]

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Anger over firing of key ministers Abdurrahman's decision to dismiss two key financial ministers may lead to senior politicians withdrawing their factions from the Cabinet Backgrounder Reshuffle rumours THERE have been rumours for many weeks that President Abdurrahman was planning to reshuffle the Cabinet, and in particular, to remove several

Farmers' silent protest [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Farmers' silent protest INDONESIAN farmers from the Sumatra province of Riau sit with their hands tied behind their backs and their mouths covered, protesting against the corruption of farming credits totalling 6.7 billion rupiah (Ssl.4 billion) by individuals within their provincial administration during Suharto's rule. AFP

Militaiy spokesman defends business ventures [ARTICLE]

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Militaiy spokesman defends business ventures JAKARTA The spokesman for the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) yesterday defended the military's business ventures, saying it would be impossible to survive on state funds alone. If the current government tried to curb or even try to restrict the military from conducting business it would

Ties hit as Gus Dur puts off Aussie trip [ARTICLE]

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Ties hit as Gus Dur puts off Aussie trip Relations between the two countries look set to decline again following a spy incident in East Timor involving an Australian soldier JAKARTA IndonesiaAustralia diplomatic relations appeared set to decline further when the government announced President Abdurrahman Wahid's trip to Australia next

Wiranto to testify on atrocities in Timor [ARTICLE]

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Wiranto to testify on atrocities in Timor Generals to be called up Former military chief General Wirante. TNI intelligence chief Zacky Anwar Makarim. Former chief of the East Timor Military Command Timbul Silaen. The trials are expected to start next month JAKARTA Former defence forces commander General Wiranto and several

Military will accept verdict on Aceh soldiers [ARTICLE]

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Military will accept verdict on Aceh soldiers JAKARTA The spokesman for the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) said yesterday that the military will accept any verdict in the trial of 24 soldiers charged with massacring civilians in Aceh province. "We will support whatever decision will be," ViceAir Marshal Graito Usodo said.

NZ prepared to seize Suharto assets [ARTICLE]

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NZ prepared to seize Suharto assets The visiting Foreign Minister offers to help Jakarta secure any part of the Suharto fortune that may be stashed away in New Zealand I Will OFFER THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT HELP IF fT WISHES TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE HOLDING ASSETS IN NEW

McCain to visit his old prison in Vietnam [ARTICLE]

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McCain to visit his old prison in Vietnam HANOI Arizona senator John McCain, who spent five hellish years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, returned yesterday to visit the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" this time as a guest. Vietnam celebrates the 25th anniversary of the end of the war on

900m Asians live on less than US$l a day [ARTICLE]

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900m Asians live on less than US$l a day LUZ BACUIORO Despite phenomenal growth, poverty remains a social challenge, says ADB. But continued economic progress can cut number by 50 per cent by 2015 By PHILIPPINES CORRESPONDENT MANILA Poverty remains a staggering social challenge for Asia despite the phenomenal growth

ADB forecasts bright future for Singapore [ARTICLE]

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ADB forecasts bright future for Singapore But it must adjust to post-economic crisis realities MANILA Long-term prospects for the Singapore economy remain bright, with growth forecast to hit 5.9 per cent and 6.2 per cent this year and next, the Ma-nila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report released

American paedophile jumps bail in Thailand [ARTICLE]

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American paedophile jumps bail in Thailand BANGKOK A self-con-fessed American paedophile has jumped bail in Thailand and disappeared, prompting the United States yesterday to express its "grave concern" and warn he would be pursued. Eric Rosser, 48, a pianist who worked at the Oriental Hotel here and was arrested in

Bangkok bans scenes of smoking in shows [ARTICLE]

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Bangkok bans scenes of smoking in shows The government issues the ban to discourage teenagers from taking up the habit as they are influenced by what they see on the screen BANGKOK The Thai Cabinet yesterday banned scenes showing smoking in film and television dramas in a bid to stub

Thai students to be anti-drug role models [ARTICLE]

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Thai students to be anti-drug role models They are recruited by narcotics control board PATTAYA A group of Thai students has been enlisted by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board to serve as role models in the fight against the widespread use of drugs. A three day "Mind Without

Thailand moves to curb mafia's hold on elections [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Thailand moves to curb mafia's hold on elections JAMES EAST Under pressure from poll watchers, a rapid action force of military and police has been formed to prevent fraud during Saturday's Senate vote By l\" BANGKOK SOLDIERS and police are to be sent to Thailand's so-called mafia heartland to ensure

Ranariddh says agreement likely this year [ARTICLE]

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Ranariddh says agreement likely this year CAMBODIA-LAOS BORDER ROW PHNOM PENH Cambodia and I^os have moved to within months of resolving a long-running border dispute, Prince Norodom Ranariddh said yesterday. The prince said talks with visiting Lao Premier Sisavath Keobounphanh, who arrived to a rea carpet and fanfare welcome in

Relatives fight over remains of air crash victims [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Relatives fight over remains of air crash victims As various parties fight over the remains of Air Philippines crash victims, the authorities are holding back the bodies to run DNA tests DAVAO CITY Relatives of victims of the ill-fated Air Philippines aircraft which crashed last week fought over the remains

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THE HUNT IS ON Malaysia and Philippine security forces are combing the area around Sipadan in search of hostages who were taken from the famous dive island on Sunday. Philippine rebel group Abu Sayyafhas claimed credit for the brazen attach. The group has a short, blood-stained history: Its name means

Idyllic paradise shattered by attack [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Idyllic paradise shattered by attack CHONG CUEE KIN IN SEMPORNA Sipadan' s resorts are almost empty of tourists as heavily armed policemen keep boats at bay after pirates raided the island and took 20 people hostage SEMPORNA Sipadan island is no longer the idyllic diving haven it used to be

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FAMUES OF ABDUCTED KEEP VIGIL IN SEMPORNA SEMPORXA Families of Malaysians abducted by an armed group in Sipadan on Sunday are Keeping vigil in this Sabah town nearest the island, praying for their safe revurn. One of them. Madam Alice Yu, said she had been crying since she was told


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MAUYSIA STILL SAFE TOURIST HAVEN, SAYS MAHATHIR KUALA LUMPUR Prime Minister Datuk Sen Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday declared that Malaysia is still a safe tourist haven despite Sunday's hostage-taking incident in Sipadan. However, he added: "It will affect tourism in Sabah, but the rest of the country is not affected


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'ABU SAYYAF' WRITTEN ON OFFICE WALLS KUALA LUMPUR The word "Abu Sayyaf and other words were written by the Filipino abductors on the walls of the Wildlife Department office in Sipadan, said resort staff Danny Chin. Mr Chin, an underwater photographer, said five of the gunmen spoke English with Suluk

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Candidates for top Umno posts halt campaigns The contestants have agreed to stop campaigning ahead of the party elections in an effort to curb money politics and political abuses, says PM FOR UNITY'S SAKE: The pledge THE document states: 'For the sake of the inteiest ot the party, religion and

Ministry suspends weekly political tabloid [ARTICLE]

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Ministry suspends weekly political tabloid KUALA LUMPUR The government has suspended a weekly tabloid popular for its hard-hit-ting political commentaries, risking further criticism over its stringent press curbs. The Home Ministry suspended the publication of the Malay-lan-guage Eksklusif newspaper last Saturday and refused to renew its annual printing permit. The

Probe on police brutality claims [ARTICLE]

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Probe on police brutality claims Allegations by Anwar's supporters will be studied KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian Human Rights Commission has promised to probe allegations of police brutality against opposition supporters detained during April 15 street protests. The commission would Eursue the allegations raised y lawyers and local rights groups which claim

More illegal discos thriving [ARTICLE]

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More illegal discos thriving KUALA LUMPUR More illegal discos are operating after licensed hours until as late as the following afternoon. The discos, which open after 3 am, are patronised by those who still wish to party up to 4 pm, Kuala Lumpur narcotics chief ACP Zuber Shariff was quoted

Rampant drug abuse worsens [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Rampant drug abuse worsens Government directs the authorities to use an integrated approach in a bid to bring the problem under control More teens hooked now Initially those aged between 40 and 50 were victims of the abuse but teenagers are more hooked to it now, especially to ecstasy pills.'

EPF withdrawals for computers to be extended [ARTICLE]

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EPF withdrawals for computers to be extended The government has decided to relax the rules, which will enable parents with children aged 10 and above to utilise their savings from the fund CHANGING THE RULES: Govt acts after appeals from parents AT PRESENT, only parents whose children are studying at


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A HERO'S DEN United Engineers Malaysia Berhad IUEM) manager Suhaila Abdullah shows off the furnished condominium given to Mount Everest climber M. Mahendran. He is one of the four heroes honoured with this RM300,000 (*****,000) gift for planting the Malaysian flag on the world's highest peak. NEW STRAITS TIMES

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Scientists abroad will receive good offers to return [ARTICLE]

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Scientists abroad will receive good offers to return KUALA LUMPUR The Science, Technology and Environment Ministry- plans to kickstart its programme to bring back local scientists working overseas with a review of the national science and technology- policy. Minister Law Hieng Ding said the ministry wanted to revive the Returning

Move to make Penang a 'retirement' destination [ARTICLE]

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Move to make Penang a 'retirement' destination PENANG Penang is luring more Japanese migrants, especially elderly folk, following a pilot programme to make the state a retirement destination. Japanese ambassador Hideki Harashima said some 17 people, aged in their 60s, had taken part in a 10-day experi- mental tour of

Women should not stand for office, says PAS [ARTICLE]

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Women should not stand for office, says PAS In explaining why the party has not fielded any female candidates, the vice-president says there is too much mud-slinging in political campaigns KUALA LUMPUR Women should not be involved in politics, says PAS. Party vice-president Senator Hassan Snukri said there was still



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139 ILLEGAL WORKERS HELD IN RAID AUTHORITIES in Kemaman, Terengganu, detained 139 illegal workers, including workers from Britain and the Netherlands, in a raid at a project site of the national oil company Petronas on Sunday. State immigration director Zamberi Abdul Aziz, who led the operation, said others arrested were


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TECHNICIAN SHOT DEAD IN CONDO A 28-YEAR-OLD technician has been shot dead in the third floor parking lot of a condominium in Kuala Lumpur. Mr Kong Theim Kok had just returned to his house to celebrate his birthday with his girlfriend. Mr Kong was shot twice in his left arm


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AIRPORT TO KEEP MARINE LIFE THEME THE Penang International Airport, being renovated at a cost of RMSO million (SS23 million), will keep its marine life theme. Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the theme would be maintained because Penang was an in- ternationally known island resort, The


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THREE DIE AFTER TAKING VIAGRA THREE people were reported to have died after taking the anti-impotence drug Viagra as of April 7, said Health Ministry parliamentary secretary S. Anpalagan. He said those who died after taking the drug were a heart patient, 60, a diabetic, 55, and a 30-year-old man.


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PROF WITHDRAWS ELECTION SUIT UNIVERSITY Malaya economics lecturer Prof Dr Jomo Kwame Sundram withdrew his suit against the Election Commission at the High Court on Monday. Dr Jomo had sought a declaration that the Nov 29 general election was null and void without the inclusion of 680,000 newly registered voters.


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FISHERMEN ESCAPE BOAT COLLISION FOUR fishermen cheated death when their boat collided with a trawler off Pulau Cepu, Langkawi, on Monday night. The incident occurred when the fishermen were returning from a fishing trip. Bernama

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Barely out for 2 hours when burglars hit [ARTICLE]

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Barely out for 2 hours when burglars hit KARAMJIT KAUR A businessman discovered $34,000 was stolen from his home when he and his family came back from dinner «S A BUSINESSMAN came back from an overseas trip with US$2O,OOO (5534,000), which he kept at home, intending to put the money


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POIGNANT REMEMBRANCE JOHN CO SCROVE I The 85th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, Turkey, was observed at the Kranji War Memorial at the break of dawn yesterday. Australian soldiers formed the honour guard as about 1,000 military men veterans, students, relatives and friends gathered in a moving service

Case studying legislation against rogue businesses [ARTICLE]

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Case studying legislation against rogue businesses KOH BOON PIN tfr. ROGUE businesses here can expect to feel the bite of a Fair Trading Act if it gets pushed through by the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case). The consumer watchdog is preparing to lead an 18--member delegation to Australia and New

Flying around the world twice in 60 days [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Flying around the world twice in 60 days JOSEPHINE CHEW DREAM FLIGHT B\ THIS 51-year-old is flying solo around the world for the second time in two months. And in a plane just slightly bigger than a car that he bunt from scratch with a friend. On Monday, Captain Hans

High survival rates for childhood cancers [ARTICLE]

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High survival rates for childhood cancers LIANG HWEE TING Leukaemia is the most common, but 75 per cent of child victims are cured. Oncology congress to discuss findings Bu A 12-year-old's experience: Leg amputated, but coping well DENNIS (not his real name) had his right leg amputated last week because

Fatal accidents in factories rise sharply [ARTICLE]

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Fatal accidents in factories rise sharply So far, 11 people have died this year, as compared to a total of 11 deaths in the manufacturing sector for last year SOME fell off lifts, others were crushed by falling objects and yet others were pinned down by forklift trucks. Fatal accidents

DPM leaves for Britain [ARTICLE]

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DPM leaves for Britain DEPUTY Prime Minister Tony Tan will be leaving for a five-day trip to Britain today. He will visit various universities, such as the University of Cambridge and Imperial College. He will also meet the Medical Research Council and Imperial Cancer Research Fund, and visit GlaxoWellcome's research

Litterbug learns lesson the hard way [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Litterbug learns lesson the hard way AFTER eating some fried noodles, Vincent Law, 35, threw the paper packet away on top or what looked like a pile of rubbish at the Boon Lay bus interchange. He was caught doing it. And yesterday, he had to carry out two hours of

Local cafe fails in 'Rainforest' appeal [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Local cafe fails in 'Rainforest' appeal ELENA CHONG The court rules in favour of the US chain as it already operates cafes in the US and elsewhere in the world >±L A SINGAPORE cafe. Rainforest, can no longer use its name. It has lost an appeal to remove the name

Fined for letting dog out without muzzle [ARTICLE]

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Fined for letting dog out without muzzle THE unmuzzled Alsatian dog came charging out of the businessman's house and started attacking a smaller dog that was out on a morning walk with its owner. Yesterday, businessman Low Boon Hock, 52, of East Coast Terrace, was fined $800 by a magistrate's

Accounts assistant swindled two firms [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Accounts assistant swindled two firms AN ACCOUNTS assistant who forged company cheques was jailed for four years yesterday for cheating. Tan Seow Joo, 37, was a bookkeeper with American Optical Company in 1993, when she committed eight cheating and attemptedcheating offences involving 8515,946. Again, between last November and March this

Win a skate-scooter [ARTICLE]

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Win a skate-scooter SPOT a skate-scooter in a huge full-page pictorial advertisement in Friday's edition of The Straits Times, and you may just win yourself a set of these spiffy wheels to zip around on. The advertisement features a busy, crowded marketplace. Readers need to spot in the picture one

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Cllll DHOODCANCEH F A CTOB V A C C I D E N T S Most Cancer Kids Survive jiM^V 11 Killed This Year About 120 children here get cancer each A sharp rise in fatal accidents in factories year, but their survival rate is high even if has led

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No licence needed at Speakers' Corner [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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No licence needed at Speakers' Corner The setting up of a Speakers' Carrier provoked a lively and light-hearted debate in Parliament with six MPs questioning Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng on the plan. This is an edited extract of the exchange. DON'T BE SUSPICIOUS The police have better things

The green that ended Yew Hock govt [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The green that ended Yew Hock govt HONG Lim Park, the site of Singapore's first Speakers' Corner, is no stranger to speakers. This historic patch of green has witnessed many rousing scenes that are now part of the nation's history. It was at this park that a speech was made

NSTB's functions cover commerce [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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NSTB's functions cover commerce Board given pro-enterprise muscle, to commercialise science and technology, and to provide or develop support facilities for IT firms THE National Science and Technology Board (NSTB) will take on a pro-enter-prise role under an amended Bill which was passed yesterday. The amendments will empower the board

Speakers' Corner: Govt is sincere [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Speakers' Corner: Govt is sincere ASAD LATIF FROM THE GALLERY By TEST FOR SINGAPOREANS WHETHER order is still preserved amid greater freedom will reveal how well Singaporeans can discuss, debate, argue and disagree over controversial issues, in a face-to-face setting, without breaching the paramount law that, while issues are important,

Impact of chemical weapons Bill limited [ARTICLE]

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Impact of chemical weapons Bill limited NEW laws prohibiting the development, use and production of chemical weapons here will have a limited impact on the commercial operations of companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical and other industries here. Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs S. Jayakumar made this point yesterday while

Unicorn 'did not play grassroots leader out' [ARTICLE]

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Unicorn 'did not play grassroots leader out' Ignatius Low Siti Andrianie Lydia Lim Reports by and Clearing up the 'misunderstanding', Finance Minister says investigations show the GLC had not cut a local company out of a business deal 'Expensive' dinner was $63 per head MR NG Cheng Hwee of Amos


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UNICORN CASE: The events JUNE 1997: Mr Ng Cheng Hwee of Amos Industries •ppmcbtti GLC, Unicorn International, to collaborate en seHiaftaMiifcfai Italian-made product from FP Design. Amos, FB Dose's Mftaftat here, is unable to bid for the contract on its own. Sept 5, 1997: Mr Ng confirms in writing that

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Commeri E 'T- Technology No Wrongdoing Expanded Role For NSTB GLC Unicorn International did not cut It will be pro-enterprise and exploit grassroots leader Ng Cheng Hwee out of science and technology for commercial business deal, says Finance Minister, pageoi gk gains. page6o I^^^^^L^ Having a Speakers Corner in Hong

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How should top talent be used in new economy? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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How should top talent be used in new economy? When Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew argued that the number of lawyers should be capped at only 12 out of 150 of Singapore's best and brightest recently, he sparked off some questions on the distribution of talent in the new economy.

Lawyers play an even greater role now [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Lawyers play an even greater role now Mr R. Palakrishnan, 57, runs the 12-lawyer practice, Palakrishnan and Partners, and is president off the Law Society. I DONT know if artificial measures to dispatch people to different fields will do Singapore good. Once upon a time, there was a Two Is

Planning for new world is like playing in a jazz band [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Planning for new world is like playing in a jazz band Dr Chong Chee Leong, 42, is director of National University of Singapore's productivity and quality research centre. He has an avid interest in new skills required for the new millennium. A TOP talent in one field may not shine

Let market forces decide where it goes [ARTICLE]

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Let market forces decide where it goes Mr Ashok Pilfai, 36 r is director of remuneration and human resource specialist, Hay Management Consultants (Singapore). ULTIMATELY, market foices should determine where talent gravitates. Right now, despite all the talk about working in neweconomy companies in the United States, there is an

A new talent ball game now [ARTICLE]

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A new talent ball game now Mr Lie* Henq San, 45, is managing director of the Economic Development Board. ORGANISING talent for the knowledge-based economy seems to me a contradiction in terms. The competition for top talent today is global, ferocious and will intensify. Top talent is hotly sought after

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Cyber babes: New breed of salesmen DAVID BARBOZA First Ananova, now, meet Motorola's Mya r who will read you e-mail and stock quotes directly from the Net Bu THE NEW YORK TIMES CHICAGO As the symbol of the new 24-hour talking Internet, Motorola nominates a virtual woman named Mya, a

Taking sex out of grain [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Taking sex out of grain DESCRIBED by some as agriculture's holy grail is a plant that reproduces asexually. so its seeds grow into clones of the parent. Called apomixis, this occurs in hundreds of plants such as blackberries. If the world's major food grains could do this, some scientists say,

Wonder beads for fish tanks [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A brand new breed revamps Japan Inc [ARTICLE]

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A brand new breed revamps Japan Inc Instead of working for corporations, Japan's entrepreneurs are striking on their own, revealing shifting mindsets 'PEOPLE LOVE TO SAY THE JAPANESE ARE RISK-AVERSE. THAT SIMPLY ISN'T TRUE. THERE WAS JUST NO REWARD FOR TAKING RISK IN THE PAST.' Mr Karl Fooks, managing director

Is this the 200m-year-old killer? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Is this the 200m-year-old killer? WILLIAM J. BROAD Newfound crater indicates a speeding rock could have caused the worst mass extinction some 250m years ago THE \fc\\ IUKK 1 lMhb WORST MASS EXTINCTION SCIENTISTS in Australia have unearthed evidence which may reveal that the culprit could have been a speeding

A range of notebooks to suit your pocket [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A range of notebooks to suit your pocket STEVE DAWSON GIZMOS By THE latest delivery from the prolific production line of Fujitsu notebooks comes in four shapes and sizes, all of which gleam in an attractive metallic casing. All four models have quick-touch buttons to launch e-mail, the Internet, and

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How Mori can help [ARTICLE]

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How Mori can help A CLUTCH of pronouncements on the Japanese economy is stimulating confidence not for the first time that the country may be on the brink of a true recovery after its worst setbacks in 50 years. In its monthly report for April, the Economic Planning Agency (EPA)

Cradle to grave, you' re a customer first [ARTICLE]

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Cradle to grave, you' re a customer first JEREMY RIFKIN Hit THINK of waking up one day to find out that every aspect of your being has become a purchased affair, that your life itself has become the ultimate shopping experience. The emerging "age of access" is defined, above all

Malaysia faces tough choices in kidnap crisis [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Malaysia faces tough choices in kidnap crisis BRENDAN PEREIHA NEWS ANALYSIS By Malaysia NO BLAME: KL's response to incident FOR the moment, Malaysia is faced with tough choices. It has to respond to the act of terrorism. However, the response will be tempered by a long-standing adherence to the principle

Internet telephony set to upset voice-call cart [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Internet telephony set to upset voice-call cart YEONG AH SENG SECOND LAST WORD By APRIL 1, the day the Singapore telecommunication market was thrown open to full competition, marked the beginning of a new era for consumers and operators. Consumers 1,867,500 fixed-line subscribers, 1,578,400 mobile subscribers, 1,158,800 paging subscribers and

US unions back to old ways? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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US unions back to old ways? STEVEN GREENHOUSE B <L NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON The American labour movement, while waging battle against trade liberalisation, is trying to fend off charges from many economists, business executives and members of Congress that it has re-em-braced protectionism. Many critics assert that labour's across-the-board

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Babies: Pro-family policies needed [LETTER+ILLUSTRATION]

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Babies: Pro-family policies needed I REFER to concerns about the drop in fertility rate, in the report, "High-level fertility panel set up" (ST. April 24)." In March 1987, the Government announced a new package with the official population-policy change of "Have three or more if you can afford it". Then,

References cited by doctors outdated [LETTER]

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References cited by doctors outdated I REFER to the letter, "New technique to treat brain tumours isn't" (ST, April 20). I am puzzled that the references cited by such eminent radiotherapists for current recommendations of multiple brain metastases and benefits of radiosurgery (RS) compared to whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) was

Road cleaned up [LETTER]

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Road cleaned up I REFER to the letter, "Road not swept" (ST, April 22), by Mr Leonard McCullv. He had rightly noted a iapse in the service standards of the contractor cleaning the Stevens Drive area in recent weeks. The lapse in service had, since a week ago, been corrected

Charges show DB S is behind the times [LETTER]

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Charges show DB S is behind the times THE recent announcement by DBS Bank that it will start levying a charge of $10 per cheque book comes as a shock. It also contradicts the signals that the leaders here have been sending to the business community to develop innovative and

Allow Giro from other banks [LETTER+ILLUSTRATION]

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Allow Giro from other banks NOW that POSBank has decided on a minimum amount balance, I think many will close their accounts there. The only reason I have a POSBank account is to pay for my Giro TransitLink farecard. I can understand why TransitLink chose POSBank. It was a bank

Pay customers a fair rate for credit balances [LETTER]

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Pay customers a fair rate for credit balances DBS Bank has taken the lead in imposing a slew of charges on savings and current accounts, and no doubt all the other banks will follow suit soon. SlO for a cheque book and, for corporate accounts, another 40 cents for each

Bring back old POSBank [LETTER]

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Bring back old POSBank I READ with disappointment the report, "Minimum sum fees at POSBank" (ST, April 25). It would cause a lot of inconvenience. My wife and I will have to close all our ioint accounts with our three children, and reopen individual accounts for them to avoid paving

Card holders must keep PIN a secret [LETTER]

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Card holders must keep PIN a secret I REFER to Mr Patrick Goh How Yong's letter, "Told to make good illegal withdrawals" (ST, April 22). We have informed him that a cash withdrawal of $1,000 was made with his credit card, using his correct personal-identification number, at 7-15 pm on

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E^tssssfaH Bki I BIP^ iisssss^B^Hfl ®k W "^P "aHP^s iissfl Fortunes change with revolutions. The cyber-comms revolution is no exception. Since What's even more exciting is the global trend towards the mergers and alliances ol its introduction in 1994. the Internet has revolutionised the way we live, work and play.


Malaysian Thomas Cup players make a surprise choice [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Malaysian Thomas Cup players make a surprise choice FACTFILE Name: Rashid Sidek ♦Af* 32 Nationality: Malaysian Personal data: Youngest of badminton-playing siblings. Brothers are Misbun, Razif, Jalani and Rahman. Razif was captain of the Malaysian team when it won the Thomas Cup. Generally considered the most talented of the siblings

Waiting for fights that will give him greater star power [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Waiting for fights that will give him greater star power BOXING NEW YORK There is no designation in athletics that has the figurative, almost primal, status that comes with being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The title belongs to Lennox Lewis, but how he wishes it defined him.

PR chance now open for Suliso [ARTICLE]

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PR chance now open for Suliso SANTOKH SINGH *t 'I WANT TO BECOME A SINGAPORE CITIZEN, BUT I HAVE THIS FEAR OF REJECTION. I AM AFRAD THAT THE SBA WILL NOT APPROVE MY APPLICATION.' Susilo. on why he has not applied for Singapore citizenship SHUTTLER Ronald Susilo wants to become

Danish love birds on song [ARTICLE]

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Danish love birds on song GLASGOW The most famous love couple in badminton showed little sentiment in a European Championships final in which Denmark polished off England 4-1 to capture a record-equalling third successive title. World No. 1 Peter Gade Christensen disposed of Peter Knowles 15-4, 15-3 and then his


Hornets ride on Coleman power [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Hornets ride on Coleman power Karl joins the 4,000 club KARL MALONE had 23 points, fewer than half the 50 he scored in Game 1, but the Utah Jazz did not need nearly that many in a 101-87 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics. Utah took a 2-0 lead in the


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So long, Lenny ATLANTA Lenny Wilkens, the 1996 United States Olympic coach and the National Basketball Association's all-time winningest coach, resigned from the Atlanta Hawks on Monday but plans to guide another club. The rebuilding Hawks, seeking a younger coach than the 62-year-old Wilkens, announced he would leave after the


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HOW THE TEAMS MATCH UP NBA first-round, best-of-five play-off schedule. Numbers indicate seeding. EASTERN Indiana (1) vs Milwaukee (8) Game 1: Indiana 88 Milwaukee 85. Tomorrow at Indianapolis (Friday, Singapore, live: STAR Sports Bam). Saturday at Milwaukee (Next Sunday, Singapore) May 1 at Milwaukee and May 4 at Indianapolis, if

Barcelona loses match – without a kick [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Barcelona loses match without a kick SOCCER BARCELONA Barcelona conceded its Spanish Cup semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid in bizarre fashion on Monday. The club had claimed since Friday that it had too few players available because of international commitments and injuries and would not be able to perform

Mass-sack warning at Chelsea [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Mass-sack warning at Chelsea Vialli threatens clear-out of players who are not committed to the club '...IN THE NEXT FEW GAMES, I HAVE TO FIND OUT WHO WANTS TO STAY AT THE CLUB, WHO WANTS TO GIVE HIS BEST FOR THE CLUB AND MAKE IT A SUCCESS. WHO WANTS TO

Van Nistelrooy is Red Devil [ARTICLE]

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Van Nistelrooy is Red Devil LONDON Dutch star Ruud van Nistelrooy completed his British record £19 million (551.3 million) move to English Premiership champion Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven yesterday. The 23-year-old passed a medical yesterday and signed a contract worth a reported £40,000 a week, which will make him

Strikeforce change in battle of ZZs [ARTICLE]

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Strikeforce change in battle of ZZs TODAY'S FRIENDLIES Andorra v Belarus, Austria v Croatia, Denmark v Sweden. France v Slovenia, Germany v Switzerland, Ireland v Greece, ItaJvv Portugal, Lebanon v Azerbaijan, Luxembourg v Estonia, Holland v Scotland, Norway v Belgium, Poland v Finland, Romania v Cyprus, Russia v United States.

Brazilians confident of victory [ARTICLE]

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Brazilians confident of victory MONTEVIDEO Fourtime champion Brazil will have to put its dreams of World Cup soccer glory in far-off 2002 firmly to" the back of its mind as it targets a vital qualifying win today at home to Ecuador. Following a mediocre 0-0 draw in Colombia in its

King of the road and sea [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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King of the road and sea ERNEST LUIS SPORTSPEOPLE Gerard cracks 2-hr barrier in finishing third in Asian triathlon event By IF JOSCEUN YEO is the queen of Singapore swimming, her younger brother Gerard is clearly the king of Singapore triathlon. On Sunday, the lanky 19--year-old became the first Singaporean

'Panda Eyes' sets three records [ARTICLE]

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'Panda Eyes' sets three records LITTLE "Miss Panda Eyes" Ho Shu Yong keeps raising eyebrows wherever she goes. The 10-year-old swimming starlet, from Raffles Girls' Primary School and Swimfast Aquatic Club, broke three records at the Sanya Samakki swimming meet in Brunei last weekend. Nicknamed "Panda Eyes" because of the


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SCORES AND STATISTICS AUSTRALIAN RULES AFL: Richmond 10.9 (69) Carlton 18.12 (120). BASEBALL National League: NY Mets I Los Angeles 0, Florida 3 Philadelphia I. American League: Minnesota 7 NY Yankees 3. Chicago White Sox 8 Baltimore 2, Texas 5 Boston 4, Anaheim 10 Detroit 4, Toionto 3 Oakland 2.

Davis gives Higgins a big scare [ARTICLE]

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Davis gives Higgins a big scare SNOOKER SHEFFIELD Six-time champion Steve Davis revived memories of past glories as he mounted a tremendous fightback, before succumbing to John Higgins in the second round of the World Snooker Championship on Monday. The 42-year-old Englishman, who last won the world championship in 1989,

Women making comeback in big kick-off [ARTICLE]

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Women making comeback in big kick-off SOCCER ANYTHING men can do, women can do just as well. With that in mind, Singapore's women are going to meet at Ngee Ann City in Orchard Road on May 1 to show that their feet can do the talking just as well the

Monster spikes spoil Yvonne's birthday joy [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Monster spikes spoil Yvonne's birthday joy GERARD WONG SCHOOLS 2000 Bu SHE may have turned 16 exactly a week ago. But there was no belated birthday gift for Pei Dao Secondary volleyball plaver Yvonne Soh yesterday as her school lost 1-2 to Jurong Secondary in a thrilling National Schools B

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BADMINTON Schools' National C'ships: A Div s-f mats Uurong East Sports Han, Ipm). BOWLING Tournament of Champions, 2nd Series 2000 (Singapore Bowling Academy 5.30pm). GOLF Singapore Airlines Priority Circuit (Orchid Country Club. Bam). HOCKEY Singapore Schools Sports Council tournament A Div, Boys: J i RJC (3pm). Girls: Jl v RJC



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MARY OH SOI TIANG Age: 73 was called home to be with the Lord on 24 April 2000 leaving behind loved ones. (Husband: Chng Chin Kwang John, deceased) Sons: Daughters-in-law: Chng Sok Chiew, Sylvia Jam Richard Chng Kheng Leng, Evelyn Quek Burt Chng Kheng Ern, Linda Chua Anthony (Chng Kheng


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LIM CHENG NEO Age: 84 Passed away peacefully on 24 April 2000, leaving behind loved ones. SONS: DAUGHTER-IN-LAW: Han Kok Kwang Richard Han Min Kwang Ler Chai Moi DAUGHTERS: SONS-IN-LAW: Han Mui Neo Margaret Teo Port Suan Richard Han Buay Chin June Lim Joo Kuai i Han Juat Ngoh Ivy


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NG SEOK GEOK AGE: 68 passed away peacefully on 24 April 2000 leaving behind beloved ones. HUSBAND: Ling Chin Kwang SONS: DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW: Ling Teng Meng, Denis Chong Lye Chee, Catherine Ling Ting San Ling Teng Wah, Eric Kuek Sok Bing, Florence Ling Ting Poh Hung Shan DAUGHTERS: SONS-IN-LAW: Ling Yock


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LIM QUEK HLANG AGE: 83 passed away peacefully on 25 April 2000. Sadly missed by family and loved ones. (HUSBAND: Koh Lye Huat, deceased) BROTHER: Lim Chin Yong SWORN BROTHER: Yeo Yong Meng SONS: DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW: Koh Pit Seng, Steven Kwa Soh Hoon. Cecilia Koh Pit Kuang, Roy Ng Yan Mui.


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Y~ WITH FOND MEMORIES OF CHAN LIN THAI Departed 26th April 1999 Her weary hours and days of pain, Her sleepless nights are past. Her ever patient frame Has found sweet rest at last. We who love ne r know How much we lost one year ago. y Always remembered

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jp& I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me ®*||j will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes jl in Me will never die. John 1 1 PETER GOH TECK LEE Age 77 was called home to be with the Lord on 24


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ANTHONY TAN TENG HUAT Age 78 was called home to be with the Lord on 24th April 2000, leaving behind loved ones. Wife Lim Siew Hua Teresa Sons Daughter-in-law Patrick Tan Gek Seng Stephen Tan Gek Leng Lee Li Li Karin Daughters Sons-in-law Genovefa Tan Gek Hiang Steven Chow Heng


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MARK KOH AH SAH KOH YONG CHYE Age: 75 Was called home to be with the Lord on 24th April 2000 leaving behind loved ones. Wife: Wong Yee Neoy Son: Daughter-in-law: Charlie Koh Judy Chia Sau Foong Daughters: Sons-in-law: Elizabeth Koh Bobby D. Kimberiin Juliet Koh Stephen Tay Seng Hee


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MRS LIM SOM OUEE NEE MAH BENG KIM Age: 76 was called Home to be with the Lord on 25th April 2000 leaving behind loved ones. Husband: Dm lUmSofl Siblings: Mr Mrs Mail Beng Guan Mr Thomas Seow Mr Kan Chin Ngong Mrs Lim Som Chai Mr Mrs OueK Cheng

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SINGAPORE Physical (SS) Mim Tue Kilobar *****-1590-: 23 *****-*****.29 100 gm 1534-16.-.. 4 1534-1625.34 50 gm 767-822.97 767-822.97 20 gm 307-339.90 307-339.90 5 gm 77-100.94 77-100.94 1 gm 15-36 05 15-36.05 Bullion coins (SS/o.) Mon Tut S'pore Bull.on coin 503-491 504-492 Canadian maple leaf 503 49* 504-492 Australian nugget 486-519.12


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INTERNATIONAL Mon Tm« Singapore (USS/0-) 280.10-280.40 279.80-280.00 Fri Mon MM Yor K (USS/o.) Closed 279.40-279.70 l.rdon morning fix (Tu« > 280.00


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CURRENCY Foreign Currency Note Rates (9am, Apr 25) Buying 00 Selling Source: HSBC Bank USA S'pore Singapore dol'ars to one unit of foreign currency Australian dollar 1.0040 1.0180 Canadian dollar 1.1410 1.1650 NZ dollar 0.8350 0.8520 Sterling pound 2.6750 2.7030 US dollar 1.6980 1.7090 Singapore dollars to 100 units of


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SPOT RATES Source: Nittan AP Open Close USS/Yen 105.70 105.31 USS/SS 1./020 1.7033 USS/HKS 7.7883 7.7882 AS/USS 0.5945 0.5952 Eur/USS 0.9386 0.9372 E/USS 1.5795 1.5798


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PALM OIL Crude palm oil <Ms/tonne) Apr 00 1225 (South) Refined lalm oil <US$/tonne) RBD Palm Oil May 00 342.50 (seller) Jun 00 345.00 (seller) RBD Olein May 00 362.00 (seller) Jun 00 362.00 (seller) RBD Stearin May 00 275.00 (seller)


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SILVER Closing prices (USS/troy oz) Mon Tut Singapore 5.00-5.01 4.97-4.99 Fri Mon New York Closed 4.93-4.95 Source: ROTHSCHILD


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TIN Closing prices (MS/Kllo) KLTin 20.26 (-0.08) Turnover 82 (+2l)


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KUALA LUMPUR Adjusted for new Issues, Par value MSI unless otherwise specified; P/E ratios art not adjusted for currency difference*. 2000 Last Vol Net High Low Company Sale COOO) P/E INDUSTRIALS Consumer Products 420 310 Ajinomoto 368 23.3 158 91 Angkasa 96 unch 34 670 290 Apollo Food Hlg 480


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ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS Igggg I Source: OCBC BANK One 3 6 9 12 Value Unit mth mths mths mths mths Call date USS 5"/ M 57. 6 6*/.. 6'Vj. 5 27/04 AS s'/. SV» s'. 57, 5 V. 4_ 27/04 N2 57. SV„ 6 6'/. G_ 47. 27/04 STG s'/.


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CRUDE PRODUCT PRICES Timing of cargoes. Prices as at 17:3C 25/4/2000 Source Dow Jcrws N»«««nr»< Crud«. Product Month* C_Of Prlco (USS) Ml BRENT BLEND May -0.17 23.75 23.80 WEST TEXAS Intern-. May -0.82 26.76 26.80 DUBAI FATEH Jun -.22 23.14 23.19 TAPIS BLEND Jun -.05 25 75 25.85 MINAS Jun


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UNIT TRUSTS FUNDS Managers' prices (Ss) LEGEND; All prices are indicative except for *J a Ex Rlngglt Assets. Broadly Diversified (CPF Approved); I Narrowly Focused (CPF Approved); Lower Risk; Low to Medium Risk; Medium to nigh Risk; Higner Risk; open-ended: S3 CPF approver*; a Bofore subdivision of units; N.A- Non


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HONGKONG STOCKS Hl« ASM Pacific 25.75 -1.25 Bank of East Asia 17.25 -0.15 C P Pokphand -.0.31 -0.01 Cafe De Coral 2.95 O.W Cathay Pacific Airways -14.40 0.50 CDL Hotels 2.38 unch Century City Int'l 0.32 -0.01 Cheung Kong Holdings 86.50 -0.75 China Motor Bus 46.90 -1.10 CITIC Pacific Ltd


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SICOM FUTURES Rubber Futures (Closing prices) RSS 1 tTonnes, S cents/kg) Month High Low Sett Vol Open Int May 00 117.75 Jun 00 120.50 300 300 Jul 00 122.50 100 300 Aug 00 124.50 100 300 Sep 00 126.50 100 300 Oct/DecOO.- 128.00 RSS 3 (US c.nts/kg) May 00 68.00


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S'PORE EXCHANGE DERIVATIVES TRDG Eurodollar 3-Month deposit (100 implied interest rate) Open High Low Sett Est Vol May 00 93.5150 93.5150 93.5100 93.5150 75 Jun 00 93.400 93.405 93.395 93.400 3702 Jul 00 93.330 0 Act Vol (Mon 7499 Open Int (Mon ***** Sing Dollar Interest Rate Futures Open High


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CLOB INTERNATIONAL 52-Wk Curr Last Vol Day Gross Net M Cap Hlqh Low Company Traded Salt ♦or- 'OOP High Low dlv% P/E $mll HONGKONG STOCKS 365 215 CDH2OOO) HK2lscd 8 7.3 4253.7 Cathay Pac 20c HK72O 2 65 6 *****.4 Cheunq Konqsoc HKI7BO 2 40 3 *****.5 HK Tel 50c


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INDICES Change Straits Times Index 2066.96 +17.18 BT 08/OS -202.00 +161.00 BTCADI -*****.00 +51.00 BT 10-day MA -*****.00 -21.00 DBS 50 Index 680 53 +6.99 OCBC 30 650.84 +6.15 UCB Blue Chip 748.29 +9.72 MSCI Singapore 280.99 +2.91 SiMSCI Futures 282.60 +2.40


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SCOREBOARD MAIN SDQ Up Dn Unch Up Dn Unch Multi Ind 13 4 2 0 0 0 Manufacturing 51 26 19 18 14 8 Commerce 19 10 9 3 4 1 Tpt/Stor/Comms .12 12 7 10 0 rinance 11 10 6 0 0 0 Construction 8 7 4 3 3


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TOP ACTIVES Eastern Asia 15.770,000 Hotel Prop 10,660.000 AirOcean 5c 10,391,000 IPCOWO2 9,647,000 Juc -oiig Tech 10c 8,696,000 ViCKers Capital 25c 7.894.000 Ww^-Ring 10c 6,744.000 IPCO 50c 6.602,000 F*?t»ch USIOc 5,886,000 Lafe 1 ?ch US4c 4,872,000