Move is to increase in subsidies, says Government

The price of petrol is up by 10 sen a litre and diesel at petrol stations by 20 sen from Thursday. RON97 (premium) petrol is RM1.52 per litre and RON92 (regular) RM1.48 per litre in Peninsular Malaysia. In Sabah, the price of RON97 is RM1.50 per litre and RON92 RM1.48, and in Sarawak, RM1.51 and […]

Japanese cars make headway in Korea

Despite some concerns that anti-Japan sentiment may affect sales, Japanese cars are continuing to make progress in the Korean market. According to figures released on Wednesday by the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association, Japanese makes – Lexus and Honda – accounted for more than a quarter of newly registered imported vehicles last month. In […]

No anti-Japan rallies reported

The Chinese government managed to prevent anti-Japanese demonstrations from taking place Wednesday, a sensitive anniversary of anti-Japan protests in Beijing on May 4, 1919, that became a symbol of resistance to foreign domination, by heavily guarding Japanese facilities in the nation’s major cities. According to the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, no anti-Japan demonstrations were reported […]

EU envoy working to lift China arms ban

The European Union’s newly appointed ambassador to China said he believes the EU will continue to work toward ending its arms embargo against China. When China and the EU launched a series of activities for marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations early this year, ambassador Serge Abou told China Daily that […]

EU urged to grant full market status

A senior trade official called on the European Union (EU) to grant China full market economy status at an early date to pave the way for better trade. “It will give relations important impetus,” said Wang Shichun, director-general of the Bureau of Fair Trade for Import and Export (BOFT) under the Ministry of Commerce. Granting […]

Build a ‘big future’ for the next generation

Every child has different potentials and different dreams but the same big future.” So goes this year’s slogan for Child Welfare Week, which begins Thursday, Children’s Day. A female middle school student coined this bright and hopeful catchphrase. Each and every child has different potentials. We hope that every child will grow up happily, while […]

Indonesia seeks S’pore investments

Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla arrived in Singapore on Wednesday for a trip seen as key to Jakarta’s drive to attract foreign investment.   Before Mr Jusuf met Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong in the afternoon, vice-presidential aide Sofyan Wanandi explained how Singapore companies are often used as a gauge by other prospective investors in Indonesia.   […]

5 governors on bishop’s list of ‘jueteng’ operators

Five incumbent governors, a vice governor and a mayor have made it to the “Archbishop’s List” as among the “jueteng” operators who allegedly pay billions of pesos every month to their government protectors.   All of those officials are from Luzon, according to the list which Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz turned over to a congressional […]

Religions unite in tainting young minds

A for Arjun, B for Brahma, G for Ganesh, H for Hanuman…That is how the students of Saraswasti Shishu Mandir learn the alphabet. These schools are run by Vidya Bharti — an RSS organisation. “Ram Pujan is held at 8315 villages in Kerala, in Bengal in another 5516. In which state are more pujas held?” […]

Please fade away

Douglas MacArthur may have famously quoted the old West Point barracks song, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away,” but retired Maj. Gen. Fortunato Abat simply refuses to fade away. In our acronym-obsessed culture, it was perhaps unintended, but one such acronym chosen by his colleagues in the past, ANTS (for Alliance of National […]