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PETALING JAYA: The Government has classified all books as zero-rated under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in a move to encourage the reading habit, much to the delight of booksellers, publishers and avid readers.

Upwards and onwards: SMK Seksyen 4 students sending off Chong as she takes a helicopter ride during her retirement ceremony and (left) the headmistress waving before the take-off. — AZMAN GHANI / The Star

Fond farewell puts her on cloud nine

KUALA LUMPUR: Headmistress Chong Ik Poh literally took off upon ending her 35-year teaching career – she left SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara on an Airbus helicopter.

Two-year-old survives night in plantation full of snakes

KOTA KINABALU: A two-year-old boy survived a night alone in a snake-infested rubber plantation in the interior Tenom district.

Deadly heart attacks strike swiftly, leaving the victim no chance of settling unfinished business or even saying goodbye to loved ones. - Filepic

A near-death experience

I thought I had proven the effectiveness of a do-it-yourself remedy, but the doctors are still laughing.

Children’s essentials flying off the shelves

PETALING JAYA: With the Goods and Services Tax beckoning, consumers who have just received their salaries are clearing most shelves at the supermarkets, especially those that are offering promotions.

Old foes: In this file photo Dr Mahathir is seen sharing a light moment with Lee when he made a courtesy call at his office in Putrajaya in April 2005.

A strong leader lost to Asean

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had differences with the late Lee Kuan Yew on many issues, says he is saddened by the Singapore statesman’s death and recalls Lee’s offer of assistance before his open-heart surgery in 1989. This is his posting in his blog Chedet.

Testing corporate resilience

Malaysian corporates have generally reduced their gearing levels in the last four years, putting themselves in a better position to weather any economic shocks.

Retail slowdown seen

THIS year could see a slowdown in the retail sector, especially for the consumer discretionary space in view of the impending implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).

Alarming find: More than 4kg of plastic were found in the stomach of the pilot whale that died on Wednesday.

Marine creatures most at risk

KOTA KINABALU: Marine researchers are once again raising the alarm about the dumping of plastic material in the sea following the death of a pilot whale that was found to have ingested 4.25kg of plastic bags.

Age just a number when you exercise

PETALING JAYA: When it comes to exercise, age is just a number. TSH Resources chairman Datuk Dr Kelvin Tan can attest to this — being in his 50s has not stopped him from sporting a six-pack and enjoying sports like surfing, skiing and the occasional trampoline workout.

Back on track: Fariqe is thrilled to be going behind the wheel in his first support race.

Champ raring to go after one-year break

SEPANG: After a one-year hiatus, Asian Touring Car Championship and Japanese Super Taikyu Endu-rance Series champion Fariqe Hairuman can't wait to get back on the track for the Malaysian Championship Series.

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Amanda Knox reacts while being interviewed on the set of ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York January 31, 2014.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Amanda Knox acquitted of murder by Italy's top court

ROME/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Italy's top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of her British flatmate and fully acquitted her in a surprise verdict capping nearly a decade of courtroom drama.

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Ferrari stay cool in pursuit of Mercedes

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Ferrari's continued resurgence in Formula One was evident on Friday with both cars looking competitive in the first two practice sessions for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Glowing with hope: The dark halls of the National Planetarium will be illuminated with candles and lanterns from 8.30pm to 9.30pm tonight.

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