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Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches

BANGKOK: Smokers who flaunt a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand’s most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said.

Kenyan opposition leader Odinga, who withdrew from vote re-run, calls for protests

MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from a presidential election re-run set for Oct. 26 saying it should only take place once wide-ranging reforms are undertaken, urged his supporters on Sunday to hold protests.

A sweet gesture to celebrate Deepavali

MELAKA: Foreign students happily joined in to prepare a big cauldron of payasam, a traditional Indian dessert, to give out to the public in conjunction with Deepavali.

(From left) Kenneth William John, Santha, Dhanesh Basil, Hamza, Noman Ali Kalhoro and some others helping to make the payasam.

Premium WiFi service for Johoreans

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor targets between 250,000 and 300,000 people to use the prepaid Johor Premium WiFi service.

REDtone Engineering and Network Services Sdn Bhd executive director Datuk Ismail Osman (right) presenting Redtone rate card to Hasni (second from left) after the launching of Johor Premium WiFi service at Ekspo Johor Berkemajuan in Kota Iskandar. Looking on are Johor Science Technology, Information, Communication division secretary Tunku Zahrah Tunku Osman (left) and Johor chief information officer Salehuddin Hassan.

Kenya bans city-centre protests as vote tension mounts

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan authorities banned protests in central Nairobi and other hotspots as they tried to keep a lid on mounting political turmoil in the build-up to a repeat presidential vote.

Disturbing rise in number of dengue cases in S'gor

Hospitals in Selangor continue to see the relentless climb in dengue cases, with 59 deaths recorded from Jan 1 to Oct 7.

A worker from a private company fogging a neighbourhood in Selangor. This is a common sight as Selangor is experiencing an increased number of dengue cases. — filepic

Cholera claims unborn children as epidemic spreads Yemen misery

HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) - One of the latest victims of the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in Yemen had yet to even take her first breath.

Study drugs as cheap as RM5

JOHOR BARU: School and university students are paying as low as RM5 for drugs to help them keep alert and awake to study during examination time.

Nur Jazlan: Fishermen 'now going for designer drugs'

JOHOR BARU: Addicts in fishing villages and Felda settlements "are now going for designer drugs," said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

Online platforms should be utilised, SMEs told

KUALA LUMPUR: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should make good use of existing online platforms to expand their businesses, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Token of appreciation: Dr Wee (centre) receiving a souvenir from The China Press Bhd assistant editor-in-chief cum chief digital media Loh Yee Wei at the Digital Transformation Take Your Business to Greater Heights workshop at Pullman Hotel, Bangsar. Looking on are (from left) YYC Holdings Sdn Bhd group executive chairman Yap Zhi Chau, YYC managing partner and group CEO Datin Yap Shin Siang and YYC partner Datuk Peter Khoo.