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Shark fin soup losing its appeal

PETALING JAYA: A traditional dish that was once fit for the emperors and a status symbol on dining tables has become an “outcast” especially among the younger set.

No more a delicacy: Youngsters are now turning away from the dish.

Deadly landslide claims 126

MANILA: The death toll from a storm that devastated the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 126, authorities have announced, adding landslides caused by torrential rain were the top cause.

This aerial photo taken on December 29, 2018 and released on January 6, 2019 by the Presidential Photographers Division shows damage from landslides due to heavy rain caused by tropical storm Usman in Camarines Sur province. -AFP/ Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photographers Division

Lynas appeals against ministry order

KUANTAN: Lynas Malaysia is ap­­peal­ing against the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Cli­mate Change Ministry’s decision to have the company remove its residue from the country.

Pabuk batters the east coast

PETALING JAYA: Strong winds from Tropical Storm Pabuk have wreaked havoc in the seas off Kelantan and Terengganu but those in the west coast, especially in the northern states, should also be bracing for such condition as it moves towards the Andaman Islands.

Dangerous situation: Youths playing by the beach amid strong waves and rough weather conditions in Pantai Pulau Kundur, Kota Baru. — Bernama

Farmers highlight woes in memo to PM

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: A memorandum on issues linked to farmers in Cameron Highlands has been presented to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Environmental effect: An aerial view of some of the damage caused by irresponsible land clearing at the Pos Terisu Orang Asli settlement in Cameron Highlands. — Bernama

From hi-fi to a high five and a cool RM21.5 million fortune

PETALING JAYA: Thirty years of persistence finally paid off for a storekeeper when he was rewarded with a RM21.5mil windfall, thanks to the serial number on his newly purchased hi-fi system.

Nepal counted its big cats and is very happy with the numbers

With local community members playing crucial roles in protecting the tigers of Nepal, the big cats' population is growing and retreating from the edge of extinction.

Tigers in Nepal are clawing their way back from extinction

Yearstarter2019: Environmental impact on health

The interactions between the environment and human health are highly complex and potentially dangerous.


New Year gloom for smokers

THE New Year is bringing a bit of dismay for smokers as the smoking ban at all eateries kicks off in the country today.

A no-smoking warning sign on a wall of an eatery. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

Mirror lake allegedly threatened by quarrying activities

IPOH: There are claims of Tasik Cermin or Mirror Lake, a hidden gem in Gunung Rapat, near here, is under severe threat of quarrying activities.

Beautiful cliffs: Tourists enjoying Tasik Cermin’s lush scenery in Gunung Rapat, Perak.