Free airfare in the works for Tamil schools


TWO popular airlines may soon offer 100 free tickets to Tamil school students participating in international science competitions, Makkal Osai reported.

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran was quoted as saying this at a dialogue organised by the Perak state Tamil schools board association at the Socso Hall in Ipoh.

He said Tamil school students excelled in such competitions, but flight tickets remained the biggest hurdle for most of them.

He added that discussions were ongoing with the two airlines and he was hopeful that everything would be finalised soon.

The dialogue also addressed other important issues faced by Tamil schools in Perak and other states. It was attended by NGOs, parent-teacher association members and community leaders.


> A government-run medical college hospital in Bihar, India, is being investigated after an infant died from suspected rat bites, Tamil Nesan reported.

The baby boy was admitted to the intensive care unit soon after birth due to health complications. When his mother went to feed him a few days ago, she found him lifeless with bite marks and dried blood on his torso and legs.

The hospital denied that the death was due to rat bites and blamed it on the baby’s heart condition, though it also admitted to struggling with a rat infestation problem.

The district magistrate court ordered a three-man panel to investigate the incident.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.