COMPILED BY NG ZHE QUN , C.ARUNO and R.ARAVINTHAN
TAMIL schools in several states have not received textbooks and workbooks, Makkal Osai reported.
Schools in Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Penang, Melaka and Johor are reportedly affected.
Parents in the affected schools are shocked that the books, usually delivered in November and December, were not available.
Three main publishers are given approval for supplying the books used in Tamil schools.
Teachers and principals are also anxious for a resolution to the issue so as not to hamper lessons.
The parents who spoke to the daily urged the education authorities to address the issue swiftly.
> Two groups of Rajinikanth fans in Tamil Nadu, India got into a fist fight over free sugar canes given out for Ponggal, the daily also reported.In conjunction with the coming harvest festival, the Rajini fan club of Vizhuppur gave away free sugar canes, sweets and grains.
One fan took 20 sugar canes, apparently to distribute to friends.
This angered other fans standing in line, eventually sparking a fight.
Police were called in to separate the two groups.
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.