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HUNDREDS of archaeologists from around China, devoted to the protection of cultural relics in the dam area of the Three Gorges, can feel the clock ticking as the water of the Yangtze River, China's longest, is ready to fill the partially-built reservoir.
China#8217;s plan to channel water from its flood-prone south to the parched north has drawn criticisms, writes CHING-CHING NI.
THE last swathe of pristine forest in Kedah may soon succumb to helicopter logging if a project to harvest timber in the state gets under way. While the immediate economic gains may seem attractive, the environmental cost may just be too much. The Ulu Muda forest reserve which was earmarked for Phase One of the project, is not only rich in flora and fauna, but also serves as a vital water catchment area, providing water for the states of Penang, Perlis and Kedah. TAN CHENG LI reports.
MAJOR local commodities like crude palm oil (CPO), rubber and timber will not be significantly affected by the US-led war on Iraq, except for rising concerns over the higher freight cost and insurance charges to countries near to the battle zone, industry players said.