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Reduced bumiputra ratio

The intake of bumiputra students into public universities this year under the meritocracy concept has dropped by 6.7 percentage points compared with last year.

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S'pore on track to be SARS-free

B>SINGAPORE:/BSingapore said Saturday fears of a SARS outbreak at a mental hospital were unfounded, leaving it on track to be declared free of the disease, but Taiwan announced its biggest one-day jump in those infected. In Geneva, the World Health Organisation said most outbreaks are coming to an end.

Education

NUS school for whiz kids

A new high school opening in Singapore in 2005 will recruit students who excel in Mathematics and Science, reports SANDRA DAVIE.

Nation

DPM: Merit policy is a benchmark and promotes healthy contest

The Government is committed to the meritocracy system in admitting students into public universities as it forms a benchmark for students and promotes healthy competition among them, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

AseanPlus News

WHO casts doubt over SARS decline

B>HONG KONG:/BThe World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday cast doubt on a sharp decline in the number of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) cases in China in recent weeks as Taiwan's crisis deepened with mass resignations of medical workers.

Nation

Ya Yasmine on the road to recovery

Ya Yasmine Wa'di, who lost both her legs below the knee during the US-led bombing of Baghdad, will be discharged within 10 days in order to provide her with a non-hospital environment.

Nation

'Not practical to move 'all holidays to weekends'

Moving national holidays, which fall in the middle of the week to weekends, may have merit but it may not be practical, according to several groups.

Nation

Serious look belies jovial nature

DURING his lower secondary school days, Datuk Chan Kong Choy hitchhiked all the way from Bentong, Pahang to visit a teacher who was in Ipoh.

Nation

New leaders must rally to close ranks and renew ties

News analysis By WONG CHUN WAI.

Nation

Ong takes over, Chan is No. 2

The MCA central committee has elected Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting to be the party president and Datuk Chan Kong Choy as the deputy after failing to persuade their predecessors to withdraw their resignation letters.