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The best news headlines for 2005

IT'S hard to launch into New Year enthusiasm in the wake of the worst natural disaster to hit Asia this century. It's not just me. It's the world. The new year rolled in on a sombre note, with official festivities cancelled in some areas.

Businesses express discomfort over power glitch

MEMBERS of the business community contacted by I>StarBiz/Igenerally expressed discomfort and slight dissatisfaction over the power glitch affecting Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negri Sembilan and Malacca yesterday.

Race is on to tackle climate woes

This week the Kyoto Protocol comes into force, marking a new step in international efforts to deal with climate change, which more and more people believe to be the world's most serious problem. It is thus a good time to review the key issues and the targets to be set if climate change is to be tackled.

New commitments for Kyoto protocol

It was the best environmental event for years when the Kyoto protocol to counter global warming came into force last week. But there were also reminders from prominent UN leaders and scientists that the treaty only deals with the tip of a giant iceberg and much more needs to be done writes MARTIN KHOR.

Malaysia aims to ratify pact on control of tobacco

Malaysia aims to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) by the end of the year once the country's Tobacco Act is finalised, Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said.

DPM: But we cannot wait too long for Indons to return

The Government will monitor the situation of local industries critically hit by the delay of Indonesian workers coming back to Malaysia.

Unhealthy delay for smokers and youths

From Assoc Prof Dr M. Haniki, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

Laws that discriminate

The laws and policies highlighted in JAG-NAW's memorandum encompass gender bias across many areas, including violence against women and the need for gender sensitisation at all levels of the government machinery.

Curb smoking via the pocket

The best way to discourage people from taking up smoking is to make the habit very expensive by sharply increasing the tax on tobacco.

ANALYSIS - Chirac-Blair dynamics hold key to EU summit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The tempestuous relationship between French President Jacques Chirac and British Prime Minister Tony Blair will largely determine whether this week's EU summit ends in harmony or casts the bloc deeper into crisis.