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Brothers killed for skipping school

A TEACHER in India beat two brothers to death after he found them skipping school, the Indian news agency UNI reported last week.


Mier sees 4.9% GDP growth

MALAYSIA will grow by 4.9% this year, said the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (Mier) yesterday in the second major upward revision to its forecast of the country#146;s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates in less than six months.


ADB ups Asia growth forecast

B>TOKYO:/BAsia is expected to post stronger growth this year and the next due to steady consumption and the rising role of China as a trading partner for the region's economies, the Asian Development Bank (ADB).


‘More skills ‘needed to ‘fight graft’

Prosecutors today need more technical knowledge to fight graft as perpetrators are becoming more 'creative,' said an Asia-Pacific anti-corruption initiative spokesman.

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APEC to look at tougher measures against SARS

Twenty cameras scan travelers as they arrive in the immigration halls at Singapore's Changi International Airport, translating them onto screens as ghostly outlines with blue, green and yellow skin.


ADB: Asian GDP to rise next year

Asia's economies have largely shrugged off the impact of SARS and are on course to post stronger growth next year, but investment is set to remain subdued due to a rash of upcoming elections and some structural obstacles, the Asia Development Bank (ADB) said yesterday.


Public Bank: Tourism industry to remain positive

MALAYSIA#039;S tourism industry is expected to remain positive and intact despite the adverse impact from the recent global events like the US-Iraq war, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak and the recent Jakarta bombing.


Jamaludin: M’sia can grow faster than 4.5% next year

MALAYSIA will grow faster next year than the 4.5% expected this year, said Second Finance Minister Datuk Dr Jamaludin Jarjis. This is in view of the more optimistic gross domestic product (GDP) growth outlook for the Asian region this year of between 4.3% and 4.9% by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which exceeded original projections.


ADB sees robust growth for Asia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) tempered optimism yesterday about a near-term pick-up in Asian economic growth with a warning that the region still faces many risks, not least because the scars of the 1997/98 financial crisis have yet to heal.

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Tackle fear of SARS, Asian nations told

ASIAN countries should fight the fear caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which could bring negative impact to economic development, experts said in Beijing on Tuesday at a forum called 'SARS and Asia's Economy - Impacts and Policy Recommendations.'