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AseanPlus News 15 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Australia may change airline routes to avoid SARS threat

Australia is talking with major airlines and the Singapore government about changing routes this northern winter to avoid an industry crisis if there is another Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, the tourism minister said yesterday.

Nation 14 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

PM presents last budget with the people at heart

B>FOR THE RAKYAT (Sept 13):/BDatuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad presented a bag of goodies to the rakyat in his last budget as Prime Minister and Finance Minister. However, smokers and drinkers will be hit hard by a 20% hike in import and excise duties on cigarette and tobacco products and 10% on liquor. Among the goodies are road tax exemption for motorcycles of engine capacity less than 150cc; setting up of a village micro-credit scheme, and putting in an additional RM1bil to the micro-credit scheme for small businesses; allowing low-income single mothers to buy low and medium-cost houses from Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd at a 20% discount; and intensive focus on small and medium-sized industries via formation of a high-level council.

AseanPlus News 13 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

SARS fears recede as patient recovers

B>SINGAPORE:/BFears of a new SARS outbreak receded in Singapore yesterday as a medical researcher treated for the deadly virus appeared to be recovering quickly and Taiwan ended mandatory temperature checks on Singapore travellers.

AseanPlus News 11 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

New SARS case baffles investigators

A scientist who tested positive for the SARS virus in the world's first reported infection for three months may well have caught it in a laboratory, Singapore said yesterday.

Nation 10 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

AirAsia: RM9.99 fare not a gimmick

AirAsia has refuted allegations that its RM9.99 single journey fare to Penang was a promotional gimmick to attract publicity.

AseanPlus News 10 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Hong Kong on high SARS alert

Hong Kong was on high alert for a possible return of the deadly SARS virus after Singapore authorities revealed a new case, a health department spokesman said yesterday.

AseanPlus News 09 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Towns keep old style amid modernisation

SIX towns in the Yangtze River Delta in east China, a modernised region considered the economic powerhouse of China, stand out for their traditional appearance, anchored in centuries-old building styles.

Nation 09 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Man isolated for SARS in Singapore

Singapore reported a possible return of SARS Monday, hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) had warned the deadly virus could reappear.

AseanPlus News 09 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

WHO warns of SARS resurgence

The head of the World Health Organisation yesterday warned health specialists of a possible resurgence of the deadly SARS virus and urged countries to boost surveillance.

AseanPlus News 09 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Man isolated for SARS in Singapore

B>SINGAPORE:/BSingapore became the first country to report a possible return of SARS yesterday, saying tests showed one man might have caught the deadly disease, hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) had warned the virus might reappear.