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Business

Minority shareholders block Henderson unit buyout

Shareholders of Henderson Investment Ltd yesterday rejected a US$704mil plan by parent Henderson Land Development Ltd to take it private, killing the deal in a rare victory for Hong Kong shareholder activists.

Nation

Activists plan peace rally

A mammoth rally to protest against war and speak up for world peace will be held here next month, at a time when delegates from 114 non-aligned nations gather in Malaysia to seek answers to the increasing threat from global terrorism and other issues.

AseanPlus News

Organising the migrant workers

BENG Los Banez woke up shortly after dawn to be among the first to line up at the Philippine government agency mandated to process 800,000 Filipinos who leave to work overseas each year. Los Banez, who was a domestic worker in Taiwan for seven years, wanted to follow up her papers for a caregiver position she hopes to cinch in London.

AseanPlus News

North Korea may end freeze on missile testing

North Korea escalated a nuclear crisis Saturday with a threat to end a moratorium on missile testing on the day it became the world's first country to withdraw from a treaty preventing the spread of atomic weapons.

Lifestyle

Tower power

THE world#8217;s tallest man-made structure could soon be towering over the Australian outback as part of a plan to capitalise on the global push for greater use of renewable energy.

AseanPlus News

Dutch drug dealer gets death in Indonesia

B>JAKARTA/B>: A Dutch national who police said ran one of the largest drug operations in South-East Asia, was sentenced to death yesterday by an Indonesian court.

Lifestyle

Lepak upgraded

Hot on the heels of the polygamy storm, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim proposed another bombshell last week #8211; that Perlis impose a 10pm- 6am mandatory curfew on youngsters aged 18 and below to stop them from patronising nightclubs, karaoke joints, video arcades and 24-hour convenience stores at night. The move, he explained, would curb social ills, improve discipline and discourage the culture of I>lepak/I(loafing). He later #8220;clarified#8221; that it was not an #8220;outright curfew#8221; but merely #8220;something to effectively curtail#8221; the young ones. We met a certain #8216;Datuk Professoré close to the pulse of Perlis to get a better picture.

Lifestyle

Connecting through art

THEATRE stalwart Charlene Rajendran had no idea what she was in for when she applied for the Arts Network Asia grant. However, having been actively involved in theatre and related fields for well over a decade, it did not take a lot to persuade her to apply for the grant for collaborative projects between artistes in South-East Asia in 2001.

Letters

Making education an issue for political gains

IT'S sheer hypocrisy but no one is surprised. According to news reports, PAS politicians enrol their children in government-owned schools but tell their supporters to send their children to privately-run Sekolah Agama Rakyat (SAR). On The Beat with Wong Chun Wai.

AseanPlus News

Four more Hindus held over attack on US missionary

B>COCHIN (/B>India): Indian police said yesterday they had arrested four Hindu activists in connection with an attack on a visiting American missionary, taking the total number of arrests in the case to nine.