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Johor calls for probe on ‘pet’ beans

The Johor state government has called for an investigation into possible environmental hazards posed by 'Mexican jumping beans' - a new 'pet' in the form of seeds containing live larvae which make them move.

Arroyo's justice minister resigns

B>MANILA:/BPhilippine Justice Secretary Hernando Perez resigned yesterday after being hounded by allegations of corruption, President Gloria Arroyo#8217;s spokesman said.

'Johor bans 'sale of 'Mexican 'jumping 'beans'

The State Agriculture Department has banned the sale of #8220;Mexican jumping beans#8221; - which are considered a pest - after confirming that no import permit has been issued for the beans.

Sarawak to control fishing of 'terubok'

Sarawak will introduce a new regulation to prevent over-exploitation of I>ikan terubok/I>, a fish which is in high demand.

Laws to protect endangered fish species

Sarawak will formulate inland fisheries legislation to protect its marine life, especially endangered fish species like I>ikan terubok, /I>which is much sought-after here and in Peninsular Malaysia.

Jobs for rural workers in towns

CHINA will continue to transfer 89.6 million redundant rural workers to townships to promote the country#8217;s urbanisation, said Agriculture Minister Du Qinglin.

New law on food labels to be enforced in June

A new law, to be enforced in June, will require food processing industries to comply with compulsory labelling and nutrition claims for certain types of foods.

Persuade Pyongyang, China urged

Malaysia wants China to play a greater role in persuading North Korea to stay with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT). The matter was raised at a two-hour meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and China's Vice Premier Li Lanqing in Kuala Lumpur Saturday.

‘Progress in education reflects Dr M’s vision’

Malaysia's development and its impressive progress in higher education reflects the Prime Minister's determination to promote knowledge and to have knowledgeable people, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said.

Protesters clash with cops outside Megawati's home

B>JAKARTA:/BHundreds of anti-government protesters clashed with police who were trying to block them from reaching the house of Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri here yesterday.