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Mum maims child to earn money from begging

A woman in Beijing has been found to have purposely crippled her daughter so that the child could help her make money from begging, state media said Tuesday.

Caring ways

A BUDDHIST charitable organisation has helped rebuild the lives #8211; and homes #8211; of earthquake victims in Gujarat, India, writes MICHAEL CHEANG.

State must work hard to protect its image

From CONCERNED, Malacca

Give graduate teachers equal treatment

THE Education Ministry is spoilt for choice in the recruitment of graduates for the teaching service as many of the newly-minted ones are flocking to join it. As pointed out earlier, this is both a good and bad sign. V.K. CHIN writes.

Beautiful Bali beckoned

HOOI YOU CHING discovers that Paula Malai Ali is a study in contrasts: the actress and VJ loves travelling with her family just as much as she likes being on her own abroad, too.

Snapshots of change

Senior citizens in China have lots of tales to tell of the upheavals and revolutionary times they lived through and the prosperity they are now experiencing, reports MARTIN FACKLER.

Channels to help needy

The Welfare Department wants the public to stop giving donations directly to beggars. It plans to establish a new 'mechanism' which will see public donations being disbursed to those in need through 'proper channels'.

On the tail of bogus beggars

To give or not to give? Malaysians will have to decide whether they are doing a good deed or aiding a bad cause when they give money to beggars. DEVID RAJAH, IZATUN SHAARI and ZANI SALLEH report on this problem in the first of a two-part series.

Stepping into the shoes of a beggar

Posing as an Indian 'holy man' M. KRISHNAMOORTHY took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur with a begging bowl and found that Malaysians are a generous lot.

Children old hand at begging

She was dressed in a purplish I>baju kurung/Iand a shocking green headscarf. On her face, a layer of grease had formed over her slightly dark skin - a result of her day's activities.