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'Ex-PM threatens to expose 'design' behind massacre

B>KATHMANDU:/BFormer prime minister of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala has threatened to expose what he said was a #8220;grand design#8221; behind the 2001 massacre which left 10 members of the royal family dead, a report said yesterday.

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Thai minister faces impeachment

Thailand's Interior Miniter Wan Muhamad Nor Matha faces a grilling by a Senate panel and possible impeachment proceedings over the handling of a violent protest last month, a report said yesterday.


States need to standardise Islamic family rules, says Shahrizat

The Women and Family Development Ministry and the Perlis Government have agreed on the urgent need to standardise Islamic family laws following the controversy over the ruling on polygamy in the state.


Book them, ministry tells police

THE Home Ministry has directed Bukit Aman to identify major unresolved crimes and go all out to book the criminals and syndicates involved in these cases.

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Filipinos debate switch to parliamentary rule

B>MANILA:/BIn a bid to consolidate their troubled democracy, Filipinos are debating a shift from a presidential to a parliamentary system to make their political leaders more accountable and hasten the pace of much-needed reforms.


Perlis curfew idea can't be serious

B>K/B>angar has never been known as an attraction for entertainment. In fact, the only cinema in town has shut down. The people of Perlis probably visit nearby Hatyai town, located just across the Thai border, if they want to patronise entertainment outlets.


Election Commission report on new seats soon

The Election Commission will submit a report on the newly created parliamentary and state seats to the Prime Minister next month, whereby the proposals are expected to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat in March.

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Emperor Akihito admitted to hospital

B>TOKYO: /B>Japan's Emperor Akihito was admitted into a public hospital for the first time yesterday, where he will have surgery for prostate cancer, the Imperial Household Agency said.


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.

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Arroyo cautions on constitution

B>MANILA:/BPhilippine President Gloria Arroyo cautioned legislators yesterday that moves to change the constitution would split the nation, suggesting that they be made in the #8220;least divisive#8221; manner possible.