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Combi squads to combat dengue

Bicycle and van squads will be going around residential areas to monitor cleanliness and promote health awareness in view of the rise in dengue fever cases, said state health committee chairman Halimah Sidique.


Caught by a cold snap

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Foreign news in brief

Foreign news in brief including that Singapore#8217;s opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has urged the republic to review its decision to bar Muslim schoolgirls from wearing the I>tudung/Ito school.


Thai survey finds link between crime and low IQ

B>BANGKOK:/BPeople convicted of violent crimes tend to have lower intelligence quotients (IQs), hindering their decision-making ability, a survey by the Mental Health Department has found.


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.


Demolition works on flats to start soon

Work to demolish the 17 blocks of flats in Indera Mahkota here, which have become a breeding ground for aedes mosquitoes and a favourite haunt for drug addicts, is expected to begin in two weeks.


Probe into maids with health problems

The Health Ministry has ordered an investigation into complaints of Indonesian maids who have been certified medically fit back home but arrive here with contagious diseases and other health problems, its parliamentary secretary S. Sothinathan said.


Court hears how Hasleza was abducted

A witness in the murder trial of Hasleza Ishak, the second wife of the Raja di-Hilir Perak, told a High Court that he saw a man dragging a woman out of her car and forcing her into another car at Taman Pinji Perdana in Ipoh.


Furore over teen sex education

Abstinence-only proponents say teaching the young about birth control is simply inviting them to have sex; advocates for comprehensive sex education say withholding detailed information leads to dire medical consequences.


Concern in JB over rise in dengue fever

The state health committee is alarmed over the high number of dengue fever cases reported in the city.