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Doctors to pay higher insurance premiums

Doctors will have to come up with higher insurance premiums from February when medical indemnity insurance increases from 16% to 28%.

April date for Chinese fashion fair 20 top Dalian models to go on parade

For the first time, 20 top Chinese models from Dalian in north-east China will sashay down the catwalk in what is expected to be the biggest fashion event of 2003.

Asian news in brief

Asian news in brief including from Hong Kong that the authorities rushed to wrap up trees and sculptures in the tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui Tuesday as part of attempts to foil vandalism during New Year's Eve celebrations.

Tenant sued for spooking buyers away

A man who put two coffins on top of a rented house and staged mock funerals there is named in a lawsuit that accuses him of trying to squeeze money from a luxury property developer after spooking would-be buyers.

Man attacks wife wearing her underwear

B>HONG KONG/B>: A henpecked Hong Kong husband took revenge on his estranged wife by breaking into her new flat and attacking her while wearing her bra and knickers, a news report said yesterday.

Spectre of war greets New Year

B>TOKYO:/BJapanese streamed into temples, Russians packed a frigid Red Square and revellers from around the world crowded the confetti-strewn streets of New York#8217;s Times Square to greet the new year amid global concerns about war and terrorism.

HK movie bombs with RM159 box office gross

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong movie has ranked as one of the biggest flops of all time by attracting less than 10 viewers and making a total of US$42 (RM159) at the box office, a news report said yesterday.

‘Condoms’ save HK’s palm trees from vandals

B>HONG KONG:/BPalm trees along the Kowloon waterfront here were saved from New Year's vandals by protective 'condoms' fitted to their trunks, officials said yesterday.

Ushering in the year with golden goat

SHINING CREATURES...Eleven-year-old Melissa Loh is looking at decorative gold plated brass goats on sale at her parents' prayer paraphernalia shop in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang.

Dateline Lion City: News briefs from Singapore

Dateline Lion City: News briefs from Singaporeus including that the old but usable thermos flask and rice cooker you are about to put in the dustbin could benefit someone else.