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Education

Thumbs up for four-day schooling

With the economic downturn and stiff new limits on state and federal education budgets, other districts, particularly in the rural West, are following suit, shutting down one day a week to cut costs.

Nation

D-G: Confidence in new policy growing

A clear sign that schools are slowly but surely overcoming the teething problems in the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English and the public are gaining confidence in the new policy is the decline in the number of calls received by the Education Ministry#8217;s hotline.

AseanPlus News

Former Thai deputy minister faces grilling over 'rape'

B>BANGKOK:/BPolice are expected to summon Thailand#8217;s former Deputy Interior Minister Sombat Uthaisang, 66, over allegations that he had raped a junior civil servant on Nov 21 last year.

Education

Chinese New Year far from home

It may be a far cry from celebrations at home, but for this group of Chinese students in Malaysia, the spirit of I>Guo Nian/I(Chinese New Year) has to be kept alive no matter where they are.

Education

Do good, feel better

Volunteering in community service programmes has an unflattering image among many young people: do-gooder, geek and teacher#8217;s pet often come to mind.

Nation

Surprise from long-distance sweetheart

Twenty-three-year old Latha Palanchandran will never forget this year#8217;s Valentine's Day celebration as her long-distance sweetheart, Kumarasooriar Krishnan, flew from Japan to pay her a surprise visit yesterday.

AseanPlus News

Jailed for extortion

A CASUAL chit-chat between two brothers in January last year turned into a discussion on how to extort US$6mil (RM22.8mil) when one man told the other that he had seen a colleague involved in a shady deal.

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20,000 stranded as glitch grounds planes across Japan

B>TOKYO:/BA computer breakdown in Japan's main air traffic control system temporarily grounded all domestic planes across the nation yesterday, affecting weekend schedules for more than 20,000 passengers, said officials.

Education

Campus affair sparks debate

HE was the son of poor farmers from a small village in southern China, a shy computer student as thin as a stick. She was the daughter of Communist Party officials in Beijing, a bubbly law major with a rosy, round face. On a mountain campus in Chongqing, a huge city in central China, they fell in love.

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China `working unswervingly' toward Iraq solution

China has been working unswervingly'' toward a peaceful solution to the situation in Iraq and remains adamantly opposed to war, the government's official Xinhua News Agency said Monday in an exceptionally long report detailing the country's efforts.