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AseanPlus News 09 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Urban utility sector to be opened

THE Chinese government will open the national urban utility market to domestic and overseas investors in 2003, divesting itself of managing the massive water, gas, heat supply and waste disposal sectors.

Lifestyle 14 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Marine ecosystem under siege

Despite their nasty reputation, sea urchins are really quite beautiful creatures up close. Their long spines shelter small fishes, shrimps and crabs from predators, while their diet of algae keeps reefs from being smothered by marine plants. But in large numbers, sea urchins can tip teh delicate balance of the marine ecosystem and reduce a reef to rubble.

AseanPlus News 22 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Dream home turns into a nightmare

B>SINGAPORE:/BHIs home improvement work completed, civil servant Quak Yuen Wang opened the door to his new Punggol 21 flat to move in some furniture he had bought.

Health 26 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Typhoid fever

By DR YLM

Business 11 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

German giant taking over American water supply

The influence of foreign business can be seen across America, with consumers cheerfully buying Japanese cars, South Korean TVs and clothing made in China.

Nation 17 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

First-hand accounts of Israeli army's injustices

Malaysians here yesterday heard a first-hand detailed account of Israeli injustices against Palestinian civilians which have been on the rise since the Sept 11 attack on the United States.

Lifestyle 18 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Checking troubled waters

TO commemorate the United Nations International Year of Freshwater, we will run a series of articles to highlight the problem of water shortages, the conservation options available and strategies that are being adopted to ensure a continuous flow of clean water. In this first instalment, HILARY CHIEW looks at the quality of our rivers.

Lifestyle 22 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Of shoes and urchins

B>BY MICHAEL D#8217;OLIVEIRO/B>

Nation 23 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Ancient city torn apart

The city of Jenin in the West Bank can trace its history back to over 4,000 years of civilisation, but thanks to the latest Israel invasions starting last April, it is now a crippled town shorn of all basic amenities like proper sewage system, water pipes, electricity supply and roads.

Lifestyle 25 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Battle scars

THE three most recent conflicts that involved the United States and Europe caused environmental disasters on a grand scale, PAUL BROWN reports.