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Farmers meeting worldwide standards

CHEN JIERU, a farmer from the remote mountainous area of east China's Anhui province, can barely contain his excitement at learning that his tea has received certification from the Swiss Institute for Market ecology (IMO).


1,405 nature reserves established in China

CHINA has established a total of 1,405 nature reserves covering 109 million hectares, according to officials from the State Forestry Bureau.


S'pore on track to be SARS-free

B>SINGAPORE:/BSingapore said Saturday fears of a SARS outbreak at a mental hospital were unfounded, leaving it on track to be declared free of the disease, but Taiwan announced its biggest one-day jump in those infected. In Geneva, the World Health Organisation said most outbreaks are coming to an end.


Losing out in enrolment

The Indian community fears it may be losing out in enrolment at public universities under the merit-based admission system. GAVIN GOMEZ looks at the worrying trend.


1,700 students in Toronto quarantined

B>TAIPEI:/BA Toronto high school was closed and its 1,700 students were in quarantine yesterday amid renewed SARS fears in Canada's largest city, while Taiwan reported its biggest increase in new cases of the disease in nearly a week.


Cut off the lifelines of terror groups, governments told

Malaysia has called on governments in the region to make efforts to discredit terrorist groups so that they will be unable to gain financial and moral support from sympathisers.


PM calls for focus on human capital

Malaysia should build on its #8220;human capital#8221; to nurture and produce leaders who can be compared against the best in the world, said Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.


Mulhall is EU’s new ‘supremo’ in Malaysia

Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall is the new 'supremo' of Europe in Malaysia, as his country has assumed the presidency of the European Union (EU) from January.


PM: Asia at a crossroads of sorts

Speech by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at Agenda Asia.