• Nepal quake: Cultural heritage destroyed - Videos | The Star Online

    The earthquake that hit Kathmandu on Saturday destroyed many temples and statues that were built between 12th-18th centuries.

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  • No immediate threat to Asean Summit, say police - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Police said there was no immediate threat to the Asean Summit following the arrests of 12 IS militants who were planning bomb attacks in the Klang Valley. Federal Internal Security and Public Order department director Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Muhammad Fuad Abu Zarim said security at the summit was sufficient and that they were remaining vigilant.

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  • Can fools be in Cabinet, asks Perlis mufti after Ahmad Maslan’s remarks - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 26, 2015.Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin has taken Datuk Ahmad Maslan to task for reportedly saying that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad lacked understanding about the goods and services tax (GST). Without naming the deputy finance minister, Asri said he now wondered whether a fool could be appointed to important posts in the government.

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  • 'Dr M failed to explain 1MDB issues properly'

    Tun Faisal said Mahathir didn't say that only RM5.8 billion of 1MDB's debt is gov't-backed.

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  • Wan Azizah: The most qualified leader in the country! — Karamjit Gill

    Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is starting to look like the only capable leader in this country; or rather shall I say the only capable leader in PKR. Supporters from both sides of political divide are vehemently voicing their opinion on Wan Azizah’s candidacy in the Permatang Pauh by-election. From a practicing medical doctor to a politician overnight, is Wan Azizah the best PKR has to offer? Wan Azizah’s involvement in politics begun after Anwar Ibrahim was jailed in the late 90’s. She was elected as a Member of Parliament for Pematang Pauh in 1999 and continued to hold the position till 2008.

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  • Jho Low’s company received US$330mil, says whistle-blower | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Whistle-blower Sarawak Report claims to have obtained new documents to show that Good Star Limited, a company controlled by businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, had received the entirety of a US$330 million (RM1.18 billion) “loan” from 1Malaysia Development Fund (1MDB) in 2011. It said the loan had been authorised by 1MDB, supposedly in favour of its former joint venture partner PetroSaudi International although Jho Low has repeatedly maintained that he has held no role in 1MDB and made no profit from its investment dealings. Sarawak Report has earlier alleged that PetroSaudi directors had agreed to “act as front” for Jho Low and that out of a total of US$1.5 billion (RM5.36 billion) already invested in PetroSaudi between September 2009 and September 2010, US$860 million (RM3.07 billion) had been secretly siphoned into Good Star’s RBS Coutts bank account in Zurich.

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  • Elizabeth Wong is wrong ― Concerned Lawyers for Justice

    APRIL 26 ― Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) refers to the Malay Mail Online news report of 21 April 2015 titled “Churches may operate in commercial areas without permits, Selangor exco says”. CLJ notes that the news report quotes Elizabeth Wong, a Selangor executive councillor and co-chair of the Selangor state committee on non-Islamic affairs (HESI) stating that the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) has been allowing churches to operate without permits since 2008 (the starting point presumably being when the Pakatan Rakyat state government came to power in Selangor) and that all such churches have since then only needed to notify HESI, supposedly in accordance with Article 11 of the Federal Constitution guaranteeing freedom of worship.

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  • Ratan Tata buys stake in Xiaomi - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 26, 2015.Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India's Tata conglomerate, has acquired a stake in Xiaomi Technology, a deal that is likely to bolster the Chinese phone maker's presence in the world's third-largest smartphone market. Financial details of the unspecified stake bought by Tata in Xiaomi, the first by an Indian, were not disclosed in the statement issued by the Chinese company today.

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  • Victoria Beckam says daughter Harper is ‘a little tomboy’

    — Cover MediaLOS ANGELES, April 25 — Victoria Beckham says her daughter Harper is “a little tomboy”. The former Spice Girl has the three-year-old with husband David. The couple also have three sons and Victoria revealed her little girl adores her big brothers. Victoria and footballer David have been married for 15 years and split their time between America and England with Harper and boys Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12 and ten-year-old Cruz.

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  • No entry for motorbikes in public parks - Community | The Star Online

    MOTORCYCLISTS are prohibited from riding their bikes on walkways in public parks of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said City Hall (DBKL) would take firm action on errant motorcyclists and build barriers to prevent them from riding on those paths. “Motorcyclists are endangering pedestrians and families at the park. “We have issued 20 summonses to motorcyclists who were riding on the walkways in Perdana Botanical Gardens, Titiwangsa and Kepong Metropolitan Park.

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  • Musa urges leaders to work towards the good of country - Videos | The Star Online

    Tun Musa Hitam calls on Malaysians to focus on “alleviating the socio-economic conditions” instead of falling into “the trap of being diverted” by political games.

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  • The urban fisherman of Puchong

    Puchong Perdana is fast developing as a township and industrial area. Puchong Perdana itself has about 40,000 residents, and this estimated to grow by 50 percent by 2020. But in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Klang Valley, one person sees a different way to reap the abundance of Puchong.

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  • Desperate Nepalese sleep in open as aftershocks spread fear - World | The Star Online

    Thousands of desperate Nepalese spent another night in the open in the early hours of Monday, terrorised by strong aftershocks that continued to shake the country two days after a massive quake struck, killing almost 2,500 people. Across the capital, Kathmandu, and beyond, exhausted families whose homes were either flattened or at risk of collapse laid mattresses out on streets and erected tents to shelter from rain. The sick and wounded also lay out in the open, unable to find beds in the city's overwhelmed hospitals. A total of 2,460 people were confirmed killed in the 7.9 magnitude quake, making it the worst such disaster to hit Nepal since 1934 when 8,500 died.

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  • Double-decker bus to debut in KL next month | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Klang Valley bus commuters will be getting a new ride soon, as Rapid KL is set to introduce a double-decker bus service next month. The double-decker buses will be serving the high capacity routes around the Klang Valley, especially from Cheras and Shah Alam to the capital city as well as the inner routes in the city centre.

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  • Teacher wins car in time for wedding - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic supplied, April 25, 2015.A teacher at the Penang Japanese School could not have asked for a better wedding gift when she won a Nissan Sylphy in a recent contest by Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM). Noor Atikah Sunar, 24, had taken part in the the Nissan Chinese New Year (CNY) ‘Test Drive and Win a Fortune’ sales campaign contest which was held in January and February. All Nissan owners were entitled to eight contest entry forms, while those who test drove a Nissan car were entitled to one contest entry form.

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  • The first cell phone call was an epic troll (VIDEO)

    On April 3, 1973, an engineer named Martin Cooper did something crazy: He made a phone call while walking down the street. Cooper was heading up a team of engineers at Motorola who were working to build the world’s first cellular telephone. He hoisted the thing up to his ear and dialed up Joel Engel, who was doing similar work at AT&T, to tell him he had a functional portable phone.

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  • 12 arrested, explosives seized over attempt to cause ‘chaos’, tweets IGP - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia 12 arrested, explosives seized over attempt to cause ‘chaos’, tweets IGP BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA Published: 26 April 2015 2:01 PM Police have foiled an attempt

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  • Cops: Public objection reason why support withdrawn for Thirst 2015

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 26 — Objections from the public and Selangor lawmakers resulted in the withdrawal of support for Thirst 2015, the Serdang police said today. In a statement this evening, the police said that they originally had no problems with the application for the temporary entertainment permit for the concert by organisers Future Sound Asia Sdn Bhd on March 25. “The MPSJ (Subang Jaya Municipal Council) had then rejected the application on April 6, although it was then approved with certain conditions imposed on April 22 after the organisers appealed to MPSJ. “On April 24, PDRM (the Royal Malaysian Police) had concluded to not support (the concert) after receiving objections and feedback on April 23 from society, as well as the office of the state assemblymen about the concert,” the statement read.

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  • What we must do – Thomas Fann - The Malaysian Insider

    Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan posed this question at the Asean People’s Forum on human rights: What have we done to deserve this stifling of various freedoms by Putrajaya? What a great question for us to ask ourselves and ask of this Barisan Nasional government. We get plundered, lorded over, insulted and told to migrate if not happy by our public servants.

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  • Khairy rubbishes claims that Umno Youth plans to topple Najib

    — file picture BUKIT MERTAJAM, April 25 — Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin today denied claims that a movement within Umno Youth was attempting to topple Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said such claims were baseless in nature and aimed at causing infighting among Umno leaders. “It is an attempt to disrupt the unity among Umno leaders, especially between me and the Umno President. This I feel is an attempt to cause friction between the party President and Umno Youth.

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  • Nepal quake: Cycling team ready to return home - Videos | The Star Online

    In a telephone interview from Nepal, the leader of the KE7B cycling team says on Sunday that the team which was supposed to go on a cycling expedition on Mount Everest, has ended its trip following the devastating earthquake.

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  • Israeli air strike kills four planting bomb at Syria frontier - source - World | The Star Online

    An Israeli air strike killed four militants on Sunday as they placed an explosive on a fence near Israel's frontier with Syria in the annexed Golan Heights, an Israeli military source said. "Four terrorists placed an explosive on a fence near Majdel Shams and an Israeli aircraft shot and killed them," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity, and identifying a village in the territory at the foot of strategic Mount Hermon. Tensions have risen in the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria in a 1967 war and later annexed in a move never recognised internationally, amid the civil war raging in Syria in the past four years.

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  • Penang Harmony Street walk lauded - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The “Harmony Street” walk in Penang to symbolise that Malaysia is a land of religious harmony has continued to gain attention from academics and activists. “It displayed cohesion as an everyday experience,” said Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, principal research fellow for UKM’s Institute of Ethnic Studies. The walk, which was organised by The Star, saw the participation of Star Media Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and activists, among others.

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  • The good, bad and ugly of street artist Ernest Zacharevic’s murals

    — TODAY picSINGAPORE, April 26 — Just search the hashtag #penangstreetart or Google “Georgetown murals” and more likely than not, images by artist Ernest Zacharevic pop up. Zacharevic is so synonymous with Penang that its tourism board, Visit Penang, has one of his artworks — that famous mural of two carefree children on a bicycle — as its official Instagram photo. Tourists follow maps and embark on trails to seek out his murals scattered throughout Georgetown. On the other hand, it brings in a lot of dramatic dynamics — suddenly, street art is attracting so much (attention),” he said.

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  • Chinese are left behind at Shanghai’s Auto Show — Bertel Schmitt

    APRIL 26 — The task of every major car show is to reflect the state of the auto industry, but few live up to the challenge as well as Shanghai’s auto show. Like the Chinese market itself, the show is big, chaotic and perplexing, and attendance is de rigueur for anyone who’s anyone in the global car business. The glittering new products and concepts being unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2015 by the global major automakers confirm China’s status as the most important car market in the world. But they also provide a poignant counterpoint to the more modest offerings on display from China’s homegrown producers.

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  • Nepal quake death toll reaches 758 - home ministry - World | The Star Online

    The death toll in the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday has risen to 758, a home ministry official said, of which 467 were in the Kathmandu Valley that is the most heavily populated part of the Himalayan country. Earlier, a home ministry official said that 181 people had died in the capital Kathmandu in the quake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale.

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  • Cops force last minute cancellation of Thirst concert, says Serdang MP - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 26, 2015.The Thirst 2015: We Are All Stardust concert, scheduled to take place last night, was cancelled because the police withdrew their support for it at the last minute, Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming said. He said the police sent a letter to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) on Friday saying they would not support the concert, leaving the council no choice but to withdraw the concert's permit at the 11th hour. "On the afternoon of Friday, April 24, the police sent a letter to MPSJ stating that they would not support the concert.

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  • Nishikori retains Barcelona title with battling win - Tennis | The Star Online

    Kei Nishikori was crowned Barcelona Open champion for the second consecutive year after a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 victory over surprise Spanish finalist Pablo Andujar on Sunday. "I didn't think about winning the tournament at the start of the week because of the strength of the players here, especially the Spanish, but now I am very happy," Nishikori told reporters. "I knew that Andujar has a good backhand and my plan was to move the ball around a bit. Andujar broke serve in the opening game with Nishikori making uncharacteristic mistakes and the score was 2-2 before either player held serve.

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  • Ipoh shines bright with LED lights - The Malaysian Insider

    The Ipoh City Council (MBI) is considering the installation of LED (light-emitting diode) streetlights along city roads as a cost-saving solution. MBI…

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  • Saudi military plane crashes during training - World | The Star Online

    CAIRO (Reuters) - A Saudi pilot and a trainee were killed on Sunday when their military plane crashed during training, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

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  • Quake overwhelms Nepal's weak healthcare system - World | The Star Online

    A massive earthquake in Nepal has exposed the woeful state of its medical facilities as hospitals struggle to treat vast numbers of injured with limited supplies and staff. The country of 28 million has only 2.1 physicians and 50 hospital beds for every 10,000 people, according to a 2011 World Health Organization report. The situation is worsening a humanitarian crisis triggered by Nepal's worst earthquake in 81 years. Casualties are expected to rise, as many more people are feared trapped in debris across the country, from the capital Kathmandu to remote villages and mountain peaks.

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  • 3,000 school labs will be upgraded to enhance science lessons, says Muhyiddin

    — AFP picMUADZAM SHAH, April 26 — The government will upgrade 3,000 secondary school laboratories from next year to enable more effective teaching and learning of science subjects, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the move was meant to revive the practical training aspect in the laboratory, thus improving students’ understanding of the subject. “In the past, the teaching system of science did not emphasise laboratory tests, but were more towards theory, now we want to change so that there are more practical tests. “That is why we are re-looking at laboratories... we have completed an overall study of 3,000 secondary schools and we found that there is a need to upgrade the laboratories,” he told reporters after attending a gathering of teachers and Rompin education department staff at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah campus of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) here today.

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  • Fifth Harmony On Helping Fan With 'Promposal'

    At the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards, Fifth Harmony talks about their nominations and how they helped a fan pull off a great 'promposal.'

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  • Three U.S. citizens dead in Nepal earthquake - World | The Star Online

    Three Americans have died in the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday, including a woman who died when an avalanche triggered by the temblor struck the climbers' base camp on Mount Everest. The woman, Marisa Eve Girawong, was a physician's assistant who worked for Madison Mountaineering, a Seattle-based guide service, according to Kurt Hunter, the company's co-founder and chief technology officer. Girawong, who was from Edison, New Jersey, according to media reports, was among more than a dozen people who perished in the Mount Everest avalanche.

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  • Nokia issues rebuttal to report it plans to make phones again

    — Reuters picHELSINKI, April 26 — Finland’s Nokia denied reports in Chinese media that it planned to return to manufacturing phones. “Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. However, Nokia has said it is looking into returning to the smartphones business by brand-licensing. Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft last year, but just months after that it launched a new brand-licensed tablet computer, produced under license by Taiwan’s Foxconn, with an intention to follow up with more devices.

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  • Bangladeshi opposition leader says will retaliate if election is rigged - World | The Star Online

    The leader of Bangladesh's main opposition party threatened retaliation if local elections being held this week are not conducted fairly. Bangladesh has been marred by months of violence, much of it attacks against vehicles during transport blockades organised by the opposition. The elections are supposed to be nonpartisan, but both the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party directly supported candidates. "We participated in the election as a test case to judge how far the government and the election commission are non-biased," Begum Khaleda Zia, the leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and a former prime minister, said on Sunday.

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  • Damien got a lucky win with someone else's car - Motorsport | The Star Online

    SEPANG: Mark Darwin of Team Sakura-Tedco Racing made a sensational debut in the premier Touring Production class by winning Round 2 of the Malaysia Touring Championship (MTC) at Sepang International Circuit (SIC). Starting from pole position, Darwin completed 22 laps around the 5.543km track in the one-hour endurance race on board a Honda FD2 machine. Driving solo, Darwin led the race from the start, only relinquishing his leadership only when he entered the pits for the three-minute compulsory stop after 11 laps. Round 1 winner and championship leader Chris Tan-Alan Wong of Pentagon Racing, finished second with an additional 30kg in success ballast for the round.

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  • AirAsia honoured at 6th Asean Business Awards event - The Malaysian Insider

    AirAsia Bhd has been awarded the “Priority Integration Sector Award in Aviation”, at the sixth Asean Business Awards event in Malaysia, in recognition of its performance and achievements in the aviation sector. Executive Chairman of AirAsia Bhd and Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said the low-cost carrier is proud that Malaysia is chairing Asean this year, and as a “Truly Asean” airline, the group will continue supporting the initiatives Malaysia is taking, to achieve the goals set during its chairmanship.

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  • Foreign countries, aid agencies race to reach Nepal quake victims - World | The Star Online

    International agencies and governments rushed on Sunday to send search and rescue teams, doctors and medicines to Nepal where an earthquake has killed more than 2,400 people and left tens of thousands without food, water or shelter. Teams from India, Pakistan, the United States, China and Israel were already on the spot to help, said the United Nations, as overwhelmed rescuers dug with their hands through the rubble to look for thousands still missing. Other international search teams have or are scheduled to arrive in the capital Kathmandu, with units from Japan, the United States and Britain equipped with sniffer dogs and equipment for heavy lifting. "The priority remains saving lives and immediate search and rescue ongoing," said a report from the office of the U.N. Resident Coordinator in Nepal.

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  • Mayor: Bazaar to be moved pending agreement - Community | The Star Online

    RELOCATION of the Danau Kota Uptown bazaar traders will take place in two years time, with construction of a new complex estimated to start by the middle of the year, said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib. Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had identified a suitable site and had just finalised the structural design for the facility, he added. “A 1.2ha-site behind the Road Transport Department (JPJ) along Jalan Genting Kelang has been secured and will house the bazaar once construction is completed. “They have asked for an exorbitant amount as compensation which is hindering the process.

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