• Chong Wei had no intention to cheat, BWF doping panel finds

    — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed today its decision to suspend badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei from active competition for eight months, but said although the national player did violate an anti-doping regulation, he had not done so with intent to cheat. In a statement on its website, the authority found that Lee had indeed been "negligent" when he took the banned substance Dexamethasone, but the degree of negligence was "rather light" as he had not known at the time that he had ingested the substance. According to BWF, the panel hearing Lee's case said that it is "convinced this is not a case of doping with intent to cheat". The panel also found it "correct and fair" to backdate the eight month suspension order to the date that Lee's sample was collected last year.

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  • Putrajaya fails to stop Rafizi’s application to challenge legality of banking law - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 27, 2015.Putrajaya has failed in its bid to stop an application by Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli to challenge the constitutionality of the repealed Banking and Financial Insitutions Act (Bafia). The Shah Alam Sessions Court today ruled that Putrajaya’s objection was frivolous and lacked merit. Judge Rozina Ayob fixed May 15 to hear submissions whether the High Court could hear and rule on the constitutionality of Bafia.

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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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  • MCA veep must apologise for insulting all housewives, Pakatan insists

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayPERMATANG PAUH, April 27 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) members accused today an MCA leader of criticising PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and by extension, all housewives in Malaysia. Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail cited a report published on news portal Malaysiakini that she said had reported MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun insulting the role of all housewives in Malaysia, insisting that Chew issue an apology. “She fails to understand the significance of a housewives’ (sic) voice and the strength it can carry in a parliamentary sitting,” the PKR assemblyman said in a statement, referring to Chew’s purported insult to Dr Wan Azizah and all housewives.

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  • Schumacher's son wins on his debut F4 weekend - Motorsport | The Star Online

    Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend in German Formula Four with the first victory of his motor racing career on Sunday. Competing for the Dutch-based Van Amersfoort Racing team, the German lined up second on the grid for the last of three races at Oschersleben and made a quick getaway to lead from the start. Schumacher, who leads the rookie standings and is fifth overall in the championship, ended the 30-minute race behind the safety car with Australian team mate Joey Mawson second and fellow rookie Thomas Preining third.

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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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  • Top Japanese restaurant defends foreign policy - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 27, 2015.A top-notch Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Monday defended its special reservation rules for foreigners after a report in Japan it had refused to accept a booking from a Chinese customer. Sushi Mizutani, which has two of the coveted Michelin stars, told AFP it has an "across-the-board policy" of not accepting bookings by non-Japanese customers – unless they are made through a hotel concierge or a credit card company. "(Non-Japanese) customers may not show up for their reservations," a member of staff at the restaurant said, adding employees do not have the foreign language proficiency to explain requirements to patrons. The confirmation came after a report that the restaurant, located in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, had refused to take a reservation for Chinese journalist Mo Bangfu.

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  • KL-Singapore high-speed rail may miss 2020 deadline, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    The multi-billion ringgit high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is expected to miss its 2020 deadline by two years, Singapore's Business Times reported today. Citing unnamed sources, the business paper said 2022 may be a more realistic deadline as there were many unresolved issues in the mammoth project, which is estimated to cost nearly RM40 billion. More time is needed to sort some aspects out so that it can take off smoothly," a source close to the project was quoted as saying by The Business Times.

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  • Paris Hilton Gives Update On Aunt Kim Richards; Shows Support For Bruce Jenner

    At the annual Race to Erase MS event, Paris Hilton talks about her aunt, Kim Richards, and voices support from Bruce Jenner.

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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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  • Minister promises savings of up to 20% at farmers’ markets – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Effective June 1, consumers will enjoy savings of up to 20% on essential goods at the farmers' markets, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister,…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao - Boxing | The Star Online

    Wladimir Klitschko joined Joe Louis in the record books with his title bout on Saturday but the event took a decided back seat to boxing's latest 'Fight of the Century' -- Mayweather v Pacquiao. Klitschko matched the legendary Louis by climbing into the ring for his record-tying 27th world heavyweight championship fight but the Ukrainian's win against Bryant Jennings was a mere prelude to bigger things. "This event with Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight champion of the world returning to Madison Square Garden, is the perfect hors d'oeuvre to what the main course will be next week," Peter Nelson, HBO sports programming vice president, told Reuters.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 501, the walk to let hope in – Christopher Ling - The Malaysian Insider

    Roy Williams, an uneasy rival of Dr King, kidded him in 1963 that his methods had not achieved a single victory for integration in Albany or Birmingham. The human heart, not the courtroom, was his supreme battleground. So the real goal, King said, was not to defeat the white man but to “awaken a sense of shame within the oppressor and challenge his false sense of superiority. 501 is also the walk for hope, hope for the beloved community.

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  • After Thirst 2015 cancelled, event organisers seek review of permit system

    — Reuters picPETALING JAYA, April 28 — Future Sound Asia, the organiser of the scrapped “Thirst 2015: We are all stardust” event is a victim of a “flawed and archaic” permit application system, said an association representing concert organisers. Arts, Live International Festivals and Events Association (ALIFE) president Datuk Razlan Razali said the association was giving Future Sound Asia its full backing. “Event cancellations in Malaysia have happened too many times and we ask that the authorities seriously and proactively engage with ALIFE to review and improve the permit application process,” he said.

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  • World’s first Asean travel channel launched

    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday launched GOAsean, the world’s first Asean-focused travel channel in conjunction with the 26th Asean  Summit held at the Kuala Lumpu...

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  • Barrier needed to block noise from highway, say residents - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Noel Achariam, April 28, 2015.Residents of PJU3/23 at Avenue 23 in Damansara, Petaling Jaya, are finding it difficult to live with the noise coming from the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), which is located next to their homes. They claim that the noise from the vehicles have disrupted their peaceful neighbourhood. The residents are calling for the relevant authorities to build a sound barrier next to the highway to shield them from the sounds of the vehicles. A resident, who wanted to be known only as Lee, said the authorities had been turning a blind eye to their plight.

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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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  • Search ops for missing elderly woman cover bigger area

    KOTA SAMARAHAN: The search operation for a missing elderly woman, Jimi Kipli of Kampung Meranek, has been widened with more personnel on board. According to State Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) assistant director for operations Farhan Sufyan Borhan, the extra personnel includes a multi-skill team (MUST) for the search. The operation is centred on the river now that the woman’s belongings were found on the riverbank, including her shoes, clothes and a basket containing wild ferns discovered by the search and rescue teams yesterday.

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  • Of unions and rights - The Malaysian Insider

    Mention the words “trade union” and “worker movement” and you conjure up images of angry men in jeans and khaki shirts holding up anti-employer signs in one hand and punching the air with his fist with the other. Where the Hong Leong workers union demonstrated outside their office headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and the Maybank employee union wore “Kami Ditindas” badges while working. As a result of these efforts, the low to lower-middle level Malaysian worker is relatively well protected from their employers.

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  • Cops on the hunt for accomplices of 12 IS-linked militants - Nation | The Star Online

    PUTRAJAYA: Police are hunting the accomplices of the 12 Malaysians detained in Hulu Langat and Cheras on suspicion of plotting to launch attacks on strategic targets in the Klang Valley.

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  • Tamil New Year celebrated on grand scale - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Dalbinder Singh Gill, April 28, 2015.It was a morning of festivities as people from all walks of lives made their way to the first Tamil New Year celebration at the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple recently. Jointly organised by the Mt Erskine Village Security and Development Committee and Makkal Osai News Agency, the crowd was seen happily taking pictures with the iconic second largest Murugan temple after India in the backdrop. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who attended the event, said the celebration showed that freedom of religion continued to thrive in Penang. Lim assured the people of Penang that the freedom would be protected.

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  • Yemeni foreign minister rejects peace talks call from ex-president - World | The Star Online

    Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen on Sunday rejected a call for peace talks issued by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and said a Saudi-led military campaign against Iran-allied Houthi fighters opposed to his government had not ended. Saleh, whose loyalists have been fighting alongside Houthi rebels who forced the central government into exile, on Friday called on all Yemenis to return to political dialogue to find a way to end the country's spiralling conflict.

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  • Kipchoge executes perfect race to win London Marathon - Athletics | The Star Online

    Marathons are increasingly being decided by the smallest margins and Sunday's men's race in London was no different with Eliud Kipchoge seizing victory with a perfectly executed plan. Labelled the ‘clash of the champions’ by organisers, the race pitted eight sub-2:05 runners and five of the all-time top-10 in one of the fastest fields ever assembled. While much of the attention was focused on world record holder Dennis Kimetto, defending champion Wilson Kipsang and Stanley Biwott, it was the powerful Kipchoge whose impeccable timing won the day. As the four Kenyans sped along the banks of the River Thames at a searing pace, Kipchoge broke from the front and only Kipsang was able to maintain contact.

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  • Ministry proposes setting up Asean Social Innovation Committee

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) will propose the establishment of an Asean Social Innovation Committee to help promote social business within the region. Its minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the ministry would take the first step towards establishing the said committee. “We will establish the committee in Malaysia first before putting forward the proposal to Asean. “Asean countries have a lot in common.

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  • Permata Negara curriculum can be extended to private sector — Shahidan

    THE Permata Negara programme curriculum can be extended to the private sector in an effort to help in the development of children under age four. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the effectivemess of the progamme was proven when several agencies in the government adopted the curriculum to teach children. “The Community Development Department (Kemas) and National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN) had used the same programme, which was managed by Permata and the agencies. “Currently, Kemas has 448 kindergarten programmes with Permata, with 9,075 children and 1,816 teachers.

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