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Selangor Health Dept to increase category 3 patient beds at Maeps

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor Health Department is looking to increase category 3 patient beds at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park in Serdang (Maeps) Covid-19 quarantine and low-risk treatment centre (PKRC) to 1,000 to support the health care system in the Klang Valley.

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IS claims Afghan mosque blast that killed 12 worshippers, reports SITE

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Devotees gather inside a mosque after a bomb blast on the outskirts of Kabul on May 14, 2021, that killed at least 12 people, shattering the relative calm of a holiday ceasefire between the warring Taliban and government forces. — AFP pic Devotees gather inside a mosque after a bomb blast on the outskirts of Kabul on May 14, 2021, that killed at least 12 people, shattering the relative calm of a holiday ceasefire between the warring Taliban and government forces. — AFP pic

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KABUL, May 16 — The jihadist Islamic State claimed it carried out this week’s attack on a mosque on the outskirts of the Afghan capital that left 12 worshippers dead, SITE Intelligence Group reported.

The explosion happened inside a mosque in Shakar Darah district of Kabul province during Friday prayers and shattered the relative calm of a three-day ceasefire agreed between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

IS said its fighters had placed an explosive device inside the mosque and detonated it after worshippers arrived to offer prayers on the second day of the Eid al-Fitr holidays, the US monitor of jihadist groups said late yesterday.

The bombing killed the imam of the mosque, who was leading the prayers.

Friday was also the second day of a three-day ceasefire agreed by the Taliban and the government to mark Eid al-Fitr.

The ceasefire ended late yesterday and so far no fighting between the two warring sides has been reported.

The temporary truce was announced after soaring violence since May 1, when the US military began formally withdrawing its last remaining troops from the country.

A series of blasts outside a girls’ school in Kabul last week killed more than 50 people and wounded scores, most of them female students.

No group has so far claimed the attack, one of the deadliest in recent years.

In recent weeks, fighting between the Taliban and government forces had surged across several provinces before the ceasefire was agreed, including in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand. — AFP

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Anifah: Attacks by the Israeli government against Palestinian civilians must stop

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KOTA KINABALU: Former foreign affairs minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to order Israel to cease attacks against Palestinian civilians immediately.

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Asian confederation confirms North Korea's World Cup withdrawal

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South Korea’s Hwang Hee-chan in action during the 2022 World Cup Qualifier Round 3 Group H match with North Korea in Pyongyang October 15, 2019. — Reuters pic South Korea’s Hwang Hee-chan in action during the 2022 World Cup Qualifier Round 3 Group H match with North Korea in Pyongyang October 15, 2019. — Reuters pic

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HONG KONG, May 16 — The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed on Sunday that North Korea has pulled out of next month's qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

The move comes after the country had already withdrawn from the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer because of concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Korea is due to host the remaining matches in Group H of the second round of Asia's preliminary tournament in June, but North Korean officials informed their southern counterparts of their intention to withdraw this month.

Prior to the withdrawal, North Korea were in fourth place in the standings after five matches, level on eight points with the South Koreans, who have played one game fewer.

Turkmenistan currently lead the group, which is completed by Lebanon and Sri Lanka.

The AFC said it will refer North Korea's withdrawal to governing body FIFA, with a decision on how the country's exit from the competition will affect the group standings to be announced in due course. — Reuters

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Myanmar anti-coup fighters retreat from town as US makes appeal

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A demonstrator shows the three-finger salute during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 21, 2021. — Reuters pic A demonstrator shows the three-finger salute during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 21, 2021. — Reuters pic

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MAY 16 — Fighters of a local militia opposed to Myanmar’s junta have pulled back from the north-western town of Mindat after days of assault by combat troops backed by artillery, a member of the group said on Sunday.

The United States and Britain called on the army to avoid civilian casualties and a shadow National Unity Government formed by loyalists of Myanmar’s detained elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, appealed for international help.

A spokesman for the junta did not answer calls for comment.

The fighting in the hill town of Mindat, about 100 km (60 miles) from the Indian border in Chin state, is some of the heaviest since the coup plunged Myanmar into chaos with daily protests, strikes and the emergence of new local militias.

“To avoid confrontation, we retreated out of concern over damage to the town,” said one fighter, adding that only women and children remained in the town of more than 40,000 that was now largely occupied by the army.

“Since all the boys and men are involved in this fight, all of them are on the run.”

The US-funded RFA website quoted a member of the group as saying five of its fighters were killed, but it believed it had inflicted losses several times that many on the army, widely known as the Tatmadaw.

Army-controlled Myawaddy television said on Saturday that some security forces were killed and others missing after attacks by “unscrupulous people”. Security forces would work day and night to bring order, it added.

New force

The fighting marks the emergence of the Chinland Defence Force, one of several new groups to spring up in opposition to the junta in a country which already had about two dozen ethnic armed groups.

The fighters also say they are part of the People’s Defence Forces of the shadow government.

“We would like to urge the international community to take immediate actions to end all violence of the Tatmadaw and protect the defenceless people of Mindat,” the National Unity Government said in a statement.

The US and British embassies in Myanmar voiced concern for civilians in Mindat.

“The military’s use of weapons of war against civilians, including this week in Mindat, is a further demonstration of the depths the regime will sink to to hold onto power,” the US embassy said in a statement. “We call on the military to cease violence against civilians.”

Britain’s mission said evidence of atrocities should be sent to UN investigators “so perpetrators can be held to account”.

Western nations have led condemnation of the junta and applied limited sanctions since it took power alleging fraud in an election won by Suu Kyi’s party in November. Its claims of irregularities were rejected by the electoral commission.

At least 790 people have been killed by the junta’s security forces in crackdowns on protests against its rule, says activist group the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

The military, which disputes that number, imposes tight restrictions on media, information and the Internet. Reuters cannot independently verify arrests and casualty numbers. — Reuters

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King expresses grief, sadness over violent attacks by Israeli regime on Al-Aqsa

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah reaffirmed the Malaysian government supports the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) emergency meeting to discuss atrocities by Israel on Palestine.

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Agong labels Israeli attacks against Palestinians, Al-Aqsa mosque as ‘cruel, inhumane’

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A Palestinian man walks past the remains of a tower building which was destroyed by Israeli air strikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 13, 2021. ― Reuters pic A Palestinian man walks past the remains of a tower building which was destroyed by Israeli air strikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 13, 2021. ― Reuters pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has expressed concern and sadness over the Israeli military aggression and violent attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Gaza Strip.

Comptroller of the Royal Household for Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, said Al-Sultan Abdullah described the incursions and ongoing attacks against the third holiest mosque in Islam and the Palestinians in the last days of Ramadan as heinous, cruel and inhumane.

He said that His Majesty, in line with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's special message on Palestine yesterday, expressed support for Malaysia to lead, together with Indonesia and Brunei, to issue a joint statement to strongly condemning the Israeli Zionist regime's brutal attacks on Palestinians.

“His Majesty also stressed that the Malaysian government supports and welcomes the proposal for a virtual emergency meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss the issue of Israeli terrorism against Palestinians, scheduled for today,” he said in a statement here today.

It was reported that the Israeli Zionist regime's aggression against the Palestinians started with the attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque on May 7, followed by airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Monday (May 10).

Thus far, more than 119 Palestinians have reportedly been killed and hundreds more injured.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Fadil said His Majesty also expressed hope that all Malaysians to continue fighting for the principles of justice and respect as well as rejecting and opposing any form of violence and cruelty perpetrated against mankind.

Al-Sultan Abdullah also said Malaysians have always been in solidarity with Palestinians towards achieving the aspirations of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.

“This is also in line with the principles of the Malaysian government which unequivocally supports the efforts to establish a sovereign and independent Palestinian state, in line with laws and initiatives at the international level.

His Majesty also decreed all mosques and surau nationwide to hold ‘Solat Hajat’ and ‘doa selamat’ after Maghrib prayer tomorrow (May 17), to seek Allah’s mercy to protect the Palestinians from the evil intentions of the Israeli regime.

“His Majesty calls on all Malaysians regardless of race and religion, to pray with him, according to their respective beliefs, so that the Palestinians are protected and their homeland is freed from the Israeli occupation and oppression,” said Ahmad Fadil. — Bernama

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Rope in river 'courier service' still happening in Kelantan despite repeated warnings

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RANTAU PANJANG: Residents living along the Thai border here are still sending small parcels including money and medicine to their families in Thailand despite warnings by enforcement agencies.

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Costly beach excursion for family of five

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BUTTERWORTH: An outing to Pantai Bersih here for a family of five yesterday proved a costly affair when they were each slapped with a RM1,500 compound for defying the standard operating procedures (SOP) under the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0.

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Teachers' Day: Muhyiddin praises teachers for nurturing Malaysia's next generation

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Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said despite the limitations and challenges, educators have made use of the online platform, with many successfully producing various materials for the teaching-and-leaning (PdP) methods.

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MyAqsa launches fund for Palestine

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KUALA LUMPUR: Growing public demand drove a non-governmental organisation to initiate a fund to help ease the plight of the Palestinians.

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Ninja Van sees shipment volume grows two fold since pandemic

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KUALA LUMPUR: Last-mile logistics company Ninja Van Sdn Bhd has seen shipment volume growth by about two fold since the pandemic, driven by the growth in social-commerce (s-commerce) transactions.

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Cops probing claims Higher Education D-G violated Raya SOPs

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The news report claimed that the director-general had violated SOPs during an event held at a public university on Thursday. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri The news report claimed that the director-general had violated SOPs during an event held at a public university on Thursday. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — Police are investigating claims that the Higher Education director-general had violated standard operating procedures (SOPs) when officiating an aid presentation and Hari Raya Aidilfitri event at a public university on Thursday. 

Serdang Acting district police chief Supt Mohd Rosdi Daud said police commenced investigations after receiving a report following an article published by a news portal on the alleged incident. 

The news report claimed that the director-general had violated SOPs during the event held at the university’s 13th residential college. 

“The programme involved the presence of undergraduates and management staff and pictures were uploaded on social media. 

“Investigations are currently being conducted under Regulation 17 PU (A) 225/2021 (Violation of movement control order SOPs) and if convicted, a compound of RM2,000 can be imposed on visitors and RM10,000 on the organisers," he said in a statement today. — Bernama

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Thousands rally in N. America in solidarity with Palestinians

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NEW YORK: Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators rallied in cities across North America on Saturday, calling for an end to Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip as the worst violence in years flared between the Jewish state and Islamists.

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Moody's global airlines industry outlook changed to positive

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KUALA LUMPUR: Moody’s Investors Service has revised its outlook for the global airlines industry from negative to positive, reflecting the increasing vaccinations that will drive surge in air travel demand.

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PM Muhyiddin calls on MoE to be nimble-footed, make sure no student is left behind in new normal

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Muhyiddin said the concept of learning should not be confined within the four walls of a room. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon Muhyiddin said the concept of learning should not be confined within the four walls of a room. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — The concept of learning should not be confined within the four walls of a room, and instead it must be relevant at any time and place in line with the new normal, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

In this regard, he said the Education Ministry (MoE) must continue to listen to suggestions and input from educators, parents and pupils in order to improve teaching and learning (PdP) platforms to ensure that no students are left behind in the learning process.

The prime minister said since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country a year ago, the PdP process had relied heavily on online learning and prompted teachers to begin mastering various digital educational applications that enable students to follow the new normal of learning.

"The changes that have taken place clearly prove that the concept of learning should not be confined within the four walls of a room... in the new norm, virtual service delivery has begun to expand.

"Although teachers were facing challenges in implementing PdP via online, especially when PdPR (home-based teaching and learning) was introduced, I can see that many teachers have successfully produced various forms of PdP materials to ensure students are not left behind in the learning process. I congratulate you for your efforts and innovation," he said.

Muhyiddin said this in a message in conjunction with the 50th Teachers’ Day celebration themed Berguru Demi Ilmu, Bina Generasi Baharu which was aired live on the Education Ministry Facebook page, RTM TV1, DidikTV KPM and other broadcasting stations today. — Bernama

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Chileans vote for body to rewrite dictatorship-era constitution

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A poll worker carries boxes containing votes for storage at the end of a polling day during the elections for governors, mayors, councillors and constitutional assembly members to draft a new constitution to replace Chile’s charter, in Santiago, Chile M A poll worker carries boxes containing votes for storage at the end of a polling day during the elections for governors, mayors, councillors and constitutional assembly members to draft a new constitution to replace Chile’s charter, in Santiago, Chile M

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SANTIAGO, May 16 — Chileans head to the polls today in a second day of voting to elect 155 people who will rewrite the country’s dictatorship-era constitution in a bid to address deep-seated social inequality that gave rise to deadly protests in 2019.

Some 14 million people are eligible to vote this weekend in what many consider to be Chile’s most important election since its return to democracy 31 years ago.

More than three million people, or approximately 20.4 per cent of the electorate, cast their ballot Saturday, according to the country’s Electoral Service.

“I hope that we have a constitution that captures the soul of our nation,” President Sebastian Pinera said after casting his ballot in the capital Santiago.

Silvia Navarrete, a 35-year-old economist, was at a Santiago polling place with her young daughter in her arms. She said she had voted for a system that “works for everyone, allowing all voices to be heard” and ensuring “that rights and duties are really fair for all human beings.”

And 40-year-old university professor Carlos Huertas said his ballot went to candidates who had been active in “this social revolution” — referring to the 2019 protests.

Chile’s constitution dates from 1980, enacted at the height of dictator Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-1990 rule, and is widely blamed for blocking equitable progress in a country ranked as one of the most unequal among advanced economies.

This inequality was one of the main drivers of the October 2019 protests, resulting a month later — after 36 deaths — in the government agreeing to a referendum on a new constitution.

That plebiscite, initially scheduled for April 2020 but delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, finally took place on October 25 last year.

And the outcome was unequivocal: 80 per cent voted for a new constitution to be drawn up by a body made up entirely of elected members.

Gender parity

This weekend, more than 1,300 candidates are in the running to become a part of history.

Analysts say the election will be a battle between candidates from parties on the left and the right, with independents not expected to draw any meaningful support.

Parties on the left broadly seek greater state control of mineral and other natural resources — mostly privatised since the dictatorship — and more public spending on education, health, pensions and social welfare.

Those on the right, with a nod to the need to boost social support, largely defend the capitalist, free-market system they thank for Chile’s decades of economic growth.

In a world first, half the candidates are — by design — women.

This will also be the case for the 155-member drafting group, which will have nine months to come up with a new founding law for Chile, which will be approved or rejected next year in a mandatory national vote.

Seventeen seats on the constitution-writing “convention” are reserved for indigenous representatives.

Voters will this weekend also elect regional governors, mayors and local councilors — usually a litmus test for presidential elections, next due in November.

Rich, but unequal

Campaigning has been complicated amid a Covid-19 outbreak that has resulted in more than 1.2 million cases and nearly 30,000 deaths in the country of 19 million people, with the election’s two-day format decided upon due to the pandemic.

Chile has one of South America’s highest vaccination rates, with more than 48.5 per cent of the 15.2 million targeted inhabitants having received two doses to date.

The country has the highest per capita income and the third most multimillionaires in Latin America. But the working and even upper-middle classes live with heavy debt, often to pay for schooling and private pensions.

An OECD report in February said “persistently high inequality” was a key challenge for Chile, with 53 per cent of households classed as economically vulnerable and the poorest 20 per cent of households earning a mere 5.1 per cent of total income.

There is a low level of satisfaction with quality of life. — AFP

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Kelantan Deputy MB to auction off keris to help Palestinians

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KOTA BARU: In a move to help the Palestinians under attack by the Israeli regime, the Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar has decided to organise a charity auction of his personal collections.

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Vaccinations in Phuket to be expedited for tourism reopening

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THAILAND is gearing up to start Covid-19 vaccinations in Phuket to expedite its planned reopening to tourism in July.

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Bodies of father, son drowning victims found

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BACHOK: The body of a man and his four-year-old son who went missing after riding a jet ski at Kampung Pengkalan Baru here on Friday, were discovered separately yesterday.

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