Understated, ambitious and preparing to be wealthy

Understated, ambitious and preparing to be wealthy

SINGAPORE, Sept 24 — The next generation of wealthy individuals will likely defy cultural and social stereotypes of the wealthy of an older, less globalised age, says a study conducted by wealth management consultancy Scorpio Partnership and The Standard Chartered Private Bank.

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Global anti-corruption watchdog ranks Malaysia 47th least corrupt, praises Penang

Global anti-corruption watchdog

ranks Malaysia 47th least corrupt, praises Penang

GEORGE TOWN, Sept 24 – Global corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), has ranked Malaysia as the 47th least corrupt nation in the world and commended the island state of Penang for its anti-corruption efforts.

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BBC:Suu Kyi ‘welcomes US engagement’

Detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she welcomes US plans to engage with the country’s military rulers, her lawyers say.


Thailand announces breakthrough in HIV vaccine

BANGKOK, Sept 24 – Thailand announced on Thursday a breakthrough in the HIV vaccine development – the first time ever that there is evidence that HIV vaccine has preventive efficacy.

“It is found that the vaccine has 31.2 per cent efficacy in reducing the risk of HIV infection,” Thai Public Health Minister Withaya Kaewparadai told a press conference in capital Bangkok, reports Xinhua news agency.


Stand up for your rights

 Stand up for your rights

SEPT 24 — I was raised in my early years in squatter colonies in the older sections of Kuala Lumpur. We were taught from young to be agreeable. It is key to getting past first-level social mobility barriers.

When you are part of the disenfranchised you have to persuade rather than demand. The ones who demanded persistently usually got stuck where they were — or got unstuck with the powers that be.

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AIDS vaccine protects 32pc of trial volunteers

AIDS vaccine protects 32pc of trial volunteers


A Chinese woman passes an anti-Aids poster in Beijing. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 — An experimental AIDS vaccine made using two older vaccines protected volunteers, lowering the risk of infection by about a third, US and Thai researchers reported today.

The vaccine is a combination of Sanofi-Pasteur’s Alvac canary pox vaccine and the failed HIV vaccine AIDSVAX, made by a San Francisco company called VaxGen and now owned by the nonprofit Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases.

It lowered the risk of HIV infection by 32 per cent among 16,000 heterosexual Thai volunteers who had no special risk of AIDSs infection, the US and Thai government researchers said.

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2009 Global Corruption Report out

2009 Global Corruption Report out

Accra, Sept. 23, GNA – The 2009 Global Corruption Report has revealed that fighting corruption at the nexus of private and public entities requires a radical change in government’s commitment to addressing the problem.

It said prompt investigations and prosecution of alleged corrupt acts as well as strong sanctions for violators constitutes one of the solutions and the approach could be successful only when the political leadership adopts a strong anti-corruption stance.

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Essential Du’as / Supplications

Greeting another Muslim

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As salamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
Translation: May the peace of Allah descend upon you and His Mercy and Blessings.

When salaam is conveyed (when some conveys salam to you on another’s behalf).

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Alayka wa alay-his salaamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
Translation: Upon you and upon him be the peace of Allah, His mercy and blessings.

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Bagan or Pagan of Burma

Bagan or Pagan of Burma

Bagan (Burmesepu.gam, pronounced [pəɡàN]), formerly Pagan, is an ancient city in the Mandalay Division of Burma. Formally titled Arimaddanapura or Arimaddana (the City of the Enemy Crusher) and also known as Tambadipa (the Land of Copper) or Tassadessa (the Parched Land), it was the ancient capital of several ancient kingdoms in Burma. It is located in the dry central plains of the country, on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River, 90 miles (145 km) southwest of Mandalay.

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Clinton wants to engage diplomatically with Burma

Clinton wants to engage diplomatically with Burma

The United States plans to engage diplomatically with military-ruled Burma in addition to pursuing sanctions, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

Realizing that sanctions alone have failed to change the military junta’s behavior, President Barack Obama’s fledgling administration now intends to move “in the direction of both engagement and continued sanctions,” Clinton told reporters.

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Study: Flu shot increases H1N1 risk ???

Study: Flu shot increases H1N1 risk ???

NONEPreliminary results from some studies have found that the seasonal flu shot may increase the risk of catching A/H1N1 flu, Canadian scientists have said.

About 2,000 people from four Canadian provinces were involved in the separate studies, which showed that people who had received the seasonal flu vaccine in the past were more likely to get sick with the H1N1 virus, China’s Xinhua news agency reported yesterday, citing the scientists as saying.

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Bagan or Pagan, Myanmar


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Map adapted from Pierre Pichard’s. Inventory of Monuments at Pagan, vol. 7 .

Asian Historical Architecture

Visual Index of Bagan Sites (Site name and description)

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Myanmar Earthquake

Myanmar Earthquake

In this photo taken on Sept. 3, 2009, stupas and temples are seen in Myanmar'sAn earthquake of 7.6 Richter scale struck in the Indian Ocean early this morning, prompting US Government to issue Tsunami warning for the region. An earth quake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale was reported by the USGS today. The earthquake struck near Andaman Island, in Indian Ocean, at 19:55:39 GMT (1:55:39 local time), 260 km (190 miles) north of Andaman Island and 365 km (225 miles) south of Bassein (Pathein) in Myanmar.

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