1) SPECIAL FUNDS FOR SARAWAK STUDENTS
KUCHING: Special funds will be entrusted to the Sarawak Foundation to assist Sarawak students to pursue higher education.
According to chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg, the aid is one of the Sarawak government’s initiatives to help the students and alleviate the burden of their parents.
He also promised that he will try to find more revenue sources for Sarawak.
He said this in his speech at the Ngiling Tikai Gawai and Aidilfitri Friendly Foundation of Sarawak Foundation 2019 and the launch of the Community Assistant Management System (CAMS) today.
Meanwhile, Director of Yayasan Sarawak Foundation, Tuan Haji Azmi Haji Bujang, also introduced the CAMS application as a specialized platform for managing and processing on-line applications, approvals and payments for the aid other than scholarships and educational loans.
2) BANGLADESH TRAIN DERAILMENT OVER CANAL KILLS FIVE, INJURES 100
DHAKA: A passenger train derailed in Bangladesh on Monday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 100, and there could be more casualties inside two carriages that fell into a canal.
The derailment occurred near the Moulavi Bazar district, 210 km east of Dhaka.
According to police superintendent Mohammad Shahjalal, the train was crossing a bridge on its way to the capital, Dhaka, from the eastern city of Sylhet when it went off the rails.
He said there could be more bodies in the carriages that were submerged in the canal.
3) MAGNITUDE 7.5 EARTHQUAKE SHAKES EAST TIMOR, AUSTRALIA
DILI: A powerful, deep 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coasts of East Timor and Indonesia on Monday, and was felt as far away as Australia.
The quake struck in the Banda Sea in Indonesia and was felt across northern Australia during lunchtime at Darwin.
Based on the report received from witnesses, the quake was also felt on Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali.
According to Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there was no tsunami threat providing that the quake was at the depth of 220 km.
Rita Rosita, an official of the national disaster mitigation agency reported that there were no immediate reports of damage or injury in Indonesia.