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Having fun in the sun 

MARANG: Nor Aini Syafika Zakaria, 12, (third from left) spending time with her relatives during the school holidays. The children are enjoying taking a dip at Pantai Rhu in Marang, Terengganu. Outdoor trips allow family members to bond with each other, as well as reduce time spent on electronic gadgets. — Bernama


Banana farmers turn idle land into profit

POKOK SENA: The banana cluster farming project in Kampung Paya Besar near here has generated an income of RM12,000 a month for three farmers.

The project has been carried out by Abu Bakar Don, 56, together with two partners on a five-hectare land since 2016.

He said banana cluster farming started when the Pokok Sena Agriculture Department offered him to carry out the project in view of the high potential and demand as well as lucrative returns.

“Growing bananas is not as complicated as people may think, it just needs enough water and fertiliser and it will produce fruits in nine months,” he said. — Bernama


‘Securing oil royalty increase difficult’

MIRI: The Sarawak government’s request to Petronas for an increase in oil royalty from the present 5% to 20% is proving difficult to secure, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg.

“That is why the state government started petroleum company Petros to develop our oil resources using our own means.

“By having our own petroleum company we will chart our own development agenda.

“But we are also looking beyond petroleum and timber which used to be our top economic revenue earners.

“We are going intensively into technology,” he said when speaking at a dialogue yesterday morning with business leaders in Miri city.


Viral image of tiger sighting a fake

IPOH: Images of an adult Malayan Tiger circulating on WhatsApp were taken in India, not in Meru here as claimed.

“The pictures were in fact the same that went viral earlier this month, only that they were claimed to be taken in Gambang, Pahang,” said Perak Wildlife and National Parks Department principal assistant director Wan Shaharuddin Wan Nordin.

“We were alerted to the images about three weeks ago. First it was said that they were taken in Pahang.

“After some checks, it was confirmed the images were taken in India. They have been downloaded from the Internet and circulated with false claims that the tiger was sighted in different places in the peninsula,” Wan Shaharuddin said yeserday.

He said both Perhilitan in Perak and Pahang have conducted checks and surveillance and found no evidence to support the claim a tiger was sighted. portal extending into social media

CYBERJAYA: The portal where people can check the accuracy of any information will soon be extended into social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram beginning this year, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

“This will provide more channels of information to tackle fake or unverified news,” he said when launching the application at an appreciation ceremony for strategic partners of the portal here yesterday.

Salleh said the application, which could now be downloaded for free on Android through Google Play Store, will hopefully make it easy for the public to verify the information they get.

Salleh said that since it was launched in March last year, the portal has recorded 25 million hits with an average of two million each month.




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