Floods in east-coast states are not something new as the states have faced the same problem almost every year during the monsoon rainy season. State natural disaster committees and state governments have announced earlier that comprehensive preparedness has been made but in the face of the current floods, the authorities seem to have been caught off their guard.
Electricity tariff hikes will first hit the manufacturing and service industries since the former uses many high energy-consuming mechanical devices while the latter has long operating hours, said Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Malaysia (ACCCIM) president Datuk Lim Kok Cheong.
Unable to get to that must-see tourist site but can't bear for your teddy to miss out? Then Japan has just the thing for you -- a travel agency that takes stuffed toys on package tours and even provides the holiday snaps to prove it.
Barges loaded with mountains of coal glide down the polluted Mahakam River on Indonesian Borneo every few minutes. Viewed from above, they form a dotted black line as far as the eye can see, destined for power stations in China and India.
For decades China has been a top destination for Americans seeking to adopt a child from abroad, but now its own citizens are making the reverse trek across the Pacific to fulfil their parental dreams -- through surrogacy.