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Dumped baby found alive

MIRI: A baby boy believed to have been dumped right after birth was found alive in a rubbish heap at the back of a shopping complex here.

An Indonesian waitress in her late 20s was arrested at about 11pm on Friday.

She is suspected to be the mother of the infant.

The baby was discovered by passers-by about two hours prior to the arrest.

He was then sent to the Miri Hospital.

Dental check-up for orang asli kids

Dentist Siti Amirah Ashri checking the teeth of seven-year-old Nasuha Roslan as the child’s mother Zainab Jim, 29, looks on in Jeli, Kelantan. Nasuha was one of the many orang asli children who had their teeth examined under a dental programme yesterday. — Bernama

WhatsApp helps student achieve good results

KUALA LUMPUR: Contrary to popular belief that social media can be a distraction for students taking public examinations, Muhammad Ihsan Thaqif Bahter Nasir, who excelled in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2017, has proven that perception wrong.

The former student of Parit Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) in Perak achieved 9A+ and Honours Award in the last International Baccalaureate (IB) semester exams in Banting Mara College.

“WhatsApp helped a lot because there were many notes and information relating to SPM and IB that were shared through that application with teachers and friends. I just downloaded and read wherever I was,” he told Bernama.

The youngest child in his family, whose father is a doctor, Muhammad Ihsan Tahqif aspires to become a scientist.

Women urged to master technology to advance

KUALA KUBU BARU: Women must master the latest technology in the digital economy to remain competitive, the Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said.

According to her, with widespread market access and lower costs, profits can be multiplied with no middleman.

“Hence, in conjunction with the Bakti Women Care Programme, I strongly hope that women will engage in economic activities and grab the opportunities provided to transform their lives,” said Rosmah, who is also the president of Bakti (Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers).

She also handed over cash contributions under the Bakti Dermasiswa Programme worth RM600 each to 100 students from 10 parliamentary constituencies in Selangor.

The programme is an annual event of Bakti which aims to provide financial aid to excellent secondary school students from poor families. Eligible students will each receive RM600 a year for a period of two years. — Bernama

School to identify students caught fighting in viral video

GEORGE TOWN: Students from a secondary school here were caught fighting in a video which went viral on social media.

In the 113-second video clip, which was uploaded to Penang Kini’s Facebook page on Friday, more than 10 students - some still clad in their school uniform - are seen gathered in an alley before the fight.

A few motorcycles pass by before two boys start beating each other up while the other students just stand around to watch.

One of the students is heard in the video trying to provoke the boys by saying in Tamil, “if you are not happy, then just fight.”

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said he met with the school principal and was told that it was a Good Friday holiday for the school that day.

“The school said they would identify the students before holding a meeting with us.”

The video has since been taken down without a reason yesterday afternoon.