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Kuala Besut students win nuke energy contest

SEPANG: Even though they began with zero knowledge of nuclear energy, three secondary school students made Malaysia proud when they emerged champions in the Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power competition organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Gyenongju, South Korea, on May 30. Safyyah Muhammad Nasir, 16, Muhammad Syazwan Mat Sidik, 17, and Muhammad Anuar Abd Ghani, 17, from SMK Kuala Besut, Terengganu won with their project “100 Things About Nuclear Science And Life”. The trio produced a computer game application which could channel information on nuclear science and the uses of nuclear energy in everyday life. Safyyah and her two friends, who arrived at klia2 from Busan, were welcomed by Education Ministry Co-curriculum and Arts director Rozainum Ahmad as well as other ministry officers. The Malaysian team – named “KuBest Innovation Team” – was formed in December last year and beat 188 other teams from 30 IAEA member countries. — Bernama. Chicken farmer shot dead by friend

IPOH: A 66-year-old chicken farmer was shot dead by a friend following an argument over a debt. It happened during a drinking session near a restaurant in Kampung Koh, Sitiawan, about 100km from here. The victim, identified as Ling Iu King, was shot multiple times at point-blank range with a double-barrelled shotgun by construction firm owner Chu Phan Hoo, 62, on Friday night. Chu was later found dead in his car and police believe he had shot himself. Perak Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Asst Comm Yahya Abd Rahman said Ling was shot in his leg and arm. “We believe the suspect had also taken the victim’s pistol during the incident and shot himself in his car several kilometres away from the crime scene,” he said. Videos and photographs of the incident have gone viral on social media. A 47-second video of the incident, believed to be shot by onlookers at the restaurant, showed Ling lying on the ground. The video also showed Chu firing a shot at Ling while shouting at the victim. Flash floods leave longhouse inundated MIRI: The Long Bemang longhouse in Ulu Baram in interior northern Sarawak has been left inundated due to flash floods. The floodwater was about 0.6m high yesterday morning. Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said heavy rain and overflowing waters from the river had flooded the settlement on Friday with a metre of water. So far, there has been no evacuation of the 300 residents. However, Bomba teams are on the alert for any eventualities as bad weather looms across parts of rural northern Sarawak. Storm wreaks havoc at Ramadan bazaars KUALA TERENGGANU: A storm wreaked havoc in several areas of Kuala Terengganu, uprooting trees and damaging Ramadan bazaar canopies. No one was injured during the storm on Friday night. The Terengganu Civil Defence Force received several reports of damage to Ramadan bazaar canopies and other traders’ facilities in the city and a blown-away canopy that obstructed road users in Batu Buruk. Its director Lt-Kol (PA) Che Adam A. Rahman said yesterday that traders’ canopies in Dataran Shahbandar were also affected. The operations room also received reports of two cases of uprooted trees in Kampung Atas Tol which hampered road users, he told Bernama.