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Ninety-year-old jailed for drug smuggling
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia
A 90-year-old Taiwanese man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to smuggle 1.9 kilograms of heroin out of Cambodia, a court official said yesterday.
Huang Fang-hou was sentenced on Friday, prosecutor Kry Sok Y said.
The court also ordered the Taiwanese man to pay a fine of 20 million riels (US$4,900), the prosecutor said.
Police arrested Huang last May after finding the heroin strapped to his body under his clothes at Phnom Penh's international airport when he checked in for a flight to Hong Kong.
Anti-graft hotline
The Ministry of Justice said yesterday that a hotline for reporting corruption has borne fruit since being set up over two years ago.
MOJ officials said that they handled 3,383 reports of corruption between October 2004 and December 2006, with six of the leads resulting in convictions.
Raising tuition ceiling
The existing limitations on the amount that private universities can charge in tuition and other relevant fees should be relaxed, a former president of National Taiwan University suggested yesterday.
Chen Wei-jao said he doubts Taiwan will have an excellent academic institute like Harvard University in the United States if the government refuses to raise tuition ceilings.
Blue light, no recession
Taiwan's economic monitoring indicator for December 2006 showed a"blue light""- which indicates a recession - for the first time since June 2003, but economic officials said Friday it was a result of a comparison with more positive performance in the same month a year earlier and they remain optimistic on the economic outlook.
The Council for Economic Planning and Development Friday published December's monitoring indicator. The total score for the month dropped five points to 16, triggering a blue light after six consecutive months yellow-blue. It was also the first blue light, which occurs in the range between nine and 16 points, since the outbreak of SARS in 2003, CEPD officials said.
More job seekers
Approximately 200,000 people are looking for jobs in January through 104 Job Bank - the country's leading online employment service provider, up 34.5 percent compared with the same month last year, company officials said yesterday.
They said the trend is consistent with the results of a survey released by the job bank last month, which shows that more than 50 percent of office workers are planning to change jobs after the Lunar New Year holiday.


Updated : 2021-03-07 08:11 GMT+08:00