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Single mother among four siblings nabbed in drug raid

BALING: The National Anti-Drugs Agency (Nada) has detained four siblings, including a single mother, for allegedly turning their home in Kuala Ketil near here into a drug den.

Baling Nada chief Mohamad Nasir Md Radzi said the woman and her brothers, aged between 18 and 28, were picked up at the house in an anti-narcotics operation, dubbed “Ops Cegah”, at 1am today.

“However, their father, who is in his 40s, managed to escape (during the raid).

“Their activities have disrupted public order in the area and there have been theft cases too,” he said in a statement here.

Mohamad Nasir said the woman’s three-year-old son was also at home at the time of the raid.

All the unemployed siblings, who tested positive for drugs, were being detained to facilitate investigations under Section 3(1) of the Drug Dependants (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983 (Amendment 1998), he added. — Bernama

Indian minor raped by 17 men over weeks

NEW DELHI: Indian police said Tuesday that 17 men have been arrested for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl over several weeks, in the country’s latest horrific sexual assault case.

The girl, who has a hearing disability, was allegedly sexually assaulted inside a largely unoccupied apartment block in the southern city of Chennai.

Among those arrested were the 300-flat building’s security guards, plumber and elevator operator, state police said.

The 66-year-old lift operator was the first to attack the girl after she returned from school and was cycling around the complex, police said.

He allegedly invited other men who filmed each other raping the child. As the ordeal progressed she was sedated with injections and drug-laced soft drinks, reports said.

“This is the initial stage of investigation and we have to go in-depth to ascertain the details,” a local police official told AFP.

According to local reports, the accused took the girl to various places in the complex including the basement, terrace, gym and public restrooms to rape her.

The incident came to light after the girl told her family who then lodged a police complaint. She is now receiving medical attention.

India has a grim record of sexual violence. Some 19,000 attacks on minors were reported in 2016, but vast numbers are never brought to police attention.

In January India was rocked by a particularly shocking attack when an eight-year-old girl died after being kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped for days at a Hindu temple.

This led to the introduction of the death sentence for the rape girls under the age of 12. — AFP

Ringgit closes lower against greenback

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit ended lower against the US dollar for the second consecutive day today on lack of catalysts, said a dealer.

At 6pm, the ringgit was pegged at 4.0445/0485 against the greenback versus 4.0400/0450 at Monday’s close.

The dealer said the market was muted ahead of the release of the consumer price index for June tomorrow.

The local unit was traded lower against a basket of major currencies.

It depreciated against the Singapore dollar to 2.9737/9768 from 2.9671/9716 on Monday, and fell against the euro to 4.7438/7489 from 4.7284/7359.

The ringgit declined against the British pound to 5.3610/3667 from 5.3591/9669, and went down against the yen to 3.5986/6025 from 3.5943/5991. — Bernama

Bursa Malaysia closes higher

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia closed higher today on buying interest in finance-related counters, amid the mixed performance of regional bourses and the ongoing US-China tariff tussle, said a dealer.

At 5pm, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) finished at an intra-day high of 1,737.28, up 10.61 points, from Monday’s close of 1,726.67.

The barometer index moved between 1,726.04 and 1,737.28 throughout the day.

Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd Chief Economist, Dr. Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid said Asian markets were generally mixed with the Korean and Chinese stock markets closing lower while Japanese equities ended the day higher.

“The markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman’s testimony tonight in order to seek assurance that the Fed will continue its gradual approach in raising the rates,” he told Bernama today.

He said domestically, the consumer price index for June will be closely watched following the zero-rating of the goods and services tax on June 1 this year.

“Overall, the FBM KLCI is still in oversold condition with the resistance level at around 1748.79 points and net sales by the foreigners have slowed recently, implying that such a situation could be reversed at some point in the horizon.

“So we can expect the FBM KLCI to gradually improve in the near term,” he said.

Regionally, Singapore’s Straits Times rose 0.22% to 3,239.92, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index declined 1.25% to 28,181.68, and China’s SSE Composite Index eased 0.57% to 2,798.13.

Back home, market breadth was positive with gainers outpacing losers 473 to 376 with 409 counters unchanged, 650 untraded and 17 others suspended.

Volume decreased to 2.33 billion units valued at RM2.14 billion, from 2.04 billion units valued at RM1.99 billion recorded on Monday.

Of the heavyweights, Maybank and CIMB added one sen each to RM9.58 and RM5.67 respectively, Public Bank rose 58 sen to RM23.60 and CIMB declined six sen to RM5.66, while Tenaga improved 14 sen to RM14.78.

Among actives, MyEG, APFT and YTL were flat at RM1.01, three sen and RM1.32, respectively, while MRCB and Sapura Energy inched up one sen each to 69.5 sen and 59.5 sen, respectively, with Vivovom and Nova MSC declining one sen to 5.5 sen and 18 sen, respectively.

Public Bank led the gainers’ list today, putting on 58 sen to RM23.60, while Ihsan Sukuk was the biggest decliner, giving up RM1.00 to RM95.50.

The FBM Emas Index chalked up 58.12 points to 12,259.96, the FBM70 rose 19.43 points to 14,956.81, the FBMT100 Index improved 59.22 points to 12,062.88, the FBM Emas Shariah Index increased 58.12 points to 12,259.96, but the FBM Ace Index declined 40.84 points to 5,336.66 and the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Small Cap Index trimmed 27.31 points to 14,148.54.

Sector-wise, the Finance Index rose 94.7 points to 17,134.01, the Industrial Index bagged 10.76 points to 3,199.73, but the Plantation Index fell 71.86 points to 7,447.5.

Main Market volume increased to 1.47 billion shares valued at RM1.9 billion, from 1.20 billion shares valued at RM1.76 billion registered on Monday.

Warrants turnover declined to 505.99 million units valued at RM152.91 million, versus Monday’s 574.51 million units valued at RM177.2 million.

Volume on the ACE Market rose to 350.17 million shares valued at RM85.23 million, from 262.85 million shares valued at RM44.49 million recorded yesterday.

Consumer products accounted for 62.3 million shares traded on the Main Market, industrial products (172.83 million), construction (114.61 million), trade and services (128.59 million), technology (44.01 million), infrastructure (11.27 million), SPAC (1.58 million), finance (34.39 million), hotels (6.58 million), properties (195.39 million), plantations (19.36 million), mining (31,700), REITs (9.46 million) and closed/fund (4,000). — Bernama

Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim is new Chief Judge of Malaya

PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim was today sworn in as Chief Judge of Malaya — the second female to be appointed to the position.

Her appointment follows the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V on July 11, under advise from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and after convening with the Council of Rulers.

When asked by the media, she briefly said she was proud to be appointed to the role.

Zaharah, 65, who is a mother of three, took her oath in front of Senior High Court Judge Datuk Su Geok Yim and assumed the third highest ranking position in the judiciary of Malaysia.

Before this, Tan Sri Siti Norma Yaakob was the first lady who was the Chief Judge of Malaya from 2005 to 2007.

Zaharah takes over from predecessor Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, who was promoted to President of the Court of Appeal on July 12.

Also present at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya were Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and a representative of the Bar Council president.

Some of the senior members of the Malaysian judiciary who were present were the new Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk David Wong Dak Wah and Federal Court Chief Registrar Datuk Seri Latifah Mohd Tahar.

Former Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria was also present.

Zaharah who was a Federal court judge for three years before this, graduated from University Malaya with a Bachelors degree in Law in 1977 and started her career in the legal fraternity as a contractual Legal Officer in the same year.

She has had an impressive career with about 41 years in the judiciary with various posts including as a magistrate in Malacca.

Zaharah also served as Selangor state legal adviser for about two years from April 1, 1994 to May 1996.

Aside from a brief five-month stint as the director of intellectual property under the then Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs in 1992, Zaharah spent about half of her career working in the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ division that drafts laws to be passed in Dewan Rakyat.

Zaharah was appointed on May 16, 1996 as Deputy Parliamentary Draftsman I and was promoted months later on August 1 to be the Parliamentary Draftsman or head of the AGC’s drafting division, holding that post for eight years until her appointment as a judicial commissioner in 2004.

Zaharah was confirmed as a High Court judge on July 28, 2006, and became a Court of Appeal judge almost four years later on April 14, 2010.

She was then promoted to be a Federal Court judge on February 16, 2015.

In her new position, she will continue to preside over cases in the Federal Court as well as overseeing the judges in the High Court in peninsular Malaysia, which can have up to 60 judges at any one time, based on the Federal Constitution.

Waytha Moorthy appointed minister, four other senators made deputy ministers

KUALA LUMPUR: Senator P. Waytha Moorthy was appointed and sworn in today as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (National Unity and Social Well-being) and four other senators were appointed and sworn in as deputy ministers. Penang Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chief Senator Marzuki Yahya was appointed and sworn in as Deputy Foreign Minister; PPBM Ketereh Division chief Senator Dr […]