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PM: ‘Balik kampung’ will be allowed, no more travel restrictions



PUTRAJAYA: The Prime Minister has reiterated there will be no more travel restrictions and that “balik kampung” for Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be allowed.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that he had addressed this public concern a few days ago, assuring the people that it is back to normal for the economic and social sectors.

This, he added, includes interstate travel.

“I am mentioning this again because there is still chatter that movement control orders will be implemented and travel will be restricted.

“I have received a lot of messages on my social media, voicing their concern that they will not be allowed to travel back to their hometown for Hari Raya.

“So, let me say this again. The government will not impose MCO o

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Australia buys copyright to Aboriginal flag, making it free to fly



SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government said on Tuesday it had acquired copyright to the Aboriginal flag so it can be freely used, resolving a commercial dispute that had restricted sporting teams and Aboriginal communities from reproducing the image.

The Aboriginal flag has been recognised as an official flag of Australia since 1995, flown from government buildings and embraced by sporting clubs.

After a deal negotiated with its creator, indigenous artist Harold Thomas, the flag can be used on sports shirts, sporting grounds, websites and in artworks without permission or payment of a fee, the government said on the eve of the Australia Day national holiday.

Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, Thomas said he first made the black, ye

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Belarus hacktivists target railway in anti-Russia effort



A Belarusian hacktivist group says it has launched a limited cyberattack on the national railway company, aimed at impeding the movement of Russian troops and freight inside the Moscow-allied country. It said it encrypted some servers, databases and workstations.

The group, Belarusian Cyber Partisans, said it had disrupted the online sale of tickets in Monday's attack and was working to fix that as it did not intend to disturb regular passenger service.

Belarusian Railways said its web resources were inaccessible and online ticket sales were halted for unspecified "technical reasons.” State authorities would not comment on the attack.

The hacktivist group claims between 20 to 30 members of Belarus' IT community. It arose during protests triggered

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‘Glee’ actress Lea Michele shares photo of baby son’s face for first time



American actress Lea Michele has shared a photo of the face of her son Ever on Instagram for the first time.

To the delight of her 6.9 million followers on the social media platform, the Glee star posted an adorable photo of Ever as a baby with her husband, American businessman Zandy Reich, 39, on Sunday (Jan 23).

"Greatest man, father, husband and friend. I wake up every day so thankful that you are ours, Z. Happy birthday. Ever and I love you so much," Lea, 35, wrote, ending with a heart emoji.

The couple, who tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in March 2019, had their baby in August 2020 in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, but had always concealed his face on social media.

She spoke to entertainment site ET in November 202

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Be honest, efficient and have high integrity, Ismail Sabri tells PM’s Dept staff



PUTRAJAYA: Staff of the Prime Minister’s Department must be honest, of high integrity and be efficient in their work as almost all of the country’s policies are made by the department, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Prime Minister pointed to the National Security Council which deals with security matters and Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed who is overlooking the implementation of the 12th Malaysia Plan.

Issues concerning the people of Sabah and Sarawak are also handled and resolved by the department, added Ismail Sabri.

“That is why we need to be good at our work to set a good example to other ministries.

“We must show to the people that we work hard for them. We must be honest, trustworthy and perfect in executing our

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COVID cases reported on Australian aid vessel sailing to virus-free Tonga



(Reuters) -About two dozen cases of COVID-19 have been recorded among the crew of an Australian warship expected to arrive in coronavirus-free Tonga on Wednesday to deliver humanitarian aid, Australian authorities said on Tuesday.

Tonga, hit by a massive volcanic eruption and a tsunami on Jan. 15, has asked for aid https://www.reuters.com/world/world-rushes-aid-tsunami-hit-tonga-drinking-water-food-runs-short-2022-01-20 to be delivered without human contact amid concerns a COVID outbreak would be devastating for the tiny Pacific island nation.

Australia's Defence Minister Peter Dutton said 23 personnel aboard the HMAS Adelaide have tested positive for COVID. The ship, with a crew of about 600, left Brisbane on Friday carrying large quantities of humanitarian ai

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Senheng opens 15.89% lower at 90 sen on Bursa debut



KUALA LUMPUR: Senheng New Retail Bhd opened at 90 sen a share on its debut on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia, which was 17 sen or 15.89% below its its initial public offering price of RM1.07.

At 11.25am, the stock was trading 16.36% or 17.5 sen lower at 89.5 sen apiece on the back of 124.73 million shares traded.

In a statement issued in conjunction with the listing ceremony, Senheng executive chairman Lim Kim Heng said the electronics retailer was confident over its plan to expand its brand distribution business.

"We continue to identify suitable brands of kitchen appliance, personal and beauty care products, home electricals and IoT products to give wider choices to Malaysian consumers and further elevate the standard of living of the rakyat," he said.

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Moody’s upgrades Tesla’s rating to Ba1, says outlook positive



(Reuters) - Moody's upgraded Tesla Inc's debt rating by two notches to Ba1 from Ba3 on Monday, reflecting the ratings agency's expectations that Tesla will maintain its position as the leading manufacturer of battery electric vehicles.

Tesla will continue to increase its scale rapidly and improve its profitability notably, the rating agency added.

(Reporting by Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)


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Tennis: Tennis-Comeback kid Keys storms into Australian Open semi-finals



MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Having wallowed in a "dark cloud" at the start of the year, Madison Keys booked her first Grand Slam semi-finals in four years on Tuesday with a 6-3 6-2 upset of Barbora Krejcikova at the Australian Open.

Keys' renaissance after a dismal 2021 season has lit up Melbourne Park this year, and at a baking hot Rod Laver Arena, fourth seed Krejcikova became another casualty of the American's new-found confidence and traditional firepower.

Banging down back-to-back aces to claim the first set, Keys roared to a 3-0 lead in the second before a rare wobble on serve gifted French Open champion Krejcikova a break.

Unbowed, Keys unleashed a blistering forehand return winner down the line to break back and sealed the match with a thumping firs

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