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The WEATHER on FRIDAY (27 Dec 2002): Windy and cloudy with periods of showers over many areas, heavy at times.  WEATHER OUTLOOK:  SATURDAY: Windy and cloudy with periods of showers. SUNDAY: Showers with thunder in the late morning and afternoon.     WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   5.00am  2.5m   4.22am  2.6m  SUN Sunrise  7.05am    Sunset  7.07pm   MOON  Moonrise  12.55am   Moonset  1.19pm    PSI: 29 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 23-29 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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ExxonMobil Campus Concerts introduces Cai Lilian in her first-ever solo concert

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Perhaps known only to a few outside the campus community, a regular string of free arts performances displaying local, foreign and fresh talents has been taking place at NUS for almost two decades. Catering to audiences of all ages, the January series of ExxonMobil Campus Concerts introduces angelic songbird Cai Lilian in her first-ever solo concert.

Catch this angelic songbird who has received rave reviews for her fresh appeal.  Lilian who recently launched her first solo Chinese album, A Piece of My Dream, is probably best remembered for her duet with Chen Han Wei – Cupid Love’s theme song, Guan Huai Fang Shi.

Her accomplishments include movie/drama acting and co-hosting.  She also performed at Sing Singapore concerts and recorded Replugged with four other local singers (under Ocean Butterflies Production).

Cai Lilian In Concert takes place at the University Cultural Centre Theatre on Wednesday 8 Jan 2003 at 7.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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NTUC Fairprice's 67 supermarkets will not increase prices next month when the Goods & Services Tax (GST) is raised from 3% to 4%. It will absorb the GST hike on all items for January. Fairprice will also abosrb for on eyear, the GST hike on 400 staple items, such as rice, oil and sugar. (1)

From next year, some lottery prize money will be reduced to offset the GST increase. The second prize of the Singapore Sweep will be cut from S$400,000 to S$350,000. The prize money for the Toto game will go down from 55 per cent of total sales to 54.5 per cent, but its size will not fall below S$500,000. The third prize for a "small" bet in 4-D will be S$850, down S$50 and the consolation prize for a "big" bet will shrink to S$62 from S$65. (1)

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman noted that it was Singapore that had first proposed to refer Malaysia's claim to the small lighthouse island of Pedra Branca to the International Court of Justice for resolution (ICJ) in 1989. Singapore has exercised sovereignty over Pedra Blanca since the 1840s, when the British government built Horsburgh Lighthouse on the island, to ensure the safety of passing ships. Malaysia first staked a claim to the island it calls Pulau Batu Putih in 1979 when it published a map of its territorial waters that included the island. (3)


Hongkong: Singer Alex To, 40, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession during a Christmas Eve police raid on a Happy Valley celebrity haunt called Studio 1 Bar & Karaoke. He was freed on bail of HK$500 (S$111). (L18)


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Washington: A lucky punter in the state of West Virginia has won US$314.9 million (S$548.8 million), the largest single Powerball lottery jackpot in the United States history. The winning numbers for the Christmas Day draw were 5, 14, 16, 29 and 53 and the "Powerball" was 7. (8) 




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