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The WEATHER on THURSDAY (3 Apr 2003): Showers with thunder and gusty winds are likely in the predawn hours and morning over many areas.  WEATHER OUTLOOK:  FRIDAY: Late morning and afternoon showers with thunder expected. SATURDAY: Afternoon showers with thunder expected.     WATER TIDES (this month)  SUN Sunrise  7.05am    Sunset  7.12pm   MOON  Moonrise  8.01am   Moonset  8.23pm    PSI: 55 (moderate)   TEMPERATURE: 24-32 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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Cantopop superstar Leslie Cheung dies

1956 - 2003

An Asian icon of our times said goodbye when he took to the sky off the 24th level of Hong Kong's Mandarin Oriental Hotel yesterday at about 6.41pm. Leslie Cheung, or as he is popularly known - Gor Gor (elder brother) - was 46.

Leslie was born Cheung Kwok Wing on 12 Sep 1956. He attended Leeds University in England and was to have followed in his tailor father's footsteps.

However, fate thrust him into the limelight when he became first runner-up in the ATV Asian Music Contest in 1976. Since then, he had not looked back. In 1981, Cheung released his solo album "The Wind Blows On" which launched his career as one of Hong Kong's most popular male singers.

The singer-actor is particularly remembered for two art movies - Days Of Being Wild (1990) and Farewell, My Concubine (1993), the latter of which won the Grand Prize at Cannes in 1993.

Though Leslie resided in Hong Kong, he is nevertheless an icon in Asia, and other parts of the world where there are Chinese communities. Here in Singapore, we have set up an online memorial dedicated to the memory of a special star who, like Peter Pan, will never grow old in our eyes.

By his passing, he has cleverly cheated time and gained eternal youth in the eyes of both his fans and posterity while the biological clock in the rest of us continues to tick as we continue to age. To visit his memorial, click Leslie Cheung.

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3 April 2003

Thursday's News


Acting Transport Minister KHAW Boon Wan yesterday confirmed that the North-East MRT Line will start running by the end of next month or June, provided no major glitches emerge. (H1)

The National Day Parade's Web site,, was launched yesterday. This year's parade will take place at the National Stadium and feature a more spectacular light show, with the introduction of a giant, high-end projector. (H2)

Tiong Bahru Plaza is currently undergoing a S$10 million facelift which will relaunch the shopping mall as a one-stop mall for shoes. When the renovations are completed in December 2003, the mall will have an additional 7,000 sq ft of space, bringing the total net lettable area to 192,000 sq ft. (H3)

Meidi-Ya, a Japanese supermarket, will open in the former basement premises of Daimaru at Liang Court tomorrow. (H3)




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