PUTRAJAYA, Jan 8 (Bernama) -- The Health Ministry is considering extending the smoking ban at learning institutions such as public and private schools and universities this year, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

KUALA NERUS, Jan 7 (Bernama) – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today reminded educators to continue playing their roles to realise the desire of the government in producing a generation who could master English.

By Nor Amirah Mahmuddin

TANJUNG MALIM (Bernama) -- Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), which is among the nation's premier teachers' training institutions, is beefing up its commercial arm by venturing into the hospitality industry.

By Noraizura Ahmad

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Sathesh Kumar Seluaraj used to feel shy, unsure of himself and struggled when talking to people.

That was before the 21-year-old joined the Student Volunteer Foundation (YSS).

The Building Services Engineering student at Sultan Azlan Shah Polytechnic said that working with YSS had not only boosted his self-confidence but also helped in character-building and self-management.

KUANTAN, Jan 2 (Bernama) --- The presence of a famous TV personality, Datuk Aznil Nawawi, fondly known as Pak Nil among his young fans, brought joy to 666 pupils including 128 Year One pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Permatang Badak on the first day of school today.

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- The additional building constructed at the premises of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT)  Mak Mandin (Seberang Perai Utara), has received its Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) and will be ready for the new school year on Jan 2.

KAJANG, Dec 28 (Bernama) -- A total of 1,709 secondary school students in 176 high-risk areas were found to be positive of drugs as of October this year, said the Director-General of the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK), Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah.