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PETALING JAYA - The international community acknowledged Malaysia for being the first nation to invoke compulsory licensing allowing hepatitis C patients to gain access to affordable medicine.

The country was awarded the Leadership Award in Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines.

The Government received the award at the Global Summit of Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Morocco on Monday, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“A pride to the nation. Malaysia is a trailblazer when it comes to access to medicine for hepatitis C. Congra­tulations to Dr Salmah Bahri and team,” he said on his Facebook post on Wednesday night.

The summit was organised by the International Treatment Prepared­ness Coalition (ITPC).

It brings together community representatives, governments, civil society, academics, experts and international agencies to look at the impact of international trade rules on public health.

It also highlighted the role of NGOs and patients in the implementation flexibilities of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS).

In July, The Star carried a front page story highlighting the plight of about 400,000 Malaysians

KUALA LUMPUR - In about a month after the news broke, the Federal Land Development Autho­rity (Felda) successfully recovered ownership of 16 strategic plots of land worth an estimated RM200mil along Jalan Semarak here from a local company.

A jovial Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad, the Felda chairman, showed the media copies of the land grants and the memorandum of transfer, which were returned to the agency earlier at 1pm yesterday.

“You can look at all the documents closely. We have successfully

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today officially opened Marina One and DUO, two landmark developments by M+S Pte Ltd as the result of the 2010 Singapore and Malaysia land swap deal - ahead of the 8th Singapore-Malaysia Leaders' Retreat.

A delegation of ministers from Malaysia and Singapore and around 300 other distinguished guests attended the opening ceremony for both developments at Marina One's Green Heart - a biodiversity

KUALA LUMPUR - Sixteen of the 155 Malaysian students in Bali have returned to Malaysia since the Mt Agung volcano on the Indonesian resort island showed signs of an imminent eruption, said the Ministry of Higher Education.

The 139 students remaining in Bali were safe, it said in a statement here tonight.

All the 155 students are pursuing medicine at Universitas Udayana and had registered with Education Malaysia Indonesia.

The statement said Mt Agung was 61km away from the Bali capital city

GEORGE TOWN - A local fashion company that has become a shareholder in the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project last month is not the main contractor.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said just because a company was investing in a project did not mean that it would be involved in the building process.

The company is just an investor, Lim said in reference to Vertice Bhd (formerly Voir Holdings Bhd), the fashion company that bought 13.21% shares in tunnel developer Consortium Zenith Construction

THERE is currently no action against 1MDB. Only against properties thought to have been procured using money belonging to 1MDB,” said Thomas C Goldstein, Advocate Appellate, US Supreme Court said when asked about the civil forfeiture action against 1MDB.

Tom Goldstein was answering question raised during his talk on “Criminal Litigation in the United States of America” at the UiTM Faculty of Law today.

He said that based on the US Constitution, no one should be deprived of their assets

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is India's gateway to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and beyond, leveraging on the strong links between the two countries, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said since 1998, India has been Malaysia's largest export destination in the South Asian region and over the last decade trade has increased by more than four-fold.

"India is currently Malaysia's 10th largest trading partner, our seventh largest export destination and our 11th

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