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SYDNEY: The multinational team hunting for MH370 will not expand the search zone in the southern Indian Ocean without new clues about the wreck's exact location.

More than 80,000 sq km of seabed have been scoured, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said on Wednesday (Jan 13) in its weekly update. The search of the full 120,000 sq km area will be completed in the middle of the year, the bureau said.

The governments of Australia, Malaysia and China need "credible new information that leads to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft" before the search area can be expanded further, the bureau said in the statement.

Flight 370 was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur in March 2014 when it disappeared with 239 people on board. Investigators concluded that someone on board intentionally disabled the aircraft's tracking devices, and the jet turned south before plunging into the sea off Australia's western coast.

The only solid evidence so far from the missing Boeing Co. 777 is a wing component that washed up in July on Reunion Island, some 3,800km from the search zone.

In December, new analysis of the flight path and satellite communications narrowed down the

KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa (pic) denied reports claiming that government contract workers would have their services terminated by December this year.

He said the government did not intend to terminate the contracts of its staff this year.

"It's a false news and a lie spread by irresponsible individuals with no authority," he said in a statement Tuesday.

A news portal reported today that government contract workers would not have their contract

KOTA BARU: Thirty-six people from 11 families were the first to be evacuated from their homes after floods lashed the Kuala Krai district Monday.  

According to the eBanjir portal, the families from Mengkebang were relocated to the district's veterinary office at 7pm.  

The number of flood victims was expected to increase Tuesday due to the incessant rains.  

The portal also reported that water levels for five rivers statewide breached the warning mark.  

Heavy rains in the southern

National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) is expected to hold a special press conference on Monday to explain the maximum level of salary deduction imposed on civil servants to repay their loans.

However, its chairman Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said the explanation would only be given after they had examined all the relevant policies, or whether there was a need for PTPTN to issue a press statement on the matter.

"We will hold a press conference on Monday or issue a press release if

KUALA TERENGGANU: Fifteen relief centres have been opened to house the increasing number of flood evacuees in Terengganu.  

The number of flood victims had increased from 255 on Monday to 1,451 from 406 families Tuesday.  

The centres are located in Kemaman (991 evacuees), six in Hulu Terengganu (279), four in Dungun (184) and one in Marang (eight).  

The flood situation, however, has improved in Hulu Terengganu.  

The Seri Puteh hall in Tok Lawit as well as four other relief centres have

KUALA LUMPUR - Traffic was reported to be moving smoothly on major highways as at 9am but volume is expected to pick up after 2pm as city folk return from the holidays in their hometowns and villages.

A spokesman of the Highway Traffic Control Centre at Plus Expressways Sdn Bhd told Bernama the traffic situation was under control on the north- and south-bound stretches of the North-South Expressway.

A spokesman of the Malaysian Highway Authority said no congestion was reported on the East

BATU PAHAT: A total of 15 relatives of the Malaysians victims that perished in a bus crash in Chiang Mai are now on their way to Thailand.

The group left Batu Pahat at around 5am Monday in a van headed for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), where they are expected to board a Thai Airways flight at around 1pm and arrive in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport in at 5pm.

Chiu Travel manager Terence Yung said the group would then travel to Chiang Mai on a domestic flight.

He

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