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HE shot to fame following his goal-scoring exploits in the recent 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

But for football sensation and national striker, N. Thanabalan, even with immense popularity, nothing much has changed.

“The only thing that has changed is, perhaps, more fans are starting to recognise me.”

“It is a new experience for me. But I keep telling myself that popularity shouldn’t get to my head and that my journey doesn’t end here. I have a long way to go and a lot of things to learn and improve in my football career,” he said.

Thanabalan said his lifestyle was very much the same, including his preparations for Deepavali, which would be celebrated by Hindus tomorrow.

“Nothing extravagant in my preparations and celebration this year. Just like previous years, my priority is my parents and two siblings,” he said at his house 

in Taman Seremban Jaya Senawang here.

The Felcra FC striker said ever since he took over the responsibility as the head of the family in 2013 when his father, S. Nadarajah, 56, became paralysed following an accident in April the same year, providing for his family had become his priority.

“I am the breadwinner for my family. Family expenses

PUTRAJAYA - The Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) launched in April, will effectively resolve socio-economic problems faced by the community over a period of 10 years, said MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said various development programmes have been outlined in the master plan to address critical issues which have been plaguing the Indian community.

Dr Subramaniam, who is also Health Minister, described the blueprint as a sincere and honest move by Prime Minister Datuk Seri

KLUANG - Parents who fail to register their children within 60 days after their birth will be fined RM1,000.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the fine, which would be imposed with immediate effect, was not for purposes of revenue collection but to compel parents to register their children's births within the prescribed period.

The fine for late registration was RM50 previously.

“The Government made a decision (to increase the penalties) after the amendments to the Births

MANILA - The government aims to find the best solution soon to improve the management of Islamic educational institutions, including tahfiz schools, especially those that are privately operated across the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said for that, a meeting between the school operators and local authorities at the national and state levels would be convened to discuss and exchange information that would be needed to formulate long-term strategies and

KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is determined to create a positive impact on the lives of the Indian community in this country in line with national excellence.

The Prime Minister said the Deepavali celebration this year was very special as their hopes and aspirations have been carved in the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) launched last April.

"Deepavali is back to illuminate the atmosphere. The lighted lamps and kolam decorations are the reflection of our harmonious living

KOTA KINABALU - The federal government will take up to two years to study the effectiveness of the recently-abolished cabotage policy in reducing the prices of goods in east Malaysia and Labuan.

Deputy Transport minister Datuk Abd Aziz Kaprawi said a task force has been set up to conduct the analysis.

“The government exempted the cabotage policy following requests from local leaders (on the effects of the policy) on prices.

“However, some (players in the) local shipping industry (have

KOTA KINABALU - Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the existing Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) would continue to be held until a time appropriate for the system to be replaced.

He said a study to identify a suitable system to replace the UPSR was still being carried out by getting feedback from interested parties, including parents.

"UPSR will continue to be held until we have discussed with all the quarters involved. This engagement takes along time, with parents

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