Compiled by JULIANNE DE SOUZA, JAROD LIM and R. ARAVINTHAN
A COUPLE in Tamil Nadu, India, who are expecting their first child, earned much goodwill when they donated all the cash gifts or moi from their baby shower to those affected by Cyclone Gaja.
The cyclone battered southern India last month.
Makkal Osai reported that Vijayan and Prabavathi were married three years ago.
Prabavathi, who is seven months pregnant, was given a traditional valaikkappu (baby shower) by family and friends several days ago.
The couple decided to donate the customary cash gifts to the Gaja victims and handed over the collection to district administrators.
> A Bharatanatyam master, who has been conducting classes for 30 years at a Hindu temple in Ipoh, and her students are in the lurch. The temple will not let them use the space anymore, Makkal Osai reported. Usha Nanthini Krishnasamy said she had been using the upper floor of a small hall to conduct the traditional Indian dance classes for about 40 students.
However, the temple notified her that she could no longer conduct classes there as the area was dilapidated. She was also denied use of a different part of the temple.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.