KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck Tonga Island at 8 pm tonight.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- Family and friends may pay their last respects to late Tan Sri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay on Thursday, Oct 19, from 7 pm onwards at 2 Lorong Buloh Perindu 1, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.

BESUT, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- Members of the public with talent and interest to generate a side income through comics are invited to join a course cum workshop on basic cartoon and comic drawing organised by the Besut Community College (KMB) on Oct 21.

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- Heavy rain since this afternoon resulted in floods inundating five villages in Kota Belud, 70.5 km from here, hence forcing the evacuation of 119 victims from 36 families.

KUCHING, Oct 18 (Bernama) --The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) has disbursed funds totaling RM1 million for a translational research programme on Sarawak pepper to Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Bintulu, known as Sarawak Pepper Farm @ UPM Bintulu.

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- Torrential rains and strong winds struck several areas in the city centre here causing several trees to fall even though there were no casualties or flash floods reported.

TAWAU, Oct 18 (Bernama) --- Tawau Division UMNO Youth chief Ariffin Kassim who was released yesterday after being remanded in connection with the misappropriation of rural project funds amounting to RM1.5 billion, backs the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)'s role in fighting corruption.