KANGAR, Sept 21 (Bernama) -- Heavy rain from early today caused floods in several low-lying areas of Perlis.

LUMUT, 21 Sept (Bernama) -- The Perak Islamic Religious Department (JAIPk) seized a pair of slippers, believed made using paper printed with Quranic verses as the inner sole, at a hotel in Sitiawan yesterday.

By Mohd Haikal Mohd Isa

BANGKOK, Sept 21 (Bernama) -- Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has designated a high-profile case involving a subsidiary of a Malaysian company under "special case" over allegations of infringing the kingdom's Foreign Business Act 1999.

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 21 (Bernama) -- The Fire and Rescue Department has ascertained arson as the cause of the fire at a Islamic residential religious school in Kuala Lumpur that claimed the lives of 21 students and two teachers last Thursday.

By Azeman Ariffin

JAKARTA, Sept 21 (Bernama) -- Malaysia regards its bilateral relations with Indonesia as family ties that can be likened to the Malay proverb "air yang dicincang tak akan putus" (meaning 'blood is thicker than water'), said Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Bernama) -- A moderate earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale occurred in Java, Indonesia at 8.01 am today.

By Hamdan Ismail

LANGKAWI, Sept 21 (Bernama) -- The Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) has discussed with the tourism boards of Sabah and Sarawak to create comprehensive packages to lure more tourists, especially from Europe, to the island and two states.