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Expedition In Appreciation Of Nature And Water

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama) -- The sheer beauty of the emerald green waters of Lake Kenyir, dotted with verdant islands and merging with the azure blue sky in the horizon, is a sight to behold.

Its natural charms aside, the man-made lake -- the biggest in this country -- is a vital part of Terengganu's water resources, hence the sustainable management of the lake and its surroundings is something the state authorities view seriously.

To enhance public awareness and appreciation of the state's water resources, last month the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia, DID Terengganu and UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Malaysia organised a four-day expedition to Lake Kenyir for 77 participants comprising university lecturers, teachers and representatives of government agencies, non-governmental organisations and the media. 

Music Fest Revives Samarkand's Glorious Past

By Sakini Mohd Said

Bernama reporter Sakini Mohd Said recently had the opportunity to cover the 12th edition of the prestigious Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival, courtesy of the Uzbekistan Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

The six-day festival (Aug 25 to 30) took place on the grounds of the historic Registan Square in Samarkand.

SAMARKAND (Bernama) -- Neither wild horses nor the scorching summer heat could keep Jamila away from the 12th Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival here.

To catch the 7 pm performance, the 61-year-old retired civil servant, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, had to leave her house as early as 2 pm so that she could secure a "front-row" seat at the venue.

In fact, the event organisers encouraged the audience to turn up by 4 pm as all of them were required to go through stringent security checks and after 5 pm, no one was allowed into the venue.