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Brunei International Airport 20th Best in Asia

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Brunei Int’l Airport 20th best in Asia
October 20, 2017

| Hakim Hayat |

BRUNEI International Airport has been ranked among the top 25 best airports in Asia in a survey report released by international travel website Sleeping in Airports recently.

The country’s main gateway which completed a B$130-million modernisation project at the end of 2014 was ranked in the 20th place in the 2017 survey. The Brunei International Airport was not ranked in the previous year’s edition of the survey.

Singapore’s Changi Airport remains Asia’s best, followed by Seoul Incheon International Airport in South Korea, Tokyo Haneda International Airport in Japan, Hong Kong International Airport, and Tokyo Narita International Airport in Japan.

The survey took into account overall experience for travellers including comfort (gate seating and availability of rest zones), services, facilities and things to do, food options, immigration/security, customer service, cleanliness, navigation and ease of transi…

Local Trio Shares Stories of Inspiration to Awang Semaun Secondary School Students

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Local trio shares stories of inspiration
October 20, 2017

| James Kon |

TO CELEBRATE World Reading Day and foster interest in reading and writing, Awang Semaun Secondary School on Wednesday invited three prominent figures from the local literary community to share inspiring stories with its Year 9 students.

The speakers for the sharing session – organised by the literacy committee of the school and held at the school library – were Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, a well-known local writer; Nellie binti Dato Paduka Haji Sunny, President of the Brunei Darussalam Library Association (BLA); and Kamarul Dzaman Ajimain of GeekInWhite.com.

Marina Chek binti Haji Bujang, the Acting Senior Special Duties Officer (Professional) at the Department of Schools of the Ministry of Education, attended as the guest of honour.

In his talk titled ‘Read & Write’, Haji Mohd Rozan highlighted the importance of reading and writing, explaining that “writing is a tool to communic…

UBD Universiti Brunei Darussalam Mega Leap to 105 in Asian Ranking

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Mega Leap: UBD ranked 105 in QS Asian Ranking
October 18, 2017

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is now ranked 105 in Asia in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asian University Rankings, up from 123 last year. This makes UBD one of the fastest rising universities in Asia, moving from 171-180 in 2014, 118 in 2015, to its highest position to date at 105. With almost 12,000 universities in Asia, UBD is now among the top one per cent of universities in Asia.

UBD broke into the QS Asian University Rankings in 2014. Prior to that, UBD was an unranked university. Less rigorous ranking exercises placed UBD in the 2,500 to 3,500 range.

UBD performed particularly well in several of the key indicators of teaching, being top 20 in Asia in five categories – 20th in international students, 11th in international faculty and 11th in faculty-student ratio. UBD did particularly well in international exchange, ranked number one in Asia for both inbound and outbound students.

Regarded as one of the …

HM Sultan Brunei: Action Plan must be in tune with Economic Situation

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Call for action plan in tune with economic situation
October 17, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Chancellor of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) urged the Islamic varsity to prepare a plan of action that is in line with the uncertain economic situation.

Delivering a titah at 7th Convocation ceremony (Hafl Al-Takharruj) yesterday at the International Convention Centre in Berakas, the monarch welcomed UNISSA’s initiatives in improving the quality of study, research and governance as well as offering of new programmes and courses.

“I am optimistic about these developments which will make UNISSA more potent to attract more students from within and outside the country, and a hub of Islamic learning centre in the region.

“These initiatives will undoubtedly open-up wider opportunities to enhance th…

Raja dan Ulama DiPisah Tiada (MIB Series)

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Raja dan ulama dipisah tiada
October 16, 2017

Oleh Dr. Muhammad Hadi Bin Muhammad Melayong,
Pejabat Sekretariat Majlis Tertinggi, Melayu Islam Beraja

MELAYU Islam dan Beraja adalah tiga entiti mantap yang diamalkan turun temurun dan diabadikan di dalam Perlembagaan Negeri Brunei 1959 pindaan 20014 dan 2008 yang menjamin dan mengekalkan tradisi sistem institusi beraja yang telah berpasak sekian lama di bumi Brunei Darussalam.

Ketiga-ketiga komponen ini saling berkait rapat dan berpisah tiada dalam kehidupan bermasyarakat dan bernegara. Inilah gambaran sebenar kehidupan yang diwarisi sekian lama di mana syiar Islam dijaga dan dipelihara berdasarkan kepada pemerintahan institusi beraja.

Perkembangan dan kemantapan amalan hidup bersandarkan Islam sebagai cara hidup lengkap lagi sempurna dapat dilakukan dengan wujudnya golongan ulama dan cendekiawan Islam yang sentiasa mendukung pemerintahan beraja dalam mengembangkan dan mengukuhkan syiar dakwah Islam demi kesejahteraan hidup dunia dan a…

New $139 million RIPAS Bridge Boon To Business & Commuters

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New bridge a boon to business, commuters
October 16, 2017

| Rokiah Mahmud |

THE newly-opened Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge is expected to generate multiple spinoffs to bolster businesses in Brunei Darussalam besides easing commu-tation to the capital from Mukim Lumapas.

Till now the commuters had to travel at least 30 kilometres either via Jalan Bengkurong-Masin to Jalan Tutong – or take alternative routes to reach their workplaces or send their children to school. During peak hours, the travelling time can take at least 40 minutes to one hour.

The 750-metre long new bridge, constructed at a cost of B$139 million, reduces travelling time and also offers vast socio-economic development in the surrounding areas with better transportation and accessibility.

Haji Abu Bakar bin Mansor, Penghulu of Mukim Lumapas and a former Legislative Council member said that the completion of the bridge was one of the most awaited projects by many, especially the residents of Muk…

HM Sultan Brunei named new $139 million bridge after Queen - Queen Saleha Bridge - Jembatan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha

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Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge inaugurated
October 15, 2017

| Hakim Hayat |

TENS of thousands of people converged in the Capital last evening to witness the opening of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge, yet another milestone in the five decades of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s reign.

The opening of the 750-metre bridge, the Sultanate’s first cable-stayed bridge that links the capital to Kampong Sungai Kebun in Mukim Lumapas presented a grand spectacle which saw the Brunei River, home to the iconic Kampong Ayer, transform into a sea of colours with a decorated floats and boats procession and a spectacular fireworks display that illuminated the new bridge.

People from all walks of life came in droves and lined the banks of the Brunei River to witness the much-anticipated event and the slight dri…