National News

Aid worth $18,300.00 has been presented to four families whose houses were gutted by fires in Kampong Bukit Puan and Kampong Pelambayan recently. Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah presented the assistance yesterday afternoon at its headquarters at Jalan Perdana Menteri.

A tazkirah or short talk on the dangers of smoking as well as smoking habits were among the content for this month's Religious Programme which was held simultaneously in all four districts. In the Brunei Muara District, the focal point of the programme was at the Pengiran Pekerma Setia Diraja Sahibul Bandar Religious School in Kampung Perpindahan Mata-Mata.

The Brunei DST Football League kicked off the season with the Sumbangsih Cup. A match held last night saw the defending champions of Super League and Brunei FA Cup, MS ABDB beating last season's first runner up Indera SC.

A total of 126 civil officers and staff of the Ministry of Defence were awarded the Pingat Kerja Lama or Long Service Medal. The conferment ceremony was held in conjunction with 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 Negara Brunei Darussalam's 70th Birthday celebration.

To encourage and raise self-confidence in making a better change at work or entrepreneurship are among the objectives of the Tithe Recipient Capacity Building Programme or PROPAZ organised by the Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei, TAIB, in cooperation with Brunei Islamic Religious Council, MUIB, through the secretariat of PROPAZ.

The Automatic Salary deduction of 2 dollars from every Muslim full-time civil servant as contribution to the Charity Fund for Construction of Mosques in Brunei Darussalam is voluntary and not mandatory. In fact, every individual still has the option whether to participate or not.

To disseminate more on the salary deduction, the Mosque Affairs Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs is organising a 6 day roadshow for civil servants at the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute. The roadshow held yesterday involved officers and personnel from the Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Finance.

The number of application for division of buildings for issuance of Strata ownership titles received and processed by the Land Office is not very encouraging. Based on the Land Department's Record, only 42 strata ownership titles from two land lots have been issued to date. The statistics are among the matters shared during a Briefing on Strata Ownership yesterday.

Students including graduates in the country are given the opportunity to further their studies in Japan under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Programme for the year 2018. The scholarship funded by the Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam is offering 4 types of programmes, namely Research Students, Undergraduate Students, College of Technology Students and Specialised Training College Students.