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Mexicanwin triggers quake sensors MEXICOCITY: Earthquake detectors here were set off yesterday as the ground shook when Mexicans jumped in jubilation after their team beat World Cup defending champion Germany. Elated fans waved Mexican flags and donned traditional “sombrero” hats at the iconic Angel of Independence monument in downtownMexico City as they sang the country’s unofficial soccer anthem Cielito Lindo (Pretty Little Sky), a popular folk song. In the city’s massive main square, fami- lies inMexican football jerseys hadwatched on a giant screen in front of a towering cathedral as Mexico beat Germany 1-0 in Moscow. When star player Hirving Lozano scored a goal in the 35th minute, supporters jumped up and down, shouting, “Yes, we did it!”


QUAKE ROCKSOSAKA ... Aworkman inspects the rubble of theMyotoku-ji temple in Ibaraki, Osaka prefecture inwestern Japan yesterday after a 6.1magnitude tremor onMonday that killed at least three people. The Institute of Geological and Atmos- pheric Investigations said highly sensitive earthquake sensors registered tremors at two sites in the capital seven seconds after thegame’s 35thminute, calling the incident “an artificial quake”. Mexico will next face South Korea on Saturday. – Reuters JUST SCRAP IT REPORTON PAGE 07 X

immediate future. Experts theSun spoke to have given the thumbs-down to the proposal for an alternative to the project, that will utilise the e x i s t i n g d o u b l e - t r a c k infrastructure of Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM). Economist Prof Dr Barjoyai Bardai said although the

alternative would cut costs by as much as RM50 billion, it would still not be feasible as it would yield a very low return on investment. “When Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the HSR would cost RM110 billion, I calculated that the return on investment wouldbe0.5%, assuming the train

runs at full capacity every day.” “If you half that original sum, the return is still far below, at 1%. My view is we should defer it by at least five years, as the near future should provide other alternatives to explore,” he said. Prime Minister Tun Dr TURN TO PAGE 02 X

BY TIMOTHY ACHARIAM newsdesk@thesundaily.com P ETAL I NG J AYA : A p r o p o s a l f o r a n alternative to the High- SpeedRail (HSR) project between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur has little merit and should not be considered in the

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