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Sarawak to begin cloud-seeding as haze surpasses 400 in Sri Aman
MIRI: The haze situation in southern Sarawak has deteriorated further as cloud-seeding operations get underway on Friday (Sept 20).
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Quick take: Eco World rises 3.8% on the back of stellar Q3 results
KUALA LUMPUR: Shares of Eco World Development Group Bhd shot up in early trade Friday after the company reported a 82% jump in net profit in the third quarter...
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Increase in excise duty for alcohol seen unlikely in Budget 2020
PETALING JAYA: Cheers to brewery companies as the government is unlikely to increase the excise duty for alcohol in the upcoming Budget 2020 announcement...
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DAP says will support amendment to allow Malaysian mothers obtain automatic citizenship for children born overseas
PETALING JAYA: DAP has given its commitment to support a constitutional amendment that would enable automatic citizenship for children born overseas to...
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Teen among five accused of killing man
PASIR PUTEH: A teenager was among five males charged at the Magistrate’s Court here with the murder of a man early this month.
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Cops to start using body cam soon
PUTRAJAYA: Policemen and other officers involved in enforcement may soon be equipped with body cameras to increase the level of transparency in law enforcement...
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Using drones to create artificial rain
PUTRAJAYA: The government may consider deploying drones to create artificial rain as Malaysia continues to seek different ways to combat the haze in the country.
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Marine police seize contraband worth over RM180mil in a year
KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman’s Marine Operations Force (MOF) managed to seize contraband worth well over RM180mil within a year.
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Amhari: A PM has the power to make my life unstable
KUALA LUMPUR: A former staffer felt that a prime minister would have the power and influence to create “instability” in his life, the High Court heard.
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Trial postponed as Ku Nan files bid to recuse judge
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s corruption trial was adjourned yesterday to allow the prosecution to file an affidavit in reply to an...
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‘I wasn’t in cahoots with Low’
KUALA LUMPUR: It was an intriguing day at the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial when the defence suggested to a witness that it was he who had...
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Embattled Facebook CEO Zuckerberg seeks to mend fences in Washington
WASHINGTON: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has met with some of his company's toughest critics, facing aggressive questions over the social...
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Eco World Q3 earnings up 80% to RM50.48mil
PETALING JAYA: Eco World Development Group Bhd’s net profit for its third quarter ended July 31 surged more than 80% to RM50.48mil from RM27.80mil in the...
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Haze: 2,646 schools to close on Friday (Sept 20)
PETALING JAYA: A total of 2,646 schools will be closed on Friday (Sept 20) due to the haze situation, affecting over 1.7 million students.
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Amazon’s Alexa masters Hindi (and Hinglish) in time for Deepavali
The voice assistant introduced to India in 2017 gets a major local makeover for one of the largest retail markets.
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South African star soars in 'La Traviata' for social media age
In the new Paris Opera version of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, the heroine Violetta is an Internet celebrity like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian
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Perak PKR chief Farhash fires back at MB's adviser
IPOH: A war of words has broken out between Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak and the Perak Mentri Besar's adviser Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin.
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MCMC working on offering mobile coverage on the Pan Borneo Highway
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak said his team has started work on offering mobile coverage on the Pan...
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Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages
A whistleblower's complaint shows that Facebook has provided extremist groups with a networking tool by producing dozens of pages in their names.
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Not real news, Trump promotes false video of Congresswoman Omar on Twitter
President Donald Trump used Twitter to share an edited video that falsely accused Democratic Rep Ilhan Omar of dancing and partying on the anniversary of the 9/11...
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European police smash 'world's largest' TV piracy operation
European police officials said they have smashed 'world's biggest pirate streaming TV network' with five million customers in Italy alone.
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18 water treatment plants in S'wak at critical level
SIBU: Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) has identified 18 water treatment plants in seven areas where the supply of water is at the critical level due to the...
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Fitch affirms Petronas' currency IDR at A minus, Outlook stable
KUALA LUMPUR: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas)'s long-term foreign- and local-currency issuer default ratings (IDRs) at 'A-'. The Outlook...
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Indonesia to push back palm replanting target beyond 2025
JAKARTA: Indonesia could take at least 12 years to complete a programme of replanting palm-growing areas after a farm ministry official said it was revising down...
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Govt to tackle online menace as it improves Internet access
PUTRAJAYA: The Government will work to tackle online menace like fake news, as it improves the nation’s access to the Internet under the National Fiberisation and...
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Man searching for clams on beach feared drowned
KEPALA BATAS: A 22-year-old man is feared drowned after he was swept away by strong currents while searching for clams on the beach along Jalan Pantai...
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Tractor driver dies after attacking labourer
KOTA KINABALU: A tractor driver was killed after picking a fight with a labourer in Sabah’s central Telupid district on Wednesday (Sept 18).
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Rockstar Games giving away GTA: San Andreas on PC to drive Rockstar Game Launcher adoption
Rockstar Games is joining other game publishers by providing its own game launcher app for PC players.
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Quick take: GPacket rises on potential emergence of a substantial shareholder
KUALA LUMPUR: Green Packet Bhd (GPacket) rose 2.1% in early trade Thursday on reports that investor from China eyes stake in the company.
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European car sales plunge
MUNICH: European car registrations fell sharply in August, deepening the woes of an industry battling sluggish demand in key markets and the challenge of...
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Padini’s valuations remain attractive, Maybank IB Research says
KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank Investment Bank Research has reiterated its Buy call on Padini as the valuations remain inexpensive at 14.5 times FY20 estimated...
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AmInvestment raises FY20/21 forecast on Bursa Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: AmInvestment research has raised its FY20/21 earnings forecast on Bursa Malaysia Bhd following its move to acquire the remaining 25% stake in...
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Cooling down with coconut drinks
JOHOR BARU: The Air Pollutant Index is not the only thing that is up in Johor.
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New Foreign Policy Framework, new approach
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s new Foreign Policy Framework under the Pakatan Harapan government has been launched and will serve as a definitive guide for Wisma...
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Glitch in Penang API readings
GEORGE TOWN: Although Penang was enveloped in a veritable smog on Tuesday afternoon, the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings for the state ranged between only...
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BCG unable to prevent TB in adults
GEORGE TOWN: The little round scar on your left upper arm – your BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccination – will not stop you from being infected with tuberculosis...
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74-year-old hospitalised after giving birth to twins
A 74-YEAR-OLD woman who gave birth to twins was hospitalised with complications while her 82-year-old husband suffered a heart attack, Makkal Osai reported.
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Road rage fist fight at toll plaza
KUALA LUMPUR: Two men were involved in a scuffle at the Bukit Kiara toll plaza after a traffic disagreement.
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Stand a chance to win exciting prizes
KUALA LUMPUR: Mark your calendar this Saturday as the StarProperty.my fair will take place at Sunway Pyramid.
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Won’t Cry raking in millions
A SURPRISE new single by Mandopop king Jay Chou and rock band Mayday frontman Ashin became one of the fastest selling songs on Chinese streaming platforms, Sin...
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Parents struggle to juggle work and kids
PETALING JAYA: As if the haze is not bad enough, people now have to deal with the haziness over school closures.
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Oil prices calm down
PETALING JAYA: Oil prices are almost back to pre-shock levels yesterday following Monday’s 10% surge due to a weekend drone attack on one of Saudi Arabia’s most...
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Oil prices extend losses after Saudi pledge to restore lost output
NEW YORK: Oil prices retreated about 2% on Wednesday, extending the previous day's declines after Saudi Arabia said it would quickly restore full production following last...
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Malaysian palm oil price falls tracking related oils
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures slid on Wednesday, retreating from a three-week high achieved in the previous session as the market tracked softer related...
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Fed cuts interest rates, signals holding pattern for now
WASHINGTON: The U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest rates again on Wednesday to help sustain a record-long economic expansion but signaled a higher bar to further...
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Adviser reminds Pakatan leaders not to pressure Perak MB over administrative matters
IPOH: State Pakatan Harapan component party leaders are reminded not to pressure the Perak Mentri Besar in making decisions over administrative matters, says...
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Forum calls for gender-equal citizenship rights
PETALING JAYA: A group has called on the government to make an amendment to the Federal Constitution to enable automatic citizenship for children born overseas to...
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Get the power of the Galaxy Note10
NEWLY  introduced in Malaysia last month, the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the best phone Samsung has in its fold and everyone is still talking about it.
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Asian firms' sentiment bounces from low but recession fears grow
SINGAPORE: Confidence among companies in Asia lifted slightly in the September quarter from 10-year lows, but most firms do not plan on hiring or expect business to...
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Just too much to swallow
Instead of continuing to rely on costly imported food, M’sia should move towards high-tech farming methods and engaging the youth to embrace agriculture.
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No mercy for tax offenders
PETALING JAYA: The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), along with its foreign tax counterparts, will go after tax evaders when the Special Voluntary Disclosure...
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Malaysian palm oil price at over three-week high
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17: Malaysian palm oil futures jumped over 4% on Tuesday, their highest in more than three weeks, as gains in related oils on the Dalian...
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Haze: Govt hospitals record up to 30 per cent increase in outpatients
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The number of outpatients at government hospitals has increased between 20 and 30% since the country is engulfed by haze, said Health...
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Musa Aman's son Yamani joins Bersatu
KOTA KINABALU: Yamani Hafez Musa , the eldest son of former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman is now a member of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, after months...
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Education Ministry committed to ensuring repair of dilapidated schools in S’wak, says Maszlee
KUCHING: The Education Ministry is committed to ensuring that the repair of dilapidated schools in Sarawak will be implemented smoothly.
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Education Ministry expects more schools to close due to worsening haze
PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry has indicated that more schools are expected to close as the Air Pollutant Index (API) continues to rise.
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Cops arrest two pushers, seize RM1.9mil worth of drugs to derail drug ring
KUALA LUMPUR: A drug distribution ring has been derailed with the arrest of two of its pushers on Friday (Sept 13).
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Dr M: Agriculture can play key role to help enrich rural folk in Sabah, Sarawak
KOTA KINABALU: Agriculture could play a key role for Sabah and Sarawak to help enrich the rural people.
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Survey shows M'sians want more authentic online content
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians want online brand content to be more "honest and real", following results of a survey by an international communications consultancy.
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151 schools in S'gor shut as haze continues to worsen
PETALING JAYA: The worsening haze situation has forced a total of 151 schools across five districts in Selangor to shut down.
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Mah Sing's RM656m M Arisa project in Sentul open for registration
KUALA LUMPUR: Mah Sing Group Bhd's second affordable residential project in Sentul, M Arisa – which would have an indicative built-up from 550sqft and...
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Schools in Manjung expected to close due to worsening haze
IPOH: Schools in Manjung are expected to be closed as the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading has reached the "very unhealthy" level of 211.
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Perak JPJ to use e-bidding for new number plates
IPOH: The Perak Road Transport Department (JPJ) will use the e-bidding system for its latest vehicle registration number series.
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Daim plays consultative role as he is knowledgeable, says Dr M
PETALING JAYA: Former Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin plays a consultative role in government as he is knowledgeable in business...
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Integrity chief: Malaysia’s war on corruption is coming together
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's political will to fight corruption to the core has started bearing fruit, says the nation’s former anti-graft chief.
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More operations needed to weed out loan sharks, say Johor MCA
JOHOR BARU: The efforts of putting a stop to ah long syndicates in the state have been described as timely, but more operations should be carried out to weed out the problem.
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Jokowi orders crackdown on arsonists: SE Asia haze update
JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered a crackdown against individuals and companies responsible for forest fires that have caused a dangerous haze in...
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War worries weigh on KLCI, key Asian markets
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia gave up some of the early gains on Tuesday to end the morning session in the red, tracking the cautious key Asian markets, on worries...
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Witness says 1MDB Najib's baby, defence suggests it's Terengganu Sultan's idea
KUALA LUMPUR: The eighth day of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial saw the defence suggesting that the Terengganu Investment Authority...
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Don’t ban vaping, tax and regulate it
WITH the country’s budget to be tabled next month, there is one aspect I wish for the government to look at seriously: e-cigarettes and alternate devices.
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Dr M: No cabinet reshuffle as long as I'm in charge
PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has confirmed that there would be no Cabinet reshuffle during his time as the Prime Minister.
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Startups to grab US$280bil in revenue from banks
LONDON: Banks are set to miss out on as much as US$280bil in revenue from their payments operations by 2025, as new start-ups muscle in and more of the...
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H&M sales grow for sixth quarter
GENEVA: Hennes & Mauritz AB’s sales gained for a sixth consecutive quarter as the Swedish retailer tries to reduce a buildup of inventory and end a three-year slump in...
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LG Display to replace its chief executive
SEOUL: South Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd said it has named LG Chem president Jeong Ho-young as its new chief executive officer.
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4WD driver killed in collision with express bus
RANAU (Bernama): A driver of a four-wheel drive vehicle was killed when the vehicle he was driving collided with an express bus at Kampung Segindai Jalan Ranau, Sandakan...
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Singapore exports fall for 6th month
SINGAPORE: Singapore's exports in August shrank for the sixth straight month, but the drop was less than analyst forecasts, official data showed on Tuesday.
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Haze shuts 298 schools in S'wak, 128,291 students affected
MIRI: The haze situation has worsened in Sarawak, forcing 298 schools in eight districts to shut down on Tuesday morning (Sept 17).
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At 57, Lau still ‘vows’ ladies
A DIEHARD fan of Andy Lau fan, who came in a wedding gown complete with a bridal veil, caught the attention of the Cantopop superstar at his My Love Andy Lau World...
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Amazon's fall hardware event is just two weeks away
On Sept 12, Amazon sent out the first invitations to its fall hardware event scheduled for Sept 25.
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Teens sing for a better Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: A shared vision for a better Malaysia brought together more than 3,500 students from 100 schools for a music video that celebrates the country’s...
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S’gor to seize land where farmers carry out open burning
KLANG: The Selangor government will confiscate farmland where open burning is being carried out.
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Zoo keepers monitoring animals
JOHOR BARU: Johor Zoo and the Pasir Gudang Estuarine Crocodile Sanctuary workers are keeping close tabs on the animals due to the haze.
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Cut down on outdoor activities, people told
KOTA KINABALU: People in Sabah have been urged to be careful with outdoor activities due to the worsening haze situation, says a state minister.
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Wee: Why was direct negotiation allowed?
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) has questioned the Finance Ministry whether a RM450mil project in Tunjong, Kelantan, was awarded through direct...
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M’sia and US eye security ties boost
WASHINGTON: A slew of meetings with key US officials awaits Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Malaysia seeks to deepen its ties with the United States amid security challenges posed by issues such as terrorism, human trafficking and illegal migration.
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Doc: Society must change wrong views about cancer
KUALA LUMPUR: Society must overcome the misplaced notion that cancer means the end of the road, says oncologist Dr Ros Suzanna Ahmad Bustaman.
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Zuraida: It’s for govt to tackle high-end home glut
KEPALA BATAS: The government has the responsibility to reduce the glut of high-end property valued at RM100bil before they become abandoned, says Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
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Seberang Prai now officially a city
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Mainlanders from Seberang Prai can now rejoice with the announcement of five incentives in conjunction with the elevation of Seberang Prai...
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NAP 2019 to be implemented in three phases until 2030
KUALA LUMPUR:The National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2019 that is to be launched soon will be implemented in three phases until 2030 and will also include efforts to...
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Man suspected of taking upskirt pictures dies trying to evade police
KUALA LUMPUR: A man who was suspected of taking upskirt pictures died in a struggle while trying to evade the police in Bangsar here.
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Hong Kong stocks skid on weekend protests, bleak China data
HONG KONG stocks fell on Monday following clashes and protests over the weekend and as data showed China's economic slowdown deepened amid a bruising...
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Aramco pushes ahead with IPO work after major attacks
LONDON: Bankers hired for Saudi Aramco’s mammoth initial public offering plan to stick to their schedule to pitch the deal to analysts even after devastating attacks on its...
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Dr M: Bersatu needs to work with coalition parties to share success
KUCHING: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia members must be united within the party and the wider Pakatan Harapan coalition in preparing for the coming Sarawak state...
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Foreign funds return to Bursa with net inflow of RM247mil
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia saw a slight recovery this week, registering a net inflow of foreign funds totalling RM247.1 million from Tuesday to Thursday (Sept 10-12)...
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Merkel’s drive to slash CO2 output may cost US$44bil by 2023
BERLIN: Policies being hammered out in Germany to slash carbon emissions may cost €40bil over the next four years, underscoring the wide scope of Chancellor Angela...
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Japan to eliminate tariffs on US wine in trade deal
TOKYO: Japan has agreed to phase out tariffs on US wine imports as part of a bilateral trade deal expected to be signed at the end of the month, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday.
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SoftBank fund sheds Guardant shares as other investments drubbed
NEW YORK: SoftBank Vision Fund shed 4.9 million shares of high-flying Guardant Health Inc as the fund’s other investments faced valuation and regulatory turmoil.
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Former schoolmates turn 60 in Peranakan style
GEORGE TOWN: Donning colourful kebaya dresses and beaded shoes, 20 women celebrated their 60th “Tua Seh Jit” (big birthday) at the Pinang Peranakan Mansion in...
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Online competition for pharmacies heats up
CAPSULE Corp, an online pharmacy startup whose subway and taxi ads are ubiquitous in New York, has raised US$200mil (RM833mil) and plans to expand to other large cities across the US.
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Logistics platform raises funds to scale up
FRESH off securing the CIP300 funding from Cradle recently, local startup Golog is now looking to raise about US$1mil (RM4.17mil) in its seed round to further scale its system and expand its market share.
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