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FERTILISER FIRM SEES SOLID GROWTH
A LOT have changed in the 40 years since the day Agromate Holdings Sdn Bhd (AHSB) chairman and founder Raymond Tang started the integrated fertiliser manufacturer and distributor business.
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Pokémon Go begins adding creatures from Pokémon Black & White era
Mobile sensation Pokémon Go is catching up with the Pokémon Black & White and Pokémon Black & White 2 console games, with some exclusive to specific global...
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'Pokemon Go' begins adding creatures from 'Pokemon Black & White' era
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 18 ― Mobile sensation Pokémon Go is catching up with the Pokémon Black & White and Pokémon Black & White 2 console games, with some exclusive to specific global regions.
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Apple slams EU as epic court battle over tax bill begins
LUXEMBOURG, Sept 18 — Apple went on the offensive against Brussels in an EU court yesterday, fighting the European Commission's landmark order that the iPhone-maker reimburse Ireland €13 billion (...
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Why Penang is a goldmine of real estate investment opportunities
Contributed by Joshua Lee George Town viewed from Tanjung Tokong.
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Apple embarks on EU court battle over €13bil tax bill
Apple embarks on an epic court battle with the EU, on order that the iPhone-maker reimburse Ireland in back taxes.
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Motorbike taxi apps jostle for trade on crowded Lagos roads
Yemi Adegbola used to arrive late to work because of the notorious traffic in Nigeria's biggest city. Now he has opted for one the new motorbike ride hailing apps that...
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Will we ever transcend the politics of race and religion?
COMMENT | Sunni Muslims fight Shite Muslims.
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Learning from a half-century of economic development in Asia — Deepak Nayyar
SEPTEMBER 13 — In 1968 renowned economist Gunnar Mydral published Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations, a highly pessimistic work on Asia’s development prospects.
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Motorbike taxi apps jostle for trade on crowded Lagos roads
Banker Yemi Adegbola used to leave his home in Lagos before 4am each day, but would still arrive late to work because of the notorious traffic in Nigeria's biggest city.
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M'sians among 281 arrested in US-Nigeria global crackdown on online scams
LAGOS (AFP): Nigerian and US authorities said on Tuesday that nearly 300 people had been arrested in a months-long global crackdown on online scams to hijack...
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Body of Mugabe flown to Zimbabwe for burial at home
The body of Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe will be flown home from Singapore today, five days after he died in hospital in the city-state, according to an event schedule.
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IMF: Surging trade uncertainties about 10 times previous peaks
HONG KONG: Concerns about global trade have reached nearly 10 times the peaks seen in previous decades and could shave about 0.75 percentage point off world economic growth this year, according to data compiled by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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India’s palm oil tax hike unlikely to hurt Malaysia overall, says council
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) said New Delhi’s tax hike on imports of Malaysian refined palm oil may affect the export volume to India.
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Malaysia, Turkey to boost bilateral trade to US$5b over next five years
PETALING JAYA, Sept 10 ― Malaysia and Turkey are working on widening the trade relationship in areas such as defence, technology, food and services, as well as electronics, with the aim of boos...
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Better, cheaper than chicken: Fisheries research group develops new strain of tilapia
GEORGE TOWN: A new strain of tilapia fish could provide Malaysians and people in Asia with a food that is more nutritious and cheaper than chicken, says a fisheries research group.
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Egypt’s Fawry eyes UAE deal, Saudi and Kuwaiti markets
CAIRO: Egyptian digital payments company Fawry plans to expand into the United Arab Emirates by the end of the year and also hopes to enter Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 2020, its managing director said.
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Johor's House of Kendal gives homegrown Liberica beans a specialty coffee makeover
BATU PAHAT, Sept 9 — Pickers plucking ripened coffee cherries by hand from thick, leafy branches.
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Egypt's Fawry eyes UAE deal, Saudi and Kuwaiti markets
CAIRO: Egyptian digital payments company Fawry plans to expand into the United Arab Emirates by the end of the year and also hopes to enter Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in...
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Singapore and the death of a dictator
SEPTEMBER 8 ― A dictator died in Singapore last week.
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KL to urge Jakarta to take swift action on haze amid spike in hot spots
JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's science ministry will urge Indonesia to take immediate action to fight haze, it said yesterday, as Jakarta detected a spike in the number of hot spots, indicating w...
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Malaysia complains of smog from Indonesia as forest fires flare
Malaysia will urge Indonesia to take immediate action to fight haze as Jakarta has detected a spike in worsening forest fires across the archipelago.
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Malaysia complains of smog from Indonesia as forest fires flare
JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 6): Malaysia's science ministry will urge Indonesia to take immediate action to fight haze, it said on Friday, as Jakarta detected a spike in the number of hot spots indicat...
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Malaysia complains of haze from Indonesia as forest fires flare
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 — Malaysia’s Science Ministry will urge Indonesia to take immediate action to fight haze, it said today, as Jakarta detected a spike in the number of hot spots indicating wors...
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BNP Paribas London trading desk hit by departures
LONDON: BNP Paribas SA has been struck by a wave of departures and absences from work at its European credit-trading business, gutting the senior-most ranks of the...
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Wide range of premium and luxury holidays
INSIGHT Vacations and Luxury Gold, the leader in premium and luxury guided holidays, has appointed Malaysia’s leading total travel specialist, Mayflower...
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Educating Malaysians on film literacy and appreciation
AS we continue to rejoice in this year’s Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day celebrations, let us pause for a moment to reflect upon the state of Malaysian cinema, namely our local film culture and industr...
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Stanchart to help businesses prosper across borders
PETALING JAYA: Judging for the Export Excellence Awards 2019 was concluded last week, with separate panels of judges picking the best exporters in the various categories of the competition.“We are d...
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Australian HR firm Culture Amp banks $82m in Sequoia China-led round
Australian employee analytics platform Culture Amp has secured US$82 million in a series E round led by new investor Sequoia Capital China, bringing its total funding to over US$158 million.
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4,326 new students enrol at UMS
Taufiq speaking with Akele Atomo Marie Jeanne (second left) and Eyang Athomo Arielle Flofell Macksett from Africa yesterday.
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China drone attack on crop-eating ‘monster’ shows 98% kill rate
An army of drones deployed to fight a crop-devouring pest in a southern area of China has recorded a mortality rate of as high as 98%, according to the manufacturer.
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Quick take: Guan Chong shares rise on new cocoa bean processing plant
KUALA LUMPUR: Shares in Guan Chong Bhd rose over 1.9% this morning after the company announced plans to set up a new cocoa bean processing plant in Africa.
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Trading ideas: Guan Chong, Serba Dinamik, BLand, IHH, MAHB
KUALA LUMPUR: JF Apex Research expects Guan Chong Bhd, Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd, Berjaya Land, IHH Healthcare Bhd and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd...
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China Merchants eyes French firm’s port assets
HONG KONG: China Merchants Group is in talks to invest in port assets owned by French shipping company CMA CGM as the state-owned firm seeks to diversify geographically and boost capacity, people familiar with the matter said.
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Yoursay: Kit Siang, fighters don’t quit easily
YOURSAY | ‘DAP and PKR should start standing up to Mahathir and his racist ministers.’ Kit Siang: Should I just forget about New M'sia and quit?
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Kobo360 reshapes Nigeria’s haulage market
LAGOS: An Uber-like app for trucks is making it easier and cheaper for firms to move goods in Africa’s most populous nation.
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Ordinary Malaysians, too, show their love and care every day
The Foundation’s top priority is education. Its Albukhary Tuition Programme reached out to poor rural students weak in Mathematics, Science and English, which are...
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What it took for Malaysia to win at the Olympics of the pastry world
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — While we fight with our neighbours about who “owns” chicken rice or cendol, you would not immediately associate pâtisserie with Malaysia.
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Guan Chong plans RM278m new cocoa bean processing plant in Africa
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 30): Cocoa grinder Guan Chong Bhd, whose share price has jumped over 73% in the past 12 months as it reports stonger earnings, has set aside up to €60 million (about RM278 million)...
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Ivory Coast’s wildcard politician asks Twitter fans for logo
Ivory Coast’s youngest and most media-savvy politician asked his Twitter followers to help advance his latest political movement.
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Guan Chong to invest RM280mil in Cote d'Ivoire cocoa plant
KUALA LUMPUR: Guan Chong Bhd is investing in new cocoa processing plant in Cote d'Ivoire, the group's first plant in Africa, as its seeks to boost production capacity.
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Condivergence: Reorienting the globalisation story
To understand what is happening with the global trade war, we need to ask the question: when did globalisation begin?
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Naspers says Prosus unit to be valued about US$100b
JOHANNESBURG: Naspers Ltd. said a newly created entity containing assets including a stake in Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. will be valued at...
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Global trade disputes likely to thwart unity at G7 summit in France
PARIS, Aug 24 ― Leaders of the G7 nations arrive in France today for a summit as a brewing US-China confrontation over protectionism highlighted President Emmanuel Macron's tough task in delivering ...
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Asia’s chocolate bonanza spurs quest for local beans
KUALA LUMPUR: Asia’s cocoa industry is scouring for ways to boost local bean supplies as the region’s chocoholics munch through more candy than ever.
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WHO says eradicating malaria 'can be done', but first aim is to control it
Eradicating malaria is biologically feasible and a lofty aim, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but the focus for now should be getting the funds, tools and political will to control it.
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Politics and Policy: An unnecessary controversy that has divided us
"KHAT” as defined by Merriam-Webster is “a shrub of the staff tree family that is cultivated in the Middle East and Africa for its leaves and buds, which are a source of a habituating stimulant wh...
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Tune Protect's earnings slip to RM10.7 mil in 2Q
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 21): Tune Protect Group Bhd posted a lower net profit of RM10.71 million in its second quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared with RM12.81 million recorded a year earlier.
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Tune Protect’s earnings slip to RM10.7m in Q2
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — Tune Protect Group Bhd posted a lower net profit or RM10.71 million in its second quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to the RM12.81 million recorded a year earlier.
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Occupation of Kashmir will spawn great and intense power rivalry
THE world is familiar with both World War I and World War II – a military free for all, with the exception of Latin America, parts of Africa and Switzerland, which declared total neutrality.
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Matrade set to grow Malaysia’s O&G footprint in Africa
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) is accelerating its effort to grow Malaysia’s oil and gas sector’s footprint in Africa by spearheading an Exp...
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Zakir Naik denies accusations
PETALING JAYA: Controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik says that the ‘vilification campaign’ against him is in full swing and is being done with a political motive.
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Zakir Naik's 'Chinese' remarks – unspinning the 'spin' claim
Defenders of Muslim preacher Zakir Naik appear to have taken a page out of the political handbook, accusing the media, particularly Malaysiakini, of “misquoting”, “spinning” and “taking out ...
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StanChart eyes US$100bil private bank assets
HONG KONG: Standard Chartered is targeting growing its private banking assets by 50% to about US$100bil in three to five years and will hire dozens of bankers in Hong Kong and Singapore towards that goal, a senior executive of the lender said.
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PPB Group's earnings meet estimates, better 2H expected
KUALA LUMPUR: Kenanga research said PPB Group Bhd's 2Q19 core net profit came in broadly wtihin expectations at US$111mil, which represents 40% and 38% of its and consensus full-year estimates respectively.
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StanChart eyes US$100b private bank assets in growth push, to hire bankers
HONG KONG: Standard Chartered is targeting growing its private banking assets by 50% to about $100 billion in three to five years and will hire dozens of bankers in Hong Kong and Singapore towards that goal, a senior executive of the lender said.
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How an ex-Huawei employee built Kilimall, Africa’s biggest ecommerce platform
Kilimall, the Chinese startup that is now one of Africa’s leading ecommerce players, is building a platform that empowers thousands of Chinese small businesses eyeing Africa with their localized ser...
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Suitable area in Sabah sought to rehabilitate wild animals
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government is identifying a suitable area in the state to rehabilitate wild animals in a bid for better wildlife conservation.
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Sabah to identify site for protection of wildlife
SEMPORNA: The Sabah state government will identify an area in the state suitable as wildlife habitat and breeding grounds, especially for endangered animals.
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Sabah to have protected wildlife reserve
SEMPORNA: The Sabah government will identify an area suitable for a wildlife habitat and breeding, especially for endangered animals.
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Shafie: Sabah govt to identify locations for wildlife rehabilitation
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government is in the midst of identifying land and suitable areas to rehabilitate wild animals in a bid to better protect wildlife.
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Sabah to identify site for protection of wildlife
Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal SEMPORNA: The Sabah state government will identify an area in the state suitable as wildlife habitat and breeding grounds, especially for endangered animals.
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Sabah CM says identifying site to house local wildlife
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — The Sabah state government will identify an area in the state suitable as wildlife habitat and breeding grounds, especially for endangered animals.
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Deputy agriculture minister gets hands dirty with urban farming
A firm believer that actions speak louder than words, deputy agriculture minister Sim Tze Tzin has taken up urban farming in his constituency of Bayan Baru.
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Singapore’s TheAsianparent eyes Asian, African markets with JD.com’s help
TheAsianparent, Southeast Asia’s largest parenting platform, is expanding into more markets in Asia and Africa, as well as testing the waters for an ecommerce service after raising several million d...
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Media Prima Digital and Ziff Davis announce partnership
MEDIA Prima Digital on Aug 7 announced a new partnership with global digital media company Ziff Davis, a division of J2 Global, to operate IGN Southeast Asia for entertainment and gaming fans in Malay...
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Malaysia to explain palm oil business to EU politicians: Teresa Kok
NEW DELHI: Malaysia will engage with European Union (EU) politicians to remove their misconceptions about the palm oil business, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim (pix).
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Minister to meet new European lawmakers on palm oil
Malaysia will engage with European Union politicians to remove their misconceptions about the palm oil industry, says Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.
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Malaysia to explain palm oil business to EU politicians: Teresa Kok
NEW DELHI (Aug 7): Malaysia will engage with European Union (EU) politicians to remove their misconceptions about the palm oil business, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim.
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Minister: Malaysia to explain palm oil cultivation to EU politicians
NEW DELHI, Aug 7 — Malaysia will engage with European Union (EU) politicians to remove their misconceptions about the palm oil business, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim.
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Dr Mahathir conferred honorary doctorate by Japan university
Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (right) receives the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from International University of Japan (IUJ) president Hiroyuki Itami today.
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Dr Mahathir conferred honorary doctorate by Japanese university
FUKUOKA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday was conferred an honorary doctorate by the International University of Japan (IUJ) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Malay...
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Dr Mahathir conferred honorary doctorate by Japan university
FUKUOKA (Aug 7): Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pictured) on Wednesday was conferred an honorary doctorate by the International University of Japan (IUJ) in recognition of his outst...
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Oppo offers international warranty for the Find X and Reno FC Barcelona Edition
For greater peace of mind, while travelling or working overseas, Oppo Malaysia has announced an extended international warranty service for its flagship Find X and Reno FC Barcelona edition.
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Japan university confers honorary doctorate to PM
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was conferred an honorary doctorate by the International University of Japan (IUJ) today in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Malaysia and Japan relati...
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Dr Mahathir conferred honorary doctorate by Japan university
FUKUOKA (Aug 7): Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday was conferred an honorary doctorate by the International University of Japan (IUJ) in recognition of his outstanding cont...
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Dr M given honorary doctorate by Japanese university
FUKUOKA: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was conferred an honorary doctorate by the International University of Japan (IUJ) today in recognition of his contributions to Malaysia-Japan relations.
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Dr M conferred honorary doctorate by Japan university (VIDEO)
FUKUOKA, Aug 7 — Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today was conferred an honorary doctorate by the International University of Japan (IUJ) in recognition of his outstanding contribut...
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Nine startups selected for Accenture’s 2019 FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific
NINE financial technology (fintech) companies have been selected for the sixth annual FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific, a 12-week mentorship programme created by Accenture.
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Goodyear appoints company veteran to head Malaysian ops
KUALA LUMPUR: Goodyear Malaysia today announced the appointment of Alex Ng as its managing director.
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Taiwan joins Asia digital banking push with 3 new online licences
TAIPEI/HONG KONG (July 30): Taiwan issued its first virtual banking licences to three consortiums led by Taiwan and Japanese investors, its financial authorities said on Tuesday, following moves by re...
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Africa’s Amazon looks to solve addresses problem with Vivo tieup
Jumia Technologies AG’s plan to expand its online retail and trading platform in less developed parts of Africa has long had one significant challenge: A lack of formal addresses for deliveries.
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African cattle investing – the new cash cow?
Cattle have long been considered a measure of wealth across Africa – but it is not just farmers cashing in.
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FRiENDi Mobile Malaysia Is Closing Down This August
You might not realize this but there are actually plenty of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) in Malaysia.
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Why not desalination?
I WOULD like to express my shock at the Water, Land and Natural Resources Minis­ter’s statement that “we are not equipped to address the water shortage”.
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World’s largest AI startup SenseTime to open Abu Dhabi hub
SenseTime Group Ltd, one of the world’s most valuable artificial-intelligence startups, is setting up a hub in Abu Dhabi for Europe, Middle East and Africa with plans to hire hundreds of engineers.
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IR 4.0 can create opportunities for urbanisation
KUALA LUMPUR: With proper management, the 4th Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) will create enourmous opportunities for urbanisation, according to Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Shahruddin Md ...
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Google goes Nigerian with local accent, ‘informal’ transit routes
Commuters making their way through Nigeria can now hear travel advice in a local voice on Google Maps under new features aimed at attracting more users in Africa that were unveiled by the company on July 24.
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WhatsApp is now available on more KaiOS feature phones
KaiOS Technologies announced that WhatsApp is now available for download on feature phones with 256MB and 512MB of RAM.
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In brief: Indian digital payments startup PayMate banks $25m from Visa, others
Indian digital payment solutions provider PayMate has banked US$25 million in a series D round from Visa, Recruit Strategic Partners, and Brand Capital, Entrackr reported.
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IMF/World Bank: 75 years as the world's financial firefighters
WASHINGTON, July 21 — At the critical moment of a Hollywood movie starring A-lister Sandra Bullock, Bolivia's newly-elected president calls in the International Monetary Fund to bail out the poverty...
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You might be able to get a feature phone running a non-touchscreen version Android
Tech website 9to5Google is reporting that Google could be developing a version of Android adapted to 3G and 4G phones without touchscreens.
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More than half of Huawei's 5G contracts are from Europe
Huawei said 28 of 50 commercial contracts for 5G that it signed globally are with operators in Europe.
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Serba Dinamik to bring technologies from overseas into Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR (July 17): Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd intends to bring technologies from the foreign companies it acquired into Malaysia in a bid to strengthen its position as an engineering solutions pr...
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Internet a distant dream for many in oil-rich E. Guinea
MALABO (Equatorial Guinea), July 17 — Equatorial Guinea is awash in oil, although little of the wealth has trickled down to the poor.
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Internet a distant dream for many in oil-rich E. Guinea
Equatorial Guinea is awash in oil, although little of the wealth has trickled down to the poor.
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Renault sees new model push as softening sales decline
PARIS: Renault posted a 6.7% decline in first-half vehicle sales amid a global auto slowdown, but said a forthcoming product offensive would begin to help soften the blow in key markets.
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PSA vehicle sales slide onemerging-market setbacks
PARIS: French carmaker PSA Group’s vehicle sales fell 12.8% in the first half as emerging markets weighed on its overseas business, challenging the trajectory of the Peugeot manufacturer’s recovery.
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Bomba saves dolphin stranded on beach at Kampung Trombol, Telaga Air
Bomba personnel heaving the dolphin back to sea.
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theAsianparent raises Series C funding led by Fosun
THEASIANPARENT, a Southeast Asian community and content platform for mums, has successfully raised an undisclosed amount in an oversubscribed Series C funding round.
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