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July 19, 2018 11:50 AM Singapore the third country to ratify CPTPP

SINGAPORE: Singapore ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) today, becoming the third nation to do so after Mexico and Japan. According to the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the CPTPP will enter into force 60 days after six of the 11 signatories ratify the agreement. "The CPTPP is an important 5

July 19, 2018 6:20 AM Is Nikkei hinting Japan’s reluctance to Mahathir’s request?

The public is excited over the cheap branded-species durians found in abundance by the roadside these days. However, they do not realise it is indicative economic powerhouse China has retaliated economically. Palm oil prices and latex has fallen below cost and plantation companies are looking at loses. Millions of farmers are facing the prospect of poverty 5

July 16, 2018 9:23 AM Nova MSC to focus on growing e-government and smart healthcare segments

KUALA LUMPUR: Nova MSC Bhd, which recently proposed to dispose of the company’s loss-making building automation segment, will focus on its e-government and smart healthcare segments going forward as it is confident of securing more contracts. The company provides a one-stop solutions platform for both government and healthcare sectors, which streamlines 9

July 13, 2018 9:38 AM Bursa Malaysia ends higher for 5th consecutive day

KUALA LUMPUR: Persistent buying interest in index-linked counters and small capitalisation stocks against a backdrop of positive market sentiment spurred Bursa Malaysia to close stronger for the fifth consecutive trading. At 5pm the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) finished at the intra-day high of 1,721.93, up 18.36 points, from yesterday's 9

July 9, 2018 7:00 AM Japan PM cancels overseas trip as rain toll hits 100: Local media

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cancelled a four-country foreign trip as the death toll from flooding and landslides caused by record rains hit 100, local media said Monday. Abe had been expected to visit Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt from Wednesday. His office declined to comment on the reports. Abe reportedly told the deputy 5

July 5, 2018 1:14 PM Exports in May up 3.4% to RM82.1b year on year

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s exports grew 3.4% to RM82.1 billion in May, outpacing imports, which increased only 0.1% to RM74 billion, on a year-on-year basis said the Department of Statistics. “Exports in May 2018 valued at RM82.1 billion, continued to surpass the RM80 billion mark, increasing by 3.4% from a year ago. Re-exports were valued at RM16.3 billion 13

July 4, 2018 12:25 PM Some non-Malays regard Bahasa as an inferior language

Lim Guan Eng’s insistence that all government agencies, departments and ministries use Mandarin as its official language (because many Chinese do not speak Bahasa Malaysia) and the Attorney-General Tommy Thomas’s refusal to learn or speak Bahasa Malaysia or the national language is because they regard the Malay language as an inferior language. It is not that Bahasa 11

July 2, 2018 12:42 AM World Cup winner Iniesta ends Spain career after Russia defeat

Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta confirmed on Sunday that his international career is over after 130 caps highlighted by his scoring of the winner in the 2010 World Cup final. "It is a fact that today was my last game. A wonderful chapter has ended," the 34-year-old told reporters after Spain's elimination on penalties against hosts Russia in the World 13

June 30, 2018 12:43 PM Lee sets up Malaysia Open final clash with Momota

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei set up a sensational final clash against Japan's Kento Momota at the Malaysia Open after an easy 21-18, 21-15 victory over Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto in the semifinals on Saturday. The triumph meant Lee, 35, extended his win ratio against Sugiarto to 17-0 following the 53-minute victory. Favourite Lee has won the Malaysia 11

June 30, 2018 9:46 AM Japan Christian sites added to Unesco World Heritage list

MANAMA: A dozen Christian locations in parts of southern Japan where members of the faith were once brutally persecuted were selected for inclusion on the Unesco World Heritage list on Saturday. The 12 sites include Oura Cathedral, a Catholic church in Nagasaki that is dedicated to 26 Christians who were executed for their beliefs over four centuries 7