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September 3, 2018 9:54 AM Sri Lanka probes deaths of wild elephants

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities on Monday began investigating the deaths of wild elephants in the east of the island after pulling seven carcasses out of a marsh, a minister said. Wildlife Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma said six out of the seven animals found in the swamp were young — below the age of 12 — and he suspected that many more may have died there 6

August 29, 2018 1:17 PM Malaysia targets 80% rice self-sufficiency by 2022

SERDANG: Malaysia targets to achieve 80% self-sufficiency in rice by 2022, moving up from the current 70%, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub. He said efforts were being made in that direction, such as increasing the rice variants and fertiliser and opening the door for technology transfer from China, Taiwan and Japan 5

August 28, 2018 6:29 AM Malaysian sepak takraw inter-regu strikes gold after 24 years

PALEMBANG: The 24-year wait was not in vain. Malaysia Tuesday won the coveted inter-regu sepak takraw gold medal of the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, beating host Indonesia 2-1 in the final. Malaysia last won the Asian Games gold in 1994 in Hiroshima, Japan. It won the gold one other time, at the 1990 games in Beijing. In today's match, the Malaysian 9

August 25, 2018 3:33 AM Asian Games marathon winner accused of pushing rival

JAKARTA: Japan's Hiroto Inoue was accused of pushing his rival in a controversial sprint finish to the Asian Games marathon Saturday, as the runner-up from Bahrain lodged a complaint with race officials. Inoue and Bahrain's Elhassan Elabbassi entered the stadium in Jakarta neck and neck, before the Japanese athlete opened up a small lead. In the final 7

August 23, 2018 9:40 AM Breaking barriers: Japan gets first woman fighter pilot

TOKYO: Japan will shortly have its first female fighter pilot, the military said Thursday, with the "Top Gun" inspired officer vowing to blaze a trail in the sky for other women. First Lieutenant Misa Matsushima, 26, of Japan Air Self Defence Force, finished her training Wednesday to fly F-15s and will officially be named a fighter pilot on Friday, the ministry 15

August 22, 2018 8:38 AM So, do we still need Chinese schools?

One of the arguments to support the continuation of Chinese schools and Chinese language education in Malaysia is because China is now one of the world’s greatest economies and for Malaysia to do business with China we must be able to speak Mandarin. Tun Daim Zainuddin went to China and he came back empty. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also went to China and he, too, came back empty 19

August 21, 2018 12:30 AM Asiad swimming: Welsom Sim sets new national record in 800m

JAKARTA: National swimmer Welsom Sim Wee Sheng (pix) set a New National Record (NR) in the final of the men's 800m freestyle at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games here today. The Sarawak-born swimmer clocked 8 minutes 12:46 seconds at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatics Centre, thus rewriting the old NR of 8:12:74s which he himself set at the Malaysian 16

August 20, 2018 2:20 PM China's Sun Yang roars to second Asian Games gold

JAKARTA: Chinese heavyweight Sun Yang battered his rivals to create history Monday as the swimming goliath scooped the first-ever Asian Games men's 800m freestyle gold with another monstrous performance. Greeted like a rock star with high-pitched squeals from a excitable section of female Chinese fans in Jakarta, the triple Olympic champion claimed a runaway 26

August 15, 2018 9:21 AM Japan toddler missing for 3 days found alive

TOKYO: A two-year-old boy who went missing in woods in western Japan has been found unharmed after three days alone, apparently surviving on river water as volunteers hunted desperately for him. Yoshiki Fujimoto disappeared on Sunday morning in the Yamaguchi region while out walking with his brother and grandfather, and the search for him made headlines 15

August 14, 2018 3:39 PM YTL Hospitality REIT acquiring Hokkaido ski resort for RM222.5m cash

PETALING JAYA: YTL Hospitality REIT (YTL REIT) is acquiring The Green Leaf Niseko Village for ¥6 billion cash (RM222.5 million) from Niseko Village KK (Niseko Village), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of YTL Corp Bhd. In a filing with Bursa Malaysia today, YTL REIT said its wholly owned subsidiary Starhill REIT Niseko GK (Starhill Niseko) has entered 13