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September 5, 2018 7:56 AM 'No helmet, no fuel' for Bangladesh bikers

DHAKA: Motorcyclists without helmets will be barred from buying fuel at filling stations in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, police said. The move is part of efforts to quell tensions after the city of nearly 20 million people was rocked by angry protests about poor road safety last month. "The petrol pumps (owners) have already been told not to sell fuel to any motor 502

September 5, 2018 7:51 AM EPF sees 7.64% increase in investment income in Q2

PETALING JAYA: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) saw a 7.64% increase in total investment income to RM12.39 billion for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 against RM11.51 billion in the previous corresponding period. In a statement released today, the pension fund's deputy CEO (Investment) Datuk Mohamad Nasir Ab Latif said the trading environment 547

August 8, 2018 11:21 AM Economic performance post-GE14 can't be assessed yet, Dewan Rakyat told

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's economic performance after the 14th General Election (GE14) cannot be fully assessed based on the current economic data, according to Deputy Economic Affairs Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin. He said the available economic data only covers up to the first quarter of 2018, with the short-term economic indicators covering only up to May. He was replying 36

August 8, 2018 9:41 AM Firebrand Sri Lankan monk sentenced to rigorous imprisonment

COLOMBO: A firebrand Buddhist monk was sentenced to six years' rigorous imprisonment in Sri Lanka on Wednesday for contempt of court. Galagodaatte Gnanasara had already been sentenced to six months in June for intimidating a woman, whose cartoonist husband was abducted by the military, during a trial two years ago. The Court of Appeal handed down Wednesday's 87

August 6, 2018 1:22 PM Foreign funds bought RM348.9 million last week

PETALING JAYA: Global funds accumulated RM348.9 million net of local stocks last week, according MIDF Research. So far in 2018, it said global funds have been net buyers of Malaysian stocks for 15 out of 31 weeks. “After 13 uninterrupted weeks of foreign net selling of stocks listed on Bursa, global investors finally made their way to Malaysian shores 69

August 6, 2018 3:00 AM Japan marks 73rd anniversary of atomic attack on Hiroshima

TOKYO: A bell tolled Monday in Hiroshima as Japan marked 73 years since the world's first atomic bombing, with the city's mayor warning that rising nationalism worldwide threatened peace. The skies over Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park were clear, just as they were on Aug 6, 1945, when an American B-29 bomber dropped its deadly payload on the port city dotted 85

August 1, 2018 9:16 AM Trump predicts Iran talks 'pretty soon'

TAMPA: US President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that talks with arch foe Iran were imminent, but the idea has been criticized in Tehran, with the country's foreign minister warning that "PR stunts won't work." Tehran has not given a definitive response to Trump's statement that he would meet "any time" without preconditions, but skepticism is rife in Iran over the possibility 95

July 31, 2018 2:52 AM Franklin, first black 'Peanuts' character, turns 50

WASHINGTON: Franklin, the first African-American to appear in the classic comic strip "Peanuts" alongside Charlie Brown and Snoopy, turns 50 on Tuesday — a major milestone for a character born in a time of racial tensions after the slaying of Martin Luther King. The young Franklin joined the iconic line-up on July 31, 1968 during a summer of race riots 82

July 25, 2018 6:28 AM Spain rescues nearly 500 migrants at sea in a single day

MADRID: Spanish rescue services said Tuesday they had plucked nearly 500 migrants from the Mediterranean in a single day who were trying to reach the country's coast. The Spanish Maritime Safety Agency said on Twitter that it had picked up a total of 484 people in 30 makeshift vessels in the Strait of Gibraltar and Alboran Sea, which separate Spain from Morocco 35

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 27