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January 22, 2018 6:20 AM Escort officer charged with bribing lottery ticket seller

KUALA LUMPUR: An escort officer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today with corruptly receiving RM3,000 from a man selling lottery tickets. Muhammad Redzuan Rusmi, 29, was charged with soliciting the money from one Ang Chee Keong as an inducement to not report to the police for selling illegal online lottery at a construction site at Lot 53427 and Lot 53653, Jalan 1

January 22, 2018 3:10 AM Three civilians killed in southern Thailand market bomb

This morning’s bomb at a morning market in Yala town popular with Buddhists and Muslims was the first deadly attack by suspected insurgents on a civilian target in months. - File picYALA, Jan 22 — A motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded 19 others this morning at a market in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, a policeman said, the first such attack 3

January 22, 2018 2:50 AM Asia’s next Silicon Valley takes shape in Penang (Video)

PETALING JAYA: Asia's next Silicon Valley is taking shape in Penang with a growing number of successful hardware start-ups making the island its home base. It has grown into a hardware hub with emphasis on the tech world through hardware manufacturing. The growing ecosystem has caught international attention with the BBC being the latest to highlight 3

January 22, 2018 1:03 AM Scandal-hit Thai temple helps to stage mass Buddhist event in Myanmar

Buddhist monks prepare for an alms offering ceremony organised by the Thailand's Dhammakaya Foundation at the Chanmyathazi airport in Mandalay, Myanmar, January 21, 2018. — Reuters picMANDALAY, Jan 22 — Thousands of Buddhist monks gathered in Myanmar’s second largest city yesterday for an event partly organised by a scandal-hit Thai temple whose abbot 4

January 21, 2018 11:19 PM Chinese, Russians shore up Middle East tourism

In Egypt, tourist numbers soared 55 per cent in 2017. — AFP picCAIRO, Jan 22 — Chinese and Russian visitors boosted Middle Eastern tourism last year following a 2016 slump as Europeans gave the area a wide berth on security fears, according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO). The Mideast region as a whole drew 58 million foreign tourists in 2017 — a 4.8 per cent rise on the previous 6

January 21, 2018 2:37 PM ‘Lunar eclipse’ will not effect Thaipusam crowd

PETALING JAYA: The expected turnout to celebrate Thaipusam this year will not be reduced due to the lunar eclipse, which will be from 7.48pm to 11.11pm on Jan 31. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah told the media that the temple would remain open throughout, even during the eclipse. He said after consulting temple leader 4

January 21, 2018 12:49 PM 36,000 eligible for SSPN1M incentive within two weeks

KUALA LUMPUR: The 1Malaysia National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN1M) received encouraging response with 36,000 accounts eligible for the free matching grant incentive of RM500 opened within two weeks since last Jan 8. National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) chief executive Wan Ahmad Wan Yusoff said the corporation was targeting 50,000 contributors 6

January 21, 2018 11:42 AM KTMB: Construction of Gemas-JB Sentral ETS twin tracks begins this month

FIle picture of a KTMB train leaving at the Tanjong Pagar railway station in Singapore for Malaysia. KTMB said construction of a dual track for Gemas-JB Sentral will begin this month. — AFP picALOR GAJAH, Jan 21 — Construction of the dual track for the Gemas-JB Sentral, Johor Baru Electric Train Service (ETS) begins this month, said Keretapi Tanah Melayu 4

January 21, 2018 9:51 AM Their lives were just starting, families of bikers in fatal NSE crash say

Rafiq Hafizi Rahimi’s older brother Rafiezul Asyraf (centre) said Rafiq was the youngest in the family of five children. — Picture by Farhan Najib IPOH, Jan 21 — Rafiq Hafizi Rahimi, 21, was supposed to sit for his university examinations tomorrow while his friend 23-year-old Muhsin Muhamad Wazer was to tie the knot this year. But a fatal pre-dawn road accident 4

January 21, 2018 2:44 AM Zosia Mamet finds herself in an awkward spot in ‘The Boy Downstairs’ (VIDEO)

LOS ANGELES, Jan 21 — Here’s a new trailer for upcoming indie romance comedy The Boy Downstairs that stars Zosia Mamet. In the film, the Girls star plays a writer who moves back to New York only to discover that her ex-boyfriend (Matthew Shear) lives in the same building. Although he has a new girlfriend, sparks start to fly again and Mamet is forced 5