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Big screens back in Kuala Terengganu after 22 years, but strict rules apply

KUALA TERENGGANU - The state capital's newest - and only - cineplex began operations with a bang, with thousands of teenagers thronging Paya Bunga Square to watch the latest blockbusters. For movie-lovers in Kuala Terengganu, it has been a 22-year drought for...

New rules, shorter holidays could dampen Myanmar water festival joy

MANDALAY - This year's Thingyan celebration, the Buddhist festival in Myanmar that marks the New Year, is being organised into modern and traditional sections. "This year, Thingyan will be totally different from previous Thingyans. Visitors and residents can...

Robots, drones help Japan’s builders out of labour crunch

TOKYO - Construction sites in Japan are enjoying a wave of automation amid an increasing shortage of labourers, with the introduction of robots to do the heavy lifting and drones that fly from above and instantly collect data. As the population in the...

US-based Emerson launches 3D-printing centre in S’pore

SINGAPORE - Singapore's high-end manufacturing sector will receive a boost with the opening of state-of-the-art facilities at US-based Emerson's new global additive manufacturing (AM) centre in Pandan Crescent. The new centre uses advanced industrial...

Capital controls turn Chinese dream of overseas property into a nightmare

HONG KONG - Middle-class mainlander Laura Zhang found the idea of owning a home overseas irresistible after being bombarded by commercials for an affordable project "near Singapore". The Forest City project in the southern Malaysian state of Johor, the...

Thailand makes it harder to get a driving licence

BANGKOK - Experts are supportive of new regulations that make it harder for people to obtain a driving licence in Thailand, and make it easier for the authorities to seize licences from errant motorists to ensure compliance with traffic laws. They agreed with...


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