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Malaysia’s industrial output rises 3.1%

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Industrial Production Index (IPI) rose 3.1 percent year-on-year in 2018, supported by the expansion of the manufacturing and electricity sector, official statistics showed today.
Malaysian Statistics Department said in a statement that the increase was contributed by the growth in the manufacturing sector which grew 4.8 percent, and the electricity sector that increased by 3.7 percent. The mining sector, however, declined by 1.9 percent for the year. As for December last year, the IPI expanded 3.4 percent year-on-year, driven by the increase in all indices, manufacturing up 4.4 percent, electricity, and mining up 2.7 percent and 1 percent respectively.
The major sub-sectors that contributed to the growth in the manufacturing sector were electrical and electronic equipment products that surged 7.2 percent, transport equipment and other manufactures products which rose 7 percent, and petroleum, chemical, rubber, and plastic products that grew 3.6 percent. The increase of the mining sector was contributed by the growth in the crude oil index that expanded 2.5 percent. However, the natural gas index decreased marginally by 0.2 percent. In a separate statement, the statistics department also said that the manufacturing sector sales value jumped 7.7 percent year-on-year to 824.8 billion ringgit (about 202.53 billion U.S. dollars) in 2018.

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India divertig attention from Spy’s case?

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda has termed the Indian threat to stop the flow of water from eastern rivers to Pakistan a “failed attempt”, just like the Pulwama incident, to divert attention from its failure in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in International Court of Justice (ICJ).
In his reaction over India’s threat to stop Pakistan’s water, he said India could not blame Pakistan for its failure in the International Court of Justice to prove spy Kulbhushan innocent. As per Indus Water Treaty, India could not stop Pakistan’s water, he added, says a press statement here on Friday.
Describing the threat hilarious and void, he said the Indian government was preparing the ground to seek public support in next election by hurling allegation against Pakistan. “India must keep it in mind that it is a New Pakistan,” Vawda said adding that valiant Armed Forces of Pakistan would give a befitting response if India launched any misadventure. He said India would get nothing from its war hysteria except embarrassment among the comity of the nations.

 

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Pilot drinking delays Japan plane

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TOKYO: Japan’s All Nippon Airways said today it was forced to delay a domestic flight earlier this week after a co-pilot failed an alcohol breath test despite new rules.
The case came after Japan introduced fresh regulations to clamp down on alcohol consumption by pilots after several incidents involving flight crew drinking hit the headlines. On Tuesday, the ANA co-pilot was scheduled to fly a Boeing 777 with 322 passengers on board from Kobe in western Japan to Haneda airport in Tokyo.
But he failed a breath test and said he had consumed a can of beer and half a can of a spirit-based drink in his hotel room about six hours before the flight. The flight was delayed by more than an hour while a replacement pilot was found. The airline said in a statement it would deal with the case “rigorously”. It has banned pilots and co-pilots from drinking alcohol up to 24 hours before a flight.
Late last year, a Japan Airlines co-pilot arrested in Britain was jailed for 10 months after being found shortly before a flight with a blood alcohol level almost 10 times the legal limit. He had reportedly consumed two bottles of wine and more than 1.8 liters (nearly four US pints) of beer over six hours on the night before the flight. ANA also revealed last year that a hungover pilot had caused multiple flight delays. Before the rule change in January, Japan had no legal limits on drinking by plane crew members before flights, and breath testing was not required.

 

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S. Korea to begin 5G service in March

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SEOUL:  South Korea’s finance minister said today that Seoul will become the first country in the world to start commercial operations of fifth-generation mobile network services next month.
Hong Nam-ki made the announcement at a meeting with senior officials on innovation-led growth in Seoul. KT Corp., South Korea’s leading wireless and fixed-line services provider, carried out a world first
trial service of its 5G system during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics last year. 5G data transmission speeds are 40-50 times faster than the existing 4G network or long-term evolution (LTE) and are expected to open a wide range of new business opportunities for the communication service sector.
The system, moreover, allows greater numbers of people to communicate with each other at the same time and promises to open vast markets for devices and services. The finance minister also said KT and two other local competitors – SK Telecom Co. and  LG Uplus Inc. – will invest some 3 trillion won (US$2.6 billion) this year to set up seamless 5G connectivity in the country going forward.

 

 

 

 

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