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Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train

Germany on Sept 17 rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.

The first hydrogen-powered train, by French train maker Alstom, arrives at the station in Bremervoerde, Germany, as it enters service. — AFP Relaxnews

Johor an economic development powerhouse

JOHOR BARU: Johor should always have policies which attract foreign investors and expatriates of all nationalities, says Star Media Group Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.

Johor Sultan graces Awards

JOHOR BARU: More than a dozen developers were recognised for their innovation and creativity at the second Awards: Jewels of Johor on Tuesday (Sept 18) night.

From left: Wong, Tunku Ismail, Sultan Ibrahim, Johor State secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani, Johor state Housing and Rural Development Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad and Fu posing for a group photo during the Awards: Jewels of Johor on Tuesday night.

Mangkhut lashes south China

HONG KONG: Typhoon Mangkhut barrelled into southern China after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 60 people dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide.

A festive M’sia Day weekend awaits at depot

Local creative platform Riuh returns with another market-like bazaar, this time to celebrate all things Malaysian in conjunction with the Malaysia Day weekend.

The large Sentul Depot in Sentul West where the Riuh X Grab Malaysia Day event will be held this weekend. It was once used as engineering workshops and storage area for steam and diesel locomotives. — Photos: NORAFIFI EHSAN/ The Star

France to run driverless mainline trains within five years

French railway operator SNCF said it was planning to introduce prototypes of driverless mainline trains for passengers and freight by 2023, and include them in scheduled services in subsequent years.

SNCF will be partnering up with rolling stock specialists Alstom and Bombardier who will each be heading up consortia for freight and passenger traffic, respectively. — AFP

CCCC wins bid for oil terminal

Kenyan facility to have 10 times capacity compared to existing one

Chinese investment: Kenyatta (third from left) during the opening of the SGR cargo train runs on a China-backed railway from the port containers depot in Mombasa Kenya, to Nairobi. Kenya and China signed infrastructure deals last week after bilateral talks in Beijing. — AP

Blackstone bets on Britain's railway arches

LONDON: Blackstone Group LP is departing from its usual “buy it, fix it, sell it” strategy to make a long-term bet on British commercial real estate.

The private-equity group that’s best known for refurbishing unloved properties and selling them on at a huge profit is pivoting toward a buy-and-hold approach with its politically sensitive purchase of many of the UK’s converted railway arches.

East Jakarta graveyard turned into 'dangdut' party venue

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): Public cemeteries in Jakarta not only serve as final resting places, but also as party venues with live music.

A viral video shows a dangdut concert held on a stage erected next to a graveyard in East Jakarta on Sept. 8. (Via @juriglagu).

Penang’s talent shortage

PENANG is facing a ‘people problem’, according to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

Chow (centre) being briefed by Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah  (second left) at the groundbreaking ceremony of Sunway Medical Centre in Seberang Jaya. With them are Seberang Jaya assembyman Dr Afif Bahardin (left), Sunway Group Healthcare Services managing director Lau Beng Long (second right) and MPSP president Datuk Rozali Mohamud.