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CI breaches vital 700-point level

THE KLSE Composite Index (CI) yesterday broke through the technically important resistance level of 700 points, closing 10 points higher at a 10-month high of 703.

News in brief

News in brief highlights on South Korea June trade surplus jumps.

Linkedua bags Superbrands S’pore award

SECOND Link, the bridge and highway which links Malaysia to Singapore, has received the I>Superbrands (Singapore) 2002/2003/Iaward.

Japan recovery hopes up

Japan's large companies felt unexpectedly more optimistic in the past three months, a key central bank report showed yesterday, raising hopes that the world's second largest economy may finally be heading for recovery.

Asia Life reinforces agency network

ASIA Life (M) Bhd is placing greater emphasis on the quality of its agency force and new product lines for increased productivity and continual business growth, said chief executive officer Tan Beng Wah.

Guidelines for local TV industry

THE Malaysian Television Broadcasters Alliance Bhd (MTBA), set up in July last year, aims to standardise the country#039;s television (TV) industry practices and guidelines to better serve the viewers, said MTBA chairman Farid Ridzuan.

Public human services in the 21st century

Governments around the world provide human services, i.e. welfare and social security benefits in a variety of ways. But globally, businesses and taxpayers are now expecting a level of service similar to that of the private sector. How can these expectations be met? Noor Azlin Zainal Abidin, a partner with Accenture's government practice, shares her views on recent developments.

SMI Association award gets boost from DiGi

THE SMI Association of Malaysia has received a RM250,000 boost for its SMI Recognition Award Series 2003 with DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd pledging the sum as main sponsor.


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KLSE upturn seen for the second half

The KLSE has performed pretty much up to expectations in the past few weeks and although it is still a laggard compared to almost all the other regional markets, is up some 6% for the year to date. What is the outlook for the rest of 2003, now that most of the major uncertainties, both local and international, seem to have cleared. Starbiz chaired by senior editor (corporate) David Chow, organised a roundtable discussion by panellists comprising Surf88.Com.Sdn Bhd chairman Lee Siang Chin, Mayban Investment Management Sdn Bhd CEO and director Amin Rafie Othman, CIMB head of equity markets and derivatives Kok Kong Chin , AmResearch Sdn Bhd executive director Gan Kim Khoon and KAF Research Sdn Bhd director Lucy Ng.