By Ravichandran D.J Paul
SEOUL (Bernama) -- One of the key features of any modern metropolis is its metro, namely the intra-city rail transport that makes travelling across the traffic-choked city a breeze.
However, planning, implementing and maintaining a metro system is not only costly but also requires in-depth knowledge and expertise. This is especially so when there are different train systems making up the metro, like in Malaysia where the metro network comprises the MRT, LRT, ERL, monorail and KTM rail lines. Many of the metros of the world today are constantly finding ways to keep their maintenance cost and downtime of their rail assets at a minimum. Hence, excellent management practices, effective in-house maintenance and development of indigenous technologies are crucial for any metro operator.
Though the metro system puts Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur on a par with many major cities of the world, the country has lots to learn in being innovative in managing and maintaining the system efficiently for the future.
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By Shakir Husain
NEW DELHI (Bernama) -- A famous temple in India's Kerala state told news organisations not to send women journalists to cover the row over a ban on the entry of female devotees of menstrual age.
The Sabarimala Temple last month witnessed unruly protests by hardline groups defying a recent Supreme Court order, which allowed women of all ages to enter the Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappan, considered a celibate deity.
Some women journalists were attacked during the protests as they covered the controversy.
By Sakina Mohamed
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Kazakhstan, in its bid to become one of the 30 developed countries in the world by 2050, is looking into developing economic competition by getting utilities tariffs and natural monopolies under control.
Tariff setting and spending of consumers’ money were still not transparent in the field of utilities and regulation of natural monopolies, said its president Nursultan Nazarbayev during the recent state address, “Growth of Kazakhstan's Welfare: Increasing Income and Living Standards".
“We lack the efficient monitoring and control over investment obligations of monopolies.