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JAKARTA -- A trial section of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway in Indonesia has been ready for operating the EMU (Electric Multiple Units) trains after its traction substation and other equipment have been installed and commissioned on Saturday.

The 14-km-long test track is located between Tegalluar Station and Casting Yard No. 4. and the trial operation for an EMU train is scheduled to begin by mid-November. (Indonesia-High Speed Railway-Trial)

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CANBERRA -- Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in increasing the efficiency of solar panels.

In a study published recently, a team from Australian National University (ANU) found that adding "passivating contacts" between metal and silicon elements of a solar cell can boost its efficiency. (Australia-Solar Panel)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Nominations for candidates seeking to contest the 222 seats making up the lower house of the Malaysian parliament as part of the country's general election proceeded smoothly on Saturday.

Candidates are vying for those seats including the former ruling coalition Barisan Nasional, the main opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan and several other political parties and independent candidates, with local media putting the total contesting at over 1,000. (Malaysia-Election)

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PHNOM PENH -- "Zero-Snaring" campaign, led by Cambodia's Ministry of Environment (MoE) with the cooperation and support from conservation organizations, was wrapped up with proud results, MoE's Secretary of State Neth Pheaktra said on Saturday.

The campaign, running from March to September this year, had been organized in Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom, aiming at ending the trap crisis and the illegal wildlife trade in the Southeast Asian nation. (Cambodia-Wildlife-Zero Snaring Campaign) Enditem

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