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Saturday, 01 November 2014 13:32

PM hails Cambodia visit as successful

PHNOM PENH, Oct 31 -- Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that his visit to Cambodia achieved success as Thailand and its neighbour were able to strengthen border trade, investment and help resolve Thailand's shortage of labour.

Jakarta, Oct 31 - National Police Chief General Sutarman told Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Thursday that Indonesia was prone to terrorist attacks.

Therefore, preventive measures must be taken to avert such disruptions and to maintain economic and national stability in the event of such attacks, he added.

"I told the vice president that Indonesia was prone to terrorism and that we should enforce preventive measures to avoid the functioning of the state from being affected," the police chief told the press after a meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla here on Thursday.

According to General Sutarman, Indonesia should stay alert and keep abreast of the activities of various terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to thwart terror acts like the Bali bombings.

To achieve this purpose, initial steps and precautionary measures must be taken so that Indonesia is not targeted by terrorists. Such acts of violence threaten the sovereignty of the state.

"I reported the developments in the handling of various terrorist acts, such as the two bomb blasts in Bali, to the vice president," Sutarman noted.

All divisions of the state should work together to implement preventive steps as terrorist attacks have negative impacts on the countrys economy and disturb peoples development.

Recently, the anti-terrorism unit of the police, Densus 88, arrested a suspected terrorist in North Mamuju district, West Sulawesi province.

"Densus 88 officers arrested a resident who they strongly believe is involved in terrorist networks. The alleged terrorist is being detained," the Chief of the criminal investigation unit of the North Mamuju district police, Adj. Comr. E.W. Simbolon, affirmed.

The police also seized evidence to be taken to the Central Sulawesi provincial police for further investigation, he added.

Moreover, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Tedjo Edy Purdijatno earlier pointed out that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said that political issues were a continual occurrence.

"After the inauguration of the cabinet ministers, President Jokowi said that political issues would continue to crop up. However, I have learnt from my predecessor Djoko Suyanto that these problems can be overcome," Purdijatno remarked during the ceremony when Suyanto handed over the office to him on Tuesday (October 28).

He explained that his ministry was meant to spearhead the Jokowi government, particularly in matters concerning politics, law and security affairs.

"The Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs will spearhead the Jokowi government. Therefore, we will coordinate (with other ministries) better to overcome all problems related to politics, law and security," Purdijatno assured.

SEOUL, Oct 31 - South Korea's finance minister on Friday said efforts to reinvigorate the economy are in the early stages and stressed more action is needed before the general public can feel tangible results.

In a letter sent to ministry employees, Choi Kyung-hwan compared the current state of affairs to the ignition being turned on to get the economy back on its track and that the journey still lay ahead.

"Bills aimed at revitalizing the economy have run into obstacles and business investment and consumer spending have not picked up pace," the official said.

The Bank of Korea said last week that the national economy will grow 3.5 percent this year, down from 3.8 percent previously anticipated.

Choi said that while domestic conditions have not improved, external factors that impact the South Korean economy are deteriorating quickly.

To overcome such challenges, he urged ministry staff to focus on implementing policy measures and to make certain they run smoothly. He said everyone needs to do their part to get bills passed through parliament and respond quickly to external risks.

"On the up side, alarm bells sounded by the ministry have raised awareness among various economic actors to make them respond to challenges," the minister said. He said such awareness has triggered changes for the better.

Choi has been taking extensive measures centered on reviving the economy through expansionary spending but is receiving flak for not producing the sought-after results after nearly four months in office.

He had pushed up budget spending and eased real estate market regulations in attempts to fuel domestic consumption, but external developments such as unfavorable exchange rates and recovery slowdown in major economies have taken the edge out of his policies, along with a slow response in the domestic market.

BEIJING, Oct 31 - China on Thursday unveiled a platform for registering email address in Chinese characters, the first of its kind.

The platform was revealed during a meeting on multi-language email technology for APEC members by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

Wang Xiujun, deputy chief of the National Internet Information Office (NIIO), said at the meeting that multiple-language email technology helps non-native English speakers use Internet and narrow the Digital Divide.

Li Xiaodong, head of CNNIC, called for full support for multi-language email technology, which includes Chinese, from Internet companies, institutions and email service providers.

BANGKOK, Oct 30 -- The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is busily preparing multiple venues for next week's Loy Krathong festival, especially piers on the Chao Phraya River, for improved public safety. 

BANGKOK, Oct 30 -- Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Pitipong Phuengboon Na Ayudhaya told the press today that Thai water buffaloes could become extinct within five years as their population is dwindling.

Friday, 31 October 2014 13:33

Thai Defence minister visits China

BANGKOK, Oct 30 – Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon is visiting China to prepare for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's trip there, while former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, also in China, has delayed her return to Thailand.

Friday, 31 October 2014 13:25

Thai PM on official Cambodian visit

BANGKOK, Oct 30 – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha left Bangkok for Phnom Penh this afternoon for an official visit to Cambodia to discuss mutual benefits with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:02

Government laying new economic foundation

BANGKOK, Oct 29 -- The government is laying a new economic foundation by adjusting promotional privileges for investors and applying information technology to develop the digital economy, according to Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula.

BANGKOK, Oct 29 -- The new director-general of Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) started her first working day today, while the Justice Minister visited her department to brief her on his policies.

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