BANGKOK, Oct 22 -- The parents of two Myanmar suspects arrested for allegedly killing two British tourists on Ko Tao island of Surat Thani province arrived in Thailand today, and will visit their sons at Ko Samui prison. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:49

Murdered Japanese man's son thanks Thai police

BANGKOK, Oct 22 -- The son of an aging Japanese man murdered in Thailand has thanked the police for their quick investigation into his father's disappearance. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:45

Thai Industries Sentiment Index drops

BANGKOK, Oct 22 -- The Thai Industries Sentiment Index (TISI) dropped for the second month in a row, and local sales and export of automobiles also declined.

BANGKOK, Oct 22 -- After chairing a National Energy Policy and Planning Committee meeting at Government House today, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government will promote the energy production from garbage and energy crops to reduce the amount of imported gas and oil.

BANGKOK, Oct 22 -- Thienchay Kiranandana, chairman-elect of the National Reform Council (NRC), said the main goals of the body were to resolve conflicts in the nation and draft a new constitution.

BEIJING, Oct. 22 - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday spoke over phone with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about the growing Ebola threat and urged the international community to join hands against the deadly virus.

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Li noted, has jeopardized the health and lives of the people in the affected countries, severely hindered those nations' economic development and social stability, and posed a pressing threat to global public health.

The international community must strengthen coordination and cooperation to jointly combat the disease, said the Chinese premier.

The top priority now is to provide more supplies, funds and medical workers for Ebola-hit zones, guide the public to look at and deal with the epidemic in the right way, and consolidate the confidence in winning the battle, he added.

For the long run, the world should beef up development aid for African countries and help them improve their competence in public health, suggested the premier.

Pointing out that China and Africa both belong to the developing camp and enjoy a profound traditional friendship, Li said the Chinese side is deeply concerned about the Ebola-stricken countries.

China, he said, sent in humanitarian aid swiftly after the outbreak, and has since offered multiple batches of emergency assistance and dispatched a largest number of medical experts and workers to the affected areas to help with prevention and control efforts.

Now Beijing is actively planning for the next round of assistance, including boosting public-health aid, with the purpose of helping African countries improve their epidemic prevention and control ability, he added.

China attaches great importance to the trust fund set up by the UN and will provide support within its capacity, Li said, adding that Beijing supports the UN playing a leader-and-coordinator role in aiding Africa and combating Ebola.

For his part, Ban briefed Li on the UN's efforts and concerns, and spoke highly of China's aid for the Ebola-hit African countries and its support for the UN.

China's aid, he said, has effectively shored up the fight against Ebola in the affected areas and boosted the confidence of the people there in tackling the epidemic.

The UN will further promote global solidarity and cooperation and give full play to its special taskforce and trust fund, so as to secure more international aid for beleaguered African countries and effectively prevent the spread of the epidemic, Ban added.

The United Nations, he said, is ready to keep close communication and cooperation with China on the matter. (Xinhua-MCONT online news)

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:39

Jokowi to announce cabinet lineup soon

Jakarta, Oct 22 - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will announce his cabinet lineup not on Tuesday but as soon as possible, according to Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Deputy Secretary General Ahmad Basarah.

"The announcement of cabinet lineup is a presidential prerogative. According to the information we received, Jokowi will not announce it today but as soon as possible," Basara said here on Tuesday.

Based on the information, he noted, Jokowi was still considering the recommendations of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) about some names it found problematic.

Basarah stressed that Jokowi had not revealed when he would announce the lineup, but would do it as soon as possible and at a right time.

A House of Representatives member from the PDIP faction expressed hope that President Jokowi will announce the names of his cabinet ministers in a couple of days.

SEJONG, Oct 22 (Yonhap) The number of registered vehicles in South Korea is soon expected to top 20 million, the government said Wednesday, amid a surge in sales of imported cars here.

As of the end of last month, the number of registered vehicles in the country came to 19,951,810, up 2.8 percent from 2013, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The number will likely surpass 20 million before the end of October, the ministry said, noting the number has grown an average 0.3 percent on-month this year.

If the number reaches 20 million, it will have doubled in the 17 years since 1997 when the number first surpassed 10 million.

The ministry said the number of registered vehicles is expected to grow 4 percent on-year in 2014, significantly higher than the average growth rate in the 2 percent range in recent years.

The sudden increase has mostly been attributed to rising sales of imported vehicles.

According to related data released earlier by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the number of locally produced vehicles sold here in the first nine months of 2014 came to 1,049,012, up 3.2 percent from the same period last year.

However, the number of imported cars sold over the cited period spiked 34.2 percent on-year to 155,810.

BANGKOK, Oct 21 -- Thailand's National Reform Council (NRC) met for the first time today, unanimously electing Dr Thienchay Kiranandana as their chairman. 

BANGKOK, Oct 21 --  Bahrain Prime Minister Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa expressed his support for PM Prayut Chan-o-cha's national reform roadmap while paying a courtesy call on the prime ministyer at Government House yesterday.

He promised to help explain Thailand's 'situations' to other countries.

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