GUANGZHOU, Oct 15  Chinese scientists have extracted a virus known as M1 that could kill cancer cells without harming normal cells, giving hope for future research and development of cancer therapies.

A research team led by Yan Guangmei, a professor from the Zhongshan School of Medicine under the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangdong Province, found the virus, extracted from a certain kind of mosquito in the tropical Hainan Province, can curb cancer cells' growth without damaging normal cells.

The discovery was published in the October edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Animal tests found that the M1 virus worked well on cancer cells of the liver, bladder, colon and rectum.

Cancer is a growing threat to health in China due to unhealthy lifestyles and a deteriorating environment. China reports 3.5 million new cases of cancer each year. And 2.5 million people, nearly the population of Kuwait, die of cancers each year in China.

BANGKOK, Oct 14 Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha asserted that the British government has no doubt regarding Thailand's investigation of the murder of two British tourists on Surat Thani's Ko Tao island last month. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:58

PM to focus on trade barriers at ASEM

BANGKOK, Oct 15 -- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha intends to discuss solutions to trade barriers during his participation at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) scheduled in Milan, Italy, from today through Saturday.

The interim government is expected to start collecting inheritance and land taxes beginning next March, said Chartchai Na Chiangmai, a member of the National Reform Council.

Commerce Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya has ordered the International Trade Promotion Department to find ways to boost Thailand’s exports for 2015 by at least 5 percent, up from an earlier projection of 4 percent and from this year’s expected growth of 1.5-2 percent.

About 66.5 percent of respondents in a survey conducted recently by Bangkok University’s Bangkok Poll said they are worried over the rising cost of living in Thailand.

The survey on 1,194 people nationwide showed that 37.3 percent of total respondents were stressed over falling prices of agricultural products, followed by the narcotics problem at 36.7 percent, and 33.9 percent indicated social divisiveness over political differences.

Some 34.7 percent of the total respondents said they wanted the government to solve the high cost of living, followed by 18.2 percent who wanted the government to shore up agricultural product prices, 15 percent indicated suppressing corruption, 10.5 percent on solving drugs and crime, and 9.9 percent on resolving social divisiveness.

After the government having administered the country for almost two months, 57.3 percent of the total respondents said they were satisfied with the performance of Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s administration.

About 55.5 percent of the respondents admitted they have become less stressed over political differences among people in the country now, compared to before the military seized power in the May 22 bloodless coup.

Surprisingly, 31 percent of respondents claimed they had never been stressed over Thai politics.

PATTANI, Oct 13 -- Primary education officials in this insurgency-impacted southern province met urgently early today with directors of six schools burned by insurgents on the weekend in the hope of finding temporary classrooms for the affected students. 

BANGKOK, Oct 13 --   As the political situation in the country has improved, Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul projects that the number of tourists during calendar 2014 would reach 24.9 million persons while the country would earn at least Bt1.85 trillion.

BANGKOK, Oct 13 -- Bank of Thailand (BoT) Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul has told foreign journalists that he is confident Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow next year due to its potential, according to BoT spokesman Chirathep Senivongs Na Ayudhya.

Mr Chirathep said Mr Prasarn told foreign media in an interview on the sidelines of the 2014 Joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee meeting in Washington that Thailand’s political situation has now eased and it should help domestic consumption return to normal.

Spending in Thailand, which had slowed earlier during the unrest, should return to normal while the private sector should gain from government investment, and both would assist in boosting the economy in 2015, Mr Prasarn was quoted as telling the international media.

In addition the interim government is accelerating to reform state enterprises, local energy prices and shoring up agricultural products without government subsidies, said Mr Prasarn.

These measures should help strengthen the country’s competitiveness, he said.

On worries by foreigners regarding foreign direct investment in Thailand, Mr Prasarn told the international media that projects seeking promotional privileges from the Board of Investment had risen noticeably.

These are significant projects such as investment in manufacturing eco cars, food processing and alternative energy.

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 - Lydia Ko, the South Korean-born teenage golfer from New Zealand, was named one of the 25 most influential teens of the year by the Time magazine on Monday, along with the two daughters of U.S. President Barack Obama.

"After going pro last year, Ko now ranks third among women golfers worldwide, sparking interest in the sport 'not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe,' as golf legend Annika Sorenstam wrote in this year's Time 100," the magazine said.

In April, Ko, 17, was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Ko is also the youngest millionaire in the history of LPGA, the Time said.

The other influential teens included Obama's daughters -- Sasha Obama, 13, and Malia Obama, 16.

Malia has emerged as a figure of national interest, the magazine said, adding that her appearance at Chicago's Lollapalooza Music Festival caused almost as much of a stir as the musicians themselves, and her name has spiked in popularity after her father's election.

Sasha has become an icon in her own right, it said.

"After (Sasha) being photographed in a unicorn sweatshirt, the style sold out at the fashion shop ASOS in a matter of days," it said.

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