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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:53

Surat Thani rubber growers demand higher price

SURAT THANI, Dec  9 --  Rubber growers here who say they are in trouble due to the market price falling to Bt35 per kilogram petitioned the provincial governor today calling on the government to step in to shore up the rubber price 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:50

Appeals Court upholds Arisman sentence

BANGKOK, Dec 9 -- Thailand's Court of Appeals today upheld the 12 month prison sentence for red shirt leader Arisman Pongruangrong for defaming former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. There is no suspension of sentence due to his reference to the royal institution.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:48

Thai PM to visit China later this month

BANGKOK, Dec 9 --  Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his entourage will visit China late this month, during which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on construction of dual-track railway routes in Thailand is expected to be signed.

BANGKOK, Dec 9 -- Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asserted today that his government was trying to solve the low rubber price problem quickly but not all measures could be implemented at once and it also depended on cooperation from the private sector. 

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 9 - Malaysia needs to aim to be one of the top 10 countries in the global competitiveness index and global innovation index.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said it was possible to achieve this following the implementation of the Science-to-Action and the National Policy on Science, Technology and Innovation 2013-2020 initiative.

"The policy is overseen by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry," he said in his speech at the Conferment of Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia and Top Research Scientists Malaysia 2014 announcement, here, Monday night.

Also present were the prime minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin and Academy of Sciences Malaysia president Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali.

At the ceremony, Najib was conferred the Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia 2014 in recognition of his strong advocacy in science and technology as the epicentre of the economic transformation programme.

A total of 34 scientists was announced as the 2014 Top Research Scientists Malaysia, as well as 21 new fellows and two senior fellows.

Najib said the Science-to-Action (S2A) initiative launched in November last year was aimed at intensifying the application of science and technology for industrial development and the people's well-being.

The S2A iniatiative has three components - science to industry, science to well-being and science to governance.

Therefore, the government would continue to assist Malaysian science researchers, whether in the government research institutes and the public universities, in realising the targets set, Najib said.

"Today, the world and Malaysia are impacted by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, such as ebola and dengue, global warming, landslides and many more.

"With all these calamities, I call on the scientific community via the Academy of Sciences Malaysia to lead studies on the issues and making analyses and scientific facts in finding lasting solutions grounded in science and technology," he said.

Najib also called on the scientific community to lead studies on issues such as water, food, and haze and provide inputs to the government on the strategies and measures needed in mitigating risks.

The prime minister hoped the Academy of Sciences Malaysia continues its excellent record of delivering its objectives and working closely with the government towards building a better nation and brighter future for all Malaysians.

Under the Conferment of Fellowship, a Senior Fellow appointed is entitled to be addressed as "Academician" while Fellows are entitled to use the title of Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc).

These distinguished individuals are selected through a stringent selection process based on their exceptional work, commitment, passion and creativity in science, technology and industry.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:14

China to innovate project management in world

BEIJING, Dec 9 - China will continue to innovate in management styles of projects in other countries, an official with the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Monday.

Zhang Xiangchen, assistant minister of commerce, said China will provide cooperation opportunities for countries capable of carrying out certain projects by themselves.

He said in the past China always took full charge of its foreign aid projects throughout the process, including design, construction, management and supervision.

"Global and domestic experience helped us create a new model that integrates management and contract, which will be promoted after pilot projects," he said.

Zhang also stressed life-long accountability and in-depth assessment for each project will be implemented as an important part of new management styles.

"Assessment was weak in our foreign aid projects, and we need to improve this crucial part," said Yu Zirong, vice director of MOC's foreign assistance department.

SEOUL, Dec 9 - Seoul has been named the best destination for international business meetings by a premier U.S. travel magazine for a third straight year, the municipal government said Tuesday.

The honor, one of 60 categories offered by the Business Traveler magazine every year, went to Seoul for its versatility, city officials said.

The category, created in 2008, had been dominated by U.S. cities like Dallas, Honolulu and Las Vegas in the first three years. The South Korean capital, however, has won the title every year since 2012.

The annual event also named Korean Airlines Co., South Korea's largest full-service carrier, the best airline in Asia. Its rival Asiana Airlines Inc. was given the title Best Overall Inflight Experience in the World.

Incheon International Airport, the main gateway to South Korea in the western city of the same name, was the airport with the best duty free shopping, according to the magazine.

BANGKOK, Dec 8 --  Thailand's national Police Chief Somyot Poompanmoung and his delegation left for London to attend an anti-human trafficking conference drawing police and anti-human trafficking officials from 77 countries. 

SURAT THANI, Dec 8 -- Both suspects in the case of the murdered British tourists on Ko Tao deny charges in court here today.

Judge Sunawin Suriyaphan, deputy chief of the Ko Samui Court in Surat Thani province, read the charges against the two Myanmar men accused of killing two British tourists on Surat Thani's Ko Tao island Sept 15.

Public prosecutors from Ko Samui pressed charges against Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin, both 21.

Wai Phyo was also charged with stealing a cell phone and sunglasses from one of the dead.

After hearing the charges, the defendants consulted with their lawyer and then denied all charges.

The judge set Feb 25, 2015 for examination of evidence and witnesses.

Tun Aye, Myanmar charge d’affaires to Thailand, said the Myanmar embassy sought the temporary release of both men and promised to keep them in Thailand.

BANGKOK, Dec 8 -- Thailand and Malaysia will meet to prepare the next round of the peace dialogue between the Thai government delegation and insurgents in Thailand's country’s southern region in the middle of this month, according to Thai Army chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr.

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