BANGKOK, Nov 24 --   His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand appeared Sunday when two new ministers took their oath of allegiance before taking office .

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:39

Myanmar House Speaker visits Thailand

BANGKOK, Nov 24 -- Khin Aung Myint, Speaker of the Myanmar House of Nationalities, the country's parliament, is visiting Thailand and hopes both countries will boost cooperation, bilateral relations, understanding and the exchange of legislative knowledge.

TANGKAK, Nov 24  -- Malaysia is expected to attract at least RM200 billion or 10 per cent of the total investment in Asean countries with the implementation of the Asean Economic Community blueprint next year, says International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri.

"With the implementation of the AEC, agreed to in 2007, Malaysia will also benefit from a market of 620 million people in the Asean countries," he told reporters after the presentation of Quality Environment Practices (QE/5S) certification by the Malaysian Productivity Corporation here today.

Hamim said with the AEC harmonizing and standardizing intra-regional import and export procedures, government agencies and the private sector need to improve their competitiveness in order to attract investors through QE/5S practices.

Twelve organizations took part in a QE/5S training programme from April to October aimed at reducing wastage.

SEOUL, Nov 24 - The government has been pushing to categorize cyberspace operations as de facto military ones under the control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) commander as part of efforts to boost capabilities to counter growing security threats online, defense ministry officials said Monday.

Currently, the cyber command of countering security threats in cyberspace including hacking attempts mostly by North Korea is under the Ministry of National Defense, with its activities being regarded more as administrative measures rather than military operations.

"The government has been pushing to revise the Military Cyber Command Decree to let the JCS chief control cyber warfare and other actions in case they are deemed necessary to do so for traditional military operations," a defense ministry official said. He declined to be identified.

"As cyber operations cannot be separated from physical military operations on land, at sea and in air, the JCS commander should have the right to arrange and control the cyber activities," another ministry officer said.

The revision allows the JCS to conduct the full spectrum of military cyberspace operations in order to enable action in all domains, he noted.

The government plans to pre-announce the revision until next month to pave the way for the revision to take effect, according to the officials.

The revision is in line with South Korea's recent moves to be proactive in cyber activities in the wake of growing threats.

The cyber command has recently decided to drop its long-held defensive tactics in cyber warfare and instead initiate proactive operations to better guard against enemies' online infiltrations. For the first nine months of this year, the country has seen an increasing number of cyber attacks: 1,202 hacking attempts, up 595 cases from a year earlier.

BEIJING, Nov 24 - An overwhelming majority of China's richest people are likely to send their children abroad for education, the United States and the United Kingdom being their first choices, according to a Hurun Report on education.

The report said that some 80 percent of the country's rich people have plans to send children abroad, the highest ratio in the world. By contrast, Japan has less than 1 percent and Germany has less than 10 percent of its rich people having such plans, said the report.

The rich people are most likely to send their children to the United States and the United Kingdom while other countries such as Australia, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, Singapore, France and Germany attract most of the rest.

The report also found that the students tend to get younger. The average age of the millionaires' children is 16 years old when they were sent abroad.

Rupert Hoogewerf, publisher of the report, said ten years ago, Chinese rich people could only send their children to Canada and Australia because large number of Chinese people there. "Now, the Chinese rich people have a much broader social network, as a result of which they can find trusted people anywhere in the world and can rest assured sending children to any country."

"Long time overseas study of these students can definitely do good to the globalization of China's economy," said Rupert.

BANGKOK, Nov 2  -- An idea raised by Labour Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat to have recently released prisoners or those to be soon released work in the fishing industry is a fine idea, said Permanent Secretary for Justice Pol Gen Chatchawal Suksomjit on Saturday. 

SONGKHLA, Nov 24 --  Flooding in Thailand's deep south has started to recede after rain stopped, even as several popular tourist destinations in the North are packed with tourists attracted by the chilly weather.

CHIANG RAI, Nov 22 --  Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said Saturday that his ministry is accelerating consideration of a new city planning law for five special economic zones in Thailand’s border areas and it would take about a year for the new law to complete.

Monday, 24 November 2014 13:57

Gov't to implement four economic strategies

CHIANG RAI, Nov 24 --  The Thai government will implement four economic strategies aimed at building confidence among both domestic and foreign investors to stimulate Thailand’s economy, Commerce Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya said yesterday. 

BANGKOK, Nov 22 -- National Legislative Assembly (NLA) Vice President Surachai Liangboonlertchai said Saturday the draft of a new Constitution will be completed by the middle of next April.

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