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Saturday, 10 January 2015 11:46

Yingluck says impeachment process against law

BANGKOK, Jan 9 -- Ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday criticised the impeachment process brought against her by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over her role in the massively corrupt rice-pledging scheme that it would be unlawful to impeach her because she is no longer prime minister of Thailand.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today called on all universities to carry out in-depth study to find best solutions to massive floods which recently hit several states in the country.

SEOUL, Jan 9 - Global sales of quantum dot TVs, one of the most-watched sectors at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), are expected to exceed 18 million units in 2018, a report showed Friday, emerging as the key area in the world's display industry.

Friday, 09 January 2015 15:36

China kicks off Silk Road Tourism Year

XI'AN, Jan 9 - China on Thursday kicked off the Silk Road tourism year in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, to attract more visitors on the ancient Silk Road which linked China with central Asian nations.

Every year China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) sets a theme for tourism promotion. Inspired by the Silk Road, China will promote western provinces for their rich culture and tourist appeal.

The Silk Road tourism year will facilitate regional cooperation, deepen mutual understanding and establish mutually beneficiary ties for all related nations, said Du Jiang, deputy director of the CNTA.

Shaanxi Province is investing more in tourism and cementing its position as the starting point of the Silk Road, said Bai Aying, deputy governor of Shaanxi Province.

BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- The Royal Thai Army affirmed that its 2nd Army Region Command and local administrative offices would work to their best ability to  prevent the trafficking of Siamese Rosewood, after a complaint suggested that officials have neglected their duties.

BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- The Kasikorn Research Centre warns of many negative factors impacting Thai exports to the European Union (EU) this year, especially being excluded from the EU's Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), ending Thailand's tariff privileges worth US$252 million.

BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- Thailand's Ministry of Transport signed a memorandum of understanding with a number of organizations to protect aircraft from sky lanterns and locally-launched rockets.

BANGKOK, Jan 8 --  Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister/Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said that his government should be able to convince the international community of its efforts against human trafficking because it had done well on the issue and did straightforward reports on its attempts.

BANGKOK, Jan 8 -- Key figures in the National Reform Council (NRC) expect to complete national reconciliation and national reform in no more than four years.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 - Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said a preparedness month will be held in high risk areas to face future flood disasters.

He said the campaign which was expected to be held in September or October each year was aimed at preparing communities at every level if a flood disaster took place in their respective areas.

"Preparations to face flood disasters must start at the bottom. Flood victims need aid in terms of food, clothes (and) helicopters to evacuate. But where do we send the aid, where are the helicopters to land?

"All these have to be decided at an early stage at the individual, family, district and state levels," said Ahmad Shabery, who was a guest on the programme 'Landscape: Flood' aired by Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) Wednesday night.

He said preparedness at the locality level required a simulation to face disasters up to the worst case scenario to enable the public to be aware of the actions needed to save lives and property.

In the meantime, Ahmad Shabery said the ministry had also asked the Multimedia Development Corporation to develop an information portal on centres for evacuation and the collection of flood aid supply to facilitate volunteers and non-governmental organisation in extending aid to flood victims.

"I praise the spirit of Malaysians who are willing to venture to the flood areas to help the victims. But from the stories that I hear, they did not know where to put the aid and to whom they are to be handed over to," he said.

In the one-hour programme, Ahmad Shabery, who is also Kemaman Member of Parliament, also shared the preparedness measures taken in Kemaman which was regarded by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as having achieved a very high level.

The minister said 69 flood relief centres with a capacity for 40,000 victims had been prepared much earlier to prepare for a worst case scenario during the monsoon season.

He said three helicopter landing areas other than a food storage and daily requirements depot were set up to facilitate aid to flood victims in the district.

"It is not the time to deliver supply when the flood inundates, as routes may have been cut off. The food supply should already have been delivered to the relief centres before the floods," he added.

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