Monday, 13 October 2014 13:29

Buakaw apologises to boxing fans

BANGKOK, Oct 13 - Buakaw Banchamek, champion muay thai kickboxer, posted a Facebook message Sunday night apologising to his fans after he walked out of a fight against German Enriko Kehl in Pattaya after the fight was ruled in favour of the German boxer. 

BANGKOK, Oct 13 Investors seeking promotional privileges from the Board of Investment (BoI) in September stood at 158 projects with combined value Bt176.3 billion, highest in terms of number of projects and value since the beginning of 2014, according to BoI Secretary-General Udom Wongviwatchai.  

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 Penang remains one of the top investment destinations in the country for foreign investors, especially in the electrical and electronics (E&E) and medical devices industries.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said this is because of its history, established infrastructure and strong industry ecosystem.

In a statement, he said from 2011-September 2014,the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) Penang had facilitated more than 200 visits from foreign companies to the state.

"Mida has held numerous workshops and briefings on the Domestic Investment Strategic Fund to industry associations and companies in Penang since it was introduced in July 2012," he added.

Come Oct 17 and Nov 13, Mida, Mustapa said, will be hosting a Services Sector Investment Seminar in Penang and also be participating in an SMEs conference, respectively.

"Mida has invited INVEST Penang to be a speaker at the Services Conference. In addition, we are also planning to host a SEMICON Conference early next year, the first time ever in Malaysia, in Penang," he added.

Mustapa said this in response to remarks by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng that the Federal government and Mida had stopped introducing investors to the state over the past year.

He also described Lim as being Lim irresponsible in making such a remark.

According to Mustapa, the government and Mida had been promoting Malaysia as an investment destination for the last 47 years and had never discriminated bringing investments or granting any incentives based on state's preference.

The decision to invest, among other factors, he said, is determined by the companies' evaluation of the site location. (BERNAMA-MCOT online news)

BEIJING, Oct. 13 China's national-level government agencies, their affiliated public institutions and local branches will recruit over 22,000 civil servants in 2015, up from the 19,000-plus in 2014.

The 2015 public service exam for national-level governments will open to applications from Oct. 15 to 24, the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the State Administration of Civil Service announced on Monday.

According to authorities, the 2015 public service selection will continue to favor candidates who have worked at grassroots levels.

Most positions in government agencies above provincial level will require two years of grassroots working experience. About 10 percent of all vacancies will be set aside for college graduates-turned village officials.

Chinese college students are encouraged to work as village officials after graduation.

The written tests will start on Nov. 30.

SEOUL, Oct 13  Samsung Electronics Co., a South Korean tech giant, said Sunday that it has developed a core technology for a faster wireless fidelity (WiFi) network, whose Internet access it claims is more than five times faster than the current WiFi access.

Samsung, the world's largest manufacturer of smartphones, said the new WiFi technology allows users to download and upload data at speeds of up to 575 megabits per second (Mbps), compared to the currently available 108 Mbps.

For one, smartphone users will be able to send and receive a 1GB movie in three seconds, Samsung said.

The tech giant said the new WiFi technology also sharply reduces radio frequency interference, which is common for the current wireless Internet connection, as it uses a ultrahigh frequency spectrum.

Samsung said it plans to adopt the new WiFi technology for its next smart devices, medical equipment and smart home network services.

Last year, Samsung developed the fifth-generation network (5G) for the first time in the world, which enables customers to access a stream of data faster than before, such as an entire movie in less than a second.

Monday, 13 October 2014 13:16

NIDA proposes six reform measures to NCPO

BANGKOK, Oct 11 The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) has proposed six reform measures for human resource development to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) which seized administrative power in Thailand on May 22. 

BANGKOK, Oct 9 Social Development and Human Security Minister Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkeo said Thursday he is confident that the human trafficking problem in Thailand could improve and Washington would in future lift the country’s negative rating.

Friday, 10 October 2014 16:35

Bid to save Thai fishermen in Indonesia

BANGKOK, Oct 10 A meeting of several government agencies with the Thai Overseas Fisheries Association and non-governmental organisations on finding ways to help Thai fishermen facing hardship or lured to work in Indonesia to return home has been held.

BANGKOK, Oct 9 – As the global economy remains in doldrums and Thailand’s exports have expanded at only a slow pace, contracting 7 per cent in August, the Finance Ministry has reduced this year’s growth projection to 1.7 per cent from the 2 per cent forecast earlier, Permanent Secretary for Finance Rungson Sriworasat said today.

Friday, 10 October 2014 16:32

Indonesia asks for increase in hajj quota

Mecca, Oct 10  Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin asked for an increase in quota for Indonesian Hajj pilgrims, during a meeting with Saudi Arabian Hajj Affairs Minister Bandar bin Muhammad Hajjar.

"In order to provide better services to Hajj pilgrims from a nation as big as Indonesia, the religious affairs minister put forward several proposals, including one on increased quota for Indonesian Hajj pilgrims," the ministrys Hajj Pilgrimage Director General, Abdul Djamil, said after the meeting in Jidda on Wednesday.

Saifuddin told the Saudi Arabian minister that on an average, an Indonesian has to wait for 20 years for his or her turn, and that an increase in quota of seats for Indonesia could shorten their wait.

Moreover, he hoped that seats that were not fully utilized by other countries could be given to Hajj pilgrims in Indonesia.

"Although there has been no response in this regard yet, the Hajj minister has made note of our requests," the director general said.

In the meeting, the Indonesian minister also suggested that Saudi authorities increase the number of public facilities provided to pilgrims, including toilets, air conditioners and sleeping mats in Arafah and Mina.

He also suggested that Indonesian Hajj pilgrims be given accommodation near Jamarat in Mina because most of them were senior citizens.

If Saudi Arabian authorities are unable to meet these demands, Indonesia hopes that the locations of camps for Hajj pilgrims from the world over in Mina are decided through a draw.

In response to the suggestions, the Saudi minister asked the Indonesian public to understand the restrictions in Mina because they cannot expand the area, in line with Prophet Muhammads rulings.

The Hajj Affairs Minister further hoped that the Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister explains to Indonesians the difficulties that the government in Saudi Arabia faces.

He also affirmed that the Saudi government provides various facilities for the comfort and safety of every Hajj pilgrim.

This year, as many as 160 million Muslims from Indonesia were sent for Hajj pilgrimage.

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