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BANGKOK, Feb 9 - Thai authorities have arrested drug trafficking suspects in the South with methamphetamine pills and heroin worth more than Bt40 million. 

BANGKOK, Feb 9 - The University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has projected that only some Bt3.5 billion would change hands during the upcoming Valentine's Day, up by only 4.52 per cent from the previous year, the slowest growth rate in 9 years.

BANGKOK, Feb 10 - South Korea has decided to lift its 11-year ban on importing frozen chicken from Thailand, a move which is expected to push chicken exports of the country to grow by 6-7 per cent this year.

BANGKOK, Feb 9 - National flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) confirms that it has cancelled some flights to European destinations in line with its two-year strategic corporate restructuring programme.

BANGKOK, Feb 9 - Thailand is expected to export more chicken this year following outbreaks of bird flu in several countries since late last year, according to a report issued by Kasikorn Research Centre.

BANGKOK, Feb 9 - The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) must take longer to consider overseas travel requests by former prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra because she is now facing criminal charges on the rice-pledging scheme in which is tainted with massive corruption, said an NCPO spokesman.

Monday, 09 February 2015 14:31

Thai PM Prayut visits Japan

BANGKOK, Feb 9 –Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha left Bangkok Sunday for a three-day official visit to Japan, his first visit to that country since the military seized power May 22.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:20

Thailand, Japan joint prepare for AEC

BANGKOK, Feb 3 - The Japan-Thailand Joint Trade and Economic Committee and the Ministry of Industry are preparing together for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), but Japan will propose changes to Board of Investment (BoI) promotional privilege criteria by the end of next month.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:18

Boeing delivers Scoot's first 787 Dreamliner

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 - Boeing and Scoot Pte Ltd has announced the delivery of the Singapore-based airline's first 787 Dreamliner.

The plane will play a key role in the low-cost carrier's strategic plan to expand its long-haul fleet.

"We are excited to be taking delivery of our very first 787 Dreamliner," Scoot chief executive officer Campbell Wilson said in a statement issued from Everett, Washington today.

"The Dreamliner represents a step-change for Scoot, allowing us to take our onboard customer experience to a new level and to greatly expand our network.

"The 787's significant advances in efficiency will enable Scoot to continue offering safe and reliable service, with increased comfort and even greater value airfares," Wilson said.

The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient aircraft with new passenger-pleasing features.

In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide Scoot with unrivaled fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 percent less fuel and with 20 percent fewer emissions than the planes it replaces.

"We are proud to deliver the first 787 to Scoot and have them join the growing family of 787 operators," Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice-president, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Dinesh Keskar said.

"The new Dreamliner will bring great value to Scoot's operations and provide an exceptional experience for Scoot's passengers."

Customers traveling on Scoot's new 787 will experience the passenger-pleasing features of the Dreamliner such as larger, electronically dimmable windows and larger overhead luggage bins.

The lower cabin altitude, higher humidity levels, advanced air filtration and smoother-ride technology, help make the flying experience more comfortable and allow passengers to arrive at their destination more refreshed.

The airline will take delivery of an additional 19 787 Dreamliners.

The planes were originally ordered by Scoot's parent company, Singapore Airlines, which included ten 787-9 and ten 787-8s. (BERNAMA)

Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:16

Most Chinese cities below air quality standard

BEIJING, Feb 2 - Only eight of the 74 major Chinese cities subject to air quality monitoring met the national standard for clear air in 2014, official figures showed on Monday.

Six of the eight cities are on the eastern or eastern coast. Haikou, Zhoushan, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Huizhou and Fuzhou are joined by Lhasa and Kunming elsewhere in the country, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

China began to include an index of PM2.5, a key indicator of air pollution, and ozone in a new air quality standard at the beginning of 2013. The 74 cities have been chosen as pilots for the new standard.

In 2013, only three of the 74 met the standard.

The ministry said the general condition of serious pollution has changed little, though the average number of days with heavy smog in the 74 cities decreased by about 11 days from the 32 days in 2013.

The metropolitan area centered on Beijing and Tianjin was the most seriously polluted, with eight of the 13 cities in the area featuring on a list of the 10 smoggiest cities.

The average number of days with standard air quality in the area in 2014 was 156, 85 days fewer than the national average. The annual average intensity of PM2.5 in the area was more than 1.6 times stronger than the standard figure, according to the statistics. (Xinhua)

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