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Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:31

Justice Ministry creating inmate DNA database

BANGKOK, Nov 12 --  Thailand's Ministry of Justice is creating a DNA database of all prisoners in the Thai penal system, with DNA data to be incorporated into inmates' criminal records to be used in tracking them after their release.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:29

Gold price to drop further this month

BANGKOK, Nov 12 -- The Gold Research Center projects the gold price in Thailand will continue to decline this month and range from Bt17,000 to Bt19,000. 

BANGKOK, Nov 12 - Thailand and Vietnam have agreed that their third joint cabinet retreat will take place in Thailand.

The decision was reached by Thai Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Affairs Minister Tanasak Patmapragorn and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Affairs Minister Pham Binh Minh during their meeting in Nay Pyi Thaw, the Myanmar capital.

NAY PYI TAW, Nov 12 -- Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha supported the ASEAN-Japan communique and Japanese investment in ASEAN connectivity.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:14

Stricter measures to be imposed on direct sales

A request has been proposed to the Office of the Consumer Protection Board to be more careful before issuing a business license to operators of direct sales businesses following arrests of a Chinese national and three Thais recently, said Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce University’s Economic and Business Forecasting Center announced that the country’s Consumer Confidence Index in October stood at 80.1, rising from 79.2 in September.

Center director Thanavath Phonvichai said the increase resulted from the government’s economic stimulus measures worth Bt360 billion for the fourth quarter of this year, lower oil prices, and increases in exports in September.

However, consumers were still worried about the low prices of farm products, the cost of living that remained high and the uncertainty of the global economy.

The center predicts that the Thai economy will grow by 1.3-1.5 percent this year and 4-5 percent next year due to government investment projects.

However, Dr Thanavath said, the unfolding global economic situation would be an important factor.

He projected that inflation would run between 2.3-2.8 percent and exports would grow by 3-5 percent next year.

SEOUL, Nov 12 - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that it will cooperate with German software giant SAP to develop mobile solutions for companies.

The two companies plan to provide business-to-business (B2B) services in the retail, petrochemical, finance and health care sectors by developing corporate solutions such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, a type of business management software.

To that end, Samsung and SAP have agreed to set up a joint innovation center, the South Korean company said.

"(Samsung) will meet the demands of customers in the corporate market as a leader of the IT industry," said Kim Seok-pil, head of Samsung Electronics global B2B center.

Samsung "will build up the best platform with global mobile solution leader SAP," he added.

Samsung's announcement was made at SAP TechEd && d-code, the largest SAP tech conferences for developers, engineers and technologists, which was held on Tuesday (Berlin time).

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 - Social media users must be more careful towards the sensitivity and validity of messages, especially those related to health issues, before they are disseminated.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the social media plays an important role in the context of disseminating information fast, but if it is abused it could cause confusion in the society.

"There are messages which are erroneous and fake, for example Ebola which was detected in this country several months ago, which only created panic among the people," he said when speaking at the 2014 Health Ministry Media Awards, here, Tuesday.

In the meantime, Dr Subramaniam also praised the media for carrying out its role to impart information successfully which had influenced the people into adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Meanwhile, Malaysian national news agency features desk journalist, Sakini Mohd Said won the consolation prize for the Malay Newspaper-Best Health Journalism category.

Sakini, 31, of Penang took home RM1,000 cash and a certificate with her article titled 'Sleep Problems, Risk Of Involvement In Accident' which she wrote last year.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 13:27

China developing Mars rover

ZHUHAI, Guangdong, Nov 12 - After successfully putting the "Jade Rabbit" lunar rover on the moon, Chinese space experts say the country's planned Mars vehicle will be larger, tougher and a better climber.

On Tuesday, a real-sized model of the Mars rover is on display at the Airshow China 2014 in south China's Zhuhai City, offering a rare glimpse of the spacecraft still being designed.

"Our current concept is that it will have six wheels, like Yutu (Jade Rabbit), but will be larger in size and better at crossing obstacles," says Jia Yang, who led the team that developed Yutu.

"Yutu can climb over obstacles no higher than 20-centimeters, but has to bypass larger rocks. This will not work on Mars, where places are full of large rocks like those in the Gobi Desert. So we must improve its adaptability to complex territory," he says.

The 2-meter-long model on display is the prototype. Its final look and functions are yet to be decided.

China has not announced an official plan for a Mars probe, but Ouyang Ziyuan, a leading scientist in China's moon probe mission, has said China plans to land a Mars rover around 2020, collect samples and bring them back around 2030.

Jia expects the Mars buggy to be solar-powered, its weight close to NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers at about 180 kg. NASA's latest Curiosity rover weighs 900 kg and is powered by nuclear battery, but Jia says the capability of China's carrier rockets limits the size of its Mars rover.

Yutu reported a mechanical malfunction during the second lunar day after its successful landing in December last year, prompting Chinese experts to stress the fault response on the Mars rover.

"The Mars environment is more complicated and adverse than that of the moon. We're working to overcome the worst scenario - dust storms that will significantly lower the energy output of the solar battery," Jia says.

Displayed with the rover is a model of a capsule designed to carry the vehicle into the planet's atmosphere. Jia says they are still working on the capsule's parachute and heat-proof structure that will enable it to land in the extremely thin air, one of the hardest parts of the Mars mission.

CHINA'S MARS AMBITION

Chinese scientists have eyed the Red Planet as the next destination after a successful soft landing on the moon late last year. Calls for speeding up China's own Mars mission mounted after India's probe reached the planet's orbit in September, following similar success by the United States and Europe.

China made one unsuccessful attempt to reach Mars in 2011, when a China-made probe boarded a Russian rocket to Mars but failed to complete the mission because of an accident in the orbital transfer.

Li Zhongbao, vice head of the China Academy of Space Technology, says China is capable of probing Mars.

The distance between Mars and Earth ranges between 50 million and 400 million kilometers, compared with 380,000 kilometers between the moon and Earth, but Li says China has powerful rockets and interstellar communication and control technologies for making the travel possible.

China's success in lunar landing has honed its landing technologies, though landing and survival of the rover remains the most difficult part of the mission, according to Li.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 13:24

PM: Foreign leaders concerned about Thailand

BEIJING, Nov 11 -- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reported that he has assured foreign leaders attending the ongoing 22nd APEC Economic Leader’s Meeting in Beijing that the political situation in Thailand has improved.

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