BANGKOK, Jan 28 - Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said he has adhered to peaceful solutions for the far South and has not set any timeframe limitation for its peace restoration process.
BEIJING, Jan. 27 - China added a record 17 million new cars on the road in 2014 as car ownership reaches 154 million, said the Ministry of Public Security on Tuesday.
Strong demand for cars has helped the automobile replace the motorcycle as the main method of transportation. Cars made up 58.6 percent of total motor vehicles, a sharp rise from 43.9 percent five years ago.
The number of people obtaining driving licenses also ballooned from 219 million in 2013 to 247 million as of the end of 2014, said the ministry, adding 29.7 million drivers have fewer than one year's driving experience.
Of the 35 cities which have more than one million cars each, ten have more than two million cars, including Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing.
The ministry said the number of passenger cars has reached 117 million, 90 percent of which are private cars. Beijing has the highest private car penetration, with 63 private cars for every 100 households, while the average is 25 private cars for every 100 households.
Carmakers have enjoyed strong sales over the years, with more middle-class customers placing orders for their first cars. But with frequent traffic jams, it is yet to be seen whether cars can still ride the booming tide in the years to come. More local governments have begun to limit car use, among them eight cities have quotas for new car plates. (Xinhua)
BANGKOK, Jan 27 -- The commander of the Institute of Forensic Medicine (IFM) said its autopsy found no narcotic substance in the body of the British tourist found dead on Surat Thani's Ko Tao island.
She might have died because of her chronic disease and a medicine she took.
IFM commander Pol Maj Gen Pornchai Suteerakune said officials who conducted the autopsy did not find any narcotics in the body of Christina Annesley and her cause of death might have been chronic disease and her medication.
The 23-year-old tourist was found dead in her hotel room on Ko Tao on Jan 20.
Officials will take some time to check medicines in her body. The examination would be complicated and time-consuming, Maj Gen Pornchai said.
BANGKOK, Jan 27 - Facebook and the Instagram social networks broke down in many countries for about one hour from 1.10pm to 2.10pm Thai time.
The hacker group Lizard Sqad announced via Twitter @LizardMafia, implying it was responsible for the incident.
BANGKOK, Jan 27 - Thailand's Department of International Trade Promotion reported that Thai exports shrank by 0.41 per cent in 2014 contracing for the second consecutive year.
The department hopes the value will rise by 4 per cent this year.
BANGKOK, Jan 27 - Thailand's National Security Council (NSC) Secretary General Anusit Kunakrn admitted that not much progress has been made regarding the next round of peace talks aimed at bringing peace to the restive southern Thai provinces.
Car production in Thailand for 2015 is projected at 2.2 million units, while export is set for 1.2 million units, said Surapong Paisitpattanapong, vice chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries.
Surapong is also FTI’s automotive industry group head.
The Thai baht is expected to strengthen, but only for the short-term after the European Central Bank (ECB) moved to inject 60 billion euro a month into their economy, aimed at spurring growth and averting deflation, said Ekniti Nitithanprapas, deputy director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office.
ASEAN has announced joint tourism promotional campaigns to also emphasize sustainability. Nearly 100 million tourists visited the region last year.
Following the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2015, Thailand’s Tourism & Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that as the ASEAN Community would take effect later this year, ASEAN worked out a 10-year tourism plan to be implemented from 2016 to 2025.
Daniel Russel, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, met former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday morning to hear in person her views on the situation here.
A photograph of the meeting was released on the US Embassy’s Facebook page.