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NAY PYI TAW, Nov 13 - The United Nations (UN) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should formulate a joint post 2015 action plan to genuinely benefit the people of the 10-member bloc, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said during an ASEAN-UN meeting in Myanmar.

NAY PYI TAW, Nov 13 - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha proposed that Japan invest in connecting Myanmar's Dawei Special Economic Zone with Thailand's Eastern Seaboard while at the 6th Mekong-Japan Summit in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 - Badminton is still Malaysia's main hope to win medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

"Badminton still has the best prospects at the Olympic Games even without Datuk Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia's to shuttler). We have two more years to prepare our athletes for the Rio olympics.

"We have identified other prospects who will carry the nation's challenge in our quest for gold medals, specifically via the doubles. As a preliminary step, we have to really identify our doubles pairs who can do it," he said.

He told this to reporters after appearing as a guest speaker at the Leadership Series organised by the Retirement Fund Incorporated (Incorporated) (KWAP) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here, Wednesday.

According to Khairy, focus would be given to both the men's and women's pairs.

"We also have other sports which have prospects at the Olympic Games. We have to diversify our source of medals," he said.

He said it was time the country stopped depending merely on Chong Wei.

"We hope Chong Wei will still be with us (represent the nation at the Olympics). He was our hope in London (2012) and Beijing (2008). But we cannot continue to depend on Chong Wei. In the programme 'Road To Rio', we have identified other prospects," he said.

On Razif Sidek's comments that Chong Wei had been using banned substances for a long time such as that found in the doping test in Copenhagen, Khairy said the allegation from the former national badminton ace was irresponsible.

"He (Razif) is making a very serious allegation. He has to come foward and show some evidence, he can't just make such allegations," said Khairy.

In a related development, National Sports Institute (ISN) Chief Executive Officer Dr Ramlan Abd Aziz said ISN was compiling all relevant information for Chong Wei's appeal over his suspension for failing a doping test.

The Badminton World Federation has handed him a provisional suspension pending the appeal.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:42

Samsung Gear VR to reach U.S. market next month

SEOUL, Nov 13 - Top handset maker Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it plans to roll out its first virtual reality headset in the U.S. market in December, gradually expanding into other countries.

BEIJING, Nov 13 -  No violent terror happened and 71 percent less criminal alarms reported during the APEC week, Beijing police announced Wednesday night.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:35

Police kill drug smuggler in Sukhothai clash

SUKHOTHAI, Nov 12 -- Police clashed with drug traffickers in Sukhothai's Si Samrong district today, with one smuggler dead and two arrested in possession of two million pills of methamphetamine.

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.

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