SEOUL, Oct. 17 South Korea is not likely to be affected by the U.S. exit from quantitative easing (QE) as Asia's fourth-largest economy has relatively strong economic fundamentals, a former International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said Friday.

BANGKOK, Oct 16 A virus expert in Thailand has pointed out that the Ebola virus disease is unlikely to stop spreading and an outbreak in Asia cannot be ruled out because a large number of Asians are working in Africa.

BANGKOK, Oct 16 -- Concerned agencies hurriedly responded with help for the woman from Lop Buri who set herself afire at a public service centre in Bangkok yesterday.

An attending doctor said her condition is still severe.

The Ministry of Finance has announced that the economic slowdown resulted in the state revenue falling short of the target by 8.8 per cent in the 2014 fiscal year which ended September 30.

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PM vows not to prolong premiership post

MILAN, Oct 16 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reasserted to the international community the necessity of his seizure administrative power to break Thailand's national deadlock and prevent the country from deteriorating.

Jakarta, Oct 16 - Indonesia needs an investment of at least Rp278 trillion to build infrastructure for supporting faster Internet connectivity in the country, Deputy Minister of the Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo stated here on Wednesday.

"The amount of money will be used to finance six priority programs within the period of 2014-2019," noted Lukita.

He was optimistic that private parties will be willing to financially support the governments projects as the state itself has a limited budget for developing its information and technology sector.

Lukita emphasized the important role played by private parties in financing the projects that will boost Internet connectivity in Indonesia.

The deputy minister pointed out that faster internet connectivity will improve the peoples quality of living and eventually have a positive impact on the nations economy.

"According to a study, every 10 percent growth in internet users will increase the economic growth by 1.23 to 1.38 percent. If we can have faster internet connectivity, it can be used as one of the tools to increase productivity," added Lukita.

SEOUL, Oct 16 LG Uplus Corp., the smallest mobile carrier in South Korea, said Thursday it has developed a new technology that combines WiFi (wireless fidelity) frequency with the long-term evolution (LTE) network to boost the speed of data transmission.

The "LTE in unlicensed spectrum" technology, or LTE-U, lets smart devices using the existing frequency band of the WiFi network to combine it with that of the LTE network for transmission speeds of up to four times that of existing LTE, the mobile carrier said.

LG Uplus said it recorded a download speed of 300 megabits per second (Mbps) by adding the WiFi network's 20MHz bandwidth in 5.8 GHz band to the LTE network's 20MHz bandwidth on 2.6GHz band.

The company said this marks the first successful test in the industry of carrier aggregation (CA) technology that uses the WiFi network for faster LTE speeds. The CA technology refers to bundling more than two frequency bands to increase bandwidth.

The mobile carrier said the new technology will provide data transmission speeds equivalent to that of the fifth-generation network and make the LTE-U a focus of the network industry.

"We expect that users will be able to see a smart device supporting such technology by the second half of 2015," said Park Chul-hwan, a LG Uplus spokesman.

BEIJING, Oct 16 - More than half of the flowers on display for the National Day festivities in downtown Beijing will be replaced with fresh blooms as the city braces for the APEC meeting next month.

Earlier the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Landscape and Forestry put on display 11 large-scale parterres on the Tian'anmen Square and along the Chang'an Avenue to create a festive atmosphere for the one-week National Day holiday.

Tian'anmen Square is located in the heart of Beijing while Chang'an Avenue passes through the political districts of Beijing, with the main offices of the Chinese government quartered along the street.

The bureau on Wednesday said it will replace 450,000 of the 750,000 pots of the national day flowers and transform them to feature the APEC themes.

To greet the annual APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, the city has repaired major roads, renovated old buildings and whitewashed exteriors of buildings along major streets.

The city will also adopt a special air pollution control plan for the APEC meeting, which features temporary closure of factories in the event of a pollution warning, in an effort to avoid heavy smog.

BANGKOK, Oct 15 --Singaporean and Japanese ambassadors to Thailand met two key government figures separately to discuss relations and economic issues.

BANGKOK, Oct 16 -- Deputy Defence Minister/Army chief Udomdej Sitabutr on Wednesday expressed sympathy with a Lop Buri farmer who set herself on fire and hoped she would be saved. 

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