Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:33

Thai exports shrink two years in row

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.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:04

Public invited to watch comet Lovejoy

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) is inviting the public to observe the comet Lovejoy with its glowing green tail on January 30 before it leaves on its 8,000 year journey

BANGKOK, Jan 27 MCOT A total of 97.2 million international tourists visited the 10 ASEAN member states last year, posting a growth of three per cent from 2013.

SEJONG, Jan. 27 - South Korea's trade surplus in automobiles fell 4.8 percent to US$35.98 billion last year from the year before due to a surge in domestic demand for foreign-made cars, a government report showed Tuesday.

The report by the Korea Customs Service (KCS) showed the country's car exports hitting $43.95 billion or 3.02 million units in 2014, up a marginal 1.6 percent from the year before. Imports, in contract, jumped 45.4 percent to $7.97 billion, or 256,000 vehicles.

The rise in imports caused the trade surplus to fall 4.8 percent last year from $37.79 billion tallied in 2013.

"The slow pace of export growth is linked to local carmakers expanding production lines abroad," the customs service said.

The KCS also said that the average unit cost of cars shipped abroad rose 1.6 percent, while that of imports rose 4.5 percent.

The average unit price for exported cars stood at $14,544 last year, with corresponding numbers for imports hitting $31,144.

By country, the United States was by far the largest buyer of South Korean-made cars, followed by Britain and Australia, with Germany being the main manufacturer of cars sold in South Korea. (Yonhap)

BEIJING, Jan 27 - Political advisors have proposed setting up women-only carriages on the Beijing subway during rush hour, though transport authorities say there is no specific plan.

The proposal was put forth by two members of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the annual session of the political advisory body, which concluded on Monday.

"By setting up special carriages, women will be better respected and protected," said Xiao Mingzheng, a member with the CPPCC Beijing Municipal Committee.

He said the move will also help reduce sexual harassment to women in subway.

Zhou Zhengyu, director with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, said there has not been further information about setting up the women-only carriages, but he said such move will be a "trend" for public transport development.

"Urban transport should provide diversified services and meet the differentiated demands of passengers," Zhou said.

Figures show the annual number of subway passengers rocketed by six times to 3.2 billion from 2003 to 2013 in Beijing. (Xinhua)

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