BANGKOK, Dec 1 --  Labour Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat  will set up a task force to resolving labour problems in fishing industry following warnings of possible boycotts of imported Thai seafood products by the European Union (EU) and the United States, according to Noppadon Kannika, an adviser to the minister. 

NARATHIWAT, Dec 1 - Thailand’s violence-plagued southern province of  Narathiwat yesterday held a drill organized using the  ‘Tung Yang Daeng Model’, considered a first step of 4th Army Region commander Lt Gen Prakan Cholayuth's policy to keep deep south schools safe from insurgent attacks. 

NONTHABURI, Nov 29 - Police on Saturday seized about 400 lots of processed wood from a house owned by a relative of a suspect believed to be in the network of detained former Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) chief Pol Lt Gen Pongpat Chayaphan. 

BANGKOK, Dec 1 -- Thailand's Chief of Defence Forces Gen Worapong Sanganetra yesterday led representatives of the three armed forces in a major rehearsal for a parade to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 87th birthday which falls on Friday, December 5. 

SEOUL, Nov 29  (Yonhap-MCOT online news) Import car companies, which have been on a roll in recent years in South Korea, said Friday that they are aiming to sell 215,000 units in the new year, up 10 percent from 2014.

Rome, Nov 29 -Lion Air, Indonesia’s largest privately owned airlines, plans to build a cargo airport in Lebak, Banten province, which will be bigger than the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the company’s CEO, Rusdi Kirana, stated here on Friday.

"We will focus more on building infrastructure," Rusdi noted after inking a contract for the purchase of 40 turboprop aircraft from Italys aircraft manufacturer, Aerei da Trasporto Regionale (ATR).

According to Rudi, the cargo airport will be built on a six thousand-hectare plot of land in Lebak area and will be specifically used for cargo transportation catering to domestic and regional markets.

"We have set a target to make the airport fully operational in 2018," Rusdi stated, adding that the groundbreaking of the new airport will be held next year.

He expressed hope that the new cargo airport will ease domestic and international flow of goods. Apart from offering transportation services, the new airport will also provide a business center for small and medium enterprises.

Saturday, 29 November 2014 13:24

Thailand's Motor Expo 2014 kicks off

BANGKOK, Nov 28 -- The organiser of the extravagant Thailand International Motor Expo 2014 event still hopes for the sale of at least 50,000 vehicles during this year's event, despite the current sluggishness in the automotive market.

The Lao government has urged Thailand to quickly complete demarcation of the border between the two neighbouring countries, and to also help maintain peace along the Mekong River, said Deputy Prime Minister/Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan on Friday.

BANGKOK, Nov 28 -- The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday set January 9 as the date for opening statements in the impeachment case against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on alleged massive corruption in her ousted government’s rice-pledging scheme.

PETALING JAYA, Nov 28  - Ericsson expects smartphone subscriptions to increase 10 per cent over the next six months in Malaysia after a research revealed a tremendous rise of smartphone users.

Its Malaysia and Sri Lanka president, Todd Ashton, said the rise was due to the application of social media and instant messaging services such as Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube.

"Smartphone has become an important tool for accessing online services as more consumers in urban areas are using mobile data services," he said at a media briefing on 'Ericsson Mobility Report' here today.

Ashton said the Ericsson ConsumerLab research showed that 60 per cent of daily Internet users in South-East Asia and Oceania have at least two social networking accounts while 67 per cent used more than two instant messaging apps to interact with family and friends.

"In the research, 26 per cent of Malaysian consumers declared that social media play a central role in their daily lives.

"By 2020, it is expected that there will be more than 800 million smartphone subscriptions in South-East Asia and Oceania," he said.

The report also revealed that the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access or High-Speed Packet Access will make up the majority of all subscriptions by 2020, with about 4.4 billion subscriptions compared with3.5 billion Long-Term Evolution subscriptions.

"Data traffic will continue to grow in the region as smartphone penetration and data consumption per device increases.

"These devices account for 65 to 70 per cent of all mobile phones sold in the third quarter 2014, compared to around 55 per cent during third quarter 2013," he said.

He added that 37 per cent from all mobile phone subscriptions today were associated with smartphones.

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