Monday, 17 November 2014 13:51

S. Korean part-time workers top 2 mln: data

SEOUL, Nov. 17 - The number of part-time workers in South Korea has topped the 2-million mark, data showed Monday, as the government is striving to create more jobs amid concerns that Asia's fourth-largest economy may relapse into a slowdown.

Monday, 17 November 2014 13:50

China to promote Silk Road travel in 2015

SHANGHAI, Nov 17 - China will promote travel to countries along the Silk Road in 2015, according to the latest decision by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).

Monday, 17 November 2014 13:47

Tourists flock to shivering North, Northeast

CHIANG RAI, Nov 17 -- As temperatures atop Phu Chi Fah in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai dropped to 14 degree Celsius before dawn Sunday, about 1,000 Thai and foreign tourists braved the chilly weather to see the sun rise and the sea of fog. 

BANGKOK, Nov 17 -- Police yesterday questioned an American suspected of sending three boxes of infant body parts to the United States, police said. 

BANGKOK, Nov 27 -- Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda will inspect a possible drought in the Northeast and will give his policy for dealing with the problem to senior officials during his visit to Khon Kaen province on Wednesday. 

BANGKOK, Nov 15 -- The Transfer Baggage Terminal (TBT) service at Savarnabhumi International Airport has started operation with the aim of facilitating passengers on transferring flight, said the airport director Prapon Pattamakitsakul.

BANGKOK, Nov 15 -- Owners of fishing trawlers operating in Indonesian territorial waters are asked to closely monitor information on Indonesian fishing laws which will be amended and become stricter for foreign fishing vessels, said Fisheries Department director-general Joompol Sanguansin on Friday.

Monday, 17 November 2014 13:28

Betagro plans to set up Lao, Cambodia plants

BANGKOK, Nov 17 - Betagro, a leading Thai agro-industry and food processing business, plans to establish pig farms and food processing plants in Laos and Cambodia to cater to the planned implementation of ASEAN Community (AC) scheduled to take effect at the end of 2015, said Athapol Uraipraiwan, senior vice president of  the company. 

Monday, 17 November 2014 13:22

NCPO inviting editors for second meeting

BANGKOK, Nov 17 -- Col Winthai Suvaree, spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said Sunday that the Council is prepared to clear doubts with media associations while asserting that it is not threatening media. 

Saturday, 15 November 2014 13:32

Basuki officially appointed as Jakarta governor

Jakarta, Nov 15 - Jakartas Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) has officially announced the appointment of Acting Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as Jakarta Governor.

"The chairman of Jakartas Regional Legislative Council has officially announced and proposed to the President through the Home Affairs Minister the appointment of Acting Jakarta Governor as Jakarta Governor," Jakartas DPRD chairman Prasetyo Edi Marsudi stated here on Friday.

According to him, a special plenary meeting was held to follow up on the letter of recommendation to the Home Affairs Minister besides a meeting with the leaders of all factions on Thursday (November 13).

"After the plenary meeting, the proposed letter was sent to the President through the Ministry of Home Affairs. We sent the letter the same day so the inauguration could be held at the earliest," Prasetyo said.

However, Prasetyo did not know when Basuki Tjahaja Purnama would be inaugurated, as the authority to take a decision on the matter rests with President Joko Widodo.

"Moreover, the President has been carrying out the state duties from abroad. So, we will wait for the Presidents decision before passing any instruction to the Home Affairs Ministry," Prasetyo noted.

From a total of 102 members, only 42 attended the special plenary meeting that lasted only 10 minutes.

Besides them, four DPRD deputy chairmen, namely M Taufik of Gerindra, Triwisaksana of PKS, Abraham Lunggana of PPP, and Ferrial Sofyan of the Democrat Party, also skipped the meeting.

"It is okay, no problem. We just officially announced the appointment of Basuki as Governor of Jakarta. Everything is carried in accordance with the directives from the Home Ministry," he emphasized.

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