AMRITSAR (INDIA) - Around 60 people are now known to have died when a train ploughed into a crowd of revellers watching a firework display in India, officials said Saturday. Indian police are investigating how a speeding train ploughed into a crowd of revellers, killing around 60 and injuring dozens more. A 2012 government report described the loss of 15,000 passengers to rail accidents every year in India as a "massacre". Railway minister Piyush Goyal returned early from a trip to the United States to go to Amritsar on Saturday. Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh called off a trip to Israel to go to the disaster scene.
October 20, 2018 06:22 UTC
In designing unique experiences for tourists, the locals were able to draw on research into creative tourism and eco-tourism conducted by a group of Thaksin University lecturers. The researchers examined the potential and guidelines for creative tourism, as well as the behaviour of tourists and their preferences, and were able to pinpoint the services that can help attract and meet the needs of new travellers. Phatthalung has long been a “stopover” – where people stopped by for lunch or to pick up a souvenir – before moving on to other traditional tourist destinations, Jiraporn Kongrode explained. She also shared her findings into the needs and behaviour of tourists towards creative tourism in the basin of Klong Pa Phayom-Klong Tha Nae. “But to promote creative tourism, they will have to go further than they usually do – to see, buy, learn and test [by doing activities],” the university lecturer said.
SINGAPORE - US Open champion Naomi Osaka admitted Saturday she is still grappling with her newfound stardom but believes the overwhelming attention won’t affect her game at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore. Osaka said her life had changed since the US Open but vowed to remain focused on tennis. At the China Open, she required treatment to her lower back during her semi-final defeat to unseeded Anastasija Sevastova. But Osaka has a chance to finish a memorable year on a high in Singapore, which starts on Sunday. The white group features defending WTA Finals champion Caroline Wozniacki, Czech players Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova, and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
October 20, 2018 06:11 UTC
The challenge will be in the synchronisation of job destruction and job creation. On the other hand, technology will create a lot of new jobs, as entire industries emerge and companies are formed. “We co-created, with Microsoft, to develop YOS – your own boss – your one-stop shopping, the digital platform for freelancers,” says Dehaze. We know what kinds of needs the companies have, and know what kinds of skills the candidates have or do not have. The user can hire new staff, plan shifts, issue contracts and approve timesheets from this platform, all in real-time.
Ariya Banomyong, managing director of Line Thailand says that Fastwork will join the Line Scale-up Programme, which will provide the start-up a free access to Line users through the official account and Line API. “I am excited about this first investment of Line Ventures in Thailand,” said Ariya. “We are here to support the Thai start-up ecosystem. In Young Chung, director of Line Ventures, said that e-commerce is at the cusp of rapid long-term growth in the region, underpinned by social commerce platforms. As social commerce creates significant outsourcing demands for SMEs, leading freelancing platforms like Fastwork will enjoy robust growth by providing end-to-end outsourcing solutions for SMEs, he said.
The Thai youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, were retrieved from the Tham Luang cave complex in July after a dramatic rescue effort. Former Sweden international Ibrahimovic had also appeared as a surprise guest to meet the team on the show. This is probably the best team in the world," Ibrahimovic said. The team became the centre of global media sensation as the world watched and waited for news of their rescue in June. The rescue effort claimed the life of a rescue diver, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan.
Col Sirichan Ngathong, Army deputy spokeswoman, said Apirat was visiting security agencies in the deep South to hand down his policies for security and other developments. Sirichan said the new Army chief wants to isolate normal violent incidents from insurgency attacks so that society will be informed of the real situation in the deep South. She said the Army chief also wants security in the Deep South to foster close ties with their counterparts in Malaysia to cooperate on security and other developments in the region.
South Korean fraud suspect Jin Weon Seo is interrogated by Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, acting Immigration Bureau chief, following his arrest at a Bangkok hotel. A South Korean man wanted in his home country for public fraud has been arrested in a police raid on a hotel room in Bangkok. Mr Jin, 60, was wanted on four arrest warrants issued in his country for fraud with damages totalling 132 million won (3.8 million baht). he was said to have fled to Thailand via a natural border area. While in Thailand, he was alleged to have swindled money out of some Thai businessmen by duping them into investing in hotels and golf courses in Bangkok, Chon Buri and Phuket, said Pol Maj Gen Surachate.
October 20, 2018 06:00 UTC
Police said no one was injured in the attack, as Pol Senior Sgt Maj Anusorn Khantikulanon, an official of the training division of Provincial Police Bureau 9, and his wife were not home. Police said two insurgents arrived on a motorcycle and opened fire on the house with an MP16 assault rifle. Twenty spent shells of M16 ammunition were found at the scene. The assailants also threw two petrol bombs at the house but they hit a concrete wall and did not damage the house. Two broken glass bottles were found at the scene.
October 20, 2018 05:37 UTC
The new party sent its spokeswoman, Phannikar Wanit and dpeuty deputy leader Dr Chamnarn Chanruang to open its branch in Khon Kaen's Muang district and to recruit party members at 9am on Saturday. Prim Boonpattaraksa, the mother of Jatupat, was among local residents who turned up to welcome the Future Forward leaders and to apply for membership. Jatupat, known widely as “Pai Dao Din”, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for a lese majeste charge after he shared a BBC report profiling the monarch. Prim said she wanted to take part in the establishment of the party to push for changes on issues where people are treated unfairly.
October 20, 2018 05:25 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO - Mai Khoi, a dissident musician dubbed Vietnam's Lady Gaga, has appealed to Facebook's directors to safeguard freedom of expression as the government looks to bolster its control of the web. Mai Khoi is afraid of becoming an online targetWith 53 million users, Facebook is extremely popular in Vietnam -- where the internet has become a battleground for activists like Khoi. "Protecting freedom of expression should be an official policy of Facebook, but sadly, it's not," Khoi told AFP during an interview at the city's airport. Facebook and Google have so far declined to comment on Vietnam's impending cybersecurity law, though rights groups have slammed the bill. "I think Facebook should do the right thing to show what they do is protecting freedom of expression," Khoi said.
October 20, 2018 05:15 UTC
PARIS - Is Mercury's core liquid or solid, and why -- on the smallest planet in our solar system -- is it so big? First, however, the suite of instruments on board the Ariane 5 rocket will have to travel seven years and nine million kilometres (5.6 million miles) to reach their destination. Scientists speculate that this may have accumulated from comets crashing onto Mercury's surface. - Lashed by solar winds -Mercury is 58 million kilometres (36 million miles) from the Sun, nearly three times closer than Earth. The Mercury Planet Orbiter, built by ESA, will investigate planet's surface and interior composition.
October 20, 2018 05:15 UTC
Eighteen days after Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia acknowledged early Saturday that he was dead. (AP Photo)ISTANBUL: Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a “fistfight” in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom claimed early Saturday, finally admitting that the writer had been slain at its diplomatic post. No major decisions in Saudi Arabia are made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom’s ruling Al Saud family. Beyond its statements attributed to anonymous officials, Saudi Arabia offered no evidence to support its claims. Trump made his first overseas trip as president to Saudi Arabia and has touted his arms sales to the kingdom.
October 20, 2018 03:32 UTC
LONDON - Britons dreading life outside Europe will rally from all corners to London Saturday to try to stop their country's looming breakup with the EU. "There'll be no second referendum. And EU leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron are openly wondering if a second British vote might yet make the mess go away. Polls show support for a second referendum evenly split -- the same as with Brexit itself. The last big march on parliament demanding a second vote in June saw an estimated 100,000 gather on and around the picturesque Parliament Square facing Westminster Palace.
October 20, 2018 01:52 UTC
AUSTIN - Sebastian Vettel complained that Formula One's red flag rules are wrong and need more common sense applied after he was handed a three-place grid penalty on Friday. "Lining out 27.7 seconds precisely, as not complying with the rules, I think is wrong. There was much support for Vettel in the paddock with Red Bull boss Christian Horner leading criticism of the red flag rule. To give him a three-place penalty... It affects the race, affects qualifying and it is not a good penalty."
October 20, 2018 00:45 UTC