A Rolls-Royce logo is seen at the company's aerospace engineering and development site in Bristol, Britain, on Dec 17, 2015. (Reuters photo)LONDON: Britain's Serious Fraud Office on Friday dropped major investigations into engineering firm Rolls-Royce and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in a move condemned by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International. In Thailand's case, an SFO report two years ago showed Thai government officials had received Rolls Royce bribes to buy the firm's engines. Rolls Royce admitted corruption that took place in the 1980s and 1990s, but has not named any recipients of its bribery. Rolls-Royce is also paying an estimated £13 million to cover the SFO's costs.
February 23, 2019 05:15 UTC
Eventually, the rescuers sent the man's body to the Police Hospital and registered the incident with the Bang Kruay police station in Nonthaburi. The man was seen jumping from the Rama VII Bridge. Officials of the Ruam Katanyu said they were alerted at 12.30am that a man was seen jumping from the Rama VII bridge. The body was put on the pier on the side of the Bang Kruay power plant of the Electricity Generating of Thailand pending a check by police. Noppadol said sometimes a floating body has been tied to a pier for a day before police turned up.
February 23, 2019 04:41 UTC
The Chinese president expressed hope that the talks maintain “a mutually respectful, cooperative and win-win attitude” and lead to a “mutually beneficial” agreement. “I am ready to maintain close contact with the President through various means,” state-run China Central Television quoted Xi’s letter saying. “We want to make it a meaningful deal,” the president said, “not a deal that’s done and doesn’t mean anything. Asked about Huawei before the Oval Office meeting with Liu, Trump said that a decision on Huawei is pending, but “right now, it’s not something we’re discussing”. But he also said American businesses are demanding a deal that would produce lasting improvement in Chinese trade practices.
February 23, 2019 04:30 UTC
HONG KONG - Two Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong say chronic physical abuse by male family members prompted them to flee the kingdom, where they now fear they will be forcibly returned. While their parents were sleeping, the sisters retrieved their passports and boarded a flight from Colombo to Hong Kong. They said their onward flight booking to Melbourne had been cancelled and later learned the man was Saudi Arabia's consul general in Hong Kong. Fearing they were about to be "forcibly abducted", the sisters entered Hong Kong as visitors. They also claim police attempted to take them to meet with male relatives and Saudi officials.
February 23, 2019 04:30 UTC
ABUJA - Nigerians vote for a new president on Saturday after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. In a crowded field of 73 presidential hopefuls, the two frontrunners -- incumbent Muhammadu Buhari, 76, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, 72 -- are expected to vote in their home towns. Electors are also choosing 360 members of the House of Representatives and 109 senators from a choice of 6,500 candidates. - Task ahead -In 2015, former military ruler Buhari became the first opposition candidate in Nigerian history to defeat a sitting president, beating Goodluck Jonathan by 2.5 million votes. But with Buhari and Abubakar both northern Muslims, that could split the northern vote, making southern states a key battleground.
February 23, 2019 04:07 UTC
The King graciously instructed Maj Gen Kalsawan Chantharasen, an officer attached to the King's royal villa, to hand over his letter to Napassawan Chukaew, 39, a resident of Trang's Yan Ta Khao district. In the letter, His Majesty commended the woman for her consistency in doing good by cleaning temple dogs without being disgusted by them. After the ceremony to receive the King's letter of praise, Napassawan said she would continue her activities. She said she and her family were overjoyed to receive the letter of praise from the King. Her mother, Chaluay Chukaew, said the family and Trang people felt it was a great honour that the King sent praise to the local woman.
February 23, 2019 03:56 UTC
Scuba divers took about an hour to search for and retrieve the body of Timnoi Jampamool, 46, from the Lam Chakaj reservoir in Ban None Sawan village in Tambon None Pradu. Her husband, Thai Jampamool, told police that they were newcomers to the village and they did not know that there are deep parts at the bed of the reservoir. Timnoi stepped on an area that was about 4-metres deep, in the past it was just neck deep, and disappeared under the water. Her body was sent for a formal autopsy at the district hospital.
February 23, 2019 03:45 UTC
Will another contender swipe the best picture Oscar from him? Here are five things to watch for on Sunday when the stars gather for the 91st Oscars:- Can Netflix's 'Roma' make history? "Roma" earned a whopping 10 nods, leading the proceedings in a tie with "The Favourite." The film earned nominations in several top categories including best director and best actress, also a new high for Netflix. Four of the 10 nominations for "Roma" are his: for best picture as a producer, best director, best original screenplay and best cinematography.
February 23, 2019 03:33 UTC
Williams will depart the Twitter board at the end of this month, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. "It's been an incredible 13 years, and I'm proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time with the company," Williams said in the filing. Williams ceded his role as Twitter chief executive to Dick Costolo in 2010. Co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as Twitter chief in 2015, having held the position when the startup was nascent. Dorsey said in a Tweet that Williams was the reason he joined startup Odeo, an endeavor that led to him, Williams and Biz Stone creating Twitter.
February 23, 2019 03:22 UTC
Pichet Ekparn, chief of the disaster alleviation division of Lampang Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, said the district was declared disaster zone so that government agencies could speed up efforts to help affected people. The Seismological Bureau of the Meteorological Department said on Saturday that a total of 31 quakes and aftershocks occurred in Wang Nua from Wednesday to Friday. Lampang provincial governor Songpol Sawattham held an urgent meeting of agencies concerned and instructed them to survey the damage to provide aid immediately. Wang Nua assistant district chief Bamrung Khamwai said an initial survey found 72 houses, four government offices and seven temples in seven tambon were damaged. He said government officials have yet to completely evaluate the damage.
February 23, 2019 03:00 UTC
Police manned checkpoints on major roads in Samut Prakan on Friday night until the early hours of Saturday and made the arrests. Samut Prakan police chief Pol Maj Gen Nithithorn Jintakanon said 25 of the 78 arrested motorcyclists are under 18 and two of the 78 tested positive to drug abuses. Police also checked 26 motorcycle spare parts shops and found that one shop sold exhaust pipes that were illegally modified to make noises louder than allowed by the law. Twenty-one illegally-modified exhaust pipes were seized from the shop, Nithithorn said. He added that police also found 18 big-bike motorcycles making noises louder than allowed by the law so they were prohibited from use for 30 days.
February 23, 2019 02:48 UTC
InVent by Intouch Holdings is one corporate committed to helping accelerate Thai startups. He said there are an increasing number of Thai startups, with around 1,000 now active. “Thai startups are different from global startups – they need more time to scale and to secure fundraising. Moreover, Thai startups are more localised, and do not perform as well when scaled to the regional market when compared to Singapore. Through the last three years, it has invested in six funds and two Thai startups, Bania and SG Robotic.
February 23, 2019 02:48 UTC
LONDON - Wales and England will put their Six Nations Grand Slam ambitions on the line when they meet at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday. Surprise pick: Gareth Anscombe starts for Wales at fly-halfThe only unbeaten teams in the tournament, Wales and England have won their opening two matches. "They (Wales) have been saying they're ready to rip off heads," said England coach Eddie Jones. France captain Guilhem Guirado said playing Scotland was a chance to "save our honour because we were given a lesson two weeks ago (44-8 loss against England)". But Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw, himself now at Clermont, warned his men to expect a French backlash.
February 23, 2019 02:37 UTC
The husband, Rung-aroon Srichaimool, 32, waited for police at the house in Kao Jan Community in Tambon Mak Khaeng and he was arrested at 2.10am. He is accused of stabbing Somthawil Moolramad, 55, on the left side of her chest. She was killed on her bed while she was dressing to go out, police said. Police said Rung-aroon, had been drinking with Somthawil and their friend from Friday night until the early hours of Saturday. An argument began when Somthawil was getting ready to meet her new boyfriend, before Rung-aroon grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her.
February 23, 2019 02:03 UTC
TCG general manager Rak Worakijphokhathorn said tuktuk drivers can join a loan programme at five commercial banks. Rak said over 5,000 taxi motorcyclists applied for the loans on Thursday, the first registration day, although the TCG expected the number at 500. As a result, the TCG would expand the ceiling of its credit guarantee for taxi motorcyclists from Bt1 billion to Bt20 billion. The TCG initiated the project for taxi motorcyclists because they normally cannot apply for loans from banks, prompting them to be in debt to loan sharks. For tuktuk drivers, Bt50,000 of the Bt100,000 could be spent repairing and improving their vehicles and the rest for settling their non-bank loans or for other emergency expenses, Rak added.
February 23, 2019 02:03 UTC