Industrial confidence in December highest in 22 months | Bangkok Post: news

Confidence in the industrial sector increased for the fourth straight month in December to the highest level in 22 months, according to the latest survey by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI)FTI chairman Chen Namchaisiri said the confidence index rose to 88.5 points in December, up from 87.6 in November, bolstered by rising purchase orders and improved production before the end of 2016. The 1,170 respondents from 45 groups of industries expressed greater confidence after the government introduced tax measures to stimulate domestic consumption, coupled with several promotion campaigns organised by industries such as electrical appliances, fashion, food and automobiles. Mr Chen said negative factors affecting confidence were the extended rains that caused flooding and logistics problems. The floods caused shortfalls in rubber, palm oil and rubber wood processing. However, the confidence index for the next three months dropped to 100.0 in December, down from 102.0 in November, as industries were still worried about prices of raw materials, the increase in wages and oil prices, fluctuation of the exchange rate and the global economic situation.

January 18, 2017 09:31 UTC

Russia says Snowden can stay two more years

Snowden was not on Obama's list of commutations or pardons. "Snowden's residence permit has just been extended by two years," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page. Snowden has been living in exile in Russia since 2013, where he ended up after spending weeks in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. He was initially granted permission to stay in Russia for one year amid the rapid deterioration in Moscow's relations with Washington. Snowden welcomed the action on Manning's sentence, writing on Twitter: "Let it be said here in earnest, with good heart: Thanks, Obama."

January 18, 2017 09:19 UTC

Selection process in fraud-hit police exam to continue | Bangkok Post: news

Municipal official Jeerapoj Plaiduang (centre), 45, based in Pathumwan district, was the first to be arrested and is accused of masterminding the exam cheating. (Bangkok Post file photo)A committee investigating cheating in the recent police entrance exam has decided that while those candidates found involved in the scandal will be disqualified and charged, the other applicants will not have to sit a new examination. MPB deputy chief, Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, said the panel in charge of the case would finalise the list of exam cheaters within a week, and then continue with the selection process. One of the suspects is Jeerapoj Plaiduang, 45, a city inspector, or thetsakit, at the Pathumwan district office of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. The MPB deputy chief said investigators had applied for arrest warrants for 100 more exam candidates, but the court ordered them to gather additional evidence and re-submit their request.

January 18, 2017 09:17 UTC

Sony Interactive Entertainment launches glacier white PS4

In Thailand, the new color is available from Thursday with a 500GB HDD (SRP: Bt12,990) or 1TB HDD (SRP: Bt 13,990). Users will be able to choose the simple, elegantly designed standard PS4 system from two colors, the original “Jet Black” and the new “Glacier White” to enjoy an array of entertainment experiences that are only possible on PlayStation. SIES will also introduce the new color variation for Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK4) (CUH-ZCT2 series) in “Glacier White” and “Green Camouflage” which will be available on the same day. On the software front, the PS4 software portfolio will continue to expand with highly anticipated games including Resident Evil 7 biohazard (CAPCOM CO., LTD.), Nioh (KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.), Gravity Rush 2, Horizon Zero Dawn and PaRappa The Rapper Remastered (SIE WWS). SIES will continue to further enhance the entire PlayStation ecosystem by offering users the choice of a variety of hardware models, continually releasing exciting new software and expanding network services.

January 18, 2017 08:47 UTC

Volunteer craftsmen wanted for building of royal pyre | Bangkok Post: news

A worker helps lower building materials to be used to build accommodation for Office of Traditional Arts workers assigned to build the royal pyre for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation at Sanam Luang, on Jan 17. Mr Sahabhum said people who wish to apply must be appropriately experienced, expert craftsmen in the field of traditional arts. They can apply in person at the general administration building of the Office of Traditional Arts on Phutthamonthon Sai 5 in tambon Salaya of Phutthamonthon district, Nakhon Pathom province, or by mail. The Office of Traditional Arts will announce the names of those who qualify on Feb 24 on the same website. Those qualified will undergo an interview and a test of craftsmanship on Feb 27.

January 18, 2017 08:38 UTC

Federer made to work by qualifier, Berdych next

It was Federer's second win against a qualifier at this year's Open after he defeated experienced Austrian Jurgen Melzer in four sets on Monday. Federer, 35, said he likes the way things are coming together at the year's first major tournament, but he knows he will have to lift his game against the 10th-ranked Berdych. The court plays fast, he's caused difficulties for me in the past on faster courts," Federer said of Berdych. I thought he played really well," he said. "I feel like he's going to have a great, consistent career.

January 18, 2017 08:31 UTC

Angkor Wat's floating bridge near completion | Bangkok Post: news

The floating bridge being built at Angkor Wat. (Photo: supplied by Khmer Times)PHNOM PENH - The temporary floating bridge leading to Angkor Wat will be completed before May and will be able to support more than 6,000 people at once, according to officials. The Apsara Authority, the government body that manages the Angkor temple complex, said construction on the floating bridge started on Nov 28 and it will be ready for use before May. “We assume that one person weighs 80 kilogrammes, so this floating bridge can support a total of 6,371 people at the same time,” Mr Kim Leng said. The Apsara Authority is cooperating with Sophia University in Japan in construction of the bridge.

January 18, 2017 07:59 UTC

Hun Sen files $1m defamation suit against opposition leader | Bangkok Post: news

Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy delivers a speech to party members in Manila on June 29, 2016. He faces a defamation lawsuit filed by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. (Reuters photo)PHNOM PENH - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has filed a defamation lawsuit against opposition leader Sam Rainsy, demanding US$1 million in damages, his lawyer said Wednesday. "The premier asked me to study the case before he left for (the World Economic Forum in) Switzerland, and that if I have enough evidence, I have the right to file a lawsuit against Sam Rainsy for $1 million for public defamation," Tech said. Sovantha, meanwhile, also took moves to sue Rainsy on Tuesday, demanding $250,000 over the same incident, which allegedly took place as Rainsy met with CNRP activists in France. Rainsy, who has been in self-imposed exile abroad for over a year, faces a series of lawsuits and possibly arrest if he returns to Cambodia.

January 18, 2017 07:45 UTC

Myanmar's capital struggles to fill empty hotels | Bangkok Post: news

The interior of Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw is beautifully decorated in a style which exudes a rather contemporary feel. Than Htut, chair of the Nay Pyi Taw Hotel Entrepreneurs Association said on average around 1,000 of the available hotel rooms were occupied on any day. Than Htut added that efforts to create promotional videos for Nay Pyi Taw tourism are already underway. The more the information about Nay Pyi Taw’s lures can be disseminated the more the capital’s popularity will improve, he added. Making Nay Pyi Taw popular in the near future is not impossible, but it will take some time, he said.

January 18, 2017 07:45 UTC

Goodbye police checkpoints, hello cameras & mobile cops | Bangkok Post: learning

Each police station to send out mobile police officers with cameras to take photos of traffic violators & then will issue tickets from police station. ROAD SAFETY & LAW ENFORCEMENTGoodbye checkpoints , hello mobile traffic cops with cameras18/01/2017Post ReportersCameras will be repositioned around the city to help curb a wider range of traffic violations. LESS CHECKPOINTS, MORE EFFICIENT LAW ENFORCEMENTThere will be less police checkpoints slowing traffic and creating traffic jams on city streets in the future. Cars running red lights, overtaking and cutting in a dangerous illegal fashion and those cutting in at bridges will also be law enforcement targets. More fines and more efficient law enforcement are expected from these new measures.

January 18, 2017 07:41 UTC

Nigeria air strike error kills over 50 | Bangkok Post: news

People walk at the site after a bombing attack of an internally displaced persons camp in Rann, Nigeria on Tuesday. (Reuters photo)NAIROBI - At least 52 people have been killed after the Nigerian military mistakenly bombed a camp for thousands of families fleeing Islamist militants, a humanitarian group said Wednesday. Doctors Without Borders also said 120 others have been wounded in the incident in Rnn in northeastern Nigeria. The International Committee of the Red Cross said six of its workers, who had been helping to bring food to the site, were among the dead. According to French public radio, senior Nigerian military officials have acknowledged that the bombing was a mistake as air force pilots targeted Boko Haram fighters on Tuesday.

January 18, 2017 07:04 UTC

Cambodian women rescued from sex slavery in Japan

Cambodian foreign ministry spokesman Chum Sounry told AFP the women were rescued in mid-December after a victim wrote a plea for help on the Facebook page of the Cambodian embassy in Japan. Cambodian officials did not say if the Japanese restaurant owner was arrested or faced any charges. Japan has long been a destination for women from Southeast Asia seeking higher wages who often find themselves forced into sex work or indentured labour. Last August the Philippines warned its citizens against illegally travelling to Japan in search of work, saying they often risked being trafficked for sex or forced labour. Washington's annual report on people trafficking says Japan remains a "destination, source and transit" country for human trafficking despite a recent increase in prosecutions.

January 18, 2017 07:00 UTC

Normal train services resume to Sungai Kolok | Bangkok Post: news

Train services between Bangkok and Sungai Kolok resumed on Wednesday after repairs were completed to the flood damaged track between Thung Song juction in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung. Other southern train services have only partly resumed. Special Express Train No Train No 37, Bangkok-Sungai Kolok8. Special Expressway Train No 45, Bangkok-Padang Besar9 Train No 169, Bangkok-Yala10, Train No 83, Bangkok-Trang11 Train No 173, Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat (at Thung Song junction)12 Train No 167, Bangkok-Kantang13, Train No 85, Bangkok-Nakhon Si Thammarat (at Thung Song junction)14 Special Express Train No 39, Bangkok-Surat Thani15 Special Expressway Train No 41, Bangkok-Yala. Special Expressway Train No 38, Sungai Kolok-Bangkok14 Special Express Train No 32, Hat Yai-Bangkok.

January 18, 2017 06:49 UTC

Nations Fujitsu Reforestation Program Continues to Add Green Areas to Khung Bang Kachao


January 18, 2017 06:44 UTC

New online market place offers chance to meet K-pop heartthrob Song Joong Ki

The e-commerce site has been in soft opening phase since December 2016 and it is launching “Joong Ki Oppa promotion” to thank its Thais customers. The Joong Ki Oppa promotion will be available for 11street Thailand mobile application’s users only from 23 to 31 January 2017, the website announced in a press statement. Most importantly, every purchase will entitle shoppers to join a lucky draw to get a chance to win the amazing 35 prizes:The statement said 11 winners will receive “Team Joong Ki” T-shirts from Song Joong Ki and entry to 11street’s official launch event. Another 11 winners will receive “Team Mew” T-shirts from Nittha “Mew” Jirayungyurn and entry to 11street’s official launch event. Moreover, 13 winners will get entry to 11street’s official launch event.

January 18, 2017 06:44 UTC

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