Launch party for Best of Myanmar

January 19, 2018
Launch party for Best of Myanmar

YANGON, 19 January 2018: VIPs, media and travel industry leaders celebrated the recent launch of The Best of Myanmar a comprehensive and colourful book released by veteran publisher, Jaffee Yee, at an event at Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon. Around 100 Myanmar tourism industry players and more than 15 media and bloggers attended  the...
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US House acts to avoid shutdown as deadline nears

January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON: The House passed a spending bill Thursday to avoid a U.S. government shutdown, but Senate Democrats say they have the votes to block the measure in a bid to force Republicans and President Donald Trump to include protection for young immigrants.
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Malaysia Airlines flight shakes violently, lands safely

January 19, 2018

SYDNEY: A Malaysia Airlines plane landed safely in an Australian Outback city after the plane started shaking violently in mid-flight and passengers braced for a hard landing.
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Driver arrested, 200 kg of crystal meth seized

January 19, 2018

CHUMPHON: A man was arrested in possession of 200 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine valued at 600 million baht in Muang district on Thursday morning.
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Zimbabwe opposition leader killed in helicopter crash

January 19, 2018

RATON, New Mexico: A group of prominent friends, including a key Zimbabwean opposition leader and a Texas-based investor and philanthropist, was heading to a ranch in the US state of New Mexico when their helicopter crashed and burned in a remote area, killing five people aboard.
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New environmental bill overtly facilitates business: experts

January 19, 2018

A draft environmental law being considered by the NLA is being pushed for approval on 19 January 2018. Community members, scholars, and activists have criticized the bill for failing to resolve environmental problems and for an EIA process that cannot be trusted. They add that the environmental protection law is an investment promotion...
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State allots B136bn to East

January 19, 2018

The government expects to invest a combined 136 billion baht in developing the eastern region between 2017-2021, with a major portion projected to be splurged on the much-touted Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
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Ministry to forward plans for 2 Red Line extensions

January 18, 2018

The Transport Ministry will propose two Red Line electric railway extensions worth around 26.5 billion baht to the cabinet to stage bidding by this September.
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Warrants out for 14 suspects in bus arson

January 18, 2018

The Yala provincial court has approved warrants for the arrests for 14 suspects believed to be involved in the torching of a passenger bus in Yala on Dec 17, said a source.
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Government seeks brothel’s politics ties

January 18, 2018

Justice Minister ACM Prajin Juntong is vowing to investigate reported links between the alleged human trafficking suspected at Victoria's Secret Massage, raided last Friday, and a group of politicians.
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Nicha freed after ID theft claim upheld

January 18, 2018

A 24-year-old woman who was accused of being embroiled in a so-called romance scam and inventing an identity card theft story to avoid arrest was freed yesterday after police cleared up allegations against her.
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Homes for the elderly ‘in dire state’

January 18, 2018

Bangkok's two main state-run facilities for the elderly are in dire need of funding and staff and must be upgraded, the Bangkok city council was told yesterday.
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Hi-tech app to monitor community’s health

January 18, 2018

The Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, under Mahidol University, yesterday introduced state-of-the-art mobile app technology as a tool to collect health-related data from people in Bangkok Noi district.
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Watana gets another 80 years for bomb attacks

January 18, 2018

Retried engineer Watana Pumret, earlier convicted of last year's Phramongkutklao Hospital blast, was yesterday given a jail term of 80 years and six months after he was found guilty in three more bombing cases.
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NBTC expands auction to nine blocks

January 18, 2018

The telecom regulator says it will triple the number of bandwidth slots for the planned auction of the 1800-megahertz spectrum to nine blocks to attract bids from more companies.
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Four ‘lenders’ to be grilled over Prawit’s watches

January 18, 2018

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will question four people linked to the scandal over luxury watches worn by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.
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US Congress struggles to avoid financial shutdown

January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON: House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he's confident that his GOP-controlled chamber will pass a stopgap government-wide funding bill, even as growing opposition from Senate Democrats made prospects in that chamber increasingly dicey.
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2016: Global warming caused ‘third hottest ever’

January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON: Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016?s record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting.
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Trump Towers buyers in India offered chance to meet Donald Trump Jr., raising ethics concerns

January 18, 2018
Trump Towers buyers in India offered chance to meet Donald Trump Jr., raising ethics concerns

The offer comes amid rising concerns that Trump’s children are using their names to profit from their father’s presidency.
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Six dead, transport cancelled by huge Europe storms

January 18, 2018

BERLIN: Violent gales battered northern Europe and beyond Thursday, snapping air and train links and leaving six people dead.
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Thailand’s heartland is surprisingly keen on the military junta

January 18, 2018
Thailand’s heartland is surprisingly keen on the military junta

“WE vote for policies, not for a party,” declares Jutamas Kamsomsri, a housewife in a farming family in the village of Nakam. “We aren’t stupid, we watch the news on Facebook,” the bespectacled matriarch adds. This in itself may be news to those who assume that voters in Isaan, a poor region in...
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Malaysian plane scare as flight diverted to Alice Springs

January 18, 2018

MELBOURNE: A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to divert to the Australian outback town of Alice Springs on Thursday for "technical reasons" in a scare one passenger described as "hell".
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Indonesia uses Chiang Mai umbrella festival to lure Thai tourists

January 18, 2018

Indonesia is to erect its own pavilion at the famous Umbrella Festival in Chiang Mai in hopes of increasing the volume of Thai tourists heading south.
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Myanmar arrests MP after Rakhine riot

January 18, 2018

Myanmar police on Thursday arrested a prominent Rakhine Buddhist MP for allegedly provoking ethnic violence, state media and his party said, after a deadly riot highlighted simmering tensions in the troubled state.
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India test-fires missile ‘to deter’ China, Pakistan

January 18, 2018

NEW DELHI: India tested its longest-range intercontinental missile on Thursday, the defence ministry said, part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent against neighbouring Pakistan and China.
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India test-fires missile amid perceived threats from China, Pakistan

January 18, 2018

NEW DELHI: India tested its longest-range intercontinental missile on Thursday, the defence ministry said, part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent against neighbouring Pakistan and China.
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New minimum wage announced: Deep South gets lowest rate

January 18, 2018

The three provinces in the restive Deep South has the lowest rate of minimum wage in the country, according to a new announcement by the Labour Ministry. The new highest rate is 330 baht per day, which is still lower than the proposal from a labour activist group. ? On 18 January 2018,...
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Indonesia central bank holds key rates

January 18, 2018

JAKARTA: Indonesia's central bank held its key interest rates unchanged for the fourth straight month on Thursday, as widely expected, but said would it accelerate the relaxation of its reserve requirement rules.
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Indonesia, Malaysia condemn EU move to limit palm oil use

January 18, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Top palm oil producers Indonesia and Malaysia on Thursday criticised the European Union for backing a ban on the use of palm oil in biofuels, with a Malaysian minister calling the move a protectionist trade barrier and a form of "crop apartheid".
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Bus catches fire in Kazakhstan, killing 52

January 18, 2018

ALMATY: A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
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Rohingya illegals caught on train to South

January 18, 2018

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: Seven young Rohingya who sneaked into Thailand were caught aboard a Sungai Kolok-bound train on their way to Malaysia at Thung Song station on Thursday.
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Fine robots display fuels worries about job loss in Japan

January 18, 2018

Nearly 200 companies gathered in Tokyo to showcase the latest in robotic industry technology, triggering amongst exhibitors and visitors a debate on the future of human labour. — Reuters
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Amsterdam’s Schiphol scraps all flights due to storm

January 18, 2018

AMSTERDAM: All flights at Schiphol airport were cancelled on Thursday due to a severe storm, as gusts of up to 140kph blew down trees and damaged buildings.
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SET, Singapore shares retreat from multi-year peaks

January 18, 2018

Most Southeast Asian stock markets closed lower on Thursday, with Thailand and Singapore retreating from multi-year highs, while Indonesia extended gains to post its highest ever close.
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Trump era encourages world’s strongmen: rights group

January 18, 2018

PARIS: Human Rights Watch said Thursday that new intolerance in countries like the US is encouraging oppressive strongmen around the world.
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Accused gunman says son’s cancer made him do it

January 18, 2018

RAYONG: A hired gunman arrested in Muang district for murder and attempted murder in two southern provinces told police he took the jobs because he was in dire need of money to help his son, who had oral cancer.
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