Bangkok, Nov 30 (IANS) Reacting to remarks by the US envoy here about the military rule in Thailand, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Monday advised ambassador Glyn Davies to think carefully before speaking. Prawit was responding to Davies' comments at a Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand inter-action on November 25 where he lashed out at "the lengthy and unprecedented prison sentences handed down by Thai military courts against civilians" for breaching the lese majeste law, the Bangkok Post reported. Thailand's lese majeste laws are among the strictest in the world.
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- Think before speaking: Thai deputy PM … IANS - 35 minutes ago
- Thai Red Cross opens Asia's first … IANS - 35 minutes ago
Bangkok, Nov 30 (IANS) The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, in collaboration with its US development partners, has opened the first clinic in Asia to target services exclusively to the transgender community, the media reported on Monday. The Tangerine Community Health Centre, located on the first floor of the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre in Bangkok, has been funded by the US Agency for International Development and was implemented by RTI International and partners. It aims to become a model for quality health services and research on transgender health, the Bangkok Post reported.
- Intolerance 'biggest threat' … ANI - 43 minutes ago
New Delhi, Nov. 30 (ANI): Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday criticised the BJP-led NDA Government over growing intolerance and said it is the biggest threat to the nation. The Congress leader also asked the BJP to look into its past. "If the Bharatiya Janata Party is honest then did they sack Giriraj Singh?
- BSF trooper held for spying sent to … IANS - 46 minutes ago
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) A Delhi court on Monday sent in seven-day police custody BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed who has been arrested on the charge of supplying confidential information to Pakistan's spy agency ISI.
- Seoul private schools run illegal English … IANS - 47 minutes ago
Seoul, Nov 30 (IANS) Some private elementary schools in South Korea's capital Seoul are breaking relevant laws by giving uncertified English lessons to young students, a local civic group said on Monday. World Without Worries About Private Education, a group campaigning against excessive private education, investigated the curriculum of 39 privately-run elementary schools in the capital and found that most of them regularly hold English classes for first- and second-graders, The Korea Herald reported.
- Youth congress workers protest over … IANS - 51 minutes ago
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) Several Youth Congress activists were detained on Monday while heading towards the Parliament House to protest over the issue of intolerance, police said. Hundreds of Youth Congress activists gathered outside the Parliament Street police station to raise issue of intolerance following a brief adjournment of the Lok Sabha after CPI-M member Mohammad Salim attributed some remark to Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "The protestors were protesting without permission and they were trying to march towards the Parliament House.
- Jan Lokpal Bill tabled in Delhi ass … IANS - 51 minutes ago
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) The Delhi government on Monday tabled the anti-corruption legislation, the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill, in the assembly.
- Japanese firms to launch workers' … IANS - 49 minutes ago
Tokyo, Nov 30 (IANS) Japanese companies will check their employees' stress levels, starting from Tuesday, as part of efforts to prevent work-related mental disorders, the media reported. The government has urged firms to make the checks because of the increasing number of workers who fall ill due to stress in their workplace. Firms with 50 or more employees will have to conduct the checks once a year, public broadcaster NHK reported on Monday.
- Pak Navy ship docks to pay goodwill … ANI - 54 minutes ago
Islamabad, Nov. 30 (ANI): Displaying strong political, diplomatic, economic, cultural and defence ties between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Naval ship PNS Shamsheer will pay a four-day goodwill visit to Colombo.
- 'Arrested' ISI agent was invited … ANI - 1 hour 0 minutes ago
New Delhi, Nov.30 (ANI): The Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Monday said that ISI agent Kafaitullah Khan was invited to Pakistan by the handler and was told that he would be given assistance by their people at the Pakistan High Commission. "Kafaitullah Khan was also invited to Pakistan by the handler and was told that their people at the Pakistan High Commission will help him.
- Taiwan-China spy swap confirmed IANS - 59 minutes ago
Taipei, Nov 30 (IANS) The Taiwanese defence ministry on Monday confirmed that two of its senior intelligence agents kidnapped and held by China for the past nine years have been released and repatriated in October in exchange for one of its own. The spy swap marked the first of its kind across the Taiwan Strait following the meeting between Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore last month, the Taiwan News reported. "The two agents have since returned from Beijing on October 13 after a unilateral agreement reached on both sides," ministry spokesman David Lo confirmed, citing that Hong Kong national Li Zhihao, who was serving a life sentence for espionage in Taiwan, had his request for a parole granted and was also released in late October after spending 16 years in jail.
- Chinese shares reverse fall IANS - 1 hour 8 minutes ago
Beijing, Nov 30 (IANS) Chinese stocks on Monday reversed last week's fall with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closing at 3,445.41 points -- a 0.26 percent increase -- while the smaller Shenzhen index gained 0.64 percent to close at 12,037.86 points. The ChiNext Index, China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, climbed 0.87 percent to close at 2,672.58 points, Xinhua reported. On Friday, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index nose-dived more than three percent to open at less than 3,400 points in the afternoon session.
- Prioritise farmers' issues before … IANS - 1 hour 9 minutes ago
Mumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) The Centre must prioritise the issue of farmers' plight before implementing the proposed 7th Pay Commission recommendations for government employees, noted farmers activist Kishore Tiwari said here on Monday. "Through the 7th Pay Commission, the Centre will incur an additional burn of Rs.100,000-crore on the exchequer, while the farmers' issues can be resolved at barely half this amount," Tiwari, the chairman of Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (VNSSM), told IANS. "I have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prioritise the farmers' problems as they comprise 65 percent of the country's population and provide food for 100 percent of the people," he said.
- Thailand sees improved tourism, contracts … IANS - 1 hour 11 minutes ago
Bangkok, Nov 30 (IANS) Thailand's tourism sector slightly improved in October as the number of foreign tourists expanded 3.7 percent from the previous month, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) said on Monday. Meanwhile, the value of merchandise exports dropped by eight percent from the same period last year, the bank said, attributing the decrease to the economic slowdown in China and ASEAN countries, lower prices of some goods in relation to global oil prices, and the high base last year from accelerated exports before the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) tax privilege expired. Although most merchandise exports contracted, exports of certain goods continued to increase such as automobiles, particularly the new models of commercial cars, as well as electronic parts and lens exported to China as raw materials for new models of mobile phones and tablets, according to the BOT.
- South Korea ratifies free trade agreement … IANS - 1 hour 15 minutes ago
Seoul, Nov 30 (IANS) South Korea on Monday ratified its free trade agreement (FTA) with China, taking an important step toward regional economic integration. The ratification bill on the China-South Korea free trade accord was passed through the national assembly by a majority of 196 to 33 votes with 36 abstentions, Xinhua reported. China and South Korea signed the FTA in June after three years of negotiations.
- Santa Clauses riding on Japan train IANS - 1 hour 15 minutes ago
Tokyo, Nov 30 (IANS) A team of Santa Clauses surprised passengers aboard a train in eastern Japan in an event to usher in the holiday season, a media report said on Monday.
- PM Modi meets Sharif at COP 21 in P … ANI - 1 hour 13 minutes ago
Paris, Nov. 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at COP 21 here today.
- Elephants wreak havoc in West Benga … ANI - 1 hour 56 minutes ago
West Midnapore (West Bengal), Nov. 30 (ANI): More than 40 elephants entered a village in West Bengal on Sunday and wrought havoc, leaving residents scared. Elephants split into herds and trampled over standing crops and vegetables in fields of Chandrakona forest range area. Angry villagers accused the local administration of failing to provide security to them as elephants had become a menace.
- Atmosphere of intolerance created by … ANI - 1 hour 32 minutes ago
New Delhi, Nov. 30 (ANI): The Youth Congress on Monday protested over the intolerance issue outside Parliament street police station in Delhi, saying the atmosphere of intolerance in the nation has been created by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "The atmosphere of intolerance has been created by this party (BJP). In this country of ours, there is an Ali in Diwali and a Ram in Ramzan, let us never forget that," senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said.
- SRK emphasises on educating children … ANI - 1 hour 32 minutes ago
New Delhi, Nov. 30 (ANI): Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan on Monday said since the number of cars have escalated in the national capital, proper infrastructure needs to be developed adding that it is important to educate young children about proper road safety measures. Being the ambassador of this wonderful campaign known as 'safe move', I assure you that in whichever capacity I can, not only as a movie star but as a father of little children, only to be kept safe in the country, will do every thing to popularise this move and take it forward and make sure that roads are safe for our children," Khan said while addressing a road safety programme here.