Archive for August 2012
AKP Phnom Penh,31 August 2012 —
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has asked the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to strengthen its role, along with other relevant actors, in ensuring peace, reducing tensions and promoting peaceful resolutions both at regional and global level, according to a special envoy of the National Television of Cambodia (TVK).
Addressing the 16th NAM Summit yesterday, in his keynote address under the theme: “Lasting Peace through Joint Global Governance”, Samdech Techo Hun Sen called on the NAM member countries, 60 percent of them hold seats at the United Nations, to work together to boost this movement to be more active and to intensify its role and importance to protect the benefits of the developing countries as well as to contribute to seeking solutions to regional and global challenges.
The Cambodian premier further asked the NAM member countries to ratify the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and to closely work together to combat the proliferation of small arms and light weapons use and illicit trafficking.
At this auspicious event, Samdech Techo Hun Sen also congratulated and expressed his warm welcome to the new two members of the movement, Azerbaijan and Fiji, the envoy said.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also expressed his appreciation to the NAM’s five-decade achievements and raised the current challenges in the region and the world including fragility of the economic recovery of developed countries, debt crisis in Europe, social and political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, high oil price, food and energy security, climate change, natural disasters, terrorism and transnational crimes.
The NAM summit in Tehran, Republic Islamic of Iran from Aug. 30 to 31, attracted Heads of State/Government and delegates from 120 countries and 17 observer countries.
According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, on the sidelines of the summit, Samdech Techo Hun Sen and President of Iran H.E. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held a bilateral talk, during which both sides shared the same ideas that Cambodia and Iran have high potentials for enhancement of trade transactions and joint investments.
By KHAN Sophirom
YANGON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) — Myanmar government Thursday published detailed name list of 2,082 out of 6,165 black-listed persons lifted recently in line with the government’s current reform policy.
Of the 2,082 persons, 935 are Myanmar dissidents residing at home and abroad, while 1,147 are foreigners from various countries and regions, both the East and the West, according to the website of the President’s Office.
The Myanmar dissidents include those from anti-previous military government organizations in exile and media persons.
The lifting of the once black-listed Myanmar nationals, some of whom hold foreign citizenship, will encourage and enable them to return to Myanmar in light of Myanmar’s political and economic reform process, the official media said.
Since taking office on March 30, 2011, President U Thein Sein’s new government has, on a number of occasions, urged Myanmar experts residing abroad to come back home to join hands with the government to do their bit for economic prosperity and national development.
There still remains more than 4,000 people once black-listed by the previous military government.
SIEM REAP, Cambodia, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) — Consultations between the ASEAN Economic Ministers and the United States Trade Representative concluded here on Thursday and the two sides agreed to further deepen trade and investment ties.
The dialogue was co-chaired by Cambodian Minister of Commerce Cham Prasidh and Ambassador Ron Kirt, the United States Trade Representative.
“They underscored the opportunities for deepening economic ties and reiterated their commitment to further building the trade and investment relationship between ASEAN and the United States,” said a joint statement after the meeting.
“ASEAN and the United States are considered as engines of global economic activity and growth, and that ever closer economic ties are of crucial importance to ASEAN and the United States, as well as the world,” the statement said.
The ministers expressed their satisfaction with the activities being implemented under the ASEAN U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement (TIFA) in 2012 and plan to soon endorse a TIFA work plan for 2013.
Among the initiatives under consideration for 2013 are continued cooperation on trade facilitation, the digital economy, trade and the environment, and priority areas for ASEAN integration including small and medium enterprise development and ASEAN connectivity.
They also reaffirmed the necessity of organizing a second ASEAN Ministers Road Show to the United States in 2013, with the aim of further raising awareness of the ASEAN region and promoting ASEAN- U.S. economic relations.
According to the statement, trade between ASEAN and the United States remained strong. Last year, the total trade between ASEAN and the United States showed a 9.2 percent increase, growing from 178 billion U.S. dollars to 194 billion U.S. dollars.
ASEAN imports from the United States increased by 8.6 percent to 76.4 billion U.S. dollars while exports grew 9.8 percent to 118. 2 billion U.S. dollars.
It said that the United States remained the fourth largest trading partner of ASEAN and, collectively, ASEAN is the fifth largest goods trading partner of the United States.
In the investment side, it said that the United States remained the third largest foreign direct investor in ASEAN.
According to the United States’ data, last year, the U.S. foreign direct investment stock in ASEAN countries was 159.6 billion U.S. dollars, up 11.2 percent compared to 2010. ASEAN foreign direct investment stock in the United States demonstrated even stronger growth, increasing 13.1 percent to 24.6 billion U.S. dollars.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Asia News Network , 31 August 2012
THAILAND – Police said Tuandaoh Tuansulong, 58, was driving his pickup from his home in Bannang Sata district early in the morning to Yala Hospital, where he was to receive dialysis treatment.
While he was driving on Talingchan-Sri Sakhon Road, he was ambushed by an unknown number of insurgents who shot him dead.
Police were alerted to the attack at 7am. By the time they arrived at the scene, the victim’s charred vehicle had been left on the road with his headless body, also burnt, in the back of the vehicle.
Police found his head, which had also been burned, on the roadside about five metres from the scene. The victim is believed to have been killed before being beheaded and burned, as police found a bullet wound to his head.
Prasit Meksuwan, president of the Civil Society Council of the Southern Border Provinces, said violence in the area has increased since the end of Ramadan.
Insurgents have resumed distributing pamphlets in Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, threatening to kill Buddhists and damage their property if they refuse to move out of the area, Prasit said.
The surge in violence in recent months has left the morale and spirit of local people at its lowest point in a long time. The insurgents know this and have begun distributed pamphlets again – something they have done on previous occasions, the council president said.
Offering a different assessment, Deputy Prime Minister General Yutthasak Sasiprapha claimed that people now feel safer in the South because the government has effectively handled the situation. More people are willing to work in the deep Southern provinces, he said.
He was speaking after chairing a meeting evaluating the government’s performance handling the violence in the South after a year in office. The Yingluck government has not yet decided when it will deliver its reports on the government’s first-year performance in Parliament.
Referring to a recent attack on a train in Narathiwat, Yutthasak said officials had earlier warned that such an attack might happen as insurgents sought to retaliate for recent killings of their men.
Fifteen girls from 9 different countries and regions as world tourism image ambassadors present a plateau fashion show in Hebei Sanhanba National Forest Park, in North China’s Hebei Province on August 17.
The event, organized by the Pacific Asia Travel Association, World Tourism Image Ambassador Organizing Committee, and Hebei Sanhanba National Forest Park, aims to promote tourism in Saihanba.
The park is located north of Heibei Weichang Manzu Mongolia Autonomous Region. Saihanba, means “beautiful high range,” and the town is an important part of the famous imperial hunting garden of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Asia News Network, 31 Aug 31, 2012
THAILAND – Thailand yesterday set a world record when 641 masseurs simultaneously practised holistic head-to-toe Thai massage on 641 people for 12 minutes.
The move is aimed at promoting Thai massage and luring foreign tourists with the promise of traditional medical services.
Guinness World Records certified the record, which was set during an event held as part of the Thailand Medical Hub Expo 2012 at Nonthaburi province’s Impact Muang Thong Thani.
The previous record was set in Australia in 2010, when 263 masseurs kneaded flesh simultaneously for five minutes.
“I was happy that I was able to do it,” 87-year-old female masseur Pornpimol Panyawut said after participating in the record-setting massage.
Pornpimol has practised Thai massage in the southern province of Chumpon for 57 years. Her father taught her the skill when she was young.
“Thai massage is our heritage and we have to pass it on to other generations,” she said.
Thai spa and massage services are world renowned and generate Bt12 billion in revenue per year.
There are about 1,436 spas certified by the Public Health Ministry, which will be classified into three internationally recognised levels: platinum, gold and silver. Now there are certified up to 33 international spas and there are certified 400 hours healthy massage up to 50,000 masseurs.