Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 22nd February 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 22nd February 2013

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 22nd February 2013WORLD – Global tablet sales up 78% in 2012
A survey has found 128 million tablet computers shipped during 2012 as the global market for the devices surged 78.4 per cent.

THAILAND – Power hungry
Here’s the situation, says Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisarn: We are short of power, your electricity is going up again, we need new power sources – and the best, cheapest production is from coal-fired power plants, reviving instant thoughts of the Mae Moh power plant. – Factories agree to suspend production to prevent power outage April 5
Industrial factories have agreed to suspend production on April 5 when Myanmar’s gas supply stoppage is set to start in order to avoid power outages in Thailand . –  Two soldiers killed in bomb blasts at two locations in Pattani
Two soldiers killed in bomb blasts at two locations in Pattani, at Kapho health office and near Khok Pho school – ‘We give up’
Three southern militants came out of five years of hiding in Malaysia to surrender, and there may be 27 more who are ready to give up violence. – Officials warn of car bomb threats
Security officials yesterday advised residents in the South to be on the lookout for five vehicles that may be used in car-bomb attacks. – Tight race between Pongsapat, Sukhumbhand
The Pheu Thai Party’s Pongsapat Pongcharoen and Democrat Sukhumbhand Paribatra are neck-and-neck in the Bangkok gubernatorial race, as per the latest results released by Ban Somdej poll yesterday. –  70% of young voters expected to vote in March 3 Bangkok governorship election
Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) on Thursday said about 70 per cent of young voters are expected to cast ballots in the upcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election.. – PCC lays the blame on police
The chairman of PCC Development and Construction (PCC) broke his silence on Thursday, blaming the Royal Thai Police Office (RTPO) for his company’s controversial failure to complete the construction of hundreds of police buildings nationwide. – Court unable to conclude who killed zoo official in 2010
The Criminal Court’s inquest into whether a Dusit Zoo official was killed by a soldier or a red-shirt protester in 2010 came to an inconclusive end yesterday. – Instant scandal, quick end
Paternity allegations briefly swirl around Deputy PM Chalerm as a Democrat MP claims a teenage girl may be his daughter, but ‘dad’ and ‘daughter’ both deny it. – Thai auto production in January grows 67% year-on-year
Thai auto production in January grows 67% year-on-year: Federation of Thai Industries

ASIA – Twin blasts rock India’s Hyderabad
At least 12 people are killed by twin blasts in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, which PM Manmohan Singh has called a “dastardly attack”. – ‘Separatists’ kill 8 soldiers in Indonesia
Gunmen have shot dead eight soldiers and wounded another in two separate incidents among the mountains of Indonesia’s Puncak Jaya district. – Suspect in match-fixing ring held
A suspect in an alleged Singapore-based match-fixing ring is arrested in Italy after flying in to give himself up, reports say. – NKorean camps like Holocaust: survivors
Two survivors of prison camps in North Korea have spoken out, likening the experience to the Holocaust.

UK – Hospital food schemes ‘wasted money’
The government has wasted more than £54m on “failed” schemes to improve hospital food, a Campaign for Better Hospital Food report says. – Three Islamists guilty of UK terror plot
Three British Muslim men have been convicted of plotting bombings that could have been deadlier than the London terrorist attacks of 2005.

AFRICA – Oscar Pistorius bail decision due
A judge is expected to rule whether South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, can be released on bail. – Mali rebel attack halted, say French
French and Malian forces repel Islamist fighters who seized a key building in Gao, as rebels claim a car bomb attack in Kidal. – Deadly shooting at Kenya mosque
Seven people have been shot dead in an attack on a mosque in north-eastern Kenya near the border with Somalia, officials say. – Egypt parliamentary vote set for April 27
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has announced that the country’s parliamentary elections will begin on April 27. – French Cameroon hostages ‘not released’
The French foreign ministry has denied reports that a French family, kidnapped in Cameroon this week, have been freed.

Russia ‘losing billions illegally’
Russia’s central bank governor Sergei Ignatiev says that $49bn (£33bn), or 2.5% of GDP, left the country illegally last year. – Locksmiths refuse to aid Spanish evictions
Spanish locksmiths are rebelling against the country’s austerity measures by refusing to help officials carry out evictions. – French writer details Strauss-Kahn affair
A French author has written in graphic detail about her affair with disgraced IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, describing him as “half-man, half-pig”.

LATIN AMERICA – UN rejects Haiti cholera claims
The United Nations formally rejects compensation claims by victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed almost 8,000 people. – Chavez ‘breathing problems persist’
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still suffering breathing problems following his return from Cuba where he was treated for cancer, officials say.

MID-EAST – Deadly bomb rocks Syrian capital
At least 53 people are killed in a car bombing in Damascus, which the Syrian foreign ministry blames on “terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda”. – Iran installing new nuclear equipment
Iran has begun installing next-generation equipment at one of its main nuclear plants, a new IAEA report said, drawing condemnation from the United States, Britain and Israel five days before Iranian talks with world powers. – Many injured in West Bank protests
More than 60 people have been injured in clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army in the West Bank, the Palestinian Red Crescent says.

US – Japan PM Abe in US for Obama talks
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in the US for talks with President Obama to fortify a key security alliance between the two nations. – Three dead in Las Vegas shooting
Three people die on the Las Vegas Strip after a gunman in a Range Rover fired on a Maserati, sending it crashing into a taxi and sparking a fireball. – Massive winter storm blankets central US
There are tornado warnings for parts of the central US after a massive winter storm. – US executive blasts French government
A leading US business executive says France’s government is extremist, but he’s admitted the country has beautiful women and great wine. – Hewlett-Packard sees sales fall 6%
The world’s largest maker of personal computers, Hewlett-Packard, has seen a 6% drop in first-quarter sales as demand for PCs continued to shrink.


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