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New Japan cabinet launched, PM aims new start

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Tokyo (VNA) – The reshuffled Cabinet of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda was formally launched on August 2 following an attestation ceremony at the Imperial Palace.

In his statement issued to the people of Japan , PM Fukuda pledged to make the utmost efforts in tackling such issues as surging oil prices and the mismanagement of pension records, while proceeding with reforms of the public service system and eliminating wasteful government spending.

He also vowed to build an open relationship with Asia-Pacific countries, based on strong Japan-US alliance, and make every effort to resolve the issues of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s past abduction of Japanese nationals and Pyongyang’s nuclear problem.

In the first Cabinet meeting, the PM read out the statement and sought cooperation from the new Cabinet members so they will enable people in Japan to live in peace and achieve affluence.-

Asian Science Camp to be held in Bali

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Jakarta (VNA) – The Asian Science Camp (ASC) 2008 is to be organised in the Indonesian resort island of Bali from August 3 to 9, 2008, and attended by five Nobel Laureates, Antara news agency reported.

The Nobel Laureates to be participating in the ASC 2008 are Prof. Masatoshi Koshiba (2002 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Japan), Prof. Yuan Tseh Lee (1986 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Chinese Taipei), Prof. Douglas D. Osheroff (1996 Nobel Laureate in Physics, USA), Prof. Dr.Richard Robert Ernst (1991 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Switzerland), and Prof. David Gross (2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics, USA).

Around 500 students from Asian countries are to participate in the ASC 2008, having a theme of “See the Future, Be the Future”.

The gathering is expected to be a 6-day inspiring and life changing moment for the Asian students, who will learn from Nobel Laureates and other world class scientists in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Medicine.

Foreign participants who have confirmed their participation include those from Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, India, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, Antara said.

The idea of the Asian Science Camp was co-proposed in September 2005 after the 55th Annual meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany, by Professor Yuan-Tseh Lee and Professor Masatoshi Koshiba.

The proposal expressed the aim to enlighten science talented youths through discussions and dialogs with top scholars in the world, and promoting international friendship and cooperation among best young students of the next generation in Asia.-

Thai Cabinet reshuffle list announced

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s reshuffled cabinet list was announced on August 2 evening after King Bhumibol Adulyadej give his royal endorsement to the lineup, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said earlier that the shake-up was necessary to get the government back on track after some ministers were forced to resign having lost legal battles involving qualifications or other.

Mingkwan Saengsuwan was removed as deputy prime minister and commerce minister but took over the ministry of industry portfolio, replacing Suwit Khunkitti who announced earlier that he decided to pull his Puea Pandin Party out of coalition government, while former Health Minister Chaiya Somsab, who was forced to leave office, came back as Commerce Minister.

Former national police chief Pol.Gen. Kowit Wattana was named interior minister and as a deputy prime minister to replace outspoken Pol.Capt. Chalerm Yubamruang.

The reshuffle follows the last week’s appointment of Tej Bunnag as foreign minister to replace Noppadon Pattama, who resigned after the court ruled that his signing of an agreement with Cambodia was unconstitutional.-