1. RICHEST THAI TYCOON URGES GOVT TO CUT SCHOOL YEARS
BANGKOK: Students should be spending fewer years in schools and universities and more time gaining experience.
Thailand’s richest man, Dhanin Chearavanont said, students should reskill themselves and keep up with the pace of technological development.
The Charoen Pokphand Group senior chairman said students these days need not learn facts by rote as they had all the information at their fingertips and that machines could do process such as information, memorise and calculate faster and better than humans.
He said schools and universities should prepare students for the job market by exposing them to real world challenges as wisdom can be learned only through real-life problems.
2. TRUMP, MOON DISCUSS TRYING TO MAINTAIN TALKS WITH NORTH KOREA
SEOUL: U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a half-hour phone discussion on ways to maintain diplomacy with North Korea.
Tensions are rising ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea, which has called on the United States to change its policy of demanding unilateral denuclearization or leader Kim Jong Un may choose an unspecified “new path”.
Based on the statement by the South Korea’s presidential Blue House, the two leaders agreed that the situation has become “severe” and that dialogue momentum should be maintained to achieve prompt results from denuclearization negotiations.
They also agreed to consult regularly as needed.
3. 3 MALAYSIANS KILLED, 2 SERIOUSLY HURT IN NEW ZEALAND CRASH
KUALA LUMPUR: Three Malaysians were killed and two others seriously injured in a collision between a car and lorry on National Highway 1, northern Kaikoura in New Zealand.
According to New Zealand’s news portal, the accident occurred at about 3.10pm, yesterday.
The identities of the victims have not been ascertained, but all five victims were believed to be family members from Sabah.
A Wisma Putra representative confirmed that the accident involved Malaysian citizens and revealed that Malaysia’s High Commissioner to New Zealand will visit the surviving victims in the near future.
New Zealand police are still investigating the cause of the accident and both sides of the major highway in a bid were closed to facilitate rescue efforts.