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Celebration for 60 year anniversary of King

Posted by hasekamp on 30 November 2005 at 11:45 AM
The government wil organize a gracious state event nationwide to honourably mark the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's ascension to the throne on December 1, Government Spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee announced here on Tuesday. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra told the cabinet at its weekly meeting here on Tuesday that the state event, which also marks a nationwide celebration of His Majesty the King's birthday on December 5, would be held from 16:00 hours on Thursday, Dr. Surapong told a press conference after the cabinet meeting. The event, to be chaired by the prime minister himself, would be held at Sanam Luang Royal ceremonial ground in Bangkok and at the Sufficiency Economy Learning Centres in all parts of the country concurrenly, noted the government spokesman. The gracious event will - of course - be live broadcast nationwide by TV pools and local radio stations. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Ban upcoming for selling freshly killed chickens

Posted by hasekamp on 30 November 2005 at 11:38 AM
The traditional practice of buying freshly killed poultry for cooking will be banned to prevent transmission of the bird flu virus from fowl to people, Public Health Minister Phinij Jarusombat said yesterday.
Also, slaughterhouses will be moved out of Bangkok as they are major sources of the bird flu virus and pose a grave risk for both area residents and passers-by, the health minister said after inspecting abattoirs and stalls selling poultry meat in the Yaowarat area, Bangkok's Chinatown. Bangkok has 57 poultry slaughterhouses, 19 of them in Wattana district. Up to 100,000 poultry are killed each day.
It is a common practice here for people to buy freshly killed poultry. Live birds are kept in bamboo coops in front of roadside shops for customers to choose. Sellers then grab the chosen ones with bare hands and slaughter them on the ground behind their shops.
Hong Kong, where slaughterhouses are located outside city areas and fresh markets are under strict sanitary regulations, will serve as a model for the plan, the ministry said.
A poultry trader in Chinatown who has been in business for over 50 years said she would refuse to close down her slaughterhouses in the city and move to any new zone for slaughterhouses in outlying districts. "I am willing to comply with bird flu control measures because I don't want to get infected with the virus. I agree to apply for a fowl transport licence to certify that our chickens are free from the disease, as required by livestock officials, but I don't want to move out," she said. The woman said her income had plunged by about 7o% because the bird flu outbreaks in the country had caused many people to stop visiting traditional poultry shops for freshly killed birds. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Cleaning up Koh Samui

Posted by hasekamp on 28 November 2005 at 13:03 PM
Refuse has become a major problem on Koh Samui following the recent flooding. After being hit by heavy downpours last week, the island is facing environmental problems. The landscape is being blighted by an excessive amount of refuse, which is littering both the beaches and the sea. The flooding swept a huge amount of refuse into the sea and the tide has swept it back up to the beaches, ruining Koh Samui’s famously beautiful landscape. The director of the Tourist Authority of Thailand (Southern Office) said that he believed that the landscape would be quickly be restored to its former state as local people are well aware that the majority of their income is generated by tourism. But the problem locals faced when clearing the refuse is that incinerators for certain types of waste do not exist on the island. Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui’s east coast is still under between 50 and 80 centimetres of water. Nevertheless tourists seem to be continuing to visit the island with no reports of cancellations. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Koh Samui, Surat Thani flooded

Posted by hasekamp on 27 November 2005 at 11:49 AM
Eight Gulf of Thailand coastal districts, including the famous tourist resort of Koh Samui, are experiencing severe flood-related problems from heavy downpours which have ravaged the South since last week. A 100-man disaster-response military unit and 10 water pumps have been dispatched to Koh Samui to help repair heavily-damaged public utilities. Heavy downpours are still continuing in the province, with eight districts heavily flooded, in some areas by as much as two meters. Local inhabitants and livestock living in low-lying areas have had to flee to higher ground. Thousands of livestock are feared dead. The Ta Pi river began overflowing its banks and inundated homes situated near the river.
Heavy rain and flash flooding will continue to hit southern provinces for the next one or two days, according the Meteorological Department. People in the affected areas were being warned to be prepare for immediate evacuation. The department said on Saturday that the risk of flooding would continue in the seven provinces from Chumpon to Satun for the next few days. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Landslide in Patong

Posted by hasekamp on 27 November 2005 at 11:33 AM
Landslides caused by torrential rains claimed two lives in Patong Friday night and injured four others, according to Patong Hospital. The downpour also caused extensive flooding in Phuket City and many other parts of the island. Padungkiat Utoksenee, Deputy Director of Patong Hospital, said that while flooding in Patong often resulted in accidents, last night was the first time people had been killed by a landslide. He said the victims were a Thai mother and her child who lived on the densely-settled Nanai Road. The landslide crashed through the wall of their dwelling, he said. Much of the construction of Nanai Road is in direct violation of a provincial ban on building permanent structures higher than 80 meters above sea level, and other building codes. The parking lot of Patong Hospital was knee-deep in floodwater, like other parts of the town.
Nearly every road in Phuket City experienced flooding, as did roads in Cherng Talay. More heavy rain is expected. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Eggs not in the refrigerator

Posted by hasekamp on 24 November 2005 at 18:56 PM
Eggs should not be stored in refrigerators because the cooler conditions might allow the bird-flu virus to live longer, increasing the chance of exposure to humans, a senior Chulalongkorn University researcher said yesterday. The academic said that while the virus can be caught only through direct contact with chickens, refrigerated conditions could allow the virus to live longer on the outside of eggshells. People should wash their hands well after touching eggs and cook the eggs in 70-degree Celsius heat. The virus now has mutated by about 3 per cent from the first batch found in 2003, which was a natural process, he said. However, as yet there has been no evidence of a mutation to make the virus transmittable from human to human. He also said that over consumption of the Tamiflu vaccine could lead to the virus building up a resistance.
Meanwhile an 11-year-old boy was admitted to Phichit Hospital on Wednesday with flu-like symptoms. His history of touching chickens prompted doctors to test him for bird flu. The results of the test will be released in a week.
Thousands of fighting-cock farmers across the country gathered at the Don Chedi Monument in Suphan Buri in preparation for a protest in Bangkok on December 10. Agriculture Minister Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan said she would meet the farmers. (Source: The Nation)


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Once more flooding, now in the South

Posted by hasekamp on 24 November 2005 at 18:17 PM
Floods hit the city of Songkhla early yesterday for the first time in decades, panicking people and forcing many schools to close. The inundation affected Muang Songkhla, Ranot, Krasae Sin, Sathing Phra, Na Mom and Singha Nakhon districts. Furthermore landslides took place in Tambon Khao Roop Chang, leaving many houses battered under piles of dirt and rock.
A flood-warning centre in Songkhla expressed concern that floods might spill into Hat Yai district, the province’s key business area. The Meteorological Department forecast that heavy downpours would continue in Songkhla, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Satun, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat until today. "Flash floods and overflows may hit these provinces," it warned. (Source: The Nation)


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New role for King?

Posted by hasekamp on 23 November 2005 at 16:20 PM
His Majesty the King should be petitioned to initiate constitutional amendments to break the dictatorial one-party rule, speakers at Thammasat University unanimously agreed yesterday. Six high-profile speakers took turns speaking to a packed house at Thammasat University’s Main Auditorium. They stressed that as a last resort to prevent a dictatorial style of government, His Majesty must be petitioned to give his blessing to a constitutional reform aimed at limiting the powers of the prime minister and the governing party. The reform should also encompass effective anti-graft measures and guarantee the true independence of supposedly independent bodies created under the 1997 Constitution. The experts spoke at an academic symposium entitled "Royal Prerogative and Political Reform". (Source: The Nation)


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Fighting cocks have to be registered

Posted by hasekamp on 21 November 2005 at 12:12 PM
People who raise fighting cocks will be given until the end of the year to register their birds as part of a campaign to control avian flu or face legal action, a senior livestock official said yesterday. Those who fail to do so will be fined up to 2,000 baht, Mr Yukol said. Of the estimated one million or more fighting cocks, only 40,000 had been registered so far. The government last week reaffirmed the ban on the vaccination of fowls against bird flu, over the objections of owners of fighting cocks and duck farmers. They argued that vaccination would control the spread of the virus and therefore they would be safe from infection. The government said the vaccinated birds would still be able to discharge the virus into the environment, where it would be a danger to humans, and the ban should stay. It opted instead to register fighting cocks in a bid to control any bird flu outbreaks among them. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Prize for Thai Pricess

Posted by hasekamp on 20 November 2005 at 11:26 AM
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has been honoured with the 2004 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development. Indian President A P J Abdul Kamal presented the honourable prize to the Thai Princess at a gracious ceremony held in New Delhi on Saturday. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn won the prize for her work and devotion to the development of rural areas and local residents in Thailand, which should be emulated by other nations to usher in an era of global peace and prosperity, according to an indian official statement.
Observing that there is "a lot to learn from India" in various fields, including science and technology, the Princess appealed to the people to "join hands" for peace and development and to check turmoil and disorder, the news report of the Indian national agency said. (Source: Thei News Agency)


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Floods in Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon

Posted by hasekamp on 20 November 2005 at 11:20 AM
Chumphon and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces have been ravaged by flash floods triggered by heavy downpours yesterday. Part of a main road became impassable as flood waters rose to a height of almost one meter. Police closed the road to traffic leading to the South. Torrential rains had been hitting Chumphon unabated since early morning, triggering forest run-offs from the Tanao Sri mountains which inundated more than 2,000 rai of farmland in Pathiu and Tha Sae districts.
Meanwhile, the Songkhla Meteorological Office warned people in the eastern part of the southern region from Prachuap Khiri Khan to Narathiwat of possible danger from flash floods. Small-scale fishermen are advised not to go out to sea. (Source: The Bangkok POst)


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Animal menu also called barbaric in Thailand

Posted by hasekamp on 18 November 2005 at 14:23 PM
Social critics and environmental activists have pronounced the "exotic menus" that the Chiang Mai Night Safari plans to offer, a grotesque reversal of the worldwide trend to protect wild species. Former prime minister Anand Panyarachun, who is also the president of the Thailand Environment Institute, said yesterday that while some parts of Thai society had been working hard to campaign for conservation, others were acting in a way that eroded their good work. He made the comments while presiding over the award-presentation dinner for the seventh Green Globe Awards 2005, which are handed out to media bodies as well as individuals and communities who have contributed outstanding work in the fields of the environment and conservation. "Any individual or group who acts in any way that damages nature or the environment will ultimately reap the consequences," Anand said. He also said that as well as highlighting the excellent work being done with the Green Globe award, he wished to point to and condemn those individuals practising damaging behaviour.
"There has been a worldwide trend for conservation that has attempted to stop the consumption of wild animals and focus on conservation, so he (Plodprasop) must explain to the public what is happening in our society," Anand said in his condemnation of zoo project director Plodprasop Suraswadi’s idea to offer a daily buffet of "wild" cuisine in the zoo’s Vareekunchorn restaurant for Bt4,500 a head. Sumet Tantivejkul, secretary-general of the Chai Pattana Foundation who was a speaker at the event said that when people see the Earth and nature itself as merchandise, it signals morally desolate times. Nikhom Phutta, an official at the Wildlife Fund Thailand, said the idea would destroy the identity of Chiang Mai, which relies on its unique culture and natural beauty and is often referred to as a land of gentility and generosity. He added that the state officer whose duty it is to conserve the environment was actively promoting the "barbaric idea" in the blinkered pursuit of money. When the idea for the "wild menus" comes to the attention of the rest of the world, it will destroy the country’s image as a member of Cites, Nikhom said. (Source: The Nation)


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Kenya upset about menu

Posted by hasekamp on 18 November 2005 at 12:18 PM
Wildlife activists in Kenya yesterday bristled with anger after Bangkok announced that it would offer a daily buffet of giraffe, zebra and crocodile to visitors to a zoo in Chiang Mai. Last week when Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra visited the country, Kenya confirmed it would send 175 wild animals and birds to the Chiang Mai Night Safari, a move that infuriated wildlife welfare activists and conservationists. It was announced on Wednesday and again yesterday that the zoo was preparing to open a restaurant at the Night Safari to offer exotic dishes, made of imported meat from zebras and giraffes, and more animals, from Kenya. The zoo admitted that this was an odd idea, but said it was a marketing tool to build up the image of the Night Safari with the goal of attracting more visitors to Chiang Mai. What an image they had in mind!!
"This is a new development," Connie Maina, the spokeswoman for Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), said. "We need to verify the truth about this buffet if it's true the government needs to rethink about sending animals to Thailand," Ms Maina added. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which has led opposition to the export of Kenyan wildlife, said it was appalled.
Will it be possible to change the poisonesd minds of the people in charge of Night safari park in Chiang Mai? (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Chiang Mai Zoo serves rare animals

Posted by hasekamp on 17 November 2005 at 17:04 PM
Visitors are offered daily buffet of lion, tiger, elephant and giraffe meat at Chiang Mai Night safari! Conservation groups are - understandably - outraged about this. Chiang Mai's Night Safari, which opens next year, will be offered meat of rare animals in the park's Vareekunchorn restaurant. An "Exotic Buffet" of tiger, lion, elephant and giraffe will be 4,500 Baht a head. According to a spokesman, animals for the buffet will be imported daily and legally to the zoo. If thid is true or n t, in our opinion it is not fit for a zoo, and in fact not for any place on earth, to offer rare animals as a treat!
Ironically, the prime minister said the park would aim to increase public awareness of natural science and wildlife. "The zoo will be outstanding, with several restaurants offering visitors the chance to experience exotic foods such as imported horse, kangaroo, giraffe, snake, elephant, tiger and lion meat. We will also provide domestic crocodile and dog meat from Sakon Nakhon province," the spokesman said at the press tour before Thaksin presided over the soft opening. Food provided at the buffet restaurant would be fresh daily and cooked by five foreign chefs.
Wildlife Fund Thailand secretary Surapol Duangkae said yesterday that although consuming wildlife didn’t violate Cites (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), it could fly in the face of moral issues and worsen the country’s image on wildlife-trade issues. He said the action of the government would appear to the world as if Thailand approved of the endangered-wildlife trade and consumption. There have already been cases of 100 tigers exported to China, elephants planned to be transferred to Australia and the illegal import of orang-utans. (Source: The Nation)


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Schedule for tsunami anniversary

Posted by hasekamp on 16 November 2005 at 12:08 PM
The provincial government has announced more of its schedule for the upcoming tsunami anniversary, which is to run from December 24 to January 21.
December 26: 10 am-11 am: simultaneous memorial ceremonies to take place at Patong Beach, Kamala Beach and Mai Khao Cemetery. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, along with members of the Thai government and VIP guests, will lay wreathes at 10:30 am at Khao Lak. At 6:30 pm of the same day there will be multi-faith ceremonies at Chong Fah and Baan Bang Niang beaches, Phang Nga Province.
December 1-31: post tsunami-themed art and sculpture exhibitions along Patong and Kamala beaches. Month-long international seafood festival at Patong Beach along with fashion shows and live jazz music.
December 27: “New leaf - New life” symbolic tree and shrub planting ceremonies at Patong and Kamala.
27-30 December: international beach volleyball on Patong Beach.
December 31-January 1: Phuket Countdown Party 2006 at Patong Beach. Fair, live bands. Phuket-Phang Nga Marathon, starting at midnight.
December 30-January 3: international firework shows on Patong Beach featuring pyrotechnic display teams from Belgium, China, England, Thailand and Japan.
December 31-January 2: the Andaman Music Festival – “The Rhythm of the Island” – and dance show at Karon Beach.
January 1: one-day international tennis tournament, featuring Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport, at Saphan Hin.
January 15-21: Bangkok-Phuket Tour of Siam 2006 international bicycle rally.
It can be seen that apart from ceremonies to remember the victims, Phuket also organises festivities and sport events. In our opinion it would have been wiser to give these festivities and events a different theme! (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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New bird flu case in Bangkok?

Posted by hasekamp on 15 November 2005 at 11:30 AM
The Thai Health Ministry awaits a sick Burmese woman’s lab results to rule out H5N1. The Public Health Ministry yesterday re-ported another suspected bird flu case in Bangkok’s Suan Luang district. The director of the epidemiology bureau said initial tests found the 23-year-old Burmese woman - who works in a restaurant in the Suan Luang district - appeared to be suffering from a common cold, but further samples have been collected for laboratory testing to determine whether she has bird flu. The woman told officials that after she cleaned an area of a house where a bird had been found dead, she had developed a fever, cough and other flu-like symptoms. There have been two suspected and one confirmed case of the bird-flu virus in Bangkok this year, but no further cases or human-to-human transmissions have been reported.
The three previous cases of suspected bird flu were found in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang, Min Buri, and Khlong Sam Wa districts, with an 18-month-old boy from Khlong Sam Wa confirmed as having contracted the H5N1 virus on Friday. The boy is the 21st case of bird flu diagnosed in Thailand since the H5N1 virus was first detected in January 2004. Thirteen of the flu cases have proved fatal. (Source: The Nation)


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Tsunami memorial contest is popular

Posted by hasekamp on 14 November 2005 at 19:25 PM
So far 432 entrants from 44 countries have registered for Thailand’s Tsunami Memorial Design Competition. Registration closes next Tuesday (November 15). The aim of the competition is to gather conceptual designs for building a memorial at Khao Lak that will be 'appropriate and interactive' and 'serve as a permanent tribute' to those who lost their lives in the tsunami. So far the largest number of registrations, 105, had come from the US, with Thailand in second place with 72. Almost every Western and East Asian nation is represented, and registrations have also been received from Mozambique, Lebanon and Panama. The names of the seven members of the Stage I Jury, who will draw up a shortlist to be examined in detail by the Stage 2 Jury, have also been announced. They are Jonas Bohlin (Sweden), Stephan Braunfels (Germany), Daniel Libeskind (US), David Elliott (Britain), Xu Anzhi (China), and Prof Decha Boonkham and MR Chanvudhi Varavarn (Thailand). Mr Libeskind, incidentally, is the architect responsible for the original designs for the Freedom Tower and Memory Foundations, which are currently being built at the World Trade Center site in New York. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Agreement between Belgium and Thailand

Posted by hasekamp on 13 November 2005 at 23:38 PM
Thailand and Belgium have agreed to look into a possibility of establishing direct flights between their capitals in order to facilitate expansion of business investment and tourism. The agreement was reached at a discussion between Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and visiting Belgian counterpart Guy Verhofstadt, at Ban Phitsanulok on November 12. The Belgian leader said his visit to Thailand is to seek new trade contacts with leading countries in Asia. He suggested that direct aviation links be established between Bangkok, which is seen as capital of Southeast Asia, and Brussels, seen as capital of Europe. In response to the proposal, Prime Minister Thaksin assigned Finance Minister Thanong Bidaya and related agencies to take the matter into consideration. After the dinner given in honour of the Belgian Prime Minister by the Thai Government, both leaders witnessed the signing of two agreements – one on criminal case cooperation and the other on the transfers of criminals and enforcement of court verdicts in criminal cases. (Source: Public Relations Department)


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Animal deal in Kenya

Posted by hasekamp on 11 November 2005 at 14:33 PM
A wildlife deal between Thailand and Kenya will benefit rather than harm exotic animals, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday. Speaking from Kenya, Mr Thaksin said the wild animals to be sent to Thailand could have been culled by Kenya to keep their populations under control. The deal has been criticised within Thailand and abroad, because the idea of Mr. Thaksin onlt was to vcreate a tourist attraction, without taking into account the interast of the animals. "Instead of slaughtering them, Kenya decided to send them to us for research and tourism purposes," Mr. Thaksin said. He said a total of 175 wild animals from 25 species, including 13 wildebeests and four hyenas, will arrive in Thailand early next year. They will add to a wide collection of wild animals from Thailand and abroad to be showcased at the Chiang Mai Night Safari. Mr Thaksin insisted the wild animal deal did not violate the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites). (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Only 400 ( out of 10,000) go to tsunami ceremony

Posted by hasekamp on 11 November 2005 at 14:27 PM
Only a surprisingly low figure of 400 people who suffered injuries or lost close relatives in the Dec 26 tsunami have accepted the government's invitation to attend the disaster's first remembrance ceremony in Phangnga next month, a senior foreign ministry official said. The ministry website, on which the invitation has been posted, has received about 6,500 hits from abroad. Some European governments, including Sweden and Norway, have already sponsored trips for their citizens to tsunami-hit provinces. Suwat Liptapanlop, deputy prime minister in charge of the commemoration arrangements, had hoped about 10,000 injured people and relatives of those killed in the tsunami would attend the ceremony to be held at Had Lek and Had Chong Fah (Bang Nieng) in Phangnga province. Mr Vitavas said he now expected the ceremony would be attended by 1,500 people. They include the 400 who responded via the website invitation, 51 VIPs, and representatives of international organisations, non-governmental organisations, diplomatic corps and volunteers. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Phuket is Top Island of Asia

Posted by hasekamp on 9 November 2005 at 15:26 PM
Thailand's famous southern resort province of Phuket has been voted by international visitors as the 'Top Island in Asia and Indian Ocean' and has hence received the Readers' Choice Award 2005, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The award was presented by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, a leading magazine in the United States, TAT announced yesterday. It was the first time that Phuket was given the honourable prize after the magazine began its survey of world tourists in the year 2000. The second prize of the award went to Indonesia's Bali Island.
The award is based on a set of criteria, including attractive tourist activities and events, the charm and beauty of beaches, friendliness of local people, as well as quality and standards of local hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Green minibuses to disappear

Posted by hasekamp on 9 November 2005 at 15:22 PM
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) will remove all substandard green minibuses from the public transport system within six months, BMTA's acting director said yesterday. As part of the government’s policy to restructure the public transport system, the BMTA plans to weed-out all privately operated green minibuses which are deemed to be "below-standard", by May next year. The buses currently service the same routes as BMTA buses and most are not in a fit condition to operate. The BMTA and the Land Transport Department will inspect all of the buses and if they are found to be sub-standard, their services will be suspended until the operators can find vehicles in road-worthy condition. (Source: The Nation)


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Yala suspects arrested

Posted by hasekamp on 9 November 2005 at 15:16 PM
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday expressed satisfaction with improved security operations and the investigation which led to the arrest of 17 men suspected of involvement in Monday's attacks in Yala. Mr Thaksin said security authorities had obtained useful information about the attackers which led to the swift arrest of the suspects. He praised local people for their cooperation which helped authorities quickly bring the situation under control. Two of at least 30 armed men who carried out the attacks were killed; one had a two-million baht bounty on his head. The dead man was identified as Haseuming Jarong, a leading member of the Mujahideen separatist movement. Mr Thaksin said the bounty of two million baht would be given to officers involved in the operations in the province. He believed the dead assailant was a key separatist. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Car bombs in Yala

Posted by hasekamp on 8 November 2005 at 11:45 AM
Two separate car bomb attacks in Yala province this morning destroyed about 14 vehicles and injured five people, police said. The first blast happened at about 8.40 am at the provincial education office. When police arrived at the scene, about eight vehicles were on fire. Initial investigation found that a red pickup where the bombs were planted was totally destroyed. Driver of the pickup, Suriya Wongsawat, 57, a provincial educational official was slightly injured from the shrapnel. Firefighters spent about 20 minutes to put off the fire.
The second explosion happened just about an hour later in the parking lot of Yala city hall. About six vehicles were destroyed. The vehicle in which the bombs were planted belongs to Surasit Suwankota, a provincial chief. The blast injured Wannakit Boonwisut, a driver of provincial prosecutor office. Three other people were slightly injured. Suriya and Wannakit are neighbours, police said. (Source: The Nation)


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Boxing in prison

Posted by hasekamp on 8 November 2005 at 11:42 AM
Nongmai Sor Siriporn lost her bid to become the first prison inmate to win a world boxing title yesterday, but she's determined to continue her ring career. Nongmai, whose real name is Wannee Chaisena, lost an action-packed fight against Nanako Kikuchi of Japan for the World Boxing Council strawweight crown at Klong Luang prison in Pathum Thani. The referee stopped the contest in the seventh round because the Thai was defenceless after absorbing a barrage of punches from the Japanese contender. It is the first time a world boxing championship has been decided in a prison. The fight drew scores of foreign journalists and tourists, particularly Japanese.
If boxing is the best form of entertainment in prison remains te be seen, in our opinion, but it is one of the most popular sports in Thailand. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Arrest for banknote with Thaksin on the Web

Posted by hasekamp on 7 November 2005 at 12:44 PM
Police on have arrested an Internet cafe operator for allegedly superimposing the face of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on photos of banknotes and posting the photos on Web sites. Nikhom Udomdej, 29, was arrested on Friday. Nikhom operated an Internet Cafe in Sutthisarn area of Bangkok. He said police had received complaints that the pictures of bank notes superimposed with Thaksin's face was posted on two Web sites on July 11 and October 31. Police investigated and found that the pictures were posted from the shop of Nikhom so they obtained an arrest warrant against him. Nikhom denied having altered and posted the pictures of the banknotes. Police quoted witnesses as saying that Nikhom used to boast that he was one of the best hackers in Thailand and could hack any Internet site of the government. (Source: The Nation)


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King and Queen gravely concerned

Posted by hasekamp on 6 November 2005 at 12:03 PM
Their Majesties the King and Queen have expressed concern about the violence in the South and wish peace be restored as soon as possible, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday. "Whenever I am granted an audience, HM the King asks about the situation in the southern provinces. The King wishes the situation to return to normal. HM the Queen also has spent time in the South and has done a lot of work to help," Thaksin said in his weekly radio programme. He vowed to intensify the hunt for Islamic insurgents, saying they brainwashed young Muslims into launching attacks. "From now on, the proactive plan to arrest insurgents will become more and more serious."
The militants give young Muslims a 10-day course of mental and physical training so they can carry out bombings and shootings, he said. "They indoctrinate these kids with the idea that we have stolen their land. But this is Thai territory, and these people are Thais." Thaksin will travel to Narathiwat today and chair a krathin ceremony tomorrow. Violence continued unabated yesterday as three villagers were shot dead by suspected Islamic militants in two separate attacks. (Source: The Nation)


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No transfer from human to human

Posted by hasekamp on 5 November 2005 at 14:09 PM
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said today that there has been no transmission of bird flu virus from human to human. The prime minister said during his weekly radio address that so far 12 areas in six provinces, most of which are in the central region, have been found to be hit by avian influenza. Fowls which were suspected to have contracted the disease had been culled and public health officials are now watching closely to determine whether the areas remain infected with the disease, the prime minister added.
Meanwhile, a senior medical doctor said that 11 patients suspected to have contracted the deadly avian influenza in the country's northern province of Chiang Rai earlier are not infected with the virus after all. The medical expert told a press conference today that tests on the 11 patients suspected of having contracted the disease were carried out and it was determined that none of them suffered from avian influenza. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Passengers of drunk drivers face punishment

Posted by hasekamp on 5 November 2005 at 14:04 PM
Bangkok’s police are calling for passengers of drunk drivers to be punished as well, while seeking jail terms for drivers who are repeat offenders. "Such measures should reduce the number of road accidents," the Metropolitan Police commissioner said yesterday. He said the passengers should face arrest for condoning drunk driving because they had agreed to let the driver give them a ride. Police will also ask the courts to send repeat drunk drivers to jail, especially if they were caught while still under probation from a previous drink-driving offence. Police stations across the capital have been instructed to set up 112 more checkpoints for drunk driving, he added.
Drunk driving is one of the main causes of road accidents in Thailand, especially around holidays. (Source: The Nation)


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Thaksin chooses for guerrilla warfare

Posted by hasekamp on 5 November 2005 at 13:59 PM
Paramilitary rangers in the deep South will engage in guerrilla warfare in an adjustment of strategies to cope with the ongoing insurgency. A deputy army spokesman said army chief has ordered that five more companies of paramilitary rangers, or about 400 men, be deployed in addition to the 20 companies already operating in the three southernmost border provinces. The rangers are to specially counter the southern insurgency with guerrilla warfare tactics. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Fund to stop bird flu

Posted by hasekamp on 4 November 2005 at 14:06 PM
Thailand set up a 100-million-baht fund yesterday to cushion the spread of bird flu in the region, as new outbreaks hit Thailand and Vietnam. The money will be used to provide medical supplies and equipment, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said at the end of the second summit of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (Acmecs). It will also cover expenses for sending medical staff to the group's five members upon request. Although Acmecs members face shortcomings in infrastructure and personnel in fighting the disease, Mr Thaksin said leaders from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam were convinced that if bird flu outbreaks continued, it would hurt the poultry, food and tourism industries. The five leaders announced their political commitment to joining hands in combating the deadly avian influenza and other infectious diseases through strengthening their surveillance and response systems. Thailand will coordinate the fight against bird flu with the World Health Organisation and the World Organisation for Animal health in stockpiling and vaccine development, and meanwhile will be responsible for this region. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Martial law in Songkhla

Posted by hasekamp on 4 November 2005 at 13:58 PM
Martial law was imposed in two Muslim-districts of Songkhla yesterday, with the military citing the need to prevent the flames of unrest spreading from the three nearby southernmost provinces. Fourth Army chief Lt-Gen Khwanchart Khaharn announced martial law was being declared in Chana and Thepha districts. "Insurgents have used some areas in Songkhla to hide weapons and other devices used for causing unrest. Their violent acts have also spread into Chana and Thepha districts of Songkhla. To enable security officers to cope with the violence, martial law is necessary," Lt-Gen Khwanchart said.
Martial law was earlier imposed in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and four districts of Songkhla. Martial law was later replaced by the executive decree on national emergencies. However, the decree was imposed only on the three southernmost provinces. The districts of Songkhla which had earlier been under martial law were Saba Yoi and Na Thawi. To prevent insurgent attacks spreading to neighbouring areas, the Fourth Army imposed martial law in Chana and Thepha districts. This would facilitate military operations in these areas. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Minister wants no more bird flu deaths

Posted by hasekamp on 3 November 2005 at 19:19 PM
Public Health Minister Pinij Charusombat yesterday threatened to transfer provincial health chiefs who fail to prevent the death of human bird-flu victims in the future. "There might be more bird-flu victims, but there must not be any more deaths," Pinij said at a meeting of more than 400 public-health officials and volunteers. He said he expected to get information on the suspicious death of any fowl within an hour of it happening. Bang-orn Penphad, who died of bird flu last month, could have been saved if livestock officials immediately made it known that fowl had died suspiciously in the area, he said. "But it took them three days to alert the Kanchanaburi public health chief," he said. The minister promised to reward officials who perform well in the fight against avian influenza. (Source: The Nation)


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Likay museum

Posted by hasekamp on 3 November 2005 at 19:14 PM
Residents of Mahakan Fort community (Bangkok) are to launch a likay museum project to save both the dying likay tradition of performing arts as well as the land they have lived on for generations. The community's likay museum project proposal has been approved by the Culture Ministry which has set aside a budget for the residents to kickstart the project. A 45-year-old community leader said residents regarded the ministry's approval as an encouraging sign for the people who have been involved in a long-standing land dispute with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration which planned to clear the land to turn it into a public park. The museum will be the first of its kind in Thailand. Apart from the museum, the community plans to have a civic space for likay performances for tourists and local fans alike. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Carnival in Patong

Posted by hasekamp on 2 November 2005 at 18:13 PM
The celebration of the start of Phuket’s tourism high season started yesterday and runs through November 3, from 9 am to midnight daily. Previously known as the Patong Carnival, it has been revamped and dubbed Phuket Carnival 2005. The annual parade took place yesterday. This year, it included representatives of Japanese, South Korean and Swedish Phuket-based groups. The three-day Phuket Carnival also includes a fashion show, performances of traditional Thai dancing and a performance of Thai classical xylophone on November 3. The Phuket Tourist Association President said that this year the activities will be more international thanks to increased participation by foreigners. “Eighty percent of Phuket’s tourist industry relies on foreign visitors, so we are giving this event an international flavor,” he said. “We expect 10,000 people to attend the Phuket Carnival 2005.” (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Dutch gangster killed near Pattaya

Posted by hasekamp on 2 November 2005 at 18:00 PM
Reputed Dutch gangster Jonh Mieremet was gunned down Wednesday near Thailand's seaside resort town of Pattaya, officials said. "I can confirm that he has been murdered today and we have sent two people from the embassy to Pattaya to look into this matter," Dutch ambassador Peter Marres said. Mieremet was killed around 10 am (0300 GMT) at his home in the Singtopark neighborhood of Banglamung district outside Pattaya, about 70 kilometres (45 miles) southeast of Bangkok, police said. He was pronounced dead at hospital. Mieremet was considered one of the Netherlands' most notorious criminals, and operated with his partner Sam Klepper, who was killed in 2000. Together, they had been known as "Spic 'n' Span", after an American brand of cleaning powder. (Source: The Nation)


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Buddhist summit started

Posted by hasekamp on 1 November 2005 at 22:57 PM
More than 3,000 Buddhist leaders from 23 countries gathered in Bangkok today for the first day of the World Buddhist Summit. The 4th Conference of the World’s Buddhist Leaders will continue until Saturday. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn chaired the summit’s opening at the conference hall in the compound of Royal Thai Navy. "I am glad that Buddhist leaders and Buddhists from 23 countries, both Theravada and Mahayana sects, have come together to seek the shared guidelines about the propagation of Dharma teachings to the world," the Princess said in her opening speech. She said Dharma teachings would promote peace and mutual compassion in the world. Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop said Buddhist leaders and Buddhists had come to the meeting from all corners of the world, including Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, France, Germany, India, Italy, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Burma, Nepal, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Vietnam and Thailand. HRH Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck of Bhutan, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and Prince Norodom Chakrapong also attended the conference. The Mahamakut Buddhist university is hosting the summit. (Source: The Nation)


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Taxi driver database

Posted by hasekamp on 1 November 2005 at 11:20 AM
Metropolitan Police Bureau will work closely with the Land Transport Department and taxi rental operators to compile a comprehensive database of taxi drivers in a bid to prevent crimes against passengers. The move came after taxi-driver Narong Panyee confessed that he had robbed and raped many female passengers. "If taxi drivers do something wrong they will be swiftly identified and arrested," a police spokesman said yesterday. The database will contain photos of taxi drivers’ faces, appearance details and their addresses, both in Bangkok and other provinces, if they are from outside the capital. Currently, there are nearly 100,000 taxis in the capital. About 6,000 are privately-owned, while the rest are owned by taxi rental companies. (Source: The Nation)


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Bird flu in Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 1 November 2005 at 11:10 AM
A 50-year-old woman from Bangkok has been confirmed as the third case of infection by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus this year, the Deputy Public Health Minister said yesterday. The woman was being treated in Siriraj Hospital, he said. She caught the virus at a poultry farm in Nonthaburi while helping her husband clean away chicken droppings. The Livestock Development Department declared the area around the farm a red zone after lab tests showed positive for H5N1 in the fowls, he said. She is the 20th case of human infection by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus since the country was first rocked by the disease last year. Thirteen of the patients have died. A source at the Public Health Ministry said that the lab test from Siriraj was positive. The Medical Sciences Department was making another test to confirm the result. The woman's condition was not critical, the source said.
Another case of suspected bird flu in a patient also emerged in Bangkok yesterday, in a four-year-old boy who had just returned from Phichit. However, the deputy city governor said the boy tested positive for type A influenza. He went to Phichit on Oct 21 and developed flu-like symptoms five days later. The alarm was triggered because he had stayed at a property where 20 fighting cocks had died.
An 11-year-old girl is also under close observation at Vajira Hospital, where she is being treated for type B influenza. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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