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Viagra for votes

Posted by hasekamp on 30 November 2007 at 12:14 PM
Candidates in next month's fiercely contested Thai election have been offering Viagra in exchange for votes, it was alleged Friday. Vote-buying is not a novelty in Thailand, but viagra for a vote is. Elderly male voters are being wooed with the little blue pill used to treat sexual dysfunction at social functions, claimed Sayan Nopcha, a campaigner for the People Power Party (PPP) in Pathum Thani, near Bangkok. "A politician is giving out Viagra to gain popularity and votes. I think this is a very bad method of vote buying," Sayan told the Bangkok Post. The December 23 general election is to return power to the people after the September 2006 coup d'etat that brought a military-appointed government to power. The PPP, widely considered a proxy party for deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, is fiercely contesting the election against 40 other parties for 480 seats in the lower house. The Election Commission has toughened up the rules so much this time that even giving away T-shirts and soft drinks can be censored.
Sayan refused to disclose who might be giving out the sex drug because he said it was difficult to prove. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Exhibition in honor of the King

Posted by hasekamp on 30 November 2007 at 12:07 PM
A grand exhibition to honour His Majesty the King's 80th birthday will be held in Bangkok's landmark sites between Nov 30 (today) until December 5. The exhibition, organised by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), will be open to public view at Sanam Luang, Rachadamnoenklang Road and at Maha Jesda Bodin Pavilion. There will be nine booths along these venues, the largest at Sanam Luang. Seven smaller booths will be put on show along Rachadamneonklang Road, while another mediumsized booth will stand in front of the Maha Jesda Bodin Pavilion. The Sanam Luang booth will be the headquarters of the exhibition, which will show all the Royal activities related to His Majesty. The BMA is also using this occasion to present Bangkok as a capital of charm, safety, learning, comfort, happiness and sufficiency in accordance with His Majesty the King's philosophy. There will be a theatre, offering a multimedia show of the Royal activities that can accommodate 70 people at one time. The exhibition seeks to portray the King's life, ideas and work that people can use as examples to lead their life to make their families and society happy. The Royal activities will focus on the simple but beautiful upbringing of the King as nurtured by Princess Mother. The viewers will also learn about the King's Royal projects, which have been expanding throughout the kingdom and have been able to raise the living standard of people in rural areas. The Ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty has been recognised worldwide as the longest reigning Monarch, blessed with all kinds of honours because of his dedication to the happiness to the Thai people. One of the key messages is to educate the Thais about the 10 virtues of His Majesty the King, which form the pillar of his Kingship. The smaller booths along Rachadamnoenklang will present the life of the King and royal activities and projects during 10year interval. Each will come with handsome designs, convenient for the viewing public. The Maha Jesdabodin Pavilion booth will feature general Royal activities. The public can view all the exhibition booths free of charge and receive a handbook on the exhibition and passports to recognise their participation. They will also receive pictures of His Majesty the King. (Source: The Nation)


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Thailand should lead climate protection

Posted by hasekamp on 28 November 2007 at 10:36 AM
Thailand should take a leading regional role to "climate-proof" its growth to prevent catastrophic reversals in agriculture, human health and communities from climate change, the 2007 Human Development Report of the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) says. Launched world-wide yesterday, the "Fighting Climate Change: Human solidarity in a divided world" report encouraged Thailand, as the region's largest economic growth sector and one of the biggest carbon emitters in the region to increase energy efficiency, innovate incentives for alternative energy and to incorporate new technologies that reduce carbon emissions. "As Thailand is leading the economic growth in the region, I believe the country has the capacity to be the region's leader in fighting climate change," said Gwi-Yeop Son, UNDP Resident Representative in Thailand, during a press conference in Bangkok. (Source: The Nation)


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Many drugs war victims innocent

Posted by hasekamp on 28 November 2007 at 10:32 AM
More than half of the 2,500 suspects killed in the Thaksin government's war on drugs in 2003 were not involved in drugs at all, a representative of a fact-finding panel revealed yesterday. At a brainstorming session, the representative from the Office of Narcotics Control Board yesterday disclosed that some 1,400 people were killed and labelled as drug suspects though they had no link to drugs. "The government's drug policy was unclear. Operation staff hence did everything to achieve the goal of reducing the number of drug traffickers," the representative said. "The death toll was highest in February when the policy was first implemented. The number of deaths came down in the next two months." (Source: The Nation)


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Finnish robber arrested

Posted by hasekamp on 27 November 2007 at 19:42 PM
The police arrested a Finnish man at a guesthouse in Pattaya Tuesday on suspicion of robbing 1 million euro (Bt49.8 million) from an armoured truck in Finland's Turku city earlier this year. The 37-year-old suspect, Juha Pekka, denied that he was involved in the February 17 robbery. Five other suspects were arrested by Finnish authorities after another robbery on October 31. Working in cooperation with Interpol, Thai police apprehended Pekka after an investigation indicated he had been in Thailand since October 28. In addition to the Finnish arrest warrant, Pekka was also charged by Thai police for overstaying his tourist visa, metropolitan police deputy commissioner MajGeneral Wittaya Kosityasathit said. (Source: The Nation)


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Tourist stabbed in Phuket City

Posted by hasekamp on 27 November 2007 at 19:35 PM
A Dutch tourist is recovering in Bangkok Phuket Hospital after being stabbed twice by a knife-wielding thief outside the Downtown Market on Ranong Rd last night. The tourist, 51-year-old Thomas De Klerk, was shopping at the market with his wife Maria Kroezen at the time of the attack. The victim and his wife were loading goods into a tuk-tuk about 50 meters from the entrance to the market at about 10:30 pm when the thief ran up and ripped the victim’s fanny pack from around his waist. Mr De Klerk gave chase and caught up with the man. The pair were fighting for possession of the pack when the thief pulled out a knife and stabbed De Klerk twice, once in the left hand and once in the abdomen, slicing through his bladder. The thief then fled with the bag, which contained 20 euros in cash, a camera, credit card, cosmetics and other personal effects, the victim told Phuket City Police. Mr De Klerk described his attacker as an Asian man about 1.7 meters tall, wearing a long-sleeved, collarless t-shirt and a hat.
Phuket City Police Superintendent Pol Col Nos Svettalekha said this morning that a reported round up of about 100 Burmese laborers from the same general area where the stabbing took place was unrelated to the attack on De Klerk. Of those rounded up, 60 were able to produce valid identification and 20 were not. The remainder managed to escape, read the report in a local Thai-language newspaper. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Airlines don't want to go back

Posted by hasekamp on 25 November 2007 at 14:59 PM
Senior executives of some airline companies have voiced opposition to transferring selected international flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport back to the abandoned international gateway at Don Muang airport. Don Muang is being used for a few domestic flights. Airline executives cited higher operational costs, plus a transportation hassle between the two airports.
Airlines would have to shoulder higher operational costs while passengers would be inconvenienced if the two airports were used simultaneously because transportation between the two was still lax, she explained. Meanwhile sources said senior executives of THAI were also against the government’s idea of reopening Don Muang airport for international flights, again because of expected higher operational costs and passenger inconvenience. (Source: The Bangkok Post))


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Loy krathong

Posted by hasekamp on 24 November 2007 at 10:27 AM
Bangkok governor Apirak Kosayodhin encouraged city residents to celebrate the annual Loy Krathong festival on Saturday (today). Mr Apirak said people in Bangkok should not worry about their safety as the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has set up six centres where they can report on unusual events 24/7. The BMA made a similar promise last New Year's Eve, but bombs killed several people and Mr Apirak has faced a lack of confidence in security since. BMA prepared several locations for participants to celebrate the festival, including at the bank of the Chao Phraya river, near the Rama VIII bridge and at 18 public parks.
He called on people not to drink alcohol and to use environmentally friendly flower floats. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Cholera investigation

Posted by hasekamp on 24 November 2007 at 10:14 AM
Disease Control Department (DCD) director general Dr Thawat Suntrajarn said yesterday checks had been made on the spread of cholera across the country from January to November. It uncovered 761 people with severe diarrhoea caused by cholera, seven of whom had died. Thawat said the ministry had brought the disease under control but close monitoring was needed in Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Sakhon Nakhon, Lamphun, Roi Et, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, Nakhon Phanom, Samut Sakhon, Nong Khai, Ayutthaya and Mukdahan. Most people in the provinces still ate halfcooked food like cockles, which was sometimes tainted with cholera bacteria. This caused severe diarrhoea. Thawat said the Laos Public Health Ministry claimed it had found cholera bacteria in fresh cockles imported from the Northeast of Thailand. (Source:
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Vote buying will be punished

Posted by hasekamp on 20 November 2007 at 18:12 PM
Thailand's Election Commission has threatened to confiscate the wealth of candidates contesting the December 23 election under the country's anti-money laundering laws if they are found to have bought votes in any manner, according to poll agency secretary-general Suthiphol Thaweechaikarn. The Election Commission plans to consult regarding the matter with the chief of the Anti-Money Laundering Office shortly so that the assets of vote-buying candidates might be seized, he said. The agency's secretary general added that certain candidates had allegedly transferred their bank accounts in unusual fashion though the amounts were not found alarmingly large as yet. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Asking the King for help

Posted by hasekamp on 19 November 2007 at 16:10 PM
Assistance was given Monday to an impoverished 12-year-old boy and his family after a desperate plea to HM the King. In a letter written in August, Chatree Nadda detailed how he worked at any job he could find to support his family.
"To the Father of the Nation … I usually stay guard at a duck coop at night on my holidays. I am paid Bt40 a night. If I don't do this job, I go to carry rice sacks between 8am and 5pm. I get Bt50 for this job. If I cannot find such jobs, I try to catch frogs and snakes at night for food. If I cannot find these animals, I go to Luang Por Boonlert at Beung Seefai Temple for help. I have done so every day because my family is so poor and destitute. I look to Your Majesty as the last hope for my life and my family. We need a house and I need education. My siblings and I would like to receive a good education so that we can get good jobs after our graduation. We would like to repay our parents. From as far back as I remember, they have always endured hardship. I turn to Your Majesty for help. May Your Majesty provide solace in my life…."
The letter was dated August 10 and signed by Chatree. In response to Chatree's letter to the King, the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary wrote to Phichit Governor Preecha Ruangjan asking him to look into Chatree's problems. Preecha and representatives of relevant agencies visited Chatree's home on Monday to determine what forms of assistance could be given. Chatree's home is little more than a ramshackle hut with one old pan, an old pot, two wornout blankets and a mosquito net.
The Thai Red Cross Society has provided consumer items for the family while the local socialdevelopment office has offered to find jobs for Chatree's parents. "All three children will receive free education," Preecha said. He added that a house under a project in honour of His Majesty would be given to Chatree's family and it would be located on a plot of land near a pond. (Source: The Nation)


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New fears for bird flu

Posted by hasekamp on 18 November 2007 at 18:07 PM
Some 800,000 health volunteers spread countrywide have been assigned to monitor sick poultry and people. Permanent Secretary Prat Boonyawongvirot said yesterday he had urged volunteers to inform health officials immediately if any poultry perished. "Then they'll be checked for the virus," he said. The ministry also stressed that children should stay away from chickens or birds that fell ill or died under inexplicable circumstances. Nakhon Sawan has witnessed suspicious mass deaths of fighting cocks in Nong-pangpuay village of Kaoliew district. Their symptoms were similar to bird flu. Headman Yongyuth Thongchoop said officials are trying to investigate the cause of the mass deaths of chickens in the area and will destroy the carcasses. However, villagers protested against officials who tried to get samples of dead chickens to test in the lab, because they do not want their prized possessions to be culled, he said. According to the latest release from the World Health Organization, the bird-flu virus has struck people in Cambodia, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Laos, Nigeria and Vietnam this year. (Source: The Nation)


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Weather alerts

Posted by hasekamp on 17 November 2007 at 19:36 PM
Mineral Resources Department director-general Apichai Chawacharoenphan said yesterday that forest runoff and associated landslides were likely in the southern areas over the next day or two, in particular Phato and Lang Suan districts in Chumphon; Vibhavadi, Khiri Rat Nikhom, Ban Ta Khun and Phanom districts in Surat Thani and Lan Saka, Ron Phibun and Thung Song districts in Nakhon Si Thammarat. There has been more than 100 millimetres of rain in the past few days, bringing flooding to many areas. Motorists have been warned to watch for mud and rock slides. Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's disaster prevention and mitigation deputy director Thanik Yuthasunthorn warned that dry and windy weather could result in fire in crowded communities. There have already been several fires. All city residents have been asked to take care while cooking or burning rubbish. Electrical appliances and wiring should be checked for safety, he said. (Source: The Nation)


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Counterfeited goods seized in Patong

Posted by hasekamp on 10 November 2007 at 15:06 PM
Thai Regional Customs Bureau 4 and the Phuket Customs Office announced yesterday the seizure of counterfeit goods worth 5 million baht from a wholesaler in Patong. Regional Customs Bureau 4 Director Rakop Srisuppa-at and Phuket Customs chief Jakson Kitarmorn showed the media the goods, which comprised 4,326 purses, handbags and pieces of luggage together with more than 10,000 items of clothing bearing the names and logos of well-known brand names. The media was told the counterfeit goods robbed the government of tax revenue and tarnished the nation’s image and would soon be destroyed. K. Manote ("owner" of the goods) was not at the press conference, nor was there any mention of his whereabout or what charges he faces. His case would be turned over to police for processing, the press conference was told. "This case serves to remind those who want to trade in illegal goods in Phuket that they will be arrested," said K. Rakop. The haul was the biggest seizure of counterfeit goods by Phuket Customs in 10 years. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Run on pink shirts

Posted by hasekamp on 9 November 2007 at 19:22 PM
Pink polo shirts are in great demand at the Siriraj pier market, where sellers gave away the photos of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, leaving hospital. Since the monarch left Siriraj Hospital on Wednesday wearing a pink shirt and blazer, pink polo shirts have received non-stop attention from an adoring public. Photos of the King standing unaided without a walker, taking photos of his loyal subjects, are quite popular. Meanwhile, Yanyong Phuangrach, director-general of the Ministry of Commerce's Internal Trade Department said he had received complaints that the pink shirts have been overpriced in many markets. He warned sellers not to overprice the shirts otherwise they will face legal action. The Internal Trade Department will cooperate with shirt producers and retailers to price the pink polo shirts at 140-150 baht each. Well wishers are still visiting Siriraj Hospital to sign their names in get-well books, wishing a speedy recovery of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana, elder sister of His Majesty the King. She is being treated for cancer. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Too much rain in the south

Posted by hasekamp on 9 November 2007 at 19:18 PM
Nakhon Si Thammarat in the mid-South declared seven districts as disaster zones, after one resident drowned and about 100 schools closed because of torrential rains and resulting floods. More than 30,000 residents have been affected by flooding, according to Pensri Kaewkumpai, who heads the Provincial Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. Record high rainfall was measured in the provincial seat with 241 millimetres. "The water level of rivers and canals is still increasing, so government workers have built embankments to prevent floods with the municipality," she said. Local officials are keeping watch on the situation around the clock and provincial disaster workers are ready to respond to any emergency, she added. The airport on Samui island has opened on Friday morning, allowing a way out for more than 1,000 tourists stranded when flights were canceled on Thursday due to bad weather conditions. The first flight departed at 6am filled with travelers leaving for other destinations. However, heavy rain was still pouring down on the rain- and flood-drenched province, she indicated, saying that flooding on Samui island is still worrisome due to forest run-off and high tides. Local government workers face difficulty in draining water into the sea due to the volume of water involved. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Skytrain extension proceeds

Posted by hasekamp on 8 November 2007 at 10:30 AM
Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin says the construction of BTS sky train on the Sukhumvit route has progressed faster than expected and might start operating at the beginning of the year 2010. The governor reports that the construction has progressed more than 75% and expresses confidence that the tracks can be installed in the middle of next year. He adds that the train system can be tested in 2009. In addition, Mr Apirak reveals that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has set plans to expand the sky train route to Samut Prakan province by 12 kilometers. The project will be funded by the Bangkok Metropolitan Council, he says.
Apart from the BTS sky train construction, BMA will also accelerate the construction of five Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes where sky trains do not reach. The Chong Nonsee – Ratchaphruek – BRT route is expected to be completed next year. (Source: Public Relations Department)


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King leaves hospital

Posted by hasekamp on 7 November 2007 at 11:07 AM
His Majesty the King left Siriraj Hospital on Wednesday after 25 days of treatment, with hundreds of well-wishers in yellow shirts gathered at the hospital to get a glimpse of the longest-reigning king. His Majesty, wearing a pink jacket left the hospital at 11.30am with thousands of well-wishers shouting "Long Live the King" as he passed by. His Majesty - admitted to hospital on Oct 13 after experiencing weakness on the right of his body - was accompanied by members of royal family, including Her Majesty the Queen and Princess Ubolratana. Before leaving the hospital, His Majesty with the help of a walker, paid respect to the statutes of his late father and mother situated in the hall of the hospital. The King was scheduled to return to the Chitralada Palace. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Phuket: Cholera under control

Posted by hasekamp on 6 November 2007 at 17:49 PM
With 110 cases of cholera reported in Phuket so far this year, the possibility of an outbreak of the disease has raised fears of the threat posed to tourism. Authorities say that the situation is "under control" and that the high season will not be affected. Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit and Dr Wanchai Sattayawuthipong of the Phuket Provincial Health Office held a conference call yesterday with Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont and Dr Prachit Prarachit, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, to discuss the cholera situation in Phuket. Dr Prachit said that between January 1 and October 31, there were 600 cases of cholera spread across 36 provinces. All provinces have been put on alert to help control the severe diarrheal disease, which is caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. Dr Prachit said, "Khon Kaen [221 cases] and Phuket are the areas with the most reported instances of cholera, although the disease is now under control. The Ministry of Public Health has worked in each of the provinces to raise awareness of the disease by asking people to avoid eating raw food and meat for now." The last recorded case of cholera in Phuket was November 1. In Khon Kaen, a patient suffering from cholera was hospitalized October 17, although there have been no cases since, added Dr Prachit. "We will stay vigilant to avoid an outbreak of cholera so that the disease will not have an effect on the high season," said Dr Prachit. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Today Royal Barges Procession

Posted by hasekamp on 5 November 2007 at 18:01 PM
Bangkokians received a rare treat on Monday afternoon, and turned out in large numbers to witness the grandeur of the Royal Barge procession on the Chao Phraya River. Spectators' areas along both sides of the river were fully booked ahead of the Royal Kathin ceremony in which 52 barges and more than 2,000 Navy oarsmen took part. His Majesty the King graciously requested that HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn preside over the ceremony on his behalf. All forms of water transport were barred from operating between 11:30am to 9pm and motorists were not allowed to cross Phra Pinklao Bridge between 3-4p.m, when the barges passed beneath. This morning Adm Sathiraphan Keyanont conducted a religious ceremony to pay respects to a spiritual deity, an important part of the royal barge processions.
Traditionally, the Thai king takes his place on the century-old royal barge Suphannahongse, or "Golden Swan", to deliver robes to monks in a ceremony marking the end of Buddhist Lent. However, government officials said His Majesty will not be attending the outing of the Royal Barges, while he recovers from medical treatment at Siriraj Hospital.
The Royal Household Bureau has said the King is regaining strength each day, news welcomed throughout the country. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Cold at Doi Inthanon

Posted by hasekamp on 2 November 2007 at 17:29 PM
The temperature on top of popular tourist destination Doi Inthanon Mountain dropped to 9.5 Celsius degree Friday morning. The temperature is expected to further drop by 2 to four degrees on the following days, said Pongporn Panatchakorn, a forecast official of the northern meteorological center. (Source: The Nation)


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Railway strike ended

Posted by hasekamp on 1 November 2007 at 15:56 PM
Railway union members last night agreed to end their strike, clearing the way for the resumption of train services after the stoppage paralyzed the rail network across the country. State Railway of Thailand chairman Siva Saengmanee came out from five-hour talks with the union saying the SRT agreed to look into all demands put forward by the union. Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Wongcha-um witnessed the signing of the agreement between SRT board members and union leader Riengsak Khaengkhan to assure staff the promise would be kept and that members who joined a mass ''sick leave'' would not be punished. The union's demands involved Central Inter Pattana Plc's lease of a prime plot on Phahon Yothin road, part of the Buri Ram station compound allegedly encroached on by a politician, the corruption-plagued Airport Rail Link project, and the privatization of its cargo service under the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement. The union accused the SRT management of trying to favor Central Inter Pattana in the lease deal. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Another paedophile wanted

Posted by hasekamp on 1 November 2007 at 15:54 PM
Less than two weeks after a Canadian was arrested in Thailand for sex with children, Thai police are on a manhunt for one of his compatriots suspected of similar crimes, Canadian media reported. Public broadcaster CBC says Orville Frank Mader, 54, of Kitchener, Ontario, is accused of sexually abusing an eight-year-old boy. An arrest warrant for Mader has been issued. Authorities allege the boy was kidnapped by a local man and sold for sex in eastern Thailand. His abductor is now in custody and will be arraigned before a judge in the resort city of Pattaya. Canadian Christopher Neil, 32, was arrested in Thailand a few weeks ago on charges of having sex with boys. Interpol had launched a worldwide search for the man who appeared in sexually explicit photos circulating on the Internet. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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