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Yingluck and her team go for it

Posted by hasekamp on 29 May 2011 at 16:07 PM
The entrance of the photogenic Yingluck Shinawatra who has the lofty goal of becoming Thailand's first female prime minister has given a spark to not only the voting base of her Pheu Thai Party but the election overall. Behind her speeches and virtually every public appearance, however, are a few men, including veteran politicians Chalerm Yubamrung and Chaturon Chaisaeng, doing the planning. The first task for Ms Yingluck to accomplish was effective public speaking. The No.1 party-list candidate of the opposition party had to prove she could deliver speeches to big crowds. Ms Yingluck has a support team for delivering speeches. This first team is responsible for researching information she may need for speeches. They also evaluate her performance, give a review and suggest how to make it better the following day. They help set the agenda for issues she should focus on as she canvasses for votes. Another think tank works behind the scenes to make sure Ms Yingluck and her speech-coaching team do not miss a thing. (Source:The Bangkok Post)


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Undemocratic PAD advice

Posted by hasekamp on 27 May 2011 at 10:37 AM
The People’s Alliance for Democracy will launch a nationwide "vote no" campaign on June 4, PAD core leader Chamlong Srimuang said on Thursday. “We see the coming general election as not doing anything for the betterment of the country and therefore we urge voters to 'vote no' at the July 3 polls,” Maj Gen Chamlong said at a press conference. He said a committee for protecting the Thai Kingdom will be set up in every province to jointly launch the campaign for no vote. “Several poll results show that more than 50% of eligible voters have yet to make a decision to support any particular political party,” Maj Gen Chamlong said. He was confident that about five to 10 per cent of the voters would mark "no vote" on the ballot paper. He said core members of the main Committee for Protecting the Thai Kingdom who take leading roles in the nationwide campaign include Vice Adm Prateep Chuen-arom, Therdbhum Jaidee and Saranyu Wongkrachang. (Source:The Bangkok Post)


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Thailand to ICJ again

Posted by hasekamp on 27 May 2011 at 10:33 AM
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has asked the Thai government to present its case on the issue of the Preah Vihear temple ruins next Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said on Thursday. The Cambodian government has asked the ICJ to interpret its 1962 verdict on the ownership of Preah Vihear and the disputed surrounding area. The court ruled in 1962 that Preah Vihear temple was on Cambodian soil, but its ruling was not clear about ownership of the immediately surrounding, disputed area of 4.6 square kilometres. Thai and Cambodian troops have clashed repeatedly as each side attempted to assert sovereignty. Mr Thani said the court is expected to spend up to two years considering Cambodia's case. Cambodia has also asked the ICJ to issue an injunction ordering Thailand to withdraw Thai troops from the disputed area around the Preah Vihear Temple. The ICJ is expected to rule on the injunction request next month, said Mr Thani. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Democrats only wantAbhisit

Posted by hasekamp on 27 May 2011 at 10:30 AM
The Democrat Party will back only its leader, Abhisit Vejjajiva, as prime minister, Democrat secretary-general and caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said on Friday. Mr Suthep said it was not possible that the Democrat Party would support Chartthaipattana Party chief adviser and reconciliation campaigner Sanan Kachornprasart for the position of prime minister after the general election. The Democrats would certainly stay with caretaker Prime Minister Abhisit. "It is even more impossible that the Democrats will join forces with Pheu Thai to form a government, since both parties have different ideologies," he said. Asked about Pheu Thai key member Chalerm Yubamrung's announcement he will quit politics permanently if Pheu Thai loses the July 3 election, Mr Suthep said not many people would miss him. Pheu Thai's No.1 candidate, Yingluck Shinawatra, said she is ready to be prime minister if she has support from the people. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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King's health improving

Posted by hasekamp on 24 May 2011 at 14:10 PM
"Father told me that he would walk within two months," Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Valayalaksana told a Sakhon Nakhon gathering of volunteer doctors yesterday. The King had cerebrospinal surgery on May 2, but the Princess quoted him as saying just a week later: "Two months from now on, I will show you I can walk." His Majesty's willpower had been boosted by goodwill extended by his subjects, ranging from presents to signatures on get-well messages. "His morale has improved following the concerns and goodwill of the people." she said. (Source: The Nation)


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No campaigning on Sanam Luang

Posted by hasekamp on 24 May 2011 at 14:08 PM
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has banned the use of Sanam Luang for campaigning although it allows candidates hold rallies at 14 parks and civic grounds around the capital. In the BMA annoucement released on Tuesday, electoral candidates are required to notify the city administration three days in advance for using designated areas for campaigning. The campaign areas include Lan Khon Muang in Phranakhon district, Chatuchak Park, Rodfai Park, Lumpini Park, Benjasiri Park, King Taksin Circle and public parks in Bang Phlad, Rat Burana, Prawet, Bueng Kum, Lat Krabang, Bang Khen and Bang Khae. (Source: The Nation)


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Yingluck is going to win

Posted by hasekamp on 24 May 2011 at 14:04 PM
The Pheu Thai Party is certain to win more than half the seats in the House of Representatives and form the next government, Yingluck Shinawatra said on Tuesday. Ms Yingluck, the No 1 candidate on the Pheu Thai party list, exuded confidence after leading 33 party candidates to register to contest all 33 constituencies in Bangkok at the Thailand-Japan Youth Centre at Din Daeng. The youngest sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said she believed Pheu Thai will win more than half the 500 seats in the House, judging from the popular support she saw while visiting areas in the North, her home region. Ms Yingluck, however, was not sure if Pheu Thai would form a one-party government or try to put together a coalition. Asked about the party's prospects in Bangkok, which has been dominated by the prime minister's Democrat Party, Ms Yingluck said the party would have to work harder to present its policies to the people. She said she would try to travel to all regions during the election campaign, including the South - the Democrat's traditional stronghold. Asked about the possibility for a one-on-one debate with Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, Ms Yingluck said she would first try to meet as many people as possible as time for campaigning is running out. (Source: The Bangkok post)


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Yingluck meets no legal objections

Posted by hasekamp on 22 May 2011 at 16:20 PM
Yingluck Shinawatra, Pheu Thai's top party-list candidate, has the right to stand in the July 3 general election as long as she has not been convicted of a criminal offence or sentenced to imprisonment, Election Commission chairman Apichart Sukhagganond says. Mr Apichart yesterday said the EC was obliged to accept her application if there was no such court ruling on the day she applied. Pheu Thai's candidates on the party list system were registered with the EC on Thursday. He said any complaint against Ms Yingluck's candidacy must be filed with the EC within 10 days of registration. After that, the EC would endorse her candidacy and any complaint against it has to be filed with the Supreme Court. Mr Apichart said Ms Yingluck's alleged involvement in the assets seizure case against her brother Thaksin Shinawatra does not amount to a criminal case. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Shinawatra sister wants war on poverty

Posted by hasekamp on 22 May 2011 at 16:16 PM
Launching her campaign in her hometown of Chiang Mai yesterday, Ms Yingluck revived many of the well received policies pursued by her elder brother, Thaksin, when he was prime minister. They were accompanied by bold promises which gave the launch a sense of theatre which some observers said has been lacking from rivals' campaigns so far. In an address to about 15,000 supporters, she said Pheu Thai would tackle poverty and drugs, and make Thais happy again. Ms Yingluck, the party's candidate for prime minister, launched her campaign at the Chiang Mai 700 Years indoor stadium before a crowd drawn mainly from Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces, which are Pheu Thai strongholds. She addressed the crowd in northern dialect with a shaky voice, tears welling in her eyes. "I never expected that my trip back home this time could be so impressive. You have given me such a warm reception _ but how much grander would it be if my brother came himself?" asked Ms Yingluck, who took to the stage about 6pm. "Have you been happy during the past four to five years? I'm told that your happiness and money in your pockets have disappeared. The Pheu Thai Party is worried about it. We have to solve people's problems and bring back their happiness. We'll revive our policies from the past and implement them. We'll announce a new war on drugs. We'll root them out from society in 12 months. We'll also announce a war on poverty. Poverty will be gone in four years. We'll make sure the 30 baht universal healthcare scheme works again." (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Mafia in Phuket?

Posted by hasekamp on 20 May 2011 at 16:08 PM
Foreign “mafiosi” who cheat and even assault foreign tourists sometimes do so with the support of Phuket officials, yesterday’s meeting with a high-ranking Ministry of Interior (MoI) official was told. Interior Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary Pranai Suwannarat was in Phuket to hear directly from tourism industry operators and analysts about problems facing the industry. His findings during the four-hour gathering will be compiled into a report to be submitted to the MoI. Bhuritt Maswongsa, Vice President for Marketing of the Phuket Tourism Association, told the meeting he received “almost daily” complaints about foreign bar owners overcharging patrons. “Foreign mafia are mostly Russian and German. They open bars and charge much higher prices than their competitors. For example, they might charge 200 baht for [a small] bottle of beer that usually sells for around 80 baht to100 baht a bottle at other bars. They exploit consumers,” he said. Such operators typically set up in west coast beach areas popular with foreign tourists, such as Patong, Kata, Karon and Surin, he said. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Campaigning begins

Posted by hasekamp on 20 May 2011 at 16:04 PM
The Democrat Party of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva drew position No.10 on the ballot paper when registration of party list candidates for the July 3 general election began at the Thai-Japanese stadium in Bangkok on Thursday morning. The party's main rival, Pheu Thai, scooped the pool by drawing the No.1 position on the ballot paper in the party list system of proportional representation. There are 125 seats at stake. The registration of candidates standing for election in the 375 single-seat constituencies has not yet begun. Mr Abhisit indicated he was a little disappointed he had not drawn a number nearer the top of the list of parties on the ballot paper, but said he was not worried about it. When it became known that main opposition party, Pheu Thai, had drawn the No.1 position, loud cheers were heard from the party's supporters gathered in the adjoining stadium. Pheu Thai's No.1 candidate on the party list, Yingluck Shinawatra, said she was happy the party drew No.1. Ms Yingluck said she was excited about entering the election race and the party's main campaign policy was national reconciliation. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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New budget airline

Posted by hasekamp on 20 May 2011 at 16:00 PM
The Thai Airways International (THAI) board on Friday approved a plan to establish a new budget airline to directly compete, head-on with AirAsia. The creation of what is tentatively known as Thai Wings came as it became apparent that the flag carrier's bid to form a sister airline with Singapore-based no-frills carrier Tiger Airways is not seeing the light of the day. THAI chairman Ampon Kittiampon said Thai Wings will be established as part of a new business unit within THAI in a move engineered to ensure a speedy creation of the airline. The new budget Thai Wings is expected to start commercial services around March or April next year. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Self-defence against Cambodia

Posted by hasekamp on 18 May 2011 at 11:32 AM
Fighting erupted on the border for a third day between Thai and Cambodian troops in Surin province yesterday, leaving three more Thai soldiers hurt. Five Thai soldiers have been killed so far and 27 wounded in the latest round of clashes. The Army said Cambodian troops fired at Thai soldiers stationed at Ta Muen Thom Temple, forcing Thai troops to return the fire. Sporadic gunfights took place on four occasions yesterday.
LtGeneral Thawatchai Samutsakhon, commander of the Second Army Area which covers the areas of operation, blamed Cambodian soldiers for initiating the gunfights. The Cambodians suffered a large but unspecified number of casualties, and damage to military hardware, he said.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, in his weekly television programme yesterday, said Thailand had acted in self-defence after Cambodia violated Thailand's sovereignty under international protocols. He said there were 22 shelters now open for around 27,000 local residents in Surin, in addition to six others in Buri Ram. More shelters may be built, depending on an emergency budget. (Source: The Nation)


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More tigers?

Posted by hasekamp on 18 May 2011 at 11:26 AM
Armed forest rangers trek through the jungle to confirm some rare good news: the discovery of a wild tiger population in an area of Thap Lan national park previously written off by wildlife experts.
Working with foreign conservationists, the rangers have been gathering evidence from camera traps over the past two years that suggests this national park in Thailand may have more tigers than China. Thap Lan, with its spectacular forest of sawbladed plan palms, is an oasis of biodiversity. Elephants, clouded leopards, spotted linsang, boar and deer thrive below the canopy, which is filled with the song of myna, lapwings, laughing thrushes and other exotic birds. Locals have long insisted that tigers prowl in this area, and camera traps, triggered by heat and movement, have been left strapped to trees for a month. Some have been destroyed by wild elephants or infested by nesting ants, but the memory cards inside have yielded a trove of images of bears, leopards, itinerant monks, as well as tigers and - worryingly - armed poachers. More than half the park still has to be checked, but rangers have already confirmed eight tigers. This is not enough to be classified as a sustainable population, but park managers are optimistic. (Source: The Nation)


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Shinawatra sister on Pheu Thai list

Posted by hasekamp on 16 May 2011 at 22:48 PM
Yingluck Shinawatra, the youngest sister of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin, was on Monday chosen to fill the No.1 spot on the Pheu Thai party list in the July 3 general election. This means she is now Pheu Thai's candidate for the post of prime minister after the July 3 general election. A resolution placing Ms Yingluck at the top of the party list was passed at a meeting of the Pheu Thai executive and former MPs on Monday afternoon. The decision was reported to have been unanimous. Ms Yingluck was at the meeting. Ms Yingluck was born on June 21, 1967. She is the last of nine children of Mr Lert and Mrs Yindee Shinawatra. She is the wife of Anusorn Amornchat, managing-director of M Link Asia Corporation, but they have not registered their marriage. They have one son, Supasek. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Wires to be removed from Phuket Town

Posted by hasekamp on 14 May 2011 at 14:46 PM
Municipal workers will start pulling down power poles along Thalang, Dibuk and Theprasattri Roads in the Old Town by November if all goes according to plan, the Phuket City Mayor has announced. Speaking at a meeting at Provincial Hall last week, Mayor Somjai Suwansupapana said that stage two of the project to install all power and telecommunication cables underground in the Old Town was ready to to begin. The municipality has held two public hearings seeking feedback from local residents, she said. So far, the feedback has been positive, with most people living in the area satisfied with the project, Mayor Somjai said. The project also requires involvement from the TOT, the CAT and TT&T, as telecom cables belonging to these companies will also be installed underground, said Mayor Somjai. Work will start with the PEA burying cables along Dibuk Road in June, with Krabi Road, Phuket Road and part of Thepkrasattri Road next in line. “The work to be done will be much like that already conducted along Thalang Road,” Mayor Somjai said. “However, the project will be more complicated along Phuket Road and Thepkrasattri Road because high-voltage power cables are involved and need to go underground as well,” she added. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Posted by hasekamp on 13 May 2011 at 13:54 PM
Bountiful rice yields, an abundance of food and a fair amount of water were predicted for the coming crop year by soothsayers at the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang on Friday. The ancient ceremony, which has been performed since the Sukhothai period some 700 years ago, was held this morning to mark the beginning of the traditional rice planting season and boost the morale of farmers. On behalf of His Majesty the King, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the ceremony, accompanied by His Royal Consort HRH Princess Srirasmi, and HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha. Two sacred white oxen, named Phra Ko Fah and Phra Ko Sai, were taken to plough the ceremonial ground at Sanam Luang, herded by agriculture and cooperatives permanent secretary Chalermporn Pirunsarn. Dressed as a Brahmin god, Mr Chalermporn served in the ceremony as Lord of the Plough, or Phraya Raek Na. Mr Chalermpol's choice of a piece of cloth led to a prediction that there would be a fair amount of water, bountiful rice yields and an abundance of food. The oxen were each then offered seven bowls of food and their choices were used to make predictions. The seven bowls held grass, paddy, maize, sesame seeds, soy bean, water and liquor. The oxen ate grass, an omen that the country would enjoy an average water supply, plentiful rice harvests and an abundance of fruits and staple foods this year. The oxen also drank liquor, indicating that communications would be convenient, foreign trade would flourish and the economy would prosper. At the ceremony, rewards were presented to outstanding farmers, agricultural organisations, cooperatives and agricultural scholars.
Crowds of people rushed to collect rice seeds scattered on the field by the Lord of the Plough during the ceremony. The seeds are believed to bring fortune, happiness and abundance. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Animal trafficking

Posted by hasekamp on 13 May 2011 at 13:51 PM
A man whose luggage contained a baby bear, a pair of panthers, two leopards and some monkeys was arrested as he tried to smuggle the live animals out of Thailand, police said Friday. Noor Mahmoodr, a 36-year-old citizen of the United Arab Emirates, was detained soon after midnight by undercover officers at a Bangkok airport with the animals - all aged under two months - in his cases. The man, who was trying to get the creatures onto a first-class flight to Dubai from Suvarnabhumi airport, was charged with smuggling endangered species out of Thailand, Colonel Kiattipong Khawsamang of the Nature Crime Police told AFP. He said one of the bags had been abandoned in an airport lounge because the animals were being too noisy. "This is a very unusual case and a very large one so we really applaud the Thai police for going after them as strongly as they did," said Roy Schlieben of wildlife protection group FREELAND, whose staff were present at the arrest. Several people were thought to be involved and police investigations are under way into a wider network of traffickers, Schlieben said. The animals were taken into the care of local veterinarians. "There's a pretty strong likelihood that some of them wouldn't have survived the flight in the condition they were in," he told AFP. "The fact they were transported alive would indicate the person at the other end wanted to keep them in their residence or some sort of zoo, or maybe even breed them," he said. If convicted, Mahmoodr could face up to four years in jail and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine, Kiattipong said. Let us hope he gets it! (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Storm in 14 provinces

Posted by hasekamp on 10 May 2011 at 13:08 PM
Fourteen provinces across the country are at risk of flash flooding, violent storms and mudslides following anticipated heavy rain throughout this week. People living in low-lying areas and at the foot of mountains face a special risk, while fishing trawlers based in the eastern and southern provinces are advised to stay in port. The central provinces at risk are Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri and Ratchaburi; Phetchaburi and Prachaup Khiri Khan in the west; Chon Buri, Trat, Chanthaburi and Rayong in the east; and Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang, in the south; and all on the Andaman Sea coast. Stagnant flooding is now reported in urban areas in Phrae's Long district after one night of heavy rain, while 80 rai of farmland in other areas are under floodwater. Flooding has blocked two roads in Wieng Kosai national park in areas connecting Wang Chin district with Sob Prab district in Lampang province. Many roads in Muang Lampang district are also inundated but have not yet been closed and are still open to large vehicles. A weather forecast office in Lampang said flash flooding in Koh Kha and Thern districts is possible if there is more heavy rain. (Source: The Nation)


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Deadly hotel bug

Posted by hasekamp on 10 May 2011 at 13:05 PM
An independent investigation has found traces of a potentially lethal toxin in the Chiang Mai hotel where a New Zealand tourist became fatally ill. Traces of chlorpyrifos, which is used to kill bedbugs but has been banned in other countries, have been found in samples that the New Zealand current affairs television show 60 Minutes had independently tested, The Dominion Post reported. Sarah Carter, 23, died on Feb 6, and her friends Emma Langlands and Amanda Eliason became gravely ill while they were on holiday in the Downtown Inn Hotel in Chiang Mai. Five people died from unexplained causes in Chiang Mai over a 16-day period after New Year. Four stayed at the Downtown Inn Hotel. A UN scientist, Ron McDowall, said there was a strong likelihood Carter died from excessive exposure to the substance, which causes identical symptoms to those suffered by the trio as well as several other tourists who died after staying at the hotel. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Pheu Thai wants promise

Posted by hasekamp on 10 May 2011 at 13:03 PM
The Pheu Thai Party wants a written promise from the prime minister to let it form the next government if it wins the election. Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit yesterday called on Prime Minister and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and Deputy Prime Minister and Democrat Party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban to sign a promise to let Pheu Thai form the next government if it is successful. Mr Prompong said his party had conducted an opinion poll and found that 81.5% of respondents believed Pheu Thai's policies were realistic. However, voters questioned the government's policies on consumer product price controls and drug suppression. He also urged the Democrat Party to remove billboards about its performance in government, to be fair to its competitors in the election. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Earthquake in Chiang Rai

Posted by hasekamp on 10 May 2011 at 12:56 PM
Residents of Mae Sai district in the northern province of Chiang Rai were early this morning shaken by a 4.6 magnitude earthquake with the epicentre reported in nearby Burma. People living on the third and fourth floor of buildings in the district felt three separate tremors, starting about 4.16am, said Boontham Thipprasong, president of the Mae Sai district Chamber of Commerce. The recent repeated earthquakes centred in Burma were worrying local residents, he said. Adisorn Fungkahchorn, head of the earthquake section of the Meteorological Department’s northern centre, said the epicentre of the latest quake in Burma was only about 45km distant from Mae Sai. Other nearby districts in the province might also have experienced the quake, he said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Phuket coral improving

Posted by hasekamp on 8 May 2011 at 18:05 PM
Recent shallow-water surveys conducted off Phuket have documented significant regrowth of coral, marine biologists say. Researchers headed by divers from the Marine and Coastal Biology and Ecology Unit of Phuket Marine Biology Center (PMBC) reveal the island’s coral reefs are starting to show signs of recovery from last year’s devastating coral bleaching episode. Initial post-bleaching damage assessments showed that coral loss ranged from 25% in some areas to 97% in more vulnerable sites, such as Siam Bay of Racha Yai island. Diverse coral larvae growth was observed at sites all around the island’s territorial waters. Coral reefs in Phuket waters are estimated to cover an area of nearly 17 square kilometers, according to the PMBC researchers. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Thaksin uses Skype

Posted by hasekamp on 8 May 2011 at 18:02 PM
Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday said he had a project in store that would help bring unity among Thais and that the country would no longer be divided by political colours. Thaksin was speaking during a one-hour speech through Skype to address a seminar panel at Sai Net market in Bangkok's Khan Na Yow district attended by Pheu Thai Party MPs. "I have this project in my mind but I am not going to speak about it now because this government is a copy cat and is equipped with state budget for advertisement. They have even copied my first home project. So I will announce this project during the last corner in the run-up to the election,'' he said. Thaksin, whose government initiated the One Million Baht Village Fund, said in order that money reach the grass roots, the fund should be increased by Bt1 million for each village. He attacked the Abhisit government for its failure to stem rising prices, causing low-income earners to suffer. "The government does not understand the suffering of the poor because government leaders have never faced economic hardship. They only talk to large traders. If I were them I would call a meeting of giant traders such as CP and Sahapat Group to discuss prices in order to get to know the real cost and bring about fairness to retailers and consumers." He said the root causes of economic problems include the fast-changing world economy, the failure to bring about truly free trade, and corruption of politicians and state officials. Thaksin will today make his speech through Skype to the Pheu Thai Party seminar panel in Khlong Toei. (Source: The Nation)


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Voters still undecided

Posted by hasekamp on 8 May 2011 at 17:58 PM
The opposition Pheu Thai Party enjoys a slim lead over the ruling Democrat Party although most voters remain undecided which party to vote for in the upcoming general election, a public opinion survey has found. More than 23 per cent of the respondents favoured Pheu Thai, compared to 20.2 per cent who opted for the Democrats, almost 3 per cent who would vote for the Bhum Jai Thai Party, and less than 1 per cent for other parties, according to results of the poll by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida). Almost 53 per cent of those surveyed said they remained undecided about their choice in the next election. The survey was conducted on 1,203 people in all regions of the country on Monday and Tuesday. (Source: The Nation)


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Election in July?

Posted by hasekamp on 5 May 2011 at 16:48 PM
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva plans to submit a royal decree to dissolve the House to the King tomorrow and then declare a dissolution on Tuesday, a Democrat Party source says. This would mean the election day would be on July 8 instead of July 6. The House was earlier expected to be dissolved tomorrow. Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said that it should not pose any kind of a problem if the House dissolution is delayed for one or two days as long as everything else can run smoothly. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Fighting with Cambodia continues

Posted by hasekamp on 3 May 2011 at 14:16 PM
One Thai soldier was killed and three wounded during an overnight clash with Cambodian troops around the area of Ta Kwai temple in Surin's Phanom Dong Rak district, field reports said. Individual small arms, mortars and hand grenades were used by both sides in the cross-border firefight that began about 8pm on Monday in tambon Bak Dai. No heavy weapons were used in the clash. The Thai soldier killled was Pvt Tawatchai Boonmang and the wounded are Sgt Sariwit Wisetchart, Pvt Ampol Yatpluem and ranger Santi Chanthakhe. Casualties on the Cambodian side were not reported. The clash brought the number of deaths on the Thai side to eight and the wounded to more than 120. Villagers who had just returned to their homes ran for their lives to shelter in bunkers. Sporadic exchanges of fire continued until about 3am on Tuesday. The clash occurred despite a ceasefire agreement reached between senior military commanders of both sides on Sunday. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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King already recovers

Posted by hasekamp on 2 May 2011 at 19:25 PM
His Majesty the King last night underwent cerebrospinal surgery to remove excessive fluid from his brain, according to a Royal Household Bureau statement released late Monday evening. According to a detailed explanation of the so called shunt surgery, a tube was inserted into his spine through an opening in his stomach, a standard surgical procedure. The shunt was recommended by royal physicians and foreign experts after he had been walking unsteadily for a while, a condition considered common among elderly people. His post-surgery condition in general is good, with His Majesty able to receive normal food intakes. Updates will be issued as he recovers from the surgery, the statement said. (Source: The Nation)


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PM: Border under control

Posted by hasekamp on 2 May 2011 at 19:22 PM
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says the overall situation on the Thai-Cambodian border is under control even though Cambodian troops still set up ambushes for Thai soldiers. The prime minister told reporters on Monday exchanges of gunfire from heavy weapons on the border had lessened in the border provinces of Surin and Buri Ram. Civilian evacuees at temporary shelters in the two provinces had started to return home, Mr Abhisit said. However, he warned soldiers to stay vigilant to the possibility of an ambush by Cambodians. “There has been coordination between the two sides in the past couple days to ensure the fighting does not escalate,” Mr Abihisit said. "Although there are still attacks from ambush [by Cambodian soldiers]," The use of heavy weapons by both Thai and Cambodian forces "is more under control”, he said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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King needs operation

Posted by hasekamp on 2 May 2011 at 19:20 PM
A medical team prepared on Monday night to conduct an operation to drain excessive fluid from the spinal cavity of His Majesty the King. The Royal Household Bureau said that the King has recently had difficulty in walking steadily. Medical examinations, including consultations with specialists at home and abroad, concluded that His Majesty should undergo corrective surgery. The operation, known technically as a spino-peritoneal shunt, drains excess fluid from the spinal cavity into the abdomen area. His Majesty was described as in good health otherwise, and was eating normally. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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