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Foreigners are cheating Thai ladies

Posted by hasekamp on 28 June 2011 at 16:44 PM
Thai Customs officials at Phuket International Airport have issued a warning for Thai ladies not to be deceived by foreigners asking for money to help pay for import or customs duties. “quot;Customs have received many complaints from victims explaining that the ‘thieves’#39; are foreigners they made friends with on the internet,”quot; said Customs officer Monthira Cherdchu. “quot;For a while, they send the victims presents, but then they phone or email the victims asking that they transfer money to their accounts to pay for VAT or import taxes at the airport,”quot; she added. Ms Monthira explained that one foreigner asked a Thai woman to send him money because he said he was being held at Phuket Airport by Thai Customs for trying to bring into the country too much foreign currency. “quot;Instead, the lady contacted Customs officers here at Phuket Airport. The officers checked but then told the lady that no foreigners with the name she gave were being held at the airport. The officers suggested she report the problem to the police,”quot; she said. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Abhisit: Next govt decides about World Heritage

Posted by hasekamp on 28 June 2011 at 16:35 PM
The next government will decide whether or not Thailand should rejoin the World Heritage Convention, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Thailand announced its withdrawal from the WHC on Sunday night. Mr Abhisit said he had received a letter from Unesco director-general Irina Bokova, who informed him that the World Heritage Convention had not considered Cambodia's proposed management plan for the Preah Vihear temple. Ms Bokova hoped Thailand would reconsider its decision. Democrat Party leader Abhisit said since the matter will have legal implications, it would be better if it were decided by the next government. Thailand's withdrawal from the WHC would not have any affect on historical sites and national parks which had earlier been listed as world heritage sites, he said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Abhisit: Next govt decides about World Heritage

Posted by hasekamp on 28 June 2011 at 16:28 PM
The next government will decide whether or not Thailand should rejoin the World Heritage Convention, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Thailand announced its withdrawal from the WHC on Sunday night. Mr Abhisit said he had received a letter from Unesco director-general Irina Bokova, who informed him that the World Heritage Convention had not considered Cambodia's proposed management plan for the Preah Vihear temple. Ms Bokova hoped Thailand would reconsider its decision. Democrat Party leader Abhisit said since the matter will have legal implications, it would be better if it were decided by the next government. Thailand's withdrawal from the WHC would not have any affect on historical sites and national parks which had earlier been listed as world heritage sites, he said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Alcohol ban in Phuket (and nationwide)

Posted by hasekamp on 26 June 2011 at 10:58 AM
The sale of alcohol will be banned throughout Phuket this weekend ahead of the polls opening for the absentee and early voting on Sunday, Phuket Police Commander Pekad Tantipong has confirmed to the Phuket Gazette. “quot;The sale of alcohol will be prohibited from 6pm on June 25 [Saturday night] through to midnight on June 26 [Sunday night],”quot; Maj Gen Pekad said. “quot;We will have police teams checking whether shops adhere to the ban,”quot; he added. The ban is nationwide as people across the country who cannot travel home for the July 3 election cast their ballots early. “quot;All bars in Patong can stay open and sell food, but there must be no alcohol sales at all,”quot; he added. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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New Skytrain extension tested

Posted by hasekamp on 26 June 2011 at 10:48 AM
Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra yesterday tested the On Nut - Baring Skytrain extension which will be open for public use on August 12 and provide free rides until January 1, 2012. Sukhumbhand led city executives to test the system at each of the extension's five stations covering 5.25 kilometres. Bangkok City invested Bt50 billion in its construction. The project is designed to ease traffic congestion in the area, especially from Phra Khanong to Bang Na Intersection, and reduce personal car usage. It was expected to serve 120,000 commuters per day, he said. On June 28, Sukhumbhand is scheduled to inspect the progress of another Skytrain extension, from Taksin to Phetchakasem, and push for its projected opening on December 5, 2012. (Source: The Nation)


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Phue Thai seems to win anyway

Posted by hasekamp on 26 June 2011 at 10:44 AM
The Pheu Thai Party is the most popular choice under both the list and constituency voting systems in Bangkok while the Democrat Party is second, according to Bangkok University's poll. Bangkok Poll, which questioned 3,338 people in the city from June 16-22, found 37.9% of respondents said they would vote for Pheu Thai in the constituency system, 22.2% said they would vote for the Democrats, 22.1% were undecided, while 5.1% would tick the no-vote box. For the list election, 38.3% would vote for Pheu Thai, 21.6% for the Democrats, 20.6% were undecided, 3.4% would pick Chuwit Kamolvisit's Rak Thailand Party, 1.6% the Rak Santi Party, and 4.7% register a no-vote. For respondents' preferred choice to be the next prime minister, 47.2% said they would pick Yingluck Shinawatra, the top Pheu Thai party-list candidate against 28% who preferred Abhisit Vejjajiva. Ms Yingluck's supporters reasoned that they wanted a new prime minister and also a first female premier for the country. They considered her as being experienced in business management. Those who picked Mr Abhisit said they wanted him to proceed with the work of his government and supported the policies of the party. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Thailand says to quit World Heritage

Posted by hasekamp on 26 June 2011 at 10:40 AM
Thailand is threatening to resign its membership of Unesco's World Heritage Convention. It says it will resign from the body if a draft agreement on issues regarding the management plan for Preah Vihear temple, prepared by the Unesco World Heritage Centre, is forwarded for consideration to the World Heritage Committee (WHC). The draft was suggested by centre director Kishore Rao after both Thai and Cambodian versions failed to win each other country's approval. However, reading through the draft proposed by the centre, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti, who is leading the Thai delegation at the WHC meeting in Paris, also found that it, like the Phnom Penh version, would put Thailand at risk of losing its territory. Words in the draft like "restoration" and "repair" of the temple could cause problems in interpretation, he said. Such wording may be used in the future to refer to repairs from being damaged in attacks by Thai troops. Thailand wants the centre to remove them and use "protection" and "conservation" instead, according to talks between Mr Suwit's team and Unesco director-general Irina Bokova. And so the military war is now turning into a verbal- and paperwork-war. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Will there be vote buying again?

Posted by hasekamp on 26 June 2011 at 10:35 AM
Vote-buying has traditionally been particularly rampant the night before election day. In the past, canvassers have been seen carrying bags filled with banknotes to offer to villagers to vote for their parties or candidates. Vote-buying is now carried out in a more subtle matter, such as mobilising voters at a campaign rally, said an expert in political party crowd management. "The more people are gathered to meet candidates, the more money will be spent," he said. Farm trucks and buses are used to take voters to campaign rallies. The drivers of these vehicles are paid 1,000-2,000 baht each for "fuel costs". Another sum of money will also be paid to voters, ostensibly for food. Recently, voters in the three southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat said they were paid 100 baht each to attend election rallies. Canvassers said they had to pay to convince the villagers to go because villagers feared militant attacks. Community sources said canvassers, mostly community leaders such as village heads, gathered the names and ID card numbers of voters in their areas to calculate how much money their party would have to spend. The canvassers would then give the money to voters a few days ahead of the election. Between 4,000 and 6,000 baht would be paid to the families of four to eight members, the source said. In some provinces, candidates will exert their influence on village heads and local authorities to ensure residents vote "in the same direction". After the election, these community leaders and villagers will receive "collective rewards" in return, community sources said. Candidates will also make "donations" through canvassers to temples in their constituencies, the sources said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Updated British travel advice

Posted by hasekamp on 23 June 2011 at 15:35 PM
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments throughout. The overall level of the advice has not changed. We advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear and Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple areas and against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla. See for the complete advice: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/thailand (Source: The British Government)


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E coli alarm

Posted by hasekamp on 23 June 2011 at 15:31 PM
The Public Health Ministry is investigating the death of a 66-year-old British man at a hotel in the northeastern province of Udon Thani after developing severe diarrhoea for two days.
The health agency has taken samples from his body and sent them to Udon Thani Medical Science Centre for laboratory testing for the European strain of E coli. The result is expected to be released in two days, the ministry's permanent secretary Dr Paijit Warachit said. British native Daniel Forges arrived Thailand on June 5 and developed acute diarrhoea 12-13 days later. "Preliminary results showed the cause of his death was not Escherichia coli O104 [the deadly European strain]," Pajit said. "If this man was infected with E coli O104, his severe diarrhoea would have developed within 10 days of his arrival in Thailand," Paijit added. Meanwhile, an investigator, Police Lieutenant Veerachon Khonthai, who had conducted the investigation into the death of Daniel, developed acute diarrhoea on Monday night after eating at a restaurant in Udon Thani. He had contact with Daniel's personal documents, such as his passport, but frequently washed his hands and took medicinal drugs. Doctors told him he might have been suffering from food poisoning. If a victim of the new strain of E coli, he would have developed the symptoms three to four days after infection. Udon Thani provincial public health office has placed people such as hotel staff under surveillance in case of infection by bacteria from the restaurant Veerachon visited. (Source: The Nation)


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Abhisit needs majority

Posted by hasekamp on 23 June 2011 at 15:26 PM
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva admits his first term in office ''faced tight limitations'', but with a majority of 250 plus seats from the election the Democrats would be unencumbered in enforcing their entire range of policies. Mr Abhisit appealed to voters to give the Democrat Party a mandate to form a majority government. If they do, he assured they will get everything the party has promised them. Mr Abhisit said in a special interview with the Bangkok Post it will be in the Thais' best interest to vote for the Democrats in the general election and give it the 250 House seats the party needs to form a majority government. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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New Skytrain route

Posted by hasekamp on 23 June 2011 at 15:22 PM
Trial runs began on Thursday on the new BTS skytrain route, a 5.25km extension from Soi Onnut to Soi Bearing. The first test run was launched by Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra. The service is due to begin operating free of charge between Aug 12 and Jan 1. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration invested more than 50 billion baht on the extension. Construction began in 2006. "The BMA will operate the skytrain on the extended Onnuch-Bearing route from Aug 12 and expects about 120,000 people to use the service per day," he said. "It will enable more than 500,000 people in Phra Khanong and Bang Na areas to travel more conveniently to other areas. "The Taksin-Phetkasem extension is expected to be in service by Dec 5," MR Sukhumbhand said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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THAI will only fly wide-body

Posted by hasekamp on 20 June 2011 at 15:40 PM
Thai Airways International (THAI) will operate only large-capacity wide-body aircraft under its current plan as it phases out single-aisle narrow-body jets from its fleet. THAI has chosen Airbus A320s, with large wingtip devices called ‘sharklets’#39; attached, for the launch of its planned budget carrier Thai Wings, pending approval from the Transport Ministry. The plan comes in the light of the flag carrier's move to turn over its domestic flights operated by narrow-body jets to its proposed sister carrier, tentatively known as Thai Wings. In other words, Thai Wings would take over domestic point-to-point and secondary routes now served by THAI's Boeing 737-400s, which will be retired once the new airline is up and running, sources at THAI said. The creation of Thai Wings would diminish the role of THAI's domestic air services though the mother bird is set to continue to operate on certain domestic heavy-traffic trunk routes, such as Bangkok-Phuket and Bangkok-Chiang Mai, using wide-body jets and with fewer frequencies. That strategic plan is mainly geared toward allowing THAI to transfer its international passenger traffic to those local destinations seamlessly, sources said. That shift would ensure a market for Thai Wings to conduct business while THAI will then concentrate almost entirely on international operation, which now represents about 80% of its business in terms of revenue. THAI now operates six Boeing B737-400s and is due to have the other three B737-400s leased to its budget carrier Nok Air back starting next year. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Drugs to be destroyed

Posted by hasekamp on 20 June 2011 at 15:35 PM
Illegal drugs worth an estimated 7.4 billion baht, including 22 million speed pills worth about 6.6 billion baht, will be destroyed this Friday in Ayutthaya. The drugs, weighing more than 2.4 tonnes, will be incinerated at 850 degrees Celsius, which will cause less pollution, at the Bang Pa-in industrial Estate in Ayutthaya, said Phongphan Wongmani, deputy secretary of the Food and Drug Administration. Among the seized drugs are 23kg of ya Ice, or crystal methamphetamine, he said. Police said arrests for use, possession and dealing in crystal meth are on the rise, he said. The drug is usually smuggled into Thailand from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Wealthy people are the major customers. Deputy Narcotics Suppression Bureau chief Naret Nanthachot said they believed they were catching only 10% of the drugs being smuggled into and through the country. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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No polar bear in Chiang Mai?

Posted by hasekamp on 19 June 2011 at 16:04 PM
A representative of animal rights activists opposed a plan yesterday to bring polar bears to Chiang Mai Zoo in talks with the zoo director and a representative of Chiang Mai tour guides. Zoo director Thanapat Pongpamorn said that building of a polar bear display was 30 per cent complete and due to finish in 2013. But activist Dr Rangsarit Kanjanawanit said the 135 sqm display was less than a third of the international standard size for such dwellings. The discussion was open for the public to voice opinions on the project, and Thanapat is due to present findings to the Zoological Park Organisation board on July 4. Rangsarit said it was not acceptable to bring animals whose natural habitat was the frozen waste to live in tropical weather. Thanapat believed the animals would be able to adjust as they were born in zoos. But he has delayed sending a letter requesting such animals from Russia and New Zealand because of public opposition. (Source: The Nation)


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No vitamin D in Bnagkok

Posted by hasekamp on 16 June 2011 at 11:36 AM
Despite the scorching sun over Bangkok, up to 14 per cent of its residents suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. "They have rarely been exposed to sunlight. Women are more prone to develop this condition than men," Dr Boonsong Ongphiphadhanakul said yesterday. The urban lifestyle is to blame, he said. Citing a survey of 2,500 people across the country, he told an academic conference that Vitamin D deficiency was detected in just 57 per cent of people outside the capital. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the intestine, which is good for healthy bones. Human bodies can produce Vitamin D if they are out in the sun. To prevent Vitamin D deficiency, city people should get some sun for about 1015 minutes a few times each week. The exposure, without any sunblock, should be between 10am and 2pm. People can also acquire Vitamin D from their diet. (Source: The Nation)


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Yingluck looks at small parties

Posted by hasekamp on 16 June 2011 at 11:33 AM
Small parties may be invited to join in forming a coalition government if Pheu Thai wins the election, Yingluck Shinawatra, the party's No.1 list candidate, said on Thursday. Speaking at a hotel Mukdahan's Muang district where she campaigning, Ms Yingluck declined to comment when asked about her brother Thaksin Shinawatra's assessment that the Pheu Thai Party would win as many as 270 MPs. She said what the former prime minister said would be taken aboard by the party to step up its campaign during the remaining two weeks before the election, she said. On Thaksin's remark that small parties might be chosen to join with Pheu Thai in the formation of the government because medium-sized parties usually had many demands, Ms Yingluck said her brother might want to have many parties in the coalition. She said such small parties should share the same ideology as Pheu Thai and their policies must be really implemented. However, Pheu Thai had not yet targeted any parties in particular, she said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Illegal rosewood seized

Posted by hasekamp on 16 June 2011 at 11:30 AM
Forestry officials seized protected rosewood logs, or payoong, worth more than two million baht and arrested three suspects in northeastern Udon Thani province on Thursday. Following a tip-off, a team of forestry officials went to a bamboo plantation in Wang Sam Mo district and found three men pushing a cart loaded with three payoong logs to a pond. The three men tried to flee, but were apprehended. Sixteen more rosewood logs were found stored in the pond and another 152 processed logs were piled up inside the plantation. The seized logs were worth and estimated two million baht in total, and the value would increase at least 10-fold if the logs were smuggled to China, said a forestry official. The three suspects -Thanom Chaiprakhom, 40, Pon Supormai, 40, and Samlee Banlengsong, 35, all natives of tambon Wang Sam Mo - have been charged with having protected timber in their possession without permission and colluding in concealing the logs. Rosewood is in high demand in China. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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THAI gets new planes

Posted by hasekamp on 14 June 2011 at 11:51 AM
Thai Airways International announced that it would acquire 23 Airbus and 14 Boeing passenger and cargo airplanes for about US$3.9 billion to modernise its ageing fleet. The carrier said the deals, which have been approved by its board of directors, would enable it to grow profits and be among the top three leading airlines in Asia in terms of quality and service efficiency. The airline plans to buy six Boeing 777-300ER planes, four Airbus A350-900s and five A320-200s for a total of about $1.6 billion, for delivery between 2014 and 2017. It will also lease 22 aircraft, including eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners, to be delivered between 2012 and 2017, a company statement said. "Acquiring new aircraft made from lightweight and non-corrosive composite material to replace retiring aircraft will save fuel and maintenance costs," it added. Currently the Thai carrier operates a mix of Airbus and Boeing planes, including some ageing 747 jumbos.The launch of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner, heralded as a new generation of highly fuel-efficient mid-sized aircraft, has been repeatedly delayed due to a string of technical mishaps. Delivery of the first planes is now scheduled for the third quarter of 2011. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Condition King still improving

Posted by hasekamp on 12 June 2011 at 15:00 PM
His Majesty the King's heath has improved with strong muscles and with the normal eye test result, the Bureau of Royal Household announced yesterday. The bureau said that the team of royal physicians' examination found that his general condition was good, while his body temperature, blood pressure, heartbeats and respiration were normal. (Source: The Nation)


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A lost race for the Democrats?

Posted by hasekamp on 12 June 2011 at 14:51 PM
The prime minister admits his Democrat Party has fallen behind its main rival Pheu Thai, but says the gap is not as big as the polls suggest. Two new polls suggest the Democrats are likely to lose, but Prime Minister and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says the margin is overstated. He said yesterday that the Pheu Thai Party will not gain a landslide victory at the July 3 election. He was responding to an opinion survey which predicted that Pheu Thai would win 164 House seats in the constituency system and the Democrat Party would take only 83 seats out of 331 constituencies. The poll, by Special Branch police, was conducted in 331 of the 375 constituencies nationwide. The survey did not cover Bangkok and the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.
In more bad news for the Democrats, a Pheu Thai Party internal poll has suggested the party may win up to 300 constituencies. Despite the trend of the the polls suggesting the Democrats would lose, Mr Abhisit insisted the two rivals were still running a tight race, and that there was no credible evidence that Pheu Thai would make a clean sweep. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Watchlist for the elections

Posted by hasekamp on 9 June 2011 at 23:14 PM
Fearing violence in the run up to the July 3 election, eight Bangkok districts have been placed on a police watchlist. In addition, two previous lists designated areas in the provinces as "hot spots" and higher-alert "red zones" where violence is likely or has occurred. Deputy Bangkok police chief Pol Maj-General Kareerin Inkaew said police were most concerned about security on July 1, when all parties deliver their final speeches. "The Democrat Party takes the stage at Benjasiri Park, the Pheu Thai at Rajamangala Stadium and Social Action Party at Lumpini Park. Police presence and security will be at their peak at these venues," he said. The eight districts are Lak Si, Don Muang, Sai Mai, Khlong Sam Wa, Nong Chok, Bang Khunthien, Bang Bon and Thawee Watthana. An extra 11,000 police will be mobilised and crime prevention backed up by supplement units, he added. Cases of vandalism of election signboards total 1,246, including 104 in Bangkok, while 282 candidates from 11 parties have requested police protection. In general, the situation in Bangkok has been regarded as non-violent despite the latest list putting eight capital districts on a watchlist. (Source: The Nation)


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Flooding in Surat Thani

Posted by hasekamp on 9 June 2011 at 23:11 PM
Flooding in Surat Thani's Khian Sa district has reached a critical level since continuous rains from Wednesday night have increased the water level to about two metres. Tambon Ban Sadet in Khian Sa has been hit with heavy rain for days now, causing the Nong Tam Sao reservoir to overflow and flood lowlying areas. As of yesterday, the situation was deemed severe, which prompted Khian Sa district chief Suwit Chuchuaysuwan to ask the provincial administrative organisation to help drain the flood by digging canals in rubber plantations. In Phanom district nearby, farmers complained they could not go ahead with the tapping of rubber trees because 500 rai of the plantations was submerged. Therefore, reports said, they were happy to sacrifice some land to drain the water. (Source: The Nation)


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Not happy with animal-posters

Posted by hasekamp on 9 June 2011 at 23:08 PM
The Election Commission has ruled the controversial "vote no" animal placards are election-relevant and that it can order them removed. The placards were erected by the For Heaven and Earth Party, an offshoot of the Santi Asoke sect, which has close ties to the People's Alliance for Democracy. The PAD is campaigning to persuade voters to tick the "Vote No" box on their ballot papers. The placards feature a variety of animals, including buffalos, monitor lizards and dogs, wearing human suits with the message "Don't let the animals into parliament". Pheu Thai has claimed that portraying politicians as animals runs counter to democracy. The EC yesterday resolved 4:1 that the placards were election-relevant material and covered by regulations. Commissioner Sodsri Satayathum said agency members in each province would check whether the placards breached election law and should be removed. "The Trang election commission has already removed the placards while those in Bangkok are under investigation," she said. Commissioner Somchai Juengprasert said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Metropolitan Police Bureau would help the EC decide whether each placard had broken regulations. The PAD is seeking an injunction against the EC ruling. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Abhisit wants help private sector

Posted by hasekamp on 8 June 2011 at 11:51 AM
Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the Democrat Party wants business leaders to invest in high-speed train, build harbour city, create special economic zones and give tax incentives. "The government will not do business to compete with private sectors, but will invest in infrastructures and provide incentives for private sectors," Abhisit yesterday told both local and foreign businesses leaders at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The new government led by the Democrat will investment Bt170 billion for upgrading existing rail system, he said at the Democrat's election campaign "Moving Thailand Forward". The first phase investment with China would be about Bt150 billion for high speed train linking Nongkhai in the northeast region to Bangkok and the second phase worth Bt230 billion linking the capital to Padang Besar in the southern part, he said. High speed train linking Bangkok to the Trat in the easthern and Ubon Ratchatani in northeastern would also built, according to Abhisit. Abhisit promised to turn Laemchabang port into well-developed harbour city and transform polluted Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate into eco-town. He said the new government would allocate Bt10 billion a year to develop tourism industry. (Source: The Nation)


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Yingluck promises help for elderly

Posted by hasekamp on 8 June 2011 at 11:46 AM
Yingluck Shinawatra, the No 1 candidate on the Pheu Thai party list, vowed on Saturday to give a higher subsistence allowance to the elderly if Pheu Thai is government. She said this while campaigning among the elderly people at the Sahakorn housing estate in Bangkok's Bung Kum district. The Democrat-led government is now giving a monthly subsistence allowance of 500 baht to people aged 60 and more. Ms Yingluck said once her party was government it would give 600 baht per month to those in their 60s, 700 baht to those in 70s, 800 baht to those in their 80s, and 1,000 baht to those who are 90 years old and more. While on the campaign trail, Ms Yingluck's team came across a Democrat Party team of Panich Vikitsreth. The two sides shook hands and wished each other a good luck. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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World Bank expects 3.7% growth

Posted by hasekamp on 8 June 2011 at 11:43 AM
The World Bank expects the Thai economy to grow 3.7 per cent this year. It projects that high-income countries will see the growth slowing to 2.2 per cent in 2011, from 2.7 per cent in 2010 before picking up to 2.7 per cent in 2012. Developing economies are likely to see growth declining to 6.3 per cent during 2011 to 2013, from 7.3 per cent in 2010, the World Bank reported in "Global Economic Prospect", launched today. Federico Gil Sander, an economist, said sovereign debt problem in Greece had remained a significant risk to the global economy as it could worsen situation in other crisis-hit European countries. As well, Beijing's move to cool down its economy could affect exports and commodities demand. But investment and consumption due to greater political stability would be provide an upside gain to its existing 3.7 per cent Thai economic growth forecast, Mr Gil Sander said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Tortoise smuggler caught

Posted by hasekamp on 5 June 2011 at 22:35 PM
Customs officials seized 7,190 tortoises worth Bt15 million yesterday smuggled in a container truck driven by a Malaysian man. The Asian giant tortoises and Malayan box turtles weighed about 6.2 tonnes. Both are protected animals. Driver Kholid Bin Ab Raoff said he was hired to drive the truck from Kedah in Malaysia to Sadao in Songkhla province. He claimed he was hired to drive the truck without being informed the tortoises were in the container, as he saw the transport document identified the container as being empty. So, he had not checked it before leaving Kedah. However, officials did not believe him and accused him of smuggling protected animals into the Kingdom illegally. The tortoises will be released. (Source: The Nation)


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New hospital in Phuket

Posted by hasekamp on 2 June 2011 at 16:29 PM
The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) Hospital opened today with more than 200 people registering as patients. "The purpose of the hospital is to reduce the workload of other government hospitals. The OrBorJor bought the land and the Phyathai Hospital building and renovated it under a budget of 845 million baht," explained OrBorJor Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Manop Leelasuthanon. "The hospital provides secondary care and has 190 beds. There are 13 doctors, 40 nurses, 80 nursing assistants, five pharmacists and 148 other staff," he said. "Health checkups began today. Outpatient services will begin on June 1 and Inpatient services will begin on July 1," he added. The hospital, located off Srisena Road, is expected to serve 100,000 patients per year, Mr Manop said. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Elections crucial for relation with US

Posted by hasekamp on 1 June 2011 at 9:26 AM
Thailand's election next month will be crucial in shaping the relationship between the two countries, said visiting US assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell. ABC Radio Australia News quoted Campell as saying, "It's a very complex period in Thailand." "We believe that as a treaty ally, that this is a relationship that we need to focus on more and the course of the next several months is likely to be decisive." Thai voters would go to cast ballots on July 3 in what is seen as a close fight between Democrat Party of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Pheu Thai Party which has convicted ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra as a de facto leader. The US assistant secretary of state for East Asia, Kurt Campbell, said the US wants more consequential engagement with Thailand. The United States and Thailand are close trade partners. In 1966, they signed a treaty of Amity and Economic Relations. (Source: The Nation)


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