Search Keywords:
Searched the site for keyword(s):  
Search again ordering:  alphabetical  newest-to-oldest  oldest-to-newest
Results - of matches
Search took seconds
               

Dummy policemen

Posted by hasekamp on 30 September 2011 at 11:51 AM
The Metropolitan Police will be installing "intelligent" dummy police officers, nicknamed "Jah Choey" or Sergeant Idly Silent, at 13 locations across Bangkok to keep an eye on trafficlaw violators, a senior police officer said yesterday. City police deputy chief Phanu Kerdlarppol said the dummy officers would capture images of traffic violators and help real traffic policemen with their job. "The Jah Choey will be ‘intelligent' as they will be equipped with security and speed cameras to detect motorists who violate the law," he said while thanking the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) for funding the production of "Jah Choey" dummies. Expressing hope that the dummy officers will help cut down on traffic violations and make Bangkok drivers more cautious, he said they would be placed in 13 locations where accidents take place frequently, like intersections, bridges or roads with solid white lines, or where motorists break traffic laws often. The cameras embedded in the dummies will transmit images to traffic police officers' smart phones or tablet computers within a 2 to 5kilometre radius as well as to the Traffic Police Command Centre. The dummies will be more mobile than normal CCTV cameras because they can be moved to other locations. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Cabinet is (very) rich

Posted by hasekamp on 30 September 2011 at 11:48 AM
The National Anti Corruption Commission on Wednesday released the asset statements filed by Cabinet members upon assuming office in August, declaring the combined net worth of Bt4.7 billion. The richest, Science Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, has Bt963 million while the poorest, Deputy Transport Minister Kittisakdi Hatthasongkroh has a mere Bt3.9 million to his name. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ranks second in fortune with the family's net worth of Bt541 million. Yingluck's personal assets are worth Bt536 million, including Bt13 million in cash, Bt381 million in 13 bank accounts, Bt81 million in investment portfolios, Bt65 million in land plots and Bt162 million in real estate. Her common-law husband Anusorn Amornchat has Bt76 million in assets and Bt369 million in liabilities. Their minor son Supasek Amornchat has Bt4.3 million in assets. Among five deputy prime ministers, Chumpol Silapa-archa has a highest net worth of Bt441 million, followed by Chalerm Yoobamrung with Bt178 million, Yongyuth Wichaidit with Bt75 million, Kittiratt Na-Ranong with Bt59 million and Kowit Wattana with Bt27 million. Defence Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha's assets are valued at Bt380 million. Finance Minister Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala's wealth of Bt113 million stlightly trails behind his deputy Wirun Techapaiboon's Bt166 million. Thirachai's another deputy, Boonsong Teriyapirom, has Bt4.4 million. Two PM's Office ministers, Surawit Khonsomboon and Kitsana Seehalak, declare Bt99 million and Bt17 million in their respective assets. Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul is worth Bt45 million in assets while Social Development and Human Security Minister Santi Promphat has Bt18 million. Agriculture Minister Theera Wongsamut's net worth is Bt5 million and his deputy Pornsak Jarernprasert has Bt31 million. Trasport Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat has Bt46 million while his deputy Chatt Kuldiloke is worth Bt174 million. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Landslide in Chiang Mai

Posted by hasekamp on 30 September 2011 at 11:44 AM
Heavy rains have unleashed a landslide that killed a family of five in Chiang Mai on Tuesday night. The landslide together with a flash flood hit the Ban Kai Noi hill tribe village in Mae Taeng district, destroying four homes and killing the family. The dead were identified as Chamras Intharat, Saengthong Intharat, Pat Intharat, eight-year-old Mallika Intharat and Soonthorn Intharat. There are about 60 homes in the village. The landslide cut off power supplies and telephone services and persistent rains have made repairs difficult. Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri deployed emergency medical crews to Ban Kai Noi village to help victims and ordered staff at hospitals in all flood-prone areas to prepare to cope with floods and be open to treating affected people around the clock. (Source: the Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Floods are reaching Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 30 September 2011 at 11:40 AM
The flood front surging down the Chao Phraya river from the North overflowed into the streets of the nation's capital on Thursday, the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) announced. GISTDA director Anont Sanitwong na Ayutthaya said flood waters had risen above sandbags and flooded roads in the city. Administrative officials and soldiers had been assembled to prevent flood waters from entering inner Bangkok, he said. Mr Anont said a satellite photo showed that 13 districts of Bangkok were at risk of flooding: Nong Khang Phlu, Thung Song Hong, Sai Mai, Khlong Thanon, Anusawari, Chorakhe Bua, Lat Phrao, Khlong Kum, Hua Mak, Saphan Sung, Khlong Song Ton Nun and Lat Krabang. Nearby provinces also at risk include Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan and Chachoengsao. Mr Anont said people in these areas of the city should prepare for possible flooding, avoid using inundated roads and monitor the flood situation closely. They should also prepare emergency supplies and be ready to evacuate temporarily. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Vegetarian Festival 2011: The routes

Posted by hasekamp on 26 September 2011 at 15:30 PM
The annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival unofficially starts at sunset tonight. Each year, the Vegetarian Festival attracts thousands of tourists to Phuket to witness the various activities held across the island. To assist tourists and help motorists avoid traffic jams during the festival, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has posted the following route information:
September 28: Choor Su Gong Naka Shrine, 8am: Street procession in Phuket Town. Special parade at 4pm from Provincial Hall to Saphan Hin in honor of HM Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 84th birthday on December 5. The parade will conclude with a mass prayer and candle-lighting ceremony at Saphan Hin.
September 29: Sapam Shrine, 7am: Street procession in Phuket Town.
September 30: Tae Gun Shrine (Baan Nabon), 7am: Street procession in Chalong, Rawai and Karon. Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine (Samkong), 7:19am: Street procession in Phuket Town.
October 1: Jang Ong Shrine (Opposite Vachira Phuket Hospital), 6:30am: Street procession in Phuket Town Village. CANCELLED: Kathu Shrine, 7am: Street procession to Patong Beach.
Tae Gun Tai Tae Shrine (Baan Pasak), 7:15am: Street procession in Baan Pasak and Baan Don Market. Tha Reua Shrine, 7:30am: Street procession in Phuket Town. Choor Su Gong Naka Shrine, 2pm: Street procession in village. Sapam Shrine, 7pm: Street procession in Sapam Village.
October 2: Bang Neow Shrine, 6am: Street procession in Phuket Town. Cherng Talay Shrine, 7:30am: Street procession in Thalang District. Gim Tsu Ong Shrine (Baan Don), 8:45am: Street procession in Mai Khao village.
October 3: Jui Tui Shrine, 8am: Street procession in Phuket Town. Gim Tsu Ong Shrine (Baan Don), 7:30am: Street procession in Baan Don, Baan Kian, Baan Sakoo, Baan Nai Yang, Phuket International Airport and Muang Mai village in Thalang.
October 4: Kathu Shrine, 7am. Street procession in Phuket Town. Tha Reua Shrine, 6:30pm: Street procession in Thalang District. Yokkekeng Shrine, 7am: Street procession in Phuket Town. Tae Gun Shrine (Baan Nabon), 7am: Street procession in Chalong.
October 5: Sui Boon Tong Shrine (also called “Lor Rong Shrine”), 7am: Street procession in Phuket Town. Bangkoo Shrine, 3pm: Street procession in Sapam and Bangkoo villages.
NOTE: All participating shrines stage street processions from their shrines to Saphan Hin on October 5 to take part in the “Grand Farewell” bonfire to send the gods heavenwards as the official closing ceremony of the festival. The processions, some of which start in the mid- to late afternoon, are scheduled to arrive in sequence at Saphan Hin between 11:45pm and midnight. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


Category: Default

Forest encroachment in Yala

Posted by hasekamp on 26 September 2011 at 15:23 PM
A helicopter inspection yesterday found encroachment was now eating into forest land in the deep South. "Some people have encroached on many portions of forest in Bannang Sata, Than To and Betong districts of Yala," Pol Senior Sgt Major Arun Kallaya said. He works for the 44th border patrol police taskforce. The helicopter survey was made in response to complaints from locals. In Bannang Sata district, trees were being uprooted and burnt in six parts of the forest. In Than To district, similar activities were going on in seven places. As for Betong district, fire and tree uprooting took place in a forest zone known as the "Sirikit Forest". On Friday, Damrong Pidej, chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, signed orders transferring the chiefs of many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the wake of illegal logging of Siamese Rosewood in forest land. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

New drugs policy in practice

Posted by hasekamp on 26 September 2011 at 15:21 PM
Following the new government's get tough antidrug policy, police have seized a large amount of illegal narcotics and arrested a number of suspects in the latest crackdowns. In Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district, police and soldiers arrested Weera Kunjaethong and allegedly found 80,000 amphetamine tablets in his possession in a stakeout over the weekend. Polioce said the tablets were in 40 packets ready for transport to the South. Police claimed the suspect admitted to being paid Bt350,000 to courier the tablets in each run. Police said they had obtained evidence against an agent found involved with Weera, whom they identified merely as Huang, and seized a truck based in Phichit owned by this man. The seizure was showcased at a press conference presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung and acting police chief Pol General Priewpan Damapong. Chalerm said seizures of drugassets had amounted to around Bt100 million since the Yingluck government took power.
In Bangkok, Din Daeng police searched the home of a couple and allegedly found drugs and a handgun in a raid, which failed turn up a muchwanted suspect in a slum in Ratchathewi district. The couple, Chaiwat Jatuthipphoosin and Natthawadee Srijakkhote, admitted to possessing the drugs with intent to sell. Chaiwat is a repeat offender and recently served a sentence, police said while Natthawadee admitted to using the drugs but denied helping him deal drugs. Police dismissed the excuse, citing a large amount of cash circulating in and out of her bank account. Chaiwat later confessed to buying ice flakes at Bt1,500 per gram from an agent known as Moo based in Rangsit area, and selling it to teenage users in Huay Khwang area for Bt1,700 a gram. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Warning for 30 provinces

Posted by hasekamp on 26 September 2011 at 15:15 PM
The Disaster Prevention and Minitigation Department Monday warned residents of 30 provinces to brace themselves for heavy rains and possible flash floods. Wibul Sanguanpong, director-general of the department, said the provinces are Saraburi, Lopburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Buri Ram, Chaiypahum, Khon Kaen, Mahasarakham, Roi Et, Kalasin, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Ubon Ratchathani, Amnart Charoen, Si Sa Ket, Yasothon, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Buenkarn, Nong Bua Lamphu, Loei, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Tak, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai and Phetchabun.
Wibul said the provinces could be hit by heavy rains Monday and Tuesday so the people should get prepared for flashfloods and landslides. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Jail for dog smugglers

Posted by hasekamp on 26 September 2011 at 15:14 PM
The Nakhon Phanom Provincial Court Monday sentenced each of four dog smuggling gang members to an eight month, 10day jail term plus the fines ranging from Bt12,000 to Bt22,400 before reducing the punishments by half on the grounds of their confessions. The court also seized the four six-wheel trucks and 200 cages used in the crime.
Following the seizure of 2,000 dogs while being transported to Vietnam by the four defendants in Nakhon Phanom on August 11, many of the canines, currently kept at the Nakhon Phanom Animal Quarantine Centre, have died as a result of injuries, disease and being kept in crowded conditions. There are only 770 dogs left. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Bangkok safe ... for now

Posted by hasekamp on 22 September 2011 at 11:18 AM
Bangkok is safe from being flooded by run-off from the North until at least mid-October because the deluge released by broken floodgates has been diverted into fields upstream along the Chao Phraya River, Irrigation Department deputy director-general Vira Vongsangnak said on Wednesday. Water from the rain-swollen Chao Phraya has already flooded 60,000 rai of Chiang Rak district fields in Sing Buri, 30,000 rai of Pho Thong fields in Ang Thong and 60,000 rai of Bang Ban-Phak Hai fields in Ayutthaya, Mr Vira said. He said the water diversion, together with the low tidal levels at this time, will save Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi from overflow from the Chao Phraya until the middle of October, even though a spring tide is expected on Sept 30. Three floodgates were breached by the deluge moving downstream - Bang Chom Si and Phra Ngam in Sing Buri and Bang Ban-Phak Hai in Ayutthaya - releasing their stored water into the Chao Phraya. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

The first step

Posted by hasekamp on 22 September 2011 at 11:15 AM
Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul wants to return ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's ordinary Thai passport, revoked two years ago after he made inciting remarks during the red shirt rallies. "A passport is like an identity card. Even prisoners in Thailand still hold their ID card. I would like Thai society to think on this basis," Mr Surapong said in New York where he is leading the Thai delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. "I would like Thaksin to get his ordinary passport back before thinking of the red diplomatic passport." On his first day at the Foreign Ministry on Aug 17, Mr Surapong dismissed criticism that one of his missions was to return Thaksin's passport. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

TAT: Many attractions temporarily closed

Posted by hasekamp on 21 September 2011 at 10:48 AM
TAT (The Tourism Authority of Thailand) warn tourists that many attractions are temporarily closed due to flooding:
Kamphaeng Phet: Khong Lan Waterfall, Mae Wong National Park, Khlong Wang Chao National Park. Sing Buri: Wat Muang, Wat Sutthawas, In Buri National Museum, Wat Kudi Thong, Wat Klang Thanarin, Wat Amphawan, Pak Bang Market. Ayutthaya: Attractions on the island of Ayutthaya, such as the ancient city, Wat Chai Wattanaram, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Ayutthaya Floating Market, are not affected by the floods and are open for visitors. Only a few attractions located outside of the island of Ayutthaya have been temporarily closed due to the rising water levels. Attractions temporarily closed due to flooding (outside the island of Ayutthaya): Floating market at Khlong Sa Bua, Floating market at Wat Tha Ka Rong, Wat Choeng Tha, Wat Mae Nang Pluem, Wat Pichai Songkram, Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal, Gong Khong Market, Bang Pa-in, The Portuguese Village in Ayutthaya. Attractions not mentioned here in Ayuttaya are open. (Source: TAT)


Category: Default

American drug suspect arrested

Posted by hasekamp on 21 September 2011 at 10:36 AM
Thai police have arrested an American drug suspect on Koh Phangan in Surat Thani. The arrest of William Howard Priola, 54, from New York, was announced at a press conference at the Immigration Police Bureau Tuesday. Immigration Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Wibul Bangthamai said Priola was wanted on an arrest warrant dated June 20 2005 for allegedly having drug in possession for sale and another warrant dated December 15 2004 on robbery charge. Wibul said Priola escaped to Thailand on March 9 2007 through a checkpoint in Nong Khai and has never left the kingdom since then. Wibul said Thai police traced Priola to Koh Phangan where his Thai wife, Kornrawee Kaewprasong, has a restaurant and he was arrested there. Wibul said Priola will be extradited to the US soon. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Non-security!

Posted by hasekamp on 21 September 2011 at 10:31 AM
Former Bangkok governor and Democrat party deputy leader Apirak Kosayodhin has admitted many mock security cameras were installed in the capital during his administration. He insists that the use of fake cameras to deter crime was necessary at a time when City Hall did not have enough money to install real cameras. His remarks followed a discussion on the pantip.com webboard where some users noticed that many surveillance camera cases in Bangkok were empty. The observation caused widespread speculation about possible misspending of City Hall's funds. Mr Apirak yesterday insisted it was not an act of corruption. The mock cameras were installed on purpose. The installation of the dummy cameras was also a way of marking the locations where real cameras would be installed in the future, he said. The installation of the dummy cameras had nothing to do with the 2009 political rallies because this was done from 2007 to 2008 following the bombings at the New Year countdown in Bangkok in 2007, Mr Apirak said. The city first bought 242 fake cameras worth 2,900 baht each and later another 373 priced at 2,700 baht each. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Flooding expected in 8 provinces

Posted by hasekamp on 18 September 2011 at 11:54 AM
Residents have been warned to expect heavy floods in eight provinces in the Lower Chao Phraya river basin. Flood officials say the provinces of Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi are at risk of river runoff. Meanwhile, Chatpong Chatputi, chairman of the Emergency Operating Centre for Flood, Storm and Landslide, said river basins should be monitored closely as water levels could rise further due to heavy rain, putting residents' homes at risk. The amount of water in the Chao Phraya River flowing past Nakhon Sawan province was measured recently at 3,670 cubic metres per second. In Ayutthaya, it was measured at 3,183 cubic metres per second, resulting in overflows in several provinces. Over the next two days, the volume of water passing Nakhon Sawan was expected to increase to 3,800-3,900 cubic metres per second while the amount flowing through the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat could peak at 3,700 cubic metres per second. Meanwhile, floods Saturday reached the heart of Phitsanulok, raising fears the work of provincial authorities could grind to a halt. Water from the Nan River flooded the provincial government building complex which houses the medical science office, the regional revenue department unit, correctional facilities, the tourist police office and the non-formal education office. In Ayutthaya, eight large tugboats were deployed to move excess water in the Noi River along more quickly in Bang Ban and Sena districts. In Sukhothai, water in the Yom River exceeded the critical flood stage and water in canals and the reservoir continued rising. The water spilled over embankments and flooded a municipal area and a business area in the provincial seat. In Sing Buri's provincial seat, the floodwaters continued rising. The floods have claimed 102 flood-related deaths since July 25, according to the Disaster Mitigation and Prevention Department. Floods are expected to reach Bangkok by tomorrow, although authorities are confident of containing them. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

So far 195 flooding deaths

Posted by hasekamp on 16 September 2011 at 22:08 PM
Thre is quite serious flooding this year. Angthong and Nakhon Sawan are still faced with heavy flooding, holding both extra rain water and flood water travelling southward from the upper North. The average flood level in Angthong is at 1 to 2 metres, especially in urban areas, where schools and markets are closed. A water gate in neighbouring Sing Buri broke Thursday night, flooding a vast area and 220 homes in Pho Thong district of Angthong. In Lop Buri, where stagnant flooding remains for three days after flash floods receded, survival kits presented by HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana were handed out to floodaffected villagers in Ban Mi district. A swelling Chao Phraya River section in Nakhon Sawan is breaching many long areas of riverside flood embankment walls, prompting hectic emergency repairs using military and volunteer personnel, together with the evacuation of people and transport of belongings in other residential areas and flooded government centres. A Royal Irrigation Department statement warned of rising rivers and flash floods in riverside areas in 10 provinces from Nakhon Sawan down to Bangkok, after likely swelling during coming peak tides. There are 173 government clinics inundated, most of them small and at the community level. There are 233,996 people seeking treatment or being treated with five most frequently found diseases: foot infections, colds, muscle pains, rashes and skin diseases, and stress.
An official damage report update released yesterday said there were 195 deaths and two going missing, and 1,148,250 people affected, in 29 provinces still facing flooding. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Tablet, made in Tĥailand

Posted by hasekamp on 16 September 2011 at 22:01 PM
Forth Corporation has introduced the first Thai-made educational tablet computer priced at 3,000 baht in a bid to join the government's 4-billion-baht One Tablet per Child programme. Mr Sawat says controls on the tablet help ensure only appropriate content can be used. The manufacturer spent three months redesigning its controller board to integrate it with a base to reduce size and bring the cost down from 5,000 baht earlier, said R&D director Sawat Erbchokchai. As well, he said, the fact that the government wants as many as 800,000 tablets means the company can achieve economies of scale to keep costs low. The tablet programme was one of the high-profile election promises of the Pheu Thai Party. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Flooding continues

Posted by hasekamp on 16 September 2011 at 21:58 PM
As floods continue to wreak havoc in 28 provinces across the country, the Irrigation Department has warned residents in eight provinces in the Chao Phraya river basin that the worst is yet to come, with a huge floodfront moving downstream and expected to arrive on Monday and Tuesday. The eight provinces are Chainat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Bangkok. Interior deputy permanent secretary Chomchuen Boonyanusorn said the rain swollen river would be flowing through the Chao Phraya dam in Nakhon Sawan on Sept 19-20 at around 3,900 cubic metres per second - which would be the highest ever. This would worsen the flood situation in the provinces already inundated. Currently flooded are Uttradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Phitsanulok, Phichit,Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Pathom and Lop Buri in the northern and central regions; Nakhon Phanom, Sakhon Nakhon, Kalasin, Roi-et, Amnat Charoen, Yasothon and Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast; Nakhon Nayok,Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Trat in the eastern region; and the southern province of Phang-nga.
In Pattaya, dozens of crocodiles slithered to freedom from a flood damaged tourist park - and as croc catchers spread out, determined to "bring 'em back alive", the park management offered a 5,000 reward for information leading to the recapture of each animal. By Thursday, 29 of the beasts were reported to have been have been recaptured but as the park ponds hold thousands of the scaley critters many more were believed still unaccounted for. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Attack with acid

Posted by hasekamp on 16 September 2011 at 21:55 PM
A foreign woman artist, Elizabeth Briel, reported on Twitter on Friday that she and her husband had acid sprayed at their faces at the Asoke skytrain station last night. She said the acid was directed at them from the stairway leading to the station near Robinson shopping mall. Mrs Briel said her husband's eyes were damaged but would be okay, while she has a burnt scalp. They were treated at Bumrungrad hospital.
The hospital said this is the third case they have seen lately. In Mrs Briel's homepage http://elizabethbriel.com/, she sums up the incident saying she and her husband "were in the wrong place at the wrong time." Her letter to Thailand says she will leave Thailand and travel to China soon because of "China's contemporary art and its fringe cultures", not because of last night's incident. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Thailand is fourth best destination

Posted by hasekamp on 12 September 2011 at 19:16 PM
Thailand has been ranked the fourth best world destination in a survey conducted by the renowned Conde Nast Traveler magazine while Six Senses Hideaway Samui has been voted Best in the World, winning the number one spot in the Readers' Travel Awards Top 100. A luxury hotel on the island of Samui, the Six Senses Hideaway Samui was awarded the top spot in the Best Overseas Hotel (Asia & India Subcontinent) and the Top 100 Best in the World categories, in the 2008 survey by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The magazine summarised the winner's remarkable qualities by saying: "Every one of you (readers) who has stayed there raved about its sophisticated ambience/decor (93.75), environmental friendliness (97.50), lovely location (97) and extensive leisure facilities (96.25)." In addition, two of Thailand's islands were picked in the top 15 Island category, while the country is also home to five of the best hotels in Asia & India Subcontinent category. The awards were announced on September 1, 2008. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Fight against drugs

Posted by hasekamp on 12 September 2011 at 19:12 PM
The government has kicked off its anti-drugs push with a pledge to get tough on dealers and traffickers, but to help rehabilitate, rather than punish, addicts so they may later re-enter society. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the ruling Pheu Thai Party aims to turn 400,000 of the country's 1.2 million drug addicts into decent citizens through rehabilitation. However, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung, who has been appointed head of the suppression centre, declared officials will get tough with drug traffickers and dealers during the one-year operation. Police forces have been mobilised to border routes in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son provinces to prevent drugs from being smuggled into the country, said acting national police chief Priewpan Damapong. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Phuket tuk-tuk attacks

Posted by hasekamp on 11 September 2011 at 11:42 AM
Despite a great deal of press coverage and international diplomatic pressure, altercations between foreign tourists and tuk-tuk drivers are increasing, both in frequency and severity. In one of the latest attacks, a German tourist in Patong was beaten close to death by a pack of gangsters who remain at large. And a week ago today a Thai tour van driver was brutally beaten with an iron bar by six taxi thugs in Kamala who claim sole ownership of access rights to the Cape Sienna resort and all of its guests. That event and the subsequent smashing of the van's windshield was witnessed by a horrified tour group already seated in the vehicle. As is standard in almost all of the beatings by taxi and tuk-tuk drivers over the past several months, the attackers have not been arrested. But in the Kamala case, at least, the police say they have asked the attackers to call in at the station for a discussion as soon as possible, thereby signalling the urgency the enforcers attach to rectification of the crime. Given this trend and the laxity so obvious in police 'efforts' to terminate it, growing numbers of Phuket residents and hospitality business owners are showing symptoms of despair, surmising that it's only a matter of time before an attack goes beyond the delivery of crippling injuries and results in murder. Forum comments and letters to the Phuket Gazette confirm widespread concern about the taxi cartels and speculate on the impact of their drivers' attacks and the increasing use of road, port and resort blockades to fight turf wars. They see the beatings and blockades as attacks not only against tourists and competing cartel groups, but also against the image and thus the substance of the island's economy, with tourism being the first domino to fall. And they express disgust with the drivers' apparent immunity to justice. At the recent quarterly meeting of Phuket’s honorary consuls with the Phuket Governor and other local leaders, the tactics used by the various transport syndicates once again became the most heated topic of discussion. As pointed out – repeatedly – by German Honorary Consul Dirk Naumann, the current and continuing absence of safe and credible public transport in Phuket could easily spell the death of tourism. So: think twice before you enter a Phuket tuk-tuk! (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


Category: Default

Rare Thai manuscript found in France

Posted by hasekamp on 11 September 2011 at 11:35 AM
An original scripture of Trai Phoom Phra Ruang, a version published during the Ayuthaya period (13501767) relying on a historic tale describing about the Earth, Heaven and Hell composed originally in 1345 during the Sukhothai Kingdom, is in custody of the national archive in Paris, according to a senior Fine Arts Department official.
The discovery has altered Thai historians' belief that there were only pictorial documents about the Trai Phoom Phra Ruang tale made during Ayutthaya but the scripture found in the French national archive proved otherwise. The scripture has been copied with permission of the Paris archieve and been currently studied by Thai experts. Trai Phoom Phra Ruang was composed at intiative of King Phaya Lithai, or Phra Maha Thammaracha I, who reigned between (13471368). It depicts three afterlife Lands where people go to. Hell is part of the first Land which includes Earth, Heaven is the second and Brahma is the third. People are reborn until they give up all their passions, and stay as eternal being in Nirvana. The one found in Paris also contains a story "Phra Malai" - an Arhat Buddhist monk who roams between the three Lands and tells of good or bad karmas of people, in addition to the Trai Phoom Phra Ruang tale. A total of 1,000 copies of the scripture in Paris will be made and given to schools and libraries, in addition to electronic downloadable version which will be posted online. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Serious landslides

Posted by hasekamp on 11 September 2011 at 11:31 AM
Six people are confirmed dead and another person is missing following landslides in three villages triggered by heavy rainfall last night, Uttaradit Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office chief Surachai Chatkawin said on Friday. The landslides hit moo 2, 3 and 4 in tambon Nam Phai of Uttaradit's Nam Pat district, and damaged five houses in the villages, Mr Surachai said. Disaster Relief Centre director Panu Yaemsiri said people in 14 central and northeastern provinces are still affected by flood. Mr Panu said widespread flooding has so far affected more than 465,000 people in 2,568 villages of altogether 14 provinces.
The 14 provinces are Sukhothai, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Chai Nat, Singburi, Nakhon Pathom, Suphan Buri, Nonthaburi, Chachoengsao, Uthai Thani and Ubon Ratchathani. A total of 72 people have been killed in flood-related incidents and about 3.7 million rai of farmland have been damaged, said Mr Panu. At the same time, water levels have increased in the Ping river basin, the Nan river basin, the Prachin Buri river basin, the Chi river basin, the Moon river basin and the Chao Phraya river basin. The Meteorological Department forecasts heavy rain in northern, northeastern, central and eastern provinces from Sept 9 to 12. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Patong hospital to help fight flooding

Posted by hasekamp on 9 September 2011 at 10:15 AM
Patong Hospital faces a chronic flooding problem so bad that its administrators plan to construct an emergency dike and pedestrian footbridge to keep out flood water and allow patients to access the facility during periods of heavy rainfall. Phuket Public Health Office Director Sak Tanchaikul reported on short-term solutions to the hospital's growing flood problem, which caused a shutdown and partial evacuation of the inpatient ward starting with the heavy rains that hit the province on August 25. During that deluge, flood waters destroyed important equipment, especially in the hospital's main power control room, which is located in the basement. “We will use a 15-million-baht budget to fund this project. When completed, the hospital should still be able to operate even if the surrounding area is flooded,” said Dr Sak. In the long-term, Patong Hospital hopes to completely reconstruct the power supply control room in a way that would raise important electrical components above the water line. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


Category: Default

Drugs seized

Posted by hasekamp on 9 September 2011 at 10:09 AM
Military and police drug suppression units on Wednesday seized a large quantity of illegal drugs in separate actions in the North and the South. In the North, soldiers of the Pha Muang Force and narcotics suppression officials on Wednesday night seized illegal drugs with an estimated street value of more than one billion baht near a checkpoint in Chiang Rai's Mae Fa Luang district, police said. Maj-Gen Prakan Cholayuth, commander of the Pha Muang Force, told a press conference on Thursday that soldiers gave chase to a Ford pick-up truck that sped through the checkpoint at the intersection of Ban Bala in tambon Mae Fa Luang when told to stop for a search. The traffickers, on being chased, abandoned the pick-up truck and fled, leaving behind a large quatity of drugs which police said totalled 2,462,000 speed pills, 95kg of ice or crystal methamphetamine, and 3.4kg of heroin.
On the same day, Region 5 Provincial Police announced the seizures of 220,000 speed pills in two actions in Lamphun and Chiang Mai provinces. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Different role for military

Posted by hasekamp on 9 September 2011 at 10:06 AM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has instructed senior military officers from the three branches to prepare for changes in their roles as the creation of the Asean Economic Community in 2015 draws near. As the global community expands, Thailand has to adapt itself to the changing times by thinking globally, and reaching outside its national borders. International investors were moving their production bases to Asean countries, which presented another challenge. Thailand must get its economy ready to take advantage of prime opportunities that stem from this industrial migration, Ms Yingluck told officers who are studying at five security colleges operated by the three branches of the armed forces. The prime minister presided over the seminar. Officers in attendance presented their recommendations for national and military strategies from 2012 to 2016 at the Army Club, off Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.
Also in her speech, the prime minister said she wanted to see improvements in democracy and the rule of law and equity, which should not be overlooked because they would lead to stability in the nation. As for social changes, the prime minister said the government will try to come up with strategies that will help improve the well-being of all Thais, solve poverty and minimise disparities in society. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Will Thaksin come home after all?

Posted by hasekamp on 9 September 2011 at 10:03 AM
The Pheu Thai Party will press ahead with its campaign pledge to absolve ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of guilt and bring him home, says Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yumbamrung. Mr Chalerm stressed the need for Pheu Thai to ensure that justice is done for the former prime minister who was sentenced to two years in prison for abuse of authority in October 2008. The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions found him guilty of helping his then-wife, Potjaman na Pombejra, purchase land at a discounted price. But Mr Chalerm admitted that the party was still looking for "suitable" methods to clear Thaksin's name. "It is an important matter that we need to work on," he said, noting there was no pressure from either Thaksin or his sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Is flood relief gone?

Posted by hasekamp on 4 September 2011 at 12:53 PM
Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is dismissing allegations by the Pheu Thai-led government that his government used up the entire fiscal year's budget to pay for flood relief. The government actually had billions of baht in the general budget left which was more than enough to fund flood relief operations for the whole of this month, the last month of the 2011 fiscal year, Mr Abhisit said. The government should stop making excuses to avoid compensating flood-hit farmers at the rate it had promised them, he said yesterday. On Tuesday, the cabinet agreed to pay flood-hit farmers compensation of 2,222 baht per rai of damaged crops. The Abhisit government paid 2,098 baht per rai in financial assistance to flood-hit farmers. The flood situation intensified yesterday with at least five provinces along the Chao Phraya River flooded by run-off that overflowed the river's banks. The floods covered certain parts of Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya and Lop Buri provinces. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Gamblers seek Cambodia

Posted by hasekamp on 4 September 2011 at 12:48 PM
Gamblers fearful of an announced crackdown on illegal gambling dens in Bangkok have been causing the cash registers to sing in Cambodian casinos over the past two days. Thais have been arriving by the busload at border checkpoints in Sa Kaeo and Surin provinces, seeking to cross into Cambodia. There are 10 casinos opposite Sa Kaeo, and two opposite Surin. The exodus of gamblers comes on the heels of an announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung on Thursday that he would get tough with more than 40 illicit casinos in central Bangkok. Mr Chalerm's announcement followed Rak Thailand Party leader Chuvit Kamolvisit's airing of a video clip in parliament of a large casino in full operation on Ratchadaphisek Road. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Dog snatchers

Posted by hasekamp on 4 September 2011 at 12:46 PM
A dog snatching gang rounded up on the streets of a Sakon Nakhon village in April pleaded tough economic times when asked why they were forced to steal dogs off the streets. Police say the gang roamed several northern and northeastern provinces stealing dogs for a trading business in Tha Rae, where the trade flourishes despite recent crackdowns. Dog traders cater to local appetites, but send the best of the dogs to customers in northern Vietnam, where dog meat is regarded as a delicacy. The arrests were made after villagers in Phang Khon district alerted police that men had come to the village in a pickup truck and grabbed dogs off the streets. The gang, dog traders in Tha Rae, had recently resorted to snatching dogs off the street as they were facing tough economic times. They claimed the price of dogs had gone up sharply and people did not trade their dogs for consumer goods any more. Once, dog traders would travel to villages to barter goods such as buckets, bowls and dried food for the dogs or would just buy them outright. The dog trade has carried on for years, particularly in Sakon Nakhon, which acts as a gateway for dog smugglers who send boatloads of the animals across the Mekong River to Laos, and on to Vietnam for sale, at prices many times the humble outlays they made for the dogs in Thailand. In August, the dog meat trade sprang back into the public eye when police arrested gangs smuggling 1,800 dogs in four trucks through nearby Nakhon Phanom's Na Thom district, and Si Songkhram district. They arrested two Thais, and a Vietnamese man. The dogs can fetch prices of 500-1,000 baht. The dogs were taken to an animal shelter in Nakhon Phanom, where almost 1,000 of the animals have since died, from malnutrition as they prefer rice tothe dried dog meat fed to them. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Annual flooding in Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 1 September 2011 at 10:39 AM
The Chao Phraya in Bangkok was expected to reach this year's peak at around 8.30pm last night. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said preventive measures were in place for 27 communities in 13 districts located outside the flood embankment wall. In Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, the Chao Phraya rose yesterday to flood a number of schools, along with residential areas in Somkhok district. In Phitchit and Phitsanulok provinces, flooding from the Yom and Nan rivers is still affecting many residents, but they have received food supplies and shelter. A meeting of relevant agencies in Phitsanulok yesterday heard plans to overcome annual flooding in the Yom and Nan rivers basins which will require a budget of Bt3.23 billion. In the long-term plan, a large number of reservoirs and dams will be built in provinces located in both river basins. The plan is part of an overall national water and flood management plan covering 25 river basins throughout the country. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

How to protect Thai culture?

Posted by hasekamp on 1 September 2011 at 10:37 AM
To prevent foreign countries registering Thai culture and local wisdom, a bill to protect Thailand's intellectual property and copyright will be supported under a Unesco Intangible Heritage protocol, Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome said yesterday.
In a coming meeting, the Foreign Ministry will be invited to discuss the pros and cons of Thailand being a signatory to the Intangible Heritage protocol under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. An internal meeting will be held between the ministry's leadership and its Cultural Promotion Department to study the subject further, she said. A list of Thailand's items and cultural signatures will be announced tomorrow before the bill, after consultation with the Foreign Ministry, is submitted to the Cabinet for initial approval this month, Sukumol said. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Four high speed routes planned

Posted by hasekamp on 1 September 2011 at 10:35 AM
The State Railway of Thailand will study the viability of four high-speed regional train routes over the next six months, said Deputy Transport Minister Chatt Kuldiloke. He ordered the state enterprise to study routes running from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the North, to Rayong in the East, to Khon Kaen in the Northeast and to Hua Hin in the South. The study will cost about 50 million baht per route on average. He expects the contracts to build the routes to be signed four years from now. The Transport Ministry will switch from double tracks one metre apart for high speed trains proposed by the previous government, to wider double tracks of 1.435 metres on the proposed routes. This would bring them into line with the standard adopted by neighbouring countries, and cut maintenance costs. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Results of the search for    [which took seconds]

  • Total Matches: Documents
  • Total Pages:
  • Current Page #:
  • Matches on This Page: -
  •