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Shoplifting in Phuket Airport

Posted by hasekamp on 31 October 2013 at 17:56 PM
Phuket International Airport has established a new policy for dealing with airport shoplifters. Passengers suspected of shoplifting in the airport who attempt to escape prosecution by boarding their flights will now be asked to deplane to be arrested. However, the arrest and the retrieval of the passenger’s luggage must all be completed within an hour. The announcement, made on October 29, was in response to a theft at the airport duty-free shop on October 16. Although security staff responded to the theft call within three minutes, by the time they arrived, the tourist had already boarded his flight. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Fury over NSA

Posted by hasekamp on 31 October 2013 at 17:49 PM
Leading Southeast Asian nations voiced indignation and dismay as fresh revelations about US spying suggested that several countries in the region too were targets of hightech surveillance mounted by the National Security Agency. On a day when senior officials in US President Barack Obama's administration said the American leader may ban spying on leaders of allied nations, Germany's Der Spiegel published a map on its website showing 90 surveillance facilities in US embassies worldwide. These included stations in East, Southeast and Southern Asia. Fourteen of the facilities are remotely operated, while the others are manned. Among them are embassies in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, ,Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Yangon, Beijing, New Delhi and Islamabad, according to information disclosed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. "We will register a strong protest... if we confirm such a facility exists in the US Embassy in Indonesia," Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told reporters in Jakarta. "If the facility exists, it is certainly unacceptable." (Source: The Nation)


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Temporary High Patriarch

Posted by hasekamp on 31 October 2013 at 17:46 PM
NOPPARAT BENJAWATANANUN, director-general of the National Buddhism Office, said on Tuesday that he had on Monday submitted the name of Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn as acting Supreme Patriarch for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to publish in the Royal Gazette. (Source: The Nation)


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Baby elephant seized in Phuket

Posted by hasekamp on 27 October 2013 at 22:02 PM
Local wildlife conservation officials yesterday seized an 18-month-old elephant at a camp in Phuket after the infant pachyderm was smuggled onto the island. Acting on a tip-off, officers led by Kathu District Chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol raided the camp, located in the Bang Thong in Kathu (map here), at 3pm. Joining the raid were officers from the Phuket Provincial Livestock Office and the Khao Pra Taew Wildlife Conservation Office in Thalang. “The young female elephant, named Phang Sutjai, was chained to a coconut tree,” Mr Veera said. Officers also found the owner of the elephant camp, Prasob Jerkaew, 37, at the site. “Mr Prasob confessed that he did not have a permit to bring the elephant into Phuket, but maintained he had legal registration documents for her,” he said. “We formally seized the elephant, but she can stay at the camp and be cared for while we continue our investigation,” Mr Veera said. Mr Prasob was taken to Thung Thong Police Station and charged with importing an elephant into the province without a permit, Mr Veera added. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Mahouts fear to lose their elephants

Posted by hasekamp on 27 October 2013 at 21:56 PM
It would be hard for a 45-year-old mahout from Surin to give up his precious cow elephant - but that might be necessary if a new wildlife-protection law is enacted. "I would lose my mind. It would be terrible for me," Watcharapong Mohom, who has been living with 21-year-old elephant La Aung Dow for more than 10 years in Tha Lat village of Chumphon Buri's Tambon Sri Narong, said last week. La Aung Dow is like a sister to Watcharapong. He has taken care of her since she was born. He inherited her from his father. Every day, he has to feed her bales of bananas, sugarcane and grass. He also has to wash and scrub her. He takes her on walks around nearby villages. When someone asks permission to crawl under her belly, Watcharapong gets Bt99. In Thai culture, some people believe that passing under an elephant brings good luck. Sometimes people would ask him to take his elephant to an auspicious ceremony such as a wedding or the ordination of a monk, as they believe a pachyderm would make their lives better. He earns about Bt5,000-Bt10,000 from each charter depending on the distance. The mahout's income from his elephant averages about Bt10,000 per month. Last week, mahouts travelled from their hometown to Ayutthaya's elephant corral to protest against the government's attempt to regulate domesticated elephants by revising the Wild Animals Preservation and Protection Act of 1992. The revision is currently undergoing public hearings and is expected to be deliberated by Parliament soon. The amendment, proposed by the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, aims to prevent the poaching and illegal trade of elephants. During the past few years, many wild elephants in Thailand have been poached and domesticated, with some mahouts forging ID certificates. Thailand currently has two legal statuses for elephants - domesticated and wild. Domesticated elephants are listed under the Draught Animal Act. They are required to get an ID and register with the Interior Ministry. Wild elephants are fully protected by the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act. The exploitation of wild elephants, specimens, parts and derivatives is strictly prohibited. (Source: The Nation)


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Chiang Mai rail line longer shut

Posted by hasekamp on 27 October 2013 at 21:48 PM
The State Railway of Thailand has postponed the reopening of the northern line to Chiang Mai until Dec 1 as rains and a manpower shortage mean the Nov 1 deadline to complete repairs will be missed. SRT governor Prapas Chongsanguan said another month would be needed to finish work on the route from Sila Art station in Uttaradit to Chiang Mai. The 300-kilometre northern sector has been closed since Sept 16 after the SRT faced the embarrassment of numerous accidents. Since the start of the year there were 23 derailments on the northern route, including some involving express trains, compelling the SRT to suspend service while it replaced wooden sleepers with concrete ones, improved soil under the track and changed deteriorating rails. Workers are having problems repairing the old tracks and the SRT is facing a shortage of labourers, Mr Prapas said on Friday. One of the most difficult stretches involves the Khun Tan tunnel between Lampang and Lamphun, where water from heavy rains has seeped into the one-kilometre tunnel. This has created a domino effect leading to delays in other areas, he added. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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New Patriarch after funeral

Posted by hasekamp on 27 October 2013 at 21:44 PM
The process to select the new Supreme Patriarch is expected to get under way after the conclusion of the funeral ceremony for His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara. National Office of Buddhism director Nopparat Benjawatananun said the selection process would not begin until the royal funeral rites for His Holiness, the 19th Supreme Patriarch, conclude on Jan 31. His Holiness passed away on Thursday, aged 100, as a result of a blood infection. According to the process, the Sangha Supreme Council would nominate one of seven somdet phra racha khana, the top-ranking senior monks in the Thai monastic hierarchy who hold the title of "Somdet", and forward the nomination to the prime minister, who will then submit the name to His Majesty the King. "The decision is the prerogative of the King," Mr Nopparat said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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75 years jail for selling dolls, but ...

Posted by hasekamp on 25 October 2013 at 11:53 AM
The Criminal Court Thursday handed a 75-year jail term to Chonnikarn Taichilasoonthorn, an online seller of the "Furby doll". She was charged of deceiving others of the availability of low-priced dolls, which led to the transferred payments of over Bt5 million to her bank account. Thanks to her cooperation in the case, the jail term is reduced to 37 years and 6 months, on top of a fine of Bt62,500. As this is her first criminal offence and all affected buyers are compensated, a 3-year probation is put in place. She still has to pay the fine and honour a 30-hour social service order. (Source: The Nation)


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Higher airport tax

Posted by hasekamp on 25 October 2013 at 11:49 AM
Passengers at six international airports will have to shoulder a higher airport tax, as the airport operator is raising the rate to reflect the actual operating cost. Sita Divari, chairman of Airports of Thailand which operates the six airports including Suvarnabhumi Airport, said the AOT’s board of directors Thursday approved the increase. The passenger service charge (PSC) for domestic travellers will be doubled from Bt100 to Bt200. Meanwhile, international travellers’ PSC will be raised from Bt700 to Bt800. The PSC was last adjusted in 2011. (Source: The Nation)


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Nakhon Ratchasima flooded

Posted by hasekamp on 25 October 2013 at 11:47 AM
The flooding in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district can be blamed on the 100 millimetres of rain brought by the storm Nari and not on the release of water from upstream Lam Takhong Dam, the Royal Irrigation Department's Water Watch and Monitoring System for Warning Centre said Thursday. The centre said the storm flooded the area from October 16-18, and that RID had stopped releasing water from the dam since October 19, adding that the release of excess water could only be blamed for flooding in low-lying areas such as Mitraparp Soi 4 and the VIP housing estate. The dam is 95 per cent full. Runoffs from Lam Takhong, Lam Phra Ploeng, Lam Mul Bon and Lam Sae will hit Phi Mai district from Monday to Wednesday. The district is already being affected by the Mool River, which has rising 30 centimetres and will rise another 30cm with the runoffs. Officials have taken the precaution of raising the sandbag barriers around the Phi Mai Historical Park by another 30cm. (Source: The Nation)


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Palace in mourning for 30 days

Posted by hasekamp on 25 October 2013 at 11:44 AM
His Majesty the King Friday had Palace officials wear black for 30 days until November 23 to mourn the death of the Supreme Patriarch. (Source: The Nation)


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Condolences by US Embassy

Posted by hasekamp on 25 October 2013 at 11:42 AM
The US Embassy in Bangkok on Friday expressed condolences on the passing of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch. In a letter to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, US Ambassador to Bangkok Kristie Kenney said, "on behalf of the American Embassy and community in Bangkok, I would like to express our profound condolences to the Thai people on the passing of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch." "Please accept our deepest sympathy during this period of national mourning," Kenney said. (Source: The Nation)


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Supreme Patriarch dies

Posted by hasekamp on 25 October 2013 at 11:35 AM
The nation and the entire Buddhist community are mourning the loss of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, who passed away at Chulalongkorn Hospital yesterday evening. The 9th statement released yesterday by the hospital said the overall condition of His Holiness had worsened and he passed away at 7.30pm. He died of sepsis (a blood infection), according to the statement. His Majesty the King has acknowledged the death of His Holiness with deep sorrow, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement issued last night. His Majesty instructed that the Supreme Patriarch's body should lie in state at Phra Tamnak Petch at Wat Bowon Niwet in Bangkok and that palace officials must wear black for 15 days, starting today. The public can pay their respects to the body of His Holiness at Chulalongkorn Hospital's Wachirayannawong Building from 9am until noon today before his body is moved from the hospital to the Manusayanak Witthayatharn Building at Wat Bowon Niwet. The public can attend the bathing rite before a picture of the Supreme Patriarch at the Manusayanak Witthayatharn Building in the compound of Wat Bowon Niwet from 1pm daily. The Supreme Patriarch received surgery to treat an intestinal infection on Oct 14. The Supreme Patriarch had been ill since Feb 20, 2002 when he was admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital. He turned 100 on Oct 3, when Buddhists nationwide held religious ceremonies to wish him good health. More than 3,000 people came to the hospital that day to sign the well-wishers' book. Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara was appointed by His Majesty the King as the head of the Buddhist clergy in 1989, the 19th Supreme Patriarch since the beginning of the Chakri Dynasty. At 24 years in the role, His Holiness was the longest-reigning Supreme Patriarch. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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SuperCheap aftermath

Posted by hasekamp on 21 October 2013 at 11:02 AM
Phuket administrative organisation member Kanthapat Pisitkhunanon yesterday urged related agencies to speedily clear up the 30-rai (4.8 hectare) area devastated by the island's largest-ever fire at the main SuperCheap store. He said smoke and foul smells were coming from the site due to chemical-polluted water - and this was a serious hazard for nearby residents. (Source: The Nation)


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How to get on with Phuket?

Posted by hasekamp on 21 October 2013 at 10:58 AM
A decade ago, Phuket, sparkling as the Pearl of the Andaman, had earned a global reputation as a must-see destination for travellers interested in unspoilt beaches, natural beauty and green tourism. But those same travellers would today struggle to recognise Phuket. It is veering in the same direction as Pattaya with sex shows, prostitution and the exploitation of wild animals; the seediness mainly confined to Patong's ever-growing bar strip along Soi Bangla. Add to that equation greedy jet ski operators and taxi and tuk-tuk drivers' reputation for fleecing customers and the holiday destination's image takes another blow. Phuket's shift towards the shadows was highlighted last month after Barbadian R&B singer Rihanna made international headlines when she posted photos of herself posing with a protected slow loris and made X-rated comments about a sex show she had seen the previous night. The sex shows are no surprise to Weerawit Kruasombat, president of the Patong Entertainment Entrepreneurs Club, who says ''illegal and dirty'' businesses are operating all over Patong. He said Patong's image was now dominated by Soi Bangla. Is this the future of Phuket? (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Or has SuperChaep risen froim the ashes?

Posted by hasekamp on 19 October 2013 at 17:34 PM
The Phuket Gazette tells quite a different story than the Nation (see below):
At 5am on Friday, SuperCheap re-opened on a lot nearby the burned ruble of its main building and began selling fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood. The re-opening comes just 32 hours after the devastating fire engulfed the complex Wednesday night. Tents and tarps are now set up to create a temporary marketplace in a field next to SuperCheap’s warehouse on Prachasamakee Road near the power plant in Koh Kaew. The stalls are manned by SuperCheap employees, who are grateful to still have jobs. Wipaporn Phiboon, a-34-year-old seafood department employee, has been working for SuperCheap for 11 years. “When I woke up on Thursday morning and found out my workplace was burned down, I can’t tell you how shocked I was,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine my future. “But now, I’m so happy SuperCheap is operating again. All of us here are SuperCheap staff. We still have jobs,” she said cheerfully. “I’m not going to leave SuperCheap. Most of my friends want to keep working here too,” she said. Ms Wipaporn explained that the stock sold at the new location would be delivered daily from Ratcha Buri, Ranong, Pathum Thani and by local farmers. “More fresh and dry products are coming soon,” she said. “Some of the prices are even lower than they were before." The market will be open every day from 5am to 8pm and it will be here until a new SuperCheap is set up. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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End of SuperCheap?

Posted by hasekamp on 19 October 2013 at 17:27 PM
After 18 years in Phuket, the main SuperCheap store and warehouse were gutted on Wednesday in the island's largest-ever fire. Located on a 30-rai (4.8-hectare) plot once occupied by a factory, the main SuperCheap store - a legacy of the Anantajaroonwong family - had grown from being a rickety warehouse supported by wooden pillars and a corrugated-iron roof into a buzzing economic centre for local wholesalers and retailers, with a daily sales volume worth more than Bt10 million a day. Boasting branches throughout Phuket that also attract customers from nearby provinces, SuperCheap's local business connections enabled it to offer various goods at highly discounted prices. Under the helm of Boonsom Anantajaroonwong, the store sought no limelight, but managed to expand steadily -making it a competitor to be reckoned with across the region. There were 25 branches in Phuket alone. The store, which offered no luxury goods, placed an emphasis on essential household commodities, thus enabling it to keep costs low. Only the cashier's area at the main store was air-conditioned, for example. SuperCheap's other strong points included its smart choice to shift from being a trader to a goods producer - including investment in a rice-noodle plant and its takeover of a Phuket furniture factory.
The next challenge for SuperCheap, which has grown particularly popular in the past five years, will be the logistical supply of its local branches, now that its main store is no more. (Source: The Nation)


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Exra fee for tourists

Posted by hasekamp on 19 October 2013 at 17:21 PM
Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong said yesterday that related agencies were discussing the plan to charge tourists a separate fee for entering the country - possibly Bt500 for a three- to 30-day stay and Bt30 for less than three days. He said once a conclusion is drawn, it will be proposed to the Cabinet. Since Thailand gets up to 23 million visitors a year, the country could earn as much as Bt10 billion from the extra fee, he said. This money could be sent to the Finance Ministry and a specially assigned committee could allocate it to related agencies including the Public Health Ministry, which spends up to Bt300 million for tourists' healthcare per year. He said if his ministry was given this money, it could allocate up to Bt300,000 per head in life-and-death emergency cases as well as buy more medical tools and supplies. (Source: The Nation)


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Firework plant exploded

Posted by hasekamp on 19 October 2013 at 17:18 PM
A firework plant in this northern province exploded Friday, killing two people, police said. The plant was located in Tambon Yangnerg in Saraphi district. One person was killed at the scene and the other died at the Saraphi hospital, police said. (Source: The Nation)


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Shooter shot

Posted by hasekamp on 19 October 2013 at 17:15 PM
Former Olympian shooter Jakkrit Panichpatikum was fatally shot in his car on Saturday evening, in Bangkok's Sukhapiban 3 area. The killer came on a motorcycle and fired bullets into his chest. Jakkrit was rushed to Serirak Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another person in the car was also shot in the leg. The former shooting star made news headlines recently over his arrest for allegedly assaulting his wife and his mother, following a dispute over assets. (Source: The Nation)


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BREAKING: Super Cheap in Phuket demolished by fire

Posted by hasekamp on 17 October 2013 at 10:26 AM
Phuket police are waiting for Region 8 Forensic officers to arrive before starting to sift through the demolished SuperCheap structure for signs of those who may have died in the enormous blaze that started last night and continued well into today. “When the team arrives, officials can start their investigation and the search for bodies,” Phuket Provincial Police Commander Ong-art Phiwruangnont said.
“We are just putting out the fire now. There is nothing we can do until the Region 8 team arrives,” Maj Gen Ong-art said. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)
LATEST: According to other sources at least 1000 people were inside. Pictures from various sources show that hardly anything of the building is left.


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Coral protection

Posted by hasekamp on 16 October 2013 at 19:44 PM
A framework to deal with longstanding problems at Racha Yai Island, particularly coral damage and wastewater, was drafted at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday morning. To prevent boat operators from damaging corals by dropping anchor on them, 20 more moorings will be added, though their locations have yet to be determined, said Tanet Munnoy, director of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. The move is in response to video taken in early October which documented anchors wedged against corals. “We are going to add both big and small moorings. The bigger moorings will be better able to handle the weight of the big boats such as diving and fishing boats, while the smaller ones will be for the speedboats and longtails,” Mr Tanet said. Many of the moorings already in place are damaged, he said, primarily because of overloading. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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139 mm rain

Posted by hasekamp on 16 October 2013 at 19:40 PM
The BMA flood prevention centre reported Wednesday that the city's maximum accumulated rainfall was at 139 millimeters in Suan Luang district, followed by Min Buri at 130, Sai Mai at 119.5, Din Daeng at 93 - while other areas of the city braved rainfall from 20100 mm. While main roads were not flooded, smaller roads and sois in Nawamin, Lat Phrao, Chokchai 4 and Bang Na suffered from flooding caused by clogged drainage pipes, the centre said. (Source: The Nation)


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Sluice gates opened

Posted by hasekamp on 16 October 2013 at 19:37 PM
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has opened all sluice gates in the eastern area after several hours of heavy rain over the capital. The downpours, which started around 2am Wednesday, are likely to continue for the next few days. BMA drainage office chief Adisak Khantee said that the city saw the maximum accumulated rainfall in Min Buri (80 millilitres) and Din Daeng (83 millimetres), while water level in canals were on rise. The office thus took the decision to open all sluice gates in Eastern Bangkok to drain excess water out of Bangkok in readiness for the expected rainfall. Officials would continue to the monitor situation, especially as high inflows of seawater are forecast for tomorrow. (Source: The Nation)


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Rain, rain, rain

Posted by hasekamp on 16 October 2013 at 19:33 PM
Storm Nari is bringing widespread rain to the North, Northeast and lower Central regions ss the downgraded typhon contnues to move westward after making landfall over Danang, Vietnam, on Tuesday. The typhoon was rapidly downgraded to a tropical storm, tropical depression and then a low pressure cell, the Meteorological Department announced on Wednesday. Early Wednesday it was centred over Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchathani, with steady rain falling throughout the day over a much wider region, including Bangkok. More rain was expected over the Northeast and eastern provinces for the rest of today and tomorrow, particularly Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani. From Oct 16 to 19, a strong high pressure system from China will extend to cover upper Thailand. This will lead to a temperature drop of five to eight degrees Celsius in the North and upper Northeast, the weather office said. Adisak Kanti, director of the city's Drainage and Sewerage Department, said most areas of Bangkok were hit by steady rain and flooding triggered by the storm on Wednesday morning. Mr Adisak said the eastern part of the capital, particularly Sai Mai, Don Muang, Kanna Yao, Min Buri and Prawet districts, were expected to see more rain throughout the day. Work crews were quickly draining water from swollen canals in Bangkok to the Chao Phraya River, he said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Illegally parked cars will be towed away

Posted by hasekamp on 16 October 2013 at 19:30 PM
Starting next Monday, cars parked illegally on congested roads in metropolitan Bangkok will be towed away to areas near local police stations, and it will cost owners 1,000 baht to reclaim their vehicle. So, if you own or rent a car in Bangkok, be aware! (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Still floods in 25 provinces

Posted by hasekamp on 13 October 2013 at 22:34 PM
As of Oct 13, parts of 25 provinces remain flooded, bringing the number of affected households to 337,190 and causing 42 fatalities. The Interior Ministry’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department revealed on Sunday that the floods, still ravaging 116 districts, led to the evacuation of 982,799 people. The sitution in 17 provinces improved, it said, including Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Prachuab Khiri Khan. Unlike in 2011, many of the affected provinces in this year are in the Northeast and the East. Deputy Prime Ministr Plodprasop Suraswadi was in Buri Ram on Sunday. A number of 258,597 people in 22 districts in the northeastern province were reportedly affected. Vast agricultural fields - 189,808 rai of rice plantation fields and 48,595 rai for other crops - were devastated. Water level in Ratchasan district in Chachoengsao rose by 10cm on Sunday, forcing local residents to evacuate from their home. Due to the shortage of boats, some had to resort to any floatable materials. (Source: The Nation)


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Earthquake in Chiang Mai

Posted by hasekamp on 13 October 2013 at 22:29 PM
A quake measuring 4.1 magnitude on Richter scale hit Chiang Mai's Phrao district early Friday, causing widespread panic among local villagers. It was the biggest tremor ever in the district. "The shake was so powerful that we felt like a big truck crashed into our building," Phra Khru Preechapiwat said. He is the abbot of Wat Thung Luang and the chair of Phrao District Rescue Centre. (Source: The Nation)


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How to solve the flooding problem?

Posted by hasekamp on 13 October 2013 at 22:25 PM
Reacting to the heavy flooding in Prachin Buri, which has been inundated since September 19, the acting director-general of the Office of the National Water and Flood Management Policy yesterday said the water-management mechanism in this eastern province was meant to accommodate the irrigation system, not drainage or flood prevention. Suphot Tovichakchaikul stressed the importance of the government's Bt350-billion water-management programme, which he said would prevent such heavy flooding. It would include a project to build a network of floodways to convey floodwater to the Bang Pakong River, along with other measures to prevent the water from spilling over into Prachin Buri's urban areas, especially heavily flooded Kabin Buri and Si Maha Pho. If all the projects under the Bt350-billion scheme are complete within five years, residents will be safe from annual flooding, even those living in low-lying areas or along banks of waterways, he said. (Source: The Nation)


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Preah Vihaer dicision delayed

Posted by hasekamp on 13 October 2013 at 22:20 PM
The International Court of Justice (ICJ)'s decision on the dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over Preah Vihear will be delayed to next year, not this month as earlier expected, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Friday. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has decided to postpone delivering its verdict on the dispute between Thailand and Cambodia Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Friday. It is expected that the ruling concerning the interpretation of the ICJ’s 1962 judgement on the Hindu shrine will now be delivered around February, he said. "I have been informed that the ICJ judges are busy with other cases pending in the court. So the case over the Preah Vihear dispute has to be delayed," he said. (Source: The Nation)


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Too much corruption

Posted by hasekamp on 13 October 2013 at 22:17 PM
Former Asean secretary general Surin Pitsuwan warned yesterday that Thailand's worsening corruption problem is a cancer that could lead to the Kingdom's collapse and cause severe impacts on the region. He called for increased awareness about the "crisis" and strict and straightforward enforcement of the anti-corruption law. "I would like to warn that we are becoming a disaster for ourselves and for the region. If we collapse [due to the corruption problem], there will be impacts on this region," Surin said at the Democrat Party headquarters yesterday. Surin is chairman of the Future Innovative Thailand Institute, which is connected to the Democrat Party. (Source: The Nation)


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1973 uprising remembered

Posted by hasekamp on 13 October 2013 at 22:14 PM
Hundreds of people on Sunday joined the ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the October 14, 1973 uprising. The ceremony at the Victory Monument started with the alms-giving to 40 Buddhist monks, in memory of victims of the uprising. The gatherers then marched to Thammasat University, where a seminar is hosted all day. Along the way, some pushed for the release of political prisoners including Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a Thai activist and magazine editor who in 2013 was sentenced to eleven years’ imprisonment for lese majeste. (Source: The Nation)


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Problems with school tablets

Posted by hasekamp on 10 October 2013 at 13:58 PM
Confirming that the Education Ministry would continue its "One Tablet per Child" project next year, Minister Chaturon Chaisang yesterday denied that the 30 per cent of computer tablets reported broken in the academic year 2012 represented the overall picture. Chaturon was responding to a report by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) that 259,000 computer tablets - or 30 per cent of the 858,886 devices handed out - were damaged. He said Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) chief Apichart Jeerawuth had discovered the 30 per cent figure came from a random OAG inspection of 990 tablets at 80 schools in 12 education zones across 11 provinces, which found 295 were broken. Hence the sample group only represented 0.2 per cent of the approximately 30,000 schools. Chaturon said the Information and Communication Technology Ministry reported that from August 2012 to August 2013, a total of 5,344 computer tablets were broken, representing just 0.62 per cent of the 858,886 devices handed out. Of these, 3,571 suffered hardware damage while 1,773 had software problems, he added. He said no tablet-repair centres had been closed, but added three such centres had been relocated in their areas. (Source: The Nation)


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Bus roof ripped off

Posted by hasekamp on 10 October 2013 at 13:55 PM
A double-decker tour bus smashed into an overhead metal beam at Bangkok's Asoke intersection overpass on Tuesday night, wounding 12 German tourists. After a report at 10pm of an accident involving a tour bus near Don Bosco School on Phetchaburi Road, Makkasan police found the Pongprasert Tour Co double-decker stuck under the overpass's metal beam with its roof ripped open. Five male and seven female tourists who were on the bus's upper deck were hit by broken glass and taken to Praram 9 Hospital. Pol Lieutenant Chakkapop Chimpeungpanao said driver Prapan Phantaeng, 62, had been taking the tourists from Sanam Luang to the Amari Atrium Hotel but failed to see the height-limit warning on the metal beam. (Source: The Nation)


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First things first: Graveyard becomes car park

Posted by hasekamp on 10 October 2013 at 13:51 PM
Relatives of 1,677 bodies buried at a graveyard, belonging to historic Wat Phananchoeng in Ayutthaya, have been told to remove them by August next year, as the 20-rai compound is being turned into a car park and will also be the site for the construction of a building hosting convalescing monks. Deputy abbot Phra Maha Cherdchai Katapunyo also cited the Asean Economic Community 2015 as a reason for the changes, based on complaints from visitors that they had problems parking their cars. (Source: The Nation)


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BMA warns for flooding

Posted by hasekamp on 10 October 2013 at 13:48 PM
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has issued a warning to city residents and especially those living outside the city's flood barrier zone, that the Chao Phraya River will rise to two metres above mean sea level due to seasonal seawater inflows from October 15-17. Deputy city clerk Sanya Cheenimit on Thursday inspected the Santichon Songkhro Community in the Bangkok Noi area and the 3.5-metre-high flood barrier along Chao Phraya River. He also commented about Tuesday's flooding, which affected 400 homes in the community when water seeped through the 500-meter-long unfinished section of the flood barrier near Khlong Nam Tan sluice gate. He said that the contractor had abandoned the construction and that the city would find the new contractor to complete the job by the end of this year. As a short-term solution, the city was installing water pumps in the community and collecting garbage to ensure faster flood drainage, he added. Sanya said eastern Bangkok was less likely be flooded because the northern runoffs had become stable, with dams releasing less water and rainfall started to ease. However, riverside homes located outside the city's flood barrier zone could be affected by flooding as a result of the high tides between October 15 and 17, which would cause the river to rise two metres above mean sea level. (Source: The Nation)


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Chao Phraya may burst this week

Posted by hasekamp on 8 October 2013 at 11:45 AM
Bangkok residents living along the Chao Phraya River were warned to brace themselves for possible floods when the Lop Buri-based Pasak Jolasid Dam's discharged water volume will peak Wednesday and Thursday. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Tuesday reckoned that with the dam releasing 700 cubic metres of water per second, the situation is worrying. "The water level in Chao Phraya River around the Pak Klong Talad in Bangkok is about 1.97 metres above the mean sea level now," Adisak Khantee said Tuesday in his capacity as the chief of the BMA’s Drainage and Sewerage Department. (Source: The Nation)


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Tours cause reef damage

Posted by hasekamp on 8 October 2013 at 11:33 AM
Officials have sworn to take action against boat operators dropping anchor on live corals in popular Phuket day-trip destinations such as Koh Racha Yai, after a video showing an anchor destroying the fragile marine environment surfaced online last week. “I was notified by the Go Eco Phuket team about the problem. I will issue a letter to all boat operators who run trips to Koh Racha Yai to meet with Marine Police and members of the Phuket Tourist Association to discus the issue,” said Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket office chief Thanet Munnoy yesterday. The meeting is set for Thursday. Dropping anchor on coral reefs is illegal, and carries a punishment of up to four years in prison, a fine of up to 40,000 baht or both, explained chief Thanet. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Away all cars older than 10 years

Posted by hasekamp on 8 October 2013 at 11:28 AM
BANGKOK POLICE will propose that all vehicles older than 10 years be kept off Bangkok streets as part of a plan to improve traffic flow, unless they pay the same tax as new vehicles, a senior Metropolitan Police officer said yesterday. Owners of such cars should be required to pay a yearly vehicle tax at the rate of a new car if they want to continue driving in Bangkok, Adul added. At present, cars of seven years and older are now subject to 50 per cent less tax than on new cars. No more details were provided.
Anyway, this might solve the Bangkok traffic problems permanently! (Source: The Nation)


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Will 2011 flood be passed after all?

Posted by hasekamp on 8 October 2013 at 11:23 AM
Sa Kaeo is cut off by widespread floods on Monday, raising fears the deluge could be worse than the massive flooding in the province in 2011. In Muang district, Highway 359 (Aranyaprathet-Kao Hinson) and a 1-kilometre section of Highway 33 (Kabin Buri-Sa Kaeo) were under 50cm of water. The routes were impassible to motorists. In Aranyaprathet municipality, Promhod canal burst its banks, turning the normally bustling border town into a swamp, with floodwaters reaching 1.5m deep in some areas. The flooding has stoked fears among locals that this year's floods could be more critical than those of 2011, when a three-day deluge in Aranyaprathet caused economic losses of more than 100 million baht. Combined forces of rescue workers, police and soldiers in the district are helping residents. The overflowing Promhod canal also flooded Cambodia's Poipet town opposite Aranyaprathet. Authorities are now worried the massive volume of water could pour into Khlong Luek, which could aggravate the flooding in the Rong Kluea border market in Aranyaprathet. The floods that have submerged the market since Sunday subsided to about 10cm Monday.
Meanwhile, flooding in Prachin Buri has worsened. Massive volumes of floodwater from Sa Kaeo brought more floods to Kabin Buri district with a key market in tambon Kabin submerged under 1.3m of water. The water level in Ban Sang and Si Maha Phot districts was also reported to be more than 1m deep. The rising water level also forced the State Railway of Thailand to suspend rail services between Aranyaprathet and Wattananakorn stations.
Heavy rains also triggered floods in the western part of the country. In Ratchaburi's Suan Phung district, forest runoff increased the Phachee waterway level, damaging two bridges and swamping a riverside property. Provincial rescue workers had to be sent in to help residents of more than 30 households trapped in Ban Thung Kula in tambon Tranaosri.
Kanchanaburi governor Chaiwat Limwattana said the rising level of the Phachee waterway is threatening low-lying areas in Dan Makham Tia and Muang districts. He also warned locals to move their belongings to higher ground and ordered all district chiefs to go on standby to supervise flood relief operations around the clock.
In Prachuap Khiri Khan's Hua Hin district, the flood in the municipality area has eased as authorities drained water into the sea.
Pongnaret, Hua Na and Kao Takiab villages, however, were still under 50-70cm of water.
Floods were also reported in Sam Roi Yot district. More than 1,000 households have been hit by floods in Hua Hin and Sam Roi Yot districts.
In the Central Plains, surging water levels in the Chao Phraya River swamped tambon Ban Krachang of Pathum Thani's Muang district, affecting more than 300 homes. In Nonthaburi municipality, the Chao Phraya River overflowed its banks and flooded riverside communities near the Thanam Non area. Local administrators had to raise the flood wall made with sandbags from 2.3m up to 2.7m in an effort to guard against further flooding in the area.
In Bangkok, the high tide in the Chao Phraya River flooded a community near Bavorn Mongkol jetty in Charan Sanitwong Soi 46 of Bang Phlat district Monday. According to the head of the local community, floods affected houses behind Bavorn Mongkol police station, which are unprotected by flood barriers. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Drainage and Sewerage Department has been asked to provide more sandbags and water pumps to drain water from the area. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Motorbiker without helmet dies

Posted by hasekamp on 7 October 2013 at 12:38 PM
A helmetless man died of head injuries last night after his motorbike collided with a SUV being driven at high speed on Pa Khlok Road near the Heroines' Monument. “The body of Prasit Munmai, 50, was lying face down on the road near his motorbike when we arrived,” said Kittipoom Tinthalang of the Thalang Police. “Mr Pasit hit the asphalt headfirst, and died instantly,” said Maj Kittipoom. The driver of the SUV, Korranee Klasuk, 53, was charged with reckless driving resulting in death.
We (at Hasekamp Net) use this message to warn our visitors (once more) that motorbike driving in Phuket is a dangerous thing. In this case no foreigners were involved, but if a foreigner is involved, fingers are easily are pointed at him/her, if the foreigner survives an accident! (Official warning from TAT in Phuket)


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Flood situation in Phuket

Posted by hasekamp on 7 October 2013 at 12:32 PM
Flooding from heavy rains across Phuket over the weekend has now drained, leaving roads clear and island residents to resume their daily business, officials have reported. The news comes after deluges flooded main roads in Phuket Town – notably Phuket Road, Montri Road and Rassada Road, all in the heart of the Phuket Old Town quarter, where water ran up to 20cm deep yesterday. Heavy rain over the weekend also caused a landslide on Saturday on Soi Yodsanae, the lone road leading up the hill to the Big Buddha image in Chalong. A hotline has been set up to assist Phuket Town residents in need of help due to flooding. Minor flooding in Patong over the weekend ground traffic to a halt at the usual flooding sites: on Phang Muang Sai Kor Road, in front of Patong Police Station and at the Sai Nam Yen Intersection near Patong Hospital. The roads flooded to depths of about 50cm, but now they are clear for motorists to use again. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Help for flood victims

Posted by hasekamp on 7 October 2013 at 12:27 PM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra expressed concern Monday over the flood situation in Prachin Buri and Chai Nat, instructing concerned agencies to quickly provide help for flood victims. She said this year’s amount of water is not as much as in 2011 when the country faced its worst flooding in recent history. She said she has assigned Deputy Premier Plodprasob Surasawadee, as chairman of the Flood and Water Management Commission, to coordinate with Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department to urgently provide help to flood victims. Only some areas, such as Prachin Buri’s Kabin Buri district, received a large amount of water resulting from rainfall. For floodings in Chai Nat, the premier said she has instructed the governor to inspect damages in affected areas and provide assistance to the victim. (Source: The Nation)


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Vegetarian Festival has started on Friday

Posted by hasekamp on 6 October 2013 at 23:13 PM
Phuket folk from all over the island spent this afternoon pasting gold leaf onto Go Teng poles, hoping for good luck, before they are raised at every Chinese shrine in Phuket this afternoon at 5:09pm to mark the start of the 2013 Vegetarian Festival. “We have set up lots of places to eat in the vicinity of our shrine and trained our staff to teach tourists what to see and how to conduct themselves during the nine days and nights of the festival,” said Teeravut Sritularak, the president of the Jui Tui shrine. There are events at all Chinese Shrines. The Festival lasts 10 days. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Bangkok flooding expected

Posted by hasekamp on 6 October 2013 at 23:07 PM
Bangkokians on Friday were warned to prepare for flooding in the middle of this month when water from upstream flowing into the Chao Phraya River will coincide with high tides. Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra gave the warning during an inspection of the water situation along the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok Noi canal. Some 200 households in riverside communities outside the city's flood prevention dykes have been already been hit as the period of high tides approaches and river levels from upstream water flows increase. Sukhumbhand said the construction of 86 kilometres of dykes along the Chao Phraya River is almost complete. Only 700 metres remain unfinished pending negotiation with local residents and private companies who own the land. The governor said today’s level of water in the river stood at 1.60 metres above mean sea level, which is still not too high, while water from upstream being released into the capital is flowing at 2,300 cubic metres per second. He said Bangkok can handle water flow of up to 3,000 cubic metres per second. However, the governor expressed concern for 850 households in 25 communities living outside the BMA dykes, noting that they would be affected by high tide and the flow of upstream water between October 1517. The Chao Phraya River level may reach two metres above sea level. Officials in 11 at risk districts have been asked to prepare to provide help for residents. (Source: The Nation)


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Another bad landing for Nok

Posted by hasekamp on 6 October 2013 at 23:03 PM
A Nok Air flight from Chiang Mai yesterday skidded off the runway on landing in Udon Thani, reportedly because of a fault in its landing gear - the second incident for the airline in three months. All 26 passengers and crew on the plane escaped unhurt. Udon Thani vice governor Narong Ponlaiard was at the scene. He was briefed by a Nok Air officer who attributed the accident to a landing gear fault. He said on touching down, the pilot was unable to turn right on the taxiway. The front wheel collapsed and the pilot decided to hit the earthen wall on the side. The plane stopped about 600 metres from the passenger terminal. Flight DD8610 left Chiang Mai at 7.25am and landed in Udon Thani at 8.45am. On August 7, the airline also reported an accident in Trang. Its Bangkok-bound flight slid off the runway at Trang airport while preparing for takeoff in heavy rain. All 142 passengers on Flight DD 7411, many of them foreign tourists, and crew escaped injury. (Source: The Nation)


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Flood toll passes 30

Posted by hasekamp on 6 October 2013 at 23:00 PM
Nearly three million residents of 12,667 villages in 250 districts of 33 provinces have been affected by flooding since Sept 17, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Friday. The department confirmed that the death toll from the floods rose to 30 as of Friday morning - 11 in Surin, nine in Si Sa Ket, five in Prachin Buri, two each in Nakhon Nayok and Yasothon, and one in Sa Kaeo. Official figures obtained from residency rolls listed the following as damaged by the floodwaters: 14,703 houses, 2,168,466 rai of farmland, 4,947 roads, 201 bridges, 218 schools, 325 temples and 56 state office buildings. In Nakhon Ratchasima, floods had hit more than 200 households after more than five million cubic metres of water has been released from the full Lam Chiang Klai reservoir. The reservoir has a capacity of 27 million cubic metres of water but it held as much as 35 million cubic metres as of Friday morning. In Ubon Ratchathani and Si Sa Ket, more than 15,000 people were moved to higher ground for their safety. Meanwhile, City Hall's flood prevention centre reported that about 80% of Bangkok and nearby provinces would get rain throughout Friday. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Tourist drowns in Phuket

Posted by hasekamp on 2 October 2013 at 15:59 PM
A Chinese tourist drowned at Koh Racha Yai yesterday afternoon, 14 weeks after another Chinese national drowned at the popular Phuket day-trip destination. Lin Hunhing, 30, was swimming near the island after lunch when he ran into difficulties. “There were big waves, up to two meters high,” said Thada Sodarak of the Chalong Police. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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22 dead through floods already

Posted by hasekamp on 2 October 2013 at 15:57 PM
Thailand's floods which hit 32 provinces have killed 22, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. Since September 17, inundations caused by monsoon storms have been reported in 32 of the 77 provinces, affecting 2.8 million people (809,646 households), 11,400 houses, and 1.943 million rai of agricultural land. The floods affected 4,265 roads, 174 bridges and 515 dykes. (Source The Nation)


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Museum threatened

Posted by hasekamp on 2 October 2013 at 15:55 PM
Officers of the national museum in Prachin Buri are closely monitoring the flood level, for fear that artefacts dating back to the Dvaravati era may be damaged. The water level is now 20 cm below the stands where the artefacts - including Buddha images, accessories and tools - are exhibited. The officers stand ready to move the exhibits to the higher grounds. (Source: The Nation)


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Coupons instead of tablets

Posted by hasekamp on 2 October 2013 at 15:48 PM
Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng says replacing government-sponsored tablet computers with 3,000-baht coupons could widen the social divide. The coupon idea was raised by Education Vice-Minister Kitti Limsakul at an academic conference last week. He suggested students be given coupons to redeem against tablet computer purchases, as a way to get around procurement and distribution problems in the government's One Tablet per Child scheme. He suggested more affluent families could use the coupons as part-payments for more expensive models, while poorer families should use them to buy lower-spec models outright. International tablet makers have thrown their full support behind the government's new proposal for a cash coupon giveaway under the One Tablet per Child scheme instead of holding another e-auction. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Economic prospects down

Posted by hasekamp on 2 October 2013 at 15:43 PM
The Asian Development Bank has slashed its economic growth projections across Southeast Asia for this year, but Thailand still looks to exports and the tourism sector to boost GDP growth in the final quarter. The GDP growth estimate for Thailand this year has been scaled down from 4.9% to 3.8%, Luxmon Attapich, senior country economist at the ADB's Thailand resident mission, said on Wednesday. Thailand's economic growth figure in the first half of the year was lower than earlier expected. In addition, the slowdown in exports was more severe than the previous forecast, with projected export expansion of only 2% this year, she said. The ADB's forecast is in line with the National Economic and Social Development Board and the Fiscal Policy Office, which have already slashed their 2013 expansion projections. Ms Luxmon projected GDP growth for 2014 at 4.9%, assuming the government will increase disbursement of funds for its 350 billion baht water resources management projects. The investment in the 2-trillion baht infrastructure development projects would help spur the economy in 2014 and in following years, she added. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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