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

Abhisit wants to postpone elections

Posted by hasekamp on 29 April 2014 at 21:31 PM
Abhisit Vejjajiva on Tuesday tried to convince the Election Commission (EC) to delay plans for a new general election, arguing that a quick poll would only exacerbate the political turmoil, not end it. 'I am confident that most people prefer a later election if they have to pick between a quick election which sees the conflict continue and a late poll that can solve the problem,'' the Democrat Party leader said after a meeting with all five election commissioners. The EC has plans to hold a new poll on July 20, but the date has not been settled as the caretaker government wants it to be a week earlier. Mr Abhisit warned of exacerbating problems if the election is held when the conflict is still not resolved. The Democrats boycotted the Feb 2 general election, which was later voided by Constitutional Court because voting was not completed nationwide on the same day. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Old Buddha head to be sold?

Posted by hasekamp on 29 April 2014 at 14:06 PM
STAFF AT A Buddhist temple in the Northeast yesterday denied claims on social media that they had sold a three-metre-long head of a Buddha statue to an antique dealer. "It's groundless. The spread of such information has ruined our reputation," Arj Ekkaphan, a layman assistant at Buddha Nimit Temple in Nakhon Phanom, said. The claim that a temple in Tha Uthen district had disposed of the artwork for Bt20,000 for use as a decoration at a hotel or restaurant, with an image of the awe-inspiring head, "went viral" on the Net. Many distressed Buddhists shared the message in the hope of attracting the attention of authorities. Soon enough, not just officials but curious individuals flocked to Buddha Nimit Temple to view the Buddha head that lies in front of its bell tower. Preliminary examinations show the article is a little over 20 years old. It's not considered a historical object," Laddawan Thipsing of the Fine Arts Department said. A historical piece by law must be over a century old. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

World Bank warns Thailand

Posted by hasekamp on 28 April 2014 at 18:49 PM
Countries like Thailand should prepare better to cope with volatile natural and financial risks, World Bank country director Ulrich Zachau said Monday at the official launch of the Bank's World Development Report 2014. He cited water management, health insurance support to the poor and crop insurance as examples where Thailand is poorly prepared for problems. The Bangkok-based Mr Zachau said financial and economic turmoil in the West have disrupted the world economy, with loss of income, jobs, and social stability. Meanwhile, intense natural disasters have devastated entire communities from Haiti to Thailand and Japan, causing majuor human and economic losses. (Source:The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Security act extended

Posted by hasekamp on 28 April 2014 at 18:44 PM
Thailand's caretaker Cabinet today extended the Internal Security Act (ISA) in the capital and its adjacent provinces for another two months amid worries over possible confrontations between rival political groups. Government deputy spokeswoman Sunisa Lertpakawat said the ISA, which is due to expire at the end of this month, will be extended from May 1 through June 30 in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani's Lad Lum Kaew district and Samut Prakan's Bangplee district. The ISA extension came as political movements persist, while the public, she said, has been instigated to cause possible confrontations between opposing political factions and subsequent disorder. (Source: MCOT English News)


Category: Default

Dams almost empty

Posted by hasekamp on 27 April 2014 at 12:03 PM
The country's two major dams - Bhumibol and Sirikit - now have altogether 2,953 million cubic metres of water, or only 18% of their capacity, for distribution because of the rain interval, Royal Irrigation Department director-general Lertviroj Kowattana said on Sunday. Mr Lertviroj also said the water in Kwae Noi Bamrung Daen dam in Phitsanulok province is sufficient for distribution for only one more month. "The overall amount of water throughout the country has continued to drop because we have to drain it to maintain the ecological system and push back salty water. We have to stop distributing water for agriculture. This year's rain interval is expected between June and July," he said. The Royal Irrigation Department chief said he had instructed a subcommittee for water management to carefully ration water. He said an announcement will be issued to farmers to postpost the beginning of the annual rice planting season from early to late May because of the lengthy drought. (Source: The Bangkoik Post)


Category: Default

Abhisit wants to talk to Shinawatras

Posted by hasekamp on 27 April 2014 at 11:57 AM
The Democrat Party leader is open to talks with caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and even with her fugitive brother next week, but the meeting should be broadcast live. After talks with election commissioners this week, Mr Abhisit is ready to meet with representatives from the caretaker government and he is free to do so on Wednesday to Friday, said party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut on Saturday. It will be good if Ms Yingluck could meet him then and even better if the session is broadcast live to minimise the chances of the meeting being used by the followers of the two sides to discredit each other. Mr Abhisit is also open to talking with Thaksin Shinawatra if the former PM can join the broadcast session with his sister through web-conferencing services such as Skype. Mr Abhisit will focus on persuading all sides to make sacrifices to avoid confrontations and ease political conflicts, Mr Chavanond said. He thanked caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung for his offer to join the talks but said a meeting with Ms Yingluck is more appropriate at the time. Asked about Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), who had made clear a middleman of any kind was not welcomed, Mr Chavanond said he was confident Mr Suthep did not refer to Mr Abhisit. "This is because Mr Abhisit is not a middleman. He's just floating the country's solutions. Ms Abhisit affirms he would go ahead with meeting all sides to break the impasse," Mr Chavanond said. NOTE: This sound reasonable, but we should remember that Mr. Abhisit boycotted the February elections. It is also very strange that Suthep does not comment on this at all.


Category: Default

Crazy, crazier, Suthep

Posted by hasekamp on 24 April 2014 at 14:46 PM
People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban Thursday vowed their final battle could take three days to a week to topple caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Suthep announced his move to Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) staff as he led thousands of protesters to the PEA headquarters on Ngamwongwan road in Nonthaburi to persuade state enterprise employees to join upcoming massive protest to oust Yingluck. "We need to win in this [final] battle. It may take three, five, or seven days. There will be several special operations along with the rally," he told the PEA employees. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Hua Hin being decorated

Posted by hasekamp on 24 April 2014 at 14:39 PM
Workers are beautifying the resort town Hua Hin to prepare for His Majesty the King's audience on May 5.and images of His Majesty and royal family members along Phetkasem Road in Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan. Provincial governor Veera Sriwattanatrakul held talks with all agencies to ensure they are ready for the occasion. His Majesty will grant an audience at Rajapracha Samakhom Pavilion inside Klai Kangwon Palace on Coronation Day on May 5. The King's motorcade will leave Piemsuk Palace for the pavilion via Phetkasem to give all Thais a chance to greet His Majesty, the governor said. It will be the same route that was used in the audience on the King's birthday on Dec 5 last year, he added. Mr Veera urged no political activities on May 5 and no sales of fireworks in the area where the activity will be held. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Worries about economy

Posted by hasekamp on 23 April 2014 at 8:56 AM
Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday posted a message on her Facebook page, expressing worry about the impact of political crisis on the economy, particularly the tourism sector. In her message on Facebook, Ms Yingluck said she was concerned about the adverse impact of the current political crisis on the overall economy, as well as the country's financial health, especially budget management for the 2014-2015 fiscal year which has been disrupted by the political deadlock which has lasted for more than six months. The caretaker premier said that many key economic indicators in February have continued to show downward trends, especially household spending, private sector investment and industrial production. (Source: MCOT English News)


Category: Default

15 days for Yingluck

Posted by hasekamp on 23 April 2014 at 8:46 AM
The Constitutional Court has agreed on Wednesday to give caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra another 15 days to prepare her defence as requested in a case in which her status will be decided. The deadline has been extended to May 3 from April 18. The case is widely viewed as a political wildcard. Ms Yingluck and her cabinet could be removed from even the caretaker status, leaving open an opportunity for a neutral prime minister to step in. Both the pro- and anti-government protesters are closely watching the development of this case. The latter group made no secret of their wish to seize the ruling power in the event Ms Yingluck is deposed while the former vowed to stop that move. The case was filed by a group of senators led by appointed senator Paibul Nititawan. They asked the court to decide the prime minister status of Ms Yingluck after the Supreme Administrative Court had decided her decision to transfer National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri in 2011 had been illegitimate because she had not given appropriate reasons for Mr Thawil's transfer. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Service has been interrupted

Posted by hasekamp on 22 April 2014 at 14:46 PM
This news service has been interrupted for about one week. First I went on a short holiday with limited internet access and then I feel sick. Everything will be back to normal soon.Webmaster.


Category: Default

Elections possible before July

Posted by hasekamp on 22 April 2014 at 14:43 PM
The Election Commission (EC) is ready to consider suggestions from all political parties and is not against the idea of holding the next poll before July 20, EC chairman Supachai Somcharoen said Tuesday. "The next general election must not lead to casualties and deaths," Mr Supachai told reporters, following a meeting between his EC and representatives of 56 political parties. Members of the largest opposition party, the Democrats, claimed they had heard there was a threat to bomb the meeting, so chose to stay away. Rak Thailand Party founder Chuvit Kamolvisit announced earlier he would boycott the meeting, held at Miracle Grand Convention Hotel in northern Laksi district at 2.45pm. Mr Supachai said the EC welcomed and will consider suggestions made by all parties, before seeking a meeting with the caretaker government of the Pheu Thai Party before the end of April next week. "There's a possibility that the general election will happen sooner" than July 20, Mr Supachai said. EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn previously had claimed polls were impossible before July 20, while Pheu Thai has stated polls must be held by June 15 for legal reasons. (Source:The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Sonkran toll - so far

Posted by hasekamp on 15 April 2014 at 20:52 PM
Forty-three people were killed and 502 injured in 488 accidents on April 14, the fourth of the "seven dangerous days" (April 11-17) of the Songkran festival, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Tuesday. The greatest number of the accidents on Monday were caused by drunk driving (43.03%), followed by speeding (22.34%). The majority (78.23%) of the accidents involved motorcycles. Monday's figures brought the number of people killed and injured in the first four days, April 11-14, to 204 and 2,142 respectively in 2,027 accidents. The four-day figures showed Nakhon Ratchasima had the largest number of fatalities (11). Nakhon Si Thammarat saw the highest accumulated number of accidents (75) and injuries (82). The accident-free province as of Monday was Chaiyaphum. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Severe pollution

Posted by hasekamp on 11 April 2014 at 10:56 AM
In a severe aggravation of pollution, an 800-metre-long trace of wastewater discharged into the Tha Chin River was found near Samut Sakhon's Khlong Om Noi sluice gate, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry's Wastewater Management Authority said yesterday.The Authority chief, Pairoj Sattayasansakul, and related officials measured dissolved oxygen (DO) value at 0.09 milligram per litre and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) at 0.04 milligram per litre at the sluice gate. The standard DO level should be least 2 milligrams per litre. Water in Khlong Om Noi was polluted and black in colour, sending a foul smell into the air. There was no fish or oxygen foam on the surface. Pairoj said this problem in Om Noi has been longstanding, as the area received wastewater from 941 factories and surrounding communities, totalling 100,000 cubic metres of wastewater per day. A helicopter survey by the Authority also found an 800-metre-long trace of black, foul-smelling water from Khlong Om Noi to the Tha Chin River, he added. He said the solution was to build a wastewater treatment station. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Suthep wants to appoint a PM

Posted by hasekamp on 9 April 2014 at 9:49 AM
Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and government supporters have called on the army to respond to plans by anti-government protesters to "reclaim sovereign power". Suthep Thaugsuban, self-appointed leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), declared on Saturday that "the people" would regain sovereign power <strong>and he would personally seek endorsement from His Majesty the King for a new prime minister</strong>. The move would follow pending rulings by the National Anti-Corruption Commission and Constitutional Court which threaten to strip the caretaker government of its powers. But Ms Yingluck on Tuesday stressed the need for the PDRC to obey the law. "If no one obeys the law and anyone can establish a cabinet or a legislative assembly as they please, the country will not gain international recognition," she said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Suthep lobby at ministries

Posted by hasekamp on 8 April 2014 at 13:43 PM
Suthep Thaugsuban led his People's Democratic Reform Committee followers to win the support of the Justice Ministry on Tuesday for their national reform campaign in a move apparently calculated to dispel criticism that he has usurped sovereignty of the country. They visited the ministry under tight security following a similar trek to the Education Ministry last week. Permanent Secretary Kittipong Kittayarak welcomed Suthep's group with open arms and provided rooms to discuss political reform. The other PDRC leaders were Satit Wongnongtaey, Chumpol Julasai, Buddhipongse Punnakanta and Akanat Promphan. Suthep told the meeting that the country was in dire need of reform. He asked for the support of ministry officials to help improve the political party system by plugging loopholes that allowed capitalists with vested interests to run the country. Corruption must be seriously tackled and political interference must be stopped. He cited the unlawful transfer of Thawil Pliensri, who was secretarygeneral of the National Security Council, as an example of political interference that sabotaged the bureaucratic system. Suthep also solicited ideas on reform from ministry executives for about half an hour before lunching with them. He left the ministry to take to the PDRC stage at the Chaeng Wattana base before returning to the main camp at Lumpini Park. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Political battle

Posted by hasekamp on 8 April 2014 at 7:59 AM
The pro-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) movement will stage its political battle after April 18 while the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) will not mobilise outside Lumpini Park until tomorrow. Speaking to the Red Shirt crowd on the second day of the three-day mass gathering on the outskirts of Bangkok, UDD chairman Jatuporn Prompan thanked police officers, soldiers and UDD security guards for providing security and assisting the rally to run smoothly. More importantly, Mr Jatuporn announced that the UDD will stage a mass gathering again after April 18, and asked supporters to prepare for a political fight, which may be the final battle,' in order to achieve the pro-government group's goals. He expressed confidence that their fight will not end in failure. The UDD chair also slammed PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban for intent to install a neutral prime minister, urging the Red Shirt demonstrators to oppose the demand because it was through undemocratic means. (Source: MCOT English News)


Category: Default

Who has more followers?

Posted by hasekamp on 7 April 2014 at 18:48 PM
Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Sunday night accepted the challenge by pro-government leader Jatuporn Prompan to a battle over the number of supporters on each side. Addressing to supporters of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), Mr Suthep responded to Mr Jatuporn's challenge earlier on Sunday evening that each sides mobilise its supporters to show the world which side has more followers. There is no set date for the challenge but Mr Suthep said his Muan Mahaprachachon is ready for the battle and asked Mr Jatuporn to actually keep his challenge. "There is no evil gang with any amount of money to resist the power of people who have the pure love in the country. Please come to the battle and we will see that those who fight for the boss will never win those who have the heart for the kingdom," Mr Suthep said on Sunday night. (Source:The Bangkok Post)Crazy games! Solve your problems like men!


Category: Default

Corruption problems severe

Posted by hasekamp on 6 April 2014 at 10:33 AM
Thailand's entire legal system should be revamped as its corruption problems have links to international crime networks and the laws limit the ability to eradicate graft, National Anti-Corruption Commission member Vicha Mahakun said yesterday. He said the problems are so severe that they could affect the country's survival. He was speaking at Thammasat University, at a function to mark Sanya Dharmasakti Day. Vicha, who was appointed to the position by the coup-makers in 2006, said that he did not realise initially how severe the problem was. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Fear for civil war

Posted by hasekamp on 6 April 2014 at 10:28 AM
A majority of people believe there is a possibility for a civil war to happen in the country because of the situation has long been plagued with unrest and violence, according to Suan Dusit Poll. The poll was carried out between Apr 1-5 on 1,434 people throughout the country. Asked whether they thought the ongoing "political conflict in Thailand" would escalate to become a civil war as happened in many other countries, the majority, 68.55% of the respondents, believed chance was high for that to happen because lethal weapons had been used continuously at various places and violence looked likely to escalate beyond the ability of the government to put it under control; 24.81% were uncertain, saying the situation was hard to predict; and 6.64% thought the chance for a civil war to happen was slim because the Thai people were unlikely to do harm to their own country and fellow Thais. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Hail in Sukhothai

Posted by hasekamp on 5 April 2014 at 22:55 PM
More than 500 households were damaged by a hailstorm in Sukhothai on Friday night. According to the reports, the storm ripped across many areas of Sukhothai province between 7pm and 9.30pm and destroyed many houses, pavilions, billboards, power poles and trees. Chandha Raktung, the 58-year-own owner of a furniture factory in Muang district, said the storm blew off most of the roofing on her building, causing damage to the machinery and equipment inside the plant. In Si Satchanalai district, an electricity pole was struck by lightning during the storm, causing fires at nearby houses. {Source:The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Large rally reds

Posted by hasekamp on 5 April 2014 at 16:16 PM
Tens of thousands of people from across the country joined a pro-government rally on Saturday where leaders warned that the courts were trying to "take over power without elections". Crowds built throughout the day along Aksa Road in Bangkok's Thawi Watthana district, where the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) intends to mass until Monday. The event has been billed as a last-gasp attempt to save the government of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose future appears likely to be decided by the courts within a few weeks. As the red-shirts gathered, anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was rallying supporters 20 kilometres to the east in Lumpini Park for a "final battle" - an expression he has used on several occasions since his movement began last November. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Arrest warrants revoked

Posted by hasekamp on 3 April 2014 at 22:01 PM
The Criminal Court has revoked the arrest warrants for People's Democratic Reform Committee chief Suthep Thaugsuban and 17 PDRC core leaders on charges of violating the emergency decree, PDRC lawyer Sawat Charoenpol said yesterday. The court on February 5 approved the arrest warrants for the 18 PDRC leaders on charges of violating Article 11 and 12 of the emergency decree as requested by the Department of Special Investigation. Sawat said after the caretaker government lifted the state of emergency on March 18, the PDRC petitioned the Criminal Court to revoke their warrants. Suthep still faces an arrest warrant on charges of sedition. Students and People's Network for Thailand's Reform (STR) adviser Nitithorn Lamlua and STR coordinator Uthai Yodmani were left with arrest warrants on charges of illegally gathering with more than 10 people, illegal encroachment, assaults and carrying arms at night. The 17 other PDRC leaders are Satit Wongnongtaey, Chumpol Julasai, Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Isara Somchai, Witthaya Kaewparadai, Thaworn Senneam, Nataphol Teepsuwan, Akanat Promphan, Anchalee Paireerak, Nititorn Lamlua, Uthai Yodmanee, Samdin Lertbutr, Preecha Iamsuphan, Ratchayut Siriyothinphakdee, Kittichai Saisa-ard, Samran Rodphet, and Phansuwan Nakaew. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Another Shinawatra in the picture

Posted by hasekamp on 1 April 2014 at 10:20 AM
Pantongtae Shinawatra, the son of former prime minister Thaksin, on Tuesday proposed that an interim prime minister be elected to carry out reforms. He made the suggestion in a message posted on his Facebook wall as a way of compromising with Suthep Thaugsuban, the secretary general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee. Pantongtae said most people would definitely not accept the choice of an interim prime minister proposed by Suthep. "We should have a process to elect a prime minister to work for a short period during the reforms. When the reforms are complete, he or she will call an election in which the Democrats would take part and the country could move forward," Pantongtae said. He said the senatorial election on Sunday went smoothly unlike the general election on February 2, which was blocked, leading to its nullification. Pantongtae said the general election was blocked because the Democrats knew they would be beaten. He said if the Democrats continued to hold the country hostage, Thailand would be permanently subject to coups. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Suthep clan on its way to government offices

Posted by hasekamp on 1 April 2014 at 10:15 AM
People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters led by Suthep Thaugsuban were heading to the government offices complex on Chaeng Wattana road, reports said on Tuesday morning. The protesters were travelling on a convoy of mixed vehicles. From Lumpini Park, they took the expressway from Rama 4 road to Makkasan before proceeding on the second state expressway to the Chaeng Wattana government offices complex. Their movement caused traffic jams on connected roads. At the government offices complex, Mr Suthep planned to campaign for government officials to stand by the people on Civil Service Day, which is today. They would be asked not to take orders from the government and to only provide services to the people, the report said. From there, the protesters planned to visit PDRC protesters led by Luang Pu Buddha Issara and camped nearby. Mr Suthep will discuss their next moves with the respected monk. PDRC guards were despatched ahead of the convoy along the route taken today, to ensure the protesters; safety. (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: -
  •