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High speed railways to come

Posted by hasekamp on 27 February 2015 at 22:52 PM
After taking high-speed trains in China and Japan, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is considering bringing faster rail service to Thailand. Gen Prayut used his Returning Happiness to Thai People broadcast on Friday to tout the benefits of equipping the country's railway system with high-speed trains once new tracks are built. Potential routes, he said, would be from Bangkok to the resort town of Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan and from the capital to Rayong via Pattaya and U-tapao. "The government will work to yield tangible progress within this year," he said. Talk of high-speed trains represents a shift for the military government, which earlier left them out of its railway infrastructure overhaul plan. High-speed passenger trains were promoted by the Yingluck Shinawatra government but after it was overthrown in the May 2014 coup, the military said the plan was not economically viable. Thailand and China are collaborating to build new 1.435-metre gauge tracks from Nong Khai to Bangkok and to Map Ta Phut in Rayong. Japan also has agreed to invest in one route or more with the kingdom but the details of the lines have not been finalised. Tokyo is said to be keen to promote its high-speed train technology in Thailand. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Pray will improve education

Posted by hasekamp on 27 February 2015 at 22:49 PM
PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha announced yesterday that he will head the soon-to-established "super board" for education. "And I will try to yield results as soon as I can," he said in his weekly "Returning Happiness to People" TV programme last night. Despite the huge budget set aside for the education sector, relevant authorities say it still needs major changes. "I want to be able to give clear orders, as the existing units within the Education Ministry and the NRC [National Reform Council] have not been able to yield very concrete results due to limitations and regulations," Prayut said. He said he has already spoken to the education minister to ensure this will not interfere with his work. Prayut has also set his sights on amending related laws and overhauling structures for the sake of better education. "I want to be able to make adjustments to the education system right now, in terms of class structure, fairness and the curriculum. Important subjects such as civic duties, history, democracy and patriotism need to be included," he said. "I will try to heed the public's demands by addressing the question of making learning a constructive experience while also upholding quality." (Source: The Nation)


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New 100 Baht notes

Posted by hasekamp on 24 February 2015 at 21:50 PM
New high-tech 100-baht banknotes will be released Thursday with features to stem counterfeiting and increase accessibility. The notes, still in pink, were announced Tuesday with a design to honour the 18th century's HM King Taksin the Great. The bills feature designs that allow the blind to easily identify the value of the note. Letters and numerals will feel different to the touch, allowing the visually impaired to determine the amount of the currency. The banknotes also include anti-forgery measures, such as a translucent watermark of the Thai numeral 100, a fabricated-copper pattern visible when titled in the light, and an alternating incandescent-green pattern interlaced with the numeral 100 and more. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Abhisit and Suthep to be impeached

Posted by hasekamp on 24 February 2015 at 21:46 PM
The National Anti-Corruption Commission has unanimously resolved to kick off the process of impeaching former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban for their alleged mishandling of the bloody break-up of a red-shirt rally in 2010. The April-May crackdown on protesters left more than 90 people dead, mostly red-shirt members of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, but also ordinary citizens. Vicha Mahakhun, spokesman for the NACC, said yesterday that Abhisit and Suthep did not review or adjust the tactics used by military personnel to disperse the demonstrators. Neither did they order a halt to the operation. The court concluded that many deaths were caused by the military campaign under their command. Not only were unarmed protesters wounded and killed but also bystanders, including a boy, were killed. These tragedies suggested wrongdoing not in keeping with the duties and positions of Abhisit and Suthep and thus there were grounds to impeach them. They will be asked to report to the NACC within 15 days to hear the charges. They will be given the opportunity to defend themselves by providing evidence and witness testimony. (Source: The Nation)


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No more bikes on Phi Phi

Posted by hasekamp on 15 February 2015 at 23:30 PM
Bicycle were banned on Phi Phi Island's public walkways today following complaints from tourists about crowded streets and reckless cyclists. "The bicycle problem started about three years ago. Since then, the number of bikes on the island has increased significantly," said Prasert Wongma, deputy chief executive officer of Ao Nang Administration Organization (OrBorTor). "No vehicles are allowed on the walkways, it is against the law. In the past, only local Thais were using the bicycles to get around." Mr Prasert blames the increase in bicycle traffic on migrant workers. "Many Myanmar nationals are working on construction sites Phi Phi. They use bicycles to get to work, but are always rushing and are very reckless," Mr Prasert said. "Some use bikes with carts to transport items, leaving little to no space for tourists to walk. They have even hit some tourists and sworn at them." (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Defibrillators to be placed nationwide

Posted by hasekamp on 15 February 2015 at 17:24 PM
IN A BID to save more lives in emergencies, the National Institute for Emergency Medicine (NIEM) and the Public Health Ministry have joined forces in a campaign to install automated external defibrillators (AED) nationwide. This life-saving device will provide the essential first aid to people suffering cardiac arrest. Deputy Public Health Minister Somsak Chunharat said at the campaign's launch last week at Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Train Station that during the first phase the aim was to set up AED devices at 3,000 places as well as provide people with proper training in three years. At the launch there was a demonstration on how to use the device and an on-stage discussion that aimed to provide the general public and the authorities with a good understanding of it. NIEM chief Anucha Setthasathien said the device - one electrode is placed on the upper chest and another electrode goes on the lower chest - analysed the heart rate and sent an electric shock to it to hopefully restore a normal rhythm until advanced medical care arrives. (Source: The Nation)


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Not the last coup

Posted by hasekamp on 10 February 2015 at 22:44 PM
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says the military will return to the barracks once a civilian government is elected, but stopped short of ruling out another coup "if something cannot be solved'' by the new leaders. "The military has its proper role as a government agency, so don't worry,'' Gen Prayut told the Nihon Keizai Shinbun newspaper in an interview published on Tuesday. An election for a new government will be held as early as the end of this year, he said. The interview was also published online by the Nikkei Asian Review, an affiliate of Japan's leading financial newspaper. When asked about the possibility of another coup, Gen Prayut didn't answer directly, but said that "Thailand is different from other countries. If something cannot be solved, the military will solve it.'' (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Yingluck closely watched

Posted by hasekamp on 10 February 2015 at 22:37 PM
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan denied yesterday that the government ordered security officials to keep a watch on former premier Yingluck Shinawatra because of fear she might flee the country. On Sunday, the junta denied Yingluck permission to travel overseas €” ahead of a trial over accusations that she failed to stop corruption and massive losses in the rice-pledging scheme. Yesterday the former PM's van was stopped at a security checkpoint in Chiang Mai. Prawit said local security officials just wanted to ensure that Yingluck was safe and sound, as they do not want a third party to have the chance to create turmoil. "It is part of safety measures carried out with good wishes because she is a former prime-minister. We adopt the same measures when she is in Bangkok. This is not revenge or restrictions against her,'' he said. Nonetheless, security officials appear to be monitoring the former PM's movements. When Yingluck left her Chiang Mai residence to conduct a merit-making rite for her ancestors with relatives at Wat Rongtham Samakkee in San Kamphaeng district yesterday, officials from the Third Army Region set up checkpoints on the way and stopped Yingluck and her security team's vans. They looked in her van and searched that of her guards. After the search, she went shopping at San Kamphaeng market and was warmly welcomed by traders and locals. Security officials followed her throughout the day. (Source: The Nation)


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Elections tone announced in January 2016

Posted by hasekamp on 5 February 2015 at 18:40 PM
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam expects the next general election to be announced in January 2016 as election-related laws can be prepared in advance. Mr Wissanu told reporters at Government House on Thursday that although there would be about 100 organic laws, only a few would be needed for the election. He referred to the election law, the political party law and the Election Commission law which, he said, would cover the formation of a new election administration committee. "I understand that the three laws are necessary. If there is a referendum (on the new constitution), there must be another law for the referendum. Without a referendum, the law will be unnecessary. So some 3-4 such laws will be essential for the election," the deputy prime minister said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Hunt for bomb planters

Posted by hasekamp on 5 February 2015 at 18:35 PM
ONE OF the two men suspected of planting and detonating two pipe bombs near Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok last Sunday has been identified by his alias €” "Dragon" €” and he is reportedly based in Samut Prakan, where he is known for his connection to a former politician, a security source said yesterday. Dragon, described earlier as the good-looking man of the two suspects, is known to be prone to violence and is capable of making bombs. He is known also for his connection to a Lop Buri-based network to which a former Army paramilitary ranger belongs, said the source, citing intelligence reports compiled by security officials. Citing interviews with the taxi driver who drove the two men, the source said Dragon sat on the rear seat while the other man took the front seat. The driver said Dragon looked to be in his 30s, was good-looking, about 170cm tall, had a round face and elongated chin, while the other man was also in his 30s, had dark skin and a square face. The second man was described as thin, around 160cm tall, and looked like he had been travelling a long distance. The men hailed the taxi near Century shopping mall on Phya Thai Road and got off when it entered Siam Square, paying Bt70 as taxi fare. The source said the driver was confident he would be able to recognise Dragon if he saw him again. A police source said footage from surveillance cameras installed around Victory Monument were being examined to determine whether the two men had arrived in Bangkok in a van and got off there. (Source: The Nation)


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Two bombs near Siam paragon

Posted by hasekamp on 2 February 2015 at 23:06 PM
SECURITY will be heightened across the country following double explosions in Bangkok's shopping district on Sunday night as police hunt for at least two culprits believed to have been recorded on surveillance cameras. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan implied yesterday that martial law would need to be retained following the incident - the first case of blasts in the capital since the coup last May. "I have ordered security to be tightened because this case involves the well-being of the people," the prime minister told reporters before leaving for Nakhon Ratchasima province yesterday. "There are still bad people disrupting the peace. We must find ways to severely punish them." Prawit, meanwhile, warned of stepped up security across the country. "We will strictly enforce security across the country. We need to have high security checks in some areas," he said. "We can't say for now who is behind this. It could be people who have bad intentions, or are linked to politics or people who think differently," the defence minister said. Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday that the government would still need martial law to maintain peace even if the Sunday's blasts did not happen. The business sector, meanwhile, voiced concern yesterday over possible impacts on investor confidence and tourism. They called for an explanation from the authorities as to why such an incident took place at a time the country was under martial law. Police investigators did not rule out politics or terrorism as possible motives for the incident, national police chief Pol General Somyot Poompanmoung said yesterday. The two bombs exploded on an elevated walkway connecting the BTS Siam station and the upscale Siam Paragon shopping mall. Two people were slightly hurt. The two devices, detonated with a digital wristwatch, were timed to explode about 30 seconds apart, Somyot said. Security-camera footage showed two possible suspects near where the pipe bombs exploded but police have not identified them. Deputy national police chief Pol General Jakthip Chaichinda said investigators believed at least two people were responsible for planting the bombs, adding that they expected to cause injuries or even deaths. (Source: The Nation)


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Prayut confirms: I stay longer

Posted by hasekamp on 1 February 2015 at 17:09 PM
PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked for time to make Thailand stronger, while defending his government's decision to maintain martial law. He said the country had cooperated with the global community in hundreds of international peacekeeping missions over the past several decades, and now it was time for it to take care of its own problems. "I would like to tell the world community that my government would like to request time to do things for Thai people and Thailand, too. We [are the ones who] now have problems," the PM said. "We have done work in many other places. We don't want help from others now. "Just allow us to get stronger, and we will do our duty to the best of our ability," he added. Prayut also said that he listened to comments from all of the Kingdom's allies, but that he would decide whether to believe them. The prime minister was speaking during his weekly national broadcast as part of the TV programme "Returning Happiness to People in the Country" last night. He was apparently responding to the recent diplomatic drama between Thailand and the United States after Daniel Russel, the US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, called |for the lifting of martial law |and described the impeachment |of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra as "politically driven". Prayut said last year's coup was staged with the goal of ending political violence that had led to many deaths and injuries. (Source: The Nation)


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Junta may stay longer after all

Posted by hasekamp on 1 February 2015 at 17:06 PM
PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha's government may stay in power longer than most people expect, a leading scholar has predicted. Chulalongkorn University political scientist Thitinan Pongsudhirak said: "This interim period could be longer - longer than most of us might think." Thitinan was talking to a symposium at the German Embassy on Wednesday evening, when academics met to talk about the current political situation. He added that there might be an unintended consequence as a result. While he did not specify what that might be, he said it was clear that the military was trying to turn back the clock on politics. "In terms of its [the military] culture, it is retrograde. Their culture is essentially retro in time although on one hand they wish to have modernity in line with the 21st century," he said. "The Army is not set up to rule in the globalised 21st century. I'm afraid that the interim [period of military governance] could be indefinite." (Source: The Nation)


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