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Gibbon tout arrested

Posted by hasekamp on 31 August 2015 at 14:46 PM
Quick action by officers after receiving a tip-off from a Phuket Gazette reader saw a gibbon tout photographed working on the sands of Monkey Beach put behind bars last week. Anan Nadee, 20, was arrested along with Bancha Songkhai, 24, in front of the Andaman Resort on Phi Phi Don while using their illegally owned gibbons as props for tourists to take photographs with, confirmed Suwat Suksiri, chief of the Thung Talay Non Hunting Zone. "According to Mr Anan, he can make at least 5,000 baht per day during the low season for this kind of work. However, during the high season, he can make more than 20,000 baht per day," Mr Suwat said. With the possibility of making more than 500,000 baht a month during the high-season, the maximum punishment of not more than 4,000 baht, four years imprisonment or both is hardly a deterrent, noted Mr Suwat. Mr Anan and Mr Bancha were charged for illegally possessing protected wild animals. The two gibbons in the men's possession were taken to the Phang Nga Wildlife Nursery Station. "We aim to get rid of gibbon touts on Phi Phi Island and we will not stop looking for them. We really appreciate all of the help from citizens and encourage them to keep sending us information." Mr Suwat believes that there are still more than 20 gibbons on Phi Phi Island that need to be rescued. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Two more arrest warrants

Posted by hasekamp on 31 August 2015 at 14:35 PM
The Min Buri Court Monday approved two more arrest warrants for a Thai woman and a foreigner suspected of involvement in the Erawan Shrine bombing, Police spokesman Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri said. Prawut said the court approved an arrest warrant for Wanna Suansan who rented an apartment room in Min Buri. The court also approved an arrest warrant for the second foreigner who was seen living in the room rented by Wanna. Police found fertiliser and explosive that could be used to make bombs inside Wanna's rented room, the spokesman added. Shortly after the August 17 blast that killed 20 people and injured more than 100 others, the court approved an arrest warrant for a foreigner who was seen on CCTVS placing a backpack in the compound of the shrine before the bomb went off. On Saturday, police arrested a foreigner at an apartment in Bangkok's Nong Chok district. Police refused to say whether the suspect was the alleged bomber wanted in the first arrest warrant. Prawut said Monday that the arrested suspect was involved with the Ratchaprasong and Sathorn pier bombings but his nationality was still not clear. The spokesman said police are also seeking warrants for arrest of several more suspects. (Source: The Nation)


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Drafters: Charter is progressive

Posted by hasekamp on 30 August 2015 at 12:08 PM
DRAFTERS of the new charter say it is far more progressive than the 1997 and 2007 versions, as it aims to empower the people to become "citizens". "The foremost purpose of the draft is to reinforce citizens. We tried to get the people prepared to have important roles in the national administration," said Pakorn Preeyakorn, spokesman of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC). In a meeting with the press, Pakorn said the drafters didn't just want people to hold power in the ballot box and pass it to politicians or officials. So, they added early in the charter that the sovereign power belongs to all Thais. "The chapter on rights and liberty shows that all basic and other rights have been advanced. Thus, the draft is very progressive when it comes to granting rights to the people, especially on education and healthcare," Pakorn said. Asked how this would be realised, the drafters hinted that the fourth chapter on reform and reconciliation would be the mechanism to ensure implementation. Pakorn urged people to read every part of the draft because it's all connected and they will see how everything can truly be implemented. Pheu Thai representatives led by former Chiang Rai MP Samart Kaewmeechai submitted a letter to Thienchay Kiranandana, chief of the National Reform Council (NRC), to officially express the party's opposition to the draft, which they claim would suppress the people. Samart said the charter would weaken the elected government, which could not lead the country to reform as it would be dominated by other agents like the National Strategic Reform and Reconciliation Committee. He said the party was ready to campaign against the charter if the law permits it. He asked the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to open up more and listen to its opposition. (Source: The Nation)


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Update on Erawan arrest

Posted by hasekamp on 30 August 2015 at 11:56 AM
Police believe the bomb suspect who was arrested Saturday was planning to launch more attacks, Police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri said Saturday. "The bomb making materials found in his room were similar to those used in the earlier attacks," Prawut said. "The fuse igniters found in the room were the same type used in the Sathorn pier bombing. From the evidences, the suspect was apparently planning more attacks." He added that record of phone usage of the suspect showed that he had been to places, which were key locations in the bombing incidents. (Source: The Nation)


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One Erawan suspect arrested

Posted by hasekamp on 30 August 2015 at 11:50 AM
A FOREIGN man holding a Turkish passport - not the bomber as seen on CCTV - was arrested yesterday in Bangkok's eastern suburbs in connection with the Erawan Shrine bomb attack. A joint force of police and military officers made the arrest at Poon Anand Apartments in Nong Chok district. A search of his rented apartment found a large quantity of materials used for making explosives, including ball bearings the same size as those used in the bomb at Erawan Shrine on August 17 and another bomb that went off near Sathorn Pier without causing casualties the following day. Also found in the suspect's room were fuses, short steel pipes with caps on both sides, and clothes with traces of explosive substances. A thorough search and examination of the suspect's rented apartments continued until last night, a television report said. "We believe that the suspect was involved with the bombing" at the shrine, Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt-General Prawut Thavornsiri said on a live televised broadcast last evening. He also said the suspect "looks like the one we are looking for". Prawut said clothes and bomb-making material found in the detained man's room were linked to the shrine attack as well as the blast at Sathorn Pier. "The ball bearing is the same size" as those found at the two blast sites. About 100 police and military officers - including at least a dozen bomb disposal specialists - gathered outside the apartment block where the man was arrested in possession of bomb-making equipment and multiple passports. Police and military personnel cordoned off the four-storey budget apartment from scores of media and onlookers, and the arrested man could not be seen. The suspect, aged 28, holds a Turkish passport under the name Adem Karadag. According to the passport, he is from Istanbul. However, Prawut said the passport was fake. The Turkish Embassy has denied that he is a Turkish citizen. Yesterday's arrest was the first in connection with the Erawan Shrine bombing. Police acted on a tip from the landlord who owned the apartment that the suspect was renting, according to a police source who declined to be named. The landlord grew suspicious because the suspect did not speak Thai and rented five rooms on the same floor of the apartment building, since late July. Local residents told reporters that the suspect had been living in the apartment for two weeks before the Erawan blast. Deputy national police chief General Jaktip Chaijinda said it was "not yet clear" whether the man is the same one in security-camera images taken on the evening of blast. (Source: The Nation)


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Prayut not happy with charter criticism

Posted by hasekamp on 26 August 2015 at 14:15 PM
PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday lashed out at some politicians for encouraging the National Reform Council (NRC) to vote down the charter draft. Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is the latest political figure to have openly slammed the draft, saying such a constitution would result in a "dual state" administration. The NRC is scheduled to vote on the draft on September 6. Last week, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the Pheu Thai Party also criticised the draft charter as undemocratic. Yingluck claimed it did not link up with the people and gave more power to unelected groups than to elected politicians. Prayut called on the media not to cover remarks made by these politicians, saying they had failed to solve the country's problems but insulted his military-led regime, which he said was not fair. "They should not have been allowed to make such verbal attacks. Many have court cases and have spoken out without fear. If they hit out at me, I must hit back. When they face legal action, do not scream that they do not receive justice," he said. "Many said they would not run in an election. That is good. Keep a note on whoever said that. Keep your word," Prayut said. Abhisit expressed concern over possible conflict and power tussles between the government and the planned National Strategic Reform and Reconciliation Committee (NSRRC). He said the draft charter would allow this committee to take over the country's administration under some circumstances, thus causing a "dual state". Conflict may arise from implementation of so-called reforms, Abhisit said. Although the draft says an elected government would carry out reforms, it did not specify what these would be, as that would depend on what the NSRRC decided. "If the NRC passed the charter draft and a referendum were held, opponents of the draft could move against it and violence could erupt. If the draft passed a plebiscite, there would be a political struggle to amend the charter. How could this bring the country out of the vicious circle?" he asked. Abhisit also disagreed with posing other questions in the referendum such as on having a national-unity government consisting of a broad coalition of parties, saying it would lead to confusion and conflict. "Having a national-unity government is not a solution. The root of the problem is abuse of power by the state and weak checks," he said. "Please rewrite the charter. If we are going to spend an additional two to three months [working on it], that is not a problem. I do not want to run in an election and face chaos again," he said. (Source: The Nation)


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Koh Tao suspects on trial

Posted by hasekamp on 26 August 2015 at 14:09 PM
Two Myanmar workers on trial for the murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao should not be given access to a confidential British police report about the case, a British judge ruled on Tuesday. Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, both 22, risk the death penalty if found guilty of murdering Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, in September last on the Surat Thani province island. The allegations caused disquiet in Britain. In a ruling handed down in London on Tuesday, High Court Judge Nicholas Green said the misgivings were such Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his British counterpart, David Cameron, discussed the matter. The two leaders agreed that Britain's Metropolitan Police would send a team to Thailand to conduct an independent inquiry. However, as it is British policy not to assist foreign police forces in death penalty cases, the scope of the mission was to observe and record the Thai police investigation. Thai police cooperated fully under the pre-agreed condition that the British team's final report would be shared only with the Witheridge and Miller families. But the two murder suspects, who have been on trial since early July, applied to the court to hand over the report, arguing that it might be of use to their defence case.


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The Erawan bomber, an update

Posted by hasekamp on 26 August 2015 at 14:06 PM
Thai officials have said that is is possible, not certain, that the person, sought for in connection with the bombing of the Erawan Shrine, has left the country, despite guarding all the boundaries of the country. Meanwhile a reward of now 10,000,000 Baht (around ‚¬ 250,000) has been offered to person(s), giving directions that lead to the arrest of the wanted person. Already so much CCTV footage has been recovered by the authorities, that the route of the probable terrorist to and from the Erawan Shrine are known in detail. Also the driver who brought him to, as well as the driver who took him from the Shrine, have given valuable information about his whereabouts around the time of the attack. Nevertheless he has not been hunted down so far and, the attack having been over a week ago, the chances that this will happen are getting smeller. (Take from various Thai and foreign news media in the past few days).


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Tonnes of ivory destroyed

Posted by hasekamp on 26 August 2015 at 13:57 PM
The government Wednesday destroyed nearly 2.2 tonnes of confiscated elephant ivory in a ceremony presided over by the prime minister. The contraband was estimated to be worth about US$2.8 million, officials said. "Elephants are our national symbol and are under threat from poaching and trade," Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said. He called for the country to "clean up its act" on the illegal wildlife trade, and promised heavy punishment for those who violate the law. "I will no longer tolerate corruption and ignorance on this matter." John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cities), praised the "clear progress" made by the government. "It is now critical that this greatly enhanced effort is sustained," he said. Cities had threatened in March to impose an international wildlife trade ban on Thailand if it failed to crack down on illegal ivory.On Monday, environmental activists in Rayong had called for the tusks and other pieces to be preserved as national property. The Rayong Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Volunteer Network, led by president Surin Sinrat, sent a formal request that the ivory destruction be stopped to the Natural Resources and Environment Minister Surasak Kanchanarat. The group also proposed that the ivory held as a state asset after the end of a court case. For example, it could be kept at the National Museum for learning purposes, the group said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Motorcycle taxi driver speaks

Posted by hasekamp on 20 August 2015 at 17:32 PM
A motorcycle taxi driver who picked up the man who is the primary suspect in the Erawan Shrine bombing said he was a foreigner who spoke a language he did not know, but it was not English. The 47-year-old driver, whose name was not disclosed, told police on Thursday he was at his motorcycle taxi queue in Soi Mahatlek Luang 1 between Erawan shrine and Ratchadamri BTS Skytrain station when he heard a loud bang which he mistook for a transformer exploding. Between three and five minutes later, a foreign man walked up to him and handed him a piece of paper containing a drawn map and Lumpini Park written in English. He agreed to pay 30 baht to get to his destination. The driver said while he was taking the man along Ratchadamri Road he heard him talking on his mobile phone. The language was not English. The motorcycle taxi driver said he did not know if the pillion rider was making an outgoing call or picked up someone's call. He said he dropped the suspect at the entrance of the park's car parking area and the foreigner gave him two 20 baht banknotes. He could only remember that the man had a long, tapering chin, high nose, white skin and was less than 170cm tall. The driver said he did not notice if the suspect walked into the park or in another direction after he dropped him. The distance was about 1.2 km and the ride took only three minutes, he added. Meanwhile, a tuk tuk driver Suchart Panngarm, 37, who took the yellow-shirted suspect to the Erawan shrine at Ratchaprasong intersection (before the bomb exploded) was taken for an inquiry at the Metropolitan Police Bureau. He told MPB commissioner Pol Lt Gen Srivara Rangsipramanakul that he picked up the suspect from in front of Hua Lamphong train station. Mr Suchart said the foreigner showed him a map and asked him to take him to Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok hotel near the Erawan shrine. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Police see 10 suspects

Posted by hasekamp on 20 August 2015 at 17:25 PM
Police spokesman Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri on Thursday said those involved in the deadly bomb attack at the Erawan Shrine worked as team, which probably had no fewer than 10 members. It is believed that they worked on the planned attack for months, Prawut said, adding he is confident that some Thais were involved. He also referred to the man in a yellow T shirt captured by CCTV cameras and for whom an arrest warrant has been issued, saying the suspect did not use the Thai language in communicating with the motorcycle taxi driver he hired. The police are now hunting for two men and a woman captured on the camera standing near the prime suspect for interrogation. He is confident that the attackers are still in Thailand. (Source: The Nation)


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Police after CCTV suspect

Posted by hasekamp on 18 August 2015 at 12:38 PM
Police are going after a man believed to be involved in deadly bombing at Erawan Shrine in Ratchaprasong intersection on Monday which killed 20 people and injured 125. National police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang said on Tuesday that the image of the man in a yellow(!) T-shirt was captured by closed circuit cameras at the Erawan Shrine before the explosion. He was seen sitting on a bench inside the shrine compound with a backpack, and then placing the bag under the bench before leaving. He then caught a taxi motorcycle at nearby Soi Mahatlek Luang. Pol Gen Somyot would not confirm whether the man was thought to be a Thai or a foreigner. He said an arrest warrant could be obtained for the suspect by showing the camera footage to the Criminal Court as evidence. Police are now reviewing all surveillance camera footage from the Ratchaprasong area recorded over the last two weeks, he said. The police chief said he did not rule out any motives, including the repatriation of 109 Uighur people to China and the move to strip the police rank from former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (in a yellow shirt?). (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Warning by foreign governments

Posted by hasekamp on 18 August 2015 at 12:33 PM
Hong Kong warned its residents on Tuesday to avoid travel to Bangkok while other governments in Asia advised citizens to be extra vigilant, after a bomb attack in the Thai capital killed at least 20 people. Chinese, Hong Kong, Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian citizens were among the 20 people confirmed killed when the explosion sent a fireball into the sky on Monday. Scores more were wounded. Hong Kong published a red alert for Bangkok, the second highest of the government's three-tier system. "Residents intending to visit (Bangkok). should adjust their travel plans and avoid non-essential travel, including leisure travel," a government spokesman said in a statement. "Those already there should pay attention to announcements by local authorities, attend to their personal safety and avoid areas affected by the explosion." Two Hong Kong residents were among those killed, according to Thai police. The China National Tourism Administration ordered its Singapore office, which is tasked with handling tourism matters in Southeast Asia, "to assist the injured in their medical treatment" and called on tour guides to remain alert and help Chinese tourists avert danger. Australian officials advised their citizens to exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand but stopped short of changing the level of advice issued to travellers. During a parliamentary address, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged his fellow citizens to not be intimidated by extremism. In Manila, the foreign ministry advised Filipinos in Bangkok "to remain calm and to observe necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety". Singapore also urged its citizens in Bangkok "to take the necessary safety precautions". (Source: The Nation)


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Another bomb, no casualties

Posted by hasekamp on 18 August 2015 at 12:28 PM
On Tuesday around 12.00 hours a bomb was thrown from the Taksin Bridge near the Sathorn pier into the Sathorn Canal linking the Chao Phraya River, causing a loud explosion that injured no one. Police said the explosion happened at 12:59 pm Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri, spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police, said the bomb contained parts similar to those found at Ratchaprasong intersection. (Source: The Nation)


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BREAKING: Bomb exploded in Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 17 August 2015 at 16:39 PM
In the very center of Bangkok, on Ratchaprasong Intersection, very close to the Erawan Shrine and the Erawan Hotel, a bomb has exploded shortly ago. According to the first reports from the area the bomb was a motorcycle bomb. The number of deaths seems to be twelve, and dozens are wounded. There are as yet not many details. The intentions of the killer(s) has not yet been mentioned. Among the dead and wounded are several tourists, this being one of the top touristically interesting neighbourhood. BBC News and other international media are keeping readers informed through a live blog. (Sources: Several international media)UPDATE: The death toll mentioned now is 27, and the number of wounded (mainly tourists) now mentioned is 80. There seem to have exploded two bombs. The first pictures show the damaged gate of the Erawan Shrine. Thai papers are starting to publish about this too, but International media have more details so far.SECOND UPDATE: The government fears that more bomb attacks might occur in Bangkok. It is still uncertain who is/are behind this attack.THIRD UPDATE: In the night (Thai time) the number of dead was said to be 17, and the number of wounded was said to be 120. The government published its supposition that followers of Thaksin were behind the attack. We have our doubts about this supposition, because the attack was obviously aimed at the Thai economy. It does not seem logical that Thaksin followers want to hit the Thai economy, because they are highly dependent on it.


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Turk caught with 99 fake ATM cards

Posted by hasekamp on 15 August 2015 at 14:06 PM
Krabi Police arrested a Turkish tourist and a Thai woman for the possession of 99 fake ATM cards in Krabi Town yesterday. Teke Onur Mustarfa, 36, and Kanitha Saramee, 45, have both denied the charges of making and using fake bank cards. "We received a tip-off from Siam Commercial Bank about suspicious withdrawals," Krabi Provincial Police Deputy Commander Boontawee Toraksa said last night. "We then reviewed CCTV from a number of locations where the withdrawals were made. Eventually, we were able to identify the suspects and the licence plate of the car being used. The vehicle the pair were arrested in had a licence plate matching the one seen on the CCTV. The two suspects were staying in the Koh Lanta district since Thursday and are believed to have already made a number of withdrawals using fake bank cards. Also in the couple's possession was about 240,000 baht in cash, explained Col Boontawee. "We are doing our best to figure out exactly how much they stole," Col Boontawee said. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Improving the country's image

Posted by hasekamp on 15 August 2015 at 14:00 PM
THE NATIONAL Legislative Assembly is considering attempts to improve the country's image through "quality tourism" strategies and further engaging international agencies to show that Thailand is transitioning to a democratic government. "We have been through a number of crises including political conflicts, natural disasters - floods and droughts - and the global economic slowdown, but Thailand remains one of world's [most popular] tourist destinations because we have many things to offer," NLA member Pilaipan Sombutsiri said yesterday. "For example, luxury hotels with affordable prices, delicious food and fresh fruit, culture and entertainment activities." She said the country needed an integrated national public relations campaign to enhance its image in the global community. She raised this issue at the opening of a seminar organised by the NLA to discuss Thailand's image by providing a brainstorming platform for experts in tourism, social security and international affairs. Another NLA member, Sakthip Krairiksh, said public relations campaigns must reflect national interests in a constructive way. (Source: The Nation)


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How to control the media?

Posted by hasekamp on 15 August 2015 at 13:57 PM
A PROFESSIONAL body to regulate the media under the name "National Mass Media Council" is not the way to oversee the media according to concepts of the draft law on the protection of media rights and freedom, promoting ethical conduct, and standards of the profession, panellists said at a public seminar on Thursday. A "People's Council" would be a better solution to help monitor the mass media, panellists said at the seminar, titled "Drama in Thai Media and Media Reform Journey, in the Era of Return Happiness to People". The event was hosted by the Thai Media Policy Centre at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of communication arts. Vanchai Tantivitayapitak, deputy director of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS), said his view might not represent his organisation's stance. He said the mass media did not exist today, as the industry was continually becoming niche media, so it could not have a professional body to regulate it. "Consumers would counterbalance the media, not the media [governing] themselves. The world is more complicated [now], so [the media] have diversified and are more niche," Vanchai said. Manop Yaemutai agreed that the concept of a People's Council would help people to be more media literate. (Source: The Nation)


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Gibbon touts are back

Posted by hasekamp on 11 August 2015 at 11:03 AM
Dressed up gibbons were spotted being touted day and night on Phi Phi island last weekend. However, police and national park officers confirmed to the Phuket Gazette that they were unaware that the practice of charging tourists to take pictures with the protected species was continuing in the small party town of Ton Sai. The situation was brought to officials attention after the Gazette passed on a reader's photos to local officers. "We have done our best to take care of this issue. Within the last three months, we have made arrests in two cases that involved the illegal ownership and abuse of protected species, such as slow lorises and gibbons," Phi Phi National Park Assistant Manager Boonname Chauyradom told the Gazette today. "We appreciate the concerned person supplying us with the photos, as we can now locate where the animal touts are conducting their business." The photos presented to officers show touts showcasing the protected species to Russian and Chinese visitors along the boardwalk, about 200 meters from the police station, but out of direct sight of officers. Though no photographic evidence supported the claim, the Phi Phi tourist, who declined to be named, also said that he had seen the touts working at night in the heart of the 'backpacker bar' area. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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King recovering from water in the brain

Posted by hasekamp on 11 August 2015 at 10:22 AM
His Majesty's condition from hydrocephalus and chest inflammation has improved, the Royal Household Bureau announced on Monday night. In its 14th announcement on the King's health, the bureau said that after an extensive medical checkup earlier in the year, the doctors learned that His Majesty had developed hydrocephalus, or an abnormal accumulation of water in the brain. During his stay at the hospital, His Majesty was also found to occasionally have high fever, phlegm and palpitation -- symptoms that were later diagnosed as lung inflammation. Doctors treated this condition by providing His Majesty with physical therapy and medication to help clear the lungs, and even provided him with oxygen at times. After conducting extensive checks, including intracardiac electrogram, the doctors later learned that the treatment was a success and His Majesty's heartbeat had returned to normal and inflammation cleared. A brain scan this month also showed that the hydrocephalus condition had cleared, the bureau added. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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30 years jail for offending the Monarchy

Posted by hasekamp on 7 August 2015 at 12:00 PM
A Thai military court sentenced a man to 30 years in jail Friday for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the country's revered monarchy.The defendant pleaded guilty to posting six messages on Facebook that contravened Thailand's strict lese-majesty laws. "It is the longest sentence handed out for such a case," said Poonsuk Poonsukcharoen from advocacy group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. The ruling junta have used military courts to prosecute lese-majesty cases as the army considers the matter to be one of national security, Poonsuk said. She added that a military court was likely to hand out harsher sentences than its civilian counterpart for such crimes. (Source: The Nation)


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Tattoos not to be banned at educational institutions

Posted by hasekamp on 7 August 2015 at 11:57 AM
The Ministry of Education has urged the Association of Private Technological and Vocational Educational Colleges of Thailand not to ban students with wide ear-piercings and tattoos from enrolling in the next academic year. The ban could affect a student's right to receive an education, Kamchorn Tatiyakawee, the education permanent secretary, said Thursday. Association chairman, Jompong Mongkolvanich, announced on Wednesday that about 200 public vocational schools under its supervision will not accept applications from students with tattoos or pierced ears in the 2016 academic year because they are prone to committing anti-social behaviour and violence. He also said association colleges will compile a blacklist to share among themselves to ban students previously expelled from colleges for carrying weapons or possessing illegal drugs. Stricter policies would also be enforced concerning students' hairdos and uniforms. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Their Majesties donate for Myanmar

Posted by hasekamp on 7 August 2015 at 11:31 AM
Their Majesties the King and Queen have donated Bt5 million to Myanmar flood victims as the death tolls from landslides rose to 74. The Royal Rajaprajanugroh Foundation has been instructed to provide the fund to the Thai government in a bid to extend further assistance to the neighbouring country. The government has earlier donated five million baht in aid to flood stricken Myanmar. The death toll in Myanmar from the floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rain has risen to 74 and affected more than 330,000 people. Myanmar authorities have called on the citizens to leave low-lying areas as the Irrawaddy River threatens to breach embankments. (Source: The Nation)


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Princess honoured by WIPO

Posted by hasekamp on 4 August 2015 at 16:27 PM
THE WORLD Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has honoured Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn with a debut award in celebration of the sustainable development created by her creative works. The WIPO Award for Creative Excellence will be presented by Francis Gurry, director general of WIPO, who will be granted an audience with the Princess on August 27, said Commerce Minister Chatchai Sarikalya. Gurry said in a statement that the Princess has been a champion of creativity and intellectual property across a wide domain. "HRH is the author of 350 creative works, poetry, writings, prose and illustrations. HRH also has been a champion of the protection of traditional knowledge," he said. She created the trademark "Phu Fa", which is very successfully displayed on products at Phu Fa shops, he said. "She also promotes the protection of geographical indications, having encouraged the registration of Mlabri kit bags, which work in favour of the nomadic tribe in the north of Thailand to earn extra income from their crafts," he said. Gurry said Princess Sirindhorn has been a champion of the preservation of genetic resources, having established in 1992 the Plant Genetic Conservation project. "So, we see HRH's contribution across a very wide and diverse range of creative activities," he said. (Source: The Nation)


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Human trafficking gang

Posted by hasekamp on 4 August 2015 at 16:20 PM
FIVE THAIS suspected of being members of a transnational gang that forced Thai women into prostitution in China by promising "hooter girl" jobs have been arrested after four victims filed police complaints. Pol General Somyot Pumpanmuang, national police chief, said Tuesday that police were looking for four other suspects and probably more, mostly foreigners. The gang was believed to have operated since 2012 promising women jobs in China, Malaysia and Singapore. The five were Sunatta Oopkaew, 32, who was nabbed in Samut Sakhon; Inthu-on Polpanchu, 25, and Pradit Thadee, 25, both caught in Bangkok; Srilakhon Thongkhao, 39, in Samut Prakan; and Jittanan Sithichai, 31, in Phuket. Police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said this was one of the 34 human-trafficking gangs that Thailand presented in its update to the United States' "Trafficking in Persons" report. (Source: The Nation)


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Making false ID cards

Posted by hasekamp on 4 August 2015 at 16:14 PM
Police are investigating 15 people, mostly foreigners, for allegedly falsifying or using national identification cards bearing the names of dead people. Mr Sarawut Somsri, deputy chief of Ban Khok, filed a complaint with local police last month, seeking criminal action against five alleged Thais ID forgers and 11 foreign customers. The petition was filed after officials at a district registry office found a gang produced bogus iDs for 11 non-Thais two years ago by using names of deceased people that have not been cleared from civil-registration systems. Each forged document cost 200,000 baht. The 16 individuals included 11 foreigners who received counterfeit Thai ID cards and five Thais, one of them a district official whose work does not involve civil registration. Other Thais included three living outside Ban Khok and a local monk who acted as a document endorser. The Uttaradir provincial court issued arrest warrants for the 16 on July 15 on charges of reporting false information to government officials and applying for national IDs without citizenship using false evidence. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Back after vacation

Posted by hasekamp on 4 August 2015 at 16:11 PM
During my vacation no messages were posted. From now on the service is back as usual.Webmaster


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