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PM instructs ministers to clarify allegations

BANGKOK, 28 November (NNT) - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra convened a meeting with her cabinet members, instructing them to clarify any corruption allegations raised during the no-confidence debate.

Transport Minister Chatchart Sitthipan told the press that the prime minister instructed all ministers, particularly those targeted in the censure debate to study the information presented by the opposition and clarify the allegations to the public via various channels.

According to the minister, Ms Yingluck said that the three-day no-confidence debate was very constructive, and the government must learn from it to improve the operation. She also stressed that there must be no corruption in her administration.

Meanwhile, Opposition Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said he is satisfied with the performance of the opposition in the censure debate although the government could survive the no-confidence vote. He hoped that the society will be benefited from the information presented by the opposition.

Mr Abhisit also said that the opposition will submit information related to improprieties in the government to Senate Speaker Nikom Wairachpanich and have it forwarded to the National Anti Corruption Commission or other agencies for further investigation accordingly.

By RADIO THAILAND & INSIGHT INFO


Police swoop nets Iranians with crystal meth in Chonburi

CHONBURI, Nov 30 – Three Iranians with Bt300 million in methamphetamines were arrested in this eastern Thai seaboard province, police reported.

Police raided a luxury home in Banglamung district and nabbed two suspects, identified as Mohammad Mehdi Manaei, 28, and Behtd Gharhyoz, 25, on Thursday.

Information they gave during police investigation led to the arrest of their companion, Ali Behnam Asadollahi, 20, later in the day.

Police seized two vehicles and 18.5kg of crystal meth (ice), reactant chemicals including methamphetamine, nail polish liquid, pseudoephedrine and ‘ice’ producing equipment.

Four days before the swoop, anti-narcotics police apprehended an Iranian with a large amount of liquid ice, which led to the major arrest of the three more suspects Thursday.

Police said Mr Asadollahi, a chemist, produced the drugs, while the others distributed them, mainly to Thai people. Raw materials were imported from abroad.

It was one of the biggest raids in Thailand, police said. They believed four other fugitives implicated in the case remain in Thailand.

Later in the day, police searched a warehouse in Nong Prue subdistrict and found 20 large air pumps and white powder in several ceramic tubes, believed to be a drug-related reactant.

The warehouse has been rented to a foreigner for nearly a year, police reported. (MCOT online news)


Students oppose alcohol near schools

BANGKOK, 29 November (NNT) - A student prohibitionist group has pressed for the Ministry of Education to draw up and enforce new measures to ban any sale of alcohol near schools.

About 30 members of the new Juvenile Network for Preventing Young People from Becoming New Drinkers submitted a letter to Education Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana yesterday, demanding action be taken quickly on three issues.

The group wanted the education and public health ministries to work together to draw up proactive measures to ban or control the sale of alcohol in areas around schools and universities, and to show tangible results quickly.

The group suggested that regulations be drawn to ban all forms of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities by alcohol-producing firms in academic institutions and agencies under them, including any sponsorship of school activities. They further called on academic institutions to organize campaigns stressing the adverse effects of alcohol consumption and related laws.

The network did not set any conditions for compliance from the state but have urged it in the best interests of the public.

By RADIO THAILAND & INSIGHT INFO


Pattani schools resume classes Monday under tighter security Share on facebook

PATTANI, Nov 30 – Embattled state schools in this southern province, closed for a week after the murder of a school principal last Friday, will reopen Monday after an official promise of heightened security for teachers.

Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanich, accompanied by senior military and police officers, met with teachers, school managers and representatives of the Confederation for Teachers in Southern Border Provinces at a school here on Thursday after attending the cremation of Nanthana Kaewchan, principal of Ban Tha Kamcham School in Nong Chik District.

More than 300 government schools in Pattani have been closed since Monday.

The one-hour meeting concluded with the authorities’ promising to provide better protection to teachers and respond to teachers’ demands, first proposed to the government in 2010, calling for better welfare for teachers and other education workers.

Pattani Governor Pramook Lamoon said the meeting agreed to encourage community participation in school activities and to boost security for teachers’ during their commutes routes.

The deputy education minister also inspected Ban Bang Maruad School in Panare district, which was burned late Wednesday night. (MCOT online news)


International Court: More study needed on Thailand and ICC jurisdiction

BANGKOK, Nov 30 – The Foreign Ministry and other government agencies did not reach agreement on the ministry’s move to endorse the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) over legal disputes in Thailand.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovijakchaikul discussed the issue on Thursday with representatives from the Justice Ministry, the Council of State, the Department of Special Investigation and the Office of the Attorney General.

The meeting agreed to forward the proposal to the 18-member Statute of the International Criminal Court Committee (SICCC), set up by the cabinet in 1999, for further study.

The director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs was assigned to coordinate with the SICCC.

When a resolution is achieved, it will be decided if the Foreign Ministry or the Justice Ministry is authorised to submit the issue to the cabinet for approval, said Mr Surapong.

He said the meeting agreed that Thai laws on extradition, criminal cooperation, prisoner transfer, and privilege and immunity must be amended to cover the ICC-stipulated offences.

Concerns from different quarters on the ICC jurisdiction will be discussed by the SICCC, he concluded. (MCOT online news)
 


No court ruling on bail for Red Shirt MPs

BANGKOK, Nov 29 – Thailand’s Criminal Court did not give its ruling today on a petition to revoke bail for five Pheu Thai MPs on terrorism charges.

The five Red Shirt activists are protected by parliamentary immunity, but the parliamentary session ended yesterday.

The five include deputy commerce minister Nattawut Saikua, Karun Hosakul, Weng Tochirakarn, Wiputalang Pattanapumtai and Korkaew Pikunthong.

Mr Karun’s parliamentary status was disqualified by the Election Commission, pending a final verdict by the Supreme Court.

A Democrat MP earlier sought the Criminal Court’s order to revoke bail for the five MPs, charging them with criticising Constitution Court judges—a violation of their terms of bail.

Mr Nattawut told the Criminal Court that, while he was released on bail, his political activity was in accord with the democratic system and rallies of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) which he joined were without any weapons. He said he did not go on stage during the rallies.

Mr Karun admitted that he led a group of people to dismantle anti-flood big bags during the 2010 floods in Bangkok but it was meant to help people in getting their rehabilitation payments and he did not violate conditions set by the court.

Dr Weng told the court that his public address during a UDD demonstration was an exercise of his political right in a democratic system. He said his disclosure of Constitution Court judges’ telephone numbers was not made during the demonstration.

Mr Wiputalang said his political views were in line with the democratic system and that he knew nothing about the disclosure of the Constitution Court’s information which was made by Red Shirt activist Yossawaris Chuklom, known for his professional name as a comedian, Jeng Dokjik. He also denied any knowledge of a statement against the Constitution Court made by Mr Korkaew.

Mr Korkaew said he had no conflict with the Constitution Court. But the Criminal Court judge informed Mr Korkaew that the Constitution Court had submitted a petition and a recording, a VCD, confirming his threat (against the Constitution Court).

After their testimonies, the court allowed them to leave without any judgment, saying an additional hearing for Mr Korkaew would be needed.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court called a hearing of 24 UDD suspects on terrorism charges today but only 23 of them appeared.

Arisman Pongruangrong, one of the 24 suspects, submitted a request for his absence through his lawyer, saying he was receiving medical treatment at a hospital.

The court set Dec 13 for the next hearing. (MCOT online news)


Press associations urge probe of media violations during protest

BANGKOK, Nov 29 - Thailand's press associations on Thursday asked the Senate rights committee to probe the alleged police violations of media rights and liberty in their operations during last weekend's anti-government rally which injured three cameramen.

Chavarong Limpattamapanee, president of the Thai Journalists Association, and Visut Komwatcharapong, president of the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association submitted a letter of complaint to Tuang Unthachai, chairman of the Senate Committee on Human Rights, Rights and Liberties and Consumer Protection, urging the committee to investigate police operations which they claimed had violated the media's rights while they were on duty to report the rally of the Pitak Siam group last Saturday.

Three cameramen were injured and detained by police during the operations, the media association presidents said, adding that the action is considered as obstructing and threatening the media crew who are duty-bound to report facts to the public.

Mr Tuang said the committee will invite concerned officials to clarify the issue.

He also noted that the Internal Security Act should not have been used to maintain law and order during Saturday’s rally as the Constitution Court had ruled that the Pitak Siam rally was not aiming to topple the constitutional monarchy. (MCOT online news)


Bruda whale carcass found in Chumphon

CHUMPHON, Nov 29 – The carcass of a Bruda whale, weighing an estimated 20 tonnes, was found on the shoreline of this southern province near King Mongkut's Institute of Technology (KMIT) Ladkrabang, Chumphon campus.

Atichart Inthongkam, a fisheries biologist from the Marine and Coastal Resources Research Centre for Central Gulf of Thailand, inspected the remains of the whale, which washed ashore in the bay in front of KMIT in Pathiu district.

Mr Atichart said that the whale was measured at 15 metres long and weighing around 20 tonnes.

The expert said he could not identify whether it was a male or female whale because the carcass was decomposing. He believed that it had died more than 10 days.

Mr Atichart said he has collected samples of its bones, flesh and skin for further analysis as the cause of death could not yet be identified.

The remains of the whale were buried at the shore to prevent the smell of the rotten body to annoy local residents. (MCOT online news)
 


Pink Line Muang Thong Thani link mulled

BANGKOK, 29 November (NNT) - A proposal has been put forward to extend the planned Pink Line MRT extension to Muang Thong Thani on Chaeng Wattana road, and for the establishment of a train maintenance facility in the area.

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) has begun negotiating with Bangkok Land PLC to implement the plan.

MRTA governor Yongsit Rojsrikul remarked that the plan would benefit the many commuters living in the area.

The maintenance facility has been slated for construction on a 30-rai plot with an investment of 1.5 billion baht. The building could potentially be a joint venture between the MRTA and Bangkok Land, which holds the deed to the plot.

The linkage to Muang Thong Thani would add an extra 200-thousand passengers to the estimated daily load of the Pink Line.

By RADIO THAILAND & INSIGHT INFO


The 7th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress

The 7th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress, a major gathering of scientists in Thailand, will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok from November 29 to December 3.

Organized by the Chulabhorn Research Institute, the five-day congress focuses on the theme “Cancer: From Basic Research to Cure.”

Professor Dr. Her Royal Princess Chulabhorn, the President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute will preside over the opening ceremony at 4:40 p.m. on Thursday, 29 November. On this occasion, Her Royal Highness will give a keynote address on the topic "Environmental and life-style factors contributing to cancer incidence in Asia."

At this congress, Professor John Michael Bishop, one of the Nobel Prize winning scientists, will give a lecture on “Cancer: The genomic era arrives.” The congress program also includes plenary lectures, symposia, and poster presentations.

Realizing that cancer is a global issue that affects everyone, either directly or indirectly, and that it is now the leading cause of death in both the developed and developing world, Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has deemed it important to focus on the issue of cancer at the 7th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress.

The congress serves as a forum for presenting the latest developments in all areas of cancer research, including cancer etiology and molecular mechanisms, strategies for cancer prevention, early detection and diagnosis, as well as therapeutic interventions, all of which are crucial in the battle to overcome cancer.

It is said that more people die from cancer than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and the death toll is set to rise dramatically over the coming decades. It has been predicted that over the next 10 years, as many as 84 million people will die of cancer and more than 70 percent of them will be in the developing world.

Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress Program was initiated by Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn to provide a forum for the exchange of the latest information and the most recent advances in research among the international scientific community. Under this program, international congresses on selected topics in science and technology are organized every 4 to 5 years.

The seventh congress is being held to pay tribute to His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 84th birthday anniversary in 2011 and to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 80th birthday anniversary in 2012. Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, Chairperson of the National Organizing Committee for the Congress, is the youngest daughter of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

By RADIO THAILAND


Thailand, US sign MoU on trilateral cooperation

BANGKOK, Nov 28 – The Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) and the United States Agency for International Development/Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Trilateral Cooperation.

The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by TICA Director General Piroon Laismit and USAID/RDMA Mission Director Michael Yates.

According to the ministry's statement, Thailand has had a long collaboration with the US on technical cooperation in various fields through USAID.

The formal USAID programme ended in 1995. However, there are a number of targeted assistance programmes which continue in areas of mutually defined importance, including: health and HIV/AIDS programme; refugee assistance; and trafficking in persons through USAID’s regional development programme.

Currently both countries will expand their cooperation to the joint partnership for sustainable development for developing countries in the Southeast Asian region, which is reflected in the depth and diversity of cooperation of the pact.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and US President Barack Obama met on November 18 at Government House in Bangkok, on the eve of the anniversary of 180 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and the United States, when the two leaders welcomed the signing of the MoU on Trilateral Cooperation between TICA and USAID/RDMA to support human resources development in the region.

This collaboration will support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Busan Declaration, based on mutual interest such as health, environment, agriculture and food security, trade, policy reforms and capacity building, made through TICA, USAID/RDMA and Thai authorities concerned. (MCOT online news)


Watchdog group seeks removal of PM, cabinet members

BANGKOK, Nov 29 – The National Anti-Corruption Network (NACN) today launched a fresh attempt to remove Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and prominent cabinet members from the country’s administration for allegedly facilitating irregularities in the rice pledging scheme.

Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, secretary-general of the National Anti-Corruption Network (NACN), petitioned the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), charging widespread corruption in the implementation of the highly-criticised scheme.

Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong and Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom were included in the removal list.

Mr Mongkolkit said the NACN has sufficient evidence that implicated politicians’ associates in the irregularities. He asked the NACC to investigate transparency in the rice pledging scheme and the unusual monetary movement of senior civil servants involved in the scheme.

He also asked the graft-busting agency to forward the petition to the Supreme Court Criminal Division for Political Position Holders and the Senate for consideration whether there are grounds to launch an impeachment against the premier and her two key ministers. (MCOT online news)


Senate says ICC jurisdiction will harm Thailand

BANGKOK, Nov 29 – The Senate’s committee on foreign affairs has strongly opposed a move by the Thai Foreign Ministry to endorse the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) over legal disputes in Thailand.

The Foreign Ministry is scheduled to bring up the issue for discussion today.

Committee chairman Pikulkaew Krairiksh, a senator from Phitsanulok, said the ICC jurisdiction will subject Thailand to ICC intervention on legal cases.

Prior to an endorsement, related Thai laws must be amended and approved by the government as stipulated in Section 190 of the constitution, she said, adding that Thailand will be bound by the jurisdiction even though the endorsement is unilaterally done by the Foreign Ministry.

All quarters in Thailand including the head of state will have to bow to the ICC jurisdiction and verdict if the Foreign Ministry decides to endorse it, she explained.

She added that the Senate’s committee on foreign affairs was concerned that the move, if approved, will jeopardise the country’s security and judicial system, and may contribute to conflicts in the country.

Senator Somchai Sawangkarn said he will seek the Constitution Court’s verdict on the controversy if the government fails to submit it to Parliament for deliberations as required by Section 190 of the constitution. (MCOT online news)


Space Krenovation Park launched for geo-informatics, space technology development

CHONBURI, Nov 29 – Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) has launched a Space Krenovation Park (SKP) at the Thaichote Satellite Control Station in Sriracha district to further develop the country’s geo-informatics and space technology.

GISTDA director Dr Anond Snidvongs said the opening ceremony of Space Krenovation Park included an agreement signing to forge alliances with Thai and foreign geo-informatics and space technology entrepreneurs.

He said SKP was set up to also support related research, develop innovation, and add value to products in related businesses such as spare parts for space missions, batteries, mapping, high resolution satellite images, as well as developing the potential of geo-informatics and space technology under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The Space Krenovation Park comprises seven main parts including satellite control unit, geo-informatics centre at ASEAN level, giving knowledge to prospective entrepreneurs keen to join the business, and renting space to private sector agencies wishing to do research on product development. (MCOT online news)


Free underground ride for fathers on King’s birthday

BANGKOK, Nov 29 - The Bangkok Metro Company Limited (BMCL), the underground train operator, is offering a free ride for fathers on His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday, which Thailand celebrates also as Father’s Day.

Chartchai Praditpong, BMCL corporate relations director, said the company will offer a free ride for fathers on Father’s Day to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday on December 5.

The free ride campaign is to pay homage to the King and his great contributions to the country as well as to foster family relationships, he added.

To receive free ride coupons at all ticket counters, a father and son or daughter are required to travel together from and to the same stations.

Children who are less than 90 centimetres tall are eligible for a free ride as well. (MCOT online news)


Chaing Mai sees lively Loy Krathong festival

CHIANG MAI, Nov 28 - The Loy Krathong festival in this northern province is distinctive due to Lanna northern-style lantern contests and other activities to be held in the evening.

Chiang Mai mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn joined the ceremony to worship at a spirit house asking forgiveness from the River Goddess, part of the annual Loy Krathong and Yipeng celebrations.

Giant lantern contests were held this morning at many temples in the province as well as in Chiang Mai municipality.

Lanterns in many shapes were submitted by competing organizations and agencies to contest the festive event.

Some lanterns are as high as the three-story building.

The lantern launching time was given to the Chiang Mai Air Traffic Control Centre and Chiang Mai Airport to maintain flight security so that there would be no floating objects wandering into aircraft flight paths.

Tonight a contest of small loy krathong vessels will be held along with a fireworks display and other activities. (MCOT online news)


Floods hit Samui

SURAT THANI, 27 November 2012 (NNT) - Authorities on Koh Samui of Surat Thani province have been ordered to stay alert around the clock after a downpour flooded many parts of the island yesterday.

Samui district chief Prasert Jitmung, urged officials to remain vigilant and be prepared to help people escape rising waters. Many areas on the island were inundated, some of them by up to 30 centimeters, after rains hit the island early yesterday. Officials prevented floods on key roads in popular tourist areas but most of the island has succumbed to flooding.

The Meteorological Department has warned of continued heavy rain throughout the Eastern and Southern region until tomorrow. Prasert said ferry services between Samui and the mainland have not been disrupted but urged operators to closely monitor weather forecasts as reports have warned of surges as high as 2 meters.


Troubled southern schools to reopen Friday

PATTANI, Nov 28 - More than 300 schools in this violence-plagued province in Thailand's deep South, closed since Monday following the murder of a school principal, will reopen Friday.

Pattani Governor Pramuk Lamun said classes in the 332 state-run schools will resume one day after the royally-sponsored cremation of Nanthana Kaewchan, principal of Ban Tha Kamcham School in Nong Chik district of Pattani. The teachers earlier announced their decision to boycott teaching unless the government improves security for them.

The Confederation of Teachers of Southern Region said teachers will return to classes on Friday to avoid pressure and criticism by parents, but the members called for sympathy to teachers who have been targets of repeated attacks.

Mr Pramook said the authorities have identified the suspects involved in Ms Nanthana’s death and they are collecting further evidence in order to issue an arrest warrant.

The shell casings are similar to those found in a shootout in Pattani's Kok Pho and Nong Chik districts, he said. (MCOT online news)


PM, 3 ministers, sail through censure debate

BANGKOK, Nov 28 - Thailand's House of Representatives today upheld Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and three cabinet members after a heated no-confidence debate, which started Sunday and ended late last night, spearheaded by the opposition Democrat Party.

While the prime minister was sustained, her subordinates received less support from Parliament.

Ms Yingluck received 308 votes in support of her performance, against 159 votes to censure, while her deputy, Chalerm Yubumrung, passed with a vote of 287 to 157, with 25 abstentions and 11 MPs expressed no decision.

Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat and Deputy Interior Minister Chat Kuladilok were each given 284 votes of confidence.

ACM Sukumpol received 160 no confidence votes, 25 abstentions and 11 remained silent, while Pol Lt-Gen Chat was given 182 no confidence votes, five abstentions and 10 remained silent.

The Thai Parliament’s electronic voting system has three categories with buttons for ‘Yea’, ‘Nay’ and ‘Abstention’. In practice there is a fourth category in which members of parliament are present in the house but do not press any of the three buttons, and express no verbal statement, sometimes described as ‘silent’ votes.

The constitution stipulates that the opposition needs at least half of the total 500 MPs to unseat a cabinet member. Currently, there are 493 MPs attending the House.

Supachai Jaisamut, deputy secretary general of the opposition Bhumjaithai Party, said the party’s 24 MPs voted in favour of the prime minister as they viewed that the Opposition's allegations against the premier had no substantial grounds.

The party MPs abstained from voting for deputy prime minister Chalerm and defence minister Sukumpol, Mr Supachai said, adding that the decision was to allow the country to move forward. The MPs however cast no-confidence votes for deputy interior minister Chat believing that the Democrats had strong evidence against the minister.

Mr Supachai stated that the party's vote should not be interpreted as a desire to join the Pheu Thai-led government.

House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont later announced that all four cabinet ministers received sufficient votes of confidence from the Lower House. (MCOT online news)


The 7th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress

The 7th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress, a major gathering of scientists in Thailand, will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok from November 29 to December 3.

Organized by the Chulabhorn Research Institute, the five-day congress focuses on the theme “Cancer: From Basic Research to Cure.”

Professor Dr. Her Royal Princess Chulabhorn, the President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute will preside over the opening ceremony at 4:40 p.m. on Thursday, 29 November. On this occasion, Her Royal Highness will give a keynote address on the topic "Environmental and life-style factors contributing to cancer incidence in Asia."

At this congress, Professor John Michael Bishop, one of the Nobel Prize winning scientists, will give a lecture on “Cancer: The genomic era arrives.” The congress program also includes plenary lectures, symposia, and poster presentations.

Realizing that cancer is a global issue that affects everyone, either directly or indirectly, and that it is now the leading cause of death in both the developed and developing world, Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has deemed it important to focus on the issue of cancer at the 7th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress.

The congress serves as a forum for presenting the latest developments in all areas of cancer research, including cancer etiology and molecular mechanisms, strategies for cancer prevention, early detection and diagnosis, as well as therapeutic interventions, all of which are crucial in the battle to overcome cancer.

It is said that more people die from cancer than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and the death toll is set to rise dramatically over the coming decades. It has been predicted that over the next 10 years, as many as 84 million people will die of cancer and more than 70 percent of them will be in the developing world.

Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress Program was initiated by Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn to provide a forum for the exchange of the latest information and the most recent advances in research among the international scientific community. Under this program, international congresses on selected topics in science and technology are organized every 4 to 5 years.

The seventh congress is being held to pay tribute to His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 84th birthday anniversary in 2011 and to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 80th birthday anniversary in 2012. Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, Chairperson of the National Organizing Committee for the Congress, is the youngest daughter of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand.


BMA to delay service for 2 new skytrain stations

BANGKOK, 27 November 2012 (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced that it has halted the opening of two new Bangkok Transit System (BTS) stations, following safety concerns from the stations’ own engineering company.

Bangkok Deputy Governor Teerachon Manomaipibul said the latest safety inspection of the Ponimit and Talad Plu stations, initially scheduled to be opened for trial service on December 5th by ICE engineering, has prompted further review of the stops.

Mr. Teerachon stated that in the name of commuter safety, the BMA decided to postpone the two stations’ opening until May of next year.

Construction at two other stations, Wutakard and Bangwa, is also expected to be completed by August of next year.
 


BMA alters work schedule

BANGKOK, 27 November 2012 (NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has instructed its offices to alter their work schedules in order to alleviate traffic congestion in the capital.

The Office of the BMA Permanent-Secretary yesterday circulated a memo to BMA agencies to acknowledge a cabinet resolution on means to resolve traffic jams in Bangkok during heavy rainfall. Agencies with water retention capacities have been asked to hold off on releasing water into ditches and public waterways near roads during heavy rain.

Agencies such as the Department of Drainage and Sewerage have also been instructed to re-arrange work schedules and personnel commutes in order to alleviate rush hour traffic during days of heavy rainfall.


Providing Disabled People with Greater Job Opportunities

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide employment opportunities for disabled persons, as part of the celebration of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Minister of Social Development and Human Security, Santi Promphat, signed the MOU with Big C Supercenter, which agreed to hire disabled persons to work at its store and food outlets.

Thailand joins the United Nations in observing the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 each year. The designated theme for the observance of the 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all." The day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life.

Minister Santi said that the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and the Disabilities Thailand are joining hands in organizing an event to mark the 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Challenger Hall, IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province on December 3.

He said that the Government is well aware of the importance of disabled persons and intends to develop and promote their rights and opportunities. For instance, he said, disabled persons have the right to have access to free medical care and education.

The Government has offered a monthly allowance of 500 baht to people with disabilities across Thailand. Various workplaces have been urged to provide facilities and services for disabled persons. A commitment has also been made to make public transport more accessible for disabled persons.

Thailand has enforced the Regulation on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities, which mandates public and private organizations to hire persons with disabilities in a ratio of one disabled person to every 100 regular employees. The Regulation on the Sign Language Service has also been enforced, which enables deaf people to ask for the service 24 hours a day for medical and health services, job applications, lodging complaints or other services.

Thailand has also benefited from the active leadership of persons with disabilities, such as Senator Monthian Buntan, who has been elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the term 2013-2016.


Censure debate zeroes in on corruption in flood spending

BANGKOK, Nov 27 – The Thai Parliament’s no-confidence debate, which entered its third day today, is expected to end by midnight as agreed by the government and the opposition.

Democrat MP Jurin Laksanavisit, chairman of the opposition coordination committee (and opposition whip), said today’s debate will concentrate on corruption in the Bt120 billion flood relief budget.

He said the opposition has, during the past two days, pinpointed the government’s failure in its administration of the country, particularly in the rice pledging scheme, and the government admitted the opposition’s allegations.

Udomdej Ratanasathien, chairman of the government coordination committee (who is also government whip), said the censure debate must end by midnight today.

“The opposition has 15 hours and the government seven hours for the debate. Both sides will have to talk less in order to end the three-day debate as earlier scheduled,” he said. (MCOT online news)


127 anti-government protesters released on bail

BANGKOK, Nov 27 – A total of 127 persons arrested Saturday at the protest against the government and charged with breaching the Internal Security Act (ISA) have been released on bail until Friday at the order of the Dusit District Court.

Crime Suppression police said the suspects, led by Kanes Homthaunlom, tried to break police barricades to join the anti-government rally led by retired Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, leader of the Pitak Siam group, at the Royal Plaza.

The 127 suspects were released earlier on a temporary basis after police interrogations. They did not appear in court on Monday.

Police testified that the government had enforced the ISA in Dusit, Phra Nakhon and Pomprab Satrupai districts—the areas where the rally was expected to occupy—since last Thursday but the 127 suspects defied police order and attempted to enter the demonstration site.

Police also charged Somsamai Nitaji of ramming a six-wheel truck into police and resisted the authorities’ arrest. (MCOT online news)


300,000 meth pills seized in Nakhon Phanom

NAKHON PHANOM, Nov 27 -- Nearly 300,000 meth pills were seized in baggage left on the banks of the Mekong River in this northeastern Thai province.

Border patrol police and Nakhon Phanom provincial police, in a joint operation, inspected the targeted routes of a drug trafficking ring after receiving information that a major lot of illicit drug would be delivered into the province.

During the operation, they have found a baggage filled with meth pills hidden on the Mekong River bank in the provincial seat. No one claimed ownership of the baggage.

The authorities searched the baggage and found 49 packages containing 294,000 meth pills.

This was the second time in three days that police seized meth pills in the same location. The police earlier found 305,600 meth pills at the site. The authorities believe that the same location had been used for drug deliveries repeatedly by the drug trafficking ring. (MCOT online news)


Gangnam Style’ carries Thai inmates to stage

BANGKOK, Nov 27 – Thai people laughed their heads off when a video clip of Thai sailors performing the globally-viral Gangnam Style dance went online a few months ago.

Before their tears of laughter dried up, the K-pop amusement craze encored to entertain Thai netizens—this time by the Thai police force.

Thailand’s sailors and police may have been quietly reprimanded for their inappropriate sense of humour, but the Corrections Department does not see it that way. It fully embraces the Korean hip-hop and introduces Gangnam dance style behind the prison walls.

Suchart Wong-ananchai, director general of the Corrections Department, smiled broadly as he presented awards to jail winners of the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance contest at the Bangkok Special Prison today.

Prisoners from seven zones under the supervision of the prison were invited to join the contest aimed at relieving prisoners’ stress and anxiety which frequently led to brawls behind bars.

Prisoners have been encouraged to exercise to enhance their physical fitness, he said, adding that the popular Gangnam Style dance is one of the most effective forms of physical exercise.

Mr Suchart will definitely be overjoyed if the South Korean music artist PSY can spare some time to train the contestants. Now that PSY is too busy preaching his pop music cult, Thailand’s prison warders are good enough at the new style to take over the training job. (MCOT online news)


Providing Disabled People with Greater Job Opportunities

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide employment opportunities for disabled persons, as part of the celebration of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Minister of Social Development and Human Security, Santi Promphat, signed the MOU with Big C Supercenter, which agreed to hire disabled persons to work at its store and food outlets.

Thailand joins the United Nations in observing the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 each year. The designated theme for the observance of the 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all." The day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life.

Minister Santi said that the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and the Disabilities Thailand are joining hands in organizing an event to mark the 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Challenger Hall, IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province on December 3.

He said that the Government is well aware of the importance of disabled persons and intends to develop and promote their rights and opportunities. For instance, he said, disabled persons have the right to have access to free medical care and education.

The Government has offered a monthly allowance of 500 baht to people with disabilities across Thailand. Various workplaces have been urged to provide facilities and services for disabled persons. A commitment has also been made to make public transport more accessible for disabled persons.

Thailand has enforced the Regulation on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities, which mandates public and private organizations to hire persons with disabilities in a ratio of one disabled person to every 100 regular employees. The Regulation on the Sign Language Service has also been enforced, which enables deaf people to ask for the service 24 hours a day for medical and health services, job applications, lodging complaints or other services.

Thailand has also benefited from the active leadership of persons with disabilities, such as Senator Monthian Buntan, who has been elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the term 2013-2016.


Youth forgetting how to communicate

BANGKOK, 25 November 2012 (NNT) -The Office of Higher Education Commission (Ohec) revealed that young people are having problems with interpersonal skills because instead of having face-to-face conversations, they are talking more via digital means.

Ohec deputy secretary general Arporn Kaenwong last week voiced concerns about the problem at the third National Student Higher Education Conference in Bangkok. She said that if students had started spending more time in extracurricular activities, then their interpersonal communication skills would have become more effective.

She also highlighted the need for young people to become more fluent in the English language to prepare for an increasingly globalized world and the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC).

At the same time, teachers should use a key performance indicator to take care of students in terms of study, extracurricular activities as well as morality. This would widen the vista for young people and prepare them for globalization.

BY RADIO THAILAND


King reviews royal projects progress at Chitrlada Palace

BANGKOK, Nov 27 -- His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej visited Chitralada Palace Monday to review progress of the projects he initiated as well as to visit the Royal Elephant Museum inside the compound.

His Majesty the King left Siriraj Hospital’s Chalermprakiat Building Monday afternoon at 3pm where he has been receiving nourishment to regain his strength since September 2009 when he was admitted with fever, fatigue and a lung inflammation.

The monarch appeared before the public with a happy face, sitting on a wheelchair and passing a large assemblage of well-wishers lining the way at Siriraj to catch a glimpse of him. They raised his portraits and chanted “Long Live the King.”

His Majesty the King spent the afternoon visiting his dairy farm and other places within the palace compound.

The dairy farm is one of his royally-initiated projects, and was set up in 1962 to select and improve dairy cattle breeds for Thailand as well as to promote dairy farming in the country.

After inspecting activities at the farm, he went to the Chitralada UHT milk processing plant which was set up in 2003 to make use of the oversupply of raw milk.

His Majesty the King visited the solar cell house where solar cells are installed on the rooftop to generate electricity.

After that he visited the Royal Elephant Museum, located in the palace compound.

The King viewed statues of royal elephants and spent time studying the history of the royal elephants that belonged to each previous king of the Chakri dynasty.

His Majesty the King was at Chitralada Palace for about two and one half hours before returning to Siriraj Hospital at 5.20pm. (MCOT online news)


Southeastern Thailand on alert for downpours

SONGKHLA, Nov 27 – Residents of the southern coastal provinces along the Gulf of Thailand from Prachuab Khiri Khan to Nakhon Si Thammarat have been warned of heavy rainfall and flashfloods through Wednesday.

Wanchai Udomchai, director of Thailand’s Southeastern Meteorological Centre, also advised fishermen to keep their fishing boats ashore as waves in the Gulf of Thailand could be as high as two metres.

Heavy downpours will hit many areas in Prachuab Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat, he said.

Chumphon Governor Pirasak Hinmuangkao has ordered a 24-hour alert and careful watch of the situation after receiving reports of a strong high pressure from China moving towards the Gulf of Thailand and the South.

It has rained in the southeastern coast since Monday and fishing boats have stayed idly near the shore. (MCOT online news)


Minister admits rice pledging scheme financial burden to government

BANGKOK, Nov 27 – Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom brushed aside an allegation that the rice pledging scheme has incurred a Bt20 billion loss to the government, but vowed to stop creating financial burdens for the state in the future.

In his clarification during the censure debate in the House of Representatives on Monday, he said he was unaware of a politician’s ownership of rice mills which joined the rice scheme.

He promised to investigate the opposition’s allegation and admitted that random checks at rice mills found cheating on weight and humidity measurements.

Mr Boonsong claimed that the government has given more transparency and clearer information on rice deals than the previous government.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalern Yubumrung, in his capacity as chairman of a committee investigating corruption in rice pledging, told lawmakers that the authorities found 81 corruption cases in which 123 people have been implicated.

Legal actions have been taken against 98 suspects while 25 are still at large, he said, adding that two cases are in court trials and 55 others remain under investigation.

Opposition Democrat MP Arkom Engchuan said some government agencies including the Anti-Corruption Commission have warned the government of malfeasance in the rice pledging scheme but the government chose to ignore them.

In Angthong province, he said, the Commerce Ministry assigned three rice mill operators to transport rice from Roi Et province and each rice mill was subjected to pay Bt2 million in exchange for the deal. (MCOT online news)


PM revokes Internal Security Act

BANGKOK, Nov 26 - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today signed an order revoking the Internal Security Act (ISA) imposed in three districts of Bangkok to maintain law and order during the anti-government protest of Pitak Siam group over the weekend.

Government spokesperson Tossaporn Serirak said the premier signed the order to end the imposition of the ISA in Phra Nakhon, Dusit and Pomprap Sattruephai districts beginning last Thursday through this Friday after the Pitak Siam staged the protest at the Royal Plaza last Saturday.

The rally ended within one day after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters who attempted to break a line of riot police officers blocking a street near the rally site.

The Public Health Ministry said 82 people were injured in the clashes, including 52 civilians.

The Pitak Siam leader Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit stood down as the protest’s leader immediately after taking the stage at Royal Plaza on Saturday evening to instruct demonstrators to disperse to avoid casualties. He said that the turnout was lower than he had expected.

Mr Tossaporn said that as concerned agencies could maintain order and the situation has returned to normal, the prime minister decided to revoke the special law, resulting in the ending of other related orders issued under the ISA and by the premier as well as the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order.

The ISA revocation takes effect today, according to the government spokesperson. (MCOT online news)


Thai PM compliments self on administrative performance

BANGKOK, Nov 26 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said today that Thailand’s economy has continued to revive despite internal conflicts which have hampered a number of national development projects.

She said that the waters of a number of dams and reservoirs almost overflowed when she took office in August last year while at the same time there was a shortage of equipment for fighting floods, compelling the government to allocate a Bt120 billion budget on an emergency basis to address the flood emergency.

Ms Yingluck was referring to last year’s massive floods which wreaked havoc on the country only a few months after she assumed premiership.

The premier was responding to an earlier statement by Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the opposition Democrat Party, in a censure debate against her and three cabinet members in the House of Representatives which entered its second day today.

Mr Abhisit said the premier failed in three areas --to control the prices of consumer goods, by increasing the prices of agricultural produce and solving the chronic problem in Thailand’s deep South.

He said the government’s rice-pledging scheme has caused severe damage to the country—an issue the prime minister could not ignore in her capacity as chair of the National Rice Policy Committee of Thailand.

The Democrat leader said the government’s buy-dear-sell-cheap rice scheme has caused Thailand an annual loss of up to Bt 244 billion and the country’s public debt will accumulate to 60 per cent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) if the scheme continues for seven years.

Explaining that the scheme was aimed at creating financial stability for farmers, the prime minister said Thailand’s rank as the world’s rice exporter has dropped to third place but the total revenue from rice export remains the highest in the world. (MCOT online news)
 


Pitak Siam leader absolutely abandons political activity

BANGKOK, Nov 26 – Retired Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, self-deposed leader of the Pitak Siam group, stood firm today that his decision to totally call it quits from political activity was his own choice.

He ruled out an allegation that he was paid by former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, now in exile abroad, to call off the anti-government rally in Bangkok on Saturday.

Gen Boonlert stood down as Pitak Siam leader immediately after he went on stage at the Royal Plaza on Saturday evening to instruct the demonstrators to disperse to avoid casualties. He admitted that the turnout was lower than expected while many were blocked by police from entering the rally site.

His disappointment was intensified by two rounds of tear gas attacks on protesters during the day.

He also announced his resignation as president of the Military Cadet Alumni Foundation, saying he was disillusioned with some army officers who earlier promised to support the rally but did nothing.

Looking back to the Saturday’s failed protest, Gen Boonlert said he made the crucial decision after learning that the demonstrators were numbered by policemen and they (demonstrators) could be killed or injured if they insisted on breaking the police barricade.

He said the Pitak Siam group will remain its existence to fight pending legal cases.

As for a report that Prasong Soonsiri, former secretary general of the National Security Council and anti-government activist, will assume the Pitak Siam leadership in organising a rally after Dec 10, Gen Boonlert told reporters to directly ask Sq Ldr Prasong.

“Gen Boonlert is dead. I don’t know what to do when the country is in the present state and laws are siding evils. I will absolute not join any rally,” he declared. (MCOT online news)


Opposition starts second day of grilling

BANGKOK, Nov 26 -- The opposition led by the Democrat party opened the second day of its censure debate on Monday after the first day of grilling ended at about 11pm last night.

On the second day, the focus is expected to be on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for alleged mismanagement of administration, the Bt300 minimum daily wage policy and the rice pledging scheme.

Under the no confidence motion, filed earlier by the opposition party, Ms Yingluck, her deputy Chalerm Yubumrung, Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat and Deputy Interior Minister Chat Kuldilok, also former deputy transport minister, were under scrutiny for mismanagement leading to corruption.

The motion also calls for the premier to be questioned for her failure to deliver results in accord with her policy statement earlier pledged to parliament.

The opposition started grilling the Yingluck administration Sunday in a three-day timeframe for the censure debate, and the no-confidence vote is set for Wednesday.

Ms Yingluck’s six-party ruling coalition holds about three-fifths of the seats in the lower house. (MCOT online news)
 


300 schools in Pattani close temporarily

PATTANI, Nov 26 - More than 300 schools in Pattani have closed temporarily since Thursday’s gunning down of a school director while similar moves have been urged in Yala and Narathiwat to pressure security agencies to beef up protection for teachers.

Boonsom Thongsriplai, chairman of the Teachers Confederation of the Three Southern Border Provinces, met representatives of primary school teachers in Pattani's Education Zone 1 today following the killing of Ms Nantana Kaewchan, 51, director of Tha Kamcham School in this southern border province last Thursday.

He said the teachers resolved to temporarily close 332 schools in the province.

The teachers will urge their peers in Yala and Narathiwat to take similar action to demand that security agencies improve teacher protection plan to prevent a repeat of deadly attack against teachers.

In November alone, two teachers were killed and another two were injured in insurgent attacks.

Pattani has seen 66 teachers killed and 46 wounded since the insurgency flared up eight years ago. (MCOT online news)


Myanmar migrant workers to receive Bt300 minimum wage: Thai Labour Ministry

BANGKOK, Nov 26 -- Myanmar migrant workers who have already passed the nationality verification process are entitled to receive Thailand’s Bt300 minimum wage, the same rate as Thai workers under Thai law, according to Vice Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Anusorn Kraiwatnussorn.

Mr Anusorn said after meeting with visiting Myanmar Deputy Minister for Labour Myint Thein that he told Myint Thein to inform the Myanmar workers who wanted to work legally in Thailand that they would definitely receive Bt300 minimum wage, the same rate as Thai workers.

He also asked the Myanmar deputy minister to consider opening additional border crossing points from the existing three ones to facilitate the return of Myanmar migrant workers who could not make it through the nationality verification process before the deadline on December 14.

Mr Myint Thein replied that, according to the information, there are some 2 million Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand. Among those, 1.2 million are legal workers whose status has been verified while there are some 300,000 workers who have not yet verified their nationality.

The minister said he believed the workers who were waiting for the verification process could not make it in time as the December 14 deadline nears, and they have to return to Myanmar.

According to ministry's figures, more that 565,000 Myanmar migrant workers have registered for nationality verification, more than 473,000 have been verified while nearly 92,000 are waiting to go through the procedure. (MCOT online news)


Drug smuggling suspects apprehended; 1 million meth pills seized

BANGKOK, Nov 26 - Three drug smuggling suspects were arrested today with one million of the gang’s stock of meth pills seized.

Narcotics Supression Bureau deputy commander in chief Pol Maj-Gen Surapol Tuantong announced at a news conference that the first suspect was identified as Worawut Chaihanij, 25, an alleged member of a drug ring in Bangkok's Klongprem Central Prison with one million meth pills seized. Mr Worawut was arrested at the Navanakorn Industrial Estate in Pathum Thani province while transporting the pills to Bangkok from Ratchaburi.

The second suspect was an Iranian identified as Mahmoud Pourjavadi, 56 apprehended in the capital with crystal meth pills (also called ice) contained in two wine bottles, weighing 1,300 grammes. The Thai police operation was in collaboration with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Thailand.

The third suspect was Saitarn Sae-lim, 39. Ms Saitarn was apprehended at Suvarnabhumi International Airport while she travelling to Thailand from India. Three kilos of ice, hidden in her baggage, were seized.

Gen Surapol said drug smuggling takes place regularly in the country. Drug rings have tried to modify their equipment to carry drugs as well as to develop more sophisticated drug-hiding methods to trick officials. (MCOT online news)


Three–day censure debate starts Sunday

BANGKOK, Nov 25 - The opposition started grilling the Yingluck Shinawatra administration Sunday in a three-day timeframe of the censure debate, as the no-confidence vote is set for Wednesday.

Ms Yingluck’s six-party ruling coalition holds about three-fifths of the seats in the lower house.

The opposition earlier lodged a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, her deputy Chalerm Yubumrung, Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat and Deputy Interior Minister Chat Kuldilok, also former deputy transport minister, for mismanagement leading to corruption.

Out of the whole 45 hours, the opposition has been given 30 hours to cross-examine the prime minister and three cabinet members, while the premier and the three ministers have altogether twelve hours to defend themselves. Three hours is set aside for possible lawmakers' protests during the debate.

Signed by 155 Democrats and two Rak Prathet Thai Party MPs, the motion calls for the premier to be questioned for mismanagement and for her failure to deliver results in accord with her policy statement earlier pledged to parliament. (MCOT online news)


Govt ready to revoke Internal Security Act

BANGKOK, Nov 25 - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has security agencies considering lifting the Internal Security Act (ISA), saying the government is ready to revoke it if the situation has returned to normal.

The ISA has been imposed from Nov 22-30 to cope with the rally of the anti-government Pitak Siam group which ended Saturday.

The law has been enforced in three capital districts -- Dusit, Phra Nakhon and Pom Prap Sattru Phai.

Meanwhile, Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, the National Police chief said he would propose to the prime minister Sunday to revoke the ISA.

Royal Thai Police spokesman Pol Maj Gen Piya Uthayo said 138 protesters were detained yesterday following the clash between the protesters and the police.

One was charged with insulting officials and three others were charged with carrying knifes and one used a combination radio without permission.

Out of the total number, 133 have been charged with breaching the ISA. After questioning, 137 people were released, the police spokesman said.

Regarding the injured in the Saturday’s skirmish, Dr Narong Sahamethapat, Permanent Secretary for Public Health said that the total number of the injured was 82, comprising 58 civilians, 23 police officers and one soldier.

The prime minister ordered the public health ministry to take care of the injured, as 66 people remain hospitalised. (MCOT online news)


Most anti-government protesters in police custody released

BANGKOK, Nov 25 – Most Pitak Siam protesters have been released from custody after 138 of them were detained in violation of the Internal Security Act during Saturday’s rally.

Only two protesters remain in the police custody at the Border Patrol Police Division, Region 1 in Pathum Thani, adjacent to the capital, while 136 were released.

The detention came after a clash between a group of protesters and the police as the protesters were trying to break to a concrete barricade and the police decided to use tear gas to control the crowd.

The total number of those injured was 68, including seven police officers in the skirmish during the Saturday’s rally, said Dr Phetchphong Kamthornkitjakarn from the Erawan Emergency Centre.

Most of them felt burning irritation in the eyes and face caused by tear gas as well as sustaining head injuries.

National police chief Adul Saengsingkaew, as director of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order concluded the situation via Thailand Television Pool after anti-government Pitak Siam group leader Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit called off the rally at the Royal Plaza around 5 pm yesterday.

The national police chief said the police had implemented international practices in handling the situation.

Tear gas was used as a group of protesters were trying to break through a concrete barrier erected on a road leading to the rally center at the Royal Plaza.

The barrier was set up to control access to a restricted area under the invocation of the Internal Security Act (ISA) while two other roads leading to the Royal Plaza were open to protesters.

Pol Gen Adul thanked the protest leader’s announcement to end the protest after around 50,000 protesters joined the rally, falling far short of the targeted attendance of one million protesters.

Gen Boonlert also said he decided to call off the rally in order to save protesters' lives. (MCOT online news)


National Blood Centre thanks blood donors; blood supplies now sufficient

BANGKOK, Nov 25 - The Thai Red Cross Society's National Blood Centre thanked all blood donors for their donations, as blood supplies are now sufficient for patients nationwide.

The Thai Red Cross Society had earlier announced that its National Blood Centre lacked supplies in all blood groups for patients, and asked the public for urgent blood donations. The volume of blood donated previously had declined to 1,200 units since early November, while the number of blood requests for patients in hospitals nationwide was as high as 5,000 units.

According to the National Blood Centre, 2,500 units of blood have been donated recently as targeted, resulting in 3,000 units of blood at the centre's blood reserve.

The centre encourages donors to donate blood once every three months for sufficient blood supplies for patients.

Those in good health without underlying diseases can increase the frequency of their donation from once to twice a year, or twice to three times a year.

Prospective donors can visit the centre directly in Bangkok's Henri Dunant Road on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 8 am to 4.30pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30am to 7pm, and on weekends and public holidays from 8.30am to 3.30pm, or call 0 2256 4300, 0 2263 9600-99 ext. 1101 for more information. (MCOT online news)


Public Health to set up more One Stop Crisis Centres to help fight violence against children, women

BANGKOK, Nov 25 - The Ministry of Public Health is planning to set up more One Stop Crisis Centres (OSCC) in all communities' hospitals nationwide by next year to help assist children and women victimised by violence.

Public Health officials and volunteers are to monitor situations for those likely to become victims of violence such as young girls and mentally or physically handicapped women.

The United Nations has designated November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Public Health Secretary-General Narong Sahametapat said Thailand has set up over 600 One Stop Crisis Centers (OSCC) nationwide to help deal with violence against children and women in the country.

The tendency for violence has clearly increased since 2006 where over 15,000 children and women were hurt or 43 persons/day.

In 2010, the figure rose to over 25,000 victims, or 70 persons/day and 3 persons/hour, of whom 51 percent were children and 49 percent women. Nine out of ten children victimised were female aged 10-15, followed by youth of 15-18 years old.

Sexual harassment came first at more than 9,300 people, followed by assaults at almost 3,000 persons, mostly committed by those in the same family or known and trusted by them.

According to the statistics, lovers mostly caused violence among couples, followed by friends. Reasons of violence came from circumstantial factors such as pornography and unexpected opportunities at home.

Meanwhile, violence against women was found mostly in those aged 25-45, followed by those aged 18-25. Physical violence occurred in more than 9,400 women while sexual assault happened to around 2,200 women, mainly due to jealousy. (MCOT online news)


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