Bail request for red-shirts who stormed Asean Summit | Bangkok Post: news

Red shirt protesters storm inside the Royal Cliff Resort in a bid to disrupt the Asean Summit in Pattaya in April 2009. (File photo by Sarot Meksophawannakul)CHON BURI - Key members of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) will next week seek bail for 13 colleagues jailed by the Appeal Court for storming the Asean Summit in Pattaya in 2009. UDD leaders Jatuporn Prompan, Nattawut Saikuar, Weng Tojirakarn, Tida Tavornseth and Korkaew Pikulthong visited the 13 people at the Pattaya Remand Prison for about 30 minutes on Wednesday. On March 21 the Appeal Court upheld the lower court's sentence of a four-year jail term each, without suspension, for the 13 red-shirts for leading protesters who forced their way into the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Hotel in Pattaya, where the 2009 Asean Summit was being held. The storming of the Asean Summit venue on April 11, 2009 in a protest against the Abhisit Vejjajiva government caused the evacuation of regional leaders and the postponement of the summit.

March 29, 2017 07:52 UTC

Airliner catches fire during landing in Peru | Bangkok Post: news

LIMA - A Boeing jet operated by Peruvian Airlines caught fire on Tuesday while landing at an airport near the Andean town of Jauja in central Peru after it swerved on the runway, but there were no serious injuries, a government minister said. A handout photo made available by the Peruvian National Police shows the site where a Peruvian Airlines plane landed and then burst into flames at the Francisco Carle Airport in Jauja, Peru, 28 March 2017. (Photo EPA/Peruvian National Police)Peruvian Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-300 jet drove off the runway for unspecified reasons during the scheduled landing, after swerving to the right. The fire likely started when the wing scraped the runway, Interior Minister Carlos Basombrio said. Television images showed a large cloud of black smoke streaming from an airliner in flames.

March 29, 2017 07:41 UTC

Rich vs. poor in education: Doomed to middle income trap? | Bangkok Post: learning

Poor vs. rich education gap is root problem in low national test scores & worldwide rankings, prioritize educating the poor is obvious but ignored solution. EDUCATION & ECONOMIC PROSPERITYRich vs. poor in education: Doomed to middle income trap? 28/03/2017Kornchanok Raksaseri & Prasit TangprasertThe average score for almost all subjects was below 50% in the latest Ordinary National Educational Test (O-Net) results. The poor test scores reflect Thailand's economic and social disparities, he added. The results also showed that students at large schools earned the highest average scores, while city kids did better than students in rural areas.

March 29, 2017 07:07 UTC

Ringgit trading slumps 70% offshore after central bank curbs | Bangkok Post: business

(Reuters file photo)Malaysia is succeeding in snuffing out currency speculation -- now it has to deal with the fallout. Offshore trading in ringgit non-deliverable forwards has dropped by about 70% since policy makers took steps in November to deter foreign banks from trading the contracts, according to EBS BrokerTec’s electronic-trading platform. “Some banks say they can hedge onshore for their clients for trade-related transactions.”Spurred by an uptick in ringgit volatility in the second half, Bank Negara Malaysia’s campaign is biting after local lenders were told not to facilitate currency transactions related to offshore ringgit market activities. After sliding to a 19-year low in January, the ringgit has clawed back, trading near a four-month high as swings abate. The central bank continues to provide liquidity to the ringgit market, which is still adjusting to the curbs, he said.

March 29, 2017 06:56 UTC

Fish poacher shot by police | Bangkok Post: news

According to Pol Lt Kachornsak, the driver of one of the boats, Mr Thien, raised the boat's long-tail propellor our of the water as they approached, threatening them with it. He fired his shotgun at the boat's engine, but the shot ricocheted and hit Mr Thien. He said Mr Thien was trying to escape and he acted in self defence. The poachers were from Pluak Sung village in tambon Phra Non of Muang district, Pol Lt Kachornsak said. Mr Thien was charged with fishing in a prohibited zone.

March 29, 2017 06:45 UTC

Villagers renovating long-abandoned temple | Bangkok Post: news

This ruined old temple in tambon Nong Kradon is being renovated for use as a meditation centre by people from nearby Ban Nasan. The temple and grounds occupy about 3 rai of land surrounded by ricefields. Villagers said the temple was once the religious centre of a big community. Members of the temple community moved away and set up new villages closer to main roads and public utilities, leaving the temple to decay and be overgrown by shubbery. The people of Ban Nasan first organised a tod pa pa ceremony to raise funds.

March 29, 2017 06:00 UTC

SET rises 0.83 to 1,577.55 points | Bangkok Post: business

The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index rose 0.83 points, or 0.05%, to close at 1,577.55 points today. Total trading value was 18.5 billion baht, with 3.8 billion shares changed hands. The SET50 index ended at 999.59 points, down 0.81 points or 0.08%, in trade worth 8.28 billion baht. The MAI index went up 2.86 points or 0.48%, to close at 595.19 points, with total transaction value of 1.47 billion baht.

March 29, 2017 06:00 UTC

Two inmates killed in Mexican prison riot | Bangkok Post: news

Riot policemen keep watch as smoke rises from inside the Cadereyta prison after a riot broke out at the prison, in Cadereyta, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico, on Monday. (Reuters photo)MEXICO CITY - Two inmates were killed and 13 injured during a prison riot in northern Mexico, the government of the state of Nuevo Leon said on Tuesday, the second fatal security breach within a week in the country's troubled prison system. On Monday, two guards and five prisoners were hurt after inmates blocked corridors in the facility with burning mattresses. On Friday, three inmates died in a prison riot in the neighbouring state of Tamaulipas after a jailbreak. In February 2016, 49 people were killed in a massive gang fight in the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey.

March 29, 2017 05:15 UTC

Vietnam economy losing steam in Q1 | Bangkok Post: news

(Reuters photo)HANOI - Vietnam’s economy expanded at a slower pace in the first quarter than the previous three months, the statistics agency said. Vietnam has outperformed most of its Southeast Asian peers as export growth remained resilient despite a slump in global trade that hit countries like Thailand and Malaysia. The World Bank forecasts Vietnam’s economy will expand more than 6% this year and next, among the fastest in the world. Global risks are mounting though, with Vietnam among the countries in Asia most vulnerable to a rise in trade protectionism in the US. Greater trade protectionism is a concern though I don’t think it will materialise in the near term."

March 29, 2017 04:52 UTC

Three die in windstorms, 28 provinces affected | Bangkok Post: news

The roof of a house is ripped off by a strong wind in Sa Kaeo province during a summer storm on March 16. (Photo by Sawat Katengam)The windstorms over the past 15 days have killed three people and damaged around 6,000 houses in 28 provinces, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. Director-general Chatchai Promlert said the death toll was from March 14 to Wednesday, when the windstorms hit 104 districts in 28 provinces, damages in various stages to 5,999 houses. The Northeast was the hardest hit, with a total of 17 provinces affected by strong winds, followed by five provinces in the Central region, four in the North and two in the East. The department has coordinated with other government agencies to provide essential items and house-repair materials to the victims.

March 29, 2017 04:41 UTC

Management keeps buildings at the top of game | Bangkok Post: business

The residential market is not the sole domain where quality property management is highly valued. The same study by JLL shows that consistent quality property management contributes greatly to the competitiveness of office buildings. On the other hand, multi-owner strata-titled office buildings face the same challenges in securing quality property management as do many residential projects. Property management is more than just housekeeping and security work. There is plenty of evidence that without professional property management, real estate assets can lose competitiveness, no matter how well they were built.

March 29, 2017 04:07 UTC

Passengers want Uber, Grab taxis as alternative | Bangkok Post: news

A screenshot of a map showing availability of Grab ride-sharing cars near the location of a user on March 29, 2017. (Bangkok Post photo)A majority of people have voiced support for Uber and Grab to operate public transport services as an alternative to regular public taxis and wanted their cars legally licensed before being put in service, according to an opinion survey carried out by Bangkok University Research Centre or Bangkok Poll. The survey was conducted on March 24-27 on 1,193 people who had used taxis in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. Asked to comment about Uber and Grab taxi services, 75.1% of the respondents voiced support for them, saying they offered passengers an alternative while 24.9% opposed them, reasoning that they have not been legalised. A huge majority, or 75.9%, said they have never used Uber or Grab services, while 24.1% said they have used them because they provide better services.

March 29, 2017 03:45 UTC

SET falls 1.04 to 1,575.68 at opening | Bangkok Post: business

Thai stocks opened down 0.07% at the start of trade this morning. The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index opened at 1,575.68 points, down 1.04 points from Tuesday’s close. The trade value was 1.38 billion baht, with 216.98 million shares traded. The SET50 index opened at 998.60 points, down 1.80 points, or 0.18%, with a total trade value of 769.65 million baht. The MAI index went up 2.57 points or 0.43% to stand at 594.90 points, with total transaction value of 175.94 million baht.

March 29, 2017 03:00 UTC

Van operators threaten to stop service over new traffic rules | Bangkok Post: learning

Amornrat Mahitthirook Piyarach Chongcharoen Passenger van operators are threatening to stop their services from this Friday if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha does not relax new traffic rules which require safer public van services. The association and passenger van operators granted concessions from the state-run Transport Co will stop their services "if there is no clear answer" from the government, association chairman Rangsan Saisut said. Their requests for leniency cover rules on passenger seat limitations as well as seat belt requirements. Please join us on our Facebook page van operators are threatening to stop their services from this Friday if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha does not relax new traffic rules which require safer public van services. Van operators complain they can't afford to outfit all vehicles with GPS systems this week, and say the Section 44 rule making drivers responsible if passe (Bangkok Post file photo)Click "play" to listen to Van operators threaten to stop service over new traffic rules and "Download" to keep this file for educational purpose.

March 29, 2017 03:00 UTC

Young drink-drivers targeted | Bangkok Post: news

The cabinet on Tuesday approved an amendment to the traffic law that makes it easier to prosecute young people who drink and drive. Under the amendment, the authorities can prosecute drivers aged under 20 found to have an alcohol level exceeding 20mg per 100ml of blood, less than half the current minimum of 50mg. Drivers older than 20 who do not have a full driver's licence or hold a temporary one will also be subject to the 20-mg limit. The amendment would effectively alter the ministerial regulation on a driver's alcohol level under the Land Traffic Act as proposed by the Royal Thai Police earlier, Col Athisit said. The move follows a public outcry at the mea­sures which required learner drivers to pay for an additional 15 hours of driving lessons before taking their test.

March 29, 2017 00:45 UTC

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