Pichai re-elected as president of TBA | Bangkok Post: news

Pichai Chunhavajira was re-elected unopposed as president of the Thailand Boxing Association yesterday. The Thai boxers will also take part in the SEA Games in Malaysia in August, Pichai said. The Thai boxing team had an embarrassing campaign at the 2016 Olympics when they returned home from Rio without a single medal. Cedeno, who trained the Pakistan boxing team in the past, said he would not change the boxing style of the Thais but would attempt to improve their existing skills. The TBA has been in trouble for a few years after suffering from a series of poor results, ranging from the 2015 SEA Games to the 2016 Rio Games.

February 19, 2017 00:08 UTC

Pornanong keeps title bid alive | Bangkok Post: news

American Lizette Salas seized the outright lead after the third round as world No.1 Lydia Ko fell even further behind at Royal Adelaide. Salas, ranked 71, stormed to 10 under with three birdies on her final five holes for a two-under 71 in the LPGA-sanctioned event. She finished with five birdies and two bogeys to lead by two strokes from Australians Su Oh and Sarah Jane Smith along with Pornanong, all on eight under. Ariya was six shots off the lead in a tie for 14th place after a two-under 71, her third sub-par round of the tournament. She had four birdies and two bogeys, while her sister Moriya ended the third round tied for 30th after a 72.

February 19, 2017 00:08 UTC

Textbook lending plan opposed by private education council | Bangkok Post: news

The Council for Thai Private Education has opposed the Education Ministry's proposal to lend textbooks to students at primary and secondary levels to save money instead of giving away new sets of textbooks, saying no student wants to learn from books in bad conditions. Private Education Council president Jirapan Pimpan said she disagreed with the ministry's plan to change its current policy of giving out books to only lending them by the next academic year. So private schools prefer the ministry to subsidise new textbooks for all students as has been done before." Nonetheless, the minister said Obec will still give away exercise books to all students, as the exercise books cannot be reused. "I have instructed Obec to follow the proposed plan and expect to see progress by the next academic year," he said.

February 18, 2017 21:45 UTC

5 indicted in Malin sky bar assault | Bangkok Post: news

Prosecutors also indicted four other men who were accused of colluding to attack Mr Issarajnuwat, he added. Mr Thanandon, Mr Adisak, Mr Apiwat and Mr Kritsana have denied the allegations. Mr Kritsana admitted he was at the brawl scene but denied he had ordered the three security guards to attack Mr Issarajnuwat, Pol Maj Gen Pittaya said. Investigators overseeing the case have agreed to indict the suspects as they have solid evidence suggesting the suspects had attacked Mr Issarajnuwat, he added. Following the attack, the tambon Chang Phuak municipality in Muang district issued an order against Malin Sky Bar, which is under its jurisdiction.

February 18, 2017 21:45 UTC

Police arrest coal protest leaders | Bangkok Post: news

Authorities have detained five leaders of a group protesting outside Government House against a coal-fired power plant in Krabi. He insisted the project would strictly adhere to the guidelines outlined by the tripartite committee on the coal-fired power plant project in Krabi. Meanwhile, an Egat source said the agency has made the Krabi coal power plant its top priority. If the project is not allowed to go ahead, it will make it impossible for any other coal power plant. Civil networks have stepped up calls for the government to scrap the coal-fired power plant and release the detained activists.

February 18, 2017 21:35 UTC

The man who kills people | Bangkok Post: opinion

North Korea traffics drugs, sells guns, counterfeits money and orders diplomats to be big-time smugglers in order to raise hard currency. In diplomatic history, there is no equivalent nation to North Korea in criminal acts approved by the home government. North Korean terrorists bombed a Yangon cemetery during a solemn ceremony with visiting South Korean president Chun Doo-hwan in 1983. In addition to the mass murder of airline passengers bound for Bangkok, North Korea has never treated Thailand as a diplomatic equal. In 2000, Thailand invited North Korea to sit on the Asean Regional Forum, and North Korea is so thankful that sometimes it even attends meetings.

February 18, 2017 21:32 UTC

Time to ban plastic bags | Bangkok Post: opinion

It was very attentive to dedicate last Sunday's editorial to the problems created by the excessive use of plastic. Koh Lan should forbid tourists to bring in plastic bags and shops to stop using them. A campaign is presently held in Cambodia to limit the use of plastic bags. Why not start one in Thailand where so many plastic bags are being used compared to their neighbours? Fred PragerCONTACT: BANGKOK POST BUILDING136 Na Ranong Road Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110Fax: +02 6164000 email:postbag@bangkokpost.co.thAll letter writers must provide full name and address.

February 18, 2017 21:21 UTC

Good night, gentlemen, and good sailing | Bangkok Post: opinion

The shipping report had a language of its own: "Southwest four or five, veering northwest, moderate to good." At times like that it was most comforting to be tucked up in bed and not stuck out on the North Sea aboard a fishing trawler. The programme always finished with the reassuring words of presenter Frank Phillips: "Good night, gentlemen, and good sailing". It wouldn't be a bad idea if they introduced a Bangkok-Hua Hin ferry. He had obviously been around a bit and related a host of exotic yarns, many of which seemed to feature "Mestisa chicks".

February 18, 2017 21:16 UTC

Heads may roll over temple saga | Bangkok Post: opinion

The 127th decree under Section 44 authorised police to enter Wat Phra Dhammakaya - a diversion for what? Its latest use declared the area of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and its vicinity as a "specially controlled zone" after authorities had tried in vain to summon Phra Dhammajayo, the elusive former abbot of the temple. The current search of the massive compound of Wat Phra Dhammakaya looks more like a drama to most of us. One needs to ask whether the DSI and other authorities had done their homework before deploying 20 teams of DSI officials to search the temple. Whatever the reason may be, if nothing is found, then I for one would want heads to roll.

February 18, 2017 21:11 UTC

Dirty tactics blight anti-coal protest | Bangkok Post: opinion

The government met opposition to its decision to built a coal-fired power plant with jackboots, intimidation of peaceful opponents and arrest. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)The government's decision to go ahead with the controversial coal-fired power plant in Krabi is a disappointment. But what is far worse is the way it has allowed police to treat anti-coal demonstrators with cold blood and heavy-handed measures. As the situation became tense, it happened that police resorted to dirty tactics to pressure the demonstrators to disband. He said the arrest of the three leaders was unavoidable as they violated a law on demonstrations and intended to prolong the protest.

February 18, 2017 21:05 UTC

Dripping in glamour

On the contrary, Hasibuan’s collection features shimmering, on-trend pleats, silver and golden ruffles, and long trains adorned with pearls, glitter or embroidery that recalled royalty of the Middle Ages. Designer Anniesa HasibuanHasibuan, however, aims to keep her work, which is primarily geared toward Muslim women, “separate” from politics. “I’m here bringing the beautiful voice of the Muslim women, the peace and the universal values that fashion can offer,” she said. Since then she has opened new stores in her home country Indonesia as well as in Malaysia, Turkey and Abu Dhabi – proffering modern Islamic clothing dripping in glamour. For Sari, Hasibuan’s growing fame is a gift.

February 18, 2017 18:05 UTC

Kim killing stranger than fiction | Bangkok Post: news

One rumour suggested that North Korea killed Kim Jong-nam because he planned to create an exile government around defectors. One of them is that Kim Jong-nam, known for his carefree lifestyle and gambling habits, angered crime organisations over money problems and that got him killed. While South Korea has blamed North Korea for a slew of notable assassinations or attempted killings in past decades, the North often denies involvement or simply doesn't comment. Kim Jong-nam reportedly fell out of favour in Pyongyang in 2001, when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland. But North Korea did not appear placated by Malaysia's strict adherence to procedure.

February 18, 2017 13:36 UTC

Elephants on parade in Laos as numbers dwindle | Bangkok Post: news

Elephants take part in a parade during Elephant Festival, which organisers say aims to raise awareness about the animals, in Sayaboury province, Laos, on Saturday. Known historically as the "Land of a Million Elephants", Laos now has only a few hundred left in the wild and not many more than that in captivity, most of which are used in logging. Nearly 70 elephants joined the main procession at the 11th annual elephant festival in Sayaboury province some 200 kilometres northwest of the capital Vientiane. Wild elephant numbers have dwindled because of the destruction of their forest habitat, although poaching for ivory has also played a part, conservationists say. A ban on capturing elephants from the wild so they can be domesticated has put greater strain on the existing captive population, meaning elephants are often worked so hard that they fall sick and no longer reproduce.

February 18, 2017 12:48 UTC

Malaysians rally for and against sharia law | Bangkok Post: news

Purple-clad Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party members rally at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur in support of a bill that would expand the powers of the country's Syariah Court. (AP Photo)KUALA LUMPUR: More than 20,000 Malaysian Muslims rallied on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur in support of a proposal to toughen sharia law in the country. N Bala Subramaniam, a PAS Supporters Club representative, told the pro-amendment rally that gambling den operators were among those who should fear the change. “Sharia law has nothing to do with non-Muslims, as stated in Article 11 of the Federal Constitution," he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times. At the rally held by opponents of the amendment, former minister Zaid Ibrahim said the bill “is about politics … it has nothing to do with religion".

February 18, 2017 12:17 UTC

Filipino Catholics protest drug killings, death penalty | Bangkok Post: news

Thousands of Roman Catholics carry placards in a "Walk for Life" march around Manila's Rizal Park to oppose the revival of the death penalty as well as the killings of drug users and drug pushers in the so-called war on drugs on Saturday. Police estimated that at least 10,000 people joined the "Walk for Life'' march and rally starting at dawn at Rizal Park, carrying placards that read "Choose life'' and "No to death penalty.'' Catholic bishops expressed their deep concern over the drug killings in a recent statement read in churches across the country. "They ought to be judged by the court of law and never by the extrajudicial means,'' Villegas said in a statement, where he also hit at efforts by legislators to reimpose the death penalty. Duterte, a longtime city mayor before being elected to the presidency in May on an anti-crime platform, has asked Congress to revive the death penalty, preferably by public hanging.

February 18, 2017 12:02 UTC