DESPITE the junta’s renewed political ties with the European Union, political figures have proposed amendments to the political party law that could affect the election timetable. Paiboon has been involved in setting up a political party with a clear agenda to support Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to maintain the premiership after the election. Democrat Party and Chart Thai Pattana Party figures yesterday questioned the agenda behind proposals to amend the bill. NLA member Somchai Sawangkarn said the NLA had taken all proposals into consideration but hinted that the bill amendment could be time consuming. But Meechai said if the amendment affected or delayed the road map to the next election, the delay could not be blamed on the original charter writers.
December 14, 2017 18:26 UTC
SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar on Tuesday confirmed that Nurisan Loseng from the pencak silat women’s seni team and Benjaporn Sriphanomthorn, who won a silver medal in the women’s 10km marathon swimming event, had been disqualified. Malaysian diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee has also been disqualified following tests conducted during the Games four months ago. The disqualification of Nurisan would mean her teammates Asma Jehma and Asma Wanchitnai will also be stripped of the gold medal won by the women’s seni team. The Vietnamese team, which originally won the silver, will be awarded the gold medals. Despite the disqualification, Thailand would remain second in the Games overall medal tally with 71 gold (down from 72), 84 silver and 88 bronze, behind overall winners Malaysia, who won 144 gold.
December 14, 2017 18:19 UTC
The umbrella project, known as the Sa-iap Model, was agreed to by all relevant agencies before Somsak tried to revive the contentious dam project. “We condemn Somsak for trying to bring back the Kang Sueten Dam project,” said the statement. The Kang Sueten Dam was proposed as a Yom River hydropower project by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and RID in Phrae’s Song district. They will also develop small weirs and reservoirs throughout all 77 tributaries of the Yom River and preserve 395 areas for retaining floodwaters. Government Spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd confirmed that politicians and other people had asked to meet with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during the mobile Cabinet meeting in late December meeting to suggest a plan to restart the Kang Sueten Dam project.
December 14, 2017 18:02 UTC
In Mega FoodWalk, food lovers could taste delicious food from over 30 new restaurants in a relaxing ambience. Moreover, the customers will enjoy the Mega Countdown 2018 concert from Body Slam, Kan Ko Club, Slot Machine, 25 Hours and many more. In addition to festive decoration, cute characters from popular Japanese game will come to life in the Disney Tsum Tsum Walk’ N Roll Festival. Shopaholics should not miss the Mega Wish Make your Wish campaign. The Mega FoodWalk will feature scrumptious food from over 30 newly opened restaurants, ranging from newcomers to legendary restaurants, in a relaxing valley ambience.
December 14, 2017 16:30 UTC
In the system, each motorist would start with 12 points that would be shaved down as drivers commit traffic offences. Then each of the traffic offences would be assigned to one of the categories. He said his team is still considering a system for retraining drivers before restoring their points. Ekkarak said if all details are worked out in December, the point-cutting system could be introduced as early as next month. As part of the new system, police will use new tickets with barcodes, which will be automatically recorded into the online ticket system, Ekkarak said.
December 14, 2017 15:22 UTC
A self-driving vehicle goes on a test run in Kota, Aichi prefecture, central Japan, on Thursday. (Kyodo photo)NAGOYA: Japan's first test of a remote-controlled driverless vehicle on a public road was held on Thursday in Aichi prefecture, home to Toyota Motor Corp and other auto companies. In the test conducted by the central Japan prefectural government, the driverless minivan travelled along a road in the town of Kota. It expects that technological developments will lead to the introduction of driverless taxis in the future. The driverless car tests on public roads became possible after the National Police Agency revised traffic rules in June.
December 14, 2017 13:41 UTC
(EPA-EFE/Yonhap photo)SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors on Thursday demanded a 25-year prison term for the confidante of ousted South Korean President Park Geun Hye at the centre of a corruption scandal. At the trial at the Seoul Central District Court, the prosecutors also demanded that Choi Soon Sil pay fines totalling 118.5 billion won (about $109 million) and forfeit 7.8 billion won. The prosecutors also requested a four-year jail term for Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong Bin on charges of bribing Mrs Choi. Mrs Choi is suspected of using her ties to Ms Park to strong-arm business conglomerates into making large donations to foundations she effectively ran. It has been alleged that the non-profit foundations, Mir and K-sports, raised a total of 77.4 billion won.
December 14, 2017 13:41 UTC
Items sold and shipped during the first 24 hours of the final sale were from five main categories. Fashion was the leading category on December 12, where people browsed clothing and lifestyle items to prepare themselves for the upcoming holiday season. The other main categories were automotive, whereby the number of motorcycles sold were up to 3,732 in one day, followed by smartphones, pet food, toys and games. A customer who received the first item in 12.12 ordered iPhone X at 00.28 am. Lazada shoppers also secured savings of Bt730 on average on each item.
December 14, 2017 13:28 UTC
Jatuporn, chairman of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), has been in jail since July related to another defamation case filed by Abhisit. The court ruled that he did not have good intentions in criticising Abhisit but rather defamed him in a way that could instigate hatred for him. The court therefore ruled that Jatuporn was guilty of defaming Abhisit. It changed the jail term imposed by the first court and Appeal Court from two years to one year as Jatuporn conceded that it was he on the stage. Jatuporn attended the court, but made no comments other than remarking on his weight loss while in jail.
December 14, 2017 13:28 UTC
(Reuters photo)TOKYO: Japan's ruling coalition Thursday unveiled a tax reform package for fiscal 2018, which would raise income taxes on salaried workers earning over 8.5 million yen ($75,000) and taxes on tobacco products, as well as introduce a new departure tax on anyone leaving Japan. From October 2018, the tobacco tax will be raised by three yen per cigarette over a four-year period, while the tax on relatively new heat-not-burn tobacco products will also be increased in stages. For salaried workers earning more than 8.5 million yen a year, the maximum amount of deductions allowed will be lowered to 1.95 million yen from 2.2 million. But salaried workers with children up to age 22 and people needing nursing care will be excluded from that limit on deductions. Under the tax reform package, large companies that raise pay by 3% or more will qualify for a tax credit of up to 20% of the increased salary payments.
December 14, 2017 11:48 UTC
A bulldozer from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department clears a fire break across a canyon from atop Camino Cielo down to Gibraltar to make a stand should the fire move in that direction, on Wednesday, in the Santa Ynez Mountains area of Santa Barbara, California. (AP photo)LOS ANGELES: California firefighting crews may face on Thursday another round of fierce gusts that have fed a volatile wildfire, one of the largest in the state's history, as they protect homes from flames and build control lines. (Video YouTube/TRT World)The Thomas Fire has travelled 43 km, blackening more than 953 square km in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, an area larger than New York City. Many public schools in the Santa Barbara area cancelled classes this week and will not reopen until the annual winter break is completed in January. Some of the other fires burning over the past week in San Diego and Los Angeles counties have been largely brought under control.
December 14, 2017 11:15 UTC
The asset-seizing order is in effect for 90 days to prevent any or all of the assets being transferred, sold, embezzled or concealed from the authorities. In the first case, authorities said the Revenue Code and the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1999 was violated by tour operators accused of involved in a “zero-dollar tour” network. Forged documents were allegedly used in the loan applications, he said, in a case that allegedly led to damages worth Bt3.4 billion to banks, he added. In the third case, Bt53 million in 120 bank accounts belonging to suspect Thaweesak Sujaritwattananont and others were seized. The suspects were allegedly linked to a Thailand-China-Taiwan call-centre scam that is accused of duping at least 13 victims in Northern Thailand and resulting in damages worth Bt19.8 million, Rommasit said.
December 14, 2017 10:57 UTC
South Korean tourists receive treatment after their tour bus ran ran off the road and into an irrigation canal in Doi Saket district of Chiang Mai on Thursday. (Photo from @maepong.doisaket Facebook account)A tour bus taking 12 South Koreans to a hot spring overturned in Chiang Mai province on Thursday, seriously injuring one tourist and slightly injuring 13 other people. The accident occured on a road in Doi Saket district, Pol Lt Col Sathitchai Nittyawat, the Mae Pong police chief, said. The officer said 11 tourists, the driver and guide were slightly hurt, but one of the visitors was seriously injured. They were taken to Doi Saket Hospital.
December 14, 2017 10:52 UTC
Gunn Charoenkul holds the trophy after winning the Thai PGA Tour title in Phetcha Buri in 2015. (Bangkok Post photo)JAKARTA: Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place after the first round of the Indonesian Masters on Thursday, while Phachara Khongwatmai (65) was tied in third position with Kim Giwhan. Englishman Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead. Thai rising star Phachara Khongwatmai just made an eagle on the 18th to close his opening round at the Indonesian Masters. pic.twitter.com/ZfqSKflQqO — Asian Tour (@asiantourgolf) December 14, 2017
December 14, 2017 10:41 UTC
The kingdom is one of several Southeast Asian countries to host a North Korean embassy, and once enjoyed valuable economic ties with the reclusive regime. "It's expected that by late 2017 there will be no export or import of goods between Thailand and North Korea," said Pimchanok Vonkorpon, director of the Thai Commerce Ministry's Trade Policy and Strategy Office. The US remains frustrated that international sanctions on North Korea have not resulted in Pyongyang halting its nuclear and long-range ballistic missile tests. But sanctions against North Korea have started to bite. The UN and the US have called on Southeast Asian leaders to do more to sever ties with North Korea.
December 14, 2017 10:23 UTC