On Friday, the prime minister said he had finalised the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of his government and that the list was in the process of seeking royal endorsement. On Tuesday, he was quoted as saying at the Cabinet meeting that the ministerial reshuffle was “nothing personal”, but all about work efficiency. Another deputy prime minister, General Prawit Wongsuwan, said yesterday that his decision to continue working in the Cabinet would be dependent on his health. Prayut said last Friday that his senior military senior classmates such as Prawit and Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda, as well as his close friend Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister General Chatchai Sarikulya, would remain in the Cabinet. Chatchai, meanwhile, would be compensated with the deputy prime minister post, the source said.
November 22, 2017 18:00 UTC
Until the rights of undocumented foreigners are genuinely respected in this country, Thailand – particularly under military rule – cannot hope to be taken seriously. Without a more forthright response, though, the underlying issues will not be addressed and neither state practice nor Thailand’s reputation will improve. No one seemed bothered by the reason they came – systematic abuse by the government of China, which promptly demanded their repatriation. The incident drew international condemnation of the Thai authorities amid concerns that the Uighurs would be tortured upon their return to China. If the authorities did indeed condone or assist in the escape, why were these people arrested in the first place?
China and Russia have proposed that both sides “freeze” their activities so that negotiations can resume. But the “dual suspension” idea has so far failed to gain traction in Pyongyang and Washington. Last week, there were signs of a renewing of bonds between China and North Korea when Beijing decided to dispatch a “special envoy” – Song Tao, chief of the Communist Party’s International Department – to Pyongyang. Wang compared North Korea and the US-South Korea axis to two trains on the same track accelerating towards each other. “The priority is to flash the red light and apply the brakes.”He added that the nuclear stand-off was mainly between North Korea and the United States, but China, as a neighbour with a “lips-and-teeth” relationship with the North, was indispensable to its resolution.
THE POLICE force will transfer many of its current key missions to other agencies if the reform plan approved by the National Reform Committee on Judicial Affairs sails ahead. Following the reform, the Customs Department and the Excise Department will investigate alleged economic crimes under customs and excise laws themselves. “The National Reform Committee on Judicial Affairs has already approved the plan,” the committee’s spokesman, Somkid Lertpaitoon, said yesterday. Somkid revealed that the plan would also seek to transfer responsibility for preventing and suppressing highway, transportation and vehicle-related offences to the Transport Ministry. “The suppression and prevention of marine crimes will also become the duty of the Transport Ministry’s Marine Department, not the Marine Police,” he said.
However, he said the new Constitution has determined new qualifications to guide the office periods of members of independent agencies. The CDC originally drafted the law to allow only those meeting the new qualifications to stay on, but the NLA vetting committee has changed the related clauses to allow all of them to stay on. Whether to allow members of independent agencies to stay on until their terms end following the promulgation of related organic laws has become an issue because the treatment is different for different agencies. Any argument would be of no use because the Constitutional Court’s judgement binds all agencies to follow it, he said. Currently, the Constitutional Court has nine judges.
November 22, 2017 15:45 UTC
A memorandum of understanding has been signed with five Thai universities. The public agency will also stage the Cyber SEA Games this year, the winners of which will represent Southeast Asia in a global cybersecurity competition. Deputy executive director Chaichana Mitrpant said the human-resources development plan covers the establishment of three-year training programme designed under a “cybersecurity capacity-building ecosystem” model that identifies demand, supply and extra remuneration and certificates. Chaichana said personnel development under this model would help create a supply chain that was in line with demand, while building incentives for extra compensation to be gained.
November 22, 2017 15:11 UTC
The accident resulted in one death and critically injured another person. The accident occurred just after midnight this morning, at the intersection of Thepkasattri Road in front Wat Phra Nang Sang. The white pick-up truck was driven by Chatri Thongjit, 31, who died at the scene. A passenger, Thunyaporn Ounmai, remains in Thalang Hospital in a critical condition. Police are checking CCTV footage to confirm the cause of the accident, but they said the force of the impact was so great that the pick-up wrapped itself around the power pole, with the engine being dislodged from the wreckage.
November 22, 2017 13:18 UTC
A worker collects palm oil fruit inside a palm oil factory in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb 18, 2014. (Reuters file photo)KUALA LUMPUR: Millions of people running small-time oil palm plantations will suffer if the European Parliament goes ahead with "unfair" measures that could curb palm oil use, the world's two largest palm oil producers said on Wednesday. The new restrictions are also expected to affect Thailand, which by 2016 had 4.7 million rai of oil palm plantations, according to a recent Bank of Ayudhya report, producing an annual total of 11.2 million tonnes of oil palm. They said restricting market access for palm oil would also work against the United Nations' goal of eradicating poverty and raising income levels. The European Parliament's resolution calls for a single Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) scheme for Europe-bound palm and other vegetable oil exports to ensure they are produced in an environmentally sustainable way.
November 22, 2017 10:26 UTC
Since October, a government pilot project has also seen the banning of cigarette butts and other waste from 24 beaches in 15 coastal provinces, he said. In the past three years, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration has placed importance on the issue of garbage. Marine waste management remains a big issue for private organisations and governments. The United Nations has set a target for reducing sea garbage significantly by 2025. Thailand ranks sixth among countries with the highest volumes of litter in the sea, according to United States-based research published in 2015.
November 22, 2017 10:18 UTC
The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index was up 2.65 points or 0.15% to close at 1,713.13 points today. The SET50 index ended at 1,092.94 points, up 3.01 points or 0.28%, in trade worth 27.40 billion baht. The MAI index went up 1.03 points or 0.18% to close at 563.39 points with total transaction value of 1.88 billion baht. Local institutions and retail investors were net sellers of 173 million baht and 1.32 billion baht respectively. Brokers and foreign investors were net buyers of 581 million baht and 917 million baht respectively.
November 22, 2017 09:59 UTC
Sab Wapee, 61, (left) surrenders at the Nakhon Phanom police office in Nakhon Phanom province on Wednesday. Mr Sab, 61, met Pol Maj Gen Suwicharn Yankittikul, the Nakhon Phanom police commander, on Wednesday. Pol Maj Gen Suwicharn said Mr Sab gave useful information and was temporarily released without bail because he had surrendered. Police were still waiting for six other suspects to answer summonses in the perjury case, the Nakhon Phanom police chief said. The six suspects included relatives of Mr Sab and the husband of Ms Jomsap who had brought Mr Sab to the authorities to support their attempts to help Ms Jomsap.
November 22, 2017 09:56 UTC
Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai ran receives donations from supporters in Chumphon on Tuesday. (Photo by Amnart Thongdee)Bodyslam lead singer Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai will rest for two days to recover from injury, and plans to resume his 2,191-kilometre charity run on Saturday. Cherdchai Chayawatthanano, director Bang Saphan Hospital in Prachuap Kiri Khan province said on Wednesday that Toon’s team informed him the rocker had an injury to his right leg and had to stop when he reached Ban Bang Wean in Pathiu district of Chumphon. On kaokonlakao website, Toon has run for 851.80km, 38.9% of the total distance, and spent 19 days or 155 hours on the road. In December 2016, Toon ran 400km from Bangkok to Bang Saphan hospital, raising a total of 85 million baht for the hospital to buy medical equipment.
November 22, 2017 09:45 UTC
“He was ill. No one beat him up,” said Prawit, who is also the deputy prime minister overseeing security affairs. Phakhapong, a first-year student at the AFAPS, died on October 17 under what his family believes is suspicious circumstances. The official autopsy by the military-owned Phramongkutklao Hospital shows Phakhapong died of acute heart failure. Asked about the punishment related to discipline issue, Prawit said all AFAPS students had to deal with that. “When I was a student there, I also received punishment and lost consciousness because of that.
November 22, 2017 09:41 UTC
Prof Prinya said every charter guarantees the rights of defendants until their case is final. For that reason, defendants – especially the poor – should be free until the verdict is delivered. As many as 66,000 people are in jail because they cannot post bail, Prof Prinya noted. Prof Prinya said the bail system could increase injustice. Pol Lt-General Amnuay Nim-mano, of the reform committee, said the proposal was in line with the committee’s direction on the issue of bail lodgement.
November 22, 2017 09:41 UTC
The high road accident rate in Thailand is damaging the economy, the Accident Prevention Network says. This figure is based on 22,356 people having been killed in road accidents in 2016, network director Phrommin Kanthiya said on Wednesday. Mr Phrommin said that the state and private sector cannot improve road safety without help from local communities. Communities were important because "they are close to problems" such as risky behaviour on the roads, or areas prone to accidents. Assistant provincial governor Phiphat Prachankhet said that while the government can improve the quality of the roads, people must have an awareness of the need for road safety.
November 22, 2017 09:33 UTC