Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam says it's legal to campaign now, but political parties and the Election Commission don't accept his word. Uncertainty still lingers over whether political parties can begin election campaigns, even though the regime has lifted its prohibition on political activities. While Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said Tuesday that political parties may now engage in all kinds of political activities, the Election Commission (EC) still had doubts. Key Pheu Thai Party figure, Chalerm Ubumrung, said that the lifting of the political ban only permits political activities such as political gatherings, but election campaigns are still banned. Restrictions were first eased in September, allowing political parties to recruit new members and elect leaders.
Among the most-noticed 'national costumes' shown by Miss Universe contestants Singapore's Trump-Kim, Thailand's elephant and Vietnam's ham sandwich basket. The delegation headed by Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart and Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was accompanied by Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat. Miss Thailand Universe 2018 is Sophida Kanchanarin, known by her nickname Nong Ning. She was crowned Miss Thailand Universe on June 30. Helena Hueser, Miss Universe 2018 Denmark, said she was fascinated by the Thai traditional costumes and impressed with Thai food.
The regulation requires senior officials holding executive positions, such as department deputy directors-general, university council chairpersons and members, and other equivalent positions to declare their assets and liabilities. Gen Prayut said in his written order that the NACC's requirement caused problems in the internal administration of some organisations. The requirement earlier upset university councillors, who announced their intention to resign en masse to avoid the regulation. Among early critics of the move were people holding positions on university councils. The postponement, however, applied only to certain organisations and some positions at universities; the president of a university council, members of a university council, and both president and vice-president of the council of King Prajadhipok's Institute.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says he once gave his opinion about election ballots but, 'The EC will make the decision'. (Main photo courtesy Government House)Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday denied ordering the Election Commission (EC) to remove the names and logos of political parties from ballot papers. Defending himself, Gen Prayut said he had nothing to do with the format of the ballot, which would be decided by the EC. Under the new system, a single ballot paper is used for both the constituency and party-list systems, he said. The EC chairman said the poll agency will have to work harder to make sure the public understands the new election system and the use of just one ballot.
PTT's Global Power Synergy wants to obtain Engie Group's Glow Energy Plc, but regulators have turned down the proposal on anti-trust grounds. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is likely to adhere to its recent resolution to derail a takeover effort made by PTT's unit Global Power Synergy Plc (GPSC) for Glow Energy Plc. ERC chairman Samerjai Suksumek said board members who participated in the meeting on Dec 7 had reconfirmed blocking the takeover deal, but the decision was not finalised because some members were absent. Before the takeover began, GPSC controlled 20% and Glow had 60%, with the remaining 20% held by the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA). In addition, the ERC will issue regulations for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) business.
Holders of welfare cards queue at ATMs to withdraw their latest 'gift' from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha - a one-time 500-baht cash giveaway. The premier said her benefits would be recalled if it was proven that she had fraudulently applied for the state handouts. He said the cardholders should learn how to withdraw the cash themselves and be spared any unnecessary expenses. Without identifying the party, believed to be Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), Mr Jurit said some of its members had also tried to recruit members by promising them cash in return. Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana serves as the PPRP leader while Science and Technology Minister Suvit Maesincee is its deputy leader.
Chinese tourist Lisa Duan holds a generic sign given to 'protesters' at the British Columbia Supreme Court to support Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. (Reuters photo)The arrest last week in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co, China's iconic company, is a watershed event. It threatens to derail trade talks between the US and China, and to expose American businesses and executives in China to retaliation. According to Liang, China urgently needed to accelerate industrial production through capitalist methods carefully regulated by the state. Indeed, it was through such humiliations that anti-Westernism became a core component of Chinese nationalism, pushing Chinese leaders into irreversibly hard-line positions.
December 11, 2018 21:45 UTC
It always seemed ludicrous for Theresa May to hold a vote she was set to lose by a large margin. Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is now under increasing pressure to call a motion of no confidence. Presumably the ministers who so publicly promised the vote would go ahead were relaying what they thought was a true reflection of Ms May's plans. Whether or not the UK is pursuing Brexit in name only, as many Brexiters claim, it certainly has a government in name only. Ms May will go to Brussels next, but where Brexit ultimately goes looks to be out of her hands.
December 11, 2018 21:45 UTC
Foreigners involved in political cases and possible extradition are housed at the Police Immigration Bureau headquarters at Soi Suan Plu, Sathon Road. They also violate decades of Thai policy that often welcomed and never threatened lives of foreigners pitted against their governments. Meanwhile, Cambodian documentary filmmaker Rath Rott Mony was also detained, at the request of the Phnom Penh government. Thailand has a long and positive history of non-intervention in political cases. Police and the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha should provide safety rather than detention for men like AlAraibi and Mony.
December 11, 2018 21:44 UTC
Welfare card holders queue outside Krungthai Bank in Pathum Thani province to get their 500-baht New Year 'gift from government'. (Photo by Sarot Meksophawannakul)Half of the 5.66 billion baht distributed to 11.3 million recipients of the government's welfare and subsidy scheme was disbursed within three days after the handout programme started, says the Comptroller-General's Department. The FPO will cross-check the welfare smartcard holders' qualifications, with the Comptroller-General's Department being tasked to demand any unqualified card holders to repay the handout and suspend their cards, she said. The cabinet earlier approved a VAT payback for welfare recipients. The VAT payback scheme is intended to create more disposable income for low-income earners, while strengthening their purchasing power.
STRASBOURG (FRANCE) - A gunman killed at least two people and seriously injured another 11 near the famed Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday before fleeing the scene, security officials said. The parliament is currently in plenary session, with hundreds of MEPs and officials having made the monthly visit to Strasbourg from Brussels. - Tourist attraction -The Christmas market in Strasbourg is an annual tourist attraction that draws hundreds of thousands of people. Security has been stepped up in recent years after a series of attacks in France by Islamist gunmen since 2015 and the Strasbourg market was considered a possible target. In 2016, a 23-year-old Tunisian killed 12 and injured 48 others when he ploughed a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
The Thai economy is projected to grow 3.8% in 2019, slightly below this year's 4.2%. This will lead to a deceleration in Thai exports and tourism, which will impact domestic consumption. Policy analyses from the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) appear in the Bangkok Post on alternate Wednesdays. The Thai economy next year will be affected by these headwinds. The slowing of emerging market economies and the weakening of their currencies against the Thai baht will negatively impact Thai exports and inbound tourism in 2019.
Banyong Pongpanich, a financier and a former member of the State Enterprise Policy Commission, studied the statistics and concluded that Thailand's inequality gap has become the worst in the world. The CS Report used Thailand's income distribution data for its wealth distribution estimation, which is based on econometric models. The fact is that the inequality gap is one of the critical and chronic problems that have obstructed the country's sustainable development. To narrow the inequality gap, the government has to start by accepting the painful truth that we have a deep-rooted problem. But some of the government's other efforts to redistribute income more fairly cannot be considered effective tools for addressing the inequality gap.
Mr Tarit is a law enforcer and he should have upheld justice," Mr Suthep, a former ex-prime and a co-founder of the Action Coalition for Thailand (ACT) Party, told the media Tuesday. "Yet in practice, the former DSI chief has grossly abused that principle in order to appease the powers-that-be." Mr Suthep has been engaged in a bitter lawsuit with the former DSI chief. Mr Tarit on Monday pleaded guilty to slandering Mr Suthep. Their construction was endorsed by the cabinet during the former Abhisit Vejjajiva administration, in which Mr Suthep served as deputy premier.
December 11, 2018 21:22 UTC
LOS ANGELES - Two California nuns who stole around $500,000 dollars from the school where they worked and splashed out on travel and gambling in Las Vegas are facing criminal charges, their order confirmed Tuesday. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles said the money was discovered missing during a routine audit after Kreuper, who was principal at the school for 29 years, retired earlier this year. Chang was a teacher at the school for 20 years and also retired this year. The nuns' order confirmed it had been informed the Archdiocese had filed a criminal complaint against the pair. The order on Monday said Kreuper and Chang admitted to their misdeeds and were cooperating to determine the full amount of money taken.
December 11, 2018 19:07 UTC