The project, called EECi@Wangchan Valley, will be set up with investment of more than Bt2 billion on a site of more than 1,960 rai. The innovation hub will be developed as an initiative under the government’s Thailand 4.0 vision to boost the uptake of technology in the country. The innovation hub will include a research and development centre that will underpin the ambitions driving the project. Narong Sirilertworakul, president of the NSTDA, said that under the collaboration, the agency will gather domestic and international researchers to share their know-how at the innovation hub. Aripolis will develop and promote new innovation and technologies covering medical devices, batteries and transport, along with automation, robotics and electronics.
December 15, 2017 14:15 UTC
Surat Thani authorities display illicit drugs seized from eight suspected dealers at a news briefing at provincial police headquarters on Friday. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)SURAT THANI: Authorities have frozen 101 million baht in assets of eight arrested suspects believed to be part of a major ring supplying drugs to southern tourist destinations. Police then arrested Mr Warakorn and two other suspects, Noparat Deediao and Chutima Patarasrichana, and seized 7kg of "ice", 360,000 methamphetamine pills and 40 M16 bullets. Those arrested suspects were said to be associates of Mr Seri, who had been released from a prison in Ratchaburi a year ago after serving a drug sentence, he said. Police believe Mr Seri played an important role in supplying illicit drugs to tourist destinations in the South.
December 15, 2017 13:18 UTC
Environmental cases, Sayumporn noted, are complicated and technical and actually need experts to help prove wrongdoings, something that is still much lacking in the procedures. “An environmental justice system needs structural reform, and minor changes here and there would contribute nothing to society. Buntoon Srethasirote, chair of the committee’s sub-panel on environmental management reform said environmental justice reform does not end with creating an environmental court, but has expanded to cover the whole system to ensure environmental justice to people. For instance, the environmental court would be seen in the fourth year of reform, after the very first components, including the environmental justice system committee were set up to oversee the whole picture. Some participants suggested the panel consider including early steps toward environmental justice, such as applying the precautionary principle to prevent damage as well as access to information.
December 15, 2017 13:14 UTC
The meeting of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) brought together senior diplomats from China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The plan will take the LMC to a new level over the coming years, said China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who chaired yesterday’s meeting with his Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhon. Established in 2015, the LMC is a cooperation scheme among countries in the Mekong basin. “The LMC is not a talk shop, but a bulldozer moving forward steadily and firmly to make the cooperation become true,” Wang Yi said after the meeting. He said the LMC would not replace other regional and sub-regional cooperation schemes in the Mekong basin but would supplement their frameworks.
December 15, 2017 12:43 UTC
In the meantime, Adhiruth has been appointed as True vice chairman of the executive committee and vice chairman of the executive committee for e-business group. Suphachai said Dr Kittinut is a high-calibre executive with intensive experience and expertise in the commercial operations of True Group’s diverse business units. Adhiruth will take over the new position of vice chairman of the executive committee at True as well as vice chairman of the executive committee for E-Business Group. Dr Kittinut, at his new post, will oversee the commercial operations of mobile, broadband, pay TV, convergence, regional and customer service operations. Having been with True Group for more than 11 years, Dr Kittinut was previously group chief commercial officer, responsible for developing the True brand as a leader in smartphones and the 4G network.
December 15, 2017 12:32 UTC
Somchai Khunploem, alias Kamnan Poh, is taken to the Crime Suppression Division following his arrest at a Lat Krabang toll gate in February 2013. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)The justice minister has approved parole for Somchai Khunploem, the notorious Chon Buri godfather known as Kamnan Poh, as he has stage-4 cancer, the chief of the Corrections Department said on Friday. Narat Sawetanant, the director-general of the department, said he proposed the special parole to Justice Minister Prajin Juntong who approved it on Thursday. Somchai, 80, qualified for special parole because he had stage-4 cancer and was older than 70 years, Pol Col Narat said. Local media reports said that he had been treated at Police General Hospital in Bangkok for about a year.
December 15, 2017 12:22 UTC
LONDON: Oxford Dictionaries recognised the power of the millennial generation on Friday with its 2017 word of the year: youthquake. Each year, Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that reflects the annual mood. Oxford Dictionaries president Casper Grathwohl said youthquake has "yet to land firmly on American soil, but strong evidence in the UK calls it out as a word on the move". The US-based dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster last week declared "feminism", a word first coined in 1841, its word of the year. Oxford Dictionaries consultant Susie Dent said many of the year's standout words "speak to fractured times of mistrust and frustration".
December 15, 2017 11:37 UTC
Six of the 10 suspects were identified as Surat Thani residents: Prajak Thaichana, 29, Khajornyot Thannawanichnam, 22, Wittaya Thongmak, 44, Warakorn Hita-aksorn, 32, Sirichutoima Pattarasrichana, 32, Petcharat Doungpakdee, 30. Surat Thani governor Wichavuth Jinto said police had made 30 drugs busts covering 40 suspects this year. A search of Rohim’s home yielded 11 yaba pills and 11 bags of krathom leaf liquid. Rohim reportedly confessed to police that he was selling drugs to local youth, and was charged for drugs possession with intent to sell. Seven other territorial defence volunteers and seven policemen had been fired from the district's force over similar crimes.
December 15, 2017 11:35 UTC
Defendants look out from a police truck as they arrive at the district court Friday. Five years later, a local journalist heard allegations of child abuse at the shop and investigated, pretending he wanted a suit. They were charged with assault and violations of anti-trafficking and child protection laws. The two others were freed after the judge ruled that they had not been involved, Hnin Su Aung said. Thousands of young girls working as maids in the cities are from impoverished Kawmhu township, which is Suu Kyi's constituency.
December 15, 2017 11:26 UTC
Vorasuk, who is associated with the Centre of Excellence for Medical Genetics at Chulalongkorn University (CU), became the first Thai to win the Newton Fund Prize this year for his pathbreaking work. Vorasuk said he would expand and strengthen the network among regional hospitals and CU’s Faculty of Medicine and Chulalongkorn Hospital to develop high-quality tools that could diagnose rare diseases in children. CU and Chulalongkorn Hospital had helped fund the research project [which fetched him the coveted Newton Fund prize] by raising money from inside and outside the country. The Newton Fund Prize aims to incentivise researchers to participate in the Newton Fund as partners with the UK, and to work on the most important challenges facing Newton countries. For more information visit www.britishcouncil.or.th, as the British Council is one of 15 UK delivery partners for the Newton Fund
December 15, 2017 10:52 UTC
In this Monday file photo, police officers escort men arrested in a raid on a gay sauna at North Jakarta police headquarters in Jakarta. Most were released because homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but 10 men were charged under anti-pornography laws. Aceh, a semi-autonomous province that practises Shariah law, publicly caned two young men in May for gay sex. A sister of one of the men charged said four people involved in managing the club were sentenced to three years in prison. Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled against petitioners seeking to make gay sex and sex outside marriage illegal in an unexpected victory for the country's besieged LGBT minority.
December 15, 2017 10:30 UTC
(Photo by Apichit Jinakul)A military inquiry has concluded that Royal Thai Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School cadet Pakapong Tanyakan died of acute heart failure, with no evidence of physical abuse. ACM Chawarat said the investigation found that the first-year cadet did not suffer any physical assault or punishment on that day. Pakapong showed symptoms of hyperventilation so he was sent for treatment. ACM Chawarat said the committee concluded that Pakapong died from acute heart failure and did not find anyone had ordered punishment or any physical assault that would be the cause of death. Pakapong died on Oct 17.
December 15, 2017 10:18 UTC
Deputy DSI chief Songsak Raksakskul (left) and DSI chief Paisit Wongmuang brief the media on the arrest of 10 suspects in the alleged Eagle Gates Group investment fraud, at the DSI offices in Bangkok on Friday. The suspects were charged with committing an international crime and public fraud, DSI chief Paisit Wongmuang said on Friday. The other moved assets from victims to nominee accounts,” he saidDSI deputy chief Songsak Raksakskul said the foreign suspects were business-savvy. They joined other foreign suspects from Singapore and the Netherlands to lure Thais into investing in the Eagle Gates Group. “Eagle Gates Group opened last year in Thailand and deceived many people.
December 15, 2017 09:49 UTC
“The Queen of Andaman Fruits,” the Phuket pineapple is available for between 1,543 and 15,430 bahtOrders are now being taken for a local strain of pineapple valued at more than 15,000 baht each. Dubbed “The Queen of Andaman Fruits,” Phuket pineapple is renowned for its unique and mellow flavour, crisp texture and pleasant aroma. The sale is being handled by Phuket Pracharat Rak Samakkhee Co Ltd, a social enterprise. Phuket Pracharat Rak Samakkhee Co executive Weerachai Pranweerapaiboon said at the launch that taking orders for the fruit was aimed at promoting cultivation of the Phuket pineapple. There were only 2,200 rai of Phuket pineapple orchards left in the province.
December 15, 2017 08:18 UTC
A garment worker takes a selfie with Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov 8, 2017. "I encourage the European Union and United States to freeze the wealth of Cambodian leaders abroad," Hun Sen told a group of athletes in Phnom Penh, the capital. Hun Sen said he has no money abroad and any actions by the EU and the US would not hurt him. Hun Sen accused Kem Sokha, the leader of the CNRP of a US-backed anti-government plot. China, Cambodia's largest aid donor, has lent its support to Hun Sen, saying it respects Cambodia's right to defend its national security.
December 15, 2017 08:03 UTC