Network chairman Pratob Suksanan said he would soon lead five rubber farm leaders from the South to submit their petition to the premier via Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan at the Defense Ministry in Bangkok. The group wants the premier to use Article 44 or a Cabinet resolution to promote the use of rubber, starting with road construction, as it believes doing so would solve the problem systematically without the government having to intervene in rubber pricing directly like before. The group claimed that roads paved with asphalt using rubber are 200 per cent more durable than normal asphalt roads but but only cost 17 per cent more. It said the 5 per cent rubber requirement in the mix would boost demand for para-rubber use to 100,000 tonnes per year. Para-rubber prices are currently at about Bt42 per kilogram for latex and Bt52 per kilogram for smoked rubber sheet.
June 27, 2017 06:33 UTC
Officers of the Anti-Human Trafficking Division made the arrests on Monday night at the Thanapat karaoke bar in Kabin Buri district’s Tambon Nong Kee, the division’s chief, Pol Maj-General Kornchai Klayklueng, announced on Tuesday. Thitirat Lin, 36, and Suthat Chaisamrit, 29, were apprehended in a sting operation. Undercover police allegedly arranged with the bar staff to pay the girls Bt2,000 each for sex at a hotel. Police then retrieved the girls from the hotel room and turned them over to a home caring for children and families. Kornchai said another team then went to the bar to trace the banknotes used to pay the girls and arrested Thitirat, the bar owner, and Suthat, the cashier.
June 27, 2017 06:22 UTC
RENEWED EFFORTS AT FINANCIAL REGULATION ESSENTIAL "At this point, we must closely oversee thrift and credit cooperatives, state-owned financial institutions and unbalanced investment in the real estate sector. VULNERABLE TO EMBEZZLEMENT OF THE KLONGCHAN-DHAMMAKAYA VARIETY Imprudent lending and embezzlement at credit unions and thrift and credit cooperatives have stolen the limelight in recent years. Ex- BoT boss sees crisis potential in co-ops 27/06/2017 Nuntawun Polkuamdee The real estate sector as well as credit unions and credit cooperatives are points of concern in the current Thai economy. Real estate speculation & unregulated credit unions could trigger next financial crisis warns former Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul. Click "play" to listen to Financial bubble & crisis warning from Ex-BOT governor and "Download" to keep this file for educational purpose.
June 27, 2017 06:11 UTC
The EC bill is among four organic laws essenฌtial to the coming election, and the first to be passed by the NLA earliฌer this month. The NLA submitted a notification letter, dated yesterday, to the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) as well as asking it to submit a name list of five members to sit in the joint committee. The procedure is prescribed by the Constitution which allows the Constitutional Court or concerned agencies to petition against an organฌic law which has passed NLA delibฌeration and endorsement. The revision of the draft law must be completed within 15 days after the joint committee has officially been set up. CDC chairman Meechai said that the committee was currently reviewฌing the draft law, which was previฌously revised by the NLA before its passage, to examine whether or not it was constitutional.
June 27, 2017 06:00 UTC
This photo of the "popcorn gunman" and that of Vivat taken during clashes at Laksi on Feb 1, 2014 was posted on the Facebook account of the spokesman of the Royal Thai Police. The Appeal Court has overturned the conviction and sentencing of Vivat Yodprasit, better known as the "popcorn gunman" who opposed the aborted February 2014 general election. The court gave him the benefit of the doubt, ruling there was insufficient proof to justify his conviction by the lower court. That was insufficient proof that the defendant really was the gunman seen firing shots into the crowd, the court said. The court, however, ordered that the defendant be further detained while the prosecution files an appeal with the Supreme Court.
June 27, 2017 06:00 UTC
The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index went up 1.16 points, or 0.07%, to close at 1,586.77 points at the end of trading session this morning. The trade value was 16.99 billion baht with 4.52 billion shares traded. The SET50 index ended at 999.03 points, up 1.59 points, or 0.16%, with trade value of 6.84 billion baht. The MAI index went up 0.36 points, or 0.06%, to close at 578.06 points with total transaction value of 1.11 billion baht.
June 27, 2017 05:48 UTC
File photo: Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte answers questions during a press briefing during a visit to the military camp hospital in Cagayan De Oro, Philippines June 11, 2017. (Reuters photo)MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is alive and well and experiencing no health problems, the government said on Tuesday, amid concerns about his disappearance from the public eye for unusually long periods this month. He was last seen in public a week ago. "First and foremost, he is alive and well, he is very well, he's just busy doing what he needs to do," presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters. "As you've seen he's been very much in the public eye but being out of the public eye, that is when he is able to do office work, he signs papers, he reads, he consults, he's actually very busy.
June 27, 2017 05:37 UTC
Originally scheduled to travel to Washington early next month, Prayut might have to wait until the final week of July, a government source said. Trump will be mainly preoccupied with the Group of 20 economic summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7-8. “We’ll also have to see whether our premier will be free at that time,” Don told reporters. If we can’t settle on a date, we might have to postpone the visit.”Trump phoned Prayut in April to discuss a Southeast Asian role in curbing North Korea’s missile and nuclear programme and invited him to visit Washington. The Trump administration is also looking to strengthen alliances in Asia to counter China’s rising influence.
June 27, 2017 05:26 UTC
Fifteen Myanmar men and women arrested for illegal entry using forged visas at a rented house in Kanchanaburi's Muang district on Monday night. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)KANCHANABURI - Fifteen Myanmar job seekers who each paid a broker 12,000 baht to get them work in Thailand were arrested in Muang district for illegal entry after their passports were found to carry fake visa stamps. They found 15 Myanmar nationals, men and women, in front of the rented house with their bags. One of the arrested job seekers, identified as Ms Moei, 28, said she and her friends had paid the equivalent of 12,000 baht each to a Myanmar job broker known as Wiang Ku. They were handed over to Muang district police for legal action and deportation to Myanmar.
June 27, 2017 05:26 UTC
The logo of Australian casino giant Crown Resorts Ltd adorns the hotel and casino complex in Melbourne, Australia, June 13, 2017. (Reuters file photo)SYDNEY -- China just sent a clear message to casinos sprouting across Asia: don’t peddle your baccarat here. While they could have faced a maximum of three years under Chinese law, there was no escaping China’s warning to foreign casino operators that see the country’s richest citizens as their most lucrative target market. Macau, the world’s largest gaming centre, is the only Chinese territory where casinos are allowed to operate. Hotels and foodForeign casino operators are allowed to promote their hotels and restaurants on the Chinese mainland but not their gaming facilities.
June 27, 2017 05:15 UTC
“We don’t know what our ranking will be, but we don’t care,” Don said earlier Tuesday. “What really matters is whether we accomplish our agenda.”Don said the fight against trafficking has been on the government’s agenda since 2015. The US State Department is scheduled to release the report at 9.30pm Bangkok time. It assesses government efforts around the world to combat human trafficking. This year’s report, the 17th issued, covers 187 countries and territories, including the US itself.
June 27, 2017 05:03 UTC
The last 10 days of Ramadan usually witness a spike in violence due to a belief that attacks during this time gain the perpetrators special merit in the afterlife. Pattani had four incidents from June 15 to 24, Narathiwat another four, and Yala three. Seven of the 14 people killed and 14 of the 23 wounded were representatives of the state – security officers or volunteers, who militants in the ethnic Malay separatist movement consider “hard targets”. In 2013, 47 people died and 117 were wounded in 107 incidents. In 2015, 39 died and 71 were wounded in 116 incidents.
June 27, 2017 04:52 UTC
At the same time, the official in question said he may sue the person(s) responsible for leaking the document for violating the Computer Crime Act, if the action damaged his and his family members’ reputations. SRT traffic manager (service) Araya Pintadit said the unnamed official, whose monthly salary is Bt61,210, had worked overtime throughout May as the SRT had been repairing rail tracks in the deep South. He also revealed that there were about 10 overtime requests in May due to carrying out the necessary work. He said as the public had questioned the amount sort by the Pattani-based official, the SRT would investigate. The official in question said it was up to his supervisors to explain the matter to the public.
June 27, 2017 04:18 UTC
A child sits among rubble of houses destoyed in air strikes during Eid al-Fitr in Al-Nashabiyah, Syria, on Monday. Several families live in Al-Nashabiyah, which is considered as a frontline in clashes between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and opposing forces. “If, however, Mr Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price,” according to the statement, which adds that the US is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State militant group. After US forces shot down two pro-regime drones, and the US-backed coalition shot down a Syrian jet earlier this month, the Russian government threatened to target US planes flying over certain parts of the country. US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley tweeted that Russia and Iran would share the blame of any future attack by Mr Assad against the Syrian people.
June 27, 2017 03:56 UTC
The Appeals Court ruled that there were no witnesses to implicate Wiwat Yodprasit in the crime. The gunman fired a M16 assault rifle covered with a popcorn bag at red-shirt protesters in February 2014. Police arrested Wiwat in Surat Thani province on March 19, 2014. On March 3, 2016, the Criminal Court sentenced Wiwat to 37 years in jail for murder and carrying a gun in public. Despite the acquittal, the Appeals Court ordered Wiwat to be detained pending the Supreme Court’s decision on the case.
June 27, 2017 03:56 UTC