Monks, police clash, some injuries | Bangkok Post: news

Masked monks and police tussle at the entrance to a road outside Wat Phra Dhammakaya on Monday morning. The clash occurred about 8am when about 20 monks walked from Gates 5 and 6 along the road to the entrance, which was blocked by police standing in rows. The monks used loud hailers to demand the temple's disciples waiting at the entrance be allowed inside. On Sunday, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) issued a statement demanding that laymen and monks who were not residents of Wat Phra Dhammakaya leave the temple by 3pm. In response, thousands of monks and followers broke through barricades and entered the temple, presurring officials to end the temple search.

February 20, 2017 03:17 UTC

SET opens up 3.96 to 1,581.80 | Bangkok Post: business

Thai stocks opened up 0.25% at the start of trade this morning. The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index opened at 1,581.80 points, up 3.96 points from Friday’s close. The trade value was 1.49 billion baht, with 359.98 million shares traded. The SET50 index opened at 992.39 points, up 3.44 points, or 0.35% with a total trade value of 644.74 million baht. The MAI index stood at 637.19 points, up 2.82 points or 0.44%, with total transaction value of 114.94 million baht.

February 20, 2017 03:07 UTC

3 NBTC commissioners oppose payment to MCOT | Bangkok Post: tech

One-third of the nine commissioners of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) strongly oppose the plan to compensate MCOT Plc for returning its unused 2600-megahertz spectrum to the regulator for auctions. The three commissioners are Col Natee Sukolrat, Supinya Klangnarong, and Prawit Leesathapornwongsa, said an NBTC source who asked not to be named. The bill suggests the regulator could compensate state agencies that return spectrum, leading to better arrangement of spectrum slots. Last month the broadcasting committee's resolution was raised as an agenda item at an NBTC board meeting for endorsement. MCOT told the NBTC last year it wanted to return 80MHz of bandwidth of the total 190MHz to the NBTC for its auction.

February 20, 2017 02:57 UTC

Dhammakaya monks resist police, mobilise supporters | Bangkok Post: learning

DSI deputy spokesman Woranan Srilam denied claims on social media that officials would seize temple assets including golden Buddha statues. About 10 minutes later, followers and temple monks emerged from inside the temple. At 3.30pm, temple followers and monks set up a tent near the Khlong L 2 canal outside Gate 5 and Gate 6 to welcome additional followers who were coming in to support the temple. Standoffs between police and followers and monks continued into the evening. Want to disrobe all the Dhammakaya monks and take eight tonnes of golden [Buddha] statues."

February 20, 2017 02:19 UTC

Warning of web-connected devices boosting cybercrime | Bangkok Post: business

Cybercriminals are increasingly using internet-connected devices as weapons to launch massive cyberattacks to disrupt web services on the internet. Attackers can use those devices to surf web pages, relay traffic or even attack other devices on the web. DDoS attacks are increasing in frequency and intensity. Mr Ellis said businesses reported that DDoS attacks cost them an average of US$1.5 million (52.5 million baht) annually. DDoS attacks also cause reputational damage, compromise web performance and hinder productivity.

February 20, 2017 01:46 UTC

Budget carriers' passenger traffic continues to soar | Bangkok Post: news

Low-cost carriers (LCCs) have continued to take a bigger slice of overall airline traffic through Thailand, a trend that is set to continue unabated. In contrast, budget airlines in 2015 handled 46.1 million passengers out of the 110 million total. LCCs clearly continued to be the main driver for overall air traffic growth through those airports that year. LCC passenger traffic volume rose 23.9% last year, which was lower than the 30.4% growth rate registered in the previous year. LCCs further enabled overall passenger traffic to keep its upward movement in 2016, albeit at half the pace recorded in 2015 over 2014.

February 20, 2017 00:39 UTC

In the war for talent, spotting potential is the key | Bangkok Post: business

Recruiters are fighting to win in the “war for talent”. Meanwhile, the talent landscape itself is changing and that is shaping the way organisations are looking for talents. The talent pipeline is becoming an increasingly important success factor but many companies are not managing their future talent pipelines effectively. Talent spotting is becoming more crucial than ever for organisations and leaders. The key will be to evaluate people not just on physical attributes or skills, but rather, on their potential.

February 20, 2017 00:29 UTC

Weaving a community together | Bangkok Post: lifestyle

Karnjana KarnjanataweVillagers of Ban Na Ton Chan community in Sukhothai's Si Satchanalai district describe Sangiam Sawaenglap as kind, caring and diligent. When the Community Development Department launched its project in the village, Sangiam applied for the job. She upgraded the group to Ban Na Ton Chan Cloth Weaving Group. But any community can produce cotton cloth so Sangiam wanted to find a unique selling point. 1998: The group is upgraded to Ban Na Ton Chan Weaving Group with 56 members and receives financial support from the Community Development Department.

February 20, 2017 00:22 UTC

Turning Japanese | Bangkok Post: business

The Japanese developers have transferred not just funds, but also construction technology, work procedures and innovative design to Thailand. In 2014, the first year of the AP-MEC partnership, AP used an interlocking layout at its condo projects to optimise space. This year's plan calls for opening two new condo projects worth 14 billion baht in the first half. Mr Surachet says Japanese developers prefer locations near existing mass transit lines or ones under construction. "Japanese investors in condo development focused on the luxury segment, and the Thai developers they had joint ventures understood the market well," she says.

February 20, 2017 00:21 UTC

Calm seas for tuna shippers | Bangkok Post: business

Canned tuna products of Thai Union Group, the world's biggest tuna exporter. Thailand's canned tuna exports are set to grow as demand surges. Thai canned tuna producers should switch to making higher value products to increase their profit margin, he said. The TTIA played down concerns about possible new economic policies from US President Donald Trump, saying they would not affect Thai tuna exports to the US or demand. However, he said exporters are concerned about a stronger baht weighing on tuna exports this year.

February 20, 2017 00:16 UTC

Nation TV operator denies channels to close | Bangkok Post: business

NBC president Adisak Limparungpatanakij denies rumour spreading on the social media that its Now26 and Nation TV22 are closing down. Adisak Limparungpatanakij, president of Nation Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), said speculation spreading over social media the past week is not true as the company has no plan to shutter its Now26 and Nation TV22 digital TV channels. "We're looking for partners to help out because of stiff competition in the digital TV market," said Mr Adisak. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) set auction rules that each licence holder must offer digital TV content as specified on its licence. He said the company plans to move its print media staff to online media in line with the popularity of new media.

February 19, 2017 23:59 UTC

Eyes on Kansai for EEC inspiration | Bangkok Post: business

PM orders study of Japan's special economic zone to template the effectiveness of the planned industrial cluster. Cranes work at Laem Chabang port in Chon Buri, one of three provinces in the EEC development project. Kansai was one of six areas designated on May 2014 by the Abe administration as Japan's national strategic special zones equipped with business-friendly conditions promoting bold deregulations and offering high standards of business and living environment. So far, the government has established the national policy committee on EEC, and the EEC office. "EEC shares almost the same development with Kansai Strategic Special Zone, be it specific laws that govern the special zone, targeted industries, infrastructure development, innovation and technological development, with the government's support in investment privileges," said Mr Kobsak.

February 19, 2017 23:59 UTC

China submits Mekong survey | Bangkok Post: news

These islets and the jutting shoreline in Chiang Rai are the focus of concern of activists opposed to blasting the Mekong to make it smooth sailing for Chinese merchants. (File photo)A Chinese company contracted to survey the Mekong River for navigation purposes has submitted a plan to Thailand's Marine Department. Department deputy director-general Somchai Sumanaskhachornkul said yesterday the department received the survey plan from CCCC Second Harbour Consultants on Jan 23. The Chinese company submitted the survey plan after the Thai cabinet approved the Development Plan for International Navigation on the Lancang-Mekong River (2015–2025) on Dec 27 as a framework to ensure safety in water transport along the river. Mr Somchai said the Chinese company intended to survey a section of the Mekong River between Laos and Thailand.

February 19, 2017 23:59 UTC

The art of activism | Bangkok Post: opinion

For viewers, having artists who have fearlessly and ceaselessly been speaking the truth is something to be thankful for. How many understood that outside of theatre, there's another test of endurance going on in the real world up until today? The question, then, is whether good art can also be efficient art in this current political landscape? By letting ordinary people into the process of art making, the art world has suddenly become a more easily accessible one. Admittedly, it's not clear how exactly change can be actually brought about, but now that art has joined forces with activism and the boundary between the art space and the real world is consequently blurred, we are perhaps a step closer than before.

February 19, 2017 23:56 UTC

Jang triumphs in Adelaide | Bangkok Post: news

Jang, 24, conjured a remarkable finish with an eagle from long range at the 17th followed by a brilliant birdie at the 18th to reach 10-under 282. "It's a really good, strong finish," Jang said. "I had a really good score after hole No.12 and I hit a really good birdies at 13 and 14 and eagled the 17th." American Salas, who led by three shots at the 11th hole yesterday, fell away badly to record a five-over 78 and finish tied for seventh. Ko completed just one round under par at Royal Adelaide in her first outing since changing coach, club-makers and caddie.

February 19, 2017 23:30 UTC

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