Hunt for injured Sarach's replacement gains steam | Bangkok Post: news

Muang Thong United midfielder Sarach suffered a broken ankle after a nasty challenge from Sukhothai's Pichit Jaibun during a Thai League 1 match on Friday night. Sarach's injury was a big blow for Kiatisak as he is preparing for the World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia next month. PATTAYA STUN SHARKSTwo late strikes helped 10-man Pattaya United secure a 2-1 comeback victory over Chonburi in an eastern derby in Thai League 1 last night. Newcomers Thai Honda shocked last year's runners-up Bangkok United through an 84th-minute winner netted by Sittichok Kannoo on Saturday night. Buriram United breathed a sigh of relief when recorded their first victory in Thai League 1, edging Navy 2-1 away at Sattahip Stadium.

February 19, 2017 23:30 UTC

Dusadee says he'll fight for the people | Bangkok Post: news

(Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)To those fighting for justice in criminal cases, Dusadee Arayawuth is a symbol of justice. She pursued a wrongful conviction case with the Justice Ministry, which eventually agreed to seek a retrial. They know they have to submit their petition to the centre but they simply feel more confident in Pol Col Dusadee than in the organisation. They have enough on their plates, so simply listening to their complaints can bring a great deal of relief to their pain," Pol Col Dusadee said. Pol Col Dusadee is now an executive directing the ministry's policy on enabling justice and oversees the DSI and the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS).

February 19, 2017 22:20 UTC

Department turns to methadone to fight opiate addiction | Bangkok Post: news

"Under harm reduction programme, they are urged to come out to see health personnel who can give them care." The harm reduction programme is also aimed at solving the problem of overcrowded jails, reducing opioid use and crime related offences and HIV-risk behaviours. Centres in three northern provinces, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Tak, provide harm-reduction-based methadone treatment services. Mr Jitnara dismissed criticism about the impacts of harm reduction-based methadone treatment, saying it could help keep drug users healthy and safe. Under the programme, methadone is prescribed by doctors under monitored, controlled conditions to people who have used heroin and opium.

February 19, 2017 22:16 UTC

SEC to work with graft group | Bangkok Post: news

The Securities and Exchange Commission has made a pact with Pramon Sutivong and his public-sector Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) to try to make listed stock exchange companies honest. (File photos)The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will join the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) in its efforts to better examine the filings and accounts of companies listed on the stock exchange to ensure transparency. SEC secretary-general Rapee Sucharitakul has insisted the SEC is strictly inspecting the business operational transparency of all listed companies to deter a conflict of interest among shareholders and company executives, according to Mr Mana. The SEC has become more aware of the importance of business transparency among listed companies and has continued to work with anti-corruption partners in its fight against graft, he said. A key to Singapore's success in achieving in its past efforts to stamp out corruption was issuing a law requiring all state officials to prove where their assets are from.

February 19, 2017 22:16 UTC

Finding salvation for the South | Bangkok Post: news

He believes that while many small-time dealers are locked up, an even larger number of them are still at large in the deep South. "Scholars talk about 'preserving' jawi language, as if it's already dead," he said. Anwar also wants the assistance of linguists to help standardise the jawi language, which has many local dialects and spellings. But like many others, Anwar knows the deep South will continue to go through difficult times, politically, socially and even environmentally given the coal-fired power plant protests. In the long run, peace is what everyone wants but Anwar believes the definition of peace varies among different parties.

February 19, 2017 22:14 UTC

Tax perks in push for more children | Bangkok Post: news

The Revenue Department has announced new child allowance deductions for an unlimited number of biological children, effective immediately. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)Individual taxpayers can claim child allowance deductions for an unlimited number of biological children or up to three foster children under the new personal income tax structure effective from the 2017 tax year. The new structure abolishes the previous cap on the child allowance, limited to three regardless of biological or adopted children. If taxpayers have both biological and adopted children, they can deduct the allowance for up to three children, he said. The new tax structure includes increases in the income band for the 30% bracket to 2-5 million baht from 2-4 million, with the top rate of 35% starting from 5 million baht.

February 19, 2017 22:13 UTC

SRT considers electric rail to Malaysia | Bangkok Post: news

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has been asked to consider an electric train project linking Hat Yai to Padang Besar in Songkhla, said the Transport Ministry. It will be a one-metre gauge railway project over a distance of 48 km, he said, adding the project is also part of the Transport Ministry's 2017 action plan. According to Mr Peerapol, the SRT has also asked Japanese officials to conduct a feasibility study into a high-speed train project from Bangkok to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. "The SRT and Malaysia's authorities need to discuss the framework of the project study, while Japan must say whether it can offer help," said Mr Peerapol. As for the 211km high-speed train project between Bangkok and Hua Hin, Mr Peerapol said the 95-billion-baht scheme is under consideration by the State Enterprise Policy Office and no decision has been reached.

February 19, 2017 22:13 UTC

Asean needs to cross boundaries | Bangkok Post: opinion

Asean and UN Escap jointly organised the Post-Nargis Regional Partnership Conference where more than $103 million were raised to support recovery plans for Myanmar. Greenhouse gas emissions grew more rapidly in Southeast Asia than in any other region of the world, increasing by 227% over the past two decades. Regional cooperation facilitated by the intergovernmental platforms of Asean and Escap will be also critical to tackling these immense challenges. For instance, this partnership has helped safeguard and improve the livelihoods of many peoples in Southeast Asia. In the post-disaster recovery phase, Escap and Asean jointly organised the Post-Nargis Regional Partnership Conference where over $103 million was raised to support recovery plans.

February 19, 2017 22:11 UTC

Assassins and poison make a hard trail to follow | Bangkok Post: opinion

Kim Jong Nam, left, probably was killed on orders from his dictator half-brother Kim Jong Un, but Malaysian forensic specialists are trying to discover the exact poison used. Except some -- or possibly even all -- of this tale could be true in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Still, speculation that Kim Jong Nam was killed by two young female "agents" at the busy Kuala Lumpur airport last week left even the most seasoned toxicology sleuths shaking their heads. Conspiracy theories and speculation abound as police scramble to unravel what really happened to Kim Jong Nam, aged 45 or 46, the son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and a mistress. "To me, murder by poison is the easiest thing to get away with," said John Trestrail, a forensic toxicologist who has examined more than 1,000 poisoning crimes.

February 19, 2017 22:11 UTC

Navy's 'toys' indefensible | Bangkok Post: opinion

Plans to spend 27 billion baht for two additional subs have been approved in principle. Over many years, the navy's plea to resurrect a submarine force has boiled down to a single reason: neighbouring countries have submarines. Commissioned as the "flagship" of the navy in 1997, the carrier cost 8.4 billion baht just to build. Once again, as with the aircraft carrier and dirigible, assurances by military planners were completely wrong. The purchase of these costly boats for the navy are often derided as "toys for boys".

February 19, 2017 22:06 UTC

Joint solutions | Bangkok Post: opinion

I agree with Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva that the junta should not focus on a unity agreement for national reconciliation, for the military's whole approach to reconciliation is fatally flawed. Solutions would be joint products of all sectors -- not those of a given political sector -- thus promoting widespread buy-in. Focus on joint solutions to solve the problems that divide us. It's always Trump, Trump, Trump. Trumped on MangoCONTACT: BANGKOK POST BUILDING136 Na Ranong Road Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110Fax: +02 6164000 letter writers must provide full name and address.

February 19, 2017 22:06 UTC

Forget coal and embrace Energy 3.0 | Bangkok Post: opinion

A modern coal-fired power plant uses 'clean coal' to produce electricity in the US, similar to the plant planned for Krabi. These protesters and activists have come to Bangkok to protest against coal-fired power plants, technology espoused during Industrial Revolution Version 2.0. Mr Korn, a scion of capitalism, even proposes the use of renewable energy. This grid will link countries from Russia to China to share energy transmission technology and help integrate renewable energy into the transboundary grid smoothly. Dr Park --now president of EMC2 researching and developing on nuclear fusion -- came to find out whether governments in Asian countries are interested in funding nuclear fusion research.

February 19, 2017 22:01 UTC

Officials may be wishing monk has fled | Bangkok Post: opinion

The prime minister said that what is more important in this Wat Phra Dhammakaya drama is not the arrest of Phra Dhammajayo, but how to weed out bad elements from our monastic circle. What is the point of or what benefits can be gained from putting Phra Dhammajayo on trial? More importantly, the trial of Phra Dhammajayo -- if there is one -- is not the trial of the monk as an individual. Wat Phra Dhammakaya branched out in a similar fashion that a business branches out to get a bigger share of the market. After all, Phra Dhammajayo and the Dhammakaya cult are just one major problem that poses a threat to Buddhism in this country.

February 19, 2017 21:56 UTC

FA Cup: Spurs stroll, Man United squeak through | Bangkok Post: news

(Reuters photo)LONDON - Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score the winner as they recovered from an early deficit to beat Championship strugglers Blackburn Rovers 2-1 away in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday. Meanwhile, Harry Kane's hat-trick turned Tottenham Hotspur's potentially tricky FA Cup fifth-round tie at Championship side Fulham into a Sunday stroll by the River Thames as they sauntered to a 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage. It was Swede Ibrahimovic's first goal in the FA Cup and 24th in all competitions this season. Spurs 3, Fulham 0England striker Kane struck early on and twice after the interval to take his tally for the season to 19 as the eight-times FA Cup winners eased into the quarter-finals. Pochettino is yet to win any silverware with Tottenham and clearly is eyeing the FA Cup as well as the Europa League.

February 19, 2017 18:32 UTC

Vietnamese man: 'That's my sister' in Malaysia assassination | Bangkok Post: news

A Vietnamese man in Nam Dinh province believes this woman is his sister. She was arrested from CCTV footage in last week's murder of North Korean exile Kim Jong Nam (lower right). Kim Jong Nam was assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with what was thought to be a fast-acting poison. South Korean and US officials have said Kim Jong Nam was assassinated by North Korean agents. Malaysian police arrested a North Korean man on Friday in connection to the murder, while a Vietnamese woman and an Indonesian woman have also been arrested.

February 19, 2017 18:13 UTC

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