With many planned hydro projects in its territory, Laos is determined to become the battery of Asia. While its economic need for hydropower revenue is understandable, the pace at which Laos has driven the projects is worrying. Earlier, Laos submitted its Xayaburi project for consultation in 2011 and the Don Sahong one in 2014. A "council study" by the Mekong River Commission, a coordinating body set up by the four countries, is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Many hope it can help provide improved understanding about the ecological future of the Mekong basin if this and other dams are built.
Keshav Dhakad, regional director for the digital crimes unit of Microsoft Asia, says cyber risks in Thailand are comparable to conditions in the Philippines and Bangladesh. Thailand ranks among the top 10 countries in Asia-Pacific for the number of malware attacks because of high rates of software piracy and internet use, Microsoft says. The threat risk here is comparable to conditions in the Philippines and Bangladesh, he said, while Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore are at the lowest risk of malware attacks. The study analysed about 90 new PCs running pirated software in Thailand and seven other countries. The company found there are 425,000 new malware attacks per month.
SET-listed banks are expected to deliver flat quarter-on-quarter net profits for the second quarter, with larger impairment charges for higher bad loans paring their bottom line, according to Phillip Securities. Some banks that extended loans to a cash-strapped coal mining company are required to put aside counter-cyclical reserves this quarter, Phillip said in a research note. "We expect the banking sector's second-quarter net profits to be flat from the first quarter, despite the prospect of continued growth in interest income," Phillip said. "However, banks' second-quarter net profits are expected to improve from the same period last year, mainly because of lower loan-loss provisions." The combined loans of the 10 listed banks covered by Phillip rose 0.4% month-on-month in May and 0.8% year-to-date.
Former champions Buriram United are fancying their chances of adding three more points to their tally when they take on Pattaya United in an away Thai League 1 match today. Buriram United wrested the top spot from arch-foes SCG Muang Thong United when the second half of the league kicked off last weekend. Pattaya United manager Karn Jantarat, however, feels his men are capable of holding the Thunder Castle to a draw at the home ground. "We know that Buriram United are a very strong team, but we will not let them have an easy outing. Buriram manager Tatthep Pitakpoolsin said: "We don't have any injured or suspended players so we will be able to field our best team.
Kiatisak Senamuang (left) poses with Port team president Nualphan Lamsam at a press conference on Friday. At his official unveiling as the new coach of Thai League 1 side Port, Kiatisak Senamuang on Friday promised to make his club a nightmare for visiting teams. Kiatisak, who quit as the national team coach in late March after a string of heavy defeats in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, signed an 18-month contract with Port on Thursday. "For the first game with Bangkok United, it will be a difficult match as they are a strong team," said Kiatisak. Serbia's Milovan Rajevac was named the national team coach in April.
Atthaya Thitikul hits a shot in the final round. Atthaya Thitikul claimed the women's individual title while the men's team (Sadom Kaewkanjana and Kosuke Hamamoto) and women's team (Atthaya and Manuschaya Zeemakorn) honours also went to the Kingdom's stars. The 14-year-old Atthaya shot a final-round 71 to finish on even-par 288, nine strokes ahead of second-placed Gurbani Singh of India (74). Mimi Ho (74) of Hong Kong came third on 300, followed by another Thai Manuschaya (71) on 301. Sadom missed out on the men's individual crown by just a single stroke.
The case was forwarded to the OAG yesterday after a meeting between the Anti-Money Laundering Office and Crime Suppression Commission. A panel of four prosecutors was set up to look into the police findings before the OAG decides whether to proceed against the suspects, OAG spokesman Somnuek Siangkong said. Ms Pasist and her company were also accused of selling products without appropriate labels and avoiding taxes. Ms Pasist, together with other suspects including her 55-year-old mother and relatives, are currently being held at the Central Women's Correctional Institution and Bangkok Remand Prison. WealthEver, where Ms Pasist is an executive, was registered as a wholesale distributor of non-alcoholic drinks with the Commerce Ministry.
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) yesterday voted to pass a bill on Administrative Court procedures which has resulted in the term of the incumbent president of the court being extended for four years. Previously, the law stated the Administrative Court's president can stay until the age of 70. NLA member Chatchawan Suksomjit, chief of the bill deliberation committee, said the term of the current court's president has been shortened by this new law; therefore, the four-year term should start from when the new law is promulgated. Counting from when he took the post will shorten his term too much. The current Administrative Court president, Piya Patangta, 65, took up the post in April 2016.
Abhisit VejjajivaDemocrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says he is willing to meet Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam to explain his party's experience with the controversial primary voting system, slated for introduction by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA). Mr Abhisit told the Bangkok Post yesterday he will accept Mr Wissanu's invitation although it is not clear when and where the meeting will take place or whether it will be a one-on-one session. Mr Wissanu said he planned to invite Mr Abhisit to explain the practicality of the proposed voting system. As well as speaking to Mr Wissanu, Mr Abhisit can also voice his opinions about primary voting to the CDC or the EC so his input can be compiled as material for discussion by the joint panel. Mr Somchai said he believed the proposed primary voting system would remain intact after the joint panel discussion.
The towers in the Swiss Cottage area of north London, containing around 800 homes, were deemed unsafe following urgent tests on their exterior cladding, which was installed by the same contractor as on the Grenfell Tower. Following the snap decision, residents were told to muster at the local library. "Grenfell changes everything and I don't believe we can take any risks," Georgia Gould, leader of the Camden Council local authority, told reporters. "All we care about is getting people safely into accommodation while we do these urgent works. A total of 79 people are presumed dead in the June 14 Grenfell Tower blaze in Kensington, west London.
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CONFUSION SURROUNDS the role of state agencies following the suspension of a government attempt to freeze former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s assets to compensate for losses stemming from her administration’s rice-pledging scheme. But we don’t know about the changes in her assets as of now,” the NACC source said. Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said the responsible state agencies were attempting to locate Yingluck’s assets before they could be frozen. When asked if he had been told about suspicious movements of Yingluck’s assets, Wissanu said the agencies involved did not have to report that to him. The NACC is investigating at least 11 cases against Yingluck stemming from her role as prime minister.
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They aim to cut the severity of annual flooding in the Chao Phraya River Basin by 30 per cent. The dams would be created over five years in low-lying farmland in the four provinces. This way they can plant their crop and harvest before the flood season begins,” Somkiat said. “They will have to shift their farming pattern for public benefit, as from August to November their land will be used for floodwater storage. “We will prove that this model of flood prevention is effective – despite the budget for this project being expensive, it can prevent flood damage of up to Bt11 billion per year,” Somkiat said.
“The contract was signed in 2003 despite caution from the Local Administration Department,” NACC secretary-general Sansern Poljieak said this week. He had been a 10-time MP of Samut Prakan province and in 1976, he won the post of deputy industry minister. In politics, Chonsawat won several local elections in Samut Prakan. Chonsawat’s ordeal did not end when he completed his jail term last year. There is also an investigation into Chonsawat’s alleged wrongdoing during his term as president of the Samut Prakan Provincial Administrative Organisation.
Following the killing and dismemberment of a karaoke bar girl in Khon Kaen early this month, police took three female suspects into custody. The main talking point, however, was the selfies the suspects took with police and the national police chief’s apparent defence of them for surrendering voluntarily rather than being arrested. Deputy permanent secretary for |justice Tawatchai Thaikiew said the |premier had recommended since last year against parading suspects in press conferences because it violates basic human rights. Meanwhile, Pol General Chakthip issued a ban on the presentation of criminal suspects at press conferences, saying they would no longer be allowed to talk to the press. Police are now banned from taking photos or videos of themselves or each other with suspects other than during the collection of evidence.