Parties slam new restriction on old-age allowanceAn elderly freelancer at work in Sam Phraeng community in Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok. If payment of the age allowance was based on the database for state welfare cards, only 5 million of them would be entitled to the age allowance. The requirement for the elderly to prove their poverty may prevent them receiving state welfare, which was in breach of this law. "The government ... should instead lay a foundation for state welfare for all. The Move Forward and Thai Sang Thai parties both propounded policies of paying a monthly allowance of 3,000 baht to all elderly citizens during campaigning for the May 14 general election.
August 14, 2023 09:04 UTC
Indonesia c.bank intervenes in currency marketsJAKARTA - Indonesia's central bank has intervened in the spot foreign exchange and domestic nondeliverable forward markets to prevent high volatility in the rupiah currency, an official said on Monday. The rupiah fell 0.8% to 15,325 a dollar earlier on Monday, the weakest level since March. Edi Susianto, head of Bank Indonesia's monetary management department, told Reuters the intervention was meant to "ensure a good balance of supply and demand".
August 14, 2023 06:35 UTC
Protesters slam Pheu Thai, Bhumjaithai for alliance with military partiesA protestor splashes paint in front of the Bhumjaithai Party headquarters on Phahon Yothin Road in Bangkok on Sunday evening. People using about 50 vehicles first gathered at the BTS Mo Chit station on Phahon Yothin Road at about 1.30pm. The demonstrators then moved to the Pheu Thai headquarters on Phetchaburi Road at about 4.45pm. There they dumped and destroyed Pheu Thai souvenirs including stickers, cups, calendars and shirts. Pheu Thai came second in the May 14 general election with 141 House seats and Bhumjaithai came third with 71 seats.
August 13, 2023 17:45 UTC
Russian forces kill 7 including baby in southern UkraineExterior view of a heavily damaged apartment after what officials say was a Russian overnight shelling in Kherson, Ukraine, Aug 7, 2023 in this still image obtained from social media video. (Telegram/Oleksandr Prokudin via REUTERS)Seven people including a baby girl, her 12-year-old brother and their parents were killed on Sunday by Russian shelling in southern Ukraine, officials said. In the village of Stanislav two men aged 57 and 71 were killed, officials said, adding that a woman was wounded. Kherson was one of four regions in Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed to have annexed last year. Late last year, Russian troops withdrew from the city of Kherson but Moscow has continued to target settlements in the region.
August 13, 2023 17:35 UTC
They said the make-up of the Pheu Thai-led coalition government will be no different from the outgoing government as only Pheu Thai will serve as a new addition. Wanwichit Boonprong, a political science lecturer at Rangsit University, said the PPRP and the UTN are Pheu Thai's old foes. "It will be difficult for Pheu Thai to implement several of its policies. It is only the previous government, with Pheu Thai added to it." A convoy of cars will start from BTS Mor Chit station and proceed to the headquarters of the Bhumjaithai Party and Pheu Thai, he said.
August 13, 2023 16:18 UTC
Man accidentally shoots himself while dancing in Hat Yai pubThe 9mm automatic pistol recovered from a pub-goer by police after the weapon accidentally went off while the man was dancing in a Hat Yai pub, Songkhla, early on Sunday (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)SONGKHLA: About a hundred pub-goers ran for their lives out of a well-known entertainment venue in Hat Yai early on Sunday after a 9mm automatic pistol carried by a customer accidentally went off, sending a bullet into his left leg. The incident occurred at about 1.30am inside Nectar Pub on Chuti-anusorn road in the Hat Yai municipal area. Hat Yai police rushed to the pub to investigate. He was admitted to Hat Yai Hospital for treatment. A police investigation revealed that Mr Niran was among a large group of about 30 customers who made reservations online.
August 13, 2023 13:05 UTC
Most favour Abhisit for Democrat leadership: pollAbhisit Vejjajiva, former leader of the Democrat Party, attends a party meeting on July 9. (Photo: Varuth Hiranyatheb)Most people are of the opinion that Abhisit Vejjajiva, a former prime minister and former leader of the Democrat Party, should be re-elected as party chief, according to a survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll. The poll was conducted on Aug 9-10 by telephone interviews with 1,310 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education, occupations and incomes throughout the country to compile their opinions on who should be the next Democrat Party leader after the resignation of Jurin Laksanawisit. His resignation necessitated an election for the new party leader and new executive committee, matters which are still unresolved. The Democrat Party was founded in April 1946, and is the country's oldest political party.
August 13, 2023 05:34 UTC
Prawit not quitting politics just yet, 'willing' to accept new govt postPrawit: PPRP leader and PM candidateDeputy Prime Minister and Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) leader Gen Prawit Wongsuwon is not leaving politics just yet and has never knocked back the prospect of a post in the next government, deputy PPRP leader Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said. Mr Chaiwut, who serves as Digital Economy and Society Minister, was speaking following a report the PPRP would join a coalition government led by the Pheu Thai Party. Asked whether Gen Prawit would accept any cabinet post in the Pheu Thai-led coalition government after a report surfaced that he would let his younger brother Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwon, the PPRP's chief adviser, take a cabinet post instead, Mr Chaiwut said: "[Gen Prawit] never said he would not accept a post.'' Mr Chaiwut said Gen Prawit remains the party's leader and PM candidate. Mr Chaiwut said the party will meet to decide whether to join the Pheu Thai-led coalition.
August 13, 2023 04:23 UTC
Srettha ThavisinSrettha Thavisin, Pheu Thai Party's prime minister candidate, is confident he will garner enough support from both houses to be named as the new PM in a single round of voting. It will be the first time a Pheu Thai prime minister candidate will be nominated for a vote after Move Forward Party Leader Pita Limjaroenrat failed to be picked for the top job amid legal uncertainty over his renomination. He also thanked the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) for pledging to vote for him. The PPRP is led by Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is UTN's former chief adviser. Critics have rebuked Pheu Thai for considering partnering with either party, dismissing them as a legacy of the National Council for Peace and Order dictatorship.
August 13, 2023 04:14 UTC
(Photo: Chanat Katanyu)The Pheu Thai Party has now sealed a deal with the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) and United Thai Nation (UTN) Party in which the two parties have agreed to vote for Pheu Thai's prime ministerial candidate in exchange for slices of the cabinet quota cake, according to a source. Pheu Thai has 141 MPs while Bhumjaithai has 71 MPs, the PPRP 40, the UTN 36, Chartthaipattana 10, Prachachat nine, Pheu Thai Ruam Palang 2, Chartpattanakla 2, with Seri Ruam Thai Party, Plung Sungkom Mai, Thongthee Thai and the New Democracy Party all having one MP apiece. Pheu Thai has agreed that one cabinet position will be allotted for nine MPs each has, said the same source. As for the positions of finance and defence minister, Pheu Thai is approaching two outsiders who are highly qualified to hold these posts, said the source. Despite insisting Pheu Thai had yet to reach any formal agreement with the PPRP and the UTN, Mr Phumtham has admitted that Pheu Thai is left with no other choice but to include them for the sake of stability.
August 12, 2023 17:46 UTC
Chartthaipattana pro-charter rewrite but says some parts are 'sacred'Pheu Thai Party leader Cholnan Srikaew, left, waves his hand as Chartthaipattana (CTP) leader Varawut Silpa-archaan, centre, and CTP director Nikorn Chamnong, rigt, arrive at parliament on Thursday. Pheu Thai welcomed the CTP into its coalition to form a government. (Photo: Chanat Katanyu)The Chartthaipattana Party (CTP) voiced support for setting up a charter-drafting assembly to write a new constitution but insisted Chapters 1 and 2 must be left untouched. Mr Nikorn's comments came as Pheu Thai posted on Friday on its social media that a charter rewrite was top of its agenda. ILaw manager Yingcheep Atchanond asked if the charter rewrite could be pursued if Pheu Thai was planning to invite the Palang Pracharath Party and United Thai Nation Party (UTN) to join the coalition.
August 12, 2023 16:57 UTC
Bangkok representative says he was protecting a woman who was being harassedMove Forward MP Chorayuth Chaturapornprasit (white shirt and black waistcoat) is seen being restrained during an altercation at a restaurant in the Ekamai area of Bangkok on Friday night. (Screengrab)A Move Forward Party (MFP) MP has accepted blame following a physical altercation at a Bangkok restaurant on Friday night, but says he was defending a woman who was being harassed. The MP for Bang Kholaem-Yannawa MP is seen stepping in to intervene as the man began to harass a woman. Move Forward spokesman Karoonpon Tieansuwan said on Saturday that the other man had previously harassed Mr Chorayuth’s friends and had slapped another person in the face before turning his attention to the MP. Nonetheless, the MP insisted that he was merely protecting the woman seen in the video and did not initiate the fight.
August 12, 2023 12:05 UTC
Philippines 'in talks with Vietnam, India for rice imports'In this photo taken on July 19, 2023, workers plant varieties of rice being developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos town, Laguna province. (Photo: AFP)MANILA: The Philippines is in talks to import rice from Vietnam and India as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to boost its buffers and lower prices, an agriculture official said. "This will hopefully pave the way for the country to get better terms for the additional 300,000 metric tonnes to 500,000 metric tonnes of rice importation for this year," the official said. The additional purchase may lower rice prices for the Philippines as it will boost national inventory, which even without imports, is expected to last for 52 to 57 days by the end of the year, Panganiban said. Agriculture officials in December said rice imports this year will likely reach around 2.5 million metric tonnes, from about 3.5 million metric tonnes in 2022.
August 12, 2023 06:05 UTC
SET gains despite political dramaAn investor monitors share prices on a mobile phone. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)The SET moved up throughout the month of July despite some political turmoil as a new coalition government struggled to take shape. Average turnover was 44.7 billion baht, down 0.5% from the month before. Foreign investors were net sellers of 12.6 billion baht, while local funds and local investors were net buyers. The telecom operator's second-quarter profit of 7.3 billion baht was in line with our expectation.
August 12, 2023 00:07 UTC
CTP pro-charter rewrite but says some parts are sacredThe Chartthaipattana Party (CTP) yesterday voiced support for setting up a charter-drafting assembly to write a new constitution but insisted Chapters 1 and 2 must be left untouched. CTP director Nikorn Chamnong said he agreed with the policy of Pheu Thai Party, the core party forming a new government, to amend the current charter and said the best approach would be to create a new one with the involvement of the public. However, he said Chapters 1 and 2 must not be revised, and a planned referendum on the charter rewrite must not leave room for any interpretation that these two chapters can be amended. Mr Nikorn's comments came as Pheu Thai posted yesterday on its social media that a charter rewrite was top of its agenda. ILaw manager Yingcheep Atchanond asked if the charter rewrite could be pursued if Pheu Thai was planning to invite the Palang Pracharath Party and United Thai Nation Party (UTN) to join the coalition.
August 11, 2023 22:59 UTC