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PM: Emergency Decree to be lifted in some provinces on 1 Oct

BANGKOK (NNT) - The Government will consider the revocation of the Emergency Decree in the remaining provinces on 1 October, according to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

The Prime Minister confirmed that the authorities would make a decision this Friday to lift the State of Emergency in some of the seven provinces if normalcy was found to have returned.

Due to security concerns, the special law is currently retained in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima.

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-- NNT 2010-09-30 footer_n.gif

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Govt to hold grand celebrations for HM King´s 7th cycle birthday

BANGKOK (NNT) -- The Government will be organizing grand celebrations on the occasion of His Majesty the King’s 7th cycle birthday anniversary this year. The theme of the event is "making good deeds for HM the King and expressing loyalty to the monarchy".

Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs Suthep Thaugsuban presided over a meeting of the organizing committee of the birthday celebrations of HM the King. The celebrations are scheduled for 1 January to 31 December 2011.

The committee also agreed to arrange a royal barge procession during HM the King’s Kathin ceremony at Wat Arun Ratchawararam.

The event is the government’s another effort to revive ancient royal ceremonies and promote Thai cultures. The committee will officially ask for HM the King’s permission to organize the royal barge procession before assigning the Royal Thai Navy to handle the event.

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-- NNT 2010-09-30 footer_n.gif

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Northern and northeastern residents still on flood alert

Bangkok (NNT) -- People living near waterway in the northern and northeastern regions still watch out for continuous flood.

Water level of rivers in Nakhon Ratchasima province have increased rapidly and tend to rise especially on the Mun River in Phimai of Nakhon Ratchasima province. The water level will increase even more in Ubon Ratchathani province. Highest level so far stands at seven meters.

In addition, residents of Tambon Ban Kaeng in Nakhon Sawan province have stayed alert for emergency around the clock despite a report of stable water level. Sandbags have been placed around the area to prevent 1,500 households from flood damage.

Meanwhile, water level of the Ping River in Chiang Mai remained stable and about to decline after it had reached its peak of 3.48 meters on Wednesday night. Authorities asked people not to remove water barriers until the situation returned to normal.

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BoI appoints new honorary investment advisor to enhance nation´s image

BANGKOK (NNT) -- The Board of Investment (BoI) has appointed Mr Douglas J Dehaan, an executive of Seagate Technology as the BoI’s Honorary Investment Advisor (HIA), reasoned that he has experiences and understanding in international business and the investing in Thailand.

BoI Secretary General Atchaka Sibunruang unveiled that the BoI had appointed Mr Douglas J Dehaan, the Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations & Materials of Seagate Technology, the 11th HIA. Ms Atchaka clarified that Mr Douglas would help enhance the country’s image as an investment destination, and provide suggestion in the strategies to induce foreign investors to Thailand. He is skilled in international business and investment in Thailand.

Seagate Technology Co,.Ltd. is the largest hard disk drive and components manufacturer in the world. It has production bases in six countries; US, Ireland, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand with 53,000 employees around the world.

The company has invested in Thailand continuously since 1983. It has been supported by the BoI for its hard disk drive production at factories located in Samut Prakan and Nakhon Ratchasima by 17 projects so far, with 13,000 persons hired.

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FILM-ANNIE SAGA

The saga 'hurting the baby'

By THE NATION

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As actor Rattapoom "Film" Tohkongsub's controversial romance with an actress threatens to spiral out of control, human-rights advocates yesterday urged all parties to stop expressing opinions about the case.

The case, dubbed Thailand's "Billie Jean King" scandal, has endangered not only Rattapoom's career but the future of his music company, as well as the integrity of its top boss.

A senior Channel 3 executive also risked getting burned after stepping into the fray between Ratta-poom and actress Annie Brooke.

After claims that the actress' baby had been fathered by RS superstar Rattapoom, whose request for a DNA test was declined by Annie, people are obsessed with the daily ex-changes between the two camps and are drastically divided. TV interviews and comments via social media are only inflaming the situation.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) commissioner Visa Benjamano said the agency had assigned the subcommittee for children's rights to advise Annie about protecting her child and giving him the right to find out who his father is. People criticising the boy's mother for having many lovers was a violation of personal rights, and made people wonder about who the father might be even more, she said.

If Annie felt damaged, she could speak to a lawyer about her chances with filing lawsuits, she said, adding that this issue was sensitive and the society shouldn't discuss it because it could stigmatise the woman. Visa pointed out that modern technology allowed news content to be stored and republished, which could lead to the boy being bullied in the future. Therefore, the media should be careful about publishing the child's photographs.

Urging all sides to end this to protect the boy, she said it was a personal dispute between two people that should be resolved through legal process. She said the NHRC would soon host a seminar on media and children's rights.

Meanwhile, the secretary-general of the Foundation for the Better Life of Children, Wallop Tangkananurak, urged the media to stop sensationalising the Film-Annie saga. He said an innocent child was being affected and his rights severely violated - not only by raising doubts over his fatherhood but by being put on display.

Urging both sides to stop making ripples, he said those making defamatory comments could face libel lawsuits, adding that a mediator who was trusted by both sides should be asked to settle the issue.

Culture Minister Nipit Intarasom-bat said senior people whom Film and Annie respect should sit down and solve the dispute rationally. Also, regarding an actor or actress as a business entity allowed others to take advantage of the situation, he said. Instead of sensationalising and aggravating the situation by quoting other people's opinions, the media should offer solutions.

Meanwhile, in a phone interview with Channel 9's Nine Entertain Show yesterday, Annie said allegations of her having many lovers made her feel bad, and she insisted that she wasn't a con artist as suggested.

In related news, Channel 3 executive Somluck Narongwichai confirmed that RS chief executive officer Surachai Chetchotisak's comment about Annie dating four men at the same time last year and demanding Bt250,000 from each of them was true. Somluck said actor Kittikhun "Jun" Sumritpansuk - claiming to be one of the four men - had consulted him about Annie's demands and put sums of Bt20,000-Bt30,000 into her bank account.

Both Surachai and Somluck have found themselves under a storm of criticism from people sympathetic of the actress.

After Somluck's comment, Kittikhun hosted a press conference to announce his resignation from Channel 3. He also offered to undergo a DNA test to prove whether he was the boy's father because, he said, he had done nothing wrong.

Kittikhun's manager Supachai Sriwichit said he knew Kittikhun had spoken to Somluck but he didn't know what it was about. He said Kittikhun was advised to tell the truth, but the actor became fearful of being surrounded by so many journalists.

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-- The Nation 2010-09-30

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Death penalty for two yaba dealers

By The Nation

The Ratchadapisek Criminal Court yesterday sentenced two Thai men to death and sentenced the younger brother of one to life for dealing 296,000 yaba tablets worth Bt29.6 million.

Defendants Peerapat Kanthana, 30, and Suthep Sawangsri, 28, were caught while delivering the drug to a shopping mall's parking lot in Pathum Thani's Lam Lukka district on April 29 last year. A third defendant Nonthakan Kanthana, 34, escaped and was re-captured later .

Peerapat confessed that Nonthakan hired him to transport the drugs at Bt25,000 per time, but denied any wrongdoing. The court, finding the evidence against them was solid, ruled all three men guilty and initially sentenced them to death. However, because Peerapat's confession was useful to the case, the court reduced his sentence to life.

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-- The Nation 2010-09-30

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Satun national park not cancelled, says department

By The Nation

The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department chief yesterday insisted its sub-panel's meeting on October 6 will not propose the cancellation 4,734-rai Petra National Park in Satun to make way for the Pak Bara Port construction.

Jatuporn Buruspat said the proposal needed more studying, including its environmental impacts, and urged the construction project owner to advise villagers on its plans before proceeding.

Earlier, People's Network for Satun Development Plan Monitoring official, Somboon Khamhaeng led villagers to the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment call centre to submit a letter of objection, along with the names of 3,000 villagers.

Also discussed was the Comptroller-General's Department's request for state offices to dissolve work positions that became vacant after officials' retirement and transfer the workloads to private companies.

Jatuporn said his office would tell the department today they needed to maintain the work positions and apply the old Terms of Reference (TOR) to hire 20,000 forest-protection volunteers. However, another 10,000 general work positions, such as administrative tasks or cleaning, could use a new proposed TOR.

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-- The Nation 2010-09-30

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Sanan welcome to meet Pheu Thai board today

By THE NATION

Pheu Thai party-list MP Jatuporn Promphan said yesterday that Chart Thai Pattana Party chief adviser Sanan Kachornprasart was welcome to meet the Pheu Thai executive board today.

Jatuporn said Pheu Thai leader Yongyuth Wichaidit and other party executives were willing to discuss reconciliation with Sanan. However, he said, the 91 deaths caused during the clashes between troops and red-shirt protesters should also be on the agenda.

"Reconciliation needs to be based on justice," Jatuporn said.

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-- The Nation 2010-09-30

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EC may sue disqualified MP for by-election costs

By THE NATION

The Election Commission (EC) is planning to sue disqualified Democrat MP Chumpol Kanchana and seek damages for having to hold a by-election because he had to be removed from office for failing to properly disclose his assets and debts.

The costs of the October 30 by-election in Surat Thani's Constituency 1 are estimated to be Bt16 million.

EC member Prapun Naigowit said yesterday that the election agency's legal experts were considering filing a lawsuit against Chumpol.

He said the EC had been awarded tens of millions of baht, from the more than Bt100 million they sought in damages from candidates disqualified for committing electoral fraud. However, there has been no court verdict in which an election winner has been disqualified for filing false financial reports with the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Prapun said yesterday that the EC expected "fierce competition" in the upcoming by-election, because the country's two biggest political parties were going to field their candidates. The candidates are Suthep Thaugsuban from the ruling Democrat Party and Worawuth Wichaidit from the opposition Pheu Thai Party.

He warned against acts that could be deemed as violating the electoral law, such as making false allegations against candidates or their parties and making threats or abusing authority for certain candidates' benefits. He also said that the EC has requested local public officials to remain neutral in the upcoming election, citing a Cabinet resolution on the matter. He said that any public official found to be biased would face both disciplinary and criminal punishments.

Constituency 1 covers seven districts of Surat Thani - Muang, Pha-ngan, Koh Samui, Don Sak, Kanchanadit, Ban Na San and Wiang Sa. There are a total of 354,782 eligible voters in the constituency.

Prapun expressed concerns that rains might mar the transport of ballot boxes by boat from the islands of Samui and Pha-ngan, adding that the EC had requested for possible use of police helicopters if necessary.

Meanwhile, Suthep, the deputy prime minister in charge of security affairs, said yesterday that he would not give interviews to the media until after registration of the election candidacy.

In response to when he might speak to the media again, Suthep raised nine fingers, and smiled and nodded when asked if that meant October 9.

In a related development, Democrat MP Wirat Kalayasiri said yesterday that Suthep was chosen as the party's candidate for the by-election because it would prevent any conflicts between aspiring MPs who are struggling to get nominated.

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-- The Nation 2010-09-30

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National IDs to access free medical services under NHSO

By Pongphon Sarnsamak

The Nation

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From next month, 48 million subscribers to the National Health Security Office (NHSO) will be able to use their national ID cards instead of the "gold" membership card to get medical treatment across the country, the Public Health Ministry Jurin Laksanawisit said yesterday.

This is part of the ministry's recently launched project called "Free Medical Services for 48 million People with one ID Card".

"We want to help patients access healthcare services more easily and not have to carry many cards," Jurin told the press yesterday.

Under this project, NHSO subscribers can present their national ID cards at hospitals, which can be used to access the patient's medical records. The ID card can also be used for emergency treatment anywhere in the Kingdom.

Jurin said NHSO subscribers were covered for HIV/Aids, cancer and diabetes, with the exception of dialysis, for which they had to pay Bt500 per session.

Public Health Ministry's permanent-secretary Dr Paijit Warachit said he had instructed hospitals and healthcare units across the country to test their computer systems and link up patients' medical records so they can access medical services across the country.

People can call the 1330 NHSO hotlines to check their privileges under the universal healthcare scheme.

Meanwhile, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the NHSO yesterday signed an agreement to link their databases.

Bangkok city clerk Charoenrat Chutikarn said this would be beneficial because people can have easier access to medical treatment.

"Through people's national ID cards, their personal information can be automatically accessed along with their entitlements. This way, patients don't have to fill up a form," he said.

Last year, up to 4.7 million people have sought medical treatment at BMA-run facilities.

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-- The Nation 2010-09-30

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