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Thailand Live Thursday 25 November 2010

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Korn does not believe Korean conflict will affect Thai stock market

BANGKOK (NNT) -- Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij does not believe that the conflict in the Korean Peninsula will have any affect on the Thai stock market.

With stock markets all over Asia plunging down moments after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island, Mr Korn said the situation was one of the political risk factors for those investing in South Korea, most of whom were well aware of that. However, most investors have shifted their focus to the recent global financial crisis, becoming oblivious to political factors.

He, nonetheless, believed the tension between the two Koreas would not cause heavy capital outflows from Thailand, as the second round of Quantitative Easing (QE) policy of the US did not have much effect on the Thai baht; nor did it cause heavy capital inflow, thanks to the baht slight depreciation in the past several days.

South Korea said it was conducting regular military drills off the west coast when North Korea started firing dozens of shells, but that its firing exercises did not aim at the North.

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-- NNT 2010-11-25 footer_n.gif

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Campaign Launched to Attract Chinese Tourists

Political turmoil Thailand experienced earlier this year has seriously hurt tourist confidence in the country and resulted in a slide in the arrival number.

Now the Transport Ministry is taking a lead to find ways to revive the industry, with the Chinese market marked as its prime target.

The Transport Ministry today played host to a special seminar titled “Under the Same Sky, Thai Chinese Relations” in hope of attracting more Chinese to travel to Thailand.

Transport Ministry Permanent Secretary Supoj Suplom expressed his belief the promotional campain will be successfully in doubling the number of Chinese tourists to two million per year in the near future.

Supoj added that the Transport Ministry is now working with the Foreign Ministry and the Tourism and Sports Ministry on the convenience of travelers from both countries.

Top on the agenda is the cancellation of visa requirement for Chinese visitors to Thailand and Thai visitors to China.

The move is expected to significantly boost the arrival number of Chinese to Thailand to be no less than 15 million each year.

The permanent secretary went on to say that officials are now looking into continued losses at Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, which may require more state assistance to fix.

The hotel was set up under the collaboration of the Airports of Thailand, which is the major shareholder, Thai Airways International and state run Krung Thai Bank.

During the past four years of operation, the hotel continues to report losses which have accumulated to more than 681 million baht to date.

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-- Tan Network 2010-11-25

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Rice exports in 2011 to focus on quality: Commerce Ministry

BANGKOK: -- Commerce Ministry's 2011 rice strategies will focus on the quality standard of Thai rice instead of price competition, believing that Thailand's volume of rice exports will reach 8.5-9.5 million tonnes next year.

The rice strategies cover the period of 2011-2015, minister Pornthiva Nakasai said Wednesday at a seminar on "Where will Thai rice be heading in 2011?".

She said Thailand will maintain its export level of rice, for its rice is still needed in the world market and has been accepted among its trading partners. She added that Vietnam will buy up rice and push itself to be one of the world's large rice exporters is not worrisome.

According to the minister, Cambodia wants Thailand to set prices for rice. She said if the quality and standard of Thai rice is well maintained, its prices will rise accordingly.

Also, the ministry has adjusted its strategies to penetrate other rice markets, for countries in need of Thai rice such as the United States and countries in the European Union (EU) are facing internal economic problems.

Meanwhile, president of Thai Rice Exporters Association Korbsook Iamsuri said the volume of Thai rice exports from January-October this year reached 7-7.2 million tonnes.

For 2011, the export volume is expected to be about the same volume as of this year, she said. Factors such as currency exchange rates, natural disasters, and how much other countries like Cambodia, Myanmar and India will be exporting their rice is to be monitored, for their exports can affect the amount of Thai rice export. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2010-11-25

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THAI TALK

All players in Thai politics have their own contingency plans

By Suthichai Yoon

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No second round of admissions: Chinnaworn

By The Nation

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Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat is pushing for a plan to ban the second round of admissions among state schools.

"The second round gives some schools the opportunity to accept bribes," he said.

The second round has been in place for years, because students need to apply to new schools if their preferred school rejects their application in the first round.

In a move to help such children, Chinnaworn suggested that popular schools make agreements with other facilities to accept applicants they cannot recruit.

The minister has also called on schools to keep their students-per-classroom count at no more than 40.

"The number can rise to 45 at the most," he said. "If schools want more than 45 students per class, then they will need to seek approval from the Office of Basic Education Commission [Obec]."

Chinnaworn is planning to discuss this issue with Obec, because he is concerned this increase in numbers might be designed as a means to accept students whose parents offer bribes or tea money. Also, he said, having so many students in one classroom would only hurt the quality of the lessons.

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-- The Nation 2010-11-25

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Chuan to present closing statement

By The Nation

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Democrat chief adviser Chuan Leekpai, who is leading the legal team, will present the closing statement for the party dissolution case to the Constitution Court on Monday, a Democrat Party source, who asked not to be named, said.

The source added that Chuan getting advice from Banyat Bantadtan. It is highly possible that the seven Constitution Court judges would issue a verdict on the same day once the Election Commission and Democrats have presented their statements, the source said.

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-- The Nation 2010-11-25

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Court: students have right to sit medical exam

By The Nation

The Consortium of Thai Medical Schools has agreed to announce the admission exam results for two students who had been allowed to take the test after intervention by the Administrative Court, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) member Benjamano said yesterday.

The students were among a group barred from taking part in the test because some details were missing from their application forms.

If the court later rules they had the right to take the test, the consortium would proceed with the admission, Visa said. Her comments followed a meeting on Tuesday between the consortium's sub-panel and the NHRC sub-panel - which sued on behalf of the two students.

Another four students, who didn't appeal to the court but later requested to take the test, would be allowed to do so but their results wouldn't be announced or considered and they wouldn't be allowed to take the aptitude test next January, Visa said.

The consortium affirmed it wouldn't let other students, also barred from the test, from taking it. The consortium also promised to change the exam application criteria to be clearer in the academic year 2012, she added.

Meanwhile, Building Thailand Club chairman Amnuay Sunthornchote vowed to file lawsuits with the Administrative Court on behalf of 179 students who weren't allowed to take the test, as their exam applications were deemed incomplete.

As for the four whose test results wouldn't be announced, he said he would file a criminal lawsuit against the consortium for an authority abuse leading to reputation damages.

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-- The Nation 2010-11-25

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Khon Kaen to probe birth certification of abortion survivors

By The Nation

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An enquiry is underway into the issuing of birth certificates by Khon Kaen authorities to three children who survived illegal abortions, following an allegation corrupt officials took Bt20,000 for each certificate.

A one-month investigation would decide whether four officials accused of taking the bribes from Sombat Sinothok, the mother of now-detained abortionist Lanchakorn Janthamanas, would face disciplinary action and criminal prosecution.

Lanchakorn said seven children survived her abortion operations, three of whom are under her care and the four others under her mother's.

Neither woman has commented about the birth certificate issue which emerged over the weekend when Khon Kaen authorities stated publicly Sombat had admitted to paying Bt20,000 for each of the three children under her care.

People who submitted false documents to apply for birth certificates would also face criminal action and the birth certificates would need to be revoked, said the authorities. Proof of the children's birth and relations with their mothers would need to be restarted.

Wat Phyra Krai police in Bangkok are looking for a man implicated as a courier who delivered dead foetuses to the two undertakers for cremation at a Bangkok temple. A police sketch of this man, described as having crew-cut hair and standing at 170 cm, will be soon be available.

Wat Phai Ngern is preparing to host a grand merit-making event on Saturday, when Buddhist and other religious ceremonies will be held to mourn and offer merit to the 2,002 foetuses.

The temple said it had not raised any funds for the ceremony at any other location and called on people to donate money or any supplies to the temple themselves.

A companion ceremony, hosted by the government and participated in by Buddhist monks from Chinese and Vietnamese sectarian disciplines, will be held on Sunday to supplement the official event on Saturday.

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-- The Nation 2010-11-25

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