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Thailand Live Friday 14 October 2011

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Have a heart, thieves told

The Nation

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PM's Office Minister Surawit Khonsomboon yesterday appealed to thieves to show mercy and not deal flood victims a second blow after some reportedly used boats to rob the submerged Sawan Pracharak Hospital in Nakhon Sawan.

Surawit also urged police to help guard the safety of property during the flooding. Surawit took delivery of Bt2 million worth of medical supplies donated by Greater Pharma Co, but asked the company to pack the medicine in 15,000 individual sets for convenience in distributing to flood victims.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-14

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9 state banks offer relief measures to clients

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Nine state-owned banks are setting up relief measures for existing and potential clients who have been affected by the flooding.

Announced yesterday at a news conference attended by Finance Ministry permanent secretary Areepong Bhoocha-oom, the measures include debt moratoriums, interest-rate cuts and new loans for repair work.

Participating in the scheme are Krung Thai Bank, the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC), Government Savings Bank, Government Housing Bank, the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand (SME Bank), Islamic Bank of Thailand, Export-Import Bank of Thailand, the Small Business Credit Guarantee Corporation and Secondary Mortgage Corp.

The BAAC will waive all debt obligations in case of loss of life. It also offers three-year debt rescheduling and a three-year moratorium on interest through 2013.

GS Bank will extend emergency loans of up to Bt300,000 at 3.25-per-cent interest for the first two years, as well as house-repair loans of up to Bt300,000.

GH Bank will offer a 2-per-cent interest rate on new loans to existing clients for five years.

SME Bank offers repair or working-capital loans up to Bt1 million for six years, with a two-year grace period. The interest rate in the following years is 8 per cent (2 per cent to be absorbed by the government).

Financial assistance will be waived from recipients' income tax. Meanwhile, donors will be able deduct from their taxable income 1.5 times the amount of donations to units registered with the Revenue Department between September 1 and December 31, 2011.

The Treasury Department will waive rentals for a year on partially damaged properties and for two years on entirely damaged properties.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-14

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Official among 6 shot dead in Pattani attacks

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Six people including a senior official were killed yesterday in two separate insurgent attacks in Pattani.

Hami Uma, deputy head of a local administrative body in Mayo district, was killed instantly along with driver Doraseh Jehlong after a pickup truck cut in front of their vehicle and four gunmen in the truck bed sprayed them with more than 100 rounds from M16 and AK47 assault rifles.

Stray bullets hit and killed passerby Saifoo Phayain and grazed a 13yearold student.

After the initial attack, the vehicle turned back and one gunman dismounted and shot both occupants in the head, before fleeing with Hami's service pistol, police quoted witnesses as saying.

The gunfire shattered windows at a nearby school and struck the roofs of three homes. More than 100 spent casings and spikes scattered by the gunmen to prevent pursuit were found at the scene, a Tintersection.

The four gunmen, along with the driver and a passenger in the cab, were travelling in a black Mitsubishi Titan pickup without licence plates, police said.

Later in Panareh district, four gunmen on two motorcycles arrived at a seafoodprocessing business owned by married couple Atikorn and Urai Ungrangsee and adult relative Sunee, and opened fire, killing all of them instantly. The attackers travelled on two black Honda Wave motorcycles.

Before leaving, the four planted a bomb near one of the shop's doors. The device was detected visually by a police bomb squad, which defused and disposed of it.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-14

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Zero-interest loans for teachers

The Nation

Education Minister Worawat Uaapinyakul said yesterday that the ministry approved Bt700 million in interestfree loans to teachers needing to repair their flooddamaged homes or for other urgent requirements.

The budget came from the teachers' lifedevelopment fund. The Teachers and Educational Personnel Council now is working on the loan criteria.

Teachers interested in applying for a loan should contact the council's or their educational zone's offices, Worawat said.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-14

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Park open for parking

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Nakhon Pathom's Buddhamonthon Park is now open for temporary storage of flood victims' cars.

Nopparat Benjawattananan, chief of the National Buddhism Bureau, said yesterday that the complex could also be used a refugee shelter upon request by Nakhon Pathom or nearby provinces.

Floodaffected residents of Bangkok can get information on 109 parking centres for 69,959 cars as well as emergency shelters from the Traffic Police's 1197 hotline or www.trafficpolice.go.th.

They can also obtain information from the Metropolitan Police at (02) 345 6160 for Division 1, 566 4253 for Division 2, 171 4204 for Division 3, 517 2729 for Division 4, 22551888 for Division 5, 223 0175 for Division 6, 449 0395 for Division 7, 477 1080 for Division 8, and 451 7231 for Division 9.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-14

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Their Majesties grant funds

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Their Majesties the King and Queen have graciously granted Bt100,000 in personal funds to assist flood victims in Chiang Mai's 25 districts.

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul and officials attended a ceremony for the transfer of the money at City Hall yesterday afternoon.

Khomsan Suwanampa, chief of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office, was assigned to allocate the funds among the victims.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-14

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NBTC launches measures to help out

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The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has launched five measures to help flood victims, which include asking mobilephone operators to delay the payment period for prepaid users and to waive some fees, NBTC commissioner Supinya Klangnarong posted on Twitter yesterday.

The agency has also told all TV channels and radio stations to broadcast updates from the Flood Relief Operations Command (FROC) at 10am, 4pm and 10pm every day for a month, she said.

The NBTC is also setting up a coordination centre at Don Mueang Airport, where the FROC has been set up, to ensure that there is no breakdown in telecommunications. In addition, she said, community radio stations in affected areas could contact the NBTC for help at any time.

Supinya added that the NBTC would also come up with a master plan.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-14

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