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Thailand Live Sunday 16 September 2012

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ALPINE CASE

Estate ruling will affect hundreds

Thanapat Kitjakosol

The Nation on Sunday

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Sri Srichai, a former farmer, is among the members of 50 families who rented temple land to grow rice and refuse to be evicted by the Alpine group. They have been allocated a small plot to live on.

PATHUM THANI: -- Land scandal casts cloud over future of residents, farming community and golf club members

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Democrats urge PM to take Ombudsman's advice on Thaksin passport

The Nation on Sunday

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BANGKOK: -- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been urged to show leadership by acting on the Office of the Ombudsman's recommendation to revoke fugitive ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's passport.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa....t/#entry5669508

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108 Vietnamese fishermen arrested

The Nation on Sunday

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Thai authorities arrest Vietnamese fishermen yesterday after they intruded into Thai territorial waters. Some 108 crewmembers of 10 Vietnamese fishing boats that ventured into waters south of Rayong

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/584668-108-vietnamese-fishermen-arrested/#entry5669512

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Weng seeks info on role of 'snipers'

The Nation on Sunday

BANGKOK: -- United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) activist and Pheu Thai party-list MP Weng Tojirakarn called on Democrat Suthep Thaugsuban to clarify the alleged deployment of snipers and their role during the 2010 riots.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/584670-weng-seeks-info-on-role-of-snipers/#entry5669519

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Rangers among four shot dead in Yala

Nakarin Chinworakomon,

Narong Nuansakul

The Nation on Sunday

YALA: -- Suspected insurgents shot dead three rangers and a housekeeper before burning their pick-up in Yala's Muang district yesterday morning.

Police suspect members of a militant group led by Abdul Roseh Jarong from nearby Tambon Khao Toom in Pattani's Yarang district carried out the attack.

Muang Yala superintendent Pol Colonel Narin Busaman said the attack took place near Tharn Nampueng School in Tambon Sateng Nok at 6.10am. Police found the bodies of the rangers from paramilitary ranger unit No 41 in Raman district - Somyos Waewphetch, Kampol Mangwong and Panurat Boonthawongsa - and the body of ranger camp housekeeper Porn Naphetch lying on the road near the burning vehicle.

They collected dozens of spent M16 assault rifle bullets and 9mm pistol bullets from the scene.

Police inquiries found that the rangers and housekeeper were travelling to a market when at least five gunmen hiding in a roadside forest opened fire at them with M16 assault rifles and 9mm handguns, before stealing the rangers' M16 assault rifles, setting fire to the car and fleeing.

Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre director Pol Colonel Thawee Sodsong later attended a bathing ceremony for the four victims at Yala Municipal Crematorium and presented the families of the deceased with Bt500,000 in assistance money. Meanwhile, a combined ranger and police team yesterday afternoon surrounded a durian plantation in Tambon Mareu Bo-ok of Narathiwat's Joh I Rong district, after a tip-off about insurgents. They seized bomb-making materials and tools that could make 29 bombs (18 booby trap bombs and 11 battery-detonated bombs), but the insurgents escaped.

In related news, Narathiwat police yesterday announced the arrest of Ba Cho district resident and bomb suspect Assan Sama, 23, who allegedly carried out a bomb attack with three others on a team of Thai marines in Muang Narathiwat on August 7, which injured two. Police also issued arrest warrants for three alleged accomplices, aged from 23-35.

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-- The Nation 2012-09-16

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Whatever the tabloids say, Eriksson says he's here for the football

Kitinan Sanguansak,

Jintana Panyaarvudh

The Nation on Sunday

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BANGKOK: -- Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's surprise move to take up a job in Thai football earlier this month has inevitably raised plenty of questions, but the Swedish veteran has reiterated that he is here purely for footballing reasons.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/584673-whatever-the-tabloids-say-eriksson-says-hes-here-for-the-football/#entry5669541

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SUSTAINABILITY

International Coastal Cleanup

Achara Deboonme

The Nation

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Today, the beaches of Pattaya and Rayong's Mae Ramphueng Beach are set to welcome a number of people. They are not there for relaxation, but to collect waste washed up ashore as part of the International Coastal Cleanup.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/584674-international-coastal-cleanup/#entry5669546

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Elite 'grabbed land meant for poor farmers'

Piyanuch Thamnukasetchai,

The Nation on Sunday

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: -- The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has found that high-ranking officials, families of the elite and wealthy businessmen own land plots in Lamtakong settlement in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district, which was meant to be allotted to poor farmers.

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/584675-elite-grabbed-land-meant-for-poor-farmers/#entry5669556

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Central Group chief Wanchai passes away

The Nation on Sunday

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Wanchai Chirathiwat, chairman of diversified Central Group, Thailand's largest department store chain and a major shopping centre operator, has passed away at the age of 84.

Wanchai presided over the group's steady expansion over the past several decades in Thai and overseas markets, marked by the recent acquisition of a major European department store chain which has 11 branches in Italy.

He is the second son of Tiang Chirathiwat, founder of Central Group, which was established after World War II.

The original Central retail outlet was opened on Bangkok's Si Phya Road, selling imported books, garments and cosmetics, among other goods.

Later, Wanchai and his late elder brother Samrit helped their father open the first Central department store in Bangkok's Wang Burapha area.

In 1989, Wanchai became chairman of Central Group, after which he started to re-organise the fast-expanding diversified retail conglomerate for further expansion in both domestic and foreign markets.

Central Retail Corporation was set up to take charge of all retail activities, while Central Pattana Co became responsible for shopping centre development schemes.

The trading and wholesale businesses were grouped under Central Marketing Group while the hotel business is under Centara Hotels and Resorts and the fast-food business under Central Restaurants Group.

The diversified multibillion-baht business empire has been run by the Chirathiwat Family Council, which consists of key members of the family, especially those from the second, third and fourth generations.

Suthitham Chirathiwat is now chairman of Central Group's executive board. The group's combined sales revenue is projected to top Bt188 billion this year, while the group's combined investment outlay for 2012 is about Bt30 billion.

The group has also prepared for the Asean Economic Community, which will be effective in 2015, creating a single market of some 600 million consumers in 10 countries.

Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and China are among the top markets being eyed by Central Group.

Over the next five years, sales from overseas operations are projected to rise to more than 20 per cent of the total, up from the current 11 per cent, according to Suthitham.

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-- The Nation 2012-09-16

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PM Yingluck satisfied with state-initiated water management measures implemented in 2012

BANGKOK, 16 September 2012 (NNT) – The Prime Minister has expressed satisfaction over this year’s water management measures implemented by the government.

PM Yingluck Shinawatra said during the weekly “Yingluck Government Meets the People” program that the government’s water management policies, which have been implemented since the beginning of this year, are considered satisfactory.

The Premier said that all state agencies have markedly improved their work and quickly extended assistance to people who have been affected by the inundation.

From now, the Prime Minister said that she has urged all parties to be more proactive in planning advance measures for at-risk locations while reviewing all protocols required under the state of emergency in order to enable timely execution of policies for those in need.

The PM stated that related provincial offices and local administrative organizations have been instructed to thoroughly inspect all dikes to prevent the repeat of the recent Sukhothai flood.

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Agriculture Ministry confident in continued improvement of Thai rubber industry

BANGKOK, 16 September 2012 (NNT) – The deputy agriculture minister has expressed confidence in the continued improvement of the Thai rubber sector.

During this week’s “Yingluck Government Meets the People” program, Deputy Agriculture Minister Nattawut Saikuar said that signs of positive global economic development has pushed the domestic price of local natural rubber sheet no. 3 higher to 83.85 baht per kilogram, while its price in the futures market also went up to 98.92 baht per kilogram.

Looking at other positive signals from all markets, Mr. Nattawut is confident that the rubber prices will only rise further.

He added that the government will continue the implementation of both ad-hoc and long-term measures in order to find more added-value to the Thai produce.

Mr. Nattawut stated that a group of researchers and related agencies have been teamed up to perform more studies to develop the rubber industry and they will soon be meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the issues.

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Phuket News: Inaction over Tiger inferno sparks fire-safety blitz

Phuket Gazette –

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Outraged by the lack of action by officials, Governor Tri (pictured here at Tiger Disco, in black jacket) has ordered an island-wide crackdown on all public venues where large crowds gather. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

Full Story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/584681-phuket-news-inaction-over-tiger-inferno-sparks-fire-safety-blitz/#entry5669832

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Thailand supports flood relief efforts in Myanmar

BANGKOK, 16 September 2012 (NNT) - Thailand has donated two million baht to Myanmar to support relief and rehabilitation efforts in that country which has been struck by devastative floods since August 2012.

The money was presented to Myanmar Ambassador to Thailand Tin Win on Friday, September 14, by Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release, many parts of Myanmar were struck by the flood disaster, especially in some parts of Yangon, Irrawaddy, Bago and Tenasserim, resulting in the evacuation of approximately 70,000-85,000 people as well as heavy damages to various rice plantations across the country.

The release said the assistance demonstrates the goodwill and friendship Thailand, as a close neighbor, has towards Myanmar. At the donation-presenting ceremony, the Myanmar Ambassador expressed his thanks and appreciation towards Thailand’s contribution, as well as support at bilateral, regional and multilateral frameworks. He also took this opportunity to express his condolences towards the recent flooding in Sukhothai Province.

The Government of Myanmar earlier assisted Thailand with 50,000 USD in cash and over 15 tons of relief supplies to help Thai people cope with results of the flood crisis at the end of 2011.

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Prime minister reveals plans to develop Andaman Sea tourist attractions

KRABI, 16 September 2012 (INN) - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra spoke at a special lecture regarding perspectives on government policies in regards to sustainable tourism on the Andaman Sea coast.

She stated that the province of Krabi is a beautiful location, and has as its main attractions beaches uncluttered by beach umbrellas.

It is a good image for promoting Thai tourism, and helps in supporting the government’s objectives, which aim to see income from tourism increase to 2 billion THB by the year 2015.

With the collaboration of Thailand Tourism Council, the government has devised marketing strategies and is setting up workshops to quickly help in developing 29 popular tourist destinations.

There are also plans to develop tourist destinations in the southern Andaman region, to help boost the popularity of five additional sites.

A construction budget for building a basic foundation has been set at 2.22 billion THB, and is meant to support tourism by connecting the provinces and prepare for the entry of the nation into the AEC. Additional airlines will also be set to serve tourists.

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