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Russian national arrested in Thailand for participating in a criminal group

General NewsRussian national Mark L. suspected of participating in a criminal group that operated in Russia in the 1990s and the 2000s was arrested in Thailand, reported in Russian news papers.

“Russian national Mark Lunev, 40, (born in 1974) who has been wanted by international police since 2010 on suspicion of participating in a Novosibirsk criminal gang also known as Trunov’s gang, was arrested by the police in Thailand on August 13 in Pattaya at Interpol’s request,” Vladimir Sosnov, Head of the Consulate Department of the Russian Embassy in Thailand, is quoted as having said.
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Heavy rain warning throughout Thailand for the next month

General NewsThe Thai Meteorological Department is asking for people to stay aware about the weather forecast in order to be prepared for the upcoming heavy rain expected in many areas of Thailand, although so far, the total this year’s rainfall is less than last year.

The deputy director of the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) said that from 16th August to the end of the month, Thailand will have an abundance of rain and the heavy rain may even causing flash floods in some areas with strong winds and waves in Andaman Sea and Thai Gulf.

People are advised to follow the weather forecast closely since Thailand will have rains continuously until the middle of October, although it will subside, starting in the winter when there is less rainfall.
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Thai military junta gains majority support

BusinessBangkok: A majority of Thais has agreed to an interim charter provision that allows the military junta to govern the country, officials said Sunday.

The interim charter which took effect Tuesday specified that the coup-making National Council for Peace and Administration (NCPO) would remain after the formation of an interim government, news agencies reported.

According to a poll conducted by Thailand’s National Institute of Development Administration, the majority or 79.94 percent of 1,256 respondents surveyed July 24-25, voiced support for the continued existence of the NCPO.
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Loan sharking and debt: A vicious cycle in Thailand

BusinessHousehold debt problems in Thailand are starting to have a serious impact on the economy, resulting in more and more people having to turn to loan sharks to make ends meet.

For this reason, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has cooperated with relevant agencies to find a way to help tackle this problem. Some debtors have even committed suicide, as they were unable to pay back their loans or frightened by loan sharks’ violent debt claims.

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has reported that the total household debt now stands at 9.79 trillion baht or 82.3 percent of the country’s GDP, which is a rather worrying statistic.
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PM to follow up on Pattaya ferry accident during Chonburi visit

General NewsPrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will visit Chonburi province today (November 5) to follow up on the case of the sunk ferry in Pattaya that has claimed the lives of 6 tourists.

A ship operated by the Koh Lan Travel company sank off the coast of Pattaya on Sunday evening, after it departed from Koh Lan with around 200 passengers. At least 16 passengers suffered injuries.

Saman Khwanmueang, the ferry's captain, asserted that the boat did not run into reefs and was not overloaded. The man said he believed the bottom of the vessel was damaged by violent waves.
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‘Thailand’ s economic future under the ASEAN Community’ Exhibition

General NewsPrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on October 28th presided over the opening ceremony of ‘Thailand’s Economic Future under the ASEAN Community’ exhibition at the Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road, Bangkok.

Hosted by the Ministry of Commerce, the exhibition promotes an in-depth understanding on ASEAN Community, boosts public awareness and provides adjustment strategies for stakeholders, especially SMEs.

The Prime Minister said in her opening speech that ASEAN countries have committed to pushing for greater connectivity in four issues after their integration into a single market in 2015, namely the expansion of production base with a market of 600 million people, physical connectivity within ASEAN by upgrading all modes of transport, improvement of customs service and social security systems, and institutional connectivity by removing impediments to movements of vehicles, goods, services and skilled labor across borders.
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Wreath-laying to recognize Thai soldiers at Korean War

Asian StoriesHis Majesty the King on October 22 designated Air Chief Marshal Chalit Phukpasuk to deputize for him at the wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the Korean War Veterans Day. The ceremony was held at the Monument of Korean War Veterans situated at the นวมินทราชินี camp in the 21st Infantry Division of Her Majesty the Queen’s royal guards in Chon Buri Province.

At the ceremony, General Yuthasak Sasiprapha, a deputy prime minister , laid a wreath on behalf of Ms Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister and Defence Minister, followed by the deputy provincial governor, the Korean Ambassador to Thailand, representatives of soldiers participating in the Korean War and heads of government units.
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PM fears protests might be intensified

General NewsPrime Minister Yingkuck Shinawatra has expressed concerns that the ongoing anti-government might escalate and called on the protesters to talk with the government.

Ms Yingluck said whether the Internal Security Act would be lifted depended on the Center for Administration of Peace and Order. Authorities were trying to negotiate with the protesters, asking them to avoid obstructing road traffic. The premier admitted that she was worried about the protests as they comprised many groups.
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3 Billion THB to be injected into rice compensation fund

BusinessThe National Rice Policy Committee has approved an injection of 3 billion baht into a scheme to pay compensation to farmers who could not pledge rice in time for the 2012/2013 harvesting season ending September 30.

Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan said after the meeting of the NRPC committee that the meeting addressed the issue of rice growers who could not harvest in time for the September 30 deadline.

The meeting resolved to propose to the cabinet an allocation of 3 billion baht to pay to the farmers 2,500 baht for each ton of rice mortgaged with the government.
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'Thailand Tomorrow 2020' held in Nong Khai

General NewsThe government has organized a road show entitled "Thailand Tomorrow 2020" in Nong Khai Province. The exhibition showcased high-speed train project, double rail system, and other infrastructure projects.

The opening ceremony was co-presided over by Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong and Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt. The exhibition was held at Nong Khai City Hall. It was divided into 9 zones as visitors could learn about the government’s infrastructure projects which include high-speed train project, double railway system, road construction, sea ports, and border area development.

The "Thailand Tomorrow 2020" was to allow the government to clarify to the people its plan to build a complete transportation infrastructure; with 80% of the allocated budget set to develop dual-track railways and turn Nong Khai into the final destination for the high-speed rail project.
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