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‘Business back to normal as floods in industrial estate subside

Published July 19, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


Bangkok Metropolitan Administration staff members join soldiers yesterday to clean up the Thongsatit housing estate in Ram-Indra Soi 34 after floods receded in the morning. More rain is expected over the next six days.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration staff members join soldiers yesterday to clean up the Thongsatit housing estate in Ram-Indra Soi 34 after floods receded in the morning. More rain is expected over the next six days.

BUSINESS WAS back to normal at the Bang Pu Industrial Estate in Samut Prakan province yesterday, where several factories were forced to temporarily close due to floods on Wednesday.

The governor of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, Verapong Chaiperm, also said yesterday that the floods did not cause any damage because all the factories had time to prepare thanks to an early warning about huge rainfall.

“All factories are now running normally,” he said.

However, he said, the Free Trade Zone in the industrial estate was still under some 10 centimetres of water.

“We are draining the water and believe the situation will return to normal soon if there are no more downpours,” Verapong said.

Prateep Engchuan, the estate’s director, said the water drainage efforts met with some obstacles like clogged pipes or pipes that were too small in some spots.

“We also have to try and minimise the impact on local communities,” he explained.

He added that the long-term plan for better water drainage in the Bang Pu Industrial Estate would be to replace the metre-wide pipes with ones that are double in size.

“This will improve the flow of water into the drainage canal and will reduce the impact on local people too,” Prateep said.

Earlier this week, torrential rains pounded Samut Prakan and Bangkok.

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra visited Thongsatit Village in the capital’s Lat Phrao area yesterday after the floods subside. This village was one of the hardest-hit areas a few days ago.

Nattanan Kallayasiri, Sukhum-bhand’s assistant secretary, said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administra-tion had asked the legal entity managing the village to transfer the ownership of the village’s public zone to the city administration so state budget can be used to improve the water-drainage system.

“The village needs larger drainage pipes and the roads also need to be raised so it can avoid flooding in the future,” he said.

The Meteorological Department has predicted more rain for all parts of the country over the next six days with isolated heavy rain in the Northeast, Central, East and South.

Banharn’s heir promises his legacy lives on

Published May 14, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


Chart Thai Pattana struggles to find footing after death.

THE DAUGHTER and political heir of the late former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa yesterday said the Chat Thai Pattana Party her father led will be maintained and she will continue his mission.

In her first interview since her father’s death last week following an asthma attack, Kanchana Silpa-archa said she and her younger brother Warawut Silpa-archa would look after Banharn’s colleagues and the public on behalf of their father.

A Chat Thai Pattana source said the party would nominate Warawut and Nikorn Chamnong, director of the party’s executive board, to pick a new leader to replace Theera Wongsamut.

The source said Chat Thai Pattana adviser Somsak Prissanananthakul, a significant player in the party, would not be nominated because of his lack of qualifications.


He is also on trial for alleged assets concealment at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders.

The meeting to replace Theera will be held once the National Council for Peace and Order revokes its ban on political parties, the source said.

A former Chat Thai MP for Suphan Buri, Kanchana was deputy education minister in 1999 in the Chuan Leekpai government.

Warawut, who has also served |as a Chat Thai MP several times, |was deputy transport minister during the Somchai Wongsawat government.

Kanchana said the party would not “abandon anyone”.

She said that given the sud-|denness of her father’s death, he did not leave orders for the future. “We were not prepared but there were many things he wanted to do,” she said.

She said it was not the right time to speak about continuing the work of Chat Thai Pattana because of the ban on political activities.

“My decision on the party’s future will reflect my status as a child who will work for my father and the country and continue my father’s intention to contribute to the country.

The Chat Thai Pattana Party will be maintained but we cannot carry out any activity,” she said.

She added that she would follow her father’s decision to accept the charter draft as he had wished to see a speedy election.

She also downplayed reports that her father’s trip to the hospital following his asthma attack had been delayed, saying she did not believe that was the case.

Somsak has said Chat Thai Pattana leaders would meet to discuss the future of the party and he believed they would continue to maintain it.

“Banharn loved the party and he devoted his life to the party,” he said. “We all know his intentions. I personally believe party leaders will keep the party. It now depends if all party leaders see it the same way.”

Somsak said the party had suffered a great loss with the passing of Banharn. “He stood out as party leader. His experience and decisiveness is incomparable,” he said.

The party source said Warawut also had announced he would continue his father’s mission.

The party is expected to pick him to replace Theera, the source said.

The party will probably appoint a Suphan Buri MP such as Prapat Pothasuthon or Jongchai Thiengtham as its chief adviser in an attempt to restore its popularity in Suphan Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Sing Buri, Lop Buri and Sara Buri, the source said.

In recent elections, Pheu Thai Party won seats in these provinces that had earlier been held by Chat Thai Pattana.


Chart Thai Pattana ‘a rudderless ship after Banharn’s death

Published May 14, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


THE Chart Thai Pattana party faces an uncertain future following the passing of former premier Banharn Silpa-archa, according to a party insider and academic.

Somsak Prisanananthakul, a key party adviser, said it would be a challenging task to keep existing party members after Banharn, the country’s 21st premier, died on Saturday.

For years, party members have been held together by Banharn, said Somsak, a former minister and confidant of the late premier.

“Without him, Chart Thai Pattana is like a rudderless ship,” he said.

Some of Chart Thai Pattana’s members are expected to move to other parties, but Somsak said he would try to convince members to stay.


“We’ll try to chart a new path for this party with an ideology so that members will stay together because of that reason, not because of a charismatic person,” said Somsak, adding that he expected the party to continue its mission as initiated by Banharn.

However, academic Sukhum Nuansakul said the party would find it difficult to keep members based on ideology. Sukhum, a former rector at Ramkhamhaeng University, said the party’s ideology was weak and it would be difficult for anyone to fill the vacuum left by the party leader’s death.

Memorial events in Suphan Buri

He believed it would also be a challenge for the party to cope with the current political upheaval.

People in Suphan Buri – Banharn’s home province and political strong-hold – expressed their condolences and mourned the revered politician’s death.

Suphan Buri residents organised events at four locations to mark his passing and to write memorial messages, including Suphan Buri’s City Pillar Shrine, Bung Chawak Aquarium, Chaloem Phatthara Rachini Park and the Banharn Hall of Fame.

For decades, Banharn contributed massively to the central province, including during the heyday of his career that led to the premiership in 1995. Banharn, who started his career in politics in the 1970s, was also credited for helping to usher in Thailand’s 1997 Constitution, dubbed the “people’s charter” and the country’s most democratic, which led to a wide range of national reforms.


Thailand offers condolences, boosts security

Published April 8, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and other Asean leaders yesterday strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Brussels that caused dozens of casualties while authorities in Bangkok and regional capitals stepped up security measures.

In a message of condolence to his Belgian counterpart, Prayut said he was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the devastating attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Belgium during this time of anguish. Thailand stands with the international community and strongly condemns this senseless act of violence on innocent people,” he said in the letter.

Asean headquarters also issued a statement yesterday condemning the attack and expressing sympathy and condolences to Belgium. “Asean reaffirms its strong commitment to working closely with the international community in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever it is committed,” it said.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who oversees security matters, said he had instructed relevant agencies to be vigilant of a terrorist threat even though Thailand is not a party to any conflict. The situation in Belgium indicated that terrorist attacks could happen at any time and Thailand must be vigilant, he said. “Police have to closely monitor [the situation] and we have clear plans about this matter,” Prawit told reporters.


The Royal Thai Police instructed the Immigration Bureau yesterday to strictly check travellers at all checkpoints and airports. Thai police would also contact Belgian authorities to coordinate information about the movement of terrorists, Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Natthorn Phrosunthorn said.

Airports and rail lines ‘on alert’

The BTS Skytrain and MRT subway tightened security yesterday at all stations as passengers were searched more stringently than usual.

Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanav-rangkul joined police inspectors at Suvarnabhumi Airport to ensure effective security measures were in place.

Thailand had been at a heightened state of “level three” alert since the bomb attack at Ratchaprasong last August, Kobkarn said.

Prasong Poontaneat, chairman of Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT), said that it had tightened security at its six international airports in Thailand.

He said all airports had been conducting level three security measures since the Paris terrorist attacks in November.

The level three alert means airport security conduct more security patrols in and around airport, increase searches of passengers and luggage, perform random checks for explosives, ban parking in front of terminal, and constantly monitor CCTV.

Travel companies and tour guides have been urged to issue safety alerts for people travelling to and within Europe.

Suparerk Soorangura, president of the outbound-orientated Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA), said the association had warned all travel agents and guides to consider customer safety and security when travelling in Europe.

“They [travel companies and guides] should be aware of safety and remind customers to stay far from suspect objects or bags while on trips,” he said.

However, Suparkerk said members had not reported cancellations or postponements.

More than 100,000 Thai tourists visited Belgium last year, but the country is not the main point of entry into Europe for travellers from Thailand, who tend to go to the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy or Switzerland before visiting Belgium.

Suparerk said thousands of Thais have booked trips to Europe, many of them over Songkran. The TTAA travel fair in February had record-high bookings as airlines, notably from the Middle East, and travel operators offered cheap prices due to lower fuel prices and competition.


‘Airport was like calm sea struck by tsunami’

Published April 8, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


It was like a calm sea struck by a tsunami.

This was how Belgium-based Filipino journalist Arlene Andres described the Zaventum airport before the blasts that members of the Islamist State group claimed to have set up. It what appeared a well-coordinated attack, there was also a bombing at Maalbeek, a metro station near the European Union buildings.

Andres, sister of Radyo Inquirer “Balitang OCW” host Susan Andres, is also correspondent of Radyo Inquirer.

“It’s Easter Week and we could have been celebrating the holidays,” ” she said on Tuesday late afternoon, in an interview with Radyo Inquirer’s anchor Den Macaranas.

“The bombings happened during morning rush hours. It’s 10 minutes to 8 a.m. here so many are just going to their offices,” she said. She added there are Filipinos working at the airport and many may have just clocked in at their respective workplaces.

She said the airport is full of police, security personnel and armored car “but very open.”

As of posting, she said there were no reported OFWs injured or had perished in the bombing.

“All Filipinos are safe in Brussels, so far, ” she assured. The Philippine embassy in Brussels, however, advised OFWs to exercise extreme caution as the country is in Alert Level 4.

Mrs Malaysia and son escape unhurt from Brussels airport

Published April 8, 2016 by SoClaimon

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In safe hands: How managed to drag Shawn out of the airport building soon after the first blast.

In safe hands: How managed to drag Shawn out of the airport building soon after the first blast.

A Malaysian woman who was Mrs Malaysia 2014 and her son were just metres away when a series of explosions rocked the Zaventem airport in Brussels.

Belinda How said she and her son Shawn escaped unhurt and sought refuge at a hotel in the Belgian capital.

Both of them were standing near the spot where the first explosion took place.

“We were queuing up to check in our luggage at the Etihad Airways counter about 7.50am to return to Kuala Lumpur when I heard a loud explosion.

“I was unsure if it was a bomb initially. It took me a few seconds to realise I was in real danger. This was followed by loud screaming from the other passengers and thick smoke.


“Then the wall near the counter came crumbling down. The explosion knocked down the wall. The debris missed us. We were about 5m away,” she added.

She recalled people in the terminal scrambling for safety, running towards the exit as chaos ensued.

How said she and Shawn, who is a special needs child, also ran for cover.

“Shawn sat down on the floor in that chaos. I had no choice but to drag him up and run,” she said, adding that she held her son tightly as they fled the terminal.

“As we were heading towards the exit, a second bomb went off on the other side of the terminal,” she added.

How said although there was thick black smoke in the terminal, she and her son managed to find their way out of the airport.

She said a third blast went off when she was outside.

The explosion hit the train station.

How and Shawn were safe but they left their luggage behind


Australia says Europe let security slip

Published April 8, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


Sydney – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Wednesday that Europe had “allowed security to slip”, as he questioned the EU’s Schengen passport-free zone in the wake of the Brussels attacks.

Turnbull’s comments came as Belgium’s neighbours France, Germany and the Netherlands tightened border security after some 35 people were killed in Belgium’s worst extremist assault.

Security at Australia’s major airports, including Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, was increased in the wake of the European attacks, police said.

Turnbull said that while it was up to Europe to set its policies, his nation’s border protection measures and domestic security arrangements “are much stronger than they are in Europe, where regrettably they allowed security to slip”.

“That weakness in European security is not unrelated to the problems they’ve been having in recent times,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, alluding to the wave of migrants who have flooded into the continent, many of them from Syria.

Turnbull added that the open-borders Schengen travel regime, which covers 26 European countries, meant “people are able to freely travel across borders within Europe — that poses security challenges, coupled with clearly very porous external borders as we’ve seen plenty of evidence of that”.

“My point really was to say that those arrangements have security consequences,” he told reporters in Sydney.

The Schengen agreement, considered a symbol of European unity and prosperity, has been under scrutiny amid the unprecedented influx of migrants, and revelations that some of the jihadists in November’s Paris attacks which killed 130 people came from Belgium.

Both the Brussels and Paris attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group.

IS using refugee crisisTurnbull added that intelligence showed IS was “using the refugee crisis to send operatives into Europe”.

“Brussels are an unfortunate reminder of how violent Islamist extremism appears to have reached a crisis point in Europe,” he said in a foreign policy speech late Wednesday.

“European governments are confronted by a perfect storm of failed or neglected integration, foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria, porous borders and intelligence and security apparatus struggling to keep pace with the scope and breadth of the threat.”

Two of the suicide bombers involved in the Paris attack were found with fake Syrian passports and several crossed into Europe posing as refugees.

Canberra has been increasingly concerned about home-grown extremism and the flow of Australians travelling to the Middle East to fight with jihadist organisations such as IS in Iraq and Syria.

Up to 49 Australians have been killed in the conflict in Iraq and Syria, with some 110 currently fighting or working with militant groups, Australia’s domestic spy agency said in February.

Another 190 nationals were actively supporting IS back home through fundraising.

Australian Federal Police, which manages the counter-terror response at major airports, said it was working with immigration officials, local police and airlines and airports to ensure security.

“Security operations and patrols have been increased at each of the designated airports in the wake of the Brussels attack,” the force said in a statement.

Australia has had three attacks since raising its terror threat level to “high” in September 2014, including a cafe siege in the heart of Sydney in December 2014 which left a self-declared Muslim cleric and two of his hostages dead.

In September 2014 an 18-year-old suspected militant was killed after he stabbed two police officers in Melbourne and last October a 15-year-old boy was killed in Sydney after he shot dead a civilian police employee.//Agence France Presse

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