6 Jun 2014
11:45 am

National Council for Peace and Order chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha meets Chinese businessmen at the Army Headquarters in Ratchadamnoen Avenue this morning in his attempt to explain the situation to the international business communities.

Earlier yesterday he also met the Japanese businessmen.

He will have a meeting with the Private Sector comprising seven business organisations today.

5 Jun 2014
10:02 am

Pattaya police said they have uncovered five live  bombs in good condition  in  a roadside bush on the road to Jomtien beach in Pattaya this morning.  Police believed owner of the grenades threw the grenades away for fear of heaviest  punishment warned by the military to hand over to authorities by the June 10 deadline. Failing to hand over faces imprisonment of 2-20 years.

 

4 Jun 2014
9:10 pm

Speaking on behalf of the alumni, Mrs Matrini Raktanonchai said that the association felt uncomfortable with the Australian government’s condemnation of the coup.  She insisted that the alumni have faith in democratic process but pointed out that the situation before the May 22 coup was much worse characterized by massive corruption and misuse of state fund by the government of Ms Yingluck Shinawatra.

The objective of the coup was to end violence, said Mrs Matrini, adding that the alumni association did not agree with the coup as a matter of principle but she pointed out at the deeds undertaken by the junta namely the quick settlement of outstanding rice payments for the farmers and a review of several mega development projects.

She appealed to the Australian government to give time for the coup makers to undertake reforms before the country goes to the polls.

Mrs Matrini disclosed that the management of the alumni association would meet with the Australian ambassador on Friday at 11 am.

Meanwhile Mr Meechai Viravaidya, a former Australian university student, urged all Australian alumni  to try to explain to their Australian friends about the real situation in Thailand so that they may have a positive attitude toward the coup.

 

4 Jun 2014
7:54 pm

Two special action force policemen were injured when an unknown group of Muslim militants attacked a police special action force base at Bann Kor Laedee in Muang district of Pattani before dus with grenades and assault rifles..

Combined force of police, soldiers were combing the area as they believed the assailants are still inside the area.

 

4 Jun 2014
1:41 pm

Rice export this year is expected to rise to nine million tons from earlier projection of 7.5 million tons, Thai Rice Exporters Association president Chookiat Ophaswongse said. He attributed higher export to higher demand in the global market, and lower rice prices.

3 Jun 2014
11:06 am

Kim Ledaro, managing director of Crown Resorts Co, which operates three Crown-branded casino resorts in Bantey Meanchey province’s Poipet town, said there had been a 40 per cent decline in visitors since May 22, when the Thai military announced that it was taking over the running of the country.

“On average, we receive more than 200 Thai visitors per day, but now the number has dropped to only a little over 100,”  Ledaro said, adding that almost 99 per cent of Crown Resort Co’s patrons are Thai.

Statistics from the Poipet International Checkpoint show the number of people passing through the border crossing per day had declined from an average of about 1,500 prior to the coup to about 700 yesterday.

The chief of the Poipet checkpoint, Ang Vannak, said that he was wary of the decline and its effect on border-town businesses.

“Business activity has slowed since fewer tourists and casino visitors have been travelling. They usually come with money to spend in our country, so when they do not come, it makes business harder for people here,” he said.

A sustained lull in the number of Thai gamblers has already resulted in one casino operator folding its business in the border town of Pailin.

2 Jun 2014
12:14 pm

More than 60 RPG rockets, and five boxes of ammunition were found abandoned at a banana plantation behind the Suan Udom-withaya school in Muang district of Chonburi province this morning.

The police are asking EOD team from an army base in Chonburi to inspect the arms cache.

2 Jun 2014
10:16 am

The Operation Centre of the Royal Thai Navy said Monday that it received information from Thai International Tanker Co that the Orapin 4 oil tanker has returned to Si Racha at 7.40 p.m. Sunday night after it was robbed by pirates.

The pirates went on board the Thai oil tanker, destroyed all its communications equipment and robbed all the cargo on board before freeing the vessel with the remaining fuel.

2 Jun 2014
9:27 am

Twelve people were killed and four others injured when a van rammed at the rear of a trailer truck in Kaeng
Klor district in Chaiyaphum province this morning.

1 Jun 2014
1:55 pm

About 100 anti-coup protesters demonstrated in front of Terminal  21 shopping mall at Asoke intersection at noon today.

The protesters showed up shortly afternoon Sombat Ngarmboon-anong, editor of Lai Jood magazine, posted a message in his Facebook page, calling them to rally at Terminal 21 shopping mall.