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Thailand Live Wednesday 12 December 2012

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PM'S BROTHER

NBTC probing live TV broadcast by Thaksin

The Nation

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Agency reviewing if state Channel 11 abused licence; to respond on Friday

BANGKOK: -- The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will on Friday present its response to the controversial broadcast of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

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EDUCATION

Thai students drop in world maths and science study

WANNAPA KHAOPA

THE NATION

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Poor quality of teaching blamed for decline in scores since 2007

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Nattawut tells Red Shirts to refrain rallying at DSI this Thursday

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2010 POLITICAL VIOLENCE

I'll fight charge, accept any outcome: Abhisit

The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has told the British Broadcasting Corporation he will fight to clear his name of a murder charge levelled against him in connection with the political riots in 2010, adding that he will accept the court's verdict, even if it sentences him to death.

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CONSTITUTION REVIEW

Cabinet backs charter referendum

The Nation

Public hearings to be held by govt officials but Bhokin's coalition continues to push for third reading vote first

BANGKOK: -- The Cabinet has resolved to organise public hearings and a public referendum as soon as possible, before the House votes to approve the charter-amendment bill in its third reading, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday.

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STOPPAGE TIME

More than just specks of yellow dust

Tulsathit Taptim

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BANGKOK: -- Barring some boos when certain politicians appeared on the giant monitors, it was never a political gathering. And it was nothing like a musical concert where crowds wait hours or camp overnight, knowing that what is to happen would delight their eyes and ears. The hundreds of thousands of Thais who converged at the Royal Plaza and surrounding area on December 5 were not motivated by political ambition or desire to see or hear anything pleasant. Everybody knew it was going to be hot and absolutely jammed, that to be there they must get up before the birds, and that, once there, they shouldn't expect to see anything spectacular or hear rousing speeches.

His Majesty the King's appearance on the balcony of the Throne Hall did not last much longer than a simple piece of music, and his speech was shorter than an introduction by a host at a key event. Most of the assembled Thais did not see him in the flesh and had to rely on the big screens. Not that they were worried. And there was nothing new in this particular speech, either. As usual, His Majesty thanked his people and wished them well. As usual he reminded them of the virtue of unity. And as usual he expressed confidence in the strength of the nation, no matter how deep the trouble it has been in recently.

When it comes from your heart, you can't alter it that much, and in the end there isn't much new to offer. For years and years, His Majesty has thanked the Thai people, given them strength and taught them the right way to go about in this world. He rarely veers off course, and when he occassionally does - like when he said rich people are not necessarily good - he means to tell his people to remain dignified regardless of how much money they have. The monarch never provokes. He never pits his people against each other.

His people know that. Their last gathering for him was therefore meant to give and not to take. The phrase "I didn't come to see him, but I came so he could see us" symbolised the massive convergence, distinguishing it from any other crowd. When political activists try to drum up rallies, vowing to safeguard the throne, thousands - or tens of thousands at best - show up. On December 5, when politics temporarily faded, giving way to an occasion to express sincere support and pure love, an ocean of yellow-shirted citizens materialised at the Royal Plaza and beyond.

"You are more than dust" is a statement often used to question the relevance of Thailand's monarchy. To some, kneeling, bowing or having to stand up in movie theatres is a really big issue. They think it's derogatory for Thais to decribe themselves as lower than dirt under his shoes. To them, this is more important than the fact that any Thai can live a perfectly happy life without having to kneel, bow, put his photo up at home or sing the royal anthems. The truth is, "dust under his shoes" can go as high as they want, whether they would die for him or don't love him that much.

The "yellow dust" knows that the monarch is never responsible for tax or land policies that favour the rich, or abuse by the powers-that-be. They know that drug problems, the threats of the local "mafia" to rural livelihoods, or why poor farmers are taken advantage of, have absolutely nothing to do with His Majesty's existence. They know that while "human rights" are always invoked by those not agreeing with the love shown to him, they have every right themselves to feel what they feel. And they know, more than anybody else, that what they feel comes straight from the hearts without prompting by any forceful law.

The "yellow dust" is well connected and understands democracy. They can differentiate when politics gets too close and they know that the term the "King is above politics" requires commitment by all sides. They don't deny seeing him as divine, but that is only because of what he does and stands for, as well as his unquestionable intention for the Thai nation. They know that if the monarch really had his say, Thailand's education system would be far better. They don't know if he could liberate all Thai farmers, but they know that if he was given a free hand to help the poor population, he would do his best without any hidden agenda.

The "yellow dust" has all kinds of trouble. To know that one man of such high status shares it with them - albeit in his own mythical way - is enough. On December 5, it was all about paying back that care. The repayment came in the form of a sea of yellow that they wanted him to see. In proud self-mockery, each speck of dust came together to defy another school of thought that tries to tell them they are "more than that". They probably are, albeit in their own loyal way.

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-- The Nation 2012-12-12

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BURNING ISSUE

Corruption runs much deeper than a few bad MPs

Supalak Ganjanakhundee

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Thailand's international corruption ranking will never improve as long as people in the national anti-corruption body, and the elite, maintain their narrow perspective on corruption by simply pointing the fingers at politicians.

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Crisis-hit AIT students appeal to PM for help

The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- About 20 students from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) yesterday submitted a petition at Government House calling on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to help end the crisis that has gripped their school.

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Talk to the separatists: ICG

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- The International Crises Group (ICG) on Tuesday urged the Thai government to establish a non-partisan mechanism, to include respected individuals in and out of the government, to pursue dialogue with the Malay Muslim separatists.

In its latest report, "Thailand: The Evolving Conflict in the South," which was released today, ICG urged the government to take up suggestions from the National Security Council (NSC) Administration and Development Policy for Southern Border Provinces 2012-14. The NSC policy, among other things, called for talks with the separatist movement.

ICG said emergency decree and martial law should be lifted in districts where they are remain in effect and to rely on the Internal Security Act until further reforms are feasible.

The report said all regulations invoked should be consistent with the preservation of human rights and that the government needs to insure accountability for human rights abuses committed by security forces, including past incidents.

ICG also called on the separatists to observe international humanitarian law and to abide by the rules of engagement as suggested by one of the Patani United Liberation Organisation (Pulo), one of the long standing separatist organisations. The rule prohibited attacks on civilians.

ICG called on the movement to work with state representatives and civil society organisations (CSO) to pursue dialogue on peaceful conflict resolution.

ICG also urged the CSOs to maintain channels of communication with officials and militants. The group also urged CSOs to avoid advocating preconceived political agendas and to work towards expressing popular concerns and preference.

The government has been carrying informal secret talks with exiled leaders of various separatist organisations but fall short of establishing a formal peace process, reportedly for fear of political backlash from the general public and the fact that there is no unified position among the state gencies and policy makers.

More than 5,000 have been killed in the southernmost provinces since January 2004 and the end is no where in sight. Most of the victims were local Malay Muslims.

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-- The Nation 2012-12-12

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Wage hike measures to be proposed

The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- The Labour Ministry will propose that the government help the business sector pay the difference between the old wage rate and the new Bt300 minimum wage for three years, labour permanent secretary Dr Somkiat Chayasriwong said yesterday.

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Bt2.3 bn approved for payouts

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- The Cabinet yesterday approved Bt2.3 billion as compensation for detainees and businesses affected by political violence in 2005 and 2010, as recommended by a special government committee.

Government spokesman Thossaporn Serirak said the Cabinet approved the criteria and budget for paying the compensation as proposed by the interior minister, who heads a committee following up proposals of the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand.

The spokesman said the Cabinet approved the paying of compensation to 500 people, who have been detained in relation to the political violence arising from the rally of the People's Alliance for Democracy in late 2005 and demonstrations by the red shirts in April and May 2010.

The Bt300 million budget for compensating 500 victims would come from the central emergency fund of the 2013 fiscal year budget. The Rights and Liberty Protection Department of the Justice Ministry would be in charge of the compensation distribution, the spokesman said.

He said 250 people, who were detained no more than 90 days, would receive Bt37,030 each, costing the government Bt9.25 million.

Another 150 people were detained more than 90 days but under 180 days. They would each get Bt74,060 for detention compensation and Bt750,000 for mental compensation. The government would spend Bt123.6 million for this purpose.

And 100 victims, who were detained more than 180 days, would receive Bt74,471 for detention compensation and Bt1.5 million for mental compensation each. The government would pay Bt164.89 million for the purpose, the spokesman said.

He said the Cabinet approved Bt2 billion for paying businesses affected by the violence from 2005 to 2010, who have registered their losses.

Compensation would be divided into eight levels: less than Bt100,000; from Bt100,000 to Bt500,000; from Bt500,000 to Bt1 million; Bt1-2 million; Bt2-3 million; Bt3-4 million; Bt4-5 million; and over Bt5 million.

For all damage levels, businesses would be compensated at the rate of 40 per cent of their losses.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department would be in charge of handing out the compensation.

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-- The Nation 2012-12-12

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Thailand must improve approach to water resource management

Pakamas Thinphanga

Special to The Nation

BANGKOK: -- With the recent passing of the Loy Kratong festival, Thai people paid their customary respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings along the Kingdom's waterways.

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MOTOR EXPO

Motor Expo sets new records

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- This year's Thailand International Motor Expo saw a historic high of 85,904 orders placed before the government's first-car incentive expires at the end of the month.

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CCTV captures unidentified man using missing American's bank card in Phuket

Phuket Gazette

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Mrs Bean studies CCTV footage of a man on a motorbike similar to the one used by her missing son. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Photographic evidence from the police has been passed on to Brett's father in hopes that he will be able to positively identify the man. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Winners of 2.1GHz auction pick up their 3G licences

SIRIVISH TOOMGUM

THE NATION

BANGKOK: -- Executives of the three telecom firms that won slots on the 2.1-gigahertz spectrum picked up their licences from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission yesterday, setting in motion the coming of the full third-generation cellular era in Thailand.

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LISTED FIRMS

Skilled labour shortage tops CEOs' concerns for first half of 2013

Sucheera Pinijparakarn

The Nation

BANGKOK: -- The acute shortage of skilled labour has emerged as the issue of greatest concern for CEOs of listed companies for the first half of next year.

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UPDATED

Barbecue death probed in Chiang Mai

The Nation

CHIANG MAI: -- The Public Health Office in Chiang Mai yesterday said the test result of food samples taken from a barbecue restaurant linked to a 25-year-old graduate student’s death from streptococcus group B bacteria infection, showed streptococcus contamination.

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RT @mpoppel: BREAKING -- KATU-TV: At least 2 dead, up to 7 injured at Oregon mall

RT @mpoppel: REU: SHOOTING REPORTED AT OREGON SHOPPING MALL, LOCAL SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS

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RT @mpoppel: FLASH: NORTH KOREA FIRES LONG-RANGE ROCKET, YONHAP REPORTS

RT @mpoppel: REU: NORTH KOREA FIRES ROCKET - YTN

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RT @Reuters: South Korea military official confirms North Korea fires rocket

RT @mpoppel: North Korean rocket launched 11 mins ago

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