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NCPO identifies instigator of anti-coup protests

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014 (NNT) - The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has concluded that an individual authority figure is responsible for inciting people through social media to oppose the coup.


Colonel Natthawat Chan-charoen, the NCPO deputy spokesman, announced that a businessman who owns illegal arcade machines, is the person funding the anti-coup movement. Each person was reportedly paid around 400 to 1,000 baht per day to come out onto the streets.

There has been a group of people regularly joining a protest at Victory Monument. To ensure peace and order, the Army would first attempt to negotiate with them to stop their movement.

However, if they continue staging protests or ever instigate riots, then the Army may use more extreme measures to disperse the crowd. Should anybody defy the Army’s curfew then they would also be guilty of violating martial law and be subjected to imprisonment.

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Nigeria army knows location of abducted girls
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ABUJA, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's military have acquired the location of the schoolgirls abducted in April, but could not rescue them by force for fear of civilian casualty, local media reported on Monday, citing Defence Chief Alex Badeh.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/729481-nigeria-army-knows-location-of-abducted-girls/

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Soldiers keep close watch at venues in Chachoengsao Province

CHACHOENGSAO, 27 May 2014 (NNT) - Military personnel at Chachoengsao Province have dispatched police officers to conduct patrols at entertainment venues during curfew hours, imposed after the Army’s declaration of a coup.


Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Regiment (King’s Guard) have sent patrol police to monitor entertainment complexes, after a couple of them had refused to abide by the Army’s curfew from 10pm to 5am.

Therefore, the Army has asked the owners of these places, to close their businesses so that citizens could return home safely.

Meanwhile, security checkpoints across Chachoengsao province have been relatively quiet with just a few commuters passing through the area.

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Selfies with soldiers become part of daily life


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CHIANG MAI: -- Soldiers deployed at many spots in downtown Chiang Mai are becoming increasingly popular with both tourists and local residents who pose with them for selfies.

The most popular spots are Three Kings Monuments, the Phae Gate, and Chang Puak Gate. At least 200 people are taking selfies each day.

Since the military seized power in a coup last Thursday, snatching selfies with soldiers and tanks has become trendy in many places in Thailand and the soldiers seem happy to comply.

Tourists and local residents are also showing their support by giving offering food, soft drinks and energy drinks and necessities to the soldiers.

The army has set up a tourism service post from which medical services and information are provided. The mobile medical units at Phae Gate and Huet Kaew Fitness Park are providing check ups and medications.

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-- The Nation 2014-05-27

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European rice trader places large order for Roi Et jasmine rice
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ROI ET, May 27 -- A leading European rice trading company has ordered the first lot of Thai organic jasmine rice produced in the northeastern province of Roi Et after observing the non-toxic rice farm production process here.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/729489-european-rice-trader-places-large-order-for-roi-et-jasmine-rice/

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Chaturon's sister reports to NCPO

BANGKOK: -- Former Pheu Thai MP Thitima Chaisang reported herself to the National Council for Peace and Order at the Army Auditorium Tuesday.


She was among prominent figures summoned earlier but she reported herself just Tuesday together with those summoned Monday night.

Her brother, ousted education minister, Chaturon Chaisang refused to observe the summon issued by the military junta.

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-- The Nation 2014-05-27

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USA Fair 2014 postponed

BANGKOK: -- The USA Fair 2014, the annual fair to promote American brands, will be postponed.


Central Pattana, the operator of CentralWorld, said in an announcement that the fair, scheduled during May 30-June 2, will be postponed.

Last year, among the brands on sale were Ford Focus, award winning Chevrolet models, Mars Candies, Pringles Chips, Cambell's Soups and Nuts and Fruits from California and apples from the state of Washington.

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-- The Nation 2014-05-27

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No money to fix caved-in road in Koh Kaew, say officials
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The damaged lane has been unusable for months, and recently cleaved off completely from the main road. Photo: Saran Mitrarat

PHUKET: -- A section of a busy road in Koh Kaew has collapsed, but despite a circle of finger-pointing by local officials, no repairs are likely until next year, due to lack of funds.

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/729515-no-money-to-fix-caved-in-road-in-koh-kaew-say-officials/

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BMTA sets up call center

BANGKOK, 27 May 2014 (NNT) – The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has established a call center to inform the public about adjusted transportation routes following the declaration of martial law.


The BMTA has set up a Travel Facilitation Center to make it easier for passengers using transport services by launching a call center 1348 to provide information of the adjusted routes. However, the BMTA will gradually update information, as well as set up patrol officers to accommodate all passengers affected by the political unrest.

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Suthep visits bomb victim at Phra Mongkut Klao Hospital

BANGKOK: -- Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, Tuesday visited a PDRC supporter who was injured in a bomb attack against a PDRC rally.


Suthep and Puttipong Punnakan, a PDRC leader, visited Pornsri Yodphet at the Phra Mongkut Klao hospital at 11 am.

A bomb fragment hit Pornsri's face, damaging her eye and dissolving part of face.

Doctors had to perform an operation to fix the dissolved face and eye bones.

Suthep said the PDRC shouldered all the medical cost of Pornsri and would take care of her family and post for schooling cost of her children.

Suthep sai he would not make any comment on politics for now.

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-- The Nation 2014-05-27

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Clashes over control of Donetsk airport left at least 30 pro-Russian separatists dead, rebels say /BBC

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Ex-PM Banharn, other figures meet NCPO
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BANGKOK, May 27--- Former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa and other individuals, including flamboyant politician Chuwit Kamolvisit, summoned by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) have appeared up at the Royal Thai Army auditorium in the Thewes area today.

The figures, who reported to the NCPO mainly in the late morning, included Chartthaipattana Party chief advisor Banharn Silpa-archa, Rak Thailand Party leader Chuwit Kamolvisit and chairman of the independent National Rule of Law Commission (NRLC) Ukrit Mongkolnavin.

The trio are among the 16 figures ordered by the NCPO last night to report to the authorities from 10am until noon today.

Other persons included Phadung Limcharoenrat, former secretary to the then interior minister, People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Witthaya Kaewparadai and former Democrat MP Rangsima Rodrassami.

Meanwhile, ex-Pheu Thai MP Thitima Chaisaeng also reported to the NCPO after being ordered on May 24.

Ms Thitima is a younger sister of former education minister and Pheu Thai key member Chaturon, who was summoned earlier by the NCPO and has not yet reported to the authorities.

The NCPO announced last night that persons who did not show up at the Army auditorium between 10am to midday will face a maximum two years in jail or be fined Bt40,000, or both, as well as being prohibited from doing financial and banking transactions. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2014-05-27

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7 private organisations discuss national economic reform
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BANGKOK, May 27 -- Seven business organisations today discussed national economic reform plans that will be proposed to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) for consideration.

Participants in the discussion included Isara Vongkusolkit, chairman of the Board of Trade of Thailand, Supan Mongkolsuthee, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries, Stock Exchange of Thailand president Charamporn Jotikasthria, Tourism Council of Thailand president Piyaman Tejapaibul, and Paiboon Nalinthrangkurn, chairman of the Federation of Thai Capital Market Organizations.

Mr Supan said there were six ways to strengthen Thai economy and society in a sustainable manner.

He referred to the reform of investment frameworks in government and private sectors, the improvement of education and innovation, solutions to social problems and inequality, good governance and corruption suppression, the improvement of government regulations and the introduction of new economic structures.

He said the private sector was ready to support restoring confidence and economic reform to change the nation.

Mrs Piyaman said tourism was continuing and the number of visitors to Thailand should increase slightly from 26.7 million last year to 26.8 million this year.

Representatives of the seven private organisations will work out details of their economic reform plans and will meet again next week. (MCOT online news)

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Former education minister Chaturon Chaisaeng said at Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand he will surrender to the National Council for Peace and Order. /Bangkok Post

CORRECTION - Bangkok Post

Correction: Former education minister Chaturon Chaisaeng said at Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand he is prepared to be arrested, but will not surrender. /Bangkok Post

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