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Thailand Live Wednesday 5 October 2011

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PM'S TWITTER

PM's Twitter hacker 'in the net'

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THE NATION

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A person who last Sunday hacked the Twitter account of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been identified, Information and Communications Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap told The Nation last night.

He declined to speculate on the possible involvement of another person. In a telephone interview last night, he also refused to name the suspect.

Anudith said there was sufficient evidence, which he called electronic forensics including bandwidth traffic and log files.

A press conference will be held today.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-05

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THAI-KHMER TIES

Hun Sen might seek reduction in Veera and Ratree's jail terms

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THE 2011 BOOK EXPO THAILAND

Grab discounts on exciting new Nation books at expo opening today

The Nation

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The 2011 Book Expo Thailand, the Kingdom's largest book fair, kicks off today with discounts galore awaiting The Nation's subscribers.

The fair hosts more than 900 booths representing 424 Thai publishing houses expecting brisk sales and an estimated turnout of 1.5 million visitors over a 11-day period at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

Nation Books, part of Nation Group, with its booths (zone C, booth M31) representing one of the biggest at the fair, will launch a number of new Thai- and English-language releases. Hot off the press will be such new titles as The Nation's latest English-language travel guide titled "Weekend Road Trips around Chiang Mai: Twelve Must-do Side-trips During Your Short Visit to Chiang Mai", a 304-page drive guide to northern Thai cities, written by The Nation's writers Vipasai Niyamabha and Manote Tripathi and designed by The Nation's graphic designer Pradit Phulsarikij.

With stunning photography by The Nation's photojournalists, "Weekend Road Trips", the result of two years' research, covers 12 major scenic drive routes around Chiang Mai, with listings of hotels, restaurants and other practical tips for those new to the region or wishing to explore hidden corners of the North. The book begins with a journey to Mae Rim, which is blessed with strawberries and springs. Then it takes readers gradually farther away from Chiang Mai town to communities, villages, districts and the outlying provinces of Mae Hong Son, Lamphun and Lampang. A collection of handy detailed maps provide an overview.

In a bid to tap into the lucrative publishing industry worth in excess of Bt15 billion in annual turnover, Nation Books is launching a dozen Thai-language titles at discounts between 10 and 90 per cent. These titles are from writers who are both celebs and best-selling authors in their own right. There's Kapol Thongplub, aka Deejay Pong with his new release "The Shock: Ruenglao Khaoyao Khwan", a collection of ghost stories - book launch on October 12 at 11am; Phoosit Phensiri with his new book "Phalangjit Phichit Mareng" (Psychic Power for Conquering Cancer), which recounts his experience of fighting cancer with meditative power - launch event on October 10 at 2pm; and Pog Chelsea, a well-known hair designer who's just written "Phra Siva Mahathep Haeng Chakraval" (Lord Shiva: God of the Universe) - book launch on Friday at 2pm.

TV personality and English-language trainer Christopher Wright will launch his latest book titled "Chris Delivery - the Collection 1 and 2", which offers simple English conversational lessons for beginners.

Marketing guru Ratchapakorn Kanjanaphruek will launch his latest marketing guide titled "NewBiES 8", which reveals emerging groups of new buyers in Thailand.

Potential home-buyers should not miss a talk on "Ideas and Styles of Property Development for Commercial Buildings, Home Offices, Apartments, Condominiums and Small Hotels".

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-- The Nation 2011-10-05

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Purchase of new Blackhawks approved

THE NATION

The Defence Ministry's purchase of two Blackhawk helicopters for Bt2.84 billion received the Cabinet's nod yesterday.

The expenditure would be spread over three fiscal years - Bt570 million this year, Bt789 million next year and Bt1.48 billion in fiscal 2013, deputy government spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said.

The procurement was part of a plan to amass a fleet of 20 versatile Blackhawk choppers.

The original proposal was to buy three choppers of an older Blackhawk model, but since they are no longer being produced, the Defence Ministry has to buy the latest version at a higher price.

However, this newer model comes with more advanced technology and capabilities, he added.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-05

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Man gets life over death of MP's mother

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The Supreme Court yesterday sentenced a man to life for allegedly being involved in the death of former Democrat MP Khomkhai Ponlaboot's mother, who died in an explosion while driving her husband's car in 1997.

Evidence showed that Kanokphon or Saneh Yiamsawas, alias Nhe C4, and his accomplices had planted bombs in the vehicle because they wanted to assassinate the victim's husband, Sanit Fuangprayoon.

The Supreme Court upheld the lower court's verdict in which Kanokphon was found guilty of attempted murder and manslaughter, though he was spared the death sentence because he confessed.

In a separate lawsuit, former Democrat MP Sittiporn Kham-aj and former Loei councillor Ekasit Yoosuk were found guilty for being behind the plot and were given life sentences.

Kanokphon has also been convicted in another murder case, in which he was found guilty of collaborating in the murder of Somsri or Rin Boonmeun, a vendor in Bang Khae area. In 2007, the Court of Appeals handed down a life-imprisonment sentence for Somsri's murder.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-05

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Monkey on the run eludes zoo officials

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A runaway monkey yesterday found itself in the media spotlight as it ran around Government House and successfully evaded zoo officials struggling to bring it down with anaesthetic shots. No one knew where the male monkey had come from.

Officials from the Dusit Zoo showed up at the Government House determined to catch it. They fired anaesthetic shots, but missed as the nimble primate fled the compound.

It climbed from trees to power poles, along the Padung Krungkasem Canal and then on to Rama V Road. The monkey was last seen heading into the Royal Turf Club.

"We believe it's a pet monkey that has slipped out of the house of its owner," Pipat Rattanaphan from the Dusit Zoo said. He heads the zoo's mammal-care division.

According to Pipat, officials at the Government House alerted Dusit Zoo about the monkey on Monday night. At around the same time, local people reported the sighting of a monkey at a nearby temple.

"We believe they have reported the same monkey," he said.

Pipat said he plans to anaesthetise the monkey - if he can find it - and pack it off to the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-05

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