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Thai princess breaks leg: palace

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:32 am

BANGKOK, Dec 21, 2010 (AFP) – Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand, youngest daughter the country’s revered the king, has suffered a broken leg after she slipped on her way to deliver a university lecture, the palace said Tuesday.

The 53-year-old princess was attending the state-run Kasetsart University in the Thai capital on Monday when she fell and broke her left leg.

(FILES) In a file picture taken on September 3, 2002 Thailand Princess Chulabhorn gives a speech during an afternoon session of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. AFP

She was operated on at Bangkok’s King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and there were “no complications”, according to a statement by the Thai Royal Household.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej — who has himself been treated at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital since September 2009, when he was admitted for a respiratory condition — and Queen Sirikit visited her after the surgery, the palace said.

Princess Chulabhorn has a doctorate in chemistry and has been a visiting fellow and professor at universities in the US, Germany, and Japan, according to her official online biography.

Source: SGGP

Thai officials worried about crown prince: US cable

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

LONDON, Dec 16, 2010 (AFP) – Top palace officials in Thailand expressed concerns about the prospect of the crown prince becoming king, a leaked US diplomatic cable showed.

Three influential Thai figures, including two senior advisers to revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, “had quite negative comments about Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn,” said the January 2010 memo from the US embassy in Bangkok.

Two of them, while asserting that the crown prince would become king, “implied the country would be better off if other arrangements could be made,” according to the cable, published by British daily The Guardian, which obtained the confidential document from the WikiLeaks whistleblower website.

It cited concerns about his private life and suspected links to fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who remains hugely popular with by many rural poor but is seen by the establishment as corrupt and a threat to the monarchy.

King Bhumibol, the world’s longest reigning monarch, widely revered as a demi-god by many Thais, has been hospitalised since September 2009.

The 83-year-old has no official political role but is seen as a unifying figure in a country that has been frequently riven by political violence, particularly since the 2006 military coup which ousted Thaksin from office.

Any discussion of the royal family is an extremely sensitive topic in Thailand, where the palace has been silent over the organisation of the king’s succession.

General Prem Tinsulanonda, a former premier who is head of the privy council of advisers to the king, was “clearly no fan” of the crown prince, Bhumibol’s only son, the US cable said.

“When Ambassador (Eric John) asked where the Crown Prince was currently, in Thailand or Europe, Prem replied dismissively: ‘You know his social life, how he is’,” it added.

The memo said this was “a presumed reference to Vajiralongkorn’s preference to spend time based out of Munich with his main mistress, rather than in Thailand with his wife and son.”

The memo also quoted Siddhi Savetsila, a retired military office and privy council member, who said that succession “would be a difficult transition time for Thailand.”

He “expressed preference” for Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who is widely respected by Thais for her charitable work, it said.

Another influential figure, former premier Anand Panyarachun, “suggested only the King would be in a position to change succession, and acknowledged a low likelihood of that happening,” the cable added.

Source: SGGP

VietinBank supports people in Thai Nguyen

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

VietinBank supports people in Thai Nguyen

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

PANO- On November 23rd, the Vietnam Joint-Stock Commercial Industrial Bank (VietinBank)and the local authorities of Thai Nguyen Province, handed over 200 houses, 3 pre- schools, 1 secondary school and essential tools with a total value of VND 9.9 billion to Dinh Hoa, Dai Tu and Phu Binh Districts and Thai Nguyen City.

Present at the ceremony were Mr. Pham Xuan Duong, the Chairman of Thai Nguyen People’s Committee and Mr. Le Duc Tho, the Vice-General Director of VietinBank.

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

Thai ‘Red Shirts’ rally six months after crackdown

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 6:14 am

20,000 flee Myanmar fighting: Thai officials

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 5:21 am

Thai flood death toll hits 122

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

Flash floods strand thousands in major Thai city

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

Death toll from Thai floods hits 100

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 10:40 am

BANGKOK, Oct 30, 2010 (AFP) – The death toll from severe floods in Thailand has risen to 100, including at least three foreigners, although the waters have receded in some areas, officials said Saturday.

Six more people have died in the disaster, which began on October 10, the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand said in its daily update.

Residents paddle through floodwater in Ayutthaya province, north of the Thai capital Bangkok on October 30, 2010. AFP

Among them was a 38-year-old Dutchman, named as Harald Vusser, who was electrocuted or drowned in Ayutthaya province just north of Bangkok on Friday, it said.

Local media reported he was helping his Thai wife move her belongings to a dry place.

The other foreign victims were a 44-year-old Cambodian woman who was killed in a mudslide earlier this month on Koh Chang island in Trat province, and a two-year-old Myanmar boy who drowned in Phathum Thani.

Authorities said that while 22 of Thailand’s 76 provinces were still flooded, the waters have receded in 16 others.

The authorities estimate that about five million people have been affected, with homes submerged and farmland or cattle destroyed, mostly in central and eastern areas, although life is slowly returning to normal for some.

Tens of thousands of people have sought medical treatment, mostly for itchy skin, common colds and stress.

Nakhon Ratchasima, a large mountainous province about 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Bangkok, is the worst affected with 18 deaths and about 40 centimetres (16 inches) of rain this month.

Nakhon Sawan and Lopburi just north of the capital have also been badly hit.

Bangkok has been on standby with thousands of sandbags and pumps as flood water from the north runs downstream and could coincide with high tide.

So far the capital has avoided major flooding, although more than 1,000 homes along the Chao Phraya have been partially submerged.

Source: SGGP

Thai magazine praises President Ho Chi Minh

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Thai magazine praises President Ho Chi Minh

QĐND – Saturday, October 23, 2010, 23:12 (GMT+7)

The Thai magazine of Public Opinion in its latest issue ran an article praising the Vietnamese late President Ho Chi Minh’s contribution to his nation.

It said the stories of Ho Chi Minh, also called “Uncle Ho” by the Vietnamese people, are associated with the country’s heroic traditions in the past two generations. It provides readers with information about the president’s life and activities during his journeys around the world to find the path to national salvation.

The paper recalled the 1928-1929 period when Ho Chi Minh was in Thailand to foster cooperation between the two countries during the time of Prime Minister Pridi Phanomyyong.

In its earlier issue the paper had published a poem about Hanoi by Navarad, a famous Thai poet, after attending the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Reinforced Thai capital readies for rising waters

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

BANGKOK, Oct 24, 2010 (AFP) – Bangkok braced for rising waters encroaching on the fortified city on Sunday as the death toll from two weeks of nationwide flooding rose to 38, emergency officials said.

The floods, which began on October 10, have affected millions of people across huge swathes of the country, inundating thousands of homes and leaving authorities struggling to reach people stranded in remote areas.

A woman stands in flood water outside her house in Bangkok on october 24, 2010. AFP

The capital has reinforced its flood walls with 200,000 sandbags and will build temporary wooden bridges in 27 communities to help people cross over waterlogged streets.

More than 1,000 water pumps are on standby and authorities are preparing schools, monasteries and mosques in 13 districts for evacuation.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that while floods in the kingdom’s east and northeast were declining, the situation in central provinces was concerning, especially with high tides expected in the next few days.

“I’m trying my best to mobilise all possible assistance to solve this problem,” he said on his weekly television broadcast.

The Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand reported a further six deaths to add to Saturday’s toll of 32, who were swept to their deaths or killed in accidents as vehicles were carried away by the churning waters.

The two worst-hit northeastern provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima and Buriram have each reported six deaths, while six people were also killed in Lop Buri and three died in Khon Kaen.

A further 17 people have died in eight more provinces across central, northeastern and eastern areas, including one in Nonthaburi province, just north of Bangkok.

The Irrigation Department on Saturday issued warnings to people living in seven low-lying provinces, including Bangkok, as water from further north began to flow downstream.

Around 4,000 cubic metres (a million gallons) of water per second was expected to flow into the capital’s Chao Phraya river, which coupled with high sea levels surging from the other direction could cause floods in parts of the city.

More than 2.5 million people, or 828,443 households, have been affected by the two weeks of flooding, which has hit 30 out of Thailand’s 76 provinces, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said.

Bad weather has battered countries in the region in recent weeks, with dozens killed in Vietnamese floods and nearly 50 people left dead in the Philippines and Taiwan by Typhoon Megi, which has roared into southern China.

In western Myanmar, Cyclone Giri killed at least one person on Friday and left tens of thousands in need of help.

Source: SGGP