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Thai delegation, PBIT hold discussion to boost trade

LAHORE – A five member delegation of Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group, led by its President Adirek Sripartak, visited office of the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) and held talks with the PBIT management to explore areas of mutual interest and to boost bilateral trade.
PBIT Vice Chairman Rizwan Khan, PBIT Director General Habib Gilani, Sajid Yousafani and other high ranking officers participated in this meeting. PBIT Vice Chairman Rizwan Khan welcomed members of

Thai floods kill 15 dead, thousands stranded

BANGKOK – Thailand mobilised its only aircraft carrier as efforts to rescue thousands trapped on storm-swept holiday islands intensified on Wednesday after severe flooding across the south killed 15.
Victims were either swept away by the rising waters, or buried in mudslides as the unseasonably wet weather deluged the homes and businesses of around a million people in what should be one of the hottest months of the year.
Rising waters have choked off road and rail links to

Thai pm Abhisit Vejjajiva wins no-confidence vote

BANGKOK – Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva survived a no-confidence motion on Saturday brought by opposition lawmakers seeking to inflict damage ahead of upcoming elections. Abhisit won the vote following a four-day censure debate, in which the opposition Puea Thai party accused his administration of corruption, policy failures and human rights violations – charges the government denies. The victory – the third such censure motion that Abhisit has faced down since 2009 – means

Thai PM to dissolve parliament by early May

BANGKOK – Thailand’s prime minister said on Friday he would dissolve the lower house of parliament by early May for what is expected to be a hard-fought election in the politically divided nation. The move would pave the way for a vote in late June or early July as by law polls must be held between 45 and 60 days after house dissolution.
“It’s about time for voters to decide what they really want,” Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters. “I believe that an election is

Thai prime minister says he may be British

BANGKOK – Thailand’s prime minister on Thursday said he may also be British, acknowledging claims by opponents trying to use the issue to bring him before the International Criminal Court. But the British-born Abhisit Vejjajiva said he considered himself Thai and had not sought to benefit from dual citizenship.
“Now if I travel to England I need to ask for a visa. It is clear that I intend to hold Thai citizenship. Whether that means I hold dual citizenship or not, that’s a legal

Thousands of Thai ‘Red Shirts’ rally in Bangkok

BANGKOK – Thousands of Thai “Red Shirts” gathered in Bangkok on Saturday to mark nine months since a bloody crackdown on their anti-government rally and to press for the release of detained leaders. Police estimated around 25,000 protesters massed in the city as part of a rally that crossed from Bangkok’s retail heart to the Democracy Monument, both sites of bloodshed during demonstration in April and May of the last year.
Dressed in their trademark colour and waving banners,

Cambodian, Thai troops clash near disputed temple

PHNOM PENH – Thai and Cambodian soldiers exchanged heavy fire near a disputed temple on the two countries’ shared border Friday, killing a civilian, officials said as tensions between the neighbours boiled over.
One villager was killed by artillery shelling and five Thai soldiers were injured in the fighting near the ancient Preah Vihear temple area, Thai public health minister Jurin Laksanawisit said. “I have ordered the hospitals along the border to be on standby,” he said.

‘Red shirts’ activists march in Thai capital

BANGKOK – Tens of thousands of “red shirt” demonstrators marched in Thailand’s capital on Sunday to demand the release of the movement’s leaders in their first rally since the lifting of an eight-month state of emergency last month.
The protest by about 30,000 people aimed to pressure the government to end what the red shirts say are unlawful detentions and suppression of dissent in the wake of deadly clashes between troops and demonstrators last year. The latest request for

Thai court jails 84 ‘Yellow Shirt’ protesters

BANGKOK – A Thai court Thursday jailed 84 supporters of the “Yellow Shirt” royalist movement for storming a television station in 2008 in protest at a government allied with former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
They were handed prison sentences of between six months and two-and-a-half years by Bangkok’s Criminal Court, mostly for illegal assembly and trespassing. The August 2008 incident at the National Broadcasting Service of Thailand state television station was one in series

‘Hangover’ stuntman injured during Thai shoot

LOS ANGELES – An Australian stunt driver has been hospitalised in Thailand after being severely injured in a crash while shooting the sequel to “The Hangover.
” A source close to the production said Scott McLean was placed in an induced coma by doctors and this condition was distributing the sequel. There was an accident involving a truck and a car on the second unit set of ‘The Hangover Part II’ near Bangkok injuring the Australian stuntman.
An ambulance immediately took

Thai Piya chases first Tour win

HUA HIN – Unheralded Piya Swangarunporn of Thailand birdied his closing two holes for a shock one-stroke lead at the 600,000-dollar Black Mountain Masters on Saturday.
But hot on his heels are proven winners Tetsuji Hiratsuka of Japan, who enjoyed a career first with three eagles in a spectacular round of 67, and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee. The 27-year-old Piya, chasing a maiden Asian Tour victory, battled to a four-under-par 68 in the third round at the Black Mountain Golf Club

Over 100 dead foetuses found in Thai temple: police

BANGKOK: The bodies of more than 100 human foetuses, apparently from an illegal abortion clinic, were discovered inside a Buddhist temple in central Bangkok, Thai police said on Tuesday.
The corpses, wrapped in plastic bags and newspaper, were found by a member of temple staff in a mortuary storage area.
“There are more than 100 plastic bags with foetal corpses inside hidden in the storehouse of a temple,” said Police Colonel Metee Rakphan.
“We assume that they were

‘Merchant of Death’ appeals Thai court ruling: Lawyer

Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout on Friday appealed against a Thai court ruling that removed a major obstacle to his extradition to the United States, his lawyer said.
Thailand’s Criminal Court on Tuesday dismissed money-laundering and fraud charges against Bout that had been holding up his extradition, citing insufficient evidence.
In an apparent delaying tactic, Bout’s lawyer Lak Nittiwattanawichan said he had submitted an appeal against the decision, partly on the

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