BANGKOK, 6 June 2014  – Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, Chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), has reiterated his wish to involve all sides in discussions to be held by the Reconciliation Center for Reforms in an effort to restore unity in the country. 

BANGKOK, 6 June 2014 – Foreign Affairs Permanent-Secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow is slated to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the East Asia Summit (EAS) between June 7-10. 

BANGKOK, 6 June 2014 – Eighteen more individuals are set to be summoned by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) next week mostly on lese-majeste charges.

According to the NCPO’s 49th order, 18 people have allegedly violated Section 112 of the Criminal Code. Among these 18 who were accused included Giles Ungpakorn, Jakrapop Penkhae, Ekapop Leura aka “Tang Acheewa”, and Chatwadee “Rose” Amornpat.

All who have been summoned must report to the Army auditorium by midday on June 9. Refusal to comply would result in face a jail term of up to 2 years or a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both.

The NCPO had stated that additional individuals needed to be summoned to the Army, as they were directly and indirectly involved in the violence and unrest in the country. These people have so far included Bannaphot Damapong, the step-brother of Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra, and anti-coup leader Sombat Boonngamanong.

Countries around the world including Thailand will celebrate this year's "World Oceans Day" on June 8 in a bid to raise awareness on challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. 

BANGKOK, 6 June 2014  – The Political Development Council (PDC) has suggested a reformation roadmap for the country to move forward.

PDC Chairman Teerapat Serirangsan has suggested guidelines to prepare the nation for the reformation process and has shown full support in cooperating along the policies of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

The reformation process includes two phases. The first phase involves staging public speeches to educate the people and to create a people’s council across 77 provinces in order to achieve four main objectives:

1. Create understanding among people on democratic governance under the system with HM the King as head of state.

2. Stage public speeches and arrange activities to lower the level of conflict and boost the level of unity within the nation.

3. Raise the public’s political awareness so that people fully understand their duties, roles, and responsibilities of being a good citizen.

4. Establishing a people’s council in each province for discussions to take place. The talks would focus on improving many areas such as the economy, social norms, and tackling corruption problems.

The guideline will be forwarded to the NCPO. Once approved, the first phase could be implemented by the end of this fiscal budget year.

The second phase is under the process of being reviewed based on careful consideration. However, it would mainly focus on reforming the people’s education and morality, solve corruption issues, and narrow the social inequality gap. The implementation process of the PDC’s suggested guideline would cost approximately 298 million baht.

BANGKOK , 6 June 2014  - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Thailand and Israel yesterday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the Embassy of Israel, Thailand Post Company Limited and Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (BSO) jointly organized activities to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Thailand and Israel on 5 June 2014 at the Thailand Cultural Center in Bangkok.

On this special occasion, the Thailand Post Company Limited and the Israel Postal Company issued joint commemorative stamps depicting a Thai mangosteen and Israeli pomegranate together, representing the existing close and comprehensive relations between the two countries for the past six decades that will continue to flourish in the years ahead. The stamps are now available to the public to purchase.

BANGKOK, 6 June 2014  - The court-martial on Friday released former education minister Jaturin Chai-saeng on bail and ordered him not to incite unrest and leave the Kingdom. 

Saturday, 07 June 2014 11:09

Soldiers continue raids on war weapons

BANGKOK, 6 June 2014 - Army officers have continued their mission to crackdown on war weapons. Their three recent raids in different provinces allowed them to confiscate war weapons and several illegal items.

Thirty soldiers were deployed in Chachoengsao Province to surround the home of a 46 year-old man who possessed a number of illegal weapons. During the raid, the troops found at least 50 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Elsewhere in Chonburi Province, five men were arrested for smuggling narcotic drugs. Police seized at least 14,700 pills of amphetamine and 16 kilograms of crystallized methamphetamine or “ya-ice”. Four rifles with at least 100 bullets were found, together with cash amounting up to 372,000 baht.

In the northern province of Chiang Rai, police searched 15 targeted spots. They managed to seize at least 160,000 pills of amphetamine, three handguns, and two grenades.

CHIANG MAI, 6 June 2014,  - Chiang Mai Provincial officials report that a man has been shot dead by the owner of the Yaowaratruamchoke Gold Shop in an attempted robbery at the venue in Muang District.

The man, later identified as Sakon Kunjana, was a physical education instructor from a famous school in the area. The wife of the alleged robber, told the police that her husband had a huge debt caused by his addiction to gambling on soccer matches.

According to the gold shop owner Chawalit Chin-Anukulpong, the assailant visited the shop early yesterday morning while the owner was preparing to open his establishment, saying he assumed that the visitor was one of his employees and was taken by surprise when Mr. Sakon rushed in and hit him repeatedly with a hammer. Mr. Chawalit managed to break free from the man’s attack and was able to snatch his sidearm from behind the counter. The gold shop owner then shot Mr. Sakon three times in the chest, killing the man.

The authorities pointed out that the would be robber was well prepared for the crime, based on their observation of video from CCTV cameras which captured the slain man’s behavior prior to the assault. An investigation is now in progress to find out if there is a connection between Mr. Sakon and robberies at Maechanpetch and Thanakorn gold shops.

Saturday, 07 June 2014 11:07

Bomb components seized in Yala

YALA, 6 June 2014  - Officials in Yala Province yesterday morning were able to locate and arrest 3 men suspected of being involved in separatism and numerous explosive components, communication devices, electronics parts, and other suspicious items at a house in Muang District.

The three suspects were identified as Mr. Maruwan Salae, Mr. Maleepeng Malee, and Mr. Ayu Mae. Initial investigations revealed that the house belonged to Mr. Isaho Yako, who still denied any link with the men and the weapons found in his home.

Nonetheless officials have collected DNA samples from the trio for further examination, and conducted additional inquiry on Mr. Maruwan and Mr. Maleepeng. The officials admitted both suspects did not give any useful information, but they believed that the house was used as the site for bomb assembling before an attack in the municipality of Yala.

Meanwhile, a combined force in Yala is on the lookout for stolen motorcycles and a Toyota VIGO pickup truck suspected to be used in carrying improvised explosive device for use in possible future attacks in the Yala municipality.

The Officials also urged local people to immediately inform them of any suspicious individual and object, in order to prevent a terrorist attack.

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