BANGKOK, 11 June 2014 - The Supreme Administrative Court is set to finalize its verdict today at 1PM on whether all World Cup 2014 matches are required to be televised live across free TV channels. 

BANGKOK, 11 June 2014  - Bloomberg News has surveyed a total of 171 economists from 139 companies across 52 countries on who would become the World Cup champions this year.

The survey requires that the voters select four best teams and rank them accordingly. The first ranked team would get 10 points, followed by 4.5 points, 4 points, and 1 point for teams that came in second, third, and last.

Ninety-two of the poll’s respondents have voted Brazil to become World Champions. According to poll results, Brazil scored 1270.5 points, closely followed by Germany at 763 points, Argentina at 641 points, and former World Cup champions Spain at 614.5 points.

Seventy-two respondents also believe that Brazil would be the team that would score the most goals in the World Cup, with Argentina trailing behind, followed by Spain and Germany.

BANGKOK, 11 June 2014, - In a bid to show the international community Thailand's efforts to eradicate the issue of human trafficking, The Department of Special Investigation is holding a class for officials on how to treat victims of the crime. 

BAGNKOK, 11 June 2014 – Supreme Commander Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn says India has showed understanding toward the current situation in Thailand and expressed willingness to support the reconciliation process. 

BANGKOK, 11 June 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order on Tuesday endorsed the framework of the fiscal 2015 budget, maintaining the target of realizing a balanced budget in the year 2017. 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:32

Curfew lifted in 20 provinces

BANGKOK, 11 June 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Tuesday announced the lifting of the curfew in 20 more provinces, as it deemed there was no tendency for violent situations in the respective provinces. 

SAMUT PRAKAN, 10 June 2014  - TG 508 flight with 296 crew and passengers has arrived at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The jet was stranded at Karachi airport when a group of gunmen attacked the airport Sunday night.

THAI Flight TG508 arrived in Samut Prakan at 2 am this morning. All of the 296 passengers, including 2 Thai nationals, were safe. The flight was left stranded for over 24 hours after heavily armed gunmen attacked Pakistan’s Jinnah International Airport.

A passenger said during the assault, all of the passengers were asked to stay inside the jet for about 3 hours after the plane had landed in Pakistan. Then, airport authorities came to escort all of them to a safe place inside the terminal.

On Sunday night, Taliban militants disguised as security forces stormed Pakistan's busiest airport and at least 27 people were killed in a dramatic night-long battle. Gun battles raged through the night until security forces regained control of the airport at dawn.

Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow represented Thailand at the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), ASEAN Plus Three SOM, and the East Asia Summit, all of which were held in Yangon, Myanmar. 

PATTANI, 10 June 2014, - Local media has reported seven hurt in two separate incidents in Pattani and Yala provinces, in the latest instances of southern violence.

Four Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center officials and a local man were wounded in a separatist ambush, while they were in a van at Baankhokwoaw in Kapho District of Pattani Province. The wounded were quickly sent to a nearby medical center for treatment.

Meanwhile, residents of Bunnangsta District in Yala helped transport a volunteer security officer and a bystander to the local hospital after the two were wounded in a suspected separatist attack in the area’s Baanthanyong, while they were riding a motorcycle back from the nearby woods. Officials speculated the attack was a further attempt to intimidate the locals.

In a related matter, inquisitors of the 41st Ranger Squadron have revealed the initial result of an inquiry into the activities of the two suspects arrested in Yala’s Muang District, while in possession of bomb components on June 5th, saying the duo were, indeed, bomb makers for the separatists. The bombers confessed that their leader had instructed them to rig several explosives in preparation for an assault on an unidentified location.

SISAKET 10 June 2014 — Sisaket Correctional Facility is under going a comprehensive search by army officials for illegal objects hidden within the confines of the facility.

National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) deputy, Lieutenant Colonel Warakorn Thonyangyuen, has ordered a group of 30 army officials to search the ground of the Sisaket’s correctional facility for any illegal objects, such as weapons, drugs, and other illegal items.

The search was in accordance with the NCPO’s policy to eradicate illicit drugs from the country. Among the 1,516 inmates searched, 130 were female and 1,386 were male.

Illegal objects found included 46 lighters, a mobile phone, a crudely made tattooing apparatus, 9 cutters and home-made knives. Those found in possession of such items will be punished, according to the Lieutenant Colonel.

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