BANGKOK, 25 September 2014  Representatives of people's networks on Wednesday called on the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to revoke the license granted to Pata Zoo in Bangkok and to find a new home for the animals currently housed at the building-top zoo.

The people's networks yesterday presented department director-general Niphon Chotiban with the signatures of 35,000 persons who supported the relocation of the animals at Pata Zoo. The group also inquired about the August 13 renewal of the zoo's license despite continuous public opposition.

Mr. Niphon explained that officials had told the zoo owner to make improvements in the aspect of safety, especially for fire safety. The zoo must satisfy officials with a plan for the evacuation of animals in times of fire or the license would not be renewed next year. He also noted that a relocation of any of the animals from Pata zoo required the consent of the owner, as the animals were lawfully acquired assets of the zoo.

Proponents of the drive to relocate the animals argued that the zoo had been providing the animals with substandard quality of life. The focus was especially on the 27-year-old gorilla that has been living at the zoo for 25 years.

NEW YORK, Sept 25 Kiev cannot guarantee safe passage for an international investigation team to enter the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 went down in eastern Ukraine last July because it is unsafe, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Wednesday (Thursday in Malaysia).

The Malaysian prime minister said this was conveyed to him by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk when they met at the United Nations, here.

Kiev also could not provide a concrete schedule as to when the international probe team could enter the crash site, said Najib.

Najib said Yatsenyuk had told him that shooting and shelling were going on in eastern Ukraine although a ceasefire agreement was in place.

Malaysia, Najib said, was concerned over the unclaimed remains of the passengers and crew of the ill-fated flight at the crash site as well as the forensic evidence there.

Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.

There are 43 Malaysians on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft and, to date, the remains of 40 had been identified and brought back home.

Najib said Putrajaya was also concerned over the coming of the winter season in the area that could affect the forensic evidence.

Asked whether Putrajaya would initiate talks with the rebels to allow safe passage for the international investigation team into the area, Najib said:

"The communication line is still open but we have to be mindful of the sensitivity of Kiev."

Najib is here from Sept 20 to 28 to attend the United Nations General Assembly as well as other functions.

BANGKOK, 25 September 2014 The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is pushing ahead to make adjustments to the Computer Crimes Act B.E. 2550 in a bid to reduce cyber crime.

According to the ICT, the proposed new law would allow the government to take legal action against new forms of cyber-related crimes that were not punishable under the present law.

Cybercrime has become a transnational issue and has been one of the eight main problems in the ASEAN region. Therefore, the law needs to be revised in order to prevent cyber criminals from exploiting loopholes in the Thai justice system and threaten the nation’s security.

Meanwhile, the ICT stated that cyber criminals have been using the social media as a tool to convey distorted information to cause dissension, post defaming messages against H.M. the King, spread propaganda, and steal personal information from users. Over 20,000 cases of cybercrime remain unsolved, said the ICT.

As cybercrime has been a growing problem, it is essential that the Computer Crimes Act B.E. 2550 be revised quickly. The new law is expected to take effect early next year.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:37

HRH the Crown Prince lays wreaths on Mahidol Day

BANGKOK, 25 September 2014 His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on September 24 deputized for His Majesty the King in performing royal duties to mark Mahidol Day.

HRH the Crown Prince, accompanied by the royal consort, Her Royal Highness Princess Srirasm, yesterday laid royal wreaths at the statue of Prince Mahidol of Songkhla, located in the compound of Siriraj Hospital. Prince Mahidol was a son of King Rama V and the father of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Thai government has designated September 24, the date of Prince Mahidol’s death, as Mahidol Day in commemoration of his contributions to the development of medical education in Thailand and his selfless devotion to the well-being of Thai people.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince later proceeded to the 100-Years Siriraj Pavilion to pay homage to the statue of the Princess Mother, Her late Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra. His Royal Highness then presided over the ceremony of presenting plaques of honor and commemorative pins to those who have contributed to development of the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital.

Incheon - Thailand defeated Indonesia 6-0 on Monday to progress into the last-16 in the men’s football event at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.

With Monday’s victory, Thailand secured the top spot in the Group E leader board. So far at the Incheon Games, the team has scored 11 goals in three matches without giving up any goals. Thailand last met Indonesia at the 2013 SEA Games, where the former took a 1-0 victory as well as the SEA Games title. The team now is now slated for a clash with China in its next match.

Incheon - Tamarine ‘Tammy’ Tanasugarn has led Thailand’s tennis team into the second round of Incheon Games, defeating Uzbekistan’s squad. Meanwhile, Taekwondo coach Choi Young-seok is to restrict players use of social media and the internet before their matches, so as to better focus on their training.

UDON RATCHATHANI, 23 September 2014 Ubon Ratchathani has requested all related departments to suppress forest intrusion and prevent destruction.

Ubon Ratchathani vice-governor, Kanchat Thansatien, was chief of the meeting for the Prevention of Forest Intrusion and Destruction in Ubon Ratchathani with all related departments represented.

In the meeting, participants agreed on following the road map to prevent forest intrusion and destruction by educating local people to follow the philosophy of the sufficiency economy and not destroy the forest, using public relations in all the media, creating additional forest protection units, exploring remote areas, and creating intercept points for arresting drug and deforestation offenders, while all related departments are instructed to strictly collaborate under the legal framework, added the vice-governor.

TRAT, 23 September 2014 - Trat DIT is insisting all traders display price tag on their goods during the Chinese Vegetarian Festival Parichat Sri-In reveals that thTrat Department of Internal Trade has found that the cost of goods, especially for vegan food ingredients, increases during the Chinese Vegetarian Festival.

Meanwhile, Trat DIT is also in charge of inspecting all the traders and ensuring that price tags of both goods and ingredients are being properly displayed during the Festival from 23rd September – 2nd October 2014 to prevent buyers being taken advantage of.

SONGKHLA, 24 September 2014 Authorities in Songkhla have concluded that the removal of the rail anchor spikes, which caused the recent derailment of a train, was not the work of Deep South insurgents.

A team of officials from five agencies on Tuesday explained their conclusion about the derailment of the Su-ngai Kolok-Nakhon Si Thammarat train no. 452, which occurred on September 18. According to Mr. Thawiwut Sangsiri, the chief district officer in Chana district, the police are investigating the missing anchor spikes.

Officials believe it was likely the work of junk sellers who took the anchor spikes to sell at junk shops. Mr. Thawiwut explained that this was likely the motive behind an earlier case in Thepha district where anchor spikes were removed from tracks.

The earlier theft did not result in any mishaps with trains because railway officials had spotted the missing spikes in time.

11 people were injured from the train derailment in Songkhla last week. The State Railway of Thailand promised to take care of their medical expenses.

BANGKOK, 23 September 2014  – Representatives from 14 protest groups have handed a letter opposing the National Legislative Assembly’s draft social security bill.

NLA first vice president Surachai Liangboonlertchai on Tuesday accepted the letter from members of 14 organisations belonging to the working people’s social security network who want the NLA to send the draft law back to the Cabinet for further review.

Leader of the group Manas Kosol, who was a member of the 2006 National Legislative Assembly, said that the draft social security bill will not equally benefit some 40 million insured people.

Because the Social Security Fund has a net worth of 1.1 trillion baht, its management needs to be revamped to be more transparent while opening doors for verification, he added.

Therefore, members of the network have also proposed their ideas on how the structure and the benefits offered by the new bill should be, how the fund should be managed to ensure independence, efficiency and transparency, as well as how insured people should have a say in the social security fund administration.

Mr. Surachai said that he will bring all information before the NLA whip while representatives of the network will be invited to discuss their ideas regarding the draft bill too.

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