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Yingluck impeachment proceedings in 25 days, says NLA

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Yingluck impeachment proceedings in 25 days, says NLA
Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: National Legislative Assembly (NLA) vice-president Surachai Liengboonlertchai said yesterday the impeachment proceedings against ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra would take no more than 25 days.

Yingluck faces impeachment proceedings for alleged failure to stop corruption in her government’s rice-pledging scheme, after NLA president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said the case would be on the agenda for the NLA meeting on November 12.

Surachai said the proceedings would take no more than 25 days after the NLA holds its first meeting on the case on November 12.

He said at the first meeting, the assembly would schedule a date for Yingluck and the National Anti-Corruption Commission to give an opening statement and then deliberations would begin.

Both parties are entitled to submit additional evidence to the assembly if either believes the suit is incomplete.

If Yingluck is impeached, she could face a political ban of five years.

Former Pheu Thai party-list MP Weng Tojirakarn urged the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to stop the NLA from pursuing the impeachment of Yingluck, saying the NACC had not been able to give the attorney-general proof of graft to substantiate the charge against Yingluck.

He said the Office of the Attorney-General had set up a joint panel with the NACC to find more evidence, but NACC has rushed to seek her impeachment.

“The NACC is breaking the law and this makes the public believe that Yingluck is not receiving justice. It is like an endless revenge and could provoke turmoil again,’ he warned.

Former Pheu Thai Party MP Amnuay Khlangpha urged the NLA to give justice to Yingluck, saying the assembly should not rush but make a decision carefully.

He said Yingluck should not be blamed for the losses in the rice-pledging scheme because as PM she had the duty of taking care of farmers just like PM Prayut Chan-o-cha does.

He said owners of rice warehouses must take responsibility for losses or damage incurred to rice stored in their warehouses. He urged the NLA to resolve what had caused losses to the rice-pledging scheme.

“We want to know if the damage was caused by rains or poor storage. Yingluck should not be blamed alone.’

Meanwhile, the NLA yesterday selected five members of the Constitution Drafting Committee to work on the NLA agenda.

They are Distat Hotrakitya, secretary-general of the Office of the Council of State, Kanchanaratt Leevirojana, a member of the Council of State, Taweesak Suthakavatin, chairman of the lecturers’ council of the National Institute of Development Administration, Wutisak Lapcharoensap, rector of Ramkhamhaeng University, and General Yodyuth Boonyatikarn, an economic adviser to the NC P Order.

The selection was made behind closed doors. A total of 182 NLA members were present. Each was allowed to vote for not more than five NLA members.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

- Legacy Phuket Gazette

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Same-sex civil union bill ready for Cabinet in two months

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A same-sex civil partnership law should be drafted and discussed before next year’s elections.

Pitikarn Sitthidech, the Rights and Liberties Protection Department chief, saystThe law, allowing same-sex couples to formally register as life partners, should be drafted by September.

It would then be submitted to Deputy PM and Justice Minister ACM Prajin Juntong, who would decide whether it should go to the Cabinet, she said.

Pitikarn says the sub-panel drafting the legislation that’s been hailed by some as a progressive step towards the legalisation of gay marriage would meet on July 25 to review its 63 articles. Panel members were likely to make adjustments, she said, some based on the experiences of other countries that have adopted similar legislation, such as Mexico, South Africa, Canada, Australia and Britain.


Pitikarn Sitthidech – Rights and Liberties Protection Department chief 

The bill will then be forwarded to the Rights Department’s law development committee for further tweaking in September, and then to Prajin, Pitikarn said. She pointed out that the process in some countries had taken up to 10 years, but Prajin wanted to fast-track Thailand’s version because of the many LGBT (lesbian, gay, transgendered and bisexual) citizens who deserve the same rights as everyone else.

Pitikarn said Prajin had insisted that the authors of the legislation understand the situation in society well and the sensitivities involved. He wanted guidelines set out to support the status of same-sex life partners registered in other countries who were now living in Thailand to ensure they enjoyed the rights to which they were entitled.

Prajin wanted it made clear which agency would handle registrations once the law comes into effect. And he expects the law to lay the foundation for the legalisation of gay marriage.

“Since the ministry began moving forward on this law, we have received good feedback from the LGBT community and a 60,000-name petition expressing support for the action, as well as much useful information,” Pitikarn said.

“I believe many more people are passively supporting this law – the many who haven’t yet expressed their LGBT status.”

SOURCE: The Nation

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Floods continue to cause havoc in the north, west and central

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Floods are causing havoc across swathes of provinces across Thailand. From the north in Chiang Mai, to the west in Kanchanaburi and as far south as Prachuap Khiri Khan and Ranong.

The Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation chief says that the flooding has been triggered by tropical storm Son-Tinh which still sits over Laos, so far affecting 13 Thai provinces and 2,369 families between July 17 and today (July 22).

Director-general Chayapol Thitisak said 23 districts witnessed flooding and in some cases landslides in Kanchanaburi, Tak, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, Trat, Phrae, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Ranong, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Conditions have normalised in 10 provinces, he said, but there is still flooding in six districts in three provinces.

In Kanchanaburi’s Sangkhla Buri district, 400 families are affected, in Tak’s Mae Ramat, Phop Phra, Tha Song Yang and Umphang districts 80 families, and in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district another 80 families, though the water level is decreasing.

Next cause for concern, says the Meteorological Department, is a tropical depression over the upper South China Sea that’s moving towards the upper Philippines at a maximum sustained wind speed of 55 kilometres per hour.

It will not affect Thailand directly, the department predicted, but travellers should monitor the situation if they are travelling in these regions.

“The southwest monsoon over the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand is also strong, creating waves up to three metres high”, it says.

“Ships should proceed with caution and small boats should stay ashore”.

Chayapol said he had contacted officials in provinces in the East and upper South to be prepared in case of flooding or seaborne mishaps.

STORY: The Nation

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Boeing says Asian region biggest growth area for aviation in next two decades

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By Data Leads. PHOTO: Thai Airways Boeing 787

Asian countries are estimated to require 16,930 more airplanes by 2037, making the region the fastest growing aviation area in the world.

Boeing’s annual forecast, the Commercial Market Outlook, reveals that the world fleet of jet planes would need 42, 370 new planes valued at US$6.3 trillion. The forecast predicts that the global demand for commercial aviation services will create a market opportunity of US$15 trillion.

According to Boeing the region operators will demand 40 per cent of passenger jet deliveries in the next twenty years, more than double the amount as compared to other regions.

China will be a key player in Asia that will contribute to Boeing’s growing business in the region. Analysts predict that China’s growing middle class will eventually lead to the country overtaking the U.S. within 10 to 15 years as the largest domestic airplane passenger market in the world.  Airplane demands will be highest in the region at 16,930 deliveries valued at US$ 3, 365 billion.

North America is predicted to have second highest demand of airplanes with the requirement of 8,800 deliveries valued at US$1,850 billion.  The aviation industry in the region has been experiencing a steady growth in the last few years. Boeing forecasts that the total fleets will increase 44 per cent in the next twenty years.

Europe will be the third highest region in terms of demand of airplanes and estimated profit that it generates. Edging close to North America, the region is estimated to demand 8,490 airplanes in the coming twenty years. The market value is estimated to be US$ 1,240 billion.

Latin America and Middle East will see the demand in fleet deliveries at 3,040 and 2,990 respectively. The market value is estimated to be US$ 360 billion and US$ 745 billion respectively.  Russia, CIS and African region will see low demand as compared to other regions.  The market value is projected to be US$ 265 and US$ 215 billion respectively.

The Commercial Market Outlook is the longest running jet forecast and considered  as the most comprehensive analysis of the commercial aviation industry.

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