Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Justice minister wants to return to work as judge

Justice minister wants to return to work as judge

Justice Minister Charnchai Likhitjittha said Wednesday that he had applied for a reinstatement of a senior judge.

Charnchai said he had sent his application to the Supreme Court president.

He expected that his reinstatement would be approved nearly at the same time when the next government is formed.

The Nation

Thai shares open 1.15 per cent lower

Thai stocks dropped 9.30 points or 1.15 per cent when the market was open for trading Wednesday morning.

The composite index dropped to 802.39 15 with the turnover of Bt1.463 billion when the market was open.

The blue-chip SET 50 dropped 8.22 or 1.39 per cent to 581.60.

The Nation

Fire breaks out at 52-storey building in Ratchada

A fire broke out at 52-floor Cyber World Building on Ratchada Pisek Road early Wednesday, causing heavy traffic congestion in the area.

Police said the fire broke out on the 17th floor at 3 am and quickly spread to higher floors.

Fire engines took about an hour to control the blaze. Fire fighters could enter the building at about 4 am.

Police closed the section of the road from Rama IX Intersection to Huay Kwang Intersection, leading to traffic snarls in the area. The road was opened at about 6 am to try to alleviate the congestion.

Deputy Bangkok Governor Wallop Suwandee said the building was under construction so there was no one inside when the fire started.

The building is owned by TTC group.

The Nation

Chart Thai to appeal against red cards

The Chart Thai Party plans to lodge an appeal with the Council of State seeking to overturn the red cards issued to its two winning candidates in Chai Nat, party executive Kasem Sorasakkasem said Tuesday.

"Although it is difficult to cancel the red cards, the Chart Thai has no choice but to appeal in the fullest extent allowed by the law," he said.

Kasem said his party would assist the two candidates, Nanthana Songpracha and Monthien Songpracha, to submit fresh evidence to rebut the red cards.

"This should not have happened at all as the party has always abided by the electoral rules and never condoned any wrongdoing linked to the candidates," he said.

Should the appellate review confirm the red cards, the disqualified candidates had to shoulder up to Bt20 million for the cost of revote and the Chart Thai would be deprived of two House seats won but cancelled, he said.

The Nation

Pojaman to sign book of condolence of HRH Princess Galyani

Wife of ousted prime minister will sign book of condolence of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana in the afternoon.

Khunying Pojaman Shinawatra returned home from Hong Kong on Tuesday morning to face charges of corruption and illegal stock dealing. She was granted bails on both charges.

Informed source said she will travel to Saha Thai Samakhom Pavillion in the late afternoon to sign condolence book for the princess.

Pojaman freed on bail on the second charge

Police freed on bail Pojaman Shinawatra, wife of ousted prime minister, who was accused of illegal stock dealing.

Granting Bt1 million bail, police banned Pojaman from leaving the country without permission.

Pojaman who returned from Hong Kong Tuesday morning pledged not guilty for the charge concerning SC Assets Corporation.

Pojaman arrives at DSI to face another charge

Khunying Pojaman Shinawatra arrived at Department of Special Investigation to defend charge of illegal stock dealing.

Pojaman, wife of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, arrived at about noon and reportedly prepared Bt1 million to lodge a bail.

Pojaman returned from Hong Kong to Thailand on Tuesday morning. She was earlier freed on Bt5-million bail on corruption charges over purchase of Ratchadapisek land.

Thai shares open 0.74 per cent higher

Thai stocks rose 5.97 points of 0.74 per cent when the market was open for trading Tuesday morning.

The composite index rose to 814.28 with the turnover of Bt956.45 million.

The blue-chip SET 50 rose 5.26 or 0.9 per cent to 591.63.

The Nation

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