Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 2nd November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 2nd November 2012

Phuket’s daily world news round-up – Friday 2nd November 2012THAILAND – Cabinet makers
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra took her new cabinet to Siriraj Hospital, where they all swore to His Majesty the King to be honest and work for the country. – Anti-gov’t group leader to report to police
The main leader of the anti-government Pitak Siam group Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit said Wednesday he stands ready to report to the authorities if he receives the summons issued in his name on charges of inciting rebellion and coup. – Charupong vows unity, charter bid
New Pheu Thai Party leader and Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan has vowed to press ahead with the controversial reconciliation and charter amendment bills, renewing fears of a new round of political unrest. -Soldiers watchful as South schools reopen
The new school semester kicked off in the southernmost provinces yesterday amid tight security. At least five Army Rangers were stationed in front of a local school in Yala’s Muang district to prevent violent incidents, as unrest continues in the deep South. – US election will not impact Thailand: Think tank
The result of the upcoming US presidential election will not have any significant impact on Thai economy and national security as the US policies over the ASEAN regional bloc has not been raised during the campaigns of both presidential candidates, according to the Political Development Council at Thailand’s King Prajadhipok Institute. – 300,000 claim new car tax rebate
More than 300,000 people have filed claims for the government’s first-time car buyer tax rebate scheme, and lost revenue from the policy is expected to exceed 30 billion baht by year’s end, the figure estimated by the state, Deputy Finance Minister Tanusak Lek-uthai says. – Panel warns no-show Sorrayuth
A House sub-committee on mass media yesterday threatened to invoke the law to force embattled media personality Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda to testify over alleged embezzlement. – Pump prices down today
PTT and Bangchak will cut the prices of all petrol by 0.40 baht per litre and 0.20 baht a litre for gasohol E85, effective from 5am on today. – Thais win opener
The Arena kerfullfle was in the background for day one of the Futsal World Cup, where Thailand started with a 3-1 win over Costa Rica.

ASIA –  Inquiry into Lahore school attack
An inquiry is formed in Pakistan to investigate the destruction by a mob of a top school in Lahore where a teacher is alleged to have committed blasphemy. – Cyclone Nilam: India search for missing sailors
Rescue operations are under way in India’s southern city of Chennai to find five sailors missing from an oil tanker that ran aground in a cyclone. – World Bank approves aid for Burma
The World Bank has started engaging with Burma after two decades and has approved millions of dollars of aid and loans. – China tightens security ahead of congress
China has tightened security, introducing extreme measures, ahead of the all-important Communist Party congress to select the next generation of leaders. – China fund buys stake in Heathrow
China Investment Corporation, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, buys a 10% stake in the firm that runs London’s Heathrow airport. – China manufacturing activity at three-month high
Manufacturing activity in China expanded for the first time in three months, a sign that the country could be recovering from its slowest pace of growth in three years. – India to get first Playboy Club in Goa
Adult entertainment company Playboy is to open its first club in India but its iconic bunnies will not be nude.

UK – Bank governance is ‘defective’
Governance of the Bank of England is “defective”, says the head of the Treasury Committee after the publication of three independent reviews into the Bank. – Osborne: Real EU vote test ahead
The chancellor will “listen to” Tory rebels who helped defeat the government, but says the real test will come when any EU budget deal is put to MPs. – UK, Indonesia sign string of agreements
The UK and Indonesia have sealed a defence deal which will boost co-operation in “research and development, investment and production”. – Labour ‘repositioning’ itself on Europe – David Miliband
Labour’s support for a cut in the European Union budget shows the party is “repositioning” itself over Europe, David Miliband has said. – Schools ‘too generous GCSE marks’
Too much pressure on schools in England to get good GCSE grades led to over-generous marking of course work by teachers, the exams watchdog Ofqual concludes. – Mercury Prize: Alt-J album An Awesome Wave wins award
Indie rock band Alt-J have been named winners of this year’s prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize, with their debut album An Awesome Wave.

AFRICA – Gunmen occupy Libyan parliament
Gunmen break through security and occupy Libya’s parliament building in a dispute over the choice of cabinet ministers. – Somali forces make mass arrests
Nearly 400 people suspected of supporting al-Shabab have been arrested in a major security operation in Kismayo, officials in the city tell the BBC. – Royal visit brings spotlight to PNG
A visit to Papua New Guinea by Prince Charles may not capture the people’s hearts and minds, but the politicians are keen for the international spotlight. – Nigerian army accused of abuses
Nigeria’s army has fuelled unrest by committing widespread abuses in its campaign against Islamist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International says.

EUROPE – Greek bank list editor acquitted
Greek journalist Costas Vaxevanis is cleared of breach of privacy after publishing the names of 2,000 Greeks he suspected of evading taxes. – Hollande vows to wipe out anti-Semitism
France’s Francois Hollande has promised during a visit by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu that he will “eradicate” anti-Semitism and ensure Jewish security. – Spain Halloween crush kills three
Three women die and another two people are injured in a stampede at a Halloween party in Madrid, Spanish officials say.

LATIN AMERICA – Cuba ‘hard hit’ by storm Sandy
Cuban President Raul Castro says the east of the island suffered extensive damage in Hurricane Sandy and warns it will take time to rebuild. – Argentina lowers voting age to 16
Argentina’s Congress approve a law to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 – a move that will take effect for key legislative elections next year. – Two die in Colombia blast attack
An explosive device goes off during Halloween festivities in Colombia, killing two people and injuring more than 30, among them many children, police say.

MID-EAST – Syria rebels ‘take checkpoints’
Rebel attacks on army checkpoints on the main road between Syria’s biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, leave 28 soldiers dead, reports say. – Saudi Arabia fuel truck crash kills 22 in Riyadh
At least 22 people are reported to have been killed when a fuel truck crashed and exploded in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

US – Sandy death toll keeps climbing
The US death toll from Sandy tops 90 as swathes of the East Coast battle to recover, three days after being battered by the massive storm. – US storm damage could hit $50bn
The US superstorm could cause as much as $50 billion in damage, a disaster estimator says. – White House rivals tussle over ‘change’
Five days from the US election, President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are fighting to claim the mantle of change.


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