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KUALA LUMPUR – Pirates have released an Indonesian-bound Thai tanker after stealing its oil cargo, in the latest attack in Southeast Asian waters, the International Maritime Bureau said Monday.

MT Orapin 4, with 14 crew aboard, arrived at Sri Racha Port in Thailand on Sunday, the IMB’s Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre said.

The diesel oil tanker had lost contact with its owner after departing Singapore Tuesday on its way to Pontianak on Indonesia’s Kalimantan.

“Pirates hijacked and stole the tanker’s oil cargo onboard and destroyed the communication equipment. The crew and vessel are safe,” the centre said in a brief release.

Noel Choong, the centre’s head, said they were still investigating the circumstances of the hijacking, including the exact location.

Building contractor claims teak wood

Posted by pakin On May - 29 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Man produces papers to ownership of teak

A building contractor has claimed ownership of a stash of teak logs and planks found on a vacant lot near the home of Yaowapa Wongsawat in the Green Valley Housing Estate in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district.

Sombat Promsen, 44, a native of tambon Pa Mai in Chiang Mai’s San Sai district, showed the authorities documents verifyng that the 41 teak logs and 2,000-3,000 processed planks found on Thursday morning by soldiers from the 36th Rangers Regiment in an empty section of land near Mrs Yaowapa’s home belong to him.

The search was conducted at the housing estate after Lt Gen Preecha Chan-ocha, the 3rd Army chief, received reports about the timber from residents in the area.

Mrs Yaowapa is the wife for former prime minister Somchai Wongsaway and younger sister of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

He said the teak was from an old house he bought for 1.5 million baht from a villager in Tha Song Yang district of Tak province to use in a building in Sai Sai district.

He applied for permission to use the timber to re-build the house and he was granted a permit a few days ago, after a long legal process.

While waiting for the permit, he stored the wood on the land, which belongs to Yoschanan, Mrs Yaowapa’s son and former MP for Chiang Mai’s constituency 3, because he knew a housekeeper working in Mrs Yaowapa’s home, he said.

Suthep Pawareswithayalarn, director of the Forestry Resources Office 1 in Chiang Mai, said the authorities would check on the origin of the timber and verify the documents submitted by Mr Sombat.

The operating hours of BTS, MRT and Airport Rail Link trains in Bangkok are now from 6am to 11pm following the easing of the curfew.

The new hours are effective from today.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday reduced the curfew hours from 10pm-5am to midnight to 4am.

For passenger bus services of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, the first long-route buses will depart their depots “after 3am” and the last long-route buses will back at their final depot by midnight.  All other overnight  bus services are suspended.

Seven wounded by Pattani bomb

Posted by pakin On May - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

A bomb went off in the car park of Khok Pho Hospital in Pattani’s Khok Pho district on Wednesday morning, wounding seven people, reports said.

The bomb, which exploded  about 9.30am, was thought to have been planted in a motorcycle.

Of the wounded, two were defence volunteers identified as Rohimi bin Sado and Muhamad Kali.

Police were investigating.

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