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Director General of Department of Export Promotion (DEP), Nantawan Sakuntanak has announced that DEP set to hold “Made in Thailand 2011 : Export Opportunity for SMEs” (MIT 2011) exhibition showing capability in production of export-quality goods.

“Made in Thailand 2011” will be held on March 9-13, 2011 at Challenger Hall 3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi, Thailand. And with a lot of activities such as Product Showcase, Thailand’s Brand, Design & innovation and Business Matching

For more information and apply for exhibitor, please contact 02-507-8380-84 or download application form at www.depthai.go.th and www.thaitradefair.com from now on till February 11, 2011.

Reds file humanity case with international court

Posted by arnon_k On January - 31 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Lawyers acting for the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on Monday filed a case against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, seeking an inquiry into an alleged crimes against humanity during the April-May crackdown last year.

An ICC representative earlier told the red-shirt movement that the ICC had no jurisdiction over alleged political crimes in Thailand, since Bangkok had yet to ratify the treaty it signed in 2000.

However, the lawyers insist they can bring a case against Mr Abhisit because he also has British nationality.

The United Kingdom has ratified the ICC treaty.

Speaking from Tokyo via videoconference, lawyer Robert Amsterdam said the ICC application contains detailed testimony, including an expert report by Joe Ray Witty, a former US Army sergeant and crowd control expert with the Los Angeles Police Department special weapons and tactics group.

Sgt Witty’s opinion is that the Royal Thai Army’s operations on May 19, 2010 were “military in nature” and “designed to kill innocent civilians, without provocation or justification, in order to suppress the red-shirt demonstrations”, according to Mr Amsterdam.

Democrat Party spokesman Buranat Samutarak questioned red-shirt lawyer Amsterdam’s motives in hiring Sgt Witty. He viewed Sgt Witty as a false witness intent on defaming the country.

He said investigators had found out that M79 grenades were fired by a group of men in black shirts during the April-May crackdown.

Mr Buranat said Mr Amsterdam’s move was aimed at discrediting Thailand and getting international organisations involved in the country’s justice process, in line with the plans of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The US-based lobbyist had intentionally spoken in Tokyo because he wanted to link the case to the death of the Japanese cameraman, working for Reuters, who was killed in the cross-fire during the anti-government protest in April last year.

He expected the ICC would reject the UDD case.

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — Anti-government demonstrations in Egypt continued for a seventh day Monday and showed no signs of waning, with protesters planning even larger rallies.

Activists in Cairo and Alexandria said they were organizing “million-man” marches in the cities for Tuesday — a week after anti-government protests began.

At least 1,000 people were gathered Monday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, a focal point of the protests. Some of them said they had spent the night, and the smell of smoke from campfires lingered in the air.

Helicopters hovered overhead as one group held signs and chanted, “The Egyptian people want the government to fall.”

Troops and tanks remained a visible presence on Cairo’s streets. Police forces were scheduled to start deploying and resuming their duties throughout Egypt on Monday, state-run Nile TV reported.

After driving around the port city of Alexandria for two hours, a CNN crew said it had seen only two police officers on the streets by late Monday morning.
Police have been virtually absent from the streets since Saturday, after a brutal crackdown a day earlier when thousands of riot and plainclothes police clashed violently with protesters.

While it’s difficult to ascertain a solid death toll during the violence, Human Rights Watch staffers have confirmed 80 deaths from two hospitals in Cairo, 36 deaths in Alexandria and 13 fatalities in Suez, according to Heba Morayef, a researcher for the group in Cairo.

As the threat of further unrest loomed, the U.S. planned to begin charter flights to help Americans leave the country Monday. Forty-two Americans have been evacuated from Egypt so far, the State Department said on Monday.

“There are thousands of potential evacuees out of Egypt, and so we are paying a lot of attention to that,” Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Janice Jacobs told reporters Sunday.

Officials are looking at Istanbul; Nicosia, Cyprus; and Athens, Greece, as possible destinations, although the list was not finalized Sunday afternoon, she said.

On Sunday, low-flying fighter jets overhead did nothing to deter thousands of Egyptians from continuing their protests into the night.

The arrival of Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei in Tahrir Square fueled their fervor. Throngs cheered as the leading opposition figure entered.

“Today I look into the eyes of each one of you, and everyone is different today,” he told protesters. “Today, you are an Egyptian demanding your rights and freedom, and what we started can never be pushed back. As we said, we have one main demand: the end of the regime and to start a new phase.”

ElBaradei, a former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is one of several opposition figures whose name surfaces when protesters talk about possible future leaders of Egypt. Among other names is Amr Moussa, head of the Arab League.

But Mubarak has given no indications of giving up his 30-year rule.

On Sunday, he urged the leaders of his new Cabinet to undertake “dialogue with all the (political) parties,” according to a transcript of his remarks read on state-run Nile TV.

He also called on new government leaders to “stand against anyone committing any forms of corruption” and stressed “the necessity to continue with fair, serious and effective new steps for more political, constitutional and legislative reforms.”
The president charged the new Cabinet, to be shaped by newly appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, to restore security in the country, along with Egyptians’ faith in their country’s economy. Mubarak also appeared to criticize the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest opposition bloc.

“The citizens and the young people of Egypt have gone out to the streets in peaceful demonstration asking for their right for the freedom of speech,” Mubarak said. “However, their demonstrations have been infiltrated by a group of people who use the name of religion who don’t take into consideration the constitution rights and citizenship values.”

A government-imposed curfew was scheduled to begin an hour earlier Monday — at 3 p.m. (8 a.m. ET), Nile TV reported. But such restrictions have been largely ignored by protesters over the past few days.

The Egyptian stock exchange and banks also were closed Monday.

The unrest has paralyzed daily life in Egypt, with many grocers closing shop and spotty food shipments.

In Cairo, there were long lines in front of bread shops and supermarkets, ATMs and gas stations were closed, and there was a minimal police presence. In one neighborhood, sanitation workers were seen collecting garbage.

In Alexandria, people waited in long lines outside bakeries and supermarkets. Nile TV set up a hotline for citizens to call in and report bread shortages across the country. A private sanitation company was seen collecting trash there.

“Everything is running out. I have three children, and I only have enough to feed them for maybe two more days. After that I do not know what we will do,” school administrator Gamalat Gadalla told CNN Sunday.

One of the biggest concerns of many Egyptians in the wake of the chaos — that prisoners could escape — proved true over the weekend.

Nile TV reported that roughly 1,000 inmates escaped from Prison Demu in Fayoum, southwest of Cairo. Inmates also broke out of Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo and the Ataa prison in Al Badrashin, a town in Giza, Nile TV said.

A military representative appeared on Nile TV Sunday and called on Egyptians to obey the curfew “to make it possible for us to capture the outlaws,” according to a translation of the comments.

The station reported Monday that more than 2,000 escaped prisoners had been arrested.

Still, fear of anarchy and looting lingered. Shops and businesses were looted and abandoned police stations were stripped clean of their arsenals. Men with makeshift weapons patrolled neighborhoods, creating checkpoints to fill the void left when police stopped patrolling the streets.

Whether the 450,000-strong armed forces — deployed to the streets for the first time since the mid-1980s — will remain loyal to Mubarak is a key question for the nation’s future.

Ali Regal, a student activist leader in Alexandria, said Sunday that the military was working closely with “the masses” — including demonstrators — to coordinate security. He said that organizers were mapping out a plan to set up checkpoints around the port city.

The protests in Egypt come weeks after similar disturbances sparked a revolution in Tunisia, forcing then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country.

Both Egypt and Tunisia have seen dramatic rises in the cost of living in recent years and accusations of corruption among the ruling elite. Tunisia-inspired demonstrations have also taken place in Algeria, Yemen and Jordan.

The aging Mubarak has ruled Egypt with an iron fist for three decades, and it was widely believed he was grooming his son, Gamal, as his successor — a plan now complicated by demands for democracy.

Mubarak appointed his trusted and powerful intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, as his vice president on Saturday, the first time the authoritarian regime has had such a post.

Megan” I look like a bloke

Posted by arnon_k On January - 31 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

JUST where did she get this idea? The now grown-up owner of this cute baby face believes she was once the spitting image of one of Hollywood’s finest actors.
MEGAN FOX uploaded this angelic snap to Facebook over the weekend.
She accompanied it with the caption: “I look like STEVE BUSCEMI.”

Steve is the star of new Sky Atlantic series Boardwalk Empire, which starts this week.

Make sure you tune in, I’ve seen the first five episodes and they are classic MARTIN SCORSESE.

Buscemi’s character Nucky Thompson is a seriously dark and dangerous man – definitely not a character you would trust in the company of Megan Fox.

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