Constitutional Court to consider EC petition

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Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam

politics July 22, 2017 16:16

By The Nation

The Constitutional Court will convene on Wednesday to consider whether it will accept the Election Commission’s petition against the new EC draft law.

The EC bill is the first of the organic laws to pass through the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and the tripartite law review committee. Prior to the EC’s decision to petition the Constitutional Court, the EC bill was close to promulgation, pending only royal endorsement. The EC, however, made a last-ditch attempt to get a ruling on the law’s constitutionality.

There are some six points in the bill that the EC has objected to, including the total reset of the current commission.

However, it has decided not to petition the reset question, as the optics of this could lead some people to conclude that it was fighting for the personal interests of EC members. Instead, said Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn on Thursday, it will petition the court over the constitutionality of two controversial points.



Source  :  The Nation Multimedia

Policeman’s wife injured in bomb blast western Baqubah

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Baqubah( A policeman’s wife was injured in a bomb blast that exploded in western Baqubah, a local source from Diyala said.

Speaking to AlSumaria News on Saturday, the source said “an IED placed outside a house of a policeman in al-Jahiza region, west of Baqubah, exploded in the afternoon, leaving the policeman’s wife wounded and the house damaged.”

IS holds pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, posing threats to the liberated regions.

Some areas in Diyala have seen a surge over the past months in bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians, which urge Iraqi forces to prevent the militants infiltration between Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, especially the regions stretching along Hamreen mountains and Al-Azeem town.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members’ deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

Source  :  Iraqi News

Thailand delight boisterous home fans with historic win over Turkey in World Grand Prix

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Breaking News July 22, 2017 21:48

By The Nation

Thailand claimed their second win in the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix after a thrilling 3-0 (25-20 25-22 25-11) victory over Turkey in their second Pool H encounter at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium on Saturday.


Thailand, which stunned defending and 11-time champions Brazil in Sendai, Japan last week, have never beaten Turkey before in the World Grand Prix. They lost to Turkey twice in 2012 in Ningbo, China and in Ankara, Turkey the following year.

The Thai team, currently ranked No.10 at the 12-team overall standing, led from the start in the opening set against Turkey, the team which lost 1-3 to Italy the previous day.

Hard-attacking Ajcharaporn Kongyot punctured the Turkish defence with powerful mid-court attacks to help put Thailand in front 12-9. However, after that, Turkey read the Thai game plan well and started to effectively block Ajcharaporn’s attacks. To improve their tactics, Thailand replaced Ajcharaporn with veteran Wilavan Apinyapong. The host side turned things around to take the first set 25-20.

Their confidence boosted, the Thai team set an early pace in the second set. Wilavan produced lightning-fast spikes and effective drops for the team’s initial 7-2 lead. Playing confidently with determination, Turkey narrowed the margin 11-10, thanks largely to their solid blocks led by Meryem Boz. However, the Thai team proved a cut above the visitors as the world No.14 stormed on, with Wilavan, Chutchu-on Moksri and Pleumjit Thinkaow emerging major forces to be reckoned with for the team. Thailand took the thrilling set 25-22.

The third set became a one-sided affair as Thailand started consistently. Spectacular attacks from Pleumjit, Chutchu-on and Wilavan and Hattaya Bamrungsuk’s solid blocks received great applause and ear-piercing screams from adoring fans inside the packed venue. Thailand captured the comfortable set 25-11 and match.

“I’m glad that we finally won at home. My team played well with good reception and we counter-attacked, our rivals failed in their attempts. However, I would like to thank all Thai supporters who really boosted our team’s morale and confidence. We still have a mountain to climb on our last match on Sunday as we will play Italy. They are very strong and it’s not easy to beat them. We will do our best,” Thailand coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul commented after the match.

Meanwhile, Italy stretched their winning streak at the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix to six in a row after a 3-0 rout of Dominican Republic in their second Pool H encounter at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

The hard-fought 25-20 25-22 25 25-15 victory was the Italy’s 22nd time in an official competition between the European giants and the Caribbean counterparts.

Caterina Bosetti and Miryam Fatime Sylla led Italy after similarly scoring a team-high 11 points, while Mambru Casilla topscored for Dominican Republic with 10 points from all deadly attacks of 32 attempts.

Thailand next take on Italy on Sunday at 6pm local time, while Turkey play Dominican Republic in the first match at 3pm.

Following the Saturday’s win, Thailand remain at 10th place of the overall standing with 8 points from 2 wins against 6 losses.


Source  :  The Nation Multimedia

Seventeen IS female members killed, injured as missile shot west of Mosul

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Tal Afar ( Seventeen Islamic State female members were killed and injured as a missile was shot on a building, west of Mosul, a source from Nineveh province said on Saturday.

“An unknown missile targeted a two-storey building, which was the headquarters of the IS al-Khansaa brigade, in Tal Afar town, west of Mosul,” the source was quoted by AlSumaria News as saying. “The brigade included wives and sisters of IS members and leaders as well as foreigners.”

“According to our information, between seven to ten women were killed, while seven others were injured. Most of them were leaders in brigades,” the source said adding the members are working on recovering the bodies from under the rubble.

“Wife of the emir of the so-called soldiers department, known as abu Youssef, were among the killed ones,” the source, who asked to remain unnamed said adding that her identity is still unknown.

Earlier on the day, news reports mentioned that powerful blasts have rocked the western suburbs of Tal Afar west as airstrikes targeted a building with huge amount of explosives inside.

Lt.Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah, of the Nineveh Operations Command, had said that the fourth phase of liberation will be launched soon to free Tal Afar and other regions to complete the liberation of the whole province.

Tal Afar is one of the important strongholds still held by IS in Nineveh since August 2014.

Source  :  Iraqi News