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They were pinning their hopes on an election the military government has promised at the end of 2017.“We shouldn’t do anything provocative We have a conscience we don’t want chaos” said a second red-shirt organiser Worry about the end of King Bhumibol’s seven decades on the throne has clouded a 10-year struggle between Thaksin and the military-led establishment Thaksin who faces a jail term for a corruption conviction he says was politically motivated is loved in the rural north and northeast for his pro-poor policies but despised by a Bangkok establishment that sees him as a corrupt populist who squandered taxes to buy rural votes Thaksin was also accused of disrespecting the monarchy and even harbouring republican leanings something he and his supporters deny Strict lese-majeste laws that forbid criticism of the monarchy have left little room for public discussion of the succession “The people hold the king so high they put him above politics But the politicians and people close to the king they’re just like us” said a third red-shirt activist explaining how they differentiate between the king and the royalist establishment The government has said Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will succeed his father soon after an unspecified period of mourning His formal coronation will take place after the king’s cremation following a year-long mourning period The 96-year-old president of the royal Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda has been named as regent during the interregnum The delay in the prince becoming king has raised speculation among Thailand scholars and analysts that the succession may not be as smooth as the government has said it will be ‘RESIDUAL POCKETS’ Thaksin or his parties have won every election since 2001 only to see governments overthrown prime ministers dismissed by courts parties disbanded and supporters shot in protests or arrested Thaksin’s loyalists brought the capital to a standstill for weeks in 2010 descending from the north and northeast in a fleet of buses and trucks festooned with red flags They occupied a central Bangkok district in a bid to force a pro-establishment government out and win back power Thaksin thought was rightfully his Today the opposition has been cowed by the military “They’re not in a position to do anything” David Streckfuss a Thailand-based scholar and expert on the monarchy said of the red shirts “They’re in residual pockets with no organisational capacity” Thaksin based in Dubai has not been available for comment since the king’s death Amnuay Klangpa a former member of parliament from Thaksin’s party said security restrictions make it difficult to contact its base “We haven’t forgotten our supporters but we can’t even meet among ourselves” Amnuay said Human Rights Watch said hundreds of people expressing dissenting views have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and prosecuted “People aren’t happy but it’s better to keep quiet” said Khon Kaen lawyer Boonyong Kaewfainok who has defended red shirt activists The junta whose 2014 coup brought down a government led by Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra has justified its crackdown by saying order must be maintained and an election held under a new constitution While most Thais mourn the only king most have ever known the red shirt activists said they doubted shared grief could engender reconciliation “Sadness does not bring politics together” said the second activist “For reconciliation we need elections” For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Tokyo | Updated: January 6 2017 10:27 am A man wearing a mask of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kneels down in front of a statue of a girl that represents the sexual victims by the Japanese military during a rally in front of Japanese Consulate (Source: Reuters) Top News Japan is recalling its ambassador to South Korea in response to the placing of a comfort-woman statue in front of its consulate in the Korean city of Busan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (yoh-shee-hee-deh soo-gah) said Friday that both the ambassador in Seoul and the consul-general in Busan would be temporarily recalled Watch What Else is Making News Many Korean and other women in Asia were forced to work in brothels for the Japanese military during World War II in what was called the “comfort-woman” system Japan and South Korea reached an agreement to resolve their differences over the issue in late 2015 but some South Koreans have continued to protest A comfort-woman statue has remained standing in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul and a similar one was put up in Busan recently For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Islamabad | Published: January 9 2017 5:44 pm The findings which are based on the groups’ records were released last week and on Sunday (Source: File Photo) Top News Two Pakistani research groups have noted that the country saw a significant drop in militant violence last year crediting the military for the decrease in attacks The two Islamabad-based groups say that large-scale military operations in the lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan in the chaotic port city of Karachi and the sparsely populated Baluchistan province are behind the drop But for the trend to continue they say authorities need to disband sectarian and anti-Indian extremists based in the populous Punjab province Watch What Else Is Making News The findings which are based on the groups’ records were released last week and on Sunday One of the groups the Center for Research and Security Studies said there was a 45 percent drop in violence-related deaths in 2016 compared to the previous year The Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies which tallies violent incidents registered a 28 percent drop in attacks in 2016 compared to 2015 Still both organizations tempered the findings by warning that the trend could be halted unless militant groups are disbanded and called for improving relations with neighboring India and Afghanistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif echoed some of those sentiments last week when he told a writers’ conference that Pakistan needs to create an effective narrative that promotes tolerance “We are forgetting how to speak of mutual love integrity compassion and empathy” he said His government introduced legislation in 2016 outlawing hate speech and denying clerics from rival Islamic sects the right to use their loudspeakers at their mosques However Sharif’s government has not succeeded in disbanding outlawed sectarian groups that re-emerge later under a different name Also lawmakers from his own Pakistan Muslim League have been seen on campaign platforms with members of the outlawed Sunni extremist group Sipah-e-Sahabah which has links to the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi another violent Sunni extremist group that has been blamed for several attacks last year particularly in southwestern Baluchistan “A government that is going into an election next year doesn’t want to lose votes” said Imtiaz Gul executive director of the Center for Research and Security Studies which authored one of the reports “The banned outfits have madrassas that still operate they have sympathies and influence” A mostly Sunni Muslim country Pakistan has for years been convulsed by brutal sectarian violence that has killed thousands Most of the victims have been minority Shiite Muslims Asadullah Khan an analyst with Pakistan’s Institute of Strategic Studies says that “it isn’t enough to ban” militant groups which then surface under a new name “We have to get rid of them altogether” Khan said Prominent on the militant landscape dotting Pakistan are also the Afghan Taliban Pakistan’s own Taliban group and its splinters as well as the feared Haqqani network Then there are several anti-Indian groups labelled terrorists by the United States and India _ such as Lashkar-e-Taiba which was banned but remerged as Jamaat-ud-Daawa and Jaish-e-Mohammed Pakistan has fought three wars with archrival India most often over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir Pakistan’s reluctance to abandon militant groups altogether is inextricably linked to its perceived security concerns said Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute in Washington “They remain viewed as valued proxies in a Pakistani strategic security calculus focused on Kashmir and the perceived threats posed by an India-aligned Afghanistan” said Weinbaum Kabul and Washington regularly demand Pakistan put an end to cross-border incursion by Afghan militants though the 2400 kilometer- (1500 mile-) boundary is in itself is a source of dispute between Pakistan and Afghanistan Islamabad says that Kabul has shunned repeated Pakistani attempts to resolve the border issue For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: January 28 2011 11:09 pm Related News A division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab government to examine the feasibility of auditing the accounts of beneficiaries of grants given by the Punjab Chief Ministerthe ministers and parliamentary secretarieswhile noticing in the order that large amounts of money are being disbursed through discretionary grants every year by the Punjab CMministers and chief parliamentary secretaries The petitionerAdvocate HC Aroratoday contended that there are no safeguards in Punjab against misuse of these grants The petitionerin the PILhad contended that in the state of Punjabduring 2008-2009Chief Ministers quota of untied discretionary grants was Rs 3 crore; that of Deputy Chief Minister was Rs 250 crore and Rs 150 crore were allocated to each of the 17 Cabinet ministers (including late S Kanwaljit Singh and Bikramjit Singh Majithiawho later resigned)and each chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) was allocated Rs 1 crore Besidesthe CM and the finance minister had additional quota of Rs 8 crore and 2 crore respectively from funds released by the Planning Department He also stated that during the last three yearsRs 5112 crore was disbursed by CM and FM in the shape of grants out of small savings Arora had also alleged that grants are being given for patently extraneous purposes The petitioner has therefore demanded that directions be issued to the State of Punjab to introduce appropriate safeguards against the misuse of these grants by recipient-organisations(i) either by making the grant subject to audit by the AG (Audit)Punjabor (ii) making the recipient-organisation open to scrutiny by citizens under RTI Act UTCentre must make up mind on land acquisition for IT park: HC The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday questioned the rationale behind putting on hold land acquisition for Information Technology (IT) ParkPhase-III by the Central Government A division bench comprising Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice RK Garg today asked the Central government and the Chandigarh Administration to reconcile their differencesif anyand to clarify the contradiction in their stands with regard to the acquisition Expressing concern over the pitiable condition of owners whose land is involved in the tusslethe Bench told the Central government to take a final decision with regard to the acquisitionfailing which the Court will have to adjudicate the matter The counsel appearing on behalf of the Central government responded that since the inquiryas ordered by the Ministry of Home Affairsis progressingthe acquisition for Phase-III has been put on hold The Bench remarked that the acquisition cannot be put on hold and that either the Central government should go ahead with the acquisition or quash it For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related News who was ousted in a 2006 coup, “I would say Morkel is more difficult to play on these pitches than Steyn. witnessed the emergence of a German support base as fans sent off crackers and took out processions after Philipp Lahm 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