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PRESS DIGEST - Thai newspapers - Sept 27

BANGKOK, Sept 27 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading stories in Thai newspapers on Monday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

POLITICS AND GENERAL NEWS

- Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was unperturbed about renewed speculation that coalition partners and his own party had discussed a replacement for him (THE NATION)

- The three branches of the Democrat Party in Surat Thani voted to enter Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban in the Surat Thani by-election (THE NATION)

- Police are offering a 100,000 baht ($3,268) cash reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a recent spate of bomb attacks in Bangkok (THE NATION)

BUSINESS

- PTT's PTT.BK sixth gas seperation plant will be able to start operations within a month after receiving an operating permit next week, says Energy Minister Wannarat Channukul (BANGKOK POST)

- Siam City Cement Pcl SCCC.BK (SCCC), the country's second largest cement maker, will become the first local producer to raise its prices, as domestic consumption has been better than expected, thanks to growth in infrastructure and property development (BANGKOK POST)

- The Information and Communications Technology Ministry has ordered CAT Telecom to bargain with Hutchinson Telecom to lower the price of the latter’s CDMA 2000 1-x cellular network to about 4 billion baht ($130.7 million) (THE NATION)

- The Government Pension Fund’s board approved a proposal to expand its investment portfolio to inflation-linked bonds and possibly commodities futures (THE NATION)

- Authorities plan a new round of bids for investors in financially troubled Finansa Life Assurance, according to Supa Piyajitti, the chairwoman of a committee setup to control the firm (BANGKOK POST) ($1=30.60 baht) (Bangkok Newsroom +66 2648 9721, e-mail: bangkok.newsroom@reuters.com)

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