31 May 2014
3:42 pm

Members of the public are asked not to wear military fatigues which make them look like military personnel, Army deputy spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree said today.

He explained that if these look-alike soldiers did something wrong or illegal, the public might misunderstand them of being real soldiers and, in such a case, the army’s image would be tainted.

30 May 2014
1:51 pm

For many months the National League for Democracy (NLD) chairwoman has been calling for amendments to the military-drafted charter, which was adopted following a flawed referendum under the previous junta in 2008.

On Tuesday, her party and the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society began a petition campaign to gather public support for reforming the charter’s Article 436. “We are doing something to change the future of our country. Please urge anyone in your community to join it. Please do it,” Suu Kyi said at the start of the two-month petition period.

She said members of the Myanmar Army, which numbers between 300,000 and 400,000 soldiers, should also sign the petition and support change in their country, adding that support from military lawmakers in Parliament is also imperative to achieving charter reform.

A quarter of Myanmar’s parliamentary seats are reserved for military officers, in accordance with the Constitution. They are routinely replaced and have to vote on orders of Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing.

Suu Kyi’s party and ethnic opposition parties hold a small number of seats in Parliament. The rest are controlled by the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which comprises members of the former junta.

30 May 2014
1:14 pm

Southern railway service from Bangkok to Su-ngai Kolok is now back to normal this morning after the service was suspended since May 14 in two sabotages that badly damaged its lines on two locations.

The first train service left Hat Yai station for Sungai Kolok at 6.30 a.m. today.
The sabotages cut off the southern rail service from Tanyongmas to Su-ngai Kolok.

Train passengers earlier had to travel by buses  from Tanyongmas to Sungai Kolok.
Maintenance of the damaged lines was
finished two days ahead of the schedule on June 2.

30 May 2014
11:36 am

A chartered bus taking students and teachers from Bangkok for a visit to  Doi Saket in Chiang Mai  overturned injuring 46 of them.

The bus developed braking failure while it was running downhill and overturned in Doi Saket.

30 May 2014
11:18 am

Commander of the Saraburi-based Calvary School at the Calvary Centre Col Sombat  Tanyawan and 10 soldiers Friday filed complaints with Phayathai police seeking to take legal action against anti coup protesters who assaulted them and destroyed state property during a confrontation at the Victory Monument on May 28.

They brought with them evidence of video clips showing the protesters assaulting soldiers and damaging army vehicles to give to the police for use in making arrest of the protesters appearing in the clips.

30 May 2014
11:17 am

Thai ambassador to the United Kingdom Mr Pasan Teparak is summoned by the National Council for Peace and Order to report to military officers at the Army Auditorium immediately.

30 May 2014
11:17 am

The National Disaster Warning Centre reported a 5.8 magnitude earthquake near the Myanmar- Chinese border at 8.20 a.m. Friday in the depth of 20 kilometres underground, and 570 kilometres Northwest of Chiang Rai province.

The tremor, however, had no impact on the country, it said.

30 May 2014
10:36 am

Army deputy spokesman Col Winthai Suwari strongly dismissed allegation that soldiers were responsible for the gun attack at the home of an independent academic Weerapat Pariyawong who is now in the UK.

30 May 2014
10:36 am

Redshirt hardcore leader Suporn Attawong, also former deputy secretary general of the prime minister was freed  last night. He vowed to end all political activities and encourage all Thai to reconcile.

29 May 2014
9:07 pm

The military has reopened the Victory Monument and its vicinity to normal traffic and to the public after no anti-coup protesters showed up to protest as threatened.  All road accesses to the monument which were blocked off are now open to normal traffic flow.