23 Apr 2014
12:31 pm

Traffic police advise motorists to avoid Ratchaprasong and Ploenchit at noon today due to heavy traffic congestion after thousands of anti-government orotesters led by PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban marched out of Lumpini park, heading for the head-office of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority on Ploenchit to persuade state enterprise employees and its powerful union to join massive protest rally to overthrow the caretaker prime minister on the day when she is ruled to lose her caretaker premiership.

22 Apr 2014
10:11 pm

The cabinet today agreed to extend the free bus and railway services for another three months beginning May 1.

The cabinet also endorsed the appointment of Mr Somchai Rojrungwasinkul as the new governor of Provincial Wateworks Authority retroactively as of January.

The tenure of Thai ambassador to the Hague Mr Verachai Palasai was extended by another year until May 25, 2015 by the cabinet.

22 Apr 2014
12:57 pm

The Election Commission today aborted the plan of the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order to assign Channel 9 and Channel 11 to broadcast live the meeting between the election commissioners and political parties to discuss the next general election today.

EC said the meeting is an internal affairs and therefore the requested live broadcast is prohibited.

22 Apr 2014
12:03 pm

Anti government protesters led by Suthep Thaugsuban set off from Lumpini park at 10.00 a.m. today to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand in Nonthaburi  province  to persuade employees and their powerful union to join mass rally on the day when either the Constitutional Court or the National Anti Corruption Commission will have a ruling in the case involving Ms Yingluck Shinawatra’s irregularities.

22 Apr 2014
11:40 am

The Appeals Court today sentenced a female teenager to two years imprisonment and banned her from driving until she turns 25-year-old for reckless driving that caused death to nine passengers in a fatal crash on the expressway in December 27, 2010.

The prison term, however, was commuted to four year probation instead with 48 hours of charity working for one year.
The incident happened on the night of December 27 when she rammed her sedan at a taxi van on the expressway near Kaset intersection.
The van fell off the expressway on the ground. Nine passengers were killed.
She was 16-year-old at the time of the incident and therefore her name was upheld.
She was making a mobile phone call while driving on the expressway.

The verdict of the Appeals Court was read to her at the Central Juvenile and Family Court late this morning.

She was earlier in August 2012 sentenced by the Central Juvenile and Family Court to three years in prison but commuted by one third to two years in prison.
The prison term was, however, probated for three years, plus three year behavior control, 48 hours of working to caring road accident patients, and report authorities every three months. She appealed the sentence.

22 Apr 2014
9:20 am

An earthquake with magnitude 5.5 occurred near Laoag, Luzon, Philippines at 03.45 a.m. Tuesday Bangkok time. Epicentre of the quake is 20 kilometers below ground level, the Meteorological Department said today.

21 Apr 2014
1:33 pm

Anti-government protesters of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) headed out of the  Lumpini Park to the head office of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) on Phahon Yothin road on Monday morning to persuade bank employees to join their mass protests to oust the caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban said during the weekend that the PDRC will this week call on the main offices of various state enterprises.

21 Apr 2014
10:54 am

Thousands of passengers were stranded at various subway stations when the subway train services developed technical problem at the Rama 9 station.

21 Apr 2014
10:36 am

A M 79 grenade was fired into the home of Dr Narong Sahamethapat, the permanent secretary of the Public Health Ministry last night damaging the house wall fence and his car.

There was no injury to life.
Dr Narong said he was not shaken by the attack and would continue to perform his duty.

He is the only permanent secretary general to defy the CAPO’s order to attend last week’s meeting of all department heads.

19 Apr 2014
12:02 pm

An earthquake with magnitude 7.5 occurred near Tecpan, Guerrero, Mexico at 9.27 p.m. Friday night Thailand time.

Authorities say two persons were injured, and another was injured after falling off a motorcycle during the earthquake, but there were no casualties.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said they didn’t expect a tsunami in Mexico, and there was no threat of damaging waves for Hawaii.

The quake was 32.2 miles deep and was centered northwest of Acapulco. The quake shook Mexico City for at least 30 seconds, with buildings swaying as people fled high rises and took to the streets. Because of the Easter holiday, that city was less crowded than usual, but many locals are vacationing in Acapulco, closer to the epicenter.