12 Sep 2013
2:29 pm

 

The stone head, measuring 55cm by 33cm by 40cm, arrived at Vat Phou Champassak in Champassak province on Sunday after first being found in Japan in early 2012.

A Buddhist ceremony takes place at Chokokuji temple in Tokyo, Japan, before the Buddha head is returned to Laos.

A handover ceremony was held at Chokokuji temple in Tokyo on September 6, in which President of the organisation Green Heart, Ms Masae Suzuki, presented the Buddha head to Champassak provincial Deputy Governor, Dr Bounthong Divixay.

Dr Bounthong said the artefact was an ancient object that held great cultural value for Laos.

“It now resides at the Vat Phou Champassak museum where experts are studying it in detail,” he said.

According to Dr Bounthong a Japanese person bought the head from an unknown seller to display in her antique shop at the beginning of 2012.

Dr Bounthong said Champassak authorities received word from the Lao Embassy in Japan that the Japanese people would return the artefact in June this year.

He said this was the third ancient object that had been stolen and returned to Vat Phou Champassak.

Vat Phou World Heritage Site Office Head, Mr Khankham Kaenboudta, said the Buddha head was likely to be from the 15th century, as many artefacts at the site were, but it would be studied in further detail.

 

11 Sep 2013
9:55 pm

 The eastern runway of Suvarnabhumi airport which has been closed since Sunday night’s accident of a THAI’s Airbus flight from Guangzhou is expected to be open to normal at about 8 pm tonight.

Captain Samai Chanthorn, deputy director of Suvarnabhumi airport for operations, said that the ill-fated Airbus was already moved out of the pitch near the runway at about 3.30 pm making it possible for airport’s officials and workers to examine and clean up the runway.

11 Sep 2013
6:21 pm

 

Doctors said Sayan’s condition deteriorated after developing breathing difficulty. He passed away at 12.30 p.m.

The folk singer earlier insisted to see his fans for the last time in a concert organized to raise fund for his cancer treatment in Suphanburi, his birth hometown. But he could not make his way to the concert on July 27 as his condition deteriorated. Another concert scheduled on September 14 is to be organized for him and he vowed to make his way to it.

His family have now moved his body for religious ceremony at Wat Raiking in Nakhon Pathom.

Sayan, whose real name is Sayan Deesamer, was born to a corn farming family in Doem Bang Nangbuat district of Suphanburi province.

11 Sep 2013
1:28 pm

Sayan Sanya, one of the most famous luk thung stars , who battled a several liver ailment passed away at Thonburi Hospital today.

10 Sep 2013
1:51 pm

The cabinet today endorsed the proposal of the Justice Ministry to extend the term of  office of the Department of Investigation (DSI) secretary-general Tharit Pengdit for another year after his 4-year term expires end of this month.

Mr Tharit is now 55 years old. He was appointed to DSI chief in 2009.

10 Sep 2013
1:35 pm

There was no report of casualty  when the train went  out  of its track and derailed near Malaiman railway station.

It was the third railway mishap within the past two weeks although the State Railway of Thailand governor Prapat Chongsa-nguan earlier this week vowed to reduce rail accidents to zero this year.

 

10 Sep 2013
1:31 pm

 Initial report from Yala said that a special action force of the Infantry 5033 unit was giving protection to teachers at Kanarat Bamrung school in Tambon Yupo of Muang district when a bomb hidden beneath an outdoor  marble bench exploded killing and wounding  four  soldiers sitting on and near the bench.

Killed were identified as Sgt Prathes Chan-on, and Pvt Wutthichai Boonthongchuay.

Police said that the bomb was detonated by radio remote control.

 

9 Sep 2013
10:37 am

Inbound and outbound  flights are expected to be delayed as Suvanarbhumi  airport today closed its eastern Runway 19 to facilitate the removal of Thai Airway’s Airbus 330-300 which skidded off the runway injuring 13 passengers last night.

9 Sep 2013
10:08 am

Senate speaker Nikhom Wairatpanich today urged lawmakers to abide by the meeting regulation at today’s debate of Article 7 of the Constitution.

5 Sep 2013
10:56 am

The Manila Bulletin (www.mb.com.ph) reported that one day after the Philippines said China was preparing to start construction in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, a spokesman for the Department of National Defense (DND) revealed that there are now approximately 75 concrete blocks spotted in the area, clear signs of new incursions.

 

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, during the Congressional budget hearing on Tuesday had told legislators of the sightings of concrete blocks inside the shoal “which are a prelude to construction.”

 

DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez, on the same day, said at least 30 concrete blocks off the Panatag shoal were spotted last August 31 during an aerial patrol by the Philippine Navy. Three Chinese coast guard vessels were also seen in the area.

 

Asked how the Philippines will prevent Chinese construction in the shoal, Galvez could only say: “Well at the moment we have the arbitration, our filing of our protest, so we are proceeding with it.”

 

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said despite fresh violations by China, the government remains committed to pursuing a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea.