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BANGKOK, 26 March 2014  Around 120 billion baht worth of investment may be diverted from Thailand if the political situation prolongs until the end of the year, according to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC). 

TAK, 26 March 2014  Minister of Transport Chatchart Sitthiphan indicated on Tuesday that preliminary findings suggested the driver of the coach that plunged down a cliff in Tak had been speeding and trying to overtake the car in front, before the coach slipped out of the curve. 

BANGKOK, 26 March 2014  Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assigned the Council of State, Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanjana, and PM's Office Minister Varathep Ratanakorn to meet up regarding the Constitution Court's decision to nullify the February 2nd general election. 

BANGKOK, 26 March 2014 The National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) has denied a request by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s legal team to switch Mr. Wicha Mahakhun from the inquisition committee in the rice mortgage scheme fraud case.

NACC Secretary General Sansern Poljiak said the NACC considered the claim made by the PM’s lawyer team against Mr. Wicha as groundless.

Earlier, the Premier’s legal team filed a request to remove Mr. Wicha from the inquisition committee, claiming that Mr. Wicha, an NACC commissioner, had given an interview that showed disdains and bias against the Premier.

Mr. Sansern said the Prime Minister's legal team will be formally informed of the NACC’s decision. He also mentioned that the Prime Minister has yet to set the date to give testimony with the NACC, adding that his agency would meet to discuss further action if the Premier failed to show up by the March 31st deadline.

Touching on the investigation into the impeachment of 308 Senators and Members of Parliament involved in the Senate Origin Bill amendment, Mr. Sansern said the NACC should be able to conclude the case by the end of next month.

BANGKOK, 24 March 2014 The Ministry of Culture will hold a festival in honor of Rattanakosin Island from 19-21 April 2014. The year 2014 marks the 232nd anniversary of when King Rama I established Bangkok as the capital, dating back to 1782, when Rattanakosin was the historic center of the city.

There will be many interesting activities to teach the public about Bangkok from its earliest days to the present. An exhibition on Rattanakosin Island will be held in front of Thammasat University.

In Sanam Luang, cultural performances will be staged, along with concerts. Other events will include parades, beauty contests, and numerous artistic and cultural attractions that will be open to the public, including booths showing artistic works and period photographs of Rattanakosin.

BANGKOK, 24 March 2014 The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority is set to readjust its bus services in light of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)’s plan to stage mass rallies in Bangkok on March 29th.

According to BMTA Acting Director Nares Boonpiam, public buses need to be re-routed on March 29th following the PDRC’s planned demonstrations in the capital. The BMTA has been assessing the situation closely and will soon draw up new bus plans, so that commuters will be least affected by the rallies.

The acting director also gave a strong assurance that the BMTA would be able to facilitate the travelling of Bangkokians, adding that when the locations of PDRC demonstrations became clear, the readjustments would be announced to the public.

PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban made an official statement on Saturday that the PDRC would take to the streets on March 29th, starting from 9.30 am onward. The aim of the rallies is to call for a national reform in the country prior to the next general election after the Charter Court last week decided to annul the Feb 2 election.

SAMUT PRAKAN, 24 March 2014  Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has inspected the landfill in Samut Prakan province which caught on fire last week in an effort to seek long-term preventive measures and provide assistance for the affected residents. 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 14:07

BMA: No illegal landfill sites in Bangkok

BANGKOK, March 25 – City residents have been reassured that all landfill sites under the supervision of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) are safe and legally operated.

BANGKOK, 24 March 2014  The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has set a target of 2.4 million vehicles to be produced this year, 2.32 percent lower than 2013's. 

BANGKOK, 24 March 2014  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Yukol Limlaemthong has expressed belief that the 2014 rice yields will total 26 million tons and hopes that the rice market will return to its normal state. 

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