BANGKOK, 15 April 2014, - The Democrat Party has urged the Pheu Thai Party to send one of its executives to attend a meeting with the Election Commission on April 22nd to discuss a date of a fresh election.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Democrat Party Spokesperson Chawanont Intrakomulsut, who accused the ruling Pheu Thai Party of causing rifts among Thais by taking no action against those committing lese majeste offenses, ignoring the judicial system and corruption cases, and manipulating the United front for Democracy against Dictatorship ( the Redshirt) to intimidate anyone who opposes the government.

The spokesperson urged the EC meeting to find a solution to preventing the Pheu Thai party from repeating the alleged offenses should it return to power after the election.

According to the Spokesperson, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva will attend the meeting. He also suggested that the April 22nd meeting be broadcast live for public viewing.

CHAI NAT, 14 April 2014  Chainat Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office is adjusting the number of roadside service centers to meet the demands of traffic during Songkran holidays when many Thais travel to and from their hometowns.

The Chief of the Chai Nat Office, Mr. Sompob Samitasiri said that the office is responsible for four provinces : Chai Nat, Singburi, Lopburi and Ang Thong. He followed up the campaign to prevent road accidents and concluded that from 11th-13th April there were 40 accidents with 43 injuries and 1 death.

The traffic on the main roads is now not so heavy since most people are at their destination. The Office however will adjust the roadside service to be ready for citizens returning to Bangkok after the long holiday.

BANGKOK, 14 April 2014 – The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) is cooperating with the Royal Thai Police to impose stricter measures to prevent drug smuggling activities during the Songkran holiday.

The Royal Thai Police indicated that the situation is under control.

The ONCB Secretary-General Pol Pongsapat Pongcharoen pointed out that as Songkran is the period of the year when many people travel back to their hometowns, and visitors come from other countries, it presents an opportunity for drug traffickers to attempt to smuggle narcotics into Thailand. The ONCB, has therefore prepared special measures to prevent drug trafficking along the borders. Operation teams are stationed along the Northern and Northeastern borders to prevent drug smuggling activities. Additionally, provincial authorities have been asked to set up checkpoints in their areas.

The ONCB Secretary-General says that there have been no reports of any smuggling incidents from the 50 community-on-alert outposts so far.

BANGKOK, 15 April 2014  - Leaders of Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Sikhism in Thailand have urged all Thais to join them in a nationwide prayer for peace on April 18th.

The 5 religious leaders urged all sides, particularly politicians, to leave ego and selfishness behind, turn to each other with understanding and create unity among Thai communities by practicing their respective religious teachings in daily life, aiming to solve the ongoing political conflict and bring about peace to the kingdom.

The religious leaders urged all Thais to join them in a prayer this Friday, April 18th at religious places nationwide, suggesting Buddhist residents in Bangkok to gather at Suthat Monastery and Muslims to meet at the Thai-Islamic Center in Suan Luang District.

Catholics can meet up at the Assumption Cathedral while members of other Christian communities can join the prayer at any Rom-Yen Church. Hindu followers are urged to meet at a church on Bann Dinsor Road, or at the Hindu Samaj Association on Siripong Road. Sikh followers are encouraged to meet at the Sikh Association of Thailand on Chak Phet Road.

CHIANG MAI, 13 April 2014 —The Prime Minister today took part in a merit making ceremony in Chiang Mai province.

Yingluck Shinawatra and her son made merit to mark the Thai New Year at Tha Pae Gate. Her prime duty was to preside over a ceremony to bring the venerated Phra Phuttha Sihing Buddha statue, from the Lai Kham Hall to the Pra Sri Maha Wiharn temple in Muang district.

Meanwhile, early in the day, people got dressed in local costumes to go to the temples to make merit, and then later in the morning, proceeded to begin splashing water at every corner of Chiang Mai city, well into the afternoon.

BANGKOK, 13 April 2014 —People continue to join the Songkran celebration being held on Silom Road, one of the busiest commercial districts in central Bangkok. The roadway is temporarily closed for water splashing activities from 02.00-08.00 p.m., continuing until Tuesday, 15th April.

In fact, Silom Rd., from Saladang Intersection to Naralom Intersection is closed from noon onwards to facilitate the access of tourists to the area. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited from sale in this area.

Meanwhile, Suthep Thaugsuban, the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary-general and other leaders took part in the Buddha image bathing ceremony on the occasion of the Thai New Year. Later, while he was riding an electric motorcycle visiting makeshift villages in Lumpini Park, many supporters splashed water on him and also rushed to take photographs of themselves with Mr Suthep .

Bangkok, 13 April 2014 - Most violent incidents in the restive South involve stolen vehicles or those with fake registration numbers. It can therefore be assumed that a number of incidents will decrease if all vehicles in the region can be identified and tracked. This is the main idea behind a project by the Independent National Rule of Law Commission (NRLC) to use the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) with all vehicles in the far South. 

BANGKOK, 13 April 2014 – The 15th Smila-Chang Asian Beach Volleyball Tour or the “Smila Open” will take place from 14-16 April 2014 at the famous Smila beach in Songkhla province. Beach volleyball athletes from more than 20 countries will join in the tournament. 

BANGKOK, 11 April 2014  - The Department of Business Development (DBD) has revealed its plan to join hands with the Thai Condominium Association in drafting new regulations to raise the management standard in condominiums and housing units to the international level. 

BANGKOK, 11 April 2014  - Motorcycle Taxi operators charging fares unfairly during the long Songkran holiday are subject to fine, said Department of Land Transport Director General Atsatai Rattanadilok Na Phuket. 

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