BANGKOK, 12 September 2014 Metropolitan police have arrested five men who were responsible for the killing of soldiers at the Democracy Monument in April 2010. The men were also believed to have been tied to the murder of respected Colonel Romklao Thuwatham, who has been posthumously promoted to a General.
Police have confirmed that the five were indeed members of the ‘men in black’, an underground movement responsible for causing chaos on the streets of Bangkok during the 2010 Political Protests.
Colonel Romklao was believed to be fatally wounded by a bullet to the head. The men confessed that they had been hired to cause riots on the streets, but did not target any individuals in particular.
Deputy Police Chief Pol. Gen. Somyot Phumphanmuang has confirmed that there are two other members of the ‘men in black’ who still remain at large. As of now, the five arrested members would be sent to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).
Meanwhile, Ms. Nicha Thuwatham, the wife of the late Colonel Romklao, posted a comment on her personal Facebook account thanking the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and Pol. Gen. Somyot for returning justice to her deceased husband.
NARATHIWAT, 12 September 2014 - The rail service in the southern province of Narathiwat has been temporarily suspended after bombing in Ra-ngae district last night.
The chief of railway station in Su-ngai Golok, Aravee Omar, said the bomb targeted a group of soldiers patrolling in the area. Fortunately, no one was injured but the explosion damaged part of the rail line.
The bomb squad was sent in to check whether there was another bomb planted before crews were sent in to repair the damaged rails.
YALA, 12 September 2014 – Police have stepped up security measures in Yala province following deadly attacks by insurgents in nearby Pattani on Thursday, with all movements of separatist groups being closely monitored.
PHUKET, 12 September 2014 - A boat taking tourists out for diving in Phuket province has caught fire as it was docked ashore at a pier in Chalong Bay. Damages are expected to be no less than 10 million baht.
The boat has been completely set ablaze as it contained a lot of diving equipment and fuel. Strong winds have also fanned the flames even further. There were also no fire boats nearby the area to put out the fire in the beginning.
Fortunately, no deaths or injuries are reported. The dive boat belongs to the Andaman Ocean Safari Co. Ltd.
Authorities suggest that the fire may have resulted from an electrical shock in the boat’s battery or from a short circuit. Thankfully, other boats that were moored nearby the burning dive boat were able to relocate their vessels elsewhere before they were caught on fire.
BANGKOK, 11 September 2014 –The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) is set to host a ‘Bangkok Car Free Day’ on September 21, to boost the use of mass transportation instead of private cars.
BANGKOK, 12 September 2014 - The Teachers Council of Thailand (Khurusapha) is organizing a writing contest for students to express gratitude towards their teachers.
BANGKOK, 10 September 2014 -- The Election Commissioner has reported the progress of the National Council for Peace and Order's road map.
According to EC's general secretary, Puchong Nutrawong, Thailand s under the second phase of political transformation as stated in the NCPO's roadmap. Puchong also expressed his confidence that on the October 2nd, the National Reform Council will be established to draft the Constitution and related laws.
He also expressed hope that after the national has the required laws, the general election will be held in October 2015.
BANGKOK, 10 September 2014 – A draft of the government policy statement has been submitted to the National Legislative Assembly before the address is made on Friday, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam.
BANGKOK, 12 September 2014 - Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has delivered a policy statement before the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), following the appointment and the swearing-in ceremony of the new cabinet.
CHIANGMAI, 10 September 2014 – The Chiang Mai Tourism and Sports Office is set to host the Lanna Expo 2014 at the Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Center from September 19-23.
Aiming to support knowledge exchange about community based tourism, the event will showcase local arts and traditions of 20 hill tribes and products from communities in the province. In addition, people can learn about community based tourism from exhibitions organized by public and private sectors.