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BANGKOK, 4 April 2014, The Office of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) has urged the government and the National Police Office to quickly find and bring to justice the culprits behind a spate of violent political attacks. 

BANGKOK, 4 April 2014  - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has implemented various measures to help promote road safety for the upcoming Songkran holiday. 

The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) will next week propose measures to address the ongoing low rice price to the Rice Policy Committee. 

The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) has expressed concerns over the impacts of the prolonged political conflicts on production costs and inflation rate. 

Thailand's Kasikorn Research Centre (KResearch) predicts that this year’s spending during the famous Songkran festival will hit its lowest in five years.

KResearch has unveiled its latest survey conducted on people living in Bangkok, saying that more than 65 percent of Bangkokians would rather spend the upcoming vacation at home. The survey indicated that they have no plans of visiting their hometowns due to transportation difficulties caused by the ongoing political protests, coupled with the fact that the purchasing power of Thais have dropped. Therefore, it is predicted that the overall spending during the Songkran holiday will be around 22 billion baht, which is a 13.7 percent decrease compared to last year. The 22 billion baht cash flow also represents the lowest spending in the last five years.

When asked about what they would do during Songkran, the majority of the respondents answered they would celebrate with their family and friends, and the rest would either go to either temples or shopping venues.

Three people have been confirmed dead in the latest shooting at the Fort Hood U.S. Army base in central Texas.

According to reports, the shooter was a soldier who was suffering from a mental breakdown. He killed 3 people and wounded 16 others before shooting himself in the head with a .45-caliber pistol.

Authorities declined to identify the shooter, but said there were no indications that the incident was linked to terrorism.

The shooting lasted about 20 minutes. All the wounded and killed were military personnel, the base revealed.

U.S. President Barack Obama said he was "heartbroken" that another shooting had occurred at the Fort Hood Army installation and described the situation there as fluid.

The base was the site of a shooting in 2009 that ultimately killed 13 people and wounded another 32, the worst mass murder at a military installation in U.S. history.

A summer storm has ravaged parts of Thailand’s northeastern region, where one person was reportedly killed.

Buriram Province was struck by a destructive summer storm that brought down a tree more than a hundred years old. The tree collapsed onto a house and killed a 38-year-old man, who is the owner of the house. However, his wife and daughter were safe.

The storm also caused heavy damage to a motor show exhibition held at the parking lot of a Big C supermarket in Buriram’s Muang District. Tents, banners, and other equipment were blown away by the strong winds, forcing the organizer to call off the event.

Meanwhile, in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, gusty winds brought down a tree that fell onto an overhead power line. In addition, a 10-meter-long awning of a shop and a secondary covering attached to the exterior wall of a building were completely destroyed by the storm. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in these cases.

Fort Hood military installation in Texas has been locked down after a gunman opened fire, injuring an undisclosed number of people.

The gunman opened fire in Fort Hood in central Texas, injuring an unknown number of people at the U.S. Army base that was the scene of a shooting rampage in 2009.

Emergency crews are immediately on the scene. However, no further details are known at this time," the base said in a statement.

The base has been put on lockdown and police are securing the perimeter.

It was not immediately clear how many people were injured. The shooter is believed to be at large, according to authorities.

Local news reports said there may be two suspected shooters.

Authorities advised all personnel on the post to stay away from windows and to keep all doors closed and locked.

Both President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have been informed of the shooting.

The base was the site of a shooting in 2009 that ultimately killed 13 people and wounded another 32, the worst mass murder at a military installation in U.S. history.

TEXAS, 3 April 2014– At least one person has been killed and 14 others wounded in a shooting at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity and noted the information was preliminary, said he could not confirm reports the shooter had been killed.

The base said in a statement that its directorate of emergency services "has an initial report that a shooter is dead," but also added that the information was unconfirmed.

Local news reports said there may be two suspected shooters.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama said he was "heartbroken" that another shooting had occurred at the Fort Hood Army base and described the situation there as fluid.

Fort Hood was put on lockdown and police were securing its perimeter. Helicopters could be seen circling the base in live TV footage broadcast from the scene. Police went from building to building, while scores of police vehicles and ambulances were on the scene.

Authorities advised those on the post to stay away from windows and to keep doors closed and locked.

The Center for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) asks all sides to exercise the utmost restraint on April 5th when both pro and anti-government protesters plan to stage mass rallies. 

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