A village head in Yala's Bannang Sata district and his two female assistants were shot dead yesterday, and one assistant beheaded.

Friday, 04 April 2014 09:26

Bangkok blast kills at least seven

An explosion in Bangkok's Lat Pla Khao area in Lat Phrao district today left at least seven people dead and scores injured, with several nearby buildings damaged by the blast.   

Chiang Mai province steps up security measures to prevent drug smuggling during the upcoming Songkran festival as two drug traffickers were killed during a clash with local police.

BANGKOK, April 2 -- The Constitutional Court today accepted for consideration a petition against caretaker Pirme MInister Yingluck Shinawatra involving her order to transfer National Security Council (NSC) chief Thawil Pliensri to an inactive post.

BANGKOK, Apr 2 - Representatives of 53 Thai political parties today called on the country's Election Commission (EC) to quickly hold a general election after the Feb 2 nationwide poll was invalidated by the Constitution Court.

BANGKOK, April 2 -- Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Committee (NACC) on Tuesday indicted former parliament president and House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont for unlawfully performing his duty during a parliamentary debate on a Constitutional amendment concerning the composition of the Senate.

The Commerce Ministry has given assurances that it will pay back Bt20 billion it borrowed from the central fund to make good the overdue payment to farmers under the rice pledging scheme within May as required.

Caretaker Deputy Commerce Minister Yanyong Phuangrach expressed confidence that nearly one million tonnes of rice will be released through the Agricultural Futures Exchange in Thailand (AFET) this year.

The Commerce Ministry expects to earn more than Bt6 billion after auctioning over 500,000 tonnes of rice through AFET this month, he said.

He said 230,000 tonnes of rice will be auctioned in the eighth round with 13 bidders, including three new ones.

The seventh auction released more than 500,000 tonnes of rice, at a total value of Bt6 billion, he said, adding that this year’s rice release via AFET will break the 2009 record when 600,000 tonnes of rice were auctioned through AFET.

Yanyong said the Commerce Ministry will try to release rice through AFET twice a month at 200,000 tonnes in each auction, and the next bid in April will involve 100,000-200,000 tonnes of rice.

He said government-to-government trading with China is another channel to release rice and the Commerce Ministry has targeted selling 100,000 tonnes of rice to China each month.

It’s quite likely that the Finance Ministry will be paid back the Bt20 billion owed by the May deadline, he said.

He said the Commerce Ministry has inspected more than 60 percent of the government’s rice stocks and should wrap up the survey on March 30.

Thai tourists are streaming overseas for the mid-April Songkran holiday, with Japan being the preferred destination after the island nation waived visa requirements for Thai visitors last year.

BANGKOK, April 2 – MCOT Plc, one of Thailand’s leading broadcasters, has projected over Bt800 million revenue in the next three years from selling set top boxes for digital TV broadcasting which was officially launched yesterday.

BANGKOK, April 2 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecast Thailand’s GDP growth at 2.9 per cent this year in light of the political impasse.

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