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BANGKOK, March 31 – Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) today expressed appreciation to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for personally defending herself against charges of dereliction of duty in her supervision of the rice pledging scheme.

The Constitution Court of Thailand’s decision to scrap the 2 trillion baht (US$62 billion) borrowing bill has pushed prices of land along the prospective rail lines down.  Following the ruling to scrap the planned 2-trillion-baht infrastructure loan bill because the contents in the draft violate the constitution, Thai Real Estate Association president Pornnarit Chuanchaiyasit said the decision disappointed short-term investors as they would fail to cash in on previously projected land values up at double or triple their purchase price.

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, March 29 - Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has undergone a successful operation on Friday to treat a cataract in her left eye, according to the Royal Household Bureau.

BANGKOK, March 28 – Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra admitted today she was deeply concerned with her required clarifications to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on alleged irregularities in the rice pledging scheme on Monday.

CHIANG MAI, March 29 – Total spending of up to Bt1 billion will circulate in this northern province during the annual Songkran festival next month, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

BANGKOK, March 28 – Thailand's private sector today called for the formation of a permanent government as soon as possible, or the country will be overtaken by neighbouring countries.

BANGKOK, March 27 - Business operators in Khao San Road said cancelling the controversial Songkran Festival 2014 planned in Singapore could result from lifting the emergency decree in Thailand.

BANGKOK, March 28 - Ten suspects have been arrested for firing two M-79 grenades into the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) office in Nonthaburi, while many arms and arms-related items were found hidden in an abandoned area near the agency's office.

BANGKOK, March 28 - Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has rejected a request by caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to extend the deadline for her clarification over alleged malfeasance in the rice pledging scheme.

She is subject to give her statement, either verbally or in writing, on Monday but she sought to extend it for 45 days, saying she needed more time to compile evidence and was awaiting documents from related government agencies.

NACC spokesman Sansern Poljiak said the prime minister can provide additional evidence and documents in the hearing process and the NACC has already extended the original deadline by 15 days.

Mr Sansern, NACC secretary general, said Ms Yingluck is required to personally acknowledge the charges and give her clarification, either verbally or in writing.

Failing to do so is tantamount to her refusal to explain which will compel the NACC to consider the case with available information and evidence, he said.

BANGKOK, March 28 - Indonesia has not banned Thai fishing trawlers from entering its waters after two Indonesian naval personnel were killed, according to a senior Thai official.

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