Month: March 2010


Live on TV: Thai PM vs. anti-government protesters

BANGKOK — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and leaders of anti-government protests failed to reach an agreement Sunday in nationally televised talks on how to solve the country’s political crisis and said they would try again the next day. The talks marked a civilized pause after weeks of demonstrations and fiery rhetoric that prompted Abhisit […]Read More


Thailand protesters demonstrate in bid to force military out of

Thailand protesters try to oust army from streets BANGKOK — Tens of thousands of red-shirted protesters threatened to force soldiers from the historic heart of Thailand’s capital Saturday, raising tensions in what so far has been a nonviolent bid to bring down the government. Riding on motorcycles and in pickup trucks, the protesters traveled in […]Read More


Thailand’s red-shirts plan new Bangkok rally

Anti-government protesters in Thailand say they plan another big parade and rally in the capital on Saturday. The protesters, known as the red-shirts because of their distinctive clothing, are calling for the prime minister to resign and call fresh elections. The government has extended special security legislation and brought in extra troops to staff check-points. […]Read More


Success in the air ahead of Bangkok International Motor Show

With automobile sales rebounding significantly in recent months, automobile companies are hoping their participation at the annual Bangkok International Motor Show will turn out to be a great success. This will be a totally different scenario from last year, when auto sales in the first two months plunged on the global recession and rumours of […]Read More


Government rules out using emergency decree despite bombings

BANGKOK, March 25 (TNA) – Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Thursday expressed concerned about a series of bombings which continued to rattle some official buildings in the capital and adjacent areas, but said the situation did not warrant putting an emergency decree into force. The deputy prime minister commented in his capacity as […]Read More


Thai police charge Philippines woman over cocaine haul

Thai police said Wednesday they had arrested a Filipina at Bangkok’s main airport for trafficking cocaine worth 247,000 dollars. Rivera Maria Elenita, 40, was detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport late Monday after she arrived from Lima, Peru on an Emirates airline flight, according to a statement from the Narcotics Suppression Police. Officers acting on a tip-off […]Read More


Grandma Hai: Champion of 32-year fight for justice

At the age of 81, Grandma Hai Khanjanta from the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani received an honourary Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from Bangkok’s Ramkhamhaeng University, thanks to her unending patience in fighting for her rights for her lost land. Previously obtaining only primary education, Grandma Hai said it took her 32 […]Read More


Thai protesters to hold candlelight vigil for King

Thailand’s anti-government protesters said they will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday to honour the revered monarch, who has been in hospital since September. The “Red Shirts” loyal to fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra have been demonstrating since March 14, pushing for snap elections to replace a government they criticise as elitist and undemocratic. “Tomorrow we […]Read More