Month: July 2010


Thai prisons bursting with drug offenders

The number of prisoners in Thailand’s 143 jails is now well over capacity with more than 200,000 inmates around the country. About 60 per cent had been jailed for drug offences, Corrections Department chief Chartchai Suthiklom said. The large number of prisoners had affected the department’s budget, staff and capacity to manage both jails and […]Read More


Revitalized Phuket Town to boost tourism

PHUKET: Revitalization of Phuket Town’s Sino-Portuguese heritage was the topic of a seminar held by the Senate Tourism Committee on July 30, led by Phuket Senator Thanyarat Atchariyachai and Phuket City Municipality at the Metropole Hotel. Speaking at the seminar, Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana explained that there were three major plans for the project. […]Read More


In Thailand unrest, journalists under fire

Two journalists died and several others were injured during the country’s political unrest. A CPJ investigation has found that both security forces and protesters engaged in reckless behavior—and in the aftermath, the government has done little to bring anyone to account. A CPJ special report by Shawn W. Crispin. After Thai security forces and antigovernment […]Read More


Bangkok: Three M79 grenades found in drainage ditch at Government

BANGKOK, July 31 (TNA) — Three M79 grenades have been found in a drainage ditch at Government House, Thailand’s seat of government, according to a senior police officer. Metropolitan Police Division 1 commander Pol Maj-Gen Wichai Sangprapai said the bomb squad were called in to retrieve the grenades which have not yet exploded. The explosives […]Read More


Bangkok: Grenade wounds 1; Thai court frees protest leader

A grenade exploded near a Bangkok shopping mall early Friday, wounding one person in the second explosion in a week in the Thai capital still rattled by deadly political clashes and living under emergency rule. Also Friday, a top leader of Thailand’s Red Shirt protest movement, whose street demonstrations were violently suppressed by the army […]Read More


UNESCO finds compromise on Preah Vihear temple issue

It is a rather sad story for Preah Vihear temple, a 11° century jewel of Angkor architecture which unfortunately lies on a tip of a promontory just on the border line between Cambodia and Thailand. For decades, the temple has been the witness of a war of words, skirmishes and even sporadic fights between Cambodian […]Read More


Russian pianist says Pattaya child rape case a challenge from

Pattaya, Thailand – Russian pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev on Friday said a pending child rape case against him was challengefrom God. “I think God has given me this challenge,” Pletnev told the German Press Agency dpa, as he left Pattaya Provincial Court, where he is required to appear every 12 days according to bail conditions. “I […]Read More


Grenade explodes near a shopping mall in Bangkok; 1 wounded

BANGKOK, Thailand – A person was wounded after an explosion in a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. The authorities refuses to comment if the explosion had a connection with the continuing political tension in the capital of Thailand. The grenade was placed inside the garbage bag and left in front of the King Power duty-free […]Read More