Month: December 2013


Thais opt for prayers, parties to welcome 2014

As an alternative to celebrate the New Year, temples nationwide offer “cross-year Buddhist prayer” for people who like to attend for good luck, while many others celebrated with friends and loved ones in cities or tourist destinations. Acting Supreme Patriarch and abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, Phra Maharajamangkhalajahn, yesterday granted a New Year blessing to […]Read More


Protest guard wounded in gun attack in Bangkok

BANGKOK, Dec 31 – A volunteer guard of Thailand’s anti-government protest group was wounded in a gun attack at Misakawan intersection on Rajdamnoen Avenue late last night. The victim was identified as Pokket Boonyok, 45, a taxi driver who was a volunteer guard of the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand […]Read More


New Year road death toll reaches 209, sees 1,931 injuries

BANGKOK, Dec 31 – A total of 1,818 road accidents have claimed 209 lives and resulted in 1,931 injuries over the first four of the seven dangerous days of the New Year holiday, according to Thailand’s Road Safety Centre. Chanvech Boonpraderm, advisor to the Office of the Vocational Education Commission, told a press briefing that […]Read More


Government advises EC use of army, police venues for election

BANGKOK, Dec 30 – Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) head Surapong Tovichakchaikul says the caretaker government is advising the Election Commission (EC) to use army and police premises for election registration in 8 southern provinces where protesters are blocking the process. Mr Surapong, concurrently caretaker deputy prime minister/foreign minister, made the […]Read More


NSA intercepts data on Thailand and neighbouring countries

BANGKOK, 30 December 2013 (NNT) – German news magazine Der Spiegel revealed that the US National Security Agency has been collecting sensitive data on key telecommunications cables between Europe, North Africa and Asia, which include Thailand and neighbouring countries. The magazine, citing classified documents from February of this year, described the agency’s success in spying […]Read More


Third of seven New Year holidays sees 161 road deaths,

BANGKOK, Dec 30 – Road accidents on the third of seven Dangerous Days of the New Year holiday have claimed 161 lives, 1,390 injuries. Northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province records most deaths with 12 for drunk driving. As of December 29, the third day of the so-called seven dangerous days, Ministry of Public Health deputy permanent […]Read More


Suthep leads protesters to clean Ratchadamnoen protest site

BANGKOK, Dec 30 – People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban led protesters this morning to clean Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the group’s main protest site, to welcome the New Year. Demonstrators gathered at 9am to also clean five roads surrounding the main Ratchadamnoen Avenue protest venue. Read more: MCOTRead More