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Thu, November 10, 2005

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AD CRACKDOWN: Police raid two 7-Eleven outlets

‘Rebel’ retailers to face civil court for violating cigarette-display ban. Two 7-Eleven shops in Nonthaburi province were raided by police and public health officials yesterday for violating the Public Health Ministry’s ban by displaying cigarettes. It was the first time that retailers have been raided since the Public Health Ministry ordered the ban on cigarette displays at retail shops nationwide on February 24. The raid occurred amid a conflict between the ministry and tobacco sellers over the ban.

Giant pandas ‘marry’ in style

Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui, Chiang Mai’s beloved giant pandas, saw their much-awaited pairing ceremony kick off in style yesterday. To much clapping and cheering from thousands of onlookers, two panda mascots pranced at the head of a colourful procession of more than 500 people dressed in fancy costumes.

Watana put spotlight on teenage-sex motels

Social Development and Human Security Minister Watana Muangsook yesterday recommended that the spotlight be trained on Bangkok motels during the night of the Loy Krathong festival in a bid to deter teenage revellers from sneaking off for one-night stands.

Alarm at lack of science majors

academics raised concerns yesterday about the decreasing number of science majors and the dearth of Thai lecturers well trained in scientific studies.

School-plan funds ‘already allocated’

Cabinet ministers responsible for the much-opposed transfer of government schools to local administrative supervision yesterday said the plan was dictated by a huge budget allocation already earmarked for it and was part of the decentralisation scheme as a whole.

Bankruptcy laws to be reviewed

The Legal Execution Department is planning to save honest debtors from becoming bankrupt.

59 nabbed in den raid

Police raided a gambling den in Bangkok Noi district yesterday and arrested 59 gamblers in a dramatic three-minute operation supported by a helicopter.

METRO BRIEFS

FIREWORKS SWEEP

Five buildings torched in Pattani attack

While the government began a new offensive in its efforts to restore peace in the deep South, violence there continued unabated yesterday resulting in two deaths, one injury and the burning of several government buildings.

Revise history, Chavalit says

Former deputy prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh yesterday suggested the government should revise accounts of Thai history in order to reduce the ongoing violence in the South.

THAI staff plan protest against board

An unknown number of Thai Airways International staff plan to stage a rally today to demand the company’s board of directors resign over what they say is the company’s depressing performance and its “mischievous” business plans.

Diplomats in support o press

Press freedom and freedom of expression are good for international relations as they help diplomats learn about their host countries, say two European ambassadors.

SEPARATIST INSURGENCY: Buddhists urged to move to South

Interior official suggests demographic change would restore peace to region

Premier had ‘approval from King’

Cabinet secretary-general Bovornsak Uwanno said yesterday that His Majesty the King granted permission to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to preside over a grand merit-making ceremony at the revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha last April, for which the premier was later heavily criticised.

BURNING ISSUE: And around we go again

The SAC’s decision to restart the selection process can only take the auditor-general saga to one destination – another impasse

Opposition join forces to attack Egat listing

The opposition will organise a public forum to attack the privatisation of Egat Plc for lack of transparency.

More checks promised

The three opposition parties – Democrat, Chat Thai and Mahachon – vowed yesterday to step up their checks on the government’s performance, its implementation of policies and corruption.

Govt plan for trams in Chiang Mai

City has a dire need for mass transport, deputy minister says

Lack of head for top court creating lots of problems

The selection process for an election commissioner to replace Jaral Buranapansri, who died on Tuesday, has struck a problem because there is currently no serving president of the Constitution Court.

Singer-turned-monk quits

A singer-turned-monk yesterday turned his back on secular life, after being criticised for launching a pocketbook and a new CD last week.

‘Lax’ park chiefs moved

The Natural Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department yesterday transferred 200 more national park officials from their posts, including 30 senior bureaucrats. The department’s director-general Damrong Phidet yesterday insisted the transfers would benefit no one in particular, saying they were simply part of the usual bureaucratic cycle.

Green light for new runway

The National Environment Board has given a green light to runway extensions at Chiang Mai International Airport, its director Suthara Huangsuwan said yesterday.

Policeman and family found dead in Bang Yai

Three members of a family were found dead in one another’s arms at their home in Bang Yai district yesterday morning.

Sing Buri voters rally for a recount

About 400 Sing Buri residents rallied yesterday to demand a recount of votes cast in the October 30 by-election, claiming there was an unusually large number of invalid ballots.