Mercury hits 44C in Tak as Thailand has its hottest day in 47 years
Temperatures yesterday soared to 44 degrees Celsius in Tak province, making it the hottest day in Thailand in 47 years.
Meteorological Department statistics indicate the highest temperature ever recorded in Thailand was 44.5C, in Uttaradit province on April 27, 1960. That was followed the very next day by 43.9C recorded in Udon Thani province. Tak saw 43.7C in 1983 and 43.5C in 2004.
Tak Weather Bureau chief Somsong Duanmai said the mercury had regularly gone past 40C in the northern province since the start of this month. He said people now tried to avoid going outdoors, except when they cooled down in rivers. - The Nation.
Criminal code : Statute of limitations to be extended
The statute of limitations for corruption and malfeasance cases will be extended from 20 years to 30, Justice Minister Charnchai Likhitjittha said yesterday.
The Criminal Code will also be revised to exclude such cases from the limitations as long as officials facing charges are still at large, he said.
The amendment is undergoing review by the Council of State for tabling before the National Legislative Assembly soon. - The Nation.
Grass-roots project : Village Fund to be revamped
The Village Fund, a grass-roots scheme of the ousted Thaksin Shinawatra regime, will be continued but reoriented to champion the sufficiency-economy philosophy.
"The present government supports this project, because it is still, in principle, seen as useful to the public, better than all the other populist projects initiated by the previous government," Social Development and Human Security Minister Paiboon Wattanasiritham said yesterday. - The Nation.