MYANMAR’S EXTREMIST Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu led a rally in Mandalay on Thursday to support the Dhammakaya Temple, which is at loggerheads with Thai authorities over the ongoing hunt for former abbot Phra Dhammachayo.
A GROUP of more than 200 monks and lay supporters have submitted a petition at Chiang Mai City Hall calling on Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha to cancel the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) order against Dhammakaya Temple.
SEVEN legislators who were allegedly absent from National Legislative Assembly meetings on more than the permitted number of occasions will not lose their membership because they submitted their leave requests properly, the NLA said yesterday.
Deputy national police chief Pol General Srivara Rangsipramanakul yesterday submitted 16 case reports to military court prosecutors in Nakhon Si Thammarat province in relation to the Mother’s Day bomb and arson attacks in seven provinces last year.
POLICE arrested three Hmong suspects and seized 1 million “yaba” pills, about 90 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine known as “ice”, and 165kg of heroin in Chiang Rai province early yesterday morning, deputy national police chief Pol General Chalermkiat Sriworakhan told the press conference in neighbouring Chiang Mai province.
WHILE Dhammakaya Temple supporters are furious about biased reporting in the mainstream media regarding the ongoing stand-off with authorities, the temple has also used the media, notably social networks, to shape public opinion.
With tensions nearing boiling point over the proposed Krabi coal-fired power plant, the prime minister has poured on cold water by ordering the restart of the Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA).
Though self-regulation should be maintained as best practice, the media should also elevate its standards to boost declining public trust and ensure freedom of press, the panel on the government’s upcoming bill on media said.
The Department of National Parks, Plant, and Wildlife Conservation is looking for ways to amend a related Act following recent reforms, so it can withdraw from its earnings to pay for the legal costs of rangers who were indicted while on duty, Chalermchai Papatha, the department’s deputy chief, said.
Deputy national police chief Pol General Srivara Rangsipramanakul Thursday submitted 16 case reports to prosecutors in Nakhon Si Thammarat province in relation to the Mother’s Day bomb and arson attacks in seven provinces last year.