bangkokpost.com – Suthep: I’m not corrupt
“I’m a fighter,” said the ex-deputy premier Suthep Thaugsuban as he launched a defamation suit against the DSI and a public campaign to deny he is involved in any corruption in the scandal around the broken programme to build hundreds of police stations.
bangkokpost.com – Subcontractor files case against PCC
A company subcontracted to build five police stations on Thursday filed a petition with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) against PCC Development and Construction Co (PCC), accusing it of fraud.
nationmiltimedia.com – Minister support ‘no bribe’ agreement
Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt yesterday supported a proposal that those involved in state construction projects be required to sign an “agreement of virtue” promising not to accept or offer bribes.
bangkokpost.com – Downhill quality
The Democrats told parliament rice was going bad in the government warehouses – and dramatically slit open a bag of “rotten rice” from Surin to prove it.
nationmultimedia.com – Chalerm strikes back at Sukampol
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung yesterday criticised Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat for his public statement that he disagreed with Chalerm’s proposal for curfews in the Deep South, telling the former air chief marshal to ask the prime minister to give him the job if he thinks he can do it better.
mcot.net – PM assigns security agencies to consider pros & cons of curfew
PM assigns security agencies to consider pros & cons of curfew for southernmost provinces; asserts there’s no buying time on amnesty law issue
bangkokpost.com – ‘Just a pawn’
The “patriot” freed by Cambodia says she got threats of retaliation if she sued the Democrat-led government – but her release was a political game.
bangkokpost.com – Nida Poll: It’s a neck-and-neck race
The March 3 Bangkok governor election is a neck-and-neck race between Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen and Sukhumbhand Paribatra, with very little separating the two leading candidates, Nida Poll said on Thursday.
mcot.net – Election Commission petitioned on ‘indicative element’ in pre-balloting survey
A Bangkok gubernational candidate said he would petition Thailand’s watchdog Election Commission (EC) today, asking it to ban further pre-election surveys on voter preferences for the upcoming March 3 election.
mcot.net – Deputy PM Kittiratt blows top on threat to BoT governor
Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong vehemently put the brakes on rumours that political pressure has been applied on Bank of Thailand (BoT) Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul to resign.
nationmultimedia.com – Economists not in favour of rate cut
A sizeable number of economists have voiced their disagreement at a proposed cut in the policy interest rate to tame foreign-capital inflows, saying lower rates could lead to negative repercussions at a time when Thailand’s domestic consumption has expanded sharply.
mcot.net – Public-private sectors agree on transparency in gov’t projects
Thailand’s Transport Ministry and the independent Anti-Corruption Organisation (ACO) agreed today to launch a concrete attempt to fight corruption in Thailand given the government’s planned budget of Bt2.2 trillion (about US$7.4 million) for infrastructure development.
bangkokpost.com – Customs seize 2000 live snakes
More than 2,000 live snakes worth an estimated 600,000 baht by officials have been seized at Suvarnabhumi Airport..
bangkokpost.com – Bangkok kids a ‘high obesity risk’
Primary school students in Bangkok have a higher risk of developing heart disease than their counterparts in other provinces as an annual survey found 66% of them were suffering from high cholesterol and 20% from obesity, a nutrition expert warned.
nationmultimedia.com – ‘Lost in Thailand’ draws more Chinese
Chinese New Year in Thailand this year is likely to see a taste of real culture from China. Thanks to the movie “Lost in Thailand”, a huge box-office success in China, a great number of tourists from that country are being attracted to visit the Kingdom.
news.com.au – Aftershocks stall aid effort in Solomons
Strong aftershocks have hampered efforts to send aid to tsunami-affected villages in the Solomon Islands, as the death toll rose to nine.
bbc.co.uk – Russian jets ‘breach Japan airspace’
Two Russian fighter jets have violated Japanese airspace, prompting Tokyo to scramble its own aircraft, Japanese reports say.
news.com.au – Indon cops arrest seven for selling babies
Seven women have been arrested in Indonesia over an alleged child trafficking ring suspected of selling dozens of babies.
bbc.co.uk – Burma to review prisoners’ detention
The Burmese government is to establish a committee to review the status of political prisoners, after hundreds were freed as part of reforms.
bbc.co.uk – China arrests over Tibet immolations
At least 12 people have been arrested and dozens more have had their movements restricted for encouraging Tibetans to set themselves on fire, officials in western China say.
bangkokpost.com – ‘Horse lasagne’ sparks new British food scare
British authorities warned the public not to eat beef lasagne sold by the Findus brand and made in France after tests found it contained up to 100 percent horse meat.
bbc.co.uk – Government to blame for benefits assessment misery, say MPs
The government is to blame for “misery and hardship” imposed upon claimants being re-assessed for benefits eligibility, the Commons public accounts committee says.
bbc.co.uk – Huge and angry response to childcare plans, says charity
Government plans to allow nursery staff and childminders to look after more children have drawn “a huge and angry response” from parents, says a charity.
bbc.co.uk – Dozens dead in Zambia road crash
At least 53 people have been killed in a road accident involving a bus and lorry north of the Zambian capital Lusaka, police say.
news.com.au – French, Chadian troops push north in Mali
French and Chadian troops have arrived at the town of Aguelhok, 160km north of Kidal, near Mali’s border with Algeria.
bbc.co.uk – Zimbabwe 18% pass rate is ‘progress’
Zimbabwe’s education minister deplores the fact that nearly 82% of students have failed their basic school leavers’ exams, the Ordinary Level.
bbc.co.uk – EU budget summit wrestles over cuts
EU leaders begin budget negotiations hours later than planned, amid deep divisions over spending priorities for the next seven years.
bbc.co.uk – EU proposes new cybercrime rules
Net firms, banks, hospitals and other may be required to report all cyber break-ins under new EU proposals.
news.com.au – Mexican ‘nine-year-old mother’ vanishes
A Mexican girl who gave birth last month has disappeared with her baby, and authorities now suspect she may be older than nine.
news.com.au – Guns found in Venezuela prison
Authorities have found more than 100 firearms, in a Venezuelan prison where nearly 60 people died in rioting last month.
news.com.au – Cuban dissident barred from travel
An opposition leader says she has been denied permission to leave Cuba despite the widely loathed exit visas needed for travel abroad.
news.com.au – Explosion at Yemen weapons depot kills 10
At least 10 people have been killed after explosions at an army base in northern Yemen.
bbc.co.uk – Iran rebuffs US nuclear talks offer
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismisses a US offer of one-to-one talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme.
news.com.au – Iran seeks Syria govt, opposition talks
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for negotiations between the Syrian government and rebels.
news.com.au – UN chief criticised Syria’s president
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly criticised Syria’s President Bashar Assad for using terrorists as a justification to kill civilians
bbc.co.uk – Tunisia’s political crisis deepens
Tunisia’s ruling party rejects moves to form a new government of technocrats after the assassination of an opposition leader, an official says.
news.com.au – Palestinians round up alleged Hamas member
Palestinian security forces have arrested more than 25 members of the Islamic militant Hamas movement over the past 48 hours.
bbc.co.uk – US braces for ‘historic’ snowstorm
The north-east US coast is braced for a major snowstorm that has already caused school closures and hundreds of flight cancellations.
bbc.co.uk – Boeing gets 787 test flight approval
The US Federal Aviation Administration has granted permission for Boeing to carry out test flights of its 787 Dreamliner planes.
news.com.au – US cop on rampage prepared to die
A heavily armed ex-policeman being hunted in California has threatened other officers and their families, and says he is prepared to die.