bangkokpost.com – ‘Get us out of here’
School is back in, but teachers in the deep South are putting in transfer requests spurred by last week’s brutal killing of the 158th educator murdered in nine years.
nationmultimedia.com – Rate cut ‘may not tame baht’
The Bank of Thailand apparently prefers macro-prudential measures to a cut in interest rates or capital controls, as have been suggested by some policy-makers and business operators, as a way of keeping the baht’s appreciation under control.
mcot.net – Central bank sees signs of depreciating Thai currency
Bank of Thailand (BoT) Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul said yesterday that the latest market adjustment has resulted in a weakened Thai baht after two straight weeks of rapid appreciation.
bangkokpost.com – Give them shelter
Security officials float a plan to build detention centres for Rohingya to stay for six months – provided they aren’t refugee camps.
nationmultimedia.com – Corruption costs ‘Bt193 bn a year’
An average of US$6.42 billion (Bt192.6 billion) a year illegally flowed out of Thailand between 2001 and 2010 – and a large portion of this was believed to be earned through corruption, an anti-graft campaign group has said.
nationmultimedia.com – Medical fees set to rise by 10 – 15%
New rates for medical services – up by an average of 12.5 per cent – will take effect at state hospitals within the next two weeks, Public Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong has said. Some services may be cheaper, but, overall, prices are expected to rise by between 10 and 15 per cent.
nationmultimedia.com – New minister a tough call for PM
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will soon have to make a judgment call on whether to shuffle her Cabinet in order to keep her allies happy.
bangkokpost.com – Promise in question
Governor candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen brags of access to the government – but the transport minister says he won’t pay for promised free buses.
mcot.net – Bangkok election candidates keep walking to woo votes
Pheu Thai Party leader Charupong Ruangsuwan said today that his party’s Bangkok campaign for the capital governorship will be intensified despite a recent poll which put party candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen at the forefront, far ahead of his strongest rival.
bangkokpost.com – 20% of kids face obesity by 2015
28 Jan 2013 : About one in five Thai preschoolers and one in 10 children of school age may suffer from obesity by 2015 because they are not getting proper nutrition, Department of Health deputy director-general Theerapol Topanthanont said on Monday.
bbc.co.uk – Australia faces flood ‘crisis’
The Australian state of Queensland is facing a “major flood crisis” its premier warns, as rescuers attempt to reach hundreds of trapped people.
news.com.au – Britain warns of potential Tripoli threat
Britain has warned of a potential threat to its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, days after a similar announcement over the eastern city of Benghazi.
bbc.co.uk – Tax laws ‘influenced by big firms’
New tax laws are too heavily influenced by major corporations and accountancy firms, the chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has claimed.
news.com.au – Britain unveils high-speed railway plans
Details of new high-speed rail lines linking London to northern England, with trains travelling up to 360km/h, have been released in Britain.
bbc.co.uk – Call for soft-drink sugar tax
Leading medical bodies and charities are calling for a levy on sugary drinks to be included in this year’s Budget.
bbc.co.uk – French-led troops enter Timbuktu
French-led troops in Mali have entered the historic city of Timbuktu, after capturing the airport from militant Islamists, a French army officer says.
news.com.au – IMF gives Mali $US18m emergency loan
The International Monetary Fund will give Mali an $US18 million emergency loan to help the government bridge a budget hole as its fights off Islamists.
bbc.co.uk – Egypt protests defy night curfew
Protests and violence continue into the night in Egypt as thousands defied overnight curfews imposed by President Mohammed Morsi.
news.com.au – 150,000 displaced by Mozambique floods
At least 150,000 people have been forced from their homes by flooding in Mozambique, with that figure expected to rise as rain spreads flooding.
bbc.co.uk – Greek minister eyes 2014 recovery
Greece’s finance minister is optimistic about his country coming out of recession by the end of 2013 and says chances of a euro exit are “very small”.
news.com.au – Seven die in Turkey soccer landslide
At least seven people have been killed by a landslide that engulfed players and spectators at an amateur soccer match in Turkey.
news.com.au – Extremism now Europe’s top security threat
European officials say violent extremism is at its highest level since World War II and is becoming the continent’s top security threat.
bbc.co.uk – Dutch queen to abdicate for son
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announces she is abdicating, and will hand the crown to her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, on 30 April.
bbc.co.uk – Four held over Brazil club fire
Brazilian police arrest four people in connection with a fire at a nightclub that killed 231 people in the southern city of Santa Maria on Sunday.
news.com.au – Assad says Syria army has upper hand
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his troops could beat the rebels in “two weeks” if Turkey would stop its support for insurgents.
news.com.au – Israel steps up action on Syria weapons
Israel is taking diplomatic and military steps to stop Syrian chemical weapons falling into the hands of militants.
bbc.co.uk – Iran denies blast at nuclear site
Iran denies foreign media reports of a major explosion at its Fordo underground uranium enrichment site.
bbc.co.uk – US senators plan immigration reform
A bipartisan group of US senators unveils a plan to pass sweeping reform of the immigration system by the middle of this year.