Thai-language newspapers – December 6-7, 2004

Matichon

December 6, 2004

* On December 5, 98 million peaceful paper birds flew in the sky. The southern people are delighted. Whoever get the bird with Thaksin’s signature will be invited to eat rice with him at government house. Meanwhile the thief shot an ex-state attorney in Pattani who died and also shot at police in Narathiwat.

* On December 7, Mr. Wattana Muangsuk, the Minister of Commerce will propose the cabinet to support a 1300 million bath budget to set up 'Thailand Plaza' by renting a building on Fifth Avenue, New York for 10 years for selling OTOP products.

* A news report from the government house said Mr. Jaturon Chaisaeng, the deputy who in charge of Natural Resource and Environment will ask for 160 million baht from the central budget to solve the drought problem.

December 7, 2004

* Dr. Hatai Chitanon, Chairperson of Thai Health Promotion Institute, takes to task the Minister of Public Health telling them that to arrest the shop owners selling cigarettes to under 18-year-olds is only publicity. She says that there are more than 500,000 shops selling and the officers cannot arrest them all.

* Thaksin will visit Burma on December 9 to make a speech at the World Religious Leaders Meeting which is organized in Rangkung. He will also discuss with Senior General Tanchuoi, the Burmese leader. He said he has not set the agenda for the discussion yet. Moreover, he intends to support Burma to continue on national harmony and democracy.

Thairath

December 6, 2004

* Bloody news [the graphic/sensational photo on the front page] - The 45-year-old Italian rented a plane from Flying Thai service company in Pattaya and jumped into the sea. The police assume that he wanted to kill himself.

* The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) threatens to attach the asset of the gang making X-rated films--ones who are involved in trafficking women and children. People can give police tips at 0-2219-3600. People who make tips can get 10% of money from the assets.

December 7, 2004

* Bloody news [the graphic/sensational photo on the front page] - At 12:30am on December 6 at Kajornkiat Apartment, the dead bodies of Mr. Kitti Chaobualum and Ms.Nonglak Budsai were found in their rooms. The police assume he was afraid that his girlfriend would leave him for another man and he was jobless so he bought benzene gasoline to burn in the room, but both of them died of fire smoke inhalation first.

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