Thai-language newspapers – March 29, 2005

Matichon - March 29, 2005

* On April 10, the government will organize a big merit ceremony for the country. Mr. Wissanu Kruangam, Deputy Prime Minister, will give an interview on March 28. He is chairperson of the Implementation Solidarity of Committee Building Merit. They will perform a merit making ceremony in front of Dusit Palace. This has three objectives: to build the country's solidarity, to bring back spirit and willpower through religion, and devote the past good deed to those who died of bird flu, Sars, the tsunami and unrest in the south. There will be three types of ceremonies: Buddhist, Isam Sikh, and Brahman.

* Pol. Maj. Gen. Surasit Sangkapong, the director of the Government Lottery Office, reveals the price negotiation committee for the online lottery has met with Loxley Company--the supplier of the online lottery. The Government Lottery Office will able to start lottery by automatic machine in November 2005.

Thairath - March 29, 2005

* Bloody news [the graphic/sensational photo on the front page] - On March 28, Mrs. Nittaya Choihom was killed by her husband, Mr. Anurak Aiempong, who used an 18-inch palm tree knife to cut her .The mother-in-law tried to stop by seizing the knife and taking their 13-year-old son to run away, but she also was cut on her leg and hand. After he assaulted the two of them, he shut the door and stayed silent in the room until the neighbors broke down the door and found that he had hanged himself.

* After an 8.2 earthquake people in the south (Phuket, Pang Nga, Songkhla, Satun, Nakornsrithammarat, Krabi, Surattani, Ranong Yala, Narathivat and Pattani) panic and run in confusion, afraid of another tsunami. The tall buildings in Nakornsrithammarat shook and lots of roosting swallows swarmed from the sky making people stampede. In Hadyai, Songkhla, the tourists who stay on high floors run out from the hotel. Doctors and nurses move patients to the lower floors or outside the building. Meanwhile people in Bangkok who stay at the highest buildings--Baiyoke and also GMM Grammy felt the shaking so they evacuated the buildings.

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