Thai-language newspapers – March 30, 2005

Matichon - March 30, 2005

* On March 25, Transport Minister Suriya Juengrungroengkit said the PM agrees to open the motorway and Burapavithi expressway (Bangna-Bangpakong) free of charge during Songkarn festival (April 12-18) to afford the facilities for people and to save gas during heavy traffic jams.

* Sudarat Keyuraphan, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, found that there may be corruption in the 300,000 well digging project, because it is only one company bidding. She is very worried about the problem. The primary information she knows is that the company that will win the bid belongs to a TRT party candidate and has the backing of a high level politician. [This is being denied today: Sudarat says news reports got it wrong, Bangkok Post, March 31, 2005]

Thairath - March 30, 2005

* Nakornpanom - Mr. Thaongpub Luangsri, head village of Moo 4 Bannadon, and 10 villagers went to the sheriff to report Mr. Sakorn Piapon, a 50-year-old villager who eats the flesh of dead bodies burnt at the cemetery. The police found that he is a normal person who suddenly killed his mother and was in jail for 15 years. His brother and sister did not accept him when got out of prison so he had to stay in the cemetery asking for food from monks and other people. He ate human flesh for the first time because he was very hungry.

* Sanoh Tienthong will have a 71st birthday party on April 1 and will also do merit at Alpine Golf Lodging. He will not invite individual persons, because everyone knows his birthday. Meanwhile he will see whether Thaksin will come or not, but he thinks Mrs. Yaowapa, Thaksin’s sister, will not come.

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