Comment: The government has declared success in its “Zero Songkran Holiday Death” campaign, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyoot Wichaidit said during the weekly “Yingluck Government Meets the People” program and that the government regrets the loss of lives and the injuries suffered by the public during this year’s Songkran holidays.
I am not sure how 320 road deaths, which is higher than last year, can be counted as a success…?
A round up of Thailand’s news:
World: US links China to NKorea missile. Syria shells, attacks inside Damascus. France votes in first presidential round.
Bangkok: Dogs “rescued” from meat exporters die by the hundreds. Pheu Thai in twin election setbacks in Pathum Thani. Push to build dam in NSawan.
The Meteorological Department on Sunday issued a warning for people in the North and Northeast to beware of severe weather caused by summer thunderstorms.
The time per day Thais spend on mobile devices has now surpassed TV viewing and traditional internet use, according to a mobile media survey. Social media and entertainment are driving mobile use on the internet. On average, mobile web users in Thailand spend 6.6 hours daily on their phones browsing and socially interacting.
⭕Most people responding to opinion surveys conducted by pollsters Abac Poll and Suan Dusit Poll say the incidents in which a half-naked picture of a woman appeared on one of the monitor screens and an MP was caught watching a pornographic picture of a woman on his mobile phone in the House chamber are a disgrace.
Mobile websites will soon be more popular than mobile applications, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand plans to adapt to the trend. Both international and local webmasters are redesigning their web pages to fit the small screens of mobile devices.
French presidential hopeful Holland beats Sarkozy. Few men could be more different than Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, the Socialist who on Sunday beat the French leader in the first round of their presidential battle.
Socialist challenger Francois Hollande beat Nicolas Sarkozy in the first round of France’s presidential election, with a resurgent far-right emerging as possible kingmakers in the run-off. The knock effect could be troublesome for the eurozone.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un lived in Switzerland for 9 years from the age of seven, arriving two years earlier than previously thought.
Manchester City made the most of Manchester United dropping points against Everton on Sunday to move within three points of the Premier League leaders by beating Wolves. Everton twice came from two goals behind in an extraordinary 4-4 draw away to United at Old Trafford.
Rafael Nadal was dreaming of a seventh French Open title on Sunday after clinching his eighth successive Monte Carlo title by ending a seven-final losing streak to Novak Djokovic. Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters for an unprecedented eighth straight year on Sunday, defeating world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 in the final.
Scores of conservative South Korean Christians prayed together on Sunday against Lady Gaga’s Seoul concert, organisers said, accusing the US pop star of advocating homosexuality and pornography.
Pakistan yesterday buried victims of an airline crash near Islamabad that killed all 127 people on board, as investigators probed the causes of the fatal incident.
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma and responded to members of his family, his spokesman said Saturday. Gibb, 62, contracted pneumonia and fell into the coma last week. He is suffering from colon and liver cancer.
Formula 1: Bahrain: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel’s win was a good news story. The world champion’s victory ensured that four different drivers have now won the first four races of the season, the first time that has happened since 2003.
It was also the first time since 1983 that four different teams had won the first four races.
The 2012 championship is proving as unpredictable as it is thrilling.
McLaren were supposed to have the fastest car; Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button locked out the front row at the first two races of the year in Australia and Malaysia. The two Britons were nowhere on Sunday, Hamilton finished eighth, thanks in part to two botched pit stops, while Button retired two laps from the end.
With Mercedes also struggling in the desert heat, it was left to Lotus to take the fight to Red Bull. And fight they did. Kimi Raikkonen possibly should have won the race but he wasted a perfect opportunity to pass Vettel and had to settle for second place. [Telegraph]
Aviva, Britain’s second biggest insurer by market value, said the company’s investment unit mistakenly sent an email dismissing its entire staff of 1300 when the message was intended for one person. The human resources department issued an apology “fairly quickly.” [Bloomberg]
⭕While there is plenty of discussion in Singapore about having too many foreigners, the buzz in the expat community is about how uncertain it is whether they can continue to live here. The buzz about rejections is compounded by a lack of clarity about which employment passes or PR permits will be renewed? [Todayonline]
Funny: Dyslexic man walks into a bra…
Written by: Andrew J Wood