What’s In The News?

Since it’s pretty slow in Bangkok at the moment with Songkran just finishing and people dribbling back into the city for work on Monday (it’ll more likely be a flood of people on Sunday evening), here’s a look at recent news stories – Thai style! I really wish I was making some of these up…

From Bangkok Post:

Health websites mostly unreliable
“Most of the almost 2,000 Thai health websites are unreliable and pose a potential danger to people seeking advice, says a study by the Health Systems Research Institute.”

Lotus wants workers to give up public holidays
“Tesco Lotus superstore has asked the Labour Ministry to issue a regulation that makes it legal for retailers to tell employees to work on traditional public holidays, said Surin Jirawisit, chief of the Labour Protection and Welfare Department.”

A place too dry to celebrate Songkran
“Uthai Thani _ Ban Phet Nam Phung village in Lan Sak district receives 600,000 cubic metres of water on the 5th and 20th day of every month from Thap Salao reservoir located 11 kilometres away.”

Good news, and bad, as toll rises
“There were more people killed on the roads on Songkran Day, Wednesday, than on the same day last year, but the number of injuries fell significantly.”

Prison food takes on new look
“You could be excused for thinking you have walked into a hospital or cooking school when you enter the canteen at Thon Buri Remand Prison.”

From The Nation:

SONGKRAN EXCESSES: Plan to zone in the mayhem
“With Songkran celebrations turning uglier and more violent, next year authorities will adopt a strict zoning policy for water throwing.”

“Health officials have told the public not to panic following a warning that samples of the H2N2 virus which has been sent to laboratories around the world might cause a pandemic if it gets out.”

Night spots may get one extra hour

Read Bangkok Post for all your crazy news stories that are unfortunately true.

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