(9 April) Top officials and other prominent guests have congratulated the news team at the Khaosod newspaper on the 23rd anniversary of its founding.
Khaosod was officially founded on 9 April 1991 as a publication under the Matichon Group, which also owns the Matichon and Prachachat newspapers.
Billed as "Forward To 24th Year", the occasion was marked by Buddhist and Hindu rituals in the morning, followed by a reception party hosted in the lobby of Khaosod's office in northern Bangkok for the well-wishers, among them was Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who had to ask one of our reporters to help escort her into the building due to an ankle injury.
After receiving greetings from members of Khaosod and Matichon Group, Ms. Yingluck proceeded to sign a well-wishing remark on a board in the office lobby. "Let me congratulate the managers and news team of Khaosod on their success in their progressive pace toward the 24th year," she wrote.
Ms. Yingluck also told her hosts that she hopes Khaosod will continue to strive in its success and maintain the immense support from numerous readers they have enjoyed for the last 23 years.
Other guests included the popular Minister of Transport, Mr. Chatchart Sittipan; Pol.Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, chief of the Royal Thai Police, and his deputy, Pol.Gen. Pongsapat Pongcharoen, and the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Yukol Limlaemthong.
Politicians and well-known activists also arrived at the Khaosod office to express their congratulations, such as Mr. Nopparit Prompong, spokesman of Pheu Thai Party; Mr. Watchara Kannnikar, spokesman of Chart Thai Pattana Party, and core leaders of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), Mr. Weng Tojirakarn and Ms. Thida Thawornseth.
Khaosod had previously advised all well-wishing guests to refrain from bringing along flower bouquets or other decorative gifts, and requested them to instead donate to a charity fund which will support renovation and preservation efforts for a number of temples across the country.
Today also marks the first anniversary of the newspaper's English edition, Khaosod English.
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