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Text of report by Singapore newspaper The Straits Times website on 31 July
[Report by Nirmal Ghosh from the South-east Asia section: "2m Signatures for Thaksin Petition so far - Red Shirts Holding Rally Today To Push for Royal Pardon for Former PM"]
Bangkok: Temperatures are rising in the Thai capital ahead of a rally today by red-shirted supporters of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Red shirts from the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) have obtained well over their target of one million signatures to petition the King to grant a royal pardon for the exiled former premier.
The petition has plunged the ruling …