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THAI PRIME MINISTER THAKSIN SHINAWATRA RECEIVES PURE GOLD FROM A BUDDHIST MONK IN BANGKOK.
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra receives 1,025 kilograms of pure gold and $1 million dollars in cash from elderly Buddhist monk Luang Ta Maha Bua (Grandpa Bua) on April 21, 2001 in Bangkok in his latest donation to the country. The monk has been raising funds from his followers for three years to replenish the country's foreign reserves in the wake of the collapse of the baht and the Asian financial crisis. Saturday's donation brings his total contributions to 2.062 tonnes of 99.99 percent gold and $5.278 million in cash.