Thai navy rescues 7 crew from sunken trawler in rough seas off Surat Thani

Thai navy rescues 7 crew from sunken trawler in rough seas off Surat Thani

Highlights
  • Thai civil society urges government to end plans to join CPTPP

    Thailand’s anti-CPTPP civil society organizations, claiming to represent 400,000 citizens, issued an open letter today (Thursday), addressed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, urging the government immediately to cease plans to join the 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade bloc. Among the member countries are fellow ASEAN...
  • House committee slams Thai police for arresting, defrocking Cambodian monk

    Thailand’s House committee, tasked with scrutinising a bill against torture and enforced disappearances, has cried foul over Tuesday night’s arrest and defrocking of a monk by Thai immigration police, prior to his deportation back to Cambodia. The committee’s spokesperson, who is also deputy spokesperson of the Democrat party, Siripa Intavichein,...
  • PM confirms no Thailand’s border closure yet, dashes hope for early revival of nightlife

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Thursday) made clear that his government has no plan to close Thailand’s borders again, to prevent the spread of Omicron, while dashing hopes that pubs, bars and other entertainment venues can reopen before the set D Day of January 16th. Gen Prayut said that he...
  • Central Retail Corp invests ฿4.5 bn in Grab Thailand shares

    Central Retail Corporation, Thailand’s leading retail conglomerate, has announced the conclusion of a partnership deal with the Thai unit of Singapore-headquartered ride-hailing application Grab, Grab Taxi Holding (Thailand) Company Limited. Central invested 4.5 billion baht to purchase 133,545,740 shares, or a 67% share of Porto Worldwide Limited, a shareholder in...
  • Thai Central Bank warns against use of cryptocurrencies in transactions

    Volatility and security risks mean that Thailand’s Central Bank remains unconvinced about the use of digital assets to purchase goods and services, as many shops have started allowing payment using cryptocurrencies. The Bank of Thailand’s Assistant Governor for Payment Systems Policy and Financial Technology, Siritida Panomwon Na Ayudhya, revealed that...
Thai anti-establishment protester jailed for two months for contempt of court

Thai anti-establishment protester jailed for two months for contempt of court

Omicron rapidly dominating in South Africa; U.S. reports first case

Omicron rapidly dominating in South Africa; U.S. reports first case

U.S., Germany plan new restrictions as Omicron rattles investors

U.S., Germany plan new restrictions as Omicron rattles investors

Curb on reporting monarchy reform push could kill debate in Thailand

Curb on reporting monarchy reform push could kill debate in Thailand

How come many Buddhist monks do what Lord Buddha renounced?

How come many Buddhist monks do what Lord Buddha renounced?

Thai navy rescues 7 crew from sunken trawler in rough seas off Surat Thani

Thai navy rescues 7 crew from sunken trawler in rough seas off Surat Thani

Thai anti-establishment protester jailed for two months for contempt of court

Thai anti-establishment protester jailed for two months for contempt of court

Omicron rapidly dominating in South Africa; U.S. reports first case

Omicron rapidly dominating in South Africa; U.S. reports first case

U.S., Germany plan new restrictions as Omicron rattles investors

U.S., Germany plan new restrictions as Omicron rattles investors

Curb on reporting monarchy reform push could kill debate in Thailand

Curb on reporting monarchy reform push could kill debate in Thailand

How come many Buddhist monks do what Lord Buddha renounced?

How come many Buddhist monks do what Lord Buddha renounced?

Coronavirus Outbreak Update

U.S., Germany plan new restrictions as Omicron rattles investors

BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, Germany and Russia joined countries planning stricter COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday as the Omicron coronavirus variant rattled markets, with...

Myanmar Report

Dissident actor has no expectation of release from Myanmar prison

Of the many artists and entertainers arrested in the months following the February coup in Myanmar, one of the best-known...
It has been seven months since his arrest and there is no way to tell when his trial will be finished.

Profiles

Obituary: Virabongsa: a trusted pilot of Thailand’s economy

The news of the demise of eminent economist Virabongsa Ramangkura on November 7 was received with a deep sense of loss across...
Virabongsa Ramangkura was regarded highly by those who keenly followed economic affairs in Thailand.

Around Thailand

Asean

House committee slams Thai police for arresting, defrocking Cambodian monk

Thailand’s House committee, tasked with scrutinising a bill against torture and enforced disappearances, has cried foul over Tuesday night’s arrest...

Opinions

Curb on reporting monarchy reform push could kill debate in Thailand

Observers say the broadcast regulator's recent warning against media reporting demands for monarchy reform could lead to self-censorship by both...

Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Cool ways to beat the “half-half” deadline

Disclaimer: If you have already used up your quota, then just read this for fun. But if you are finding...

World

U.S., Germany plan new restrictions as Omicron rattles investors

BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, Germany and Russia joined countries planning stricter COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday as the Omicron coronavirus variant rattled markets, with...

Highlights of the week

How come many Buddhist monks do what Lord Buddha renounced?

One possible answer to that question is that the founder of Buddhism had been “there” before his enlightenment, enjoying wealth,...
Religious controversies have revolved around things Lord Buddha attempted to cut his ties to. Granted, some of those things are more humanly avoidable than the others.

Political Pulse

Storms of criticism batter “Ban” culture

December 2, 2021: People on both sides of the political divide have come out to deplore calls by certain anti-establishment...
Gun violence ranks atop of Americans’ general concern, along side affordability of healthcare, illegal immigration and even the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quotes of the week

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