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Myanmar Journal: Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst

(by David Tun in Yangon) March 6 – While actual military intervention or a UN Security Council resolution still...

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Asean Environment Ideas & Innovation News

Space-starved Singapore builds floating solar farms in climate fight

Thousands of panels glinting in the sun stretch into the sea off Singapore, part of the land-scarce city-state’s push to...

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Asean Highlight News

Anti-coup protests continue in Myanmar as UN urged to hear ‘pleas’

Anti-coup demonstrators took to the streets of Myanmar Saturday, a day after a United Nations envoy urged the Security...

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China exports spike to highest in decades after Covid-19 hit

China’s export growth jumped to the highest in over two decades, official data showed Sunday, with imports also surging...

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NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its...

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Highlight News Politics

Ban on public assemblies and protests declared in Bangkok

Ahead of planned protests in Bangkok on Saturday, by various activist groups, Supreme Commander General Chalermphol Srisawat, in his...

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Raya: a heroine to call our own

Southeast Asian culture becomes creative muse for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon Long ago, in...

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California relaxes Covid reopening rules for Disneyland, stadiums from April

California on Friday paved the way for Disneyland, other theme parks and outdoor stadiums to welcome guests sooner than expected...

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‘Silence the arms!’ Pope urges end to violence on historic Iraq trip

Pope Francis called for an end to extremism and violence in his opening address Friday on the first-ever papal...

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Asean News

Cambodian dog slaughterhouse shuts as meat trade faces pressure

A notorious slaughterhouse in Cambodia that has killed more than a million dogs was closed on Thursday as the...

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Business Highlight News

Thailand ranked 3rd in ASEAN on Economic Freedom Index

Thailand ranked 3rd in ASEAN, 9th among 40 Asia-pacific countries and 42nd in the World on the most recent...

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Four sons of Nakhon Si Thammarat brace for Sunday’s by-election battle

Four political parties will battle for a single MP seat when the polls open in the Nakhon Si Thammarat...

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General Highlight Profiles

The beauty queen reigning for democracy in divided Thailand

Miss Universe Thailand 2020 Amanda Obdam is not the first beauty queen to fall victim to the Kingdom’s bitter...

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Around Thailand General News

Marital infidelity a hard (and illegal) habit to give up in Thailand

Hands up if you know someone who is having an extramarital affair. In fact, most people reading this will...

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Highlight Highlights of the week Opinion Politics

Confusing picture of Thai protests

A moderate question to the increasingly splintered anti-establishment movement is where Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul was on Sunday. A harder...

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Business Highlight Opinion Uncategorized

Economy must come before politics in Thai Cabinet reshuffle, say experts

Business leaders and academics insist solving Thailand’s economic crisis must be the top priority in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle....

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Thailand’s tourism operators lobby for borders to reopen on July 1

A group of leading tour operators and hoteliers in Thailand has launched a campaign to reopen the country on...

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Highlight Opinion Politics

Increasingly weak, violent and leaderless protests may be short-lived

Inspired by the ongoing anti-coup protests in Myanmar, and enraged by the indictment and detention of four protest leaders...

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Prison terms for PDRC protest leaders send shockwaves through Thai politics

The Criminal Court’s recent decision to send leaders of the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to jail over...

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Around Thailand Business Highlight

Multipurpose marijuana could light up another economic engine for Thailand 

Marijuana could generate up to Bt8 billion for Thailand’s pharmaceutical industry over the next five years, but farmers stand...

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Asean Coronavirus Outbreak Update News World

Bali kicks off drive-thru virus jabs for hospitality workers

Indonesian resort island Bali has launched a drive-thru vaccination campaign targeting thousands of hospitality workers, as the popular tourist...

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Around Thailand Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Thai tourism ministry proposes vaccine program in 5 tourism hotspots

Thailand’s Tourism and Sports ministry will propose that the Public Health ministry organize an inoculation campaign in 5 tourism...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle

Art “Events” in Bangkok’s Creative District you can visit in March

As travelling abroad is still off limits, here are some ideas for escapes into culture and art  The pandemic...

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News World

In historic first, Pope Francis to visit Iraq

Pope Francis is to arrive Friday for the first-ever papal visit to conflict-torn Iraq, aiming to encourage the dwindling...

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Asean Coronavirus Outbreak Update News

‘Light’ after darkness as Philippines Covid-19 vaccinations begin

The Philippines launched its Covid-19 vaccination drive on Monday, with health workers, soldiers, police and government officials first in...

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Asean Highlight Myanmar Report News

Myanmar Journal: Sunday saw some protestors fight back, enraged by images of the indiscriminate killings and arrests

Daily round-up of the latest events in Myanmar by ThaiPBS World correspondent David Tun. The coverage on this live...

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Asean Business Highlight

ASEAN property market takes a hit as people delay buying a home

Half of Thai consumers decide to put off buying and selling property for the time being. The governments of...

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Asean Highlight Myanmar Report News

The left-handed pen

As international pressure increases, the coup installed government of Myanmar, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has ordered...

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Turning the pandemic into opportunity

Personal trainers have adapted the way they train their clients in the Covid-19 era to help those who are...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle World

A Roller-coaster Ride to Success

Globally renowned Thai techno DJ Nakadia took a hiatus from the rave scene to tell her story in Positive...

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Cabinet shake-up brings headache for PM Prayut, opportunity for Thamanat

A Feb 24 Criminal Court verdict has placed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a situation he was dreading —...

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Thai MP Sira courting controversy but flirting with disaster

Although new to Parliament, Sira Jenjaka has lost no time in stealing the limelight from veteran MPs – drawing...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Ready for your COVID-19 jab? Thailand’s inoculation plan explained

Thailand’s COVID-19 inoculation programme will likely kick off on Sunday, with top government figures receiving the first jabs to...

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Shining a light on ‘Fixed Stars’ – the rebel MPs rocking Thai coalition’s unity

The prime minister and nine Cabinet members managed to sail through the recent censure vote, but the voting has...

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Environment Food, Travel and Lifestyle Highlight

A walk in the woods

The Japanese art of forest bathing is the perfect way to soothe the soul We all occasionally need to...

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International News World

India steps up clampdown on US social media giants

India imposed tough new rules on social media platforms Thursday as it accused US tech giants of “double standards”...

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Asean Highlight Myanmar Report Opinion

Social media resistance

Across the South-East-Asian nation, millions have marched against military dictatorship. Both private and public workers have engaged in the...

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Highlights of the week Opinion Politics

PM has defused one big bomb, but faces more

Although Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha appears to be sailing out of a big storm, his ship will still remain...

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Asean News Politics

Thailand says it supports peace and stability in Myanmar

Thailand is supporting peace and stability in Myanmar, which is in line with the desires of ASEAN and the...

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Around Thailand Coronavirus Outbreak Update News

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Thailand

British-made COVID-19 vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca arrived in Thailand yesterday, according to a social media post by the Public Health...

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Arnond, the royalist scholar and loyal defender of Thailand’s monarchy

Assistant Professor Arnond Sakworawich first came under the spotlight last November, when he sparred on TV with firebrand protest...

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Asean Coronavirus Outbreak Update News

Singapore virus-secure hotel looks to lure business travellers

Singapore launched what it billed as a coronavirus-secure hotel and meeting complex where visitors communicate via intercom through glass...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle Highlight News

Salty tap water needs urgent attention

Experts come up with a short-term fix and a long-term solution to the problem of salty tap water that...

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Revenue treads carefully into VAT collection from tech giants

Legal challenges await the Revenue Department’s plan to collect value-added tax (VAT) from cross-border e-services for the first time...

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Asean News

Huge anti-coup rallies in Myanmar after junta threat

Tens of thousands of anti-coup protesters rallied across Myanmar again on Monday despite a clear threat from the junta...

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Highlight Opinion Politics

No-confidence vote reveals winners, losers and path ahead for Prayut’s govt    

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine other Cabinet members managed to sail through last week’s no-confidence vote — mostly...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update News World

Why has the EU not approved Russia’s Sputnik jab?

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is still waiting for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to start the countdown to its...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News World

Pfizer first dose 85% effective after 2-4 weeks: study

The first dose of the Pfizer vaccination is 85 percent effective against coronavirus infection between two and four weeks...

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Around Thailand Business General News

Thai government to buy dried cannabis flowers from community enterprises

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) is to buy grade-A dried cannabis flowers from community enterprises at 45,000 THB per...

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Around Thailand General News

Mexico to import edible edible cricket product from Thailand

Mexico’s government has resolved to approve the import of cricket powder from Thailand, specifically made from a species more...

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Asean Highlight News

First death hits Myanmar’s anti-coup movement as pressure swells against generals

A young protester died Friday, more than a week after being shot in anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar, offering a...

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Govt will survive no-confidence debate, but at what cost?

With their clear majority in the House, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the nine other targeted ministers are expected...

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Education minister facing biggest backlash in no-confidence vote

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan is expected to gain the fewest approval votes following his censure-debate grilling this week, amid...

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Vaccine passports inject new hope for Thai tourism

A “vaccine passport” has emerged as the best hope for Thai tourism businesses devastated by COVID-19. The passport, which...

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Asean Highlight Myanmar Report News Politics

The Good, the bad and China

Despite its involvement in the UN Security Council meeting that issued a call for the release of those detained...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Siam Bioscience was selected by AstraZeneca

Siam Bioscience was chosen by AstraZeneca after a detailed assessment and comparison against other institutions proposed by Thailand, according...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle Highlight News

How High Can Clubhouse Fly?

It’s so hot that invitations to the app are being sold on e-commerce platforms Unless you’ve moved to Mars,...

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Asean Coronavirus Outbreak Update News

Malaysian durian trade battered as lockdown bites

Durians falling from trees are collected in nets on a farm in Malaysia, where a long lockdown has slowed...

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Asean News

Coffee sector full of beans despite pandemic

As cafes and office canteens shuttered worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, coffee growers feared 2020 would be a...

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Highlight Highlights of the week News Politics

Backpedaling protesters need to regroup soon

Most of the times, advices from perceived enemies can be discarded, but not those that come from friends or...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Two COVID-19 infections found in Thammasat University

Thammasat University reported two COVID-19 cases, one member of university staff at the faculty of law and one medical...

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Ideas & Innovation News World

NASA wants to fly a helicopter on Mars for the first time

More than a century after the first powered flight on Earth, NASA intends to prove it’s possible to replicate...

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Asean News World

Myanmar under pressure at UN

The UN’s top rights body demanded Friday that Myanmar’s military restore civilian rule and immediately release Aung San Suu...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

22 COVID-19 infections found in Chulalongkorn university campus

22 COVID-19 infections have been found in Chulalongkorn University’s (CU) Bangkok campus, most among university staff, while the virus...

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Opposition to censure Thai govt for ‘botched recovery’, ‘vaccine disaster’     

The government’s handling of economic problems worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to be the core of the...

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Asean Coronavirus Outbreak Update News

Stay-at-home orders in Vietnam Covid-19 hotspot

Two million people in Vietnam will be put under a raft of restrictions starting Tuesday, after their northern province...

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Highlight News Opinion Politics

Hot spots in the upcoming censure debate against Thai govt

Thirty-eight opposition MPs have been allocated 42 hours on the floor during the four-day censure debate, which kicks off...

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Police deny using teargas against anti-establishment protesters on Saturday

Pol. Lt. General Pakkapong Pongpetra, chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, insists that police did not use teargas, rubber...

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Asean News Opinion

Myanmar draft cybersecurity law adds to protests over coup

A draft cybersecurity law due to be implemented in Myanmar has raised protests that it will be used to...

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Asean News

Myanmar’s conflict-scarred Rohingya on edge with return of generals

Myanmar’s stateless, conflict-scarred Rohingya community are on edge with the return of military rule, fearing further violence in a...

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19 killed in firecracker factory blast in India

At least 19 people were killed and dozens hurt in a blast at a firecracker factory in India, authorities...

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Rivals face off as lèse majesté row hots up

The battle over Thailand’s lèse majesté law has intensified with supporters and opponents coming out in full force to...

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Business Highlight News Opinion

Inside the electrifying rise of Bitcoin

The soaring price of Bitcoin is making headlines around the globe following news that electric-car maker Tesla, one of...

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North Korea’s Kim lambasts officials for economic ‘defeatism’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accused top officials of “self-protection and defeatism” and largely blamed them for...

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Around Thailand Coronavirus Outbreak Update News

Pathum Thani closes 2 markets for 5 days

Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok, has ordered two markets in Thanyaburi district to close for 5 days from...

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Highlight News Opinion Politics

All eyes on court as Thai charter-change battle approaches D-Day

The current junta-sponsored Constitution is among the most condemned charters in Thai history, yet also arguably one of the...

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Are Thai govt savings bonds attractive?

Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) chief Patricia Mongkhonvanit on Wednesday encouraged people to purchase newly issued government savings bonds...

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Infantino says Covid measures could still be in place for 2022 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said for the first time Thursday coronavirus containment measures could still be in place during...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update News World

The WHO’s China mission: Five questions still unanswered

The World Health Organization expert mission to China ended this week without finding the source of the coronavirus that...

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Helping people get back on their feet

Conceived as a Master’s thesis, a health startup is all set to make a world of difference to the...

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Facebook rolls out news feeds with less politics

Facebook said it began rolling out news feeds with less political subject matter in line with a plan outlined...

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Highlight Highlights of the week Opinion Politics

Trump impeachment gives Thais a lot to ponder

Two most difficult periods to bring a politician to justice are during the peak of his (or her) power...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight Opinion

Cupid’s arrow but no COVID-19 jab for Thais this Valentine’s Day

Amid all the confusion about Thailand’s COVID-19 vaccination plans, two things are very clear: People will not start getting...

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Business Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Thailand’s latest COVID-relief scheme hit by controversy

A total of Bt210 billion is being pumped into Thailand’s latest COVID-19 relief effort, but experts say needy Thais...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

157 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand today

Thailand recorded 157 new COVID cases, 548 new recoveries and one more COVID-19 related death today (Wednesday), according to...

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Around Thailand General Highlight News

200 underground gambling dens still operating across Thailand

There are about 200 underground gambling dens operating nationwide, and 47 are in the Bangkok metropolitan area, according to...

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Food, Travel and Lifestyle Highlight Opinion

Greeting the Ox in the quaintest of styles

Lost at not being able to celebrate in Chinatown? We offer an alternative that’s just as enjoyable, albeit in...

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“That which cannot be questioned is always a problem” said the fairy godmother of the anti-establishment protesters

“Humans are a nation’s most important resource. Nowadays, everyone is equal, equally neglected as a human resource,” said Inthira...

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Around Thailand Highlight News Opinion

Illegal gambling a trump card for opposition in censure debate against govt 

Illegal gambling will be among the issues fired at Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine members of his Cabinet...

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Bangkok Governor orders delay of fare increase on Green Route train service

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has postponed its plan to increase the maximum train fare on the Green Route...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Update Highlight News

Thailand’s Disease Control Board approves 63-million dose inoculation plan

Thailand’s Disease Control Board has approved the COVID-19 vaccine management and distribution plan for 2021. The country’s health minister,...

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Biden: “Remains to be seen” if US will send team to Olympics

US President Joe Biden said late Sunday it remains to be seen if the US will send a team...

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Opinion Politics

Thai public cleared to participate in charter change, but roadblocks lie ahead  

The review of two charter draft bills has been completed, paving the way for changes to the 2017 Constitution...

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Asean News

Dozens of Rohingya refugees caught arriving in Malaysia

Dozens of Rohingya, mostly women and children, were caught as they arrived by boat in Malaysia last month after fleeing a...

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Around Thailand Highlight News Opinion

Why Skytrain fare hike may end up wrecking Bangkok’s mass-transit success story  

Bangkok commuters are crossing their fingers and hoping that the Central Administrative Court will stop the maximum BTS Skytrain...

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Asean Business Highlight News Opinion

Myanmar coup to take big toll on trade with Thailand, the world: Experts

Thai and other foreign companies are expected to delay their investments in Myanmar following a military coup that threatens...

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Asean News Uncategorized

How one Myanmar restaurant in Bangkok supports anti-coup activity

As expatriates from Myanmar around the world react to the military’s lightning takeover of their homeland, one restaurant in...

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Asean Highlight News Uncategorized

Myanmar has 134 More Political Prisoners Following Military Coup

As of Friday morning, 134 officials, leaders and lawmakers from the National League for Democracy (NLD), political activists, monks...

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Asean News

Indonesia bans mandatory Islamic ‘hijab’ scarves for schoolgirls

Indonesia has banned schools from forcing girls to wear Islamic “hijab” headscarves after the case of a Christian pupil pressured...

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No coronavirus contamination found in 117 samples of Thai seafood

No coronavirus contamination was found in 117 seafood samples taken from markets in Bangkok and other provinces between November...

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