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Talks planned with oil refineries to upgrade quality of diesel to deal with pollution

In yet another attempt to ease the health hazards posed by PM2.5 dust particles, the Energy Business Department plans to hold a meeting with oil refineries this week about the…

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Prime Minister May faces defeat in Brexit vote

LONDON (AFP)   — British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing defeat over her Brexit deal when MPs vote later on Tuesday, deepening the crisis in British politics ahead of the…

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Army chief Gen Apirat to pro-election activists: Don’t cross the line

Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong today warned political activists campaigning against an election postponement “not to cross the line”. He was responding to a threat by a group of activists…

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Asylum Seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport, alongside Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, right, on January 12 in Toronto, Canada.

Coming to Canada ‘worth the risk,’ says Saudi teen refugee

TORONTO (Reuters) – Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun plans to pursue an education, get a job and “live a normal life” in Canada — things she said she could not do in…

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Cloud seeding results in brief rain over parts of Bangkok 

A cloud-seeding operation by the Royal Rain-making and Agricultural Aviation Department this morning brought about a brief rain over parts of Bangkok in the afternoon as part of the on-going…

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Bangkokians may have to live with current air pollution for 1-2 months

As authorities continue to battle with the health-threatening air pollution in Bangkok, there is more bad news for city dwellers as they may have to live with it for the…

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Bangkokians scramble for N95 face masks to protect themselves against air pollution

The N95 face masks which are capable of screening PM2.5 dust particles are selling like hot cake as many Bangkokians rush to convenience and drug stores to get the protective…

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Air Force sends two planes to fight air pollution with water spraying

The Royal Thai Air Force has sent two transport planes from an airbase in the northern province of Phitsanuloke to Bangkok to help ease the problem of worsening air pollution…

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Indonesia recovers second black box from Lion Air crash

The cockpit voice recorder from an Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October has been recovered, officials said Monday, a discovery that could be critical to explaining why a…

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PM orders all agencies concerned to tackle air pollution in and around Bangkok

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Pollution Control Department and other related agencies to quickly address the worsening air quality in and around Bangkok and to inform the people…

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Opponents of poll delay warn of bigger protest if no words on election date this Friday

The activist group pushing for an early election today threatened to escalate its campaign if the Election Commission fails to announce an election date by this coming Friday. It plans…

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Poll shows Gen Prayut most suitable to be next PM

More than 85 percent of the respondents to an opinion poll agreed that General Prayut Chan-o-cha is most suitable to be the next prime minister whereas the rest insisted that…

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Greenpeace Thailand says Bangkok among cities with worst air quality

Bangkok is placed at the 9th spot of the world’s top 10 cities with the worst air quality, Greenpeace Thailand said today quoting US air quality index (AQI) On top…

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Cloud seeding sought to help ease air pollution in and around City

The Royal Rain-making and Agricultural Aviation Department has been asked to be ready to carry out cloud seeding once the weather is suitable for the operation to help ease the…

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Yellow Vest protesters clash with police in fresh Paris rallies

Officials have vowed zero tolerance for the violence that has marred the weekly protests since they began two months ago, deploying some 80,000 security forces nationwide. Protesters skirmished with police…

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Army chief claims opponents of election delay bent on creating troubles 

Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong today accused those campaigning against an election delay of having a “one-track mind” and bent on creating troubles. “They are being told to think this…

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Two militants killed in clash with security forces in Pattani

Two southern militants were shot dead while one paramilitary ranger and an 8-year-old girl were injured in a fierce gun battle in Yaring district of the southernmost province of Pattani…

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HM the King urges Thai children to learn and seek new knowledge

His Majesty the King has urged Thai children to strive for learning and seeking new knowledge, to have discipline and to be good citizens as these will help them to…

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Saudi teenager leaves for Canada for asylum

Runaway Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun left Thailand for Canada shortly before midnight on Friday, ending her weeklong bid for asylum in a third country which put her in international…

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Immigration ready to give more time for UNHCR to process Saudi girl’s case

The UN refugee agency can ask for more time for Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunan to remain in Thailand while processing her request to be sent to a third country…

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Cambodia denies passport has been issued for Yingluck

Cambodian government officials have denied claims that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was issued with a Cambodian passport which was reportedly used by her to register a company in Hong…

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3 ministers in hot water after Constitutional Court asked to rule on their qualifications

The Election Commission has faulted three cabinet members and former Prime Minister’s Office Minister M.L. Panadda Diskul for holding shares in companies granted business concessions by state agencies in violation…

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Singapore, Vietnam reportedly shortlisted for second Trump-Kim summit

Singapore and Vietnam are likely to be shortlisted to host a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump, South Korean Foreign Affairs…

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Poll shows quality education is Thai children’s most favored gift for Children’s Day

What Thai children and teenagers want most as a gift for the National Children’s Day  from the post-election government is free access to quality education up to university level, according…

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Air quality in city and peripherals worsens again

One day after the air quality in and around Bangkok was declared safe, the Pollution Control Department blamed close weather and stale air for causing the air quality to worse…

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Security forces capture suspect in killing of 4 defence volunteers in Pattani

Security forces captured one suspect after a fierce gun-battle behind the historical Krue Se mosque in Pattani with a group of gunmen suspected to be responsible for an attack that…

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Improved air quality in and around Bangkok

Air quality in and around Bangkok today has improved considerably with only two of 20 areas classified as being polluted beyond safety level. Air monitors found PM2.5 particulate in the…

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Australia FM visits Thailand amid Saudi asylum seeker saga

Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne met her Thai counterpart Thursday, as her country appeared poised to offer to asylum to a young Saudi woman who fled her family to Thailand…

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Four defence volunteers killed at school by militants disguising as army troopers

Disguising themselves as army troops, suspected militants surprised a unit of defence volunteers at a school in Yarang district of the restive southern province of Pattani, killing four volunteers and…

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City Hall to introduce proper motorcycle taxi stops on street pavements

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has come up with an idea to carve out spaces on pedestrian’s footpaths to accommodate motorcycle taxi stands so that they would not trespass roads. There…

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Saudi girl reportedly declared a refugee by UNHCR

The Saudi teenaged girl who fled her family to Bangkok and is seeking asylum in Australia has been declared a legitimate refugee by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),…

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School told to review its casual dress initiative

Bangkok Christian College which has created a buzz by allowing its students to shed off their uniform and wear casual dresses to classes on Tuesdays has been told to review…

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Victoria Police forensic officers remove bags from the Italian consulate in Melbourne on January 9

Suspect packages sent to diplomatic missions in Australia

Suspicious packages were sent to more than a dozen foreign embassies and consulates in major Australian cities on Wednesday in a seemingly orchestrated but scattershot campaign. Emergency services raced to…

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The train used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen leaving Beijing Railway Station in Beijing on January 9, 2019. A special train used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Beijing on January 9 as he wrapped up his fourth visit to China.

N. Korea’s Kim ends Beijing visit as Trump summit looms

Kim Jong Un’s train left Beijing on Wednesday after the North Korean leader visited his key ally on a trip seen a strategy session ahead of his expected summit with…

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French woman and Chinese tourists drown in Koh Samui and Phuket

The body of a French woman was found floating in the sea off Thong Gate beach in the popular island of Koh Samui on Tuesday. Hotel staff at the beach…

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Australia considering Saudi teen’s asylum bid

The Australian government said it would “carefully consider” the asylum claim of an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse from her family and is now in the care of…

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EU lifts ”yellow card” on Thailand for successful tackling of IUU fishing

The European Union formally announced today the lifting of the “yellow card” imposed on Thailand since 2015 in recognition of the substantive progress made by Thailand in tackling the illegal,…

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“150 days” fuss simplified

To follow Thai politics, ones initially were required to be just well-versed in mathematics. Now, people need to also be good at reading the technical language of the laws. The…

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Air quality in and around Bangkok will remain bad for at least another day

Bangkokians will have to continue to bear with health-threatening air pollution for at least another day tomorrow as air quality at 22 traffic-congested areas in and around the city remains…

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Saudi envoy insists teenager’s case is family affairs, does not affect Thai-Saudi ties

The Saudi envoy in Bangkok gave an assurance today that the case of a Saudi teenager seeking asylum in a third country from Thailand is a family affairs and will…

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Rice warehouses and rice surveyors next in line to face the axe over controversial rice pledging scheme

The Public Warehouse Organization (PWO) has submitted to the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) all the contracts related to the hiring of private warehouses and rice surveyors for the storing…

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Security beef-up in Hat Yai following car bomb in nearby district

Security in the commercial district of Hat Yai, Songkhla, has been stepped up following a car bomb  in neighboring district of Thepa which damaged a transformer, causing a blackout in…

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Two Hungarians killed and a Japanese seriously injured in fatal collision in central Bangkok 

Two Hungarians were killed and a Japanese seriously injured in a road accident involving a passenger van and a big bike on Rajdamri Road in Pathumwan district of Bangkok late…

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Thai rescue workers and fire trucks sent to help douse fire at a Cambodian office building near the Thai-Cambodian border

Fire trucks and rescue workers from Aranyaprathet border town were rushed into Cambodian town of Poipet on Monday night to help Cambodian officials in fighting fire at an office building…

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This handout picture taken and released by Thai Immigration Bureau on Monday shows 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun being escorted by immigration police chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport on Monday.

Thai authorities will not deport Saudi teen who claims she is in danger

An 18-year-old Saudi girl who fled her family and barricaded herself inside a  hotel at  Suvarnabhumi airport to prevent being expelled by Thai authorities yesterday left the airport after talks…

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Gen Prayut-led live TV program raises over 131 million baht for Pa Buk victims

A live TV program which saw Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha personally take phone calls from donors raised more than 131 million baht to help victims of tropical storm Pa…

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Gen Prayut joins live TV program to solicit donations for Pa Buk victims

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is at this moment leading members of his Cabinet on a live TV program to solicit donations from members of the public to help victims…

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Somkid confident of 4-4.2 percent growth rate for 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is confident that Thailand’s economy for the year 2018 would grow between 4-4.2 percent, citing several economic indicators which have shown sign of improvements. In…

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Ukrainian couple safely rescued after getting lost in jungle in Krabi 

A Ukrainian tourist couple reported missing while venturing into the jungle of the Nopparatthara-Phi-Phi Islands national park in the southern province of Krabi on Sunday were found and rescued by…

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Watch out for this Pheu Thai “decorative flower”

Thaksin Shinawatra’s camp always springs a surprise when it comes to who it picks as prime minister. Late Samak Sundaravej was a veteran, but everyone had ruled him out when…

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Malaysia’s king abdicates after two years on throne

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s King Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday, the palace said, after two years on the throne, the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing…

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Motorists told to switch to public transport to help ease air pollution

The Pollution Control Department has pleaded with motorists in Bangkok to switch to public transports to help reduce car emissions and improve air quality in and around Bangkok. The appeal…

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Thailand says Saudi woman in asylum case to be sent back

A Saudi woman being held at Bangkok airport will be sent back Monday, Thai authorities said, after she made a desperate plea for asylum and for other passengers to help…

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PM to chair fund-raising TV programme Monday night to help storm victims

The government and the Mass Communications Organization of Thailand (Mcot) will hold a fund-raising campaign via Channel 9 TV station on Monday night to help victims of tropical storm Pa…

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Six passengers killed in tour bus accident in Pathum Thani 

Six passengers, including a baby girl, were killed and 50 others injured when a tour bus ploughed into a roadside ditch on Paholyothin  road in Pathum Thani province early Sunday…

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Pa Buk weakens into low pressure cell but 4 provinces still face heavy rain

Pa Buk storm has further weakened from depression into low pressure cell in the Andaman Sea since Saturday night, but the four southern provinces of Phetchaburi, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Chumporn…

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Scientist fears impact to marine lives from Pa Buk

Besides damages inflicted on properties, live stocks and farmlands by tropical storm Pa Buk, the storm is likely to have caused extensive damages to marine lives, coral reefs and marine…

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NLA president warns critics not to blame coronation for possible delay of election

National Legislative Assembly President Pornpetch Wichitworachai has warned critics to refrain from blaming the coronation ceremony for causing a potential delay of the election. He said that authorities concerned with…

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Guarded reaction to possible poll delay

Key political players have reacted guardedly on the possibility of election delay, whereas March 10, March 17 and March 24 have emerged as potential new dates to replace February 24….

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Pa Buk weakens into depression as it moves into Andaman Sea

Tropical storm Pa Buk has weakened into a depression and moved into the Andaman Sea at about 9 am this morning, the Meteorological Department reported. After wreaking havoc in the…

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Probably no big winners and losers in election delay

In the Thai circumstances, delaying a general election by a month may not have a significant impact as far as voters are concerned.  But this is not to say that a…

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GHB to set aside 1  billion baht fund to help customers affected by Pa Buk

The Government Housing Bank will set aside a fund of one billion baht to be extended to people whose houses are damaged by tropical storm Pa Buk which is wreaking…

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Pa Buk makes landfall in Pak Phanang, Tha Sala districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat

Tropical storm Pa Buk landed in Pak Phanang and Tha Sala districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat province at about 12.45 pm today, uprooting trees and power poles and putting Pak…

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Sea water sweeps ashore in Pak Panang District, Nakhon Si Thammarat as tropical storm Pa Buk makes a landfall

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News in brief 

Friday January 4, 2019 11.32 am : Thai PBS team reports from Krung Chin in Nop Pitum district, Nakhon Si Thammarat, that it has been raining all night until this…

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13 students and 4 teachers saved by firemen from burning school building

Thirteen students and four teachers of the famous Dhepsirin high school in Bangkok were trapped in a burning building on the campus before being jrescued safely by firemen. The students,…

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Weather bureau confirms Pa Buk to hit Nakhon Si Thammarat tonight

The Meteorological Department issued an announcement this morning confirming that tropical storm Pa Buk packed with 75 kph wind at its epic-centre would make landfall in Nakhon Si Thammarat province…

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US team to visit China for trade talks Jan 7-8: Beijing

A US government delegation will visit China Monday and Tuesday for the first face-to-face talks since US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart agreed on a tariff truce, China’s…

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How recycled foods become junk food in Manila

Residents of Tondo slum in metro Manila live on “pagpag” or left-overs of fried chickens collected from garbage dump. More : www.facebook.com/ThaiPBSWorld/videos/1226737860810854

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Nakhon Si Thammarat starts mass evacuation of people in six coastal districts

Mass evacuation has been ordered for people living in six coastal districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat where powerful tropical storm Pa Buk was predicted to make landfall tomorrow night. Governor…

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Uncertainties shroud election date 

The possibility of the scheduled February 24 election being postponed by one month is looming after the government insists that it wants no disruptions for the coronation ceremony in May….

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Major tropical storm to revisit Ban Laem Taloompook after 57 years

Fifty-seven years after the deadly tropical storm Harriot struck Ban Laem Taloompook in Pak Phanang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat and left behind a trail of deaths and destruction, it…

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Suthep’s long and winding road

The Thai politics nowadays may be crawling with estranged allies. Sudarat Keyuraphan is said to have upset many in the Thaksin camp. Jatuporn Prompan is not seeing eye to eye…

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Surin Pitsuwan Foundation to promote education, diplomacy and human security

The eldest son of Surin Pitsuwan is setting up a foundation named after the late former ASEAN secretary general to help promote education, diplomacy and human security. Speaking at a…

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PM says he is studying policies of parties before he deciding which one to join

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today he is studying policy platforms of political parties before deciding which one he would join in the near future. He explained that he wanted…

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Southern coastal provinces brace for onslaught of tropical storm Pa Buk

Southern coastal provinces from Phetchaburi downward are bracing for an onslaught of tropical storm “Pa Buk” which is expect to pack a strong wind of up to 90 kph when…

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Government to invite Princess Sirindhorn to chair coronation organizing panel

The government will invite Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to chair the organizing committee for the coronation ceremony of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn scheduled for May 4-6….

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Thai Raksa Chart party unveils economic policies

Thai Raksa Chart, a party recently formed to capitalize on young voters, has unveiled its four economic policies that emphasize application of new technology to cut costs, to increase revenues…

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PTT  evacuating some staff from offshore oil rigs ahead of arrival of tropical storm Pa Buk

PTT Exploration and Production Company has started evacuating some of its staff working on the oil rigs in the Gulf of Thailand to the shore in southern province of Songkyla…

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Coronation ceremony to be held during May 4-6

The coronation ceremony for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn is set to be held during May 4-6, the Royal Household Bureau announced on the New Year’s day. The announcement said…

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Supreme Court president promises no delayed justice

The Supreme Court president has promised that all cases referred to the Supreme Court will be wrapped up and verdicts handed down within a year. In his New Year’s message…

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Road death toll for four days climbs to 236

Another 51 people died in road accidents on Sunday, bringing the death toll for four days of the New Year’s festival to 236, with 2,265 injured from 2,194 road accidents…

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Tight security in Hat Yai ahead of New Year’s countdown 

Top-level security has been imposed in the southern commercial district of Hat Yai ahead of the New Year’s countdown tonight where thousands of tourists from Malaysia and Singapore will join…

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Kanchanaburi jolted by 4.9 magnitude quake Sunday night

A 4.9 magnitude earthquake jolted the western province of Kanchanaburi on Sunday night, but no casualties or damages were reported. The tremor was felt by people in Muang, Saiyoke, Si…

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HM the King issues New Year’s greeting card to express well wishes to Thais

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has issued a New Year’s greeting card expressing his well wishes to the Thai people. The message in the greeting cards reads: “2019 greetings with…

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Poll shows people happy with government’s performance, in favour of Prayut’s return as PM

Thirty-nine percent of more than 2,000 respondents in the latest opinion poll are satisfied with the performance of the Prayut government and the National Council for Peace and Order in…

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Road accident death toll for three days jumps to 182

The death toll from road accidents for the past three days during the New Year’s festival has risen to 182, with 1,690 injured from 1,633 accidents across the country, said…

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EC urged to probe suspected cheats in selection of senators

The Election Commission has been told to investigate suspected cheats in the selection of senators in Bangkok on Thursday. In a statement addressed to the EC today, PNET, a non-governmental…

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Air quality in and around city improves satisfactorily

Air quality in and around Bangkok which posed health hazards in the past couple of weeks has improved satisfactorily, with the amount of particulate in the air below the hazardous…

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Lord Buddha’s relics and Buddha statues from 13 countries at Sanam Luang for New Year’s countdown

For the first time, the Lord Buddha’s relics and important Buddha statues from 13 countries have been temporarily installed at Sanam Luang for large-scale Buddhist prayers in a religious countdown…

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Weather bureau predicts a cold New Year

Those who are looking forward to a cold New Year will not be disappointed. The Meteorological Department said this morning that the mercury in many parts of the country, especially…

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Srisuwan to kick-start signature collection campaign to impeach five anti-graft commissioners

Political activist Srisuwan Janya declared today he is determined to push ahead with his bid to impeach the five anti-graft commissioners who cleared Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan of wrongdoing…

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Death toll for two days rises to 98 as drunk driving blamed for most road accidents

Drunk driving is blamed as the main cause of most road accidents in the past two days, resulting in 98 fatalities and 1,024 injured from 990 road accidents across the…

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HRH Princess Sirindhorn offers New Year’s well wishes to Thai people 

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn expressed her well wishes to the staff of the Thai Red Cross Society and members of the public after presiding over the offering…

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Security stepped up in Naratiwat following multiple attacks Friday night

Security officials in 14 districts of the southernmost province of Narathiwat have been put on high alert after suspected militants attacked a tambon defence volunteer’s base in Ra-ngae district and…

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British cave divers in Tham Luang cave rescue mission honored by Queen Elizabeth II

The seven British cave divers who helped save the 12 Wild Boar footballers and their coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district of the northern province…

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9 motorists strapped with ankle monitors and placed on parole for drunk driving

Nine motorists were placed on parole and strapped with ankle monitors for 15 days by the court on Thursday after they were found guilty of drunk driving, said Mr Prasarn…

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Militants may try to expand operations beyond the deep South:  NSC chief

A top security official said today that southern militants might try to expand their terrorism activities outside the three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat. National Security Council secretary-general…

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42 killed and over 400 injured in road accidents on first day of New Year’s festival

Forty-two people were killed and 432 others injured on the first day of the 7-day ”New Year’s Danger Watch” period on Thursday, Tourism and Sports Minister Veerasak Kowsurat told a…

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NACC in hot waters for absolving Gen Prawit in wristwatch scandal

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has landed itself in hot waters with its ruling that clears Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan in a scandal in which he was accused…

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