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15 now dead in Chon Buri pub blaze, fire exits all locked from the outside

While the death toll from the fire in the Chon Buri pub early Friday morning has increased to 15 today (Saturday), Suvadee Suetrong, a representative of the Mountain B pub’s…

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Warning of widespread flooding, river overflows and flash floods from Sunday to Tuesday

Thailand’s Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is warning of potential flooding, waterway overflows and flash floods at the bases of mountains and in other areas across the country,…

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One worker dies, five injured when coal crane net snaps

One worker died and five others were injured when the net in which they were being lifted off a coal freighter onto the dockside by crane on Si Racha Island,…

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Chiang Rai airport to reopen as Nok Air aircraft extracted from ground

Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport is expected to resume normal operations soon, after, at about 4am this morning, the damaged Nok Air Boeing 737-800 plane was extracted from the…

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Nok Air plane which slid off runway on Saturday sustains damage to landing gear

Workers have been using heavy equipment to move the Nok Air Boeing 737-800, which is partially blocking the runway of Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport, after it was discovered…

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Two killed as part of flyover collapses on Rama II Road in Samut Sakhon

Two people were killed and two others injured when a support beam of a U-turn flyover bridge, undergoing maintenance, collapsed on Sunday night, forcing the Highways Department to temporarily close…

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Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai airport’s runway closed for three more days

Thailand’s Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport has announced that its runway will remain closed until Wednesday night at 10pm, as workers try to move a Nok Air aircraft, which…

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Eight provinces along Mekong River warned of rising water levels this week

People living along the Mekong River in Thailand’s eight northern and north-eastern provinces have been advised to brace for the effects of the rising level of the river until August…

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The rags to riches story of the latest Miss Universe Thailand

The latest Miss Universe Thailand, 23-year-old Anna Suengam-iam, was born into a family of garbage collectors. She was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2022 in the final of the pageant late…

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Nok Air cancels all fights on Sunday between Bangkok and Chiang Rai

Nok Air has suspended all flights today (Sunday) between Bangkok and Chiang Rai province after one of its planes skidded off the runway at Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport…

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Lead shot found in remains of elephant in Kanchanaburi wildlife sanctuary

Kanchanaburi forensic police have found five shotgun pellets embedded in the remains of an elephant in Salak Phra wildlife sanctuary in the province, but they do not believe that they…

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‘No bikinis’ sign on Samae San Island removed by the Thai Navy

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has decided to remove a sign telling tourists not to wear bikinis from Samae San Island, off the eastern province of Chon Buri, to prevent…

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Cabinet approves ฿10.9 billion for new zoo in Pathum Thani

The cabinet has approved a total budget of 10.9 billion baht, spread over the 2023 to 2027 fiscal years, for the construction of a new zoo in the outskirts of…

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Thai man at hospital in Phuket with suspected monkeypox, diagnosis pending

A Thai man, who may be infected with monkeypox, was sent from Thalang Hospital in Phuket to Vachira Phuket Hospital this afternoon (Tuesday) for tests and diagnosis. The ambulance arrived…

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Nigerian may have been infected with monkeypox in Thailand – senior doctor

The Nigerian man, who was confirmed to be Thailand’s first and so far only monkeypox case, may have contracted the virus in the country, said Dr. Wasun Chantratita, chief of…

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House panel cuts ฿7.4 billion for two F-35A combat jets, Thai air force defends plan

A House subcommittee scrutinising procurement projects of state agencies decided yesterday (Monday) to cut the 7.4-billion-baht budget for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to procure two US-made F-35A combat…

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Riverside residents in 11 provinces warned of Chao Phraya overflows from Wednesday

People living near the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and in ten other central provinces are being warned, by the Irrigation Department, of overflows from the river starting Wednesday (July…

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Expert warns Bangkok may face worse flooding September-October

In September and October, Bangkok is at risk of flooding which may be worse than that experienced this week, especially Wednesday night, warned Assoc. Prof. Dr. Seree Supratid, a water…

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Police under fire for banning food vendors from wearing dinosaur costumes

Police in the Muang district of Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat have come under widespread criticism on social media for banning three food vendors from wearing dinosaur costumes…

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BKK governor says contractor accountable for delay in Sukhumvit 103 tunnel project

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt announced today (Sunday) that the contractor for the construction of the 4.9 billion baht underground tunnel project in Sukhumvit Soi 103, Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc,…

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Sunken barge in Chao Phraya River yet to be salvaged

Pak Khlong San district police in Bangkok have been coordinating with the owner of a barge over the salvage of a vessel which sank in the Chao Phraya River on…

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Three dead, four injured in explosion at Ratchaburi smelting plant

Three employees were killed and four others were injured in an explosion and fire at a smelting works in Photharam district of Thailand’s Ratchaburi province last night (Saturday). Police said…

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Bangkok to arrange orderly pavement vending

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been trying to regulate pavement vending in an effort to ensure safety, enough pedestrian space and to allow vendors to make a living in…

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Briton, Thai drown in rough seas off Kata Noi beach in Phuket

A British tourist, and a Thai who went to help, drowned in rough seas off Kata Noi beach in Phuket province last evening (Thursday). According to the Thai tourist police,…

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Rare video released of a family of tigers feeding on their prey in Thailand

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has released rare images showing a family of two tiger cubs, their parents and two other tigers feeding on their prey….

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BMA not permitted to use Hua Lamphong station for outdoor movie show

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has rejected the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) plan to use Hua Lamphong railway station as a venue for an outdoor showing of a popular…

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Motorists in Thailand who ignore traffic tickets now face tougher legal action

Effective yesterday (June 13th), motorists or motorcyclists in Bangkok who break traffic laws and then ignore traffic tickets will face tougher legal action, including the suspension of annual vehicle registration…

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Mother elephant and calf rescued from manhole near Khao Yai National Park

Officials from Khao Yai National Park and volunteers successfully and dramatically rescued a mother elephant and its calf from a two-metre deep manhole near a resort in Muang district of…

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Thai cabinet extends ฿5 per litre diesel excise tax cut for two more months

The cabinet decided to extend the 5-baht/litre excise tax cut today (Tuesday), to control the price of diesel fuel until September 20th. Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said that the tax…

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Two hundred extra public buses available during this week’s long holiday

The state-run Transport Company has added 200 buses to its fleet, in anticipation of a surge in passenger demand during the holidays, from tomorrow until Sunday. The deputy transport permanent…

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Bangkok businesses enjoy windfall from Manchester U v Liverpool soccer match

Many hotels within walking distance of the Rajamangala National Stadium are booked out by fans of Manchester United and Liverpool FC, keen to watch the pre-season friendly match this evening…

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Vehicles entering Thailand’s Khao Yai Park subject to emission checks

All vehicles entering Khao Yai National Park, in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, will now be subject to emission checks, as part of efforts by the Department of National…

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Petrified log in Tak recognised by Guinness World Records

An ancient petrified tree, found in a petrified forest in Thailand’s Doi Soi Malai National Park in the western province of Tak, has been recorded by Guinness World Records as…

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Bangkok organises outdoor cinema festival to boost local economy

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), along with Thai film associations, is organising an outdoor cinema festival throughout the month of July, in hopes of boosting the local economy, especially at…

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Thai court rules cancellation of Orange Line train project bid unlawful

The Central Administrative Court has ruled that the cancellation of the bid for the construction of the 120-billion-baht western section of the Orange Line train project, between Bang Khun Non…

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Heavy rains forecast for most of Thailand July 9-14

Heavy to very heavy rain is forecast for most of Thailand, from Saturday until next Thursday, which may trigger flash floods and overflows in some areas, the Meteorological Department warned…

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Thai archaeologist on mission to reclaim ancient Khmer sculpture from US

A Thai archaeologist has embarked on a mission to reclaim a bronze sculpture, believed to be of Khmer King Jayavarman VI, from a museum in the United States. Tanongsak Hanwong,…

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Students at school on Thai-Myanmar border undergo air raid drills

The Ban Valley School, in Phop Phra district of Thailand’s Tak province, which is close to the border with Myanmar where fighting is underway between Myanmar government forces and Karen…

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Budget to improve ‘Green Bridge’ linking Lumpini and Benjakitti parks to be reduced

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), led by Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, has been tasked with improvements to the “Green Bridge”, which connects the city’s Lumpini and Benjakitti Forest parks, but with…

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Former MP questions how a defective Thai parliament building was accepted

Former Democrat MP Watchara Petthong is seeking answers from the office of the secretary-general of the House of Representatives about how it can accept the delivery of the 12 billion…

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Bangkok administration may increase tree planting to two million

Due to the positive public response to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) plan to plant one million trees over four years, the target may be increased to two million trees,…

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BTS to begin charging fares on Green Line extensions from August

BTS sky train passengers who use either of the two extensions of the Green Line, between Bearing and Keha in Samut Prakan (13km) and between Mo Chit and Khu Khot…

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Six minors in Thailand suffer undesirable symptoms after consuming cannabis

A 3-year-old girl was among six minors who developed undesirable effects between June 21st and 26th after knowingly or unknowingly consuming cannabis or food containing cannabis, according to the Royal…

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Minimal fare rise for private bus operators effective from July 4

Thailand’s Central Land Transport Control Board has decided to allow private bus operators, which provide inter-provincial and inter-district services, to increase their fares by 5 satang/km from July 4th, to…

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GrabBike riders given two more months to operate without registration

Thailand’s Land Transport Department has decided to extend the July 15th deadline for GrabBike (Win) riders to operate, without registering as public transport operators, by two more months, while urging…

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Thais warned not to take cannabis or hemp products to some countries

The Thai embassies in Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam have advised the Foreign Ministry to warn Thai people not to bring cannabis, hemp or their extracts when they visit these countries,…

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Major refinancing program proposed to help Student Loan Fund borrowers

About six million former and current students who borrowed from the Student Loan Fund will pay less interest and lower fines for default and will be allowed to extend the…

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Four injured by smoke, 30 houses in Bangkok’s Bon Kai community razed by fire

Four people suffered the effects of smoke inhalation and about 30, mostly dilapidated houses in the Bon Kai crowded community on Rama 4 Road in Bangkok’s Pathumwan district were burned…

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Garbage, grease blamed for blocking sewers as drainage efforts begin Monday

Abundant garbage and household grease have been found in the sewers in Bangkok’s Huai Kwang area, on the first day of clearing the city’s drainage system by prisoners, to curb…

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Governor visits Khlong Toei in first inspection tour of Bangkok’s 50 districts

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt launched his mobile meetings with district officials today (Sunday) and visited local people as part of his pro-active and people-centric approach to solving problems, with Khlong…

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Thailand’s national lottery to consider increasing digital ticket sales

The board of the Government Lottery Office (GLO) will consider increasing the number of digital tickets available for sale online, after tickets for the June 16th and July 1st draws…

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Over 2.8m digital lottery tickets for Thailand’s July 1 draw grapped in six hours

More than 2.8 million digital lottery tickets, for the July 1st draw, were sold in six hours, on their first day on sale, following the successful launch of online lottery…

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Thai murder suspect from Taiwan surrenders to police in Chiang Mai

The murder suspect, wanted in Taiwan for killing a Thai couple last week, surrendered to police in the northern province of Chiang Mai this morning (Friday). Accompanied by his father,…

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Lottery vendors complain of unsold tickets after the launch of digital sales

Digital lottery ticket sales for the June 16th draw, by the Government Lottery Office, apparently adversely affected many lottery vendors, who found they had many unsold tickets yesterday, forcing some…

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No lifting of Thailand’s face masks in public mandate, some places may be exempted

The mandate requiring the wearing of face masks in public will not be lifted outright when the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meets tomorrow (Friday), but guidance will be…

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Deputy Bangkok governor begins tackling bribery among municipal police

Deputy Bangkok Governor Chakkaphan Phewngam has warned municipal police to refrain from demanding or accepting bribes or other ill-gotten benefits during his first meeting with municipal police chiefs and the…

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Police on nationwide lookout for mayor of Prachin Buri administration

Police across Thailand have been told to look for Sunthorn Vilawan, mayor of the Prachin Buri provincial administrative organisation and father of Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan, who is wanted by…

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Concerns voiced over health effects of cannabis on youth

Thailand’s Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has expressed concern over the potential short and long term effects of cannabis on Thai youth, now that controlled use of the…

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Over 17,000 complaints about Bangkok filed via new platform in first 11 days

The new online “Traffy Fondue” platform, launched by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) under its new governor Chadchart Sittipunt, received 17,811 complaints from Bangkok residents in its first 11 days,…

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Well known Thai touring cyclist killed by a truck in Nakhon Ratchasima

Locally famous Thai cyclist, Nirantra Phramthong, who had travelled to numerous countries with his bicycle, was struck by a ten-wheel truck and killed yesterday (Thursday), while riding along a road…

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Buri Ram holds Thailand’s first major cannabis exhibition

Public Health Minister and Leader of Bhumjaithai Party Anutin Charnvirakul officiated at the opening of a cannabis exhibition today (Friday), at the Buriram International Circuit in the north-eastern province, to…

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Over 3,000 convicted of cannabis-related offenses in Thailand to be freed Thursday

More than 3,000 people serving prison terms for offences related to cannabis or hemp are to be released tomorrow (Thursday) when the announcement of the Public Health Ministry, removing the…

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Governor Chadchart asks for a year to study ways to solve Bangkok’s traffic woes

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has asked for a year to study technology based solutions to solve Bangkok’s notorious traffic problems, as he outlined plans to set up a working committee…

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Fishermen petition against immature fish catches on World Oceans Day

Small-scale fishing folk arrived at the Thai parliament in three small fishing vessels this morning (Wednesday), to petition the government and parliament against the destructive practice of catching inedible and…

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Five-year-long 30-million baht lottery prize drama finally concludes

After five years of courtroom battles and out-of-court drama between a teacher and a retired police officer, over who actually owns five first prize lottery tickets worth 30 million baht,…

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Fishermen to petition against catching of inedible, immature fish

A group of small-scale fishermen, from 23 provinces, arrived in the estuary of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok today (Monday), after a voyage of over 10 days from the…

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US INL helps Isan to fight illegal trafficking

In the past several years, the Greater Mekong Sub-region has seen increasing illegal trafficking activities, especially drugs, which are often transferred via natural routes, with production shifting from Myanmar to…

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Students in Loei province told compliance with hairstyle regulation not a penalty

Students at a junior high school in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Loei, where a teacher was attacked by a student fearing that he might have his hair forcibly cut, were…

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Five-century-old gold crown of a Buddha statue returned to Thailand from US

Thailand has recently received an antique gold crown, part of a Buddha statue believed to be about 500 years old, from the United States, with the help of the Department…

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Four Si Racha cops transferred for arresting woman with one cannabis plant

An inspector and three other Si Racha district police officers, in Thailand’s eastern province of Chon Buri, have been transferred to inactive posts at the operations centre for arresting a…

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Campaign to stop use of Thai numerals in official documents

A signature collection campaign has been launched on social media, calling for state agencies to end the use of Thai numerals in official documents, for the sake of digital development….

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Rough conditions in Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea for next 36 hours

Thailand’s Meteorological Department has warned fishermen and sailors to be aware of rough conditions in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand today (Sunday) and tomorrow. The Met Office…

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Protest against faulty “fancy” lamp posts in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Residents of the Muang district of Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat held a protest jog on Saturday night against the alleged inaction by local authorities in fixing the…

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Bangkok Pride parade to be held on Silom Road on June 5th

Bangkok will hold its first “Pride” parade next Sunday on Silom Road, to celebrate sexual diversity and to raise issues of sexual inequality, social injustice and same-sex marriage. The procession,…

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Blood from monkeys on Chang Island being tested for monkey malaria

Officials from Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and the Department of Livestock Development have been sent to Chang Island in Trat province to collect blood samples…

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More heavy rain forecast for Thailand over the weekend

Thunderstorms and more heavy rain are expected across Thailand until Monday. According to the Meteorological Department, thunderstorms are expected nationwide, along with heavy to very heavy rain in the north,…

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฿1.57B spent on Bangkok’s water pumps, drainage over past 8 years

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) spending on all aspects relating to water pumps, including procurement and maintenance, over the past eight years, amounts to about 1.57 billion baht. The spending…

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Monitor lizard blamed for failure of Bangkok water pumps during heavy rains

A monitor lizard was found in a large water pump in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district yesterday (Wednesday), disrupting its operation and that of three more in adjacent areas and leaving…

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Pizza and BBQ chicken school lunch in Uthai Thani praised on social media

A school in Thailand’s lower northern province of Uthai Thani has showcased its special school lunch menu, which includes pizza, French Fries, salad and New Orleans-style barbecue chicken, now it…

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Bangkok suffers flooding, traffic jams, due to heavy rain Tuesday night

Many parts of Bangkok experienced severe traffic congestion last evening and today (Wednesday), due to flooding caused by heavy rain throughout the night, exacerbated by the reopening of most schools…

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Thai PM to be asked to scrap ฿25.6Bn water project in eastern region

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be asked to scrap the 25.6-billion-baht, 30-year deal between the Treasury Department and Wong Siam Construction for the supply of water to Thailand’s eastern region,…

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14-year-old student commits suicide after being expelled from Thai school

A 14-year-old female junior high school student, attending a school in Thailand’s southern province of Phatthalung, has committed suicide after she was allegedly expelled by her teacher for failing to…

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Thai Commerce Ministry to put child car seats on “products under watch” list

The Ministry of Commerce is to include car safety seats in their “product under watch” list to prevent profiteering, after the Land Traffic Act has made it mandatory for children…

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More reporters suspended over coverage of alleged sexual harassment by senior monk

Two more broadcast reporters were suspended and one online influencer has been fired as the backlash over the apparently “staged” video, featuring a supposed sex abuse victim of an ailing…

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Tiger cubs and hornbills seized from house in Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima

Wildlife officials seized two tiger cubs, six great hornbills and two wreathed hornbills from a house in Non Sung district of the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday. A…

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3 journalists face axe over an investigation into senior monk in Thailand

One broadcast journalist was fired and two others from separate organisations have been suspended pending investigation over their allegedly inappropriate conduct during their investigative news coverage of a respected 98-year…

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Brahmins predict plentiful food, slightly more rain for Thailand this year

Thailand will have slightly more rain this year with plentiful food, according to the forecast of the Brahmins, which isbased on the food and drinks chosen by two sacred oxen…

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Thai school drops military-style uniforms for kindergarteners after backlash

A school in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi has backed off its plan for kindergarten students to wear military style fatigues once a week, after it came under heavy criticism…

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Thai monk complains of receiving condoms among offerings

A Buddhist monk in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai has made an online complaint about some novices in his temple receiving condoms among the offerings made by some followers….

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‘Asani’ to bring heavy rain, flash floods to parts of Thailand in next two days

Thailand’s Meteorological Department is warning of heavy rain in some areas, including flash floods and overflows today (Wednesday) and tomorrow, caused by a tropical cyclone in the Bay of Bengal….

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Thai water buffaloes to be proposed as UN agricultural heritage systems

The Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Co-operatives is preparing to propose the inclusion of the raising of Thailand’s water buffaloes in the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Globally…

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Thailand to enter rainy season in mid-May

Thailand will enter its rainy season around the end of the second week of May and it will last until mid-October, with a temporary break from mid-June to mid-July, due…

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Complaint filed against an online influencer over Lazada sales promotion clip

Solo political activist Srisuwan Janya filed a formal complaint today (Saturday) with the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) against an online influencer for allegedly mocking a member of the royal…

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Flash floods wreak havoc in Surat Thani, more rain forecast

Flash floods have wrought havoc in three districts of Thailand’s southern province of Surat Thani in the past 24 hours, as the Meteorological Department warned today of more rain, some…

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A joyful Eid al-Fitr festival in Phuket after the 2 years of pandemic

Muslims make up around 30% of the population in Phuket, where the migrant Malays originally settled. Islamic festivals are really famous on this resort island, especially the Eid al-Fitr festival,…

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Senior official transferred pending probe on alleged trafficking case interference

The deputy director-general of the Department of Children and Youth has been transferred from the post, pending the outcome of an investigation into an allegation that he interfered with a…

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Boy believed to have been attacked by a shark in Phuket

An 8-year-old Thai-Ukrainian boy is thought to have be attacked by a bull shark as he was swimming in the sea off Phuket’s Kamala beach on Sunday. The boy, identified…

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Increased Malaria risk if raising monkeys or venturing into forests in Thailand

The Disease Control Department has issued a warning to people raising monkeys or living on the fringes of forests of an increased risk of contracting Plasmodium Knowlesi Malaria, the most…

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Speed limit increased to 120kph on four more highways in Thailand

Effective May 1st, the speed limit for all vehicles will increase to 120 kilometres per hour on four more highways, according to the announcement from the director-general of the Highways…

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Thai naval officer who made recruits drink his diluted semen detained for 30 days, faces dismissal

The non-commissioned naval officer who forced new conscripts on his training program to drink his diluted semen has been detained for 30 days and his two immediate superiors are being…

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