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Famous Ban Paew water draining team to save Sakhon Nakhon from flooding

A team of water draining experts from Ban Paew district in Samut Sakhon province is now in the northeastern province of Sakhon Nakhon with their high-powered water pumps to help drain…

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War room to start keeping track of water situation tomorrow

The government will open a “war room” tomorrow to keep track of water situation throughout the country around-the-clock in anticipation of another storm which was forecast to hit Thailand in…

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Phayao gearing up for opening of Ban Huak checkpoint

All parties concerned in the northern border province of Phayao are gearing up for the opening of a perment border checkpoint with Laos at Ban Huak in Phusang district.  …

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Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi to discharge more water 

Up to 36 million cubic metres of water will be released downstream each day from the Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi province from tomorrow until Sunday. Vajiralongkorn dam director Mr Waiwit…

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Heavy floodings hit 7 northeastern provinces

Persistent heavy rain and the overflow of water from the Mekong River and its tributaries have caused severe flooding in seven provinces in the Northeast, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department…

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Cameramen warned not to use baits to lure birds for photo shooting

Wildlife photographers have been warned not to use baits or sound recorder to lure wild animals out of the bushes to the open so they can take their pictures or…

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Over 1,000 pigs seized in Chachoengsao after red meat enhancer found

Officials of the Livestock Development Department have seized 1,089 pigs from two pig farms in Muang district of Chachoengsao province after urine tests show positive result of red meat enhancer….

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Many vendors rebel against hawking ban on pavement of the world-famous Khao Sarn Road which goes into effect today.

Khao Sarn vendors defy enforcement of hawking ban

Vendors on Khao Sarn road, an area renowned for street foods and popular with western backpackers,  have openly defied the City Hall’s vending ban on the sidewalks. Officials of the…

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List of 5 EC members to HM the King on Aug 3

The list of the five newly-designated Election Commission members, including its chairman Itthiporn Boonprakong, is expected to be forwarded to His Majesty the King for royal approval on Aug 3, National…

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Robots threatening jobs for new graduates

New graduates, especially those with bachelor’s degrees in fields not highly demanded by the labour market, are likely to face stiff competition from robots, warned Mr Thanit Sorat, vice president…

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107-year old Karen spiritual leader granted Thai citizenship

Spiritual leader of ethnic Karens of Kaeng Krachan forest in Phetchaburi, 107-year old Ko-ee Meeme, registered for a Thai identity card at Kaeng Krachang district office on Tuesday after he…

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Phu Chee-fah declared disaster zone after road section caved in

Chiang Rai’s Phu Chee-fah was on Tuesday declared a disaster zone after the cave-in of a section of the mountain road leading to the popular tourist destination which subsequently pulled…

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Flash floods, landslide force schools to close in Mae Hong Son

Many schools in Sop Moei district of Mae Hong Son province have been temporarily closed after flash floods hit many areas and Mae Sariang-Mae Sam Laep road was blocked by…

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Chiang Rai road temporarily blocked by landslide

A main road connecting Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong district along the Mekong River in Chiang Rai was briefly blocked by fallen earth and rocks in a landslide early this…

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15 provinces warned of flash floods, landslides

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has issued a warning for 15 provinces, five each in the North, Central and South, to beware of flash floods and landslides, department chief…

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First group of Thai on way home from Lombok

The first group of Thai tourists safely rescued from Mount Rinjani on Lombok island yesterday are on their way back to Thailand this morning.   A post on the Facebook…

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Navy SEAL releases clip of under-water atmosphere in Tham Luang cave

The Thai Navy SEAL today released a video clip showing what its divers had to encounter while diving  from the so-called Chamber 3 of Tham Luang Khun Nam-Nang Non cave…

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Landslide-devastated Ban Huay Kharb village to be resettled

About 60 families in Ban Huay Kharb, Nan’s Bo Klua district which was hit by a landslide over the weekend have agreed to be resettled to a new location after…

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59 provinces told to brace for floods, mudslides

Disaster prevention and prevention offices in 59 provinces have been instructed to be fully prepared for river overflows, flash floods and landslides as many provinces in the North, Northeast, Central…

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Chiang Rai, Mukdahan brace for overflows from Mekong River

Chiang Rai, Mukdahan brace for overflows from Mekong River

People living along the bank of the Mekong River in Chiang Rai province in the North and Mukdahan province in the Northeast have been told to take precautions against possible…

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Death toll in Lombok landslide rises to 14

The death toll from a powerful magnitude-6.4 earthquake which struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia today has climbed to 14 while about 150 Thai tourists are reported…

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Record-high water inflow into Vajiralongkorn dam in 34 years

An accumulated amount of 3,325 million cubic metres of water have flowed into the Vajiralongkorn dam in Kanchanaburi province since the beginning of this year, making it the annual record…

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Northern provinces warned to watch out for flash floods

Directors of public disaster prevention and mitigation centres in all northern provinces have been ordered to watch out for flash floods and landslides in the wake of possible heavy rains…

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Eight bodies recovered from buried house in Nan

Search and rescue workers have recovered all the eight bodies of villagers whose house was buried in a landslide in Bo Klua district of the northern most province of Nan…

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33 households evacuated for fear of second landslide

Thirty-three households in a mountainous village in Bo Klua district of the northernmost province of Nan were ordered today to immediately evacuate to a temple five kilometres away for fear…

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7 killed, 2 missing in Nan landslide

Seven people were killed and two others missing in a landslide caused by heavy rain in a village in Bo Klua district of Nan province in the North this morning….

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7 districts of Nakhon Phanom declared flood disaster zone

The disaster prevention and mitigation centre of the northeastern border province of Nakhon Phanom has declared seven districts a flood disaster zone as water in the Mekong River has continued…

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Govt’s thank-you party postponed indefinitely

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the government’s thank-you party, originally scheduled for Aug 1, to be postponed indefinitely because many of the guests are currently taking part in relief…

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People around the world marvel at eclipse of the century

Stargazers around the world this morning watched the spectacular event as the moon turned “blood red” in a total lunar eclipse for an hour and 43 minutes — the longest…

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PM leads religious activities marking HM King’s birthday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning performed a religious ceremony at Sanam Luang to mark His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 66th birthday.  A large number of people, including Privy Council…

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PM explains new principle in garbage disposal management

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha last night defended the new Cleanliness Act promulgated last year which empowers local administration organizations to manage garbage disposal with the private sector allowed to join…

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Crackdown on suspected major loan sharks in Udon Thani

In a major crackdown of loan sharks in the northeastern province of Udon Thani, police, military personnel and local administration officials arrested three members of a business family on charges…

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HM King: Thailand stands by Laos and its people

His Majesty the King has conveyed his condolences to Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith over the flood disaster caused by the partial collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in Attapeu province….

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Rescue efforts cover only 30 % of Sanamxay’s flood-affected areas

Despite frantic efforts by both Laotian and foreign rescue teams to reach flood victims in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province in southern Laos, a senior Laotian official admitted that they…

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Picture album of Tham Luang rescue to be distributed at thank-you party

An album of pictures of the operation to rescue the 12 Moo Pa Academy footballers and their coach from Tham Luang cave will be distributed to people attending the thank-you…

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23 injured in temple’s ubosot floor collapse

A total of 23 people attending a foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of an ubosot (chapel) at a temple in Warin Chamrab district of the northeastern province of…

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Australian doctor reveals how Wild Boars were sedated

The Australian doctor involved in the Tham Luang cave rescue has revealed that he taught divers how to administer dangerous anaesthetic drugs so they could sedate the Wild Boar team…

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Thai rescuers help many Laotian villagers to safety

A Thai private rescue team is playing a crucial role in the operation to search and rescue Laotian villagers stranded by the floods that have devastated large areas in Sanamxay…

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Photo: Cambodian soldiers evacuate residents by boat from the floodings in Stung Treng province on Thursday. The torrent of water unleashed in a deadly Laos dam collapse has drained into Cambodia, forcing thousands to evacuate.

Impact from floods in Attapeu widens

The impact of the dam-caused flood disaster in Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district has widened as floodwaters flow further downstream from the Xe Pian River, Vientianes Times reported. It said the…

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Thai rescue teams join relief operation in Laos

Rescue teams of Laos, Thailand and China have been rushing to rescue survivors and search for signs of the missing since Monday night in the flooded villages of Sanamxay district…

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Nation-wide public donations launched for dam victims in Laos

All governors have been ordered by Interior permanent secretary Chatchai Promlert to set up donation centres in their respective provinces to accept cash or material donations from members of the…

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Company insists dam built in accordance with international standard

Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Pcl has defended its construction of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos as being in compliance with international standard, but the fracture and…

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Company must be responsible for dam collapse: Laos minister

An official of the company which operates the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam in Attapeu province of Laos was quoted saying today that the firm would take full responsibility for the…

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Prayut chairs religious rite to mark King’s 66th birthday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning presided over a religious ceremony of five religions — Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism — to mark His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun’s…

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Rescuers battle to search for 131 still missing: PM Thongloun

Laotian rescuers are battling to search for 131 villagers still missing since Monday night after a fracture in Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower dam caused devastating flooding in villages in…

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Help underway for a teacher who guaranteed loans for 60 students

The Legal Execution Department and the Student Loan Fund have stepped in to help a school teacher whose assets are at risk of being confiscated after ุ60 of her students…

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Limits set on number of SIM cards individuals can buy

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has decided to impose a cap on the number of SIM cards that each individual subscriber can buy. NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tanthasit said that…

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Australian Tham Luang rescuers honoured

Dr. Richard Harris and Dr. Craig Challen were today awarded Australia’s second-highest civilian bravery decoration at a specially-convened ceremony for their leading role in the rescue of the 12 Wild…

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Prawit rushed to hospital from Cabinet meeting

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon was urgently taken to hospital after complaining of a serious stomach-ache while attending the mobile Cabinet meeting in Ubon Ratchathani province this afternoon. He was…

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Cabinet Oks 6th Thai-Lao friendship bridge 

The Cabinet today approved the construction of the sixth Thai-Lao friendship bridge linking Nadan district of Ubon Ratchathani with Pheng township in Salavan province. Construction of the one-kilometre bridge spanning…

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Ubon mobile Cabinet meeting begins

The Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, began meeting at Ubon Ratchathani University amid tight security this morning. Police have been deployed around the Thepparattana Siripapha building, where the…

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Big clean-up needed to restore flood-ravaged village in Sangkhla

Many residents of Ban Sanaepong village in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi province have returned to their homes today after flooding has receded but they have found to their dismay…

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3 major dams are now over 80 percent full

Three major dams on the southwestern part of the country are now more than 80 percent full although the end of the rainy season is about three months away.  …

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Court spokesman explains why alleged knifeman was acquitted

The spokesman of the court of justice tried to clarify why the Criminal Court ordered the acquittal of the defendant in a murder case which allegedly led to an apparent…

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PM advises detractors to stop reading newspapers for 5 days

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has an advice for people who dislike him. “Stop reading newspapers for five days,” he said, adding that they would start loving him after that. Addressing…

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Tour boats, small fishing boats in Phang-nga told to stay ashore

Operators of tour boats and small fishing boats in the southern coastal province of Phang-nga have been told to stay ashore because of rough seas and high waves as a…

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Man jumps to death from 8th floor of Criminal Court

A man jumped to his death this morning from the 8th floor of the Criminal Court on Rajadapisek Road after the court acquitted the defendant accused of stabbing his son…

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Large quantity of crystal meth seized in Chiang Rai, 7 arrested

A combined team of rangers of the Pha Muang Force, local police and officials of the Northern Border Drug Prevention and Suppression Centre seized a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine,…

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Minister Weerasak recounts how international rescuers were brought in

International rescuers, British cave divers in particular, played as much a crucial role as the Thai Navy SEALs in the successful search and rescue of the 12 Wild Boars footballers…

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Majority objects to teachers not paying debts

More than 75 percent of respondents to an opinion poll disagreed with a threat by a group of  teachers  to stop paying debts to the state-run Government Savings Bank. Last…

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Crocodile escapes capture on Karon beach

Crocodile hunters tried unsuccessfully to capture a crocodile found on the beach in Muang district of Phuket early this morning. The crocodile, which was believed to be the same one…

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Depression warning for North and Northeast on July 23-24

The Meteorological Department today warned people in the North and in Northeast to brace for intense rains and heavy rains in some areas tomorrow and Tuesday due to depression. According…

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Floods force 300 villagers in Sangkhla Buri to be evacuated

About 300 people of a village in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi were today evacuated to a temporary shelter after floods swept into their village. The evacuees, mostly children, women…

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Three provinces still affected by flood from “Son-tinh”

Floodings as a result of tropical storm “Son-tinh” which has weakened to a low pressure cell still wreak havoc  in three provinces — Kanchanaburi, Phichit and Nakhon Sawan, Disaster Prevention…

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Sangkhla Buri flooding still critical

The flooding situation in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi province is still critical as Highway 323 is still about 1.20 metres under water, making it impassable to small vehicles. The…

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Sangkhla Buri district declared disaster zone

Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi province has been declared a disaster zone following heavy flooding in 10 villages and two tambon, with the only artery road leading to the district…

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Sangkhla district of Kanchanaburi hit by flood

More than 300 houses in Sangkhla district of Kanchanaburi province were half-submerged today,  stranding many residents after the district was lashed by heavy rains caused by depression Son Tinh. Mr…

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Stormy sea prompts swimming ban at Phang-nga beaches

Red flags and no-swimming signs have been put up in front of hotels and resorts along the beaches in Takua Pa district of Phang-nga province on the Andaman Sea coast…

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Double-track railway to be proposed to Ubon Ratchathani cabinet meeting

The private sector of the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani plans to propose the construction of a double-track railway to the Lao border and the expansion of Ubon Ratchathani airport…

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Bung Kan hit by flash floods

Floodwaters from continuous rain have inundated farmlands in three districts of the northeastern border province of Bung Kan, particularly in Seka district where a pig farm has been severely hit…

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Movie rights of Tham Luang rescue become an issue

The Ministry of Culture is mulling an idea of setting up a national ad hoc committee to handle the copyright of the information related to the Tham Luang cave rescue…

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Marine Dpt probes alleged bribe taking by officials from a Japanese firm

The Marine Department has set up a committee to investigate officials of the department suspected of having received bribes, totaling 20 million baht from a Japanese company to facilitate the…

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Chuvit to be released this Saturday

Chuvit Kamolvisit, an outspoken television show host and former leader of the now-defunct Rak Thailand Party, will be released on Saturday, July 21, after serving a one-month jail term at…

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Charter Court accepts Don’s case for consideration

The Constitutional Court has accepted the Election Commission’s proposal for it to rule whether Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai should be disqualified for the ministerial post in connection with his wife’s…

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Journalists begin arriving for press conference with “Wild Boars”

Journalists, both Thai and international, have started arriving at the office of Chiang Rai provincial administration for the first press conference with the 12 Wild Boars soccer team and their…

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Thai engineer impressed with Musk’s team

A Thai engineer involved in the drilling operation to find alternative entrances into Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai at the height of the “Wild Boars” rescue mission early month…

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Cabinet nod for draft agreement on repatriation of Myanmar refugees

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the draft agreement on the repatriation of Myanmar refugees as proposed by the Foreign Ministry, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said. The draft agreement was made…

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Tropical storm “Son-tinh” brings more rain to upper Thailand

The upper part of Thailand will have more rain and isolated heavy to very heavy rain during July 18-21 as Tropical Storm “Son-tinh,” which is moving in the westerly direction…

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French tourists injured in bus accident in Chiang Rai

Twenty-five French tourists and one Thai guide were injured with 4-5 of them in serious condition after a tour bus in which they were travelling overturned on a secondary road…

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Policeman sentenced to 7 years in jail for engineer’s death

The parents of a young engineer shot dead by police in Sakhon Nakhon seven years ago on the pretext that he was involved in drug dealing were finally vindicated when…

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Rain, isolated heavy rain expected across the country this week

Abundance of rain is forecast for the upper part of the country this week, with isolated heavy rain predicted for the North, the Northeast, the Central, the East and west…

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Australian diver admits boys and coach sedated in rescue

One of the two Australians who were with the Wild Boars football team and helped them escape safely from the Tham Luong cave in Chiang Rai has revealed the boys…

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Teachers demand a moratorium to their debts to GSB for six months

About 450,000 teachers who are members of the funeral welfare fund for teachers have vowed to stop reimbursing the Government Savings Bank for debts they owe to the bank starting…

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British diver may sue Musk for calling him “pedo”

British caver Vernon Unsworth who helped rescue the Wild Boars soccer team from Tham Luang cave said today he may take legal action against Elon Musk after the Tesla CEO…

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Death sentence handed down on Muslim militant

A Muslim militant has been sentenced to death for his parts in three violent incidents in Pattani province in which seven people were killed and eight others injured, said Col…

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PM thanks all for successful recovery of victims of Phuket boat tragedy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanks all authorities, both Thai and Chinese, for having successfully recovered the bodies of all 47 victims who died on July 5 when the Phoenix dive…

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Tesla CEO Musk attacks British diver

Tesla and Space-X CEO Elon Musk came under fire yesterday after launching a bizarre attack on a British diver who helped rescue the “Wild Boars” soccer team trapped in Tham…

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Phoenix dive boat’s managing director to be indicted Monday

The managing director TC Blue Dream Company which operated the Phoenix dive boat before it went down iin rough seas resulting in the death of 46 Chinese tourists will be…

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British diver describes Musk’s mini-sub as PR stunt

A British diver involved in the rescue of a Thai soccer team from the flooded Tham Luang cave system has dismissed Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s proposed mini-submarine as a PR…

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ACT questions NACC’s delay in probing wristwatch case

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has questioned what it  suspect to be foot-dragging by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over its investigation into two controversial cases – Deputy Prime Minister…

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Public Health bans foods containing trans fats

A ministerial order has been issued by the Public Health Ministry banning the production, import and distribution of food containing trans fat. The order which was issued on June 13…

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Phuket marine chief removed over Phoenix boat tragedy

The Marine Department has ordered an immediate transfer of the chief officer of Phuket Marine Office and the setting up of a panel to consider disciplinary action against him for…

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Supreme Court sentences Vatana and 10 others to jail over Klong Dan corruption case

The trial of the so-called “Mother of Corruption” case concerning the Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant has come to an end with the Supreme Court finally sentencing 11 individuals, including…

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29 injured in restaurant cave-in in Bang Saray seaside village

Twenty-nine tourists were injured when the wooden floor of a beach-front seafood restaurant in which they were having a buffet lunch caved in. The incident took place at about noon…

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Appeals Court upholds death sentence on Spaniard for murder

The Appeals Court today upheld the death sentence handed down on a Spanish man for murdering a fellow Spaniard and dumping the dismembered body in the Chao Phraya River in…

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Parents file a complaint against school director for alleged school lunch cheat 

 A complaint was today (Thursday) lodged with Nakhon Ratchasima governor by a group of parents accusing the school director in Tambon Thai Samakkhi of corruption concerning school lunch program. One…

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Crackdown launched against illegal car parking and  driving by motorbikes on sidewalks

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a city-wide crackdown on Thursday against motorcycle riding or car parking on sidewalks. The crackdown was focused on 115 points of sidewalks where there have been…

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Farmers of flooded farmland near Tham Luang cave given material support

The Department of Agricultural Extension today (Thursday) presented plant seeds, plant saplings, and biological control products to about 100 rice farmers who sacrificed their farmland to be used as a…

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Operation underway to retrieve last Phoenix victim

An operation is now underway to retrieve the body of a Chinese tourist, believed to be the last victim, stuck under the wreckage of Phoenix boat near Koh Heh in…

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Widespread rain countrywide forecast for July 12-15

The Thai Meteorological Department has warned people throughout the country to brace for rain, isolated heavy rain, and flash floods during July 12-15 as a result of the monsoon trough…

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