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Drugs, underage patrons found in police raid on illegal pub in Bangkok

Officials from the Provincial Administration Department (PAD) and Pathumwan district police raided a pub in Bangkok’s Rong Muang area early this morning (Saturday), after they received information that the nightspot…

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Has Thailand struck jackpot in latest bid to combat lottery overpricing?   

The government’s latest bid to combat chronic lottery overpricing saw over 5 million digital tickets sell out in just five days via the “Pao Tang” mobile application last week.  The…

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Cannabis in food and for use in Thailand sees brisk sales following decriminalisation

Cannabis has suddenly become a fad among many Thai eateries, which are openly offering food and drinks containing cannabis after the plant, as well as hemp, were removed from the…

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Rush to register cannabis and hemp cultivation overwhelms system

More than 100,000 people rushed to register to grow cannabis and hemp plants, through the Thai Food and Drug Administration’s (TFDA) website https://plookganja.fda.moph.go.th, and the “plookganja” application this morning (Thursday),…

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Thais will be able to grow marijuana for personal use, while businesses can cultivate the herb on a large scale to produce cosmetics, food, and innovative products, beginning June 9. (Photo by David Gabrić)

What is and isn’t allowed as Thailand legalizes pot

On June 9 (Thursday), cannabis and hemp finally become legal in Thailand and can be used not just for medical purposes but also as a cash crop. Thais will be…

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Traffy Fondue: Nothing to do with cheese – but melting away Bangkokians’ problems

Traffy Fondue is the latest must-have app for Bangkokians after new city governor Chadchart Sittipunt touted the innovation as key to improving the quality of life in the capital. On…

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Prisoners to start clearing Bangkok’s drainage system on July 1

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will start hiring prisoners to clear a target of 500km of the capital’s drainage system on July 1st, said Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt after a…

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Thailand to consider increasing digital lottery ticket sales following success

The Government Lottery Office (GLO) will consider whether to increase digital lottery ticket sales after all 5.27 million were snapped up in four days and six hours, after the launch…

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Bangkok may hire prisoners to dredge canals and clear drainage systems

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) may resume the hiring of trustee prisoners to dredge canals and drainage systems, after two years of the project’s suspension by former Bangkok governor Aswin…

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Bangkok governor says Pride Month should also cover political diversity

Pride Month should not just be confined to sexual diversity, but should cover other diversities, such as politics, to put an end to division and promote mutual understanding, said Bangkok…

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4,000 prisoners on cannabis abuse convictions to be freed after June 9th

As many as 4,000 prisoners, serving jail terms for offences related to cannabis or marijuana, will be released, starting on June 9th, when the announcement from the Ministry of Public…

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More than 2.4 million digital lottery tickets snapped up in just one day

More than 2.4 million digital lottery tickets were sold yesterday (Thursday), the first day of Thailand’s online lottery ticket sales, via the ”Pao Tang” application, by the Government Lottery Office…

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Thai PM leads merit-making to wish HM the Queen a happy birthday

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife led cabinet ministers, presidents of parliament and the Supreme Court, commanders of the three armed forces and other officials and their spouses in…

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Bangkok near bottom of latest world work-life balance ranking

Bangkok ranks 96 out of 100 cities around the world in this year’s Work/Life Balance Index, according to software company “Kisi” in a new study released last week. Bangkok’s ranking…

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The Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) will finally come into force on June 1, 2022. The law aims to guarantee protection for individuals and their personal data and to impose obligations for businesses and state agencies regarding the collection, processing, use, and disclosure of personal information. (Photo by Sai Kiran Anagani)

A user’s guide to Thailand’s controversial new data protection law

Postponed twice since 2019, Thailand’s first law on personal data protection will finally come into force this Wednesday (June 1) – despite last-minute efforts by the private sector to delay…

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Victoria’s Secret pays $8.3m settlement to sacked Thai workers

Over a thousand sacked Thai garment workers who made bras for a factory supplying lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret have received a landmark $8.3 million settlement, labour rights activists said Saturday….

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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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This 2003 electron microscope image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)

What risk to Thailand as monkeypox spreads across the world?

Less than a month after it lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions, Thailand is facing the threat of another virus causing outbreaks around the world. The kingdom is now raising its guard…

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Thailand’s regional strategies revealed at the ASEAN-US summit

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-cha, speaking at the special ASEAN-US summit, revealed Thailand’s regional strategies, which will promote peace and resilience in the post-pandemic era. He outlined three priorities for the…

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Supreme Patriarch advises Thais to live carefully to be happy

On Visakha Bucha Day today (Sunday), the Supreme Patriarch has advised Thai Buddhists to live life carefully in order to be happy. This is an important day for Buddhists which…

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Safety at a price: Why compulsory car seat use is controversial in Thailand

For decades now, Thai parents have been letting their children ride in cars without a car seat, and sometimes even without a belt. The practice – which also applies to…

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Controversial but defiant, influencer Nara Crepe Katoey facing biggest storm yet

If there’s no such thing as bad publicity, then someone forgot to tell the transgender influencer who posted a controversial clip promoting e-commerce giant Lazada. Known by the handle “Nara…

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Data collected from 352 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital from September 2021 show that 82 percent had at least one long-COVID symptom. (Photo by Fusion Medical Animation)

Long COVID clinics mushroom in Thailand as survivors tackle after-effects

With more than 4 million COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand since early 2020, it is no surprise that long-COVID support groups are popping up all around the country.   Meanwhile, the…

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Thai student hairstyles heat up social media

Student hairstyles are top trending on Twitter today (Thursday), with a “scrap hairstyles” hashtag going viral after the “Bad Student” anti-establishment group posted a picture and strict rules related to…

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Thai children’s IQ levels on the rise, over 10% above 130

The average intelligence quotient (IQ) of Thai children is on the rise, from an average of 98.3 in 2016 to 102.8 in 2021, while 10.4% of the students surveyed have…

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Army Commander-in-Chief General Narongpan Jitkaewtae

Lazada banned from Thai army compounds following video controversy

Thailand’s Army Commander-in-Chief has banned all military units from using Lazada, following the controversy over a TikTok video, which has been deemed by some to offend the disabled and the…

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Kids under 6 in cars in Thailand must be secured in child seats from September

Children under 6, or those 135cm or less in height, must be placed in booster seat or a child safety seat and wear seatbelts from September, or face a fine…

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Thai retail stores lining up to boycott Lazada online shopping platform

A number of retail outlets selling products from Royally-sponsored projects in Thailand have stopped taking orders from customers through the Lazada online shopping platform. Though there was no reason given…

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Is it worth getting a second COVID-19 booster?

Though more than 2.8 million people in Thailand have already received their fourth jab against COVID-19, many others are still skeptical about what good a “second booster” can do. The World Health Organisation (WHO)…

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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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Dentist being investigated by Thai Dental Council for alleged sexual abuse

The Thai Dental Council (TDC) has ordered a fact-finding investigation into the conduct of a dentist in Nonthaburi province who has been accused of sexually assaulting two Thai-American sisters. The…

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Thai royalist groups rally to seek accountability from Lazada

Royalist groups rallied in front of the Lazada office in downtown Bangkok this afternoon (Friday), to demand accountability from the online shopping platform for a controversial video clip uploaded to…

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Lazada faces boycott in Thailand over controversial TikTok video, apologises

The #BanLazada hashtag has been top-trending on Thai Twitter since last night (Thursday), after a controversial influencer video, which was sanctioned by a company representing the popular online shopping application…

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Preparations underway for resumption of on-site classes on May 17th

Thailand’s Education and Public Health ministries have adopted several measures in preparation for the resumption of on-site classes on May 17th at schools across the country, after almost two years…

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Thailand’s press freedom ranking improves this year

Thailand’s global press freedom ranking has improved, as the country ranks 115 out of 180 countries in this year’s World Press Freedom index, a jump from 137 in 2021. Countries…

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Thai Treasury Department cancels water pipeline contract signing ceremony

The Treasury Department abruptly cancelled the planned contract signing ceremony yesterday (Tuesday), between the department and the Wong Siam Construction Company, which won the bid to manage the water pipeline…

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Transgender people can wear clothes of their choice at law training course

Thai transgender people, who dress in accordance with their chosen gender identity, can now attend law training courses and take examinations at the Lawyers Council of Thailand, ruled a gender…

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Silpakorn Uni rector resigns over sexual harassment allegation

Rector of Silpakorn University, Chaicharn Thavaravej, resigned yesterday (Monday) over alleged sexual harassment after he posted a photo of a female flight attendant, accompanied by an inappropriate comment, on his…

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Bangkok councilor election candidate dies of septicemia

Bangkok councilor election candidate for Bang Sue district, Pornpimon Kongudom, died yesterday (Sunday) of sepsis while suffering from intestinal cancer. The 59-year-old candidate was four-time Bangkok councilor. Before her death…

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Uproar over dress code for IPAC22 international conference in Bangkok

The dress code for participants in the 13th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC’22) in Bangkok has gone viral on social media, especially among the international physicist community, after details appeared…

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Labour Day brings little cheer for Thailand’s 20 million informal workers

While workers’ demands always make headlines on Labour Day, more than half of working Thais have nothing to look forward to since they are “informal workers”. Even if those demands…

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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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Passengers wearing face masks and a protective suit as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus arriving at the departure terminal of Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

‘Thailand Pass’ to stay, PM to oversee situation after end of “Test and Go”

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will not scrap the “Thailand Pass” scheme, as has been widely anticipated, but will shorten the registration process for overseas tourists applying to…

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FILE / International visitors await instructions from health officials inside the arrival terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport / AFP

Tourism minister suggests replacing ‘Thailand Pass’ with ‘Vaccine Passport’

Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said yesterday (Wednesday) that he will ask the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at its next meeting to consider replacing the “Thailand…

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Thailand’s soft power ranked 35th globally

Thailand is ranked 35th out of 120 countries on the Global Soft Power Index 2022, a fall from 33rd last year. “Soft power” has recently become a buzzword in Thailand,…

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Memorial service held for exiled Thai pro-democracy writer

Pro-democracists held a memorial service at the October 14 Memorial in Bangkok today (Sunday) for the late and exiled Sriburapha award-winning writer Wat Wallayangkoon, who died in France in March….

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Rare alignment of planets visible in the morning sky from Monday

Star gazers and budding astrologers will have the chance to catch a glimpse of a rare alignment of Saturn, Mars, Venus and Jupiter and a crescent moon from April 25th…

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Talks on Thailand’s submarine engine problem postponed until May

Talks between the Royal Thai Navy (RTN), China Shipbuilding and the Offshore International Company (CSOC) on a submarine engine problem, which were due to take place this month, have been…

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Thai PM admits he may have misjudged rapper Milli

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has admitted that he had perhaps misjudged female Thai rapper Danupha “Minnie” Khanatheerakul, a.k.a. Milli, and now praises the young artist for helping to promote Thailand…

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Move Forward party member found hanged in Nakhon Ratchasima

A political activist and member of the opposition Move Forward party has been found hanged near a police kiosk in the Chaloem Phra Kiat district of Thailand’s north-eastern province of…

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Thai mango sticky rice dessert craze grows as embassies join in

The mango sticky rice craze continues in Thailand, after female rapper, Danupha “Minnie” Kanateerakul, a.k.a Milli, ate the Thai dessert during her performance at the Coachella event last weekend. This has prompted…

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Homelessness and women’s safety: Huge problems Bangkok governor hopefuls won’t touch

Bangkok has had as many as 30 gubernatorial candidates, yet none has paid serious attention to its acute problems of domestic violence, women’s safety, and the homeless. Statistics show the…

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Thai counseling teachers need more support from the system

12 years in counseling works, Manus Onsang, Dek-D.com web editor said he met with counseling teachers enough to know they were mostly well-intended and overburdened with non-counseling school work. Though…

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Following Coachella, Thailand to push for mango sticky rice on UNESCO’s heritage list

Mango sticky rice has suddenly become a hit Thai dessert, which is selling like hot cakes in some markets in Bangkok and elsewhere and the Thai Cultural Promotion Department plans…

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Thailand’s daily COVID-19 fatalities reach record high for this year at 125

The daily COVID-19 death toll jumped to 125 today (Saturday), up from yesterday’s 119, a record high single day high for this year, according to the COVID-19 Information Centre. Daily…

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Thais celebrate Songkran festival nationwide

Thais have braved surging COVID-19 infections to celebrate the annual Songkran festival, the traditional Thai New Year, in a joyful yet subdued manner and without the normal excited water splashing…

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Extended families are no longer the norm in Thai society. Gone are the days when elderly parents can simply wait for aid from their grown-up children. (Photo by Danie Franco)

Fairly large nest egg needed to retire comfortably in Thailand

Unlike previous generations, people entering their senior years now and in the future will likely need to save a substantial sum of money for their retirement. Without savings, they risk…

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Workers under the Mirror Foundation’s Work From Homeless project take a short break in Minburi, Bangkok. (Photo courtesy of Mirror Foundation)

Stories of suffering and struggle reveal tragic side of Thailand’s ageing society

Eighty-year-old Chalong does not just sit at home waiting for his monthly government subsidy payment. Instead, he keeps himself busy doing odd jobs four days a week. “What I want…

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Drunk drivers could face jail time without suspension during Songkran

Drink and drive motorists or motorcyclists caught by police during the long Songkran holiday, between Monday and Sunday next week, are more likely to be sent to jail without suspension…

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Thai cabinet approves 6-year ฿50bn fund to produce over 13,000 doctors

The Thai cabinet set aside 50 billion baht today (Tuesday) to support the second phase of the program to produce 13,318 rural doctors within the next six years, to narrow…

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Thai PM wants private sector to help improve Bangkok’s bus services

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wants to upgrade Bangkok’s bus services by allowing the private sector to operate some routes of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, the city bus operator, with…

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Thailand prepares armory of anti-COVID weapons for Songkran battle 

With the number of COVID-19 patients surging to more than 20,000 daily, Thai authorities are busy taking steps to ensure an adequate supply of medicines. Even though most COVID-19 patients…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates wooing voters with park project

Adding more green areas or public parks to Bangkok is one of the policies being promoted by several candidates in the Bangkok gubernatorial race. Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, who…

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Thailand to host this year’s Global Summit of Women

Thailand will host this year’s Global Summit of Women, an international business and economic forum for female leaders, from June 23rd to 25th. President of the Global Summit of Women,…

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No proven link between 8 food types and cancer as claimed on social media

Thailand’s National Cancer Institute has refuted as untrue a social media report linking eight kinds of food with cancer. The report lists seasoning powder, chewing gum, pig’s liver, picked vegetables,…

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Social media report on damage of olfactory nerve through deep nasal swab is fake news

The Anti-Fake News Centre of Thailand has refuted as a fake news a social media report claiming that taking a deep nasal swab, for COVID-19 testing for example, can damage…

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Bangkok administration urged to manage its own educational system

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) should be independent of the Ministry of Education in the management of primary education in Bangkok, said Prof. Dr. Somphong Chitradub, a board advisor of the…

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How Klong Dan project gushed from pollution solution to corruption torrent to expensive lesson

The controversial Klong Dan wastewater treatment project has made headlines at regular intervals over the past three decades. News reports initially described the plant as a solution to water pollution,…

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Will Thailand’s new chemical castration penalty stop sexual reoffenders?

Thailand is poised to pass a law that allows the chemical castration of sex criminals in a bid to stop them from reoffending. The “Violence-Related Reoffending Prevention Bill” was proposed…

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Thai Disease Control Dept insists Favipiravir is effective in treating COVID-19

The Disease Control Department has asked critics not to undervalue the Favipiravir anti-viral medication, as it insists that the drug is efficacious in the treatment of COVID-19. Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong,…

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Thai woman fabricated story of falling victim to organ trafficking gang in Cambodia

Thai and Cambodian police have dismissed as pure fabrication a recent claim by a Thai woman that she was the victim of an organ trafficking gang in Cambodia. At a…

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Thailand’s Satun border crossing with Malaysia to reopen on April 1st

After two years of closure, due to the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand and Malaysia, the land border checkpoint in Thailand’s Khuan Don District, of the southern province of Satun,…

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Bangkok city hall to host no-splash “new normal” Songkran at Central World

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will hold a “new normal” Songkran celebration on April 12th, 13th and 14th, in the plaza in front of Central World shopping mall in the…

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Probe underway over liquor advertising with K-pop idol ‘Lisa’ as brand ambassador

Thailand’s Disease Control Department’s Office of the Office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will seek an explanation from those responsible for posting an advertisement of a brand of liquor on Facebook using…

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Thai court stays order for ฿25.7bn baht compensation payment to Hopewell

The Central Administrative Court has stayed the execution of a court injunction, upheld by the Supreme Administrative Court, ordering the Thai Transport Ministry and State Railway of Thailand to pay…

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Betong flights cancelled two days after inauguration

Flights between the Betong district of Thailand’s southernmost province of Yala and Bangkok have been cancelled on Wednesday and Friday, just two days after the inaugural commercial flight. With Prime…

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Cabinet approves two-year extension for legal workers from neighbouring countries

The Thai cabinet agreed today (Tuesday) to allow legal migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, who have been working in Thailand for four years, to stay for another two…

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This general view shows the Bangkok skyline, taken from the King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper in Bangkok on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Your guide to the Bangkok council election and how it will shape city for next 4 years  

For the first time in 12 years, Bangkokians will vote for a new city council, at an election expected in May. While this local election may be overshadowed by the upcoming…

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Mother of drowned Thai actress seeks second autopsy by Central Institute of Forensic Science

The mother of the late Thai TV actress Nida Patcharaveerapong, aka “Tangmo” and her lawyer went to the investigative division of the First Region Provincial Police Bureau today (Saturday) to…

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At least five passengers killed and 30 others injured in bus accident in Thailand’s Saraburi

At least five passengers were killed and 30 others were injured when the air-conditioned bus, operated by Thailand’s the state-run Transport Company in which they were travelling, crashed into a…

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Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital ranked country’s best in global survey

Bumrungrad International Hospital has been ranked Thailand’s best hospital, as listed in the World’s Best Hospitals 2022 by Newsweek magazine. The survey is based on data collected from over 80,000…

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Will 3 decades of Hopewell horror show have a shock happy ending for Thailand?

The Supreme Administrative Court’s recent decision to retry the Hopewell case may help the government avoid paying a huge sum in compensation which has been dubbed the “price of stupidity”….

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Thai movie idol Sorapong Chatree dies of lung cancer aged 71

Well-known Thai actor Sorapong Chatree, who had starred in more than 500 movies and TV shows in an acting career which lasted about five decades, died this afternoon (Thursday) of…

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Thai prisons ban alcohol-based sanitiser after abuse by prisoners leading to death, blindness

The Corrections Department has ordered all prisons across the country to replace alcohol based sanitiser gels with liquid soap, after some inmates at a prison in the north-eastern province of…

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Switch of two COVID-19 patient identities at hospital causes shock, confusion

A woman was shocked when she went to the Pathumtani Hospital on Monday to visit her sick father, after being notified by staff of the hospital, only to find that…

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Body of missing crew member from exploding tanker found

The missing crew member from the “Smooth Sea 2” oil tanker, which suffered an on board explosion and fire while moored at the IRPC pier in Samut Prakan province, has…

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Thai Health Dept says COVID-infected mothers can breastfeed with caution

COVID-infected mothers can breast-feed their babies, but they must be careful to prevent the babies from becoming infected, by wearing face masks at all times, washing their hands before touching…

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Three injured, one missing after oil tanker explosion and fire on Chao Phraya River

Three crew members of an oil tanker were injured and one is missing after the vessel caught fire following an on-board explosion at the pier of IRPC, a petroleum and…

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The average Thai family has only 1.3 children while it should have two or more, but many factors are behind the sliding birth rate, such as the modern lifestyle, the choice to remain single, or couples choosing not to have children. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Slumping birth rate poses urgent policy challenges for government

Thailand’s sliding birth rate, which hit a record low last year, is ringing alarm bells in the corridors of government. The long-term socioeconomic consequences of this phenomenon are being fully…

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EIU has reviewed the safety of key cities in the world every two years since 2015. The latest report shows Thai capital ranked 43rd among 60 cities in 2021. (Photo by Jessica Tan)

Can incoming Bangkok governor do anything about city’s failing safety records?

Despite being Thailand’s most developed city, Bangkok has a poor safety record, as evidenced by high rates of traffic accidents, crimes and pollution year after year. Residents may be shocked…

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Fire fighters containing forest fires in Ob Khan national park in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Provincial Governor Prachon Prachsakul has ordered local officials and relevant agencies to assist in containing the spread of forest fires at Ob Khan national park in the province….

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Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne dies on Koh Samui

One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Australian leg-spinner Shane Keith Warne, died of a suspected heart attack while holidaying on Thailand’s resort island of Koh Samui on Friday…

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Oil company fixing pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand after failure to mend a valve

Star Petroleum Refining Plc (SPRC) has changed the repair plan to focus on fixing two ruptures in the submarine oil pipeline with special adhesive material. This process may take eight…

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Can a ‘lie detector’ tell us the truth about Tangmo’s death?

Police investigating the death of actress Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong have resorted to using a lie detector after witness accounts became suspiciously murky. Polygraph testing was deemed necessary following conflicting accounts…

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Saudi King gifts 50,060 copies of Quran to Thai Muslims ahead of Ramadan

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia recently sent 50,060 copies of the Holy Quran, in various sizes and languages, to Muslims in Thailand, as a gesture of…

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Former deputy prime minister Bhichai Rattakul dies of cancer aged 96

Former Deputy Prime Minister and former leader of Thailand’s Democrat party Bhichai Rattakul died of lung cancer today (Monday) at Siriraj Hospital. He was 96. He is survived by his…

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Drowned Thai actress’s manager and a friend questioned by police

Two women, who were on board the speed boat from which TV actress Nida Patcharaveerapong, aka “Tangmo”, fell into the Chao Phraya River and drowned, reported today (Sunday) to Nonthaburi’s…

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Arrest warrants issued for owner and driver of speed boat from which Thai actress fell

The Nonthaburi provincial court has issued warrants for the arrests of the owner and the driver of the speed boat from which TV actress Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong fell into the…

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Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal

Head of Chulalongkorn U. student council removed from his post

President of Chulalongkorn University’s Student Council, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, has been removed from the post after the Office of Student Affairs deducted 10 points from his “behavioural score” for gross violation…

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A view shows the wreckage of an unidentified aircraft which crashed into a private house in a residential area in Kyiv on February 25, 2022. – Russian forces reached the outskirts of Kyiv on Friday as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the invading troops were targeting civilians and explosions could be heard in the besieged capital. Pre-dawn blasts in Kyiv set off a second day of violence after Russian President Vladimir Putin defied Western warnings to unleash a full-scale ground invasion and air assault on Thursday that quickly claimed dozens of lives and displaced at least 100,000 people. (Photo by GENYA SAVILOV / AFP)

Travel permits for Thai labourers to go to Ukraine suspended during crisis

Thailand’s Department of Employment has suspended travel permits for Thai labourers bound for Ukraine following the country’s declaration of state of emergency. The department’s director, Pairoj Chotikasathien, said Friday that their…

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