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Panel rejects e-ticket system on city buses 

The inspection committee of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority has refused to accept the e-ticket system and the cash box to be installed in the city’s bus fleet claiming that the…

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Land Transport to review move to increase fine for driving without license

The Land Transport Department will review its proposal to increase the amounts of fine for motorists driving without driving licenses following strong opposition from members of the public and objection…

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Police mull arrest warrants against two web pages for posting alleged British rape victim’s claim

Police are considering arrest warrants against administrators of two web pages for posting the British tourist’s claim that she was drugged, robbed and raped while  vacationing on Koh Tao island in…

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Body of Irish tourist found in Kwai Noi River, Kanchanaburi

The body of an Irishman, who was reported missing by his Thai girlfriend two days ago, has been found floating in the Kwai Noi river in Sai Yok district of…

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“Faith” plays a part in determining if GT200 bomb detectors are worth the money

When trying to determine the worthiness of the controversial GT200 hand-held bomb detectors, another factor should be taken into consideration: faith. At least that’s what a member of the National Anti-Corruption…

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Constitutional Court rules FM Don can stay on his job pending verdict

The Constitutional Court has ruled that Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai can continue to perform his duty pending the court’s verdict on his qualification. The court said there was no justification…

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PM wants Tham Luang to be upgraded as national park

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha wants the Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non forest park in Chiang Rai province to be upgraded as a national park so it can be…

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A couple of dog-carrying thieves nabbed by police

Police said today they have arrested a couple who allegedly committed a string of thefts in several provinces netting about 10 million baht worth of valuables the past ten years….

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Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (2nd-R) inspects a major bridge along Yangon to Mandalay highway linking Yangon to capital Naypyidaw damaged by rampaging flood waters from a…

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31 provinces warned of heavy and very heavy rains in coming week

The National Water Resource Office today issued a warning to people in 31 provinces to brace for heavy and very heavy rains in the coming week as it scheduled an…

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A Myanmar border policeman stands guard near the border fence in ‘no man’s land’. Photo – EPA

Independent panel on Rakhine state starts work

The independent commission to investigate alleged human rights abuses in northern Rakhine state of Myanmar starts work today amid call by the United Nations’ fact-finding mission for the prosecution of…

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Prayut to visit Nepal for Bimstec Summit Aug 30- 31

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will leave for Nepal on Thursday for the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) Summit on…

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Five districts in Nong Khai heavily flooded

Five districts of the northeastern border province of Nong Khai have been heavily flooded by overflows from tributaries of the Mekong River, local authorities reported this morning. The five districts…

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British tourist’s mother ready to come to Thailand to pursue the alleged Koh Tao rape case

The mother of the British backpacker who claimed she was drugged, raped and robbed on Koh Tao island in Surat Thani in June, said she was ready to fly to…

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DSI summons Akara gold mining firm to acknowledge encroachment charges

Akara gold mining company was today summoned by the Department of Special Investigation to acknowledge charges of illegal encroachment of forest land and highway land in two districts of the…

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PM disagrees with higher penalties for drivers without driving licenses

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that he personally did not agree with a police proposal to increase the penalties for drivers without driving licenses.  Asked about the controversial proposal…

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Appeals Court rejects Premchai’s request to have his case transferred

The Appeals Court has rejected the request of Itallian-Thai Development Pcl chief executive officer Premchai Karnasuta to have the panther hunting case transferred from Thong Phaphum provincial court to the…

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Anti-graft officials probe illegal massive land grab in Loei prvince

A team of anti-corruption officials are in Phu Rua district of the northeastern province of Loei today to investigate an allegation of massive land grab in which land certificates issued…

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Junta and Election Commission must address  issues of primary election and political restrictions 

The National Council for Peace and Order and the Election Commission must sit down together to resolve two crucial political issues – unlocking of political restrictions and primary election,  Mr…

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Police insist British backpacker complains of missing cellphone and cash, no rape 

Surat Thani provincial police insisted today that there was no rape case on Koh Tao island involving a British backpacker as alleged in the social media. Koh Pha-ngan police superintendent…

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Anti-Doi Suthep housing project groups rally to pressure government

Carrying little green flags or tying green ribbons on the handles of their bicycles or crash helmets, hundreds of opponents against the Doi Suthep housing project of judges and judicial…

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Majority in poll don’t believe government can solve traffic problem

Over 53 percent of the respondents in an opinion survey conducted by Suan Dusit Poll do not believe that the police proposal to steeply increase fines and imprisonment on drivers…

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Artist Chalermchai starts work on two more paintings for Tham Luang museum

National artist Chalermchai Kositpipat and his artist friends are working on two paintings depicting the “Nangnon” mountain in the northern province of Chiang Rai which will be exhibited at the…

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Opponents against judges’ housing project to demonstrate Sunday

Chiang Mai residents who are against judges’ housing project at Doi Suthep foothill plan to demonstrate at the Tha Pae town’s gate in the northern city on Sunday as a…

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3 army privates charged with assault for beating up colleague

Three army privates were this morning escorted by their superior to Lop Buri Muang district police station to acknowledge the charge of assault against one of their colleagues who is…

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Dams need water drainage plans ahead of another storm

The Royal Irrigation Department and other agencies responsible for dams and reservoirs have been instructed to come up with water drainage plans in anticipation of the arrival of another storm…

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Dusit Zoo closing date postponed to Sept 30

The closing date of the Dusit Zoo has been postponed by one month from the end of August to Sept 30, according to a release of the zoo’s public relations…

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New operating hours from 4 pm-midnight for Khao Sarn vendors

Vendors on Khao Sarn road, one of Bangkok’s best known landmarks among backpackers,  will be allowed to do their business from 4 pm until midnight instead of 6 pm until…

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Out-bound Vibhavadi Rangsit to close on night of Aug 25

The out-bound lanes of the Vibhavadi Rangsit Highway will be closed at kilometre marker 24+279 from 10 pm on Aug 25 to 4 am on Aug 26 for the installation…

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Thailand wins two prestigious awards at 8th World Puppet Carnival, Russia

Young Thai puppet art performers of Nataya Bangkok Club have won two prestigious awards – Best Traditional Show Award and Audience Award – in the 8th World Puppet Carnival in…

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Public told not to panic over flu fatality in Uthai Thani

The Diseases Control Department  has urged the public not to panic over the report of a fatality from influenza in Uthai Thani province, noting that there have been almost 90,000…

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Phetchaburi town flooded with water discharged from dam

Spillover from Kaeng Krachan dam has arrived at the tourist town of Phetchaburi town, flooding residences and roads in the municipal areas.  The huge volume of water discharged from Kaeng…

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Murder suspect “Sia Oun” returned to Thailand from Cambodia

Panya Yingdang, alias Sia Oun, the prime suspect in the daring murders of a woman and her male companion in Chon Buri on July 29, has been returned to Thailand…

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Phetchaburi town residents fight floods with own floodwalls

Residents in the tourist town of  Phetchaburi have built their own floodwalls with concrete blocks to brace for water overflow from Phetchaburi river that is expected to hit wide areas…

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Nan highway blocked by landslide

A huge landslide has blocked a highway between Bo Klua and Chalerm Phra Kiat districts of Nan province in the far North, preventing people of 11 villages from travelling to…

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Teachers to teach only — not doing any more general work

Starting on October 1, teachers of public schools will not be required to do general affairs work so they can focus on teaching, said Education Minister Thirakiat Charoensatthasilp at the…

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HM Queen Sirikit admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has been admitted to  Chulalongkorn Hospital, the Royal Household Bureau announced this morning. The announcement said the Queen was admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital on Sunday morning…

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Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai highway reopened

The main highway between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces in the upper North has been reopened to traffic after the five sections damaged by a flash flood were repaired….

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Prayut visiting Ranong, Chumphon prior to Cabinet meeting

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his entourage left Bangkok this morning for an inspection trip to the southern provinces of Ranong and Chumphon before attending a mobile Cabinet meeting in…

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14.8 million meth pills seized from container in Ayutthaya

Narcotics police seized 14.8 million meth pills hidden in a container at a warehouse in Bang Pa-in district of the central province of Ayutthaya on Sunday. Pol Maj-Gen Tanai Apichartseni,…

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300 houses submerged after collapse of  floodwall

About 300 houses in Mae Chan district of the northern province of Chiang Rai went under water after an old flood wall caved in Saturday night, allowing overflow from the…

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Sia Oun’s handover deferred until Tuesday

Cambodian authorities have decided to postpone the handover of Mr Panya Yingdang, aka Sia Oun, wanted for the murder of a man and a woman in Chon Buri on July…

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Heavy rain forces closure of highway linking Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai 

The major highway between Chiang Mai and  Chiang Rai has been closed after a flash flood damaged the bypass between Kilometre markers 42-50 of the highway now under repair at…

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Nan hit by flash floods, 11 villages evacuated

Heavy downpours on Thursday night caused flash foods in many villages in three districts of Nan province in the North, forcing an evacuation of people from 11 villages of Santisuk district,…

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Agreement reached for judges’ Doi Suthep housing units to be immediately vacated

Chiang Mai provincial administration and a network of civic groups opposing the Doi Suthep housing project for judges and officials of Region 5 Appeals Court agreed at a meeting today…

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36 Provinces warned to brace for heavy rain Aug 16-19

As tropical storm “Bebinca” is approaching Vietnam, 36 provinces in the North, Northeast, East and South have been warned to brace for intensive rain and isolated terrential downpours during Aug…

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Student who fatally beats up classmate faces manslaughter charge

Police in Hat Yai district of the southern province of Songkhla will file an additional charge of manslaughter against a student boxer who fatally beat up his classmate. The 13-year…

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Platform barricades  to be installed at all BTS skytrain stations following incident

The Bangkok Mass Transit System announced today that it will install barricades on the platforms of the remaining 14 stations of the BTS skytrain system as soon as possible. The…

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Dams continue to discharge water in preparation for more inflows

All large- and medium-sized dams in the country are discharging water as planned in preparing to take more rainwater expected to be brought about by tropical storm “Bebinca”, Office of…

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Tour company will not salvage sunken Phoenix tourist boat

The owner of the tourist boat that sank in the rough sea off Phuket on July 5 resulting in the death of 47 Chinese tourists has refused to salvage the…

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BTS skytrain service briefly halted after woman falls onto rail track

The BTS skytrain service on the Sukhumvit route was briefly halted during rush hours this morning after a woman fainted and fell onto a rail track from the platform at the…

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42 waterfalls in national parks closed temporarily

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has announced a temporary closure of 42 waterfalls in national parks across the country in wake of the looming rainy season….

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Chiang Mai residents to rally to demand dismantling of Doi Suthep housing units

Opponents to the controversial Doi Suthep foothill housing estate for court judges and officials plan to demonstrate at Tha Pae gate in Chiang Mai on August 26 to demand immediate…

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National artist Thae Prakas-vudhisarn dies at 100

Thae Prakas-vudhisarn, a national artist in the field of performing art (movie and drama) in 1999 and well-known Thai film maker, died on Aug 12 at the age of 100,…

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Suspect caught after bank robbed with fake grenade

A suspect was arrested soon after a man staged a bank robbery near the Victory Monument  with a fake hand grenade and made off with 55,760 baht on Sunday night,…

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Super Poll director doubts poll result on election inspectors

Super Poll Research Office Noppadol Kanikar has expressed doubts over the reliability of an opinion poll conducted by the Office of the Secretary-General of the Senate on the Election Commission…

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Banteng killed in national forest reserve

A male banteng (a species of wild cattle) has been found shot to death in a national forest reserve in Lan Sak district of Uthai Thani province. Forest rangers from…

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Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in cancer trial

(Reuters) A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the…

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5 senior policemen in Samut Sakhon moved to inactive posts

The superintendent of Krathum Baen district police, Samut Sakhon province, and four other senior police officers have been ordered transferred out of the province following a raid on a pub…

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New venue chosen to house judges to end Doi Suthep dispute

The administrative board of the judiciary has agreed to ask the Agricultural Techniqe Department for the use of a 40-rai plot of land of the plants research centre in Chiang…

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HM the King’s title deed of land donated for new zoo on display

The Dusit Zoo or Khao Din has put on public display at the zoo a land title deed of a 300-rai plot of land donated by His Majesty the King…

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Woman, daughter killed in Narathiwat gun attack

A woman and her daughter were killed in a ride-by gun attack by two assailants in Bacho district of Narathiwat province on Saturday morning, police said. Pol Lt Akarat Nuangmatcha,…

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Prisons to open throughout August for family visits to mark Mother’s Day

On the occasion of the Mother’s Day Aug 12, prisons and detention centres throughout the country will open for relatives to meet inmates throughout the month of August, Corrections Department…

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8 provinces warned to brace for flash flood and landslide

Eight provinces in the northeast, eastern and southern regions have been warned by the National Water Resources Office to brace for flash food and landslides due to accumulated rainfalls for…

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8 large-sized dams now under watch

The Office of National Water Resources is keeping a close watch on eight large-sized dams which are holding water at alarming levels, ONWR secretary-general Somkiat Prajumwong said on Friday. Mr…

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BMA to legalize vending on footpaths of Khao San road

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has decided to allow vendors to sell their merchandises on the footpaths of Khao San road between 4pm-midnight, said Bangkok deputy governor Sakolthee Pattiyakul today. Mr…

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Activist Veera given suspended jail term, ordered to do social

  Political activist Veera Somkwamkid was today given a 16- month suspended jail term and ordered to do social work for one year after he was found guilty by the Criminal…

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Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom receding

Water in the Mekong River along the northeastern border province of Nakhon Phanom is receding, enabling water in the tributaries to flow in a larger volume into the the main…

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37 provinces warned of heavy rain, landslides

Outbreaks of rain and isolated heavy downpours are likely to hit the North, Northeast, Central, East and South regions today, the Meteorological Department has warned.   The bad weather conditions…

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Kaeng Krachan’s spillway spillover first time in 15 years

The spillover of water at the spillway of Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi today is the first time ever in 15 years of the history of the dam mainly due…

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Low-lying areas of Phetchaburi face flooding this Sunday

Water in the Phetchaburi river is anticipated to rise to its highest level this Sunday and to start swamping low-lying areas of the Muang district of Phetchaburi between 30-50 cm…

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4 Wild Boars footballers and coach granted Thai citizenship

The three stateless Wild Boars footballers and their coach have been granted Thai citizenship. Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district chief Somsak Khanakham said he signed the approval of Thai citizenships…

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India is now world’s No. 1 rice exporter 

India has dethroned Thailand as the world’s top rice exporter for the first seven months of this year with a total export of 7.05 million tonnes – a slight increase…

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Stargazers can view meteor shower after midnight Aug 12

Thai people across the country will be able to view Perseids meteor shower after midnight of Sunday August 12 until Monday morning if the sky is clear and free of…

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PM insists mandatory conscription is still needed

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday reaffirmed the need to retain the mandatory conscription for Thai male adults as soldiers form an indispensable force in time of crisis or emergency….

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Corruption watchdog faults 4 ex-officials of malfeasance related to temple fund fraud

Four former senior officials of the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) have been faulted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for malfeasance in office and disciplinary violations in connection with…

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Four national parks to cede some land for reservoirs

The Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives to slice off some areas of four national parks for the construction of reservoirs of the…

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Foreign tourists disembark a boat coming from Gili Trawangan island, in Bangsal, North Lombok today, the day after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the area.

Earthquake death toll on Lombok island rises to 98

Rescuers used diggers and heavy machinery to clear debris and search for survivors after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed at least 98 people on Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok, prompting…

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PM moody with question about Thailand’s Asean chairmanship

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s mood obviously turned sour this afternoon after he was asked to react to the much-publicized commentary by an Indonesian newspaper columnist who argued that Thailand doesn’t…

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Irrigation unveils plan to divert runoff from Kaeng Krachan dam

The Royal Irrigation Department has unveiled a two-pronged plan to divert runoff from the Kaeng Krachan dam into an irrigation system on both sides of the Phetchaburi river and into…

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Police’s job openings for male-only officers discriminatory: NHRC

The Royal Thai Police Office’s recent job opening for male-only inquiry officers is discriminatory and a violation against the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women…

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Tourists stream into Wat Rongkhun to see Samarn’s statue

The famous Wat Rongkhun in Chiang Rai’s Muang district now has a new attraction — the half-finished statue of Lt-Commander Samarn Kunan, former Thai Navy SEAL member who died during…

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Prayut to visit Phetchaburi as Kaeng Krachan dam’s spillway spills over

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha plans to visit Phetchaburi on Wednesday as excess water began to overflow the spillway of Kaeng Krachan dam into the Phetchaburi river at about 10…

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Two Kanchanaburi dams discharging more water

Two major dams in the western province of Kanchanaburi, Vajiralongkorn Dam and Srinagarind Dam, are now discharging more water down the Mae Klong River following continuous rain influenced by a…

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Irrigation Department draws lessons from previous floods to plan this year’s dam water management

The Royal Irrigation Department has drawn lessons learned from the floods in 2016-17 in planning the management of water in the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi province to protect the…

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PM concerned with prospect of prolonged flooding in Phetchaburi province

Prime Minister Prauyuth Chan-o-cha has instructed all authorities concerned with water management to closely monitor water situation in all dams and reservoirs, especially the Kaeng Krachan dam in Phetchaburi province…

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Phetchaburi residents in frantic rush to face flooding tomorrow

People in Phetchaburi’s Muang district have started filling sand bags distributed by officials in preparation for potential flooding as 20 water-pushing boats provided by the Royal Thai Navy were on…

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5 districts in Phetchauburi face flooding as more water drained out of Kaeng Krachan dam

People living in five districts of Phetchaburi province have been warned to brace for flooding as more water is being drained out of Kaeng Krachan dam which is now 97…

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Readjustment of  water drainage from three dams ahead of anticipated more rains

The National Water Resources Office has ordered a readjustment of the plan to drain water out of Vajiralongkorn, Nam Oon and Kaeng Krachan dams in anticipation of more rains in…

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Two bomb suspects arrested in Pattani

A combined team of military and police officers have arrested two men suspected of involvement in the bombing of ATM machines in Pattani’s Yarang district on May 20. Soldiers from…

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Red flags erected along Chi River banks in Yasothon

Yasothon authorities have erected red flags along the banks of the Chi River which runs through the province as a warning for residents to take precautions as the river has…

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Lao dam collapse won’t affect Thailand’s power security

The recent partial collapse of one of the saddle dams of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower project in Laos’s Attapeu province will not affect Thailand’s electricity security, Energy Minister Siri…

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Court rejects bail for 8 ex-officials implicated in temple fund scandal

The Criminal Court for Corruption and Malfeasance Cases on Thursday rejected bail requested by five former senior officials of the National Office of Buddhism on the ground that their alleged…

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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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