3 Thai anti-establishment protesters being held on remand attempt suicide

Three hard core Talugas protesters, being held on remand, have tried to commit suicide, but were rescued and are now safe, Corrections Department Director-General Aryut Sinthoppan said today (Monday). He…

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131 major fires in Bangkok between January and May

A total of 131 fires were reported in Bangkok during the first five months of this year, with 39 being recorded in January alone, according to statistics compiled by the…

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Bangkok’s multi-billion-baht fire truck scandal still burning after 2 decades

A long-smoldering corruption case has reignited after the Supreme Administrative Court recently ordered the heirs of late Bangkok governor Samak Sundaravej to pay 587 million baht in compensation for his…

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Bangkok’s house and building owners urged to check fire risks and exits

House and building owners in Bangkok have been urged to check for fire risks and escape routes in their premises and surrounding areas and to ensure that their fire extinguishers…

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2 die and 6 suffer smoke inhalation in fire at Chinatown’s Sampeng Market

Two people are confirmed dead and six others, including firefighting volunteers, suffered the effects of smoke inhalation during a blaze at Sampeng Market in Bangkok’s Chinatown area today (Sunday). The…

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Bangkok governor goes on an inspection run

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt jogged from Lumpini Park to Lam Salee intersection today (Saturday), a distance of 14 kilometres, during which he paused to inspect the boat service on Saen…

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Pro-democracy protesters confront riot police whilst marching to Government House to call for the resignation of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha in Bangkok on July 18, 2021. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Seven venues designated as protest sites by Bangkok’s administration

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has designated seven locations in the capital at which protesters can hold their rallies in an orderly manner, which will not cause public inconvenience or…

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How Chadchart’s team is lifting lid on Bangkok’s murky multibillion-baht budget

Although Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has vowed to revolutionize the city’s budgeting process, significant change is on hold as the budget plan for next year has already been prepared under…

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Global Summit of Women officially opens in Thailand

The 32nd Global Summit of Women (#GSW2022), the annual international business and economic forum for female leaders, has officially opened in Thailand, with over 650 participants from 52 countries taking…

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Grab bikers demand postponement of deadline for their regulation

Bikers on the app-based GrabBike motorcycle service rallied in front of the Ministry of Transport in Bangkok this afternoon (Thursday), to protest against the Land Transport Department’s order to cease…

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Bangkok Governor says student hairstyles have no impact on performance

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt told school administrators today (Thursday), during an inspection tour of a city-run school in Din Daeng district related to the cannabis-free policy implemented in all city-run…

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Twelve injured in Bon Kai fire, 100+ take refuge, support payments to be issued

More than 100 adults and children are now taking temporary refuge at the local youth centre, after about 30 houses were burned down or heavily damaged in a two-hour blaze…

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Can new Bangkok governor tame ‘black hole’ of city investment arm?

Branded a breeding ground of corruption by newly elected Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, Krungthep Thanakom Co Ltd is set for a major transformation under his administration. Chadchart’s chosen man, Prof…

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Tongthong Chandransu: Law guru unlocking Bangkok’s multibillion-baht investment secrets 

Prof Tongthong Chandransu, the new man in charge of Krungthep Thanakom Co Ltd, admits his task will be both “difficult and complicated” but said it was an opportunity he could…

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

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

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Passengers asked not to flick long hair while on Bangkok’s sky train

The BTS sky train operator is appealing to passengers with long hair not to flick it in a way that would touch the faces of other passengers, especially during rush…

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

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

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Anti-government protests continue in Bangkok

Anti-government protesters gathered at Bangkok’s Victory Monument at around 5:15pm today (Sunday), before marching to the Din Daeng area. Crowd control police are also on the move, to maintain order…

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

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

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All city-run schools in Bangkok declared cannabis-free zones

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt issued an announcement today (Wednesday) declaring all 436 schools under its supervision to be cannabis-free zones, effective today. The announcement mandates the following: No sale or…

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Injuries reported during protests in Bangkok on Tuesday night

Some members of the media, police and protesters suffered minor injuries in clashes between police and hard core anti-government protesters at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection last night (Tuesday), following resumption…

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The new Bangkok governor is pressing ahead with “Open Bangkok Data” and various other tech innovations in hope of delivering better quality of life for the 10 million people who live in Thailand’s capital. (Photo by Markus Winkler)

From MIT to BMA: how new governor Chadchart is turning Bangkok into a ‘smart’ city

Harnessing digital technology to solve problems is one of the things that sets Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt’s administration apart from his predecessors. As a graduate of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute…

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Four admitted to hospital, one dies after using cannabis following decriminalisation

Four people were admitted to hospital for treatment after suspected using cannabis and one later died of heart failure in the first known cases of hospitalisation after the decriminalisation of…

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Bangkok Governor Chadchart orders health services to prepare for violent protests

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has expressed concern over the resurgence of protests, by anti-government elements, at Din Daeng intersection since last Saturday and has assigned a deputy governor to work…

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Deputy Bangkok governor begins tackling bribery among municipal police

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

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Green Line could be a tough ride for Chadchart

Managing the controversial Skytrain Green Line shrewdly, bogged down as it is by controversies over high fares, court battle over debt and extension of concession, is going to be a…

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha welcomes US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Bangkok, Thailand, June 13, 2022. (DoD photo by Chad J. McNeeley)

A free and open Indo-Pacific a common vision – US Secretary of Defence

Thailand is an ally of the United States, so there’s a strong relationship of which we have to remain mindful. This is an important country to us, said Lloyd Austin,…

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Police seize over 20 cherry bombs at Bangkok’s Din Daeng intersection

Bangkok police have seized more than 20 homemade cherry bombs under the Din Daeng expressway intersection overpass and in nearby areas, believed to have been hidden there by hard core…

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Thai PM advises young protesters to think about their futures before breaking laws

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned anti-government protesters, especially the youths among them, not to break the law or face arrest and prosecution. Government Spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said today (Sunday),…

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Many test positive for illicit drug use in another raid on pub in Bangkok

Officers from the Youth and Women Welfare Centre raided a pub in Bangkok’s Bang Khun Thian district early this morning (Sunday) and found many packets of controlled narcotics scattered on…

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Inequality is not a new problem, but the COVID-19 pandemic just made it more visible around the world. “Learning Loss” became a common experience for this generation of children in vulnerable groups. (Photo courtesy of APREMC II)

Generation of learning loss due to COVID-19

Education is an important tool when dealing with inequality, be it economic, social or others. Children can escape the poverty trap, whereas their parents could not do so for generations,…

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New Bangkok governor taking on city’s problems with unique work style

Newly elected Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has injected new energy into the capital with his distinctive work style. In stark contrast to his predecessors, Chadchart is down-to-earth, highly active, and…

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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)

No COVID-19 deaths in Bangkok for the second consecutive day

No death from COVID-19 infection has been reported in Bangkok or the southern provinces for the second consecutive day, as the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported 28 more…

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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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Thai policeman sentenced to 50 years on bribery conviction

A police officer has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after he was found guilty, by the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases, of demanding and taking…

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

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

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

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

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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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No masks outdoors to be proposed by new Bangkok Governor

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has announced that he will propose that that the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) allow people in the capital to remove their face masks when…

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A closer look at Chadchart’s ‘dream team’ running Bangkok

For many observers, the hope surrounding Bangkok’s newly elected governor is matched by excitement over the team he has chosen to work alongside him. As Chadchart Sittipunt takes charge of…

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Bangkok celebrates first ‘Pride Month’ with newly elected governor

Bangkok saw its first official Pride parade yesterday (Sunday), to celebrate gender diversity and to advocate forgender equality. Thousands of LGBTQ+ community members joined the festive “Bangkok Naruemit Pride Parade”…

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2 million meth pills seized from after a wild car chase near Bangkok

Police seized more than two million methamphetamine pills from an abandoned van, which had been modified to look like an ambulance, following a car chase involving police from Saraburi province,…

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No honeymoon, only huge challenges and expectations for new Bangkok chief Chadchart

While most newly elected politicians enjoy a “honeymoon period” with the public, incoming Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt expects nothing of this kind. “There’s no time for a honeymoon,” Chadchart declared,…

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Bangkok Governor hopes to reduce BTS fares, meet anti-corruption watchdog

Newly elected Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said he is having a busy day today (Wednesday), a day after he assumed office, as he met with representatives of Krungthep Thanakom, a…

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Balance of power in Bangkok shifts to liberals as national poll looms

Vote tallies from the recent Bangkok Council elections show that support for the liberal camp is growing at the expense of the conservatives in the capital. If the Election Commission…

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Deeper look into City Assembly votes

The Pheu Thai Party has a strong cause for celebration. Move Forward, if it wants to celebrate as well, must do so cautiously. The Democrats still have their work cut…

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Chadchart assumes office as Bangkok’s new governor

New Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt went to the Election Commission (EC) office this morning (Wednesday) to receive his certification, officially declaring him to be the 17th governor of Bangkok, following…

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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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New Bangkok governor carries huge burden of expectations and promises

Pursuing an ambitious agenda, Chadchart Sittipunt, 56, is all set to become Bangkok’s first elected governor since the 2014 coup, after receiving a record-high mandate in the May 22 election….

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Chadchart officially becomes Bangkok’s new Governor

Chadchart Sittipunt officially became the next Bangkok Governor today (Tuesday) at 3pm, after the Election Commission (EC) finally certified the results of the Bangkok gubernatorial election, which the independent candidate…

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Formal Bangkok gubernatorial election result delayed until Tuesday

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to postpone the endorsement of the official result of the Bangkok gubernatorial election until tomorrow (Tuesday), pending an investigation into the unofficial winner Chadchart…

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Thai government called on to scrap measures restricting public gatherings, NGOs

The Campaign for Popular Democracy (CPD), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of democracy and human rights, has called on the Thai government to scrap the emergency decree and…

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Bangkok’s governor-elect says corruption is a hard nut to crack

Bangkok Governor-elect Chadchart Sittipunt has admitted that the most difficult problem to address in Bangkok is corruption, but claimed that he is more confident that he is on the right…

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Bangkok governor-elect Chadchart unveils 2 of his new administration team

Former Deputy Bangkok Governor Chakkaphan Phewngam and deputy leader of the Kla party, Pimuk Simaroj have been invited to join the new administration of Bangkok Governor-elect Chadchart Sittipunt. Chadchart explained…

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Calls for the right to elect governors in other provinces across the country have grown amid the immense media focus on the Bangkok gubernatorial race. (Photo by Kiratikorn Naksompop Blauw)

Bangkok poll triggers national wave of demand for local democracy

The 2022 Bangkok gubernatorial election, which saw independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt win by a landslide, looks set to change Thailand’s politics in a big way. Its impacts are now being…

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UNGA President highlights need for ‘more equal’ assistance for sustainable recovery

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Bangkok elections a harbinger of Prayut’s downfall?

Chadchart Sittipunt’s landslide victory at last Sunday’s governor election — with more than 1.38 million votes or over 50 percent of all ballots cast — was viewed by many as…

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Chadchart, opinion polls and the perils of political prediction in Thailand

Opinion surveys of voters before elections have been a commonplace occurrence in Thailand for years, yet their findings are often a poor guide to the actual vote results. In fact,…

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Bangkok Governor-elect denies being rejected by taxi as video goes viral

A video clip showing Bangkok Governor-elect, Chadchart Sittipunt, getting out of a taxi, has gone viral on social media, as some question whether the popular politician, who has been dubbed…

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Bangkok governor-elect, 3rd placed Wiroj join force Monday to tackle floods

Bangkok presumed governor-elect Chadchart Sittipunt and 3rd placed Move Forward candidate Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn joined force in trying to tackle the persisting flood problems in the capital today (Monday), after a…

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Staggering victory that requires careful reading

Chadchart Sittipunt’s stunning landslide may have hidden scrambled messages voters in the capital delivered on Sunday in the Bangkok gubernatorial election, but arguably the real nightmare for the shaken powers-that-be…

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Chadchart Sittipunt: ‘World’s strongest politician’ aims to lift Bangkok to global standards

Chadchart Sittipunt is on course to becoming Bangkok’s first elected governor in nine years after securing a landslide victory in Sunday’s gubernatorial election. According to the unofficial vote count, he…

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Bangkok Governor-elect Chadchart begins his day jogging in Lumpini Park

Chadchart Sittipunt, the winner of the 2022 Bangkok gubernatorial election, according to unofficial results which show him attracting a record-high of over 1.38 million votes, began his first day as…

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Gubernatorial and council candidates end their campaigns ahead of Sunday’s vote

Independent gubernatorial candidates Chadchart Sittipunt and Sakoltee Phattiyakul toured Bangkok today (Saturday) in their last-minute campaigning, to appeal for votes from Bangkok’s electorate. The convoy of trucks, equipped with loudspeakers,…

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Bangkok elections reflect the tussle between two political ideologies

The Bangkok gubernatorial and council elections on Sunday are a reflection of the political conflict in Thailand, between self-proclaimed pro-democracy liberals, who include the Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties,…

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Free Moderna vaccination service available at Bangkok’s Bang Sue station

The vaccination centre at the Bang Sue railway station in Bangkok is providing a free COVID-19 inoculation service, using the Moderna vaccine, from today (Saturday) until stocks of the vaccine…

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

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

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Notoriously fickle Bangkok voters could deliver shock result on Sunday

Many Bangkokians say they will have a “difficult decision” to make on Sunday when they come to vote for their next governor. With information hitting them from all directions and…

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Over 167,000 officials, volunteers to support Bangkok’s elections this Sunday

More than 167,000 officials will be deployed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) at 6,817 polling stations, 50 district offices and City Hall this Sunday to ensure smooth, safe and…

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

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

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Tactical voting could win Bangkok governor election for conservatives

Although independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt topped most recent opinion polls for this Sunday’s Bangkok governor election, his four main rivals from the conservative camp remain hopeful of causing an upset….

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Former Bangkok governor says flooding in several areas have been solved

Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said today (Wednesday) that he has already solved the flood problems in 15 areas of the capital and would address the problems in the remaining…

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Court overrules disqualification of Kraidaj Bunnag as Bangkok gubernatorial candidate

The Central Administrative Court has overruled, on the grounds that it may not be legal, an order by the Election and Bangkok Election commissions, disqualifying candidate Kraidaj Bunnag from standing…

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Bangkok’s Participatory budgeting can gives ordinary people a say in how public money is spent.(Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Participatory budgeting could put Bangkok’s future in hands of its residents

With Bangkok’s budget ranging between 70 billion and 80 billion baht per year, people voting for the city’s new governor this Sunday may be keen to find out which candidate…

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Bangkok gubernatorial debate held ahead of Sunday’s elections

As voting in the first Bangkok gubernatorial election in nine years will take place on May 22nd, Thai PBS hosted a debate on Monday in which five key candidates took…

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No more report on opinion poll results allowed until after Bangkok local elections

Opinion pollsters and the media are barred from disclosing opinion poll results related to Bangkok’s gubernatorial and council elections from now until the actual polls close at 5 pm on…

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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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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates Chadchart, Suchatvee get most positive traffic on social media

Former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang, Democrat candidate Suchatvee Suwansawat and former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt are the three Bangkok gubernatorial candidates most mentioned on social media, according to a poll…

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Second candidate disqualified in Bangkok gubernatorial election

A second candidate in the upcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election, Sarawut Benchakul, who ran as an independent, has been disqualified, following his dismissal from a state office over alleged corruption, according…

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A woman checks the Bangkok Follow up website, one of the tools created by King Prajadhipok Institute (KPI) to enhance voters’ involvement in the upcoming poll.

From vote-counts to matchmaking – 4 innovations boosting voter participation in Bangkok election

Excitement is rising as around 4.4 million Bangkok voters prepare to cast their ballots in the first gubernatorial election for almost 10 years. But this time, their participation in the…

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Bangkokians want new governor to prioritise transport, traffic problems

Most people in Bangkok want their new governor to tackle public transport and traffic problems as a priority, while independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt still leads in the latest opinion poll,…

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Floods, pollution and cultural tourism addressed by Bangkok’s gubernatorial candidates

Bangkok gubernatorial election candidates Chadchart Sittipunt and the Democrat Party’s Suchatvee Suwansawat have been proposing solutions to environmental issues faced by the capital, such as flooding and PM2.5 pollution, less than…

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Battle for Bangkok raging online and offline as governor election looms

Battle is heating up both online and offline as Bangkok governor candidates woo voters of all generations ahead of the May 22 election. In the offline realm, candidates are jostling…

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In 1971, Phra Nakhon was merged with Thon Buri province on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River to form Krungthep Maha Nakhon, now the capital’s official name. (Photo by Waranont (Joe))

5 decades of governor elections that have shaped modern Bangkok

Bangkokians choose their next governor on May 22, the latest episode in 50 years of administration that has shaped the world capital that we know today. Here, Thai PBS World reviews highlights…

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Chadchart to focus on Bangkok’s undecided voters, Aswin to increase fire stations

Independent candidates in Bangkok’s gubernatorial election, Chadchart Sittipunt and former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang, are ramping up their campaigns, nearly two weeks ahead of the highly anticipated election, with the former…

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Paetongtarn makes hustings debut to help Pheu Thai Bangkok councillor candidates

Paetongtarn Shinawatra, Pheu Thai party’s advisory chief for public participation and innovation and youngest daughter of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin, has embarked on her first campaign trail, to support…

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Publicity campaign launched urging Bangkok’s electorate to vote on May 22nd

With only two weeks to go before the Bangkok gubernatorial and councillor elections on Sunday May 22nd, the Election Commission is to launch a city-wide campaign tomorrow (Monday) to urge…

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Bangkok to open nine Long COVID clinics

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will open clinics at its nine hospitals to treat patients suffering from Long COVID, starting next Monday. Permanent Secretary of the BMA, Khachit Chatchavanich, said…

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Fines imposed on vendors should be used to benefit people – Chadchart

Independent Bangkok gubernatorial candidate Chadchart Sittipunt says the collection of fines from law-breaking street vendors by the City Law Enforcement Department, which amounts to about 100 million baht a year,…

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Young candidates woo voters with fresh ideas in Bangkok council race

Although many candidates for the Bangkok Council election are familiar old faces, fresh talent has also surfaced for voters keen to see what the new generation has to offer. Nitikorn…

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Bangkok race: How pollsters got it all wrong in 2013

Some nine years ago, both popularity and exit polls pointed towards one outcome. The Pheu Thai Party’s city gubernatorial candidate, Pongsapat Pongcharoen, would win comfortably, if not by a landslide,…

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Gubernatorial candidates woo Bangkok voters with plans to improve health services

Two candidates for Bangkok governor have promised better access to improved health services, in their bid to woo voters, during their campaigning today (Tuesday). Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, who…

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Chadchart Sittipunt still leads in latest Bangkok election polls

Independent candidate in the Bangkok gubernatorial election, former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt, is still leading in the latest surveys by Suan Dusit Poll and NIDA Poll. According to the Suan…

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Worker killed, five injured as a floor of Bangkok condominium collapses

A construction worker was killed and five others were injured when a floor in a riverside condominium building, near Bangpo intersection in Bangkok’s Bang Sue district, collapsedat about midnight Saturday….

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Key points learned from Thammasat poll

Bangkok gubernatorial election made a big mockery of pollsters in 2013, when they expected M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra to lose heavily, only for him to win his second term with the…

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Talks underway to allow COVID-19 voters at Bangkok elections

The Disease Control Department has been consulting with the Election Commission about how to enable voters infected with COVID-19 to cast their ballots in the May 22nd Bangkok gubernatorial and…

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Bangkok gubernatorial candidates float idea of more public boat transport

Key gubernatorial candidates examined express boat services in the capital today (Thursday) and met with residents, as they proposed policies to improve the livelihoods of people living along the canals,…

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