Six land reform officials suspended over land dispute in Khao Yai National Park

Six officials at the Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO) in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima have been suspended and reported to the Bangkok headquarters, pending an investigation into an…

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Liquor Policy Committee drops plan to extend liquor sale hours, for now

Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsuthin promised members of an anti-liquor network today that the Liquor Policy Committee will not extend liquor sales hours. About 300 members of the anti-liquor network…

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[FILE] (L-R) Miss Universe President Paula Shugart, CEO of JKN Global Group Jakapong Jakrajutatip, Miss Universe CEO Amy Emmerich stand on stage together during the Miss Universe Extravaganza, after JKN’s acquisition of the Miss Universe franchise, in Bangkok on November 7, 2022. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Defamation lawsuit threat against former Miss Universe brand owner

A former president of the Miss Universe Organisation (MUO) has threatened a defamation lawsuit against the former owner of the Miss Universe brand, Anne Jakrajutatip, for allegedly implying that she…

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NESDC urges policy rate, credit card interest and lending-deposit spread cuts

The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has urged the Bank of Thailand to review its policy rate, cut the credit card interest rate, from 8% to 5%, and…

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Thaksin’s lèse majesté case pending further investigation

Prosecution of the lèse majesté case against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been postponed, after the attorney-general ordered further investigation into the case today, in response to Thaksin’s appeal…

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Laem Chabang Port in Chonburi province. (Photo by EEC)

Delays to key infrastructure projects in EEC discourage foreign investors

Foreign investors are reluctant to invest in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) because of delays in some major infrastructure projects, among them the high-speed train linking U-Tapao, Suvarnabhumi and Don…

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Thaksin is seen here sitting alone poolside at Ban Chan Song La after his release on parole. (Image Courtesy: Paetongtarn Shinawatra’s Instagram)

Corrections Department offers explanation for Thaksin’s release on parole

The Corrections Department issued a statement today, insisting that the release on parole of convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra this morning is complies with the law and that Thaksin…

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Parties or their members are behind political conflicts – NIDA Poll  

52.60% of respondents to a NIDA Poll are most concerned that the current political situation may lead to a new round of political conflict in Thailand, while 71.91% believe that…

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Dengue fever cases in Thailand on the rise

Dengue fever is on the rise, with a total of 13,126 cases, including 12 fatalities, being reported so far this year. This is a 2.2 fold increase over the same…

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PM Srettha says he has no plan to meet with Thaksin yet

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said today that he has no immediate plan to meet with convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but wishes him a happy reunion with his family…

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Move Forward party calls for equal justice for all

The opposition Move Forward party has called for justice equality and an end to double standards, citing the privileges allegedly accorded to convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. In a…

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Thaksin freed on parole and returns to Ban Chan Song La residence

Thaksin Shinawatra was released on parole and returned to his family mansion, Ban Chan Song La in Bangkok, this morning. This is the first glimpse the media has had of…

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House passes land bridge project feasibility report despite opposition

Southern and Move Forward MPs unanimously voiced their opposition to the government’s ambitious land bridge mega project, questioning the credibility of its feasibility study. They remain unconvinced that the project…

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Thais rally to offer moral support to Princess Sirindhorn

Officials at several ministries wore purple T-shirts today, in a spontaneous display of moral support for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, following a recent incident on a Bangkok expressway in…

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Public and private sectors asked to let staff work from home next 3 days

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have sought cooperation from both the public and private sectors in and around Bangkok by allowing their…

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Two detained reform activists vow to go on hunger strike

Monarchy reform activists Tantawan Tuatulanon and Natthanon Chaimahabutra have vowed to go on hunger strike in prison and not to continue to seek bail, after the Criminal Court rejected their…

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Police seeking two Scots in connection with Myanmar businessman’s murder

Police are looking for two Scottish men, accused by a Myanmar woman of killing her son and robbing him of about 5 million baht in cash at an apartment on…

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Two monarchy reform campaigners in court for detention extension

Taluwang group leading members, Tantawan Tuatulanon and Natthanon Chaimahabutra, were escorted from Chalong Krung police station to the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court this morning to have their detentions extended. Police went…

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Bangkok administration lacks funding to build three mass transit lines

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has decided to scrap the construction of three mass transit projects, due to a shortage of money, and to transfer them to the Ministry of…

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PM reiterates Thai government’s intention to tackle debt problem

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has reiterated the government’s determination to resolve formal and informal debt problems within the 4-year term of his administration. He said that the progress in tackling…

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Slow economic growth, lack of foreign investment are major challenges

Thailand’s biggest economic challenge is that its economy has been growing at slower pace, about 3% per annum, than Malaysia and China, at about 5% annually, because it lacks the…

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Black roses are the latest trend, despite Thailand’s long-held belief of them as a symbol of immortality, death, and the supernatural.

Roses, lovers and cats – Pak Khlong Talat at dusk

Pak Khlong Talat, the Bangkok flower market, runs from midday into the night, seven days a week. While it’s never empty, Valentine’s Day gave tourists and locals a timely excuse…

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Move over elephant pants, “Capybara pants” are here!

While Thai elephant pants have become a viral sensation, Khao Kheow Open Zoo, in Thailand’s Chonburi province, has introduced its new “capybara pants”, which are expected to go on sale…

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Revised regulation on meth pill possession is nothing new – Health Minister

The Ministry of Public Health and the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) have defended a revised ministerial regulation which treats a person who possesses five meth pills, instead…

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Volunteer killed, four injured in roadside explosion in Narathiwat

A defence volunteer was killed and four others were injured in a roadside explosion in Janae district of Thailand’s southernmost province of Narathiwat today. The incident occurred just a few…

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Thaksin’s opponents to petition justice minister to deny him parole

A group of opponents plans to submit a petition to Justice Minister Tawee Sodsong tomorrow at Government House, protesting against parole for convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Meanwhile, a…

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Five immigration officers jailed for 15 years each for extortion

Five immigration police officers were sentenced to 15 years in prison each today, after they were found guilty by the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases of extorting 10…

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Police claim hidden elements behind Taluwang anti-monarchy group

Police believe that hidden elements are behind a recent incident, in which members of the anti-monarchy Taluwang group sounded a car horn at the convoy of HRH Princess Maha Chakri…

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Government to roll out new measures to tackle Thai indebtedness

The Thai government is expected to announce new measures today to solve the debt problems of Thai people, after it was revealed that, by the end of last year, household…

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Three weeks of Songkran celebrations begin April 1

Thailand will celebrate this year’s Songkran festival for three weeks nationwide, starting on April 1st, in the hope that the planned fun-filled activities will develop the traditional water-splashing event into…

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Joint Thai-Cambodian working group to fight cross-border pollution

Thailand and Cambodia today recognised the importance of reducing cross-border airborne pollution by agreeing to establish a joint working group, including the setting up of a hotline for the sharing…

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Over 5,000 “Muay Thai” boxers gathering to set world record

More than 5,000 Muay Thai boxers from Thailand and 60 other countries took part in a ceremony to pay respects to Muay Thai teachers during the Amazing Muay Thai World…

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37 protected forests off-limits to outsiders to prevent bushfires

Thirty-seven protected forests, including several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, have been declared off-limits to outsiders without prior permission to enter, as the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant…

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UNESCO certifies Songkran as part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage

UNESCO has issued an official certificate inscribing Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year festival, as part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage, following the intergovernmental convention for the safeguarding of intangible…

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[FILE] The logo of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is seen at its headquarters in Beijing on June 15, 2023. (Photo by Jade Gao / AFP)

The AIIB is interested in land bridge project – PM Srettha

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is interested in the huge land bridge project in southern Thailand, from an investment perspective, and in educational development, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said…

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Was elephant pant wearing record bid cause of fashion panel resignation?

A plan, conceived by the Tourism of Thailand (TAT), to set five Guinness world records, including wearing the most pairs of elephant pants in sixty seconds, expected to take place…

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Move Forward claims Charter Court ruling will impact rights, liberties and democracy

The opposition Move Forward party announced today that it never had and has no future intention whatsoever to undermine the monarchy and claimed that the Constitutional Court’s ruling today will…

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Suspected knife attacker moved to Bangkok remand home

The 14-year-old school boy, who allegedly stabbed his fellow student to death at their school in Bangkok’s Suan Luang district on Monday, has been moved to the juvenile observation and…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on January 29, 2024 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin (R) shaking hands with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT / AFP)

China to lend Thailand a new panda – PM

China has agreed to lend a new panda to Thailand and has expressed interest in the land bridge mega project, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said today, following his discussion with…

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Suspected young knife attacker requires psychiatric assessment

The secondary education student who allegedly stabbed his classmate to death at a Bangkok school this morning will be sent for psychiatric assessment, said Pol Col Vachirakorn Wongboon, superintendent of…

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Phumtham insists government think ahead if Thailand is to progress

The government must think laterally and ahead, otherwise Thailand will become bogged down and will not move forward. This has been the case over the past ten years and the…

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Arrest warrants issued for nine suspects in Pathumwan college student’s murder

The Criminal Court has issued warrants for the arrests of nine suspects wanted by the police for alleged involvement in the murder of a student from the Pathumwan Institute of…

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Student stabbed to death at a municipal school in Bangkok

A secondary education student was fatally stabbed by a classmate at a municipal school in Bangkok’s Suan Luang district this morning. The victim died shortly after arriving at hospital. Suan…

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Move Forward MP Rukchanok acquitted on defamation charge

The Bangkok North District Court acquitted Move Forward MP Rukchanok Srinork today on a defamation charge filed against her by two well-known TV hosts. The grounds for acquittal were that…

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Buriram province becoming an ideal place for water bird watching

Tweeters can enjoy water bird watching at this time of the year at the Sanambin Reservoir Non-Hunting Area in Prakhon Chai district of Thailand’s north-eastern province of Buriram. From November…

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34.66% want the “digital wallet” scheme to be scrapped – NIDA Poll

34.66% of respondents to NIDA Poll suggest that the government should scrap the digital wallet scheme, to distribute 10,000 baht to most Thai nationals 16 or older, and 68.85% say…

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China, Thailand sign mutual visa waiver agreements

Thailand and China agreed on Sunday to waive visa requirements for each other’s nationals to facilitate travel and tourism between the two countries, hurt by COVID-19. Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree…

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270 million baht to be sought for promotion of this year’s Songkran festival

The Soft Power Strategy Committee is to request about 270 million baht from the government for the promotion of this year’s Songkran Festival, in an attempt to make it part…

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Briton dies in failed parachute jump from Pattaya condo

A British citizen died on Saturday when he attempted to base jump from the 29th floor of a condominium in Pattaya but his parachute failed to deploy. Pattaya police say…

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Nine arrest warrants sought following death of Pathumwan vocational student

Bangkok’s Pathumwan district police are to seek warrants for the arrests of nine former students of a rival institution suspected of involvement in the murder of a student at the…

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iTV does not owe ฿2.8Bn in unpaid concession fees – Supreme Court

The Supreme Administrative Court upheld the ruling of the Administrative Court today, dismissing the lawsuit, filed by the secretariat of the Prime Minister’s Office, demanding 2.8 billion baht in unpaid…

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15 people on a fishing trip rescued from capsized boat off Koh Kut

Fifteen passengers and crew from a boat engaged in a fishing trip, about 16 miles from Koh Kut in the Gulf of Thailand, were safely rescued after their vessel capsized…

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Cool weather and winds forecast in central, north and northeast tomorrow

Temperatures in Thailand’s north-eastern, northern, eastern and central regions, including Bangkok and its vicinity, are forecast drop by another 1-6oC tomorrow, as a result of a strong cold front which…

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Two French nationals implicated in production of fake French ID cards

Two male French nationals, who used to teach English at a foundation in Chiang Mai, have been accused of producing and selling fake French ID cards to illegal immigrants in…

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More charges filed against two of five young Aranyaprathet murder suspects

Additional charges of rape and assault are to be filed against two of the five boys currently being held at two remand homes, in Sa Kaeo and Chanthaburi provinces, on…

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COVID-19 hospital admissions increase 12.9% during the past week

COVID-19 infections in Thailand are on the rise, with 718 patients being admitted to hospitals between January 14th and20th. Of these, 11 have died, compared to four a week earlier,…

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GLO to issue a million new 3-digit lottery tickets, possibly in June this year

The Government Lottery Office will go ahead with issuing 3-digit lottery tickets in the middle of this year, to draw gamblers away from illegal 3-digit lottery and to solve the…

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Senators’ motion seeking general debate submitted

A motion was submitted to Senate Speaker Pornpetch Wichitcholchai today by a group of senators, seeking general debate against the government, but without a concluding vote. One of the senators,…

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Move Forward confident that Pita will be cleared in iTV shareholding case

The opposition Move Forward party believes that its former leader, Pita Limjaroenrat, will be cleared of a charge that he held a stake in the iTV media company when he…

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Temp down by 1-4 degrees in Northeast and East, PM2.5 easing in and around Bangkok

A strong cold front from China is forecast to cover the northeast and east of Thailand today and this will push temperatures down by 2-4 degrees celsius and 1-3 degrees celsius respectively. Minimum…

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Thick haze shrouds Bangkok and vicinity this morning

Bangkok and its vicinity are shrouded in a thick haze on Friday morning, as the amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere has exceeded the standard threshold in 79 areas…

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Thaksin Shinawatra

Prison officials say Thaksin eligible for parole

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is eligible for parole which may see him freed potentially without having to spend a single night in jail despite the eight-year prison term handed…

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former Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob

Charter Court rules Saksayam’s ministerial post ended on March 3rd last year

The Constitutional Court ruled by 7 votes to 1 today that former Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob’s post as a minister ended on March 3rd last year, after it was discovered…

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At least 23 killed in firework factory explosion in Suphan Buri

At least 23 people have been killed and several others injured in an explosion at a firework factory in Suan Taeng sub-district of Suphan Buri province this afternoon. The identities…

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Police raid online gambling website operator at a pool villa in Chiang Mai

Officers from the Technology Crime Suppression Division raided an illegal online gambling website installation and arrested 12 administrators at a poolside villa in downtown Chiang Mai on Saturday. The police…

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15 children injured during emergency bridge demonstration in Satun

Fifteen children sustained minor injuries when a sling holding an emergency bridge snapped, sending it and its occupants crashing onto the ground, during a Children’s Day exhibition in Khuan Don…

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One killed and another injured in a plane crash in Chon Buri

One foreigner was killed and another was seriously injured when their two-seater single-prop plane crashed into an open field in Chon Buri province Saturday morning. Emergency services at the crash…

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Kids across Thailand celebrate Children’s Day

Many children across Thailand are having a joyful day as government agencies and numerous businesses roll out various in-door and out-door activities to entertain them on this year’s Children’s Day….

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Corrections Dept allows Thaksin to remain at Police General Hospital

The Corrections Department has granted permission for convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to continue to receive medical treatment at the Police General Hospital after the expiration of the 120-day…

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Three former Bhumjaithai MPs banned from contesting elections for life

Three former MPs of the Bhumjaithai party have been stripped of their right to contest elections for life and have had their voting rights suspended for ten years by the…

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Ex-labour ministers and senior officials implicated in human trafficking probe

Two former labour ministers, who served between 2020 and 2023, and two senior labour officials have been implicated by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Office of the…

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Morning haze, not mist, in and around Bangkok today

The opaque atmosphere in and around Bangkok during the morning hours of the past few days, including today, is not mist, but haze from the accumulation of PM2.5 dust in…

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Two police officers injured in in Yala attack Wednesday

Two border patrol police officers were shot and seriously injured when gunmen, believed to be insurgents, opened fire as they stopped to buy provisions from a grocery in the Banang…

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PM seeks weekly meetings with central bank governor

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has floated the idea of weekly meeting with Bank of Thailand Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput, after both of them met at Government House yesterday to discuss the…

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COVID-19 is remains a health threat for Thailand this year

COVID-19 will remain Thailand’s most significant health threat this year and the number of infections may reach 650,000, with a predicted death toll of over 800, by the end of…

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11 sectors and activities recognised as part of Thailand’s soft power

The National Soft Power Strategy Committee has recognised 11 sectors and activities for promotion as elements of Thailand’s soft power. It has also approved a 3 billion baht budget to…

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Rival students clash on Pathumwan skywalk

One student was injured in a clash between rivals from two technology institutes on the Pathumwan skywalk in Bangkok’s Pathumwan district Monday evening. Pathumwan police said that about 40 rival…

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Land bridge project public hearings held in Chumphon and Ranong

People in the southern provinces of Ranong and Chumphon are divided over the controversial land bridge project, with the business sector and most local community leaders in favour, while civic…

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Footbridge over Asian Highway hit by truck and collapses

A pedestrian overpass collapsed, blocking the outbound lanes of the Asian Highway in Ang Thong province this morning, after it was hit by an articulated truck. The accident occurred at…

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“30-baht Plus” health care scheme to start in eight more provinces in March

The “30-baht Plus” health care scheme, under which only an ID card is needed to get access to medical care at state hospitals, private hospitals, clinics and pharmacies which join…

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Doctors send report on Thaksin’s illnesses to Corrections Department

Justice Minister Tawee Sodsong said that doctors at the Police General Hospital have sent a report on convicted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s health to the director-general of the Corrections…

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Thai Sang Thai party secretary-general resigns

Thai Sang Thai party-list MP Thakorn Tansathit has quit as the party’s secretary-general after three MPs defied the Opposition whip by supporting the government’s budget bill. In his letter, addressed…

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Budget bill sails through its first reading in the House

The House of Representatives passed the first reading of the budget bill for the 2024 fiscal year tonight, after three days of debate. The bill was approved by 311:177 votes,…

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No need for “bodyguards” during budget bill debate – PM

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said today that he does not need “bodyguards”, a term used to describe MPs who speak to defend a minister, during the 3-day debate on the…

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128 people die on Thailand’s roads in first three days of holiday period

51 more people died and 416 others were injured in 424 road accidents across the country on the third of the “Seven Dangerous Days” of the New Year holiday period,…

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54.4 billion baht tourism revenue forecast during New Year holidays

Tourism and tourism-related activities during this year’s festive season are expected to generate about 54.4 billion baht in revenue, a 44% increase over last year, according to the Tourism Authority…

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Government is building better future for Thai children – PM

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said that his government has implemented medium and long-term policies to build the foundations of a better future for Thai children after nine years of what…

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King urges Thais to face challenges in the New Year together

His Majesty the King has called on all Thai people to be cooperative and resolute, using their wisdom, capabilities, knowledge and reasoning to solve any problems in 2024. If everyone…

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People across the nation ready to celebrate the arrival of 2024 tonight

Thais and foreign visitors across the country will be counting down to the New Year tonight and celebrating into the early hours. Many Buddhists will seek blessings from deities in…

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Almost 114,000 informal debtors seek government help during the past month

By the time registration ended yesterday, 113,859 informal debtors had registered seeking government help to mediate their combined 7.35 billion baht in debt to 84,313 informal lenders. According to Interior…

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31 dead, 404 injured on the roads on second day of New Year holidays

31 people died and 404 others were injured in 385 road accidents yesterday, bringing the death toll for the first two of the “Seven Dangerous Days” to 71, with 739…

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Pita to resume Move Forward leadership if cleared by Constitutional Court

Move Forward party leader Chaithawat Tulathon said he is ready to step aside to allow Pita Limjaroenrat to replace him, if cleared by the Constitutional Court on January 24th of…

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Over 27 million foreign tourists visited Thailand in 2023

27,252,488 foreign tourists visited Thailand between January 1st and December 24th this year, meeting the 25-28 million foreign arrivals target. People from Malaysia topped the list, with 4,439,480 arrivals, followed…

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Warning over increase in Zika virus infections in Bangkok

A warning has been issued about increasing Zika virus infections in Bangkok, by Professor Dr. Yong Poovorawan, chief of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty of…

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Top shots of 2023

2023 has been a year of hope, despair and even more scandals. Here is a look back at the stories that made headlines throughout the year, as seen through the…

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Collection of train fares on Pink Line may be postponed

The commercial launch of the Pink Line monorail service, originally scheduled for January 3, may be postponed if the replacement parts for the detached conductor rail are not delivered in…

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Pang Nanode gets life in prison for attempted murder

The Phatthalung Provincial Court sentenced Chavalit Thongduang, aka Pang Nanode, and four other co-defendants to life in prison yesterday after being found guilty of assaulting and attempting to murder a…

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New social security board elected amid poor voter turnout

Seven new members of the social security board, representing the nation’s employees, have been elected by about 150,000 voters, representing an 18.3% turnout of eligible voters. This was the first…

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Seven boats sink in Gulf and Andaman Sea in four days, eight people still missing

Six tour boats and a fishing vessel have sunk in the Gulf and the Andaman Sea in the past four days. Two passengers, a skipper and five crew are still…

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Worker killed at Purple Line train station construction site

One construction worker was fatally injured when a steel sheet fell and struck him on the head at the construction site of the Purple Line’s Wongwian Yai station in Bangkok…

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