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Phuket’s haphazard lifeguard coverage flamed, comprehensive plan blanked
PHUKET: The continuing fragmented state of lifeguard coverage at Phuket’s beaches has come under harsh criticism for failing to provide a framework that will ensure skilled lifeguards will remain on our beaches, while a comprehensive plan to have trained, professional lifeguards patrolling Phuket’s beaches has fallen on deaf ears.
Myanmar drug woes to spur on peace deals
MYANMAR: Myanmar has promised to speed up peace efforts with ethnic minority groups in order to better tackle drug trafficking across its borders.
Marchers vow ‘barriers wont stop us’
BANGKOK: Anti-regime activists have vowed not to let barriers erected by security forces prevent them marching on Government House today (May 22).
Phuket official blames ‘official processes’ for lifeguard fiasco
PHUKET: Pressed by the media over the ongoing lifeguard debacle at Phuket’s beaches, a leading local official at the centre of the fiasco today blamed “official processes” for causing the current state of lifeguard coverage at Phuket’s beaches.
Chinese woman safe after two-week abduction
BANGKOK: A Chinese woman abducted by five people after arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport from Hong Kong and held for B10 million ransom was found safe on a roadside in Bang Na, Bangkok, 14 days later.
Phuket monkey ‘birth control’ to go to public opinion
PHUKET: Whether or not troupes of wild monkeys across Phuket will be subjected to population control as well as forced relocation will be among the questions put to the public in a series of feedback meetings to be held across the island.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Whale shark search! Islands newest tourist spot? Owning over 49% || May 21
PHUKET XTRA - May 21 Search for whale shark continues off Phuket |:| Bombings in South Thailand |:| Phuket community a new tourist attraction? |:| Protesters warned |:| Pushing to own more than 49% of a business Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
200-year-old Phuket community considered to become new tourist attraction
PHUKET: The Governor of Phuket has stated that it is his intention to turn the 200-year-old Bangrong community in Pa Khlok into a new tourist attraction to bring valuable financial support to the community’s residents.
Dead or alive, search for whale shark continues off Phuket
PHUKET: The director-general of the Department Of Marine And Coastal Resources (DMCR) has confirmed that they will continue to search for another five days for the whale shark seen on video strung up on a fishing boat between Koh Hei and Koh Racha, south of Phuket, last Friday (May 18).
Ramadan bombings rock deep South provinces
SOUTH: A series of violent attacks, mostly bombings, were launched in three southern border provinces yesterday evening (May 20), the fourth day of the Ramadan fasting month. Initial reports suggested several people were injured.
 
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One man, three boys arrested with crystal meth and hundred of methamphetamine pills

A team of the Phuket City Police led by Capt Teerasak Narasri have arrested 29 year old Anucha ‘X’ Damyang. Police sized 0.39 grams of crystal methamphetamine. He was charged with possession of Category 1 drug. The arrest came after police saw Anucha sitting on the side of the road in Soi Rassada Ramluek in […]

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NCPO Four Year anniversary – Has Prayut brought happiness back to Thailand?

COMMENT Today is the fourth anniversary of the NCPO (National Committee of Peace and Order) coup which overthrew the elected Yingluck Shinawatra government in 2014. At the time it was claimed that the coup was necessary to stop Thai protesters harming each other and ‘to bring happiness back to the people’. General Prayut rode into […]

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Tight security in Bangkok and Northeast ahead of pro-election rallies

Authorities are tightening security in Bangkok and the Northeast provinces today as pro-election activists gather to march to Government House with an ultimatum to hold a general election by late this year, not next year as the junta plans. A few hundreds activists led by the Democratic Restoration Group gathered yesterday at Thammasat University’s Tha […]

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Captains to face more charges in whale shark incident

The captain of the ‘Sang Samut 3’ fishing boat, Somsamai Meejom (the fishing vessel at the centre of last Friday’s whale shark catch) says, “We did not realise that the whale shark was caught in fishing net. Boat crews pulled the fishing net up and could feel that it was very heavy. We thought that […]

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Open letter: Phuket Lifeguard Crisis – from The International Surf Lifesaving Association

Heading into this year’s monsoon, the issue of safety along Phuket’s west coast comes sharply into focus. The role of lifeguards on our beaches has been pivotel to saving lives and providing a safer environment for foreign swimmers who are not in tune with the wave conditions and rips (many of them can’t even swim!). […]

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20 baht fake gun bank robber arrested in Krabi

A lone 45 year old robber, Attasit Sriwattana, who robbed a Bangkok Bank brach at the Big C in Muang Krabi on May 18 and escaped with 119,781 baht in cash, was doing a reenactment last Saturday (May 19). On May 18 Attasit robbed the bank at 6.41pm. Attasit used a fake gun to point […]

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Whale shark search starts off Phuket

Yesterday (May 20) a team of officials led by Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Director-General Jatuporn Burutpat went in search of the whale shark that fisherman claim was alive after they freed it from their fishing nets. The searching covered 40 kilometres between Koh Lon, Koh Hey and Koh Bon. Binoculars, drones and echo […]

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Paraquat – Decision to be made about a ban in Thailand this week

Thailand’s National Committee on Hazardous Substances Control will decide whether to ban the domestic use of Paraquat, a herbicide used to control weeds, after consumer protection and industrial groups joined hands to support the ban. The announcement is set to made this Wednesday. At least three of the country’s 47 sugar refineries say they support […]

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Four more drug suspects arrested in Phuket

A team from Phuket’s Provincial Police have arrested four suspects. Police first arrested 27 year old Adisak ‘Kae’ Boonsawang at an apartment in Soi Luk Kaew in Rassada. Police seized 25 of methamphetamine pills. He was taken to the Phuket City Police Station to face charges with possession of Category 1 drug with intend to […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Police block marchers from leaving Thammasat
Police blocked the Na Phra Lan Road in front of Thammasat University late on Tuesday morning to prevent anti-military regime demonstrators leaving for a march to Government House.
Minuscule font bus routes to go large
City Hall is going to spend up to one million baht on redesigning bus route boards after existing ones came under fire from commuters.
Three projects look to get on PPP fast-track
At least three projects worth 447 billion baht under the fast-track public-private partnership scheme are expected to seek the PPP committee's approval this year.
NACC points finger in drug detector case
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has named and charged three officials implicated in the illegal purchase of Alpha 6 narcotics detectors 10 years ago.
Myanmar drug woes to spur on peace deals
Myanmar has promised to speed up peace efforts with ethnic minority groups in order to better tackle drug trafficking across its borders.
Coup regime turns four
Tuesday is the fourth anniversary of the military coup d'etat by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha. It is no cause for celebration. Indeed, protesters will be active today, demanding that Gen Prayut live up to his promise for a return to democratic principles, starting with a free and fair general election. Now the prime minister, Gen Prayut has promised elections every year since he seized control of...
'New Malaysia' can be a catalyst for region
The recent Malaysian political tsunami will endow the country with more equality among different races and render positive impacts for the rest of the region and beyond.
Growth view up to 4.2-4.7%
Following a robust first-quarter performance, the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) on Monday raised its economic growth forecast to 4.2-4.7% this year from 3.6-4.6% in February.
Help the poor, PM
If this government is unable to win over the poor, it is almost guaranteed that the "Burn, Bangkok, Burn" party will return to power and who knows what lame brain policies Thaksin Shinawatra will come up with.
Subsidy for poor children 'ineffective'
The state subsidy intended to help poor families take better care of their children has not reached its 30% target, according to the Thailand Research and Development Institute (TDRI).
 
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Protesters stopped outside Thammasat University
Protesters demanding election were blocked by police just about 100 metres outside Thammasat University on Tuesday morning.
You cannot leave university compound, police tell protesters
Police used a sound truck to order demonstrators in the Thammasat University compound to disperse immediately.
Police set up barricades in front of Thammasat
Police placed metal barricades and formed lines behind them on a road in front of Thammasat University in an attempt to block protesters from marching to Government House.
Police with shields vow to block march of pro-poll group
Ten companies of crowd-control police sent to keep security around Thammasat University are carrying only shields and no batons or firearms.
1,200 policemen deployed around Thammasat
About 1,200 policemen from the Metropolitan Police Bureau and the Border Patrol Police Bureau were dispatched to keep security around Thammasat University at 6am on Tuesday.
Activist groups launch campaign to break up Facebook
A coalition of activist groups on Monday announced a campaign to break up Facebook, arguing that the huge social network "has too much power over our lives and democracy."
ANALYSIS: Growing wealth gap belies reform
Indicators look good on paper but discrepancy between rich and poor has continued to widen under the junta
Tight security in Bangkok and Northeast ahead of pro-election rally today
AUTHORITIES HAVE tightened security in the capital and Northeast provinces today as pro-election activists gather to march to Government House with an ultimatum to hold a general election by late this year, not next year as the junta plans.
SPECIAL REPORT: Experts blast junta for ‘cutting down’ environmental protections
NCPO has used Article 44 to favour business allies while silencing protest from local victims, forum hears
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Junta gets thumbs-down in varsity survey

A survey of 2,175 university students found that most respondents believed the military coup did not solve the country's problems, and the performance of the General Prayut Chan-o-cha-led government during the past four years was "bad or very bad", according to the poll by the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights. The respondents were from 19 universities including Thammasat University, Chulalongkorn Univ-ersity, Prince of Songkla University, Khon Kaen University and Chiang Mai University.


Five woodball players from Perlis among nation's top 12

Five Perlis woodball players are among the top 12 in the country who have successfully qualified for the eighth World Cup Woodball Championship in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this July. Perlis State Woodball Association president Datuk Dr Ir Kamarudin Hussin said the three men and two women players had won several medals during the 2018 National Woodball Tournament held at the Woodball Course in Taman Metropolitan Batu, Kuala Lumpur, last week.


Undesirables out

Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, centre, leads a team of police and officers from other agencies in a raid on an entertainment venue in Bangkok in the early hours of Thursday. Thirty-six foreign nationals and one Thai were detained during Tourist Police-led raids on 104 locations across the country in the early hours of Thursday.


36 foreigners detained in coordinated raids

Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, centre, leads a team of police and officers from other agencies in a raid on an entertainment venue in Bangkok in the early hours of Thursday. Thirty-six foreign nationals and one Thai were detained during Tourist Police-led raids in 104 locations across the country in the early hours of Thursday.


Four years after coup, Thais tire of corruption and democratic delays

When Thailand's army took power in a bloodless coup four years ago, it promised to bring happiness back to the "Land of Smiles" and return the country to democratic rule within two years. FILE PHOTO: Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures during a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 9, 2018.


video Thai Airways' safety instruction video 'lacks Thainess'

Thai Airways International has missed a chance to promote the Thai identity in the new safety instruction video showed on its aircraft, an academic said on Monday. Rungsit Kanjanavanit, the vice president of the Sueb Nakhasathien Foundation, said on his Facebook page that the carrier had missed an opportunity to display Thai flora and fauna to the world in the 5.27-minute-long clip.


Party-hard Thailand is going after rehab tourists

The Dawn Rehab in Chiang Mai province is structured like a resort within tranquil natural surroundings. Thailand, the tropical paradise known as a place to let loose, is starting to get another reputation: as a low-cost option for foreigners looking to dry out While the country's fun-in-the-sun reputation has attracted more than 200 million visitors over the past decade, Thailand in recent years has become one of the world's top medical tourism destinations.


Thai Lion B39M at Chiang Mai on May 12th 2018, engine shut down in flight

A Thai Lion Air Boeing 737-900 MAX, registration HS-LSI performing flight SL-515 from Chiang Mai to Bangkok Don Mueang with 169 people on board, was climbing towards the north out of Chiang Mai when the right hand engine emitted two loud bangs prompting the crew to stop the climb at about FL060, shut the engine down and return to Chiang Mai for a safe landing about 17 minutes after departure. A replacement Boeing 737-900 registration HS-LTI departed with a delay of 4 hours and landed on Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport about 3:50 hours past schedule.


Chula falls to 126th in Times uni ranking

Ten Thai universities are on the Times Higher Education's Emerging Economies University Rankings this year, up from nine in 2017. King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi is ranked in 92nd place, down from 91st last year, while Chulalongkorn University fell from 117th last year to 126th.


Lighting up Lampang

Chae Son National Park in Lampang province is famous for its hot springs. However, not many people know that every April the park's geothermal area becomes the venue for nightly mass gatherings of cicadas.


 
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Police block marchers from leaving Thammasat
Police blocked the Na Phra Lan Road in front of Thammasat University late on Tuesday morning to prevent anti-military regime demonstrators leaving for a march to Government House.
South Korean fraud suspect caught in Chon Buri
CHON BURI: A South Korean wanted for alleged fraud in his home country was detained on Monday night at a condominium on Pattaya-Na Kluea Road in Bang Lamung district, Pol Maj Gen Nanthachat Supphamongkol, chief of provincial police, said on Tuesday.
Sony buys EMI Music Publishing in $1.9bn deal
TOKYO - Japanese entertainment giant Sony on Tuesday announced a US$1.9-billion deal to acquire EMI Music Publishing, one of the world's largest music publishing companies with rights to songs by the likes of Queen and Pharrell Williams.
Gold prices unchanged
The Gold Traders Association on Tuesday morning announced buying prices at 19,192.56 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,550.00 baht per baht-weight for gold bars.
Thai Airways set to broadcast World Cup matches in flight
Passengers on Thai Airways' (THAI) international flights will be able to enjoy live World Cup broadcasts on board from June 14 to July 15.
Minuscule font bus routes to go large
City Hall is going to spend up to one million baht on redesigning bus route boards after existing ones came under fire from commuters.
Operators fret over rising diesel price
Business operators have expressed concern over the rising retail diesel price in some provincial areas, saying they will monitor it over the next few weeks to determine if it will affect transport costs.
Glass Rabbits unveil Tanaboon
Tanaboon Ketsarat was on Monday officially unveiled as a new signing by struggling Bangkok Glass, who have parted with a princely sum of 40 million baht to steal the Thailand midfielder away from Chiang Rai United.
Regtech to get push of data privacy compliance
New compliance regulations concerning digital disruption and data privacy protection are driving opportunities for a new type of startup -- regulatory technology (regtech) -- in Thailand.
NACC points finger in drug detector case
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has named and charged three officials implicated in the illegal purchase of Alpha 6 narcotics detectors 10 years ago.
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