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Man found dead in smoke-filled pickup, wife believes depression led to suicide
PHUKET: A 24-year-old man whose body was found in his pickup truck parked in front of his rented room in central Phuket last night (Nov 13) is believed to have committed suicide in s fit of depression.
Budget airlines ask for fuel tax cut
BANGKOK: Five major budget airlines have requested that the Finance Ministry reduce the excise tax on jet fuel because carriers are floundering as tourism sags, costs surge and the baht strengthens.
Anti-fake news centre hails first arrest
BANGKOK: One suspected hacker has been arrested since the launch of the government’s Anti-Fake News Centre on Oct 11, Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said yesterday (Nov 13).
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Hong Kong tourist rescued at Merlin beach remains in coma
PHUKET: A 50-year-old Chinese tourist from Hong Kong remains in a coma at Bangkok Hospital Phuket after he was pulled from the water unconscious at Merlin Beach, south of Patong, earlier today (Nov 13).
Main road through Samkong to close nightly for drain repairs
PHUKET: Both lanes of Yaowarat Rd from Samkong Rd to Bangkok Hospital Phuket will be closed each night from 10pm to 5am until the end of the month so workers can carry out repairs to wastewater drains, Phuket City Municipality announced today (Nov 13).
Chalong’s Soi Palai closed, five cars damaged as crane tuck fells power lines
PHUKET: Chalong Mayor Samran Jindapon today ordered the popular street Soi Palai closed after a crane truck snagged power lines and brought down nine power pylons, leaving residents in the area without electricity supply.
Paralegal charged with murder of courtroom killer
BANGKOK: Police today (Nov 13) arrested a paralegal on a charge of fatally shooting a retired deputy police inspector-general who had shot dead two people at Chanthaburi Court in Muang district yesterday.
Kata project to transform ‘wastewater canal’ into eco-tourism attraction
PHUKET: The Kata-Karon Hotel Business Association, Karon Municipality and a team from the Urban Design and Development Center (UDDC) at Chulalongkorn University have launched a project to transform a canal in Kata reeking with wastewater into the pristine nature tourist attraction.
Suspect arrested with 20,400 ya bah pills, 700g of ice
PHUKET: Following up on information from previous drug arrests, police have arrested a 26-year-old man from Phang Nga with more than 20,000 methamphetamine (ya bah) pills and more than 700 grams of crystal meth (ya ice).
 
The Thaiger
Prostitution, the CIA, David Bowie and Patpong – Undercover in Bangkok infamous red light district

PHOTO: patpongmuseum.com Let’s start from the very beginning, a very good place to start. Where did Bangkok’s Patpong get its name? It actually goes back to a Chinese immigrant named Luang Patpongpanich. He purchased the land when it was just a banana plantation (I can hear the Benny Hill theme already). During World War II, so the […]

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MP removed after murder conviction

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled that convicted murderer Nawat Tohcharoensuk is no longer a member of Parliament, effective as of October 16. Nawat was found guilty in Khon Kaen in September of arranging the murder of a local official six years ago. He was sentenced to death and ordered to pay 300,000 baht for the […]

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Thailand’s beaches now more expensive than European resorts – report

PHOTO: Ministry of Villas The cost of a holiday in popular Thai beach resorts is now on par with, or even higher than those in Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Egypt – all closer to home for Europeans with lower flight costs and less travel time. Diethelm Travel Group report that the cost of a […]

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Anti-corruption commission says government officials guilty of taking bribes in power plant agreement

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is accusing the Thai government of accepting bribes from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, the Japanese company awarded the contract to build a power plant in the southern Thai city of Nakhon Si Thammarat. NACC secretary-general, Worawit Sukboon, alleges that four government officials accepted a 20 million baht bribe from the […]

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Government confirms 2020 ban on single-use plastic bags

In a move that some would say has been a long time coming, the Thai government has announced that single-use plastic bags will be banned at shopping malls, convenience stores, and supermarkets from January 1, 2020. Thai Residents says the ban was confirmed by government spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul, who says the move is part of […]

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School funding challenge for bilingual curriculum

The secretary-general of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), Amnat Wichayanuwat, says plans to introduce a bilingual school curriculum at all grade levels have thrown up an obstacle for meeting funding requirements. The bilingual curriculum plans were announced by the Education Minister last week in an effort to improve English proficiency among the […]

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“Be water” and “Blossom everywhere”: Hong Kong protesters’ attempts to outsmart police

As the protests that have brought Hong Kong to a standstill show no signs of ending, demonstrators are employing new tactics in an attempt to overcome the police. AFP reports that flash-mobs are springing up across different parts of the city since Monday, as 7½ million people attempt to create as much chaos as possible. […]

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PM not bothered by threats from smaller coalition parties to remove support

The PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he’s not too concerned by threats from five coalition parties to withhold support unless the government provides satisfactory answers during the upcoming no-confidence grilling. Thai PBS World says the PM claims all parties are getting along fine, adding that while he can’t make any party vote in a particular way, […]

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Immigration nabs foreign criminals

Three foreign nationals have been arrested, as well as a Thai man supplying fake documents. The Immigration Bureau held a press conference Tuesday giving details of the arrests. The first suspect is 45 year old Chen Ying, a Chinese national who allegedly used forged documents to get bank loans. Chen is wanted by Chinese authorities […]

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University to let ladyboys wear female uniforms

Chulalongkorn University has finally agreed to allow transgender students to the wear female uniforms. For Ince Jirapat, a transgender student, it was a dream come true. In November 2018, Jirapat, a student at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Education, was forbidden to wear a female uniform in class and was insulted by a lecturer. Jirapat turned […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Budget airlines ask for fuel tax cut
Five major budget airlines have requested that the Finance Ministry reduce the excise tax on jet fuel because carriers are floundering as tourism sags, costs surge and the baht strengthens.
DSI vows no loopholes in 'Billy' case
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) expects to wrap up its probe into the murder of Karen activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen and file charges by the deadline.
Parina defends 'family' land
Deputy Agriculture Minister Thamanat Prompow defended Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MP Parina Kraikupt against encroachment allegations on Wednesday, saying her family had lived on the disputed land prior to the enactment of land reforms.
Govt unveils 'one-stop shop' app
A new mobile phone application that was designed to be a one-stop shop for tourists planning to visit Thailand was unveiled on Wednesday.
Opposition seeks meeting on charter
The opposition is seeking a special House session on Nov 22 to deliberate a motion to set up a committee to study constitutional amendments and a motion to form a committee to study the impacts of orders and announcements issued under Section 44 by the now-defunct National Council for Peace and Order.
Fungal disease damaging southern rubber plantations
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry is trying to limit the spread of a fungal disease that has damaged rubber trees in four southern provinces.
Graft busters say 4 officials demanded B20m bribe from Japanese firm
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has found four senior local officials guilty of demanding a 20-million-baht bribe from a Japanese firm hired to build a power plant in Nakhon Si Thammarat in exchange for allowing oversized boats to use a port.
Paralegal charged with murder of courtroom killer
Police on Wednesday arrested a paralegal on a charge of fatally shooting a retired deputy police inspector-general who had shot dead two people at Chanthaburi Court in Muang district on Tuesday.
Festive hype bears hope
Retailers are anticipating improved shopping sentiment during the festive season and are pouring money into marketing to stimulate purchases in 2019's final two months.
THAI hopes to pare losses to B2.2 billion
Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) is expected to post a loss of around 2.2 billion baht this year, significantly less than its initially projected 10 billion baht in losses, according to Sumeth Damrongchaitham.
 
NationThailand.com - News
Thai Airways cancels hiring of 200 flight attendants 
Thai Airways has called off the hiring of 200 flight attendants and will refund the application fee to applicants within one or two days, said President Sumeth Damrongchaitham, adding that the state carrier will issue an statement on the cancellation.
Overtourism ruffles feathers of Japanese locals
A surge in foreign visitors and overtourism are increasingly causing problems for local Japanese residents.
Bid urged for management of 3 provincial airports
The Department of Airports should call a bid for professional management of its three provincial airports in Udon Thani, Tak, and Burirum, said Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam.
Clerk who shot at court shooter charged with attempted murder.
Chanthaburi courthouse clerk Thanakorn Therawarodom has been charged with attempted murder after he snatched a gun from police and allegedly fatally shot Pol Maj-General Thanin Chantharatip who on Tuesday allegedly went on a shooting spree in the court, killing two people and injuring two.
Four new stations on Skytrain green line to open next month
Sakoltee Phattiyakul, deputy Bangkok governor along with representatives from the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), Bangkok Mass Transit System Pcl (BTSC) and Krungthep Thanakom (KT) welcomed members of the media on Wednesday (November 13) afternoon to the test run of the Skytrain green line extension from Mo Chit to Khu Khot.
Riding condo success, Ananda sees profits restored in Q3
Property firm Ananda Development has bounced back from a decline in profits in the second quarter with a Bt234-million take in the third, a 95-per-cent jump from one quarter to the next, chief financial officer Chaiyuth Chunnahacha said on Wednesday (November 13).
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Government 'ready' for censure debate
The Palang Pracharath Party and its coalition partners are ready to face a no-confidence motion, Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said on Thursday.
Stricken wife shoots husband, then kills herself
CHACHOENGSAO: A 38-year-old woman afflicted with throat cancer and other illnesses shot her husband, the local kamnan, in the head and then killed herself at their house in Muang district.
Phnom Penh draws 4.7 million visitors during water festival
More than 4.7 million tourists visited the capital during the three-day Water Festival holiday, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Tourism.
Krathong floats still clog Ping River
CHIANG MAI: Krathong floats are still being collected from the Ping River, three days after the end of the Loy Krathong festival.
Cambodia to free more arrested opposition activists on bail
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday has ordered the release on bail of more than 70 opposition activists arrested in recent weeks and accused of plotting to overthrow his government.
36 Japanese men detained in Manila over alleged phone scam
MANILA: Thirty-six Japanese men have been detained in Manila over an alleged phone scam targeting people in Japan, Philippine immigration sources said on Thursday.
Russian overstayed 7 years
SURAT THANI: A Russian man has been arrested on Koh Samui in Surat Thani for overstaying his visa by 2,861 days.
Hong Kong protesters fire arrows, choke city for fourth day
HONG KONG: Pro-democracy protesters challenging China's rule of Hong Kong on Thursday choked the city for a fourth straight working day, firing arrows at police, barricading roads and disrupting transport links, as schools and businesses closed.
Australian universities to list foreign ties to thwart offshore interference
SYDNEY: Australian universities will name overseas research partners, list financial dealings with other countries and share cyber intelligence with national security agencies to curb foreign interference, Education Minister Dan Tehan said on Thursday.
Hong Kong's universities now citadels under siege
HONG KONG: Seething with anger, the black-clad students hurled gasoline bombs, threw bricks and even aimed flaming arrows at riot police, who answered with tear-gas volleys and rubber bullets that hurtled into Hong Kong’s university grounds for the first time.
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