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Thailand considers tolls for roads used by cross-border motorists

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Thailand considers tolls for roads used by cross-border motorists

- BANGKOK: Thailand might collect tolls for roads used by motorists crossing the border from neighbouring countries, a senior government official said on Monday (Jun 26), China’s Xinhua news agency reported. According to Wilairat Sirisophonsilp, deputy director of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, the agency is conducting a feasibility study on its plan to collect tolls for highways and roads on which motorists from the neighboring states may use while travelling by car in the country

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$245k job contract: Thai girl in MRT accident picked to boost others’ morale

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$245k job contract: Thai girl in MRT accident picked to boost others’ morale

- The Thai girl who lost both her legs in an MRT accident in Singapore six years ago can look forward to getting a new pair of prosthetic legs. Ms Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, now 21, has landed a six-month contract at a hospital that pays one million baht (S$40,800) a month. A pair of prosthetic legs costs about five million baht. Dr Adison Phatthradun, director of the World Medical Hospital (WMH), said Ms Nitcharee was chosen to be a "happiness observer" because of her inspiring story about how she overcame the loss of her legs

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Thai fuel tanker sailing to Singapore attacked by pirates in Malaysian waters

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Thai fuel tanker sailing to Singapore attacked by pirates in Malaysian waters

- KUALA LUMPUR — A Thai-registered tanker fell victim to maritime pirates who syphoned 1.5 million litres of diesel from the vessel last week. According to Thai Royal Navy Rear Admiral (RAdm) Pornchai Pinthong, the incident took place in Malaysian waters off the coast of Kuantan on Friday (June 23). The vessel had 3.8 million litres of diesel prior to the attack

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Tags: Fuel |  Diesel | 
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Myanmar, Thailand torch $1 billion of seized drugs

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Myanmar, Thailand torch $1 billion of seized drugs

- PIC: Myanmar police walk near the site where confiscated drugs were burnt to commemorate World Anti-Drugs Day on the outskirts of Yangon on Monday. (AFP) CRIME | DRUGS Myanmar and Thailand started torching nearly $1 billion worth of seized narcotics on Monday, a defiant show of force as law enforcement struggles to stem the rising flow of drugs in the region

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Thailand charges activist for defying junta orders

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Thailand charges activist for defying junta orders

- BANGKOK: A Thai activist was charged on Monday with defying the orders of the military government, the latest critic to be arrested for activities outlawed since a 2014 coup. Rangsiman Rome, 25, who was arrested on Sunday, was charged by a military prosecutor in Bangkok. He faces four charges including taking part in an illegal gathering in 2015 and defying a junta order by distributing leaflets against a constitutional referendum in 2016

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Is the Thai-Chinese railway a raw deal?

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Is the Thai-Chinese railway a raw deal?

- Despite repeated assurances to the contrary from the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, the planned Thai-Chinese high-speed rail continues to attract scepticism. The government’s explanation does not add up. Instead, it exposes the weaknesses and ill-effects of using unchecked power under Section 44 of the coup-sanctioned interim Constitution, which is somehow allowed under the 2017 charter. In the longer term, the Thai-Chinese railway may end up being a raw deal for Thailand, and many Thais may not look back favourably towards China for it

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Trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand, recalls glory days of old Siam

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Trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand, recalls glory days of old Siam

- Just an hour outside of the city, this UNESCO-listed heritage site, founded in 1350, was the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Bustling with commerce, it was one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, welcoming diplomats from far-flung nations. But in 1797, 250 years ago, the Burmese moved in and demolished the kingdom, forcing inhabitants to move upriver and establish a new capital -- Bangkok

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Thailand’s Messi Jay out to prove himself in J-League

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Thailand’s Messi Jay out to prove himself in J-League

- SAPPORO - Thailand midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin wants to prove himself in Japan as he begins his spell at Japanese club Consadole Sapporo. The diminutive star, who is dubbed ‘Messi Jay’, arrived in Japan on Tuesday (June 20) to play for the Hokkaido-based team on a 18-month loan deal from Thai League 1 champions SCG Muang Thong United. The 23-year-old playmaker is the first player from Thailand to play in the J-League’s top-flight

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Thai revolution activist arrested - Regional

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Thai revolution activist arrested - Regional

- Bangkok: Thai authorities have detained an activist attempting to mark the 1932 revolution that ended absolute monarchy, police said, a historical event that has become increasingly taboo under an ultra-royalist junta. The bloodless revolution on June 24, 1932, launched parliamentary democracy in Thailand, but the decades since have been punctuated by frequent military coups, including the putsch that ushered in the current army-led government

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Man tries to smuggle baby orangutans in suitcase to Thailand

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Man tries to smuggle baby orangutans in suitcase to Thailand

- The animals were packed into plastic boxes and suitcases loaded into Ismail Bin Ahmad’s car, officials said. The 63-year-old was stopped Wednesday as he was attempting to drive through a border checkpoint in Thailand’s southern Songkhla province – part of an insurgency-torn region known as a funnel for drugs, weapons and other contraband.“The suspect said he was hired to transport the animals from (neighbouring) Perlis state in Malaysia to Hat Yai (in Thailand) for 1,000 baht (S$41),” Prach Kongthong, a wildlife officer manning the checkpoint, told AFP

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Thai trainees complete Japanese teaching program in Saitama Pref. in style

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Thai trainees complete Japanese teaching program in Saitama Pref. in style

- SAITAMA -- Fifty Thai trainee teachers have returned to their home country, having completed a special training program on Japanese language teaching here. The some two-month program, held at the Japan Foundation's Japanese-Language Institute in Saitama's Urawa Ward, helped prepare the trainees for teaching Japanese language in high schools in Thailand. In total, 200 trainees have taken part in the program

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A journey to good health

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A journey to good health

- Cycling has given retired Thai businessman Tawatchai Eakturapakal a new lease of life. This has driven Tawatchai to promote cycling for health tirelessly. The 69-year-old philanthrophist is the president of a provincial cycling club who organises weekend cycling trips to different parts of Thailand. Last year, he was awarded a royal insignia by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, in recognition of his services to the country

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‘Dog poop’ jellies a Bangkok hit - Regional

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‘Dog poop’ jellies a Bangkok hit - Regional

- Bangkok: A dessert-maker in Thailand has been flooded with orders ever since she started crafting gelatinous sweets into the shape – and colour – of dog poop. “It’s strange, people like it!” Wilaiwan Mee-Nguen said from the small kitchen in her Bangkok home, where she whips up the unusual confection made of coconut milk, gelatin and food colouring. The 30-year-old office worker, who spends weekends working on her small side business, said it started when a customer requested an “unusual shape” and she decided to do something eye-catching

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Dog poop for dessert: Turd-shaped treats a hit in Thailand

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Dog poop for dessert: Turd-shaped treats a hit in Thailand

- BANGKOK (AFP) - It might turn some stomachs, but a dessert-maker in Thailand has been flooded with orders ever since she started crafting gelatinous sweets into the shape - and colour - of dog poop. "It's strange, no-one else makes poop shapes. People like it!" Wilaiwan Mee-Nguen told AFP from the small kitchen in her Bangkok home, where she whips up the unusual confection made of coconut milk, gelatin and food colouring

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Thailand: Prayuth orders end to ‘parading’ of suspects in high-profile cases

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Thailand: Prayuth orders end to ‘parading’ of suspects in high-profile cases

- THAI police will stop the practice of parading suspects during press conferences following an order issued by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha on Friday. Prayuth pointed out that the suspects could speak out to defend themselves in court. His decision to bar arranged public appearances of the suspects comes amid calls from human rights groups and other stakeholders to cease exposing them to the media

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‘Madame’ offers to advise Thai women on how to get a rich foreign husband

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‘Madame’ offers to advise Thai women on how to get a rich foreign husband

- BANGKOK: A Thai woman, who called herself “Madame” and who claims to have dated more than 5,000 foreigners, has become the talk of the town especially among Thai women online because she offers a pricey course on how to catch a rich foreigner. The woman has opened her Facebook page with the account name of Praiya Suriya and has 38,041 followers and 34,676 likes

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  • $245k job contract: Thai girl in MRT accident picked to boost others’ morale
    $245k job contract: Thai girl in MRT accident picked to boost others’ morale

    , straitstimes.com

    The Thai girl who lost both her legs in an MRT accident in Singapore six years ago can look forward to getting a new pair of prosthetic legs. Ms Nitcharee Peneakchanasak, now 21, has landed a six-month contract at a hospital that pays one million baht (S$40,800) a month. A pair of prosthetic legs costs about five million baht. Dr Adison Phatthradun, director of the World Medical Hospital (WMH), said Ms Nitcharee was chosen to be a "happiness observer" because of her inspiring story about how she overcame the loss of her legs

     

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Sports

  • It's official (this time), Ariya ends Ko's reign as No. 1
    It's official (this time), Ariya ends Ko's reign as No. 1

    , channelnewsasia.com

    REUTERS: Ariya Jutanugarn has officially ended Lydia Ko's 85-week reign as the number one player in women's golf following her victory at the Manulife LPGA Classic on Sunday and becomes the first player from Thailand to take top spot in the world rankings. The 21-year-old from Bangkok is the 10th player to be crowned number one since the rankings were created in 2006 and joins an illustrious group that includes Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Yani Tseng and Park In-bee

     

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Business

Technology

  • Thai junta mulling new cyber law giving authorities access to private computer systems
    Thai junta mulling new cyber law giving authorities access to private computer systems

    , straitstimes.com

    BANGKOK (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) - Thailand's junta is mulling a new cyber law that would grant authorities the power to access any private sector computer system, a tool they say is needed to defend against hackers. The Bill was proposed after the massive WannaCry cyber attack sparked havoc in computer systems worldwide, but it is controversial because Thailand has previously adopted cyber laws that have been used as a cudgel against government critics

     

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Health

  • At least 24 injured in hospital explosion in Bangkok
    At least 24 injured in hospital explosion in Bangkok

    , shanghaidaily.com

    AN explosion hit Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok at about 10:00 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) on Monday, injuring at least 24 people. Initial reports said the blast went off at a reception room of retired officials and about 24 people were injured, mostly from being showered with broken window glass, according to Saroch Kheawkhajee, chairman of the Army Medical Department. Three people of the 24 needed further examination, Saroch added

     

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Family & Parenting

  • AP Exclusive: China lawyer's family says US helped them flee
    AP Exclusive: China lawyer's family says US helped them flee

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    BEIJING — Stuck in a Bangkok jail with a deportation order against her, Chen Guiqiu waited with dread over what seemed certain to come next. A Thai immigration official showed her surveillance video of the jail entrance, where more than a dozen Chinese security agents were waiting. Within minutes, Chen feared, she and her two daughters would be escorted back to China, where her husband, prominent rights lawyer Xie Yang, was held on a charge of inciting subversion — and where punishment for attempting to flee surely awaited her

     

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Society & Culture

Entertainment & Arts

  • Twerking star leaves Thai PM hot and bothered
    Twerking star leaves Thai PM hot and bothered

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    BANGKOK — Twerking nine to three is the new way to make a living for a teenage Thai music star whose eye-popping dance moves have enraged the country’s military strongman. Country music singer Lamyai Haithongkham, known for her signature “Nine Levels” twerking routine, has become a sensation in her homeland thanks to the kind of gyrating move that might even make Miley Cyrus pause for thought

     

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Motoring

  • Thai fuel tanker sailing to Singapore attacked by pirates in Malaysian waters
    Thai fuel tanker sailing to Singapore attacked by pirates in Malaysian waters

    , todayonline.com

    KUALA LUMPUR — A Thai-registered tanker fell victim to maritime pirates who syphoned 1.5 million litres of diesel from the vessel last week. According to Thai Royal Navy Rear Admiral (RAdm) Pornchai Pinthong, the incident took place in Malaysian waters off the coast of Kuantan on Friday (June 23). The vessel had 3.8 million litres of diesel prior to the attack

     

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Life & Style

Media & Information

  • Deadline passes but Facebook still available in Thailand
    Deadline passes but Facebook still available in Thailand

    , asiancorrespondent.com

    THAI users reportedly still enjoyed access to Facebook on Tuesday, despite a previous threat by authorities to block the social media site if it failed to remove content in violation of the country’s strict lese majeste laws. The threat issued last week said the social media giant would have until 10am on Tuesday to remove 131 Facebook pages, which were among the 309 pages identified by a Thai court as containing posts critical of the monarchy

     

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