People in Sukhothai coping with the flash floods. Photos: Naewna

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All nine districts of Sukhothai hit by flash floods

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Every district in Sukhothai province has been hit by flash floods after torrential rain over the weekend led to the Yom River overflowing from the northern provinces down to this upper central one.


Drought ironically hits Nakhon Sawan’s outer district

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Two extremes are shaping up in Nakhon Sawan as despite an outer district being hit by drought the capital district is preparing for  flash floods.


Narumon tipped to be named another Trade Representative

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Former deputy labour minister Narumon Pinyosinwat is tipped to be named another Trade Representative joining Nalinee Taveesin in the same capacity.


Couple’s bodies found in container shipped from Philippines

Mystery surrounds the discovery of the dead bodies of a couple found in a container that was shipped to Thailand from the Philippines late last month.


Vote against Pita led to Pornthip being turned away from Iceland restaurant: Chaithawat

Move Forward leader Chaithawat Tulathon said Senator Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunan was turned away from a restaurant in Iceland because senators blocked Pita Limjaroenrat from becoming prime minister and political laws need amending.


Tropical Storm Koinu to hit Thailand during Oct. 9-11

Tropical Storm Koinu is heading westwards and after lashing Taiwan, Hong Kong, Hainan Island with torrential rain will make landfall in Vietnam on Oct. 9 triggering heavy rain in parts of Thailand including Bangkok during Oct. 9-11.


Bridge over Ping river collapses after heavy rain

An old bridge across the Ping river connecting Chiang Mai with Lamphun collapsed last evening (Sep. 30) with local people happy that the dangerous structure gave way amid heavy rain.


Appeals Court rejects Anon’s bail request in Section 112 case

The Appeals Court today (Sep. 30) rejected a bail petition by activist lawyer Anon Nampha who earlier this week was sentenced to four years in jail in a Section 112 of the Criminal Code case, known as the lese majeste law.


Thai owner of shop in Iceland shows Senator Pornthip the door

Going viral is a video clip showing a Thai man who owns a shop in Reykjavík, Iceland, telling Senator Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunan to go away because he disagrees with her political actions.


Major airline employee held for sex with teen boy at airport

An employee of a top airline based at Suvarnabhumi Airport was arrested on the charges of having sex with a teen boy at a bathroom there.


No current talks with Taliban, Afghanistan’s Massoud says, promising guerrilla warfare

By Reuters and published by Yahoo!News

Afghanistan’s anti-Taliban leader vowed to escalate guerrilla warfare to get the hardliners to start negotiating with the resistance needing ammunition.


Ex-Democrat deputy leader gets 4 years’ jail in sexual harassment case

Ex-Democrat deputy leader Prinn Panichphakdi was sentenced to four years in jail and told pay 2 million baht compensation to his sexual harassment victim Mrs. Hathairat Thanakitamnuay, wife of wealthy protester Mr. Thanat Thanakitamnuay.


Padipat ‘technically’ ousted from Move Forward as new opposition leader moves in

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy House Speaker Padipat Santipada has been “technically” ousted from Move Forward Party thus enabling this camp’s new leader Chaithawat Tulanon to become opposition leader.


Srettha receives complaints from local people during Phuket visit

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin flew to Phuket today (Sep. 29) to oversee an interchange project with local people handing over several complaints.


Victim warns public to beware of power bill scammers

A woman who was swindled out of over 30,000 baht in an electricity bill scam warned others to be careful when scanning QR codes to make payment.


FEATURE: The fourth generation of Soi Rajakrue figures has quietly come of age

By Out-Crowd

After years of not dominating Thailand’s political arena the Soi Rajakrue clique is back in the limelight with two fourth generation members coming to the fore albeit attached to different political camps.


PM forgoes own pay as donation for child care

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is donating his monthly pay to child care activity as he tries to raise cash to help underprivileged children.


Court drops murder charges against officials over vanished activist

By AFP and published by CNA

Murder charges against four officials over the disappearance of an ethnic Karen leader  were dismissed by a court today (Sep. 28) but one of them was given three years’ jail for a lesser offence.


In major blow to TikTok, Indonesia bans e-commerce transactions on social media

By Reuters and published by CNA

TikTok short video app suffered a setback after Indonesia became the first Southeast Asian country to implement regulations prohibiting social media companies from simultaneously operating as e-commerce platforms.


Padipat pushes for Cloud servers system at parliament

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy House Speaker Padipat Santipada is moving to get parliament to switch to a Cloud servers system which will be cost-effective and efficient after seeing technological progress at Singapore’s parliament.


Srettha downsizing army of officials accompanying him on provincial tour

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin told cabinet members to not send too many officials to accompany him during his provincial tour as he wants to get close to the people there.


Srettha pays official visit to Cambodia

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is heading for Cambodia tomorrow (Sep. 28) for talks with his counterpart Hun Manet on boosting bilateral trade with the total forecast to reach US$15 billion in 2025.



Court orders compensation to Thanathorn over land title deed revocation

Progressive Movement Chairman Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was awarded over 4.9 million baht compensation for the revocation of two land title deeds with the court pointing out he had bought them in good faith.


Thailand relaxes rules on non-resident baht transactions – cenbank

By Reuters and published by CNA

The Thai central bank relaxed some foreign exchange rules making it easier for non-residents to do business in the country and reduced the cost of foreign exchange transactions.


2.69 million farmers given one-year debt moratorium

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Around 2.69 million farmers have been granted a year-long moratorium on debts owed to the Bank for Agriculture & Agricultural Cooperatives provided the overall total is not more than 300,000 baht.


Anon gets 4 years’ jail in Section 112 case, bail likely delayed

Leading activist lawyer Anon Nampha was sentenced to four years in jail in a lese majeste and Emergency Decree case with bail request seen dragging on as it will likely be sent to Appeals Court.


18 hurt as electric bus with brake failure rams into 11 vehicles

The driver of an electric bus hit 11 vehicles waiting at a red light on Rama 2 road this morning (Sep. 26) after the brakes failed injuring 18 road users.


Digital wallet policy likely to be funded by Government Savings Bank

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Move Forward MP said it is the Government Savings Bank that the government will turn to in funding its digital wallet policy with this leading to future governments carrying heftier debt burdens.


Paetongtarn likely to be named Pheu Thai leader

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Paetongtarn Shinawatra, de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter, will likely soon be named leader of the ruling party with no competition seen emerging.


Ex-police chief suspects plot in search of ‘Big Joke’s’ house

An ex-police chief said a search of “Big Joke” Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn’s house this morning (Sep. 25) could be a move to knock him out of the race at a time a new police chief is being appointed.


Big Joke’s house searched after team members were netted in online gambling raids

Cyber Police searched the house of Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, nicknamed Big Joke, after seven of his subordinates were arrested over alleged links to online gambling but did not find incriminating evidence.


Srettha to meet more American companies during Apec summit

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said upon returning from New York that he will be holding talks with more American companies during the Apec summit in November with Thai businessmen too getting a chance to do so.


Pita: Move Forward aiming for 300 seats in next general election

Move Forward’s ex-leader and now advisory chairman to the new leader set a goal of getting 300 MP seats in the next general election at this evening’s (Sep. 24) party meeting.


Watch out for heavy to very heavy rain during Sep. 26-28

An academic warned the public that heavy to very heavy rain will lash the country from Tuesday to Thursday (Sep. 26-28) due to the impact of a depression.


Chaithawat named Move Forward leader

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Move Forward MP Chaithawat Tulathon stepped up as party leader today (Sep. 23) after Pita Limjaroenrat, suspended as an MP by court, resigned recently.


Swiss tourist dies in jump at Phuket Airport; more heavy rain today

A Swiss man who jumped from the third floor at Phuket Airport last evening (Sep. 22) died this morning despite quickly being taken to hospital while more torrential rain is forecast for Phuket and Krabi today.


FDA issues warning on contraband roll-on liquid candy

The FDA warned the public about contraband roll-on liquid candy now being widely sold near schools and online targeting children with its exotic flavours and eye-catching packaging.


Surviving daughter says brutal mum too beat up them

The young daughter of a man who killed five of his infant children said her mother too joined in brutally beating them up with police having now charged her with colluding in their murder.


Cannabis network gives Health Minister a warning

A cannabis network told Public Health Minister Chonlanan Srikaew to clearly define what a draft bill on marijuana would mean in saying it is for medical and health purposes only and let folk medical practitioners have a say.


Goldman Sachs, Estee Lauder, Microsoft and Google keen on investing in Thailand: Srettha

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said after holding talks in New York that Goldman Sachs, Estee Lauder, Microsoft and Google are interested in investing in Thailand.


Patong flooded after heavy rain lashes Phuket

After torrential rain lashed Phuket today (Sep. 22) several parts of Patong beach got badly flooded with some people using boats to get around as roads had turned into a river.


US revives Cold War submarine spy programme to counter China

By Reuters and published by CNA

US revival of the multibillion-dollar anti-submarine spy programme, known as the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS), comes as China has ramped up military exercises around Taiwan.


Anything about Thaksin’s surgery remains a mystery: Justice Minister

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Justice Minister Tawee Sodsong admitted today (Sep. 21) that he does not know anything about the surgery de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra underwent with it all being a mystery to him.


Minister cites medical opinion on Thaksin remaining at hospital

Justice Minister Thawee Sodsong said he is going along with the medical team’s opinion that de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra should continue staying at Police Hospital.


Psychiatrist says man who killed 5 children not mentally ill

A man held on charges of killing five of his own children was found to be mentally competent by a psychiatrist today (Sept. 21) despite complaining that he has been hallucinating.


Zelenskyy, at Security Council, lashes out at Russia but avoids face-to-face encounter

By AP and publihsed by Yahoo!News

Ukraine’s president blasted Russia’s “criminal and unprovoked aggression” that undermines all norms of war and the UN charter at the UN Security Council but the feared verbal clash with Russia did not occur.


Pheu Thai presses Wan Noor to leave House Speaker seat

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pheu Thai is now zeroing in on House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha piling pressure for him to step down and allow one of their MPs to take this key seat but he refuses to budge.


Pichet pushes for revival of provincial House offices nationwide

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy House Speaker Pichet Chuamuangpan is keen on reviving provincial offices of the House of Representatives nationwide to make it easy for local people to convey messages to their MPs.


Srettha vows to reduce inequality, cut greenhouse gas emissions at UN summit

At the UN Sustainable Development Goals summit Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin unveiled plans to reduce intergenerational inequality by 2030 and sharply cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.


Policeman killed in gunfight with drug runner

A gunfight between a police team and a drug trafficker left one officer dead and another injured while the criminal who had around 5-6 million meth pills in his sedan too was shot dead.


Chaithawat tipped to become new Move Forward leader

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Move Forward MP Chaithawat Tulathon will likely replace Pita Limjaroenrat as party leader after the latter resigned to give way for his successor to be named opposition leader.


Senior doctor confirms Thaksin did undergo surgery last week

A senior doctor at Police Hospital confirmed that de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra underwent a surgery last week but is now in safe condition.


State funds needed to support 20 baht flat fare on Green Line: Chadchart

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said state funds would be needed to support 20 baht flat fare on the Green Line with the contract for this route up for extension in 2029 and till then the private operator controls the rate.


Transport operators urge govt to halt NGV price hikes

Transport operators urged the government to halt a jump in the price of natural gas for vehicles (NGV) after having reduced the price of diesel to less than 30 baht a litre from tomorrow.


UK police investigate sexual assault report after Russell Brand allegations

By Christian Edwards, CNN

London’s Met Police are probing sexual assault claims against comedian and actor Russell Brand  as part of an investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches. He denies the claims.


PM denies private businesspersons in entourage on US trip

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin denied some private businesspersons are joining his entourage to New York where he will be attending the 78th session of UN General Assembly.


Thaksin could possibly be freed on parole after 6 months in jail

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

An official said de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra could possibly be freed on parole after serving a minimum six months of his one-year jail term.


Police Hospital doctors suspected of unethically keeping ‘sickly’ Thaksin from jail

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A student network asked police chief Pol.Gen.Damrongsak Kittiprapat to find out if Police Hospital doctors had compromised their professional ethics by keeping “sickly” de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra from jail.


Suspect in a string of southern bombings arrested

A prime suspect in a string of bombings across three southern provinces was arrested in Narathiwat yesterday (Sep. 17) after fleeing a police checkpoint.


MPs urged to probe Srettha’s 30-million-baht chartered flight to US

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Opposition MPs have been urged to probe Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin flying to the US on a THAI chartered flight costing 30 million baht with 50 people accompanying him.


Padipat tipped to anticipate ‘technical ouster’ from Move Forward

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy House Speaker Padipat Santipada will likely opt to hold on to this post leading to his “technical ouster” from Move Forward with two parties seen ready to welcome him.


Phuket resident calls for help in clearing huge garbage pile

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Phuket resident who runs Monsoongarbage Facebook page called for help in clearing a massive pile of garbage in the middle of a community on this tourist island.


Party leader to ask whether a stand-in was arrested in policeman’s murder

Amid suspicion that a stand-in has been arrested in the murder of a policeman, the Thai Civilized Party leader will be asking the Justice Ministry to verify his identity again.


Hundreds protest against Malaysian govt after DPM’s graft charges were dropped

By AP and published by CNA

A big anti-government rally was held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (Sep. 16) after prosecutors dropped corruption charges against Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is a key ally of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.


Pita denies playing tricks to secure 2 House positions

Pita Limjaroenrat denied Move Forward is playing a political game to secure two key House positions with Deputy House Speaker Padipat Santipada only moving to a one-MP party while the new party leader will become opposition leader.


Another hotel in Poipet catches fire but no casualties

A fire broke out at  another hotel in Cambodian border town Poipet last night (Sep. 15) but there were no casualties with this occurring less than a year after an inferno at a hotel-cum-casino killed 22 people.


Padipat’s choice: Leave House seat or be ‘technically ousted’ from Move Forward

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy House Speaker Padipat Santipada will likely have to decide whether to quit this post so as to stay on as a Move Forward Party member or hang on and be “technically ousted”.


Pita quits as Move Forward leader over naming of opposition leader

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pita Limjaroenrat quit as Move Forward Party leader today (Sep. 15) to allow another MP from his camp to be named opposition leader.


Teachers slams free tablet scheme, want more teachers hired

Many teachers oppose the revival of a scheme to distribute free tablet computers to teachers and students nationwide, preferring that the budget be spent on increasing teaching staff.


Camera server unplugged moments before policeman was shot dead at party

Video clips from surveillance cameras at the former village headman’s house where a policeman was shot dead as salvaged from a wet server showed it was unplugged moments before shots were fired then replugged again.


Driver fleeing arrest crashes into duck coop killing over a hundred birds

The driver of a van filled with illegal migrants led police on a wild chase that ended up with him crashing into a duck coop killing 120 birds.


Update: Ex-senator charged with sexually abusing 15-year-old Thai/Myanmar girl

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A former senator and MP candidate in last May’s election has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old Thai/Myanmar girl.


Ex-senator-politician surrenders in underage prostitution case

A former senator who is now a well-known politician surrendered at a Saraburi police station late last night (Sep. 13) on charges of buying sex services from an underage girl which he has denied.


Thai Air Force in joint drill with US Air National Guards

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

In the first ever such joint drill the Thai Air Force and US Air National Guards are now holding a tactical air exercise over Nakhon Ratchasima.


Pita in this year’s TIME100 Next list of emerging leaders

Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat is among Time magazine’s TIME100 Next list of emerging leaders worldwide this year after his party emerged as an unexpected winner in the May 14 election.


Panel to probe 1,500 state projects ex-village headman obtained

A committee is being set up to investigate over 1,500 state projects worth more than 7.5 billion baht that a village headman in whose house a policeman was shot dead obtained.


Party-dissolution bid against proponents of Deep South autonomy aborted

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Constitution Court waived a petition to dissolve three parties that had proposed autonomy in the Deep South pointing out there was no intent to undermine national sovereignty.


Navy confirms retrieving HTMS Sukhothai from sea bed

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The navy confirmed it is proceeding with raising a sunken corvette from the sea bed off Prachuap Khiri Khan while dismissing allegations of non-transparency in doing so.


Cabinet approves 7 key measures at its first meeting

The new cabinet led by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin approved seven measures at its first meeting this morning (Sep 13) with free visas for visitors from China and Kazakhstan plus a lower power rate being among them.


Again! Tourist’s shoe gets stuck at airport moving walkway

A tourist’s shoe got stuck in a moving walkway at Suvarnabhumi Airport but fortunately he did not get injured unlike a woman whose left leg was severed till the knee by a Don Mueang Airport travelator in June this year.


Aung San Suu Kyi’s son ‘extremely worried’ about his mother’s health

By Reuters and published by CNA

Aung San Suu Kyi’s son Kim Aris said he is  “extremely worried” about his mother’s health as she is now struggling to eat but not allowed to see an outside doctor while remaining in jail.


Chuan suggests Srettha to never follow In Thaksin’s footsteps

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Former premier Chuan Leekpai warned Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin to not follow in the footsteps of one of his predecessors and end up in jail while Srettha said he aims to improve Thai people’s lives.


MP wears a delivery rider’s jacket to focus on labour policy

A Move Forward MP put on a delivery rider’s jacket to draw attention to the labour policy on the second day of the policy statement debate.


Special unit guarding media after threat to shoot journalists

After an Amarin TV journalist was threatened by a senior police officer during a phone interview about the murder of a policeman at a party last week, a police unit was assigned to guard the media covering developments.


US approves updated Covid vaccines to rev up protection this fall

By AP and published by Yahoo!News

Updated Covid vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have been approved by the US FDA with vaccinations to start soon to head off a big spike in new cases.


PM vows to put govt policies to work

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

In his policy statement to Parliament today (Sep. 11) Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin vowed to implement four urgent policies to boost the economy and relieve the people’s economic woes.


No loans, govt-run funds to finance digital wallet project: Julapun

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat told lawmakers the digital wallet scheme would not need to be financed by government-run funds or loans after funding questions were raised.


Srettha pays respect to spirit shrine, fully ready for policy showdown

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said he is fully ready for the policy statement debate starting today (Sep. 11) while Move Forward has lined up 31 MPs to debate various issues.


Pita declares victory in Rayong by-election

Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat declared victory in a by-election at Rayong’s district 3 after unofficial results showed his party’s candidate got almost 40,000 votes.


Dead policeman stress out at being quizzed over subordinate’s murder: ‘Big Joke’

Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, nicknamed Big Joke, said a highway police officer found dead at his house today (Sep. 11) was stressed out after being quizzed over the murder of his subordinate.


Suthin denies 2 Shinawatra family members are getting Defence Ministry posts

Defence Minister Suthin Klangsaeng quashed a rumour making the rounds today (Sep. 10) that two Shinawatra family members will be getting key positions in this ministry.


‘Big Joke’: Village headman won’t get off the hook

Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, nicknamed Big Joke, said the village headman in whose house a policeman was shot dead will not get off the hook as evidence is piling up against him.


US, Vietnam to elevate ties during Biden visit, with eye on China

By Reuters and published by Yahoo!News

US President Joe Biden will arrive in Vietnam today (Sep. 10) after attending the G20 Delhi summit with the two countries to strengthen ties while trying to counter China’s influence in Asia.


Update: 4 policemen face arrest in colleague’s murder

Four policemen face arrest in the murder of their colleague at a party thrown by a former village headman after it was ascertained that a police pistol had been used to kill him.


Former village headman ‘ordered policeman shot dead in the middle of the party’: Police

At a bail hearing for an ex-village headman the police team told the court that he had ordered the killing of a policeman in the middle of a party also attended by several other policemen with bail then denied.


Suthin wants to exchange Chinese sub for either surface ships or fertiliser

Defence Minister Suthin Khlangsaeng is considering asking China to allow the exchange of a submarine for which a German engine is unavailable for either surface ships or fertiliser.



Powerful earthquake rocks Morocco, killing at least 290

By Agencies and published by CNA

At least 296 people have died after a powerful earthquake measuring magnitude 6.8 struck central Morocco sending people rushing into the streets in Marrakesh and other cities.


India or Bharat? A dinner invite sparks speculation amid push to rebrand the country

By AP and published by Toronto Star

Talk of a name change is rife after Indian President Droupadi Murmu was referred to as “President of Bharat” on an invitation to a state dinner for leaders attending the G20 summit in Delhi this weekend.


Hearsay over Paetongtarn taking over Pheu Thai dampened

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Commerce Minister Bhumtham Wechayachai quashed rumours that Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra will eventually become Pheu Thai Party leader.


25 policemen who attended party where colleague was shot dead transferred

All 25 policemen who attended a party at a village headman’s house where their colleague, a highway policeman, was shot dead have been transferred to the headquarters.


Distraught foreigner in multi-vehicle crash in Chonburi

A disturbed foreign man triggered a multi-vehicle crash in Chonburi injuring several people after first driving his sedan into a shop.


Thailand to urge Germany to provide engine for Chinese sub purchased by Thai navy

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Thailand will likely ask Germany to agree to sell a German-made engine for a Chinese-built submarine that the Thai navy has already purchased during Thai-German talks at the UN later this month.


New, open arrest warrant issued for ex-minister who skipped town

A new, non-expiry arrest warrant has been issued for former culture minister and Pattaya mayor Itthipol Khunpluem over malfeasance charges stemming from approval of a Pattaya condominium project after he fled overseas.


Big hunt for gunman who killed a policeman for refusing a transfer

Police are chasing a gunman who shot dead a highway policeman at a party hosted by a village headman who had asked him to accept the transfer of a colleague but he refused citing regulations.


Policy statement delivery, debate set for Monday and Tuesday

Delivery of the Pheu Thai-led government’s policy statement and ensuing debate will take place on Monday and Tuesday (Sep. 11-12) with a cabinet meeting scheduled to be held the next day, Wednesday Sep. 13.


MHESI permanent secretary travelled overseas 32 times in 18 months: Wiroj

Move Forward MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn found out that the permanent secretary of Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation made 32 overseas trips in 18 months and wants to know how much money was spent.


Wanted ex-culture minister, Pattaya mayor has fled the country

Former culture minister and Pattaya mayor Itthipol Khunpluem wanted over malfeasance charges that arose from approval of a condominium project over a decade ago has already fled the country.


Chonlanan focusing on elevating universal healthcare scheme

Public Health Minister Chonlanan Srikaew said he will be working on elevating the universal healthcare scheme to allow Thais to get treatment anywhere by just showing their ID card.


Pheu Thai govt to be slammed if ‘inmate’ Thaksin allowed out of jail for long: Academic

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Thammasat academic warned that the Pheu Thai-led  government will be criticised if de facto party boss Thaksin Shinawatra stays out of jail for longer than appropriate.


PM buys luxury van out of own pocket

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has spent over 7 million baht of his own money in buying a luxury van for both official and private use.


Patcharawat shrugs off hearsay over Palang Pracharath leadership

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Natural Resources & Environment Minister Patcharawat Wongsuwan dismissed rumours that he could be replacing his brother Prawit Wongsuwan as Palang Pracharath leader.


Suriya puts off capping Bangkok train fares at 20 baht per trip

Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungruangkit ruled out immediately capping Bangkok electric train fares at 20 baht a trip but said this Pheu Thai Party policy would be pushed within two years.


Fan club flocks to wish Pita happy birthday at Move Forward HQ

Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat’s fan club was on hand to wish him a happy birthday at the party’s headquarters this afternoon (Sep. 5) when he arrived to chair a meeting with MPs.


Drone attack on Myanmar border police HQ kills 5

By Grant Peck – AP and published by ABC News

A Myanmar resistance group said they mounted a drone attack on a police headquarters in Myawaddy, across the border from Mae Sot, killing five officials including a senior army officer.


Could Srettha be free of Thaksin’s influence? Academic

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

An academic said it is uncertain whether Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin could be free of the influence of de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra who seems to hold sway on the rank and file.


PM tells cabinet members to ‘never say no’ to people

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin told Pheu Thai cabinet members to “never say no” to the people in order to narrow the big gap between an elected government and the public.


Srettha apologises for appearing to throw a pen at meeting with motorbike taxi drivers

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin apologised for appearing to be dissatisfied at a meeting with motorcycle taxi drivers with photos supposedly showing him angrily throwing a pen down.


 PM Srettha to miss Asean Summit – official

By Reuters and published by Yahoo!News

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will not be attending an Asean Summit in Jakarta next week, the foreign ministry said yesterday (Sep. 3).


Turkish fitness trainer nabbed on charges of defrauding rich Thai women

A Turkish fitness trainer was arrested on charges of defrauding rich Thai women out of millions of baht after befriending and romancing them.


Thaksin might probably be given parole: Wissanu

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

De facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra who was granted royal pardon reducing his eight-year sentence to one year, could possibly be granted parole, former deputy prime minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said.


Suthin seeks advice from predecessors, ex-army chiefs

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Civilian Defence Minister Suthin Khlangsaeng is busy trying to get advice from his predecessors and former army chiefs to adeptly deal with the military but is not turning to the Sam Por trio.


British man badly bashed up after chatting up a girl

A British man was badly beaten up at a shop in Chonburi at dawn today (Sep. 3) after he chatted up a girl and angered her boyfriend who was drinking there with his friend.


Nobel Foundation withdraws invitation to Russia, Belarus and Iran to attend ceremonies

By AP and published by ABC News

The Nobel Foundation reversed its decision to invite ambassadors from Russia, Belarus and Iran to this year’s Nobel award ceremonies in Stockholm, after the move sparked a backlash.


HM King endorses cabinet, special meeting on Wednesday

After His Majesty the King endorsed a list of new cabinet members under Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, a special cabinet meeting was fixed for Wednesday (Oct. 6) to discuss the policy statement to be delivered at Parliament on Friday.


Three Israeli-made UAVs launched at Wing 3

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Thai air force launched three Israeli-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Wing 3 air base in Nakhon Sawan today (Sep. 2) for use in border areas.


Pita urges Srettha to keep his word while kayaking in Rayong

Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat urged Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin to keep his word while campaigning in Rayong and kayaking at a botanical garden to draw attention to this hidden gem.


Thaksin granted royal pardon to serve just one year in jail

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

De facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra has been granted a royal pardon which reduces his eight-year jail term to only one year behind bars.


List of Srettha cabinet members submitted to HM King

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A list of new cabinet members under Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has already been submitted to His Majesty the King with the coalition government likely to deliver its policy statement in Parliament on Sep. 8.


Each time House meeting collapses through lack of quorum ‘8.2m baht is wasted’

After a House meeting collapsed through lack of quorum yesterday (Aug. 31) a Move Forward MP calculated that each time this happens over 8.2 million baht is wasted.


Candidate close to establishment wins Singapore presidential race

By Chen Lin – Reuters, and published by Yahoo!News

Singapore’s former deputy prime minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam who is close to the establishment has won a landslide victory to become the city-state’s president.


Prawit closes home to politically-minded visitors for good

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Palang Pracharath leader Prawit Wongsuwan closed his home within First Infantry Regiment premises to any politically-minded visitors for good today (Aug. 31) after lengthy use for power plays.


‘Sickly’ Thaksin has petitioned for royal pardon

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

“Sickly” de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra has already applied for a royal pardon but it will be at least a year before this could be considered.


House in lack of quorum for first time under Pheu Thai govt

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A House meeting was adjourned due to lack of quorum today (Aug. 31) with this being the first time it occurred under Pheu Thai-led coalition government and likely to recur.


Super Typhoon Saola hurtles towards southern China, Hong Kong

By AFP and published by CNA

China issued the highest typhoon warning as Super Typhoon Saola roared towards Hong Kong and the southern coast with airlines cancelling flights and the start of the school year delayed.


Waiter accidentally shoots man celebrating friend’s birthday

A waiter removing bullets from a pistol behind a bar counter accidentally set it off and seriously injured a man who was celebrating a friend’s birthday at the restaurant.


Chonlanan’s resignation as Pheu Thai leader seen as a soap opera

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Move Forward MP/spokesman Rangsiman Rome compared Chonlanan Srikaew resigning today (Aug. 30) to a scene from a soap opera as he will be taking up a ministerial post.


Four injured in Wireless road transformer fire

Four people got injured after a transformer on Wireless road close to the turning to New Phetchaburi road short-circuited sparking a fire that raced down communication cables this morning (Aug. 30).


Couple given life in jail for torturing toddler to death, seriously injuring his sister

A woman and her new husband were sentenced to life in prison for torturing her toddler son to death and seriously injuring her small daughter.


Airlines count cost of UK traffic control failure

By AFP and published by CNA

The disruptions to UK air traffic control systems that led to thousands of air passengers suffering long delays and cancellations could cost airlines around £100 million (around 4.45 billion baht).


Cabinet nod for unrestricted alcohol sales at Eastern Aviation City’s entertainment zone

The cabinet approved free flow of alcohol at the still-being-built Eastern Aviation City’s entertainment zone where nightclubs will be allowed to stay open all 24 hours.


Rangsiman wants answers from new cabinet on solving key problems

Move Forward Party spokesman Rangsiman Rome said after seeing the unofficial cabinet lineup he has lots of questions to ask on how it is going to solve the people’s problems, particularly pricey power bills.


30 Malaysian kayakers rescued after their canoes capsize in rough seas

A Thai team rescued 30 kayakers paddling from Malaysia’s Langkawi island to Thailand’s Satun province after their 20 canoes capsized in choppy seas.


Brazil robot helps farmers scout, spray and protect crops, developer says

By Reuters and published by Yahoo!Finance

Orders are flowing in for a farming robot developed by a Brazilian startup that scouts crops, monitors development of individual plants and target-sprays herbicide to save costs.


Retired army general replaced with civilian as defence minister

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Amidst strong pressure from Red Shirt members Pheu Thai Party has yielded to their demand that retired general Nattapon Nakpanit not be named defence minister with this post now being given to a civilian.


No special parking arrangement for Thaksin’s visitors at Police Hospital

With Pheu Thai de facto leader Thaksin Shinawatra allowed visitors for the first time after being admitted to Police Hospital today (Aug. 28) a car park attendant said not orders had been given to prepare special parking spaces for them.


Flood alert for Bangkok as torrential rain is expected

A flood alert was issued for Bangkok and its vicinity from Wednesday Aug.30 to Sunday Sept. 3 as northern and southern monsoons will likely trigger heavy rain in some areas.


Controversial statue staying put but a dome being built to cover it

The statue of Kru Kai Kaew with golden fangs and scarlet talons which many in Bangkok find disturbing will not be moved but a dome will be built to somewhat cover it.


Most people don’t believe in Pheu Thai design to melt polarisation: NIDA Poll

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A NIDA opinion poll shows most people do not believe the Pheu Thai-led coalition government would succeed in ending the decades-old political polarisation.


AOT rushes to ease congestion at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang while pushing Phang Nga airport

AOT is rushing to reduce congestion at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports before the high season starts while also looking at building a new airport in Phang Nga.


Pita urges Srettha cabinet to fulfil promises to the people

While encouraging Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s cabinet to do well, Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat said he hoped they fulfil their promises to the people.


France to ban Muslim abaya dress in state schools

By Reuters and published by CNA

France is to ban students from wearing abaya, a loose-fitting full-length robe worn by some Muslim women, in its state-run schools ahead of return to classes nationwide.


Pheu Thai popularity rating drops to 10%: Sripatum Poll

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Sripatum University’s opinion poll shows that Pheu Thai Party’s popularity has plunged to only 10% after making a political about-face.


Allocation of cabinet seats among coalition partners completed

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Cabinet seats in the Pheu Thai-led coalition government have now been fully allocated with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin to be concurrently finance minister while both “uncles’ camps” got four portfolios each.


Srettha confirms planned Phang Nga airport would be for large aircraft

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said during talks with entrepreneurs that the planned Phang Nga airport would be able to accommodate large aircraft when it is built.


Pita congratulates Srettha, says tough for Cabinet working together

Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat has congratulated Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin but thinks it is going to be tough for this new government made up of different political stripes to work together.


Srettha off to Phuket to resolve tourism woes

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin flew to Phuket early this morning (Aug. 25) for talks on resolving tourism problems, especially expanding the island’s airport.


New constitution campaign gets over 50,000 signatures before deadline

A campaign to get a minimum of 50,000 people to sign on paper that they support a referendum on writing a new constitution by 8 p.m. tonight (Aug. 25) had exceeded the target by 5 p.m.


Milan records hottest day since 1763

By Reuters and published by CNA

Milan’s weather station said today (Aug. 25) the northern Italian city recorded its highest temperature in 260 years on Wednesday reaching 33 degrees Celsius as much of southern Europe broiled this summer.


Justice Ministry accused of granting undue privileges to Thaksin

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Justice Ministry was blasted by some activists rallying outside the headquarters for allegedly granting undue privileges to de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra.

Anutin: Srettha meeting Prayut shows understanding, forgiveness

Outgoing public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said photos of newly-appointed Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin meeting his predecessor Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House showed Thais understand and forgive each other.


Thanathorn urges public to sign petition to draft new charter

Progressive Movement chairman Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit urged the public to sign on paper that they support the writing of a new constitution after an e-petition was rejected.


Phuket landlord shocked at damage caused by foreign tenant

The owner of a house in Phuket rented to a Ukrainian man has suffered a big loss after his tenant removed all the built-in furniture with the roof almost collapsing and mould growing on the walls.


Sickly Thaksin involved hands-on in allocation of cabinet portfolios

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

While sick Pheu Thai’s de facto boss Thaksin Shinawatra is still involved hands-on in the allocation of cabinet portfolios among various coalition partners jostling for key agencies.


Thaksin moved to Police Hospital suite in the middle of the night

Pheu Thai de facto boss/ former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was rushed to the Police Hospital in the middle of the night after his medical condition worsened and he is now resting at the Royal Suite there.


Thaksin slightly better but still needs oxygen, room cooled by fans

Pheu Thai de facto boss/former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is slightly better but still requires oxygen support while his room is cooled with two fans as the air-conditioner is not working.


Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft lands on moon in ‘victory cry’ of new India

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee and published by Yahoo!News

India has landed its Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft on the moon, becoming only the fourth nation ever to accomplish such a feat and cementing its status as a space power.


Prinn get 2 years, 8 months in indecency case

Former Democrat Party deputy leader Prinn Panichphakdi was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail in an indecent exposure case filed by a student.


Srettha given overwhelming votes for PM

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pheu Thai candidate Srettha Thavisin has become Thailand’s prime minister after getting overwhelming yea votes at the joint House/Senate meeting today (Aug. 22).


Thaksin has arrived at Don Mueang Airport

Pheu Thai Party de facto boss/former premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s private airplane landed at Don Mueang Airport at 9.05 a.m. this morning (Aug. 22).


Thaksin gets 8 years’ jail in 3 cases

Pheu Thai Party de facto boss/former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment in three cases then swiftly taken to prison.


More than half the senators likely to vote Srettha for PM

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Phue Thai Party’s prime minister candidate Srettha Thavisin is expected to get the support of more than half of senators at today’s (Aug. 22) joint House/Senate meeting.


Pheu Thai-led coalition govt officially declared

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pheu Thai Party officially unveiled its coalition government at Parliament today (Aug.21) joined by 11 parties with a total of 314 MPs.


Thaksin’s name not listed on private jets arriving tomorrow

Amid the anticipated return of Pheu Thai de facto boss Thaksin Shinawatra tomorrow (Aug. 22) it appears his name is not on a list of passengers flying in on four private aircraft.


Mpox cases soaring with Bangkok, 2 adjacent provinces on red alert

Mpox cases will likely total hundreds this month similar to last month with Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Chonburi now placed on red alert.


Papers on Srettha’s alleged property wheeling-dealing scams sent to all lawmakers

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Political activist Chuwit Kamolvisit has sent papers on alleged wheeling-dealing scams mounted by Sansiri Plc when Pheu Thai’s prime-ministerial candidate Srettha Thavisin was president to all lawmakers.


Another huge statue unveiled in Nonthaburi

With Bangkokians still stunned by a big statue of a winged figure with golden fangs and scarlet talons placed outside a hotel, a bigger statue of Sihuhata deity has been unveiled in Nonthaburi.


Rider dies in collision with train in Ayutthaya

A Thai woman died after her motorcycle collided with a train at a level crossing within a railway station in Ayutthaya province this morning (Aug. 20).


Russia’s Luna-25 smashes into moon in failure

By Reuters and published by CNA

Russia’s unmanned Luna-25 spacecraft crashed into the moon after spinning out of control while India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is due to land on the moon’s south pole on Wednesday August 23.


Thaksin returning on Tuesday – same day as PM-picking session

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

As confirmed by his daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra, Thaksin Shinawatra will be returning home next Tuesday (Aug. 22) the same day his party’s prime-ministerial candidate Srettha Thavisin is being named and voted.


Most senators await ‘uncles’ advice’ over PM vote

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The majority of senators are waiting for two powerful “uncles” to advise them on whether or not they should vote for Pheu Thai prime-ministerial candidate Srettha Thavisin next Tuesday (Aug. 22).


Chonlanan’s wife says he’s ready to resign after govt is set up

In answering a viral social media question as to when Pheu Thai Party leader Chonlanan Srikaew is going to resign, his wife said he will do so after a coalition government has been set up.


‘At what hour is Chonlanan resigning?’ as Pheu Thai leader now No.1 hashtag

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Going viral on social media is the question at what hour today (Aug. 18) Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew is going to resign as he had pledged to do should the “uncles’ camps” join his party.


Dengue fever cases climb to 5,000-6,000 a week

With dengue fever cases having risen to around 5,000-6,000 a week emergency operation centres have now been opened in 31 provinces.


Giant Kru Kai Kaew statue stirs controversy in Bangkok

By AFP and published by CNA

A huge statue of Kru Kai Kaew with golden fangs and scarlet talons that suddenly appeared outside a Bangkok hotel has alarmed some people and led to calls for its removal


Tangled cables in Sukhumvit soi 15 catch fire

A jumble of tangled power and communication cables in Sukhumvit soi 15 caught fire this morning (Aug. 18) with the blaze quickly put out.


Pheu Thai-led coalition govt now has 314 MPs

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Pheu Thai-led coalition government now has a total of 314 MPs with both “uncles’ camps” having jumped on the bandwagon.


Senator says difficult for Srettha to be voted prime minister

A senator said it appears Pheu Thai’s prime minister candidate Srettha Thavisin will have difficulty in winning the support of most senators who are concerned about allegations raised by Chuwit Kamolvisit.


Flyover metal plate falls on workers killing one, injuring two

One worker died and two others were injured when a heavy metal plate beneath  Lamsalee intersection flyover came crashing down just as they were attaching slings to it.


Again! Young man injured after shoe gets stuck in escalator

Shortly after a female passenger’s leg was ripped off till the knee by a moving walkway at Don Mueang airport a young man injured his right leg after a shopping mall escalator trapped his shoe.


Court denies Pita a second chance of being named PM

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Constitutional Court dropped a petition seeking a ruling on whether Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat should be given a second chance to be named prime minister, thus automatically denying it.


Pita not petitioning charter court on second PM nomination

Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat said he will not be petitioning the charter court to rule whether he is legally allowed to be named prime minister a second time as he wants this issue to be resolved within Parliament.


Thai private sector seeks help as Chinese products flood market

The Thai private sector called for help as it is now unable to cope with Chinese products flooding in every direction after a drop in their exports to US and Europe.


Srettha alleged of involvement in another property trading scam

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Political activist Chuwit Kamolvisit accused Pheu Thai’s candidate for prime minister Sretha Thavisin of being linked to another suspected property scam involving the purchase of a land plot in Thong Lor area.


Pita asks if suspending him as MP is fair

Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat asked whether it is fair to suspend him as an MP after the polling agency’s panel cleared him over holding a minuscule amount of shares in non-operating ITV channel.


Pheu Thai sticks to Srettha while Move Forward refuses to back him

Even as the Move Forward Party declined to support Pheu Thai’s prime minister candidate Srettha Thavisin his camp confirmed they are continuing to nominate him to take the helm.


13 fake pharmacists held in raid on drugstores

Police arrested 13 fake pharmacists in raids on 14 drug stores across Bangkok that were selling cough syrup to teenagers who consume it to get high.


Srettha not being replaced as PM candidate: Prasert

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pheu Thai refused to replace its prime minister candidate Srettha Thavisin with de facto party boss Thaksin Shinwatra’s daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra as demanded by Bhumjaithai Party.


Prayut’s party to decide shortly whether to jump onto Pheu Thai bandwagon

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pheu Thai will soon be holding talks with Ruam Thai Sang Chart which is de facto led by Prayut Chan-o-cha on whether they would like to join the coalition it is forging.


Pita cleared in first round of polling agency enquiry over ITV shares