Crude oil continuously reach Mae Ram Phueng beach in Rayong today (Jan. 29). Photo: Matichon

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Bigger oil slick just 3 km away from Rayong shore

Two parts of Mae Ram Phueng beach in Rayong were blackened with oil washing up from early this morning (Jan. 29) but a bigger mass is just three kilometres away.

 

Thailand counts down to reopening Test & Go entry on Feb. 1

The Test & Go entry procedure is being reopened on Feb. 1 with the authorities confident Thailand will attract at least 8 million tourists this year.

 

3 agencies shunt blame after woman breaks leg in skywalk drain pipe fall

Two district offices and the BTS management refuse to take responsibility after a woman fell into a skywalk drain pipe and broke one leg while fracturing the other.

 

Oil slick has not yet reached Rayong, Koh Samet

By AP and published by The Washington Post and Sanook.com

Officials thoroughly inspected coral reefs and beaches at Rayong and Koh Samet today (Jan. 28) but found that a large oil slick has not yet washed ashore.

 

Foreigner dies at Chon Buri massage parlour

An investigation into the mysterious death of a foreign man, believed to be British, at a health massage parlour in Chon Buri province this afternoon (Jan. 28) is underway.

 

PM sets 2-month deadline to send Thai workers to Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Jan. 27) told the Labour Ministry to quickly recuit Thais to go work in Saudi Arabia, setting a two-month deadline for tangible results.

 

Santi named Palang Pracharath Party secretary-general in place of Thammanat

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy Finance Minister Santi Prompat is taking up a key position in Palang Pracharath Party vacated by Thammanat Prompow, whom he helped oust.

 

Cocaine use charge against Red Bull heir expiring this year

The cocaine use charge against Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya expires on Sept. 3 this year after which there would remain the reckless driving leading to death charge.

 

Plant being sold for 8 million baht at Hat Yai fair

A beautiful Philodendron Black Cardinal No.1 plant is being sold for as much as 8 million baht at the World Plant and Cactus Fair in Hat Yai.

 

Coup might occur again as ‘only solution’ for besieged Prayut?

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Pheu Thai MP today (Jan. 26) warned that democratic rule might end soon because the military could mount a coup as they see this as the only way to rescue Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

 

Netaji and my grandfather: The untold story

By Aneesha Madan and published by The Times of India

Among those close to Indian freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose who helmed the Indian National Army formed right here in Bangkok during World War 2 was Darshan Singh Bajaj, the supply officer, who succeeded in meeting the needs of 30,000 troops despite major obstacles.

 

US troops to take part in Cobra Gold 2022 at Pranburi army camp

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

US troops are coming to Thailand for Cobra Gold 2022 military exercise next month with this year’s drills viewed as a Heavy Year in apparent response to China’s naval force deployment in the South China Sea.

 

Covid cases in Bangkok highest in a week amid national total of 7,587

Bangkok continues to be the worst-hit province today (Jan. 26) with 1,683 Covid cases, the highest total since Jan. 20, while the national daily tally is 7,587 cases and 19 deaths.

 

Wisanu: Speeding cop is allowed to ordain as a monk

Deputy Premier Wisanu Krua-Ngam clarified that the speeding policeman who killed a female doctor is allowed to ordain as a monk while the case proceeds.

 

Thammanat’s clique of MPs will continue to support govt: Prawit

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Despite the dramatic ouster of Thammanat Prompow and 20 MPs in his camp from Palang Pracharath Party Deputy Premier Prawit Wongsuwan said they will continue supporting the coalition government.

 

Several Covid clusters emerge amid daily tally of 6,718 and 12 deaths

Although the Covid count today (Jan. 25) is 6,718 cases and 12 deaths several clusters have emerged nationwide with the one in Bangkok being at a boxing camp.

 

Thief steals school football team’s boots

A school football team was shocked to find out that a thief had stolen all their boots just as they were about to start a match they were keen to win.

 

Speeding cop who killed doctor faces seven charges

The policeman who hit and killed a woman doctor at a Bangkok zebra crossing while speeding on a big bike faces seven serious charges.

 

Credit Bureau sets up Bureau Lab for speedy service

The National Credit Bureau has set up a Bureau Lab for Thais and foreigners to easily check their credit data and score with both over-the-counter and self service options available.

 

P-Move protesters barge in as Prawit canvasses for by-election candidate 

Some P-Move protesters showed up as Deputy Premier Prawit Wongsuwan was canvassing for his party’s candidate in the upcoming Bangkok by-election and handed over a letter listing their demands. 

 

Lone gunman dead after shooting 4 people at Heidelberg University

A lone gunman has shot four people at a university lecture hall in Heidelberg, Germany – some of whom are seriously injured.

 

Over 150,000 Covid cases since Jan. 1 amid 4th jab move

The Covid tally since Jan. 1 has now reached 154,065 cases with the authorities moving to give people in 10 tourist and high-risk provinces a fourth jab.

 

Water cannon, tear gas at Covid-19 protests in Brussels

By AP and published by MSN News

Protesters rallying against Covid measures in Brussels today (Jan. 23)  were hit with water cannons and tear gas following similar protests in other European capitals yesterday.

 

Big hopes pinned on Prayut’s visit to Saudi Arabia next week

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is visiting Saudi Arabia next week with the whole world watching to see whether relations between the two  countries will be restored.

 

Dad heartbroken after speeding cop hit and killed female doctor

A retired ophthalmologist is grief-stricken after a policeman speeding down a Bangkok road hit and killed his daughter, who was also an ophthalmologist.

 

10 passengers injured as two buses collide on Rama 4 road

A collision of two buses at a stop near Kluay Nam Thai intersection on Rama 4 road during heavy rain this morning (Jan. 22) left 10 passengers in both of them injured.

 

5 hurt as chunks of concrete fall off city centre building

Five pedestrians were injured with three taken to the hospital after chunks of concrete from a 10-storey building on Rama 1 road suddenly fell to the pavement below.

 

British tourist slashed to death in Kanchanaburi, friend badly wounded

A Thai man used a sickle to attack two British men holidaying in Kanchanaburi at 3 a.m. this morning (Jan. 22) killing one of them and seriously wounding the other.

 

China hires western TikTokers to polish its image during 2022 Winter Olympics

By The Guardian and published by MSN New

Amid the international backlash against the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics the Chinese government has hired an army of western social media influencers to spread positive stories in the US

 

Army’s newly-opened café for the public draws flak

Getting criticised as it goes viral online is the 4th Army Region’s introduction of its new Chor Coffee shop for the general public with some people wondering what exactly is the duty of a soldier.

 

Splinter parties tipped to consolidate with Thammanat’s clique

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Rallying around former Palang Pracharath Party secretary-general Thammanat Prompow and 20 MPs in his camp are several splinter parties, most of which have one MP each.

 

Navy plans to buy second Bhumibol Adulyadej-class frigate from S.Korea

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Thai navy is moving to buy a second Bhumibol Adulyadej-class frigate from South Korea within fiscal 2023 for around 16 billion baht.

 

Big Covid cluster at Phang Nga prison as cases soar in Bangkok

A cluster of 428 asymptomatic Covid patients emerged at Phang Nga prison while Bangkok’s daily total climbed to 1,630.

 

Thammanat, 20 MPs ousted from Palang Pracharath Party

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Immediately ousted from Palang Pracharath Party today (Jan. 20) were its secretary-general Thammanat Prompow plus 20 MPs in his camp and they now have 60 days to find another party to join to retain their MP status.

 

No cabinet reshuffle or House dissolution anytime soon: Prayut

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ruled out a cabinet shakeup or dissolution of the House of Representatives after the ouster of Thammanat Prompow and 20 MPs in his camp from Palang Pracharath Party.

 

Restaurants now allowed to serve alcohol till 11 p.m.

Drinking in restaurants at yellow and blue zones has been extended from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. while orange zone provinces were reduced to 44.

 

Thai homecare platform Saijai targets aging demographic  

A start-up online homecare marketplace sees a rosy future in personal care, transportation, mobility and other specialist care services.

 

Betting Omicron has peaked, Johnson drops Covid rules in England

By Alistair Smout, Reuters, published by Swissinfo.ch

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has relaxed Covid restrictions including work from home citing data that showed infections had peaked.

 

Thammanat to either get a Cabinet seat or be ousted from party alongside 20

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Upon being strongly criticised Palang Pracharath Party secretary-general Thammanat Prompow will now either get a Cabinet seat or choose to be ousted from the party together with 20 MPs in his camp.

 

Thaksin gets Covid for the second time despite 4 jabs

Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra said last evening (Jan. 18) he caught Covid for the second time with this time being Omicron despite having received four jabs while also advising the government on handling the pandemic.

 

Raids on substandard elderly care homes show some were chained

Raids on two substandard elderly care homes in Bangkok found that some older people living in one of them had been chained.

 

Satun residents catching clams to eat instead of pork, chicken

Unable to pay for higher-priced pork, chicken and eggs, people in southern Satun province are now catching clams to eat.

 

5 groups rally at Govt House over rising cost of living

A protest was held in front of Government House today (Jan. 18) by five activist groups to pressure the Government to take action over rising cost of living.

 

Democrat Party set to sue Palang Pracharath MP over ‘outbuying votes’ accusation

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Democrat Party is gearing up to sue Palang Pracharath MP Parina Kraikupt over allegations of “outbuying votes” to win the by-election in two southern constituencies last Sunday.

 

Wanted Hungarian man arrested for overstaying more than 10 years

A Hungarian man wanted in his country on insurance fraud charges was arrested in Bangkok for overstaying his visa for more than 10 years.

 

Bangkok back at the top of Covid list with 753 cases

Bangkok logged 753 Covid cases today (Jan. 18) taking it back to the top of the list of 10 worst hit provinces with Ratchathewi district being the worst off.

 

Southern by-election rerun possible if ‘orange card’ handed out: Ex-election commissioner

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A former election chief said if strong evidence of dishonesty in yesterday’s by-election turns up the polling agency could hand out an “orange card” with this leading to a rerun.

 

Two Palang Pracharath MPs resign, will likely join a new party 

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Two Palang Pracharath Party MPs quit today (Jan. 17) and are expected to join the brand-new Thailand Future Party.

 

Thai experts: Covid-19 endgame now in sight

Thai researchers are optimistic that the endgame of Covid pandemic is now approaching and this will turn the infection into an endemic disease like the flu.

 

Consumers hit as prices of papayas too rise sharply

Amid the shock of higher pork prices is that papayas too are now more expensive with a variety good for making Thai salad costing 18 a kg, up from just seven baht earlier.

 

Democrat candidates win both southern constituencies in Sunday’s by-election

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Democrat Party candidates swept to victory in southern Chumphon and Songkhla by-election today (Jan. 16) with another by-election coming up in Bangkok at the end of the month.

 

Police investigating mysterious death of German tourist

Chanthaburi police are investigating the death of an elderly German man at a house in this province as it appears to be unnatural.

 

Australian slapped with charges for wrong-way driving over 30 kms

An Australian man faces charges after counterflow driving over 30 kilometres from Chonburi to Rayong but he explained he had got lost and GPS took him the wrong way.

 

Revenue Dept’s Twitter account hacked amid dispute over crypto trading tax

The Revenue Department’s Twitter account was hacked today (Jan. 16) amid strong criticism of its move to impose 15 percent capital gains tax on crypto trading and mining.

 

Move to reduce quarantine to 7 days amid better outlook

With the current wave of Covid outbreak having stabilised after a spike at the start of the New Year the authorities are planning to reduce quarantine from 14 to seven days.

 

Ex-minister: Whole economic structure needs adjusting due to rising food prices

A former commerce minister said as people are suffering from higher food prices it is necessary to adjust the whole economic structure with all sides having to pitch in to help out.

 

Woman seeking good luck trampled to death by elephant

A Chiang Mai woman who tried to pass under an elephant’s belly for good luck without first asking the mahout startled the jumbo who trampled her to death.

 

Bangkok’s Covid risk points: Dormitories, police flats and restaurant-cum-pubs 

Amid a Covid tally of 8,167 cases and 14 deaths today (Jan. 14) Bangkok’s risk points were pinpointed to dormitories, police flats, restaurant-cum-pubs and poorly-ventilated restaurants 

 

8 hurt as speeding ambulance hits police vehicle

A speeding ambulance slammed into a police pickup truck that had come to check another accident leaving eight people, including a policeman and a rescuer, badly injured.

 

Another female protest leader released on bail

Within 24 hours of protest leader Rung having her bail extended another female protest leader, Ms. Benja Apan, was also released on bail.

 

Citi to sell consumer business in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and VN to UOB Group

By CNBC

Citigroup has agreed to sell its consumer business in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam to United Overseas Bank bringing the US bank closer to its goal of exiting retail operations in 13 markets.

 

12 Pattaya bar owners arrested for violating Covid rule

A police raid led to 12 Pattaya bar owners being arrested for staying open beyond the 9 p.m. closing time while the national daily Covid tally rose to 8,167 cases and 14 deaths. 

 

Air force to procure 4 F-35 stealth fighters between 2028-2031 at the earliest

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Having obtained a budget of 13.8 billion baht to purchase combat aircraft the air force now sets its sights on procuring four F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters between 2028 and 2031 at the earliest.

 

With pork prices rising, Nakhon Pathon residents turn to eating crocodile meat

With pork prices creeping up recently some residents in Nakhon Pathom are now opting to buy the cheaper crocodile meat.

 

Rung’s bail extended, EM bracelet removed

Protest leader Rung had her bail extended till mid June by the Criminal Court in Bangkok and till the end of the trial by the Ayutthaya court with conditions eased.

 

Analysis: Southern by-election spiced up with Move Forward underdogs

By Out-Crowd

Although seen as underdogs in Sunday’s by-election in southern Chumphorn and Songkhla provinces Move Forward Party’s campaign teams are adding zest to the two races.

 

New 300 baht tourist entry fee to generate B1.5 billion this year

The new 300 baht entry fee that foreign tourists coming to Thailand will start paying from April 1, 2022 is expected to bring in 1.5 billion baht this year.

 

Thailand approves B13.8 billion budget for fighter jets upgrade

By Reuters staff, published by Channel NewsAsia

The Thai cabinet today (Jan. 12) gave the green light to buy four fighter jets starting next fiscal year with a budget of 13.8 billion baht but two panels will be studying the suitability of different aircraft.

 

Soldiers and drug runners clash at Golden Triangle

A shootout between soldiers and drug runners at the Golden Triangle last night (Jan.11) led to the seizure of large amounts of meth pills, Ice and ketamine.

 

Covid cases soar in Phuket but drop in Chonburi

Proactive testing led to Covid cases climbing to 726 in Phuket today (Jan. 11) but the total dropped in Chonburi amid a national count of 7,133 cases and 12 deaths over the past 24 hours.

 

5 cops shunted out in wrongful drug arrest

Five Samut Prakan policemen were transferred to the headquarters after the unlawful arrest of a young man upon finding white powder in his car but that was actually camphor.

 

Agency warns marijuana remains a Category 5 drug despite not being listed in code

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board warned today (Jan. 11) that marijuana remained a Category 5 drug despite not being named in the new drug code.

 

World Bank sees sharp world growth slowdown

By Reuters staff, published by Channel NewsAsia

The World Bank warned today (Jan. 11) that global growth will decelerate “markedly” to 4.1 percent this year with poorer nations facing the risk of a “hard landing.” 

 

Revived call for end to senators’ power to pick PM kicks off

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A move to gather support for a petition to end senatorial power to pick a post-election prime minister started today (Jan. 10) with all parties and the general public urged to join in.

 

Over 700 Omicron cases today amid 70.3% spike over one week

Of Thailand’s 7,926 Covid cases today (Jan. 10) 715 were the Omicron variant with there being a 70.3% jump of latter strain’s cases over the past week.

 

Ex-fighter pilot concerned about planned purchase of F-35 stealth fighters

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A fighter pilot turned MP urged the Thai air force to think about Covid-related projects before moving to buy some F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters.

 

Ex-boyfriend bashes up new partner, drags woman away

A couple driving down a road in Samut Prakan were attacked in the middle of afternoon by the woman’s ex-partner and his friends when they stopped at the red light and she was forcibly taken away.

 

Mystery ship sinks, oil spill could reach Koh Samui in 2-3 days’ time

An abandoned mystery ship listing near Koh Samui sank overnight and started spewing diluted oil which could reach Koh Samui in two to three days’ time if not cleaned up.

 

Thai expert thinks newly-found ‘Deltacron’ is not a hybrid

By Amarin TV and Jerusalem Post

A Thai professor disagrees that the new variant of coronavirus found in Cyprus and nicknamed “Deltacron” is a hybrid of Delta and Omicron as in his opinion it is a new variant of the former.

 

Norwegian man reports double-crossing Cambodian woman to police

A Norwegian man who was betrayed by a Cambodian woman who had promised to marry him but was involved with someone else reported her to Sattahip police.

 

No concessions: Russia takes hard line before vital talks with US

By Reuters and published by Swissinfo.ch

Russia took a tough stance ahead of talks with the US aimed at heading off  the danger of a new Russian invasion of the Ukraine and it is possible they will end quickly.

 

6 infected European tourists disappear from Koh Chang hotel

Six Covid infected European tourists disappeared from their Koh Chang hotel and are believed to have either headed for Pattaya or Bangkok amid a daily Covid tally of 8,263 cases and 14 deaths.

 

Drunk woman slaps policeman with her shoe in New Year’s eve drama

A drunk woman caught driving the wrong way down Lum Luk Ka road on New Year’s eve who upon being arrested slapped a policeman with her shoe now faces four charges.

 

Mystery ship with no crew found listing near Koh Samui

An abandoned ship with no a single crew member on board was found listing near Koh Samui and the Thai navy is now working on bringing it ashore.

 

Daily Covid tally soars to 7,526 cases, 19 deaths

Thailand’s daily Covid count spiked again this morning (Jan. 7) reaching 7,526 cases and 19 deaths compared to 5,775 cases yesterday.

 

69 provinces placed in orange Covid control zone

The Covid administration’s executive panel today (Jan. 7) placed 69 provinces in the orange control zone while eight provinces in the blue tourism zone remain unchanged.

 

Southern by-election to show strength of state mechanism, local business cliques: Academic

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The upcoming southern by-election will show how effective state mechanism and local business cliques are in propelling Palang Pracharath Party’s candidates to victory.

 

Khao Yai hotel threatens to sue guest over below par review

A Thai woman who gave a Khao Yai hotel a score of 6 and wrote a review that displeased the management now faces a lawsuit and demand for 3 million baht compensation.

 

Covid control raised a notch as daily tally soars to 5,775

With the daily Covid cases jumping to 5,775 this morning (Jan. 6) the health authorities moved quickly to raise the alert level from 3 to 4.

 

Protesters jeer at Kla Party’s by-election campaign team

Protesters demanding the release of detained protest leaders were back outside the prison today (Jan. 6) and jeered at Kla Party’s campaign team but welcomed Pheu Thai Party’s crew as they drove past separately. 

 

Guard in condo rape case arrested after big forest manhunt 

The security guard of a Thonburi condominium wanted on the charges of raping a woman residing there has been arrested after a big manhunt in a forest.

 

In South Korea, hair loss emerges as new election issue

By AP and published by Channel NewsAsia

Bold people in South Korea are thrilled after presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung said this week hair loss treatments should be covered by the national health insurance scheme. 

 

Covid cases climbing in Chonburi, many clusters found

The daily Covid count in Chonburi rose to 529 cases today (Jan. 5) with several clusters found including one in Pattaya.

 

Police: Condo juristic person at fault for blocking entry to probe rape case

Police are taking legal action against the juristic person of a condo building in Thonburi where a woman was raped on Monday night but they were refused entry to investigate.

 

Healthcare volunteers allegedly turned into canvassers in upcoming by-election

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Some of Chumphon province’s healthcare workers who have been working hard at curbing the spread of coronavirus have allegedly been coaxed to canvass for a candidate in the upcoming by-election.

 

House panel: Not enough evidence to back claim Prayut paid MPs 5m baht bribe

A House committee said there is not enough evidence to back the allegation that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha bribed MPs to vote for him during the censure debate last September.

 

Phuket expanding hotel isotation facilities as Covid cases rise

With the daily Covid count in Phuket jumping to 149 yesterday (Jan. 3) the authorities moved to approve 66 more hotels for isolation of patients with onsite teaching suspended till Jan. 14.

 

Chonburi chasing two infected Indian tourists

Chonburi provincial authorities put out an alert that they are searching for two Indian tourists who got a positive result at their second Covid test and cannot be found.

 

Thaksin foresees change of government in second half

Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra expects there to be a change of government in the second of this year which is going to be a tough year for the people but the situation will improve then.

 

Two Bangkok policemen commit suicide, motive unknown

Two policemen attached to separate Bangkok stations killed themselves over the past 24 hours with their motive for doing so still a mystery.

 

Move to extend Test & Go suspension till Jan. 31 amid Omicron spike

The Public Health Ministry is going to propose that the Test & Go entry suspension be extended till Jan. 31 as Omicron cases have risen.

 

Family’s holiday ruined after being given mouldy tent to sleep in

A family who travelled from Chonburi to northern Nan province were shocked at being given a mouldy tent to sleep in and the rudeness of a camp staff member.

 

Songwriters rally in front of prison to get political activists freed

The Songwriters for the People group staged a rally in front of a Bangkok prison to demand the release of detained political activists this afternoon (Jan. 3).

 

Netizens wonder if photos of barely attended New Year event are for real

Thai netizens are busy sharing photos of a New Year countdown event in Phuket that show mostly empty chairs as a popular artiste sings.

 

Rescuer punched up in territorial conflict on New Year’s Eve 

A rescuer who helped an accident victim get to the hospital quickly was badly attacked by a rescue team from another foundation angry that he had crossed territorial line.

 

Chonburi overtakes Bangkok with highest daily Covid count

Moving Bangkok down a notch today (Jan. 2) was Chonburi with the most daily Covid cases out of a national tally of 3,112 and 12 fatalities.

 

New studies reinforce belief that Omicron is less likely to damage lungs

By The Guardian

Six research groups’ findings all suggest Omicron variant multiplies more in throats and causes less serious disease.

 

Laotian woman unexpectedly approaches Thai King at Wongwian Yai

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Laotian woman ran from a crowd of well-wishers and got close to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn as he stepped out of his automobile to pay homage to King Taksin the Great.  

 

2m meth pills being smuggled to Bangkok for New Year seized

Five men were arrested for attempting to smuggle over 2 million meth pills from Nong Khai province to Bangkok for sale during the New Year celebration.

 

No privileges for tycoon-turned-inmate behind bars: Justice minister

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The wife of Premchai Karnasuta, former boss of Italian-Thai Development Plc, who is in jail for killing a black panther petitioned the Justice Minister for leniency but to no avail.

 

Bad traffic jams as exodus from Bangkok starts

The big New Year exodus from Bangkok to the Northeast has got underway with heavy jams on two stretches of Mittraphap highway.

 

Omicron tally climbs to 739 amid over 2,000 daily Covid cases

Omicron cases have risen to 739 in Thailand with 488 coming from overseas while the daily Covid count reached 2,575 cases.

 

Suspect in murder of young woman taken to court for detention

Bang Phli police today (Dec. 29) took the suspect in the murder of a young woman in her condominium last Saturday to the court for detention with one of his fingers having broken in the fight with the victim.

 

Navy Chief undergoes punishment over inebriated captain

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Navy Chief Adm. Somprasong Nilsamai is undergoing three days of  physical, disciplinary punishment to take responsibility for an inebriated captain behaving badly as is Sattahip naval base commander Vice Adm. Naruepol Kerdnak.

 

Analysis: 2 opposition candidates bound to steal each other’s votes in Bangkok’s by-election

By Out-Crowd

As two opposition parties are battling for anti-military camp votes at the upcoming Bangkok by-election this gives Palang Pacharath Party’s candidate a significant edge.

 

All quiet after Myanmar junta’s armed helicopters attack Karen position

After Myanmar junta forces sent two armed choppers to assault a Karen position yesterday afternoon (Dec. 27) the battlefield across the border from Mae Sot turned quiet.

 

Virologist warns 72-hour ATK test result not good enough for countdown events 

A senior virologist warned that leaving a 72-hour gap from testing by ATK to admission to countdown events is too risky and this should be shortened to 12 hours or done at the site.

 

Man held for stabbing young woman to death at condo

A man living in the same condo building as a young woman who was stabbed to death has confessed to killing her after initially denying the brutal crime.

 

4 temporary shelters opened for Myanmar refugees as new clashes erupt

Four short-term refugee shelters have been opened in Tak province as new clashes erupted between Myanmar junta troops and Karen soldiers this morning (Dec. 27)

 

Ministry: If precaution not taken Omicron cases will soar to 30,000 a day

The Public Health Ministry warned today (Dec. 27) that while there are currently 514 Omicron cases in Thailand this could jump to 30,000 cases and 170-180 fatalities daily if precaution is not taken.

 

Police lay siege to condo after young woman is stabbed to death

Police are hunting for the man who slashed a young woman to death at a condominium in Samut Prakan last night (Dec. 25) with evidence showing that he is a co-resident.

 

Two Westerners test positive for Omicron in Chiang Mai

A German and a British man have tested positive for Omicron in Chiang Mai while another British man tested positive for Covid-19 in Buriram province.

 

Jailed protest leader’s birthday celebrated outside prison

Demonstrators gathered outside Bangkok Remand Prison today (Dec. 26) to mark the birthday of one of their jailed leaders and celebrate Christmas for three others.

 

Fighting near Mae Sot stops but combatants are making adjustments

The fighting between Myanmar junta troops and Karen soldiers stopped late afternoon yesterday (Dec. 24) but the two sides seem to be using this pause to make adjustments.

 

Call to fire Sports Authority Governor over Thai flag ban

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Pheu Thai MP urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to sack the Sports Authority of Thailand Governor over a ban on flying the Thai flag at international tournaments for a year.

 

PM: No additional ticket sales at the door for New Year countdown events

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Dec. 25) halted the sale of additional tickets at the door to New Year countdown events to tighten Covid control during the festivities.

 

Over 60 foreign arrivals test positive for Covid-19

Altogether 63 foreigners arriving in Thailand during Dec. 14-23 were infected with coronavirus while the cluster in Kalasin province is growing.

 

Omicron has spread to 98 countries while 205 are infected in Thailand

The Omcron variant has now spread to 98 countries with there being 205 cases in Thailand and a couple returning from Belgium turning into superspreaders.

 

3 British tourists test positive for Omicron in Hua Hin

Three British tourists who have been in Thailand for three to four weeks tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Hua Hin today (Dec. 24) with the result of the fourth one awaited.

 

Prayut shrugs off persistent lack of House quorum

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha does not seem bothered by repeated lack of a quorum in the House of Representatives with this heading off the possibility of a dissolution.

 

Myanmar refugees dash to Mae Sot as junta jets bomb their villages

Myanmar villagers living across the border from Mae Sot ran for safety to the Thai side as junta jets mounted waves of airstrikes from last night (Dec. 23) onwards.

 

Deposed MP might be hit with 10-year jail term, ban from politics

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Thai Liberal Party leader Seripisut Temiyavej said deposed MP Sira Jenjaka could be punished with a maximum 10 years imprisonment and lengthy ban from politics.

 

Ex-Palang Pracharath Party leader too faces jail over deposed MP fiasco

By Thai Newsroom Reporters 

An academic said former Palang Pracharath Party leader Uttama Savanayon also faces jail for allowing a disqualified former MP to run in the previous election. 

 

PM: Only BMA’s New Year countdown events cancelled

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha clarified via his adviser this evening (Dec. 23) that only Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s New Year events have been cancelled and there will not be an urgent meeting tomorrow.

 

Anutin orders legal action against Israeli tourist who has tested negative again

Although the Israeli tourist who fled quarantine in Bangkok got two more negative Covid test results at Koh Samui, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he still faces legal action.

 

Over 190kg Ice heading for Australia seized at Klong Toey

A total of 193.5 kilogrammes of Ice concealed as boxing sandbags and heading for Australia was seized at Klong Toey port while 22 kilogrammes of heroin sent from Thailand seized in Hong Kong

 

Death of traffic policeman on expressway under thorough investigation

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The drowning of a traffic policeman after he flew off his motorcycle on the expressway is being thoroughly probed as he was the boyfriend of a Move Forward Party staff member.

 

Palang Pracharath MP retroactively loses MP status 

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Constitutional Court today (Dec. 22) terminated Palang Pracharath Party MP Sira Jenjaka’s parliamentary status over a previous fraud conviction.

 

Israeli tourist claims being cleared of infection by second test on Koh Samui 

An Israeli tourist who escaped quarantine at a Bangkok hotel surrendered on Koh Samui today (Dec. 22) but said he was cleared of infection by a second test he took on the island

 

Police chasing infected Israeli tourist who escaped from Sukhumvit hotel

Police are looking for Covid-infected Israeli male tourist who escaped his quarantine in a Sukhumvit hotel and first went to Pattaya then headed south.

 

104 Omicron cases in Thailand as tourists face additional rules

Thailand now has 104 Omicron cases with 13,000 more tourists arriving today (Dec. 22) but those who had registered for quick entry face some new rules.

 

Thailand trying to get one-year ban on flying flag shortened

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Thailand is going to ask the World Anti-Doping Agency to reduce a one-year ban on flying the Thai national flag after an anti-doping law is enforced next month.

 

Test & Go entry procedure suspended immediately 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha suspended the Test & Go entry procedure with immediate effect today (Dec. 21) but those who got prior approval may still use this channel.

 

Anutin: No new Covid measures until 200,000 tourists have gone through 

Amid calls for and against Omicron variant measures, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Dec. 21) action could only be taken after 200,000 tourists have visited the country.

 

Driver slashed across the face by jealous husband

A driver who had asked a grocery store owner to take a shower at her bathroom was slashed across the face by her son-in-law who thought he was his wife’s lover.

 

Omicron cases rise to 63, with 30 more being checked

The Public Health Ministry confirmed today (Dec. 20) that Omicron cases have now risen to 63 with 30 more suspected to have also been infected.

 

Prawit blamed for Thai flag ban at world badminton final

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy Premier Prawit Wongsuwan was taken to task after the World Anti-Doping Agency banned the flying of the Thai flag at a badminton tournament.

 

Health officials cancel concerts in Surin despite adjustment

After 50,000 people rather than the 2,000 allowed attended a concert at Surin fairground last Friday, health officials today (Dec. 20) cancelled all the remaining events scheduled to run till Dec. 26.

 

Power pole sticks through staircase of new footbridge

An astonishing footbridge is being built in Chonburi province with a power pole sticking through the staircase prompting netizens to heavily criticise it.

 

Lack of House quorum triggered by Prayut’s absence: Opposition MP

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

An opposition MP blamed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s frequent absence from House meetings for triggering repeated lack of quorum.

 

Two parties vying to recruit comic monk upon disrobement

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Two political parties are eager to recruit a comic monk who has made waves in Thai society if he disrobes himself from Buddhism.

 

5 travellers test positive for Omicron in Phuket

Four foreigners and one Thai man who arrived in Phuket last Monday and Tuesday were confirmed to have been infected with the Omicron Covid variant.

 

Fake doctor nabbed while hiding at a Pattaya hotel

A bogus doctor who had got a job at a cosmetic clinic owned by a popular YouTuber by assuming the identity of the real medical practitioner was arrested in Pattaya today (Dec. 19).

 

Driver in expressway crash that killed 3 persons was intoxicated

The young man who rear-ended another car with his new Mercedes Benz sedan at 1 a.m. this morning (Dec. 18) killing three people had higher than the legal limit blood alcohol content.

 

Krabi jail inspected after transfer of all rioting prisoners 

A police team wearing PPE suits went in to assess the damage at Krabi prison today (Dec. 18) after all the 2,159 rioting male inmates were moved to other jails.

 

Truce halts battle between Myanmar junta troops and Karen fighters

After battling for three days in Myawaddy, opposite Mae Sot,  Myanmar junta troops and Karen fighters today (Dec.18) declared a temporary ceasefire.

 

Fear of new Covid clusters forming at huge concert in Surin 

Thai netizens lambasted the holding of a huge concert in Surin province last night (Dec. 17) as this could lead to new Covid clusters forming.

 

Krabi prisoners riot to go out for Covid treatment 

Hundreds of prisoners at Krabi jail rioted all night over mounting Covid cases and not being allowed to go out for medical treatment but the authorities halted it early this morning (Dec. 17).

 

Krabi prisoners start rioting again amid transfer move

Rioting erupted again at Krabi prison this evening (Dec. 17) triggered by a move to transfer the majority of male prisoners to jails in other provinces.

 

Temple selling albino buffaloes to pay off debt

The Abbot of a temple in Chanthaburi province today (Dec. 17) decided to sell two albino buffaloes to clear debts as fewer people are now making merit.

 

Fierce fighting continues in Myawaddy with more refugees crossing over to Mae Sot

Heavy fighting is continuing between Myanmar junta troops and Karen fighters in Myawaddy today (Dec. 17) with 2,500 refugees crossing to the Thai side and another wave on the way.

 

Drugs hidden in snack bags heading for South Korea seized

A Thai man has been arrested on the charges of helping two South Korean suspects parcel drugs hidden in bags of snacks to their home country.

 

Pheu Thai MP told to stop doing duties over attempted extortion charge

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Supreme Court ordered a Pheu Thai MP to stop all legislative duties as a ruling on an attempted money extortion charge in pending. 

 

Hundreds of Myanmar refugees flee fighting near border

Several hundred Myanmar refugees and some Thai villagers fled the fighting between Myanmar junta forces and Karen National Liberation Army soldiers just across the border from Mae Sot.

 

A book about a soldier’s mysterious disappearance children will love

The Sad and Sorry Saga of Sir Jeffrey Hillpig-Smythe

By Steve Rhodes

28 pages, in Thai and English, colour illustrations

Reviewed by Reg Comstock

This book about a soldier wandering off into the jungles of Burma and Thailand will enthral children and likely amuse adults.

 

Man donating haunted sedan to a temple

A young man who bought a second-hand sedan a little while ago is now donating it to a temple after being badly haunted.

 

Another 4 Airbus H225M multi-role utility choppers delivered

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Royal Thai Air Force has acquired four more Airbus H225M Caracal helicopters increasing its fleet of this chopper model to 12.

 

Navy moves buy 3 UAVs for coastal recon missions

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Thai Navy is looking to buy three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with a budget of around 3.9 billion baht.

 

Omicron infection climbs to 9 out of 14 potential cases

Omicron cases in Thailand rose to nine out of 14 potentially infected individuals today (Dec. 15) amid tighter surveillance.

 

Karen refugee camp awaits post-riot, clear-up mission

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Rangers and policemen are still taking precautionary measures before moving in to secure a Karen refugee camp today (Dec. 15) after it was rocked by heavy rioting last evening.

 

PM advises people to raise chickens for eggs to overcome poverty

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Dec. 15) suggested that a way to reduce poverty is if each household raised two chickens for eggs

 

Military training chopper crashes, two dead

A flight instructor and a pilot died this morning (Dec. 14) after a Thai military helicopter crashed at Nakhon Sawan province.

 

Southern by-election to see fierce contest among 3 coalition partners

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Three coalition partners will be battling it out in the upcoming southern by-election tentatively set to take place mid-January.

 

Top official: Omicron likely to hit Thailand from mid-January

A senior Public Health Ministry official said preparations are being made to take care of Omicron patients as the new variant is likely to hit Thailand mid-January onwards.

 

Buriram holding ‘Kite Flying Countdown New Year 2022’ festival

Northeastern Buriram province has come up with a unique celebration having arranged the “Kite Flying Countdown New Year 2022″ festival for locals and tourists to join the fun.

 

Myanmar shadow government approves use of stablecoin Tether

By Times of India

Myanmar’s shadow government has recognised stablecoin Tether (USDT) as its official currency to facilitate raising funds and making payments.

 

Protesting Jana villagers occupy bridge outside Govt House

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Villagers from southern Songkhla province’s Jana district were back outside the Government House to protest against an industrial project in their hometown today (Dec. 13).

 

New Year celebrations allowed till 1 a.m.

The Covid administrators today (Dec. 13) allowed alcohol to be served in restaurants from New Year’s Eve till 1 a.m. New Year’s Day.

 

8 Omicron cases found among overseas arrivals, 3 more being checked

The Public Health Ministry said today (Dec. 13) eight Omicron cases have emerged among overseas arrivals during Dec. 1-11 with it being determined whether three more are similarly infected.

 

Blinken in Indonesia as US seeks to shore up Southeast Asia ties

By Reuters staff, published by Channel NewsAsia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Indonesian President Joko Widodo held talks today (Dec. 13) at the start of the former’s short Southeast Asia trip that includes stops in Malaysia and Thailand.

 

Protesters hang up ‘people’s judgement’ banner, demand abolition of Section 112

A big demonstration to demand that Section 112 of the Criminal Code, or the lese majeste law, be abolished is taking place at Ratchaprasong intersection today (Dec. 12).

 

Police: Avoid demonstration at Ratchaprasong intersection this afternoon 

Metropolitan police urged the public to steer clear of Ratchaprasong intersection from this afternoon (Dec. 12) onwards as a demonstration is taking place there.

 

Altogether 431,220 Covid cases, 6,801 fatalities in Bangkok since April 1

Covid cases in Bangkok since April 1 have now increased to 431,220 and fatalities 6,801 with 631 cases logged today (Dec. 12).

 

Anutin unveils ‘cannabis city’ on Mekong river amid decriminalisation move

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul today (Dec. 11)  launched a pilot cannabis city scheme in Nakhon Phanom while confirming a move to decriminalise the plant.

 

Nine prisoners escape from jail in Nakhon Pathom

Nine prisoners quarantined at a temporary jail escaped at around 2 a.m. this morning (Dec. 11) by using a hacksaw blade to cut the bars.

 

Covid cases ‘increasing in Bangkok, 6 other tourism provinces’

Bangkok Governor Asawin Kwanmuang warned of a spike in Covid cases in Bangkok and six tourism provinces despite national daily tallies having dropped.

 

Bangkok still worst hit but daily Covid count dips to 629 

While Bangkok still topped the list of ten worst-hit provinces today (Dec. 10) the tally edged down to 629 from 853 cases yesterday.

 

Thai Sang Thai Party caravan headed for all 77 provinces

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Members of the newly-formed Thai Sang Thai Party headed off in a caravan to all the provinces in the country today (Dec. 10) to drum up pre-election popularity. 

 

Myanmar troops fire at Thai cargo boat in Mae Hong Son

Myanmar troops fired two shots at a Thai cargo boat today (Dec. 10) despite an agreement between the two countries that they would not attack Thai vessels.

 

The Pantone colour of the year for 2022 is Very Peri, a blue to symbolise big change

The Pantone Institute has unveiled its Colour of the Year for 2022 with this being Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri described as a “dynamic periwinkle blue hue.”

 

 

BMA teams inspecting foreign communities to block Omicron

Bangkok Governor Asawin Kwanmuang has sent out teams to inspect foreign communities in the city with random Covid testing also taking place.

 

Fourth Omicron case emerges in Thailand

The Public Health Ministry said a fourth Omicron case has surfaced in Thailand with this being a Thai man returning from DR of Congo and confirmation test is being carried out.

 

Office Of Attorney-General petitioned to rescind ruling against monarchical reform bids

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Activists petitioned the Office of Attorney- General to rescind the Constitutional Court’s ruling against sustained calls for monarchical reform.

 

Soldier kills wife then himself while getting divorced

A young soldier who went to Sisaket province to divorce his wife killed her then himself after another quarrel broke out at the district office. 

 

Tycoon jailed for 2 years and 6 months in poaching case

Italian-Thai Development Plc boss Premchai Karnasuta was today (Dec. 8) sentenced to two years and six months in jail by the Supreme Court for hunting in a wildlife sanctuary.

 

Update: Construction tycoon gets 3 years and 2 month in jail in black panther case

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Office Of Attorney General issued a correction stating that the former boss of Italian-Thai Development Plc. Premchai Karnasuta was jailed for three years and two months in the hunting case, not two years and six months it had earlier announced.

 

Five govt lawmakers lose MP status due to previous anti-vote activism

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Five lawmakers from the ruling camp lost their MP status under a Constitutional Court ruling today (Dec. 8th) over their anti-vote activism seven years ago.

 

Ministry confirms 2 more Omicron cases in Thailand

The Public Health Ministry confirmed that two Thai women who returned from Nigeria last month were infected with Omicron but they have now recovered.

 

Hotel worker who served Omicron-infected American tests positive