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Varawut becomes top leader of Chart Thai Pattana Party

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Natural Resources & Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa was named top leader of Chart Thai Pattana Party in place of his own sister, Kanchana, today (Oct. 3).

 

Bank mum on 2m baht claim for seizing the wrong house

An unnamed bank has kept quiet on a couple’s demand for 2 million baht compensation after their contractor wrongfully seized their house, removed all their belongings and both locked it and put a for sale sign on the gate.

 

Gold chain, mobile phone stolen from Russian and Indian tourists

Glamorously dressed ladyboys stole a gold chain from a Russian tourist while a Thai woman stole a mobile phone from an Indian tourist in Pattaya last night (Oct. 2).

 

Many areas of Bangkok flooded after torrential rain

Torrential rain pounded Greater Bangkok this afternoon (Oct. 3) leading to many roads being flooded and critical traffic congestion building up on some of them.

 

Call to stop partisan cabinet members from handing out taxpayers’ money

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A former election commissioner suggested that cabinet members be required to quit their parties in order to hand out taxpayers’ cash to people during electoral campaigns.

 

Poll finds most Gen-Zers view 2017 constitution as ‘dictatorial’

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

An opinion poll held recently shows that most Gen-Zers see the 2017 junta-designed constitution as being “dictatorial” while also not wanting unelected senators around.

 

After weeks of flooding Lat Krabang residents find sandbags stuffed in a drain 

Residents of a Bangkok neighbourhood that has been flooded since Sept. 10 today (Oct. 2) found that over a hundred sandbags had been stuffed in a key drain which prevented floodwater from flowing out.

 

Big plastic factory ablaze in Songkhla, 2 workers injured

A huge fire engulfed a large plastic factory in Songkhla at noon today (Oct. 2) with two workers injured but the majority safe because they were just then leaving the plant for their lunch break.

 

Death toll in Indonesia football stampede jumps to 174

By Reuters, AFP, NYTimes and Bloomberg, published by The Straits Times 

A safety review of football matches was ordered in Indonesia after 174 people were killed and 180 injured in a soccer match stampede and riot.

 

Prawit to be named in lieu of Prayut as Palang Pracharath’s PM candidate 

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy Premier Prawit Wongsuwan will likely be named Palang Pracharath Party’s candidate for premiership in the next election and surge ahead Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

 

Police gear up for rallies, tell protesters they aren’t their enemy

National police chief Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas said steps have been taken to handle rallies taking place today (Oct. 1) while urging the protesters not to see them as their enemy.

 

Anti-Prayut protesters mourn the country’s future 

Activist groups held an anti-Prayut demonstration at the Victory Monument this afternoon (Oct. 1) with many dressed in black to mourn the country’s future.

 

Doubts cast over righteousness of Constitutional Court’s ruling on Prayut

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pheu Thai Party doubts whether the Constitutional Court’s ruling allowing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to return to power is righteous and criticised it for not observing the letter and design of the charter.

 

Crisis of confidence in Constitutional Court looms: Academic

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Chulalongkorn University lecturer said a crisis of confidence in the Constitutional Court is brewing after its contentious ruling on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s eight-year tenure.

 

Prayut returns to power with Constitutional Court support

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Although the Constitutional Court has allowed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to return to power until 2025, demonstrators insist that he immediately step down.

 

Court rules Prayut’s eight-term has not ended

The Constitutional Court ruled this afternoon (Sept. 30) that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s eight years in power has not ended with this having started when the current constitution was promulgated in 2017.

 

Lawyer: 3 retired generals win but the country loses

An activist lawyer told a rally this evening (Sept. 30) that today’s Constitutional Court ruling is a victory for three retired generals but a failure for the country and the people.

 

Prayut verdict: Constitution Court imposes strict control till Oct. 3 morning

The Constitutional Court beefed up security as its ruling on suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s eight-year tenure is to be delivered from 3 p.m. today (Sept. 30).

 

Prawit dismisses fears of pro-Prayut vs anti-Prayut protesters clashing

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan quashed fears of pro-Prayut and anti-Prayut protesters clashing tomorrow (Sept. 30) when the Constitutional Court rules on the suspended Prime Minister’s eight-year tenure.

 

MP sarcastically blasts Election Commission’s curbs amid flood woes

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Thai Economic Party MP slammed the Election Commission’s rules forbidding the handing out of cash to anyone in the last 180 days of their term amid the current flood woes.

 

Misprinted 20 baht polymer banknotes in circulation

A batch of 20 baht polymer banknotes with Thai and Arabic numerals mismatching is in circulation but the central bank says people can use them as normal until fully removed from the system.

 

Pagoda at Chiang Mai temple collapses after days of rain

Days of torrential rain led to a 500-year-old pagoda at Wat Srisuphan Silver Temple in Chiang Mai collapsing today (Sept. 29) but many sacred objects were recovered.

 

Heavy flooding in Korat as Noru sweeps through

Nakhon Ratchasima, or Korat, was reeling today (Sept. 29) after weakened Typhoon Noru dumped torrential rain triggering heavy floods.

 

No coup taking place, says Defence Ministry spokesman

The Defence Ministry’s spokesman Gen. Kongcheep Tantravanich quashed rumours of a coup being mounted, confirming this issue was not raised at today’s (Sept. 28) Defence Council meeting.

 

Thaksin wonders if Prawit would be happy with Prayut’s possible comeback

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra wonders if caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan would be very happy if suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is allowed by court to return to premiership on Friday.

 

Typhoon Noru weakens as it moves into Thailand 

By Matichon plus AP published by Msn.com

Typhoon Noru weakened into a depression as it arrived in Thailand at 6 p.m. today (Sept. 28) being centred at Ubon Ratchathani province but moving westwards.

 

Thai central bank raises rates, willing to adjust tightening as necessary

By Reuters and published by US News & World Report

The Thai central bank hiked its key interest rate by 25 basis points to 1.00% today (Sept. 28) to tame inflation and is willing to adjust future rate moves as necessary.

 

Suspect held in extortion of cryptocurrencies from Russian couple

One of six suspects who extorted US$50,000 in cryptocurrencies from a Russian couple at a Koh Samui coffee shop was arrested in Chonburi today (Sept. 28) and flown back to the tourist island.

 

95 illegal Myanmar migrants caught sneaking into Thailand

Kanchanaburi police, supported by soldiers, arrested 95 illegal Myanmar migrant workers overnight who had paid smugglers 15,000-30,000 baht each to bring them in.

 

Prawit downplays ‘Pheu Thai landslide’ win in Roi Et local contest

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan denied Pheu Thai scored a “landslide” victory in the Roi Et local election as in his opinion this is a hyped-up description.

 

Super Typhoon Noru barrels towards Vietnam, hitting Thailand on Thursday

By Reuters, published by CNA, and Thai Newsroom

Vietnam closed airports and imposed curfews as violent Typhoon Noru roared in while Thai weather experts said it will weaken when slamming the lower Northeast on Thursday, Sept. 29.

 

Covid jab service shifting from Bang Sue station to Dermatology Institute

Covid vaccination service is shifting from Bang Sue station to Dermatology Institute at Victory Monument on Oct. 1 and is available to both Thais and foreigners free of charge.

 

Foreign gang extorts cryptocurrencies from Russian couple

A Russian couple sought help from Koh Samui police after a foreign gang extorted US$50,000 in cryptocurrencies from them then a little later demanded more.

 

Petchaboon provincial head faces election ban over latest Prawit billboard 

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The latest gigantic sign featuring caretaker Prime Minister-cum-Palang Pracharath party leader Prawit Wongsuwan also has an image of Petchaboon provincial head with this landing the latter in election limbo.

 

Chadchart: Rain has doubled over 30 years with super typhoon moving in

Bangkok Governor  Chatchart Sittipunt said the amount of rain the capital received so far this month is double what was recorded 30 years ago with this clearly a result of global warming.

 

Kanchana quits as top leader of Chart Thai Pattana Party

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A shakeup is taking place at Chart Thai Pattana Party, the fourth-largest coalition partner, after its top leader Kanchana Silpa-archa quit today (Sept. 26).

 

Large majority of Gen-Zers don’t want unelected senators

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

An opinion poll shows that over 80% of Gen-Zers prefer that there be no more unelected senators who are seen as blocking democratic rule in the country.

 

3 Laotian women die as van slams into truck in Rayong

A van carrying 14 Laotians rammed into a 10-wheel truck parked at a red light in Rayong at 3 a.m. this morning (Sept. 26) killing three women on the spot.

 

Santi denies party-hopping rumours

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Palang Pracharath Party secretary-general Santi Prompat denies planning to defect to Bhumjaithai Party as he accompanied caretaker Prime Minister-cum-Palang Pracharath party leader Prawit Wongsuwan on an official visit to Petchaboon. 

 

Jupiter is coming its closest to Earth in 59 years

By Amarin TV and Georgia Public Broadcasting

Catch a rare moment to see the enormous planet Jupiter at its biggest and brightest as it comes closest to Earth in 59 years all night Tuesday Sept. 27.

 

Super Typhoon Noru bringing torrential rain with Bangkok not spared

After being upgraded to a super typhoon, Noru (Karding) is slamming into the Philippines today (Sept. 25) and will bring torrential rain to large parts of Thailand including Bangkok during Sept. 28-30.

 

Minister warns activists not to move on Prayut verdict day

Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn warned activists not to move next Friday (Sept. 30) when the Constitutional Court gives its verdict on suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s eight years in power.

 

Gigantic roadside signs featuring Prawit, his party’s logo yet to be removed: Chonlanan

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pheu Thai Party leader Chonlanan Srikaew said huge vote-wooing signs featuring caretaker Prime Minister-cum-Palang Pracharath party leader Prawit Wongsuwan have yet to be removed and his party is being taken advantage of.

 

Iran: President Raisi calls for ‘decisive’ action against protesters

By Reuters, AFP and EFE, published by Dw.com

The Iranian president has called for action to be taken against widespread protests following the death of a young woman.

 

Most Gen-Zers prefer Chadchart as post-election PM: Rangsit poll

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

An opinion poll shows Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt is the favourite for prime minister after the next election among Gen-Zers followed by Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.

 

Myanmar beauty queen says she’s safe in hands of UN officials

By Kocha Olarn and Heather Chen, CNN

A Myanmar beauty queen who was stopped at Suvarnabhumi Airport and faced threats of deportation told CNN that she is now safe in the hands of UN officials.

 

Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

By AP and published by NBC Boston

Military-aged men fled Russia in droves on Friday to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin’s partial military mobilization.

 

Emergency decree scrapped, CCSA disbanded from Oct. 1

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) executive committee revoked the emergency decree and disbanded itself from Oct. 1.

 

Amnesty calls on govt to scrap emergency decree

Amnesty International Thailand submitted a letter to the government calling for revoking the emergency decree and dropping charges against at least 1,467 people.

 

Junta-linked Myanmar tycoon under initial 12-day detention

A Myanmar tycoon with close ties to junta leader Min Aung Hlaing has been ordered by the Thai court to an initial 12-day detention.

 

Cabinet members warned giving cash could land them in hot water

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam warned cabinet members to not give cash to anyone as they could be slapped with vote-buying charges.

 

Scores in Nonthaburi affected by chemical leak in Nakhon Pathom

Over 200 people in Nonthaburi suffered burning eyes and nose after fumes from a major chemical spill at a factory in Nakhon Pathom spread here with many schools shut for the day.

 

Thailand arrests Myanmar military-linked businessman suspected of drug trafficking

By Panu Wongcha-um and Poppy McPherson, Reuters, and published by US News & World Report

Thai police arrested a Myanmar tycoon who is close to Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing and three Thai nationals on conspiracy to traffic narcotics and money laundering charges.

 

Siblings in payroll robbery arrested in Bangkok

A clerk and her brother who stole 3.46 million baht payroll of a company in Chonburi she worked for were quickly arrested at a room in Bangkok and most of the cash recovered.

 

60-70% of Thais have been infected with Covid: Expert

A Thai medical expert estimated from previous blood tests that up to 60-70% of Thais have been infected with Covid-19 with a detailed study starting next month.

 

Company clerk, rider likely linked to 3.4m baht payroll theft

Police linked the theft of 3.4 million baht payroll yesterday by a man dressed as a food delivery rider to the company clerk who had withdrawn the money from the bank.

 

Tangmo Nida’s mother gets almost 10m baht as death compensation 

The mother of actress Tangmo Nida who drowned during a speed trip earlier this year has agreed to a compensation of almost 10 million baht to withdraw as a joint plaintiff in both civil and criminal cases against the six suspects.

 

Not yet time for Palang Pracharath to start campaigning: Prawit 

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Despite gigantic signs starting to appear, caretaker Prime Minister-cum-Palang Pracharath party leader Prawit Wongsuwan said today (Sept. 20) that the time to start electoral campaign has not yet arrived.

 

Another gigantic roadside sign featuring Prawit spotted in Buengkarn

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Yet another huge roadside sign with an image of caretaker Prime Minister-cum-Palang Pracharath party leader Prawit Wongsuwan and the party’s logo was put up in Buengkarn along with a pertinent message asking for legal leniency for its appearance.

 

Over 500 youngsters slapped with politically related charges so far

 By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The total number of pro-democracy adolescents arrested on politically related charges has climbed over 500 with one of them only 12 years old.

 

Thief dressed as food delivery rider steals 3.4m baht payroll

A thief dressed as a food delivery rider stole a 3.4 million baht payroll that two employees of a company had just withdrawn after picking a fight with one of them.

 

Cabinet approves additional budget for 6 movies shot in Thailand

The cabinet approved an additional 212 million baht budget today (Sept. 20) to cover a shortfall in promoting the shooting of six movies in Thailand.

 

Palang Pracharath Party blasted for using welfare cards to wins votes 

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Pheu Thai Party leader slammed Palang Pracharath Party for using state welfare cards to woo voters as the country heads for the next general election.

 

Red shirts, activists mark Sept. 2006 coup against Thaksin govt

Red shirt followers and Thalu Fah activists held separate events to mark the Sept. 19, 2006 coup against former premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s government today.

 

26 luxury cars stolen in UK and sold as new vehicles in Thailand seized

DSI seized 26 of 35 luxury cars stolen in the UK then sold as new vehicles in Thailand after being asked by the British authorities to track them down.

 

Pheu Thai Party flexes muscles at local contest in Roi Et

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

With a local election in Roi Et seen as a curtain raiser to the next general election, Pheu Thai Party is competing fiercely against two other key parties.

 

Protest against plan to rent out historic air base for growing sugarcane

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A protest was held in Kalasin today (Sept. 18) against the air force’s plan to rent out part of a Free Thai Movement air base to a company that will use it to grow sugarcane.

 

Interior Ministry orders nationwide electrical leakage check

The Interior Ministry ordered a nationwide check for electrical leakage after five students got electric shock from live streetlights in Udon Thani on Friday.

 

Pattaya police station head transferred after Kyrgyz woman’s death

Pattaya police station chief was transferred to the headquarters today (Sept. 18) after two prostitution cases emerged with one involving a Kyrgyz woman who plunged to her death from a hotel room.

 

Every party’s vote-wooing roadside signs everywhere: Chaiwut

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

After a gigantic roadside sign with an image of caretaker Prime Minister-cum-Palang Pracharath party leader Prawit Wongsuwan popped up, a minister defended it saying other parties too are doing the same.

 

Official campaign period for next election starts on Sept. 24

The Election Commission announced that the official campaign period for the next general election starts on Sept. 24 with several parties already gearing up for the big day.

 

Ye Mon’s nightmare: ‘I reported on the military’s abuses, and then I became a victim’

By Ye Mon, Frontier Myanmar

Frontier Myanmar journalist Ye Mon recounts being beaten and sexually abused by regime soldiers in December 2021 after being detained at Yangon International Airport.

 

 

Suspect in Kyrgyz woman’s death in Pattaya arrested

One of three Chinese suspects wanted after a Kyrgyz woman plunged to death from a Pattaya condominium after complaining of being forced into prostitution has been arrested.

 

Rider saves boy who got electric shock from streetlight

A vocational student who also works as a rider saved the life of a seventh grade boy who got an electric shock from a live streetlight during heavy rain and floods last evening (Sept. 16).

 

House passes public referendum motion on charter amendment but dispute looms

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Although the House passed a motion to hold a referendum on amending the whole constitution, dispute looms because less than half of the total number of MPs supported it.

 

India’s Modi tells Putin now is ‘not a time for war’

By AFP and published by CNA

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin that now “is not a time for war”  at a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.

 

Kyrgyz woman dies in fall from Pattaya luxury hotel

A Kyrgyz woman died after plunging from the seventh floor of a luxury hotel in Pattaya with a German man who had helped her saying she had been lured into prostitution by a Chinese gang.

 

6 students face charges in shooting death of fellow student

Six students face charges in the death of a fellow student after a .38 homemade pistol allegedly accidently went off in a computer classroom yesterday (Sept. 15).

 

Many roads in Lat Krabang remain flooded

Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district remained flooded this morning (Sept. 16) after being declared a disaster zone yesterday with weather experts warning of more rain during Sept. 17-21.

 

Student dies after computer keyboard explodes in classroom

A 15-year-old male student died after a school computer keyboard exploded this afternoon (Sept. 15) leading to a fatal fracture on his left eyebrow.

 

Update: Student killed by pen gun bullet, not keyboard explosion

Further investigation of a student who died at a computer classroom showed that the keyboard did not explode but a pen gun carried by a fellow student went off.

 

Traffic policeman gives gifts to boy abandoned by Myanmar mother

A three-year-old boy abandoned by his Myanmar mother is being taken care of by neighbours with a traffic policeman bringing him some gifts today (Sept. 15).

 

Urgent! Court To Give Verdict On Prayut’s 8-Year Tenure On Sept. 30

The Constitutional Court considered a petition asking for a ruling on suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s eight-year tenure and will give a verdict on Friday September 30, 2022.

 

Prayut says he will respect the Constitutional Court’s ruling

Suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he will respect the Constitutional Court’s ruling on his eight-year tenure regardless of the outcome.

 

Potjaman prefers daughter not run for PM: Thaksin

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra said his ex-wife Potjaman Na Pombejra would rather their daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra not run for prime minister and just stay the head of “Pheu Thai Family”.

 

Prawit wades in to help Chadchart solve city flooding 

Caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan inspected a key Bangkok floodgate amid incessant rain with city Governor Chadchart Sittipunt to propose that a water expressway be built.

 

Husband, nine-month pregnant wife caught with drugs

A young man and his nine-month pregnant wife were arrested after police found over 1,500 meth pills and some Ice in their possession with both having consumed and sold drugs for a long time.

 

Wall St tumbles to biggest loss in two years following CPI data

By Reuters and published by US News & World Report

US stocks plummeted in their worst day since June 2020 after key August inflation data rose more than expected with investors now worried that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates more aggressively. 

 

Prawit, Thammanat face ban from politics over ‘banana-feeding’ scandal

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Caretaker Premier-cum-Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan and Thai Economic Party leader Thammanat Prompao face ban from politics over “banana-feeding”, or kickbacks, scandal.

 

Mechai earned 11 million baht working for Prayut-led coup junta

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s legal guru Mechai Ruchupan who headed the charter drafting committee earned over 11 million baht while working for the junta for five years.

 

Champion charged after wakeskating on flooded road

Bangkok-born wakeskate champion Daniel Grant has been charged with endangering vehicles and people for wakeskating on flooded Phaholyothin road.

 

Flood-hit Koh Chang focusing on reviving tourism at yearend 

Despite heavy flooding and landslides hitting tourism on Koh Chang, business operators are now working on boosting arrivals at yearend by launching sports and entertainment activities.

 

Queen Elizabeth said to have left her jewels to only Kate, Camilla and Megan get nothing

Going viral are rumours that Queen Elizabeth II has left 300 pieces of jewellery to only Princess of Wales Kate Middleton with Camilla, Queen Consort, and Megan, Duchess of Sussex, getting nothing.

 

Palang Pracharath opts to not compete against Thai Economic Party 

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Palang Pracharath Party will not be vying against Thai Economic Party for any constituencies in the next general election, caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said.

 

Penguin, three others get one year suspended sentence

Protest leader Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, and three other activists were sentenced to two months in jail for protesting in front of Bang Khen police station but this was suspended for one year.

 

Indian financier Rakesh Saxena’s 335 years imprisonment upheld

The Supreme Court upheld a sentence of 335 years in jail and 33.5 million baht fine plus 2.5 billion baht refund against Indian financier Rakesh Saxena for massive fraud that led to a bank collapsing and triggered the Asian financial crisis of 1997.

 

King Charles III proclaimed monarch of Australia, New Zealand

Both Australia and New Zealand proclaimed King Charles III head of state today (Sept. 11). The British monarchy is the head of 14 states outside of Britain, although the role is largely ceremonial.

 

Thai netizens blast post on selling kidney to get mobile phone

A Facebook post that emerged from Laos indicating that three persons sold their kidney to get the newly-released iPhone 14 mobile phone was heavily criticised by Thai netizens.

 

3 cars damaged at flooded Bang Khen condo car park

Heavy flooding of a Bang Khen area condominium’s underground car park damaged three cars but no government agency is taking responsibility for it.

 

Sections of Chaeng Wattana, Samut Prakan roads subside

Days of heavy rain led to a large sinkhole appearing on Chaeng Wattana road before dawn today (Sept. 11) while a section of a road in Samut Prakan also caved in.

 

Charles III proclaimed king at tradition-steeped ceremony

King Charles III was officially announced as Britain’s monarch today (Sept. 10) in a pomp-filled ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism — and, for the first time, broadcast live.

 

Potjaman in surprise appearance at Pheu Thai campaign 

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s ex-spouse Potjaman Na Pombejra paid a surprise visit to a Pheu Thai Party campaign in Chiang Mai spearheaded by her daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra 

 

Man kills girlfriend, himself after wedding talks fails

A Thai man who was unable to resolve issues about an upcoming wedding with his girlfriend shot her dead and then killed himself today (Sept. 10).

 

Samut Prakan heavily flooded after all-night rain

Parts of Samut Prakan were heavily flooded today (Sept. 10) after torrential all-night rain with a section of Bangna-Trat highway too inundated.

 

Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96

By Reuters and published by CNA

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 96 and King Charles III, who became the new monarch immediately, said his mother’s death was a moment of “greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.”

 

PM orders Thai national flag to half mast in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

The Prime Minister’s Secretariat issued a letter asking state agencies and enterprises to lower the Thai national flag to half mast for three days in mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Sudarat now top leader of Thai Sang Thai Party

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pheu Thai Party’s former strategist Sudarat Keyurapan is now the top leader of Thai Sang Thai Party and is the party’s candidate for head of government in the next general election.

 

Former tenant behind looting of Koh Samui luxury hotel 

Koh Samui police arrested nine suspects after tracing the looting of a luxury hotel to the former tenant who had leased the property for 30 years and returned it at the end of last year.

 

India, China to withdraw from disputed border area by Sept. 12

By Reuters and published by CNA

India and China have agreed to disengage at a disputed area along a remote western Himalayan border by Sept. 12 with the pull-out also confirmed by China.

 

Reset Thailand drive launched to rewrite charter, rein in senators

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Move Forward Party kicked off Reset Thailand campaign to get the whole constitution rewritten and bar senators from picking head of a post-election government.

 

Flood alert for people living along key Bangkok canal

A flood alert was issued to people living along Bangkok’s Klong Prem Prachakorn canal this evening (Sept. 8) amid warning of more heavy rain tomorrow.

 

Red flag alert issued in Rangsit as key canal overflows amid incessant rain

Torrential rain lashing Bangkok and its vicinity from late morning onwards today (Sept. 8) led to a red flag alert being issued in Rangsit while Bang Khen roundabout was temporarily closed.

 

3 drug runners arrested on Mekong river bank

Three men were arrested moments after collecting 400,000 meth pills dropped off on the Thai bank of the Mekong river by a Laotian boat that quickly sped away.

 

People-endorsed bid to end senators’ power to pick PM aborted again

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A legislation endorsed by 75,000 people to end the power of senators to pick the head of a post-election government was again aborted in Parliament today (Sept. 7).

 

More heavy rain to hit Bangkok this evening, Bang Khen in danger again

Bangkok faces two more rounds of torrential rain tonight and tomorrow night (Sept. 7-8) after having been heavily lashed all night till 4.30 a.m. this morning with Bang Khen and Laksi the worst hit.

 

High-ranking official caught stealing public money

A senior official in Ayutthaya was today (Sept. 7) caught red-handed stealing almost 80,000 baht in public cash meant to be used for religious ceremonies.

 

Families argue after ninth grader badly slashes fellow student for ‘bullying’

A ninth grade student slashed a classmate several times for allegedly bullying him but the victim denied having done so, with the two families arguing over compensation.

 

Over 50 members of senators’ entourage close to own bosses

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

An activist group found out that over 50 members of the entourage for all 250 senators either share their family names or are closely related to them.

 

Cabinet reshuffle unlikely during time of caretaker PM: Somsak

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Despite several cabinet seats being vacant caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan is unlikely to undertake a reshuffle to avoid conflict of interest among factions, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said.

 

Chadchart denies striking a secret deal with Prawit

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt denied having struck a deal with caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan with whom he has spoken over the phone a few times recently.

 

Ministry moving to purchase updated Covid vaccines 

The Public Health Ministry is working on purchasing updated Covid vaccines likely to take place next year with those in the high-risk groups requiring one jab each.

 

Nipon resigns as Deputy Interior Minister ahead of court ruling

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy Interior Minister Nipon Bunyamanee quit today (Sept. 5) ahead of a Constitutional Court ruling on his status over a duty-negligence charge filed against him by the anti-graft agency.

 

Urgent! Constitutional Court holding special meeting on Thursday to consider Prayut case

The Constitutional Court is holding a special meeting on Thursday September 8 to consider the case on suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s eight-year tenure after getting clarification from three witnesses.

 

6 held for looting 384-room luxury hotel on Koh Samui

Six suspects were arrested on Koh Samui after a 384-room luxury hotel that was completed and decorated before Covid pandemic swept the world and was shut since then was looted with losses totalling 70 million baht.

 

Police summon Mountain B pub electrician, to charge him with negligence

Summons have been issued for the electrician who ran the gutted Mountain B pub’s power system while relatives of those who died or were injured marked the one-month anniversary of the tragedy. 

 

Protest against 3 retired generals at Ratchaprasong intersection

A demonstration to push for halting the power of three retired generals grouped under “Sam Por ”, or three Ps, took place at Ratchaprasong intersection today (Sept. 4).

 

Abhisit admits having very slim chance of becoming PM again

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva admitted that there is little chance of him taking the helm of the government again even though he has prepared himself to do so.

 

Chadchart launches garbage pilot project in 3 districts 

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt kicked off a garbage pilot project in three districts with a new type of truck to be used to collect separated waste. 

 

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy warns Europeans to brace for bleak winter

By Reuters and published by US News & World Report

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned Europeans they face a difficult winter after Russia shut down a main pipeline supplying gas to the continent.

 

Prawit can keep country moving on without Prayut: Academic

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

A Rangsit University academic said caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has shown he is capable of running the country without suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and is more accessible and friendly to the people.

 

Foreigner kills two teenage girls in Songkhla crash

An Australian man driving on a Songkhla road where accidents frequently occur hit a motorcycle on which three teenage girls were riding killing two of them.

 

Thailand heading for a bustling high season 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand expects a busy high season this year with as many as 7.5 million foreign tourists expected to come to the country in the second half.

 

Blinken denounces new three-year term for Aung San Suu Kyi

By AFP and published by CNA

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken slammed a new three-year sentence with hard labour imposed on ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and urged further pressure on the junta.

 

South Korea and Japan brace for typhoon Hinnamnor

By The Guardian and Thai Newsroom

Strongest tropical storm of the year is heading for Japan and South Korea after winds reached 160mph with Seoul likely to get 10 inches of rain in 48 hours.

 

Thailand not impacted by strongest typhoon of 2022

By Matichon, FirstPost.com and  AccuWeather

Monster typhoon Hinnamnor which is threatening countries like Japan, the Philippines and China will not be heading to Thailand but will strengthen the southwesterly monsoon

 

Prayut sends basket of fruit to placate disgruntled fan club

Suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha quickly sent a basket of fruit to his disgruntled fan club in Ayutthaya to placate them after not greeting them during his trip there today (Sept. 2).

 

German displaying anti-Prawit photo flees to Bangkok 

A young German man who displayed an anti-Prawit photo in Rayong yesterday (Sept. 1) fled to Bangkok with his girlfriend last night after police came to his house to give a warning.

 

10 injured in shooting at concert in Udon Thani

Police are hunting for a youth who shot at youngsters still hanging around after a concert in Udon Thani had ended at 1 a.m. this morning (Sept. 2) injuring 10 of them with four in serious condition.

 

Anutin, Anupong pay surprise visit to Defence Ministry HQ, hold chit chat with Prayut

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy Premier Anutin Charnvirakul and Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda went to the Defence Ministry for talks with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who is currently suspended from performing premiership duties.

 

Young German man displays anti-Prayut photo in Rayong

A young German man who was spotted displaying a photo of caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan with a red cross over it at a key intersection in Rayong today (Sept. 1) said he did so because he pitied Thai people.

 

Pattaya’s coffee and water sports event taking place on Sunday

Pattaya is gearing up for its “Morning Drip” coffee and water sports event this coming Sunday, September 4, with this fun gathering taking place the first Sunday of every month.

 

‘Open Sky” app for requesting permission to fly drones unveiled

An app to apply for permission to fly drones in a pilot area within Bangkok and its vicinity was unveiled today (Sept. 1) to make it convenient for those keen on doing so to get a permit quickly.

 

Prayut won’t be named Palang Pracharath’s candidate for PM: Thaksin

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra said today (August 30) that Palang Pracharath Party would not name Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as its prime-ministerial  candidate even if the court allows him to prolong his rule.

 

Victim files complaint against brutal romance scam in Philippines

A Thai woman tricked into working for a romance scam in the Philippines was severely beaten upon asking to return home and only allowed to do so after paying 100,000 baht ransom.

 

Academic: Big floods this year, Bangkok to disappear by 2100

A Rangsit University professor warned that flooding as severe as in 2011 looms in Bangkok over the next three months with international experts projecting that the metropolis will sink and disappear by 2100.

 

Popular website says fake medical certificates offered for sale

Widely-followed Panda Lab Doctor website was alarmed that fake medical certificates have been offered for sale online with samples and customer reviews also posted.

 

Saudi woman gets 45 years in prison for social media use

By AP and published by US News & World Report

A Saudi court has sentenced a woman to 45 years in prison for allegedly damaging the kingdom through social media with this following a similar 34-year prison sentence handed down to another Saudi woman.

 

Santi denies he’s defecting from Palang Pracharath to Bhumjaithai

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Palang Pracharath Party secretary-general Santi Prompat quashed rumours that he might defect to Bhumjaithai Party vowing to continue working for his current camp.

 

Democrats dare Prawit to transfer 2 ministries to Palang Pracharath Party

The Democrat Party dared caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan to transfer two key ministries to his own Palang Pracharath Party so as to build up support among villagers.

 

‘No appropriate reason’ for Prawit to dissolve House yet: Wissanu

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Deputy Premier Wissanu Krea-ngam said today (August 29) that “no appropriate reason” has emerged for caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan to dissolve the House and call an election.

 

Student riding a horse to college a hit on social media 

Attracting a lot of attention are photos of a  student riding a horse to college in Kalasin province with this unique sight attracting a lot of likes and shares.

 

Ex-minister’s grandson denied bail in drug-rape case

A former minister’s grandson who was denied bail in a drug-rape case filed by a young actress today (August 30) denied all charges and claimed the case was a blackmail attempt.

 

Prayut would try in vain to make presence felt: Academic

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

An academic said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was trying in vain to make his presence felt after being suspended by court as seen by him showing up at the Defence Ministry.

 

2m baht reward for helping trace YouTuber accused of swindle

Victims of a stock Ponzi scheme have put up 2 million baht reward for tips on the whereabouts of a popular YouTuber accused of swindling them out of 2 billion baht.

 

Chadchart hits back at critic attacking charity show

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt blasted Mr. Srisuwan Chanya for posting photos of him modelling and saying he is not paying attention to floods pointing out that it was a charity event for the disabled and he was not paid.

 

7th monkeypox case emerges in Thailand, 3 others exposed

A Thai woman who lives in Bangkok has been confirmed to have caught monkeypox becoming the country’s seventh case with there being three persons who had close contact with her.

 

Canal boat service halted to channel excess water

The electric boat service running on Phadung Krung Kasem canal is being temporarily halted as northern runoff has to be channelled into it with a few more tropical storms also looming.

 

Kanokwan unlikely to step down, albeit suspended by court

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Despite having been suspended by court over a national park encroachment case Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Wilawan is unlikely to step down and make way for a Bhumjaithai MP to move up.

 

US warships transit Taiwan Strait, first since Pelosi visit

By Reuters and published by CNA

Two US Navy warships sailed through  the Taiwan Strait today (August 28), the first such operation since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governed island.

 

Frenchman lost in Koh Phangan forest rescued

A young Frenchman who had got lost in a Koh Phangan forest was safely rescued last night (August 27) after a difficult three-kilometre search in the dark.

 

Prawit calls Chadchart, sending soldiers to help with city floods

Caretaker Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan contacted Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt today (August 27) and told him he is sending soldiers to help fill sandbags and build flood walls in the capital.

 

Chadchart orders inspection of all bridges after another one found damaged

With yet another bridge in Bangkok found to be damaged Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt today (August 27) ordered the inspection of all of them to ensure safety.

 

Stressed out banker found stabbed to death

Found stabbed to death in a sedan was a stressed out bank financial adviser with police still ascertaining whether it was murder or suicide.

 

Update: Kanokwan ordered by court to stop performing duties in land grab case

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Supreme Court suspended Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Wilawan from performing her duties over Khao Yai national park land grab charges filed by the anti-graft agency.

 

Prayut quietly goes to work at Defence Ministry

Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha quietly went to work at the Defence Ministry this morning (August 26) after not personally attending a key meeting there yesterday but doing so via video conference.

 

Daily minimum wage to rise by 5% from Oct. 1 – official

By Reuters and published by Investing.com plus INN News

The Labour Ministry confirmed today (August 26) that the daily minimum wage will increase by 5.02% for October 1 with nine rates applicable nationwide.

 

Massive traffic jams after rain lashes city

Heavy rain in Bangkok this evening (August 26) led to massive traffic jams on many key roads with traffic at a standstill on Petchaburi and Chidlom roads and in the Pratunam area.

 

Fears of a radiation leak mount near Ukrainian nuclear plant

By AP and published by Washington Post

Fears of a radiation disaster at a Russian-occupied nuclear-plant that was temporarily disconnected from Ukraine’s power grid prompted the distribution of iodine tablets to people living nearby today (August 26).

 

Prayut no longer politically righteous to come back: Academics

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Academics opined that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who has been suspended from premiership duties is no longer politically righteous to return and helm the government.

 

Prayut fails to show up at ministry, joins meeting via video conference

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who has been suspended from premiership duties by the court but remains the defence minister, failed to come to the ministry today (August 25) opting to preside over a meeting by video conference.

 

Move to clear dead cables in Bangkok with 50% useless

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt is now pushing NBTC’s project  to remove dead cables on 800 km of the metropolis within two years with 50% found to be dead.

 

Man who robbed illegal casino now afraid of being killed

A man who robbed an illegal casino in Din Daeng area called a TV programme asking the Justice Ministry for mercy as he was now afraid of being killed.

 

Opposition bloc urges Prayut to step down and be promptly replaced

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Opposition MPs urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to quit now that the court has suspended him until a ruling on his eight-year rule is handed down and also give up the defence portfolio.

 

Prayut ordered by court to stop performing as PM

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

The Constitutional Court ordered Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to stop performing his duties until a ruling on his eight-year rule is passed with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan now becoming caretaker prime minister.

 

Prayut stays away from Govt House amid protests

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha did not show up at Government House this morning (August 24) opting to work from home as protesters continued to call for his resignation. 

 

Koh Samui residents urge govt to speed up construction of bridge

Koh Samui residents called on the government to quickly build a bridge linking the island to Nakhon Si Thammarat province to boost tourism as ferry fares are now quite steep.

 

Thailand not affected by powerful tropical storm Ma-on

By Thai Newsroom and AP, published by ABC News

A powerful tropical storm that is moving into Hong Kong and southeastern China today (August 24) does not directly affect Thailand but people are urged to follow further announcements.

 

Anti-Prayut protesters occupy street outside Government House, standoff with police

By Thai Newsroom Reporters 

Throngs of protesters filled a street near Government House tonight (August 23) with more expected to join them tomorrow as pressure mounts for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to quit at the end of his eight-year rule.

 

Protesters hold curse ritual at Democracy Monument

One of the groups of protesters pressuring Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to quit held a ceremony to curse him at the Democracy Monument this evening (August 23).

 

Police place containers, roll out barbed wire around Govt House

Police started beefing up security around Government House before dawn today (August 23) as several groups of protesters gear up to march there to pressure Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down.

 

Thai tourists detained in S.Korea after guide abandons them

Two groups of Thai tourists who were abandoned by their guide at South Korea’s Jeju island airport leading to all 71 of them being detained filed a complaint against the tour company today (August 23).

 

Arab bikers racing on Pattaya roads rounded up

Police chased and arrested some Arab bikers who have been noisily racing on Pattaya roads last night (August 22) but some of them abandoned their motorcycles and fled upon seeing the policemen.

 

Prayut could continue as Defence Minister if ordered by court to halt being PM: Wissanu

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha could continue as Defence Minister if the court orders him to halt being Premier, Deputy Premier Wissanu Krea-ngam said.

 

Protesters might move to literally keep Prayut out of Government House

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Hundreds of protesters gathering at Larn Khon Muang ground today (August 21) might move to lay siege to Government House and literally keep Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha out on Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

Prayut avoids media, waiting for court’s ruling

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha refused to talk to reporters about new moves to get him to step down with a spokesman later saying he is waiting for the Constitutional Court’s ruling on this issue.

 

Chadchart orders action on leaning shophouse 

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt today (August 22) ordered officials and engineers to quickly check a shophouse at the entrance of Sukhumvit Soi 101/1 that is leaning dangerously.

 

Nonthaburi preparing for floods as northern runoff heads downstream

Nonthaburi is bracing for floods as a mass of water is gushing downstream after Chao Phraya Dam had to substantially increase the discharge rate this week.

 

38 activist groups call on Prayut to step down

Representatives of 38 activist groups from four regions today (August 21) issued a statement urging Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down on Wednesday August 24 when he completes eight years in power.

 

Drunk woman bites off part of tourist’s ear in Pattaya

A heavily drunk woman who punched and bit off a part of a Thai tourist’s earlobe on a Pattaya songthaew bus last night (August 20) was immediately arrested with the tourist to file a complaint against her. 

 

Car blast kills daughter of Russian known as ‘Putin’s brain’

By AP and published by ABC News plus CNN

Russian authorities say a car bomb killed the adult daughter of an influential political theorist who is often referred to as “Putin’s brain” and credited with being the “spiritual guide” to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

 

Update: BTS escalator accident blamed on teenagers slipping and falling

Police said the escalator accident at BTS Surasak station was caused by someone slipping at the top of the stairs leading to others too tumbling down despite rescuers earlier saying it had malfunctioned.

 

14 injured as BTS escalator suddenly speeds up

Around 14 people descending an escalator at BTS Surasak station tumbled down after it suddenly sped up with all of them quickly taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

Rural doctors again urge Prayut to step down after 8-year rule

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Rural doctors repeated their calls for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to quit as his eight-year in power allegedly ends on upcoming Wednesday.

 

Fake designer goods worth 50m baht seized

A big cache of around 70,000 fake designer products was seized in raids on 15 warehouses in Nakhon Nayok yesterday (August 19) after a tip-off by a trade representative.

 

Jealous young man shoots girlfriend at petrol pump restroom

Police are hunting for a young Thai man who shot and critically injured his girlfriend at a Phang Nga city petrol pump restroom and also wounded her friend last night (August 19).

 

Former head of Krisda Mahanakorn property giant gets 860 years in jail

The former top executive of Thai real estate giant Krisda Mahanakorn was sentenced 860 years in jail for money laundering with his son and four others also getting lengthy jail terms but this was reduced to a maximum 20 years.

 

50 students, teachers plunge into water after bridge collapse

A party of over 50 students and teachers plunged into a pool after the bridge they were all crossing suddenly collapsed with six of the students being hospitalised.

 

NSC says dropping emergency decree depends on Covid situation

National Security Council’s secretary-general Gen. Supot Malaniyom said whether or not the emergency decree is cancelled at the end of September depends on the Covid situation and a certainty that there will not be another crisis.

 

School’s in, face-to-face learning shifts to the home

In-demand Thai homecare start-up bridges the ‘Zoom Boom’ learning gap by offering tutoring on top of other services such as elderly care, childcare, home maintenance and beauty treatments.

 

Drug trafficker killed in shootout with police

A major drug trafficker in Ratchaburi and Kanchanaburi provinces was shot dead by narcotics police in a shootout during a car chase with the police sedan too being hit by three bullets.

 

Ubon Ratchathani badly flooded with torrential rain still continuing

Hit by severe flooding since last night (August 17) was Mueang district of northeastern Ubon Ratchathani province with torrential rain still continuing today.

 

Constitutional Court hacker gets one year and six months in jail

The hacker who broke into the Constitutional Court website and changed the name to kangaroo court was today (August 18) jailed for one year and six months and fined 87,227 baht.

 

New-look ‘Queen Sirikit Centre’ to reopen on Sept. 12

The Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre is set to reopen on September 12 after being expanded to five times its previous size and heavily renovated with APEC meetings to be held here.

 

Prayut might dissolve House with intent to prolong rule: Chonlanan

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Pheu Thai Party leader Chonlanan Srikaew expects Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to dissolve the House of Representatives soon so as to hang on in caretaker capacity.

 

51 law lecturers insist Prayut be turned out next week

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

Altogether 51 law lecturers from various universities sent an open letter to the Constitutional Court insisting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha be stopped from performing duties as of next week.

 

Army chief on 17 blasts in the South: It was worse before