Local news

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

FIVE men were arrested on the charges of attempting to smuggle over 2 million methamphetamine pills from Nong Khai province to Bangkok for sale during the New Year festivities, Amarin TV said today (Dec. 30). Pol. Maj. Gen. Thammasak Pinthong, deputy chief of Provincial Police Region 4, together with other senior officers briefed the press

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Local news

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

  By Thai Newsroom Reporters JUSTICE MINISTER Somsak Thepsuthin confirmed today (Dec. 29) construction tycoon-turned-inmate Premchai Karnasuta will be given no privileges behind bars. Somsak made his comments in response to a leniency petition lodged by Kanita Karnasuta, the spouse of Premchai, the former president of Italian-Thai Development Plc who was earlier this month sentenced

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Analysis

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

  By Out-Crowd CANDIDATES OF THREE MAJOR parties are vying in a by-election for MP in Laksi/Chatuchak constituency of Bangkok which might probably lead to sweeping victories in many other constituencies for a certain party in the next general election. Though Palang Pracharath Party appears as yet undecided as to whether Saranrat Techajirasin, the spouse

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Coronavirus

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

  AN EMINENT virologist warned that research shows antigen test kit (ATK) results 72 hours earlier may not detect Omicron and this long a break means those infected could slip in and spread of infection at countdown events, Amarin TV said this afternoon (Dec. 28). Dr Anan Jongkaewwattana, director of Veterinary Health Innovation and Management

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Local news

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

MYANMAR junta forces sent two armed helicopters to attack a Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) position and three villages from 1. 30 p.m. onwards yesterday (Dec. 27) but the battlefield turned quiet after 4 p.m., Sanook.com this afternoon. Mainly soldiers were injured in the aerial attack but some civilians also died and got injured after

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Local news

Navy Chief undergoes punishment over inebriated captain

By Thai Newsroom Reporters NAVY CHIEF Adm. Somprasong Nilsamai is undergoing a physical, disciplinary punishment for three days to take responsibility for inappropriate behaviour of an inebriated captain, said navy spokesman Rear Adm. Pokkhrong Monthatpalin today (Dec. 28). Adm. Somprasong is spending three days as of today at a naval training centre in Sattahip where

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Coronavirus

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

  THE PUBLIC Health Ministry this afternoon (Dec. 27) warned that while there are currently 514 Omicron cases in the country with 90 percent asymptomatic if the public does not cooperate in preventing the spread of this infection the daily tally could soar to 30,000 cases and 170-180 fatalities, Siam Rath newspaper said. The ministry’s

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Local news

Jailed protest leader’s birthday celebrated outside prison

  THE Thalufah activist group held a birthday celebration for jailed protest leader Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike Rayong, and also celebrated Christmas for three other jailed protest leaders outside Bangkok Remand Prison today (Dec. 26), Matichon newspaper said. At around 5 p.m. members of this activist group tied a large cloth banner with the

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Coronavirus

Two Westerners test positive for Omicron in Chiang Mai

A GERMAN and a British man who entered Thailand via Test & Go procedure have initially tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Chiang Mai with confirmation now awaited and both have been hospitalised, Matichon newspaper said today (Dec. 26). This northern province’s Governor Mr. Prajon Pratsakul together with Dr. Waranyu Chamnongprasartporn, deputy

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World news

Thousands of flights cancelled globally as Omicron mars holiday weekend

  By Reuters staff, published by Cyprus Mail COMMERCIAL airlines around the world cancelled more than 4,500 flights over the Christmas weekend, as a mounting wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant created greater uncertainty and misery for holiday travellers. Airline carriers globally scrapped at least 2,401 flights on Friday, which fell on

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