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Pro-Prayut lawmakers take legal twist for divided-by-500 electoral system

By Thai Newsroom Reporters A VAST MAJORITY OF LAWMAKERS faithful to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (July 6) dumped the mixed-member-majority system and instead endorsed the mixed-member-proportional system for use in the next general election, fueling the criticism that the executive branch has unduly interfered in the business of the legislative branch. In a second

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Phuket calls up volunteers after over 40 quakes in the Andaman Sea over 2 days

  WITH over 40 earthquakes of 4.0 – 4.9 magnitude having occurred in the Andaman Sea off Andaman and Nicobar Islands since Monday (July 4) Phuket Earthquake Monitoring and Surveillance Centre today (July 6) called all volunteers to report to alarm towers along the Andaman coast to prepare for possible emergency and educate people about

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Chadchart aims to build 500km jogging tracks, starting with 10km pilot scheme

BANGKOK Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said after jogging with participants in Virtual Fun Run to mark Bangkok Metropolitan Administraton’s 50th anniversary this year at the Vachira Benjathat Park (Railway Park) that he intends to building 500 kilometres of jogging tracks in the capital starting with a 10km pilot scheme, Matichon newspaper said. These tracks will have

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Deputy Energy Minister tells senators to turn down air-conditioning 

  AT a senate meeting on ways to resolve the public’s energy problems Deputy Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmechaow suggested that the senators themselves set an example by turning down the air-conditioning in the parliamentary chamber and stop wearing a suit and tie to keep cool, Matichon newspaper said this afternoon (July 4). The meeting chaired

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BMA hiring 306 disabled people to work at its offices

  IN KEEPING with Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt’s policy of promoting and developing the quality of life of disabled people in the capital, the city administration will now be hiring 306 of them to work at social development and district offices, 3Plus News said today (July 2). Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Deputy Governor Sanon Wangsangboon

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Prayut held responsible for Myanmar MiG-29 intrusion: Academic

  By Thai Newsroom Reporters PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha is being held accountable for the rare incident in which a Myanmar MiG-29 jet intruded into Thai airspace, literally breaching the latter’s territorial integrity, said an academic today (July 2). Chulalongkorn University political scientist Surachart Bamrungsuk commented that Prayut who concurrently performs as defence minister should

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Prayut, air force chief to be summoned for House testimony over Myanmar MiG-29 intrusion

  By Thai Newsroom Reporters PRIME MINISTER-CUM-DEFENCE Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and air force chief ACM Napadej Dhupatemiya will be obliged to testify before the House Armed Services Committee over yesterday’s (June 30) crossborder intrusion into Thai airspace by a Myanmar MiG-29 jet, an opposition MP said today (July 1). Thai Civilized party leader/MP Mongkolkit Suksintharanon

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Wissanu: Ask Constitutional Court about Prayut’s eight-year tenure 

  By Thai Newsroom Reporters DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Wissanu Krea-ngam today (June 30) encouraged those who may wonder whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will have spent a maximum of eight years in power by the upcoming August to call on the Constitutional Court for judgement. Wissanu told reporters at Government House that Prayut’s eight-year tenure

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Publishing house editor arrested on charges of disclosing national secrets

  A TEAM of Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) police showed up with an arrest warrant to apprehend the Editor-in-Chief of Fah Diew Kan Publishing House Mr. Thanapol Iewsakul on the charges of disclosing documents and other material related to national security and violating the Computer Crime Act this afternoon (June 29), Matichon newspaper said.

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Protests in Chiang Mai during Prayut’s visit despite tight security

  CHIANG MAI demonstrators managed to stage small protests against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during his visit to the northern province today (June 29) despite 2,120 policemen protecting him, Matichon newspaper said. Gen. Prayut, who visited the Shinawatra family stronghold together with his delegation to monitor various projects implemented by his administration, landed at the

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