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Phuket honours King Bhumibol
PHUKET: Formal ceremonies to honour King Bhumibol The Great (Rama IX) were held at the new Phuket Provincial Hall complex this morning (Dec 5) to remember and respect the late monarch.
Golden Fly Series underway in Phuket
PHUKET: The “Golden Fly Series Phuket 2021” is underway at Patong Beach, with world-class athletes doing their best to set new world records in long jump and pole vault with Patong Bay as their backdrop.
Govt to inject B1trn to stabilize economy in wake of Omicron variant
BANGKOK: Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has announced that the government will inject around B1 trillion into the economy next year to cushion against any volatility that may be caused by the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Killer strikes again as motorbike taxi driver slain at Phuket bus station
PHUKET: A killer out on bail for shooting dead two rival motorbike taxi drivers at Phuket Bus Terminal 2, north of Phuket Town, in January has struck again, shooting dead another motorbike taxi driver at the interprovincial bus terminal late last night (Dec 4).
Phuket Opinion: Omicron will come
PHUKET: Phuket officials this week did well in tracking down tourist arrivals from South Africa in their hunt for the Omicron variant of COVID-19, but need to improve their response time to be truly effective in preventing any highly transmissible virus from making its way onto the island.
Phuket marks 70 new COVID cases, one more death
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 70 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Dec 4) bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 18,139.
Phuket launches events to promote sports, SHA tourism
PHUKET: The “Sport Tourism @ Phuket” event opened at Saphan Hin today (Dec 4) in the hope of inspiring more sporting events to be held on the island.
Pattaya slakes its thirst
BANGKOK: The alcohol ban was lifted in Pattaya on Friday (Dec 3), a move hailed by tourism-related businesses that had complained they lost 60% of their income in what was already a lukewarm market.
Phuket splashes out B113mn on Chalong Bay projects
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Government has been approved to spend more than B298 million on local development projects, including B113mn on two projects supporting marine tourism in Chalong Bay. One of the projects is for more than B44mn to be spent on installing mooring buoys in Chalong Bay.
Divisive casino scheme put up for reconsideration
BANGKOK: A controversial proposal to set up a casino-entertainment complex has once again caught the government’s attention after the House of Representatives this week decided to study the issue.
Burmese junta drives car into protesters killing 5, injuring dozens

Burmese security forces drove a car into anti-coup protests in Yangon this morning killing 5 protesters and injuring dozens of others according to witnesses. The military forces arrested at least 15 protesters in the morning protests, and afternoon protests were carried out despite the carnage and arrests. Videos and photos that show the car ploughing into the crowd of protesters are circulating on social media. The opposition National Unity Government acting as a shadow government has expressed heartbreak about the violence that has seen more than 1,300 people killed in clashes with the military junta that overthrew the government on […]

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4 Bang Saen restaurants busted selling alcohol outside Chon Buri Blue Zone

Though Chon Buri has allowed alcohol in restaurants as part of the tourist Blue Zone, only specific areas received the exemption to Thailand’s alcohol ban. Over the weekend, 4 restaurant managers outside of the approved Blue Zone areas, mostly in the popular alternate tourist area Bang Saen, were arrested for selling alcohol against Covid-19 restrictions. The busts took place on Friday night in Bang Saen in the Saen Suk sub-district of Mueang Chon Buri district where police raided venues all weekend. Combined forces of the Saen Suk Police, Saen Suk District Office, and other law enforcement officers reportedly gathered up […]

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Woman who told PM Prayut to “retire quickly” claims police visited her

A woman who told PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to his face to “retire quickly” claims that police requested a meeting with her to discuss her offence. The incident took place on Wednesday when the prime minister visited Udon Thani and a group of well-wishers were welcoming him. Video of the day captured the interaction and caused a stir in media. The woman reported that police in Ban Dung district where the incident took place visited her home asking to meet with her to make an official record of the incident. She told them she had done nothing wrong and refused to […]

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Boeing’s Max 737 returns to Chinese skies

The beleaguered Boeing 737 Max will resume services in China next year after being certified as “airworthy” by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The paperwork sets the stage for the accident-prone jet to return to China’s airline schedules following months of negotiations between Beijing and Boeing. The decision clears the way for 100s of the best-selling US-manufactured planes to be delivered to China, removing a major impediment for Boeing. Shares of Boeing rocketed after the announcement. CAAC announced on Friday that it “expects commercial operation of the existing domestic fleet will be resumed progressively at the end of this […]

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COVID-19 SUNDAY: 4,704 infections, 27 deaths, provincial totals

Today, the CCSA reported 4,704 new Covid-19 infections, down 1,192 since yesterday, and 27 Coronavirus-related deaths, down 10 from yesterday. Since April 1, in the latest wave of the virus in Thailand, a total of 2,112,368 confirmed Covid-19 infections have been reported. In the 24 hour period since the last count, the CCSA has reported 6,149 recoveries, up 483 from yesterday. There are now 71,482 people currently receiving treatment for Covid-19, down 1,472 from yesterday, including 1,263 in the ICU and 328 on ventilators. Of the new Covid-19 infections, 47 were found in correctional facilities, 202 were identified by community […]

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Omicron variant and surging Covid-19 affect European nations

Following on our reporting on Covid-19 and the Omicron variant spreading throughout the US and in Africa and Australasia, here are some updates on European reactions to the new strain and dealing with a renewed Covid-19 threat. ENGLAND & IRELAND The UK Health Security Agency reported 75 more infections of the Omicron variant bringing the total throughout the country to 104 cases. In Ireland, restrictions are tightening to protect from Omicron for a one month period from December 7 to January 9. Private homes will be allowed a maximum of 4 families mixing, restaurants will be allowed table service only, […]

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Australia, Asia, and Africa deal with the Covid-19 Omicron variant

With Omicron spreading around the world, many countries are seeing the new variant spread, as well as Covid-19 in general on the rise. Here are some updates from around Australasia and Africa (a roundup of Europe can be found here): AUSTRALIA 13 cases of Omicron have been identified in a cluster in Sydney after finding the first infection just Friday, with another suspected infection in Queensland. Australia is very concerned about the emerging variant, but they have decided against any border closings after just recently finally reopening their borders to international travellers. Premier Steven Marshall announced yesterday that the country […]

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HM The King returns to Thailand for Father’s Day commemorations

Today is Father’s Day in Thailand. As it falls on a weekend, tomorrow, Monday, December 6, will be a public holiday around Thailand. December 5 is the birthdate of the former Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej who, even though passing away in 2016, still has his birthdate remembered each year as the national Fathers Day. Today, King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida laid a foundation stone for a statue of King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great at a new public park to honour of the late King. The new park is expected to be a popular new homage to the late King […]

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Omicron spreads to 38 countries, 10 US states; Remdesivir recalled

Omicron, the worrisome new variant of Covid-19 first identified in South Africa, has now been found in at least 38 countries and 10 US states, though it still has not been detected in Thailand. The figure increased sharply after being found in only 23 countries in the middle of last week. The spread seems to be accelerating as scientists study the strain to determine if it is more or less contagious than the dominant Delta variant worldwide as the World Health Organisation says some of the mutations of the spike protein indicate higher transmissibility and increased resistance to immune protection. […]

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Hua Lamphong “won’t be torn down” | VIDEO

As the final trains pull into the historic Hua Lamphong railway station in Bangkok over the next few months, public hearings are being called to examine redevelopment options. Bangkok’s old railway hub is officially moving to the much larger, new Bang Sue Grand Station this month. The first hearing about Hua Lamphong’s future is being held on December 14. But, although the plans to move Bangkok’s railway hub to Bang Sue has been on the cards for a few years, last month’s news that the State Railways may use the land to build a commercial shopping precinct has drawn a […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Hearing plans firm for Hua Lamphong
A public hearing will be held on Dec 14 to gain input on how Hua Lamphong station should be developed, as the kingdom shifts its railway hub to Bang Sue Grand Station.
Police reportedly visit woman who irritated Prayut
Police have reportedly summoned a woman who asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to “retire quickly” during his trip to Udon Thani this week.
'Reshaping' the economy
The government has come up with a raft of measures to attract foreign investment, including promoting foreign film productions and start-ups, as part of efforts to reshape the country's economic landscape.
Pattaya slakes its thirst
The alcohol ban was lifted in Pattaya on Friday, a move hailed by tourism-related businesses that had complained they lost 60% of their income in what was already a lukewarm market.
4,912 new Covid cases, 33 new deaths
Thailand logged 4,912 new Covid-19 cases and 33 new fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry said on Friday.
LGBTQ+ groups call for more help
LGBTQ+ groups in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have struggled during the Covid-19 pandemic and are in dire need of financial and other support, a forum heard on Wednesday.
SRT unveils new city-friendly routes
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has unveiled its new suburban railway routes to be used once Bang Sue Grand Station becomes Bangkok's rail system hub replacing the 105-year-old Hua Lamphong station on Dec 23.
Govt seeks out African visitors
The Immigration Bureau and the Ministry of Public Health are tracking down about 783 African travellers who have entered Thailand since Nov 15.
Bangkok rated 4th best by expats in Southeast Asia
Bangkok was rated behind Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City as the best place for expatriates to live in Southeast Asia in a global survey released on Wednesday.
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Residents in shadow of Indonesia volcano reckon with ruin
Surrounded by an apocalyptic scene of molten ash and mud, locals who live in the shadow of Indonesia's Mount Semeru combed through ruined belongings Sunday after their homes were blanketed by its eruption a day earlier.
Thai footballers beat Timor Leste for first win under new coach
Thailand beat Timor Leste 2-0 on Sunday as the War Elephants started their campaign to win the AFF Suzuki Cup football crown in Singapore.
Their Majesties lay foundation stone
Their Majesties the King and Queen lay the foundation stone for a statue of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great at a new public park in Dusit district of Bangkok under construction in honour of the late king on Sunday. (Photos by Arnun Cholmahatrakool)
Myanmar woman rescued from forced labour in Bangkok house
A Myanmar woman has been rescued from a house where she had been confined for forced labour for over 13 years, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) dirctor-general Trairit Temahiwong revealed on Sunday.
Police deny taking action against woman for remark directed at PM
UDON THANI: Police have strongly denied as untrue media reports that a woman who told Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to "retire quickly" had been threatened and brought to a police station to have her personal data recorded and for an "attitude adjustment".
Dynamic duo: Thai shuttlers win badminton world tour finals
Mixed doubles stars Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai defeated Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan on Sunday to claim another threepeat in badminton at the same venue.
At least 14 civilians mistakenly killed by Indian forces in remote northeast
GUWAHATI, India: At least 14 tribal civilians and one security officer were mistakenly killed when Indian forces opened fire indiscriminately in the remote northeastern state of Nagaland, government and military officials said on Sunday.
5 dead after Myanmar security forces ram car into Yangon protest - media
Five people were killed and at least 15 arrested after Myanmar security forces in a car rammed into an anti-coup protest on Sunday morning in Yangon, local news portal Myanmar Now reported.
More people rely on internet payments since Covid: poll
More people have turned to the internet for financial transactions and making payments for goods and services, according to the result of a survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
Indonesia volcano death toll rises to 13
LUMAJANG,Indonesia: The death toll from a sudden, spectacular eruption of Indonesia's Mount Semeru has risen to 13, disaster officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched villages blanketed in molten ash for survivors.