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Transvestites Turn Up For Conscription Call In Thailand

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BANGKOK – Dressed in a feminine traditional-Thai costume, a transvestite reported herself to a conscription unit in Phetchaburi province yesterday. “I am inspired by BuppeSanNivas (the hugely popular TV series set in the Ayutthaya period),” said Malai Puangdej (pic), 22. She turned many heads at the unit due to her costume. In Chon Buri province,…

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Thai DPM To Step Down If Found Guilty By Anti-Graft Body

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BANGKOK – Thai Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan is ready to step down from the government if the country’s anti-graft body finds him guilty over his alleged possession of luxury watches. He urged everyone to let the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) carry out its investigation on the matter. “Let the NACC investigates the matter,…

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Village Headwoman Fights Off Armed Attackers After Home Invasion

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BANGKOK – A 43-year-old village headwoman, who woke up to find a gun pointed at her head and was tied up by two men who had invaded her home in Angthong’s Sawengha district early yesterday, managed to untie herself, then grab a hidden gun and shoot and wound the intruders. After receiving a report of…

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Thai Authorities Seize Seven Malaysian Buses For Illegal Entry

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  SONGKLA – Thai authorities seized seven Malaysian-owned express buses which entered the country without permits yesterday. The seizure was carried out during a large-scale integrated operation in Songkhla province, southern Thailand. The authorities also picked up 30 Malaysians who did not have valid travel documents and work permits. Thai Tourist Police acting deputy chief,…

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Thai Princess Visits Birthplace Of Lord Buddha In Nepal

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KATHMANDU – Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Friday paid homage to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha located in Rupandehi District on the southern plains of Nepal, China’s Xinhua news agency citing the Nepalese media Saturday. Sirindhorn visited the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, which is named after Queen Maha Maya, the Lord…

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Police Officer ‘Commits Suicide’ While At Dinner With Colleagues

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BANGKOK – A policeman allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself dead in a restaurant toilet in Si Sa Ket’s Uthumphon Phisai district on Wednesday night. Following the suicide report at 10 minutes past midnight, police found the body of Pol Senior Sgt-Major Narongsal Chalermsri, 52, who served as the Uthumphon Phisai precinct’s financial clerk, inside…

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Rise And Fall Of Thailand’s Top Trafficker

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Bangkok – An army “big shot” whose influence seeped across the south, Lieutenant-General Manas Kongpan sat at the apex of Thailand’s grisly trade in humans, raking in an untold fortune to keep prying eyes off the trafficking route. As the number of desperate Rohingya and Bangladeshis who were shuttled through the trafficking operation shot up,…

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ToR Will Ensure Malaysia-Thailand Army Ties Further Enhanced

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BANGKOK – The Malaysian Army and Royal Thai Army will further enhance existing ties and cooperation through the signing of the Terms of Reference (ToR). Malaysian Army Chief General Datuk Seri Zulkiple Kassim said ToR would ensure the relationship between the two armies is expanded to include matters outside the General Border Committee (GBC). “The…

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Thailand Approves Purchase Of Chinese Tanks To Replace Old US Model

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The Thai cabinet on Tuesday (04/04) approved the purchase of 10 Chinese tanks worth $58 million to replace an old US model, a government spokesman said, the second of three planned purchases of 49 tanks from China. Thailand ordered 28 tanks from China last year. “These tanks will replace the M41 tanks, which are small…

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Thailand Charges Activist Who Mocked PM’s Song

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A Thai activist who made fun of one of leader Prayuth Chan-ocha’s ballads on Facebook has been charged with cyber-crime for publishing material critical of the government. Veera Somkwamkid was charged with “importing false computer data” for a post saying most Thais lacked confidence in the military government, which took power in a 2014 coup…

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Thai King’s Daughter Given Goodwill Role With U.N. Crime Body

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – The new Thai king’s daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, is to become a goodwill ambassador for the rule of law in Southeast Asia, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said on Wednesday. The princess would help to promote justice reform and had a special interest in prison issues, particularly around women…

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Thai Carriers Drop Most Among World’s Airlines On Fuel Tax Hike

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BANGKOK: Airlines in Thailand tumbled the most among the world’s carriers after the nation raised the excise tax on jet fuel 20-fold to bring it in line with other fuels. The levy was increased to 4 baht a litre last Wednesday from 0.2 baht a litre, Excise department director-general Somchai Poolsavasdi said in a phone…

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Explosion At Border Post Costs Army Corporal His Left Hand

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ALOR SETAR : A army corporal lost part of his left hand, from the wrist downwards, in an explosion at an army post near the Malaysia-Thai border. The incident occurred at 9.28am on Wednesday inside a tent at Pasir Putih Post, located within the security zone of the Malaysia-Thai border. The victim has been identified…

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Twelve Years After Asia Tsunami, 400 Bodies Unidentified In Thailand

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – At least 400 victims of Asia’s 2004 tsunami that killed 226,000 people remain unidentified in Thailand 12 years on, police said on Monday. The 9.15 magnitude Dec. 26 earthquake triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean in one of the biggest natural disasters in history. Thailand, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka were…

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Thai King Picks Junta-Linked Men For Privy Council

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BANGKOK – Thailand’s new King has appointed to his privy council retired generals linked to the ruling junta, while retaining many of his late father’s royal advisers. In a notice released yesterday, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun appointed 10 people to his privy council, out of which seven had also acted as advisers to the late…

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Thailand’s New King Makes First Public Appearance

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s new king on Friday made his first public appearance since ascending the throne the previous day, ending a period of uncertainty since the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Oct. 13. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, 64, took part in a merit-making ceremony at Bangkok’s Grand Palace to mark 50…

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New Era For Thai Monarchy As Prince Set To Be Proclaimed King

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BANGKOK: Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be proclaimed the new king of Thailand later Thursday, his office said, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father. Vajiralongkorn, 64, who inherits one of the world’s richest monarchies as well as a politically troubled nation, will ascend…

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Thailand’s Parliament To Invite Prince To Become New King

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s parliament is expected to invite Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to become the new king on Tuesday, lawmakers said, more than one month after the death of his father, revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej. King Bhumibol, who was the longest-serving head of state in the world when he died at the age of…

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Climate Change ‘Threatens Thai Fight Against Illegal Fishing’

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SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (Reuters) – Climate change threatens to undermine Thailand’s efforts to combat illegal fishing and avoid a potential European Union ban on exports by the multi-billion dollar seafood industry, environmental groups say. They warn that climate change is slowing the recovery of fish stocks in traditional fishing grounds, prompting boats to venture outside…

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M’sia, Thailand To Discuss Rail Project Soon

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BANGKOK: Malaysia and Thailand will soon begin discussions on the feasibility of constructing a 1,400km High Speed Rail (HSR) connecting Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, according to the Thai transport minister. Arkom Termpittayapaisith said the project, if it gets the green light, will shorten the journey between the two capitals to six hours. Discussions between the…

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Thailand Detains Five Vietnamese Fishing Boats

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BANGKOK – Thai authorities have detained five Vietnamese fishing boats with 28 fishermen aboard for violating their territorial sea and illegal fishing. Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports that the boats include three from southernmost Ca Mau province and two from Mekong delta Kien Giang province. Vietnam’s Embassy in Thailand is working with Thai authorities to…

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Thai Internet Operators Urge Customers To Report Royal Insults

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s main mobile telecoms operators instructed customers to report “inappropriate content about the royal institution”, as the government steps up scrutiny for material deemed insulting to the monarchy. King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Thursday after seven decades on the throne. His son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is due to become the next king after…

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As Thais Mourn, Tourists Cautioned Against Behaving Badly

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Embassies in Thailand have advised tourists to respect the feelings of the Thai people following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a man seen as a father-figure in the country. King Bhumibol, who was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, died on Thursday aged 88, sparking an outpouring of grief. The government has declared…

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World Leaders Pay Tribute To Thai King

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BANGKOK – World leaders paid tribute to Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a champion of his people during a momentous seven-decade reign, as observers warned his death could plunge the country into renewed turmoil. Bhumibol, whose reign witnessed regular bouts of political turmoil, coups and violent unrest, was revered as a serene and caring father…

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Thai King’s Condition Unstable After Haemodialysis Treatment: Palace

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BANGKOK – Thailand’s 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, is in an unstable condition after receiving haemodialysis treatment, the palace said in a statement late on Sunday. News about the king’s health is closely monitored in Thailand, where King Bhumibol is widely revered, and the wording of palace statements on his health…

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455 Malaysians In Thai Prisons, Embassy Monitoring Welfare

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  BANGKOK – There are now 455 Malaysians in prisons in Thailand, with more than 90% serving sentences related to drug offences. Halmah Hassan, Second Secretary (Consular) in the Malaysian Embassy here, said a small number of these Malaysians were in the prisons for credit card-related offences. “There are 196 Malaysians held in five prisons…

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Big Hunt For Chinese Tourist Who Vanished Near Tiger Zoo’s Crocodile Area

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CHON BURI: Thai police are searching for a Chinese tourist last seen near a crocodile-show area at a zoo in Chon Buri province. Police are searching for a Chinese tourist last seen near a crocodile-show area at a zoo in Chon Buri province. Hundreds of police officers and administrative officials yesterday scoured the Sri Racha…

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Security Issues To Figure In Malaysia – Thailand Annual Consultation

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BANGKOK – The sixth Malaysia-Thailand Annual Consultation here Friday is expected to discuss several security issues, among them human trafficking, border security and the unrest in southern Thailand. The discussions are expected to cover also economic, industrial, trade, educational and cultural issues, said Malaysia’s Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Nazirah Hussain. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib…

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Thailand To Host World Tourism Day 2016

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BANGKOK – Thailand will host the World Tourism Day (WTD) 2016 in Bangkok and the northeastern Khon Kaen Province late this month, a global event of which potential of the Thai tourism can be demonstrated internationally, Thai News Agency (TNA) reports. Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkura on Tuesday said that the WTD falls…

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No Malaysians Injured In Hua Hin Bombing Incidents

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BANGKOK: No Malaysians were involved in the twin bombing incident at the popular coastal resort town of Hua Hin late Thursday night which left a Thai woman and 20 others including 10 foreign tourists injured. Hua Hin police station deputy chief Lt Col Samer Yusamran confirmed there were no Malaysians in the casualties’ list from…

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