Month: November 2018

  • Thailand NewsImport of birds and poultry from Russia suspended to avoid bird flu

    Import of birds and poultry from Russia suspended to avoid bird flu

    The Livestock Development Department is imposing a 90 day slowdown of imports into or transit through Thailand of birds and poultry, as well as their carcasses from Russia, Togo and Congo to prevent a possible spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza HPAI H5N1 virus in the country (bird flu). Thai PBS reports that the department’s previous announcement for a…

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  • Thai LifeThais need to have more babies to reverse declining population

    Thais need to have more babies to reverse declining population

    PHOTO: SteemKR A government advisory body is urging the Government to come up with measures to encourage Thais to have more babies. The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has urged the government to implement additional measures to improve the birth rate in Thailand, following a recent study detailing the impact of a shrinking population. Thailand, with the fertility…

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  • Krabi NewsSingapore businessman’s Porsche hits Krabi Police officer

    Singapore businessman’s Porsche hits Krabi Police officer

    A Singaporean businessman, driving a luxury sports car, has hit Krabi police at a checkpoint yesterday in Krabi. The Krabi City Police were conducting a scheduled checkpoint at about noon yesterday on Petkasem Road in Krabi City. The Porsche was driven by 65 year old Simon Ong Chin Sim, a Singaporean businessman, His vehicle struck traffic police Sen Sgt Maj…

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  • Northern Thailand NewsAlleged drug mule shot dead in clash with troops in Chiang Rai

    Alleged drug mule shot dead in clash with troops in Chiang Rai

    PHOTO: Chiang Rai and Myanmar border at Mae Sai A drug mule has been shot dead on the border between Chiang Rai and Myanmar, and 350,000 methamphetamine pills were seized following a clash between an Army task force and a group of drug smugglers. The commander of the Pha Muang Taskforce says the incident happened at 12.30am along the Myanmar…

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  • South Thailand NewsGovernment to give cash handouts to oil palm planters

    Government to give cash handouts to oil palm planters

    The National Oil Palm Committee, led by Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, plans to give away 1,500 baht per rai cash handout to 150,000 oil palm planters in a massive subsidy for their production cost. The subsidies arrive with almost perfect timing for the ruling NCPO in the lead up to the national election in February and the rise of the…

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  • Phuket NewsUPDATE: Two foreigners die in high speed road accident in Phuket

    UPDATE: Two foreigners die in high speed road accident in Phuket

    Two foreigners, riding a powerful motorbike, have died at the scene of the crash, after colliding with a car in Chalong. Chalong Police were notified of the incident at 11.30pm on Chao Fa West Road near a local seafood restaurant. Police and rescue workers arrived to find the car with damage on its front right side. Chalong Police report that…

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  • Thailand NewsThai Khon now listed with UNESCO as ‘intangible heritage of humanity’

    Thai Khon now listed with UNESCO as ‘intangible heritage of humanity’

    Thai khon drama, or the ‘masked dance’ drama, is now listed as an ‘intangible heritage of humanity’ by UNESSCO. On the ceremony yesterday, UNESCO also listed Cambodia’s khon drama as an intangible heritage of humanity. Reacting to UNESCO’s decision, Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha posted in his Facebook page that he was pleased with the decision and he credited this achievement…

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  • Thailand News‘Recognise all citizen’s right to create a family’ – Rainbow Sky Association

    ‘Recognise all citizen’s right to create a family’ – Rainbow Sky Association

    by Pratch Rujivanarom. PHOTO: Prasert Thepsri “LGBT activists are calling on the Thai government to recognise all citizen’s right to create a family.” The Nation reports that both the Civil Code’s marriage law and the new Life Partnership Bill are in violation of the Constitution’s gender-equality principle, gender-diversity campaigners asserted as they pressed for full marriage equality rather than a two-tier…

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  • Phuket NewsVale Matt Pond

    Vale Matt Pond

    PHOTO: Facebook/Marisa Sirirat Pond The Thaiger would like to acknowledge the passing of one of Phuket’s finest journalists, Matt Pond. Matt died peacefully yesterday morning surrounded by members of his family. Matt had worked with Class Act Media (The Phuket News) for five years and was a tireless contributor to the island’s only weekly newspaper. Apart from general news, Matt…

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  • Bangkok NewsDSI calls for dissolution of foundation funding Dhammakaya cult

    DSI calls for dissolution of foundation funding Dhammakaya cult

    “The foundation operates as a quasi-Buddhist cult and commands adherents to its teachings from around the world.” The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is calling on public prosecutors to request the courts to dissolve the Khun Yay Maha Ratana Upasika Chandra Khonnokyoong Foundation. The Foundation was implicated in the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC) embezzlement case. The DSI say they…

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  • South Thailand NewsMother killed by moving train, 2 year old daughter survives

    Mother killed by moving train, 2 year old daughter survives

    A mother and her 2 year old daughter fell from a train at a station in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The mother died while the girl survived with minor injuries. The incident took place at the Klong Chandee railway station at 10am this morning. Police say 21 year old Benjawan Duangsuwan died at the scene. Her daughter was sent to Por Than…

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  • Phuket NewsPic of female sunbather on Phuket balcony goes viral in social media

    Pic of female sunbather on Phuket balcony goes viral in social media

    A photo of a female tourist sunbathing in a bikini on a balcony of a condo in Phuket. has gone viral in social media today. A Facebook user has posted the picture of the woman lying face down at a balcony of a condominium, her feet were dangling off the side of the building. The photographer was worried she was…

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  • Chiang Mai News31 year old British tourist arrested in Chiang Mai – Drugs and overstay

    31 year old British tourist arrested in Chiang Mai – Drugs and overstay

    PHOTO: Sanook A 31 year old man has been arrested in Chiang Mai yesterday for alleged use of crystal methamphetamine (ice) and overstaying his visa. Police arrested British tourist, Benjamin John Soulsby at his rented house in a housing estate in Tambon Tonpao, Kamphaeng district, following a tip-off from the house owner that his tenant appeared to be high on…

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  • Thailand NewsInternal disputes in the Future Forward camp

    Internal disputes in the Future Forward camp

    PHOTO: The Future Forward Party secretary general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul campaigns in Rayong province earlier this week – Future Forward Party The new Future Forward Party has removed its youth wing leaders from duties and is accusing them of misusing party funds. The allegations are being denied by one of the expelled members. Khaosod English is reporting that a party spokeswoman…

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  • Thai LifeDam levels low in some regions – Dry season

    Dam levels low in some regions – Dry season

    PHOTO: Srinagarind Dam, Kanchanaburi The Royal Irrigation Department says there be enough water for domestic consumption this dry season. But they acknowledge that water reserves in many dams around the country are running low. The RID director-general, Thongplew Kongjun, is assuring the public that the country will have enough water for domestic consumption and businesses during this dry season. But…

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  • Thailand NewsBangkok man killed when pickup hits wild elephant

    Bangkok man killed when pickup hits wild elephant

    A Bangkok driver has been killed after his pickup truck appears to have hit a wild elephant on an unlit road in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong district. The driver has been identified as 58 year old Nakharin Boonchai. Officials believe the pickup hit a large elephant as the road was dark and the driver could not see the large mammal. His…

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  • Phuket NewsOfficers inspect Koh Racha in public access complaint

    Officers inspect Koh Racha in public access complaint

    PHOTOS: Damrongdhama Centre Officials from the Damrongdhama Centre, Phuket Office visited Koh Racha Yai to inspect the area where locals have claimed that a hotel operator has closed a public entrance. Locals on Koh Racha Yai had filed a complaint to the Damrongdhama Centre (Office of the Ombudsman) Phuket Office. They claim that a hotel operator has closed an entrance which…

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  • Bangkok NewsWalking on air. 314 metres above Bangkok.

    Walking on air. 314 metres above Bangkok.

    PHOTO: The Nation King Power International Group has opened what is being marketed as the world’s biggest glass-bottomed skywalk. The new tourist (and local) attraction is on the rooftop of the 78 storey Mahanakhon building on Narathiwat Road in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district. Mahanokon is Thailand’s tallest building at 314 metres. The glass skywalk has 360 degree panoramic view, vertically…

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  • Thailand video newsThaiger Radio News – Thursday

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  • Bangkok NewsSHOW DC launches new 60,000 capacity outdoor SHOW DC Arena

    SHOW DC launches new 60,000 capacity outdoor SHOW DC Arena

    Latest event space establishes SHOW DC’s positioning as the events venue of choice in downtown Bangkok with combined capacity of 90,000 Large scale events have a new stage in downtown Bangkok at SHOW DC, which has launched the biggest outdoor event venue in the city. Named SHOW DC Arena, the 120 million baht investment in a 31,790 sqm outdoor entertainment space…

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  • Bangkok NewsMinister raises ethical concerns of private schools listing on the SET

    Minister raises ethical concerns of private schools listing on the SET

    PHOTO: Singapore International School of Bangkok Trading in the shares of SISB Company Limited, the manager of the Singapore International School, begins today in the SET’s (Stock Exchange of Thailand) Market for Alternative Investment. The Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin says that although the move does not violate the Private School Act 2007, there was a question of ethics. The Minister has assigned…

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  • South Thailand NewsSurat Thani monk arrested over molestation allegations

    Surat Thani monk arrested over molestation allegations

    Surat Thani police have served an arrest warrant on a 35 year old monk at the Wat Dang Nai. Sanook is reporting that Phra Mongkhon faces charges of molesting under 15 year old boys. The arrest of the monk follows an official complaint made by a parent to police back in April who claimed her 13 year old son had…

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  • Phuket NewsThree metre python caught in Chalong

    Three metre python caught in Chalong

    PHOTO: Chalong Municipality A three metre python has been caught in a rubber plantation in Chalong. Staff members of the Chalong Municipality were notified from locals that a python had been found in a rubber plantation yesterday. They tried to catch it using a rope lasso but the snake headed for a nearby tree. After a few attempts the team…

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  • Phuket NewsFire started in Rassada warehouse

    Fire started in Rassada warehouse

    A drunken man was allegedly burning some papers but the fire spread, damaging a motorbike in a warehouse in Rassada last night. The Phuket City Patrol Police headed to Soi Honsaithong in Rassada at 6.45pm. Police and fire fighters with two fire engines arrived at the scene. It took about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. One motorbike…

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  • Northern Thailand NewsPrawit hands back seized assets from illegal money-lenders

    Prawit hands back seized assets from illegal money-lenders

    PHOTO: The Nation Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan has presented 2,012 debtors in the Loei province, in far north-east Thailand, assets valued around 3.4 billion baht. The hand-over includes 1,773 land-title deeds held as collateral in dodgy loan scams. Many people, holding documents to their chest, couldn’t hold back tears of joy over getting the assets they thought were lost due…

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  • Thailand NewsEducation Ministry sets up investigation unit to fight corruption

    Education Ministry sets up investigation unit to fight corruption

    The Education Ministry is poised set up its own version of a DSI (Department of Special Investigations) style department tasked with investigating corruption amongst education officials. Speaking to provincial education officials and legal affairs officials this week, Education Minister Thirakiart Charoensetthasilp says his ministry planned to form a special team of legal experts, similar to the DSI, to address corruption…

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  • Krabi NewsBlack-tip reef sharks frequenting Koh Phi-Phi beaches

    Black-tip reef sharks frequenting Koh Phi-Phi beaches

    A school of black-tip reef sharks has been sighted swimming in knee-deep water around the beaches of Phi-Phi islands, causing more excitement among conservationists, Thai PBS says that even Dr Thorn Thamrongnavasawat, a well-known marine scientist attached to the fishery faculty of Kasetsart University, admitted he was astonished by the sightings of the sharks. “Believe it or not this is…

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  • Phuket NewsDolphin rescued near Nai Yang Beach

    Dolphin rescued near Nai Yang Beach

    PHOTOS: The Phuket PR Office A dolphin, found off Nai Yang Beach this morning, has been rescued. The Sirinat National Park Chief Witoon Detpramuanphon says, “At about 7am this morning, local fishermen at Nai Yang Beach informed us that they have found a dolphin near the beach.” “At 11.30am national park officials reported it was a one metre striped dolphin…

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  • Northern Thailand News96 year old perishes in Udon Thani house fire

    96 year old perishes in Udon Thani house fire

    A 96 year old, bedridden woman has died in a locked room at her house in Udon Thani’s Phen district on this morning. Fire swiftly and completely engulfed the building according to neighbours. The fire spread from the home of Phan Manee and also damaged a neighbour’s house. Fire-fighters spent about an hour extinguishing the blaze before Phan’s body could…

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  • Phuket NewsIllegal seafood processing factory raided in Rassada, manager arrested

    Illegal seafood processing factory raided in Rassada, manager arrested

    PHOTOS: The Phuket Fisheries Office Officials today have inspected a seafood processing factory in Rassada. A factory manager has been arrested over illegally operating a seafood factory. The Phuket PR Office reported that officials from the Phuket Fisheries Office as well as the Phuket City Police this morning inspected a seafood processing factory in the Rassada area. The factory was…

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  • Bangkok NewsGrowing support for Royal bicycle tour

    Growing support for Royal bicycle tour

    by Prasert Thepsri His Majesty the King had his secretary, Air Chief Marshal Sathitpong Sukwimol, formally presented royally decorated shirts to be distributed among participants in the “Un Ai Rak: Bike for Love and Warmth” bicycle tour that the King will lead on December 9. The Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces and the governors of 76 provinces…

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  • Phuket NewsThousands of Phuketians sign up for ‘Bike Un Ai Rak’

    Thousands of Phuketians sign up for ‘Bike Un Ai Rak’

    PHOTOS: The Phuket PR Office More than 4,000 people in Phuket have registered for the upcoming cycling activity ‘Bike Un Ai Rak’. His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has graciously granted permission to the government to organise the “Love and Warmth at Winter’s End” festival at the Royal Plaza and Sanam Suea Pa in Bangkok from December 9-January 19, along with…

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  • Chiang Mai NewsFrosty reception on Doi Inthanon this morning

    Frosty reception on Doi Inthanon this morning

    Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s tallest and most revered mountain in Chiang Mai, awoke this morning covered in frost as the mercury dipped to minus 1 Celsius degrees. Kritsayam Kongsatree, chief of the Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai’s Jom Thong district, says it was the first time this winter/cold season the temperature had fallen below freezing. He added that the…

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  • Thailand video newsThaiger Radio News – Wednesday

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  • South Thailand NewsDrugs-in-book being sent to Phuket, seized in Songkhla

    Drugs-in-book being sent to Phuket, seized in Songkhla

    PHOTO: Hatyai Police A man has been arrested in Hat Yai, Songkhla trying to smuggle crystal methamphetamine inside a book in a parcel bound for Phuket. Hat Yai Police have arrested 31 year old Preawpan Tamakunapohn at a hotel in Hat Yai. He was found with three bags of crystal methamphetamine totaling 82.31 grams. One bag was found in his…

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  • Thailand NewsArrivals up 20% – visa fee waiver

    Arrivals up 20% – visa fee waiver

    The Tourism and Sports Ministry is sprouting anecdotal evidence that tourist arrivals are up a massive 20% for the second half of November. This follows the hastily prepared visa-on-arrival fee waivers for 21 countries, introduced on November 15 and intended to run through to January 13 next year. New visitors from India are part of the bounce back in tourist…

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