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  • Thailand Cabinet approves emergency decree to crackdown on Internet fraud

    The Thailand Cabinet revealed its commitment to cracking down on Internet fraud by approving a draft emergency decree. Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn revealed the Cabinet approved the draft emergency decree to combat Internet fraud, which will allow financial institutions to temporarily halt suspicious transactions for scrutiny. The draft, titled “the prevention and suppression of technology crime,”…

  • Tourist numbers up, positive Covid tests down

    Positive Covid tests, hospitalisations and deaths dropped substantially in the third week of January. The much-needed return of tourists to the kingdom in substantial numbers has not produced the much-feared spike in Covid cases, nor in deaths. All the metrics were down in the third week of January, with only a handful of foreigners testing positive. The Department of Disease…

  • President of Thailand’s Udon Thani FC ‘Madam Wi’ accused of fraud

    ‘Madam Wi’, the president of Thai League 2 team Udon Thani FC in northeast Thailand, has been accused of fraud after allegedly deceiving people into paying her money to find them work in South Korea. Nine people filed a complaint at Mueang Udon Thani Police Station accusing 41 year old Arisara “Madam Wi” Chamun of fraud and violating the Employment…

  • Thai activists warn that new hair guidelines will allow schools to be more strict

    A Thai student activist group warns that Thailand’s new guidelines for schools will allow schools to be even more strict on students. This news comes after Education Minister Treenuch Thienthong signed an order cancelling the ministry’s 2020 regulation on student hairstyles on January 16. This week, Treenuch said she was preparing a guideline for schools on hairstyles. The draft guideline…

  • What changes did Google notice in Thailand’s web searches last year?

    US multinational Google last year identified a substantial change in consumer trends in Thailand based on web searches conducted last year. The world’s favourite web browser discovered a change of direction in Thailand’s search engines which were split into three categories or trends in Google’s “Year in Search 2022 – Thailand” report, which opened a window into consumers’ behaviour. They…

  • Foreigner claims suspected Thai monk in sex clip is actually him

    A Vietnamese man claims that it is he featured in a clip of two men having sex and not the accused famous Thai monk ‘Kru Ba Gai.’ Four former students of Kra Ba Gai, a well-known abbot of a temple in Khon Kaen province in northeast Thailand, accused the monk of having sexual relations with a man which is against the…

  • California man accused of shooting seven farmworkers admits guilt, blames mental illness

    The man accused of shooting seven of his fellow farmworkers in California blamed his mental illness after confessing to the crime. Zhao Chunli says he endured years of bullying and overwork and says his complaints were never addressed. According to The Straits Times, NBC News visited the man and spoke to Zhao in Mandarin. An NBC reporter told what Zhao had…

  • Chiang Rai activist sentenced to 28 years for royal defamation

    A Chiang Rai activist will now spend the next 28 years behind bars after being charged with royal defamation. Mongkol Tirakote, an activist and online clothing vendor was charged with two separate royal defamation cases after posting defamatory comments online. According to The Hindu, the kingdom’s lese-majeste laws are among the harshest in the world with rights groups saying they…

  • Foreign tourist under investigation for free climbing in southern Thailand

    A foreign tourist is under investigation for free climbing up a limestone cliff on an island off the coast of Krabi province in southern Thailand within national park boundaries. The Chief of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Teekhawut Sriburin, is investigating a foreign tourist and a Thai boat operator after photos of a foreigner climbing up a limestone…

  • Thai navy rescues tourists caught in large Phuket waves

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) rescued a group of tourists in distress who were caught in large waves on a fishing boat off Phuket. The RTN Third Area Command said they rescued the seven foreign tourists in the south of Phuket on Wednesday. The boat’s navigator was broken, leaving the captain unable to bring the boat back to the shore.…

  • ‘Bastard police’ deny extorting 27,000 baht from Taiwanese actress

    Bangkok Police refuted allegations of extorting 27,000 baht from a famous Taiwanese actress and her friends. Police said the actress was drunk, did not have a passport, and was carrying an illegal vaporizer. The Perfect Girl actress 安于晴 (An Yu-Qing), also known as Charlene An, posted about her nightmare trip to Thailand yesterday where she warned foreigners not to come…

  • Why so many Thais have Chinese ancestry

    With the Chinese New Year wrapping up, those who venture out onto Thailand’s streets will see just how much the country’s history has been shaped by China. Modern-day Thai people are thought to have emigrated from China over 1,000 years ago. The Tai ethnicity originally consisted of those who spoke a common Tai language. Those same people migrated from China…

  • Singapore to examine Nepal plane crash flight recorders

    Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau flight recorder readout facility is performing the data retrieval of the black box in the Nepal plane that recently crashed. According to Channel News Asia, the data retrieval from the black boxes of Yeti Airlines flight 691 will help Nepalese authorities in their investigation of what caused the plane to go down. The crash on…

  • Cops catch gamblers at Phuket temple fair

    Temples are supposed to be sacred spaces, but not for one group of people who cops caught gambling at a Phuket temple fair. Region 8 Police said they busted the 18 people at the Chalong Temple Fair in the early hours of yesterday morning. The gamblers included 15 men and three women. Most of the gamblers were sellers at the…

  • Police Scams and Scandals in Thailand | GMT

    https://youtube.com/live/GcRzQvUDVvQ?feature=share In today’s episode, Australia returns 9 ancient Buddha statues to Thailand after 112 years, Police Scams and Scandals in Thailand, the UN recognises princess’ work, Year in Search 2022 – Thailand, and Chinese women in ‘escort clip’ has left.

  • Thai founder of stray animal shelter featured on Hershey’s chocolate bar wrapper

    A Thai woman who founded a shelter for stray animals and invested over 100 million baht in its care is featured on a Hershey’s chocolate bar wrapper to commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8. Hershey’s, one of the world’s biggest chocolate manufacturers, releases new chocolate bar wrappers to honour inspirational women on International Women’s Day. In recent years, the…

  • Five US police officers charged with murder over fatal beating of black man

    Five US police officers working in the state of Tennessee are charged with second-degree murder over fatally beating a black man. The officers were found to have beaten 29 year old Tyre Nichols, during a traffic stop on January 7, in which they pulled him over for reckless driving. According to The Straits Times, Nichols’ family attorney, Ben Crump, says…

  • Australia returns 9 ancient Buddha statues to Thailand after 112 years

    Nine wooden Buddha statues have returned to Thailand after being in Australia for 112 years. Murray Upton, an Australian man from Canberra, contacted the Royal Thai Embassy that he was in possession of nine ancient Buddha statues from Thailand. The Australian said he received the Buddha statues from his father. He said they were in his father’s possession since 1911.…

  • Israeli troops kill 9 Palestinians in a West bank military operation

    Palestinian officials reported today that nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, were killed in a raid by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian health minister stated that the situation in Jenin was dire, with numerous injuries and ambulances unable to access the affected area. Additionally, the children’s ward of a local hospital was hit with Israeli…

  • Van overturns in northeast Thailand, injuring 22 students

    A school van overturned in Thailand’s northeast Nakhon Ratchasima province this morning, leaving 22 students injured. Police and rescuers arrived to find the van overturned along the side of the road, with many students crying in fear. The 22 children injured suffered minor injuries, including bruises and head swelling, Thai Rath reported. The children were mostly kindergarten and primary students. …

  • Bangladeshi child plays hide and seek, turns up in Malaysia five days later

    A young boy turned up in Malaysia after becoming trapped inside a shipping container for five days while playing hide and seek in Bangladesh. On January 17, a 45 year old shipping operator opened a container at Port Klang, Malaysia’s largest port, to find a confused, weak Bangladeshi boy named Farim who had travelled over 1,000 miles from home. A…

  • Bolt vs Win motorbike taxi gang violence continues in Pattaya | Thailand News Today

    Pattaya prepares for return of Chinese tour groups Cities across Thailand continue to prepare for the expected rise in the number of Chinese tourists to the kingdom. Pattaya is preparing for Chinese tour groups to finally return to the renowned party city. On Tuesday, Pattaya Mayor kh. Poramase met with the Thai-Chinese Tourism Association to discuss how best to accommodate the influx of Chinese tourists to the city.…