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Update: Tue, Jan 24 2017    

UK Bribery Report due next week : Wissanu

Bribers and takers to be named in the report.

Human rights body demands of release of student activist Pai Dao Din

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday called on Thai authorities to immediately release Jatupat Boonphatraksa, the student pro-democracy activist charged with lese majeste and Computer Crime Act violations.

Govt defends its use of state funds over project ‘delays’

The secretary-general to the prime minister, General Wilas Arunsri, on Monday insisted that the government’s use of the budget was transparent following speculation the Government House reconstruction projects are overdue.

Paedophile suspect deported to Czech Republic

Authorities will today deport a suspected Czech paedophile back to his home country where he is wanted for allegedly committing sexual crimes.

Chinese New Year Festival cancelled

Bangkok’s China Town will not hold a Chinese New Year Festival this year because the country is still mourning the passing of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Narathiwat made a disaster zone for second time due to flooding

A FRESH ROUND of floods is wreaking havoc in Narathiwat province.

6m condoms to be handed out in Valentine’s Day HIV drive

THE BANGKOK Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to distribute 6 million condoms through its 68 public-health service centres and hospitals this year, as it was predicted the city would have 2,201 new HIV cases – 55 per cent of which would affect people under the age of 25.

Body retrieved from Chao Phraya River identified as missing Japanese tourist

A BODY recovered from the Chao Phraya River late last year has been confirmed as a 22-year-old Japanese tourist who had cut all contact with his parents and girlfriend during his trip to Thailand.

More foreign ‘criminals’ found in police swoops

THAILAND’S role as a haven for transnational criminals has been reconfirmed with the separate arrests in Bangkok of criminals on the run from India, Hungary and China.

Police chief defends against charge Jomsap evidence faked

NATIONAL POLICE chief General Chakthip Chaijinda yesterday said the public should wait for witness hearings next month in the case involving former schoolteacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot before jumping to conclusions about police allegedly fabricating evidence.

Agencies call for new drains, canals and dams to prevent floods

OFFICIAL agencies have said the extreme rain and the geography of the South were key reasons for the recent major floods, adding that new irrigation projects must be built and city plans adjusted to effectively deal with such problems.

Prayut gets charter draft back; 30-day deadline for revisions

THE process of revising the 2017 constitutional draft has started after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reacquired it from His Majesty the King on Friday. The changes are expected to be completed by February 18 or 19.

Panel suggests Prem-era policies for unity

Lessons from successful campaign against communists include contentious amnesty.

Lao ‘druglord’ appears in court after arrest at airport

POLICE YESTERDAY brought Laotian man Xayasana Keopimpha – the suspected boss of a drug network spanning the Asean region – to a Bangkok court to obtain the first 12-day detention period for the suspect.

Mekong diplomacy: a bridge that has failed

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) bears an enormous weight on its shoulders, overseeing both the development and the protection of a channel on whom millions of people depend. But the commission has proved powerless in the latter mission, failing to protect or involve communities in hydropower projects that threaten their livelihoods. 

Flood victims in South resort to living on rafts

IN THE FACE of weeks-long flooding, many victims in Surat Thani province have chosen to live on rafts so that they can stay close to their flooded houses.

Body tentatively identified as that of Japanese tourist, 21

POLICE HAVE FOUND a body believed to be that of a 21-year-old Japanese tourist who had been reported missing. The parents of Sonam Tsuboi, 21, will attempt to identify the remains today.

Govt stakes legacy on 4.0


Political parties to be invited for discussions on reconciliation

SEVERAL groups – including political parties – will be invited for talks on reconciliation next month, said Peerasak Porjit, vice president of the National Legislative Assembly yesterday.

Higher education ‘stuck in outdated mode’ despite ‘4.0 era’: lecturer

MOST PARTS of the higher education sector are stuck in an outdated 1.2 version, even as the ambitious Thailand 4.0 serves as a future benchmark, a prominent university lecturer has said.