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Update: Fri, May 26 2017    

Elderly woman dies in Samut Prakan fire

A 72-year-old woman died in a fire at her townhouse in Samut Prakan's Mueang district early Thursday. Three fire engines were dispatched.



Two more Nonthaburi men held in northern sex scandal

Two more men implicated in the Mae Hong Son underage-prostitution scandal appeared in court in the northern province on Thursday and were remanded in police custody for an initial detention period. Chatchai Poungpae, 54, a member of the Ban Mai Tambon Administrative Organisation in Nonthaburi's Bang Yai district, was arrested in Nonthaburi on Wednesday afternoon on a court-approved warrant, accused of buying sexual services from a girl under 18. Anuchat Doungchan, the driver for the same TAO's president, was taken into custody later the same day on a charge of helping procure underage girls for prostitution.



photoupdateWidespread city flooding, water slowly draining

A tuk-tuk driver pushes his stalled taxi through water on Lat Phrao Road following heavy rain in Bangkok from Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Bangkok faced city-wide flooding following heavy rain late Wednesday and early Thursday with 23 stretches on major roads under water and Wang Thong Lang district the hardest hit.



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The joint Thai-Chinese railway committee is almost ready to start formalities to build the 3.5km 'train to nowhere' in Nakhon Ratchasima. The cabinet will be asked to approve the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project, linking Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima, next month, kickstarting its construction as soon as August this year.



38 firms look at key project

SOME 38 companies have picked up the bidding package for the Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan double-track railway project, while the State Railway of Thailand has extended the preparation period from 30 days to 45 days to allow them to more time to make detailed proposals and find partners. "As scheduled, the Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan project will definitely be within the government's three-month framework, while the Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin route will be opened for picking up bidding documents next week if there's no problem," said Anont Luangboriboon, acting governor of SRT According to SRT, this round has seen an increase in the number of companies seeking the bidding documents to 38 from 31 in the previous round.



Everybody has a story: Volunteering at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand brings joy, peace

As Angelica Valencia and I walked into the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to volunteer, I could not help but notice peacefulness about the place. After all, this park is where the long and labored life of working elephants comes to twilight.



2 army rangers killed in troubled southern Thailand

" Police say attackers in Thailand's restive south have fatally shot two army rangers at close range. The attack happened Tuesday in Yala, one of three southern provinces where Muslim separatists have been fighting a long-running insurgency in the predominantly Buddhist nation.



EXIM Thailand backs firm building safe LPG cylinders

Export-Import Bank of Thailand is financing the production of LPG composite cylinders that can safely be used in the home. Senior executive vice president Wantana Mongkolsri said on Wednesday that EXIM Thailand had agreed to provide a seven-year Bt21.94-million loan to Phacharasin Plastic and Trading Ltd, a manufacturer and distributor of plastic products.



Dusit sets up franchise deal in China

From left: Li Xian Feng, senior vice-president of Dossen International; Allan Cheng, chairman of Dossen; David Wu, senior vice-president of Dossen; Giovanni Angelini, vice-chairman of Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts; Suphajee Suthumpun, group chief executive at Dusit International; and Lim Boon Kwee, chief operating officer of Dusit International. Dusit International, a leading Thai hotel management chain, has clinched a franchising deal with China-based hotelier Dossen International Group to operate 40 branded resorts and residences under the Dusit Princess label across China over the intermediate term.



Thailand: Army Secretly Detains 14-Year-Old

Thai authorities should immediately end the incommunicado military detention of a 14-year-old boy and three others for allegedly "insulting the monarchy," Human Rights Watch said today. Abhisit Chailee, 14, has been detained since May 15, 2017 without any effective safeguards against abuse or mistreatment.



New sugar trading system from November

A grower loads harvested sugar cane onto a truck for delivery to a processing plant in Khon Kaen province.a Thailand, the world's second-largest sugar exporter, is introducing regulations to govern its sugar trading system for the 2017-18 crop, which commences in November, to bring the system in line with World Trade Organization rules. The new system is unlikely to be a game changer, as it is designed to secure sugar supply for domestic consumption, but it will create additional risks for Thai sugar millers, according to industry officials.



Open letter to His Excellency the French Ambassador

You must be wondering why this open letter in English, from an old French resident who has lived in Thailand since 1964, sent to The Nation newspaper but not directly to you at the French Embassy. I am sure you already know the answer: since I do not have the honour of being one of the privileged members of your entourage, I did not want this letter to be thrown in the wastebasket by one of your faithful secretaries before you even knew of its existence.



Sir Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89. Known first for the television show The Saint, he achieved world renown as James Bond, playing the role officially more than any other actor. When Roger Moore arrived in Phuket, Thailand to film The Man With the Golden Gun , it was not a resort.



Officers bust underage prostitution ring organised on Facebook

A complaint by the mother of a 14-year-old girl who was lured into prostitution in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district led to an operation by the Anti-Human Trafficking Division on Saturday to rescue the girl and three other underage girls, AHTD chief Pol Maj-General Kornchai Klayklueng told a press conference in Bangkok on Tuesday. The 34-year-old mother, whose name was withheld, filed a complaint with the Pathum Thani-based Pavena Foundation for Women and Children on May 17, saying that her teenage daughter had ran away from home after being invited by a Facebook friend referred to as "Amara Bee" to enter the sex trade in Nakhon Ratchasima.



Thailand reassures foreigners following Bangkok hospital attack

A Thai military personnel uses a video camera to make a record of visitors at an entrance of the Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom BANGKOK: Thailand's foreign ministry on Tuesday reassured the international community that the country would increase security at sensitive locations a day after a bomb exploded at a hospital in the capital Bangkok wounding 24 people.



Fire damages school building in Ubon Ratchathani

A fire badly damaged an old wooden building at a public school in Ubon Ratchatani's Muang Sam Sib district on Monday night. Police said the fire broke out at the Nong Lom Nong Lao School at about 8pm and quickly spread as the building is made of wood and is about 50 years old.



More cyber attacks hit police 191 hotline

A malware attack has been confirmed against computer systems of the Royal Thai Police 191 hotline in another 14 provinces, bringing the total to 16. The affected systems are in Loei, Roi Et, Udon Thani, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phetchabun, Chon Buri, Phrae, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, Mukdahan and Prachuap Khiri Khan, said Pol Maj Gen Songpol Wattanachai, deputy spokesman of the RTP. On Sunday, Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen, another deputy spokesman, admitted the 191 hotline in Si Sa Ket and Chachoengsao had been hit by a malicious software attack.