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Update: Tue, Feb 28 2017    

Phongsavanh Group prepares to invest in Thailand

Khon Kaen province - The Phongsavanh Group's representatives visited Khon Kaen between February 15 and 17 to discuss business proposals. The Phongsavanh Group plans to expand its business cooperation and investment in Khon Kaen province, Thailand, as part of integration within the Asean Economic Community .

4 more areas to try sufficiency economy

People walk on a dyke in Nan built under the Pid Thong Lang Phra royal programme, which will be extended to cover provinces in the Deep South. The Pid Thong Lang Phra royal programme has teamed up with four state agencies to promote the application of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's sufficiency economy philosophy in Khon Kaen and the restive southernmost provinces.

Procrastination headquarters

The new head of the State Railway of Thailand says his predecessor was fired over delays in getting construction started on five new double-track projects in the Central region. A "thorough check" into the bidding contracts for the five double-track railway projects led to delays in the project, which spurred the recent board sacking, says the State Railway of Thailand's acting governor Anon Lueagboribun.

Egco funds 7 new power projects

ELECTRICITy Generating Group has budgeted more than Bt30 billion this year for seven power projects both in Thailand and overseas, according to company president Chanin Chaonirattisai. Six of the projects are under construction and scheduled to start commercial operations between this year and 2019, including three small power producer projects Xayaburi in Laos and San Buenaventura and Masinloc Unit 3 in the Philippines.

Tour the Factory That Cranks Out 90 Million Tennis Balls a Year

Two steel rollers knead the rubber, which is then pushed through an extruder to form a roll sliced into small chunks called "slugs." Two steel rollers knead the rubber, which is then pushed through an extruder to form a roll sliced into small chunks called "slugs."

Wedding shooters surrender to police after man killed

A Huay Yai police officer asks for information from a guest at the wedding ceremony on Sunday after the gunshots fired from a parade of the groom killed one man. Four men have turned themselves in to police after one of the gunshots fired to celebrate a wedding ceremony killed an observer on Sunday.

Land scandal, Region 5 police deputy chief sacked

The deputy commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5, Pol Maj Gen Pongdet Prommichit, has been dismissed from the police force for alleged encroachment of a forest reserve in Wang Nam Khieo district of Nakhon Ratchasima province. The dismissal order was signed by Pol Gen Thammasak Vicharaya, an adviser to the Royal Thai Police, on behalf of the police chief.

Thai police bust family of serial shoplifters

Police in Bangkok, Thailand are baffled by the discovery of a "family business" where the whole family makes a living by going on shoplifting sprees targeting popular convenience stores and supermarkets. Investigators were also puzzled to find that none of them tried to talk the other family members out of committing the crimes.

Supalai gains in provinces

Supalai Bella Nakhon Si Thammarat project in Muang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat was launched late last year and recorded 120 million baht in sales. SET-listed developer Supalai Plc is aiming for a 30% growth this year in its low-rise pre-sales from 11 provinces, expressing confidence in provincial demand for the segment.

Haze optimism obscured

Optimistic predictions that burning-off haze would be less of a problem for Mae Hong Son and its airport lasted only two days. Mae Hong Son: Haze in the northern province has exceeded the safe limit for the first time this year, forcing authorities to issue a health warning and cancel flights yesterday.

Park officials criticised over bear's fatal chopper fall

A WILDLIFE activist strongly criticised Khao Yai National Park officials yesterday for allowing a rescued Asian black bear to fall to its death from a helicopter during an operation to return it to nature. The bear woke up aboard the helicopter while it was being flown into the national park in Prachin Buri.

Russian rebound tops new Phuket update, while AirAsia links Phuket and Pattaya.

Russian arrivals are back to pre-crisis level while zero-baht tourism curbed Q4 growth rate, with total airport arrivals surpassing 7.5 million passengers, Phuket experienced a sharp year-on-year rise of 18% compared to 13% the previous year. This is largely attributed to the resurgence of the Russian source market, which increased by 51% last year.

ML Rungkhun powers Krabi plant protest

For a man born into high society, ML Rungkhun Kitiyakara has a laid-back signature look -- long hair and a closet of casual clothing he pairs with Nanyang-brand slippers. The 47-year-old enjoys a simple lifestyle.

Fire rages at factory storing plastic material

A fire which started on Saturday afternoon has continued to rage at a plastic materials storage factory in Si Mahosot district, according to local media reports. Before noon, thick smoke from the factory had covered Highway 319 , causing heavy traffic congestion as vehicles were forced to move very slowly due to poor visibility.

A tale of wasted days and wasted nights

One of my New Year's resolutions was not to write about Bangkok's traffic woes, a thankless topic. I held out for 57 days, which is not a bad effort considering the hours already wasted this year sitting in the Big Mango's gridlock.

the Big Issue: Those pesky tourists

If you need to watch a rant or even start a hot dispute, pick an expatriate, any expat, and say "double pricing". Chinese tourists at Koh Phi Phi Marine National Park in Krabi have selfie sticks and typhoon shelter instructions, and now they're so brazen they even want to pay the same as Thais to enter the park.

Tracing the path of terror home

The lax regulation at such borders has been cited as a factor in making Thailand an easy place for criminals to congregate. The government has made clear its intention to make Thailand a Southeast Asian hub.