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Update: Thu, Aug 24 2017    

Thailand military dictatorship arrests scientists

ICTS13 Welcome and Opening, by Professor Emeritus Avudh Srisukri, M.D., Vice Chairman of University Council and Acting President of Chiang Mai University As representatives or heads of international academic organizations or academic programs, we view with deep concern the recent news that the Royal Thai Police may be about to charge Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti from Chiang Mai University along with four others - Chaipong Samnieng, Ph.D. Candidate and Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Chiang Mai University; Teeramon Buangam, M.A Candidate, Faculty of Mass Communication, Chiang Mai University ; Nontawat Machai, undergraduate student, Faculty of Mass Communication, Chiang Mai University; and Pakavadi Veerapaspong, independent writer and translator - with illegal political assembly .



BBC foreign correspondent on trial for crime reporting in Thailand

Case sparked by a 2015 report detailing how two foreign retirees had Phuket properties stolen from them by a network of criminals and corrupt officials A British BBC journalist appeared in a Thai court on Wednesday for the start of a criminal defamation trial brought by a lawyer who featured in an investigation about foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes. Jonathan Head, the BBC's Southeast Asia correspondent, faces up to five years in jail at the private prosecution on the popular tourist island of Phuket.



A guilty verdict for Thailand's Yingluck may stoke anger but military firmly in charge

A long-awaited verdict in the trial of former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra this week could inflame tension and would likely have far-reaching implications in the politically divided kingdom. The ruling military said more than 3,000 of Yingluck's supporters could show up at the court on Friday in what would be one of the biggest political gatherings since Yingluck's government was ousted in a 2014 coup.



TAT's September of activities for tourists to experience cultural heritage

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is inviting both Thai and foreign tourists to join in a trip encompassing a number of activities in September to experience the Kingdom's cultural heritage. The TAT trip starts off by experiencing the long-boat racing tradition, after which the Royal Trophy from His Majesty the King will be presented to the winners.



Deputy PM Sayyid Asa'ad receives Thailand, Nepal ambassadors to Oman

His Highness Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs and Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan with Jesda Katavetin, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Sultanate. Photo - ONA His Highness Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs and Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan with Jesda Katavetin, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Sultanate.



Bangladesh Association comes to aid of flood victims

Group President Jahangir Hossain presented the 12,000-baht donation to Pattaya Deputy Mayor Vichien PongA panit to be passed on to agencies aiding victims in Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Ratchasima, Sakon Nakhon and Yasothon.



Happy ending for woman duped into sex trade

A young woman's Cinderella dream of finding a wealthy husband in Bahrain turned into a nightmare when she was forced into prostitution. Chaiyaphum native Neung , 21, was rescued from sex traffickers in Manama, capital of the Middle East country, and returned to Thailand on Saturday.



Man hunted for killing father shot by police

The hunt for a 26-year-old man, a reputed drug addict, who stole a pistol from a shooting range and shot dead his father on Monday ended abruptly in neighbouring Sing Buri province on Tuesday morning, when he was shot by police. When they moved in to arrest him the suspect allegedly resisted and opened fire at them.



Man hunted for killing father shot by police

The hunt for a 26-year-old man, a reputed drug addict, who stole a pistol from a shooting range and shot dead his father on Monday ended abruptly in neighbouring Sing Buri province on Tuesday morning, when he was shot by police. When they moved in to arrest him the suspect allegedly resisted and opened fire at them.



Despite floods, rice output forecasts unchanged

Farmers in Nakhon Sawan's Chum Saeng district have tried to harvest as much as possible of their rice in early August. Around 1 million rai of rice plantation in the Northeast was destroyed by the recent flood, but it is unlikely to have any severe effect on Thai rice production and export, with shippers and industry officials keeping rice export forecasts unchanged at 10 million tonnes.



Prayut alters railway

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired the mobile cabinet meeting at Nakorn Ratchasima on Monday. That included the usual Northeast politicking, with a pa kao ma around the waist, a ride in a northeaster e tak roofless vehicle and some local wildlife - in his case a frog.



Schoolgirl rape suspect arrested in Lampang

A 66-year-old traditional dance teacher who allegedly committed several rapes and molested female students under 15 has been arrested in Lampang's Soem Ngam district while trying to apply for a job at a rural school. On Monday, Boonsong Jinapanya was sent to police investigators in Chiang Mai's San Pa Tong district, where he was wanted for the alleged rape of a pupil.



DSI seizes 160,000 pairs of contraband shoes

The Department of Special Investigation has seized 160,000 pairs of shoes falsely marked with brand names from six retail outlets and arrested two Chinese men. The DSI obtained warrants from the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court to search four locations in Samphanthawong and one in Rat Burana districts of Bangkok, and another in Nakhon Pathom province, he said.



Funding allocated to expand Khon Kaen, Krabi airports

The Department of Airports has been allocated 9.61 billion baht to expand Khon Kaen and Krabi airports to at least double their passenger-handling capacities within four years. Director-general Darun Sangchai said the budget allocation was set for fiscal 2018.



Myanmar men appeal against death sentences over British murders in Thailand

Two men from Myanmar convicted of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island in 2014 submitted their final appeal on Monday against the death sentence. The murder of tourists Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, sent shockwaves around Thailand and the world, because of the nature of their deaths and the fact the killings took place on an island popular with tourists.



Myanmar men appeal against death sentences over British murders in Thailand

Two men from Myanmar convicted of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island in 2014 submitted their final appeal on Monday against the death sentence. FILE PHOTO - Myanmar migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun arrive at the Koh Samui Provincial Court, in Koh Samui, Thailand, July 8, 2015.



11 Chinese Tourists Injured After Truck Crashes Into Van In Northern Thailand

Eleven Chinese tourists and three Thais were injured after a pick-up truck crashed into a van carrying Chinese tourists at 4.30pm local time Sunday in Chiang Mai province of northern Thailand, China's Xinhua news agency reported. Among the 11 Chinese tourists, five were severely injured and they are all now being treated at a local hospital, according to the Consulate General of China in Chiang Mai on Monday.