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Update: Mon, Apr 23 2018    

Keep the tourists coming, GMA tells Fil-Chinese community

Former president, Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has called on the Filipino-Chinese community to help in the efforts of the Duterte administration to avert the ill-effects of the six-month closure of Boracay. Arroyo made the appeal during the Mid-Term Regional Members' Association Conference of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. at the Century Park Hotel in Manila over the weekend wherein she said the Filipino-Chinese community should do its part in making sure that the country keeps the momentum in inviting more Chinese tourists to the country despite the Boracay closure.

Myanmar man arrested for smuggling crystal meth

A Myanmar national has been arrested in Ranong province while trying to smuggle about one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine into Thailand. Authorities said the man took a ferry from Myanmar to Ranong, bringing along a bag containing the illicit drug.

Fire hits office of recyclables-sorting plant

SAMUT PRAKAN: A fire broke out in the office of a warehouse for sorting items for recycling in Phra Samutchedi district early Sunday, destroying piles of already-sorted recyclables and killing two dogs. Pol Lt Col Sunthorn Pimpan, a Phra Samutchedi police investigator, said the fire broke out at about 6.30am inside the office of a warehouse for storing recyclables in tambon Nai Khlong Bang Prakot.

25 detained at Pattaya hotel's 'swingers' party'

CHON BURI: Eleven men and 14 women of various nationalities were rounded up late on Saturday night in a raid on a hotel in South Pattaya in tambon Nong Prue while attending a swingers' party for attendants to swap partners for sexual activities. The raid on Ban Tulip Hotel in Phra Tamnak area in South Pattaya, which took place at about 11.30pm, was carried out by Bang Lamung district administrative officials with support from tourist police and soldiers from the 14th Military Circle.

Plan to capture 'big data' on greenhouse emissions

City Hall workers from seven district offices on the Thon Buri side of Bangkok collect rubbish and plant mangroves in Bang Khunthian area as part of Earth Day activities. In a bid to reduce greenhouse emissions, the environmental ministry will launch a Thailand Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory system to capture big data for greenhouse gases management.

Makeover man

We walk into The Saturday Club on a late Tuesday afternoon and find a spot on the lawns. Aki Narula looks relaxed in a graphic black sweatshirt and sporty white pants that match his salt-and-pepper hair, a string with a seahorse pendant and a big smile on his lips.

Hat Yai dorm owner denied bail in rape caseupdate

Rape suspect Krissada Yanwisetpakdee, 46, is taken to the Songkhla provincial court on Saturday. Police have opposed his bail.

16 Cambodians hurt in Prachin Buri road accident

Sixteen Cambodian migrants were injured when their pickup hit an ice truck in Prachin Buri's Muang district on Saturday morning. The accident occurred on the Prachin Buri-Prachantakham road in front of the KC Factory in Tambon Dong Khi Lek.

Reverent silence marks the largest gathering ever of Mormon faithful in Thailand

Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, hold up Four Tanapumtonger after a devotional in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, April 20, 2018. BANGKOK, Thailand - During his first trip to Thailand in 1966, President Russell M. Nelson traveled by boat through the canals and klongs of Bangkok.

Hat Yai dorm owner faces arrest over student's rape

An arrest warrant has been issued for the owner of a Hat Yai dormitory accused of attacking an 18-year-old student with a stun gun and raping her. The alleged assault in the girl's rented room on April 11 led to Songkhla provincial court issuing the warrant on Friday.

Accused monks 'not guilty yet'

THE five senior monks, including three members of the Sangha Supreme Council , implicated in the embezzlement of funds allocated by the National Office of Buddhism for three Bangkok Dhamma schools, were "accused persons" and innocent until proved otherwise by the court, SSC secretary-general Pol Lt-Colonel Pongporn Parmsneh said yesterday. This was because the National Anti-Corruption Commission had not yet deemed their alleged wrongdoings fit for prosecution, Pongporn told the media following the SSC general meeting at Nakhon Pathom's Buddha Monthon Park.

Wife seeks justice over prison inmate's brutal death

Severe bruising shows across the entire back on the body of the dead inmate from Samut Prakan Central Prison, after he was taken to Bang Po hospital. A woman is seeking justice for the death of her husband, who she says was brutally beaten in Samut Prakan central prison only a short time before he was due to be released.

Major auction of KTB loan-scandal land in June

A total of 4,340 rai of land along the Bang Na-Trat highway in Samut Prakan province will be offered for auction in June, part of the disposal of assets tied to the Krungthai Bank's illegal 10-billion-baht loan to a Krisdamahanakorn subsidiary. Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol, director-general of the Legal Execution Department, said on Friday her department would organise the June 6 auction of the mortgaged land.

Girl student stun-gunned, raped at disused dorm

Landmark Residence, a run-down dormitory on Chaliew Uthit Road, Hat Yai municipality, where a dormitory proprietor is accused of attacking a girl student with a stun gun and then raping her. SONGKHLA: An arrest warrant has been issued for a local dormitory proprietor accused of raping a Mathayom 5 female student after immobilising her with an electric stun gun last week.

Masterminds behind sick Thai sex ring that offered schoolgirls...

The Bangkok Post reports the Criminal Court in the Thai capital sentenced ex-cop Yutthachai Thongchai to 320 years and two of his sidekicks to more than 150 years apiece. Piyathat Papthiensuwan and Piyawan Sookmak were jailed for 176 years and 167 years respectively, after the prostitution ring operating out of Mae Hong Son in northwest Thailand was busted in 2017.

Welfare probes 'severe enough': ministry

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security said Thursday that severe disciplinary inquiries have been conducted into welfare directors facing allegations of embezzling state funds after an online watchdog criticised it for treading too lightly with suspects. In Thailand probes can be conducted at different levels of severity.

Officer shot in eye by hallucinating gunman succumbs to injuries

A policeman, who was shot in the right eye by a gun-wielding 21-year-old local man in a drug-induced hallucination during a three-hour stand-off in Songkhla's Singha Nakhon district on Tuesday morning, succumbed at the age of 52 on Thursday. Pol Sr Sgt-Major Pisut Ditsuwan of the Moung Ngam Police Station was pronounced dead at Songklanagarind Hospital in Hat Yai district at 5.48am.