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Prayut govt gets low score in performance rating: Suan Dusit Poll

The government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has received a score of only 5.35 points out of 10 for its overall performance, an opinion poll conducted by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, revealed on Sunday.

Detention centres stuck in past century

'Thailand 4.0" is the military government's oft-heard catchphrase, but Thailand's immigration detention system is a relic from a previous century. The need for detention centre reform is not simply humanitarian, but economic, social and…

S44 misused to bail out big business


Earlier this week, General Rolex -- also known as Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon -- came out to say that the government had agreed in principle to give the winners of the 24 digital television and the 4G telecommunication licences…

Narathiwat man gunned down while tapping rubber

NARATHIWAT: A villager was shot to death in a gun attack while tapping latex in a rubber plantation in Yingo district early on Sunday, police said.

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Three buildings damaged in Ayutthaya temple fire

AYUTTHAYA: Three ancient Thai-style wooden buildings inside Wat Senasanaram Ratchavoraviharn in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district of this former capital were damaged by a fire early on Sunday. Nobody was hurt.


Man killed after motorcycle rams into stationary lorry

BURI RAM: A man was killed after a motorcycle he was driving rammed into the rear of a stationary 18-wheel lorry in Muang district late on Saturday night, police said.


Checking up on universal coverage

Installing the right medical facilities to take care of a sick family member at home could cost nearly the entire fortune for a household of six people. In the centre of Bangkok's commercial Lumpini area, the shabby-looking house of the…


CSD wraps up lottery fraud probe

Police are to meet on Monday to wrap up the investigation summary of the 30-million-baht lottery fraud case and to announce who will be charged, according to Crime Suppression Division (CSD).

Myanmar general given royal honour


Myanmar army commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has received a second royal decoration from Thailand, with Supreme Commander Thanchaiyan Srisuwan commenting that this marks the close relationship between the two countries'…

Smog choking Bangkok expected to ease

The smog choking Bangkok is expected to ease this week as the weather forecast predicts rainfall for 30% of the capital over the next four days, said permanent secretary of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Wijaran Simachaya…

Port shock Kirins despite missing fans

Port ignored the absence of any support from the stands and produced a masterclass at SCG Stadium, beating last year's runners-up Muang Thong United 2-0 in their second Thai League 1 outing of the season on Saturday night.


Pro-election groups ramp up pressure


Pro-election activists are ratcheting up pressure on the regime after setting a clear timetable for rallies to continue until at least May and challenging politicians to choose between the people and the military.

Civil rights activists vow to boost democracy campaign


KHON KAEN: The People Go Network has pledged to expand its civil rights campaign and gear up for other activities similar to the "We Walk" march which wrapped up on Friday.


ONE Championship launches new platform for global participation in kickboxing


singapore: ONE Championship has established a professional kickboxing league.


From baby boomers to grand old dogs


With the Chinese New Year celebrations in full swing, it will probably come as no surprise to learn that Crutch was born in the Year of the Dog, which might explain a few things -- the mug shot for this column for a start. However, to be…

Take shark fin off the menu for good


Thailand once again is under the international spotlight. A global report has pinpointed Thailand as a country with high consumption of shark fin, which is popular in Chinese food and traditional medicine but which raise conservation…


Army takes over security in Rio

RIO DE JANIERO: Brazil’s president has defended putting an army general in charge of Rio de Janeiro’s security forces to contain a rising tide of violence, saying the circumstances required extreme measures.


Huge trash piles wash up on Koh Talu beaches

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: A huge amount of garbage has been found floating off three beaches on Koh Talu in Bang Saphan Noi district, prompting concern that it will affect coral reefs and egg-laying sites of endangered sea turtles.

'We Walk' ends with pledge to uphold democracy

The We Walk march has ended after 28 days, with activists pledging to uphold their goal of universal welfare which they insist could be realised only when democracy is restored.


Pro-election activists declare people’s roadmap

Pro-election activists have stepped up their campaign by setting a clear timetable for rallies until May and challenging politicians to make up their minds whether to stand alongside the people or the military.

Saturday, Feb 17

Blooming talent

Sukollawat 'Weir' Kanarot on refusing to be typecast and starring in critically-acclaimed new Thai movie Malila: The Farewell Flower. — Pornprom Satrabhaya and Melalin Mahavongtrakul

Confusion reigns over election date

In a move greeted with fresh scepticism from politicians, the government said on Friday the date for the general election should be decided by June this year.

Friday, Feb 16

80,000 sign up to oust Prawit

Former National Reform Council member Thicha Nanakorn on Friday submitted an online petition with more than 80,000 signatures calling on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to fire his deputy Prawit Wongsuwon from the cabinet over the luxury…

End of emergency decree proposed for Betong

Security officials say that conditions in Betong, the southernmost district in the country, have improved to the point where a state of emergency is no longer necessary.

'We Walk' in Khon Kaen

"We Walk" activists frustrated with the government's slow pace back to democracy arrive at their destination in Khon Kaen from Thammasat University Rangsit campus on Friday, and say their campaign is far from over. — Patipat Janthong

'We Walk' reaches destination, more walks to come

KHON KAEN: After a rough start and 800,000 steps, "We Walk" activists arrived at their destination in Khon Kaen on Friday, declaring it a success and with more walking protests to come.

Thursday, Feb 15

Warrant threat for Premchai if he skips court

Police will seek a warrant for the arrest of Premchai Karnasuta, president of Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD), if he fails to report to the Thong Pha Phum Court in Kanchanaburi on March 26, deputy national police chief Srivara…

Chinese Thais hail New Year

Thais of Chinese descent across the country celebrate the Chinese New Year. — Bangkok Post

Myanmar government under Suu Kyi silences journalists

When five Myanmar journalists were sentenced to decade-long prison terms for reporting the alleged existence of a military-run chemical weapons factory in Myanmar a few years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi -- then an opposition lawmaker --…

Shooter in Florida rampage a 'troubled teenager'

PARKLAND, Florida: The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement…

Wednesday, Feb 14

US high school shooting - '17 dead'

PARKLAND, Florida: A former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing "numerous" people, sending students running out into the streets and SWAT team members swarming in before authorities took him into custody.

Somyot to explain 'borrowed' money to DSI on Thursday

Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang will give his account of the money he borrowed while still police chief from a massage palour tycoon to the Department of Special Investigation on Thursday, DSI director-general Paisit Wongmuang said on…

Make it rain

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured Bangkok residents the government is trying to offset harmful dust levels over the city by calling on the help of artificial rain.

Prayut vows to go after democracy activists

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday vowed to get tough on political agitators, saying all people must be subject to the law.

Tuesday, Feb 13

Ethics absent from Thai politicians' mindset


A political bomb dropped on the regime by Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin regarding the luxury watch scandal will prove whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's ethical standards are on a par with the politicians he has…

Police: Premchai's firm encroaches on forests

Italian-Thai Development Plc president Premchai Karnasuta has allegedly encroached on some 6,000 rai of forests in Loei province, according to police.

Minister says he won't resign over watches comments

Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin says he will not resign following his comments on Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s luxury watches scandal.

Small bomb cache in rented room linked to 'Kotee'

A former soldier from Yala province was detained for questioning shortly after a cleaner found a grenade, six small bombs and a stash of giant firecrackers in a rental room being prepared for a new tenant in Nonthaburi on Monday night.