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Move Forward’s Pita announces PM bid
KHON KAEN: Pita Limjaroenrat, leader of the Move Forward Party, has declared he will be the party’s candidate for the post of prime minister in the next general election.
Asean bars Myanmar junta chief from summit
WORLD: The head of Myanmar’s military junta will be excluded from an upcoming Asean summit, the group said yesterday (Oct 16), a rare rebuke as concerns rise over the military government’s commitment to defusing a bloody crisis.
Long queues return to Phuket Check Point
PHUKET: Long queues returned to Phuket Check Point on the only road leading onto the island yesterday (Oct 16), as the requirements for domestic travellers to enter Phuket were eased to allow all people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 without having to prove they have tested negative for the virus in the past seven days.
Officials to splash B30m on ‘Pla Wan corner’
PHUKET: Local officials have requested B30 million to upgrade and increase safety measures on a stretch of road in Wichit notorious for the number of vehicle accidents in recent years.
Phuket Opinion: Are we ready?
PHUKET: Following the proclamation by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday that Thailand will reopen to vaccinated tourists from some countries the Thai government defines as “low risk”, it has been full steam ahead with easing the COVID restrictions within the country, opening the door for domestic tourism to resume.
Phuket marks 149 new COVID cases, one more death
PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 149 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Oct 16) bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 13,761.
Domestic airlines allowed to book 100% capacity
PHUKET: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has eased its requirements on airlines operating under COVID-19 protocols. Airlines are now allowed to operate flights until 11pm and are now allowed to book flights to 100% capacity.
Phuket SMEs urge support to reopen to serve tourists
PHUKET: Representatives from small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Phuket have called on the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion board (OSMEP) to provide support by providing access to low-interest loans without the onerous requirements currently required by government agencies and to set up a fund so they can reopen to serve tourists.
Seminar held to encourage investment into Phuket
PHUKET: An open panel discussion was held yesterday (Oct 14) aimed at attracting investment into Phuket entitled “Why Phuket is an attractive city to invest and live in”.
US to reopen borders to vaccinated travellers on Nov 8
WASHINGTON: The United States will reopen its land and air borders on Nov 8 to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 - ending a more than 18-month ban on travel from much of the globe that separated families, hobbled tourism and strained diplomatic ties.
Man found dead, tangled in cables in Bang Lamung

An internet repairman in Bang Lamung had a morbid surprise when he was repairing internet cables in the evening and spotted a man standing by a tree. He called out to him in the dark, but the man did not reply. When he approached the still man, he discovered to his horror that the figure he saw was that of a dead man slumped against the tree, tangled in cables. The incident took place on Friday near Number 36 Road in Bang Lamung in a tree-filled area the man was tasked with visiting to fix the internet wires. He discovered […]

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Japan makes donation of another 385,000 AstraZeneca vaccines

In what seems like a frequent periodical occurrence, Japan has made yet another donation of AstraZeneca vaccines to Thailand this week. The Japanese government declared that they had sent another 385,210 vaccines that arrived late Friday night. A government spokesperson confirmed the donation and say that PM Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his thankfulness to Japan for this donation and their continued support and aid in the fight against Covid-19. Previously, Japanese officials made a massive donation of 1.05 million AstraZeneca vaccines in July that they had requested be used to inoculate elderly people that are at high risk in Bangkok. Then on […]

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Dusit Poll: Thailand is not ready for international reopening

A new poll from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University expresses the majority opinion that Thailand is not ready for a reopening to international tourism. The Suan Dusit Poll was conducted October 11 to 14 with 1,329 people from all over Thailand responding online. The poll was conducted to gauge the people of Thailand’s feelings about PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announcing that the country would undertake a large reopening on November 1, less than 2 weeks from now. When the poll administers asked respondents the more vague question of if Thailand is ready to reopen to international travellers without any quarantine requirement, and […]

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Burmeses junta leader not invited to ASEAN summit

After many members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations expressed frustration at the Burmese junta seeming to brush off the actions agreed upon at a summit in April, the group is showing its ire by not inviting Burmese junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing to this month’s ASEAN summit. After an emergency meeting Friday, the decision was announced by ASEAN chair Brunei Darussalam, saying the ASEAN ministers had debated whether or not to include the de facto unelected leader who seized power in Myanmar in a coup February 1. The group decided instead to invite a non-political person to […]

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Covid-19 Sunday: 10,863 infections, 68 deaths, provincial data

Today, the CCSA reported 10,863 new Covid-19 infections, up 215 since yesterday, and 68 Coronavirus-related deaths, down 14 from yesterday. Since April 1, in the latest wave of the virus in Thailand, a total of 1,754,838 confirmed Covid-19 infections have been reported. In the 24 hour period since the last count, the CCSA has reported 10,383 recoveries, a change of -411 from yesterday. There are now 107,790 people currently receiving treatment for Covid-19, a change of +412 from yesterday, including 2,820 in the ICU and 658 on ventilators. Of the new Covid-19 infections, 64 were found in correctional facilities, 611 […]

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Moderna vaccine approved as a booster shot by US FDA

Moderna just got a boost as a booster as experts advising the US Food and Drug Administration recommended the vaccine for use as a booster shot even for those over the age of 65 and at higher medical risk to Covid-19. The unanimous vote will likely lead to the FDA approving the recommendation and passing it to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention who would specify who should receive the shots in the US. The recommendation was made on Thursday to the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the FDA. The CDC is scheduled to meet next week where […]

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Chulabhorn Royal Academy announces vaccine booster signups

Chulabhorn Royal Academy is now taking advance vaccine bookings for reasonably-priced Moderna and Sinopharm doses to qualified applicants. The academy is making vaccines available for organisations, corporate entities, hospital administrations and members, as well as employees in the public for booster shots. They are launching the vaccine signup programme as a commemoration of the Chulabhorn Hospital on its 12 year anniversary. Bookings will officially open on October 29 to groups that will book a minimum of 12 people for the vaccine, according to the Chulabhorn Royal Academy information centre. The Moderna vaccine will be priced at 555 baht per dose or […]

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Police say they know who cut the rope of dangling condo workers

If yesterday’s story about a worker who was rescued from the 26th floor of a condo in Nonthaburi after his safety rope was allegedly cut left you hanging, new information has been revealed. Police investigating the incident say they know who cut the rope that left the painters dangling high above the street on the side of the condo, unable to get down. The story had gone viral after videos were posted to TikTok by the couple in the 26th-floor apartment that opened their windows and rescued the 2 workers after they were stranded when someone allegedly cut their safety […]

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MEA says electrical wires seen in Crowe tweet are not theirs

While Russell Crowe’s tweets while filming his new movie in Thailand caused a stir on Thai social media, winning praise from PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and Phuket Sandbox authorities, one group was not nearly as enthused about his posts. The Metropolitan Electric Authority in Bangkok released a statement defending itself after Crowe posted a photo captioned “Bangkok Dreaming” that depicted Thailand’s infamous jumble of sparking electrical wiring. The post had garnered tons of responses and retweets with the hashtag “Welcome To Bangkok” trending, though many intended the greeting to be backhanded. The picture was used to simultaneously welcome the actor while […]

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10 provinces on Ministry of Public Health Covid-19 watchlist

After surges in local Covid-19 infections, the Ministry of Public Health has added 10 provinces to its watchlist to be closely monitored. The 4 Deep South provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, and Yala were added to the list, as well as Chanthaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ratchaburi, Rayong, and Tak. While some provinces have already implemented their own tighter Covid-19 safety measures, the ministry will attack the surge of Covid-19 by increasing rapid testing, pushing vaccination programmes, and creating a containment plan to stop the spread. The ministry has also requested the CCSA assist in creating forward command centres […]

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Asean bars Myanmar junta chief from summit
The head of Myanmar’s military junta will be excluded from an upcoming Asean summit, the group said on Saturday, a rare rebuke as concerns rise over the military government’s commitment to defusing a bloody crisis.
10,648 new Covid cases, 82 deaths
Thailand logged 10,648 new Covid-19 cases and 82 new fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday morning.
PM hails arrival of Russell Crowe, film crew
The arrival of Hollywood star Russell Crowe to make a movie in Thailand, and his tweeted pictures and messages about Thais, the food and scenery brought pride to the nation, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared on Friday.
Distressed debt guarantor offers to sell family's eyes, kidneys
A local government employee has offered to sell his family's eyes and kidneys to raise money after his house and land were seized because he went guarantor for a friend's purchase of a farm tractor.
Pattaya plans 5 major events after country reopens to fully vaccinated tourists
CHON BURI: The Pattaya City Municipality is planning five major events to boost tourism after fully vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries begin to enter the kingdom from Nov 1.
B157m in drugs in abandoned smugglers' car, woman arrested
A 20-year-old woman was arrested in Phetchabun province after large amounts of methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs were seized from an abandoned box van in Lop Buri.
Pirapan pick possibility stirs pot in ruling PPRP
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has vowed to quell growing displeasure within the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) about his adviser, Pirapan Salirathavibhaga making the cut as a one of the party's prime ministerial candidates.
Virus test kits have limitations, says dept
False Covid-19 reports generated from antigen test kits (ATKs) are not because of quality issues, but rather a matter of the devices' limitations, according to the Department of Medical Sciences.
Nov 1 reopening
Thailand will allow fully vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Nov 1 as a key effort by the government to boost the economy.
Stepping up to HR challenges
Thailand’s human resources practitioners have had a tough 2021. We’ve all had to adapt and change how we work, but HR departments have faced tough new challenges inside and outside their organisations.
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116 pub-goers, manager at Bangkok pub charged for alcohol violation
Police have charged 116 pub-goers and a manager after a raid on a famous Bangkok pub on Saturday night.
PAD core member Somkiat on life support after stroke
Somkiat Pongpaiboon, one of the leaders of the now-defunct People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), is in critical condition and on life support after suffering a stroke, a former PAD member said on Sunday.
Boating bliss
Tourists kayak along Bangkok's Ong Ang canal, which is decorated with colourful flags and lanterns to brighten the mood for residents. The weekend market nearby is reopened from Friday to Sunday from 3-8pm. | Jetjaras Na Ranong
Nakhon Si Thammarat logs 618 new Covid cases
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: There were 618 new Covid-19 infections, a record high in one day, and eight fatalities in this southern province on Sunday, according to the province's health office.
China surprises US with hypersonic missile test, FT reports
BEIJING: China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, showing a capability that caught US intelligence by surprise, the Financial Times reported, citing five unnamed sources.
Democrats' popularity rating in South unimpressive: poll
The Democrat Party's chance of regaining its former domination of the South in the next general election is uncertain after only 30% of the people polled by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) said they would vote for the Democrats. The remainder said they were still undecided or would not vote for the party.
Musician Bruce Gaston dies aged 74
US musician Bruce Gaston, who co-founded Fong Nam, the band that blended Thai and western music, has died. He was 74.
'Why can't we study?' - Afghan girls still barred from school
KABUL: Afghan teenager Amena saw dozens of classmates killed when her girls' school was targeted by an Islamic State bomb attack in May, but she was determined to continue her education.
Man found dead on flooded village road
PRACHIN BURI: Local residents found a man lying dead on a flooded road in a village in Muang district of this eastern Central province on Sunday morning, police said.
7 Hong Kong activists jailed over unauthorised protest in 2020
HONG KONG: Seven Hong Kong democracy campaigners, including former lawmakers, were sentenced on Saturday to up to 12 months in jail for their role in a protest last year against a sweeping national security law imposed by China.