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Thailand is second most welcome country for Chinese travelers : survey

By The Nation

 

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Thailand is taking the second position most welcomed for Chinese tourists after Japan, according to Hotels.com’s survey.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054100-thailand-is-second-most-welcome-country-for-chinese-travelers-survey/

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PM calls for urgency in digital services

By The Nation

 

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EXPERT SAYS ALL MINISTRIES AND AGENCIES MUST FIRST STANDARDISE, LINK DATA PORTALS

 

THE prime minister yesterday told the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) and other top officials to quickly implement a policy to provide more digital government services to the public, noting that results have so far not met his expectations.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054149-pm-prayut-calls-for-urgency-in-digital-services/

 

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Army insists private injured in fight, not in disciplinary action

By JITRAPORN SENWONG 
THE NATION 

 

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3 officers detained for beating soldier; doctors give him 30% chance of survival
 

THE 22-YEAR-OLD infantry private now struggling to survive in a hospital’s intensive care unit sustained injuries in a fight with other soldiers, not from being officially disciplined, senior military officers said yesterday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054067-army-chief-insists-soldier-fighting-for-his-life-not-a-victim-of-discipline/?do=findComment&comment=13297918

 

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Now it’s six of the best

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam 
The Nation

 

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Panipak Wongpattanakit

 

Panipak and Nunnapat win gold; Thailand keep rising up medal table

 

Thailand won two gold medals, in taekwondo and paragliding, to lift their Asian games tally to six yesterday – but Olympic champion Sukyanya Srisurat had to settle for silver in the women’s weightlifting 58kg division.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054150-asian-games-thailand-keep-rising-up-medal-table/

 

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Activists ‘ignored in the drafting of rights plan

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION 

 

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THE GOVERNMENT is being urged to include all stakeholders and every group affected by human rights violations by the business sector, as it works on a National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054151-activists-‘ignored-in-the-drafting-of-rights-plan/

 

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Foundation urges people to step in as domestic violence cases rise

By The Nation

 

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AS MANY as 367 cases of domestic violence have made the headlines in the first seven months of this year. Of these cases 242 resulted in death.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054152-foundation-urges-people-to-step-in-as-domestic-violence-cases-rise/

 

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Ex-lawyer’s girlfriend gets jail for swindling road accident victims

By Kesinee Tangkhieo 
The Nation 

 

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Pattarada “Beam” Kaewpong

 

THE CRIMINAL Court has sentenced the girlfriend of an unethical ex-lawyer to jail for helping him swindle road-accident victims out of more than Bt4 million in compensation.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054153-ex-lawyer’s-girlfriend-gets-jail-for-swindling-road-accident-victims/

 

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Right on birth certificate ‘neglected’

By Kas Chanwanpen 
The Nation 

 

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World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), a children’s rights advocate, revealed yesterday that around 60,000 babies of migrant workers are born in Thailand every year, but only a fraction of them get a birth certificate that would give them access to basic rights such as education and healthcare.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054154-right-on-birth-certificate-‘neglected’/

 

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Where doubt lingers, risk has to be reduced

By The Nation

 

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With bogus claims abounding, the SEC is right to keep a tight rein on investments in digital assets 

 

To protect the investing public’s interests, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stepped up its surveillance and preventive measures against unauthorised or bogus investment schemes, especially those concerning digital assets.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054155-editorial-where-doubt-lingers-risk-has-to-be-reduced/

 

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PM to invoke Article 44 to ease political restrictions

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will invoke his executive power under Article of the interim Constitution to ease political restrictions in order to allow political parties to partially carry out political activities, Deputy Prime Minister Wassanu Krea-ngam said Thursday.


Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054118-wissanu-promises-to-relax-political-ban/?do=findComment&comment=13297977

 

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MRT Brown Line to be built alongside expressway

 

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BANGKOK, 24 August 2018 (NNT) - The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) has concluded that both the planned expressway and MRT Brown Line subway will be built along the abandoned pillars on Kaset-Nawamin Road, connecting east and west Bangkok. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054158-mrt-brown-line-to-be-built-alongside-expressway/

 

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Tesco Lotus opens high-tech new store in Nonthaburi

 

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NONTHABURI, 24 August 2018 (NNT) – Hypermarket chain Tesco Lotus has launched its latest store in Bang Bua Thong district of Nonthaburi, offering customers self-service checkout technology in order to keep up with the 4.0 era. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054159-tesco-lotus-opens-high-tech-new-store-in-nonthaburi/

 

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Sessions hits back at Trump over Justice Department criticism

By Doina Chiacu and Steve Holland

 

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions takes part in a Federal Commission on School Safety meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump drew a sharp rebuttal from his attorney general on Thursday after he gave a scathing assessment of Jeff Sessions as being unable to take control of the Justice Department.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054161-us-attorney-general-jeff-sessions-hits-back-at-trump-over-justice-department-criticism/

 

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Australia PM's party expected to force leadership vote on Friday

By Colin Packham

 

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during a media conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, August 23, 2018. AAP/Lukas Coch/via REUTERS

 

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has yet to receive the petition from his challenger that he requested as a condition for calling a second vote on his leadership in a week, but a key player said he is confident the meeting will happen at noon local time (0200 GMT).

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054162-australia-pms-party-expected-to-force-leadership-vote-on-friday/

 

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U.S. CEOs warn of harm from Trump administration's immigration policy

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs during a visit to the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc, a tool manufacturer, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

(Reuters) - A group of chief executive officers at the largest U.S. companies expressed serious concern about the Trump administration's immigration policy and said the rules increase uncertainty and undermine economic growth.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054163-us-ceos-warn-of-harm-from-trump-administrations-immigration-policy/

 

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No-deal Brexit will bring tangle of red tape, Britain warns companies

By Kylie MacLellan and Kate Holton

 

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Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab gestures during his speech outlining the government's plans for a no-deal Brexit in London, Britain. Aug 23, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Thursday told companies trading with the European Union they would face a tangle of red tape, possible border delays and more costly credit card payments if the government fails to negotiate an exit deal before Britain leaves the bloc.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054164-no-deal brexit will-bring-tangle-of-red-tape-britain-warns-companies/

 

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Hunt says parliament will only approve Brexit deal consistent with vote

 

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British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks outside the United Nations Security Council prior to presiding over a meeting of the Council at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

 

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, said on Thursday he believed the British parliament would only approve a Brexit deal that was consistent with the "letter and spirit" of the 2016 referendum result in favour of leaving the European Union.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054165-hunt-says-parliament-will-only-approve brexit deal-consistent-with-vote/

 

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They came to bask on golden sands: But Pattaya tourists are surrounded by trash and ruin

 

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Manager laid into Pattaya yesterday after a morning visit to Phra Tumnak Beach revealed a complete mess.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054171-they-came-to-bask-on-golden-sands-but-pattaya-tourists-are-surrounded-by-trash-and-ruin/

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New operating hours from 4 pm-midnight for Khao Sarn vendors

 

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Vendors on Khao Sarn road, one of Bangkok’s best known landmarks among backpackers,  will be allowed to do their business from 4 pm until midnight instead of 6 pm until midnight as earlier mandated by the City Administration.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054173-new-operating-hours-from-4-pm-midnight-for-khao-sarn-vendors/

 

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Warning about eating raw food - four meter long tapeworm emerges from the dark

 

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Facebook is usually full of pictures of people's dinner - what posters proudly they put into their bodies.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054176-warning-about-eating-raw-food-four-meter-long-tapeworm-emerges-from-the-dark/

 

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South Korea appeals court gives ex-president Park 25-year jail term - Yonhap

 

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SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean appeals court sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to 25 years in jail on Friday, the Yonhap news agency reported, in a case arising from a corruption scandal that toppled her from power in early 2017.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054186-south-korea-appeals-court-gives-ex-president-park-25-year-jail-term-yonhap/

 

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Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies at 68

By Lisa Richwine

 

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ed King, a former lead guitarist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd who co-wrote one of the group's best known hits, "Sweet Home Alabama," has died at age 68, a founding member of the band said on Thursday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054188-former-lynyrd-skynyrd-guitarist-ed-king-dies-at-68/

 

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Thai man and baby dumped by the wife find solace at 7/11

 

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A Thai man with a little baby told 7/11 staff that he had no money and was going home from Chonburi to Mae Sot in Tak on a motorbike.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054189-thai-man-and-baby-dumped-by-the-wife-find-solace-at-711-in-chonburi/

 

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No amount of alcohol is good for your overall health, global study says

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

 

(CNN)If you're one of the third of all humankind who drinks alcohol, take note: There's no amount of liquor, wine or beer that is safe for your overall health, according to a new analysis of 2016 global alcohol consumption and disease risk.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1054190-no-amount-of-alcohol-is-good-for-your-overall-health-global-study-says/

 

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