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Provinces commemorate passing of His Majesty the late King

 

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THAILAND, 15th October 2018 (NNT) – Provinces across Thailand have held volunteer activities to commemorate the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 

More than 500 people converged at Wat Saeng Siri Tham in Pak Kret district of Nonthaburi province to beautify the landscape, clean the monastery, prune bushes, and remove rubbish from the area, as part of the “Altruistic Heart: We Love Doing Good” campaign initiated by HM King Rama X to commemorate the passing of his late father. 

In Kanchanaburi province, soldiers from the 9th Infantry Division, together with local people, on Saturday joined the Altruistic Heart: We Love Doing Good campaign to spruce up residential areas in Don Chedi district. 

In Chai Nat province, Governor Ronnapop Luengpairoj presided over a ceremony to hand over cows and buffaloes to 34 rice farmers, as part of the Royal Cattle-Buffalo Bank for Farmers project. 

In Nakhon Phanom, the Provincial Waterworks Authority visited local communities to offer free plumbing services and advice on water use efficiency. 

In the southern province of Yala, students from Yala Rajabhat University have taken part in a volunteer project to clean canals and ditches. Students said they were happy to be able to express their loyalty and love to the late monarch through such good deeds.

 
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NCPO orders undermine political parties; a hurdle to free and fair election, say politicians

By KAS CHANWANPEN 
THE NATION

 

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THE NATIONAL Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the orders it has issued remain a major obstacle in ensuring a free and fair election, a public forum on elections and the country’s future was told.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062475-ncpo-orders-undermine-political-parties-a-hurdle-to-free-and-fair-election-say-politicians/

 

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Does it matter who leads the Democrat Party?

By JINTANA PANYAARVUDH 
THE NATION

 

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Incumbent Abhisit has backing of old guard while challenger is Suthep’s man, but military could be the real winner.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062476-does-it-matter-who-leads-the-democrat-party/

 

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Sugar industry must swallow bitter pill

By Wichit Chaitrong 
The Nation

 

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Isara poses with the "Friendship Award", presented by the Chinese government.

 

Hit by low prices, Mitr Phol Group chief says producers must focus on increasing productivity and cutting costs

 

Challenges lie ahead for the global sugar industry and Thai producers must prepare for higher  productivity and costcutting, says Isara Vongkusolkit, chairman of Mitr Phol Group, the world’s fifth-largest sugar producer, Thai farmers should change their thinking when it comes to production, he said. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062477-sugar-industry-must-swallow-bitter-pill/

 

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Twin events set in push for Taichung tourism

By PHUWIT LIMVIPHUWAT 
THE NATION

 

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A view of Walpu Park in Taichung city, one of the three areas of the 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition.

 

Thai Vietjet Air will inaugurate its Bangkok-Taichung direct flights on November 3, on the same day as the opening of the 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition in the Taiwanese city. The twin events aim to attract up to 8 million visitors, according to the Tourism and Travel Bureau, Taichung City Government.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062478-twin-events-set-in-push-for-taichung-tourism/

 

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New law offers unprecedented medical benefits for workers

By The Nation

 

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Nearly 10 million Thai employees nationwide would enjoy enhanced healthcare benefits under the Workmen’s Compensation Act (second edition 2018).

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062479-new-law-offers-unprecedented-medical-benefits-for-workers/

 

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Kalasin woman a victim of corruption in fund for disabled people

By Jakkapong Rawiwan 
The Nation

 

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A 66-year-old woman who has taken care of her 15-year-old granddaughter with cerebral palsy in the past two years was shocked to learn that she had been unknowingly registered as a caretaker under the Empowerment Of Persons With Disabilities Act 2007’s Article 35, which entitled her to a monthly pay of Bt9,125.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062480-kalasin-woman-a-victim-of-corruption-in-fund-for-disabled-people/

 

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EU officials stumble on bamboo shark eggs during beach cleaning operation

By Kornrawee Panyasuppakun 
The Nation

 

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The ambassador of the European Union, Pirkka Tapiola, and 60 other EU staff took part in a beach cleaning activity on Koh Sak, Pattaya, last Friday and found two hatched eggs of gray bamboo shark on the beach filled with plastic debris.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062482-eu-officials-stumble-on-bamboo-shark-eggs-during-beach-cleaning-operation-on-koh-sak-pattaya/

 

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Man, 26, thought to have to committed suicide, a suspect in murder of woman, 39

By Wimon Thabkhong, 
Apichat Hongsakul 
The Nation

 

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A 26-year-old Thai man, who allegedly committed suicide by letting a train run over him on Saturday night in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Cha-am district, was identified as a suspect in the murder of a 39-year-old Bangkok woman whose body, with multiple stab wounds in the neck, was found stuffed in a large plastic box in a house in Hua Hin district on Sunday, police said.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062483-man-26-thought-to-have-to-committed-suicide-a-suspect-in-murder-of-woman-39-in-hua-hin/

 

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Bangkok as art

By Khetsirin Pholdhampalit 
The Nation 

 

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“Happy Happy Project: Love Me Pig I” made from synthetic textile by Choi Jeong Hwa will be displayed at Siam Center from Thursday to October 26. /courtesy of Bangkok Art Biennale

 

We take a look at some of the works being acted out and exhibited at the Thai capital’s first biennale

 

WHILE THE eventual outcome of the current conflict over subsidies to the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration remains uncertain, the potential of the Thai capital as a contemporary art hub in the region is being thrust into the spotlight with the opening this week of the first-ever international Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB).

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062485-bangkok-as-art/

 

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Van with newly installed LPG tank catches fire

By Pratheep Nanthaparp 
The Nation

 

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A Bangkok man was in shock after his van, which had been installed with an LPG tank last month, caught fire on Sunday morning while he was driving to take his wife on an errand in Lampang province.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062486-van-with-newly-installed-lpg-tank-catches-fire-in-lampang/

 

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Four arrested for cutting down protected tree

By Seksanti Kalayanawisut 
The Nation

 

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Four suspects were arrested for cutting down a Siamese rosewood tree of a school in Kalasin province while they were transporting the logs for processing in the Ban Dung district of Udon Thani province on Friday night.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062487-four-arrested-for-cutting-down-protected-tree-in-kalasin/

 

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Politics is confusing everyone, not just the Democrats

By The Nation

 

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Party’s ambivalence reflective of voters’ dilemma

 

Thailand’s oldest political party will very likely play kingmaker after the general election, as military-backed Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Pheu Thai Party fight to gain control of Parliament. One side is backed by senators and the other by its traditional dominance in the Northeast, where many lower house seats are on offer. That leaves the Democrat Party as the crucial decisive factor in who will form the post-election government.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062488-politics-is-confusing-everyone-not-just-the-democrats-editorial/

 

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Troops seize over 47 million meth pills in one year

 

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Army troops based at the borders have seized 47.7 million meth pills, over 2.7 tonnes of heroin and 983 kgs of crystal Ice and arrested 3,299 drug suspects throughout last fiscal year between October 1, 60-September 31 this year, said army deputy spokesperson Colonel Sirichan Ngathong on Sunday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062489-troops-seize-over-47-million-meth-pills-in-one-year/

 

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Air of anticipation over Dr M's visit to Thailand later this month

By Bernama

 

BANGKOK: There is an air of anticipation over the forthcoming visit by Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Thailand later this month, especially in bringing the much-needed progress into the ‘deadlocked’ southern Thai peace talks.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062490-air-of-anticipation-over-dr-ms-visit-to-thailand-later-this-month/

 

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Phuket passenger van, ice truck in head-on collision

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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There were no passengers in the van at the tim of the accident/ Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET: The two drivers involved in a head-on collision between a Phuket passenger van and a six-wheeled truck loaded with five-kilo bags of ice both escaped serious injury early this morning (Oct 14).

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062491-phuket-passenger-van-ice-truck-in-head-on-collision/

 

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Thailand records highest number of lost Malaysian passport

 

BANGKOK, Oct 15 — Thailand is one of the countries which recorded the most number of lost Malaysian passports and 90 per cent of the lost documents were reported in major shopping areas in Bangkok city.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062492-thailand-records-highest-number-of-lost-malaysian-passport/

 

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Man dies at Phuket waterfall

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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The 25-year-old man had jumped into the rock pool at the base of the waterfall. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET: A 25-year-old man died after leaping into a rock pool at Bangpae Waterfall in Pa Khlok, Thalang, yesterday afternoon (Oct 13).

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062493-man-dies-at-phuket-waterfall/

 

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PM Prayut instructs officials to boost tourists' confidence

 

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BANGKOK, 15th October 2018 (NNT) — The Prime Minister has instructed related agencies to step up efforts to boost tourist confidence. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062495-pm-prayut-instructs-officials-to-boost-tourists-confidence/

 

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EC permits online campaigning

 

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BANGKOK, 15th October 2018 (NNT) - Secretary-General of the Election Commission (EC) Pol.Col.Gen.Charungwit Phumma has confirmed that political parties can campaign on social media but they must not defame other people. He said the EC is finding appropriate methods for displaying campaign banners. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062496-ec-permits-online-campaigning/

 

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Merkel's Bavarian allies humbled in historic election setback

By Michael Nienaber, Paul Carrel and Jörn Poltz

 

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BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, bleeding votes to the far-right in a setback that immediately raised tensions within Germany's crisis-prone national government.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062497-merkels-bavarian-allies-humbled-in-historic-election-setback/

 

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Saudi Arabia says will retaliate against any sanctions over Khashoggi case

By Andrew Torchia and Arshad Mohammed

 

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Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London, Britain, September 29, 2018. Middle East Monitor/Handout via REUTERS

 

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned against threats to punish it over last week's disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as European and U.S. allies piled on pressure.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062498-saudi-arabia-says-will-retaliate-against-any-sanctions-over-khashoggi-case/

 

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No deal yet after flurry of Brexit diplomacy in Brussels: officials

By Gabriela Baczynska, Alastair Macdonald and Elizabeth Piper

 

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BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit negotiators have yet to seal a deal on Britain's divorce terms, officials said, after a flurry of meetings in Brussels on Sunday to try to secure a draft agreement before Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for a summit this week.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062499-no-deal-yet-after-flurry-of brexit diplomacy-in-brussels-officials/

 

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Israel crowns 93-year-old as 'Miss Holocaust Survivor'

 

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Holocaust survivor Tova Ringer, 93, reacts after winning the annual Holocaust survivors' beauty pageant in Haifa, Israel October 14, 2018. REUTERS/Corinna Kern

 

HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) - A 93-year-old great-grandmother was crowned "Miss Holocaust Survivor" on Sunday in an annual Israeli beauty pageant designed to put a smile on women who endured the horrors of the Nazi genocide.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062500-israel-crowns-93-year-old-as-miss-holocaust-survivor/

 

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North Korea leader sincere, must be rewarded for move to abandon nuclear weapons - South Korean president

 

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook (unseen) attend a Korean cultural event in Paris, France, October 14, 2018. Yoan Valat/Pool via REUTERS

 

PARIS (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is sincere and really means to abandon nuclear weapons, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told a French newspaper, adding that the international community needed to reward him for that.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062501-north-korea-leader-sincere-must-be-rewarded-for-move-to-abandon-nuclear-weapons-south-korean-president/

 

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Ecuador partly restores internet access for WikiLeaks founder Assange

 

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(Reuters) - Ecuador has restored partial internet access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who took refuge in the country's London Embassy more than six years ago, WikiLeaks and an Assange lawyer said separately on Sunday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062502-ecuador-partly-restores-internet-access-for-wikileaks-founder-assange/

 

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Italy's Di Maio rules out euro exit, denounces scaremongering

 

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ROME (Reuters) - Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio on Sunday ruled out that the government could take the country out of the euro zone, saying such talk was no more than scaremongering by its political opponents.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062504-italys-di-maio-rules-out-euro-exit-denounces-scaremongering/

 

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British duke arrives on trip to enhance bilateral ties

By The Nation

 

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Britain’s duke of Gloucester

 

Britain’s duke of Gloucester will arrive in Bangkok today for an official visit, signifying the strength of the UK-Thailand partnership.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1062507-british-duke-arrives-on-trip-to-enhance-bilateral-ties/

 

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