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Driving slowly in high-speed lane to soon become a punishable offence

By KHANITTHA THEPPHAJORN 

THE NATION

 

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MOTORISTS driving at low speed in right-hand lanes will soon be subjected to fines, thanks to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), giving a nod in principle to a draft law amending the Land Traffic Act yesterday. 

  

Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078805-driving-slowly-in-high-speed-lane-to-soon-become-a-punishable-offence/

 
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Delaying elections ‘will hurt economy’

By PHUWIT LIMVIPHUWAT 
THE NATION 

 

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Experts also warn that instability after poll will keep away investors, affect local consumption and also pose an obstacle to export sector
 

Postponing the election and subsequent instability would discourage investment, hurt domestic consumption and hinder exports, experts warned yesterday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078833-delaying-elections-‘will-hurt-economy’/

 

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Still air, higher particulates predicted for today

By The Nation

 

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A trains runs through along a track as bad air pollution continues to affect Bangkok yesterday. // EPA-EFE PHOTO

 

POLLUTION is expected to get worse in Bangkok today following slight improvements in weather conditions yesterday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078709-air-pollution-alert-for-friday/?do=findComment&comment=13749237

 

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Chula reviews student’s right to wear female clothes

By KORNRAWEE PANYASUPPAKUN 
THE NATION

 

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THAILAND’S highest-ranked university on Wednesday confirmed that its board of directors had given conditional approval for a transgender student to wear female uniform.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078834-chula-reviews-student’s-right-to-wear-female-clothes/

 

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Asean foreign ministers to focus on a win-win Indo-Pacific strategy

By SUPALAK GANJANAKHUNDEE, 
YIAMYUT SUTTHICHAYA 
THE NATION 
CHIANG MAI 

 

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Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi at a bilateral meeting in Chiang Mai yesterday.

 

Asean foreign ministers will seek to find a common Indo-Pacific strategy during their informal meeting in Chiang Mai today to deal with the changing geopolitical situation.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078835-asean-foreign-ministers-to-focus-on-a-win-win-indo-pacific-strategy/

 

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Junta digs in its heels over March 24 as election date

By THE NATION

 

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GROUP THREATENS TO TAKE TO STREETS IF ROYAL DECREE NOT PUBLISHED BY TODAY
 

THE GOVERNMENT is standing firm on March 24 as the perfect date for the nation to cast their votes, despite criticism over the repeated deferment of the national poll.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078836-junta-digs-in-its-heels-over-march-24-as-election-date/

 

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Concerted efforts being made to fight smog, govt assures

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

 

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Road sweepers from Ratchathewi District office, Bangkok, wear facemasks distributed by Public Health Ministry officials yesterday.

 

ALL CONCERNED agencies have joined forces to tackle the capital’s smog problem through stricter enforcement of existing laws, while academics suggested that schools and offices be closed on days when air pollution is severe, as PM2.5 is expected to rise to harmful levels again during this weekend.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078837-concerted-efforts-being-made-to-fight-smog-thai-govt-assures/

 

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Group accuses govt of insincerity over cannabis patents

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By The Nation

 

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THE CIVIL SECTOR for medical marijuana has raised doubts about the Intellectual Property Department’s (IPD) apparent reluctance to reject cannabis-related patent applications filed by two firms.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078838-group-accuses-thai-govt-of-insincerity-over-cannabis-patents/

 

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Tham Luang surveyed ahead of clean-up

By NATTHAWAT LAPING 
THE NATION 

 

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THE AUTHORITIES have started an initial survey of the Tham Luang Nang Non caves in Chiang Rai province, made famous by the headline-grabbing rescue of a team of young footballers in July.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078678-hero-vern-unsworth-on-the-scene-as-tham-luang-cave-clean-up-commences/?do=findComment&comment=13749273

 

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Top court deals absent ‘Kamnan Sia’, wife, jail time for land encroachment

By The Nation

 

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File photo: Former MP Pracha Pothipipit or “Kamnan Sia” and his wife.

 

THE SUPREME Court yesterday convicted the once-influential former MP “Kamnan Sia” and his wife for encroaching on state land in Kanchanaburi province.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078839-top-court-deals-absent-‘kamnan-sia’-wife-jail-time-for-land-encroachment/

 

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Online media are reshaping civilisation

By The Nation

 

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Behold the ‘pro-sumers’, both producing and consuming news and entertainment – whose influence is steadily spreading

 

Thailand’s consumer behaviour when it comes to news and similar content has changed significantly in just a few years, triggering the rapid decline of traditional media and the rise of online and social media. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078840-online-media-are-reshaping-civilisation/

 

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Thailand Post expands payment options

By   JIRAPAN BOONNOON 
THE NATION

 

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THAILAND Post has begun offering a cash on delivery (COD) service to serve the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other entrepreneurs.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078842-thailand-post-expands-payment-options/

 

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UK's Prince Philip, 97, escapes unhurt from car crash

By Andrew MacAskill

 

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Britain's Prince Philip waits for the bridal procession following the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, Britain October 12, 2018. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip escaped uninjured from a car crash while driving on Thursday near the Sandringham estate in eastern England.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078844-prince philip-97-escapes-unhurt-from-car-crash/

 

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Trump pulls military plane from Pelosi overseas trip in shutdown fight

 

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a press briefing on the 27th day of a partial government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday stopped House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi from using a military plane for an overseas trip, in a tit for tat after the Democratic leader's suggestion he postpone the State of the Union address during the partial government shutdown.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078846-trump-pulls-military-plane-from-pelosi-overseas-trip-in-shutdown-fight/

 

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UK in deadlock over Brexit 'Plan B' as May and Corbyn tussle

By Kylie MacLellan and William James

 

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's last-minute scramble to shape an EU exit, its biggest policy upheaval in half a century, stalled on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dug in their heels for competing visions.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078847-uk-in-deadlock-over brexit plan-b-as-may-and-corbyn-tussle/

 

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Trump missile defence review calls North Korea' extraordinary threat'

By Phil Stewart

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped U.S. missile defence strategy on Thursday that called North Korea an ongoing and "extraordinary threat," seven months after he declared the threat posed by Pyongyang had been eliminated. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078848-trump-missile-defence-review-calls north korea-extraordinary-threat/

 

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Belgian carousel thief arrested after returning to Suvarnabhumi

 

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Airport police arrested a Belgian man for theft after he returned to Suvarnabhumi with the bag he stole from a Chinese tourist on New Year's Day. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078853-belgian-carousel-thief-arrested-after-returning-to-suvarnabhumi/

 

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ICE Tried To Deport This U.S. Citizen And Marine Veteran

 

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Federal immigration authorities took Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, a U.S. citizen and veteran, into custody to face possible deportation. Courtesy ACLU of Michigan

 

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez served in the Marines and saw combat in Afghanistan. Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., he is a U.S. citizen.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078854-ice-tried-to-deport-this-us-citizen-and-marine-veteran/

 

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Double cut! Teachers shear student's lovely long hair AND cut grades of her friend who filmed it

 

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Thai social media went into meltdown after a clip showed teachers at a Kanchanaburi school cutting a high school student's beautiful long hair. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078859-double-cut-teachers-shear-students-lovely-long-hair-and-cut-grades-of-her-friend-who-filmed-it/

 

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Thailand pledges to soften harsh refugee policies

By The Thaiger

 

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Thailand’s immigration chief is pledging an upgrade of the country’s draconian treatment of refugees following the intense international media coverage of the young Saudi woman’s attempt to seek asylum.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078861-thailand-pledges-to-soften-harsh-refugee-policies/

 

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Sunscreen among contributing factors killing Phuket’s coral reefs

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

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Marine biologists inspect corals to assess the health and growth of reefs off Phuket. Photo: Dr Nalinee Thongtham / PMBC

 

PHUKET: The impact of harmful contaminants in sunscreen as a contributing factor in the deaths of coral reefs around Phuket will be presented to Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan and other high-ranking officials at a Cabinet meeting in Bangkok today (Jan 18).

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078862-sunscreen-among-contributing-factors-killing-phuket’s-coral-reefs/

 

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Death sentence for drugs! But Thai of Indian descent has sentence reduced to life

 

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The Ratchadaphisek court in Bangkok has made a judgement in the case of Thai/Indian businessman Harpreet Singh, 53, who was arrested in Sukhumvit last year. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078863-death-sentence-for-drugs-but-thai-of-indian-descent-has-sentence-reduced-to-life/

 

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MILE TIE CLUB

Dramatic moment tourists tackle and hogtie ‘wild hooligan attacking plane passengers’ on Bangkok flight

The pilot made clear he was ready to make an emergency landing to hand the 'hooligan' over to police

By Will Stewart

 

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Passengers managed to neutralise the 'hooligan' by tackling and hogtying him

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TOURISTS on a crowded holiday jet tackled and hogtied a drunk and abusive passenger to neutralise him on a Bangkok flight.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078868-dramatic-moment-tourists-tackle-and-hogtie-‘wild-hooligan-attacking-plane-passengers’-on-bangkok-flight/

 

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Video: Big Joke's men swoop! Eight suspicious Pakistanis taken off the street in Pattaya

 

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Ruk Siam News showed a video of eight Pakistani men being taken into custody in Pattaya. 

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078874-video-big-jokes-men-swoop-eight-suspicious-pakistanis-taken-off-the-street-in-pattaya/

 

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Election connection? Thai ID cards found tossed in the trash in Songkhla

 

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Police are investigating after a municipal trash collector in Songkhla in Thailand's south found 42 Thai ID cards.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078883-election-connection-thai-id-cards-found-tossed-in-the-trash-in-songkhla/

 

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Belarusian model who claimed Trump secrets detained in Moscow - Ifax

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Anastasia Vashukevich, a Belarusian model and escort who caused a stir last year after she was arrested in Thailand and said she had evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is pictured at the immigration detention center before being deported in Bangkok, Thailand, January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A model from Belarus who claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in U.S. President Donald Trump's election was detained in an airport in Moscow on Thursday after being deported from Thailand, Interfax cited the police as saying.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078887-belarusian-model-deported-from-thailand-who-claimed-trump-secrets-detained-in-moscow-ifax/

 

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