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Update: Sun, May 27 2018    

SPECIAL REPORT: Whale sharks threatened with extinction 


Handle monk cases with caution, says Prayut

PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked law enforcement officials to be more careful in handling the arrest of controversial persons, while issuing an apology for Suvit Thongprasert or the former Phra Buddha Isara who was disrobed and arrested on charges of illegal association and lese majeste last Thursday.

Five steps proposed to end illegal land ownership

THE NATIONAL Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has proposed drastic measures to tackle the growing number of illegal land ownership cases, especially those concerning forest reserves, public land and undocumented land plots.

EU delegates informed about Thai fisheries sector efforts

DELEGATES from the European parliament were given a presentation on effective law enforcement and the impressive progress on labour rights protection in Thailand’s fisheries sector, as evidence of the Thai government’s true intention to achieve sustainability in the region’s fisheries sector.

SPECIAL REPORT: How the junta misused culture to boost ‘Thai-ism’

Academics say all the flagwaving songs, films and period costumes are mere state propaganda

Thai data protection falls short of EU benchmark

National panel seen as not independent enough due to state, business influence.

Mass protest planned over nod for toxic agro-chemicals

A MASS PROTEST at Government House is being organised to protest a decision by the government’s Hazardous Substance Committee on Wednesday not to ban reportedly dangerous agricultural chemicals paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos in Thailand.

Crackdown on monks a junta attempt to clean up Sangha

UNPRECEDENTED police action against high-ranking monks are a part of the junta government’s key initiative to clean up the country’s often-untouchable ecclesiastical sector, according to an informed source.

Ex-monk Isara ‘confesses to use of royal initials’

AN EX-MONK, widely known as Phra Buddha Isara, has confessed to using the initials of the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit for making amulets, without permission, but insists that he had no malicious intent.

Family stunned by daughter’s suicide after overseas trauma

THE MOTHER of a 26-year-old Khon Kaen woman, who reportedly committed suicide due to the prospect of being detained for another three months for questioning after she was rescued from a prostitution ring in Malaysia, has expressed disbelief that her daughter would commit suicide when she was so close to returning home.

Police pledge to ‘dig deeper’ to catch monks on the run

POLICE ARE examining recordings from a closed-circuit camera at the Sa Ket Temple to determine who had helped temple abbot Phra Phromsitti (Thongchai Sukhayano) flee.

Princess launches Buddhism week

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Friday launched Buddhism Promotion Week at a ceremony in Bangkok.

Thai, Taiwan police nab 10 telecom fraudsters in scam targeting Bangkok seniors

Thai Tourist Police Bureau officers have joined with their Taiwanese counterparts to crack down on a telecom fraud gang in Tainan, a city on Taiwan’s southwest coast and arrest 10 suspects, after Thai police discovered that more than 10 Bangkok retirees had been duped of about Bt1 million that was withdrawn in Taiwan.

Foreign prisoners to be transferred home

The Corrections Department has approved the transfer of 16 foreign inmates to serve their remaining time behind bars in their home countries.

Family distressed by daughter’s suicide after rescue from prostitution in Malaysia

The mother of a 26-year-old Khon Kaen woman, who had reportedly committed suicide by hanging due to stress over the prospect of being detained for another three months for an investigation after she was rescued from a prostitution ring in Malaysia, has expressed disbelief that her daughter would commit suicide when she was so close to returning home.

Ex-senior monks have trouble sleeping first night in jail, says prison chief

Ex-Phra Buddha Isara and five ex-senior monks of three well-known temples in Bangkok slept poorly on their first night at the Bangkok Remand Prison, the prison chief said on Friday morning.

Smuggling of hazardous waste comes to light

Chinese investors suspected of dumping electronic waste in Thailand

Temple raids over graft net high-ranking monks

Abbots of three temples and their assistants arrested; two monks on the run.

SPECIAL REPORT: Thai junta steers education reform to nowhere

FOUR YEARS after the 2014 military coup, Thailand’s education sector is still stuck over the same old question: which way forward?

Thai data protection laws must quickly be updated to EU standards: experts

THAILAND will take a hit if the country does not quickly enact its data protection bill, say experts, since worldwide enforcement begins today for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).