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Update: Sat, Feb 25 2017    

Sansiri taps into Chiang Mai

Metha Angwattanapanich, vice-president for business and project development in Sansiri's low-rise division, said the real estate business in resort cities is likely to grow continuously, especially in Chiang Mai, where horizontal development projects are popular because the city boasts several tourist attractions. "Demand for housing among Thais and foreigners is high, especially among foreign buyers from China, Hong Kong and Singapore who look for second homes for use as a base for their vacation," Mr Metha said.



16 bomb, arson cases filed with military court

Deputy police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul on Thursday submitted 16 cases relating to the bombings and arson in Prachuap Khirikhan's Hua Hin district and six southern provinces last August to prosecutors of the military court of the 41st Military Circle in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Pol Gen Srivara, who is in charge of the investigations, was accompanied by Maj Gen Vicharn Jottaeng, chief of the legal office of the National Council for Peace and Order , and Col Burin Thongprapai, an NCPO legal officer when he handed over the case files.



Three arrested after vehicles intercepted with huge drugs haul

Police arrested three Hmong suspects and seized 1 million "yaba" pills, about 90 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine known as "ice", and 165kg of heroin in Chiang Rai province early Thursday morning, deputy national police chief Pol General Chalermkiat Sriworakhan told the press conference in neighbouring Chiang Mai province. Police set up roadblocks after a tip-off that drug traffickers driving a Mitsubishi sedan and a Mitsubishi pick-up truck with Phayao-registered licence plates would transport drugs from the border district of Mae Sai district to a location further into the country.



Vietnam, Thailand enhance defence partnership

Strengthening cooperation with Thailand, including in defence, is a priority for Vietnam, affirmed Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich at a meeting with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha in Bangkok Wednesday. Minister Lich told the Thai PM that the Vietnamese defence ministry would continue working closely with their Thai counterparts, contributing to the two countries' strategic partnership, which was established in June 2013.



BBC journalist faces five years jail for Thailand reporting

A British journalist with the BBC faces up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on a popular tourist island. Rights groups say the case exposes how Thailand's broad defamation and computer crime laws scupper investigative journalism and make it difficult to expose wrongdoing in a country where corruption is endemic.



videoSuffering coin-eating turtle heading for surgery

This image from a CT scan shows coins in the stomach of the turtle. Veterinarians plan to operate on a suffering sea turtle that has spent years swallowing coins thrown into its pond by people seeking good luck.



Market Pulse: Pattaya, Thailand.

Pattaya lies 147 kilometres southeast of Bangkok on the northern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, in 1950, Pattaya was not much more than a small fishing village; today, it is one of Thailand's leading beach resorts that attracts visitors from all over the world. Despite the wide range of facilities for tourists, Pattaya has an image problem caused by the sex industry.



Hitachi sets up elevator engineer training hub in Chon Buri

HITACHI LTD and Hitachi Building Systems Company Wednesday announced the official launch of the Asia Training Centre in Chon Buri province for engineers involved in the elevator and escalator business. The training centre, which is Hitachi's first outside Japan, started soft operations last month, and is positioned to focus on installation and maintenance skills and safety controls for Hitachi's elevators and escalators in the region.



Police: Suspects in N. Korean death coated hands with poison-Image3

The Facebook page of Doan Thi Huong, the Vietnamese suspect in the death of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam, is shown on a computer screen in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. A photo of Huong wearing an "LOL" shirt like the attacker's was posted under the name Ruby Ruby.



Plea for Thailand to use DNA technology to catch killer of murdered Welsh backpacker

Theresa May has been urged to put pressure on Thailand to use the latest DNA technology to ensure the killer of Welsh backpacker Kirsty Jones is brought to justice. The 23-year-old from Tredomen, near Brecon, was found murdered in a guest house in Chiang Mai in August 2000 and there are concerns the investigation will shortly be closed.



Canadian attacked with machete in Thailand in stable condition

Police in Thailand have arrested two men accused of slashing a Canadian man with a machete while trying to steal a gold necklace from his female companion last week. The Bangkok Post reported in its online edition that Canadian Philip Sullivan, 68, and King Kulkaew of Bangkok had left a restaurant on foot last Wednesday in the southern city of Chumphon when they were followed by a pickup truck.



Thai army claims breakthrough pact with separatists in restive south

Thailand's army has reached a breakthrough pact with a Muslim separatist group to create a safety zone in restive southern provinces, the lead negotiator said on Wednesday, but analysts queried if it could succeed without support from other groups. A decades-old insurgency in the Muslim-majority southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has claimed more than 6,500 lives since it escalated in 2004, says independent monitoring group Deep South Watch.



China's teetering exchanges

Last month, China's foreign exchange reserves just fell below the psychological threshold of $3 trillion. The event got people talking about yet another worldwide financial firestorm.



Policeman, two people caught with 108kg 'ice'

Narcotics Suppression Bureau police have arrested a junior traffic police officer and two other persons and seized from them 108 kilogrammes of "ice" or crystal methamphetamine, police said. Acting on a tipoff at about 9pm on Tuesday, NSB police arrested Pol Lance Corporal Pitsanupong Ngamthura, an officer of Traffic Police Sub-division 6, after he showed up with a black suitcase on floor 5B of a parking building of Lumpiniville condominium in Soi Sukhumvit 77 in Suan Luang district.



Border SEZ bid conditions softened

An aerial view of Mukdahan town with the second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge that spans the Mekong River and connects with Savannakhet in the background.a The Treasury Department has set lenient conditions for the coming bidding to develop state lands in Mukdahan and Nong Khai provinces into special economic zones to draw bidders. The relaxed conditions include land development experience in wider fields, an extension of development proposal submissions, change in construction cost presentation models and permission to allow winners to sublease the developed land, said Chakkrit Parapantakul, director-general of the department.



Thomas Keating pleads guilty over jet-ski tragedy

Thomas Keating arriving at Phuket police station with members of his family, and the family of his late girlfriend Emily Collie. Photo: Twitter/@7NewsMelb Bangkok: Victorian man Thomas Keating has pleaded guilty before a Thai court to a charge of reckless driving causing death over a tragic jet-ski crash that killed his partner Emily Collie.



Tourist faces jail for feeding breadcrumbs to fish in Phuket, Thailand

A tourist who allegedly fed breadcrumbs to fish at an ecologically-sensitive coral reef in Thailand faces a hefty fine or even jail time. Olga Smirnova was spotted by authorities patrolling Plub Pla Bay on February 19 in the popular tourist resort of Phuket, and was later arrested.