Migration from Myanmar to Thailand surges amid fighting, COVID concerns

The number of migrants crossing illegally from Myanmar to Thailand has surged in recent months as residents of regions near the border flee fighting with government troops and outbreaks of COVID-19, sources say.   Nearly 20,000 migrants trying to cross the border were arrested by Thai police during the last five months alone, with many […]

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Weekly Wet Season Situation Report in the Lower Mekong River Basin – 8 – 14 June 2022

Key messages for this weekly report are presented below.   Rainfall and its forecast   Rainfall focused in the areas from Chiang Saen in Thailand to Tan Chau and Chau Doc in Viet Nam, including the middle and lower parts in Lao PDR and Cambodia, varying from 1.60 millimetres (mm) to 86.10 mm.   There […]

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Cooking gas price to increase by ฿1/kg every month from July to September

The price of cooking gas in Thailand will be increased by one baht/kg every month for three months, which will send the price of a 15kg cylinder of household cooking gas to 378 baht in July, 393 baht in August and 408 baht in September, according to a decision by the Committee on Energy Policy […]

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Thailand freezes prices of 46 products for another year

The Central Committee on the Price of Goods and Services has decided to freeze the prices of 46 items, including instant noodles, vegetable oil, canned food and five services, until the end of June next year, according to Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit.   Price controls on these goods and services were due to expire at […]

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Probe underway over liquor advertising with K-pop idol ‘Lisa’ as brand ambassador

Thailand’s Disease Control Department’s Office of the Office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will seek an explanation from those responsible for posting an advertisement of a brand of liquor on Facebook using Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban, a Thai-born singer and member of South Korea’s famous “Blackpink” girl band, as its brand ambassador.   Disease Control […]

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Arrest warrant issued for Move Forward MP over controversial censure debate claims

MP Rangsiman Rome, of Thailand’s Move Forward Party, is now the subject of an arrest warrant after twice failing to report to police in the past month, in response to officialsummonses. The summonses were issued in relation to a criminal defamation charge, following claims he made during a censure debate in Parliament in 2020 targeting […]

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Thailand’s liquor vendors want 2-5pm alcohol sales ban revoked

Sixteen entertainment establishments are calling on the government to scrap a law, introduced by a military junta in 1972, which bans the sale of alcoholic beverages between 2pm and 5pm.   Former president of the Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association and an executive of a liquor company, Thanakorn Kuptajit, said today (Thursday) that the 50-year-0ld […]

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