Thailand’s digital minister in hospital for COVID-19 treatment

Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn revealed today (Monday) that he is infected with COVID-19 and is now in hospital for treatment, but his condition is not serious. He said that he might have contracted the disease while visiting the northern province of Chiang Mai last Thursday, adding that he now has a […]

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Thailand’s ‘P-move’ protesters resume march to demand civil, land rights

P-move demonstrators, who have been camping in front of the United Nations building on Ratchadamnoen Road for the past five days, resumed their protest march towards Government House this morning (Monday) to press their 15-point demand for civil and land rights. Some of their demands include the ceasing of forced relocations of forest dwellers who […]

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Special House session may be held to deliberate two election-related laws

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam offered an assurance today (Monday) that the government is not dragging its feet over election-related organic bills and may open an extraordinary parliamentary session, probably in April, should the February timeline is not met, to allow the MPs to deliberate the bills for their second and final readings. He […]

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Bangkok announces continued closure of entertainment venues

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced today (Saturday) an extension to the closure of entertainment venues, such as pubs, bars, karaoke bars, until further notice. The announcement is in line with the decision of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to keep night entertainment venues closed due to concern that their reopening could result in a surge of COVID-19 infections, by the Omicron variant in particular. Eateries which meet the SHA PLUS standards, as set […]

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Battle between Thammanat and coalition govt has no losers (except voters): analysts

Palang Pracharath Party’s move to expel secretary-general Thammanat Prompao and 20 other MPs under his control is more of a political soap opera than an actual split, analysts say. It’s a win-win game for all involved – while voters get nothing, they add. The ruling party on Wednesday (Jan 19) decided to oust Thammanat and […]

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Safety tips from the Thai government for Chinese New Year celebrations

The government has offered some advice to Thais of Chinese descent on how to celebrate the Chinese New Year safely amid the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. They advise that people should plan ahead for the purchase of items to be used in seasonal rituals, spend as little time as possible shopping and […]

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Expelled Palang Pracharat MP claims he has nothing to do with Thammanat’s group

Somsak Phankasem, of Nakhon Ratchasima, one of the group of MPs loyal to former Palang Pracharat secretary-general Thammanat Prompao expelled from the ruling party on Thursday, has petitioned party leader General Prawit Wongsuwan seeking a review the decision, claiming that he had nothing to do with the group. In his letter to General Prawit, who […]

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