Corrections department to get tougher with inmates convicted for serious crimes

Criminals convicted for serious offences must be placed in the lowest classification to prevent the possibility of the inmates getting an early release and committing the crime again, the Department of Corrections is proposing.  It wants them to be placed in the lowest class, or “need immediate improvement”, director-general Narat Sawettanan said on Thursday (May […]

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Health minister looks in on department stores ahead of reopen on Sunday

With Bangkok shopping malls set to reopen on Sunday (May 17), Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul visited Paragon and Central World on Thursday to see if Covid-19 preventive measures had been put in place in the stores.  He said shopping malls need to be well-prepared before reopening because they attract crowds, which may lead to […]

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Filipinos in Nonthaburi plead for food aid

Nonthaburi Filipinos say they need donations of food and basic necessities to help members of their community who have been left with no income during the pandemic crisis.  Jaycee Dilan, administrator of the Filipino Community in Nonthaburi Facebook group, said the situation remains dire for many community members, who cannot earn a living under lockdown.  […]

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Netizens see long arm of government in ‘Twitter Thailand’

Thai netizens are rejecting a new ‘Twitter Thailand’ account which debuted recently, out of fear that it might be a tool for the government to monitor them.  Twitter Thailand is designed to be an official platform for an online discussion about every topic in the country on hashtag #WhatsHappening.  However, several Thai netizens feel like it […]

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Phitsanulok gives nod to reopen walking street, with strict conditions on social distancing

Phitsanulok will allow the shopping street in Muang district to reopen on Friday (May 16) after weeks of being shut to prevent the spread of Covid-19 under the government’s order.  The Phitsanulok Municipality Office on Wednesday (May 13) listed measures to maintain social distancing practices and make the shopping street safe for both vendors and […]

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Farming body unhappy with ban on paraquat, chlorpyrifos

A farming federation has expressed its frustration with the government’s decision to ban the use of chemicals paraquat and chlorpyrifos before having alternatives.  Last year’s ban decision was reaffirmed by the National Hazardous Substances Committee at its April 30 meeting, effective June 1.  Safe Farming Confederation Sukan Sangwanna secretary-general said there was currently no alternative […]

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Hotels association appeals to PM to help tackle sector woes

Thai Hotels Association (THA) has urged Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha to come up with stimulus measures for the ailing industry.  The THA held a meeting held last week, together with other ministry executives, THA adviser Surapong Techaruvichit informed.  The association has suggested that local governments hold meetings in hotels, in order to generate business […]

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