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Extra tax perks mulled for having more kids
Mon, 22 May 2017 08:03:00 +0700

The Finance Ministry is considering additional tax incentives to encourage people to have more children as Thailand becomes an ageing society, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Taking care of the nation's lifeblood
Mon, 22 May 2017 07:19:00 +0700

The government’s U-turn on giving civil servant status to 10,000 contract nurses has averted a strike by a profession that has felt consistently undervalued. Life spoke to those on the front line who it affects. — Jetjaras Na Ranong and Melalin Mahavongtrakul

Three quarters of universities 'at risk of closure'
Mon, 22 May 2017 06:53:00 +0700

Three quarters of Thai universities are at risk of closing over the next decade due to low enrolment and increased competition from foreign rivals, an education expert has warned.

Building trust through an outward mindset
Mon, 22 May 2017 06:51:00 +0700

Truth be told, in today’s world the concept of trust and leadership don’t seem to go hand in hand that easily, even when they should always be linked together. Part of the reason is that we are bombarded by the media with stories that shake our faith in leaders and cause us to believe that trust and leadership may even contradict each other. Hence, leaders find their efforts to lead...

Gold bugs stake claims
Mon, 22 May 2017 06:30:00 +0700

Gold got off to a strong start in 2017 as a spate of uncertainties, including geopolitical tensions over the Korean peninsula, US missile strikes against Syria, France's presidential election and US President Donald Trump's rhetoric on trade, prompted investors to flock to gold as a hedge against crisis.

Ex-inmate used son, 12, as drugs mule
Mon, 22 May 2017 05:20:00 +0700

Chon Buri: A 47-year-old mother who has been jailed repeatedly for narcotics offences was arrested once again and charged with dealing drugs, after she was caught using her 12-year-old son as a drugs mule.

Floods force firms to close
Mon, 22 May 2017 04:48:00 +0700

The heaviest floods in 15 years have forced the closure of several businesses in the commercial heart of Khiri Mat district in Sukhothai.

Hold the birthday cake
Mon, 22 May 2017 04:35:00 +0700

The military regime of former army commander Prayut Chan-o-cha and his junta turn three today. Champagne and birthday cake aren't on the menu. The main achievement in 2014 of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) was to stop the street protests and occasionally deadly violence of clashing political beliefs. Three years on, that is still the regime's top accomplishment. Gen Prayut...

Exports near double digit growth in April as rubber prices up
Mon, 22 May 2017 04:30:00 +0700

Thailand's exports grew 8.49% last month compared to the same period the year before, marking two months of consecutive growth.

Regime must do better for forest people
Mon, 22 May 2017 04:30:00 +0700

Today marks three years since the junta government took control over the Land of Smiles. Many of us might be counting every minute, waiting impatiently for the day we can cast the ballot again, while others may wish the junta would remain in power for another five years to complete its "return happiness" mission.

Travel News

Encroachers on full-moon party beach given ultimatum
Fri, 19 May 2017 19:13:00 +0700

Restaurant operators encroaching on public space on Haad Rin beach on the full-moon party island of Koh Phangan have been given until June 20 to remove all illegally built structures.

Wider laptop ban 'to cost travellers $1bn'
Thu, 18 May 2017 13:20:00 +0700

London/New York: The widening of a US ban on carrying electronic devices aboard aircraft to include flights from Europe would cost travellers in excess of $1 billion, the head of the airline industry's global lobby group said.

Great toilets make a splash
Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Nice toilet facilities are needed not only for answering nature's call, but they can also ensure tourist sites are flush with success.

Narathiwat home converts to historical hub
Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 +0700

A small private museum in Narathiwat is filled with the spirit of local art.

Riding the Basque Coast
Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Last month, sticking to our tradition of favouring a mountain bike holiday over the Songkran celebrations, we returned to Spain for a week of two-wheeled action on the Basque coast.

Marathon in the city
Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 +0700

On May 20, the "Bangkok Midnight Marathon" will take place at Rama VIII Bridge in Bangkok. The race includes a full marathon, half marathon, a 10km run and a 5km run.

Yoga Festival
Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 +0700

The government and private sectors have joined hands to host the first Khon Kaen International Yoga Festival 2017 on July 30.

A rugged beauty
Thu, 18 May 2017 04:00:00 +0700

As the glorious rays of the rising Sun advanced on the massive limestone canyon replacing any remnant of darkness, the true beauty of Oman's geological wonder Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountain) is gradually revealed before my eyes.

US, Europe discuss new laptop flight ban
Thu, 18 May 2017 01:31:19 +0700

BRUSSELS - US and European Union officials will meet next week in Washington for more talks about risks to air travel, but no immediate new ban on large electronics devices was announced after the two sides met in Brussels on Wednesday.

Lampang waterfall closed, hot springs still open
Wed, 17 May 2017 13:44:00 +0700

LAMPANG - National park authorities have closed access to Chae Son waterfall after heavy rain and runoff made the area too dangerous for visitors.

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