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Ford to pay B23m to car owners in class-action ruling
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:13:00 +0700

The Southern Bangkok Civil Court has ordered Ford Sales & Service (Thailand) to pay 291 car owners compensation ranging from 20,000 to 200,000 baht (23 million baht in total) for the sale of substandard vehicles in the country's first class-action ruling.

August tourist arrivals up 3%
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:00:00 +0700

Thailand's tourism market remains strong, with more than 3.2 million foreigners travelling here in August, rising 3% year-on-year.

Energy reform plan ready for action
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 05:00:00 +0700

Thailand's energy reform plan is ready for implementation, with an emphasis on deregulating the electricity sector and enhancing competitiveness among private operators.

Apisak eyes crackdown on bidder appeals
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:00:00 +0700

The Finance Ministry is poised either to disqualify bidders who fail to win auctions and file unjustified appeals from taking part in other state procurement bidding or to demand compensation for project delays.

Lese majeste losing ground
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:00:00 +0700

The Appeal Court's acquittal of six young men on Tuesday of lese majeste charges -- on the grounds that they did not intend to commit the crime -- marks another positive step forward in the way allegations of defaming the Crown are handled.

Jason X-Shape targets entry-level clients
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Fitness centres offer customers various exercise courses, using modern machines and methods to serve increasingly finicky tastes.

The future is in Africa, and China has a headstart
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:00:00 +0700

During the past decade, China has been investing a lot of money in sub-Saharan Africa.

The dawn of a second Great Recession?
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Ten years ago this month the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection, triggering the 2008 crash and the subsequent Great Recession from which the world's economies have still not fully recovered. Will we look back on this month as the turning point when Donald Trump's trade war with China unleashed the Second Great Recession?

Cash-strapped Brazilians opt for budget bulletproofing
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:00:00 +0700

Brazilians are as worried as ever about getting shot while driving, but have less money in a stagnant economy to spend on protecting themselves.

Apple fans in Singapore get hands on new iPhones
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:42:00 +0700

SINGAPORE: Among the hundreds of Apple fans who turned up at the Orchard Road store early Friday morning was 29-year-old Jonathan Lim who bought eight iPhones on behalf of family and friends. The haul cost about S$10,000 (238,000 baht) in total.

Travel News

Last trishaw driver still rolling at 76
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:49:00 +0700

SUKHOTHAI: Thong Mektanee began driving a trishaw in Sawankhalok municipality when he was 26 years old and shows no signs of slowing down 50 years later. He’s the last of his kind.

Hua Hin completes laying shark net off beach
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:27:00 +0700

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Hua Hin authorities have finished installing a shark net off the beach where a Norwegian was attacked during his swim five months ago.

Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Indian flight
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:42:00 +0700

MUMBAI: A cockpit mix-up left more than 30 passengers on an Indian plane bleeding from their ears and noses Thursday after the crew forgot to flick a switch regulating cabin air pressure.

The charm of the Deep South
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:00:00 +0700

A promised return to normalcy in the violence-torn Deep South brings hope for authorities and entrepreneurs to draw tourists back to certain areas. A royally-initiated project and unique occupations in Narathiwat, and numerous natural and cultural attractions in the peaceful Betong district of Yala, are among the highlights on the Narathiwat-Betong-Pattani route. This route is one of several being...

Koh Lan's best-kept secret revealed
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:00:00 +0700

Millions of people from around the world have visited Koh Lan, the popular island just 8km off the shore of Pattaya. However, very few of them -- I guarantee -- got to enjoy such stunning scenery like what you are seeing in some of the photos shown here.

Phimai residents seek official's ouster in historical-site row
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:40:00 +0700

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The protest against the planned declaration of all of densely populated Phimai municipality as a historical site has escalated, with disgruntled residents demanding the ouster of a senior fine arts official.

Yasothon praised by WWF
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:55:00 +0700

Muang's Yasothon municipality has come seventh in the "One Planet City Challenge" event this year, thanks to its energy saving initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

'Get out': Final deadline looms for JJ Green vendors
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:40:00 +0700

Vendors must leave JJ Green Market by Thursday or see their belongings removed by city officials despite some confusion over when their lease agreements expire, officials said on Monday. The night market is located near Chatuchak Park.

Sri Thep proposed as World Heritage Site
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:09:00 +0700

Thailand is preparing to propose Sri Thep Historical Park in Phetchabun as a World Heritage Site, following on the footsteps of the 700-year-old city of Sukhothai and Ban Chiang archaeological site in Udon Thani.

Suvarnabhumi opens automated channel for Chinese
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 19:27:00 +0700

Chinese visitors can now expect shorter waits at Suvarnabhumi airport with the launch of an automated immigration channel.

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