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Police sting nabs trans woman for alleged child sex trafficking

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A transgender woman accused of human trafficking and child exploitation was arrested in Phuket yesterday in a police sting. The 37 year old trans woman allegedly arranged for prostitution of children under the age of 18 online via Twitter. Local police have been searching for her after catching wind of her exploitation from her Twitter account where she went by the name Pepsi. On that Twitter page, she would seek out potential customers looking for underage women to pay for sex. She would refer clients to the LINE mobile app where she could privately hash out the details of the […]

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“Take it next year!” Cold response to student about Covid-19 affected exams

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 22:03

Thai Twitter is blowing up today with outrage at the callous response of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand when a student asked about missing college admission exams due to Covid-19. Screenshots of a Facebook Messenger conversation went viral when they were posted on Thursday night. In the conversation, a concerned student asked how about if she were to become infected with Covid-19 what the procedure would be if she was unable to take the college admission exam which is administered on certain set dates. The student was likely expecting that, in the middle of a two-year-long pandemic, universities […]

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More lost tourists with Covid-19 break Phuket quarantine for Samui

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 19:56

Police have yet to confirm whether they found several missing Russians – a single man and a separate couple – who left hotels in Phuket before finishing mandatory hotel quarantine periods only to be found to be positive for Covid-19. But the hunt for Covid-19 infected tourists is on yet again, as Phuket Tourist Police are looking for any information on the whereabouts of an Estonian couple who left their quarantine hotel in Patong after one of them tested positive for Covid-19 and are believed to be in Koh Samui. The Estonian couple, 49 year old Janika Prussakova and 53 […]

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Thai study examines lasting side effects of ‘Long Covid’

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 18:07

While most are relieved that surging cases caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19, have not brought with it an equal swell in Covid-19 related death, more and more research is uncovering long-term effects of the virus. Respiratory and nervous system issues along with skin conditions, mental problems, and heart and blood issues have all been found to be lasting ailments in what is now being called Long Covid-19. A new Thai study by the Medical Services Department uncovered different ailments people suffer from. The study was conducted by a division of the department called The Institute of […]

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Thailand News Today | New Test & Go program draws huge criticism!

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 18:00

In today’s news, again, new entry requirements are criticized for being too expensive and not making much sense. Meanwhile, Pattaya walking street wants to shape itself up for the kids, and over a hundred police officers failed to catch a handful of drug suspects…for the fourth time. All this is coming up in today’s program.  You’re watching Thailand News Today, bringing you the top headlines in Thailand and beyond. And in today’s news,  Following the CCSA’s decision yesterday to resume Test & Go from February 1 (with some changes) tourism operators are urging the government to make PCR testing more […]

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Myanmar junta approves Telenor sale to M1 and its associate firm

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 17:53

Reuters reported that Lebanon’s M1 Group will join with a Myanmar firm to take over Norwegian telecom giant Telenor in the Southeast Asian country after the country’s military government sought a local bidder. Since the junta is putting pressure on telecom and internet companies to install monitoring technologies, one of Myanmar’s largest foreign investors, Telenor, said in July that it was selling its assets for US$105 million to M1 Group, exiting a country that has descended into turmoil since a military takeover in February last year. Its senior executives were also prohibited from leaving the country. At the same time, […]

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Youtube star discovers new species of tarantula in Thailand

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 17:35

Wildlife Youtuber JoCho Sippawat made a wild discovery when, on one of his many outdoor expeditions in Thailand, he stumbled upon a tarantula species not previously known to humanity. The species, which scientists have officially named “Taksinus Bambus,” lives only in hollowed bamboo stems. JoCho discovered the species in a forest of Mae Tho, Mueang Tak district, Tak province, where he lives. The newly discovered species has several highly unusual characteristics. It is the only known tree-dwelling taranchula in Thailand, according to researcher Narin Chomphuphuang. While most tree-dwelling tarantulas reside in many different types of trees, Taksinas Bambus is the […]

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25 houses collapse into canal in Samut Prakan

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 17:03

25 Samut Prakan houses fell into the Khlong Bang Hia canal last night in the Bang Phli district. Local people said embankments along the canal and pond had been sinking since Monday, and a subcontractor unsuccessfully tried to repair them. The earth embankment finally broke on Thursday night, and water from the canal flooded into the nearby pond. After the canal ran dry, the bank crumbled, and the houses collapsed. Families fled the scene, collecting as many of the most prized possessions they could. Emergency services cordoned off the area, and district officials were also called to the scene. Police […]

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Laos government warns of songwriter over sexual explicit lyrics

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:51

A songwriter from northern Laos’ Luang Prabang province has made a public apology for his sexually references in his music after being warned by the provincial Information, Culture, and Tourism Department. Not only have many people in the Southeast Asian country have criticised 31 year old Phimmasone Philachan’s sexually explicit lyrics, but he’s also apparently in violation of the Law on Performing Arts. He later vowed to remove it from all social media platforms within 24 hours. According to Laos’ Law on Performing Arts, all artists must register with the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism. All songs must be […]

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Nippon Steel makes $763 million acquisition of 2 Thai steelmakers

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:49

Japan is making a move to invest in Thai steel. Nippon Steel Corp, the largest manufacturer of steel in Japan has announced a strategic deal to buy stakes in two major steelmakers in Thailand. The deal is reported to be worth as much as US $763 million – about 25 billion baht. The giant steelmaker has been interested in acquqiring G Steel and GJ Steel, the two Thai companies in the purchase deal, as they utilise a different technique to produce their steel. The Thai businesses use electric arc furnaces, which creates liquid steel out of scrap steel buy using […]

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Food group denies hoarding pork after authorities raid warehouse

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:47

In a continued spat after Songkhla livestock authorities discovered over 200 tonnes of pork in a refrigerated warehouse, the company accused of hoarding the pork insisted it has not been doing so. The company, Betagro, which is one of Thailand’s leading agro-industry and food businesses, issued a letter of clarification yesterday, stating that the frozen meat belongs to its subsidiary and was being kept in the rented warehouse to meet consumers’ demands for the next week. Betagro emphasised that storing their meat in the warehouse is normal in the food supply industry. It says it is willing to fully cooperate […]

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Cannabis removal from Thailand’s narcotics list up for discussion

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:30

Cannabis is a small step forward toward decriminalisation following the endorsement by the Public Health Ministry’s narcotics control committee draft miniserial announcement excluding cannabis with low THC content from the country’s narcotics list. Cannabis extracts with more than 0.2% of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, will still be illegal. The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (not to be confused with the ministry’s narcotics control committee) will discuss the draft at their meeting on January 25. If approved, the draft would then need to be signed by the Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who is a vocal advocate for […]

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Condominium sales slow down in Hua Hin and nearby coastal areas during pandemic

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:26

There’s a low demand for condominiums in the coastal areas of Hua Hin, Cha-am, and Khao Tao. Only two new projects for sale were launched in the resort communities last year. Hua Hin, a seaside resort district in Prachuap Khiri Khan, is still a popular vacation spot, however, condominium sales there remained low throughout 2021. Due to Covid-19, developers in the area are using a wait-and-see tactic before beginning new projects. From 2008-to 2021, a total of 28,055 units were installed in the communities. Around 58% were in Phetchaburi’s Cha-am, 11% in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Khao Tao, immediately south of […]

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Police seize lottery tickets allegedly smuggled by Thailand Post staff

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 15:09

Police seized more than 200,000 lottery tickets allegedly smuggled by a Thailand Post staff member in the Isaan province Loei. Apparently, an employee of the government-owned postal service was selling hundreds and thousands of lottery tickets to brokers when the tickets were reserved for local vendors. The Thai lottery tickets are technically supposed to be sold at 80 baht, but if you try to buy a ticket from a street vendor, most will sell for 100 baht, saying the wholesale price per ticket is 80 to 90 baht. The local sellers typically don’t buy tickets directly from the Government Lottery […]

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Study shows 2 doses of Sputnik vaccine better than Pfizer

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 14:23

A Russian and Italian study showed that neutralising antibodies against the Omicron last longer in people who have had the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia than in people with the Pfizer vaccine. The study was done on a very small scale though, with just 51 people who received the Sputnik V vaccine and only 17 people with Pfizer. It was also bankrolled by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the same organization that markets the Sputnik V vaccine internationally. The test compared the blood serum of the people who received the 2 different vaccines, both in Moscow at the Gamaleya Institute […]

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Friday Covid Update: 8,640 new cases; provincial totals

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 14:18

13 coronavirus-related deaths were reported by the CCSA today, raising the pandemic’s death toll in Thailand to 22,000 with 302 of those fatalities since the start of this year. In the 24-hour period since the last count, the CCSA recorded 8,640 new Covid-19 cases and 8,641 recoveries. There are now 82,720 people in Thailand being treated for Covid-19. Out of the new cases recorded today, 20 were found in correctional facilities. More than 80,000 inmates at Thailand’s overcrowded prisons and detention centres have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past several months. Since the start of the pandemic last year, […]

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17 best marketing and advertising agencies in Thailand

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 14:05

Sponsored Article Thailand is one of the best countries in Asia to do business. Thailand leads in e-commerce, digital transformation and internet adoption. This makes Thailand an attractive destination for international business expansion. However, navigating a new market can be challenging. Businesses must comprehend Thai consumer behaviour, culture, and marketing trends in order to compete. Due to the pandemic, Thai consumers are shifting towards digital. They spend more time shopping through online stores and e-commerce. Therefore, brands are leveraging digital marketing activities such as using influencer marketing, e-commerce live streams, O2O campaigns, online advertising and many more. Not sure how […]

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Malaysia resumes Vaccinated Travel Lane ticket sales for air, land travel to Singapore

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 13:34

Malaysia’s health ministry announced today that ticket sales for air and land travel under a Vaccinated Travel Lane programme (VTL) with Singapore, which had been cancelled until yesterday due to Omicron concerns, have resumed. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that the resumption of VTL follows a risk assessment of the current Covid-19 situation in both countries. However, ticket sales will be divided into air and land travel as increasing ticket quotas will be based from time to time under strict monitoring of the virus in two nations. Singapore reported a total of 1,001 Omicron infections so far as of yesterday, […]

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“Special Sealed Route” transit flights from Bangkok to Phuket start February 1

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 13:31

Coinciding with the resumption of the Test & Go entry scheme, starting February 1, Bangkok Airways will begin two “Special Sealed Route” flights from Bangkok to Phuket per day for tourists arriving under the Phuket Sandbox scheme. Passengers must follow the guidelines set by the Centre for Covid-19 Administration pertaining to required documents. Along with a Thailand Pass QR code, travellers will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result done by RT-PCR technique and issued 72 hours before travel, proof of vaccination, and travel health insurance and Covid-19 treatment expenses of a minimum of US $50,000. Prior […]

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Thai authorities crack down on pork hoarders in the midst of pork shortage crisis

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 13:22

In the midst of Thailand’s pork shortage crisis, suspected of being driven by an outbreak of the African Swine Fever, Thai livestock authorities discovered over 200 tonnes of unverified pork in a refrigerated warehouse in Chana, a district of southern province Songkhla, yesterday.  The authorities believe the pork has been stored there since November. They are now inspecting the warehouse in efforts to fight illegal hoarding of pork, which they say is partly responsible for the recent surge in pork prices. The Consumer Protection Police Division is collaborating with the livestock authorities to inspect the warehouse. A commerce minister stated […]

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