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Indian man charged in alleged human smuggling operation

An indictment unsealed Monday alleges Bhavin Patel was part of a smuggling operation that recruited Indian nationals and others who would pay fees to be smuggled into the U.S. The indictment says an undercover officer posing as a smuggler met Patel in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013 and helped him smuggle several people into the U.S. through Newark ... (more)



Thai court extends detention of refugee sought by Bahrain

Bahraini football player Hakeem al-Araibi, left, answers questions from the waiting journalists as he is brought in to a court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. A Thai court has ruled that the soccer player who holds refugee status in Australia can be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain, the homeland he fled four years ago on account of alleged political persecution.



Thailand to Hold Parliamentary Elections in February

A Thai soldier casts his vote during the general election at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 2, 2014. Thailand's Election Commission announced Tuesday that elections will take place on February 24. The commission's announcement coincided with an announcement by the ruling junta that it was lifting a ban on political campaigning.



Egat faces competition in bids to operate large power plants

Thailand's power-generating capacity will be deregulated in the near future, meaning the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand must compete with private firms at auctions for new large power plants, according to the tentative national power development plan . The latest version of the PDP is envisioned as the long-term development plan for the power industry over the next two decades.



Cabinet heads to Isan

The Ministry of Industry has proposed siting a biochemical plant in Udon Thani, which could be a hub for improving farm crop quality and prices in the upper Northeast. The Industry Ministry will make a proposal to the mobile cabinet today to acknowledge and approve a biochemical hub for Udon Thani province, part of efforts to raise crop prices.



Train tickets on advance sale for New Year holiday

The State Railway of Thailand will open the advance sales of train tickets on northern and northeastern routes from today to accommodate more passengers during the New Year holiday. Acting SRT Governor Voravuth Mala said eight extra third-class trains will run on 28-29 December 2018, and 1-2 January 2019 on the northern and northeastern lines.



Chonburi gears up for Festival of Lights

The Chonburi Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports is to hold the 6th Festival of Lights from December 15-16. Deputy Governor of Chonburi Thammasak Rattanathanya said that the festival is organized annually to pay homage to the holy relic enshrined on the breast of Phra Buddha Maha Vajira Uttamobhat Satsada, known as the stone carved Buddha of the Ninth Reign, at Khao Chee Chan in Sattahip district.



Charn Issara plans six high-end projects

A three-storey single detached house at Baan Issara Bangna. The project includes 44 units priced at 38-94 million baht each.



Miss Universe: Meet all the contestants

Women representing 94 nations will participate in the 67th beauty pageant Miss Universe 2018, which will air in the United States on Dec. 16, 2018. Miss Universe: Meet all the contestants Women representing 94 nations will participate in the 67th beauty pageant Miss Universe 2018, which will air in the United States on Dec. 16, 2018.



Chinese student was taking diet pills before she died

Police examine the room of Chinese student Liu Rong, who was found dead in her dormitory room in Muang district of Khon Kaen province on Sunday. KHON KAEN: A female Chinese student, 23, had been dead four days before her body was discovered at a local dormitory on Sunday, and was believed to have been taking weight-loss medication, police said on Monday.



Kirapat discusses MEA plans

Mr Kirapat's projects at the Metropolitan Electricity Authority included putting electrical wires underground and introducing the Smart Life mobile app. The newly appointed governor of the state-run Metropolitan Electricity Authority , Kirapat Jiamset, vows to transform the organisation for the digital era and improve services in anticipation of disruptive technology in the coming years.



Floods hit Bang Saphan Noi again, downpour alert issued

A pickup truck drives through floodwater in the downtown area of Bang Saphan Noi district in Prachuap Khiri Khan province on Monday. PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: The Bang Saphan Noi municipality was flooded again on Monday after overnight heavy rains pounded the town and nearby areas.



Poor queue to withdraw govt's B500 New Year handout

Welfare card holders queue to withdraw the 500-baht New Year cash handout from the government at the Bua Yai branch of Krungthai Bank in Bua Yai district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, on Monday. Registered poor people flocked to ATMs of state-owned Krungthai Bank nationwide to withdraw the 500-baht New Year giveaway from the government that cost taxpayers 7.25 billion baht.



GoAir flies to Phuket, Male from Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Dec 9 : Budget carrier GoAir on Sunday flew for the first time from Bengaluru to Phuket in Thailand and Male in Maldives, the company said. "Bengaluru is a key market for us and this is the third international operation after Mumbai and New Delhi," said the Chief Executive of GoAir Cornelis Vrieswijk in a statement here.



Power plan 'a setback for sustainable energy'

ENVIRONMENTAL watchdog Greenpeace has called Thailand's Power Development Plan 2018 "sugar-coated" despite its embrace of more renewable energy, saying it still hinders efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The Energy Policy and Planning Office , which drafted the PDP, affirmed at public hearings last week that it had removed plans for the Krabi and Thepa coal-fired power plants from the document.



Taxi driver returns $10,000 after tourist accidentally forgets it in car

Jerry Hart, an American tourist, was on his way to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, for his flight back to the U.S. when he accidentally left a very important bag in a cab. A good trip can turn into a disaster with one simple stroke of bad luck.



Wheels rolling early for Sunday's 'loving warmth' bike rides

Cyclists were enthusiastically preparing on Sunday morning for the "Bike for Love and Warmth" ride to be led in Bangkok by His Majesty the King and coinciding with other rides starting simultaneously around the country in the afternoon. Citizens are expected to line the King's 39km route from Dusit Palace's Royal Plaza to Lat Pho Park in Samut Prakan.





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