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Thailand Preparing Total Ban on Import of Electronic Waste

A Thai law-enforcement officer unloads a box full of mobile batteries during a raid at a factory accused of importing and processing electronic waste in the suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Image credit:AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe Thai authorities, who began a series of raids last month on factories accused of illegally importing and processing electronic waste, say they may use special powers given to the military government to impose a total ban on the import of such potentially toxic materials.



New Rig Designed for Heavy Dockside Lifts

Below-the-hook equipment manufacturer Modulift and Siemens Heat Transfer Technology B.V. combined forces to design a special rig for lifting modules that weighed nearly 200t apiece. Modulift sent two rigs for on- and off-load in Korea and Thailand respectively - a total of 16 no.



Thailand's Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip

General Prayuth Chan-ocha appears at ease among the lavish trappings of politics. Thailand's Prime Minister is never far from doting courtiers in Bangkok's 1920s Government House, a neo-Gothic building stippled with classical nudes and one particularly plump jade Buddha.



THAILAND. Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

IT'S like that pearl earrings you instinctively pick up when rushing to an occasion, the piece has never let you down since the day you acquired it, wore it for the first time and years after. Your "investment" piece transcends generations and rises above fashion.



Father, son reunited in Samut Sakhon after 31 years

A father and son were reunited after 31 years on Tuesday in a Samut Sakhon district whose chief had helped make it possible. Yongyuth Iangthet, 34, arrived at the Krathum Baen district office and was asked to wait in the chambers of district chief Wutthipong Suphakwanit.



The reason why the Thais really loved their King

Photo shows luscious, blemish-free fruits of Nam dok mai mango showcased at the recent SIMA-Asean Agribusiness trade show in Bangkok, Thailand. The fruits were produced by members of a farmers' cooperative for the local as well as export markets.



10 hurt when passenger bus plunges into ditch

The crashed Bangkok-Nong Khai interprovincial bus deep under the foliage in a roadside ditch after the crash in Nakhon Ratchasima's Sida district in the early hours of Wednesday. Ten passengers were hurt.



Heads rolling over poor-quality school lunches

The directors of 12 schools are to be transferred after an initial investigation determined that their students were being served low-quality lunches or that the schools' lunch-budget management lacked transparency. Boonrak Yodphet, secretary-general of the Office of Basic Education Commission , said on Wednesday that investigators had so far visited 12 schools in the jurisdictions of 10 educational service area offices across the country.



Bogus policeman nabbed while pimping underage girl

A 16-year-old girl is taken to Chum Phae police station in Khon Kaen for questioning after she was tempted into prostitution by a man who pretended to be a policeman. Photo: Chakkraphan Natanri KHON KAEN: A pimp who posed as a policeman when supplying young prostitutes for customers was caught in a police sting when he took an underage girl to a hotel in Chum Phae district on Tuesday night.



FEATURE-Thailand banks on tech to end slavery at sea as workers push for rights

SAMUT SAKHON/BANGKOK, Thailand - Enslaved on a Thai fishing vessel for 11 years, Tun Lin saw his fellow workers lose their minds one after another, with one fisherman jumping into the sea to end his life. Migrant workers sort fish and seafood at a port in Samut Sakhon, Thailand, March 25, 2018.



Investment drawdown estimate drops to 70%

An official carries out an inspection at Thung Song Hong station, part of the Red Line electric rail system owned by the State Railway of Thailand. The private sector has raised concerns about the pace of public investment.a State agencies are expected to draw down just 70% of this fiscal year's annual investment budget, well below the target of 87%, says the head of the Comptroller-General's Department.



Woman charged with tricking Laotian girl into prostitution

A 37-year-old Hmong woman, wanted for luring a 16-year-old Laotian girl with a promise of a fried chicken shop's worker job in Thailand but then taking her into forced prostitution at a karaoke bar in Chiang Rai's Chiang Khong district, has been taken into custody. Maiv Pai Ntshua Nplaim, the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a criminal court on May 17, will appear in court to apply for her first 12-day detention period on Wednesday .



Coronation Plans Threaten Thailand's Election Schedule

Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn waves to well-wishers who had gathered to see King Bhumibol Adulyadej before he departed to the Grand Palace from Siriraj Hospital to take part in his coronation anniversary ceremonies in Bangkok, Thailand May 5, 2010. Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday his military government will hold elections only after a coronation ceremony for the new Thai king takes place, casting fresh doubt on promises the polls will be held by February next year.



Chinese loan sharks arrested in Pattaya

Pol Gen Chalermkiart Srivorakhan, deputy national police chief, third from left, and senior Pattaya police show mobile phones and other items seized from the nine Chinese loan sharks caught during raids on three houses in Pattaya, Chon Buri, at a news conference on Tuesday. CHON BURI: Nine members of a Chinese loan-sharking gang operating a business in Pattaya charging borrowers in China 30% interest a month have been arrested during raids on three rented houses in Pattaya.



Prayut: Death penalty necessary for peace

Capital punishment must remain to deal with severe crime and ensure national peace and most people agree with it, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Tuesday. He was responding to critics of the execution on Monday of a 26-year-old man convicted of a brutal crime.



Girl, 5, dies in locked car left in sun for hours

A five-year-old girl died of suffocation in a car on Monday after being left in the locked vehicle for hours at her school in Khon Kaen. A teacher picked up Kabinta Kehphuang from her home in the morning to take her to school because the kindergarten's bus was out of order.



Nong Khai student robbed of Bt50, found dead following day

A student in his first year at technical school was found dead in his boarding house bedroom on Monday, a day after he'd been robbed of Bt50 in cash. Muang Nong Khai police were called to Nong Khai Technical School at 5pm on Monday after the body of Poonyawat Jaikhong, 18, was discovered by a friend.



Taxi-motorcyclist found shot dead on Chon Buri roadside

A taxi-motorcyclist was found dead on a roadside in Chon Buri's Si Racha district on Tuesday morning with a gunshot wound to the head. Nong Kham police got the call at 6am and found the body of Sompong Faesanthia, 43, in tall grass on the side of Nong Phanpuay-Nong Kla Road in Moo 11, his crashed motorcycle nearby.



UK, France should press Thai PM on rights, to end military rule: group

Britain and France should highlight deteriorating human rights in Thailand when its prime minister visits this month and they should make clear there will be no "business as usual" until he holds a fair election, a rights group said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures during a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 9, 2018.



Poaching Pheu Thai

Pheu Thai Party stalwart and heir-apparent to the party leadership Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, seen here at a June 7 party meeting, faces an uphill battle to halt the poaching of prominent ex-MPs by the pro-military Pracharath Party. The Pheu Thai Party has been thrown off balance as it faces the prospect of nearly half of its former MPs in the Northeast, its key stronghold, defecting to a pro-regime party.





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