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Huge rise in drug smuggling through northern border

More than 134 million speed pills and 3,800kg of crystal methamphetamine, or ya ice, have been seized in three northern border provinces over the past 10 months. Third Army commander Lt Gen Thana Jaruwat, speaking as director of the drug prevention and suppression operations centre in the North, said the volume of illegal drugs being smuggled into the country across the northern border had steadily risen, leading to a large increase in the quantity seized.

Khairul is the man to beat in 100m, says Thailand's top sprinter

BANGKOK: Thailand's top sprinter Jirapong Meenapra "Milk" admitted that Malaysian sprint ace Khairul Hafiz Jantan's recent blistering form has made him the best sprinter in the region right now and the man to beat in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, especially in the 100m and 200m. According to him, the Malaysian's recent exploits has also made the Melaka-born sprinter among the best in Asia, putting him head and shoulders above other regional sprinters.

Thailand to host rubber council meeting amid price worries

A woman works in a rubber plantation in Yala on Jan 30, 2017. Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia will meet next month to boost rubber prices.

Bangkok man charged with peddling meth in Northeast

Kittipong Dokthaisong, 26, from Thung Khru in Bangkok, was arrested at his rented house in Tambon Nai Mueang in Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima.

Policeman commits suicide in Nakhon Ratchasima

A policeman was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in an apparent suicide at his father house in Nakhon Ratchasima's Mueang district early on Wednesday. The father of Pol Cpl Athiwat Phakprasit, 29, woke up to find his son's body at 1.15am and alerted Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima police station.

Three women killed, five injured in car crash in Pattani

Three women were killed and five other people were injured when a sedan car was in collision with a taxi on a Pattani road on Wednesday morning. Pol Capt Adisak Satuapa, deputy inspector of Yarang police station, said the accident happened on the Pattani-Yala road in Moo 4 village in Tambon Moh Mawee in Yarang district.

One killed, three injured in Loei bus-pickup crash

A man was killed and three other people injured when a pickup truck crashed head-on with a passenger bus in Loei's Wang Saphung district on Tuesday night. The accident happened at 7pm on the Loei-Khon Kaen road in Ban Noi Khiri village in Tambon Khok Khamin of Wang Saphung.

Thailand: Drop Bogus Charges Against Thai Studies Academics

Thai authorities should immediately drop charges against a prominent academic and four conference participants for violating the military junta's ban on public assembly at a conference at Chiang Mai University in July 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The International Conference on Thai Studies included discussions and other activities that the ruling National Council for Peace and Order junta deemed critical of military rule.

Trade, security on agenda at PM's White House visit

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand Aug 8, 2017. The prime minister will visit the White House in October, the foreign minister said on Tuesday, adding trade and security would be on the agenda, the latest sign of warming ties between Bangkok and Washington.

Thailand to hold royal funeral fot late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Citizens dressed in black are on their way to mourn for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 15, 2017.

Thai activist gets prison for posting BBC story about king

A court in Thailand has sentenced a student activist to 2 1/2 years in prison on the charge of lese majeste - or insulting the monarchy - for sharing a BBC article about the country's new king on Facebook. The lawyer for Jatupat "Pai Dao Din" Boonpattararaksa said his client was initially sentenced Tuesday to five years by the court in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen, but had his sentence halved because he pleaded guilty.

Northeast flood victims suffering 'serious depression'

Kalasin Provincial Public Health Office on Tuesday sent a medical team to distribute medicine and check people's health in flood-affected districts Muang Kalasin, Kamalasai, Khong Chai, Yang Talatt and Rong Kham. Many parts of Kalasin have been flooded for three weeks as a result of water being discharged from Lam Pao dam.

Phuket on alert for flooding, landslides

A landslide warning has been issued for this island province, with much of it already ravaged by flooding and heavy monsoon rain expected for the rest of this week. Phuket governor Noraphat Plodthong said on Tuesday the southern meteorological centre forecast the southwest monsoon prevailing over the Andaman Sea.

Police arrest drug suspect at Nakhon Phanom hospital

A hospital staff member called Muang Nakhon Phanom Police Station at about 9.45 pm to inform police that there had been a shooting incident in front of the hospital's emergency department.

Thailand and Vietnam: Stronger together

The Ben Thanh Market, which is one of the most popular places for visitors to Ho Chi Minh City. A variety of goods are on sale, and many of the vendors can communicate in Thai, with most shops accepting the baht.a First of all, the days of Thailand and Vietnam fighting are over.

Isan floods tipped to ease in 2 weeks

Grass and animal feed, bestowed by His Majesty the King, is ferried to Koh Donsawan in Muang district, Sakon Nakhon to feed buffaloes stranded there after heavy flooding.a < The flooding crisis in the Northeast is expected to ease within the next two weeks after the implementation of a better system to divert water into the Mekong River by the Department of Royal Irrigation . The Moon and Chi rivers merge into one in Muang district of Ubon Ratchathani province before flowing onward into the Mekong River.

Park department hatches plan to solve land disputes

The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department has come up with a new proposal to accelerate its work to resolve land disputes at the Thap Lan National Park by dividing the problems into three groups. The idea was floated by a new centre set up recently to deal with the problems facing the park, covering areas in both Prachin Buri and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces, said Thanya Netithammakun, director-general of the NPWPCD, on Sunday.

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