Month: August 2012


Yingluck insists flood test necessary for Bangkok

BANGKOK, Aug 30 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday assured Bankok residents of a flood-free capital during the planned three consecutive days of drainage tests early next month. She was apparently referring to a warning by Deputy Bangkok Governor Teerachon Manomaipibul who said the test, scheduled for Sept 5-7, will coincide with the monthly […]Read More


Thai pop star to be fined for drunk driving in

Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul, the Thai-American member of the K-pop group 2PM, who was booked in South Korea for driving under the influence, will be fined 4 million Korean won (about Bt109,000), a statement from the attorney-general in Seoul said yesterday. The statement said the investigation had been concluded. Read more: The NationRead More


British expat gunned down as he rides home on his

A murder investigation is under way after a man believed to be from Manchester was shot dead in Thailand. Stephen Phillips was on a motorcycle near the city of Khon Kaen when he was killed. Friends in Thailand said Mr Phillips, who was in his late 50s, was a retired railway worker and a keen […]Read More


Man surrenders to police for murder of Thai MP’s son

A man claiming to be responsible for the recent fatal shooting of a government MP’s son turned himself to police on Thursday night. The man, identified by police only as a construction contractor, surrendered to a senior investigator of the case, Pol Colonel Phanu Buranasiri. The officer, who did not identify the man by name, […]Read More


Thailand claims Guinness World Record for mass massage

Thailand claimed to have pipped Australia on Thursday in providing the world’s largest and longest mass, synchronised massage. Some 641 Thai masseuses massaged 641 recipients for 12 minutes without stopping at Bangkok Mueang Thong Thani Convention Centre, breaking a previous record set in 2010 by 236 masseuses in Australia. Read more: The NationRead More


Thailand aims to become medical hub within 5 years

BANGKOK, AUG 30 โ€“ Thailand is moving ahead with an ambition to become a world medical centre within the next five years, projecting a mammoth revenue of Bt800 billion from medical and health-related services. In her keynote speech at the Thailand Medical Hub Export 2012 on Thursday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reaffirmed Thailand’s readiness to […]Read More


Soldiers say they fired blanks at Red Shirt protesters

BANGKOK, AUG 29 โ€“ Two Thai army sergeants providing surveillance testified to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Wednesday that they fired their weapons in self-defence with blank bullets from their M16 rifles at political demonstrators in Bangkok on May 15, 2010. They said they shot blanks from their weapons. Read more: MCOTRead More


Tourism Ministry to review plans to raise entrance fees at

BANGKOK, 30 August 2012 (NNT) โ€“ The Tourism Ministry of Thailand has agreed in principle to look at a request from the private sector to review the planned rise in entrance fees at all national parks. Tourism Minister Chumpol Silapa-archa said he has received a letter from the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), requesting […]Read More