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Thailand Finds Fourth China Coronavirus Infection

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Thailand Finds Fourth China Coronavirus Infection

Tourist line-up in a health control at the arrival section at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Januaruy 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva   Thailand has quarantined a fourth patient with the new coronavirus including one Thai national, authorities said on Wednesday, days before the Lunar New Year holiday when thousands of Chinese tourists are expected to…

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Thailand Road Carnage: Media Reveal Nearly 1,000 More Died Last Year At The Scene Of Accidents

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Thailand Road Carnage: Media Reveal Nearly 1,000 More Died Last Year At The Scene Of Accidents

Thai caption: Campaign to lessen the death toll on the roads: Monday’s death toll: 73   Thailand’s appalling road accident statistics showed no sign of improvement last year – in fact they were much worse despite official rhetoric that something was being done.   Daily News reported that deaths at the scene in 2018 (January 1st to…

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Baht Weakens Against Dollar After Tough Talk By Central Bank

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Baht Weakens Against Dollar After Tough Talk By Central Bank

  The baht weakened against the US dollar last week and was traded cautiously later in the week after the Bank of Thailand expressed concern about its movement and was ready to announce more measures to stabilise the currency if necessary.   Meanwhile, the US dollar gained on better-than-expected US retail sales in December and…

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Big C Eyes Tesco’s Business In Thailand

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Big C Eyes Tesco’s Business In Thailand

  Retail operator Big C Supercenter is keen on acquiring Tesco Lotus’s business in Thailand to bolster its position in the market, said president Aswin Techajareonvikul, adding that the company had already made an offer to Tesco.   Tesco, one of the world’s largest retailers, said last year that following inbound interest, it had commenced…

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Twenty Provinces Hit By Drought Seek Urgent Assistance

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Twenty Provinces Hit By Drought Seek Urgent Assistance

  Twenty provinces have asked the government for urgent disaster support due to the drought, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said.   These provinces are: Chiang Rai, Nan, Nakhon Phanom, Maha Sarakham, Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Buri Ram, Kalasin, Kanchanaburi, Chachoengsao, Phetchabun, Uthai Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Uttaradit, Chai Nat, Nakhon Sawan, Suphan…

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Drunks, Speeders And Grand Dads Targeted In Bid To Reduce Road Accidents

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Drunks, Speeders And Grand Dads Targeted In Bid To Reduce Road Accidents

  Aiming to reduce road accidents year-round, the Royal Thai Police will be keeping a closer eye on riskier drivers – the elderly, alcoholics and speeders – especially in holiday periods. Deputy Commissioner-General Pol General Suwat Chaengyotsuk announced at a seminar on Wednesday (January 15) that accident records from the just-ended New Year holidays had…

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Plastic Bag Ban: Forgetful Thais Taking Supermarket Baskets Home! Social Media Meltdown!

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Plastic Bag Ban: Forgetful Thais Taking Supermarket Baskets Home! Social Media Meltdown!

A Twitter user went online to claim that Thais who had forgotten to bring a bag with them for their shopping after the plastic bag ban was introduced  were taking plastic supermarket baskets home with them.   So much so that a leading chain had started putting electronic security tags on their baskets to guard…

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Why British Dementia Patients Are Being Sent To Thailand

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Why British Dementia Patients Are Being Sent To Thailand

  New research reveals desperate families seeking affordable care overseas for relatives with the disease   A growing number of elderly sufferers of dementia are being sent to Thailand by families struggling to meet the cost of care in the UK, according to new research.   The Guardian reports that researchers visiting private care homes…

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Driving At Under 90kph In The Right Lane Of Highways May Become An Offence

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Driving At Under 90kph In The Right Lane Of Highways May Become An Offence

Motorists who use the right lane of a highway, with more than four traffic lanes, and drive at a speed of less than 90kph will face charges similar to speeding, under a new ministerial regulation being mulled by the Transport Ministry. Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said today that the idea of setting the minimum speed…

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New Rules For Royal Road Motorcades Around Thailand

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New Rules For Royal Road Motorcades Around Thailand

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has expressed concern about the motorcades of Royal Family members inconveniencing public road users. Around Thailand, when a member of the Royal Family travels by road, the roads are routinely closed off and hundreds of police stationed along the well-planned route to hold off traffic until the motorcade has passed…

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