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B50m exemption hot topic in debate
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:40:00 +0700

The land and buildings tax exemption for first homes valued at up to 50 million baht is the lawmakers' main topic of debate during the second reading of a draft bill on the long-awaited property tax. The reading, taking place at the moment, is expected to consume a few months.

China unveils its first home-built aircraft carrier
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:53:00 +0700

China launches its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought second-hand, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea. - Reuters

US moves to deploy THAAD in South Korea, sparking protests
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:51:00 +0700

The US military began moving parts of its controversial THAAD anti-missile system to a deployment site in South Korea amid tension over the North's nuclear programme. - Reuters

ACT demands 'secret' sub buy details
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:11:00 +0700

Anti-corruption advocates have demanded the government and Royal Thai Navy disclose information on its "secret" submarine purchase to ensure the transparency of the deal.

Police downplay wiretap consent plans
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:50:00 +0700

Police have come out to allay concerns after the cabinet on Tuesday approved proposed amendments to the criminal law seeking to allow police to conduct telephone tapping.

Land lease protest starts to heat up
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:26:00 +0700

Activists from the Network of Special Economic Zone Watch pledged Wednesday to petition the Administrative Court to interpret whether the eastern special economic development zone bill has been drafted correctly, if the government refuses to consider hosting a public hearing on it.

ISPs given 7 days to block illicit content
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:00:00 +0700

The national telecom regulator has ordered all internet service providers (ISPs) to block illicit webpages and content deemed illegal by the court within the next seven days, or face the chance of having their licences revoked.

BMW M550i xDrive (2017) review
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:17:00 +0700

BMW has created the new M550i for saloon punters needing lots of performance but via driving civility.

An adventure of convenience with a big tab
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:30:00 +0700

As the fate of countless Bangkok street food eateries still hangs in the balance, regular customers like many of us can only wait and see whether our daily lifestyle will change.

Bill reins in populist 'mai pen rai' urges
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:25:00 +0700

While mai pen rai, a frequently used Thai expression for "never mind", "it's okay" or "don't worry", may represent the compromising nature of Thais, it also carries a negative connotation of our tendency to skip dealing with a problem or avoid fixing problems where it hurts.

Travel News

Retro Hua Hin
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0700

From April 28 until May 7, the "Hua Hin Of Yesteryear Fair" will take place at Queen's Park in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province. This annual event is held in celebration of the royal wedding of the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit on April 28, 1950, and their honeymoon at Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin which began a day later.

Beautiful trail and King of Thai Fruits await in Chanthaburi
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Thanks to the scenic Burapha-Chonlathit road (featured in this column a long while ago), Chanthaburi has become a popular destination for cyclists, especially roadies. However, despite the beautiful view of the coastline, riding long distance on paved surfaces may not be so appealing to mountain bikers. Not many people know that this eastern province has a hidden gem that's arguably more...

Artefacts that move you
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0700

The National Palace Museum in Taipei has recently allowed visitors to take pictures of its valuable exhibits and this was a good reason for me to revisit.

Thailand ranks in 'Unsafe Top 20'
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Thailand ranks among the top 20 unsafe countries for tourists in the world. According to the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 of the World Economic Forum, Thailand ranks 118th out of the 136 countries/territories considered.

Bucolic adventure
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Khao Lak Canal flows slowly from a mountain to the village of Ban Khao Lak in Trang's Muang district. Both sides of the stream are green forest. The canal later merges with another canal called Lam Phu Ra which ends at the Trang River.

Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:16:00 +0700

LONDON - A giant rabbit has died on a United Airlines flight from London, prompting a review at the Chicago-based airline which faced a global backlash this month over its treatment of a passenger who was dragged from his seat.

'Samurai' cave in Tak draws Japanese tourists
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:21:00 +0700

TAK - A "Samurai cave" in Mae Ramat district are luring Japanese tourists who take a trip to visit the place used by soldiers during World War II.

City Hall on back foot in clean-up drive
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:30:00 +0700

A heavy backlash from the public and food vendors has forced City Hall to come out and explain its planned "regulation" of street food in the capital.

Polar wisdom
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:30:00 +0700

Many people dream of setting foot in Antarctica -- the wintry, isolated locale populated by penguins and seals -- but for someone who has been there twice, like Assoc Prof Suchana Chavanich, the experience is not just fun and games.

Malaysian Buddhists attend annual ordination in South
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:29:00 +0700

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: About 1,000 Buddhist Malaysians visited this southern province on Saturday to take part in an annual ordination and other ceremonies, part of a tradition that began a century ago.

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