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Bangkok: Police use tear gas, rubber bullets to break up pro-democracy protest

The rally outside Bangkok's Grand Palace was a continuation of student-led protests that began last year and have rattled Thailand's traditional establishment, which is fiercely opposed to change, especially with regard to the monarchy.

The city's emergency medical service Erawan reported 33 people, including 13 police, were injured by rubber bullets, rocks and tear gas.(Reuters Photo)
The city's emergency medical service Erawan reported 33 people, including 13 police, were injured by rubber bullets, rocks and tear gas.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2021 12:15 PM IST

Thailand braces as refugees from Myanmar coup flee to border regions

An official from the Karen National Union (KNU), which has been fighting the Myanmar army for decades, said almost a thousand people were sheltering inside KNU-controlled territory.

More than two dozen ethnic armed groups are active in Myanmar's borderlands, and the KNU is among those that have condemned the coup and vowed to support the resistance. (Representative Image)(AFP)
More than two dozen ethnic armed groups are active in Myanmar's borderlands, and the KNU is among those that have condemned the coup and vowed to support the resistance. (Representative Image)(AFP)
Published on Mar 18, 2021 07:37 PM IST

Annual event of Elephant Day celebrated in Ayutthaya, Thailand. See pics

Elephants are a source of national pride and cultural identity for Thailand.

A child feeds an elephant during Thailand's National Elephant Day celebration in the ancient city of Ayutthaya.(REUTERS)
A child feeds an elephant during Thailand's National Elephant Day celebration in the ancient city of Ayutthaya.(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 13, 2021 05:30 PM IST

Thailand puts off AstraZeneca's Covid-19 shot after blood clot reports in Europe

The Asian nation is the first country outside of Europe suspending the use of the AstraZeneca shot, while several countries including Canada, Australia, the Philippines and South Korea said they would go ahead.

A vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi, Thailand, on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Andre Malerba/Bloomberg)
A vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi, Thailand, on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Andre Malerba/Bloomberg)
Published on Mar 12, 2021 11:03 AM IST

Thailand to cut quarantine for vaccinated foreigners to 7 days from April

Vaccinations must be administered within three months of the travel period and travellers will be required to show negative Covid-19 test results.

A man holds a baby at the Klong Toey fresh market after it was temporarily shut down amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)
A man holds a baby at the Klong Toey fresh market after it was temporarily shut down amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)
Published on Mar 08, 2021 08:48 PM IST

Thailand charges more activists with sedition, royal insults

The sedition charges, which carry a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison, stem from an antigovernment rally in September, though details on the alleged offenses were not immediately clear.

Mathawee Sithijirawattanakul, sister of anti-government protester Panusaya
Mathawee Sithijirawattanakul, sister of anti-government protester Panusaya "Roong" Sithijirawattanakul, reacts after her sister was denied bail and transferred to prison after being charged with insulting the monarchy, at the Criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand.(Reuters)
Published on Mar 08, 2021 05:17 PM IST

Vaccine Passport: Thailand backs digital travel pass before easing quarantine

Ahead of wider reopening plans and easing of quarantine for vaccinated tourists, Thailand backs the proposal to issue vaccine passports to boost tourism amid Covid-19

Vaccine Passport: Thailand backs digital travel pass before easing quarantine(Photos by Gareth Harrison and Sumit Chinchane on Unsplash)
Vaccine Passport: Thailand backs digital travel pass before easing quarantine(Photos by Gareth Harrison and Sumit Chinchane on Unsplash)
Updated on Mar 08, 2021 04:55 PM IST

Hundreds of Thai protesters rally to demand leaders' release

A youth-led protest movement sprang up last year calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, and reform of the powerful monarchy. Thai courts have denied recent requests for bail for some of the jailed protest leaders.

Anti-government protesters gesture, outside the Criminal court during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand.(AP)
Anti-government protesters gesture, outside the Criminal court during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand.(AP)
Published on Mar 06, 2021 07:43 PM IST

Thai police warn protesters risk arrest ahead of planned demonstrations

A youth-led protest movement sprang up last year calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, and reform of the powerful monarchy, and a clash between police and protesters last week was the most serious so far.

Four separate groups of protesters were planning demonstrations on Saturday, while a counter-protest by a pro-royalist group was also planned.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Four separate groups of protesters were planning demonstrations on Saturday, while a counter-protest by a pro-royalist group was also planned.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Published on Mar 06, 2021 03:01 PM IST

Thai military denies involvement in network removed by Facebook

Marking the first time it had taken down Thai accounts alleged to be linked to the government, Facebook said on Wednesday it had removed a Thailand-based network that included 77 accounts, 72 pages and 18 groups on Facebook and 18 accounts on Instagram, citing "coordinated inauthentic behaviour".

A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo(Reuters)
A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo(Reuters)
Published on Mar 04, 2021 08:42 PM IST

Thailand probes Facebook's removal of 185 army-linked accounts and groups

Facebook says the network of accounts originated in Thailand and targeted domestic audiences in its southern provinces, where the army faces a longstanding insurgency movement.

The Facebook report says the network posted primarily in Thai about news and current events, including content in support of the Thai military and the monarchy.(Reuters)
The Facebook report says the network posted primarily in Thai about news and current events, including content in support of the Thai military and the monarchy.(Reuters)
Published on Mar 04, 2021 01:26 PM IST

Thailand might be reopening for international tourists soon

The authorities in Thailand have taken out a national inoculation program and are looking into coronavirus vaccine passports so that they are able to welcome back international tourists soon.

Thailand Reopening Looks More Promising After Virus Wave Tamed(Unsplash)
Thailand Reopening Looks More Promising After Virus Wave Tamed(Unsplash)
Updated on Mar 04, 2021 07:27 AM IST

Lucky haul: Thai woman finds lump of whale vomit, worth over $250,000

When Niamrin inspected the mass, she found that it smelled like fish. Unaware of what the mass was, she brought it back home with her. The mass could be worth over $250,000

Siriporn Niamrin with the whale vomit.(Image via Twitter)
Siriporn Niamrin with the whale vomit.(Image via Twitter)
Updated on Mar 03, 2021 04:15 PM IST

Thai activist Chaiamorn, accused of burning king's portrait, arrested

Chaiamorn is charged under a strict lese majeste law that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison if found guilty, as well as arson and trespassing on government property.

Musician and activist Chaiamorn
Musician and activist Chaiamorn "Ammy" Kaewwiboonpan, 32, receives roses as he arrives to report himself on royal insult charges, at the Attorney General's office in Bangkok, Thailand February 17, 2021. Picture taken February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 03, 2021 01:31 PM IST

Thailand starts Covid-19 vaccination campaign with China's Sinovac vaccines

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, 66, attended the event, although his age falls outside the range of 18 to 59 suitable to receive SinoVac's CoronaVac vaccine, so he did not get it.

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) looks at a vial of the Coronavac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, developed by China's Sinovac firm, beside Yang Xin, Chargé d'Affaires of the Chinese embassy. (AFP)
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) looks at a vial of the Coronavac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, developed by China's Sinovac firm, beside Yang Xin, Chargé d'Affaires of the Chinese embassy. (AFP)
Published on Feb 28, 2021 08:43 AM IST

Thai court ousts 3 cabinet members found guilty of sedition

The verdicts can be appealed to a higher court but under the law the Cabinet ministers must relinquish their jobs immediately.

Protesters display a banner outside the Criminal Court in Bangkok on February 24, 2021, during a demonstration calling for the release of pro-democracy activists held under Thailand's lese-majeste royal defamation laws. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)(AFP)
Protesters display a banner outside the Criminal Court in Bangkok on February 24, 2021, during a demonstration calling for the release of pro-democracy activists held under Thailand's lese-majeste royal defamation laws. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 07:58 PM IST

Thailand to start first coronavirus vaccinations this week

Thailand will receive the first 200,000 of two million doses of Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac on Wednesday. The Chinese vaccine was given emergency use authorisation on Monday.

A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample from a migrant worker during proactive testing at their work place, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand.(Reuters)
A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample from a migrant worker during proactive testing at their work place, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 23, 2021 06:46 PM IST

Thailand extends emergency to contain Covid-19, bars and nightclubs to reopen

While Thailand approves a proposal for the 10th extension of the nationwide state of emergency to contain the Covid-19 outbreak ahead of coronavirus vaccination drive, bars and nightclubs can now reopen and serve liquor to patrons until 11 pm

Thailand extends emergency to contain Covid-19, bars and nightclubs to reopen(Photo by Florian Wehde on Unsplash)
Thailand extends emergency to contain Covid-19, bars and nightclubs to reopen(Photo by Florian Wehde on Unsplash)
Updated on Feb 22, 2021 04:40 PM IST

Thailand's prime minister survives no-confidence vote

It is the second no-confidence test Prayuth’s govt faced since taking office in July 2019, following a contested election after Prayuth seized power in a 2014 coup as the army chief.

Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles in parliament after a no-confidence vote against him was defeated in Bangkok, Thailand Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP)
Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles in parliament after a no-confidence vote against him was defeated in Bangkok, Thailand Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 10:38 AM IST

Thailand’s second locally-made vaccine set to enter human trials

Bangkok-based Chulalongkorn University will begin clinical trials as early as April, making it Thailand’s second inoculation program to enter clinical trials, according to Kiat Ruxrungtham, head researcher at the university’s Center of Excellence in Vaccine Research and Development.

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of Sinovac's vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a mass vaccination for medical workers at the Istora Senayan stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan(REUTERS)
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of Sinovac's vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a mass vaccination for medical workers at the Istora Senayan stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 18, 2021 01:51 PM IST

Thai artist tackles taboos with 'lese majeste' exhibition

A Thai political street artist who goes by the name "Headache Stencil" is exhibiting some of his riskiest work yet, with a collection of paintings that touch on a strict law that has seen dozens of people imprisoned for insulting the monarchy.

The artist, who doesn't disclose his real name or age, launched the exhibition last week in a gallery above a Bangkok bar, on a day when four high-profile activists were put in pre-trial detention over their taboo-breaking calls to reform Thailand's monarchy.(Reuters)
The artist, who doesn't disclose his real name or age, launched the exhibition last week in a gallery above a Bangkok bar, on a day when four high-profile activists were put in pre-trial detention over their taboo-breaking calls to reform Thailand's monarchy.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 17, 2021 03:21 PM IST

Couples in Thailand get married while riding elephants on Valentine's Day

The elephant-back wedding is an annual event at the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Chonburi province which usually attracts up to a hundred couples.

A couple receives marriage certificates from a provincial officer as they ride elephants during a Valentine's Day celebration.(REUTERS)
A couple receives marriage certificates from a provincial officer as they ride elephants during a Valentine's Day celebration.(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 14, 2021 04:40 PM IST

Thailand targets 30% electric-car production to tackle pollution

Some of the measures to stimulate the domestic market and achieve the 2030 goal include encouraging the use of electric vehicles by state agencies, tax benefits and parking discounts for buyers, more investment incentives for companies, and developing charging infrastructure across the country.

Lanterns are strung over a road ahead of the Lunar New Year festival in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on February 8, 2021. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)(AFP)
Lanterns are strung over a road ahead of the Lunar New Year festival in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on February 8, 2021. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 09, 2021 11:49 AM IST

Thailand reluctant to join Covax program on strict conditions

Under the program, Thailand would be charged extra for booking and it would have limitations on the producers and delivery period.

A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Friday, (Representative image)(AP)
A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Friday, (Representative image)(AP)
Published on Feb 07, 2021 09:01 AM IST

Got vaccinated against Covid? Here’s a list of countries you can travel

The tourism industry- whose basic requirement is the movement of people from one place to another- has also been badly hit due to lockdown restrictions, cancellation of flights for domestic and international travel, closure of resorts and other tourist attractions etc.

As long as people have been administered two doses of their country’s respective vaccine and can produce documentary evidence to prove that they have been inoculated, they are allowed to travel.(AP)
As long as people have been administered two doses of their country’s respective vaccine and can produce documentary evidence to prove that they have been inoculated, they are allowed to travel.(AP)
Updated on Feb 04, 2021 10:36 AM IST

Asia’s fragile aviation recovery suffers due to resurgence of Covid-19

The depth of the latest Covid-19 spike, its impact on aviation and subsequent consumer demand suggests that the hoped for recovery toward the back end of 2021 may not be as strong as expected: Mayur Patel, head of Asia at OAG Aviation

Asia’s fragile aviation recovery suffers due to resurgence of Covid-19(Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash)
Asia’s fragile aviation recovery suffers due to resurgence of Covid-19(Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash)
Updated on Feb 03, 2021 08:04 AM IST

Thais stage mock funerals in hopes of restoring fortunes and getting fresh start

The Wat Bangna Nai temple in the Thai capital draws more than 100 people a day who choose to perform the ceremony in the hope it can improve their fortunes or give them a fresh start.

Devotees lie down and pray inside coffins to trick death and improve their luck at a temple in Bangkok, Thailand.(REUTERS)
Devotees lie down and pray inside coffins to trick death and improve their luck at a temple in Bangkok, Thailand.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 29, 2021 10:59 AM IST

Thai court acquits 80-year-old writer of defaming monarchy

The court last week gave a record sentence of 43 1/2 years under the law to a woman arrested six years ago who posted audio clips online deemed critical of the monarchy. The former civil servant had her nominal sentence of 87 years halved because she pleaded guilty.

The court ruled that Bundit Aneeya had not violated the lese majeste law.(Reuters/ File photo)
The court ruled that Bundit Aneeya had not violated the lese majeste law.(Reuters/ File photo)
Published on Jan 26, 2021 08:01 PM IST

Thailand to begin Covid-19 vaccinations from next month

Health workers in Samut Sakhon province, the epicentre of the latest outbreak, would be the first to be inoculated, then elderly and people with chronic diseases.

Thailand's food and drug administration last week approved AstraZeneca's vaccine for emergency use but has yet to grant authorisation for that of Sinovac Biotech, of which Thailand has ordered two million doses.(REUTERS)
Thailand's food and drug administration last week approved AstraZeneca's vaccine for emergency use but has yet to grant authorisation for that of Sinovac Biotech, of which Thailand has ordered two million doses.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 25, 2021 03:18 PM IST

Thai tourist arrivals at decade low as new wave clouds outlook

Foreign tourist arrivals into Thailand plunged to the lowest level in at least 12 years after the country closed its borders to contain the coronavirus outbreak, with a resurgence in infections now undermining efforts to reopen the industry.

Foreign tourist arrivals into Thailand plunged to the lowest level in at least 12 years after the country closed its borders to contain the coronavirus outbreak, with a resurgence in infections now undermining efforts to reopen the industry.(Unsplash)
Foreign tourist arrivals into Thailand plunged to the lowest level in at least 12 years after the country closed its borders to contain the coronavirus outbreak, with a resurgence in infections now undermining efforts to reopen the industry.(Unsplash)
Updated on Jan 27, 2021 12:53 PM IST
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