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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

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 04:40 PM IST
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 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)

Thailand's prime minister survives no-confidence vote

AP | , Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:38 AM IST
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.
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)

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

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 01:51 PM IST
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.
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)

Thai artist tackles taboos with 'lese majeste' exhibition

Reuters | , Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 03:21 PM IST
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.
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)

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

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 04:40 PM IST
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.
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)

Thailand targets 30% electric-car production to tackle pollution

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 11:49 AM IST
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.
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)

Thailand reluctant to join Covax program on strict conditions

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 09:01 AM IST
Under the program, Thailand would be charged extra for booking and it would have limitations on the producers and delivery period.
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)

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

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2021 10:36 AM IST
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.
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)

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

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 08:04 AM IST
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
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)

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

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 10:59 AM IST
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.
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)

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

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 08:01 PM IST
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.
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)

Thailand to begin Covid-19 vaccinations from next month

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:18 PM IST
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.
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)

Thai tourist arrivals at decade low as new wave clouds outlook

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 12:53 PM IST
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.
A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo.(Reuters)
A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo.(Reuters)

Thailand approves AstraZeneca vaccine amid second virus wave

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:27 PM IST
Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration granted the approval for the vaccine on Thursday, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said by phone. AstraZeneca is the first coronavirus vaccine developer to win approval in Thailand, which also has ordered shots developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
Thailand targets tourism boost with marijuana meals, cosmetics(Pexels)
Thailand targets tourism boost with marijuana meals, cosmetics(Pexels)

Thailand targets tourism boost with marijuana meals, cosmetics

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:29 AM IST
The health and education ministries of Thailand, on Wednesday, announced that proper trainings will be given to people to make meals and cosmetics out of marijuana. The ministries are hoping to lure the foreign tourists with these products.
FILE PHOTO: Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn looks on while greeting royalists at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand November 1, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn looks on while greeting royalists at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand November 1, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo(REUTERS)

Thailand court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

AP | , Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:25 PM IST
Violating Thailand's lese majeste law — known widely as Article 112 — is punishable by three to 15 years’ imprisonment per count.
Thailand's private pool villas fail to lure foreign arrivals, travel dips(Twitter/VickyProfitTC)
Thailand's private pool villas fail to lure foreign arrivals, travel dips(Twitter/VickyProfitTC)

Thailand's private pool villas fail to lure foreign arrivals, travel dips

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:38 AM IST
More than three months after over a hundred resorts reopened to extended-stay travellers, in an attempt to revive Thailand’s battered economy, foreign arrivals have failed to meet even rock-bottom expectations with just 346 overseas visitors entering each month, on average, since October
A worker holds a vial of the AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine.(Bloomberg)
A worker holds a vial of the AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine.(Bloomberg)

Thailand aims to inoculate at least half the population in 2021

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 02:19 PM IST
The agreement with AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, currently the nation’s biggest vaccine supplier, will also allow local production through technology transfer.
Thailand's Tourism Minister said on Monday he had proposed a plan to allow foreigners to quarantine in some of the country's many golf resorts to boost the ailing tourism sector during the coronavirus pandemic.(Reuters)
Thailand's Tourism Minister said on Monday he had proposed a plan to allow foreigners to quarantine in some of the country's many golf resorts to boost the ailing tourism sector during the coronavirus pandemic.(Reuters)

Thai minister proposes 'golf quarantine' to boost tourism

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 03:49 PM IST
Thailand's Tourism Minister said on Monday he had proposed a plan to allow foreigners to quarantine in some of the country's many golf resorts to boost the ailing tourism sector during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thailand has often seen protest movements end in bloodshed -- twice in the 1970s, then in 1992 and in 2010 -- and experts warn a repeat could be brewing.(Reuters file photo)
Thailand has often seen protest movements end in bloodshed -- twice in the 1970s, then in 1992 and in 2010 -- and experts warn a repeat could be brewing.(Reuters file photo)

Tensions mount in Thai protests as Bangkok braces for major rally

Bangkok | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 04:13 PM IST
More than 50 people were injured during a protest near parliament last week, six of them with gunshot wounds, according to medical officials, though it is not clear who was responsible for the shooting. Police are investigating but have not made any arrests.
The Thai government has ensured that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, who has visited known hotspots, or who is suspected to have been infected, can access free coronavirus testing and treatment.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
The Thai government has ensured that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, who has visited known hotspots, or who is suspected to have been infected, can access free coronavirus testing and treatment.(REUTERS (Representative Image))

Migrant workers in Thailand suffer as coronavirus cases surge

Bangkok, Thailand | By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:29 PM IST
In Samut Sakhon, a province south of Bangkok where the current outbreak began at a seafood market late last year, local charities say many migrant workers - especially those in the seafood and service sectors - are unable to work or access government aid.
Dwindling supplies and continued Philippine buying have lifted Vietnamese rice export prices to a fresh nine-year high.(REUTERS)
Dwindling supplies and continued Philippine buying have lifted Vietnamese rice export prices to a fresh nine-year high.(REUTERS)

Vietnam buys Indian rice for first time in decades: Industry officials

Mumbai/Hanoi | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:34 PM IST
The purchases highlight tightening supplies in Asia, which could lift rice prices in 2021 and even force traditional buyers of rice from Thailand and Vietnam to switch to India - the world’s biggest exporter of the grain.
Officers offload a box of Sinovac's vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as it arrives at the cold room of Indonesia's local health department in Palembang, South Sumatra province, Indonesia, January 4, 2021 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Nova Wahyudi/ via REUTERS
Officers offload a box of Sinovac's vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as it arrives at the cold room of Indonesia's local health department in Palembang, South Sumatra province, Indonesia, January 4, 2021 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Nova Wahyudi/ via REUTERS

Thailand to get 2 million doses of China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine

By Bloomberg | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:34 AM IST
The country will receive the vaccine in three batches, with the first 200,000 doses arriving in February, 800,000 in March, and another 1 million in April, according to its health ministry.
Photo of Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen(Twitter)
Photo of Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen(Twitter)

Injured Lakshya pulls out of two Thailand events

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 05:59 PM IST
Thailand will host two Super 1000 events between January 12-17 and January 19-24. Lakshya qwill not be able to participate even in the second event because of the quarantine protocols.
Photo of Indian badminton player PV Sindhu(Twitter)
Photo of Indian badminton player PV Sindhu(Twitter)

Saina and Co. leave for Thailand, Sindhu to fly from London

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 05:33 PM IST
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu is set to fly out of London on Sunday to play her first tournament since the coronavirus-induced break. She will reach Bangkok via Doha.
The authorities aren’t pushing for a nationwide uniform restrictions as they are seeking to minimize the impact on the community, Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesman Taweesilp Witsanuyotin said at a briefing on Sunday.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
The authorities aren’t pushing for a nationwide uniform restrictions as they are seeking to minimize the impact on the community, Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesman Taweesilp Witsanuyotin said at a briefing on Sunday.(REUTERS (Representative Image))

Thailand’s economic conditions tipped to worsen as virus spreads

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 02:37 PM IST
The central bank at its December policy meeting said gross domestic product probably shrank by 6.6% in 2020 due to the impact of the pandemic. At the same gathering, it cut its forecast for this year to growth of 3.2%, from an earlier estimate of 3.6%.
PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal(Getty Images)
PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal(Getty Images)

Sindhu gets favourable draw, tough outing for Saina as international competition returns in Thailand

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 05:12 PM IST
Sindhu and Saina didn’t participate in Denmark Open Super 750 and SaarLorLux Super 100 -- the only two events which could be conducted since BWF was forced to suspend the calender after the completion of the All England Championships in March.
Thailand has signed an advance deal for AstraZeneca’s potential Covid-19 vaccine, but has not set rollout plans for any vaccine yet(REUTERS)
Thailand has signed an advance deal for AstraZeneca’s potential Covid-19 vaccine, but has not set rollout plans for any vaccine yet(REUTERS)

Thai hospital asked to stop advertising offer to sell Covid-19 vaccines

Bangkok | By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:52 PM IST
The Ministry of health said in a statement that no Covid-19 vaccine had been approved for use in Thailand yet and that the advertising by Vibhavadi Hospital on vaccine sale violated hospital regulation.
A young visitor is greeted by a diver dressed as Santa Claus at Sea Life aquarium in Bangkok.(REUTERS)
A young visitor is greeted by a diver dressed as Santa Claus at Sea Life aquarium in Bangkok.(REUTERS)

Happy Fish-mas: Diving Santa Claus brings festive cheer in Bangkok aquarium

BANGKOK | By Reuters | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 10:38 AM IST
The basement aquarium in the Bangkok shopping mall was the last place families were expecting to see Father Christmas, equipped with fins, oxygen tank and a dive mask.
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