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Do not miss TOM GREEN with special guest STEPHEN K AMOS at the Lancaster Hotel on Saturday, 20th April. Act fast!  VIP tickets are already sold out, but standard tickets (1500 THB) are still available for purchase at: https://www.ticketflap.com/tomgreen-bkk19 

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Sea-home pioneer’s visa cancelled

By The Nation

 

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An American bitcoin investor who set up a floating “seasteading” structure off the coast of Phuket has had his visa revoked and he was put on a blacklist after the Thai Navy accused him of violating the country's sovereignty by building a waterborne homestead.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095623-sea-home-pioneer’s-visa-cancelled/

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348 die in Songkran road carnage

By The Nation

 

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A total of 348 people were killed and 3,176 others wounded in 3,068 road accidents during the first six days of the “seven dangerous days” of Songkran, said the Road Safety Operations Centre (RSOC) on Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095592-348-die-in-songkran-road-carnage/

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Victimisation of rivals dangerous, junta warned

By KAS CHANWANPEN 
THE NATION

 

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Future forward’s piyabutr pleads innocence and hints his party is being targeted because of its rapid rise.
 

WHILE MEMBERS of pro-democracy parties continue to be targeted with suspected politically motivated lawsuits, a political scientist yesterday warned this tactic of eliminating political rivals might backfire and lead to a legitimacy crisis later.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095644-victimisation-of-rivals-dangerous-junta-warned/

 

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From movies to marriage, first Thai transgender MP wants change

By Rina Chandran

 

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Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, Thailand's first transgender member of parliament, reads notes of support for the Future Forward Party in Bangkok, 11 April, 2019. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Rina Chandran

 

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Tanwarin Sukkhapisit's film about life as a transgender father was banned for "violating the moral values of society", it spurred the self-taught filmmaker to join politics - and become Thailand's first transgender member of parliament.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095646-from-movies-to-marriage-first-thai-transgender-mp-wants-change/

 

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Third runway approved for main airport

By THE NATION

 

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A PROPOSED third runway for Suvarnabhumi International Airport has cleared the final hurdle, with the Cabinet yesterday approving the Bt21.8 billion project.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095647-third-runway-approved-for-suvarnabhumi-airport/

 

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$2 bn trade goal spurs talks with Turkey

By THE NATION

 

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The fifth meeting between Thailand and Turkey occurred between 10 to 12 April at Ankara, the Republic of Turkey.

 

TRADE officials expect bilateral trade with Turkey to reach US$2 billion in 2020 as they expressed confidence that a free-trade deal with Ankara can be wrapped up early next year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095648-2-bn-trade-goal-spurs-talks-with-turkey/

 

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Cause of Thai teen’s death in Tokyo remains a mystery

By The Nation

 

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NETIZENS in Thailand and Japan yesterday reacted with shock and grief to news that a Thai teenager had been found dead after disappearing from his Tokyo hotel room two days ago.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095649-cause-of-thai-teen’s-death-in-tokyo-remains-a-mystery/

 

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Chiang Rai fires mostly contained; locals urged to report arsonists

By Natthawat Laping 
The Nation 

 

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THE HUGE FIRE, which this week turned Doi Jorakhe into an inferno and destroyed more than 1,000 rai (160 hectares) of forestland, has been contained with most hot spots put out, deputy governor Narong Rojjanasothorn said yesterday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095650-chiang-rai-fires-mostly-contained-locals-urged-to-report-arsonists/

 

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Agencies vow to help Decha in his mission

By Pratch Rujivanarom 
The Nation 

 

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AUTHORITIES have promised to support Decha Siriphat, a prominent traditional medicine practitioner, in his efforts to develop and distribute cannabinoid medicines to those in need.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095651-agencies-vow-to-help-decha-in-his-mission/

 

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PM defends DNA collection in deep South

By Chularat Saengpassa, 
Nattapat Promkaew 
The Nation

 

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file photo : Officials collect DNA samples from military conscripts in Yala’s Yaha district earlier this month.

 

Rights foundation hits back, saying it is a clear violation of human rights, data can be misused.

 

PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday that DNA samples were being collected from Army conscripts in the restive South for national security, and denied it was a violation of their rights. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095652-pm-defends-dna-collection-in-deep-south/

 

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NBTC stresses deadline for responses to relief measures

By Sirivish Toomgum 
The Nation

 

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Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general, NBTC

 

THE National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday urged all telecom operators and digital TV licence holders wishing to take up relief measures to inform the regulator by May 10.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095654-nbtc-stresses-deadline-for-responses-to-relief-measures/

 

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Analysis: Everyone is biding time in tight political race

 

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It is no surprise that New Economics Party leader Mingkwan Sangsuwan was rumored over the weekend to have agreed to join the Palang Pracharat alliance. It is also no surprise that he has immediately come out to deny it, albeit not as flatly as the Pheu Thai camp would have liked. The post-election climate dictates just that.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095657-analysis-everyone-is-biding-time-in-tight-political-race/

 

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Officers inspect Karon Beach following complaints of sun lounge zoning

By Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

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Officers  inspected Karon Beach after they have received a complaint that beach sun lounges were creeping back and taking more than the 10 percent regulation zoning. The ubiquitous white plastic lounge chairs, that used to cover up vast swathes of Phuket’s popular beaches were all but banned when the NCPO took over government in 2014. Since, 10 percent zones have been permitted on most west coast beaches.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1095659-officers-inspect-karon-beach-following-complaints-of-sun-lounge-zoning/

 

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