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Thailand sees gradual return of events and festivals with strict COVID-19 controls

 

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Bangkok, 05 March, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update regarding the gradual return of events and festivals with strict COVID-19 safety and control measures, as the country rolls out its first inoculation programme.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208439-thailand-sees-gradual-return-of-events-and-festivals-with-strict-covid-19-controls/

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Phuket officials prepare for ‘Clean Province’ contest

By The Phuket News

 

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Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong at the meeting yesterday (Mar 4). Photo: PR Phuket

 

PHUKET: Phuket officials are reviewing the criteria to be judged for an annual national contest conducted by the Ministry of Interior that recognises the country’s cleanest province.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208466-phuket-officials-prepare-for-‘clean-province’-contest/

 

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China tightens Hong Kong grip, sets modest GDP target as parliament begins

By Tony Munroe and Kevin Yao

 

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

 

BEIJING (Reuters) - China moved to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system on Friday in a further blow to democracy in the city and unexpectedly set an economic growth target for this year, albeit a modest one, as it kicked off its annual session of parliament.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208467-china-tightens-hong-kong-grip-sets-modest-gdp-target-as-parliament-begins/

 

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Pope, starting risky trip, urges Iraq to end violence

By Philip Pullella and John Davison

 

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Pope Francis disembarks a plane as he arrives at Baghdad International Airport where a welcoming ceremony is held to start his historic tour in Baghdad, Iraq, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

 

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Pope Francis began his most risky foreign trip on Friday, flying into Iraq amid the tightest security ever seen for a papal visit to appeal to the country's leaders and people to end militant violence and religious strife.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208468-pope-starting-risky-trip-urges-iraq-to-end-violence/

 

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Ali, Frazier 'Fight of the Century' still packs a punch 50 years on

By Steve Keating

 

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FILE PHOTO: Boxing - Boxing Programme Feature Programme Promoting the World Heavyweight Championship between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali Mandatory Credit:Action Images

 

(Reuters) - Many events stake a claim to be considered among the sporting clashes of the century and few live up to the hype but any shortlist of contenders for the greatest of all time must include the first fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208469-ali-frazier-fight-of-the-century-still-packs-a-punch-50-years-on/

 

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Indonesia president's aide named head of opposition party, but turmoil ensues

 

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Indonesian Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko reacts during an interview with Reuters at his office in Jakarta, Indonesia May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files

 

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A top aide of Indonesian President Joko Widodo was named chairman of an opposition party on Friday, in a move that could broaden the president's coalition and tighten his grip on parliament - although the legitimacy of the move was challenged by other party members.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208471-indonesia-presidents-aide-named-head-of-opposition-party-but-turmoil-ensues/

 

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At least 20 killed by suicide car bomb near restaurant in Somalia capital

 

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People assist an injured person outside Madina Hospital after a blast at the Luul Yemeni restaurant near the port in Mogadishu, Somalia March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

 

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed and 30 wounded by a suicide car bomb just outside a restaurant near the port in Somalia's capital Mogadishu late on Friday, an emergency services official said.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208472-at-least-20-killed-by-suicide-car-bomb-near-restaurant-in-somalia-capital/

 

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U.S. labor market roars back; full recovery still years away

By Lucia Mutikani

 

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FILE PHOTO: Construction workers wait in line to do a temperature test to return to the job site after lunch, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy created more jobs than expected in February as falling new COVID-19 infections and additional pandemic relief money from the government boosted hiring at restaurants and other services businesses, firmly putting the labor market recovery back on track.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208473-us-labor-market-roars-back-full-recovery-still-years-away/

 

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Mars rover Perseverance takes first spin on surface of red planet

By Steve Gorman

 

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FILE PHOTO: A portion of a panorama made up of individual images taken by the Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover shows the Martian landscape February 20, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NASA's Mars rover Perseverance has taken its first, short drive on the surface of the red planet, two weeks after the robot science lab's picture-perfect touchdown on the floor of a massive crater, mission managers said on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208474-mars-rover-perseverance-takes-first-spin-on-surface-of-red-planet/

 

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Thousands of Thai police on standby to deal with protests on Saturday

 

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Thousands of anti-riot police will be on standby tomorrow (Saturday) to cope with protests, by several activist groups, expected to take place at various locations around Bangkok.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208479-thousands-of-thai-police-on-standby-to-deal-with-protests-on-saturday/

 

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22 Karen villagers remanded in custody after eviction from Kaeng Krachan national park

 

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Photo from Facebook พชร คำชำนาญ
 

Twenty-two ethnic Karen villagers were remanded in custody at the Phetchaburi provincial prison after they and others were rounded up by park officials inside the Kaeng Krachan national park, for allegedly encroaching on forest land regarded as a watershed area for the Phetchaburi River.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208481-22-karen-villagers-remanded-in-custody-after-eviction-from-kaeng-krachan-national-park/

 

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Five elephants fall sick after eating grass laced with Paraquat weed killer

 

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Three elephants, which have fallen sick after eating grass laced with Paraquat, in Om-goi district of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai, have arrived at the elephant hospital in Lampang province for treatment.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208482-five-elephants-fall-sick-after-eating-grass-laced-with-paraquat-weed-killer/

 

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Senegal opposition leader faces rape charge as protests escalate

By Aaron Ross

 

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Supporters of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who was arrested following sexual assault accusations, hurl stones during clashes with security forces, in Dakar, Senegal March 4, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

 

DAKAR (Reuters) - Senegalese police fired tear gas at protesters outside a courthouse in the capital on Friday, where an opposition leader made his first court appearance since his arrest triggered two days of demonstrations across the country.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208483-senegal-opposition-leader-faces-rape-charge-as-protests-escalate/

 

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Bangkok: Drunk uni lecturer in a Benz mows down engineer on Rachada Road

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Suthisan police and rescue services were called to an area near klong Bang Sue on Rachada Road in Huay Kwang, Bangkok last night after an electrical engineer was killed.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208486-bangkok-drunk-uni-lecturer-in-a-benz-mows-down-engineer-on-rachada-road/

 

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Pattaya: Songkran/Wan Lai celebration back on - whether water splashing will be allowed under consideration

 

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Caption: Wan Lai (Songkran) Comeback - subject to Covid-19 protocols, Image: Sophon Cable TV

 

Pattaya's mayor Sontaya Khunpluem spoke to Sophon Cable TV after the culture minister gave the green light for Songkran to be held in Thailand this year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208487-pattaya-songkranwan-lai-celebration-back-on-whether-water-splashing-will-be-allowed-under-consideration/

 

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Pattaya sports hub: 20,000 seater stadium to open this year

 

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Image: Sophon Cable TV

 

Pattaya's mayor Sontaya Khunpluem said that work on a 20,000 seater football and sports stadium at the National Sports Center East in Huay Yai is on schedule.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208490-pattaya-sports-hub-20000-seater-stadium-to-open-this-year/

 

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Major water supply outage as Bang Wad supply lines upgraded

By The Phuket News

 

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The water supply outage will be widespread across major residential areas in Kath, Rassada and Wichit. Image: PWA

 

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has announced that mains water supply will be shut off to large areas in Kathu, Wichit and even Rassada on Monday (Mar 8 ) as works on installing news pipes continues.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208491-major-water-supply-outage-as-bang-wad-supply-lines-upgraded/

 

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Thai teacher condemned for looking down on a student's dream - they want to serve in the US military

 

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A wave of criticism followed an online post that featured a Thai student's "dream" job form.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208492-thai-teacher-condemned-for-looking-down-on-a-students-dream-they-want-to-serve-in-the-us-military/

 

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Whale vomit worth millions found near Koh Samui

 

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Caption:"Uak hai choke" - Puke brings luck!, Image: Thai Rath

 

Thai Rath reported on the case of a 44 year old Thai bar owner on Koh Samui who found a heavy lump of something strange washed up on rocks at Laem Kaki beach a year ago.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208494-koh-samui-bar-owner-sitting-on-a-fortune-whale-vomit-set-to-be-worth-millions/

 

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Ban on public assemblies and protests declared in Bangkok

 

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Anti-government protesters march during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (AP Photo)
 

Ahead of planned protests in Bangkok on Saturday, by various activist groups, Supreme Commander General Chalermphol Srisawat, in his capacity as the security chief of the current emergency situation, issued an announcement forbidding public assemblies or public activities which may lead to the spread of COVID-19 in Bangkok and the provinces of Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Pathum Thani.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208495-ban-on-public-assemblies-and-protests-declared-in-bangkok/

 

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100 million doses of vaccines are needed to generate herd immunity in Thailand

 

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An virology expert at Chulalongkorn University, Dr. Yong Poovorawan
 

Vaccination of over 70% of the country’s population, or 50 million people, in order to generate herd immunity, so that the country can return to normality.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208496-100-million-doses-of-vaccines-are-needed-to-generate-herd-immunity-in-thailand/

 

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Pattaya: Saudi/Thai begs police - please arrest me and send me to jail - I miss my friend so much!

 

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Image: Daily News

 

It was just another day at Bang Yai police station in Pattaya on Friday when a presentable man who seemed to be of mixed nationality arrived on a motorcyle and waited to be served. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208497-pattaya-saudithai-begs-police-please-arrest-me-and-send-me-to-jail-i-miss-my-friend-so-much/

 

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Teen brothers caught for spate of motorbike thefts

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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The teenage brothers were arrested on Thursday (Mar 4). Photo: Wichit Police

 

PHUKET: Two teenage brothers have been arrested for stealing up to six motorbikes in recent months.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208502-teen-brothers-caught-for-spate-of-motorbike-thefts/

 

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Authorities Eyes Price Information of Additional 100 Medicines and Medical Services

Paphamon Arayasukawat

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) -The Internal Trade Department plans to require private hospitals to inform people of the prices of an additional 100 medicines and medical services related to the pandemic so consumers can view them before deciding whether or not to receive them.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208503-authorities-eyes-price-information-of-additional-100-medicines-and-medical-services/

 

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Government Arranges Flights to Bring Back Thais Stranded in Myanmar

Paphamon Arayasukawat

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) -The government has arranged two chartered relief flights to bring Thai nationals stranded in Myanmar back home.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208504-government-arranges-flights-to-bring-back-thais-stranded-in-myanmar/

 

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ERC Maintains Less Fuel Tariff for another 4 Months

Paphamon Arayasukawat

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) -The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has set aside Bt2.61 billion to maintain fuel tariff (Ft) from May to August at -15.32 satang per unit to help ease people’s financial burden.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208505-erc-maintains-less-fuel-tariff-for-another-4-months/

 

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Health Ministry Panel Suggests Private Sector to Import Covid-19 Vaccines

Paphamon Arayasukawat

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) -A panel of advisers at the Public Health Ministry has suggested private companies be allowed to import another 15-20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine by the end of this year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1208506-health-ministry-panel-suggests-private-sector-to-import-covid-19-vaccines/

 

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