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  • OPINION

    PM's tracklist vol. 2

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 25/01/2019

    » In the midst of the smog and air pollution updates that have shrouded your news feed lately, you may have missed the recent release of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha's latest single titled In Memory. This is the seventh addition to his repertoire following Return Happiness To Thailand (Jun 2014), Because You're Thailand (Dec 2015), Hope & Faith (Oct 2016), Bridge (Dec 2017), Diamond Heart (Feb 2018) and Fight For The Land (Apr 2018).

  • LIFE

    The desolation of smog

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 25/01/2019

    » The first month of 2019 has been completely obscured by the hazy descent of smog upon the Big Mango and while Bangkokians are no strangers to pollution, it seems that this may be worse than before. Each morning, we wake up to a smog-infested skyline and step out into the streets breathing in fresh pollution speckled with PM2.5 dust particles, which are dangerous and fine (size-wise, not hotness-wise). Pollution Control Department director-general Pralong Damrongthai said that this may last for another month or two -- with ups and downs -- and the PCD has admitted that spraying water into the air doesn't really help (but it's so much fun so let's continue). Expect Bangkok to look post apocalyptic for a while. But fear not dear readers, we are looking out for you. We've done our research (it's never too late) and we've got a few protips on how to survive the haze.

  • WORLD

    Backlash as billionaire cabinet member dismisses US shutdown hardship

    AFP, Published on 25/01/2019

    » WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's billionaire commerce secretary fueled accusations Thursday that the US administration was deaf to the impact of the five-week-old government shutdown after saying he didn't understand why some federal workers were turning to food banks.

  • WORLD

    Information wars endanger civilization, say 'Doomsday' experts

    AFP, Published on 25/01/2019

    » WASHINGTON - Information warfare is amplifying major worldwide threats like climate change and nuclear warfare, endangering the future of civilization, US experts said Thursday as the symbolic Doomsday Clock stayed at two minutes to midnight.

  • THAILAND

    Fifa to Prayut: Release Bahraini footballer

    Associated Press, Published on 25/01/2019

    » World football's nominal leaders have asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the government to release the Bahraini football player embroiled in extradition proceedings despite having refugee status in Australia.

  • THAILAND

    Politicians ask PM to stop using S44

    News, Aekarach Sattaburuth, Published on 25/01/2019

    » Politicians have called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to stop exercising the all-powerful Section 44 and maintain political neutrality ahead of the March 24 general election.

  • THAILAND

    EC pulls poll posters for now

    News, Aekarach Sattaburuth, Published on 25/01/2019

    » Political parties have cried foul over the rules on online electioneering, calling them "trivial", "full of discrepancies" and "spoiling poll campaigns", after the Election Commission (EC) ordered the immediate removal of prematurely erected campaign posters.

  • THAILAND

    Aswin to take lead on toxic haze crisis

    News, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 25/01/2019

    » The Bangkok governor, Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang, has been authorised to spearhead a campaign to tackle fine dust particles that have shrouded Bangkok, according to Pollution Control Department (PCD) director-general Pralong Damrongthai.

  • THAILAND

    NLA eyes 100 draft laws before election

    News, Aekarach Sattaburuth, Published on 25/01/2019

    » The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) now aims to pass about a hundred bills pending their second and third readings before the general election takes place on March 24.

  • OPINION

    Election Commission must assert itself

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 25/01/2019

    » Thailand is supposed to have an independent Election Commission (EC) that oversees all electoral contests from local polls to national referendums. But as Thailand heads towards a general election on March 24, the seven-member EC has appeared less than eager and enthusiastic and too beholden to government preferences in staging what will be Thailand's first election in nearly nine years.

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