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Myanmar earthquake damages famed Bagan temples

YANGON – A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Myanmar on Wednesday killed at least one person and damaged around 60 pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, officials said.

Bangkok high rises shaken by Myanmar earthquake

People in several buildings in Bangkok reported being shaken by the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Myanmar early in the evening on Wednesday.

Police chief to investigate Pattani bombings

Police chief Chakthip Chaijinda and military officers have been ordered to leave for the South Wednesday morning to investigate last night’s bombings in Pattani province, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Wednesday.

Prawit again denies BRN involvement in bombing

The government announced it will once again try to open peace talks with separatists in the deep South, triggering yet another denial from the minister in charge of security that the insurgents were responsible for the Mother’s Day bombings.

Action urged for Yama lintel return

Thailand should employ the same tactic that enabled the country to successfully reclaim the famous reclining Vishnu lintel from the US in the 1980s in pressing for the return of an ancient artefact now on display at a San Francisco museum, a Fine Arts expert Sahawat Naenna said.

TOT's mobile broadband service plan rejected

The telecom committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on Tuesday rejected TOT Plc’s mobile broadband service plan for its 2300MHz bandwidth as lacking in essential details, and gave it three months to submit a better plan.

Cambodia garment factories close amid political uncertainty

Political uncertainty in Cambodia has forced the garment and footwear industry to look to alternative countries to meet production needs, forcing more than 70 factories to close and a sharp drop in orders, a senior official from the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said.

Department urged to hurry rail land project

The Transport Ministry is being urged to speed up the drafting of land development plans associated with the planned four high-speed train routes and the Bang Sue mass transit central terminal that are expected to be worth 189 billion baht in revenue in three decades.

Police: 20 trained southern Muslims did tourist bombings

At least 20 people, most of them Muslims and from the insurgency-plagued South, were involved in the deadly bombings in seven provinces early this month, national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda said on Monday.

NBTC to launch mobile-banking fingerprint app

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) plans to launch a software application this year allowing people using mobile banking to securely identify themselves with their fingerprints.

A place formerly known as Woeng

No Thai musicians ever visit Woeng Nakhon Kasem, according to a music shop owner there. Tenants of the old music precinct in Bangkok facing eviction talk about the charm of Woeng and their uncertain future.

East-West ferry to run by 2020

The government’s proposed East-West Ferry Project to link the resort towns of Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan and Pattaya in Chon Buri province is expected to be up and running in four years.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato loses its top

British supercar, co-designed with the Italian design house, to go into limited production with 600hp naturally aspirated power.

Deadly blast hits Turkish wedding

A suspected suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and wounded 94 at a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.

2016: Deadliest year in migration crisis

Rescuers pluck hundreds of migrants from vessels off the Libyan coast, but for one young Somali man who died during the journey, their help came too late — as 2016 starts to look like the deadliest year in the current migrant crisis. 

KBank to pay client in full after online theft

Kasikornbank (KBank) says it will compensate an account holder in full for the money stolen through its mobile banking system after the customer staged a public protest.

Soaring prices give rise to wave of banana thefts

KANCHANABURI: Local orchardists have urged police to increase night patrols as thefts of kluay nam wa bananas are rampant because of skyrocketing prices.

Thai VietJet Air plans Sept 15 take-off

Thai VietJet Air (TVJA) has set a definite date for its long-pending launch that has been delayed for years.

2016 Big Motor Sale new cars

An array of new models are being shown at a trade fair held at Bitec from today till Aug 28, with the new Chevrolet Trailblazer and Toyota Siena being the highlights.

Heavy rain warning for North, Northeast

A weather warning has been issued for 19 provinces in the northern and northeastern regions, some of them already dealing with floods, as tropical storm Dianmu moves toward the country.