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Remembering Thailand's beloved King

Last week, I wrote an article called “My Greatest Leadership Lessons from the World’s Greatest Leader” to pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and I have received many condolences from colleagues and friends all over the world.

Govt widens scope of rice loss clawback

Authorities will meet this week to discuss procedures to widen the net as it seeks compensation from those responsible for massive losses incurred in the rice-pledging scheme during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 growing seasons.

One dead in Japan blast

One person is dead and others injured after a series of unknown blasts near a park in Utsunomiya, some 100 kilometres north of Tokyo, on Oct 23, 2016. — Reuters

Homeless shelter in wealthy area upsets some Parisians

A new shelter for homeless people is preparing to open in a wealthy district of Paris, a move that’s hailed by those who need a home, but upsetting some who already live in the area. — Reuters.

More medics for mourners as crowd keeps swelling

The government has added 200 medical workers to the voluntary team providing services to mourners visiting Sanam Luang and the Grand Palace to pay tribute to the late King.

Emotional outpouring in song at Sanam Luang

Black-clad mourners filled Sanam Luang to capacity on Saturday for an emotional performance of the royal anthem Sansoen Phra Barami in remembrance of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

History-making song

Hundreds of thousands of black-clad people gather in the Grand Palace area for the historic mass singing of the royal anthem in remembrance of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and for the production of a memorable film. (Photos by Thiti Wannamontha, Weerawong Wongpreedee, Jiraporn Kuhakarn and Patipat Janthong)

Rakhine death toll 'higher than reported'

YANGON: Muslim residents and rights activists say a military operation in northwestern Myanmar has killed more people than official reports have acknowledged, as a fresh bout of ethnic unrest threatens to undermine the country’s fledgling peace process.

Duterte says he’s not severing US ties

MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he’s not cutting the nation’s cord with the US and that maintaining ties would be in his country’s best interest, stepping back from his “goodbye” America comments made during a four-day state visit to China.

US confirms 11th death linked to Takata air bag

A California woman is the 11th confirmed death in the United States linked to faulty Takata air bag inflators. — Reuters

Packed Sanam Luang expected for royal anthem singing

The mourning for King Bhumibol will take on a special dimension on Saturday with a huge gathering at Sanam Luang to sing the Royal anthem for the beloved late monarch.

Surfers ride typhoon waves in Hong Kong

Surfers in Hong Kong take to the sea despite warnings and a city-wide shut down of transport and businesses due to Typhoon Haima. — Reuters

Nine Noble Memories

As the nation mourns our greatest loss, the Guru team would like to reflect upon His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s long life, achievements and teachings. Although many of us had only the honour of watching his annual speeches on TV or only caught glimpses of his Royal procession passing by, we know His Majesty was much more than a ruler to his people.

Why the Thai people cry for His Majesty

While the vast majority of Thais at home and abroad are in a mourning mood, yearning for a bygone past with an emerging angst for what is to come after King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s spectacular seven-decade reign, this grief is not universally shared. Not all Thais feel this way. A small minority are relatively indifferent in their reaction to the end of the reign. A smaller fraction may even…

Teens jailed for 25 years over brutal murder

A juvenile court in Phatthalung on Thursday sentenced two 17-year-olds to 25 years in prison each for the murder of a southern man and the rape and assault of his girlfriend early this year.

Three dual-track rail proposals go to cabinet

A proposal for the construction of three dual-track train routes at an estimated cost of 55.18 billion baht is expected to go to the cabinet for approval in November.

Airports nationwide see volume growth

Passenger traffic through Thailand’s six major airports continues to show robust growth, leaping 12.3% to almost 112 million in the fiscal year to September.

Paiboon gets it all wrong

By minimising the actions of an angry mob against a Phuket man who allegedly posted a message deemed offensive to the monarchy on social media to “social sanctions”, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya deserves criticism.

Cellist creates album for cats

LONDON – David Teie plays a few high-pitched notes on his cello before passing to the low ones, stopping Lizzy, a small black cat with white paws, in her tracks.

Small minimum wage increases in 69 provinces

The Central Wage Committee has resolved to increase the daily minimum wage by 5 to 10 baht in 69 provinces and retain the 300-baht mininum wage in eight provinces, from Jan 1, permanent secretary for labour Puntrik Smiti said.