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Banker replaces Ticha as charter drafter

Kobsak Pootrakool, a Bangkok Bank executive, has been voted by the National Reform Council to replace Ticha Na Nakorn as constitution drafter.


Pongpat-linked couple jailed 18 months for forest encroachment

The Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced the former chief of Samut Sakhon Immigration Police and his wife to 18 months in jail for land encroachment and obstructing a public waterway in Ratchaburi province.

Boost city park space

Re: “City project aims to return river to public” (BP, March 2).

Bill Gates still world's richest man

Bill Gates was once again on top as the world’s richest person on Forbes’ 29th annual ranking of the world’s billionaires.

Half-naked tourist caught on camera

A supposed Chinese tourist caught on camera half-naked in an open area of a woman’s restroom at Don Mueang airport has fuelled the firestorm of criticism surrounding visitors from mainland China.

Bird flies on high note

Thailand’s renowned classical guitarist and world champion Ekachai “Bird” Jearakul tells the Bangkok Post of his inspiration to pick up a guitar at age 13, an instrument that was “extremely difficult” to obtain, his past challenges, what it takes to succeed and what his future holds. — Jetjaras Na Ranong

PM tries to hush rising discontent

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha urged political factions to tone down their rhetoric Sunday as criticism against the draft charter grew louder, with two major political parties, Democrat and Pheu Thai, being the latest to join the chorus of dissent.

Abused maid to pursue HKG fight

HONG KONG – As she walks through Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on a busy Sunday afternoon, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih is stopped every few steps for photos and hugs.

Retiring in Thailand

Retiring in Thailand has become a popular option for foreigners. There are some options for expatriates to consider when retiring in Thailand.

The big issue: Swaying bamboo

Pisan Manawapat has one general job and one specific job in his new role as Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America. Both could serve as plots for Mission Impossible, although a Hollywood happy ending is not assured.

CDC split on gender quotas

The failure of charter drafters to decide on gender quotas for elected bodies may have prompted social activist Thicha Na Nakorn to resign from the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), says a member.

Dhammachayo decision faces review

An official with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) plans to look into the reasons why several legal cases against Wat Phra Dhammakaya abbot Phra Dhammachayo were withdrawn in 2006.

Mugabe throws $1-million birthday bash

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is celebrating his 91st birthday with elephant steaks at a $1-million bash attended by thousands of faithful party supporters.

DSI: Klongchan money went to Dhammakaya

A large portion of the money embezzled from Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative went to Wat Phra Dhammakaya, its abbot and associates, according to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

PM jumpstarts high-speed trains

After taking high-speed trains in China and Japan, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is considering bringing faster rail service to Thailand.

Referendum required for amendments

A referendum will have to be called for any amendment to the new charter that will change the political structure laid down by the new constitution and the 2014 interim charter.

GM cutting Thai output, jobs

General Motors said on Friday that it would phase out production of its Chevrolet Sonic cars in Thailand by midyear and lay off workers at its Rayong factory.

Create a scene

Maybe that secret bar, your favourite hideaway known only to a lucky few, is turning into a Thonglorite mosh pit. Or perhaps your eyes are finally giving in after an intense, five-hour competition with a blank Word document.

Temple probe eyes co-op boss

The Justice Ministry has ordered the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to look into a possible connection between the 12-billion-baht Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative embezzlement scandal and Wat Phra Dhammakaya and some of the temple’s monks.

Thai Airways suffers huge loss

Thai Airways International (THAI) posted a net loss of 15.57 billion baht in 2014, up by 29.8%, or 3.57 billion baht, from the 2013 loss, due mainly to the local political situation and fierce competition, airline president Charamporn Jotikasthira said on Thursday.