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Thailand and Myanmar destroy confiscated drugs

Thailand and Myanmar burn confiscated drugs to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. – REUTERS

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Household debt third in Asia-Pacific

Thailand’s household debt was the third highest in Asia-Pacific in the third quarter of 2016, driven by the heavy load of first-jobbers’ personal loans, say researchers at the central bank’s think tank.

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New BMW X3 unleashed for 2017

Premium mid-size SUV gets a bigger body yet with lighter weight and maintained levels of performance and fuel economy.

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Safety measures questioned after CPF plant deaths

Police are investigating why visitors were allowed near an open wastewater treatment pond, in what should have been a tightly-restricted area, at Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF) in Bang Na district, where five people died last Friday.

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Surin makes surprise bid for city governor

Surin Pitsuwan, a former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, says he is ready to run in the Bangkok governor election and vowed to turn the city into an international smart city as soon as the regime gives the green light to local elections.

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NRSA report calls for an end to travel perks

The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) is advocating slashing funds set aside for overseas trips undertaken by members of different parliamentary committees, fearing the panelists might use these for personal holidays.

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Texas mother left kids in hot car as punishment

A Texas mother has been arrested for the deaths of her two toddlers who she said were left in a hot car to teach the older child a lesson. — Reuters

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Muslims celebrate Hariraya as Ramadan ends

From North to South, Muslims in Thailand celebrated the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Sunday with morning prayers and feasts at mosques.

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CPF plant closed after deaths

The deaths of five people who fell into a wastewater treatment pond at a CPF factory on Friday has led authorities to temporarily shut down the Bang Na-Trat Road facility.

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'The Great Dictator' blocked on 'democracy day'

YouTube has blocked viewers in Thailand from watching a version of The Great Dictator at the government’s request, on a day that featured a few subdued observances of the 85th anniversary of the Siam Revolution.

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Bride sues runaway groom after dowry dispute

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A wedding in Phimai district was abruptly cancelled after a groom and his relatives walked away with the dowry following a quarrel with the bride’s family over the amount.

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Over 100 people feared buried by southwest China landslide

BEIJING: More than 100 people are feared buried by a landslide that unleashed huge rocks and a mass of earth that crashed into their homes in southwestern China early Saturday, a county government said.

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Unregistered OTTs unwelcome: NBTC

Over-the-top (OTT) platform providers that fail to register their services within the 30-day deadline set this week by the national broadcasting regulator will have no right to do business in Thailand, says Col Natee Sukolrat, vice-chairman of the agency.

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Railway construction likely to begin in September

The Transport Ministry will submit the first phase of the 603-kilometre high-speed train project to the National Economic and Social Development Board for approval on Thursday.

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Time to kill Trump, actor Johnny Depp jokes

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp courted controversy at Britain’s Glastonbury music festival after making a joke about assassinating US President Donald Trump. — Reuters

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Chinese automaker buys stake in Malaysia's Proton

KUALA LUMPUR – The Chinese owner of Sweden’s Volvo cars will inject US$40 million into Malaysia’s Proton as part of its purchase of a key stake in the automaker, an executive of the Malaysian company said on Friday.

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Improving economy lifts local tourism

The Thai tourism industry is expected to continue growing in the second and third quarters of 2017, thanks to an improving domestic economy and an influx of tourists seeking to avoid high-risk countries.

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Card usage dips as nation mourns King

Visa expects to see spending growth curtailed this fiscal year as consumers have been reluctant to open their wallets during the mourning period that followed the late King’s passing in October.

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EEC tipped to draw B20bn in private investment

More than 20 billion baht in private investment will be poured into the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) from next year, says Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana, while the government continues plans to spend on major infrastructure projects to accommodate the private sector.

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EEC tipped to draw B20bn in private investment

More than 20 billion baht in private investment will be poured into the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) from next year, says Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana, while the government continues plans to spend on major infrastructure projects to accommodate the private sector.

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