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Detained Bangladeshis

No hope of release soon

The Bangladeshi nationals recently rescued from a jungle in Thailand will have to languish in a detention centre there for weeks or even months, before they can come home. Of the 171 people rescued by Thai authorities in three phases, at least 118 are Bangladeshis, said Bangladesh Embassy officials in Thailand, quoting the victims. They were all confined by human traffickers in a rubber plantation. Verification of the Bangladesh nationals will take weeks, officials said. “The Thai authorities will take one to two...

Tangents

Hot, Hotter, Hottest

Hot, Hotter, Hottest

In 2009, the environmental scientist Dr. Zakir Hussain was working in Bangkok as Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). At a meal with Thai colleagues, he heard them boasting about how hot the Thai chili peppers were. At some point during the bragging, he could hold back no longer....

Ousted Thai PM allowed to travel abroad

Ousted Thai PM allowed to travel abroad

Thailand's military leaders have given ousted PM Yingluck Shinawatra permission to travel abroad for the first time since the coup. A military spokesman said the request had been approved because Yingluck had "kept a low profile" since her government was overthrown on 22 May. Reports suggest she will travel to France for the birthday of...

Thai junta orders free World Cup TV

Thai junta orders free World Cup TV

Thailand's ruling junta has ordered TV regulators to ensure that football fans will not have to pay to watch any matches at the World Cup. The military said it was part of its "happiness campaign", which has seen a number of policy gimmicks, such as free haircuts and concerts. The broadcaster that bought the rights...

Thai forces deployed fearing anti-coup protests

Thousands of soldiers and police were deployed across Bangkok Sunday, an official said, as anti-coup protesters vowed to stage flashmob rallies in several locations in defiance of an army edict banning political assemblies. Small but vehement protests have been held since the military seized power from the civilian government on May 22, despite the junta's move to ban all public protests. The majority have taken place in the Thai capital where demonstrators have become increasingly creative to avoid detection and arrest,...

Down to work on economy, Thai army stifles dissent

Down to work on economy, Thai army stifles dissent

Thailand's military rulers settled down to work at their Bangkok headquarters on Tuesday, firmly in charge with royal endorsement but facing small protests that the security forces have handled with restraint. Coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday he had been formally recognised by King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of a military council...

2 die in Thai protest camp attack

2 die in Thai protest camp attack

Two anti-government protesters have been killed and 22 others injured in an attack in the Thai capital, Bangkok, police say. Witnesses reported explosions and gunfire at a protest camp at the city's Democracy Monument. Protesters have been pressing the Senate to replace the cabinet with an appointed administration. It comes after former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra...

Thai govt supporters gather to 'defend democracy'

Thai govt supporters gather to 'defend democracy'

Supporters of Thailand's beleaguered government gathered on Saturday on the outskirts of Bangkok saying they were determined to safeguard democracy and avert a coup as anti-government protesters, based at a central park, planned their "final push". Thailand's polarised politicians have been unable to forge a compromise over a nearly decade-long split between the royalist...

Cops fire tear gas at Thai protesters

Cops fire tear gas at Thai protesters

Thai police have fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters in Bangkok, two days after a court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Hundreds of protesters have been holding a rally outside a government compound in the city. Yingluck was ordered to step down on Wednesday over the illegal transfer of her security chief. Another...

New Taxi Service in Capital

Costliest in S Asia

Costliest in S Asia

The government has fixed new fares for taxi cabs in the capital, which are much higher than those in New Delhi, Bangkok, Dubai, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur and some other South Asian cities.   An inter-ministerial meeting at the communications ministry on March 23 made the decision upon requests from the cab service operators --...

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