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Thailand Adjusts Excise Taxes on Local Liquor to Boost Tourism, Mixed Reactions from Industry

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National— On February 23rd, 2024, Mr. Ekniti Nitithanprapas, the Director General of the Excise Department, publicly announced the adjustment of excise taxes and duties structures on local liquor effective on February 23rd to promote Thailand...

Thai Police Continue Investigation Into Gambling Network Allegedly Involving High Level Police

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National— On February 21st, 2024, Pol. Maj. Gen. Charoonkiat Pankaew, the Central Investigation Bureau Deputy Commissioner, publicly revealed case progress on the gambling “Minnie” network linked to high-ranked police officers including Pol. Gen. Surachet "Big...

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s Section 112 Case: Further Investigation Ordered

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National— On February 19th, 2024, Mr. Prayut Phetkhun, the spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General, addressed the case of the former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, on Section 112 of the Criminal Code...

Thai Health Official Proposes Surrogacy Law Amendments for All Married Couples, Emphasizes LGBT+ Rights

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National— On February 20th, 2024, Dr. Surat Wisetsak, the Director-General of the Department of Health Service Support (DHSS), announced proposed amendments to the Surrogacy Law, aiming to allow surrogacy for married couples without specifying gender...

Bid to Extend Legal Alcohol Sales Time Rejected Again By Thai Government Panel

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National — A Thai government committee has dropped, for the second time, a proposal to extend the afternoon alcohol sale time in response to activists' pleas. However, the Public Health Minister has not completely dismissed...

DSI Offers Reward for Clues in Unsolved Murder

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PRESS RELEASE: The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is offering a reward of 2 million baht for information that could help solve the murder of a Japanese tourist in Sukhothai, which occurred 17 years ago. The...

Thai PM Srettha Thavisin Addresses Thaksin’s Parole in Recent Interview

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National— At 9:00 AM on February 17th, 2024, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin gave a brief interview to Thai journalists concerning the parole of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Srettha acknowledged that Thaksin’s release was...

Thai Government Implements Measures to Combat Illegal Burning and Improve Air Quality

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National— On February 15th, 2024, Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul disclosed directives following a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. Governors were instructed to conduct field inspections and engage communities to halt illegal agricultural...

Debate on Lifting Afternoon Alcohol Sales Ban in Thailand Continues

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National— On February 15th, 2024, Dr. Thongchai Keeratihattayakorn, the Secretary of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee, publicly spoke to the press after the Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee meeting regarding the appropriateness and possibility of lifting...

Minister Puangpet Leads Crackdown on Illegal E-Cigarettes Sales

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PRESS RELEASE: Puangpet Chunlaiad, Minister attached to the Office of the Prime Minister, on Thursday led the crackdown on the sale of electronic cigarettes in Khlong Thom area of Pom Prap Sattru Phai district in...
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