Chiang Rai Times

Strengthening Thai Baht Strangling Thailand’s Economy

 In a joint statement, three leading business associations slashed their 2019 economic growth and export forecasts for Thailand as the Thai Baht continues it strength.The Federation of Thai Industries, the Thai Bankers’ Association and the Board of Trade of Thailand slashed their growth estimate to ...

Corruption before and after the NCPO

When the military junta in Thailand, also known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), seized power on 22 May, 2014, one of the main reasons it gave for doing so was to address the high levels of corruption plaguing the country under ...

World Health Organization Urges Thailand to Better Road Safety

As deaths from road accidents in Thailand continue to rise the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Thai authorities to explore appropriate measures to create better road safety.Keep reading ...

Opposition to Foreigners Threatens to Stall Medical Marijuana Legislation in Thailand

Thailand is set to become the first Asian country to legalese medical marijuana, but a battle is brewing between local and foreign firms over control of a potentially lucrative market.With Parliament set to approve the legislation as early as next month, Thai businesses and activists ...

National Human Rights Commission Say’s State Officials Behind 90% of Rights Violations in Thailand

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) revealed yesterday (Dec, 12) that over 90 percent of the human rights violations in Thailand were committed by state officials, adding that it is getting worse.Human-rights activists said that violations by Thai authorities are increasing as government opponents are ...

The Fight with China Over the Mekong River Basin

those located in the lower part of the river – Asia’s seventh longest – are in need of a collective strategy to secure their future, given China’s control of the upstream part and ongoing changes in global geopolitics.Keep reading ...

China Reshaping The Vital Mekong River To Power Its Expansion

China is building a series of hydropower dams on the Mekong, which analysts say will produce needed electricity while posing major threats to the environment.The Thai village of Sob Ruak, at the heart of the Golden Triangle region where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, is ...

Thailand’s Military Installed Government Unanimously Passes 20 Year National Strategy

Thailand’s Military installed National Legislative Assembly (NLA)  has voted unanimously to approve the National Strategy, with binding effect over the next 20 years and penalties for non-compliance. After the 179-0 vote in favour on Friday (July 6) , the strategy will be submitted for royal endorsement ...

Aekarach Sattaburuth

Mekong River Commission (MRC) Announces Laos Intentions to Build “Fourth Dam” on Mekong River

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) announced yesterday (June 16) that Laos has formally notified the Commission of its intention to construct the Pak Lay dam on the mainstem of the Mekong River. The notification triggers commencement of the Prior Consultation procedure under the MRC’s Procedures ...

Chiang Rai Province to Use Geo-Informatics and Space Technology to Combat Forest Fires

Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) has joined hands with Chiang Rai province to set up Pracharat teams in bid to prevent forest fires with the use of disaster reporting technology.Keep reading ...


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