Bomb blast at army hospital in Bangkok injures 25

Bomb blast at army hospital in Bangkok injures 25

BANGKOK: Twenty five people were injured in a bomb blast at an Army hospital in Bangkok yesterday morning. A police source said an unidentified bomber attached a green vase with artificial flowers to a wall in the reception room of Phramongkutklao Hospital before a homemade bomb exploded there at 10:40am. Investigators of the Metropolitan Police Bureau obtained a picture of the vase that was taken ten minutes before the explosion, the source added. The picture shows the vase attached to the wall while three people wait in a VIP reception room where military officials and retired officers receive medicine. The source said

- Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 10:30 AM
Another foreign couple wanted for committing sex acts in public

Another foreign couple wanted for committing sex acts in public

SAMUI: Police are searching for an unidentified foreign couple who were seen ‘getting intimate’ at the side of the road at Nathorn Beach in Samui this morning. A video of the incident, about a minute and 45 seconds long, was posted on a Facebook page titled ‘Ruam Pon Khon Mui’. The couple were seemingly unconcerned about making a spectacle, as people drove by and pedestrians looked on. The video and pictures have been widely shared and criticized on social media, with some calling for harsher punishments than the 500-baht fine doled out to the Russian couple charged in Phuket yesterday for “conducting an ind

- Monday, May 8, 2017 | 06:00 PM
Patients treated in hallways at overcrowded Samui Hospital

Patients treated in hallways at overcrowded Samui Hospital

SAMUI: Locals in Samui have lodged complaints about overcrowding at Samui Hospital leading to makeshift arrangements to accommodate patients in the hospital’s hallways. Patients and their families say that the hallway is hot, uncomfortable and mosquito ridden. “Currently, we only have 133 beds, but about 160 patients to cater to,” said Samui Hospital Director Dr Theerasak Virtanon. “Additionally, we have locals and foreigners from Koh Phangan coming to Samui for treatment.” Dr Theerasak added that the hospital had been raising funds to build another emergency ward. “The building is compete, but we are finalizing

- Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 11:09 AM
His Majesty the King signs Thailand's new constitution

His Majesty the King signs Thailand's new constitution

BANGKOK: His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday signed the country’s new constitution – the 20th – giving it royal endorsement and setting in motion a process for the next general election, which is expected late next year. Through a court secretary, HM proclaimed the new charter’s promulgation in a televised royal ceremony that included local and foreign dignitaries, including Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha. The new constitution was published in the Royal Gazette about an hour after the ceremony was completed. The solemn and ritual-laden ceremony, held at the historically significant Ananta Sa

- Friday, April 7, 2017 | 05:05 PM
Two foreigners arrested in alleged extortion sting

Two foreigners arrested in alleged extortion sting

CHIANG MAI: Police arrested an Australian and a Dutch national in Mae Rim district in Chiang Mai yesterday afternoon, for allegedly trying to extort an Australian restaurant owner out of 1.7 million baht. The chopper-riding suspects say they are innocent. The alleged victim, aged in his 50s, told police that the duo threatened to kill his family if he failed to pay the money. The victim said that the men told him they had spent that amount trying to collect a debt from his former business partner on his behalf. He added that he had previously revealed to the Australian man his suspicion that his ex-business partner had ch

- Friday, March 17, 2017 | 05:00 PM
Immigration sealed for fugitive monk

Immigration sealed for fugitive monk

THAILAND: Immigration police have been ordered to prevent Phra Dhammachayo, the former abbot of Dhammakaya Temple, from fleeing to neighboring countries, Immigration Police Bureau commissioner Lt General Nuttathorn Proesunthon said yesterday. “The 'modern' system and technology of the bureau, which is linked to all exit points, will help block the fugitive monk from leaving the country,” he added. The monk was stripped of his patriarch rank by His Majesty The King a week ago (story here). “It’s impossible that he will be able to flee via legitimate channels. Authorities concerned are instructed to keep a clos

- Monday, March 13, 2017 | 10:55 AM