Colours have a profound meaning for Thais. Astrological rules followed by many in the Southeast Asian nation assign a colour to each day of the week.
The late king’s body, which had been lying in state at the palace since his death a year ago, was moved to the cremation area on Wednesday night.
Vietnam often suffers from destructive storms and floods due to its long coastline. More than 200 people were killed in storms last year.
“In many ways the king was Thailand and his death has left a huge vacuum in the Thai psyche,” said an analyst, pointing to social and political upheavals in recent decades.
Thai foreign ministry said its statement was in response to views raised by some human rights groups regarding Thailand’s position on the unrest in Rakhine.
His remarks came a day after a court found Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced her in absentia to five years in prison.
Yingluck was due to hear the verdict on August 25, but failed to show up, surprising hundreds of supporters who had gathered at the court.
Yingluck, whose government was ousted by the military in 2014, could be sentenced to as many as ten years in prison if found guilty of negligence.
Yingluck, 50, was elected Thailand’s first female prime minister in 2011 and is the sister of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
There were corruption charges levelled against the former PM for which she was supposed to appear in court for a trial on Monday.
Use of the country’s lese-majeste law has surged under the royalist junta that took power in 2014, with more than 100 people charged since the coup.
Migrant workers continue to face major obstacles to lodging and resolving complaints, finds the UN International Labour Organization’s new study on migrant workers in South-East Asia.
In a country where sharing a wrong Facebook post could now land you in jail, citizens and digital rights activists are trying to hold fort.
China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.
The defendants, which include a Thai army general and police officers are accused of smuggling and trafficking migrants on the Thai-Malaysia border.
Yingluck and her party say the negligence trial is politically motivated, aimed at discrediting a populist movement that has won every election since 2001.
Our attention has been diverted from the intellectual and ideological bases of the erroneous thinking, analyses and policies responsible for the crises.
Former Thailand’s PM Yingluck Shinawatra, ousted in a 2014 military coup, faces 10 years of prison if found guilty of negligence in her popular rice-subsidy scheme.
Hundreds of elephants used in Asia’s tourism industry are kept in “severely cruel” conditions, animal welfare NGO World Animal Protection said on Thursday.
Since taking power in a 2014 coup, Thailand’s military junta has sought to increase regulation the foreign workforce which forms the backbone of Thai economy.
A video clip of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’ has been blocked on YouTube at the request of the military-backed government of Thailand.
He was initially sentenced to 70 years, but the term was halved after he pleaded guilty to ten separate violations of Thailand’s strict lese majeste law.
The country has become an international destination for paid surrogacy, a business supported by Hong kong and Thailand by providing healthcare support.
Viewers of any content insulting the royal family could now be jailed for up to 15 years in Thailand.
There was no claim of responsibility for the blast that took place on the third anniversary of Thailand’s military coup.
If the river islands are bombed away and if the riverscape is engineered into something more like a large artificial canal, then endangered species face extinction.
The removal of the plaque and the start of a fourth year under military rule marked a bleak chapter in Thailand’s history.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility and security forces said they did not know who was to blame.
The government has decided to move to an ‘explicit’ process of priority setting for health expenditure, which looks at cost effectiveness and equity concerns.
Drug resistant malaria superbugs have appeared in parts of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and are threatening to undermine all progress made against the disease.
While the move is meant to ensure safety and reduce violence and discrimination, some have said that it will increase social segregation.
In Night Prayers, Santiago Gamboa charts the lives of three Colombian characters as they navigate life in four different Asian countries.
The Wat Phra Dhammakaya Temple commands a huge following and is supported by influential Thai politicians and business folk, but critics say it exploits people and religion for money.
Thailand’s new king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, will pardon a number of inmates, including some jailed under one of the world’s toughest laws against royal insult.
The UNESCO World Heritage site located near Bangkok, was once among the world’s wealthiest cities and a major trading port from the 14th to 18th centuries.
There are fears among government critics that the military would delay a general election planned for 2017 until several months after the end of the mourning period for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
A roundup of this week’s news from the northeast.
The clinic has developed into a health facility providing inpatient services, surgery, trauma and dental care, vaccinations and HIV prevention.
After years of living in legal limbo, nearly 3,000 stateless people in the southern Philippines have been granted nationality by Manila and Jakarta.
Most complaints of child sexual abuse in Malaysia do not lead to successful prosecutions, largely due to weaknesses in the nation’s criminal justice system.