Thailand week in review: Thai telecoms committee acknowledges True-DTAC merger, “Tono” successfully swims across Mekong River, and more

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Here is a look at the top NATIONAL stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from last week, October 17th to the 23rd, with some commentary. They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

1. Political activist Srisuwan Janya attacked in Bangkok after filing complaints against Thai stand-up comedian on Tuesday morning

The attack was triggered by Srisuwan’s recent complaints against comedian Udom Taephanich, saying that a part of his talk show seemed to support illegal gatherings and encourage people to join protests which could affect the political stability. Attacker Weerawit Rungrurngsiriphon was caught on video quickly attacking the political activist while he was giving a interview to the press. Weerawit confessed during his livestream that he knew his action was wrong and was willing to surrender to the police for legal proceedings. After the incident, he reportedly received many donations, mostly from pro-democracy supporters, to hire lawyers to fight the case.

Political activist Srisuwan Janya attacked in Bangkok after filing complaints against Thai stand-up comedian on Tuesday morning

2. Thai telecoms committee acknowledges True-DTAC merger with conditions

The long-awaited consideration was eventually concluded when the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) committee said that they acknowledged the merger of two major mobile network operators, True and DTAC. This means that the government’s NBTC would not obstruct the merger and its procedure. The networks would continue to use its current names for the next three years after the merger announcement before they could come up with the new company’s name.

Thai telecoms committee acknowledges True-DTAC merger with conditions

3. Thai superstar “Tono” raises more than 40 million baht from charity swim across Mekong River

Despite huge criticism of his decision and concerns of his safety, Pakin “Tono” Kumwilaisak finally made his successful charity swim across Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom on Saturday, raising a total number of donations of more than 40 million baht. The journey of 800 meters took about two hours from Nakhon Panom’s Wat Klang Pier to Laos. He then swam back to Wat Phra That Si Kottaboon in the province at 12:10 PM.

Thai superstar “Tono” raises more than 40 million baht from charity swim across Mekong River

And, that is all for this week. Thank you as always for reading the Pattaya News/TPN News!

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.