As investigators probe the death of young model-for-hire Thitima Noraphanpiphat, more is being revealed about the murky world of this service industry, including illicit drug use and commercial sex.
As mainstream print and digital media outlets fiercely follow up on certain political scandals rocking Prayut Chan-o-cha's administration, a small but significantly important news item has quietly slipped from most of the newshounds' attention.
'Isn't it time the country established a national disaster management centre?" is a question many people ask each time a natural calamity causes massive losses. It was asked again after several provinces in the North and the Northeast were battered by Tropical Storm Podul, which triggered floods and mudslides. It also left 16 dead, thousands of people homeless and damaged infrastructure such as roads and dykes.
We have witnessed a new phenomenon in post-coup politics as politicians from both government and opposition camps jump-start their work to impress those who voted for them. This rush might stem from the widely held belief that the Prayut Chan-o-cha cabinet, with its slim majority, will not survive the political turbulence for long and a snap election might be around the corner.