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Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Indefinite flight ban! Two dead in latest bombing? Rainy Phuket! || August 13
PHUKET XTRA - August 13 || Brought to you by PVCPhuket.com Indefinite international flight ban |:| 4-day weekend in September approved |:| Phuket wet weather forecast to continue |:| Two rangers dead in latest South Thailand bombing |:| Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Four-day holiday announced for Sept  
PHUKET: The Cabinet has approved for Sept 4 and Sept 7 to be declared national public holidays, state news broadcaster MCOT has announced.
Phuket wet weather forecast to continue
PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) is forecasting scattered thundershowers and heavy rain to continue across Phuket and other Andaman coast provinces through to next Tuesday (Aug 18).
Patong hotels, beach chair operators move to change Phuket’s reputation as expensive
PHUKET: Hotels in Patong and local beach chair operators have banded together to create deals to offer free inclusive tours and heavily discounted rates to tourists in the hope of creating a new image of Phuket as an inexpensive holiday destination.
New status sought for Thai soup
THAILAND: The Ministry of Culture is applying to have Thailand’s world-famous hot and sour prawn soup, Tom Yum Gung, registered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Virus pushes Britain into record recession as Auckland locks down
WORLD: The global coronavirus pandemic pushed Britain into its deepest-ever recession, data showed yesterday (Aug 12).
No end in sight for flights ban
THAILAND: The ban on international commercial flights will remain in force while the COVID-19 pandemic situation remains critical in many countries, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said yesterday (Aug 12).
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Trash fire raises public health alarm! Resignation over Boss Red Bull! || August 12
PHUKET XTRA - August 12 || Brought to you by PVCPhuket.com Prosecutor resigns over Boss Red Bull case |:| Five new Covid-19 cases |:| Trash fire raises public health, safety alarm |:| ’Phuket Tastival & Seafood Gastronomy’ event Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Patong to host big bike event
PHUKET: Some 600 bikers from around the country are expected to roll into Patong for its  ‘Bike Night’ event, which will be held over three days, starting tomorrow (Aug 13).
Phuket honours Queen Sirikit’s Birthday
PHUKET: The island’s top-ranking officials joined a merit-making ceremony at Queen Sirikit Park in Phuket Town this morning to honour the 88th birthday of the Queen Mother Sirikit Kitiyakara, mother to His Majesty The King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. In her honour, today (Aug 12) is also celebrated as Mother’s Day throughout the country.
 
The Thaiger
Hit-and-run Bangkok woman confesses, apologises

Wishuda Vittayasinthana, a 37 year old businesswoman, was interrogated at Bangkok’s Bang Sue Police Station yesterday following a major traffic incident on Tuesday night. She told police she went out drinking due to business stress before crashing her Mercedes into a motorcycle at Khae Rai Intersection around 10pm. In a panic, she lost control of the car and rammed into more vehicles and passersby as she was being chased by the original motorcycle owner and police. She said was afraid of being attacked by the people whose vehicles she hit, so she didn’t stop. She told the officers that she […]

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PM denies, downplays protesters’ harassment claims

PM Prayut Chan-ocha today downplayed student protestors’ claims that his government was stalking and harassing them. Student activists, Panusaya (Roong) Sithijirawattanakul, spokesperson for the Thailand Student Union and Parit (Penguin) Chiwarak posted this morning that they were about to be arrested by government authorities at 5am, but no arrests were made. “Anyone can post anything online. They said they are being followed by officials but have any arrests been made yet?” Prayut said that if the protesters broke the law the government must prosecute accordingly, but pointed out that many people are against the government enforcing laws on students. “They […]

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Police: No foul play in Vorayuth witness’s death

Police today ruled out the possibility of murder in the death of a key witness in Red Bull drinks heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya’s hit-and-run case. The regional police commander in Chiang Mai, where the witness died in a motorcycle incident last month, said new autopsy results found no trace of any suspicious substance apart from alcohol in Jaruchart Mardthong’s body. Investigators ruled his death a drunk driving incident. A high concentration (218 milligrams) of alcohol was found in his bloodstream. “All the evidence suggested that it was an accident. We also found no evidence which suggests the driver of the […]

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Thailand urged to promote itself as production hub for medical supplies, PPE

Thailand is being encouraged to promote itself as a manufacturing hub for medical and personal protection equipment as part of its financial strategy amid the coronavirus crisis, as industries like tourism and hospitality struggle. The director of the Centre for International Trade Studies at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce told reporters that the latest survey of 200 foreign and Thai entrepreneurs from June 1 to July 15 shows worrisome financial results. The poll reveals that although Chinese companies remain Thailand’s top investors, many foreign entrepreneurs are likely to relocate production base out of Thailand after Covid-19 recedes […]

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DSI says enough evidence, testimony to pursue case of vanished Karen activist “Billy”

Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation has announced it will challenge prosecutors’ decision to drop charges against 4 men allegedly involved in the presumed murder of a Karen land rights activist. Department director Korawat Panprapakorn said there is sufficient evidence and eyewitness testimony to press murder charges against the 4, including the former chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park, for the abduction of Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen in 2014. He was never seen again. “After receiving the decision from the prosecutors, we went through all the evidence, including eyewitness accounts, material evidence, forensic evidence, as well as comments from experts, and found […]

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Authorities deny stalking student activists, deny arrest imminent

Student activists said today they were stalked by what they believed were plainclothes police officers at their residence overnight. Pro-democracy campaigner Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, who is the spokesperson for the Student Union of Thailand, said on her Facebook that she saw several men loitering around her dormitory near Thammasat University’s Rangsit Campus, while another activist, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, reported that several men were seen in front of his residence. He says he believes they were standing by to arrest him. Police deny any involvement. “I’ve been told that there are plainclothes police officers waiting in front of my dormitory,” Panusaya said. […]

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2 killed, 4 injured in separate bomb attacks in Deep South

2 men are dead and 4 injured after security forces, protecting teachers in the southern border provinces of Pattani and Narathiwat, were attacked in 2 roadside bomb blasts this morning. The attacks come on the first day of the resumption of in-person classes in schools across the nation. The dead have been identified as paramilitary ranger Emlookman Hayilamae, and soldier Bungkarn Harnsarn. Police say southern insurgents detonated an explosive device on a road between Ban Tayalor and Ban Pakajinor, in Nong Chik district of Pattani, as a teacher protection patrol was passing. In a separate incident, in Ra-ngae district of […]

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Auckland cluster grows with 13 new Covid-19 infections reported

Health officials in New Zealand announced yesterday that the new coronavirus cluster in Auckland has risen to 17 cases, raising the prospect of an extended lockdown in the country’s biggest city. National health chief Ashley Bloomfield said there are 13 new confirmed infections, all linked to 4 family members found on Tuesday, ending New Zealand’s record of 102 days without community transmission of the virus. Police have been helping to implement an initial 3 day lockdown in Auckland since midday yesterday as teams of health workers rush to find the cluster’s origin and ramp up testing in the city. Bloomfield […]

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Study finds 82% of Thais “confident” in reopening tourism sector

As Thailand gradually reopens its borders, new findings from a global study suggests that 82% of Thais are confident that Thailand is well prepared to reopen its tourism and leisure activities, the highest globally. The study also found that tourists from Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, and India are all targeting Thailand as their first destination when their countries’ borders reopen. Jointly conducted by leading social research agency Blackbox Research, data provider Dynata, and language partner Language Connect, “Unravel Travel: Fear & Possibilities in a Post Coronavirus (Covid-19) World” examined the sentiments, preferences, and expectations of 10,195 people across 17 […]

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US dollar denominated gold trade to be allowed

Ending decades of regulations limiting gold trade in Thailand to the baht, the US dollar will now be allowed as well. 2 weeks ago, in a bid to slow the rapidly rising baht and avoid landing on the US list of “currency manipulators”, the Bank of Thailand announced a policy to allow trading gold products in US dollars. Market players say the central bank will consider dollar-denominated trade for foreign-related capital market products in the near future. A source familiar with capital markets said: “The investment world has changed. Domestic investment alone is not suitable and diversifying overseas is better. […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Deputy attorney-general defends decision to drop 'Boss' case
The decision to drop the last charge against Vorayuth Yoovidhya, reckless driving causing death, was based a new speed report and evidence of two new witnesses, the deputy attorney-general in charge of the case said on Thursday.
PM: Who is financing student rallies?
Officials are looking into the financing behind recent student demonstrations, as their activities would seem to cost a lot, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday.
Three new cases returnees from Singapore, India
The government on Thursday reported three new cases of coronavirus disease, quarantined returnees from Singapore and India, raising the total to 3,359.
The man in the steam-train cab
A train driver talks about the vintage Japanese-made CX50 steam locomotive that once again hauled a special train to Chachoengsao, as the nation celebrated the Queen Mother's birthday on Wednesday. | Jetjaras Na Ranong
Big love
A woman has an unusual love affair
Wind and solar power at record high in 2020, coal dips
PARIS: Wind and solar produced a record 10% of global electricity in the first half of 2020 as the world's coal plant fleet ran at less than half its capacity, analysis published Thursday showed.
Airlines face fierce headwinds
The global airline industry has been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and the strain on its once flourishing fundamentals will affect a broad swath of the world economy well into 2022 and beyond, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report.
Call to resist pressure, allow rallies
Pro-democracy advocates on Wednesday called on education institutes to allow on-campus rallies as pressure grows on them to prohibit "risky" political activities.
Unity changes call
A report will be debated in the House on Thursday on forging national reconciliation which could partially set the tone for a future constitutional amendment, says a source in the House of Representatives.
Internet driving children to violence: study
Thai youths who spend most of the hours of their week on mobile phones and computers are at risk of developing violent behaviour and gaming addiction, a study shows.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
New centre to rehabilitate economy
The cabinet on Thursdaygave the green light to establish a centre to handle the country’s economic rehabilitation from the coronavirus crisis.
Deputy attorney-general defends decision to drop 'Boss' case
The decision to drop the last charge against Vorayuth Yoovidhya, reckless driving causing death, was based a new speed report and evidence of two new witnesses, the deputy attorney-general in charge of the case said on Thursday.
Thammasat affirms support for constitutional monarchy
The Thammasat University Council on Thursday affirmed its support for a constitutional monarchy, and said the university would allow lawful student activities on its grounds.
Classes resume but anxious ministry keeps close watch
Schools around the country resumed normal working hours on Thursday, the first time a full schedule of classes has been held this term.
Repairman charged with murder of Singapore businessman's wife
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: An air-conditioning repairman was arrested on Thursday and charged with stabbing to death the Thai wife of a Singaporean businessman at her house in Muang district.
BMW gives M3 Touring green light for production in 2022
Cargo-hulling 3 Series would get serious power to chase the Audi RS4 Avant for the first time ever in M's history.
HK airport to reopen as transit hub for passengers from China
Air passengers will be allowed to transit via Hong Kong International Airport from mainland China from Saturday until Oct 15, offering a minor boost to beleaguered Cathay Pacific Airways.
PM: Who is financing student rallies?
Officials are looking into the financing behind recent student demonstrations, as their activities would seem to cost a lot, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday.
Two rangers killed, others wounded by bombs in far South
Two rangers were killed and several others wounded by bomb explosions in Pattani and Narathiwat provinces on Thursday morning.
Japan, Singapore to ease travel restrictions from September
SINGAPORE: Japan and Singapore agreed on Thursday to ease travel restrictions implemented in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic from September.
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