Three cops face probe for alleged extortionPeople surround a police vehicle after policemen allegedly extorted fishermen in tambon Thung Kong, Kanchanadit district, Surat Thani province, on Thursday. (Photo from One 31 TV)Three police officers from Provincial Police Region 8 are being probed after they were alleged to have made attempts to extort money from villagers in Surat Thani. Pol Col Kissana Phathanacharoen, the deputy police spokeswoman, told the media on Thursday that the officers — who claimed they came to a village in tambon Thung Kong in Kanchanadit district to investigate illegal fishing — were accused on Wednesday of extorting money from fishermen and will now face a disciplinary probe. He said the officers were encircled by 300 villagers after they heard of their antics. When Pongsak Chakaew, former subdistrict chief of Thung Kong, came to mediate, the villagers released them but told them not to return again.
May 21, 2020 11:37 UTC
2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Convertible facelift: Thai prices and specsEntry-level 300hp four-cylinder engine remains but power in supercharged V8 rises to 575hp. Inchcape Thailand, the authorised importer of Jaguar, has introduced the facelifted models of the F-Type Coupe and Convertible with prices starting at 6.4 million baht. The 6.4 million baht starting price is available only for the Coupe in basic trim to attract buyers into showrooms. The R-Dynamic trim for the F-type goes for 6.9 and 7.6 million in Coupe and Convertible forms respectively. Also available in R-Dynamic spec, the V8 is priced at 12 million baht and an additional one million baht for the soft-top model.
May 21, 2020 11:12 UTC
BoI seeks to lure makers of medical equipmentAs Asian supply chains reshuffle in the wake of the pandemic, the government is focusing its efforts to attract foreign investors in need of a new manufacturing base around the medical devices sector, a promising industry in light of the health crisis. The Board of Investment (BoI) aims to set up joint ventures or convince foreign firms to move their manufacturing base for medical devices here. “Initially the BoI will focus on the aerospace, medical devices, electric vehicle, smart electronics and the railway system sectors,” she said. “This is the first time the event will spotlight the medical devices industry,” said Ms Sonklin. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there were 2,992 companies related to the medical devices industry in 2015, consisting of 2,494 export companies and 498 manufacturing plants.
May 21, 2020 10:30 UTC
'Jae Saiboon' drug network bustedPolice examine the seized marijuana during a media briefing in Khon Kaen on Thursday. (Photo: Chakrapan Nathanri)KHON KAEN: Three members of the "Jae Saiboon" (sister on the merit path) drug network have been arrested in Nam Phong district and 400kg of compressed marijuana seized in two northeastern provinces. Pol Maj Gen Somchai said police were acting on information that a drug network under the name “Jae Saiboon’’ was preparing to deliver marijuana from the Northeast to the Central Plains. They worked for a drug network run by a woman known only as Jae Saiboon (sister on the merit path). The investigation was continuingA police chart shows the drug network, supposedly run by a mystery woman in a white robe known as Jae Saiboon.
May 21, 2020 10:18 UTC
Panasonic moving factories to Vietnam, 800 jobs to go in ThailandJapanese appliance-maker Panasonic Corp said on Thursday that next year it will move its Thai-based production of refrigerators and washing machines to Vietnam, laying off about 800 workers. "Panasonic will reorganise its white goods production sites in Southeast Asia, and transfer the production of washing machines and refrigerators in Thailand to Vietnam," the company said in an statement emailed to Reuters. Panasonic will dismiss about 800 workers in Thailand, a company spokeswoman told Reuters, adding that the move is part of its plan to improve cost efficiency. Panasonic Appliances (Thailand) and a research and development centre will close by the end of March 2021. After the closures, Panasonic will still have around 13,700 workers involved in the manufacture of small appliances and batteries in Thailand.
May 21, 2020 09:22 UTC
Anti-virus B50bn govt savings bonds sold out in a weekThe government has sold 50 billion baht of savings bonds in a week as it seeks to finance steps to mitigate the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, the finance ministry said on Thursday. The so-called "Thailand stays strong" bonds, offered on May 14, have 5- and 10-year maturities, with an average stepped coupon of 2.4% and 3.0% per year, respectively. The bonds are part of a government plan to borrow 1 trillion baht for economic measures to combat the outbreak.
May 21, 2020 08:03 UTC
B10m crystal meth seizure on trainEkkapong Kaewsa, 22, of Bangkok(left) and Methanee Suparb, 23, at Hua Hin police station after their arrest with 19kg of crystal methamphetamine on an express train from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Wednesday evening. (Photo: Chaiwat Satyaem)PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Two people were arrested after 19kg of crystal methamphetamine were found in their bags on a south-bound express train on Wednesday evening. Ekkapong Kaewsa, 22, of Bangkok, and his female companion Methanee Suparb, 23, of Si Sa Ket, were detained by railway police as the train was approaching Hua Hin station about 6pm. As the train approached Hua Hin station, officers noticed two passengers were acting suspiciously. Mr Ekkapong allegedly confessed to having smuggled drugs by train on several occasions.
May 21, 2020 06:32 UTC
'Insensitive' Japan Olympic coronavirus logo pulled after rowTokyo 2020 claimed the image infringed its copyright. TOKYO: A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Olympics logo as the new coronavirus has been pulled after Olympic organisers branded it "insensitive" and said it infringed copyright. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and halted sport worldwide. Although the circulation of the magazine is tiny, this is not the first time Tokyo 2020 has become embroiled in a dispute over its logo. The postponement, announced on March 24, coincided with the beginning of a spike in coronavirus cases in Tokyo and throughout Japan.
May 21, 2020 06:22 UTC
22 killed as 'super cyclone' ravages Bangladesh, IndiaTrees are battered by severe winds from Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, on Wednesday, in this still image obtained from a social media video. "Thousands of mud huts have been levelled, trees uprooted, roads washed away and crops destroyed," she said. They can be washed away during a storm surge in high tide," forest chief Moyeen Uddin Khan told AFP. But the surge unleashed by the cyclone washed away some two kilometres of the embankment, which also doubled as a village road. As a result sea water inundated some 600 homes and washed away thousands of shrimp and crab farms.
May 21, 2020 04:43 UTC
Bangkok mall puts pedals in lifts to curb CovidModified lift switches are seen at Bangkok's Seacon Square mall amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, on Wednesday. (Reuters photo)A mall in Bangkok has swapped lift buttons for foot pedals in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as well as help restore normality and get shoppers spending again. Prote Sosothikul, vice president of Seacon Development, which oversees the mall, said the foot pedals gave shoppers some peace of mind. "The easiest way to get infected is when you touch an object that has been contaminated," he said. "Eventually touch your face and the virus will go into your mouth, your eyes, or whatever.
May 21, 2020 03:33 UTC
The Thai League 1 season has been suspended since March. The Thai League 1 season will resume on Sept 12 and end on May 15, 2021, the Football Association of Thailand said yesterday. Thai League 2 will also restart on Sept 12 and finish on April 25, 2021. Meanwhile, Thai League Co bosses yesterday sought advice from Germany's Bundesliga on measures for a restart during a videoconference. Among Thai League officials at yesterday's discussion were Korrawee Pritsananantakul, deputy chairman of the league's organising committee, and director Benjamin Tan.
May 21, 2020 00:00 UTC
Stranded Thais search for way homeIn this April 20 file photo, a group of Thais stranded in Malaysia cross the Sugnai Kolok river to Thailand after failing to secure the travel documents needed to cross at official checkpoints. Health authorities are concerned that Thais abroad may be infected with the coronavirus and transmit it to others upon returning home. The government also set up a quota system to cap the number of Thais returning on any given day. Stranded Thais in Malaysia have to battle it out among their compatriots across the globe for their place in line. Ms Saengthip, 51, a native of Sukhothai who settled down in Malaysia over 20 year ago, has volunteered to help stranded Thais in her area.
May 20, 2020 23:59 UTC
Khao San Road gets spruce upVolunteers engage in a large-scale cleaning effort stretching the length of Khao San Road after the well-known tourist strip was renovated and repaved. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)About 200 volunteers, soldiers and police on Wednesday joined a big cleaning effort along the "new Khao San Road", which has recently been renovated to serve as a street vending landmark in Bangkok. The cleanup was eyed to make Khao San Road, the world-renowned hub for backpackers, attractive to visitors worried about the Covid-19 outbreak as officials prepare to reopen it to visitors. They will be allowed to sell from 12pm to midnight under the city's new rules for street vending. City Hall has dolled out 48.4 million baht renovating Khao San Road.
May 20, 2020 23:46 UTC
Common rail tickets face delayThe government's plan to introduce a common ticketing system for all electric train lines in Bangkok in October may be delayed, due to the impact the Covid-19 outbreak has had on a Singapore-based firm hired to develop it. Under the common ticketing system, passengers holding either the system's Spider card, an MRT Plus card or the BTS Skytrain's Rabbit card would be able to switch from one service to another without having to acquire another pass card, he said. But the meeting was told the Singapore-based developer of the new ticketing system was now afraid its introduction might be delayed to until the end of this year, he said. Phadet Praditphet, director of the office managing the common ticketing system project, said the October start-up was for the MRT's Blue and Purple Lines and the BTS' Green Line. The Department of Land Transport has also asked for the state welfare card to be used on Bangkok buses on 14 concessionaire routes, he said.
May 20, 2020 23:44 UTC
Loan decree debate timeline 'too short'Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet will address parliament on why his government needs to issue three executive decrees backing loans of 1.97 trillion baht to pay for Covid-19 relief. Anudith Nakornthap, secretary-general of the Pheu Thai Party, said the debate will provide only 30 hours debate in total with the opposition getting only half that to scrutinise the decrees. "We will have to debate on decrees involving loans of up to 1.9ึ7 trillion baht in 15 hours, which means we will have to scrutinise 35 million baht of the loan every second, which is impossible," he said. Phumtham Wechayachai, adviser to opposition leader, said the committee taking care of the loan should be elected by parliament instead. Pita Limjaroenrat, leader of the opposition Move Forward Party, likened the 1.97 trillion baht loan to a "great storm" and said three days would never be enough for scrutinising the decrees.
May 20, 2020 23:26 UTC