Thailand morning news for March 12

Thailand morning news for March 12

Thailand morning newsEC in the firing line over advance voting blunders
Voters and candidates asked the Election Commission (EC) to take responsibility for poor preparations that led to mistakes, confusion and inconvenience to advance voters abroad last week even as the country braces for millions of early votes expected to be cast in the Kingdom this Sunday.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

North chokes on toxic haze largely from Myanmar fires
THE NORTH was once again choking under dangerous levels of PM2.5 dust particles yesterday. For instance, tambon Wiang Phang Kham in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district cited the day’s peak at 128 micrograms (mcg) per cubic metre of air, more than double the Thai safety limit of 50mcg.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

NCPO to bring charges against FFP for contempt of court
On 8 March, Col Burin Thongprapai, the NCPO’s legal officer, filed a complaint with the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) against the website administrator and other relevant personnel of the Future Forward Party (FFP) for contempt of court.
— Prachatai English

Southern Separatists Blamed for 17 Bomb Attacks
BANGKOK — Deputy junta chairman Prawit Wongsuwan said Monday a suspect has been taken into custody in connection with yesterday’s bombing spree in the southern region.
— Khaosod English

Thai Election Gets Messy Start Overseas, Voters Complain
BANGKOK — Election officials are on the defensive after overseas voters complained angrily about a raft of problems including missing ballots, incorrect candidate information and poor voting facilities.
— Khaosod English

Breathe in Thailand and Die Up to 4 Years Sooner: Research
BANGKOK — Those living in the most-polluted corners of the realm may live four years less than they may have elsewhere, according to a recent study.
— Khaosod English

Wealthy entrepreneur arrested over ‘deadly’ weight-loss remedies
The wealthy operator of a business selling weight-loss products was arrested on Monday morning as part of an extensive police operation and charged with possession of controlled substances.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thanathorn fanpage suddenly withdraws support; dirty tricks suspected
Savethanathorn, a suspicious fanpage, has withdrawn a support from Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit for bringing Future Forward Party (FFP) back into cycle of conflicts.
— Prachatai English

Long queues and poor arrangements greet early Thai voters in KL
PHOTO: Thai PBS A long queue of waiting voters spilled out of the Thai embassy compound in Kuala Lumpur during yesterday’s early voting. Over 4,000 Thai nationals working in Malaysia turned up at the Thai embassy in KL yesterday to cast their ballots.
— The Thaiger

Insurgents behind South bombing spree, not politics
Senior government officials said the series of bomb blasts over the weekend in the southern provinces of Phatthalung and Satun were related to insurgency activities in the predominantly Muslim region, and had no connection with the upcoming election.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

North sees return of dangerous levels of PM2.5 particles
Many northern provinces on Monday were suffering from dangerous levels of PM2.5 dust particles, including Tambon Wiang Phang Kham in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district with the day’s peak of 117 micrograms per cubic metre (mcg) of air, more than double the Thai safety limit of 50mcg.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Analysis: As March 24 draws near, Abhisit’s dilemma deepens
Over the past few days, Abhisit Vejjajiva was provoked by two key figures on both sides of the national divide.
— Thai PBS News

Security stepped up in Phuket in the wake of Satun and Patthalung bombs
Phuket security officials have increased safety and tourist security after suspects set off pipe bombs in Statun and Patthalung during the weekend.
— The Thaiger

Welfare card scheme revives mom-and-pop stores
Bangkok -Somwalee Limrachtamorn, the managing director of Nielsen (Thailand), the leading provider of marketing information and consumer-related measurement, has disclosed that the state welfare card scheme, which offers each card holder 200-300 baht a month to buy consumer products and spend on.
— Pattaya Mail

New measures to protect Phetchabun historical park
Fine arts department succeeds in halting oil- drilling project to conserve ancient temple complex.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thais urged to decorate their homes with coronation emblem
People around Thailand are being invited to set worshipping tables and decorate their homes with a new royal emblem that has been created specially for the coronation in May.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Hunt a frog, wear a shackle
Among the convicted criminals having to wear electronic monitoring (EM) devices on their wrist, ankle or elsewhere so the authorities can keep track of them are hunters caught poaching the nearly extinct giant Asian river frog.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Parties Woo Thai Elderly With Expanded Safety Net
NONTHABURI — Representatives from four major parties presented dueling policies Monday to benefit the elderly who make up about one-fifth of the electorate.
— Khaosod English

#SmartChoice? Netizens Unconvinced by Prayuth’s Simple Meal
When he’s not pulling the levers of power, junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha is a simple human who eats modest meals.
— Khaosod English

Militants operating beyond three southernmost provinces
Southern militants have expanded their operations into other provinces, in addition to the three restive southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat as well as certain districts of Songkhla province,…
— Thai PBS News

Provinces gear up for possible drought
Bangkok – Province across the kingdom are gearing up preparations for this year’s drought season, dredging canals, installing pumping machines, and limiting water for crop farming. In Phichit province, local officials dredged the Bueng Si Fai swamp to increase its storage capacity.
— Pattaya Mail

Human trials for 16 marijuana-based medicines likely in July
THE THAI Traditional and Alternative Medicine Department (TTAMD) is planning to try 16 cannabis-based medicines on selected subjects in a research project starting in July.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Phuket airport numbers soar, despite the sag in the second half of 2018
“India became the fastest growing source market last year with more direct flights in 2019.” by Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks In 2018, Phuket tourism experienced volatile trading. While the first half year achieved a record high 4.8 million passenger arrivals, the second half year …
— The Thaiger

Metro Wholesale gears up for Myanmar expansion based on digital technology
DRIVEN by big potential in Myanmar’s food wholesale industry, Metro AG, a leading German wholesale company with operations in 36 countries, will expand its business in the nation, say the firm’s senior executives.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Urgent : Parked rescue ambulance spooks Bangkok family
A rescue worker with the Ruamkatanyu Foundation was upset this week to find a handwritten note on the windshield of his ambulance asking him to park elsewhere because the homeowners there were frightened by its presence.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Sanctuary chief spurns idea for taming Kanchanaburi’s roving pachyderms
The head of Salak Phra Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, where wild elephants have caused problems for their human neighbours, has rejected the idea of giving the animals new sources of food nearer the communities, fearing it would only invite more risk.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

From Moto GP to Weed Fest, Buriram leads the way
PHOTO: A Pan Ram supporter can’t wait for the ‘cannabis festival’ next month in Buriram province – Khaosod English They pulled off the MotoGP event with flair and great organisation. Now Buriram is bracing for a very different crowd heading for the next big event. Taking …
— The Thaiger

Suthep asks whether Abhisit is siding with Thaksin
Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai party founder Suthep Thuagsuban has hit out at Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva by asking whether the latter, to fulfil his ambition to be the next prime minister, has taken sides with fugitive…
— Thai PBS News

Police Tight-Lipped After Bombs Rip Through South
BANGKOK — Police said an investigation is underway to find those responsible for a bombing spree that struck the southern region Sunday but declined to identify any suspects.
— Khaosod English

FDA pushes law on cannabis ads
THE FOOD and Drug Administration(FDA) this week will table two public health ministerial announcements and a ministerial legislation concerning advertisements on the use of marijuana before the public health minister and the Cabinet, seeking endorsement.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Egat prepares for sharp hike in summer power consumption
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) has estimated that power consumption during late April and early May would peak at 29,000 megawatts (MW), which is two per cent more than the same period last year.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Phang Nga’s floating ambulance is saving lives
A fully-equipped medical boat on standby for traveller emergencies in the Similan and Surin islands has already saved seven lives during the current tourist season.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Abhisit says no to Prayut’s return as post-election prime minister
Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva made it clear today that he will definitely not support Prayut Chan-o-cha as the post-election prime minister. In a short video clip, uploaded on social media today, Abhisit explained…
— Thai PBS News

Crackdown on forgery and drugs nets seven
SEVEN foreign criminals have been arrested over the past week in a Thai police crackdown on travel document forgery, fraud and drugs smuggling, Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Surachet Hakpal said on Monday.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Police wrestler avoids jail but gets a hefty fine
PHOTO: Daily News Bangkok’s Dusit Court has fined a Honda City sedan driver 8,500 baht for four offences related to an incident caught on video last week. The video showed Pol Lance Corporal Thanakit Wiboonphan trying to clamp a car parked illegally in a no standing zone. Not happy about the …
— The Thaiger

Flying motorbike ends up stuck in power lines in Surin
PHOTO: เฮฮาหน้าโรงพัก A motorbike has ended up entangled in power lines, four meters up in the air, following an incident in Surin province yesterday. Daily News is reporting that emergency responders were notified of the accident in Karbcherng last night (Sunday). They …
— The Thaiger

Indonesian Woman Freed 2 Years After Kim Jong Nam’s VX Death
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — An Indonesian woman held two years on suspicion of killing the North Korean leader’s half brother was freed from custody Monday after prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her.
— Khaosod English

Murder charge dropped for Indonesian in Kim Jong Nam killing
Shah Alam, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian prosecutors have withdrawn the murder charge against the Indonesian suspect in the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother. Prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad didn’t give a reason for dropping the charge against Siti Aisyah. It was not yet clear in …
— Pattaya Mail

Thai aid brings smiles to devastated Nepal villages
THAILAND’S AMBASSADOR to Nepal has inaugurated several buildings funded by Thailand in Nepal’s Melamchi and Helambu villages, in the area hit the hardest by the 2015 earthquakes.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Construction of Bangkok’s large drainage tunnel to be completed in 2021
Bangkok – The construction of the Bueng Nong Bon Lake drainage tunnel is expected to be completed in 2021 and will help mitigate flooding in four districts of Bangkok. Deputy Bangkok Governor Jakkapan Phiewngam recently viewed the progress of the tunnel in Bang Na district and said that …
— Pattaya Mail

Phuket’s aircraft selfies to be moved from end of runway
PHOTO: Teerasak Saksritawee Phuket airport authorities are looking to restrict photography of aircraft from the northern end of Nai Yang beach, at the western end of the single Phuket International Airport runway. The beach has been a popular photo opportunity for visitors but is causing additional …
— The Thaiger

 

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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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