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  • Police Press Charges Against Woman After 1 Hour Rampage & Police Chase
    Police on Wednesday pressed four charges against a 37-year-old businesswoman who allegedly smashed several vehicles in a one-hour rampage in Bangkok late on Tuesday night. After a chase involving police and rescue workers, Vitchuda Witthayasinthana was detained after her Mercedes Benz crashed into a car in front of an office building in the Tao Poon...

    Police on Wednesday pressed four charges against a 37-year-old businesswoman who allegedly smashed several vehicles in a one-hour rampage in Bangkok late on Tuesday night.

    After a chase involving police and rescue workers, Vitchuda Witthayasinthana was detained after her Mercedes Benz crashed into a car in front of an office building in the Tao Poon area.

    She appeared drunk and her blood alcohol was measured at 257mg/dL after her arrest, well beyond the legal limit of 50 mg/dL. Police heard of the incident at 11 pm when Ms Witthayasinthana allegedly rammed her car into others near the Khae Rai intersection in Nonthaburi.

    Police tried to stop the car, which headed into Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road, Phahon Yothin Road, Kamphaeng Phet Road and Rama VI Road but were unable to until it collided with another car in Tao Poon outside a company owned by Chatchawal Khong-udom, leader of the Palang Thong Thin Thai Party. Mr Khong-udom went down to see what happened and tried to calm her down.

    The incident left Ms Witthayasinthana and several others injured, with four cars and two motorcycles damaged. She was taken to Bang Sue station for questioning and Pol Maj Gen Pattana Phetsayanawin, commander of Metropolitan Police Division 2, said she faced four charges of drunk-driving, reckless driving causing injuries, failing to stop to provide assistance and obstructing officers. She might face additional charges as police in Nonthaburi were also investigating.

    At least three people, including a policeman, who were injured during the drama have filed complaints against her.

    As she was taken to the Police Hospital for tests, Ms Witthayasinthana said she snapped after learning that her bank accounts had been frozen. She claimed she had been cheated by her business partner.

    She apologised to the victims and said she had refused to stop as she was afraid of being harmed. Her husband later paid her 85,000 baht bail bond to secure her release.

    13 August 13 2020
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  • No End In Sight for Flights Ban & No Travel Bubble Agreements
    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 on Wednesday. It is an indefinite ban, said CAAT director Chula Sukmanop and the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) would monitor the global situation before deciding...

    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 on Wednesday.

    It is an indefinite ban, said CAAT director Chula Sukmanop and the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) would monitor the global situation before deciding when the flights could resume.

    Mr Sukmanop said the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) had told the government that a large number of foreigners intended coming to Thailand on business, so officials were checking if there were enough state quarantine (ASQ) facilities available.

    More private accommodation providers were applying to become ASQ-certified, he said, restating that those arriving would have to pay their quarantine expenses themselves.

    They would also be required to notify Thai officials in advance where they would be staying while in the country and complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

    A number of foreign people seeking medical treatment in Thailand under a special entry programme are required to stay at a contracted hospital for at least 14 days to ensure they don’t bring in and spread the virus, he said, adding: “As of now, no commercial airlines are permitted to operate flights into and out of Thailand and only a number of foreign businesspeople are allowed to enter the country for business purposes.”

    These people, along with Thai nationals looking to return to the country on repatriation flights, had booked to come to Thailand, said Mr Sukmanop.

    The maximum number of incoming passengers is limited to 500 per day in line with COVID-19 precautionary measures.

    No ordinary tourists are allowed entry at the moment, while no travel bubble programmes with other countries are agreed just yet, he said.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Cherdkiat Atthakor, meanwhile, said 102 Thai nationals on a repatriation flight from Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent were due to arrive home this morning, having left Uzbekistan on Wednesday on Uzbekistan Airways Flight HY3609.

    All these passengers tested negative for the new coronavirus before they were allowed to board the repatriation flight, he said.

    Of those 102 people, 94 are Thai workers who went to work in Uzbekistan under a labour cooperation programme, seven are spa workers and the other one has been living in Uzbekistan.

    The employers of all the workers, except for two of the spa employees, have agreed to pay for their repatriation costs.

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    13 August 13 2020
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  • Income Tax Rebates for Companies Hiring Former Convicts
    A royal decree has been issued which entitles companies hiring former inmates to claim income tax rebates, according to the Corrections Department. The department’s Director-General, Pol Col Naras Savestanan, said yesterday that the decree allowing the tax rebates has been published in the Royal Gazette and was backdated to 22nd June 2020. The move is...

    A royal decree has been issued which entitles companies hiring former inmates to claim income tax rebates, according to the Corrections Department.

    The department’s Director-General, Pol Col Naras Savestanan, said yesterday that the decree allowing the tax rebates has been published in the Royal Gazette and was backdated to 22nd June 2020.

    The move is aimed at encouraging companies to offer job opportunities to former convicts, many of whom are shunned by employers.

    With no prospect of employment, many return to crime and end up back in jail.

    Under the royal decree, companies and juristic persons who employ former inmates released from prison less than three years ago, are entitled to use the salaries they pay the former inmates to claim income tax rebates.

    However, the rebate is limited to 15,000 baht per former inmate per month.

    He said claims can only be filed in the next calendar year and the employers must file an income tax form through the Revenue Department’s website, specifying the period of employment of the former inmate.

    Rebates apply for those who have served their sentences, those whose jail terms were suspended after having been jailed or those who had jail terms reduced.

    “The reason the decree was issued was that we want companies and businesses to play a part in preventing offenders repeating their crimes,” Pol Col Savestanan said.

    “Businesses should be able to support this initiative of giving former inmates a new lease on life so they can reintegrate into society and have a stable income to sustain themselves and their families,” he said.

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    12 August 12 2020
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  • 3 Chinese Men Arrested For Running Porn & Gambling Websites
    Three Chinese men have been arrested near Pattaya for allegedly running a pornography and gambling website. Immigration Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang yesterday said the men, identified as Mr Wang, Mr Tang and Mr Xi, had been arrested on Monday at a house in tambon Nong Prue, in the Bang Lamung district of...

    Three Chinese men have been arrested near Pattaya for allegedly running a pornography and gambling website.

    Immigration Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang yesterday said the men, identified as Mr Wang, Mr Tang and Mr Xi, had been arrested on Monday at a house in tambon Nong Prue, in the Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri province.

    The arrest was made after the immigration police received a tip-off that the men were running a pornography and gambling website. Pol Lt Gen Sompong said officers seized a computer laptop during the raid.

    Police say Mr Wang told them he had been paid 6,000 yuan (26,800 baht) by his Chinese customers for each pornography and gambling website he created.

    In a separate case, Sa Kaeo police have detained a 22-year-old Thai man, named only as Atikan, and charged him with illegally bringing three Cambodian people into the country.

    Atikan is reported to have admitted sneaking them into the country with the intention of dropping them off in the Wang Nam Yen district of Sa Kaeo and Bangkok.

    In a similar case, a Thai national, Uthit, 58, has been charged in Ubon Ratchathani with illegally bringing seven Lao migrants into the country.

    12 August 12 2020
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  • All Schools to Resume Classroom Lessons from Tomorrow
    The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) instructed all schools to resume classroom lessons tomorrow (Thursday). Obec Deputy Secretary-General Sanit Yamgesorn said he had signed an order for schools to resume on-site teaching but it would begin on a trial basis during the COVID-19 pandemic, with students required to record their whereabouts after school...

    The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) instructed all schools to resume classroom lessons tomorrow (Thursday).

    Obec Deputy Secretary-General Sanit Yamgesorn said he had signed an order for schools to resume on-site teaching but it would begin on a trial basis during the COVID-19 pandemic, with students required to record their whereabouts after school in line with the government’s track and trace measures.

    Schools should also focus on outdoor activities in order to keep classroom use to the minimum, he said. Tomorrow’s trial has been approved by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

    Obec instructed all education offices to inform schools under them to open fully but strictly in compliance with preventive measures imposed by the Public Health Ministry.

    For example, schools are urged to avoid mass-gathering events such as meetings, recreational activities or games.

    “Many schools have started to be complacent and ignore the Public Health Ministry’s measures,” said Mr Yamgesorn. “They are not being strict with students about wearing face masks in school.”

    “Obec will send a letter to instruct schools to strictly comply with health-screening measures. Although everything will be fully unlocked, it does not mean they will not have to abide by the measures.”

    The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has allowed 4,500 schools to open fully after Thailand reported no community transmissions for more than two months, despite having eased many lockdown measures.

    Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan said yesterday that all schools must comply with the Public Health Ministry’s measures, including compulsory face masks, hand washing using alcohol-based hand sanitisers and checking students’ temperatures before they enter the premises.

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    12 August 12 2020
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  • Deputy Attorney-General Quits & Defends His Decision to Drop ‘Boss’ Charges
    Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk, who dismissed the reckless driving charge against Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya, has tendered his resignation. In his retirement letter, Mr Naksuk defended his decision to drop the charge against Vorayuth by citing that the decision was above board. As the Office of the Attorney-General faced mounting pressure from society over...

    Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk, who dismissed the reckless driving charge against Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya, has tendered his resignation.

    In his retirement letter, Mr Naksuk defended his decision to drop the charge against Vorayuth by citing that the decision was above board. As the Office of the Attorney-General faced mounting pressure from society over his decision, he wanted to show his responsibility by resigning to protect the image of the organisation, a source at the Office of the Attorney-General said on Tuesday.

    The source said Mr Naksuk is due to retire at the age of 65 on 30th Sept this year but his term could be extended by five more years if a panel under the Office of the Attorney-General approves it.

    The attorney-general has not yet approved Mr Naksuk’s resignation, added the source.

    Vorayuth, 35, also known as Boss, drove a black Ferrari that killed Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, 47, in the early morning of 3rd September 2012.

    He crashed into the rear of the police motorcycle on Sukhumvit Road. He then fled the scene to his home nearby.

    He delayed hearing charges seven times. It was not until 27th April 2017, that prosecutors finally charged him with reckless driving causing death and failing to help a crash victim.

    He fled on a private plane two days before he was due to face the charges.

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    12 August 12 2020
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  • Thai Airways Must Pay 5.4 Billion Baht in Pensions
    Debt-ridden Thai Airways International (THAI) will have to pay more than 1,600 employees pensions worth 5.4 billion baht over the next 13 years, according to a source at the airline. The revelation came as THAI puts together a debt rehabilitation plan, which necessitates aggressive cuts to employee salaries and other expenses, to be submitted to...

    Debt-ridden Thai Airways International (THAI) will have to pay more than 1,600 employees pensions worth 5.4 billion baht over the next 13 years, according to a source at the airline.

    The revelation came as THAI puts together a debt rehabilitation plan, which necessitates aggressive cuts to employee salaries and other expenses, to be submitted to the Central Bankruptcy Court on 17th August 2020. It has also appointed 6 members of its board of directors to execute the plan.

    After THAI lost its status as a state-owned enterprise (SOE) when the Finance Ministry reduced its stake in the airline to below 50% earlier, the government system of pensions applicable to the airline was also scrapped.

    This leaves the last group of 1,642 staff members who signed the employment contracts while the airline was still an SOE, entitled to the pension.

    A total of 124 employees will go into mandatory retirement at the end of this year alone. THAI will need to set aside 394 million baht worth of pension money for them.

    The number of retirees at the airline will continue to rise until 2025 when 217 employees retire. The company will have to pay their pensions to the tune of 717 million baht. After that, the retirees will drop to 169 in 2026 with the pensions costing 574 million baht.

    In 2032, the last pension-paying year, only three employees will collect the payment worth  10 million baht altogether.

    The source said the airline board has reserved funds in a bank account to pay the pensions to ease many staff concerns that THAI might run out of liquidity and thus be unable to pay.

    12 August 12 2020
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  • Naked Woman Angers Chiang Mai Locals at Sacred Shrine
    Local Thais are angry with a foreign woman who stripped off and climbed naked on to a balcony at a sacred shrine in Chiang Mai. Many passers-by and motorists filmed the woman at the San Jao Phor Pratu gate and the incident was widely viewed and shared on social media. The woman, aged between 20-30,...

    Local Thais are angry with a foreign woman who stripped off and climbed naked on to a balcony at a sacred shrine in Chiang Mai.

    Many passers-by and motorists filmed the woman at the San Jao Phor Pratu gate and the incident was widely viewed and shared on social media.

    The woman, aged between 20-30, was taken away by rescue workers at about 9 pm.

    Earlier in the evening the same woman had tried to jump from the Nakhon Ping bridge into the Ping River but was stopped.

    Witnesses said she may have been intoxicated.

    She then picked up a Thai flag decorating the bridge and wrapped herself in it.

    She threw another flag into the river and walked around the downtown area raising her middle finger.

    After the incident at the shrine, a local hospital was called and rescue workers attended the scene.

    Thai locals in the area called for apologies to the spirits and a ceremony to assuage bad karma.

    11 August 11 2020
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  • COVID-19 Outbreak ‘Likely’ If Public Drops Guard
    Thailand is likely to report new cases of local COVID-19 transmission as the global pandemic continues, but the likelihood of a large-scale outbreak in Thailand can be reduced if the public keeps up their guard, the Ministry of Public Health said on Monday. The warning was relayed at the ministry’s daily press briefing about the...

    Thailand is likely to report new cases of local COVID-19 transmission as the global pandemic continues, but the likelihood of a large-scale outbreak in Thailand can be reduced if the public keeps up their guard, the Ministry of Public Health said on Monday.

    The warning was relayed at the ministry’s daily press briefing about the country’s Covid-19 infections tally by the chief of the Department of Disease Control chief Tanarak Plipat.

    Dr Plipat noted on Monday that since Thailand has not reported any local transmission in more than 70 days, people are beginning to lower their guard against the virus.

    He went on to use the example of Vietnam, which had been widely touted as a pandemic success story until the number of locally transmitted cases of the novel coronavirus disease suddenly spiked.

    “We’ve been keeping a close watch on the situation in Vietnam after local infections were reported again. Until now, the origin of the outbreak has yet to be confirmed,” Dr Plipat said.

    “Thailand is likely to be in the same boat as Vietnam. We will find locally transmitted cases, but there might not be a large-scale outbreak if all stakeholders come together and help prevent a second wave,” he said.

    Dr Plipat said a large-scale outbreak can be prevented or brought under control if public health officials are quick to carry out comprehensive contact tracing and enforce strict quarantine regulations.

    Most importantly, he said that people should not panic if a locally transmitted case is discovered.

    “Individuals should ramp up preventative measures and do what they did when the first wave happened back in March,” Dr Plipat said.

    “The most effective way to control the disease is self-prevention. And even if we have a vaccine, we must not lower our guard. Vaccines are the way to prevent the disease, but the virus will still exist,” he added.

    There are currently seven vaccines which are currently in the third phase of human testing -one of which may be ready within the next six months, he said.

    11 August 11 2020
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  • Manhunt for Gold Shop Robber in Nakhon Sawan
    The hunt continued on Tuesday for a man who robbed a gold shop in Tha Tako district on Monday and made off with 38-baht weight of gold necklaces. Pol Capt Vachara Kornpitak, Tha Tako duty officer, said that about 4.40 pm a man held up the Yaowarat-Bangkok gold shop in the local Big C Superstore....

    The hunt continued on Tuesday for a man who robbed a gold shop in Tha Tako district on Monday and made off with 38-baht weight of gold necklaces.

    Pol Capt Vachara Kornpitak, Tha Tako duty officer, said that about 4.40 pm a man held up the Yaowarat-Bangkok gold shop in the local Big C Superstore.

    The robber was described as a tall man, about 40 years old and wearing white trousers, a black shirt with long sleeves and a face mask. He arrived in a white pickup without licence plates and left it in the store’s parking area.

    He walked into the store and went straight to the gold shop, about 30 metres from the front entrance.  Brandishing a long object wrapped in white cloth, as if it were a gun, the man-made the shop attendants put gold necklaces into a bag.

    He fled with 34 necklaces with a total weight of 38 baht, driving the white pickup along the Tha Tako-Nong Bua road, which leads to Sing Buri and Phetchabun provinces.

    The gold is worth about 1.14 million baht at current prices.

    11 August 11 2020
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