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Phuket News
Police hunt for mall bombers
THAILAND: Police will issue warrants for the arrest of two suspects who threw a bomb at anti-government demonstrators outside a shopping mall on Rama IV Road on Saturday (Jan 16), a senior police officer at the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) said.
No shots until proven safe, Prayut says
THAILAND: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday (Jan 17) insisted he won’t allow Thais to be used as guinea pigs to test the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, saying any jabs rolled out for use in Thailand must be proven to be safe.
Two men injured as pickup slams into power pole on Phuket highway
PHUKET: Two men were taken to Thalang Hospital after a pickup truck they were in slammed into a power pole on Phuket’s main highway last night (Jan 16).
Candidate registration for Phuket local council elections opens Feb 8
PHUKET: Candidates looking to contest the upcoming local municipal elections can register from Feb 8, the Phuket office of the Election Commission of Thailand (PEC) has confirmed.
WHO meeting urges increased virus sequencing to combat variants
WORLD: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency committee called yesterday (Jan 15) for globally-ramped up coronavirus sequencing studies in order to combat troubling new variants stalking the globe.
Prime Minister to weigh in on legalising gambling
BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says he will consider legalising gambling in Thailand, a contentious course of action that has been opposed for decades.
Phuket employment chief urges employers to register legal and illegal workers
PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Employment Office Chief Santi Nantasuwan issued a reminder today (Jan 15) for employers to register their legal – and illegal – migrant workers through an online platform especially set up to bring all migrant workers in the country under the law in a bid to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Patong drug raid leads to four arrests
PHUKET: Police have announced the arrests of four suspects in drug raids that together netted 168.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice) and 1,041 pills of methamphetamine (ya bah).
Phuket officials put illegal dumping on the agenda
PHUKET: Phuket provincial officials have put illegal dumping of trash as an eyesore and health concern back on the agenda by highlighting a dumpsite in Cherng Talay.
 
The Thaiger
Australia might keep borders closed throughout 2021

It might be a while until tourists can visit Australia. Borders might not be fully reopen until 2022. Australia is rolling out its immunisation programme next month, but even if most of the population is vaccinated against Covid-19, the country will probably wait to make sure the vaccine prevents the transmission of the virus before fully reopening borders. Australia’s borders are only open for citizens, residents, those with family in Australia and travellers who have been in New Zealand for the previous 14 days. All incoming travellers must quarantine for 14 days unless they come from an area classified as […]

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Disease control measures ease up in Samut Sakhon

Disease control restrictions are easing up in Samut Sakhon. The coastal fishing province that has been under “maximum control” since last month’s Covid-19 outbreak at a major seafood market in the province’s Mahachai area. Salons and barber shops are now allowed to open from 6am to 9pm in all districts of Samut Sakhon, but services are limited to hair cutting, dressing, and washing. Manicures, pedicures and shaving services are still prohibited. Each customer can only stay in the shop for only 2 hours and no queuing is allowed inside the salon or barber shop. Restaurants and cafes are allowed to […]

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Police raid Bangkok restaurant, more than 80 people face charges for violating Emergency Decree

More than 80 people face jail time and fines for allegedly violating disease control measures under the Emergency Decree after police raided a Bangkok pub and restaurant. The Indian restaurant Taj Café off Sukhumvit Road in the Watthana district was raided over the weekend after a complaint reporting that customers were smoking hookah, which is illegal in Thailand, and that the venue employed undocumented migrants. Under an order from Bangkok City Hall, bars and pubs must close until further notice to help control the spread of Covid-19 while restaurants cannot serve alcohol and must stop dine-in services at 9pm to […]

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Police say at least 2 people to be arrested in Bangkok bomb attack – UPDATE

Police say they will issue arrest warrants for at least 2 people in connection to yesterday’s bomb attack in Bangkok. According to Thai PBS World, the people are suspected of throwing a ping pong bomb into a group of police officers in front of the Chamchuri shopping centre that injured 3 policemen and 1 reporter. But previous reports by Khaosod English say the bomb attack saw only 2 policemen injured out of a total of 4. Piya Tawichai, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, says it is believed that the perpetrators threw the bomb from a vehicle on […]

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Thailand’s PM says he won’t let Thais become vaccine “guinea pigs”

Thailand’s PM is saying he won’t let Thai people become vaccine “guinea pigs” in his Facebook post today as he points to reports of serious negative side effects that some people have suffered after getting jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccine. Instead, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he will wait for more information from the experts about whether such side effects were attributed to the vaccine solely, or other factors. “For Thai people, I decided not to take the risk and will not rush to inoculate with vaccines which have not been fully tested and will not let Thai people become guinea […]

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Police hunt for those behind Bangkok bomb attack near pro-democracy protest site

Police are hunting for those responsible for yesterday’s bomb attack that hit near a pro-democracy protest site in Bangkok. The attack occurred at Samyan Intersection at around 6pm, leaving 4 people injured, including 2 policemen. Bangkok police chief Phukphong Phongpetra says the device used appears to be a pingpong bomb, which was filled with nails. Demonstrators gathered yesterday in front of Samyan Mitrtown shopping mall to protest enforcement of Thailand’s royal defamation law, which has been used sweepingly since the protests started up again last year. Riot police were deployed to the site as well as to Victory Monument, where […]

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Thailand’s first low-cost airline founder dies

Thailand’s first low-cost airline founder has died at the age of 66. Udom Tantiprasongchai, who passed away yesterday, started his business in 1994 with Cambodia International Airlines. The airline began operating regular flights from Phnom Penh to Phuket before expanding to other areas in Southeast Asia. After his airline licences were revoked by the Cambodian government, he started Orient Thai Airlines in Thailand where he introduced flights between cities that didn’t pass through Don Mueang Airport. Later on, the airlines added Don Mueang to its destinations but claimed the government was blocking access to Thai airports to protect Thai Airways […]

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59 areas see excessive PM 2.5 dust in Bangkok today

59 areas in Bangkok are seeing excessive PM 2.5 dust ratings today as air quality is being described as moderate to poor. Din Daeng Road is being identified as the most polluted, according to the air4thai website of the Pollution Control Department. The amount of PM 2.5 dust is being measured at between 39 and 113 microns. Din Daeng is also joining Bang Na-Trat highway in Bang Na district, Lat Phrao district and Sukhapibaan 5 Road in Sai Mai district in featuring PM10 dust in the atmosphere that is measuring between 54 and 155 microns. Read more about Bangkok’s pollution […]

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374 new cases today – Covid update

New case numbers have jumped alarmingly again today, even though the growth curve was starting to flatten a bit this week. Thailand is reporting 374 new cases of Covid-19 today over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to over 12,000 infections since the pandemic began. Only 10 of those cases were non-local infections as they were found in state quarantine. 43 cases were found in the public and 321 cases were found within the migrant worker areas. 10 cases were found in Bangkok, and 24 cases were found in Samut Sakhon, where the initial cluster that kicked off the second […]

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Companies pull out from Trump brand after storming of Capitol incident

Corporate America is adding its weight in response to the insurgency at the Capitol building on January 6, and are pulling out from any association with the Trump brand after the storming of the capitol incident which economists say will have a profound medium and long-term effect on his business interests. Recently, Signature Bank closed Trump’s personal accounts and the PGA of America stopped plans to hold its 2022 championship at Mr. Trump’s New Jersey golf course. Such a parting of ways signals the business community’s weariness in being associated with a political figure that has attracted  worldwide attention and […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Thailand sold itself as a paradise Covid retreat. No one came
It’s hard to imagine a more luxurious place to spend two weeks of quarantine than the Anantara Phuket Suites & Villas, where visitors are pampered in private residences that can have their own pool and courtyard.
Doubles title a bright spot for Thais
Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai claimed their maiden BWF World Tour Super 1000 title after winning the US$1 million Yonex Thailand Open at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, on Sunday.
No shots until proven safe: PM
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Sunday insisted he won't allow Thais to be used as guinea pigs to test the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines, saying any jabs rolled out for use in Thailand must be proven to be safe.
2020 trends that we can apply in 2021
We are in full swing in the first month of 2021. While this can mean new beginnings, it doesn’t necessarily mean we should ignore what has happened in 2020. Many elements and lessons from 2020 have persisted into 2021 and are well worth noting.
A vending phenomenon
From condoms to bras, rubber sandals and face masks, you can buy almost anything from vending machines in Thailand today.
Founder of first low-cost airline in Thailand dies
Udom Tantiprasongchai, best known for founding the first low-cost airline in Thailand, has died at 66.
Thailand adds 374 Covid cases Sunday, mostly in S.Sakhon
Thailand on Sunday recorded 374 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to date to 12,054. No new deaths were reported, leaving the accumulated total at 70.
Govt urges BMA to halt raising train fare ceiling
The Transport Ministry has urged City Hall to halt raising the BTS skytrain maximum fare ceiling, following heavy criticism.
Punter's paradise
The new committee set up to tackle illegal gambling and legalising gambling dens will not yield any substantial results as long as the police force is not reformed, academics and a former senior police officer say.
Seven arrested as activists and police face off
At least seven people were arrested in confrontations between police and small groups of pro-democracy activists at two locations in Bangkok on Saturday.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Thailand sold itself as a paradise Covid retreat. No one came
It’s hard to imagine a more luxurious place to spend two weeks of quarantine than the Anantara Phuket Suites & Villas, where visitors are pampered in private residences that can have their own pool and courtyard.
Indonesian medics overwhelmed by quake casualties
MAMUJU, Indonesia: Medics battled exhaustion and the risk of Covid-19 as they raced Monday to treat scores of people injured by a devastating earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.
Australia rebuffs tennis stars' quarantine complaints
MELBOURNE: Dozens of tennis stars stuck in hotel quarantine ahead of the Australian Open were told Monday they would get no "special treatment" to leave their rooms to train, despite complaints from some players.
Police put under pressure, release WeVo guard
SAMUT PRAKAN: A member of the We Volunteer (WeVo) protest guard who was arrested on a court warrant was released by Bang Kaew police on Sunday night after about 200 angry members of the group gathered outside the police station.
Migrants arrested while gambling
SAMUT PRAKAN: Twelve Myanmar nationals were arrested for violating the provincial ban on crowd gatherings during the Covid-19 outbreak, in Bang Phli district on Sunday night.
Donald Trump: from the American dream to American nightmare
WASHINGTON: When Donald Trump looks down for the last time from his helicopter over the White House lawn Wednesday, the wreckage of his presidency will be inescapable.
Doubles title a bright spot for Thais
Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai claimed their maiden BWF World Tour Super 1000 title after winning the US$1 million Yonex Thailand Open at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, on Sunday.
No shots until proven safe: PM
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Sunday insisted he won't allow Thais to be used as guinea pigs to test the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines, saying any jabs rolled out for use in Thailand must be proven to be safe.
Rail Transport Department goes into bat to fight BTS fare rise
The Rail Transport Department on Sunday insisted the BTS skytrain maximum fare ceiling on the Green Line being capped at 158 baht would burden consumers, and planned to discuss the matter with City Hall this week.
GSB adjusts standards for loans
State-owned Government Savings Bank (GSB) plans to adjust its loan criteria to collateral-based lending from the current cashflow-based lending to assist people experiencing a liquidity crunch.
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