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Police hunt for two thieves blamed for train derailment in Phetchaburi

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30375028

Police hunt for two thieves blamed for train derailment in Phetchaburi

Aug 20. 2019
By The Nation

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Phetchaburi police have launched a manhunt for two men who stole railroad sleepers and are being held responsible for a passenger train derailment in Cha-am district on Monday.

Police arrested the owner of a recycling shop in Cha-am after 25 railroad sleepers and 66 rail fastening screws were found.

Police checked the shop Monday night after the Thon Buri-Lang Suan train derailed about 300 before a tunnel next to the Bor Fai airport at noon. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Supachai Phadsee, 23, the shop owner, was taken to Cha-am police station to be interrogated and was later charged with collaboration to steal state property and with buying stolen items. Supachai denied the collaboration charge but admitted the charge of buying stolen items.

He told police that two men, who appeared to be around 40 to 45 years old, sold the railroad sleepers and fastening screws to him on August 13.

Railway officials found that many sleepers and screws on the section of track where the derailment occurred were missing.

Police said they had learned the identities of the two thieves and were hunting for them.

The State Railway of Thailand sent a train with a crane from Bang Sue station to lift the six derailed carriages from the tracks and services on the southern route resumed at 3am Tuesday.

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New public park to open in Bang Khae at end of month

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30375024

New public park to open in Bang Khae at end of month

Aug 20. 2019
By The Nation

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will open a new public park with access for pet dogs in Bangkok’s Bang Kae district at the end of this month.

Chatree Watanakhachorn, director of the BMA’s Environment Department said the70-rai Bang Khae Pirom Park on Soi Phetkasem 69 will be officially opened on August 30.

Chatree said BMA governor Aswin Kwanmuang will chair the opening ceremony.

The park has running and biking tracks as well as sports fields and a children’s playground. An area of the park has also been allocated as a dog park.

Chatree said construction of all facilities and buildings in the park is now complete, adding that Bangkok now has 7,814 parks and small gardens, providing green space to city residents at the ratio of 6.53 square metres per resident. The BMA plans to increase the ratio to 12 sqm per resident in the future.

Tourism minister wants to extend pub closing hours

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30375022

Tourism minister wants to extend pub closing hours

Aug 20. 2019
Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn

Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn
By The Nation

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Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has proposed that bars and pubs in some tourist destinations be allowed to stay open until 4am to attract foreign tourists to spend more.

Phiphat said he would discuss his ideas to stimulate nightlife tourism with Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and other ministers.

The closing time for pubs and bars is 2am.

Phiphat said he believed that if closing is extended to 4 am, tourists will spend 25 per cent more on eating and drinking.

He added however that the proposal did not apply to all areas but would cover such popular tourist spots as the Silom nightlife zone in Bangkok, Patong in Phuket, Ao Nang in Krabi and Koh Samui in Surat Thani.

Meanwhile, Witchayayut Boonchit, deputy secretary general of the National Economic and Social Development Board, said the number of Chinese tourists dropped by 8 per cent in the second quarter, following on from the 1.7 per cent fall in arrivals in the first quarter.

He said Chinese tourists were apparently worried by the depreciation of the yuan so were visiting Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and South Korea instead of travelling to Thailand.

He said 19.76 million foreign tourists visited Thailand during the first half (January to June) this year, which was an increase of 1.48 per cent over the previous year. They generated revenue of Bt1.02 trillion for the country.

Sing Buri villagers arrive at Nation TV to rally against coal-fired plant

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30374996

Sing Buri villagers arrive at Nation TV to rally against coal-fired plant

Aug 20. 2019
By The Nation

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More than 50 villagers from Sing Buri Muang district’s Pho Kruam sub-district arrived at Nation TV’s headquarters on August 19 to voice their opposition against CAS Paper Mill Co Ltd’s plans on the channel’s “Rawangphai Khlaitook” show. The show was aired the same day at 3pm.

Thanes Wongsod, 47, a marian plum farmer, said the mill has been using coal to fuel its pulp boilers for several years now.

“The factory uses 100 tonnes of coal daily,” he said. “This has been polluting 4 sub districts and affecting 6,000 households or more than 10,000 villagers.”

He said the coal-fired factory releases foul odours, dust and also stunts the growth of plants and stops them from bearing fruit.

“Villagers have already filed complaints with related agencies such as the Industry Ministry and the provincial governor, but these agencies inform the factory before coming to inspect, which gives the factory enough time to cover up its pollution emission traces,” Thanes said.

“We have decided to make our complaint public because CAS now plans to expand into electricity generation, which means more use of coal. Voicing our problems on television is our last hope,” he said.

CAS Paper Mill Co Ltd held a public hearing on September 11, 2018 on plans to expand the plant, but failed to win a licence from the Industry Ministry. The company is planning to hold another public hearing on August 31.

Foreign Ministry not keen on allowing visa-free entry to Indians, Chinese

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30375011

Foreign Ministry not keen on allowing visa-free entry to Indians, Chinese

Aug 19. 2019
Foreign Ministry building, Bangkok

Foreign Ministry building, Bangkok
By THE NATION

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The Foreign Ministry is reportedly against the proposal to grant Indian and Chinese travellers visa-exempt stay for 14 days, citing concerns over national security and social impact.

A Foreign Ministry source said this offer should be made to countries whose citizens pose less of a risk.

This proposal was made by the Tourism and Sports Ministry and will be discussed in the Cabinet on August 20.

The unnamed source said that since both China and India have a huge population, their nationals were prone to entering Thailand illegally to either make a living or to protect themselves from natural disasters in their own countries.

The source cited regular reports about Chinese and Indian nationals being caught working illegally on tourist visas.

Meanwhile, the Association of Thai Travel Agents reportedly played down the concerns, saying visa-exempt stay would be a huge boon for Thailand’s tourism industry.

Woman arrested for making girl’s life hell, homeless man nabbed for raping her

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30375010

Woman arrested for making girl’s life hell, homeless man nabbed for raping her

Aug 19. 2019
By Theerawat Thongma,
Dethawee Theewarangkool
The Nation

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Police have arrested a Samut Prakan woman on human-trafficking charges and a 51-year-old homeless man on rape charges, Immigration Police Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingdoung told the press on August 19.

The woman was arrested for allegedly holding a 14-year-old Lao girl in slave-like conditions and assaulting the teenager several times, forcing her to flee to live on the streets. Meanwhile, the man was arrested for hiding the girl and raping her.

The case caught public attention after good Samaritans brought the teenager, who had no travel documents, to the Samut Prakan Immigration Police to seek assistance. Upon noticing that the girl had wounds on her face and body, police grilled her and learned that her employer – identified as Thip-apa Yimnian – had inflicted those wounds with scissors, pestle and wire hangers, while the girl was working for her as a maid since 2018 for a mere Bt3,000 per month.

The girl said her wounds were never treated and were healed in time.

She also said that her employer deducted her first month’s salary for travelling expenses and claimed that her wages every month were being wired to her father. The 14-year-old also said that she was forced to sleep in the same room as her employer’s pets and told not to go beyond the fence of the house as she would be “arrested or someone will take her away and shave her head”.

The youngster said she finally got a chance to flee when her employer – who usually stayed at home – went out of the house earlier this year.

While living on the streets the girl met Kalong Muangchan, a homeless man who first hid her and then began raping her, which was noticed by residents in the area, who rescued the girl and took her to a nearby police station earlier this month.

Kalong was arrested on August 9 for raping a minor and harbouring an illegal migrant, Sompong said. Thip-apa was arrested on August 16 over charges of human trafficking and physical assault resulting in disfiguring the victim’s face.

Sompong said Immigration Police will provide care for all migrants who are victim to unjust treatment or assault, adding that those facing trouble can always contact immigration police.

Nakhon Si Thammarat peat forest still smouldering

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30375004

Nakhon Si Thammarat peat forest still smouldering

Aug 19. 2019
By Krissana Thiwatsirikul
The Nation

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The wildfire engulfing Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Khuan Khreng peat forest – which had first sparked in late July and reignited on August 4 – is still an issue even though firefighters have put out flames in 90 per cent of the area. A source from the fire-fighting team said the fire is still smouldering underground and can be rekindled at any time.

Firefighters have been using special tools to detect the underground smouldering areas and have brought in large hoses to pour water into the ground to stop the fire from expanding.

Since July 29, the peat forest fire covering the districts of Cha-uat, Chalerm Phrakiat, Chian Yai, Hua Sai and Ron Phibun has damaged a total area of 14,478 rai (2,316 hectares), including 4,551 rai of farmland.

Meanwhile, the Royal Forestry Department has sent the Phayak Prai task force to inspect the damage in the forest reserve, a source at the department said.

Urgent repair of sinkhole brings Rama IV Road to a standstill

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30374997

Urgent repair of sinkhole brings Rama IV Road to a standstill

Aug 19. 2019
Nation/Anant Chantarasoot

Nation/Anant Chantarasoot
By The Nation

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Deputy Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) governor Sakchai Boonma inspected an 80-centimetre-wide sinkhole on August 19, which was later found to be on top of a 3-by-5-by-1-metre subsidence on Rama IV Road’s inbound lane. He ordered city workers to urgently repair the sinkhole.

The repairing activity, which occupied a 200-metre-long section on two lanes on the left near the Klong Toei Metropolitan Electricity Office, saw the road surface being ripped open for inspection and refilled with compressed stones and asphalt. The job, which forced the traffic to slow down, was expected to be completed later in the evening.

The cause of the subsidence, which was reported at around 12.30am, is being investigated as there are no obvious reasons such as underground construction. Sakchai has assigned officials to scan all old roads in the capital in case new sinkholes crop up, BMA Public Works Department’s deputy director Thaiwuth Khankaew said.

This sinkhole is the second one to open up this month. The first 1m-by-1.5m-by-1m sinkhole was found on Phetchaburi Road near Wanich Building early on August 6 when a pick-up truck fell into it. Though no injuries were reported, the sinkhole caused a severe traffic jam.

Mariam’s death inspires Satun locals to keep their sea clean (See gallery)

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30374990

Mariam’s death inspires Satun locals to keep their sea clean (See gallery)

Aug 19. 2019
By Story and Photo/Charoon Thongnual/NATIONPHOTO

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Though it is a bit too late, fishermen and volunteers living off the estuaries near Satun’s Lagun district have launched a garbage-collecting campaign in coastal areas near Libong Island, where baby dugong Mariam was rescued, nurtured and died from consuming plastic.

 

The villagers and local fishermen admit that their side of the Andaman Sea and its surrounds are valuable assets to their booming homestay business.

 

Hence, from now on, all boats taking visitors on tour will return with garbage, which they will sort and recycle.

 

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Justice Ministry eyes prison reform

Published August 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30374984

Justice Ministry eyes prison reform

Aug 19. 2019
By THE NATION

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The Justice Ministry is working on many projects aimed at easing overpopulation at prisons, such as the use of electronic-monitoring devices and extending suspended sentences from three years to five years.

In a video conference with all departments and prison chiefs, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said he wanted to limit the number of inmates to around 370,000 across the country, in order to avoid having to build more prisons.

He said many projects will be launched, including new skill-development schemes in which inmates will be provided with vocational training and employers of former inmates will be granted tax benefits.

Somsak said he was also concerned about the Bt23 per head allocated for daily meals in prison, which he said could not possibly be enough to provide proper nutrition. The daily subsidy for each school meal is Bt22 per student.

Wisit Wisitsora-at, the Justice Ministry’s permanent secretary, said as many as 60,000 people are imprisoned every year, adding electronic-monitoring devices should be used for five years instead of just three.

Also, he said, if the ratio of repeated crimes is reduced from 35 to 15 per cent, then monitoring devices should be considered in more cases, and become more acceptable to the Thai society, which is usually biased against former inmates.

Naras Savestanan, director-general of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, blamed the justice system’s tendency to put offenders behind bars, adding that poor hygiene and low-quality food in prisons make any vocational training for inmates ineffective.

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