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    Sanook reported on the tragic death of a 64 year old man called Manit at rented accommodation in Soi Suksawat 58 in the Ratburana police jurisdiction in the Thai capital Bangkok.

     

    Manit was found electrocuted in a high-backed chair next to the wall outside the bathroom.

     

    He had fashioned a kind of makeshift electric chair to kill himself. Extension cord wires ran to a central point on his chest that was taped then to other parts of his body.

     

    Signs of electrocution were found at ten parts of his body the media said in a detailed report.

     

    His wife Chaleo, 56, said she had been out of work when her daughter who found the body called her. 

     

    She said that her husband had many illnesses, couldn't work and was deaf. He had just had heart surgery and spoke of wanting to commit suicide many times.

     

    Nitaya, his adopted daughter, found the body and at first admonished him for sleeping like that before the full horror of what had happened became apparent. 

     

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    A Thai man grabbed an old man as a hostage at a Charoen Krung area hotel in Bang Rak, Bangkok. The situation was eventually resolved as 191 police used a taser.

     

    Yannawa police were informed yesterday at 11 am of an incident in Chareon Krung Soi 44 at three shophouses used as a hotel.

     

    On the fourth floor a 35 year old man was using a 6 inch knife to hold a 70 year old man.

     

    The pair moved downstairs after negotiations but the younger man still held the older one in a headlock with the knife to his throat as they exited the hotel.

     

    Then the taser was used 20 meters from the hotel entrance. The older man was unharmed, reported Sanook.

     

    A man named only as "A" said that the assailant was his grandson.

     

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    The grandson had been out of prison for a month. He was in for theft and still had no work on release.

     

    Two days ago the grandson had left home saying he was going looking for his girlfriend. They lost contact until it was discovered he was staying in a room at the hotel for 600 baht a night.

     

    He didn't know why he had taken the other man hostage.

     

    Both assailant and victim were taken to Lertsin Hospital. Later the media reported that metropolitan police commander Pol Lt-Gen Samran Nuanma went to the Yannawa police himself to find out what was going on. 

     

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  3. Automobile production figures and sales improve significantly

    By Namo Vananupong

     

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    BANGKOK (NNT) - Improved prospects have been observed for the automotive industry, which plays a significant role in driving Thailand’s economy. Production and sales figures have improved for cars as well as motorcycles.

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1236553-automobile-production-figures-and-sales-improve-significantly/

     

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    By Namo Vananupong

       

    BANGKOK (NNT) - Improved prospects have been observed for the automotive industry, which plays a significant role in driving Thailand’s economy. Production and sales figures have improved for cars as well as motorcycles.

     

    Surapong Paisitpatanapong, the spokesperson for the FTI’s automotive cluster, said Thailand’s auto manufacturers received chips and parts from trade partners in September due to the relaxation of lockdowns in those countries. Auto plants were, therefore, able to increase production, and were able to manufacture a total of 140,038 cars – an increase of 34.47% from August. A total of 1,211,946 automobiles were produced in Thailand in the 9 months from January to September, an increase of 25.93% from the same period of the previous year.

     

    Mr. Surapong said 56,871 automobiles were sold domestically in September, an increase of 34.84% over August. He attributed improved sales to the lifting of lockdowns on September 1, which allowed people to have more confidence about their future income and therefore more visits were made to showrooms. He said financial institutes had concurrently toned down their lending approval criteria.

     

    Export-wise, Thailand shipped out 73,831 automobiles worth 44 billion baht in September – a rise of 23.94% from August’s figure. For the 9 month period from January to September, 677,481 automobiles worth almost 400 billion baht were exported; the vehicle count rose by 29.92% and the value by 36.93% over the previous year.

     

    Industry-wide exports, comprising automobiles, motorcycles, engines and parts, reached a value of 650 billion baht for the January - September period. This figure increased by 43.72% from the same period of the previous year.

     

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  5. Thai police including Big Joke announce arrests of human smuggling gang and suspect in death of Rohingyas

     

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    Well known Thai policeman Lt-Gen Surachate Hakpan or Big Joke joined with human welfare police, marine cops and counterparts in Malaysia to anounce several arrests in two high profile cases, reported Daily News.

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1236548-thai-police-including-big-joke-announce-arrests-of-human-smuggling-gang-and-suspect-in-death-of-rohingyas/

     

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    Well known Thai policeman Lt-Gen Surachate Hakpan or Big Joke joined with human welfare police, marine cops and counterparts in Malaysia to anounce several arrests in two high profile cases, reported Daily News.

     

    The first involves complaints from a group of Thais who were rescued in Sihanoukville in Cambodia after a gang conned them into illegal work there.

     

    Around 15-20 people were kept prisoner after they were promised legitimate work in Thailand's neighbor but were forced to con their compatriots working at a call center instead. 

     

    Arrest warrants were issued for ten people - four Chinese nationals, four Cambodians and two Thais.

     

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    In two districts of Chiang Mai a Thai woman called Ubonrat, 22, and a Chinese woman by the name of Thienfong were arrested in connection with the racket.

     

    Police said the victims were held prisoner in appalling conditions before they managed to appeal for help online. Eight others are still being sought.

     

    In the other case Surachate announced the arrest of a man called Jepa, 54, wanted in connected with the smuggling of illegal migrants between Thailand and Malaysia since 2015. A Malaysian warrant was out for him since 2016.

     

    He is part of a wider gang involved in the demise of Rohingya migrants who were whipped to death.

     

    Malaysian police have found the graves of 30 such people in their country. 

     

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    Daily News reported from Pattaya saying that the famed resort was not very busy.

     

    And certainly not as busy as you might expect on a four day long weekend after the government declared that from 21st to 24th October.

     

    Cars were traversing beach road, they said, but there were few people on the deckchairs.

     

    Deckchair vendor Prasit,54, said it was better than recently but still not what you'd expect on a long weekend. Most were locals with few from Bangkok or further afield.

     

    He charges 50 baht per person but said when a family of six came he couldn't charge 300 baht and had to give in to their requests for a discount.

     

    Still he was making 500-1000 baht a day which wasn't too bad and enabled him to keep his head above water.

     

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    He said that the public spoke with one voice about Pattaya beach - it needed public toilets. As it is it is very inconvenient. He implored the authorities to do something about that.

     

    At Bali Hai there were also fewer tourists than expected.

     

    1,600 crossed to Koh Larn on Thursday and 1,300 yesterday.

     

    Normally on a long weekend it would be expected that 3,000-5,000 tourists would make the trip daily to the island that lies off the Pattaya coast. 

     

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  8. Govt warns against SMSs seeking information for “phase 4” of Co-pay program

    By Namo Vananupong

     

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    BANGKOK (NNT) - Criminal groups have taken advantage of the government’s recent announcement of an additional batch of stipend under the Co-pay half-price scheme to convince people to divulge their personal information. The government is asserting that it is not collecting information at the moment and urges people not to provide their information to these groups.

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1236546-govt-warns-against-smss-seeking-information-for-“phase-4”-of-co-pay-program/

     

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    By Namo Vananupong

       

    BANGKOK (NNT) - Criminal groups have taken advantage of the government’s recent announcement of an additional batch of stipend under the Co-pay half-price scheme to convince people to divulge their personal information. The government is asserting that it is not collecting information at the moment and urges people not to provide their information to these groups.

     

    Prime Minister’s Office spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said inquiries have been made with the Digital Economy and Society Ministry’s anti-fake news center as well as with Krung Thai Bank, and it was found that the information collecting act was perpetrated by ill-intentioned actors who have sent out SMSs under the name of the Co-pay program. The SMSs trick people into registering for “phase 4” of Co-pay, and collect information such as I.D. card numbers and passwords in the process, after which the information is used to fraudulently transfer money out of people’s bank accounts.

     

    Thanakorn said there is currently no policy to request people’s personal, financial or debit card information via SMS. He asked that people do not hand over sensitive information to other individuals or make them available online.

     

    Recently, the Cabinet approved an extra 1,500 baht of handouts for participants of the Co-pay program. The amount will be disbursed in November, and users will have until December 31 to spend it. About 190,000 slots remain available in the current or third phase of the Co-pay program.

     

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    Naew Na reported on comments made by Chart Thai Pattana MP Nikorn Jamnong at a meeting at the Amari Don Muang to adress the carnage on the roads among the 10-18 year old age group.

     

    Nikorn took the occasion to say that child car seat enforcement was difficult as they cost at least 5,000 - 10,000 baht each. 

     

    He said that in the Philippines import duty had been slashed to zero to encourage their use and the same should be done in Thailand.

     

    Also they should be made in Thailand and enjoy BOI privileges. 

     

    In addition the MP called for all motorcycles to be fitted with ABS brakes as standard and this to be enforced. 

     

    Car seats for children and babies in Thailand are not mandatory - the law just requires a child to be restrained, notes ASEAN NOW.

     

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  11. Health Ministry to roll out booster jabs for Sinopharm recipients next month

    By Tanakorn Sangiam

     

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    BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health is considering the rollout of booster jabs for people vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine, while the vaccination panel has approved the second Pfizer jabs for teenage boys as heart inflammation risk remains low.

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1236541-health-ministry-to-roll-out-booster-jabs-for-sinopharm-recipients-next-month/

     

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    By Tanakorn Sangiam

       

    BANGKOK (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health is considering the rollout of booster jabs for people vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine, while the vaccination panel has approved the second Pfizer jabs for teenage boys as heart inflammation risk remains low.

     

    Thailand’s immunization subcommittee is considering a plan to offer a booster COVID-19 vaccine dose for people previously vaccinated with Sinopharm jabs, with the booster rollout expected to start as early as November.

     

    The Department of Disease Control (DDC) Director-General Dr Opas Karnkawinpong said a similar principle to the booster dose rollout among people vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine will be adopted, as both vaccines are inactivated virus vaccines.

     

    The third dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be given 3-4 months after the second dose of the Sinopharm vaccine, meaning people who received their second Sinopharm jabs in July would need to get a booster dose in November.

     

    The immunization subcommittee has requested supporting data from Chalabhorn Royal Academy, the sole organization offering Sinopharm jabs in Thailand, on the need for a booster dose.

     

    The DDC chief said Thailand is expected to receive a total of 25 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines next month, namely 15 million doses from AstraZeneca, and 10 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech.

     

    He said the supply for the Sinovac vaccine is now running low and is expected to run out this month, adding that this inactivated vaccine provides a good first dose for boosting with another dose from other brands.

     

    The immunization subcommittee has also agreed to proceed with the second dose administration of Pfizer jabs in teenage boys, as the benefits from enhanced immune protection against the Delta variant after the second dose greatly outweigh the risk of rare side effects.

     

    The panel has sought expertise from pediatric cardiology experts, who find the possibility of heart inflammation after receiving the mRNA vaccine to be very low, and that the symptoms can go away without much intervention.

     

    The immunization panel has stressed however that vaccination among children and adolescents must receive consent from the recipients themselves, as well as their guardians.

     

    Some 68.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have so far been administered in Thailand, with around 27.5 million people having already received at least two doses. The DDC is confident the country can achieve the 100 million dose target by the end of this year.

     

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  13. Phuket marks 118 new COVID cases, six more deaths

    By The Phuket News

     

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    PHUKET: The latest Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) daily COVID situation report has marked 118 new local infections confirmed across the island yesterday (Oct 22) bringing the total number of people recognised as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3 to 14,561.

     

    Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1236528-phuket-marks-118-new-covid-cases-six-more-deaths/

     

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