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Thailand Elite members warned about overstaying

 

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Thailand Elite file photo

 

It may have cost them the best part of 1 million baht but don’t think Thailand  Elite members get an easy ride should they overstay their permission to remain in the country.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203383-thailand-elite-members-warned-about-overstaying/

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Tourism Council of Thailand says Q1 2021 tourism confidence index drops to 53

 

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It is estimated that 6.69 million foreign travellers visited Thailand in 2020, an 83% decrease from 2019. The visitors generated revenue of around 300 billion baht, an 80% decrease from the previous year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203372-tourism-council-of-thailand-says-q1-2021-tourism-confidence-index-drops-to-53/

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Thailand may see 1 million tourism job losses in first quarter after new outbreak

By Kitiphong Thaichareon

 

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FILE PHOTO: Immigration officers stand in front of an empty arrivals hall at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Thailand, June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand could see a million more jobless tourism workers in the first quarter after its latest wave of coronavirus infections, while relief measures are urgently needed to support the struggling sector, a private tourism group said on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203356-thailand may-see-1-million-tourism-job-losses-in-first-quarter-after-new-outbreak/

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CCSA eyes easing controls on four red-zone provinces

By THE NATION

 

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Satit Pitutacha

 

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is planning to remove four eastern provinces, namely Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, from the “red zone” list, the Public Health Ministry said.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203366-ccsa-eyes-easing-controls-on-four-red-zone-provinces/

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Labour network rallies for more assistance

By THE NATION

 

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Members of the Labour Network for People’s Rights rallied outside Government House on Tuesday demanding that the government pay Bt5,000 to each member of the country’s workforce for three months.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203364-workers-want-b5000-for-3-months/?do=findComment&comment=16201269

 

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Rayong gets ready to lift restriction on 10 types of businesses, public sites

By The Nation

 

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The Communicable Disease Control Committee has agreed to allow 10 types of businesses and sites in Rayong to reopen from Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203418-rayong-gets-ready-to-lift-restriction-on-10-types-of-businesses-public-sites/

 

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Ratchanok, Thai super-duo face supreme test in World Tour Finals

By THE NATION

 

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Ratchanok Inthanon

 

Ratchanok Inthanon and the red-hot mixed doubles duo Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai will shoulder Thai hopes when the $1.5-million BWF World Tour Finals kicks off on Wednesday at a spectator-free Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203420-ratchanok-thai-super-duo-face-supreme-test-in-world-tour-finals/

 

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Govt to offer 30 million people Bt7,000 each in new round of Covid relief

By The Nation

 

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Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith

 

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a new round of Covid-19 relief for low-income groups. The new package will offer Bt7,000 in credit for shopping necessities and cover around 30 million people.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203421-govt-to-offer-30-million-people-bt7000-each-in-new-round-of-covid-relief/

 

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Education ministry details school fees are to be refunded by private schools

 

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A student uses hand sanitiser as she arrives at a secondary school in Bangkok on July 1, 2020, as schools reopened after being temporarily closed due to the threat of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. – Pupils in Thailand returned to school on July 1, though with strict rules to prevent fresh coronavirus outbreaks, as the kingdom pushed towards normality with the pandemic raging on beyond its borders. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

 

Private schools, which provide online learning during the lockdown, must refund certain fees and charges to parents, either in cash or by credit note, said the Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC), which is under the Education Ministry.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203423-thai-education-ministry-details-school-fees-are-to-be-refunded-by-private-schools/

 

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UK PM Johnson: Sorrow of 100,000 COVID-19 death toll "hard to compute"

 

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FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a coronavirus news conference at 10 Downing Street, London, Britain January 22, 2021. Leon Neal/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - The sorrow of Britain's COVID-19 death toll, which passed 100,000 on Tuesday, was hard to compute, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203424-uk pm-johnson-sorrow-of-100000-covid-19-death-toll-hard-to-compute/

 

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Biden speaks to Putin for first time since taking power -White House

By Trevor Hunnicutt and Steve Holland

 

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FILE PHOTO: Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow March 10, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday for the first time since taking office and raised concerns about Russian activities including the treatment of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the White House said.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203425-biden-speaks-to-putin-for-first-time-since-taking-power-white-house/

 

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U.S. Senate blocks constitutional challenge to Trump impeachment trial

By David Morgan

 

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is trailed by reporters as he arrives to be sworn in for the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted 55-45 on Tuesday to block a Republican effort to upend plans for former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on a charge that he incited the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203429-us-senate-blocks-constitutional-challenge-to-trump-impeachment-trial/

 

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Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologise for 'failings' in Jan. 6 attack

By Makini Brice and Richard Cowan

 

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The U.S. Capitol building can be seen from behind high security measures in Washington, U.S., January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologised on Tuesday for "failings" during the deadly attack on the building by followers of then-President Donald Trump in a bid to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election victory.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203430-top-us-capitol-security-officials-apologise-for-failings-in-jan-6-attack/

 

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Israel's top general says its military is refreshing operational plans against Iran

By Jeffrey Heller

 

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FILE PHOTO: Incoming Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi reviews an honour guard during a handover ceremony where he replaces Lieutenant-General Gadi Eizenkot, at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

 

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's top general said on Tuesday that its military was refreshing its operational plans against Iran and that any U.S. return to a 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran would be "wrong."

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203426-israels-top-general-says-its-military-is-refreshing-operational-plans-against-iran/

 

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Thailand cuts worker Social Security contributions, extends visa renewal deadlines

 

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Labour Minister, Suchart Chomklin

 

Thailand’s cabinet decided today to cut the employee contribution to the Social Security Fund from 3% to 0.5% of their salaries for February and March, but to retain employer and government contributions at 3% and 2.75% respectively.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203433-thailand-cuts-worker-social-security-contributions-extends-visa-renewal-deadlines/

 

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‘Vaccine passports’ could allow foreigners to visit Thailand without quarantine: TAT

 

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Foreigners who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 could be allowed to visit Thailand without the need to quarantine, according to new proposals from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203436-‘vaccine-passports’-could-allow-foreigners-to-visit-thailand-without-quarantine-tat/

 

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THAI seeks second deadline extension for rehab plan

By The Nation

 

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THAI’s acting president Chansin Treenuchagron

 

Thai Airways International (THAI) will this week ask the bankruptcy court to extend its deadline for submission of its rehabilitation plan by another one month, THAI’s acting president Chansin Treenuchagron said on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203439-thai-seeks-second-deadline-extension-for-rehab-plan/

 

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PTT prepares for impact of new Covid wave on LNG demand

By The Nation

 

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Oil and gas conglomerate PTT Plc is closely monitoring the new wave of Covid-19 infections to see how it will affect the demand of liquified natural gas (LNG), Wuttikorn Stithit, PTT’s senior executive vice president for the gas business unit, said.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203440-ptt-prepares-for-impact-of-new-covid-wave-on-lng-demand/

 

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Ministry extends ID card making, renewal deadline to April 30

By THE NATION

 

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The Royal Gazette website on Tuesday published an Interior Ministry announcement stipulating that the deadline for making or renewing identification cards will be extended to April 30 in a bid to curb Covid-19 from spreading further.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203443-ministry-extends-thai-id-card-making-renewal-deadline-to-april-30/

 

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27 Cambodians arrested for illegal entry, disguising themselves as monks

By THE NATION

 

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Twenty-seven Cambodian nationals have been arrested for entering the country without proper documentation and disguising themselves as Buddhist monks at Wat Talom temple in Bangkok’s Phasi Charoen district, Immigration Police chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang announced on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203447-27-cambodians-arrested-for-illegal-entry-disguising-themselves-as-monks/

 

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Hua Hin: Student studying in the open gets a result - but it's a big Thai show that masks problems
 
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Amid all the back slapping and photo opportunity of the story of Nong View comes a stark reality for many children and parents largely abandoned in the mess that has been the closure of schools and rush to learn online in the pandemic without the necessary infrastructure.
 
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U.S. Senate confirms Biden nominee Blinken as secretary of state

By Patricia Zengerle

 

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FILE PHOTO: Antony J. Blinken, of New York, speaks during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S. January 19, 2021. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee, veteran diplomat Antony Blinken, to serve as secretary of state.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203450-us-senate-confirms-biden-nominee-blinken-as-secretary-of-state/

 

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Opposition MP urges Prayut to put the brakes on Green Line fare hike

By THE NATION

 

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Pheu Thai’s Maha Sarakham MP and party deputy chief Yutthapong Jarassathian submitted a letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday urging him to suspend the Green Line Skytrain fare increase to a maximum Bt104, which is to commence on February 16.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203451-opposition-mp-urges-prayut-to-put-the-brakes-on-green-line-fare-hike/

 

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Restrictions in Pattaya set to be lifted
 
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Chonburi governor Phakrathorn Thienchai and the Pattaya mayor Sontaya Khunpluem and their delegations made visits to several hotels offering meals to the public to keep their staff busy.
 
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With pandemic under control, officials press ahead with Pattaya rebrand

 

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A leading figure in the hotel industry told the Thai media that now that the pandemic is easing it is time to press ahead with the rebranding of Pattaya.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203457-with-pandemic-under-control-officials-press-ahead-with-pattaya-rebrand/

 

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Foreigners break their legs fleeing the scene as illegal "Krathom" party busted in Thai Covid hotspot
 
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The Samut Sakhon police chief Maj-Gen Apichat Wannaphak sent in a raiding party of officers after a complaint was received on an official hotline about an illegal Krathom tea den in the Tha Jeen, Muang district area.
 
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Phuket must keep guard up despite COVID relaxations, urges vice governor

By The Phuket News

 

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Mr Pichet highlighted that the relaxation measures were introduced to help Phuket’s struggling economy. Photo: PR Phuket

 

PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong has urged all people in Phuket to keep their guard up and practice all the COVID-19 protection measures to help prevent another outbreak on the island, especially following the new relaxation measures rolled out across the island.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203467-phuket-must-keep-guard-up-despite-covid-relaxations-urges-vice-governor/

 

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Ranong to send 402 migrants back to Myanmar

By THE NATION

 

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Ranong will send its first batch of 166 detained Myanmar migrants from a total of 402 back to their home country starting on Thursday, Ranong Governor Somkiat Sisanet said on Tuesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203468-ranong-to-send-402-migrants-back-to-myanmar/

 

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Three men injured after knife attack at Jomtien Beach
 
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Police captain Sanam Khotanon and Sawang Boriboon rescue foundation responded at 2 am today after three men were attacked at Jomtien Beach.
 
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Buriram immigration inspector transferred amid claims he allowed Chinese pirate goods man to extend "religious" visa

 

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Thailand's immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang signed his name to an order for the transfer of an inspector of immigration in Buriram in Thailand's north east.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203473-buriram-immigration-inspector-transferred-amid-claims-he-allowed-chinese-pirate-goods-man-to-extend-religious-visa/

 

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