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Thai cops struggling under debt totalling Bt270bn, says police chief

By THE NATION

 

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Suwat Jangyodsuk

 

Thai police officers owe a total of Bt270 billion in debts, national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk revealed on Friday.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203878-thai-cops-struggling-under-debt-totalling-bt270bn-says-police-chief/

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EU stokes anger with plan to restrict vaccine exports through Irish border

By Andy Bruce, Kate Holton and Marine Strauss

 

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FILE PHOTO: A vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is seen ahead of being administered at the Royal Victoria Hospital, on the first day of the largest immunisation programme in the British history, in Belfast, Northern Ireland December 8, 2020. Liam McBurney/Pool via REUTERS//File Photo

 

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Friday sought to restrict exports of COVID-19 vaccines through the Irish border to the United Kingdom by invoking emergency clauses in the Brexit divorce deal, sending shockwaves through both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203900-eu-stokes-anger-with-plan-to-restrict-vaccine-exports-through-irish-border/

 

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UK offers Hong Kong residents route to citizenship, angering China

By Yew Lun Tian and William James

 

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FILE PHOTO: A Star Ferry boat crosses Victoria Harbour in front of a skyline of buildings in Hong Kong, China June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

 

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - Hong Kong residents can apply from Sunday for a new visa giving them the chance to become British citizens following China's crackdown in the former colony, but Beijing said it will no longer recognise the special British passport already in use.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203901-uk-offers-hong-kong-residents-route-to-citizenship-angering-china/

 

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Small bomb explodes near Israeli embassy in New Delhi, nobody hurt

By Alasdair Pal and Rami Ayyub

 

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Police officials examine the site of an explosion near the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

 

NEW DELHI/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A small bomb went off near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, causing no injuries, in an incident that an Israeli official said was being treated as terrorism.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203902-small-bomb-explodes-near-israeli-embassy-in-new-delhi-nobody-hurt/

 

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Woman’s body found dumped beside road south of Patong

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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Photo: Karon Police

 

PHUKET: Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found wrapped in a blanket beside the road between Patong and Karon earlier today (Jan 29).

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203904-woman’s-body-found-dumped-beside-road-south-of-patong/

 

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Thai stocks least affected as Asian markets fall

By The Nation

 

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The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Index closed at 1,466.98 on Friday, down 1.53 points or 0.10 per cent. The volume of total transactions was Bt95.78 billion with an index high of 1,480.44 and a low of 1,455.55.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203905-thai-stocks-least-affected-as-asian-markets-fall/

 

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KBank sets loan growth target at 4-6%, with focus on cost-cutting, productivity, competitiveness

By The Nation

 

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Kattiya Indaravijaya, KBank’s chief executive officer

 

In a bid to adapt to the “new normal”, Kasikornbank (KBank) has redefined its strategies to aim for loan growth of 4-6 per cent.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203906-kbank-sets-loan-growth-target-at-4-6-with-focus-on-cost-cutting-productivity-competitiveness/

 

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BOT warns uneven recovery shaken further by new virus wave

By The Nation

 

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Economic recovery continued in the fourth quarter of 2020, but remained uneven, said the Bank of Thailand on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203907-bot-warns-uneven-recovery-shaken-further-by-new-virus-wave/

 

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Ratchanok falls but 5 Thais through to World Finals semis

By THE NATION

 

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Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai

 

Ratchanok Intanon tumbled out on Friday but five Thais advanced to the weekend knock-out stage of the $1.5-million BWF World Tour Finals at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203909-ratchanok-falls-but-5-thais-through-to-world-finals-semis/

 

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Vietnam says areas worst hit by latest virus outbreak 'basically under control'

By Khanh Vu and Phuong Nguyen

 

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Health workers wearing protective suits, are seen at a temporary coronavirus swabbing counter at the National Convention Center, the venue for the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hanoi, Vietnam January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Kham

 

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's health minister said on Friday a new COVID-19 outbreak was "basically under control" in the areas most affected, as cases spread to Hanoi, the capital, where the ruling Communist party is holding its five-yearly congress.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203910-vietnam-says-areas-worst-hit-by-latest-virus-outbreak-basically-under-control/

 

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Indonesia's Aceh province publicly canes two gay men

By Hidayatullah Tahjuddin

 

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An Acehnese man is caned after violating the Sharia Law in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, January 28, 2021 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Picture taken January 28, 2021. Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/ via REUTERS

 

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Authorities in Indonesia’s Aceh province publicly caned six people accused of breaching Islamic law, including two men who received 77 lashes for having a same sex relationship, in a punishment Human Rights Watch called "public torture".

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203911-indonesias-aceh-province-publicly-canes-two-gay-men/

 

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After outcry, EU reverses plan to restrict vaccine exports through Irish border

By Andy Bruce, Kate Holton and Marine Strauss

 

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FILE PHOTO: First Minister Arlene Foster of the DUP speaks in the Great Hall in the Stormont Parliament Buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, January 13, 2020. Liam McBurney/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

 

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Friday abruptly reversed a plan to use emergency Brexit measures to restrict exports of COVID-19 vaccines from crossing the Irish border into the United Kingdom after it sent shockwaves through Northern Ireland, London and Dublin.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203912-after-outcry-eu-reverses-plan-to-restrict-vaccine-exports-through-irish-border/

 

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'I am afraid to live here.' Thousands march in Poland against abortion curbs

By Kuba Stezycki and Alicja Ptak

 

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A demonstrator holds a flag with the lightning bolt symbol during a protest against the verdict restricting abortion rights in Warsaw, Poland, January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

 

WARSAW (Reuters) - Several thousand people marched through cities across Poland on Friday in a third day of protests against a near-total ban on abortion since it was put into effect by the conservative government earlier this week.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203913-i-am-afraid-to-live-here-thousands-march-in-poland-against-abortion-curbs/

 

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Golf-Detry grabs halfway lead at Dubai Desert Classic

 

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FILE PHOTO: Golf - European Tour - British Masters - Hillside Golf Club, Southport, Britain - May 11, 2019 Belgium's Thomas Detry during the third round Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

 

(Reuters) - Belgium's Thomas Detry, eyeing a maiden European Tour title, surged to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203914-golf-detry-grabs-halfway-lead-at-dubai-desert-classic/

 

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Thailand on track to distribute locally made COVID-19 vaccines in June

By Panu Wongcha-um

 

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen at a train station in Bangkok, Thailand, January 7, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's plan to produce the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine locally is on track to be ready to begin mass inoculations in June, with a capacity to make up to 18 million doses per month, a senior official said on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203915-thailand-on-track-to-distribute-locally-made-covid-19-vaccines-in-june/

 

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Thai monk faces online backlash over abortion stance

By Nanchanok Wongsamuth

 

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Phra Shine Waradhammo, a Buddhist monk, holds a "stop condemning abortion" placard at a demonstration in front of parliament in Bangkok, Thailand on January 25, 2021. Photo courtesy of Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix

 

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Buddhist monk known for his support for LGBT+ rights has sparked outrage among conservatives after he called for Thailand to decriminalise abortion.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203917-thai-monk-faces-online-backlash-over-abortion-stance/

 

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PM calls for inspection of venues after relaxation of precautions

Praphorn Praphornkul

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has reiterated that a recent relaxation of measures was possible due to effective control of COVID-19, explaining that high infection numbers esult from proactive testing.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203918-pm-calls-for-inspection-of-venues-after-relaxation-of-precautions/

 

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Changes to Replace Costly COVID Tests in Samut Sakhon

 

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BANGKOK, Jan 29 (TNA) – The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will change the pattern of COVID-19 tests in Samut Sakhon province where there are a large number of infected people because ongoing tests are costly.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203920-changes-to-replace-costly-covid-tests-in-samut-sakhon/

 

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PM tells police to take legal action against COVID-19-infected people who conceal their movements

 

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FILE / Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
 

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the national police chief, Pol Gen Suwat Chaengyodsuk, to use the Communicable Disease Act against those who are infected with COVID-19 and intentionally withhold information about their movements from health officials.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203923-pm-tells-police-to-take-legal-action-against-covid-19-infected-people-who-conceal-their-movements/

 

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PM assures the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand is at “acceptable levels”

 

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Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand, the availability of the field hospital beds and the government’s disease control measures are all still in acceptable levels.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203924-pm-assures-the-covid-19-outbreak-in-thailand-is-at-“acceptable-levels”/

 

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Morning cool and windy in Upper Thailand, more rain in the South

By THE NATION

 

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The Thailand Meteorological Department forecast on Saturday (January 30) that the moderate high-pressure system covers the Northeast, the Central, the East including Bangkok and vicinity. Cool to cold weather with strong wind are likely over upper Thailand.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203925-morning-cool-and-windy-in-upper-thailand-more-rain-in-the-south/

 

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Pattaya: German pensioner electrocuted installing ceiling fan

 

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Image: Siamchonn News

 

Police captain Phinyalak Sinworawiwat responded after reports that a foreigner had died in a house in the Park Rung Ruang housing estate in Moo 9.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203926-pattaya-german-pensioner-electrocuted-installing-ceiling-fan/

 

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Video: Fire rages for three hours at Phetchaburi factory

 

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Twenty fire engines tackled a huge fire at the Zereclor Corporation depot in Khao Yoi, Phetchaburi yesterday afternoon.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203927-video-fire-rages-for-three-hours-at-phetchaburi-factory/

 

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Jailed for life: Thai killer of young woman known as "Ice Metal Casket" - cruel murder ran in the family

 

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Image: Daily News

 

The Thonburi court yesterday handed down a life sentence to Apichai Ongwisit - a Thai man with aliases Ek and Ice - who was known in the Thai media as "Ice Heep Lek" or "Ice Metal Casket" for keeping a woman in a metal box.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203929-jailed-for-life-thai-killer-of-young-woman-known-as-ice-metal-casket-cruel-murder-ran-in-the-family/

 

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Drug suspect escapes by setting fire to police pick-up - he's found later in a drainage pipe

 

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Images: Manager

 

Questions are being asked after a man being taken to court in Udon Thani in Thailand's north east managed to set fire to a police pick-up and flee.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203930-drug-suspect-escapes-by-setting-fire-to-police-pick-up-hes-found-later-in-a-drainage-pipe/

 

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Severe sentence called for man who attacked woman in mini-mart - he claims he didn't mean it

 

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Image: Daily News

 

Clear CCTV footage showed the moment when a 26 year old Thai man sexually assaulted a woman in a mini-mart in Surat Thani in the south of Thailand.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203931-severe-sentence-called-for-man-who-attacked-woman-in-mini-mart-he-claims-he-didnt-mean-it/

 

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Chonburi: Checkpoints cancelled, bars, pubs, swimming pools given green light to reopen

 

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A checkpoint in Chonburi, file photo,  Chonburi PR

 

Chonburi Public Relations department has confirmed the easing restrictions throughout the province, including in Pattaya.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203932-chonburi-checkpoints-cancelled-bars-pubs-swimming-pools-given-green-light-to-reopen/

 

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Gambling: Police helped to move hundreds of slot machines, says RTP spokesman

 

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A spokesman for the Royal Thai Police has admitted that officers at the Chok Chai station in Nakhon Ratchasima provided assistance in the moving of hundreds of video slot machines to a warehouse in Khon Kaen.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203934-gambling-police-helped-to-move-hundreds-of-slot-machines-says-rtp-spokesman/

 

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Samkong Underpass to close for maintenance

By The Phuket News

 

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Photo: The Phuket News / file

 

PHUKET: The Samkong Underpass will be closed to traffic from 9am to 12:30pm this Tuesday (Feb 2) while the Phuket Highways Office carries out its regular inspections and maintenance to the electrical control and light systems in the tunnel.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203935-samkong-underpass-to-close-for-maintenance/

 

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Iconsiam finds no infections after testing 238 staff

By THE NATION

 

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Iconsiam shopping complex in Bangkok’s Klong San district tested 238 mall and shop staff and found no cases of Covid-19 infection, Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, the mall's managing director, said on Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1203936-iconsiam-finds-no-infections-after-testing-238-staff/

 

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