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Phuket Police inspector in Patong under investigation for corruption

The Phuket News

 

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Patong Police Chief Col Chaiwat Uikam remains on active duty, but Capt Thanturong Wutthiwong has been moved out of Patong pending an investigation into allegations of corruption. Photo: The Phuket News / file

 

PHUKET:-- A Patong Police investigator has been moved out Phuket’s busiest resort town pending an investigation into allegations of corruption, Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has confirmed.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976005-phuket-police-inspector-in-patong-under-investigation-for-corruption/

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Red-letter day for Britain's man in Brussels

By Alastair Macdonald

 

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Britain's permanent representative to the European Union Tim Barrow delivers British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit letter in notice of the UK's intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman

 

It was Tim Barrow's big day in Brussels but first, before handing over Theresa May's Brexit trigger letter, the British ambassador to the EU had to get on with "legal highs".

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/975996-red-letter-day-for-britains-man-in-brussels/

 

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Manic Taxi Panic: Screaming Driver Terrorizes Family

By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich, Staff Reporter

 

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Footage of Taxi driver Pusadee Anchanphati posted Tuesday by Facebook user Yaowalak Chusri.

 

BANGKOK — A taxi driver with a record for having threatened passengers with a knife faces charges Wednesday after she was filmed raving at a family in her taxi before kicking them to the curb.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/975993-manic-taxi-panic-screaming-driver-terrorizes-family/

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Juthamas, daughter put behind bars for bribery
By THE NATION,
AGENCIES

 

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Juthamas Siriwan, right, a former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and his daughter are taken to jail after the Criminal Court convicted them for corruption. Both received long jail terms and face asset seizures.

 

TAT ex-governor gets 50-year sentence, daughter gets 44 years; bail plea pending

 

BANGKOK: -- THE FORMER governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Juthamas Siriwan, was yesterday sentenced to 50 years in jail for accepting US$1.8 million (Bt62 million) in bribes from an American couple seeking the rights to host a Bangkok film festival.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976024-latest-juthamas-daughter-put-behind-bars-for-bribery/

 

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No bail yet for ex-TAT governor and daughter

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Appeals Court has not granted bail for former Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Juthamas Siriwan and her daughter, Jitsopha, after they were sentenced to 50 years and 44 years imprisonment respectively on corruption charges.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976024-latest-juthamas-daughter-put-behind-bars-for-bribery/?do=findComment&comment=11754235

 

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NLA members face tough choices in bid to reform energy sector
By The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- THE NATIONAL Legislative Assembly (NLA) is set for a showdown over a contentious bill to reform the energy sector with the establishment of a new national oil company.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976025-nla-members-face-tough-choices-in-bid-to-reform-energy-sector/

 

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Govt told to transfer officials suspected in Lahu teen’s killing
By Chularat Saengpassa, 
Stanley Bennett
The Nation

 

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Activists call for more protection of witnesses after being denied access

 

BANGKOK: -- SEVERAL organisations yesterday demanded that officials involved in the alleged extrajudicial killing of a young Lahu activist be immediately transferred out of the area to prevent any intimidation of witnesses.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976026-thai-govt-told-to-transfer-officials-suspected-in-lahu-teen’s-killing/

 

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Protesters block Veera from casino site while Prawit dismisses concerns
By The Nation

 

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BURI RAM: -- ACTIVIST Veera Somkwamkid was forced yesterday to halt plans to inspect a casino, which he has said was built on a boundary area overlapping Thailand, as local residents protested against his visit, while Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan refused to take his concerns seriously.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976027-protesters-block-veera-from-casino-site-while-prawit-dismisses-concerns/

 

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Land-rights activists claim police planted drugs
By Pratch Rujivanarom
The Nation

 

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TRANG: -- LAND-rights campaigners in Trang say they caught “suspects” who had tried to obstruct their journey to Bangkok, adding that they believed them to be plainclothes policemen who intentionally planted amphetamine pills at the Khao Bantad Land Reform Network Office.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976028-land-rights-activists-claim-thai-police-planted-drugs/

 

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Governments fall for want of public trust
By The Nation

 

Lessons of the past are unheeded as the killing in Chiang Mai further undermines faith in the military regime

 

BANGKOK: -- The post-coup government has now been in power for more than two and a half years, a period comparable to those of many elected administrations in the past, including its two immediate predecessors led by Abhisit Vejjajiva and Yingluck Shinawatra, both of which lasted less than three years. And, like other regimes that have survived this long, the current government is facing seemingly inevitable complaints about the abuse of power. 

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976029-governments-fall-for-want-of-public-trust/

 

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Task force finds false claims and encroachment on state land
By The Nation

 

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PRACHINBURI: -- The special crime suppression task force, Phaya Sua, has found false claims on agricultural land reform and forest encroachment through the abuse of state power in Thap Lan National Park, part of the Dong Phaya Yen-Khao Yai World Heritage site.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976030-thai-task-force-finds-false-claims-and-encroachment-on-state-land/

 

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Warrant issued for suspect in shooting death at boxing stadium
By Khanathit Srihirandej
The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Criminal Court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for a 44-year-old man who was accused of shooting dead a security guard at Lumpini Boxing Stadium in Bangkok last week, while his friend assaulted boxing referee Udom Deekrajang with a club.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/975990-suspect-says-murder-at-lumpinee-stadium-was-revenge-gone-wrong/?do=findComment&comment=11754260

 

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Social media highlights elephants’ plight
By The Nation

 

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KANCHANABURI: -- Video clips and still photos that capture a herd of 30 wild elephants playing in the water in Kanchanaburi's Thong Pha Phum district, got a lot of attention on Thai social media on Wednesday.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976031-social-media-highlights-thai-elephants’-plight/

 

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NLA rejects Surapong's request for quorum vote count

 

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BANGKOK: -- The National Legislative Assembly on Wednesday rejected former foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul’s request for a vote count to determine whether the assembly had a quorum.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976032-nla-rejects-surapongs-request-for-quorum-vote-count/

 

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Officials urged to prevent sexual harassments against women during Songkran festival

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has been urged by anti-alcohol, women and parental networks to immediately take steps to prevent sexual harassments against women, especially during Songkran festival.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976033-officials-urged-to-prevent-sexual-harassments-against-women-during-songkran-festival/

 

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OAG to announce whether to indict Red Bull heir Thursday

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Office of the Attorney General will announce Thursday whether to indict heir of Red Bull energy drink empire Worayuth Yoowitthaya alias Boss in connection with a fatal road accident in which one traffic policeman was crushed to death on Sukhumvit road five years ago.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/975967-red-bull-heir-wanted-for-killing-police-officer-in-2012-ferrari-wreck-due-in-court-tomorrow/?do=findComment&comment=11754278

 

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Central bank revises up growth rate from 3.2 to 3.4 percent this year

 

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BANGKOK: -- The Bank of Thailand has revised up the 2017 economic growth rate from 3.2 to 3.4 percent, thanks to export recovery and tourism expansion.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976035-bank-of-thailand-revises-up-growth-rate-from-32-to-34-percent-this-year/

 

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DTAC sees 5G enhancing the government’s readiness for “Thailand 4.0”

BY THE NATION

 

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Total Access Communication hosted the “Unlocking 5G spectrum towards sustainable Thailand 4.0” seminar to discuss Thailand’s digital transition in all sectors and reiterate the importance of a clear roadmap and IoT as keys to the country’s future and competitiveness.

 

Full story: http://tech.thaivisa.com/dtac-sees-5g-enhancing-the-governments-readiness-for-thailand-4-0-2/20666/

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Line TV gets clicks for video app

BY THE NATION

By JIRAPAN BOONNOON

 

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AFTER LINE TV succeeded in drawing 14 million downloads of its application for its online video content platform, it plans to open up a beauty category next month to support the new lifestyle of both female and male viewers.

 

Source: http://tech.thaivisa.com/line-tv-gets-clicks-for-video-app-2/20662/

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'No turning back' - PM May triggers 'historic' Brexit

By Guy Faulconbridge and Elizabeth Piper

REUTERS

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in Parliament as she announces that she has sent the letter to trigger the process of leaving the European Union in London, March 29, 2017. Parliament TV handout via REUTERS

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain's divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, declaring there was no turning back and ushering in a tortuous exit process that will test the bloc's cohesion and pitch her country into the unknown.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976037-no-turning-back-pm-may-triggers-historic-brexit/

 

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Brexit comes with conditions but can be reversed - EU parliament

By Francesco Guarascio and Gabriela Baczynska

REUTERS

 

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A copy of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit letter in notice of the UK's intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, is placed next to a European Flag in this March 29, 2017 photo illustration. REUTERS/Yves Herman /Photo Illustration

 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament said on Wednesday that Brexit could be reversed, but if Britain pursued divorce from the EU it should first settle its bill and protect citizens' rights before a new trade deal with the bloc can be discussed.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976041-brexit-comes-with-conditions-but-can-be-reversed-eu-parliament/

 

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At least 12 killed after Texas church bus crash

REUTERS

 

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed and three others injured when a Texas church bus carrying senior citizens had a head-on collision with another vehicle on Wednesday, a Texas state trooper said.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976045-at-least-12-killed-after-texas-church-bus-crash/

 

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Ivanka Trump becomes unpaid White House employee

REUTERS

 

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FILE PHOTO: Ivanka Trump watches as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ivanka Trump said on Wednesday she would work in the White House in an unpaid, informal advisory role to the president as she sought to allay ethics concerns about working there.

 

Full story: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/976046-ivanka-trump-becomes-unpaid-white-house-employee/

 

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