Police Squash Major Hat Yai Drug Smuggling Operation


Police Squash Major Hat Yai Drug Smuggling Operation | Samui Times
Police Squash Major Hat Yai Drug Smuggling OperationPhoto: Chiang Rai Times

Police have reportedly squashed a major drug smuggling operation in Hat Yai with millions of drugs being seized.

They arrested four members of a major drug gang in the southern Thailand province of Hat Yai after finding 2 million speed pills worth 80 million baht.

They also seized three handguns along with multiple cars and trucks as well as the suspects’ mobile phones.

The suspects were identified as Arneesa Yeng, 30, Wisarut Almart, 34; both natives of Pattani; Pari Mayusor, 36, of Narathiwat’s Waeng district and a 19-year-old teenager; identified only as Apichart, 19, of Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district.

Police investigators have closely monitored activities of this drug gang since 2017. They recently learned that drugs would be smuggled from the North to a house Hat Yai. , Pol Lt Gen Ronnasilp said officers searched the house and found packs of 2 million meth pills in fertiliser sacks.

While police were interrogating the suspects, a phone call was made to one of their phones with someone attempting to order 400,000 speed pills.

Police say the drugs were intended to be smuggled into another neighboring country and have widened their investigation after finding more suspects.

 

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Pattaya Offers 50 Percent Discount To Domestic Tourists


Pattaya Offers 50 Percent Discount To Domestic Tourists | Samui Times
Pattaya Offers 50 Percent Discount To Domestic TouristsPhoto: Chiang Rai Times

Pattaya is rolling out a campaign to offer 50 percent discounts to attract domestic Thai tourists.

Thai Tourism and Pattaya city operators have organized the “TAT Hot deal @Pattaya” after businesses have struggled to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Local restaurateurs and spa operators are offering 50% discounts at more than 100 local hotels, restaurants, spas and tourist destinations.

Discount coupons will be available online from July 1 to Sept 15 and they can be used from July 15 to Dec 24.

Despite the large discounts, Pattaya’s walking street is still quiet due to bars and pubs not yet being allowed to reopen.

Pattaya Offers 50 Percent Discount To Domestic Tourists | News by Samui Times

 

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Domestic Airlines Done With Social Distancing


Domestic Airlines Done With Social Distancing | Samui Times
Domestic Airlines Done With Social DistancingPhoto: Chiang Rai Times

Domestic airlines are done with social distancing requirements as Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAT) has announced it has eased restrictions.

However, airlines must replace their high-efficiency particulate air filters on a regular basis along with improving overall air ventilation inside cabins when flying.

Passengers are also responsible for wearing face masks and are to be warned that if they ignore the regulation, they could face legal action.

Airlines, however, aren’t the only ones experiencing a relaxation of social distancing measures as those travelling on the MRT in Bangkok will also be allowed to sit together starting July 1.

In an effort to help travellers on the MRT stay healthy, one million face masks are being distributed to them between now and August.

 

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Partial Solar Eclipse Visible Today On Koh Samui


Partial Solar Eclipse Visible Today On Koh Samui | Samui Times
Partial Solar Eclipse Visible Today On Koh SamuiPhoto: Chiang Rai Times

Quick! Hurry! A partial solar eclipse is now visible in Koh Samui, Thailand today from 1-4pm.

Experts say Samui will have about a 16 percent view of the eclipse while other locations in Thailand would have more.

The eclipse started today at 1:10 pm with maximum coverage reaching 40% at 2:48pm. The eclipse will end at 4:10pm.

Sunday’s event is known as an annular solar eclipse, in which the moon does not completely cover the sun as it passes between the sun and Earth. Instead, a ring of sunlight will still shine around the outer edge, hence the “ring of fire” name.

Sunday’s eclipse coincides with the northern hemisphere’s longest day of the year. The summer solstice, when Earth’s north pole is tilted most directly toward the sun.

Sky-Gazers are reminded that even if the day has turned cloudy, viewing a solar eclipse with the naked eye is dangerous. Sunglasses, which do not filter out ultraviolet rays, don’t offer any protection.

Sky-Gazers can see “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse on Sunday June 21, 2020

 

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Baby Elephants Electrocuted To Death By Orchard Fence


Baby Elephants Electrocuted To Death By Orchard Fence | Samui Times
Baby Elephants Electrocuted To Death By Orchard FencePhoto: Chiang Rai Times

Two baby elephants have been reportedly electrocuted to death in Thailand after a fruit orchard owner built an electric fence to keep the elephants out.

Parks and Wildlife officials believed they may have become separated from their herd in the eastern province of Chanthaburi and ventured into the orchard where one stepped on the fence and the other’s trunk touched it. Veterinarians say the elephants were around two years old.

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife estimates there are roughly 3,340 wild elephants live in 69 wildlife sanctuaries and national parks across the country-with the number of wild elephants rising.

However along with a rise in its population, more conflicts have been developing between elephants and farmers. Even more now as the elephants, searching for food, sometimes eat their crops.

However, loss of habitat and poaching helped lead to a steep decline in the elephant population; where it once totalled 100,000 wild elephants.

Some poaching is still taking place despite harsh penalties and valiant efforts by forest rangers to stop it. Several forest rangers have been killed or wounded in recent years battling poachers.

There are about 3,500 domesticated elephants at parks and sanctuaries in Thailand.

The Department of National Parks said it would try to reduce those conflicts by providing additional food sources into the elephant habitat. Addiontally, they plan to compensate those farmers whose crops have been damaged by hungry elephants.

Police are reportedly questioning the orchard’s owner over the elephants’ deaths.

 

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Russian Busted On Koh Samui For Using Fake Credit Cards


Russian Busted On Koh Samui For Using Fake Credit Cards | Samui Times
Russian Busted On Koh Samui For Using Fake Credit CardsPhoto: Chiang Rai Times

Police have busted a Russian man on Koh Samui for allegedly using fake credit cards for purchases.

Vadim Valeev, aged 35, was found to be in possession of 8 fake credit cards and a credit card skimming device after a bank employee alerted police to multiple instances of credit card usage irregularities at a pharmacy on the island.

On Friday evening, the suspect was spotted trying to leave for Phuket at Don Sak pier where police then searched his car, finding the illegal products.

The Russian man claimed some of the cards belonged to him and his wife, and some belonged to other card holders. He told police the reader belonged to a friend he identified only as Atom. However, police weren’t convinced as evidence showed it was only him who had used the cards.

Vadim was charged with possession of fake credit cards and was handed over to Don Sak police for further legal action.

 

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Thailand Is Policing Illegal Border Crossings


Thailand Is Policing Illegal Border Crossings | Samui Times
Immigration authorities keep an eye on many migrant workers trying to sneak in via natural channels especially the Mekong River. Photo: Wassayos Ngamkham

As borders remain closed to Thailand, its immigration bureau is beefing up efforts to keep illegal immigrants at bay.

Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang, chief of The Immigration Bureau (IB), says he is concerned about the border crossings due to the possible spread of Covid-19.

Most immigrants are trying to enter through natural channels such as the Mekong River and are coming from Cambodia and Laos-with some also bringing drugs with them.

He said immigration police in Nong Khai have seized more than 5 million speed pills and a large amount of dried cannabis over the past few months.

Foreigners still aren’t allowed to enter the Kingdom, he said. Some migrants crossing the border illegally may bring viral infections with them which will not be caught by screening authorities, observers say.

Ubon Ratchathani, Bung Kan and Nong Khai have borders with Laos while Ubon Ratchathani and Si Sa Ket have borders with Cambodia.

 

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Poll Indicates Thais Want New PPRP Party Leader


Poll Indicates Thais Want New PPRP Party Leader | Samui Times
Gen Prawit Wongsuwon is expected to take over the new Palang Pracharath Party leader from acting chief Uttama Savanayana. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

A poll has indicated that a majority of people in Thailand think it is now time for a new leader of the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP).

Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, the party’s chief strategist, is reportedly their choice for the post, as many said in an opnion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, that they feel he is the most fit.

The online poll, conducted recently, featured 1,108 peoples’ opinions throughout the country. The poll sought to gauge opinions on the ongoing developments in the PPRP, the main party in the multi-party coalition.

A large majority, 72.20%, said it was now time for PPRP to make changes as the present leadership had proved inefficient and more qualified people should be placed in the executive committee.

Asked who they thought was suitable to be the party leader, most of the respondents — 54.26% — pointed to Gen Prawit.

But only less than half of respondents said a new appointment would make any difference in Thai politics.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Thousands Of Thai Workers Approved To Return To Taiwan


Thousands Of Thai Workers Approved To Return To Taiwan | Samui Times
A woman wears a protective face mask to protect herself from contracting the coronavirus disease at a night market in Keelung, Taiwan, June 9, 2020. Reuters Photo

After Taiwan has seen no Covid-19 cases for some time, thousands of Thai workers have been approved to return for work.

The workers will face a 14 day quarantine and will be allowed to have two-year contracts.

“The ministry made a decision based on the health of workers. Taiwan has not had Covid-19 cases for a long while and it has respected preventive measures,” MR Chatu Mongol Sonakul, the minister, told the media yesterday.

Taiwan isn’t the only country seeking for Thai labourers to return as many ambassadors had asked Thailand to approve its workers to re-enter certain nations.

“These countries see Thai labourers as hard-working, honest and strong. The government will make a decision taking into account the workers’ health and safety,” said the minister.

Suchat Pornchaiwiseskul, director-general of the Department of Employment, said the department plans to export over 50,000 labourers during June to September to Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Israel.

Each year, Thai migrant labourers generate revenues worth 140 billion baht.

 

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Unemployed Teacher Caught With Child Porn


Unemployed Teacher Caught With Child Porn | Samui Times
Unemployed Teacher Caught With Child PornPhoto: The Nation

Police have arrested an unemployed teacher after finding child pornography on his computer in Chiang Mai province.

The 33-year-old man previously worked as a music and dance teacher before he was reportedly paying a LINE app group to download sexual images of children as young as 10 years old.

Chiang Mai police joined forces with Thailand Internet Crimes Against Children (TICAC) task force on Friday (June 19) and raided the house owned by Chai (whose surname was withheld.)

 

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Officials arrested the man after finding pornographic images of both male and female children in two laptop computers, two mobile telephones and several USB flash drives and SD cards. Chai reportedly admitted that he had downloaded all the materials after joining a group on Line application that must pay for membership before downloading the files.

Unemployed Teacher Caught With Child Porn | News by Samui Times

Chai was charged with possessing child pornographic material, which carries a maximum punishment of five years jail time, or Bt100,000 fine, or both.

Police will also investigate the Line group for possible involvement in human trafficking.

The ICAC task force has launched its “Save Children Operation” during Covid-19 situation when computer-related crimes have spiked. In 56 days of operations in 24 provinces, they have made 47 arrests and helped 100 victims, as well as seized more than 150,000 images of child porn.

 

SOURCE: The Nation Thailand

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