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BANGKOK — Affluent foreign residents over 50 will soon be able to apply for 10-year visas, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

Intended to promote Thailand as a hub for medical services, the policy was approved by the interim cabinet on Tuesday, according to spokesman Athisit Chainuwat.

Update: Thailand’s New 10-Year Visas Meet Mixed Reactions

It would replace one-year renewable visas and come in two installments of five years each, Athisit said. It was not immediately clear when the plan would be implemented.

Applicants must either earn a monthly salary of at least 100,000 baht or have more than 3 million baht in their bank account, which cannot be withdrawn within the first year after receiving the visa. They must also have health insurance that covers hospital stays and provides at least USD$10,000 in annual coverage.

Visa holders will still have to check in every 90 days with the Bureau of Immigration, Athisit said.

Applicants for the visa are expected to be foreigners who live in provinces such as Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Chonburi, the spokesman added.

Thai man caught stealing used panties, says they’re for his foreign girlfriend:

Screenshot: T News

Security guards at a hospital in rural Udon Thani province today busted a Thai man stealing women’s panties which were hung out to dry in the sun. The guy claimed that they were a gift for his girlfriend.

Narin Prasertkaew, 38, was charged for theft. In his possession, police found four pairs of nylon panties in different colors, which belonged to the relative of a patient at Udon Thani Hospital, T News reported.

Narin told police that he had been laid off from a job at a gas station two months earlier and had been asking for food at the hospital. Today, however, he spotted the panties, which reminded him of his Laotian girlfriend.

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Grandmother, 91, receives ‘dream’ bachelor’s degree from King

BANGKOK: — Ninety-one-year-old Kimlan Jinakul’s dream came true on Wednesday when she finally received a bachelor’s degree from the hand of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn during a graduation ceremony in Bangkok.

After more than a decade of determination to continue her education, she got a degree in Human and Family Development from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU)’s School of Human Ecology

Kimlan, a Phayao native, is proud to be one of the university’s most senior graduates this year.

In a recent interview with Thai PBS, the physically fit grandmother recalled that she applied for the study program in 1998 but then temporarily suspended studying due to family issues. She resumed studies in 2011 and completed the program in 2015.

“Studying is my childhood dream. I was determined to complete a degree when I had a chance. I never thought of it as a difficult thing or an inconvenience, because knowledge is the most important factor for self-improvement,” she said.

“If we don’t study, we don’t read, we won’t know and won’t be able to talk about things. If we keep learning and reading news, we will be able to keep up with the society, the country and the world.”

To promote the seniors’ education, STOU waived the Bt800 entrance fee and adjusted educational policies to cater to their needs, such as the distant learning and study content that would focus on practice rather than all-theory, acting rector Panumkas Khad-ngao-ngam said.

The university currently has 199 students aged over 60.


Mum ‘lucky to be alive’ after stingray attack in Thailand

HORROR: A mum has told of her panic after she accidentally trod on a stingray

A MUM has told of her horror after she accidentally trod on a stingray on holiday in Thailand.

Dawn North suffered searing pain when her foot was stabbed by the deadly creature’s poisoned barb.

She said: “I thought that I’d been bitten by something and didn’t realise how bad it was until I lifted my leg out and there was blood everywhere.

“I was concerned I’d become shark bait if I stayed bleeding in the water.

“I screamed and shouted to my boyfriend Dave to come get me.

“He managed to swim over and carry me out of the water and dumped me on the sand.”

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Daily STAR Sunday: 2017-08-05

Video: Student with sword nearly cuts arm off rival student in sickening Sukhumvit attack

Picture: Daily News

A video from CCTV shared online showed a student attacking another boy from a rival school on the sidewalk in broad daylight.

The attack happened at the end of busy Soi On Nut, Sukhumvit Soi 77.

The attacker had just knocked the other boy off his bike. He then kicked him in the head and wielded at knife at him and his bike.

Daily News reported that the victim nearly had his arm severed.

Phrakhanong police are investigating.

Source: Daily News

Six-year-old in coma after being left in school pickup

A six-year-old boy has fallen into a coma after being left behind in a locked school pickup truck for several hours on Monday in Ayutthaya.

The youngster is now on a respirator, but showing no response to stimuli.

The pickup driver, 57-year-old Boonlert Wattakee, surrendered to police on Tuesday.

“I am so sorry for what happened. I will take responsibility and I will get ordained to dedicate merit to the boy,” he said.

Chang Yai police station superintendent Pol Colonel Satit Sangprapai charged Boonlert with recklessness causing serious injury to a person and illegally operating a transport service.

Boonlert is not the first driver of a school vehicle to have forgotten about a child and left them behind in a locked car, exposing them to critical or fatal injuries.


Now you see it, now you don’t – questions asked as building in Phuket spoils a great view

Picture: TNews

PHUKET: — Online speculation about the legality of building on a beautiful stretch of the Phuket shoreline was rife at the weekend.

A Facebook post by “Bank Thanadon” said that an idyllic view on the Nai Han to Krathing cape had been ruined by the erection of a luxury property.

“I don’t know who to blame for this,” went the post that was reported on Tnews. “”When I first saw it I just thought what a bloody shame”.

The poster said a great place to view the sunset was now blighted by the development.

Tnews reported that the Rawai municipal authorities have known about the development since complaints surfaced at the beginning of the year but the council claimed that the building was legal.

They are now coming under increasing pressure as social media is rife with allegations that the development should not have been given permission.

Many people posted before and after pictures of the area and expressed their frustration at a great view ruined.

Source: TNews

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