BANGKOK: — Welcome news for international travellers as the Immigration Department installs an automatic passport checking system
The Thai Immigration Bureau is planning to install an automatic passport checking system for foreign travellers.
The first group to use the new system will be those with frequent visits, such as travellers from Hong Kong and Singapore, Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, said in Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Tceb)’s newsletter.
The programme would later be expanded to countries with no-visa requirement such as Australia, New Zealand and some European countries.
Source: Daily News
An out of work Thai man took out his anger on his neighbor’s barking poodle yesterday.
In full view of the owner he stabbed “Jao Khai Tun” twelve times with a 12 inch knife until the pet lay dead in a pool of blood.
Police called to Soi Sanga Ngam in Samut Prakarn soon found the assailant who was still holding the bloodstained knife at his house. Phonrit Thapsaeng, 29, was unable to speak and appeared stressed.
His father Hok said that his son used to be a good and diligent man. Then he lost his job as a construction site foreman after a problem at work and couldn’t find another.
What with his wife being seven months pregnant it had all put him on the edge.
Khai Tun’s distraught owner Phairin Thapsaeng, 56, who was cradling her dead pet in her arms when cops arrived was also too upset to give evidence. She had raised her beloved six year old pooch since he was born.
Her husband Sarayuth said that the neighbor had been walking up and down outside the house and the poodle was barking at him.
“I told him to go home and rest and I went inside to read the paper,” said Sarayuth. “The next thing I knew the wife was screaming and I dashed outside.
“Phonrit was holding our pet by the ear with his left hand and stabbing him repeatedly with his right hand. There was blood everywhere – he couldn’t survive that. Then my neighbor ran off”.
Phonrit, who was also named as Nopparit in the Daily News story, was charged by police with abuse of an animal (dog) and having a knife as a weapon in a public place.
Source: Daily News
The Department Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on Friday (July 28) warned people in 36 provinces across the country to brace for flooding and mud slides as a result of heavy rain which will continue until Sunday.
The 36 provinces vulnerable to flash flood, overflowing rivers or mud slide are as follows:
- Seven provinces in the North: Mae Hong Son, Uttradit, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit and Phetchabun.
- Eighteen northeastern provinces: Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bung Karn, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnart Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.
- Five central provinces: Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Lop Buri and Saraburi.
- Three eastern provinces: Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat
- Three southern provinces: Prachuab Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Ranong.
The department reported that during July 5-27, over 1,400 villages in 37 provinces were flooded but the situation has eased in 21 provinces.
Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/warning-flooding-36-provinces/
The northeastern province of Sakhon Nakhon has been hit by heavy downpours from tropical depression Sonca.
Most parts of Sakhon Nakhon city and various roads were submerged while Sakhon Nakhon Airport announced it would temporarily close until Saturday afternoon or until the flood situation improved.
Some parts of the city also had electricity blackouts. Sakhon Nakhon Hospital also had to move patients on ground floor to upper floors away from floodwater.
Muang district’s Huai Sai reservoir also overflowed worsening the situation, forcing many families in downstream villages to evacuate to higher ground.
Nearly 70 tourists were trapped at a hotel surrounded floodwater in Muang district on Friday afternoon, said Facebook user “Ich Bin Som” who also posted pictures of the situation at the 75-room Hop Inn Hotel onto the Facebook’s public group “Sakonnakhoncity Photo” to call for assistance.
Sakhon Nakhon disaster prevention and mitigation office head Nitiwat Nitthinanthan said that over 100 flood victims had already moved into a temporary shelter, which was set up at the provincial administrative organisation stadium with food and drinking water.
He said people trapped in flooded homes should call the flood command center’s number 0 4271 1171 so soldiers and officials would pick them up.
The command centre at the provincial governor’s residence would monitor the situation around the clock and dispatch manpower and tools to aid affected residents, he added.
BANGKOK: — Make sure that your umbrella structure is properly secured on your motorcycle, warns the Transport Department.
A new product that is making inroads in the Thai market this rainy season could pose harm to both motorcyclists and those sharing the roads with them.
Department chief Sanit Phromwong said on Friday that his office has asked officials to talk to motorcyclists who have installed the device. Officials are likely to require removal of the umbrellas.
Sanit cited an inspection of umbrella structures that motorcyclists were installing as protection from wind and rain. They found the device had no engineering stability and could cause harm if the structure began to shake, swing side to side, or fall off while the motorcycle was in motion, he said. The rather tall structure could also adversely affect balance of the motorcycle or block the rider’s visibility, he warned.
“Any modification and installation of parts onto cars or motorcycles must undergo stability and safety tests and be granted permission from the registration officials first, so such approved structure would also be recorded in the car/motorcycle registration booklet,” he reminded motorcyclists.
CHUMPORN: — Following the capsizing of the Chokthara 2 vessel carrying 13 tourists and three crew some 11 people were saved, reported Daily News.
But just after midnight five people – believed to all be tourists – were still unaccounted for.
Navy vessels and aircraft as well as fishing boats were mobilized in the search centering on the Koh Ngam to Koh Kaloke area in Chumporn Bay.
Chumporn governor Narong Phonla-iat, the head of the regional police and a tourism chief set off from Chumporn port to coordinate the search in the middle of the night.
Daily News reported this morning that the fate of the tourists is unknown.
Source: Daily News
CHONBURI/PATTAYA: — The family of a woman who had her leg broken while having a traditional Thai massage have gone to the media for justice after the owner of the shop went back on a promise to pay her bills.
Kapook reported that 59 year old Pimyanee Thanwongsakun had visited the shop in Samet district.
The massage was done by the male owner of the shop, a man called Thanaphop Klachingchai, 50.
Pimyanee’s daughter Saranya, 25, told reporters that in the course of the massage Thanaphop broke her mother’s right leg near the knee. She had to go to hospital to have it pinned and needs further urgent treatment.
Initially the owner of the shop promised to pay for the treatment but he has since reneged on this, said the daughter who added that a complaint had been filed with Samet police in the matter.
Pimyanee was a regular visitor to a massage shop but this washer first time at this particular establishment, said Kapook.
Thaivisa notes that the kind of massage advertised by the shop is referred to as “jap sen” in Thai and can involve considerable pressure being exerted.