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Illegal foreigner crackdown busts 1,000 in Pathum Thani

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“Since 2015, there have been over 3,500 arranged marriages, allowing the men to stay and work in Thailand, the report said.”

Acting Immigration Police chief Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakpal has led some 1,000 officers to 25 locations in Pathum Thani’s Klong Luang district. It’s part of his concerted push to round up 7,000 illegal foreigners before the end of the month.

The Nation reports that Surachate says authorities are seeking foreigners living unlawfully in the Kingdom, as well as drug and arms suspects.

They tracked down 1,000 foreigners in Klong Luang.

Surachate says yesterday’s “X-Ray Outlaw Foreigners” operation was part of the government’s policy for the Army, police and administrators to crack down on transnational criminals across the country. The crackdown is specifically focused on foreigners who do not have documents, those who have overstayed or are engaged in wrongdoing, he said.

Meanwhile, officials from Krabi Immigration Office have been cracking down on illegal foreigners in Ao Nang and Phi Phi Island all this month.

“So far this month, we have arrested 113 foreigners, namely 28 for overstaying their visa, four for entering the country illegally, one in relation to narcotics, three foreigners who are wanted in other countries, 10 illegal workers and 67 for other misdemeanours,” Krabi Immigration chief Colonel Supparueak Pankomon said.

With the crackdown on illegal foreigners in full swing, the Thai News Agency published a scoop on October 18 about marriages of convenience between South Asian men and Thai women. The report said since 2015, there have been over 3,500 such marriages, allowing the men to stay and work in Thailand, the report said.

This tactic is believed to be popular in Bangkok’s Pahurat area, where many Indians stay and work, the agency said. Many poor Thai women are allegedly given 3,000 baht in exchange for copies of their national IDs and household registration papers, which are then used to arrange marriage certificates tying them to foreign men.

The report added that many of these women were unable to end these marriages, which then had an adverse effect on their lives. This has led to the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission launching an investigation, as many of these cases allegedly involved state officials.

So far, 600 such cases have been found in Nong Bua Lamphu’s Nong Sang district, nearly 1,000 cases in Nakhon Pathom’s Sam Phran and Bang Len districts and some 2,000 cases in Saraburi province, the agency reported.

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A newborn baby has been found abandoned near rubbish bins in Chon Buri province, south-east of Bangkok, earlier today.

18 year old city sanitation worker, Anucha Boonkhai, has told police that he had loaded garbage from all the bins on Soi 4 of Ban Kao village in Tambon Ban Kao, Muang district, when he spotted a pile of towels. He checked and found a baby boy, whose umbilical cord was still attached still smudged with blood, wrapped in one of the towels.

The baby was alive but had been bitten by mosquitoes and insects so he called an emergency unit of a hospital and then informed police.

Police are now checking footage from security and CCTV cameras in the area to try to identify the mother or person who had dumped the newborn baby.

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Summer storms leave 6,900 homes damaged this month

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More than 6,900 houses, mostly in a patch through the central-north regions of Thailand, have been hit by summer storms since the beginning of April, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Chayapol Thitisak, the director-general, says the department has received reports that 6,940 houses in 1,010 villages in 307 tambon of 115 districts had been damaged by storms since April 5. Twenty-nine provinces have been affected.

He said nine villagers were reported injured during the period as a result of storm damage.

Chayapol said his department has coordinated with Army bases and government agencies concerned to provide help to the affected villagers.

The summer storms, quickly developing tropical storm-cells, are prevalent this time of the year, usually when cooler air from China starts to interact with the rising south-western monsoon. They can be quite violent, sudden and bring strong winds, torrential rain and even hail.

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The Thai cabinet yesterday approved the construction of a third runway at Suvarnabhumi International Airport as part of the country’s ambition to become the aviation hub of ASEAN.

The 21.7 billion baht project will increase the combined capacity of Suvarnabhumi international airport’s runways to 94 arrivals and departures per hour from the current 64, said Lt-Gen Weerachon Sukonthapatipak, deputy government spokesman.

Suvarnabhumi Airport (aka. BKK) was opened in 2006 as Bangkok’s second airport. Initially it replaced the tired Don Mueang Airport but Don Mueang was later revamped as a low-coast airport to service the growing traffic demands.

Meanwhile Suvarnabhumi Airport was, and still is, operating above its designed capacity. An earlier bid to build a third terminal has been mired in controversy and is currently shelved pending a new brief from Airports of Thailand with a new round of design bids called for in the future.

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