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One of the men allegedly involved in Sunday’s shootout in Bangkok that killed an Indian tourist and injured four people, has surrendered. Police are now seeking arrest warrants for another 20 suspects.

Police took into custody 28 year old Preecha Sak-udompaisal, an alleged ‘influential figure’ in the Bang Sue area, after he surrendered at the Phya Thai Police Station. He is the owner of a snooker parlour and identified in CCTV footage as allegedly involved in the shooting.

The Nation reports that Police are continuing to probe whether the shooting, involving military weapons, stemmed from a conflict between two influential groups in Pratunam and Bang Sue. The spent cartridges collected from the scene are being inspected to see if they were fired from weapons used in other violent attacks, police said.

Police investigators would seek arrest warrants for more suspects. A source says a police probe had identified the two groups of people involved in the shootout, with 19 people on Preecha’s side and seven people on the opposite side allegedly led by a wounded Thai victim, 23 year old Pornthep Pumpuang.

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In the meantime, Ministry of Tourism and Sports permanent secretary Pongpanu Svetarundra said the foreign tourist assistance fund board resolved to pay 1 million baht in compensation for the death of the Indian tourist. When combined with 1 million baht from the insurance firm, the deceased man’s family would get 2 million baht.

The board also agreed to pay for medical expenses beyond the limits covered under the insurance plans of the injured persons.

Tourist Police Bureau acting chief Pol Maj-General Thirapol Kuptanon presided over a ceremony at 1.30pm on Tuesday to present compensation to the relatives of the dead and the wounded at Rajavithi Hospital.

45 year old Basant Gakhreja, the elder brother of the deceased victim 41 year old Dheeraj Gakhreja attended the event. Speaking through an interpreter, he said that he understood this was an unfortunate event beyond anyone’s control. The grief-stricken brother thanked Thai authorities for arranging transportation of his younger brother’s body back to India on Monday evening for religious rites.

Thirapol said the insurance company agreed to pay 1 million baht to the deceased tourist’s relative within a week, while the Sports and Tourism Ministry’s 1 million baht compensation would be remitted to the bank account of the deceased tourist’s wife later in the evening. He said the injured tourists would each get up to 500,000 baht in medical bill coverage from the ministry’s foreign tourist assistance fund and up to 500,000 baht in medical bill coverage from the insurance company.

India is a key tourist market for Thailand with 1,411,942 Indians visiting the Kingdom last year, ranking them as the sixth largest group. That represented an increase of 18.2 per cent over 2016 and generated 62.4 billion baht.

The shooting happened at 8.30pm on Sunday at a snooker parlour in the car park of the Centara Watergate Pavilion Hotel in Ratchathewi district.

Several tourists were at the scene and tour coaches were parked nearby. The Indian man – who was part of an insurance company’s 100-strong group tour to Thailand from October 4-7 – was shot and later died in hospital.

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Green Day heading back to BKK in 2020

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Green Day, five-time Grammy Award winners, are embarking on a global tour in 2020, including a stop-over in Bangkok during March. The rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame inductees will perform a series of concerts throughout Europe, UK, North America and Asia.

“Green Day Live in Bangkok” takes place on March 11, 2020 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. But it’s not their first time. Green Day sold out concerts in their last Thai live gigs in 1996 and 2010.

Formed in 1986 in Berkeley, California, Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with more than 70 million records sold worldwide and 10 billion cumulative online streams of their music and performances. Their 1994 breakout album “Dookie” is widely credited with popularising and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock, catapulting a career-long run of No 1 hit singles.

In 2004, Green Day released the rock opera “American Idiot”, selling more than 7 million copies in the US alone and taking home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. In 2010, a stage adaptation of “American Idiot” debuted on Broadway to critical and commercial acclaim. Entertainment Weekly called Green Day, “The most influential band of their generation,” while Rolling Stone said, “Green Day have inspired more young bands to start than any act this side of KISS, and that doesn’t seem to be changing.”

Green Day Live in Bangkok 2020 is on March 11, 2020 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.

Ticket prices start at 2,000 baht and tickets go on sale on November 2 at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets via www.livenation.co.th or www.thaiticketmajor.com or call: 02 262 3838 for more information.

SOURCE: The Nation

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10 billionaires among Thailand’s 500 MPs

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Thailand has 10 billionaire MPs, while the poorest MP has just 5,064 baht in his bank account, according to reports from the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Of the 10 billionaire MPs, Mrs. Nathee Ratchakitprakarn, of the Bhumjaithai Party, wife of Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat, is the richest, with declared assets of about 4.675 billion baht.

The other nine billionaire MPs are:

Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Bhumjaithai party leader, deputy prime minister and public health minister, with 4.249 billion baht (including two planes, two boats, Buddha images worth 121 million baht and 395 million baht in bank deposits)

Bhumjaithai MP for Satun province, Mr. Piboon Ratchakitprakarn, with 2.342 billion baht

Mr. Suriya Juangroongruangkit, industry minister and Palang Pracharat MP, at 2.198 billion baht

Mr. Apichaiubon, Democrat party-list MP, with assets of 2.048 billion baht

Mr. Nataphol Teepsuwan, Palang Pracharat party-list MP and education minister, with 1.985 billion baht

Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, deputy education minister and Democrat party-list MP, with 1.785 billion baht

Ms. Supamat Issarapakdi, Bhumjaithai party-list MP, who has 1.609 billion baht

Mr. Kittisak Khanasawat, Pheu, Thai MP for Maha Sarakham, with 1.529 billion baht

Democrat party-list MP Korn Chatikavanich, with 1.097 billion baht

PM’s Office Minister and Chart Pattana party-list MP Tewan Liptapallop, who has 1.03 billion baht

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has assets of about 8 million baht

Of the 500 MPs, it appears that Mr. Phisanu Polatee, Bhumjaithai, MP for Pathum Thani province, has the least assets. There was, at the time reporting, only 5,064 baht in his bank account.

Earlier, he reported that he earned 14,000 baht a month from the Provincial Administration Organization. His earnings as an MP since May totaled 829,700 baht. He said he is living in the house of his mother and the car that he has been driving belongs to a friend.

Several MPs have not yet declared their assets to the NACC’s Office, including Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Future Forward MPs Pannika Wanich and Pitha Limcharonrat.

SOURCE: thaipbsworld.com

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PM will act on opposition’s recommendations

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Saturday that he was satisfied with the deliberations over the budget bill in the previous two days and promised to act on the constructive suggestions offered by opposition parties.

Regarding the 400 billion baht allocated for the Central Fund, the Prime Minister admitted that the figure seems high, but it actually isn’t when measured against various urgent issues requiring immediate attention, such as flood relief, pensions and critical projects proposed by local administrative bodies during cabinet meetings.

Defending the increased military budget, the PM said that the mission of the military isn’t just to defend the country from invasion, but also the interdiction of smuggling and non-military activities such as disaster relief operations.

Tens of thousands of troops are deployed along Thailand’s borders, with many of them stationed in the deep south to maintain peace in the often restive region.

He defended the need for new armaments, including navy’s plan to procure new vessels to protect Thailand’s marine resources and enhance the navy’s overall capacity. He pointed out that Thailand isn’t the only country in the region enhancing its military.

He said that about 2,000 projects have been proposed to address the flooding issue and that budgetary constraints mean the government must be selective, priority being given to those which are most urgent.

Regarding the 300 billion baht investment budget, the PM said that since investments in various major infrastructure projects are, and will be undertaken by the private sector, the funds will be used as seed money from the government to supplement private investment.

He said that public debt, now 41% of GDP, is not a serious concern as Thailand has the ability to service the debts.

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