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Let’s put this story to sleep.

The PM Prayut Chan-o-cha denied that the young footballers trapped in Tham Luang cave were tranquilised before setting out on the journey through the convoluted cave system to freedom. He did, however, admitted that they took an anxiolytic, a drug to relieve anxiety.

Anxiolytic drugs are commonly used before general anaesthetics or in treatments where facilitators or patients wish to reduce the level of anxiety. The patient remains fully awake.

There was speculation floating around that since all of the 13 survivors had no diving experience and most cannot swim or dive, their escape from the caves could be a frightening experience. So they might have to be given tranquilisers before embarking on the high-risk journey.

Speaking after the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday, Gen Prayut quashed the speculation that they had been administered tranquillisers to put them to sleep.

“Who would chloroform them? If they’re chloroformed, how could they come out? It’s called anxiolytic something to make them not excited, not stressed,” the PM said.

Gen Prayut also hailed the rescue mission as a success for both Thai and international rescue team members.

“We defied advice against having them dive their way out of the cave. We have done it successfully. We all should be proud of that,” he said.

The PM said he will send notes of thanks to all the governments and organisations that contributed to the rescue mission.

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SOURCES: Thai PBS, news.com.au, Chicago PBS



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Another 522 law breaking foreigners rounded up in crackdown

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Round ’em up. Ship ’em out. The “X-Ray Outlaw Foreigners” crackdown to rid Thailand of over-stayers and illegal workers continues with more than 500 arrested in the past week.

The Immigration Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj-General Itthipol Itthisarnronnachai announced yesterday that a total of 522 people had been arrested at 220 different locations.

Of these, 287 were charged with having entered Thailand illegally (102 from Laos, 143 from Myanmar, 38 from Cambodia, three from India and one from Bangladesh) and 15 stand accused of overstaying their visas (five from Myanmar, four from Cambodia, three from Laos, one from Vietnam, one from India, and one from Denmark).

A further 220 people are facing a variety of other charges, which Itthipol didn’t give details about (87 from Thailand, 31 from Cambodia, 79 from Myanmar, five from Laos, seven from China, three from Vietnam, three from Turkey, one from Israel, one from India, one from the Philippines, one from Iraq and one person with an unidentified nationality).

Itthipol said a high number of the arrests involved foreigners working without permission in Thailand.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Fake visa stamp gang arrested in Nonthaburi

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Two Thais have been arrested over fake visa stamps being used at a foreign employment agency in Nonthaburi, northern Bangkok, yesterday.

The Immigration Bureau reports that the Nonthaburi Immigration Office was notified of the allegedly fake visa stamps.

Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn led a team of officials to search CBS World Company, a foreign worker employment agency. Officers arrested two suspects, a Thai man 60 year old Surawut Sintawacheewa and a 42 year old Burmese woman name Namfon.

Police have also seized 489 passports and 29 fake visa stamps.

The pair confessed that they have been providing fake stamps for more than 10 years.

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Thai-Indian Funfair in Bangkok tomorrow

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The fifth Thai-Indian Funfair returns to Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok tomorrow (Saturday) to strengthen cultural relations between both countries. The fair arrives at a time when Indian tourist arrivals are on an upswing with new direct flights into Bangkok and Phuket providing new routes and cheaper fares.

This annual popular event, held from 3pm to 9pm, is jointly organised by the Indian Embassy in Thailand and the Indian Social Club of Thailand consisting of 65 Associations of Indian Diaspora in Thailand.

It is expected that about 10,000 people, including students of the university, will participate in the event.

A variety of activities are planned such as Thai, Indian, & international cuisine; games, cultural program, lifestyle and northeast India cultural fashion show; Indian heritage corners, India-Thailand quiz contest; special folk dance troupe from Manipur Northeast India, India; exhibitions; first Miss Thai-Indian Funfair Beauty Pageant 2019.

Srinakharinwirot University hosted the first inaugural Thai-Indian Fun Fair in 2014 followed by Thammasat University (Tha Prachan Campus) in 2015 and Chulalongkorn University in 2016. Once again the popular event is returning to Srinakharinwirot University, Sukhumvit 23 in Bangkok. In 2018, SWU hosted the 4th Thai-Indian Fun Fair second time. This is the third time Srinakharinwirot University host annual fun fair at its prestigious campus.

All are welcome to join the day with family and friends and entry is free.

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