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Chiang Mai soldier caught in gun road rage

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Footage from a dash cam shows a soldier advancing on a family of three, threatening to shoot them with a gun in Chiang Mai. The incident is related to a preceding road rage incident in the Mae Rim district.

Footage shows the mother and wife of the man trying to prevent them from continuing to argue as the soldier brandishes a gun.

Sanook reports that the incident luckily ended without a shooting. The soldier is expected to soon be in custody.

54 year old Father Amnat from Nonthaburi says he was with his wife and 19 year old son driving their Mazda on a trip to Mae Hong Sorn to make merit.

His son had slowed to stop off and buy some lottery tickets and this apparently enraged another driver who then tried to cut them off in his sedan. Both parties wound down their windows and the son yelled “Arai” (what) that further exacerbated the situation.

The other driver called for them to stop. He then threatened to kill the whole family with his gun, according to Amnat. They all drove off with the wife calling 191 amid fears that the soldier would hunt them down.

Mae Rim police confirmed that the man with the gun is a soldier connected to one of the army camps in the north. A summons has been issued after the family accused him of attempted murder.

SOURCE: Sanook



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Thaksin: Election rigged with many irregularities

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Former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra told Agence France-Presse yesterday that Thailand’s election was marred by “irregularities” and “rigged”.

He says the military rigged the election system to retain their political grip on the kingdom.

“Everyone knows in Thailand, everyone international that observed the election in Thailand, knows that(there is irregularities,” he told AFP in English.

“What we call, we should call, rigged elections is there. It’s not good for Thailand.”

Ousted in another coup back in 2006 and living in exile ever since, the 69 year old remains a pivotal figure in Thai politics despite efforts of the Junta to reduce his influence.

The political map emerging from Sunday’s election still shows there is a stark political divide between the North and North-east, his former strongholds, and the rest of the country.

Thaksin: Election rigged with many irregularities | News by The Thaiger

GRAPHIC: Bangkok Post

Speaking to AFP he said, “Any game, if the rule and the referee is not fair, the result will not be respected.”

“If you look at the number of ballots and the number of voter turnout, the ballots much more exceed the number of voter turnout in many, many provinces.”

SOURCE: AFP

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Chiang Mai ‘s tourism holds up despite smoke and smog

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Chiang Mai’s current poor air quality and smoke haze is raising concerns on the potential impact on tourism as Thailand’s Songkran water festival approaches.

Smog has been a yearly occurrence in Northern Thailand, but this year the situation appears to be the worst with Chiang Mai topping the air pollution ranking and the media tracking daily results.

But La-iad Bungsrithong, president of the Thai Hotels Association (Northern Chapter), says there appears to be a short-term decline in the market.

However, she attributes the current performance to March being part of the traditional low season rather than the pollution, adding that there has been no booking cancellation from leisure or MICE guests.

The Songkran festival typically sees leisure demand for Chiang Mai from South-east Asia, Europe, China and Thailand. According to La-iad, room occupancy in April last year was 65 per cent, reaching 85 per cent during the Songkran period (April 12-14).

She expects similar figures for Songkran this year but also greater competition arising from new hotels around Chiang Mai and Airbnb.

Similarly, a spokesperson of Standard tour, Somchai Sandnee, said the company’s business has not been affected by the air pollution. Chinese tourists are less perturbed by smog issues than political turmoil and recent events such as the boat accident in Phuket last year, Somchai pointed out.

Chotechuang Soorangura, associate managing director of NS Travel & Tours, also says he doesn’t see the smog having an impact on sales.

“The smog is considered an annual situation and our company always (issues) an advice to customers. In the case where customers really want to visit Chiang Mai, we will suggest they limit their stays in the city in favour of other provinces instead such as Sukhothai,” Chotechuang explained.

SOURCE: ttgasia.com

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Summer storms on the way for north, north-east

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People living in the north of Thailand are being warned to brace themselves for some summer thunderstorms until Wednesday. The Meteorological Department issued an alert today saying the storms will be caused by a high-pressure system from China that will interact with the hot weather over upper Thailand.

Outbreaks of summer thunderstorms will be likely from today to March 27. Thundershowers, gusty winds and hail are possible first in the Northeast and the East then the Central, and the North region.

Are you affected?

March 23-24

North: Kamphaengphet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun.

Northeast: Nong Bua Lamphu, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Udon Thani, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.

Central: Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Lop Buri and Saraburi.East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Chachoengsao.

March 25-27

North: Kamphaengphet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun.

Northeast: Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Loei, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.

Central: Uthai Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Saraburi and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya including Bangkok and its vicinity.

East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Chachoengsoa.

SOURCE: The Nation

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