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Bonanza execs face charges over park encroachment
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PHUKET: Ongoing investigations into alleged encroachment by three big businesses in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong district, namely Bonanza, Kirimaya and Moon Dance, have progressed significantly.

Police have now decided to press charges against three executives of Bonanza International Speedway, the first firm to fall under the probe.

The executives are Pupaa Taechanarong, son of former politician Paiwong, Preecha Prab-sangob and Nitischet Sutticharoenkul.

“We will summon them to acknowledge the charges,” Provincial Police Region 3 deputy commissioner Maj Gen Tanet Sunthornsuk said yesterday.

He expected police investigators to conclude the investigation into Bonanza International Speedway soon and forward the case to public prosecutors by early May.

Gen Tanet said solid evidence suggested Bonanza International Speedway had encroached on more than 100 rai of forestland, agricultural-reform land, and public waterways. Land right documents held by the firm, which covers more than 57 rai of land, are also found to have illegitimately issued.

An investigation team at the Justice Ministry, meanwhile, revealed that Kirimaya Resort clearly sat in forestland and such plots by laws could not be issued any land-rights documents.

The source said agents, however, had used local villagers’ names in the Pak Chong to claim occupation over these land plots for five years before seeking land-rights documents – which were finally sold to Khaoyai National Park Co Ltd.

According to this source, the firm had Rakesh Saxena as its adviser. Saxena was back then also an adviser to Bangkok Bank of Commerce (BBC), which agreed to take these land-rights documents as collateral. Hit by embezzlements, BBC later collapsed and such collateral assets were forwarded to the Legal Execution Department for auctions.

Mr Saxena has received a jail term for his role in the embezzlements.

During the past week, words spread that Kirimaya Resort had acquired these plots through an auction held by the department.

The department’s director-general, Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol, however, said records did not show Kirimaya as the buyer.

“Those land-rights documents go to Roykaew Co Ltd,” she said.

She explained that her department had sold those land plots in response to a court order and based on the fact that these plots were accompanied by land-rights documents issued by the Lands Department.

“But the buyer can sue for compensation if these land-rights documents is found to have been issued illegitimately,” she said.

A source at the Justice Ministry said the land-rights documents from the auction covered just some 700 rai but aerial pictures showed Kirimaya Resort must have spanned over 1,400 rai of land. “We will investigate further,” the source added.

The other big Pak Chong-based business under probe now is the Moon Dance Project. Located on Thanarat Road, this project spans over 284 rai of land. All plots of land at the project site, so far, have already been sold to the project’s customers with land-right documents. Among the project’s customers is famous TV news host Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda.

Col Sommai Bussaba, who sits in the Second Army Area’s legal team, yesterday said a special team had already checked the plot of land held by Mr Sorrayuth.

“Structures on his plot are not very big,” Col Sommai said, “But interestingly, a public waterway behind his house there has been modified. We have to find out who has made the modification, Mr Sorrayuth or the project’s owner”.

According to Col Sommai, a dyke is made at the waterway and this means if water level runs low, not a single drop will head to Lam Takhong River.

“So, the investigation will have to focus on not just how the land rights documents are acquired but also who has modified the public waterway,” Col Sommai said.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Monday’s edition of Thailand News Today.

An international Digital Travel Pass could be the magic bullet to restart global tourism

A new international Travel Pass, a sort of digital health certificate, may be the way forward for countries to re-open their borders and international airlines to get their planes back into the air.

The International Air Transport Association says the ‘digital’ certificate will support the safe reopening of borders.

As Covid-19 testing and the results becomes more reliable and nuanced, Governments are looking to testing as a means of limiting most of risks of Covid-19 when reopening their borders. The hope is that the new Travel Pass will replace the quarantine regime imposed by many countries and the hopes that a vaccine alone will solve the problems.

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In this case both women had crossed the Thai/Myanmar border and worked at the same bar in Myanmar as the original patient, feared to be a potential super-spreader.

The 2 women, aged 23 and 26, illegally crossed the Burmese border at Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai, from a border town on the Burmese side of the border, last Thursday night.

All 3 went to work there last month, but returned to Thailand after Burmese health authorities imposed a curfew from midnight to 4am.

Another 4 people have since been identified as “high risk” and are all being tested today. When added to the food delivery and hotel staff, the amount of people considered “at risk” could be up to 30.

Children injured on Hua Hin carnival ride, no safety certification submitted

3 children were injured when a carnival ride malfunctioned at the Hua Hin Red Cross Festival in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The required safety certification had not been submitted and local officials are investigating. Carnival rides now are closed for the rest of the festival.

10 children were on the ride around 10pm Friday when the hydraulics system broke, causing the arms of the ride to drop to the ground. The injured were taken to the Bangkok Hua Hin Hospital with some bruises. Doctors said all the kids are now fine.

Twitter suspends Thai royalist linked account which spread pro-government propaganda

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Reuters says they found tens of thousands of tweets from accounts amplifying the pro-government agenda, which an expert claims is a move to counter the pro-democracy movement.

Twitter said… “The account in question was suspended for violating our rules on spam and platform manipulation.”

In October, Twitter suspended 926 accounts linked to the Royal Thai Army which were “amplifying pro-government propaganda.” The Army denies they were associated with the accounts.

Ron Howard to direct cave rescue feature film ‘Thirteen Lives’ in Australia

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The film will be shot in Queensland, Australia in the hinterland areas behind the Gold Coast.

The film will be directed by Ron Howard and will start filming in March 2021. The state’s Gold Coast hinterland will double for Thailand with a similar hot, humid climate and landscape.

Thirteen Lives follows the story of the 2018 Tham Laung cave rescue of the 13 members of the Mu Pa football team, trapped in a cave by heavy rain and flooding in Chiang Rai, and the international rescue that followed.

The first major feature film about the rescue operation was The Cave, released in October 2019. The film was quite critical of the Thai red-tape which hampered much of the early rescue efforts.

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The Thai government will prohibit the sales and promotion of alcoholic drinks on every online platform from December 7.

The ban includes direct sales, promotion and introduction of alcoholic products online, but will not include electronic payments of purchases at retail stores, restaurants and bars.

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A police officer was arrested for allegedly firing shots in an Isaan restaurant, killing a married couple and severely injuring his ex-wife. 44 year old Aram Sangchai is facing charges of premeditated murder.

Aram had just returned home to the Isaan province Buri Ram from Bangkok after working with a police unit at the November 27 pro-democracy protest. The Bangkok Post says Aram “stormed” into the restaurant with a handgun and opened fire. He waited at the restaurant and surrendered to police.

The victims were taken to the Non Suwan Hospital where Jaran and Somkid Sukwong, ages 42 and 37, were pronounced dead. Aram’s ex-wife, 42 year old Nucharin Kaewchaturat, was transferred to Buri Ram Hospital and is in serious condition.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Children injured on Hua Hin carnival ride, no safety certification submitted

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3 children were injured when a carnival ride malfunctioned at the Hua Hin Red Cross Festival in Prachuap Khiri Khan. The required safety certification was not submitted and local officials are investigating, according to Mayor Nopphon Wutthikul. Carnival rides now are closed for the duration of the festival.

“Preliminary inspection revealed that they had yet to submit safety certification signed by licensed engineers from related government agencies. We will further investigate this matter to find out if there was misconduct by any official.”

The children were on an octopus amusement ride when the hydraulics system failed. Children rode in colourful cars attached to arms that arch and connect to a central axis, resembling the shape of an octopus. The central axis spins and goes up and down.

10 children were on the ride around 10pm Friday when the hydraulics system broke, according to the festival organiser Pannee Klomtheri. A Facebook user made a post saying she saw the ride collapse. Pannee says the injuries are not serious.

“Three children were injured and were sent to Bangkok Hua Hin Hospital with some bruises. Doctors said all the kids are now fine. There was no death caused by the incident.”

Pannee says the octopus ride and other nearby rides will be closed while local officials inspect the site. The festival ends on December 6.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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