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Cabinet meet in Hua Hin to go ahead, despite explosives found
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PHUKET: The mobile Cabinet meeting scheduled on Friday and Saturday in Prachuap Khiri Khan will go ahead despite the discovery of explosives and assault rifle ammunition about three kilometers from the venue, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

He said the cache consisted of only a few items that did not seem to work and the location was quite far from the venue.

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said the explosives were outdated and he believed they were discarded by collectors after the coup when the junta initiated a crackdown on people with war weapons.

Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said the weapons were probably not intended to disrupt the Cabinet meetings and an investigation was under way to try and find out who owned them.

The cache consisted of C-4 and TNT explosive bars and detonating wires, hand detonators, smoke and teargas grenades and munitions for M16 and AK 47 assault rifles.

Serial numbers were being checked to see if they belong to the Army.

They were found on Saturday evening near the Army-run Suan Son Pradiphat Rehabilitation Center, the venue for the meetings.

Military ordnance personnel were quoted as saying that the explosives were useable but not wired to the detonators.

Some of the items were found in sacks with “Company 1 Battalion 1” written on them, it was reported.

Deputy Defence Minister and Army commander Gen Udomdej Sitabutr said that the sacks could have been taken from locations where the Army used them in flood-prevention projects after filling them with sand.

Royal Thai Police commander Gen Somyot Poompanmuang agreed the explosive and munitions were likely dumped after the junta took power. He said the discovery of the cache was not being used as a reason to maintain martial law.

Security for the Cabinet meeting was tight enough and would not be heightened, Gen Somyot said.

An investigation was underway and would not be hastened or dictated by any time frame, he added.

Police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri said C-4 explosives were considered more lethal than the explosives used last month in twin pipe bomb attacks near the Siam Paragon shopping complex and a hand grenade used in the attack on the Criminal Court earlier this month.

It is unlikely the three incidents were linked, Gen Prawut said.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Hua Hin

Hua Hin schools close after students get fever, families crossed Myanmar border

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Class is cancelled for a week at 2 schools after some students reported a high fever. School officials discovered many Burmese students and parents have been crossing the Thai-Myanmar border. The Thai government recently told immigration police to patrol the country’s natural borders such as along jungles and rivers after Myanmar reported a spike in coronavirus cases.

The 2 Prachuap Khiri Khan schools – Anun School and Wang Ta Krai School – will be closed until at least September 7. Some of the students need to quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. Public health officials have taken fluid samples to test for Covid-19. The results have not yet been released at this stage.

The province is on the Malay peninsula and borders Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region. The community has a large Burmese population. Out of the 576 students at Anun School, 300 of them are migrants. Out of the 310 students at the Wang Ta Krai School, 45 of them are migrants.

When students from the Anun School students did not show up in class due to high fever, school officials looked into their case and learned that their families had recently returned from areas around the Thai-Myanmar border. Wang Ta Krai School has not reported any suspected cases.

Most of the cases in the recent spike in Myanmar involve the western Rhakine state, on the other side of Myanmar from the Thai border.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Air Asia and VietJet add some extra domestic routes

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PHOTO: Thai VietJet adds a BKK-Nakhon Si Thammarat flight to their schedule

Whilst much of the world waits to get back into Thailand, the local airlines are starting to flex their domestic muscles and add new routes.

Thai AirAsia is launching 2 new routes from Chiang Mai, starting yesterday, offering a one-way fare for as low as 790 baht on flights to Hua Hin, and Udon Thani in the northeast. The cheapie fares will only run until August 16, or when they’re booked out. The fares will cover travel from today up to March 26 next year.

Thai Air Asia is attempting to bump up its direct domestic travel from Chiang Mai that will avoid doing a stop-over in Bangkok for these new routes.

The new flight from Chiang Mai to the coastal town of Hua Hin is targeting Thais and expats living in the north who want a seaside break and couldn’t be bothered sitting in a bus for 24 hours.

The bi-weekly flights depart every Friday and Sunday which gives travellers at both ends of the route an excuse for weekend travel. Thai Air Asia are now servicing 30 domestic routes that started again in May when Thai-registered airlines restarted limited domestic services.

But the locally-based airlines are still not allowed to fly internationally, and, based on comments from the TAT, that may not happen until early 2021. A deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said last Friday there was “no signs to show international tourism would reopen this year and even Chinese New Year in February 2021 was now in jeopardy… It is not a rosy picture.”

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Meanwhile Thai Vietjet has started a new service from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Nakhon Si Thammarat in Thailand’s Deep South.

The first flight landed over the weekend to a water salute welcome at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport. Thai Vietjet’s latest service into southern Thailand operates daily but they’re hoping to ramp up to four flights a day in October.

A promotional fare of just 199 baht, excluding tax and fees, is on sale at www.vietjetair.com.

Air Asia and VietJet add some extra domestic routes | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: TTRWeekly

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Police seize property valued at 200 million baht from suspected hill tribe drug gang – VIDEO

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Anti-narcotics police in 4 provinces seized property valued at around 200 million baht from a suspected drug trafficking gang… mostly northern hill tribe people, in coordinated raids yesterday. 30 targets in Bangkok and Hua Hin, as well as in northern and southern provinces, were raided by armed officers. 24 houses, 5 shophouses, 12 land title deeds, 22 cars and 27 motorcycles were impounded.

With a search warrant, police searched a large house in Hua Hin, allegedly owned by a female hill tribe member named Wanpen Sattunyakul, and found more than 10 other tribe members living there. All of them reportedly claimed they had opened souvenir shops in Hua Hin and denied any involvement in the illicit drugs trade.

Police say Wanpen was arrested in 2016 and her property impounded, for alleged connections to a drug trafficking gang, who had already been arrested. Due to insufficient evidence, she was later released and her property was returned. This time, police believe they have enough evidence to implicate her and her relatives.

The director of the 6th region of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board says the alleged drug gang comprises mainly related hill tribe people. The gang’s leader reportedly has several mistresses, who open shops to sell clothes and souvenirs to tourists as a way to launder the drug money.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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