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“Immigration police dismissed the tourist’s claim that immigration officials had demanded 2,000 baht from him for a visa on arrival in addition to the normal fee of 2,000 baht.”

The Director of Bangkok’s Don Mueang international airport, as well as the director for security, have been suspended from active duty for at least 30 days pending an investigation into an incident. It has been reported that a Chinese tourist was assaulted by a security guard last Thursday night.

The AoT announced the suspension for at least 30 days of Wing Commander Suthirawat Suwanwat, director of Don Mueang international and the director for security. They are being held responsible for the actions of a security guard who allegedly assaulted the Chinese tourist, Mr Mei Ji, at a restricted zone in the transit lounge while awaiting for a flight to China.

The security guard has also been suspended from active duty. Wing Commander Suthirawat, speaking to the media yesterday, says he felt sorry for the incident.  He said he agreed to compensate the victim and, later on, would make a written apology to him through the Chinese Embassy.

AOT say that the outcome of the investigation of the incident would be sent to the Office of the Thai Civil Aviation for consideration.

The Chinese tourist in question arrived at Don Mueang on a Jakarta-origin flight on Lion Air and asked for a visa on arrival.  But the immigration official rejected his request because he didn’t produce any document to confirm his accommodation in Thailand.

The tourist was later escorted to the restricted zone in a transit room for a flight back to China.  However, it’s reported, he tried to sneak out of the restricted zone by mingling with other passengers, prompting a security guard to intervene. The confrontation ended up with the guard assaulting the tourist as shown on the video clip which was posted in the social media.

The Chinese tourist was eventually put on board a Lion air flight to Guangzhou, southern China, in early morning of September 28. Meanwhile, Pol Col Choengron Rimpadee, deputy superintendent of the immigration police dismissed the tourist’s claim that immigration officials had demanded 2,000 baht from him for a visa on arrival in addition to the normal fee of 2,000 baht.

SOURCE: Thai PBS



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Crisis meetings in Bangkok today over smog solutions

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Urgent meetings are being held in Bangkok today to address the acute smog problems in the capital.

The Pollution Control Department and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration are gathering today in their latest efforts to battle with the persistent smog while dust particles continue to blanket the capital with smog levels alarming locals and causing tourists to cancel their holidays.

The meeting was organised after the authorities concerned rushed rushed to find solutions to help ease the problem, including cleaning roads more often, spraying water over Greater Bangkok’s sky (useless), trying to produce artificial rain with cloud-seeding and enforcing strict laws against vehicles emitting excessive exhaust fumes.

PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha “has instructed relevant authorities to introduce additional measures to deal with this situation”, Government Spokesman Puttipong Punnakanta said.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Army’s efforts to spray water to ease the pollution on Monday night and yesterday morning did not appear to help much.

For instance, pollution was marginally brought down to 90 from 96 on Monday and to 71 yesterday on Phaholyothin Road in the capital.

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Bangkok smog: Oil refineries being asked to upgrade quality of diesel

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It won’t be a short-term solution but it is a worthwhile long-term part of the important changes that will have to be made.

But nothing concrete yet.

In yet another attempt to ease the health hazards posed by PM2.5 dust particles in Bangkok’s air, the Energy Business Department plans to hold a meeting with oil refineries this week about the possibility of upgrading the quality standard of diesel from Euro 4 to Euro 5.

The department director-general Ms Nanthika Tungsupanich says that the meeting was intended to sound out the opinions of the six oil refineries about when they will be ready to upgrade the quality standard of oil products, diesel in particular, to Euro 5 level.

Diesel of Euro 4 standard contains 55 ppm sulfur while the Euro 5 standard sets the amount of sulfur at 10 ppm.

In 2017, the Department of Pollution Control Department held discussions with the six oil refineries and automobile manufacturers about upgrading fuel quality to Euro 5 standard, but the plan was opposed by some of the refineries claiming the high investment costs estimated at about US$400 million for each refinery.

Euro 4 standard has been put into practice since 2012 and it was initially planned that Euro 5 standard would be enforced last year so that all the refineries could go into production in the year 2022.

Ms Nanthika said that the new quality standard could not be introduced without the Pollution Control Department first seeking an approval from the cabinet.

With substantial investment costs, the price of diesel might have to be adjusted up from .50-one baht per litre.

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