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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH
– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community


PHUKET: The Standing Committee on National Security yesterday proposed that the Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC) explain to the public the likely impacts of the Mae Wong Dam project in a show to be aired on Channel 9 on October 13.

The show would follow an episode of the “Khon Khon Khon” (People Searching People) programme on environmentalist Sasin Chalermlarp’s 388-kilometre anti-dam march that is due to air on October 12.

Meanwhile, Natural Resources and Environment Ministry deputy permanent secretary Suphot Tovichakchaikul yesterday admitted to the Standing Committee on Political Development, Mass Communication and Public Participation that the environment and health impact assessment (EHIA) for the project was incomplete.

Suphot, in his capacity as secretary-general of the Office of the National Water and Flood Management Policy, offered information about the project to the panel on behalf of Deputy PM Plodprasop Suraswadi, who chairs the WFMC.

While saying the dam wouldn’t be able to tackle all flood problems, Suphot told the committee that the project was necessary, as it was part of a larger upstream-to-downstream flood-management system.

He said the EHIA report compiled by the Royal Irrigation Department was being scrutinised by experts, who would invite Sasin and affected people to give details to ensure a more complete report. He said that though the Cabinet okayed the dam’s budget and construction schedule, commencement of the project had to wait on the EHIA report.

Sasin said the EHIA report didn’t include information on the ecosystem, and failed to listen to all sides’ opinions. The report-making procedure comprised only four meetings, two of which he attended.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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20 people arrested at Pattaya restaurant for allegedly violating alcohol ban

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Police in Pattaya arrested 20 people last night at a local restaurant where alcohol was reportedly being sold. While Chon Buri recently eased disease control restrictions, now allowing restaurants in the province to offer dine-in services again, alcohol sales and consumption at restaurants are still prohibited.

Saewana restaurant was raided at around 11pm last night by officers from Pattaya and the Banglamung district station. Alcohol was served in glasses and the bottles were hidden, police say.

Pattaya News says all 20 people at the restaurant were arrested, including the owner. They face charges for allegedly violating the provincial disease control order. Those who violate the Emergency Decree could face a hefty fine or even imprisonment.

A police officer who spoke to a Pattaya News reporter said that there is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption at restaurants as the policy has been made clear to the public.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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Thailand News Today | Releasing 50,000 prisoners, Covid sniffer dogs, bungled kidnap | May 18

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Following an abortive attempt at a kidnap for ransom at the end of March, 3 people are currently under arrest, National vaccine rollout could finally get underway next week, pecially trained sniffer dogs will soon be deployed on the streets of Bangkok to sniff out cases of Covid-19 infection, Koh Samet reopening to visitors after being closed for 3 weeks and Local fishermen have found space debris, possibly from a satellite or parts of a used launch rocket.

 

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Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts

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Bangkok residents living in any of the 16 districts in the capital with active Covid-19 clusters are being advised to strictly follow disease control measures. Spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin made the warning during today’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration briefing.

In the latest wave of Covid-19 infections, more than 28,000 cases have been reported in Bangkok. Taweeslip says there have been 29 clusters. 8 of those outbreaks have been controlled while the other 21 clusters are still active.

Some of the clusters include…

  • Construction workers’ camps in Khlong Toey, Laksi and Watthana
  • Khlong Toey slum communities
  • Huai Khwang market
  • Prisons in the Chatuchak district

The outbreak at a construction site in Laksi is one of the largest clusters with 885 cases reported yesterday and another 1,107 cases were confirmed today.

Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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