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Warrants for Bangkok bomb suspects expected today
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PHUKET: Arrest warrants are expected to be issued today for two men suspected of planting and setting off twin pipe bombs near Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok on Sunday night.

Information about the suspects was based on footage from surveillance cameras and subsequent police sketches, Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Lt Gen Sriwara Rangsipramman-akul said yesterday.

Police are checking the footage to acquire further details, which so far show two men arriving at the scene near a government service counter sited near the shopping mall, said Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri.

One of the suspects is seen wearing a white cap with a bag slung over his shoulder. Another man is wearing a black cap and holding an orange plastic bag.

The two men were seen briefly patrolling the scene and appeared to be pushing something into the bag, before they ran away. The first bomb went off 10 seconds later, and the second bomb another 32 seconds later. A police source said a digital clock was found at the scene with 6pm set as the detonation time, but the first bomb went off much later than that.

“It is likely the men failed to trigger the bomb through this timer, or this digital clock was meant as a distraction for the police to determine which detonation method was actually used,” the source added.

The source said the man wearing the white cap looked as if he was trying to ignite a lighter, with the light from an unknown source seen in the footage. Both men left the scene and entered the BTS Siam (Skytrain) station, leaving behind the orange plastic bag.

After 40 seconds went by, a bright flash was seen rising behind an advertising light box, where the bag was hidden. An incendiary detonation sparked for three seconds, and the first bomb went off. The same steps occurred 32 seconds later in another orange plastic bag left by the man in the white cap, and the second bomb went off.

Another police source said that police were following a lead that the two men travelled by taxi through Soi 7 of Siam Square, opposite Rama I Road, before they approached the scene on foot through Soi 3.

Police are verifying the pink taxi’s licence plate to reach its driver, who will be questioned when found.

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Bangkok and Nonthaburi to get 2 extra holidays during ASEAN summit

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November 4 and 5 have been approved as official holidays for Bangkok and Nonthaburi as a result of the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits being held at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok.

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul confirmed yesterday that the measure was being taken in an effort to alleviate traffic problems in both areas during the summit, adding that other state enterprises and the Bank of Thailand could implement the holidays for their subsidiaries at their own discretion and on a case-by-case basis.

“Government agencies in Bangkok and Nonthaburi will stop working on these dates. Meanwhile, state enterprises and the Bank of Thailand will consider announcing November 4 and 5 as holidays for their subsidiaries on case-by-case basis.”

“However, government agencies which have a necessity to provide urgent or previously scheduled services to their clients that cannot be postponed may stay open on November 4 and 5, depending on the decision by the heads of these departments.”

Some other public or regional holidays coming up…

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SOURCE: The Nation

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Colourful European ecstasy tablets targeting Thai youth

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The Narcotics Control Board are warning about cartoon-character labelled ecstasy pills that are being smuggled from Europe and heading for Thailand and a growing market of younger users. Some of the colourful pills had been cast as characters from Minions movies and The Simpsons.

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board deputy secretary-general Niyom Termsrisook told reporters about the ecstasy pills following the arrest of a woman in Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok, last week. The woman was arrested with about 28,000 cartoon-character ecstasy pills on October 8. Niyom said they had been tracked back to a European supplier.

“The pills were produced in France and the Netherlands. Drug dealers have also been expanding their markets to south east Asia. The drugs are smuggled through airports in Cambodia and Vietnam.”

“The pills are stored in Cambodia before being smuggled through natural border passages to Thailand.

Niyom alleged the smugglers were victims of human traffickers hired by African traffickers.

He said that local sellers of the ecstasy pills are targeting young pub goers as the drugs have a sex-stimulant property.

A source at the ONCB said a quantity of cartoon-character ecstasy pills was earlier seized at Suvarnabhumi airport in the capital. The pills were smuggled from the Netherlands where they were priced at 60 baht per pill.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Thai High Speed Railway linking airports now to be signed off on October 25

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The State Railway of Thailand and the Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium are putting pen to paper and signing the contract for the high-speed train project on October 25.

The much-discussed high speed railway will link Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao international airports. The new SRT board was approved by the Thai cabinet today.

Deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul says he is confident the contract will now be signed, adding that he has already met with Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of the CP group, and assured him of the government’s full cooperation and support.

The Charoen Pokphand-led consortium won the bid to develop the 224-billion baht high-speed train infrastructure as a signature project for the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) high-tech investment hub. The train service is scheduled to be operational in 2024 (The Thaiger is taking bets now).

Recently, however, the CP-led consortium raised concerns over land expropriation and eviction problems and asked for the government to share the risk on this issue. The Transport Ministry has already rejected the request putting the onus on CP as part of the proposal.

Mr. Anutin explained that, in any large infrastructure project involving expropriation of land, it is usual for the government or state agency not to be able to hand over the land to the contractor all at once. In such cases, the contracted completion date can be moved back.

He said the CP-led consortium should proceed with the high-speed train project without further delay because 70% of the land is ready to be handed over.

Meanwhile, the deputy PM admits that he didn’t know why the entire SRT board resigned en masse, delaying the signing of the contract, and denied that he had put pressure on the board to quit. He also denied that Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, also of the Bhumjaithai party, objected to the SRT board’s mass resignation because the latter wanted the contract to be signed quickly.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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