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Greenpeace outs Thailand’s worst smog areas

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At least 10 suburbs in nine Thai provinces are being called out by pollution watchdog Greenpeace.

The organisation has revealed its rankings for 2018 based on a satellite map of PM2.5 concentrations in Thailand and the neighbouring countries of Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

Greenpeace is calling for the Thai government to improve the Ambient (Outdoor) Air Quality Standards for PM2.5 in order to protect people’s health.

The official “unsafe” level should be reduced from 50 to 35 |micrograms per cubic metre for the 24-hour mean concentration and to 12 from 25 micrograms per cubic metre for the annual mean.

In comparison, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has set the PM2.5 standard of limiting the 24-hour mean concentration to 25 micrograms per cubic metre for not more than three days in one year, in order to protect human health.

Thai communities where the 24-hour mean concentration of PM2.5 exceeded the standard for a period of 19 to 68 days in 2018 were: Mahachai subdistrict in Samut Sakhon province, Mae Pah subdistrict in Tak; Song Kanong subdistrict in Samut Prakan; Sripoom and Chang Phuak subdistricts in Chiang Mai; Mae Moh subdistrict in Lampang; Na Phra Land subdistrict in Saraburi; Nai Muang subdistrict in Khon Kaen; Itarapitak in Thon Buri and Din Daeng district in Bangkok.

“It is evident that people living in these urban areas are facing high risks of short and long-term impacts from continuous exposure to high levels of PM2.5,” Greenpeace concluded.

“The lack of progressive measures to manage this air pollution problem could potentially lead to an expanding public health crisis in the country.”

Greenpeace has urged the Thai Pollution Control Department and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to urgently improve the Kingdom’s outdoor air standards “to ensure clear and practical achievement of Asean’s “Haze-free 2020” target to which Thailand is a signatory.

Meanwhile, the Pollution Control Committee has authorised the governors of Bangkok and nearby provinces to declare a “nuisance problem control area” under the Public Health Act and to take more drastic action if the levels of PM2.5 – airborne particulates 2.5 microns or less in diameter – exceeded 75-100 micrograms per cubic metre of air, Pollution Control Department director-general Pralong Damrongthai said.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Humanitarian aid provided to Chinese man swindled by condo broker

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PHOTOS: Tourist Police Bureau

The Shirrine Clinic at Chamchuri Square shopping centre in Bangkok this week offered 10,000 baht cash and other necessary items to a Chinese man who was left penniless after a condominium broker in Bangkok had allegedly swindled him out of almost one million baht.

A case against the suspect is being handled by Phra Khanong police.

The Chinese victim and his baby boy are in trouble as he is also suffering from cancer.

After learning about his the plight of the Chinese victim on the Tourist Police Bureau’s Facebook page and other Thai media, Shirrine Clinic immediately contacted tourist police to provide humanitarian assistance to the Chinese man and his child.

SOURCE:  Tourist Police Bureau

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Chronically ill man jumps to his death from Bangkok apartment

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A 66 year old man who lived alone and suffered from chronic ailments has been found dead outside a 15 floor apartment building in Bangkok’s Bang Sue district.

It is believed he committed suicide by jumping from the rooftop this morning.

Taopoon police were alerted at 11am that Charn Wanngern died after he fell to the ground in front of the entrance to Building A of Taopoon Mansion.

Police found a suicide note in the man’s room on the 15th floor. No foul play is suspected in the man’s death.

The note also had the mobile phone number of his close friend. Police called him and learned from the friend that Charn used to own a cabaret troupe in Silom and he recently fell and had been suffering from chronic aliments since.

Charn needed to see a doctor regularly and the friend had to take him to his hospital as he lived alone. The friend said he had a schedule to take Charn to see his doctor this Friday.

Police said Charn’s room was on the west side but he fell from the east side of the building so he likely went up to the roof and jumped down.

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Man arrested over 50 million baht scam

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A man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding around 100 stock market investors of about 50 million baht.

Pol Lt Gen Suchate Hakparn, the Immigration Bureau chief who also heads the economic crime centre, says 52 year old Jittaraphon Nisarat was arrested on Tuesday at his apartment in Bangkok’s Phra Khanong district.

Surachate says Jittaraphon was arrested under a warrant issued by the Criminal Court on Friday.

Jittaraphon was accused of collaborating with two other accomplices to convince over 100 victims to invest in their company with a promise of a 10 per cent yield per month for their investment. The investors were asked to invest at least 300,000 baht.

The investors were told that Jittaraphon’s company would invest in the Wall Street stock market for profits in short sales.

Surachate said the investors received the promised returns for just the first three or four months but Jittaraphon then stopped paying the yields and closed his company and disappeared.

Surachate said police are still hunting for the two accomplices, 40 year old Sorachat Klamsaeng and 34 year old Pirayuth Arj-amnuay.

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