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Saturday – Ahh, the weekend. Many things happening around the island. Tonight you have another Boat Lagoon Weekend night of music, crafts, food, entertainment and chilling. Starts at 6pm. Also the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous on today as the fleet makes its way from Kata Rocks to The Surin for a beach party – you’ll see some magnificent vessels making their way north along the west coast today. The Phuket King’s Cup is also still on off Kata today. Let’s check today’s main news stories….

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When your investigator used to work for you….

The national Anti-Corruption Commission president should step aside in the investigation of his former boss, General Prawit Wongsuwan, regarding the Deputy PMs possession of an extravagant wristwatch and diamond ring… this according to political academics and critics. While the anti-graft body has agreed to investigate the case involving what appeared to be a multi-million-baht Richard Mille watch worn by the junta’s deputy prime minister, many doubt that Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit will conduct a fair investigation.

Prawit, who did not declare any assets worth more than 200,000 baht when he entered the Cabinet in 2014, is suspected of not only concealing his assets from the NACC but also of “unusual wealth”, as the 72-year-old retired general does not appear to have any business investments.

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How much is that phone bill?!

Total Access Communications Company, operator of DTAC mobile phone service, has been asked to explain two recent incidents.

The first incident involves the seizure of 50,000 unused DTAC SIM cards by customs officials at the Thai/Cambodian border yesterday.

The second case is about a complaint from a customer that her mobile phone signal was cut off on Dec 7 because she ran out of credit. After checking with DTAC, she found out that she was charged 461 trillion baht for phone services. That’s 461 with 12 zeros after it. We don’t think she’ll be paying that off with instalments!

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New policies for Thailand’s agriculture sector

Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak is holding discussions with officials from a range of agriculture-related agencies in a bid to set the direction for fresh economic policies aimed at improving farmers’ livelihoods.

Officials have responded to Somkid’s urgent call for new strategies in line with the guiding principles of the sufficiency economy philosophy espoused by His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The key concern, according to Somkid, is that farmers must have additional ways to earn an income after a harvest season.

Somkid says a committee would be established to create a central database for main crops such as rice, rubber, palm oil tapioca and fruit. The database would also enable producers to benefit from an early warning system of looming hazards for certain sectors.

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PM visits flood-inundated Trang

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and three Cabinet ministers spent most of yesterday touring Trang to inspect the flooding situation in the southern province.

The Junta quartet were on hand to inspect some of the areas still inundated and chat to locals. They headed back to the capital last night.

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NACC to re-open cases over former PM Thaksin

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has passed a resolution to submit a petition for the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to revive three cases, two of them involving former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, after the passage into law of an organic bill which allows for trials of fugitive politicians to be held in absentia.

The new law allows for the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to revive cases – which have been shelved because the defendants failed to appear for trial as ordered by the court – and renew the trials in absentia.

In one of the cases Exim Bank lent 4 billion baht to Myanmar to buy telecommunications equipment from companies affiliated to Shin Corp, owned by the Thaksin family. Former PM Thaksin, who approved the loan, was named the defendant in that case.

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Road closures for the Phukethon

The Phukethon 42 kilometre marathon is being run tomorrow from Saphin Hin to Cape Promthep and back to Phuket Town. The event is scheduled to start at 3.30am… most runners will be back by sunrise tomorrow. More than 10,000 runners have been registered for Phuketon events over this weekend, of different running distances. There’s a full story about the road closures at phuketgazette.net HERE.

Hourly local news and Phuket weather updates on The Thaiger 102.75 FM.

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Points deduction system for drivers to be introduced mid-December

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The point deduction system, for traffic and road infringements, is tentatively scheduled for activation for motorists and motorcyclists in mid-December. It is hoped that the system will help reduce road fatalities and injuries on Thai roads.

The deputy commander of Highways Police Command says that every licensed driver will be given an allocation of 12 points. Each time the driver commits a traffic law violation, points will be deducted. When there are no points left, the driver’s license will be suspended for 90 days, after which the driver or motorcyclist will have to undergo training administered by the Land Transport Department to get their licence back, and another 12 points.

Those who don’t attend the training, however, will have their licence returned after 90 days, but with only 8 points.

Points to be deducted differ, depending on the offence. Offences are divided into four categories:

• One point deduction

Using a cell-phone while driving; exceeding the speed limit; not wearing crash helmets for motorcyclists; not wearing seat belts; not giving way to emergency vehicles, riding on the sidewalk and not stopping for pedestrians on zebra crossings.

• Two points deduction

Running a red light; driving on the wrong side of the road; reckless driving; driving while his/her license is suspended and drunk driving.

• Three points deduction

Organising or promoting street racing without permission; hit-and run; driving while under the influence of narcotics; driving while under the influence of alcohol exceeding 150mg per ml.

• Four points deduction

Driving under the influence of alcohol exceeding 200mg per ml, drunk driving in a way which may cause serious injuries or death to the other people; driving in a manner disregarding the safety of the other people or causing trouble to other people.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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The body of an unidentified foreigner found floating south of Pattaya

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A fisherman has recovered a body, thought to be a foreigner, from the Gulf of Thailand off Sattahip.

Na Jomtien Police were notified of the body by 24 year old Teerapong Boonwat, a fishing boat captain plying the waters around Sattahip, south of Pattaya.

Mr. Boonwat had recovered the body found floating near Koh Ped (Duck Island), about three nautical miles from the Sattahip shore. Police and emergency responders rushed to the scene near Amparam Temple.

Police report that the male body appears to be a foreigner aged around 40 years old with a beard and little head hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt, long jeans and black sneakers.

No identification was found on the man. It is believed that he had died at least 7 days before his body was found floating in the water. The police didn’t state if there was any signs of foul play or the condition of the body.

Police are investigating the incident and reviewing missing person reports to establish identification.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Opposition hits out at government’s military spending in 2020 budget

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The opposition is accusing the government of being more concerned with military arms than the daily struggles of Thai citizens. During a debate in Parliament on the budget bill, the government was accused of caring more about the growth in military spending than citizens’ financial woes.

The opposition levied the attack after PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha delivered the 3.2 trillion baht bill to the House of Representatives. The debate on the 2020 budget is expected to continue for two more days and if approved by Parliament, the bill will come into force early next year.

The PM says the budget aligns with the “20 year strategy” to improve the living standards of the nation’s citizens while growing the economy, but opponents accuse him of making defence spending a priority.

The leader of the opposition, Sompong Amornvivat, claims that in the five years the PM has been in power, total spending has hit 14.3 trillion baht, with loans of 2.2 trillion baht, without any significant growth in the economy. He accuses the government of spending more than 6 billion baht on defence, with the Interior Ministry getting 25 billion baht more than last year.

It’s also understood that the government has also put 518.8 billion baht aside, which it can spend as it wishes, without the consent of Parliament.

The government’s tourism stimulus plan, whereby domestic tourists would be given cash incentives, also came under fire as Sompong declared it a waste of money that would do nothing to boost productivity.

The subject of the PM’s oath-taking fiasco reared its head again, as the leader of the Seree Ruam Thai Party, Pol General Sereepisut Temiyavej declared the PM and his government unfit to rule or propose a budget bill as a result of it.

Anudit Nakorntab from the Pheu Thai party said the government should postpone unnecessary spending on military arms while the country’s citizens battle economic hardship, accusing the previous junta-led administration of also prioritising the military in its spending.

SOURCE: The Nation

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