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A perfect sunny day ahead for your Tuesday with moderate to fresh north-easterly winds up to 25 kph. The fresh winds are expected to continue during the week with an approaching storm arriving this weekend. In the meantime, let’s check out the stories making headlines today…

‘Business conflicts’ might be behind bus attack in Yala

The Fourth Army regional commander is recommending the removal of village headmen and local security personnel who claimed they were unaware of violence on Sunday, including the torching of a passenger coach, even though it happened in their jurisdiction.

The commander also believes business conflicts might be behind the arson attack on a Betong to Bangkok bus in Yala’s Bannang Sata district on Sunday.

About 10 armed men believed to be southern militants seized a bus, chased away all the passengers and torched the vehicle.

Security operations will be stepped up on this route during the New Year festival.

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Tropical storm ‘Kai-Tak’ heading our way

Weather alerts have been issued for storm Kai-Tak, which is expected to make landfall across the south this weekend.

According to the Meteorological Department, the storm is forecast to make landfall in the southern part of the Peninsula from Chumpon to Songkhla on December 23 through to Christmas Eve. We’ll keep you up to date with all the storms movements throughout the week.

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New pink Potong buses being added with new routes

‘Potongs’, the traditional open pink ‘busses’ you see around the island, operated by the OrBorJor, will now be available daily from 6am to 7pm and feature four new routes.

Each bus will carry a GPS installed to keep track of the vehicle and to verify the trips. There’s also an auditor assigned to verify the fee collection of the Potongs who can address any questions and complaints about the service. You can see a map and read about the new routes at PhuketGazette.net

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People happy with the PM, not his government

More than half of the people surveyed by NIDA say they’re impressed with the performance of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha for this year but they are not happy with his government’s performance in addressing economic problems.

Nearly 24 percent of the respondents to the NIDA Poll say they are “very impressed” with the prime minister’s performance and another 35 percent said they are impressed.

However, 58 percent of the respondents are not happy with the government’s handling of economic problems, 48 percent are not happy with political reforms and 47 percent are not satisfied with the situation in the Deep South.

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Thailand improving but still at ‘low’ level

The EF English Proficiency Index is out for 2017, the seventh overview of countries where English is not the native language. And Thailand doesn’t fare well. Bad news, it’s #53 in the world this year. The good news, it’s risen from #56 last year and moved from the ‘Very Low’ category to just plain ‘Low’.

In Asia the proficiency scores go from Singapore at the top with 66.03 points to Laos at the bottom with 37.56. Outside Asia, many European countries rank higher with places like the Netherlands the top of the list.

In South East Asia, Thailand only beat out Cambodia and Laos with all other ASEAN countries performing better in the index.

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More Chao Fah Road/Chalong Circle joy

Chao Fah West road, approaching the underpass construction works at the Chalong Circle, heading south towards Rawai, is being reduced to a single lane. So the final 200 metres of Chao Fah Road feeding into Chalong Circle will now be only one lane in either direction. A construction spokesperson says the concrete works on Chao Fah West are expected to be finished by the end of the year.

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6 face extortion charges after allegedly posing Thai immigration police officers

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Police have arrested 3 people and issued arrest warrants for 3 others on extortion charges after they allegedly posed immigration police officers in Rayong and visited business owners with migrant staff, asking them for money.

Police say 6 men wearing immigration police uniforms visited business owners in Rayong on September 15. They allegedly asked for money from the businesses with migrant labourers. Using surveillance camera footage, police say the men met at a petrol station on Khao Lam Road in Chon Buri’s Sriracha district before getting into 3 cars and driving off to Rayong. Police say the men met again at the petrol station in the afternoon.

Investigators where able to track down 3 of the suspects and found the immigration police uniforms the allegedly used. The men face charges of impersonating police officers and extortion. They’ve issued arrest warrants for the 3 others allegedly involved.

“From the footage, we have managed to track down and arrest 3 suspects namely Wisanu or Saneh (45), Ekachai or Dum (36) and Ratchanon or Bank (32). We also found a Toyota pickup truck and the police uniforms that they used on that day.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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145 more on Special Tourist Visa arrive in Bangkok

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145 people on the new Special Tourist Visa arrived in Bangkok yesterday from Guangzhou, China, the second group after Thailand’s 7 month ban on international tourists. 39 people on the new long stay visa arrived last week, a small, yet significant step forward for Thailand as it pries open the borders for tourists, albeit with a lot of paperwork, restrictions AND the 14 day quarantine.

The country went from welcoming millions of tourists each month before the pandemic to zero from late-March until a few weeks ago. In 2019, nearly 40 million tourists visited Thailand.

All the tourists passed the Covid-19 screening upon arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. They are now required to go through a 14 day quarantine at an approved hotel or facility before travelling the country.

The tourists were on the same China Southern Airlines flight as 118 foreigners with Thai work permits who were entering Thailand for business purposes, according to the airport’s deputy director Kittipong Kittikachon. 16 Thais were also on the flight, travelling back home from China.

While some have been concerned that opening the borders to foreign tourists could cause another outbreak (even though the tourists are also required to quarantine), Kittipong says there is “no chance” that the coronavirus will spread from the tourists. He says strict health measures are in place and the tourists are coming from areas that are considered a “very low risk” with no recent local transmissions of the virus.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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3 Chinese casino workers arrested with 8 million baht after illegal crossing from Myanmar

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Officers from the Thai police and military have arrested 3 Chinese nationals after they crossed illegally into Thailand from the Burmese town of Myawaddy. Thai Residents reports that the 2 women and 1 man were workers at a casino in Myanmar and were arrested in possession of 8 million baht. Officers detained them as they were getting into 2 cars allegedly arranged for them by 2 Thai men .

The arrests happened in the district of Mae Sot, in the northern Thai province of Tak, where border patrols have been increased in light of a surge in Covid-19 cases in Myanmar. The Chinese nationals crossed the Moei River, which separates Myawaddy and Mae Sot, with the assistance of a Burmese national. It’s understood they were attempting to flee Myanmar due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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