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- Pedder

BANGKOK. Es ist nicht immer ein Segen, einen Flughafen in eine Provinz zu bringen. Es kann auch eine Belastung sein. Die Politik von Premierminister Srettha Thavisin, Thailand zu einem regionalen Luftverkehrsdrehkreuz zu machen, ist zu einem Anstoß für Provinzen geworden, die keinen Flughafen haben oder einen haben, den sie nicht gerne haben, und drängen ihn, ... Weiterlesen ... [...]

- Pedder

BANGKOK. Zunehmende geopolitische Konflikte und globale wirtschaftliche Veränderungen treiben die Rohölpreise auf ein Fünfmonatshoch und wirken sich auf die weltweiten Märkte aus. Die aktuellen Rohölpreise sind aufgrund der Konflikte im Nahen Osten erhöht, wobei die anhaltenden Spannungen zwischen Russland und der Ukraine die Situation verschärfen. Inmitten der fragilen globalen Wirtschaftslandschaft sind die Rohölpreise im ersten ... Weiterlesen ... [...]

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BANGKOK. Laut einem Forschungsunternehmen dürfte der Preisindex für neue Wohnimmobilien im Großraum Bangkok in der zweiten Jahreshälfte weiter steigen, da ältere Bestände aufgrund der in diesem Monat beginnenden Immobilienanreizmaßnahmen absorbiert werden. Vichai Viratkapan, amtierender Generaldirektor des Real Estate Information Center (REIC), sagte, dass die neuen Konjunkturmaßnahmen der Regierung für Wohnimmobilien mit einem Preis von 7 ... Weiterlesen ... [...]

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TAK. Die Kämpfe zwischen der Regierung Myanmars und den Karen-Rebellen dauerten die ganze Samstagnacht bis Sonntagmorgen an und trieben mehr Zivilisten dazu, vorübergehend Zuflucht im Bezirk Mae Sot in der westlichen Provinz Tak Thailands zu suchen. Die Rebellen starteten Mörser- und Drohnenangriffe gegen die Überreste der myanmarischen Truppen, die sich aus ihrem letzten Lager im ... Weiterlesen ... [...]

- Pedder

MAE SOT. Das Bezirkskrankenhaus Mae Sot hat vorgestern Abend den Notstand ausgerufen und Ärzte, Krankenschwestern und andere Beamte mobilisiert, um die große Zahl von Vertriebenen aus Myanmar zu versorgen, die medizinische Behandlung suchen. Unter der Bedingung der Anonymität sagte ein Krankenhausbeamter, dass das Krankenhaus nicht unterscheiden könne, ob es sich bei den Patienten, die eine ... Weiterlesen ... [...]

- Pedder

CHIANG MAI. Die Polizei von Chiang Mai nahm gestern zwei Männer fest und beschlagnahmte mehr als 36 Millionen Baht Bargeld in einer Wohnanlage und an zwei anderen Orten im Bezirk Muang. Die Polizei sagte, dass das beschlagnahmte Bargeld Teil von rund 76 Millionen Baht an Bargeld und Wertsachen sei, die die beiden Verdächtigen, die nur ... Weiterlesen ... [...]

- Pedder

BANGKOK. Das Department of Science Services hat Verbraucher darauf hingewiesen, dass in Papier eingewickeltes Brathähnchen möglicherweise mit krebserregenden Substanzen aus dem Verpackungspapier kontaminiert ist. Als Reaktion auf einen Bericht in den sozialen Medien erklärte Dr. Kanit Tapasa, Sprecher der Abteilung, dass bei der Papierherstellung derzeit zwei Arten von Zellstoff verwendet werden: reiner Naturzellstoff und recycelter ... Weiterlesen ... [...]

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MYAWADDY. Die heftigen Kämpfe zwischen Kämpfern ethnischer Minderheiten und Soldaten der myanmarischen Junta in Myawaddy seit dem Morgen (20. April) führten dazu, dass Kugeln über die Grenze flogen und eine davon die Fensterscheibe eines Hauses in Mae Sot traf. Die heftigen Kämpfe im Distrikt Myawaddy, jenseits der Grenze zum thailändischen Distrikt Mae Sot, zwischen Kämpfern ... Weiterlesen ... [...]

- Pedder

BANGKOK. Die Besitzerin einer Eigentumswohnung in Bangkok weinte, nachdem ein Franzose geflohen war, ohne zwei Monatsmieten zu bezahlen, und ihre Eigentumswohnung in einem Ort voller Müll zurückgelassen hatte. Auf ihrem Tiktok-Account „gigminim“ postete die Frau vor zwei Tagen 15 Fotos, die einen Müllhaufen auf Möbeln, Sofa, Esstisch, Küchenregalen und Bett sowie in der Toilette und ... Weiterlesen ... [...]

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BANGKOK. Italian-Thai Development (ITD) Plc, das sich derzeit in einer finanziellen Notlage befindet, wird voraussichtlich eine Finanzspritze von seinen Hauptgläubigern erhalten. Die Bereitstellung von frischem Kapital zielt darauf ab, die Geschäftstätigkeit des Unternehmens zu stärken, ohne dass ein Sanierungsplan erforderlich ist. Chartsiri Sophonpanich, Präsident der Bangkok Bank (BBL), der auch ein wichtiger Gläubiger von ITD ... Weiterlesen ... [...]

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Thai stock market rebounds amid renewed investor confidence

Thai stock market rebounds amid renewed investor confidenceLegacyThe Thai stock market made a strong comeback yesterday, experiencing a rise of approximately 1.3%. This resurgence was mirrored in other regional markets which also bounced back from significant losses incurred on Friday. Investors are seemingly reassured by the belief that a full-scale war in the Middle East is unlikely. This sentiment was further bolstered by the decision of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) to maintain its current interest rates. The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index, which had dipped below the critical resistance point of 1,350 at the close of the previous week, rallied yesterday, April 22. The surge saw the majority of trading dominated by large-cap stocks. The stocks with the most trading value for the day included Kasikornbank (KBANK), Jasmine International (JAS), Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP), and CP ALL. The SET index closed at 1,347.10 points by midday, with a total trading value of 23.1 billion baht. This upward swing was also influenced by the PBOC’s decision to retain its loan prime rates (LPRs). Global analysts had predicted rates of 3.45% for the 1-year LPR and 3.9% for the 5-year LPR. In discussing the recent market performance, Therdsak Thaveeteeratham, the Executive Vice-President of Asia Plus Securities (ASPS), warned of a precarious future. “Israel-Iran issues are delicate, but a full-blown war is unlikely in the Middle East since both Israel and Iran and their allies are showing restraint.” He highlighted that investors had made substantial purchases of large-cap stocks, particularly those in the banking group. The banking group’s operating results for the first quarter were encouraging, and communication stocks were seen as speculative buys that could further support the index rebound. He went on to add that ASPS anticipates the SET index to fluctuate between 1,330-1,350 points in the short term. “Geopolitical conflicts must be watched closely since they cause commodity prices to rise and make it harder to control inflation. Central banks will delay monetary easing and keep interest rates high for longer.” Investors are still keenly awaiting economic data from China, Japan, and South Korea, which is set to be released next week. In addition, the Bank of Japan has a meeting scheduled for Thursday to discuss interest rates. In related news, SCB Asset Management has issued a more optimistic view of China’s economy and the potential for long-term returns from China’s stock market. The story Thai stock market rebounds amid renewed investor confidence as seen on Thaiger News. [...]

- Puntid Tantivangphaisal
Krabi smoothie shop owner accused of investment fraud

Krabi smoothie shop owner accused of investment fraudLegacyApproximately 10 victims have reported a local smoothie shop owner in Krabi for investment fraud involving over 3 million baht. The suspect, using her acquaintance with a well-known lawyer as leverage, challenged the victims to take legal action against her. Police are now gathering evidence to pursue the suspect legally. A group of around 10 individuals filed complaints yesterday at the Mueang Krabi Police Station against a 38 year old woman, the owner of a smoothie shop. They accused her of inviting them to join an investment scheme that has been running for almost a year, with contributions ranging from tens of thousands to millions of baht. When it was time for payouts, the investors found themselves without their due funds, leading to reported losses exceeding 3 million baht. The authorities have taken the complaints and are interviewing the victims and collecting evidence to track down the perpetrator. One of the victims, referred to as B, recounted that in June last year, Pim, a fellow villager known to her, reached out via Facebook with an investment opportunity. The scheme involved monthly contributions of 10,000 baht, with payouts scheduled for the 25th of each month. Trusting Pim, who had no prior record of default, B decided to participate, initially investing around 200,000 baht and later adding smaller amounts totalling over 300,000 baht. The group comprised 12 members, most of whom were acquaintances, who coordinated through a LINE chat group. At the start of this year, B’s turn for the payout came, but no money was forthcoming. When B and others confronted Pim, the scheme’s organiser, she evaded their inquiries, blaming delays on other members’ failures to make payments or citing other excuses. Pim reportedly became hostile when pressed further at her home and boasted of her connections to a prominent lawyer, suggesting they sue her if they wished, reported KhaoSod. After discussing with other members who had faced similar issues, B and the rest of the defrauded group decided to file a collective police report. The officer in charge, Chatchai, stated that the case appeared to be one of public fraud. The investigation is ongoing, and the police plan to summon Pim for questioning. Should she fail to respond, they will issue a summons and potentially seek an arrest warrant if necessary. The story Krabi smoothie shop owner accused of investment fraud as seen on Thaiger News. [...]

- Nattapong Westwood
Thai police bust illegal lender for extreme rates and data breach

Thai police bust illegal lender for extreme rates and data breachLegacyThai authorities apprehended 37 year old man at his residence for running an illegal money-lending enterprise that charged exorbitant interest rates of 8% per week. The operation, led by senior police officials, uncovered not only evidence of the illicit business but also a trove of personal data harvested from individuals, signalling a breach of Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act. Yesterday, a coordinated police operation in Thung Song district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, led to the arrest of Charoen, also known as “Lek,” for his involvement in unlawful money lending practices and the potential violation of the Personal Data Protection Act. The search warrant, dated April 20, resulted in the seizure of multiple land titles, underground lottery tickets, and a cache of personal data, indicating a deep-rooted network of illegal activities. During the raid at a house in the Kuan Krod sub-district, the police team, acting on the command of senior officers from the Special Operations Department, seized three mobile phones, an iPad, numerous land deeds, seven motorcycles, a 9mm handgun with ammunition, and notebooks containing records of underground lottery transactions. This evidence pointed to a sophisticated operation involving not just illegal lending but also illicit gambling and potentially unauthorised possession of firearms. Cybercrime The investigation leading to the raid was prompted by the monitoring of online communications related to cybercrime and illegal money lending. Police uncovered conversations and personal information exchanges, including full names, national identification numbers, and vehicle registrations, all of which constituted a breach of privacy laws. The suspect allegedly sold this sensitive data to interested parties for 500 baht per transaction, highlighting a corrupt practice that undermined legal boundaries and societal trust. Upon interrogation, Charoen confessed to running a loan business for over two years, targeting residents with interest rates of 8% per week for general customers and a slightly reduced rate of 7% per week for acquaintances. His admission laid bare the financial pressures imposed on the community through these exploitative terms. The police charged Charoen with offences relating to charging interest rates beyond the legal limit, generating false loans or financial documents to conceal these rates, operating a personal loan business without the necessary permissions, and potentially managing a pawnshop illegally. Data security Additionally, the possession of personal data with the intent to disclose it contravened the Personal Data Protection Act, reflecting a disregard for individual privacy and security. The case has now been handed over to the investigative officers at the Thung Song Police Station to proceed in accordance with Thai law. As the investigation continues to unfold, authorities are working diligently to identify and prosecute any accomplices or data leak sources to prevent further breaches and criminal activities. The crackdown not only showcases the government’s commitment to upholding financial and data protection laws but also serves as a stern warning to those engaged in similar illegal operations. The story Thai police bust illegal lender for extreme rates and data breach as seen on Thaiger News. [...]

- Puntid Tantivangphaisal
Teen motorcyclists die in horrific crash in Prachuap Khiri Khan

Teen motorcyclists die in horrific crash in Prachuap Khiri KhanLegacyTragedy struck yesterday when a 15 year old boy riding a motorcycle collided with another, sending both riders onto the path of an oncoming truck on Petchkasem Road, southbound lane, near Ban Nawalapriang in Sam Krathai district, Kui Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan province. The impact was so severe that both teenagers died at the scene around 1am. Police Lieutenant Nonnaphan Singhanat, the investigating officer from Sam Krathai Police Station, along with highway police from Kui Buri and rescue workers from the Luang Por In Kuti Foundation at Wat Kui Buri, rushed to the scene. They discovered a Honda Wave motorcycle, registration KL38 Prachuap Khiri Khan, abandoned by the roadside, its front end crumpled beyond recognition. Nearby lay the 28 year old driver, Tedthasak (surname withheld), motionless. The young motorcyclist, referred to as A for privacy, was found approximately 15 metres away, face down on the road. His condition was dire, with pieces of his skull and brain strewn about, making identification difficult after being run over by a large truck. The Prachuap Khiri Khan hospital vehicle was at the scene and the medical team attempted to resuscitate Tedthasak. Despite over 15 minutes of CPR, their efforts were in vain. Further down the road, about 200 metres away, authorities located the truck involved, an Isuzu with the registration 71-0789 Phetchaburi, parked on the shoulder. The red Honda Wave motorcycle, belonging to A, was wedged beneath it, showing signs of being dragged over 200 metres, leaving it in a state of destruction. The truck driver, 62 year old Somprasong (surname withheld) awaits questioning by the authorities. Somprasong recounted that as he was driving, he witnessed A’s motorcycle abruptly exit an alley and ascend the road shoulder, cutting off Tedthasak’s motorcycle. The sudden manoeuvre resulted in a violent collision that sent A flying into the front of Somprasong’s truck. The truck’s impact instantly killed A and dragged the motorcycle underneath, reported KhaoSod. Police officials will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the fatal accident and proceed with legal actions as necessary. The story Teen motorcyclists die in horrific crash in Prachuap Khiri Khan as seen on Thaiger News. [...]

- Petch Petpailin
Authorities struggle to control fire at chemical warehouse in Rayong

Authorities struggle to control fire at chemical warehouse in RayongLegacyA fire broke out at an industrial waste and chemical warehouse belonging to the Win Process Company in the eastern province of Rayong at 8.30am yesterday. The Thai authorities have been working for over 20 hours to extinguish the fire and are struggling to fully control it due to flammable chemical substances. Residents living near the warehouse in the Ban Khai district of Rayong had to evacuate for their safety. The fire produced thick black plumes of smoke that covered the residential area and emitted chemical odours from various substances stored in the warehouse. The fire started in a Win Process company warehouse and then spread to another, causing multiple explosions. According to Thai PBS, firefighters found it challenging to put out the fire using water alone because of the chemicals present. They had to use a fire suppressant called aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) along with water to prevent the fire from spreading any further. Rayong province Deputy Governor Kanchai Thepworrachai told the Prachachart news platform that the Thai authorities were still unable to fully control the fire despite more than 20 hours of operation. However, they have managed to contain it within a limited area. Firefighters are still spraying water to prevent the fire from spreading any further. Kanchai anticipates that the situation will be under control by the end of today, and investigations into the cause of the fire will begin tomorrow. Kanchai added that the province plans to declare the affected area a disaster zone, including the Bangbuth and Nong Bua sub-districts. Locals in these two areas were evacuated to temporary shelters, while some chose to stay with their relatives. The Win Process company was involved in the separation and disposal of chemical and industrial waste. According to MGR Online, the company faced a lawsuit from 15 locals for health effects caused by its operations. The Rayong Provincial Court ordered the company to compensate the affected individuals with more than 20 million baht on December 13, 2022. The company operation was suspended, and the chemical substances in the warehouses were abandoned without proper management, leading to the fire. The story Authorities struggle to control fire at chemical warehouse in Rayong as seen on Thaiger News. [...]

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Motorbike and minivan collision injures three in Pattaya

Motorbike and minivan collision injures three in PattayaLegacyA collision between a motorbike and a minivan in Pattaya led to injuries for three people, including two young women and a blind individual. The incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday, April 22, at 2.36am, near Pattaya School 7 on the inbound lane heading towards Sattahip. The motorbike, a Honda Scoopy I model, was ridden by 18 year old Chalin Konrad who reported minor abrasions following the accident. Her passengers, Chanyanuch Thanusorn, a 48 year old blind woman, and a 17 year old girl who cannot be named due to her age, suffered more severe injuries. Thanusorn sustained a significant head wound while the 17 year old girl experienced abrasions similar to those of Konrad. The two younger females were known to be friends. Emergency workers arrived promptly at the scene, delivering immediate first aid before transferring the injured parties to a nearby medical facility. Meanwhile, the 50 year old minivan driver, Woraphong Lueangektrakul, remained uninjured despite some damage to the left side of his vehicle. Police investigation Lueangektrakul stayed at the scene, fully cooperating with Pattaya police during their initial investigations. Konrad shared with the authorities that she and her friend were travelling to Jomtien when they noticed Thanusorn, the blind woman, walking by the roadside. Wishing to assist, they offered Thanusorn a lift to Jomtien. As they were crossing an intersection, with the traffic light in their favour, their motorbike was hit by the allegedly speeding van. However, Lueangektrakul had a different account. He claimed he was driving at a regular speed along Sukhumvit Road when the motorcycle suddenly crossed the intersection directly in his path. Despite his efforts to swerve away, he was unable to avoid the collision entirely. He expressed relief that the accident did not result in any life-threatening injuries. Konrad insisted they were just trying to help someone in need. “We didn’t expect this to happen. It all happened so fast.” Lueangektrakul also shared his thoughts on the incident. “It was an unfortunate accident. I tried to swerve, but it was too late. I’m thankful it wasn’t worse.” Pattaya police have since launched a full investigation into the accident. They are currently examining CCTV footage from the area to establish an accurate series of events and to determine the true cause of the collision. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the need for road safety and the potential dangers that can arise even in the act of a good deed. The story Motorbike and minivan collision injures three in Pattaya as seen on Thaiger News. [...]

- Cita Catellya
Experience the best of Sriracha and Koh Si Chang with Novotel

Experience the best of Sriracha and Koh Si Chang with NovotelNovotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang[/caption]The beautiful but often overlooked Sriracha and Koh Si Chang are calling for you to indulge in a quick seaside getaway – and we suggest answering! Located just a 2-hour drive from Bangkok, Sriracha is the perfect escape offering a mix of adventure and relaxation. It’s just a short ferry ride away from this seaside town to Koh Si Chang, a magical little island with ancient temples and pristine sandy beaches that will leave you in awe. Exploring Sriracha and Koh Si Chang is incredibly convenient, especially if you choose to stay at Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang. Thanks to its seafront setting and comprehensive offering, the hotel serves as an ideal base for your adventures, so you can make the most of your time exploring these lesser-known but truly magical destinations. How to make the most of your time at Sriracha and Koh Si Chang with Novotel PHOTO: Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang Situated in a picturesque seafront location overlooking the stunning Gulf of Thailand, the recently opened Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang offers guests a choice of 275 luxurious accommodations. The hotel boasts an array of guest rooms, suites, and pool villas featuring ultra-modern amenities and stylish vibrant decor. The majority of these accommodations – 235 to be exact – can be found at Marina Sriracha itself, while 40 are located on the nearby island of Koh Si Chang, accessible via the convenient Novotel Speed Boat service. The prime location of the hotel allows guests easy access to explore both Sriracha and Koh Si Chang effortlessly. Plus, Novotel offers convenient island tours, both private and shared, to enhance your experience. See what Sriracha has to offer On your first day at the Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang, consider kicking off your exploration with day trips to nearby attractions so you can fully experience the town’s rich culture and natural beauty. The hotel’s prime location provides easy access to Koh Loy Park, a small island linked to the mainland by a mere 500 meters from the Sriracha coastline. At this picturesque park, you can unwind amidst lush greenery, spot sea turtles gliding through the crystal-clear waters, and visit the revered Koh Loy Sri Maharacha Temple perched atop the island. For those seeking romance, this location serves as a popular spot for couples to witness spectacular sunsets over the glistening sea. Sriracha is also affectionately known as Thailand’s Little Osaka. And the prime destination to immerse yourself in it is J-Park Nihon Mura, a lively community mall inspired by Japanese culture. From the moment you step inside the mall, you’ll notice red paper lanterns gently sway above you and buildings adorned with intricate designs reminiscent of Japanese castles line your path. But if you prefer to stay close to the comfort of your room at Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang, there are still plenty of culinary delights and exciting nightlife options to explore. One must-try street food is the Ra Cha ice cream, a local favourite known for its unique flavours and creamy texture. You can also find several street stalls offering Kai Tod Tep, a deliciously crispy fried chicken dish that is sure to satisfy your cravings for savoury snacks. Make sure to keep an eye out for Bua Loy Tad Wan, too. The delicate balance of sweetness from the coconut broth and the subtle chewiness of the rice balls will have you coming back for more! Explore Koh Si Chang with a boat tour PHOTO: Island Tour Agenda by Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang After a restful sleep at Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang, be sure to book the hotel’s tour of the beautiful Koh Si Chang island. They offer two options for your convenience: shared tours at 599 THB per person or private speed boat tours at 999 THB per person. Your adventure starts at 13.00 from Pier 339 Novotel Sriracha, and you will be whisked away to Novotel Koh Si Chang Pier 33. First on the itinerary is a visit to Chao Pho Khao Yai Shrine, an exquisite Chinese-style Buddhist temple nestled into the cliffside at Koh Si Chang Harbor’s northern tip. Following your time at the shrine, you’ll get to see the Buddha’s Footprint – a symbolic replica of Buddha’s sacred footprint bestowed by King Rama V. From there, the tour will lead you to the Chong Khao Khad Viewpoint where you can feast your eyes on the mesmerising sights of the turquoise water blending with the horizon and the charming island from above. The tour will then continue to the historic Phra Chuthathut Palace, a stunning former summer royal residence built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn the Great. The palace’s intricate architecture and lush gardens provide a glimpse into Thailand’s rich cultural heritage. After a day full of adventure, savour a delicious dinner served at one of the splendid restaurants nestled within Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang. Following your feast, feel your worries melt away as you lounge by the shimmering pool or recharge your mind and body by indulging in a rejuvenating spa experience. Then, retreat to your elegant room and sink into the plush bedding for a peaceful night’s sleep. Book your stay at Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang Ready to experience the best of Sriracha and Koh Si Chang? Book your two-night stay at Novotel Marina Sriracha & Koh Si Chang today and immerse yourself in the beauty of these destinations. Sponsored The story Experience the best of Sriracha and Koh Si Chang with Novotel as seen on Thaiger News. [...]

- Puntid Tantivangphaisal
Government launches utility cost subsidy for welfare cardholders

Government launches utility cost subsidy for welfare cardholdersLegacyA new government initiative has been launched to alleviate the burden of utility costs for households in Thailand. The programme, aimed at state welfare cardholders, offers a single electricity and water subsidy per household, linked to one household registration code. Eligible participants must confirm their identity and register for the subsidy, which applies to either electricity or water services, not both. This relief scheme is a response to the growing financial strain on citizens due to rising utility costs. With the cost of living increasing, the government has recognised the need to support those most vulnerable. The programme is structured so that each qualifying household can claim assistance for either their electricity or water bill, ensuring that the aid reaches a broader section of the population. To facilitate the registration process, the programme allows applicants to register through various channels. For electricity bill subsidies, registrations can be submitted at the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) offices or through their website, with further assistance available by calling 1130. Similarly, the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) has made provisions for registration on their website or by calling 1129. For those under the Navy’s electricity concession business, the registration can be completed online or by contacting 086 848 1284. Water bill subsidy registrations are also streamlined for user convenience. The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) allows registrations at their offices or online, with a helpline at 1125 for inquiries. The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) accepts registrations on its website or via its contact number 1662. To benefit from the subsidy, registrations for electricity must be completed by the end of the month, while water subsidy registrations must be submitted by the 25th of each month. Successful applicants will receive their first subsidy for the following billing cycle as per the stipulated conditions. It is crucial to note that the benefits are not retroactive, emphasising the importance of timely registration to maximise the support offered, reported KhaoSod. The programme starts today, marking a significant milestone for the welfare initiative. The government’s proactive approach in this matter reflects its commitment to social welfare and support for its citizens, especially in challenging economic times. The story Government launches utility cost subsidy for welfare cardholders as seen on Thaiger News. [...]

- Bob Scott
Thai baht expected to weaken against US dollar

Thai baht expected to weaken against US dollarLegacyThe Thai baht is expected to weaken to an estimated 37.20 baht against the US dollar later this week, due to the continued Middle East tensions, says Kasikorn Research Centre (K-Research). The economic indicators from the US, due for release this week, are also predicted to bolster the dollar’s strength. Monday morning trading saw the Thai currency quoted at 36.97 baht to the greenback, the lowest in half a year. This was followed by a minor rally to 36.94-96 baht, in comparison to Friday’s close of 36.86 baht. The weakened state of the baht is attributed to the global gold price drop and the fluctuations of the Chinese yuan and Japanese yen. The US dollar, viewed as the most secure currency, has seen an increase in strength due to the persisting Middle East crisis and the possibility that the Federal Reserve will not be hasty to lower interest rates, given the robust performance of the US economy. The ongoing Middle East conflict and a robust dollar have had a significant impact on the baht, which has depreciated 7.6% year to date, stated Kanjana Chockpisansin, the head of research in the banking and financial sector at K-Research. The baht’s weakness is second only to the yen in the region, which has seen an 8.8% drop year to date. The South Korean won has also depreciated by 6.4% this year, as per K-Research’s data. The market’s expectations for rate cuts in the US and other developed economies have been scaled back due to comments from Fed officials and higher-than-expected inflation data last week. The US is scheduled to announce first-quarter GDP figures on Thursday and the core Personal Consumption Expenditure price index, known for tracking inflation, on Friday, said Kanjana. “If the US economic indicators exceed the market’s expectations, they increase the chance that the Fed would keep the rates higher for longer. This would result in a stronger dollar and put further pressure on the baht to depreciate. “K-Research, in line with the views of Kasikornbank, maintains that the US central bank would decrease rates at least twice this year.” Kanjana noted that K-Research anticipates the baht to fluctuate between 36.70 to 37.20 baht to the dollar this week, based on the expectation that geopolitical concerns are unlikely to dissipate quickly, reported Bangkok Post. The story Thai baht expected to weaken against US dollar as seen on Thaiger News. [...]

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Russian to respect: Phuket hospital calls for law-abiding visitors

Russian to respect: Phuket hospital calls for law-abiding visitorsLegacyVachira Phuket Hospital called upon the Russian community in Phuket to respect Thai laws and hospital regulations following a string of incidents involving Russian nationals. Recent episodes include a Russian man refusing to settle his medical bills, and a woman threatening hospital staff with a baseball bat. A man of Russian nationality was arrested on April 19 for intimidating the staff at Vachira Phuket Hospital and declining to pay his outstanding medical bill. The hospital has declared it will not tolerate such conduct. The letter appealing to the Russian community in Phuket was signed by Methavee Maneesri, the Head of the International Department at Vachira Phuket Hospital. “Dear Russian Community in Phuket, please find the attached information from the police daily record regarding an incident [that occurred at Vachira Phuket Hospital]. The behaviour described in the report is unacceptable to us. I am ready to assist and cooperate with anyone involved in medical cases, provided they adhere to standard procedures and respect public laws and regulations.” Methavee stressed the importance of respecting hospital procedures and public laws. She also reminded everyone that healthcare services are not free, encouraging everyone to have medical or work insurance and adhere to the waiting in a queue like Thai nationals do. The letter, dated April 20, was sent to The Phuket News with a request to share the information in Novosti Phuketa, the Russian-language sister newspaper of The Phuket News. Outstanding bill Included with the letter was a copy of a Phuket City Police report corroborating Methavee’s complaint about an incident involving a threatening Russian patient. According to this report and Methavee’s account, a 48 year old Russian patient, Sergey Chent, received treatment on April 17 and left without paying his bill totalling 8,380 baht. On April 19, Chent returned to Vachira Phuket Hospital for another medical consultation. Methavee and other hospital staff requested him to pay the outstanding bill of 8,380 baht. Chent refused to pay and threatened the staff, bragging about his connections with high-ranking police officers, influence, and wealth. He was accompanied by a woman carrying a baseball bat, according to the police report. “They also brought weapons, a baseball bat, into the hospital. He displayed threatening behaviour towards the officers and showed that he knew the police and caused chaos within the hospital.” Police officers from Phuket City Police Station, located about 700 metres from Vachira Phuket Hospital, arrived and restored order. Chent was taken to Phuket City Police Station where he agreed to pay the hospital bill of 8,380 baht. It remains unclear whether the police filed charges against Chent or the woman with the baseball bat. Methavee, in her official police complaint, demanded legal action against Chent and the woman because of their behaviour at the hospital. Methavee explained that this incident was not a misunderstanding. She said the Russian man “wanted to scare her, behaved like mafia, claimed to have many businesses in Phuket, and know big people.” PM visit “I want to inform the Russian community that its members should not behave like this man. Please, stay in Phuket in peace and maintain good relationships.” This incident occurred around the same time as Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s visit to Region 8 Police Headquarters in Phuket. The 62 year old prime minister emphasised the importance of enforcing laws impartially, particularly against influential foreigners who consider themselves above the law. “Do not let foreign mafia settle down in your area of responsibility and destroy the investment attractiveness of the region. Ask local officials and politicians to keep an eye on foreigners. Do not let misbehaving foreigners destroy your credibility. “Nowadays, society places more importance on the issue of foreign businesspeople coming to operate in the area illegally. Please ramp up the inspections and do your job with tourism confidence in mind. I am specifically entrusting you to deal with those ‘big people’ demonstrating mafia behaviour. Don’t limit your effort to catching small fish only. The law must be enforced correctly, fairly, and strictly.” Prime Minister Srettha was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police General Kitirath Panphet; Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Lt. Gen. Thatchai Pitanilabutr, and Commissioner of the Tourist Police Lt. Gen. Saksira Phueakam. The story Russian to respect: Phuket hospital calls for law-abiding visitors as seen on Thaiger News. [...]