Thai police arrest brothers sought on UK drug charges
Joseph Mulhare (left) and younger brother
(Photo/Royal Thai Police)
Bangkok (AP) — Thai police have arrested two brothers from Britain
wanted on drug trafficking charges in their homeland.
Police said Joseph Michael Mulhare and
Gregory Michael Mulhare were arrested Tuesday after the British embassy
informed Thai police that an Interpol blue notice — seeking information
about a person's identity, location or activities in relation to a crime —
had been issued for them.
The brothers are wanted in the United
Kingdom for allegedly selling cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and marijuana,
police said in a statement.
It said Japanese police tracked the two
down on Nov. 17 in a hotel in Pattaya.
Apparently aware they were under
surveillance, the brothers switched hotels and hired a woman to take them by
taxi to Bangkok and then to Suvarnabhumi airport. They then returned to the
Eastern Seaboard, where police arrested them. Thai TV Channel 7 showed
police enter their cheap hotel room and handcuff the men behind their backs.
Police said authorities had revoked the
brothers' visas, a standard practice to allow them to be kept in detention
until a decision is made on whether to extradite or expel them.
More than 800,000 Krathong collected from Chao Phraya River
Bangkok - People celebrated Loy Krathong
Festival in many areas of Bangkok on Thursday and, as requested, most of
them brought environmentally-friendly krathong baskets to float on the Chao
Phraya River in order to protect the environment.
To keep the Chao Phraya River clean, the Environment
Department of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration deployed 213 officers
along the river to collect the krathong baskets.
The clean-up operation lasted nearly seven hours and
more than 800,000 krathong, 80% of them made of natural items, were
collected by civic workers. It was also found that the number of foam bases
declined this year.
Transport Company keen to prevent sexual harassment on buses
Bangkok - The Transport Company
and Safe Cities for Women Thailand have trained bus attendants to detect and
prevent rising sexual harassment of women on public buses.
According to Waraporn Chamsanit, who is
a representative of Safe Cities for Women Thailand, bus attendants of the
Transport Company have undergone safety training to prevent sexual
harassment on public buses ahead of the long holiday when many people travel
A short video clip has also been made
to educate passengers on how to protect themselves against the abusers. Bus
attendants from other companies can also visit Mo Chit Bus Terminal to
receive the same training. Online training is also available on the
Transport Company’s website for those living in other provinces.
The company will install CCTVs on all
buses next year. Passengers are able to report any sexual harassment
directly to the company at www.transport.co.th or call 1490.
Government to complete EEC projects before end of term
Bangkok - The government has
resolved to complete major projects in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)
to build confidence before a new administration takes its place, and in the
belief that, along with end of year stimulus measures, it can achieve
economic growth of 4 to 4.5 percent next year.
Speaking at an annual seminar on next
year’s economic direction, Prime Minister’s Office Minister Kobsak Phutrakul
voiced confidence that growth would continue on the back of ongoing stimulus
to tourism, rubber and oil palm farming, and assistance for low income
earners. He noted activity leading up to the general election will also help
circulation and spending.
The minister also foresees continued
growth in consumption, and public and private spending, saying that the
government will ensure that major projects in the EEC are completed before
it is replaced by a new administration, seeing the effort as necessary to
maintain investor confidence. The message the state wishes to send is that
even when a political transition takes place, robust growth will continue,
despite external volatility resulting from circumstances such as the
US-China trade war.
Suvarnabhumi Airport bans sky lanterns
Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi International Airport has
implored the general public not to release fiery sky lanterns in and around
Anan Wangchingchai , the deputy director of the
airport, said flying lanterns, balloons, and fireworks will not be allowed
within the eight-kilometer radius during the annual Loi Krathong festival.
Should there be a need for activities that will disrupt
aviation, he said they must be reported and approved by the Civil Aviation
Authority of Thailand (CAAT) seven days in advance.
Launching floating lanterns into the sky is a common
practice of the annual Lanna-style Yi Peng festival which coincides with the
famous Loi Krathong celebration.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Interior has sent
letters to all provinces, asking provincial governors to issue safety
regulations against flying lanterns, firecrackers, fireworks, flying
rockets, balloons, and celebratory activities that could cause fatal
Department of Disease Control warns people in South about chikungunya fever
Bangkok - The Department of
Disease Control is warning people in the South about chikungunya fever after
noting that recent rain has caused floods in many areas.
Dr Assadang Ruayajin, the deputy
director of the Department of Disease Control, said that the continuous
heavy rain in the South has flooded roads and filled gullies. This excess of
water can lead to the breeding of aedes mosquitoes. Therefore, people are at
risk of developing chikungunya fever.
From 1st January to 10th November, 642
cases of chikungunya fever were found, 638 of them in the South. The
provinces with the highest numbers are Narathiwat, Satun, Songkhla, Trang
The public should constantly be aware
of this disease by keeping their houses clean, getting rid of garbage and
covering pools of water at their houses.
Anyone who has any questions about
chikungunya fever can ask the Department of Disease Control at tel. 1422.
Thailand Riviera project shapes up in the west
Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak
Bangkok - The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has
beefed up the Thailand Riviera project to develop tourism in the west of the
Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat said
that the Thailand Riviera project aims to boost tourism on the Andaman coast
of Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, and Chumphon. The strategic
plan will improve 5 areas of tourism on the western side of Thailand,
including infrastructure, competitive edges, cultural identity,
sustainability, and management.
Weerasak indicated that the master plan will be drafted
in two months, adding that it will develop freshwater sources, scenic
routes, popular dishes, local seafood, adventure activities, tour packages,
maps, and yacht piers to generate income for local people. The model will be
applied in other coastal provinces.
Corrections Dept bans sales of cigarettes, tobacco products for inmates
Bangkok - Corrections Department
Director General Narat Sawettanan confirmed that his agency currently bans
the sales of cigarettes and tobacco at all prisons across the country to
reduce the number of inmates falling sick or dying from respiratory
He said that the regulation banning the
sales of cigarettes and tobacco was required because prisons were regarded
as state facilities and hence came within the target of the smoking ban.
Once sent to jail, an inmate can use this as an opportunity to quit smoking
and do other useful activities such as disciplinary training, vocational
skill training or practicing meditation, he said.
The plan follows the successful pilot
project that banned the sale of such products at 13 prisons in Amnat
Charoen, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi, Thanyaburi, Pathum Thani Provincial Special
Offenders Institution, Thonburi Women’s Correctional Institution, Sikhiu,
Pathum Thani Correctional Institution for Young Offenders, Women’s
Correctional Institution for Drug Addicted Prisoners, Songkhla Female
Prison, Phitsanulok Female Prison, Chiang Rai and Maha Sarakham.
Narat said the ban had led to fewer
inmates suffering from respiratory diseases and the eradication of a factor
that was a threat to inmates already suffering from chronic illness such as
high-blood pressure, and stroke, which could be worsened by being in a
Prisons nationwide were said to have a
higher ratio of smokers compared to other sites and secondhand smoke also
posed harm to the health of non-smoking inmates and wardens. He said prisons
had since 2008 arranged cells as no-smoking zones and set up smoking areas
outside the building.
Update November 10-14, 2018
Thai Air Force sending help to flooded communities
Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, ACM Chaiyapruk Didyasarin.
Bangkok - The Royal Thai Air
Force is delivering supplies of necessities and medications to flooded
communities in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai
Air Force, ACM Chaiyapruk Didyasarin said rescue helicopters will be
deployed to affected areas on request. The Air Force has been sending help
to four southern provinces currently battling rain and floods. Medical teams
are on standby in case of an emergency.
Chayapol Thitisak, director-general
of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said his department
is working with the military to distribute food, drinking water, and other
necessities to the victims. Local officers are conducting a damage
assessment for future compensation.
Australia’s Home Affairs minister visits Tham Luang cave
Chiang Rai - Australia's Home
Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton has visited Tham Luang Nang Non cave where 12
boys and their soccer coach were trapped inside earlier this year, which led
to the historic rescue mission that involved a team of more than 10,000,
including rescue divers and experts from around the world.
Australia was one of several
countries that assisted the rescue operation in Mae Sai district of Chiang
While in Thailand on an official
visit, Minister Dutton and members of the Australian delegation went to the
site of the cave where many signs of the successful rescue remain, including
equipment such as wires and pipes.
The Department of National Parks,
Wildlife and Plant Conservation has landscaped the area around the cave to
accommodate tourists during the 46th Chiang Rai Games to be held November
Immigration police step up operations against romance scammers
Bangkok - Acting Immigration Bureau
Commissioner Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn has announced progress in the
operations to eradicate those involved in romance scams and call-center
Fourteen Thai suspects have been arrested for
alleged involvement in romance scams, and three others for call-center
frauds while two foreigners have been arrested for alleged involvement in
These alleged scammers have operated on facebook as
Fast Racing Shop, Me Online Center, and Top Hit Shopping, tricking
unsuspected users into transferring money to them, given empty promises of
products to be delivered. The scammers have caused a total of about two
million baht in damages to some 1,500 victims across the country.
Two foreign nationals and a Thai agent have also
been arrested for allegedly producing fake documents and forging the seal of
the Department of Consular Affairs for use in the application for visa
SBPAC provides career training to former drug addicts
Director of the Office of Social Psychological Policy Coordination.
Yala - The Internal Security Operation
Command's Region Four plans to provide a rehabilitation program to at least
5,000 former drug addicts in three months free of charge.
Sanan Sonthimuang, Director of the Office of Social
Psychological Policy Coordination, said the Southern Border Province
Administration Center (SBPAC) will be the main agency to provide career
training to former drug users who successfully completed their
The SBPAC has been assigned by the government to
provide career training to former drug users since 2016 and over 3,000
former drug users have completed the training.
Yala is responsible for screening and assessing
former drug users who have successfully completed their rehabilitation
program before attending the career training program.
Update November 6-10, 2018
New guidelines prevent smoking within five meters of a no smoking sign
Bangkok - A new declaration has
mandated that those found smoking within five meters of a no smoking sign
will now be subject to at least a 5,000 baht fine.
The Ministry of Public Health
guidelines on demarcating no smoking areas have been promulgated in the
Royal Gazette. The fifth point in the guide states that no smoking signs
must be posted in accordance with ministry regulations and that the areas
surrounding such signs in all directions will be considered off limits to
smoking. Signs are only permitted away from doors, windows, entrances and
exits, pipes and ventilation openings and must clearly state in Thai and
English that smoking is not permitted within five meters.
Deputy Director-General of the Disease
Control Department Dr. Kajornsak Kaeojaras explained that the new guidelines
are more flexible in terms of design but mandate that no smoking signs must
be able to accommodate a circular logo of no less than 10 centimeters in
diameter. The logo may depict the provincial slogan or other such messages.
The new five meter stipulation is in
response to complaints that while many public areas have no smoking signs,
smokers have been engaging in the behavior just outside the immediate areas,
such as in front of schools and temples.
HIV-infected man accused of raping scores of teenagers
Bangkok (AP) — Police say they have arrested an
HIV-infected soldier who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70
Police said they received a complaint that the suspect
was using fake social media profiles on Facebook and the gay dating app
Blued to win the trust of his victims, so they would send him nude photos
before agreeing to meet him. When they found out he was not who he pretended
to be online, he then would threaten to make their nude photos public if
they balked at having sex with him.
Police said in a statement that they discovered
medicine for treating HIV when they arrested the 43-year-old suspect, Sgt.
Maj. Jakkrit Khomsing, at his home Wednesday in the northeastern province of
Khon Kaen. They said tests confirmed he was infected with HIV.
So far they have determined that Jakkrit had more than
70 victims between the ages of 13 and 18, police said .
"Even though the suspect is a soldier, this behavior —
and I've consulted with army commanders — is a personal issue, not an
organizational one," police Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn said.
Police said they are widening their investigation and
attempting to contact other victims who have not yet filed charges.
Police have so far charged Jakkrit with six offenses:
sex with a minor under 15 with or without their consent, punishable by 4-20
years in prison; indecent assault of a minor under 15 using threats,
punishable by up to 10 years in prison; separating a minor under 15 from
their parents without reason, punishable by 3-15 years in prison; blackmail,
punishable by up to 3 years in prison; and coercing minors to conduct
inappropriate acts, punishable by up to three months in prison.
Image of King Taksin the Great placed at his monument in Bangkok
Bangkok - The boat procession
marking 250 years since the naval campaign to reclaim the Kingdom of Ayudhya
by King Taksin the Great has arrived in Bangkok, with an image of the
monarch being placed it at the monument to him in Wong Wian Yai.
The Royal Thai Navy organized a
contingent of row boats to welcome the procession, where it completed a
retracing of the naval campaign to liberate Ayudhya from Burmese occupation
250 years ago, a journey that took it past 10 provinces.
An image of King Taksin the Great was
moved from the docked boat procession to the King Taksin the Great Monument
at Wong Wian Yai, in a ceremony that included religious chants, traditional
dancing and traditional drumming.
Merit making was held Thursday morning
and citizens were invited to pay their respects to the image of King Taksin.
It is the first time the image has been brought from Chantaburi province to
After November 10, the image will be
placed in Wang Derm Palace in Thonburi in memorial of the King’s historic
Science Film Festival aims to combat global warming
Bangkok - The Science Film
Festival 2018 is being held to raise public awareness of global warming via
food-based films, encouraging people to eat more vegetables instead of meat
in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the
festival, Education Minister Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin said films that
are being showcased at the event are in line with this year’s theme "Food
Revolution." These films explain why consuming vegetables is better for the
environment and how eating meat can worsen global warming.
21 films from countries like Germany,
the United States, England and Australia are being screened at the festival
to teach people about the impact of food consumption on the environment.
The Science Film Festival 2018 is
taking place from now until December 23 at Bangkok Planetarium and 18
Science Centers for Education around Thailand. Entry is free of charge.
Update November 3-5, 2018
Two Chinese nabbed for stealing bags at Suvarnabhumi airport
Bangkok - Two Chinese tourists were arrested at
Suvarnabhumi international airport as they were leaving Thailand with
luggage stolen from other passengers.
Suvarnabhumi airport police apprehended Li Tze Yueng,
35, and Lou Jieying, 22, at the airport on Saturday (November 3) as they
were waiting for their flight to Hong Kong.
Mr Li is a Canadian citizen of Chinese origin, while Ms
Lou is Chinese from mainland China.
The arrest followed a complaint filed by an American
with airport police. She said she could not find her travel bag after
arriving in the Bangkok’s airport and waiting for the luggage at a conveyor
belt for incoming passengers.
Police checked CCTV footages at the baggage claim area
and other locations inside Suvarnabhumi and found the two suspects loading a
number of bags on their carts before leaving the airport.
The owners of the luggage were contacted by police and
they confirmed the bags found with the suspects were theirs, police added.
Police also took them to a hotel in Ratchathewi area to
search their room and found more bags stolen from a Thai tourist returning
to Thailand from South Korea.
All passengers rescued from burning yacht in Phuket
Phuket - A yacht caught fire on
Saturday evening at Ao Kung bay in Phuket but all passengers aboard were
rescued to safety.
The fire occurred around 4.00 p.m.
during heavy downpours when a lightning bolt struck and completely destroyed
the catamaran but all the nine foreign passengers were rescued in time.
The MJ yacht had left Yacht Heaven
Marina in Thalang district before it caught fire.
Deputy Phuket Provincial Governor
Thanyawat Charnphinit, Thalang District Chief Officer Adul Choothong and
officials inspected the wreckage.
Leicester City players pay respects at Vichai’s funeral
Players and officials of the English Premier
League club Leicester City arrive at a Buddhist temple to participate in the
funeral rituals of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Bangkok, Sunday, Nov. 4. (AP
Bangkok (AP) — Leicester City
manager Claude Puel led his soccer team's players as they arrived Sunday at
a Bangkok temple to pay their respects to the club's late owner.
Thai billionaire Vichai
Srivaddhanaprabha was killed when his helicopter crashed Oct. 27 in a
parking lot next to the English Premier League club's stadium.
His funeral began Saturday, with other
ceremonies scheduled through Nov. 9.
The Leicester City players arrived
Sunday after traveling to Bangkok following their match with Cardiff City
the day before.
Vichai oversaw one of the greatest
underdog successes in sports when his 5,000-1 outsiders won the English
Premier League title in 2016.
Malaria and typhus warning for campers in woods
Uthai Thani - The many tourists
who enjoy winter's cool breezes should beware of malaria and typhus,
especially those who like to pitch their tents in the great outdoors.
Dr. Surachai Chokekanchitchai, the
Director of Uthai Thani Hospital, recently noted that tourists pitching
tents in the woods run the risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes, which in
Thailand can include anopheles mosquitoes, which cause Malaria.
If after 14 days of exposure a person
has a high fever, headaches, alternating sensations of cold and heat as well
as sweating, and then, after appearing to get better, the symptoms return,
the individual should again see a doctor and report their forest-dwelling
history to receive appropriate treatment quickly. If complications occur,
the sickness can result in death.
People should also beware of chigyers,
which can cause typhus. The infected will have a high fever, shiver a lot
and have headaches at the temples and brow, pains in the eye sockets and
muscle pain and fatigue. Some may have red wounds that look like cigarette
burns but are not itchy. About 20% of the infected may suffer severe
complications, such as pneumonitis or encephalitis, which can lead to death.
Pitching a tent in the woods should
only be done in a clearing, and campers should avoid sitting or lying down
on the grass, should always cover their bare body well, and apply mosquito
and insect repellents to their arms and legs for protection.
PM mulls developments towards general election
Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha.
Bangkok - Prime Minister Gen
Prayut Chan-ocha says he is looking into an appropriate time to lift bans on
political activity and is considering sometime in November or early
December. He assured the electorate he is open to views from political
parties on the matter and will be coordinating with the EC. He has again
declined to comment on his own political future at this time.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu
Kreau-ngam meanwhile, indicated that anybody who wishes to run in the
upcoming general election must have party membership 90 days prior to the
poll, or by November 26 this year. He confirmed that political parties will
be invited to meet with the PM in November to discuss matters to do with the
EC Secretary-General Pol Col Jarungwit
Phumma revealed that the commission has accepted five more political
parties; Phaendintham Party, Prachachart Party, Phalang Chart Thai Party,
Prachatham Thai Party and Khlong Thai Party. A total 16 new parties have
been registered so far, bringing the nation’s total to 81 parties.
The Ministry of Education has at the
same time revealed it will discuss moving the GAT/PAT exam in 2019 so that
it does not coincide with the general election. It must first review the
matter with relevant agencies including the Council of University Presidents
Thai Airways introduces new business recovery plan
Bangkok - Thai Airways International (THAI)
Chairman Ekniti Nitithanprapas said the national flag carrier firm is in the
process of making a business recovery plan to revive and upgrade it as one
of the world's top five airlines within three years.
He said recent incidents will be taken as lessons for
the airline to improve and reform, which will need cooperation with all its
staff, while the business recovery plan is now being revised by senior
executives, and will be unveiled this month.
The plan will cover the airline's revenue increasing
methods, safety measures (which will remain the top priority), customer
services, and cuts in unnecessary expenditure, all of which will make the
airline grow further and become a premium carrier to bring about pride to
The THAI chairman said that while the airline's fleet
is currently not at full capacity and with some ageing aircraft, the firm
has negotiated with Rolls Royce to provide substitute engines for its fleet.
Thailand repatriates 43 Iranian inmates
Bangkok - The Department of
Corrections has transferred 43 Iranian inmates back to their home country
under the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.
Department of Corrections
Director-General Pol Col Naras Savestanan revealed the agency has approved
the transfer of the Iranian nationals to continue to serve their sentence in
The first batch of 23 were transported
to Iran on Wednesday, while the 20 others will follow within 24 hours. The
Iranian ambassador to Thailand represented the Iranian government to receive
The Correction Department chief said
Thailand has transferred prisoners to 37 countries around the globe with a
total of 1,118 foreign prisoners having been transferred to the country of
their nationality, and 17 Thai inmates having been transferred from foreign
countries to Thailand.
He said the scheme will be beneficial
to the prisoners as it will allow them to re-align themselves to society in
their own country upon completely serving their sentence.
Narathiwat reports more measles cases
Narathiwat - Narathiwat Provincial Public
Health Official Wiset Sirinthornsophon said the southern province has
had an increase in measles cases, with the number of patients between 1
January 2018 and 25 October 2018 recorded at 71 without any fatality.
The epidemic goes in keeping with the situation in
Pattani (200 cases) and in Yala where about 500 cases have been
The epidemic in Narathiwat is mainly affecting
infants up to 12 years old.
The infection rate increased noticeably in
Narathiwat in September, during which time 11 new cases were reported,
as opposed to the average figure of only four cases per month. Another
28 patients have been reported in October in seven out of the province's
Measles can be contracted through the physical
contact with mucus or saliva of infected persons and can be prevented
The provincial public health office is currently
offering vaccinations to children aged under 15 years and is calling
upon parents to have their children vaccinated upon the opening of a new
school term on 1 November.
District offices have been requested to survey
their populations and find unvaccinated children, especially those in
remote areas where the provincial public health office may be able to
provide on-site vaccination if requested.