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News for Wednesday, 22 January 2020

House to seek charter court ruling on budget bill's validity

22 January 2020 - 01:13 am

The House of Representatives plans to ask the Constitutional Court rule whether the 3.2-trillion-baht budget bill for fiscal 2020 is valid following the revelation a Bhumjaithai Party MP cast votes for the legislation without being present in the chamber. House secretary-general Sorasak Pienvej said on Tuesday that a committee of legal experts investigated the alleged irregularity, and found the allegation was justified.

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Unhealthy smog blankets Bangkok

22 January 2020 - 01:12 am

Unsafe smog levels have blanketed Bangkok, with the worst levels in Phra Nakhon district, and 23 other provinces also plagued with air pollution. The Pollution Control Department reported that levels of particulate matter 2.5 micrometres and less in diameter (PM2.5) ranged from 55 to 89 microgrammes per cubic metre of air in the capital over the past 24 hours to 9am on Tuesday. The government-set safe threshold is 50mcg.

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Taiwanese man arrested with 160kg coral

22 January 2020 - 01:10 am

PHUKET: A Taiwanese man has been arrested and charged with illegal possession of reef coral, which is protected, police said. Tsou Sheng-mou, 52, was detained on Monday at his house in tambon Ko Kaew, in Muang district by police led by Pol Lt Col Tawan Lekmas, the local chief investigator, and members of the Phang-nga-based 6th marine and coastal resources office.

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China confirms person-to-person spread of new virus, 4 dead

22 January 2020 - 01:09 am

SHANGHAI: The Chinese official investigating a pneumonia outbreak stemming from a new coronavirus said the disease can spread from person to person but can be halted with increased vigilance, as authorities on Tuesday confirmed a fourth death.

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Politicians tout porn, sex toys to battle rape

22 January 2020 - 01:08 am

Several politicians have touted the idea of legalising pornography and sex toys, saying that they may help reduce incidences of sexual assault. Treerat Sirichantaropas, spokesman of the House committee tasked with combating rape and secretary of Pheu Thai Plus, a party think tank, said in a Facebook post on Monday that he believed legalising pornography and sex toys will help reduce sexual assault cases in the country.

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5 drown at Sirikit dam

22 January 2020 - 01:07 am

UTTARADIT: Five people drowned after a passenger boat hit a submerged tree and capsized in the Sirikit dam reservoir in Tha Pla district on Monday morning. Pol Maj Prasert Sithilert, of Tha Pla police station, said the boat left Huay Ta village in tambon Nang Phaya shortly after 9am with 10 passengers and the boat's owner-operator on board. The boat was also carrying a cargo of agricultural goods.

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Police hunt couple in outdoor sex clip

22 January 2020 - 01:06 am

Kasetsart University's deputy rector on Monday lodged a legal complaint against a couple who filmed their outdoor sex session at the Bang Khen campus in Bangkok. Damrong Sripraram acted after the clip went viral on social media on Saturday. Investigating officers at Bang Khen police station have narrowed down the location of the sex act to the university's tennis court.

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NACC urged to probe Prayut

22 January 2020 - 01:05 am

Call comes ahead of censure debate

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Govt takes heavy flak for toxic smog response

22 January 2020 - 01:04 am

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday lamented how hard it is to enforce laws to reduce PM2.5 dust as academic experts and civic groups slammed government measures as too lenient and superficial. "Indeed, the public is responsible and a culprit in the PM2.5 problem. Yet we cannot simply put the blame on people and penalise all the polluters because the outcome of penalty measures will create other serious problems for society. We need to rely on asking for cooperation," Gen Prayut told the media during a mobile cabinet event in Narathiwat.

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Yingluck targets fake FB profiles

22 January 2020 - 01:03 am

A lawyer for ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has filed a complaint with police after her name was used to register many fake Facebook accounts. Several Facebook pages named "Yingluck Shinawatra" are not real, Ms Yingluck said on Monday, warning netizens against visiting the sites or being persuaded to take part in business and non-business activities.

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