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News for Wednesday, 22 January 2020

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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Celeb Anchorman Goes to Jail Over 138-Million Baht Embezzlement

22 January 2020 - 01:02 am

BANGKOK — One of Thailand’s most familiar faces on TVs was sent to prison for eight years on Tuesday after a court rejected his appeal on embezzlement charges. The verdict against former news anchorman Sorayuth Suthassanachinda, 53, was upheld by the Supreme Court today, though the judges lowered the jail term given by the lower courts from 13 years to six years and 24 months. He was immediately escorted to prison, ending a legal fight that lasted for nearly five years.

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Bikers pay price for riding on paths

22 January 2020 - 01:01 am

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has collected more than 21.5 million baht in fines from thousands of motorcycle riders who ignored laws and rode on pavements. Bangkok deputy governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul said the fine had been collected since the BMA started a campaign against motorcyclists riding on pavement on July 9, 2018. Penalties during the crackdown rose from 500 to 1,000 baht.

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Energy Ministry Urges Motorists to Use Biodisel to Reduce Smog

22 January 2020 - 01:00 am

BANGKOK (Xinhua) — Thailand’s Ministry of Energy on Tuesday suggested motorists to use biodiesel B10 and B20 to curb aggravating smog that is currently gripping the country. “By using biodiesel B10 and B20, we all can help reduce smog by 3.5 to 25 percent,” said the ministry’s Department of Energy Business.

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City Hall orders staggered hours in fight against smog

22 January 2020 - 12:59 am

City Hall has ordered about 20,000 personnel to start work at 10am instead of 8am and suspended classes at its 437 schools on Wednesday in its fight against unhealthy smog levels. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) came up with four urgent measures to deal with the hazardous ultra-fine dust levels in the air in the capital, said spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang.

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Gov Defends Ordering Schoolchildren to Sing Royal Anthem Everyday

22 January 2020 - 12:57 am

BANGKOK — Starting on Tuesday, students at public schools operated by the City Hall must line up and sing the Royal Anthem in unison every morning per order from Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang. Though there were backlashes to the instruction, Gov. Aswin took to his official Facebook to defend his decision, saying he wanted to promote loyalty to the monarchy and stressing that students would not be exposed to the ongoing PM2.5 pollution contrary to concerns of some parents.

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Extra precautions as human transmission of new virus confirmed

22 January 2020 - 12:56 am

Health officials are taking precautions to protect themselves against the new coronavirus after China confirmed it can be transmitted between humans. Dr Tanarak Plipat, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department, said on Tuesday that medical personnel would be advised on how to guard against infection by the novel coronavirus, which has been designated 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization.

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Cops Dispute Woman’s Claim of Being Fined for Taking Tinder Date on Temple Trip

22 January 2020 - 12:55 am

BANGKOK — Police on Tuesday denied a viral claim on social media which accused a policeman of falsely arresting a woman for taking a foreign man on a tour at a temple and extorting her for bribe. Although the anonymous Twitter user said the Tourist Police officer demanded her friend 2,000 baht in exchange for dropping a charge of unlicensed tour guide against her, the commander of the police unit in question said the allegations are unfounded.

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News for Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Weather forecast for 22 January 2020

21 January 2020 - 12:47 pm

The current weather situation in Thailand. What is the weather like on 22 January 2020 in Northern Thailand, Northeastern Thailand (Isan), Central Thailand, Eastern Thailand, Southern Thailand and Bangkok.

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