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News for Friday, 3 July 2020

Domestic flights soar at Chiang Mai airport

3 July 2020 - 05:01 am

CHIANG MAI: The number of domestic flights at Chiang Mai airport has risen more than 50% since Covid-19 restrictions began to be eased. Chiang Mai airport director Amornrak Xumsai Na Ayudhaya said on Thursday that the number of daily flights so far this month has reached 68, up from a daily average of 40 in June.

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Planks seized from temple, abbot disappears

3 July 2020 - 05:00 am

KANCHANABURI: More than 500 illegally processed wood planks were seized from a temple in Sai Yok district while the abbot disappeared during a search on Thursday. Pairoj Khiewkaew, head of a forest protection unit in Sai Yok district, on Thursday led a combined team of forestry officials, soldiers, border police and local officials to search Wat Nong Phla Sew in tambon Sri Mongkhol.

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2 arrested, 1,420kg crystal meth seized in Narathiwat

3 July 2020 - 04:59 am

NARATHIWAT: Two men have been arrested and 1,420kg of crystal methamphetamine found hidden in a trailer truck in Tak Bai district of Narathiwat in the early hours of Thursday. A combined team of police, soldiers and local officials was dispatched to Padador village in tambon Na Nak of Tak Bai district following information that a large quantity of illicit drugs would be smuggled into this border area.

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6 new Covid quarantine cases Thursday

3 July 2020 - 04:58 am

The government on Thursday reported six new coronavirus cases detected in quarantine, taking the country to 38 days without a local transmission, while global Covid-19 cases rose at a record pace. All six new cases were Thai nationals who recently returned from Indonesia, South Africa and Sudan.

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Phuket nightlife restarts with a whimper

3 July 2020 - 04:57 am

PHUKET: Entertainment venues on this southern tourist island reopened their doors with little fanfare on Wednesday night after the government further relaxed disease control measures. Provincial authorities inspected Phuket's nightlife area on Soi Bang La during the night, but many premises remained shuttered.

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Prayut Defends 223 Billion Baht Defense Budget in Pandemic

3 July 2020 - 04:56 am

BANGKOK — Opposition MPs on Wednesday said the massive defense spending should be slashed and priority given to the economy revival during the coronavirus pandemic. But PM Prayut Chan-ocha, who also serves as defense minister, said the 223.4 billion baht budget is needed to defend the country’s sovereignty. The proposed budget is the fourth highest among the ministries.

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Police warn bar owners to obey law

3 July 2020 - 04:55 am

The Metropolitan Police Bureau on Wednesday told night-entertainment operators and soapy massage parlours to comply with measures to curb the Covid-19 pandemic or their businesses would be closed again. Pol Lt Gen Piya Uthayo, assistant national police chief, said his boss Pol Gen Chaktip Chaijinda had instructed officers to make sure entertainment venue operators complied with disease control regulations and that both the service providers and their customers understood the new norm.

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Pattaya Bars and Nightclubs Reopen, But Few Customers Return

3 July 2020 - 04:54 am

PATTAYA — Nightlife establishments in the resort town of Pattaya were back in business on Wednesday night for the first time in more than three months, though operators said there was little change. Beginning Wednesday, all bars and nightclubs may open until midnight, but they must practice social distancing measures within the venue.

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Covid crisis compounds new school-term woes

3 July 2020 - 04:52 am

Shoppers shell out for uniforms for stricken mother forced to steal, write Post reporters

The first day of school on Wednesday was not a happy time for every child and parent, some of whom had to borrow, beg or even steal so they could send their offspring to class in a uniform like everyone else. This year, the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the opening of the new term by almost two months. But the outbreak also compounded the financial suffering of parents, several of whom lost their jobs from business closures or saw their incomes dwindle.

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Gov’t Moves to Crack Down on Online Sales of Booze

3 July 2020 - 04:51 am

BANGKOK — The country’s top alcohol regulator on Thursday approved a draft regulation to ban any online booze sales. The move came after alcohol watchdog groups urged the government to crack down on the online sales of booze, which surged during the pandemic lockdown. Deputy health minister Satit Pituthecha said the new rule aims to prevent consumers from easy access to alcohol beverages.

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