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News for Sunday, 12 July 2020

80 illegal fish traps seized in Surat Thani

12 July 2020 - 03:47 am

Collapsible traps deemed destructive fishing gear that can cause environmental harm

SURAT THANI: Authorities have seized 80 illegal fish traps in Bandon Bay in this southern province. Nobody showed up to claim ownership of what officials have classified as destructive fishing gear.

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Monkey trainer defends practices

12 July 2020 - 03:46 am

'Very few' animals used to harvest coconuts, contrary to Peta claim

A monkey trainer in Surat Thani says very few monkeys are involved in harvesting coconuts for export and there was no abuse at his centre, disputing claims by animal rights activists. Earlier this month, some British retailers pulled Thai coconut products from their shelves after a report by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) alleged that coconuts in Thailand were picked by abused monkeys.

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Man held after wife slashed to death

12 July 2020 - 03:45 am

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A man accused of killing his wife by slashing her throat has confessed to acting out of rage after she complained about him asking her for money, police say. Amnuay Boonsong, 63, was apprehended at Suan Rak public park in Muang district on Friday night on murder charges.

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Foreigners take aim at dual pricing

12 July 2020 - 03:44 am

Facebook group and Twitter account call for fairness and transparency

An online movement is gathering momentum to publicise the widespread practice of charging foreigners as much as 10 times what Thais pay at local tourist attractions. The timing is particularly appropriate since the country is still closed to foreign travellers. Consequently, the tourism industry is relying on domestic travellers for survival. That includes tens of thousands of expatriates who live in the country year-round and pay taxes.

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Local virus test kit production ramped up

12 July 2020 - 03:43 am

Siam Bioscience says PCR kits available at one-third the cost of imports

Siam Bioscience Co is ramping up domestic production of Covid-19 test kits to avoid a potential shortage, as Thailand prepares for a possible second wave of infections now that most businesses and services have reopened.

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Four injured in gas explosion at food shop

12 July 2020 - 03:42 am

RATCHABURI: Four people were injured, one seriously, in an explosion caused by a gas leak at a food shop in Muang district on Saturday morning. The explosion occurred on the ground floor of a three-storey commercial building opposite Boromrajonani College of Nursing Jakreerat, said Pol Maj Niphon Sornnarin, a duty officer at Muang police station, who was alerted at around 6.30am on Saturday.

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14 new cases returnees from three countries

12 July 2020 - 03:41 am

No local transmission for 47 days in a row

The government on Saturday reported 14 new coronavirus cases, all in quarantine, bringing the total to 3,216 cases since January. The country has been free of local transmission for 47 consecutive days, said the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

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Most Thais support anti-virus measures

12 July 2020 - 03:39 am

A poll conducted by the Ministry of Public Health shows more than half of Thais are confident in the government's measures to deal with a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, yet are worried about the public letting its guard down.

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Somkid hints he'll 'accept' chop

12 July 2020 - 03:38 am

Reshuffle may leave economic tsar in cold

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has hinted that he is prepared to accept his fate if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha decides to reshuffle the cabinet. A decision to shake up the cabinet is the prerogative of the prime minister, Mr Somkid said, adding that he believed the prime minister would choose suitable people.

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Cabinet Reshuffle Coming in Sept, Prayut Says in Matichon Meeting

12 July 2020 - 03:37 am

BANGKOK — Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday told Matichon Group executives that he planned to reshuffle his Cabinet after the annual budget debate concluded in September. The Prime Minister was speaking during his visit to the publishing company, which owns Khaosod English and other publications, as part of his ongoing media tour.

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