Recovery in Thailand’s travel, business sectors up energy consumption by 3%

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Recovery in Thailand’s travel, business sectors up energy consumption by 3%

Recovery in Thailand’s travel, business sectors up energy consumption by 3%

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2022

Economic recovery has pushed Thailand’s energy consumption up by 3% in the first nine months of the year, the Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) said on Friday.

EPPO director Wattanapong Kurowat said the consumption of all types of energy has risen during the period, especially fuel.

“The consumption of jet fuel has risen by 80.1% thanks to the recovery of the tourism and service sectors,” he said.

He added that the consumption of electricity has risen by 4.4%, especially in the business sector now that workers are returning to office.

He said he expects Thailand’s energy consumption to rise by 3.2%, now that all sectors are recovering.

“The consumption of fuel, coal and hydroelectricity this year is expected to rise by 14.9%, 7.1% and 14.7%, respectively,” he said.

He also expects the country’s energy consumption to surge by 2.7% next year with more people travelling and an expansion in investment.

“Consumption of fuel, coal and hydroelectricity can be expected to rise by 4.2%, 1.1% and 4.4%, respectively,” he added.

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Prawit meets Malaysia’s new PM

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Prawit meets Malaysia’s new PM

Prawit meets Malaysia’s new PM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2022

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan visited Malaysia on Thursday to discuss strengthening bilateral ties and reducing unrest in the south with the country’s newly elected premier, Anwar Ibrahim.

Prawit was accompanied by Deputy Defence Minister Gen Chaichan Changmongkol and senior officials.

Prawit meets Malaysia’s new PM

Prawit congratulated Anwar on his election win last month. Malaysian officials, meanwhile, recommitted to facilitating peace talks between the Thai government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional, a group pushing for independence for Thailand’s Malay Muslim-majority southern provinces.

The peace talks were halted during Malaysia’s election, which was announced on October 10 by former Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and held on November 19.

Prawit meets Malaysia’s new PM

Prawit’s visit followed a second bomb blast in one week on the railway connecting Thailand and Malaysia. Three State Railway of Thailand engineers were killed in a bomb blast on Tuesday in Songkhla’s Sadao district. They were killed while investigating the wreckage of a train that had been derailed by a bomb blast last Saturday.

Insurgents are believed to be responsible for the two bomb blasts.

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2 get away, 2 nabbed as police, gold shop owner foil robbery in Tak

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2 get away, 2 nabbed as police, gold shop owner foil robbery in Tak

2 get away, 2 nabbed as police, gold shop owner foil robbery in Tak

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2022

Two men were nabbed in an attempted robbery in broad daylight on Thursday, though two others managed to escape.

The two detainees reportedly admitted to another successful burglary in February.

On Thursday afternoon, four masked men on two motorbikes rode up and shot at the window of a gold shop to try and break in.

However, their attempts were foiled by the owner, who shot back at them, severely injuring one.

Police immediately swooped in arresting the injured and another, though the other two escaped.

The two men arrested were identified as Der Saetao and Winai Saewang. They reportedly confessed to successfully robbing a gold shop in Tak’s Phop Phra district on February 12 and making off with 108-baht in weight gold and 100,000 baht in cash. They reportedly managed to get away because they fled to Myanmar.

2 get away, 2 nabbed as police, gold shop owner foil robbery in Tak

Police, meanwhile, have launched a manhunt for the other two suspects, a Hmong and a Myanmar national, and are setting up checkpoints in Phop Phra and Mae Sot districts.

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Sales already up 20% at Bangkok’s Motor Expo 2022, with SUVs and EVs in demand

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Sales already up 20% at Bangkok's Motor Expo 2022, with SUVs and EVs in demand

Sales already up 20% at Bangkok’s Motor Expo 2022, with SUVs and EVs in demand

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2022

Sales of cars and motorcycles at the 39th Motor Expo 2022 in Bangkok are already up 20% on last year, the organiser said on Thursday.

Sales in the first half of the expo (November 30 to December 6) totalled 13,521 four-wheel vehicles and 2,650 motorcycles, said Kwanchai Paphatphong. The annual motor show in Impact Muang Thong Thani’s Challenger Hall ends on Monday (December 12).

Kwanchai said 748,021 people had visited the event since last Wednesday, with another 98,347 attending online.

The improving Covid-19 situation has boosted the number of people visiting the expo in person to witness the latest automotive technology, organisers added.

Also attracting crowds is the lucky draw for people who purchase a vehicle at the fair, with a new MG ZS e-vehicle worth 1.26 million baht as first prize.

The big hits of this year’s expo are sports utility vehicles and e-vehicles, Kwanchai said.

“SUV booths are attracting the most visitors this year, while electric vehicle booths are also popular with environmentally conscious consumers.”

He also expected motoring enthusiasts to pour in at Impact during this long weekend (December 10-12).

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Thai Tourists can now make DuitNow QR payments in Malaysia via Boost

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Thai Tourists can now make DuitNow QR payments in Malaysia via Boost

Thai Tourists can now make DuitNow QR payments in Malaysia via Boost

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2022

Boost, the leading regional fintech arm of Axiata, and Payments Network Malaysia (PayNet), the national retail payments network infrastructure announced on Wednesday that Boost merchants in Malaysia can now accept cross-border payments from Thailand tourists via its DuitNow QR.

This new feature makes it easier for tourists to make cashless payments in the country with their own eWallets.

Tourists will just need to scan the Boost DuitNow QR code, and then receive a request to put in their purchase amount in Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). An automatic conversion will then be deducted from their country’s eWallet.

In the first phase, this feature is currently available for Thai tourists via participating financial institutions’ mobile payments applications from CIMB ThaiSiam Commercial BankBangkok BankKrungthai Bank and Bank of Ayudhya.

Thai Tourists can now make DuitNow QR payments in Malaysia via Boost

Sheyantha Abeykoon, Group CEO of Boost, said: “At Boost, we have always been at the forefront of innovating our digital payments solutions to benefit our merchants and provide simplified payment options for local shoppers. Today, we are excited to offer this to regional tourists through our collaboration with PayNet‘s extensive cross-border payment network. This novel offering in the market will provide our merchants with an edge to widen their network of customers, while tourists can enjoy simplified transactions in their own currency. We aim to include cross-border QR payments acceptance to Indonesia and Singapore tourists alongside other regions within PayNet’s coverage in the coming months.”

According to Group CEO of PayNet, Farhan Ahmad, “Our role is to enable seamless, accessible and convenient digital payments in a safe, secure and efficient manner. This includes cross-border inter-operability of retail payments, particularly among Asean countries. We are delighted that our ecosystem participant, Boost, has paved the way for tourists from Thailand to make cross-border payments via DuitNow QR. This convenience not only benefits the Malaysian tourism industry but also our micro-SMEs and other retailers, which in turn boosts economic activities and growth. The multiplier effects and impacts of such enablement are immense. This is a very good start.”

Close to 200,000 Boost DuitNow QR merchants can be easily found at popular tourist hangouts around Malaysia such as Kuala LumpurMalaccaPenangSabah and Sarawak, to name a few.

Police arrest 3 for ‘luring Thai man to Dubai to sell sex’

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Police arrest 3 for ‘luring Thai man to Dubai to sell sex’

Police arrest 3 for ‘luring Thai man to Dubai to sell sex’

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2022

Three Thai nationals, two women and a man, have been arrested following a complaint from a Thai man that they tricked him into working in the sex trade in Dubai, Lt-Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej, commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau, said on Thursday.

The Thai man – identified only by the initial “B” – said he was told he would be working as a massage therapist in Dubai, but once he arrived in the city his passport was seized and he was forced into prostitution to pay off his costs.
He was promised free food and accommodation, a free flight, and a salary of 80,000 baht a month, according to the complaint against the three suspects filed with the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division of Royal Thai Police.
After he arrived at a massage shop in Dubai on November 18 last year, a Chinese manager seized his passport, “B” told police.
He was forced into sex work to pay off a more than 70,000 baht debt he was told he owed for his travel costs.

Clients were charged 900 baht per session and half of this fee was deducted to pay off the debt, he said. After being traded to a second massage shop, “B” was able to get help from authorities in Dubai to escape and return home. After he returned to Thailand, he filed a complaint with police.

Police arrest 3 for ‘luring Thai man to Dubai to sell sex’
Police identified the suspects as Janya Phuwong, 32, Nanthaporn Kullangka, 45, and Panuwat Sapsomboon, 37. They were arrested on warrants issued by the Criminal Court on Tuesday.
The trio have been charged with “colluding to commit human smuggling for prostitution, regardless of the victim’s willingness”.
Janya was arrested in Samut Prakan’s Muang district, Nanthaporn in Bangkok’s Bueng Kum district, and Panuwat in Phuket’s Kathu district.
Janya confessed to all the charges, police said. Nanthaporn told police she was paid 3,000 baht to teach Thai massage to “B”, while Panuwat said he received 10,000 baht for persuading “B” to work in Dubai.
A police investigation found more than 4 million baht circulating in Janya’s bank accounts between May and November. It also found travel information about many other people that may be her victims, Lt-Gen Jirabhop said.
 

Police arrest 3 for ‘luring Thai man to Dubai to sell sex’

Free camping site available at scenic spot overlooking Korat reservoir

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Free camping site available at scenic spot overlooking Korat reservoir

Free camping site available at scenic spot overlooking Korat reservoir

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2022

The Department of Rural Roads is offering a free camping site for tourists along a scenic rural road in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

The site is located between markers Km18 and Km19 on Rural Road 3052 of Wang Nam Khiao district of the northeastern province, which is also known as Korat.
The camping site overlooks the Baan San Kamphaeng Reservoir and is located just six kilometres from a popular viewpoint to observe wild gaurs in the Khao Phaeng Ma Non-Hunting Area. The viewpoint has become popular all year round for tourists to “check in” for Instagram photo opportunities.
Those who plan to camp out at the site are required to register in person at the Wang Nam Khiao Rural Road Office. Those who pass the screening have to follow the rules while camping out there.
The site can also accommodate cars and it has a large ground for exercise activities, such as walking, jogging and bicycling, with a “sky lane” along the edge of the reservoir.

Free camping site available at scenic spot overlooking Korat reservoir
Free camping site available at scenic spot overlooking Korat reservoir
Free camping site available at scenic spot overlooking Korat reservoir

5 South Koreans arrested for telephone fraud in Chiang Mai

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5 South Koreans arrested for telephone fraud in Chiang Mai

5 South Koreans arrested for telephone fraud in Chiang Mai

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2022

Five South Koreans were arrested in Chiang Mai for operating call centres used to scam people in their home country, deputy national police chief Gen Roy Inkapairoj told a press conference on Thursday.

Immigration Bureau and the Police Cyber Task Force searched two houses and two condominiums rented by the suspects and found they were being used as call centres to scam people, Roy said.

The suspects range in age from 21 to 44 and had previously operated a similar operation in China, before setting up shop in Chiang Mai, he said.

5 South Koreans arrested for telephone fraud in Chiang Mai

Police seized one computer, four tablets, 11 mobile phones, and seven landline phones, he said. The suspects were also charged for overstaying their visas.

5 South Koreans arrested for telephone fraud in Chiang Mai

Roy said the South Korean Embassy here had asked police to arrest the five for cheating people in Korea and said they had done the same in China.

5 South Koreans arrested for telephone fraud in Chiang Mai

The suspects admitted that they had called 30,000 phone numbers and swindled several people out of more than 50 million baht. They have been detained by Immigration Police.

5 South Koreans arrested for telephone fraud in Chiang Mai

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NBTC demands return of THB600m it gave to SAT for World Cup broadcast rights

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NBTC demands return of THB600m it gave to SAT for World Cup broadcast rights

NBTC demands return of THB600m it gave to SAT for World Cup broadcast rights

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2022

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) voted unanimously on Thursday to demand that the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) repay the 600 million baht it had provided the agency for purchase of Fifa World Cup broadcasting rights, a news source said.

The source said the telecom watchdog commissioners agreed that the SAT had violated the conditions regarding broadcast of the World Cup being held in Qatar since November. Under the NBTC’s ‘must-have’ rule, several key sporting events, including the Fifa World Cup finals, must be made available on free television.

Thailand’s plan to acquire the World Cup broadcasting rights had a troubled start, as the NBTC’s contribution was not enough to purchase the broadcast rights, which was priced at 1.4 billion baht. This forced the SAT, an agency responsible for purchasing the broadcast rights of sporting events, to enter into a deal with telecom company True Corporation for funding support.

Under the contract, True contributed 300 million baht to the SAT in exchange for exclusive rights to broadcast 32 matches on its ITPV and online platform, while leaving terrestrial TV broadcasting free for other channels. This has resulted in users of IPTV of operators other than True being unable to watch the matches, effectively violating the NBTC ‘must-have’ rule that aims to make sport programmes available to all people, said the source.

The source added that NBTC would give the SAT 15 days to return the money from the day it receives the notification, and the agency would be charged interest at 5% interest per year in case of delayed payment.

NBTC demands return of THB600m it gave to SAT for World Cup broadcast rights

Meanwhile, SAT governor Kongsak Yodmanee told The Nation on Thursday that the agency had not violated any conditions and that the broadcast of World Cup 2022 was already available to all people on free TV, in adherence to the “must-have” rule.

He said he had dispatched an explanatory letter to the NBTC as soon as he became aware of its resolution.

Kongsak clarified that users of some IPTV boxes could not watch the games because of a dispute between True and other operators that requires a court ruling. He said it had nothing to do with the SAT, which had already fulfilled its duty of disseminating broadcast signals received from the licensor via various channels, including terrestrial TV, IPTV, and other platforms.

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Justice minister targets seizing THB100 billion a year from drug dealers

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Justice minister targets seizing THB100 billion a year from drug dealers

Justice minister targets seizing THB100 billion a year from drug dealers

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2022

Minister of Justice Somsak Thepsuthin has set a target of seizing 100 billion baht in assets from those involved in the narcotics trade this fiscal year and is promising to raise the target if his party is reelected.

Somsak, a senior member of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party, said on Thursday that 6.87 billion baht in assets had been confiscated from narcotics rings in the first two months of this fiscal year.
“If I [can] return to the Justice Ministry next year, the target will not be only 100 billion baht. It will be an amount multiplied to several hundreds of billions [per year],” he said.
The next general election is tentatively scheduled for May 7 but could take place earlier if the House of Representatives is dissolved before its four-year term ends on March 23.
More assets have been confiscated from large drug rings under the new anti-narcotics law, which came into force on December 9 last year, Somsak said, describing the legislation as an “important tool” for Thailand’s battle against the narcotics trade.

Justice minister targets seizing THB100 billion a year from drug dealers

The justice minister said that before he took office, no more than 900 million baht in assets were seized from the drug trade. Citing data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, he said that amount was only a fraction of the estimated 2 trillion baht per year of illicit drugs produced in the Golden Triangle.
Somsak made the comments while chairing a meeting of senior officials from 11 state agencies involved in the fight against the drug trade, including his ministry, the Office of the Attorney General, the Narcotics Control Board, and the Narcotics Suppression Bureau of the Royal Thai Police.
The justice minister also thanked Chuwit Kamolvisit for information he provided that led authorities to investigate a Chinese gang allegedly involved in the narcotics trade. “He is an exemplary and courageous citizen,” Somsak said of the former massage-parlour tycoon.
Chuwit is eligible for a reward equivalent to 5% of any assets seized based on the information he provided, the minister said, adding that if the total value was 2 billion baht, Chuwit would receive 100 million baht.
 

Justice minister targets seizing THB100 billion a year from drug dealers