Pai Dao Din released on bail after appeal #SootinClaimon.Com

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Pai Dao Din released on bail after appeal

NationalOct 23. 2020Pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa walks out of the Bangkok Remand Prison after the Appeal Court grants him bail on Friday.Pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa walks out of the Bangkok Remand Prison after the Appeal Court grants him bail on Friday. 

By THE NATION

Pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa was granted bail by the Court of Appeal on Friday, after the Criminal Court twice denied requests for his temporary release.

Pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa walks out of the Bangkok Remand Prison after the Appeal Court grants him bail on Friday.

Pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa walks out of the Bangkok Remand Prison after the Appeal Court grants him bail on Friday.

The Appeal Court explained it granted bail since the activist was unlikely to abscond or influence evidence related to his cases. Bail was set at Bt140,000.

Jatupat was arrested on October 13 along with 19 others while participating in a rally at Democracy Monument. He faces 12 charges, including sedition and organising a public assembly without authorisation.

Meanwhile, pro-democracy demonstrators gathered outside Bangkok Remand Prison on Friday evening to demand the release of seven other protest leaders who remain in custody. Move Forward Party MPs will appeal to the court for bail again tomorrow.

Pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa walks out of the Bangkok Remand Prison after the Appeal Court grants him bail on Friday.

Pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa walks out of the Bangkok Remand Prison after the Appeal Court grants him bail on Friday.—

Pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa walks out of the Bangkok Remand Prison after the Appeal Court grants him bail on Friday.

Pro-democracy activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa walks out of the Bangkok Remand Prison after the Appeal Court grants him bail on Friday.

French tourist develops Covid-19 symptoms after completing mandatory quarantine #SootinClaimon.Com

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French tourist develops Covid-19 symptoms after completing mandatory quarantine

NationalOct 23. 2020

By The Nation

A 57-year-old French tourist, who is visiting Koh Samui with her husband and son, has tested positive for Covid-19, the Public Health Ministry announced on Friday.

The family had taken Thai Airways flight TG933 from the French city of Limoges and landed in Thailand on September 30, Division of Communicable Diseases director Sophon Iamsirithavorn said.

They then completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine in an alternative state quarantine site in Samut Prakan and left for Samui on October 15. The family had tested negative in two tests on October 3 and 11, and had visited the French embassy before taking Bangkok Airways PG167 to Koh Samui.

On October 17, the woman reportedly developed a fever but managed to go shopping at Big C supermarket and a 7-Eleven convenience store near their accommodation.

Then on October 20, she went to Bangkok Hospital Samui in a private car and was admitted for one night. The hospital then sent her samples for further tests at Koh Samui Hospital.

However, Koh Samui Hospital came up with a positive result on October 21, and this result was again confirmed by the Regional Medical Sciences Centre 11 in Surat Thani on October 22. She was then admitted at Koh Samui Hospital on October 22.

Her husband and son, meanwhile, have tested negative.

The family’s friend, who picked them up at Samui Airport, has also been tested and the result is expected to be released on Friday evening.

Thailand’s export sector shows signs of revival as countries slowly open up #SootinClaimon.Com

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Thailand’s export sector shows signs of revival as countries slowly open up

NationalOct 23. 2020

By The Nation

Thailand’s export sector is expected to show signs of recovery for three consecutive months as export in September contracted 3.86 per cent compared to a 9.08 per cent contraction in the same period last year, the Trade Policy and Strategy Office said.

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September exports better than predicted as Thai recovery accelerates

Export in September stood at US$19.62 billion, down 3.86 per cent from $17.39 billion last year, resulting in a $2.23-billion trade surplus.

Meanwhile, export in the first nine months of this year was $172.99 billion, down 7.33 per cent year on year, while import was valued at $152.37 billion, down 14.64 per cent year on year, resulting in a $20.62-billion trade surplus.

The export sector began showing recovery in September in line with economic upturn in other countries in response to the easing of lockdown measures and travel restrictions.

Export rose in three areas:

• Food, such as tapioca, palm oil, frozen pork, beverages, seasoning and pet food.

• Electrical appliances, such as computers and its components, motorised furniture and parts, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and solar panels.

• Medical products such as rubber gloves and pharmaceuticals, the export of which had been rising since the arrival of Covid-19.

Between January and September this year, the export value of agricultural products stood at $29.46 billion, down 3.8 per cent year on year. Of this, $5.22 billion was accounted for by frozen, canned and processed vegetables and fruit, marking a rise of 8.2 per cent, rice exports dropped 15.3 per cent at $2.70 billion, rubber was down 26.5 per cent at $2.36 billion, tapioca dropped 1.9 per cent at $2 billion, while export of canned tuna dropped 9.1 per cent at $1.75 billion.

The export value of industrial products stood at $138.49 billion, down 7.3 per cent year on year. Of this, export of electrical appliances dropped 7 per cent to $17.05 billion, gems and jewellery rose 23.7 per cent to $16.13 billion, gold exports rose 88.8 per cent to $12.77 billion, up 88.8 per cent, while automobiles and auto components dropped 29.2 per cent to $14.73 billion, computers and components dropped 1.8 per cent to $13.64 billion, and plastic beads and products dropped 13.8 per cent to $8.74 billion.

Thailand’s exports to the US, China, Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia and South Korea has risen, while exports to Japan, India and the UK have dropped.

Royal Pantheon open today for public to pay homage to past kings #SootinClaimon.Com

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Royal Pantheon open today for public to pay homage to past kings

NationalOct 23. 2020

By THE NATION

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered the opening of Prasart Phra Debidorn, also known as the Royal Pantheon, to the general public on Friday to commemorate Chulalongkorn Day, which marks the death anniversary of King Rama V.

The Royal Pantheon is located within Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in the Grand Palace in Bankok’s Phra Nakhon district.

People who wish to pay their respects to the statue of King Chulalongkorn and other past kings in the Royal Pantheon can do so from 8am until 5pm. Visitors are urged to wear polite attire. Jeans, shorts and short skirts are prohibited.

Meanwhile, civil servants, students, and the general public dressed in white gathered at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok’s Dusit district since morning to pay their respects to the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn the Great.

Military tackling flood problems in three provinces #SootinClaimon.Com

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Military tackling flood problems in three provinces

NationalOct 23. 2020Royal Army chief General Narongphan JitkaewtaeRoyal Army chief General Narongphan Jitkaewtae 

By The Nation

Military officers are making allout efforts to solve the flood problems in Nakhon Ratchasima, Sa Kaeo and Prachinburi provinces, Royal Army chief General Narongphan Jitkaewtae said on Friday.

He said the government and military officers are responsible for dealing with a variety of disasters to ensure people’s safety.

“Once the situation subsides, the military officers will assist people until the situation returns to normal,” he said.

He added that the Army was also ready to solve the flood problems in Cambodia, as Thailand and Cambodia have a good relationship for a long time.

Male corpse found floating in Chao Phraya under Krung Thep Bridge #SootinClaimon.Com

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Male corpse found floating in Chao Phraya under Krung Thep Bridge

NationalOct 23. 2020

By THE NATION

A man’s body was found entangled in the water hyacinths below Bangkok’s Krung Thep Bridge at about 11.30pm on Thursday.

nitial inspection showed the body, dressed in a yellow collared T-shirt, black jacket, black pants, black socks and a medical mask under his chin, had no wounds.

Nothing was found the man’s pockets other than an ID card identifying him as 42-year-old Pakin (last name withheld). The man was about 165-centimetres tall.

Police have contacted the man’s relatives and they were due to meet the authorities on Friday.

According to the forensic doctor from Siriraj Hospital, no wounds were found on the corpse and the cause of death may be from drowning. The body will undergo a more detailed investigation in hospital.

Siam Paragon’s Parc turns into a food paradise #SootinClaimon.Com

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Siam Paragon’s Parc turns into a food paradise

NationalOct 23. 2020Photos by Tanachai PramarnpanichPhotos by Tanachai Pramarnpanich 

By The Nation

Siam Paragon’s Parc Paragon has been transformed into a haven for food lovers and is offering delectable traditional creations from different corners of the country.

The “Thai O-Cha” food fest, organised in collaboration with the Department of Culture Promotion, features more than 50 restaurants from across the country and also showcases edible delights created by superstars.

The event also includes performances by musical stars like The Toys and Palmy Pancharoen.

The four-day fest wraps up on Sunday.

Three foreigners among eight new Covid-19 cases in quarantine #SootinClaimon.Com

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Three foreigners among eight new Covid-19 cases in quarantine

NationalOct 23. 2020

By THE NATION

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday reported eight new cases, including three foreigners, in quarantine over a 24-hour period.

The latest cases included a Thai national, aged 31, returning from the United Arab Emirates; a Thai national, 32, from Sudan; an Iranian national, 54, from Iran; a Thai, 20, and a French national, 40, from Switzerland; two Thai nationals, aged 35 and 2, from Bahrain; and a Swedish national, 60, from the UK.

The Thai returnee from Sudan was reportedly a soldier in a UN mission. The Swedish was a reactive case.

All the patients were asymptomatic, except the French national who reportedly had fever.

As of Thursday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand increased to 3,727 (780 in state quarantine), 150 are in hospital, 3,518 have recovered and been discharged and 59 have died.

According to Worldometer, as of 9am on Friday the number of confirmed global cases had risen to 41.97 million (increasing by 477,751 over 24 hours), 31.81 million have recovered, 10.61 million are active cases (75,051 in severe condition) and 1.14 million have died (increasing by 6,464).

Thailand ranks 146th for most cases in the world.

The US has the most number, with 8.66 million, followed by India (7.75 million), Brazil (5.33 million), Russia (1.46 million) and Spain (1.09 million).

Exat expects early Cabinet nod for expressway in Phuket #SootinClaimon.Com

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Exat expects early Cabinet nod for expressway in Phuket

NationalOct 23. 2020(Representational Image)(Representational Image) 

By THE NATION

The Expressway Authority of Thailand (Exat) is finalising details of an expressway project connecting Phuket’s Kathu and Patong subdistricts and hopes to propose to Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob within next week, Exat governor Surachet Laophulsuk said.

“The expressway will be 4km long and comprise a 1.85km- long tunnel, costing Bt14 billion,” he said.

“After the transport minister approves the details, he will propose them at the next Cabinet meeting which is scheduled for November 2-3 in Phuket. We will use this chance to invite ministers to visit the actual construction site.”

Surachet added that the expressway will run through three areas of national forest lands and a land earmarked for agricultural reform, but there should be no obstacle since Exat had already received permission from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Agricultural Land Reform Office.

“The construction should have minimal impact on the forest lands, while we hope that the project would be approved by the Cabinet before February 2021, then the bidding for contractors should start by mid-2021,” he said. “Construction should start by mid-2022 and will take approximately four years. The expressway should be open for public use in 2026.”

Exat estimates that in the first year of operation, the expressway will have traffic flow of 60,000 vehicles per day, half of them cars and the other half motorcycles. Proposed toll fees are: Bt15 for motorcycles, Bt40 for four-wheel vehicles, Bt85 for six- to 10-wheel vehicles, and Bt125 for vehicles with more than 10 wheels.

Meanwhile, a news source from Exat revealed that the authority would seek permission from the Commission for the Management of Land Traffic to start construction of the Northern Expressway in the N2 section on Kaset – Navamin Road right away, without waiting for the N1 section to be completed, to prevent the project from being delayed.

Kasetsart University is opposing the construction of the N1 section, which runs in front of the university, whereas the bidding for N2 section can start as soon as early next year.

Fisheries department plans big hike in giant freshwater prawns output #SootinClaimon.Com

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Fisheries department plans big hike in giant freshwater prawns output

NationalOct 23. 2020

By THE NATION

The Department of Fisheries aims to increase the output of giant freshwater prawns to 40,000 tonnes per year by 2022, from the current production capacity of 31,000 tonnes per year, said Meesak Phakdikhong, the department’s director-general.

The increase in production would raise the estimated value to Bt7.9 billion.

“Thailand has the capacity to become the world’s major production base for giant freshwater prawns for export, while the government would provide support in terms of technology, innovation and funding to farmers and entrepreneurs to maximise their production capacity,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chalermchai Suwanrak, director of Fresh Water Fishery Research and Development Division, has added that Department of Fisheries plans to increase sales channels for giant freshwater prawns both domestic and overseas, especially in Chinese markets that have high purchasing power and high demand for both frozen and refrigerated prawns.

“We would also create a brand of Thai giant freshwater prawns, as well as organise trade exhibitions overseas to increase brand awareness,” he added.

“Currently the department is promoting the GAP [Good Aquaculture Practice] standard among 600 prawn farms in Chachoengsao, Suphan Buri, Ratchaburi and Nakhon Pathom provinces,” said Chalermchai. “We are also developing a method to raise giant freshwater prawn in mud ponds, as well as improving a biosafety standard for prawn farmers to prevent diseases and maximise their production.”