27 Nov 2017
3:28 pm

A well-known male elephant at Chiang Mai Zoo, Phlai Ekasit,  that appeared in action movie “Ong Bak” starring Panom “Tony Jaa” Yeeram and other Thai and international films, hit a mahout with its trunk, killing him instantly, on Monday morning (Nov 27), police said.

Eyewitnesses told police that the incident occurred while Somsak Riangngern, 55, the elephant’s handler for over 10 years, was giving him a banana tree in a kraal inside the zoo and trying to walk him to take a bath.

The elephant suddenly turned to the mahout and hit him many times with his trunk, killing him in front of his wife, Mrs Jampa.Zoo officials were later able to keep the elephant under control. It was initially believed the 32-year-old pachyderm went wild because he was is in rut.  However, the actual cause of the incident has yet to be determined by veterinarians.

Somsak’s body was sent to Maharat Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital.  A native of Surin province, Somsak would be taken to his home province for a funeral.

Mrs Jampa, 50, the mahout’s wife, said Phlai Ekasit was usually a lovable and kind animal that had appeared in several films.  He was popular among tourists who like to feed and take pictures with him.

27 Nov 2017
2:58 pm

Police say they will summon officials of the Justice Ministry for questioning after they were implicated by Khru Jomsap to have knowledge of the fake witness.

Chief investigator of the case Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta said Khru Jomsap Saenmuangkote has given useful information during yesterday’s questioning although she denied all the charges the police have brought against her.

She told police investigators in Nakhon Phanom that officials of the ministry and the Department of Special Investigation have provided assistance on the revival of her car accident case, particularly the fake witness, Sub Wapee, who came out first to say he was the driver of the car, not Khru Jomsap.

Pol Gen Wirachai didn’t elaborate their names but said they would be summoned for questioning as they were implicated to have involvement.

Meanwhile the police will issue second warrant for Khru Jomsap’s husband, for questioning after he failed to show up for questioning.

Police escorted Khru Jomsap to the Nakhon Phanom provincial court today for detention and will reject her bail request.

Mrs Jomsap was arrested by police at her home in Sakhon Nakhon on Saturday and was on Sunday questioned by Pol Gen Wirachai.

27 Nov 2017
10:59 am

Thailand’s Maria Poonlertlarp made it to the final five in Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas but failed to reach the top three.

Maria was named the five finalists along with contestants from South Africa, Jamaica, Colombia, and Venezuela and it was Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa who won the Miss Universe crown for 2017.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 26: Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2017 by Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez. The second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.

In the question and answer round, Maria was asked: “What do you think has been the most important social movement of your generation, and why?” and her answer was:

“I think the most important social movement so far is that we are having aging population, but the most important movement in our time is the youth. The youth is the future. The youth is something that we have to invest in because they are the ones who are going to look after the earth that we live in.”

Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the 66th Miss Universe 2017  pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday at 9.30 am on Bangkok time.

The winner will go home with a year-long salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes.

The 25-year-old Maria is 183-centimetre tall she is a Thai-Swedish model. She was graduated from Stockholm Business School. She is fluent in four languages – Thai, Swedish, English and Mandarin.

26 Nov 2017
10:22 pm

The Thai Embassy in Jakarta has asked all Thais who want to visit Bali to register with the embassy or make online registration due to volcano eruption in the famous tourist destination.

The embassy posted a statement in its Facebook page saying that Mount Agung, the highest volcano in Bali erupted on Saturday evening and three times on Sunday, spewing volcanic ash 4,000 metres into the sky.

The Indonesian government has declared high alert and banned anyone to get within 7.5 kilometre radius of the volcano whereas airlines have been issued a “red warning” about the danger of volcanic ash in the sky close to Bali.

Although the main airport in Denpasar, capital of Bali, remains operation as normal, some airlines have cancelled flights.

Ash cloud is reportedly drifting over Lombok island, prompting the closure of the main international airport there.


26 Nov 2017
9:29 pm

Police are preparing to make more arrests of people suspected to be involved in an organized attempt to push for the revival of Khru Jomsap’s car accident case as the former schoolteacher of Sakhon Nakhon admitted to the police that she knew Sub Wapee was hired to dupe the police into believing that he was the real driver involved in the fatal accident.

Mrs Jomsap Saenmuangkote who was arrested by police at her home in Sakhon Nakhon on Saturday was on Sunday questioned by Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, the deputy national police chief, and Pol Maj-Gen Thanasak Ritthidetpaibul during which she denied all the charges filed against her by the police, but admitted that she knew Sub Wapee was hired to give false testimony to the police about the car accident 12 years ago.

But Sub later changed his mind and refused to show up to testify before the court in Nakhon Phanom.

Pol Gen Wirachai said that the confession of the other key suspect, Mr Suriya Nuancharoen, alias Khru Ong, a school teacher and a friend of Khru Jomsap, was very helpful which might help police expand their probe to make more arrests.

Suriya reportedly told the police that the 170,000 baht in cash which was given to the accident victim, Mr Lua Porbamrung, by Mr Sub was not his money but belong to someone else.

Suriya is now being detained at the Nakhon Phanom police command.


26 Nov 2017
9:08 pm

Nine para-military rangers were injured, one of them seriously, when a truck in which they were travelling skidded out of the road and turned upside down in a ditch on the Asian highway in Jana district of Songkhla Sunday morning.

Police said that one of the rangers, Veerayuth Chimlert, passed out after he was crushed on the neck by a steel bar and he was immediately rushed to Jana and Na Mom hospitals along with the other rangers who were less injured.

Corporal Phirawat Thipnat, the driver, reportedly told the police that he was transporting altogether 18 rangers, including himself and two assistants from the 44th ranger regiment base in Sai Buri district of Pattani to the destination at Hat Yai airport.

The rangers were having a vacation, said the driver, adding that as the truck was approaching Hat Yai, a front wheel accidentally fell into a flooded pothole in the middle of the road, causing the truck to skid out of the road into a roadside ditch and turn over.

Upon receiving a report about the accident, rescue workers rushed to the scene and helped move the rangers out of the truck and send the injured to hospitals.


26 Nov 2017
8:34 pm

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission reaped over 46 million baht from its third auction of “lucky” phone numbers on Sunday, said Mr Korkit Danchaivichit, deputy secretary-general of the telecom regulator.

Altogether 95 “lucky” phone numbers were put on auction and 36 of them were auctioned off, with the highest bidding price being number 096-9999999 at 4,504,444 baht from the starting price of three million baht.

The second highest bidding price is 3,015,000 baht for number 099-6999999 with price starting at 500,000 baht. There were altogether 150 bids for this lucky number before the bidding stopped.

Another “lucky’ phone number, 099-9995555, was auctioned off at 1,530,000 baht.


26 Nov 2017
4:23 pm

The Tanyakan family of the dead cadet on Sunday thanked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and Supreme Commander Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan for ensuring them justice for the death of Pakapong, but still doubt the cause of his death.

The father, Mr Pichet, insisted that he had no intention whatsoever to engage in a quarrel with the army or the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, but merely wanted the officials at the school to be more concerned its students and not to make sure that the tragic incident involving his son would not be repeated.

He said that he wished the prime minister, the defence minister and the supreme commander would make sure that perpetrator or perpetrators of the tragedy would be held accountable and punished in order to defend the honor of his son who was alleged to be weak because of his illness and was forced to enroll at the school.

Meanwhile, Mr Pakapong’s elder sister, Ms Supicha, said the family had received a two-page autopsy report from the Institute of Pathology of Phra Mongkutklao hospital.

However, she said that the family has additional doubt and would like clarification about what actually caused bleeding in Pakapong’s liver and spleen as mentioned in the report, noting that two vital organs are far away from the body parts where CPR was administered.

Ms Supicha made clear that the family would be ready to accept that Pakapong actually died of sudden cardiac arrest as shown by the presence of enlarged cells in the heart.

But the family will carry on with its attempt to find out the truth about the actual cause of the cadet’s death and his perpetrators if it was ascertained that the victim’s body had bruises compounded by an enlarged heart.

The mother, Mrs Sukanya, claimed that she was told by a surgeon who phoned her, saying that CPR could not have caused broken ribs or bleeding in the spleen and liver.

26 Nov 2017
3:08 pm

A schoolteacher who was suspected to be the mastermind of the plot to call for a retrial of Khru Jomsap Sanmuangkote admitted to the police after his arrest that he hired Sub Wapee to give false statement that he was the real driver, not Mrs Jomsap, who killed a cyclist in a fatal road accident 12 years ago.

Mr Suriya Nuancharoen, alias Khru Ong, was arrested near Laksi railway station on Saturday after police learned that he escaped to Bangkok to see a friend, said Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, the deputy national police chief, adding that Mr Suriya and confessed to the police that he was behind the plot to fabricate evidence to support Khru Jomsap’s plea for her retrial of the accident case in which she was convicted by three courts and sentenced to 3 years and two months imprisonment.

Mrs Jomsap was given a Royal pardon after having served one year and six months in prison. Since then, she tried to have her case revive, claiming that she was not the driver of the pickup truck involved in the accident, allegedly with the help of her colleague Mr Suriya.

Mr Suriya or Khru Ong was charged with perjury and being a member of a criminal association.

Earlier, police arrested Sub Wapee in Nakhon Phanom and his wife on charges of giving false statements to authorities. He accused Khru Ong of offering him 400,000 baht to testify that he was the driver who was involved in the fatal road accident.

Also, Khru Jomsap has been arrested in connection with Khru Ong’s gang.

Pol Gen Wirachai said that the case had damaged the police reputation and image because it had misled the public to believe that Mrs Jomsap was a scapegoat of police mishandling of the case.

25 Nov 2017
10:05 pm

Continuous rain is likely with isolated torrential downpours in 12 southern provinces until Nov 28 as the strong northeast monsoon has prevailed over the Gulf of Thailand and the South, according to the 5pm weather forecast of the Thai Meteorological Department on Saturday (Nov 25).

The 12 provinces to be affected are: Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

People are warned to beware of possible flash floods.

With strong winds, waves in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea during the period are likely to be 2-3 metres high. All vessels should proceed with caution and small boats should stay ashore.

Meanwhile, the strong high pressure is now covering upper Thailand and the South China Sea, outbreaks of cool to cold spells with a drop of temperature by 2-3 degree Celcius are forecast over the area.

The westerly winds at a high altitude will cover the upper North and thundershowers are likely in the area for a few days.