25 May 2017
8:13 pm

The Foundation for Consumers will launch a class action lawsuit against the importer and distributor of Korea King cooking pans on behalf of 109 buyers of the kitchen utensil.

This came after Wizard Solution, the sole distributor the controversial cooking pans rejected the foundation’s offer to mediate with the company on behalf of the consumers but would directly deal with them.

Foundation secretary-general Ms Saree Ongsomwang said Thursday that the class action lawsuit would set an example for the business sector to pay more attention their advertising to make sure that their products match with the advertised quality.

Mr Sitthawat Pakinsakulpat, a volunteer lawyer, said consumers would get fairer treatment if the collectively lodge a class action suit instead of separately filing cases.

Ms Narumon Mekborisut, head of the Centre for the Protection of Consumers’ Rights, said each buyer would demand compensation for the price each paid for the cooking pans, 3,900 baht for Diamond series and 3,300 baht for the Gold series, plus other expenses incurred such as travel expenses.

She expected the lawsuit to be filed with the court in June.

 

25 May 2017
5:18 pm

About 10 of the super cars out of over 100 impounded by the Department of Special Investigation Department last week for suspected tax evasions were reported stolen from abroad and sold to buyers in Thailand by transnational carjacking gangs.

DSI director-general Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang told the media on Thursday that his office had received information from its foreign counterparts that as many as 10 of the super cars seized by the DSI last week from grey market car show rooms in Bangkok had been reported to have been stolen from their owners.

DSI officials continued their hunt for tax-dodging super cars by visiting several car show rooms. About 20 cars suspected to have under-declared their actual import prices to dodge paying higher import taxes were impounded for further examination.

On May 18, DSI officials raided Niche Car Group on Rama IX road and nine other show rooms and seized 122 super cars and luxurious cars for further examination.

DSI officials said the import prices of the cars were under-declared, causing the state to lose about 2.4 billion baht in lost tax revenue.

25 May 2017
4:43 pm

A former doctor of the Police Hospital who escaped death sentence for the killing of a couple of Burmese migrant workers to Myanmar since 2009 was sent back to Thailand on Thursday.

Dr Supat Laohawattana, a former tropical diseases specialist at Police Hospital, was accompanied by Pol Lt-Col Kim Hmong-u, Burmese immigration police chief of Myawaddi, to the Thai-Burmese friendship bridge at the Mae Sot-Mywaddi border where he was received by a Thai police team led by Pol Maj-Gen Prinya Visitlakul, commander of Tak provincial police.

An ambulance and a medical staff were on hand at the border customs office where Dr Supat was taken in for a break before his continuing journey to Bangkok.

Dr Supat was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 by the Petchaburi provincial court for involvement in the killing of a couple of Burmese migrant workers whom he employed to work in his farm in Petchaburi.

 

25 May 2017
12:44 pm

Oil spills, believed to be from foreign fishing boats, have tainted the beaches and mangrove shores of Koh Pha-ngan in Surat Thani province forcing local authorities to investigate and seek assistance from relevant government agencies to help clean it.

The oil spills tainted a 500 metre long section of the beach and mangrove shore at Hin Kong Moo 6 in Ban Hin Kong of Tambon Koh Phangan.

According to Phet Phangan mayor Pittaya Inkong, he believed the oil spills were released from foreign fishing boats which came to fish in the areas.

The released oil spills were later blown to shores by winds, he said.

He said the oil tainted beach and mangrove shore are recreational areas where tourists always like to visit and watching sunset.

Moreover it is also the nursery ground for marine life, particularly “Hoi Klom” or round shells which is a delicious and favourite dish for locals and tourists.

He said a meeting would be called to investigate and to seek help from other relevant state agencies to resolve the problems which is now threatening the environment.

 

25 May 2017
11:09 am

The Government has intensified security measures at several significant government buildings, commercial and business areas, tourist spots in the capital following a spate of bomb explosions in the past few months.

Putting under maximum security is the Government​ House where elite troops from the Lopburi-based Special Warfare Centre were deployed in the compound.

Yesterday 18 special warfare soldiers from the Ranger Battalion of the Special Warfare Centre inspected the area around the Government House before drawing a plan to deploy soldiers to provide security at the Government House.

The inspection focused​ at the gate because it was very close to the Khlong Padung Krung Kasem market which was crowded with shoppers.

Meanwhile security measures were beefed up at hospitals near Victory Monument after the director of the National Cancer Institute disclosed that he has received warning letter three days before Phramongkutklao hospital bombing.

The letter warned of a possible terrorist attack, targeted at hospitals near Victory Monument.

The institute has beefed up the security measures and checking the CCTV cameras which found that all 80 CCTV cameras have worked normally.

Adjacent hospitals including the Rajavithi Hospital and Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health have also stepped up the security measures and strictly screening people who entered the hospitals.

25 May 2017
10:52 am

Heavy rains last night and before dawn today paralyzed Bangkok’s traffic as several major roads in the inner and outer zones are under water, forcing several schools and small businesses to close.

A large number of motorists have left their cars at homes as some roads were submerged with floodwater of up to 50 centimetres and turned to electric train services instead.

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRT) and the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) reported 20-30% increase of passengers in their subway and sky train routes today than normal.

The surge in commuters forced both train operators to increase the frequencies of their trains to cope with the demand.

Heavily affected by rains today was Lard Prao where city officials said heavy rains dumped almost 170 millimeters of water in the area, turning Lard Prao road into a canal.

By late this morning, some section of Lard Prao road remain under water, especially on Ratchadapisek road.

Several sections of Chaengwattana, Ngamwongwan, Pattanakarn, Ramkhamhaeng, Srinakharin, Vibhavadi and Sukhumvit were under water last night.

But city officials said by late in the morning, they have drained water out into canals, and traffic could be resumed but at snarl pace as several sois of these major roads are still under knee deep water.

Several cars were knocked down by floodwater at dawn as motorists were unaware of the depth of water in the submerged roads. Their vehicles were abandoned on the roads, thus worsening the traffic situation during the morning rush hour.

City officials also reported difficulties in draining foodwater on the roads to canals due to huge piles of garbage blocking the water draining system.

Moreover the water level in the canals are high, and in some areas same as on the roads, making water draining impossible.

By late today, traffic congestion is still reported at several main roads to the capital’s business and commercial areas.

24 May 2017
10:56 pm

Suspected militants launched two drive-by attacks in Yala’s Banang Sata district on Wednesday, but no one was injured.

In the first incident, a pipe bomb was thrown into a building on Samukyang road behind the Bannang Sata district office by the pillion rider of a motorcycle.

The bomb struck the toilet of a room of defence volunteers causing some damage to the toilet. But there was no one in the room at the time.

Shortly after that, another homemade bomb was lobbed into a checkpoint of the police next to the Krung Thai bank on the Yala-Betong road from a running motorcycle. The bomb hit the protective plastic net and exploded, but no one was injured.

Security officials said that suspected militants wanted to cause public confusion rather than to kill or to maim.

 

24 May 2017
10:25 pm

About 100 police, army and local officials on Wednesday inspected two houses located on Khao Takiab hill in Hua Hin seaside resort town suspected to be encroaching on state land.

Hua Hin district officer Rootprateep Thampitak who headed the inspection said that initial findings showed that the two houses which are for rent by tourists encroach on state land.

The owner of the two houses, 65-year old Lt-Col Suwat Vivattananont, was then told to dismantle the houses within 180 days. But he said that he would appeal against the demolition order.

Mr Rootprateep further said that it was discovered that a few other resorts in the Khao Takiab area were found to have partially encroached on the beach which was regarded as public land.

The beach used to be mangrove forest which was reclaimed by encroachers.

 

24 May 2017
8:42 pm

The fiscal policy committee agreed to maintain the key policy rate at 1.5 percent, citing clear sign of economic recovery and low inflation pressure which is likely to pick up in the second half of the year.

Fiscal policy committee secretary Chaturon Chantharangs said that the Thai economy was showing clearer sign of recovering, resulting from export growth, increased consumption of the private sector, especially the farming sector and growth in tourism.

However, he said government spending still remains the key engine to drive the economy while private investment is gradually picking up.

He warned that there are risk factors which may affect Thailand’s economic growth, especially from economic and trade policies of the US and China’s economic reforms.

Inflation pressure has eased than anticipated, resulting from price decrease of fresh produce in line with increase in the prices of vegetables and fruits. However, it is anticipated that inflation will crease in the second half of the year.

Chaturon said that the committee is confident that the monetary system remains stable and is capable of coping with fluctuations of financial situations internally and externally.

 

24 May 2017
8:28 pm

The Government Lottery Office is to issue new lottery tickets which will be more difficult for counterfeiting starting September 1, GLO director Maj-Gen Chalongrath Nark-arthit disclosed on Wednesday.

The new lottery tickets which will be priced at 80 baht apiece will feature new two-dimensional bar code that will be make it more difficult to counterfeit and buyers can check the authenticity of the tickets with QR reader application from their smart phones.

The new tickets will be smaller than the old ones with size 5.9 cm x 11.8 cm. There is one ticket priced at 80 baht instead of today’s one pair of two attached tickets priced at 80 baht.

The GLO director said the GLO was pondering increasing the price of lottery tickets to 100 baht apiece instead of 80 baht apiece and, at the same time, increasing the rewards accordingly and that lottery tickets can be cashed at Krung Thai bank branches and postal offices instead of at the GLO office for public convenience.

Despite the new look tickets, the amount of rewards remain the same at 48 million baht in total for a set of lottery tickets which carry 14,168 prizes.