The fortress-like Royal Thai mint in Pathum Thani will produce new coins bearing the likeness of His Majesty the King. (Photo via Google Maps)The Treasury Department will propose the production of coins bearing the face of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun to the cabinet on Tuesday. The public can still use coins bearing the portrait of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej for payment as usual. The old versions of the coins will be gradually replaced by King Rama X's coins, he said. Meanwhile, a total of 3,156,408 people flocked to the late King's royal crematorium site at Sanam Luang in Bangkok between Nov 2 and Dec 16, according to a unit maintaining peace and order during the exhibition after the late King's royal funeral rite.
CCTV released by police after review shows the armed robber reaching through the security grille of the Jiraporn gold shop last Wednesday in Thung Yai district of Nakhon Si Thammarat. A police lieutenant attached to Nong Chik police station in Pattani province has been arrested for allegedly robbing a gold shop in Thung Yai district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Wednesday. He said the suspect was being detained at Nong Chik station and was to be transferred to the Thung Yai police station for questioning later Sunday. On Wednesday, a robber took only about a minute to rob the Jiraporn gold shop in Thung Yai district and make off with 20 baht (in gold units) of gold, worth about 400,000 baht. Pol Lt Meechai previously had demonstrated good work performance.
The way Pauline Ngarmpring dealt with her public change of gender has inspired manyPauline Ngarmpring, formerly Pinit: 'Every morning, when you wake up, try to remember to spread positive energy.' She says she has now come to terms with her new-found role as spokesman for the group. She sees herself as a person who can help others who feel like they have no voice, contribute to making a society that embraces diversity. Once we succeed in fighting for ourselves, we will come to think 'why not fight for others as well?'" "Every morning, when you wake up, try and remember to spread positive energy that day.
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has been spotted wearing another luxury watch, intensifying questions over the government's "big brother" asset scandal. It was reported the photo, which originally appeared on Matichon Weekly Online, was taken on Feb 14 when Gen Prawit was giving an interview at the Defence Ministry. His move came after a photo of Gen Prawit wearing the watch went viral on social media. Meanwhile, Gen Prawit, who is a "big brother" of military ministers in the government, was said to be stressed over the issue. The NACC has ordered Gen Prawit to clarify the source of the first Richard Mille within 30 days.
Thai Rak Thai, which merged a lot of parties together, also failed. Former Democrat Party MP Watchara Phetthong had earlier asked politicians to stand against the proposal to disband ("reset") political parties and make them start again. Also last week, veteran politician Somsak Thepsuthin said MP candidates should be allowed to run as independents so that they do not have to come from a political party. Former Pheu Thai Party deputy secretary-general Chavalit Wichayasuthi said there should be no reset as those who are already members of a party had not done anything wrong. Mr Chavalit then asked the government to lift the ban of political activities so the Thai political system could begin to re-emerge under the stipulations of the law.
This week will see extreme weather in the North, Northeast and South, with cold weather above Bangkok and wet below. In its fifth warning issued yesterday, the Meteorological Department (MD) said upper Thailand as well as Bangkok and surrounding provinces will experience a cold spell. Kittikorn Thep-yu-amnuay, head of Prachuap Khiri Khan's disaster prevention and mitigation, said the Southern Meteorological Centre has warned Prachuap Khiri Khan and the rest of the South to prepare for heavy rain, strong winds and high sea waves today. In Phatthalung, flooding continues to ravage 422 villages in 40 tambons of Muang, Khuan Khanun, Pak Phayun, Khao Chaison and Bang Kaeo districts. In Surat Thani, 155 villages in 30 tambons of Khian Sa, Ban Nasan, Ban Nadoen and Phun Phin districts are still flooded.
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Migrants can and should play a vital role in the realisation of the Thailand 4.0 vision. Migrant workers form the backbone of many of Thailand's export-oriented industries which help feed, supply and clothe the world. Thailand 4.0 -- the country's ambitious economic development plan to lead it from middle-income to high-income status -- looks to innovation, technology and creativity to drive growth. Migrants can play a key role in helping Thailand 4.0 become a success, if the right conditions are put in place. The return on this investment will be a major contribution to the success of Thailand 4.0.
Mrs Sukanya, the bereaved mother of 18-year-old cadet Pakapong, lashed out at the the military panel which released its investigation results last week. It concluded her son's death on Oct 17 was caused by cardiac arrest. Pakapong's death caused a public furore. The panel conceded the cadet was punished twice on Oct 16. Not linking Pakapong's death with the previous punishments makes the military's findings look unconvincing and too convenient.
Dubai: Akane Yamaguchi defeated PV Sindhu of India to claim her maiden title at the season-ending Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017 yesterday. It was another tough win for Yamaguchi, who also needed three games to overcome Thailand's world No.6 Ratchanok Intanon in the semi-finals on Saturday. World No.3 Sindhu defeated the eighth-ranked Chinese Chen Yufei 21-15, 21-18 in the other last-four match on Saturday night. The 22-year-old from Hyderabad lost to Okuhara in the final of the world championships in August. "It was a very challenging match as we all thought it would be," said Yamaguchi, who took home the US$80,000 (2,640,000 baht) winner's cheque.
(Bangkok Post file photo)Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Finance Ministry to expedite efforts to tackle the problem of loan sharks and ensure the debtors understand and comply with the terms they sign up to. Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the prime minister is satisfied with the government's schemes to keep low-income earners away from loan sharks and provide access to formal financial sources. In its latest move, the government has sent a list of those who borrowed money from loan sharks to the Government Savings Bank (GSB) and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) so they can step in. Lt Gen Sansern said Gen Prayut has told the Finance Ministry to make sure debtors understand that the loan scheme is not designed to pay off their debts and it comes with obligations. Participants are required to undergo a debt negotiating process and financial rehabilitation scheme to ensure their problems are solved in a sustainable manner, he said.
The burden for the land and buildings tax should be lower than the common fee paid by owners of luxury homes, he said. The new property tax will replace the outdated house and land tax and the local development tax. Based on the 50-million-baht tax exemption for first residences, the land and buildings tax is forecast to generate 64.2 billion baht for local administrative organisations, up from the 25.9 billion recently contributed by the house and land tax and local development tax. Mr Apisak said landlords are subject to higher tax payments when the land and buildings tax is enforced, as the current tax is based on land appraisal prices made in 1978, while the new tax would use the current land appraisal price. Details of the draft bill will become clearer on the date when the second public hearing takes place, he said.
(Photo by Paskorn Jumlongrach)Dusk had fallen when a huge crowd packed "We Love Dawei" festival at a garden in Dawei, the capital city of the Taninthary region, southern Myanmar. Young participants in the "We Love Dawei" Festival said they welcomed the tourism industry. They said Ka Lone Htar will be most affected if SEZ projects are completed. They also have the abbot of Ka Lone Htar temple guiding their movement. As investors make progress with SEZ projects, people in Dawei are struggling to gain attention from the public and the outside world.
The second US bitcoin futures launch is seen as another step towards big institutional investors warming up to a volatile asset that had until recently been accessible only via largely unregulated markets. Bitcoin exchanges and digital currency wallets meanwhile have struggled with issues like outages, denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and hacks. The decline in bitcoin futures volume had been expected, analysts said, given concerns about the cryptocurrency's underlying volatility. And discount brokerage TD Ameritrade said on Friday it would allow certain clients to trade Cboe bitcoin futures this week, pointing to a potential pickup. The futures contract price has declined more than 5% since its launch on Dec 10.
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(Photos via Reuters)Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists "at any time". ORIGINS OF THE OFFICIAL SECRETS ACTThe law dates back to 1923, when Myanmar, then known as Burma, was a province of British India. WHAT THE ACT SAYSThe Official Secrets Act covers trespassing in prohibited areas, handling documents deemed secret and communicating with "foreign agents". Reuters was unable to reach government legal officials over the weekend to request details of any other past cases in which the Official Secrets Act was used.
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