The poor family of a Thai woman from the northeastern province of Surin who was murdered in Portugal last month is calling for help with the cost of bringing her body back home. The woman, identified as Natchaya Saranyaphat, was murdered on March 7 by a Thai woman and possibly her husband, according to Portuguese media. Local media reported that a woman's head had been found on Leça da Palmeira beach in Matosinhos on March 7. The mother of the victim, Soei Jenjob, 76, said Natchaya was the youngest of her five children. Her daughter had been working in Portugal and sending home between 5,000 and 6,000 baht a month, Mrs Soei said, adding the family had relied heavily on that money.
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Police pressed murder and attempted murder charges against him in line with the government's policy to curb the traffic death toll. The other charges were drink-driving causing death, inflicting serious injuries and property damage. However, those emerging concerns aired by law enforcement are coming into sharper focus after that the Taling Chan Court on April 13 rejected the murder and attempted murder charges after finding no grounds for them. Recklessness causing death is punishable by a maximum imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of 200,000 baht. Mr Somchai has rejected the charge of murder and attempted murder during police interrogation while confessing to the three other charges.
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File photo: A soldier tries to hose down one of many hotspots in the forest in Muang district of Chiang Rai early this month. (Photo by Chinapat Chaimon)Haze pollution in the North resumed on Sunday when the level of harmful PM2.5 in Chiang Rai province was at again recorded at high levels, together with increasing levels of microparticles found in many provinces in the North. Figures show there were 132 hotspots in the North, more than half in Chiang Rai province. Chiang Rai province is the hardest-hit province in the north. The highest level of PM2.5 since March 22 was measured at 305 µg./m³ at the end of last month.
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Despite his age, Mr Pracha has never been a burden to anyone at work. Hiring Mr Pracha has been a great success, and we're very proud of him," she said. One co-worker described Mr Pracha as an amazing person and an ideal colleague to work with. Besides his diligence, Mr Pracha is a health conscious person, which explains why he remains so healthy and active despite his age. Mr Pracha has four children, one of whom is still in school and financially dependent.
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The government plans to replace metal gas cylinders used by households and restaurants in the far South with fibreglass ones for security reasons -- but the move has been met with resistance from local businesses. The metal cylinders have been stolen by insurgents who modify them into bombs which have been launched on many occasions across the far South. The composite gas containers are stronger, more durable and more resistant to heat than the conventional cylinders, according to the command. The command and the energy offices in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat have ordered the metal gas cylinders to be phased out by Sept 30. Sakultham Damsuwan, manager of the Nara Petroleum Co, said many gas refilling proprietors could not afford the replacements.
A platform, known as a seastead, floats in the water off Phuket’s coast. The navy earlier said that seasteading activities will be closely monitored as they pose a threat to the country’s security. The seastead, built and installed by Ocean Builders, lies about 14 nautical miles (26km) off the coast of Phuket, which is in the country's contiguous zone. Led by the Third Naval Area Command and local administrative officials, the operation will begin at 9am on Monday and is expected to take about half a day. They will remove the seastead so it can be towed to the shore, said Capt Phuchong Rotnikon, a naval chief of staff attached to the command, on Sunday.
Let's begin with the advance voting. Judging by recent examples, it can clearly be seen that we have to improve our method of estimating the number of advance voters. Overcrowding at advance polling venues is also an issue that needs to be addressed. Advance voters were given a wide window to vote between 8am to 5pm, but we still received reports of voters waiting in long queues at many advance polling stations. At several central advance voting venues, voting time had to be extended.
Key members of the Pheu Thai Party attend its general assembly in Bangkok on Sunday. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)The race to set up a post-election coalition government is still on despite rumours that the Pheu Thai Party is considering making changes to its leadership in preparation to sit as the opposition. Pheu Thai secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai said on Sunday that since the party has the highest number of MPs in parliament, Pheu Thai has the right to form a government before the party which came in second place. When asked about reports that Pheu Thai is planning to replace its leader and preparing to lead the opposition in parliament, Mr Phumtham said the party "did not look that far". On the proposal for a national unity government, Mr Phumtham said he believes a democratic solution will be agreed on, adding the Pheu Thai-led seven-party alliance remains intact.
Those responsible for the blasts have been identified and seven people have been arrested so far, Sri Lanka's Information Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said, without providing details. The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday there was no report of Thais in Sri Lanka affected by the incident. However, the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo warned Thais in Sri Lanka to avoid crowded areas. Thai police chief Chakthip Chaijinda has ordered officers to closely monitor the incidents in Sri Lanka as well as search for intelligence. "Sri Lanka is just about recovering from a civil war and so obviously this is not a good sign," Joshi said.
Liu Wei (second left), deputy Henan governor, and EEC Office secretary-general Kanit Sangsubhan (second right) open the EEC exhibition at the 13th China Henan International Investment & Trade Fair, organised April 8-11 in Henan. The project is China's first national-level airport economic comprehensive experimental zone. "Henan and the EEC plan to establish in-depth economic cooperation covering trade and investment," Mr Kanit said. The 6th China-Thailand Joint Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation has set a target to expand bilateral trade to $140 billion by 2021. Bilateral trade between Henan and Thailand hit $874 million in 2018, with exports from Thailand reaching $272 million and imports amounting to $602 million.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the right call at the right time by allowing over-the-counter sales of HIV home test kits in the country. Nevertheless, the figures may not reflect the actual situation, as there are many high-risk individuals out there who have no access to HIV testing. Therefore, allowing the sale of over-the-counter home test kits can help the government identify undiagnosed HIV patients who might have been reluctant to visit a hospital. However, there are several concerns about the availability of home test kits. Self-testing without a sufficient understanding about the virus, and limitations of the test kits, could prove to be just as dangerous.
The smartphone in India is also sparking earthshaking transformations in private and public life. India, a largely conservative society, has rapidly become the third-largest market for online pornography, much of it extremely violent. But the mounting addiction to fake news and images of sexual degradation are mere symptoms of a deeper and crisis in India. In India, this planned march of progress barely got going and, in fact, has been rapidly reversed in recent years. For the smartphone is dramatically reconfiguring human character in India, and the long-term consequences for the country's fragile democracy and civil society are incalculable.
The government's Section 44 decision gave both telecoms and digital TV operators financial relief and room to adapt to a rapidly changing digital economy. "In exchange, the winning bidders must participate in the planned 700MHz spectrum allocation for sales scheduled in June," the government said. More importantly, Section 44 lets existing digital TV operators walk away from the business without any obligations to the state. "We expect the market to penalise any telecom operators that do not accept this allocation," he said. "We believe such a high price will guarantee enough funds to bail out digital TV operators."
But that perception has changed, with professionals from other career paths becoming common in the culinary business and even applying for culinary courses. "Influenced by celebrities and food programmes on various media channels, these new entrants have passion for food and love affairs with cooking," says Suchada Sthapitanonda, executive director at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School. Chanin Donavanik, vice-chairman and chairman of the executive committee at Dusit International, says Thailand's restaurant industry in 2019 will face intensified competition because economic prospects remain murky. The company will also promote the Professional Thai Cuisine Programme among international students this year. The new culinary school, opened last Friday, has a space of 3,000 square metres and is located on the 17th to 19th floors of Zen Tower, CentralWorld Complex.
Suphanburi ended their lengthy stay in the Thai League 1 relegation zone with a rallying 3-1 victory over Nakhon Ratchasima which condemned former champions SCG Muang Thong United to the bottom place. Suphanburi, under former Muang Thong league-winning coach Totchtawan Sripan, were in the last place in the league before second-half goals from Mark Hartmann, Cleiton Silva and Jonatan Reis gave them the win at home. Doumbia Henri's strike for Nakhon Ratchasima on 17 minutes was in vain as the hosts ended a three-game losing streak. It followed a stunning 2-1 defeat suffered by Muang Thong at the hands of arch-foes Port on Saturday night with Kirins new coach Yoon Jong-Hwan making a losing debut in the Thai top flight. Port coach Jadet Meelarp said: "We played it safe in the beginning to study Muang Thong's style and tactics under their new coach.