Buckle up, says Prayut | Bangkok Post: news

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha waves after fastening the seat belt in his limousine upon leaving Government House in Bangkok on Friday. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)The road safety campaign for the upcoming Songkran holidays have just got new presenter, and it's none other than a four-star general. Essentially, they require that all passengers in a car wear seat belts at all times. The types of vehicles required to have seat belts are trucks (both front seats), passenger vans (all seats) and interprovincial buses (all seats). Taxis will also have to install seat belts for all five seats and drivers must ensure they are used.

March 24, 2017 13:07 UTC

Aussie biker faces extortion charge | Bangkok Post: news

Mr Sandler told police he didn't order Gibson or van Gool to recover the debt but rather to warn the former business partner to repay the outstanding funds. A month later, the two men allegedly called on Mr Sandler to pay 1.7 million baht for attempting to recover the lost funds. It is alleged that they threatened to kill Mr Sandler and his family if he didn't pay. Mr Sandler promised the pair an initial payment of 300,000 baht before reporting the men to local police. Both Gibson and van Gool deny the charges and links to local gangs, saying their main interest is their bikes.

March 24, 2017 12:00 UTC

Nine held in Korat weapons sweep | Bangkok Post: news

A large variety of weapons and ammunition was seized during raids on 47 locations in Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday with nine suspects arrested. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Nine suspects were arrested with 34 weapons and 584 rounds of ammunition seized during raids on several locations in this northeastern province on Friday. The seizures followed raids by combined teams of soldiers and police from several units on 47 locations in 32 districts. Pol Maj Gen Supakorn Khamsingnok, chief of the Nakhon Ratchasima police, and Maj Gen Withoon Siriipakmanon, commander of the 21st Army Circle, jointly held a media briefing on the raids. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

March 24, 2017 11:48 UTC

Indonesian police arrest militants setting up jihadi camp | Bangkok Post: news

Indonesian anti-terror police from Detachment 88 carry a bag containing a suspected firearm and other evidence from a building during a raid in Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia, on Aug 5, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (Antara Foto/M N Kanwa/via Reuters)JAKARTA - Indonesia's counterterrorism squad says it has arrested four suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a jihadist training camp in eastern Indonesia and who likely had links with Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines. National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said the men were arrested in several locations on the island of Java on Thursday and were connected to four militants ambushed by police on the same day near Jakarta. Mr Amar said all eight were members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, a network of Indonesian extremist groups that formed in 2015 and pledges allegiance to Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. One of the suspects told police his role was to purchase rifles from militants in the Philippines and he had travelled there several times.

March 24, 2017 11:26 UTC

EU chief says UK Brexit bill will be $62bn | Bangkok Post: news

"We have to calculate scientifically what the British commitments were and then the bill has to be paid," he said. Asked if the bill will be £50 billion, which is about €58 billion, Mr Juncker replied: "It’s around that." Asked if May’s absence from the gathering would be an elephant in the room, Mr Juncker responded: "She is not an elephant," adding that he likes her "as a person". While Brexit was "a failure and a tragedy", the EU would be "firm" and not "naive" in the negotiations, he added. An early deal to guarantee the rights of Europeans living in Britain, and British nationals in the EU, is also a key priority for Mr Juncker.

March 24, 2017 11:26 UTC

B161bn investment pledges, electric car perks approved | Bangkok Post: business

The Board of Investment approved tax incentives to promote the production of three types of electric cars in Thailand, says secretary-general Hirunya Suchinai. (Bangkok Post file photo)The Board of Investment approved four investment applications worth more than 161 billion baht and a promotion scheme for electric cars, the state investment agency said on Friday. Of the pledges, Thailand's Gulf Group will invest in two electricity generating projects worth a combined 118 billion baht, the BoI said in a statement. In addition, two units of energy giant PTT Plc will invest a combined 43.5 billion baht in gas transportation systems, it said. Applications for the production of hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles must be made this year and those for battery electric vehicles by 2018, she said.

March 24, 2017 10:41 UTC

Muay Thai judge beaten, guard shot dead outside stadium | Bangkok Post: news

Police cordon off the area in front of Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok's Bang Khen where a security guard was shot dead and a Muay Thai judge beaten by two men early Friday afternoon. (Photo from Ruam Katanyu foundation via Post Today)A security guard was killed and a Muay Thai judge clubbed in broad daylight by two men armed with a gun and a wooden baton in front of Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bang Khen district, Bangkok, on Friday. Police investigators learned that Mr Udom arrived at the stadium by pickup truck ahead of a boxing match he was to judge. After he got out of the pickup, two men on a motorcycle parked in front of the stadium. Mr Anucha, a security guard at the stadium, rushed to intervene, but the other man waiting on the bike fired a shot at him.

March 24, 2017 10:18 UTC

Canada trade agency picks Singapore for Asia gateway | Bangkok Post: news

Office workers walk to the train station during evening rush hour in the financial district of Singapore March 9, 2015. (Reuters photo)SINGAPORE - Canada's trade finance agency is launching its first global branch in Singapore as the country steps up efforts to boost business ties with Asia following the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. EDC aims to facilitate transactions between Canadian and Asian businesses worth 3.5-4 billion Canadian dollars (US$2.7-$3 billion) annually for the next four years. Annual two-way trade between Canadian and Asian businesses and consumers stands at around 170 billion Canadian dollars. "There will be various forms of trade agreements in the region and Canada wants to be part of that," he said.

March 24, 2017 10:07 UTC

Cambodia to remove floating river villages | Bangkok Post: news

One of the floating villages in Kampong Chhnang destined to be closed. Provincial governor Chhour Chan Dern said five floating villages in three different locations along a stretch of the river cause environmental pollution and damaged the river’s ecosystem. “All floating villages have to be relocated to dry land and all permanent settlements built on the water will be banned,” he said. Mr Chan Dern said provincial authorities would relocate all five of the floating villages, however they are encouraging residents to leave the river voluntarily, according to a report by the Khmer Times. “If we don’t begin to remove them from the river, what will the river be like in 10 or 20 years?

March 24, 2017 09:22 UTC

NACC to seize assets of TAT ex-governor Juthamas | Bangkok Post: news

Then Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Juthamas Siriwan (third from left) joins local celebrities and entertainment industry executives at a gala opening for the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival on Feb 20, 2006. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has decided to seize the assets of Juthamas Siriwan, a former Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), for being unusually rich. The seizure came long after a film festival bribery case in the US in which she was accused of taking bribes from a Los Angeles film-making couple who were awarded a 60-million-baht contract to host the annual Bangkok International Film Festival between 2003 and 2006. Hollywood producers Gerald and Patricia Green allegedly paid her about US$1.8 million (63.3 million baht) to help secure the film festival. Nitiphan Prachuabmoh, the NACC official in charge of foreign affairs, said on Friday a panel had found her unusually rich by using her position to gain wealth.

March 24, 2017 09:22 UTC

Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee' | Bangkok Post: news

In this Feb 1, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. "On the one hand, her position will provide her with the privileges and opportunities for service that attach to being a White House employee,'' they write. There is no protocol for this, said a senior White House official who requested anonymity to discuss a personnel matter. The senior White House official left open the possibility of altering the Ivanka Trump arrangement at some point, again stressing that this is new territory. Since Icahn is not technically a White House employee, he has not had to clear out potential conflicts of interest.

March 24, 2017 09:00 UTC

Indonesian police teargas Muslims rallying against church | Bangkok Post: news

BEKASI, INDONESIA - Indonesian police fired tear gas to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in a satellite city of the capital Jakarta. Several hundred protesters from a group called Forum for Bekasi Muslim Friendship demonstrated in front of the Santa Clara church in Kaliabang, a neighbourhood of Bekasi city, after Friday prayers. Witnesses said police fired tear gas as the protesters tried to force their way into the church, which has been under construction since November. Some also threw rocks and bottles into the 6,500-square-metre site. Ismail Ibrahim, a cleric and organiser of the protest, said they would not disperse until authorities met their demand to cancel the church's construction permit.

March 24, 2017 08:58 UTC

Minister: 50-year leases likely for foreigners | Bangkok Post: business

"When the economy is about to hit a slump, the property sector always shows early-warning signs. Exemptions are for houses and farm land worth not more than 50 million baht. For example, a house worth more than 50 million baht will be taxed at 0.05% only. But in the case of a person having more than one house, the second will be taxed from the first baht [without exemption for the first 50 million baht]." Once the law takes effect in January 2019, local governments will be able to collect 60 billion baht in taxes, compared to 20 billion baht under the current local land tax law and the building and land tax law.

March 24, 2017 08:26 UTC

Wanted vagabond caught for Thai-Belgian bridge fire | Bangkok Post: news

Police take Samrarn Muangkhiaw, 31, to the damaged Thai-Belgian bridge on Friday for a re-enactment of how the Feb 28 fire started. He was wanted on a court warrant issued on March 15 for causing the fire that damaged the bridge. Forensic police had concluded the fire on the morning of Feb 28 was started by a cigarette butt found at the scene. Mr Sarmarn allegedly confessed he was sleeping beneath the Thai-Belgian bridge on the morning of the fire. Samrarn Muangkhiaw, 31, alias EK Lock1, shows police where he dropped a cigarette butt beneath the Thai-Belgian bridge, causing the fire on Feb 28.

March 24, 2017 07:07 UTC

'Final' photo of killed police officer emerges

The photo was taken by US tourist Staci Martin as she posed with the officer 45 minutes before he was stabbed by Khalid Masood outside Parliament. PC Palmer, 48, was one of four victims killed on Wednesday. Masood drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing his car into railings and then running into the grounds of Parliament, armed with a knife. Aysha Frade, a teacher in her 40s, and US tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, were killed on Wednesday, while a 75-year-old man died on Thursday evening after his life support machine was turned off. Three women and five men have been arrested in London and Birmingham on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

March 24, 2017 06:45 UTC

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