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    Thailand Live Thursday 13 Dec 2018

    ‘Extremely Drunk’ Monks Living In Bus Station Busted For Harassment By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter Phra Wittaya Pholyano and Phra Supphachok Katadharmo on Thursday after being forced to leave the monkhood. BANGKOK — Two heavily intoxicated monks were arrested Thursday after causing a disturbance at a major Bangkok bus terminal. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1073041-‘extremely-drunk’-monks-living-in-bus-station-busted-for-harassment/
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    Thailand Live Thursday 13 Dec 2018

    Iconsiam to host New Year fireworks By The Nation Amazing Thailand Countdown 2019, under the theme of the River of Prosperity, will start the New Year celebration at 6pm on New Year’s Eve. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1073040-iconsiam-to-host-new-year-fireworks/
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    Thailand Live Thursday 13 Dec 2018

    Blind ex-teacher, 80, wins land battle By Sanom Boonchanteuk The Nation Image: INN After years of legal trouble over the loss of 19-rai (about 7.5 acres), which was mortgaged to secure a Bt160,000 loan, 80-year-old blind retired teacher Sumeth Songkhram from Phetchabun's Chon Daen district finally got justice this week. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1073039-blind-ex-teacher-80-wins-land-battle-in-phetchabun/
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    Thailand Live Thursday 13 Dec 2018

    Pattaya police seize 200,000 meth pills By Theerawat Thongma, Dethawee Theewarangkool The Nation Police arrested an alleged 46-year-old drug runner along with 200,000 methamphetamine pills in Pattaya City, Chon Buri police chief Maj General Nanthachat Supamongkol told a press conference on Thursday. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1073037-pattaya-police-seize-200000-meth-pills/
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    Thailand Live Thursday 13 Dec 2018

    Enough evidence to convict black panther hunters: former national park chief By The Nation A key figure in the high profile “black panther” poaching case Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn took the stand on Thursday during the court hearing against construction mogul Premchai Karnasuta and three other accomplices. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1073036-enough-evidence-to-convict-black-panther-hunters-former-national-park-chief/
  6. Chinese tourist on trial for killing wife in Phuket resort pool sole beneficiary to B142mn in life insurance By Chutharat Plerin PHUKET: A Chinese tourist is in Phuket Provincial Prison awaiting conclusion of his trial for drowning his wife in a pool at a resort in Kamala, Phuket Tourist Police have confirmed. The news comes as the parents of the wife, 29-year-old Zhang Jia, report that her husband, Zhang Yifan, 31, from Tianjin, had taken out life insurance policies amounting to more than B142 million in the months leading up to the family holiday in Phuket. Zhang Yifan was taken into custody on Nov 2 after he confessed to police that he lost control of his temper and drowned his wife in a hotel pool at a “luxury private hotel” in Kamala, Capt Ekkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police told The Phuket News today (Dec 13). Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/chinese-tourist-on-trial-for-killing-wife-in-phuket-resort-pool-sole-beneficiary-to-b142mn-in-life-insurance-69676.php#GoSAlEhfocmbsJPk.99 -- © Copyright Phuket News 2018-12-13
  7. ‘Extremely Drunk’ Monks Living In Bus Station Busted For Harassment By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter Phra Wittaya Pholyano and Phra Supphachok Katadharmo on Thursday after being forced to leave the monkhood. BANGKOK — Two heavily intoxicated monks were arrested Thursday after causing a disturbance at a major Bangkok bus terminal. Police said Phra Wittaya Pholyano, 45, and Phra Supphachok Katadharmo, 38, were ordered to leave the monkhood today after a security guard found them drunk and making a scene at the Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal. Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/crime-crime/2018/12/13/extremely-drunk-monks-living-in-bus-station-busted-for-harassment/ -- © Copyright Khaosod English 2018-12-13
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    Iconsiam to host New Year fireworks

    Iconsiam to host New Year fireworks By The Nation Amazing Thailand Countdown 2019, under the theme of the River of Prosperity, will start the New Year celebration at 6pm on New Year’s Eve. The event is jointly organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Iconsiam Superlux residence corporations with help from the Association of Chaopraya Commerce, Harbour Department, Siam Commercial Bank, True Corporation, Kasikorn Bank, Thai Shipping Association, Bangkok River Partner and Chaopraya Riverside Communities. The event at the River Park Iconsiam will cover both banks of the river. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said the celebration has several locations to promote Thailand as the ultimate destination for Thai and overseas tourists. "It’s also an effective way to help stimulate the economy and distribute income to people in every region. More importantly, it supplements our effort to make tourism sustainable. This year we’ll organise the event in five different regions: Bangkok, Nakorn Panom, Chiang Rai, Rajburi and Satul,” Yuthasak said. Fireworks will illuminate the Chaopraya. "It is anticipated that over 1 million people shall attend the New Year celebration and substantial spending will keep the money flowing into our economy," said Yuthasak. Narong Chearavanont, chairman of Iconsiam Superlux Residences, said: "We are honoured to have been selected by TAT to organise the event. We are committed to making the New Year celebrations grand, impressive and memorable for all tourists." Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30360333 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-12-13
  9. Blind ex-teacher, 80, wins land battle By Sanom Boonchanteuk The Nation Image: INN After years of legal trouble over the loss of 19-rai (about 7.5 acres), which was mortgaged to secure a Bt160,000 loan, 80-year-old blind retired teacher Sumeth Songkhram from Phetchabun's Chon Daen district finally got justice this week. The Appeals Court verdict on Wednesday upheld a two-year imprisonment imposed on the creditor's son Preeda Prangchaiyaphum, who was found guilty of document forgery and fraud. The court also ordered Preeda to return the land title deed or pay Bt1.8 million compensation to Sumeth. Preeda failed to attend the verdict at the Phetchabun Provincial Court. He missed a previously scheduled verdict reading over a month ago, resulting in the judge issuing an arrest warrant. Sumeth mortgaged the land to secure a Bt160,000 loan from Preeda's family in 2004. But Preeda later allegedly used a letter of authority with a forged signature from Sumeth to get the plot released and resold to him. Sumeth and wife Sophee, 52, in 2016 learned about the land takeover. It said Sophee, who is illiterate, read the contract to the blind Sumeth before signing it. The couple asked for Justice Ministry help, resulting in an investigation that proved the document was forged. The primary court in August 2017 sentenced Preeda to two years' imprisonment and ordered him to return the land title deed. The couple were, however, hit by another lawsuit by the creditor in May over alleged extortion. In the same month, the couple also received a court summons, at the creditor's request, to settle the Bt390,000 debt or the land would be seized. The couple then sought legal aid from the provincial justice office on May 21. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30360325 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-12-13
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    Pattaya police seize 200,000 meth pills

    Pattaya police seize 200,000 meth pills By Theerawat Thongma, Dethawee Theewarangkool The Nation Police arrested an alleged 46-year-old drug runner along with 200,000 methamphetamine pills in Pattaya City, Chon Buri police chief Maj General Nanthachat Supamongkol told a press conference on Thursday. Suspect Sopon Saimee, 46, reportedly confessed to police that he delivered drugs for a gang leader who was based in northern Thailand. He was paid Bt3,000 per delivery of 20,000 meth pills, Nanthachat said. Following an informant's tip-off, Sopon was arrested earlier this week at a gas station on the Chon Buri-inbound lane of Sukhumvit Highway in northern Pattaya with 60,000 meth pills that he was supposed to deliver to a customer. A search at his apartment in Ayutthaya yielded another 40,000 meth pills. Based on the suspect's information, police also retrieved another 100,000 meth pills beside Kanchanapisek Road in Bangkok's Bang Khae district that he was supposed to pick up later, Nanthachat said. The police said Sopon had been arrested for possession of 2,900 meth pills in Samut Prakan in 2000. He was sentenced to 17 years in jail and released in July 2016. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30360331 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-12-13
  11. Enough evidence to convict black panther hunters: former national park chief By The Nation A key figure in the high profile “black panther” poaching case Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn took the stand on Thursday during the court hearing against construction mogul Premchai Karnasuta and three other accomplices. Chaiwat, former chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservationspecial task force Phaya Sua or King of Tigers, said there was sufficient evidence that Premchai and his party had materials and weapons for poaching and skinning protected animals in the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in February. He also said there was enough evidence to prove the animals had been killed on February 3, even though Premchai’s lawyer insists the accused was not at the park when forest rangers raided the camp. Premchai, president of Italian-Thai Development Company, did not attend the hearing yesterday, with court permission, due to health and business issues. The rest of the defendants – Yong Dodkrua, Nathee Riamsaen and Thanee Thummat, who are believed to be Premchai’s driver, chef and hunter respectively – were present. Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary chief Wichian Chinwong, who led the arrest on February 4 and found the carcasses of protected animals including that of a black panther, was also present at court. In February 2018, Wichien and the rangers found Premchai and his party in the prohibited areas with weapons, cooking materials and animal carcasses close to their camp. The carcasses included a black panther, which had been skinned to the bone, a Kalij pheasant and a barking deer. The four defendants face six charges: carrying firearms in public, wildlife poaching, killing protected wildlife, possessing wild animal’s carcass, hiding or receiving illegal carcasses, and harvesting products from the forest without permission. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30360342 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-12-13
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    Thailand Live Thursday 13 Dec 2018

    US Embassy reminder: Income affidavits for visas to cease Jan 1 PHUKET: The US Embassy in Bangkok is reminding US citizens that the US Mission in Thailand will cease providing income affidavits and will not notarise previous versions of the income affidavit from Jan 1. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1073018-us-embassy-reminder-income-affidavits-for-visas-to-cease-jan-1/
  13. REMINDER: British Embassy has now stopped issuing income letters
  14. US Embassy reminder: Income affidavits for visas to cease Jan 1 PHUKET: The US Embassy in Bangkok is reminding US citizens that the US Mission in Thailand will cease providing income affidavits and will not notarise previous versions of the income affidavit from Jan 1. The reminder comes via US Embassy Deputy Spokesperson Steve M. Castonguay, who visited The Phuket News offices yesterday (Dec 12). Joining Mr Castonguay was Bussabonglahwan Pattaro, Information Specialist Media and Cultural Section at the US Embassy in Bangkok. Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/us-embassy-reminder-income-affidavits-for-visas-to-cease-jan-1-69675.php#h0I5Clo0FbKSviDX.99 -- © Copyright Phuket News 2018-12-13
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