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  1. Thailand Live Sunday 17 Sep 2017

    NIDA Poll says majority agreeing to higher tax for booze and cigarettes As the new excise tax rates on alcoholic beverages and cigarettes are in force on Sept 16, a poll released by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) says the majority of people it asked agreed to the tax increase. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1002633-nida-poll-says-majority-agreeing-to-higher-tax-for-booze-and-cigarettes/
  2. NIDA Poll says majority agreeing to higher tax for booze and cigarettes As the new excise tax rates on alcoholic beverages and cigarettes are in force on Sept 16, a poll released by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) says the majority of people it asked agreed to the tax increase. Most respondents, however, viewed that the higher tax rates could not stop people from drinking and smoking. NIDA Poll conducted survey of the increased tax rates from Sept 11-12. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/nida-poll-says-majority-agreeing-higher-tax-booze-cigarettes/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2017-09-17
  3. Thailand Live Sunday 17 Sep 2017

    Warning of intense and heavy rainfall today until 6 am tomorrow The Meteorological Department warned people in many parts of the North, the Northeast, eastern and southern regions to brace for possible flash flood due to intense and heavy rainfall from 6 am today until 6 am on Monday (Sept 17). Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1002631-warning-of-intense-and-heavy-rainfall-today-until-6-am-tomorrow/
  4. Warning of intense and heavy rainfall today until 6 am tomorrow The Meteorological Department warned people in many parts of the North, the Northeast, eastern and southern regions to brace for possible flash flood due to intense and heavy rainfall from 6 am today until 6 am on Monday (Sept 17). The widespread heavy and intense rainfall was attributed to Doksuri, a typhoon which has already weakened into depression and now low pressure area as it moved across the northern and western parts of Thailand into Myanmar. Widespread rain with heavy and very heavy rainfall in some areas are forecast until Monday morning in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Lamphun, Lampang, Uttradit, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Tak and Phetchabun. Temperatures range from 22 C to 33 C. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/warning-intense-heavy-rainfall-today-6-tomorrow/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2017-09-17
  5. Thailand Live Sunday 17 Sep 2017

    Only Fools and Horses star reveals heartbreak as Thai wife banned from the UK BY PATRICK HILL Patrick Murray with his Thai wife Anong, 36, and daughter Josie, two years and 10 months The 61-year-old is desperate for Anong, 36, and Josie, two years and 10 months, to join him in the UK. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1002628-only-fools-and-horses-star-reveals-heartbreak-as-thai-wife-banned-from-the-uk/
  6. Only Fools and Horses star reveals heartbreak as Thai wife banned from the UK BY PATRICK HILL Patrick Murray with his Thai wife Anong, 36, and daughter Josie, two years and 10 months The 61-year-old is desperate for Anong, 36, and Josie, two years and 10 months, to join him in the UK. Only Fools and Horses star Patrick Murray is fighting to be reunited with his Thai wife and their daughter ­following a visa row. The 61-year-old, who was Rodney Trotter’s wideboy pal Mickey Pearce in the classic comedy, is desperate for Anong, 36, and Josie, two, to join him in the UK. And he said last night: “It’s really heartbreaking.” Patrick, now a cabbie, said they are barred under minimum income rules for non-European spouses – introduced by Prime Minister Theresa May during her time as Home Secretary. Full story: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/only-fools-horses-star-reveals-11185332#ICID=ios_TMNewsApp_AppShare_Click_Other Mirror: 2017-09-17
  7. Thailand Live Sunday 17 Sep 2017

    Cigarettes, alcoholic drinks to cost more By WICHIT CHAITRONG THE SUNDAY NATION New excise tax rates come into effect; department targets Bt12 billion revenue Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1002604-cigarettes-alcoholic-drinks-to-cost-more/
  8. Cigarettes, alcoholic drinks to cost more

    Thailand sets new excise tax on alcohol, cigarettes Reuters Staff BANGKOK, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Thailand’s new excise tax law will see higher prices of certain goods, including some alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, and should generate about 12 billion baht ($360 million) in tax revenue, a senior government official said on Saturday. The law, effective on Saturday, is aimed at making tax collection more transparent and should not have a big impact on overall product prices, Somchai Poolsavasdi, director-general of the Thailand’s Excise Department, told a briefing. “Overall, this will increase tax revenue by 2 percent,” he said. The tax on alcohol will increase by up to 30 baht per bottle, while beer will rise by 0.50 baht per can and 2.66 baht per bottle, the official said. The tax on imported wine will rise at least 110 baht per bottle, and cigarettes will increase by 2 to 15 baht per pack, the official said. -- © Copyright Reuters 2017-09-17
  9. Cigarettes, alcoholic drinks to cost more By WICHIT CHAITRONG THE SUNDAY NATION New excise tax rates come into effect; department targets Bt12 billion revenue NEW EXCISE taxes have affected prices across industries ranging from beverages to cars, with the new tax regime causing higher prices for some items but lower prices for others. The Excise Department ex-|pects to collect additional tax |revenue of Bt12 billion from the changes. New excise taxes will cause “moderate” rises in the prices of alcoholic beverages, sugary drinks and cigarettes, the director general of the Excise Department, Somchai Poolsavasdi, said yesterday. It may also cause a small rise in prices for imported cars and cars manufactured in customs-free zones. Somchai told a press conference that the new taxes rates would be effective immediately. The price of many items would not increase and some items would be taxed less, he said. Some producers might absorb rising costs for products facing high market competition, he said, but in any case consumers would not pay much more for these products. The new excise system is based on the retail price, while the previous system was based on ex-factory or CIF (cost, insurance and freight) prices. “The new tax system will be more transparent and just as it is based on only the suggested retail price proposed by manufacturers,” said Somchai. The details are as following: The tax per bottle of wine priced above Bt1,000 will be Bt110 upwards, depending on the price. The tax on locally made wine will decrease by Bt25 per bottle. The tax on a can of beer will be Bt0.50 higher, and for bottles of beer it will be Bt2.66 more. For higher-priced beer, the tax will decrease by between Bt0.99 and Bt2. White spirit will be taxed more |by Bt0.84 to Bt3.49 per bottle. For other kinds of locally produced |spirit, the additional tax will be |Bt8 per bottle for drinks with 28 per cent alcohol content and Bt30 for drinks with 40 per cent alcohol content. The tax on other imported spirits, such as Johnnie Walker Red and Blue Label Scotch whisky, will be a little less, from Bt3 to Bt26 depending on alcohol content. The variance is due to a tax hike on higher alcohol content. “In the future, the tax will increase based on alcohol content, with high levels of alcohol subject to higher taxes,” said Somchai. For low-cost cigarette brands priced at Bt60 or lower, the tax will add Bt4 to Bt15 more per pack, while higher-priced cigarettes will be taxed at Bt2-10 more per pack. “After two years, the tax rates of cigarettes would be the same at 40 per cent of its price and Bt1.2 per roll,” said Somchai. Sugary drinks are also subject to higher taxes. Soft drink taxes will be Bt0.13 to Bt 0.50 per bottle, but sugar-free soft drinks will be taxed less by Bt0.28 to Bt0.36 per bottle. Energy drinks will be taxed more, ranging from Bt0.32 to Bt0.90 per can or bottle. Green tea will be taxed Bt1.13 to Bt2.05 more per bottle, and the tax on coffee will be Bt1.35 more per bottle or can. After two years, taxes on sugary drinks will rise to reflect the proportion of sugar they contain. Some cars also have higher |taxes. While the overall tax rate |has not increased, imported cars |and those manufactured in the country’s free-tax zone will see “a small rise”, said Somchai. The latter increase reflects the switch from a tax based on CIF prices to one based on retail prices. Somchai had been lobbied by manufacturers worried over price rises under the new tax system. Tax rates on cars are between 20 and 40 per cent, and taxes on pickup passenger vehicles (PPV), “space cabs” and pickups are between 2.5 and 40 per cent. The tax on hybrid cars is 8 per cent, and half that if manufacturers get special tax privileges from the Board of Investment (BOI). The tax on electric vehicles (EV) and fuel cells is also 8 per cent, down from 10 per cent previously. EVs with BOI investment privileges will be taxed at only 2 per cent. The Excise Department forecasts that the new excise tax will increase its annual revenue by additional Bt12 billion, Somchai said. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30326883 -- © Copyright The Nation 2017-09-17
  10. Thailand Live Sunday 17 Sep 2017

    Navy to hold international ship tech exhibition Nov 15-17 The Royal Thai Navy will hold the 4th Ship Technology for the Next Decade, or Ship Tech IV Exhibition, on Nov 15-17 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), deputy navy commander Adm Paladej Charoenpool announced. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1002603-navy-to-hold-international-ship-tech-exhibition-nov-15-17/
  11. Navy to hold international ship tech exhibition Nov 15-17 The Royal Thai Navy will hold the 4th Ship Technology for the Next Decade, or Ship Tech IV Exhibition, on Nov 15-17 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), deputy navy commander Adm Paladej Charoenpool announced. Adm Paladej said the exposition, organised by the Department of Naval Shipyard, will be held at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel at Pattaya in Chon Buri province. The event will exhibit future ship technology, armament, and the security system of the Royal Thai Navy. Fifty-eight countries have accepted the invitation to join the exhibition. Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/navy-hold-international-ship-tech-exhibition-nov-15-17/ -- © Copyright Thai PBS 2017-09-17
  12. Thailand Live Sunday 17 Sep 2017

    Koala survives 16 km drive trapped under 4WD By Alison Bevege A koala sits trapped behind the wheel of a car prior to being rescued in Adelaide, South Australia, September 9, 2017 in this handout picture distributed to Reuters on September 16, 2017. Jane Brister/Handout via REUTERS. SYDNEY (Reuters) - A koala survived a 16-kilometre (10-mile) road trip in Australia clinging to the axle of a four wheel drive vehicle, before the driver stopped and heard the cries of the traumatized animal. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1002601-koala-survives-16-km-drive-trapped-under-4wd/
  13. Koala survives 16 km drive trapped under 4WD By Alison Bevege A koala sits trapped behind the wheel of a car prior to being rescued in Adelaide, South Australia, September 9, 2017 in this handout picture distributed to Reuters on September 16, 2017. Jane Brister/Handout via REUTERS. SYDNEY (Reuters) - A koala survived a 16-kilometre (10-mile) road trip in Australia clinging to the axle of a four wheel drive vehicle, before the driver stopped and heard the cries of the traumatized animal. The female koala had crawled into the wheel arch while the car was parked in the hills on the outskirts of Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia. The fire brigade was eventually called to take the wheel off in order to help a wildlife rescue worker free the animal. “I could smell her burnt fur,” Jane Brister, from Fauna Rescue, told Reuters in a phone interview on Saturday. “It would have been hot in there.” Sadly, although the koala was uninjured, Brister said the animal was a lactating mother which meant her joey - the term for infant marsupials - was missing. “I searched that night and the next day, and the next, but I never found it,” she said. After a couple of days of feeding in captivity, Brister released the koala back into the wild. Koalas, often inaccurately described as “bears”, are marsupials, an order of mammals whose young are suckled in a pouch. The koala was listed as a "vulnerable" species under an Australian conservation law in 2012. There are fewer than 100,000 of the animals left in the wild, perhaps even as few as 43,000, according to Australian Koala Foundation estimates. -- © Copyright Reuters 2017-09-17
  14. Thailand Live Sunday 17 Sep 2017

    Car bomb kills one, wounds 10 in disputed Iraqi oil city Iraqi security force inspect the site after a car exploded in Kirkuk, Iraq, September 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb killed one person and injured ten in Kirkuk, an Iraqi oil city where local Kurdish authorities plan to hold a referendum on independence despite opposition from the central government and the region's non-Kurdish population. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1002600-car-bomb-kills-one-wounds-10-in-disputed-iraqi-oil-city/
  15. Car bomb kills one, wounds 10 in disputed Iraqi oil city Iraqi security force inspect the site after a car exploded in Kirkuk, Iraq, September 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb killed one person and injured ten in Kirkuk, an Iraqi oil city where local Kurdish authorities plan to hold a referendum on independence despite opposition from the central government and the region's non-Kurdish population. The blast targeted a liquor store, according to a security source. An Iraqi interior ministry statement described the attack as "terrorist aggression" and did not link it to the tension caused by the Kurdish plan to hold the vote, on Sept. 25. Kirkuk is home to sizeable Arab and Turkmen populations and lies outside the official boundaries of the Kurdistan region. It is claimed by both the Kurds and the central government in Baghdad. Kurdish peshmerga fighters seized Kirkuk and other disputed territories when the Iraqi army collapsed in the face of Islamic State in 2014, preventing its oilfields from falling into militant hands. -- © Copyright Reuters 2017-09-17
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