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  1. Legislature delays passage of Rice Bill as review mulled By The Nation Farmers in Pathum Thani province THE NATIONAL Legislative Assembly (NLA) has temporarily backtracked from its plan to urgently push through the controversial Rice Bill yesterday. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085441-legislature-delays-passage-of-rice-bill-as-review-mulled/
  2. Legislature delays passage of Rice Bill as review mulled By The Nation Farmers in Pathum Thani province THE NATIONAL Legislative Assembly (NLA) has temporarily backtracked from its plan to urgently push through the controversial Rice Bill yesterday. “NLA president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai recommended that it be reviewed,” General Marut Patchotasingh said in his capacity as chair of the NLA ad-hoc committee vetting the bill. The bill was scheduled to undergo its second and third readings yesterday as it had been labelled the second-most urgent item on the agenda. However, NLA vice president Surachai Liengboonlertchai abruptly ended the session at 2pm yesterday, right after the top-most issue, the Town Planning Bill, was addressed. It is now believed that the NLA avoided deliberating the Rice Bill yesterday because of the huge controversy generated by the draft. In recent weeks, farmers have questioned many points in the draft law as concerns grew that the Rice Bill will do them more harm than good. The Network of Alternative Agriculture, via its coordinator Mongkhon Duangkhieo, called on the NLA himself yesterday morning to ask that it refrain from pushing through the legislation. “This bill, if introduced, will have widespread ramifications. So, it’s best to listen to the recommendations first,” the network said. According to the network, the new Rice Bill will prescribe a form of paddy field zoning, which will harm the huge diversity of local rice varieties. Also, clauses allowing the Rice Department to examine and certify rice varieties will affect farmers’ and academics’ freedom in developing different rice varieties. “These clauses place an emphasis on centralisation of power,” the network pointed out, adding that under the new law, only four seats will be given to farmers’ representatives in the governing panel – far fewer than the number of seats given to state officials. The network also raised concerns about clauses that require everyone to cooperate with officials. “Such clauses may spawn abuse of authority and more,” it warned. While the NLA held the Rice Bill back yesterday, there is no indication it will heed the networks request that it be shelved for now. Open to farmers’ opinions Marut said his committee aimed to quickly review the Rice Bill and re-submit it for the NLA’s second and third readings next Tuesday. “We will listen to the opinions expressed by farmers’ groups and academic organisations,” he said. “We have, after all, prepared this draft law for farmers.” Speaking from his home province of Kalasin, Prapas Phuwongkot said he did not know what good the Rice Bill would do. “I have followed the news and learnt that the Rice Bill faces opposition from many parties, particularly farmers,” the 65-year-old said. Chiang Mai-based rice farmer Somsak Khumnanont, 52, said he was worried that the Rice Bill will bar farmers from stocking paddy seeds. The ban on storing and distributing “uncertified” paddy seeds “for commercial purpose” is seen by many as being “too broad” in meaning, which may cause future problems for farmers. BioThai said on Facebook that the Rice Bill, when first drafted, seemed to put the power in the hands of the authorities and large firms. Following protests from many farmers and prominent figures, including Agriculture Minister Grisada Boonrach, the NLA has already partially amended the Rice Bill. Still, its latest version has failed to end lingering concerns. Democrat Party leader Korn Chatikavanij said he too was surprised to see that the Rice Bill does not address the real problems faced by farmers, such as difficulty in getting access to capital, market and technology. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364479 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-20
  3. Thailand approves guidelines for opening airport retail space to competition FILE PHOTO: Tourists queue to check in at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo BANGKOK (Reuters) - State-owned Airports of Thailand Pcl (AOT) approved guidelines on Wednesday for concessions for duty-free and commercial activities at its airports, as it prepares to open up retail space to new players. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085438-thailand-approves-guidelines-for-opening-airport-retail-space-to-competition/
  4. Thailand approves guidelines for opening airport retail space to competition FILE PHOTO: Tourists queue to check in at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo BANGKOK (Reuters) - State-owned Airports of Thailand Pcl (AOT) approved guidelines on Wednesday for concessions for duty-free and commercial activities at its airports, as it prepares to open up retail space to new players. AOT operates the six biggest airports in Thailand and will soon announce the terms of an upcoming auction for duty-free and retail concessions at Bangkok's international Suvarnabhumi Airport. Under the guidelines approved, it is set to offer three retail licences at the auction. King Power, owner of Britain's Leicester City football club, currently holds the sole licence for duty-free retail, commercial activity and pick-up counters at all of Thailand's major airports, but rivals including Central Group, the Mall Group and South Korea's Hotel Shilla are interested in bidding. King Power's licence is set to expire in 2020. Last month, retail groups petitioned Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha for multiple duty-free concessions, calling the current master concession monopolistic. AOT said that there would be three contracts including duty-free retail, commercial activities such as restaurants and duty-free pick up counters. The guidelines emphasise free competition, especially for duty-free pick up counters, which allow duty-free businesses downtown to deliver goods to passengers, AOT said in a statement. AOT and the duty-free business is a major beneficiary of booming tourism in Thailand, which saw over 38 million passenger arrivals in 2018. The airport operator said last week that its revenue from airport concessions rose 10.3 percent in October-December from a year earlier to 4.3 billion baht ($138 million) due to an increase in passenger arrivals. -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-20
  5. 300,000 migrants expected to leave kingdom for Songkran By The Nation An exodus of nearly 300,000 migrant workers is expected from April 5-30 when they visit hometowns for the Songkran festival in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085435-300000-migrants-expected-to-leave-kingdom-for-songkran/
  6. 300,000 migrants expected to leave kingdom for Songkran By The Nation An exodus of nearly 300,000 migrant workers is expected from April 5-30 when they visit hometowns for the Songkran festival in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Labour Minister Pol General Adul Sangsingkeo, following a meeting of the Migrant Worker Management and Anti-Human Trafficking Sub-committee on Wednesday, told reporters that the meeting resolved to allow Cambodian, Lao and Burmese workers whose non-immigrant L-A visas were valid at least until April 30 to head home during Songkran without having to pay a fee. Children under-18 could travel with them, the minister added. If the workers returned to the kingdom after April 30, they would be given a visa stamp that would be valid until the old visa's expiry date and they would have to pay a Bt2,000 fee, he warned. In April 2018 240,251 migrant workers went home. This Songkran it was expected that nearly 300,000 would do so. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364467 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-20
  7. Interpol Red Notice sought for Greek suspect over Phuket beautician murder By Waranya Prompinpiras Greek national Dimitrios Chairopoulos was recorded as clearing Immigration at Phuket International Airport to board a flight to Dubai just hours after Ms Niramon was last seen alive. PHUKET:-- Cherng Talay Police have filed a request for Interpol to issue Red Notice for the arrest of 42-year-old Greek national Dimitrios Chairopoulos, who is wanted for the murder of Phuket beautician Niramon Aewkaew. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085431-interpol-red-notice-sought-for-greek-suspect-over-phuket-beautician-murder/
  8. Interpol Red Notice sought for Greek suspect over Phuket beautician murder By Waranya Prompinpiras Greek national Dimitrios Chairopoulos was recorded as clearing Immigration at Phuket International Airport to board a flight to Dubai just hours after Ms Niramon was last seen alive. PHUKET:-- Cherng Talay Police have filed a request for Interpol to issue Red Notice for the arrest of 42-year-old Greek national Dimitrios Chairopoulos, who is wanted for the murder of Phuket beautician Niramon Aewkaew. The request was submitted with the Foreign Affairs Division of the Royal Thai Police and the Office of the Attorney-General in Bangkok yesterday, Cherng Talay Police Chief Col Serm Kwannimit confirmed to The Phuket News today (Feb 20). “The request is for the Royal Thai Police to ask Interpol to issue a Red Notice for the arrest of Chairopoulos,” Col Serm added. Full Story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/interpol-red-notice-sought-for-greek-suspect-over-phuket-beautician-murder-70458.php#joA3XCJKUHF3lsEX.97 -- © Copyright Phuket News 2019-02-20
  9. Russian accused of $28m fraud to be sent to US at FBI request By The Nation FILE PHOTO A Thai court on Wednesday decided to extradite a 47yearold Russian cybercrime suspect, Dmitry Ukrainsky, who is accused of stealing $28.5 million (Bt886 million) from the bank accounts of citizens of several countries, to the US. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085429-russian-accused-of-28m-fraud-to-be-sent-to-us-at-fbi-request/
  10. Russian accused of $28m fraud to be sent to US at FBI request By The Nation FILE PHOTO A Thai court on Wednesday decided to extradite a 47 years old Russian cybercrime suspect, Dmitry Ukrainsky, who is accused of stealing $28.5 million (Bt886 million) from the bank accounts of citizens of several countries, to the US. The court verdict, read at the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court in Bangkok, said Ukrainsky faced charges of fraud and moneylaundering, crimes that carry prison sentences of 12 months or more. They could also not be categorised as political offences and their statute of limitation hadn’t yet expired, so the case fitted the criteria to allow his extradition as the US authorities had requested. The court said Ukrainsky had already completed a term of imprisonment for moneylaundering, an offence which had taken place in Thailand. Although Ukrainsky maintained his innocence in the fraud and moneylaundering accusations, the court said it had taken into consideration the fact that a US court had issued arrest warrants for him and his accomplice, an Uzbekistan woman Olga Komova, 28. The two defendants were arrested in Thailand three years ago at the request of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and accused of sending malware to their victims’ emails. The malware then sent back the usernames and passwords to their online bank accounts. The FBI traced the transactions and found that they had been wired to Thailand, so it asked Thai police to apprehend the pair. Ukrainsky was nabbed in Pattaya City, where he had been running several firms renting yachts to tourists, while Komova was apprehended at a hotel on Koh Chang, where she had been working. Following her arrest, Komova had agreed to be extradited to the US, where she was sentenced over the same charge. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30364465 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-20
  11. Chiang Mai student saved from suicide following Facebook alert By The Nation Chiang Mai police arrived in time to save a university student from drowning after she jumped into the Ping River to try to commit suicide on Tuesday night. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085421-chiang-mai-student-saved-from-suicide-following-facebook-alert/
  12. Chiang Mai student saved from suicide following Facebook alert By The Nation Chiang Mai police arrived in time to save a university student from drowning after she jumped into the Ping River to try to commit suicide on Tuesday night. Col Piyaphan Phattarapongsin, deputy Chiang Mai police chief, said it was reported that a woman might be committing suicide at the Nakhon Pink Bridge in Tambon Chang Moi in Muang district so a patrol was alerted. The woman was in the water so a police officer jumped in and pulled her to safety. Piyaphan said the officer handed the 22-year-old student from a leading Chiang Mai university to her relatives at Suan Plung Hospital for mandatory counselling. Piyaphan said police learned from her family that it was her third suicide attempt. Several years ago she tried to take an overdose of drugs and then tried to suffocate herself with a stove. Her friends alerted police in time after she posted on Facebook on Sunday that her birthday on Tuesday would be the day she would die. Her friends told her family who checked her boarding house before asking the police to check the bridge, which she mentioned in her post. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30364446 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-20
  13. Man held over Bt50m fraud By The Nation A man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding around 100 stock market investors of about Bt50 million, police said. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085420-man-held-over-bt50m-fraud/
  14. Man held over Bt50m fraud By The Nation A man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding around 100 stock market investors of about Bt50 million, police said. Pol Lt Gen Suchate Hakpal, Immigration Bureau chief who also heads the economic crime centre, said Jittaraphon Nisarat, 25, was arrested on Tuesday at his apartment in Bangkok's Phra Khanong district. Surachate said Jittaraphon was arrested under a warrant issued by the Criminal Court on Friday. Jittaraphon was accused of collaborating with two other accomplices to convince over 100 victims to invest in their company with a promise of a 10 per cent yield per month for their investment. The investors were asked to invest at least Bt300,000. The investors were told that Jittaraphon's company would invest in the Wall Street stock market for profits in short sales. Surachate said the investors received the promised returns for just the first three or four months but Jittaraphon then stopped paying the yields and closed his company and disappeared. Surachate said police are still hunting for the two accomplices, Sorachat Klamsaeng, 40, and Pirayuth Arj-amnuay, 34. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30364456 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-02-20
  15. Watch the Chilling Trailer for Michael Jackson Documentary Leaving Neverland by MIKE VULPO Sundance Prepare yourselves for a new perspective of Neverland. Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085419-watch-the-chilling-trailer-for-michael-jackson-documentary-leaving-neverland/
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