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Phuket in the cold as ’Smart Driver’s licences’ launch

By The Phuket News

 

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Only the newer licences with the QR code can be used to register through the app, when it gets up and running. Photo: The Phuket News

 

PHUKET:-- Confusion reigned today (Jan 15) as the Department of Land Transport (DLT) officially released its electronic driver’s licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorisations and vehicle details.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078417-phuket-in-the-cold-as-’smart-driver’s-licences’-launch/

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Severe shortage of N95 masks leave many Bangkokians at risk

By The Nation

 

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Many people wear masks as they attend aerobic workouts at Lumpini Park in central Bangkok yesterday. The PM2.5 level has been dangerously high, covering the capital with thick smog. Photo Anant Chantarasoot

 

AFTER spending several days choking on high levels of fine particle dust, many Bangkokians opted for masks to protect themselves, though some were unable to find the N95-grade facemasks required and are calling for the authorities to cover the shortage.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078453-severe-shortage-of-n95-masks-leave-many-bangkokians-at-risk/

 

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Toxic smog settles in for long haul

By CHULARAT SAENGPASSA 
THE NATION 

 

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A large number of vehicles emit thick black smoke as they wait for the lights to change at the Bang Na intersection yesterday. Photo Supakit Khumkun

 

STATE AGENCY INSISTS MAKING BANGKOK A POLLUTION-CONTROL ZONE NOT NECESSARY

 

BANGKOK RESIDENTS will have to put up with smog until early March, as high levels of PM2.5 particles is expected to settle over the capital for many more weeks.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078454-toxic-smog-settles-in-for-long-haul/

 

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Smog to exact heavy price

By Pratch Rujivanarom 
The Nation

 

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Chula academic calls for radical measures to reduce the number of vehicles on the streets of Bangkok

 

THE SEVERE air pollution problem in Bangkok will take a heavy toll on the country’s economy unless the authorities can effectively clear the smog, a research report warned yesterday.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078456-smog-to-exact-heavy-price/

 

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Election a key factor’ in 2019 growth

By PHUWIT LIMVIPHUWAT 
THE NATION

 

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Phacharaphot Nuntramas, senior vice president of the Global Business Development and Strategy Group under Krungthai Bank, warns that political instability may have a harmful impact on the Thai economy.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078457-election-a-key-factor’-in-2019-growth/

 

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Group sets Friday deadline to govt for election date, vows to up the ante with rallies

By THE NATION

 

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Singer and songwriter Su Boonlieng yesterday debuted a pop song “Knock Knock Knock”, adapted from a popular song “Pratu Chai” [The Door to the Heart] from the 1980s. The song calls for the return of democracy.

 

WITH THE government failing to fix the date for the election and pushing for it to be delayed by a month, pro-election groups are rallying for a show of strength both in and out of Bangkok to put pressure on the ruling junta.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078458-group-sets-friday-deadline-to-govt-for-election-date-vows-to-up-the-ante-with-rallies/

 

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Doctors warn trippers of severe danger of using LSD-laden ‘deadly stamps’

By The Nation

 

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Doctors have warned tourists and party-goers of the danger of “deadly stamps”, as the illicit drug is becoming popular among nightlife visitors to Koh Pha-Ngan.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078459-doctors-warn-trippers-of-severe-danger-of-using-lsd-laden-‘deadly-stamps’/

 

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Ban on e-cigarettes under study after enforcement problems emerge

By JINTANA PANYAARVUDH 
THE NATION 

 

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Officials from the Department of Disease Control’s Bureau of Tobacco Control and Office of the Consumer Protection Board arrest vendors selling ecigarettes and nicotine chargers last month at the Liab Duan night market in Bangkok’s RamIndra area.

 

A REVIEW of the ban on e-cigarettes is being launched in light of difficulties in enforcing the law.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078460-ban-on-e-cigarettes-under-study-after-enforcement-problems-emerge/

 

 

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Brexit bedlam - May's EU divorce deal crushed by 230 votes in parliament

By William James, Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper

 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May addresses Parliament ahead of the vote on May's Brexit deal, in London, Britain, January 15, 2019 in this screengrab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS

 

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078461-brexit-bedlam-mays-eu-divorce-deal-crushed-by-230-votes-in-parliament/

 

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Rights activists push for ban on death sentences for female convicts

By Pratch Rujivanarom 
The Nation 

 

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HUMAN RIGHTS defenders are calling for an end to capital punishment for women as a next step forward to achieving the universal abolition of death sentences in Thailand.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078462-rights-activists-push-for-ban-on-death-sentences-for-female-convicts/

 

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Army chief Gen Apirat to pro-election activists: Don’t cross the line

 

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Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong today warned political activists campaigning against an election postponement “not to cross the line”.

 

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1078463-army-chief-gen-apirat-to-pro-election-activists-don’t-cross-the-line/

 

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