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Chinese tourists biggest spenders in Thailand during New Year holiday

By The Nation 

 

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Spending by Chinese tourists during the Chinese New Year holiday was the highest in Thailand according to Alipay, a leading digital payment platform offered by Ant Financial, an affiliate of Alibaba Group. 

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085611-chinese-tourists-biggest-spenders-in-thailand-during-new-year-holiday/

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Apology for disabled woman over mall parking incident

By Theerawat Thongma, 
Dethawee Theewarangkool 
The Nation

 

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A security guard and a mall executive have apologised to a wheelchair-bound woman whose motorcycle and sidecar were removed from a mall parking space for the physically disabled, to make way for a sports car and its able-bodied driver.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085521-terminal-21-handicapped-womans-disability-trike-removed-to-make-way-for-ford-mustang/?do=findComment&comment=13868097

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NCPO denies suit targets Future Forward leaders 

By JITRAPORN SENNAWONG  
THE NATION

 

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THE RULING National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday denied that a lawsuit being brought against Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit was another case of discrimination, as it reacted to widespread criticism of anti-junta parties being targeted ahead of the election next month.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085668-ncpo-denies-suit-targets-future-forward-leaders/

 

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Experts warn of network of faultlines in North, as quakes rock Lampang

By The Nation

 

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Officials yesterday inspect the quake damage to residential homes in tambon Thung Hua of Lampang’s Wang Nua district.

 

THOUGH THE 25 quakes and aftershocks in Lampang’s Wang Nua district on Wednesday and yesterday did not cause much damage, academics are worried about the North, as it has several faultlines scattered across the region.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085670-experts-warn-of-network-of-faultlines-in-north-as-quakes-rock-lampang/

 

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Cannabis : Clear guidelines ‘will attract amnesty seekers’

By The Nation

 

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UNDERGROUND CANNABIS USERS WILL NOT COME FORWARD IF CONDITIONS UNCLEAR: EXPERTS

 

IT WILL take solid assurances to persuade current cannabis users to come forward for amnesty, a prominent academic told the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085672-cannabis-clear-guidelines-‘will-attract-amnesty-seekers’/

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Airports concessions shake-up sought

By   KWANCHAI RUNGFAPAISARN 
THE NATION

 

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THE THAI Retailers Association (TRA) said yesterday that it has come to an agreement with the board of the Airports of Thailand (AOT) to divide business concessions at airports into three separate contract types – for duty-free outlets; retail, food and beverage, service and banking; and duty-free pick-up counters. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085673-airports-concessions-shake-up-sought/

 

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Spending on IT tipped to top Bt539 bn by 2022

By   JIRAPAN BOONNOON 
THE NATION

 

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SPENDING on information technology is forecast to reach Bt539.6 billion by 2022, marking growth of 19.4 per cent from the expected spending this year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085676-spending-on-it-tipped-to-top-bt539-bn-by-2022/

 

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1.2m workers to be trained for e-commerce roles

By JIRAPAN BOONNOON 
THE NATION

 

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THE Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) aims to provide training for about 1.2 million workers for an e-commerce workforce that can help steer the transformation of 200,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into e-commerce operations by the end of this year.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085677-12m-workers-to-be-trained-for-e-commerce-roles/

 

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Rights advocates worry cyber bills a major threat

By Asina Pornwasin 
The Nation

 

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Some tweaks made after outcry, but sweeping state powers raise fears of invasion of privacy

 

NEW cybersecurity and data protection bills are being pushed through with little oversight because of sweeping state powers, warn rights defenders and privacy experts. A core concern is the provision that would allow seizure of computers and servers without a court order. Critics say the bills would give the military regime sweeping powers to monitor and censor political traffic online via the National Cybersecurity Agency. 

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085679-rights-advocates-worry-cyber-bills-a-major-threat/

 

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Militants failing to find new recruits in South: police chief

By Nakarin Chinworakomon 
The Nation 

 

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AUTHORITIES IN the deep South claim state policies are proving effective in stemming the flow of fresh recruits to militant separatist groups.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085680-militants-failing-to-find-new-recruits-in-south-police-chief/

 

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Beware revealing graphic details of charcoal suicides, media is warned

By The Nation

 

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FOLLOWING a significant number of recent charcoal-burning suicides in Thailand, the Public Health Ministry’s Mental Health Department is urging the media to avoid giving too many details of how the deaths occurred, out of fear that such reports could lead to copycat deaths.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085681-beware-revealing-graphic-details-of-charcoal-suicides-media-is-warned/

 

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Rights body wants juvenile crime records locked away

By The Nation

 

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THE NATIONAL Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Royal Thai Police to amend its rules on publicly releasing juveniles’ criminal history.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085682-rights-body-wants-juvenile-crime-records-locked-away/

 

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Roof of Thailand views in Thailand add to Action Asia novelty

By The Nation

 

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Tanapong Chankrachang and Suda Tantiveerasut crowned champions in Thailand Action Asia 50

 

Thailand Action Asia 50, a qualified Skyrunning race supported by Tourism Authority of Thailand and Doi Inthanon National Park finished successfully on February 17.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1085683-roof-of-thailand-views-in-thailand-add-to-action-asia-novelty/

 

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