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Court agrees to consider budget bill’s validity

By The Nation

 

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The Constitutional Court has accepted Parliament’s request that it rule on the validity of the budget bill for fiscal 2020 amid concerns that any further delay in funding disbursements will severely hurt the economy.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145774-court-agrees-to-consider-budget-bill’s-validity/

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Thailand to screen tour guides for coronavirus

By Panarat Thepgumpanat, Panu Wongcha-um

 

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Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha wearing a protective mask is seen during a visit at the arrival hall at the Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International airport in Thailand, January 29, 2020. Thailand Government House/Handout via REUTERS 

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai health officials said on Wednesday they will start screening tourist sector workers for coronavirus as part of measures to control the spread of the new disease that has killed 132 people in China.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145758-thailand-to-screen-tour-guides-for-coronavirus/

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Top-level Phuket meeting told ‘no water shortages’

By The Phuket News

 

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Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana at the meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Jan 28). Photo: PR Dept

 

PHUKET:-- There is no water shortage situation in Phuket yet, but people have to monitor the water situation closely, a top-level meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall – which included a live video conference by Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda with every provincial governor in the country – was told yesterday (Jan 28).

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145775-top-level-phuket-meeting-told-‘no-water-shortages’/

 

 

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Panel mulls darker outlook due to virus

By THE NATION

 

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The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking has considered lowering its forecast for economic growth this year due to the impact of the coronavirus, Thai Chamber of Commerce president Kalin Sarasin said this week.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145811-panel-mulls-darker-outlook-due-to-virus/

 

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Commerce offices told to keep watch on hoarding, price of face masks

By THE NATION

 

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The Commerce Ministry has instructed its provincial offices nationwide to closely monitor the price and sale volume of face masks to prevent vendors from hoarding or selling them at an inflated price.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145812-commerce-offices-told-to-keep-watch-on-hoarding-price-of-face-masks/

 

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Thailand to charter commercial flight to evacuate Thai people from Wuhan

 

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The Thai government has decided to charter an aircraft from a commercial airline, rather than a military transport plane, to evacuate Thai people trapped in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Wednesday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145814-thailand-to-charter-commercial-flight-to-evacuate-thai-people-from-wuhan/

 

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Thais stuck in Wuhan to be flown home by February 4

 

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Thai citizens, including students, stranded in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of novel coronavirus outbreak, will be flown back to Thailand by February 4th, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutacha told members of the House of Representatives.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145815-thais-stuck-in-wuhan-to-be-flown-home-by-february-4/

 

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Doctor debunks viral post claiming Wuhan coronavirus death at Phuket airport

By The Phuket News

 

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The post and photo was uploaded onto Facebook on Monday (Jan 27). Photo: Konnika Jampaburee / Facebook

 

PHUKET: A doctor at Phuket International Airport’s Medical Department has dismissed a post on social media that a foreign woman at the airport had died of the Wuhan coronavirus as outright “wrong”.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145816-doctor-debunks-viral-post-claiming-wuhan-coronavirus-death-at-phuket-airport/

 

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WHO to reconsider declaring global emergency as China virus evacuations begin

By Se Young Lee and Stephanie Nebehay

 

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Personnel in protective clothing approach an aircraft, chartered by the U.S. State Department to evacuate government employees and other Americans from the novel coronavirus threat in the Chinese city of Wuhan, after it arrived at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California, U.S., January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake

 

BEIJING/GENEVA (Reuters) - Foreign governments flew their citizens out of the epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, as the number of deaths jumped to 133 and the World Health Organization voiced "grave concern" about person-to-person spread in three other countries.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145817-who-to-reconsider-declaring-global-emergency-as-china-virus-evacuations-begin/

 

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Putin pardons U.S.-Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges

 

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A member of the Federal Penitentiary Service walks past the gate of a penal colony, where Naama Issachar, a U.S.-Israeli woman jailed on drug charges, serves her sentence, in the settlement of Novoye Grishino in Moscow region, Russia January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

 

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree to pardon and free a U.S.-Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges, receiving acknowledgement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of their bilateral meeting.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145820-putin pardons-us-israeli-woman-jailed-in-russia-on-drug-charges/

 

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Tears and cheers as EU lawmakers give final nod to Brexit

By Gabriela Baczynska and Jakub Riha

 

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Britain's Ambassador to the European Union Tim Barrow delivers the instruments of ratification for Brexit, to European Council Secretary General Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool

 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament gave final approval to Britain's divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, paving the way for the country to quit the bloc on Friday after nearly half a century and delivering a major setback for European integration.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145821-tears-and-cheers-as-eu-lawmakers-give-final-nod-to brexit/

 

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VIRUS WARNING 

Is it safe to travel to Thailand? Latest advice after deadly coronavirus kills 132

Kara Godfrey

 

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Thai Airways has been forced to disinfect incoming planes //Credit: Reuters

 

THE death toll for coronavirus has surged to 132 people, with travel warnings issued by countries across the globe.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145822-is-it-safe-to-travel-to-thailand-latest-advice-after-deadly-coronavirus-kills-132/

 

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Trump could be acquitted in impeachment trial as early as Friday - U.S. Senator

By Richard Cowan and Jeff Mason

 

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House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) walks to the Senate floor during a brief recess of the day's Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic push to force Republicans to accept witnesses at Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate appeared to be flagging on Wednesday, raising the possibility the president could be acquitted as early as Friday.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1145835-trump-could-be-acquitted-in-impeachment-trial-as-early-as-friday-us-senator/

 

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