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Drug suspect shot

Posted by hasekamp on 23 October 2015 at 13:43 PM
Narcotics suppression police yesterday killed one drug-trafficking suspect and arrested two others during a sting operation in Chiang Mai's Mae Taeng district, senior police officer Pol Lt-Colonel Sakorn Kaewsa said. Police also seized 120,000 methamphetamine pills in the operation. Sakorn said an ambush had been set up after police decoys contacted some drug traders and arranged to buy 120,000 meth pills for Bt4 million. The exchange was to be held at a bridge near Moo 3 village in Mae Taeng district's tambon Khilek on the Chiang Mai-Pai Road. When the suspects arrived at the spot in a pickup truck, police officers emerged from their hiding place and demanded they halt for a search. The dealers fled, and one of them, identified later as Somkiat Assawamethi, 27, began shooting at the police. Police shot back, hitting Somkiat twice in the chest and once in the head, the officers said. The other two suspects, Prateep Laohang, 22, and Uraiporn Yangyuenpiyarat, 38, both surrendered. Police say all three suspects are ethnic Hmong. The meth pills were found in the rear of the truck. (Source: The Nation)

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Government websites hacked

Posted by hasekamp on 23 October 2015 at 13:41 PM
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha Fridday instructed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry to tighten security of government's computer system and websites to fend off attacks by a group of hackers ICT Minister Uttama Savanyana posted on his Twitter page. Uttama wrote that the Prime Minister told him and other organisations under his control to coordinate with the relevant government agencies to prevent the government information and services from persistent attacks by hackers. "I reported to the PM about the hacking movement [on Thursday evening] and he told me to keep close watch on those who have ill-intention and pose a threat to the websites," Uttama added. The ICT minister also urged that the [people and businesses] to protect their data with the international computer security standard and to backup their data regulatory. On Thursday, Anonymous, the international group of activists and hackers promoting internet freedom, announced it was targeting the Thai government in what it called "Operation Single Gateway". (Source: The Nation)

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German caught for selling drugs

Posted by hasekamp on 23 October 2015 at 13:37 PM
A team of local police led by Mae Rim police chief Pol Col Adul Somnuek raided the house in tambon Don Kaew and arrested Thomas Leiner, a German national, after 78 speed pills and two packs of methamphetamine were found inside his house, said police. The suspect has been charged with possessing illicit drugs with intent to sell. The arrest came after police caught Theeradet Chaichana, 25, of Chiang Mai, at an apartment in Muang district of this northern province on Thursday after some speed pills were found in his possession. The man confessed he had bought the drugs from the German man. This prompted police to investigate and later obtained a court warrant to search the accused foreigner's house. Mr Leiner, who stayed in the house with his Thai wife, told police that he bought the drugs from a small drug dealer at a nightspot on Loy Khor Road in downtown Chiang Mai for his own use and for sale, mostly to foreigners. He allegedly confessed he had sold the illicit drugs for a long time. He was held in police custody for legal action. (Source: The Bangkok Post)

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Vegetarian Festival on Phuket has started

Posted by hasekamp on 14 October 2015 at 16:03 PM
Vegetarian Festival participants raised Go Teng poles at every Chinese shrine in Phuket at sunset yesterday to allow the Jade Emperor, one of the Nine Emperor Gods, to descend from the heavens marking the start of the 2015 festivities. Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada was one of hundreds of white-clad observers who attended the pole raising at the Jui Tui shrine. "This is an ancient festival on the island. I would like to call on all the people of Phuket to join the festivities," said Governor Chamroen, as he marked the 190th Vegetarian Festival. "To ensure everyone has a good time, I have made safety a priority. The appropriate authorities are ensuring the cleanliness of the food." This year the festival will hold a parade in honor of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 88th birthday on October 14 at Chai Field.The schedule for street processions by Chinese shrines: October 14: Choor Su Gong Naka Shrine (Phuket Town); October 15: Sapam Shrine (Phuket Town); October 16: Samkong Shrine; October 17: Ban Tha Rue Shrine (Phuket Town); October 18: Bang Neow Shrine (Phuket Town), Cherng Talay Shrine (Thalang District); October 19: Jui Tui Shrine (Phuket Town); October 20: Kathu Shrine (Kathu Town), Yokkekeng Shrine (Phuket Town); October 21: Sui Boon Tong Shrine (Phuket Town) (Source: The Phuket Gazette)

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Suvarnabhumi overcrowded

Posted by hasekamp on 14 October 2015 at 15:55 PM
The number of travellers using Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport rose by 13% in the 2015 fiscal year and officials said it must be expanded quickly to relieve congestion. Sirote Duangratana, general manager of Suvarnabhumi airport, said on Wednesday that from October last year to September this year, the airport served 52.38 million passengers while its official capacity was set at 45 million. The number of visiting passengers grew by 12.66% compared to the 2014 fiscal year. They comprised 43.94 million passengers on international flights and 8.44 million on domestic flights. The traffic on international flights rose by 15.55% and on domestic flights it increased by 0.34%. In the past fiscal year, Suvarnabhumi airport served 310,867 flights, 6.12% more than the previous year. There were 242,953 international flights (up 7.09%) and 67,914 domestic flights (a rise of 2.81%). Mr Sirote expected the amount of passengers using the airport to increase by 9.7% in the 2016 fiscal year. Pending a new terminal, more benches, toilets, charging outlets and bigger airline lounges would be arranged to serve the growing number of passengers, he said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)

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