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One million Thais are sick and suffer from cigarette-related diseases

At least one million Thais are sick and suffering from various chronic diseases associated with cigarette smoking such as cancer, emphysema, stroke, according to ASH Thailand or anti-cigarette smoking foundation.

ASH Thailand secretary-general Dr Prakit Wateesatokkit said Friday that report from the World Health Organization for every Thai nation who died of diseases associated with cigarette smoking, there were 20 others who are sick and are suffering from various chronic diseases ranging from cancer to emphysema and stroke.

Based on the fact that there are about 50,000 deaths from cigarette-related diseases, he said at least one million Thais are sick from cigarette-related chronic diseases which are difficult to cure and the treatment costs are expensive.

Besides the sufferings of the patients, he pointed out that they had been a burden to their families, to the hospitals and to the government which has to set aside substantial budget each year to support medical expenses for the patients who are mostly poor and have to rely on the 30-baht universal health care system.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

10 impounded super cars were stolen cars from abroad

About 10 of the super cars out of over 100 impounded by the Department of Special Investigation Department last week for suspected tax evasions were reported stolen from abroad and sold to buyers in Thailand by transnational carjacking gangs.

DSI director-general Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang told the media on Thursday that his office had received information from its foreign counterparts that as many as 10 of the super cars seized by the DSI last week from grey market car show rooms in Bangkok had been reported to have been stolen from their owners.

DSI officials continued their hunt for tax-dodging super cars by visiting several car show rooms. About 20 cars suspected to have under-declared their actual import prices to dodge paying higher import taxes were impounded for further examination.

On May 18, DSI officials raided Niche Car Group on Rama IX road and nine other show rooms and seized 122 super cars and luxurious cars for further examination.

DSI officials said the import prices of the cars were under-declared, causing the state to lose about 2.4 billion baht in lost tax revenue.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Sketch of a suspected bomber drawn

Police have drawn the sketch of a suspected bomber based on the testimonies given by three injured witnesses who were in front of the drug dispensing room of Phra Montkutkhlao hospital when an explosive device hidden in a vase exploded on Monday.

Pol Gen Sivara Rangseepromnakul, the national deputy police chief who was placed in charge of the bombing case, said that the sketch would be used to compare with the other evidences which might provide a clue about the suspected bomber.

He admitted that the case was not easy although he insisted that the police had not reached a dead end about the case.

Regarding letters which were mailed to a hospital warning about possible bomb attacks against three hospitals, Pol Gen Srivara said that the letters were traced to be sent from postal offices in Samsen, Chatuchak and Pathumwan district which altogether have over 400 public mail boxes.

He noted that the hand writings on all the letters were different, but forensic police were attempting to check the DNAs on the letters which might or might not link to the suspected bomber.

The national deputy chief said he was not aware of a report that the military had detained a suspect, saying that police and the military were working separately.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Same group of perpetrators responsible for latest bomb blast: Police chief

The national police chief said today that the bomb explosion at Phra Mongkutklao hospital was linked to two earlier bomb blasts in front of the Government Lottery Office and the National Theatre.

Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda said the perpetrators of the three incidents were the same group of people who has ill intent against the country. But he could not say for sure whether the latest incident had anything to do with the third anniversary of the May 22 coup or not.

He noted, however, that the bomb at Phra Mongkutklao hospital was different from the two earlier bombs because, this time, it contained nails which were used as shrapnel.

He said he did not rule out the possibility that that the bomb blast might be the work of southern militants.

The police chief stressed that, from now on, security must be beefed up in areas frequented by many people and the three bomb explosions should serve as a lesson to prevent recurrence.

Pol Gem Chakthip chaitred a meeting of senior police officers to discuss the latest bomb incident and to map out security measures to be adopted.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Police are always police wherever they are: RTP deputy spokesman

The Royal Thai Police is ready to come under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice as proposed by a police reform subcommittee in the coordinating committee of the National Legislative Assembly and the National Reform Steering Assembly.

Pol Maj-Gen Songpol Wattanachai, deputy spokesman of the RTP, said Friday that police, as the guardians of the people, are ready to accept whatever status decided by the government because we are still the people's guardians.

The police reform subcommittee's proposal on the status of the RTP will be submitted to the whips of the NLA and NRSA for consideration.

Pol Lt-Gen Songpol said that police had always attached importance to the public and, for that matter, it would not be any problem for the RTP to come under the jurisdiction of the Justice Ministry or directly answerable to the prime minister as it is now.

He added that the police's job would not duplicate with that of the Department of Investigation which is currently under the Justice Ministry.

Asked how the police feel about being tossed around from being under the Interior Ministry, to the Prime Minister's Office and then to the prime minister and, now to be put under the Justice Ministry, the deputy spokesman maintained that police are always police wherever they are.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Police are always police wherever they are: RTP deputy spokesman

The Royal Thai Police is ready to come under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice as proposed by a police reform subcommittee in the coordinating committee of the National Legislative Assembly and the National Reform Steering Assembly.

Pol Maj-Gen Songpol Wattanachai, deputy spokesman of the RTP, said Friday that police, as the guardians of the people, are ready to accept whatever status decided by the government because we are still the people's guardians.

The police reform subcommittee's proposal on the status of the RTP will be submitted to the whips of the NLA and NRSA for consideration.

Pol Lt-Gen Songpol said that police had always attached importance to the public and, for that matter, it would not be any problem for the RTP to come under the jurisdiction of the Justice Ministry or directly answerable to the prime minister as it is now.

He added that the police's job would not duplicate with that of the Department of Investigation which is currently under the Justice Ministry.

Asked how the police feel about being tossed around from being under the Interior Ministry, to the Prime Minister's Office and then to the prime minister and, now to be put under the Justice Ministry, the deputy spokesman maintained that police are always police wherever they are.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Over 57,000 Thais are overstaying in South Korea

About 20,000 Thais are sent back home from South Korea annually and over 57,000 are currently overstaying after the expiration of their 90-day visa-free period, said Ms Bussadee Santipitak, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry and director-general of Information Department.

Responding to a complaint posted on the Facebook page by a Thai tourist that she was rejected entry and sent back home by South Korean immigration officials, Ms Bussadee explained that the problem stemmed from communication problem and the tourist's incomplete document as required by immigration regulation.

South Korea has allowed Thai nationals to enter the country without a visa and stay there for up to 90 days, but many Thais who visited South Korea often overstayed and worked illegally there.

The Foreign Ministry has advised Thais who want to visit South Korea to strictly comply with the country's immigration regulations such as clearly specifying the places where they are to stay and the persons in South Korea whom they can refer it.

A recent survey shows that, until March, there were 101,000 Thai nationals staying in South Korea and, of these, over 57,000 of them have overstayed beyond 90-day period.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Serbian coach named new coach for Thai national football team

The Football Association of Thailand today announced the appointment of a 63-year-old Serbian football coach, Mr Milovan Rajevac, as the new head coach of the Thailand National Team.

The association said the Serbian coach is suitable and has experience as he used to lead Ghana national team to the semi final round of the world soccer 2010 game.

Also in the same year he was also awarded the best coach of Africa, and of the Serbian Football Association.

He will begin working with the Thai National team on May 4.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)