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Thai consular official meets DIP deputy chief to discuss paintings theft

The Thai consular official in Osaka met for the first time with Mr Supat Sa-nguandeekul, deputy director-general of the Intellectual Property Department, to discuss the latter's alleged theft of three hotel paintings in Kyoto, Mr Sek Wannamethi, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, said on Friday.

The official also discussed with the Japanese prosecutor about the legal proceedings and was told that, in accordance with Japanese justice procedure, Mr Supat would be held in police detention for 10 days in Kyoto before the case proceeds to the court.

During the meeting with the consular official, Sek said Mr Supat admitted his wrongdoing and agreed to pay the hotel for the three paintings worth altogether 15,000 yen that he took from the hotel that he stayed.

The spokesman added that the accused lawyer and consular official would ask the Japanese court to release the suspect so he can return to Thailand before his visa expires.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Another arrest warrant against Dhammachayo

Police have sought a warrant from Phang-nga provincial court for the arrest of former abbot of Wat Dhammakaya, Phra Thepyarnmahamunee or Phra Dhammachayo, and another accomplice for alleged forest and public land encroachment to build a monastery.

Pol Gen Srivara Rangseepromnakul, the deputy national chief, said on Wednesday that the request for arrest warrant against the embattled former abbot of Wat Dhammakaya and Mr Petch Kamsap followed investigation by police and forest officials into alleged forest encroachment on Yao island off Phang-nga for the construction of a monastery under the Muk Tawan project of Wat Dhammakaya.

Armed with a search warrant issued by the Phang-nga provincial court, a combined force of police, military personnel, local and forest officials searched the venue on December 21.

The officials found out that a swathe of Kuan Jook forest in Tambon Koy Yao Noi had been cleared and construction of the monastery was under way.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

85 people died in flooding in South since December

Eighty-five people have died and four others are still missing in flooding in southern provinces since early December, according to the Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation Department.

The department chief Mr Chatchai Promlert said on Monday that more than 1.7 million people and over 580,000 houses in 12 southern provinces have been affected by floods which also damaged more than 2,300 schools and 25 government offices.

Although flooding situation has eased in Ranong, Krabi, Trang, Chumporn and Prachuab Khiri Khan, seven other provinces namely Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani,l Phatthalung, Yala, Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat remains flooded.

Heavy rains are anticipated today until Wednesday in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

Meanwhile, people living downstream of 17 mid-sized reservoirs in southern provinces have been warned to watch out for flooding from swollen canals due to sudden spillover of water from the overflowing reservoirs.

The Royal Irrigation Department has instructed officials in Petchaburi, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Krabi, Phatthalung, Trang, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat to watch out for these 17 out of 39 reservoirs for fear that they won't be able to hold any more water and the excess water will pour downstream and inundate areas on both sides of the canals.

Although it is quite normal for the 17 reservoirs to be filled up during the rainy season, heavy rains which have been lashing the southern region since last week will overflown the reservoirs and may cause havoc downstream of the reservoirs.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Princess Chulabhorn visits flood-stricken people in Surat Thani

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn was in Surat Thani province on Wednesday to visit residents hit by the devastating floodings in the South.

The princess was designated by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn to inspect flood stricken provinces and deliver aids to the people.

Princess Chulabhorn handed out 1,000 survival bags to the affected people gathering at the power plant in Phunphin district to lead their daily lives, and also animal feeds for livestock.

She visited people who were sick from sicknesses which came from contaminated water.

The princess also donated one million baht from her personal saving to the governor to use it to help ease the trouble of the people.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Body of one of the two drowned tourists found in reservoir

Rescue and search team found the body of one of the two tourists � a father and son � who went missing after they went fishing in the reservoir of Srinagarind dam in Kanchanaburi's Srisawat district since December 31.

About 30 people, including military personnel, took part in the search on Wednesday using ten small boats to scour the reservoir and islets to look for the missing father and son, Mr Kiatikorn and Mr Charuthat Choykrua, after several unsuccessful searches in the past four days.

Ms Natcha, Charuthat's wife, alerted police at Mae Chalaeb police station, after her husband and father-in-law did not show up on the night of December 31 after they went fishing in a small boat.

Earlier searches only found a water container and discarded candy packages floating in the reservoir.

Shortly before noon on Wednesday, the search team found Kiatikorn's body floating in the reservoir. The decomposed body was retrieved and later handed over to his family at Suksiri Srisawat hospital.

An official of the search team said he expected the body of Charuthat to float into the surface of the reservoir soon.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Van driver fined 1,000 baht for peeing on a road in Hua Hin in broad daylight

A passenger van driver has been fined 1,000 baht for peeing on the road in Hua Hin resort town in broad daylight on Saturday.

Hua Hin police superintendent Pol Col Sitthichai Srisophacharoenrat said on Sunday that police had seen a Facebook video clip posted by Sittichai Saibua showing a man, believed to be driver of a passenger van shutting between Prachuab Khiri Khan and Bangkok, urinating on the Petkasem road in the middle of Hua Hin township and immediately launched a probe to locate the culprit.

The driver whom the police did not identify told the police that he was the man shown in the clip, but he defended that he was suffering from stomach problem and had problem with urinating.

On that particular day, he said he was driving in the empty van. He said the van was caught in heavy traffic congestion and he suddenly the need to urinate which he could not resist.

The driver however apologized for his improper conduct.

Pol Co Sitthichai said he fined the driver 1,000 baht for peeing in public and warned him not to repeat the act again.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Passenger vans are the champion of road accidents among public transport services

Passenger vans rank the Number One culprit of all public transport services involved in road accidents with a monthly average of 19.5 accidents resulting in a monthly average of 9.4 deaths.

The above road accident statistics involving passenger vans were disclosed on Thursday by Mr Kongsak Chuenkrailart, coordinator of the public transport safety programme of the Foundation for Consumers.

The foundation, in cooperation with the Road Safety Centre, collected data of road accidents concerning public transport during January-November period this year and found out that that passenger vans were involved in 215 road accidents, averaging 19.5 accidents per month, resulting in 103 deaths and 1,102 injuries.

Reckless driving was blamed as the main cause of the accidents while the poor road worthiness from illegal modifications of the vans was blamed for the main cause of serious injuries and fatalities.

Regular tour buses on fixed routes were on second place after passenger vans with a total of 141 accidents, resulting in 56 deaths and 1,252 injuries.

The third on the list were irregular tour buses for involvement in 52 accidents, resulting in 47 deaths and 576 injuries. Taxis came fourth with 77 accidents, resulting in seven deaths and 84 injuries. Ordinary buses were involved in 48 accidents with 10 deaths and 75 injuries.

As of October 31 this year, there were altogether legally registered 156,089 public transport which is divided into 42,202 passenger vans, including 16,002 regular vans and 24,136 irregular vans and 1,064 private vans.

Kongsak said it was found out that most public transport did not have functional seat belts and safety equipment on board, many drivers are careless and not physically fit for driving due to insufficient sleep, speeding and overloading.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

TAT predicts 5.5 billion baht revenue from 370,000 tourist arrivals during New Year’s festival

The Thai Tourism Authority has forecast that 370,000 foreign tourists will visit Thailand during the New Year's festival between December 31-January 3, generating revenue estimated at 5.5 billion baht.

TAT governor Yutthasak Supasorn said that the forecast of tourist arrivals and their estimated spendings are based on bookings of 65 chartered flights with over 16,300 seats.

The 65 chartered flights are divided into 39 flights to Bangkok, 23 flights to Phuket and three flights to Chiang Mai from 11 countries.

Bookings from China, Russia and Japan increased by three percent.

On top of that, there are additional 25 flights per week which were launched by foreign airlines since December 1. These include Thai Smile's three return flights on Laknao-Bangkok route launched since Dec 1 and Thai Air Asia's 7 flights per week on Don Meuang-Calcutta route launched since Dec 16.

Mr Yutthasak disclosed that markets which have good potential for bookings are Germany, Japan, Britain and Russia while bookings for markets in China, Hong Kong and India have dropped.

However, he noted that Chinese tourists might delay their visits to Thailand until Chinese New Year in mid-January.

Regarding domestic market, he said flights to provinces where the weather is cold were fully booked until February.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)