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News for Saturday, 7 December 2019

Minimum wage to rise next month

7 December 2019 - 12:14 am

The national wage committee agreed on Friday to increase the minimum daily wage by 5-6 baht, from 308-330 baht to 313-336 baht, and will propose the rise to cabinet for effect from Jan 1. Unskilled workers in most provinces will be entitled to 315-320 baht a day.

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Drugs family 'wanted' for burning meth-stealing relative

7 December 2019 - 12:13 am

SONGKHLA: Arrest warrants have been issued for members of a family after a woman relative who allegedly stole 300 grammes of "ice" from them was set on fire in Bang Klam district. The Songkhla provincial court on Thursday evening approved warrants for Solae Jisawat, 41, his wife Jantira Binsaho, 36, and relatives Yongyut Chumpraman, 26 and Patraporn Petcharat, 29, on charges of the illegal detention and attempted murder of Malai Chumpraman, 50, on Sunday.

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Hundreds flee burning Pattaya hotel

7 December 2019 - 12:12 am

CHON BURI: Hundreds of guests fled to safety as fire raced through a hotel in Pattaya early on Friday morning. There were no injuries reported. Damage was estimated at 3 million baht. The fire was reported at the Holiday Inn Express on Soi Bua Khao in tambon Nong Phrue, Bang Lamung district, about 4.30am, said Pol Capt Chainarong Chaiya-in, deputy investigation chief of Pattaya city police.

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Army probing private abuse video

7 December 2019 - 12:11 am

The army has vowed to take swift action over what it calls "dehumanising treatment" of army privates by a woman who claimed to be the daughter of a senior military officer. The pledge was made after a video of a woman who goes by the name "Pop" making derogatory comments about army privates working at her home went viral on Facebook.

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Call-centre scam busted

7 December 2019 - 12:10 am

Surat Thani: Police arrested 54 teenagers, mostly Chinese, for allegedly operating a call centre out of a hotel in Koh Samui. Police, tipped off by a Chinese national who was lured to work for the gang, raided the hotel and found the youngsters working.

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Reprieve for footpath traders

7 December 2019 - 12:09 am

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has promised it will allow vendors back on footpaths under certain restrictions next year, senator Sungsidh Piriyarangsan says. The pledge came after the government-appointed committee on tackling poverty and disparities discussed the issue with BMA officials led by Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang on Tuesday, said Mr Sungsidh, who chairs the committee.

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Mekong River’s New Aquamarine Color May Be Sign of Trouble

7 December 2019 - 12:08 am

BANGKOK (AP) — The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say. The river usually has a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running clear, taking on a blue-green hue that is a reflection of the sky. The water levels have also become unusually low, exposing sandbanks that allow the curious to stand in the middle of the river.

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DSI seizes B15.3m assets from Forex-3D suspects

7 December 2019 - 12:07 am

The Department of Special Investigation has seized more assets worth over 15 million baht from Apiruk Kothi, the owner of online broker Forex-3D, and his network members involved in an alleged fraud. Officials from the DSI and Central Institute of Forensic Science searched four more locations in Bangkok and Nonthaburi on Wednesday and seized assets from those accused of being behind the online broker Forex-3D scam, DSI chief Paisit Wongmuang said on Thursday.

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Bangkok Feels the Chill as Temperatures Dip to 17C

7 December 2019 - 12:05 am

BANGKOK — Bangkokians are shopping for jackets and making blanket rotis around themselves Friday morning, when temperatures dipped below 20C. From Friday through Sunday, Bangkok should cuddle up and brace for lows of 16C to 17C, with highs at a mild 29C. However, the meteorological department said temperatures are expected to inch up by Tuesday.

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Cold weather continues until Monday

7 December 2019 - 12:04 am

Park rangers brave the cold to help injured elephant

Thailand will remain cool at least until Monday, with temperatures plunging further in the North and Northeast as a strong high pressure system from China is blanketing the Kingdom. The latest warning from the Meteorological Department issued on Thursday forecast that cold weather would continue through Monday, with the mercury dropping by 6-8 degrees Celsius in the upper part of the country.

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