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Scams & Crime / Re: Ex-Loei police Amlo seizes B100m
« Last post by Newsy on Today at 12:02:56 PM »

Amlo seizes B100m from ex-Loei police chief, accomplices

 The Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) has seized assets worth about 100 million baht from the ex-police chief of Loei and his accomplices in the alleged embezzlement of the savings of the officers he formerly commanded.

Pol Maj Gen Suthip Palitkusolthai stands accused of embezzling 229 million baht from 192 police officers in Loei province while serving as provincial police chief.

He was reshuffled from Loei to the position of deputy chief of the human resources office at the Royal Thai Police head office in Bangkok.

After complaints were filed by police in Loei, their former boss was sued by Provincial Police Region 4 and recently temporarily discharged from the service pending further action.

Pol Maj Gen Thanasak Rithidetpaiboon, deputy commander of the Provincial Police Region 4, said the investigation found Pol Maj Gen Suthip, as ex-officio chairman of the Loei police cooperative, had misappropriated money invested by policemen in the province, as alleged.

He had given the money to a married couple in Nong Bua Lamphu to invest in the stock market.

Police extended their investigation and found the couple had persuaded many people in Nong Bua Lamphu and Khon Kaen provinces to invest in the stock market with them, promising high returns. Many people had joined their scheme and received nothing in return.

Many had filed complaints with police in Nong Bua Lamphu and Khon Kaen against the couple, Pol Maj Gen Thanasak said. The alleged fraud was similar to a Ponzi scheme.

“The Provincial Police Region 4 has coordinated with Amlo to trace the money trail of people linked to Pol Maj Gen Suthip, as they were operating a Ponzi-like scheme. It’s public fraud and in violation of the law,’’ Pol Maj Gen Thanasak said.

The deputy regional police chief stressed that police would not assist any of the suspects  The investigators were expected to conclude their case report and forward it to prosecutors by the end of this month.

To date, Amlo and Provincial Police Region 4 had seized assets worth about 100 million baht from Pol Maj Gen Suthip and about 10 accomplices. The assets included cash, cars and sections of land.

While Loei police commander and chairman of the Loei police cooperative, Pol Maj Gen Suthip invited  local policemen to borrow from the cooperative to pay off debts with creditor banks.

He also offered to manage the borrowed money, repaying their old debts and promising them monthly investment returns of about 5,000 baht.

Pol Maj Gen Thanasak said 192 policemen believed him and handed over their money.

Pol Maj Gen Suthip had failed to pay the promised returns since January, and the 192 policemen were being sued by their creditor banks for their unpaid loans


Two loan sharks face B430m bill for unpaid taxes

Two loan sharks in Chaiyaphum province face a massive 430 million baht tax bill after the Department of Special Investigation asked the Revenue Department to audit them.

Pol Lt Col Wichai Suwanprasert, DSI director for debtor assistance, said on Tuesday that tax evasion charges had already been laid against Wilaiporn Thai-ngam and Thanes Malethong, who had made informal loans at very high interest rates to people in Chaiyaphum and nearby provinces.

The DSI had asked the Revenue Department to check their taxation records, and it was found they had failed to pay 430 million baht in personal income tax and specific business tax since 2007, he said.

The DSI was also using tax measures against five loan sharks in Kalasin province and two others in Phetchabun province, Pol Lt Col Wichai said.

Foreign tourist arrivals grow 11% over first 7 months of 2018

Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports has revealed that the number of foreign visitors in the first seven months of the year has grown by 11% from last year, while the number Chinese tourists is beginning to recover following the fatal Phuket boat accident last month.

Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said that arrivals in July totaled more than 3.1 million. Most tourists originated in East Asia, followed by Europe, South Asia and the Americas. Compared to the same period of last year, the number of tourists grew by 2.85%. The top five countries of origin were China, Malaysia, South Korea, Laos and India, indicating recovering sentiment among Chinese tourists after a fatal boat accident in Phuket the same month.

Travel spending in July generated more than 1.6 billion baht in revenue, an increase of 6.38% from the same period last year. In the first seven months of this year, the total number of tourists topped 22 million, an increase of 11% from the same period last year, and generated over 1.1 trillion baht in revenue, an increase of 14.44% over the same period of last year.

As for domestic tourism in June, up to 12.67 million Thais traveled around the country, an increase of 3.5% percent from the same period last year. Domestic spending is expected to generate up to 77 billion baht in revenue, 7% higher than last year. Despite the positive growth, issues that need to be closely monitored include global trade disputes and rising benchmark interest rates in the United States.

Artificial rain-making operations for 13 water-scarce provinces

As many provinces throughout the country are awash with rain and facing flooding, there are 13 provinces in northern, northeastern and central regions which are scarce of water and need help from artificial rain-making operations.

Mr Surasee Kittimonthon, director-general of Department of Royal Rain-making and Agricultural Aviation, said there are rain-fed farming areas in northern, northeastern and central regions which are facing water shortage for farming while many provinces have been lashed with rains.

He disclosed that during August 16-19, 41 farmer representatives had sought help from the department for artificial rains in 46 districts of 13 provinces namely Tak, Uttradit, Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan, Suphan Buri, Uthai Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum and Maha Sarakham.

Artificial rain-making teams in Chiang Mai, Phitsanuloke, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Lop Buri and Kanchanaburi went airborne on cloud-seeding operations, resulting in little or moderate rain in some areas, said Mr Surasee.

Disclosing that there are still farm land in 30 districts which are in need of water on regular basis to feed their farmland so they can plant their crops, he assured that the department would do its best to help them.
Business & Economy / Huge rise in price of CNG
« Last post by Newsy on Today at 11:44:14 AM »

Huge rise in price of CNG

The pump price of compressed natural gas will jump 37% on Thursday evening, to bring it in line with the global oil price, PTT announced on Thursday.

PTT president and chief executive Tevin Vongvanich said the retail price of CNG, marketed as NGV, will rise to 14.58 baht per kilogramme "this evening". He did not specify the exact time.

The new price is a 37% rise on the present price tag of 10.62 baht/kg.

It will not apply to local public buses operated by the Transport Co and the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, he said.

However, interprovincial buses operating under Transport Co licences, and all other vehicles, will have to pay the new price.

CNG is widely used as an alternative fuel for private vehicles, along with liquified petroleum gas (LPG), and is also used in bi-fuel modified diesel vehicles such as trucks, pickups and public transport. Its price has been partially capped by PTT for almost a decade to help them contain costs.

The wholesale price of CNG used in the transport sector is totally controlled by PTT. Retailers such as Bangchak, Scan Inter and Susco set their own pump prices.

The CNG price increase comes after the rise of crude oil prices in the global market. The rose  from US$38 in 2016 to $60 or more this year. Prices of oil and natural gas normally work in tandem.
Business & Economy / The dollar is falling after Trump slammed the Fed again
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 11:59:12 PM »
The dollar is falling after Trump slammed the Fed again

The dollar is falling against the pound and euro on Tuesday morning after US President Donald Trump publicly criticised the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates.

Trump said in an interview with Reuters on Monday that he was "not thrilled" by Fed chairman Jerome Powell's decision to raise interest rates and would continue to criticize the Fed if interest rate hikes continued. It followed reports earlier in the day that Trump had criticised Powell at a private GOP fundraiser.

Trump has attacked the Fed for raising rates in the past. The latest remarks have hurt the dollar as investors' expectations of future rate hikes have now been dampened.

The greenback is down 0.3% against the euro to 0.8678 at the time of writing (8.30 a.m. BST/3.30 a.m. ET), while the dollar is down 0.31% against the pound to 0.7790. The US dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, is down 0.19% to 95.55.

Neil Wilson, the chief market analyst at, said in an email on Tuesday morning: "Trump's not thrilled with the Fed raising rates. At the same time, he accused China and the EU of currency manipulation. Taken together with previous comments, we see a clear pattern of the president willing to talk the USD lower whenever it starts to look a bit toppy.

"Two ways to look at this: one, if done enough times it can exert a powerful influence over market expectations. Two, comments like these will produce diminishing returns for the president. I think on this one the market will come round again and the dollar bounces back, but nonetheless, it does appear the market is worried that the president will exert influence on Fed policy."
World News / Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 11:51:11 PM »
Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks

Microsoft has uncovered new hacking attempts by Russia targeting US political groups ahead of the midterm elections.

The company said Tuesday that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative organisations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake sites were designed to look as if they belonged to the US Senate.

Microsoft didn't offer any further description of the fake sites, and the Russian officials dismissed its claims as unfounded.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov cited the lack of detail on the hack, and said it wasn't clear "who the hackers in question are'' and how they could distort the US electoral system.

The revelation of new hacks arrives just weeks after a similar Microsoft discovery led senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who is running for re-election, to reveal that Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network.

The hacking attempts mirror similar Russian attacks ahead of the 2016 election, which US intelligence officials have said were focused on helping to elect Republican Donald Trump to the presidency by hurting his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

This time, more than helping one political party over another, "this activity is most fundamentally focused on disrupting democracy,'' Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, said in an interview this week.

Mr Smith said there is no sign the hackers were successful in persuading anyone to click on the fake websites, which could have exposed a target victim to computer infiltration, hidden surveillance and data theft. Both conservative think tanks said they have tried to be vigilant about "spear-phishing'' email attacks because their global pro-democracy work has frequently drawn the ire of authoritarian governments.

"We're glad that our work is attracting the attention of bad actors,'' said Hudson Institute spokesman David Tell. "It means we're having an effect, presumably.''

The International Republican Institute is led by a board that includes six Republican senators, and one prominent Russia critic and Senate hopeful, Mitt Romney, who is running for a Utah seat this fall.

Microsoft calls the hacking group Strontium; others call it Fancy Bear or APT28. An indictment from US special counsel Robert Mueller has tied it to Russian's main intelligence agency, known as the GRU, and to the 2016 email hacking of both the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

"We have no doubt in our minds'' who is responsible, Mr Smith said.

Microsoft has waged a legal battle with Strontium since suing it in a Virginia federal court in summer 2016. The company obtained court approval last year allowing it to seize certain fake domains created by the group. It has so far used the courts to shut down 84 fake websites created by the group, including the most recent six announced Tuesday.

Microsoft has argued in court that by setting up fake but realistic-looking domains, the hackers were misusing Microsoft trademarks and services to hack into targeted computer networks, install malware and steal sensitive emails and other data.

Mr Smith also announced Tuesday that the company is offering free cybersecurity protection to all US  political candidates, campaigns and other political organisations, at least so long as they're already using Microsoft's Office 365 productivity software. Facebook and Google have also promoted similar tools to combat campaign interference.
Tell me it's not me, what is all this dele alli challenge that has hit Thailand, Tottenham footballer Dele Alli’s tricky hand salute during a recent goal celebration, which then turned into an Internet challenge that social media users are copying and sharing their versions all over social media. how silly this is, hmm what you have to do is.

making the OK hand symbol, lowering the three upward pointing fingers down to be right under the O and flipping your hand while placing it over your eye.                                                                                                     


War on Drugs / Udon police seize record drug haul
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 08:48:37 PM »
Udon police seize record drug haul

Nineteen sacks, containing 3.2 million speed pills and 170kg of crystal methamphetamine or ya ice, are wrapped in black plastic sheets found in a lorry transporting cement powder in Udon Thani on Tuesday. The driver of the truck is caught for smuggling the drugs from Laos. (Photo by Yuttapong Kamnodnae)

Some 3.2 million speed pills and 170kg of crystal methamphetamine from Laos were seized and a Thai man caught on Tuesday in the largest seizure of illicit drugs in this northeastern province.

Police found 19 sacks wrapped in black plastic sheets inside a cement powder lorry parked in the compound of a cement factory in Muang district on Tuesday. Thirteen of the sacks contained 3.2 million speed pills while six others held 170kg of crystal methamphetamine, said Pol Lt Gen Peerapong Wongsamarn, chief of Udon Thani police.

Truck driver Khanchit Champathong, of Udon Thani, was caught shortly before the seizure by patrol police. Mr Khanchit was riding a motorcycle to the cement factory when he was stopped by the police.

The search found 14,000 speed pills on his bike. The officers extended the search and found 12,000 more pills in his living quarters inside the factory. He was taken for interrogation and police found he worked as a driver at the cement factory.

A search of the truck he drove uncovered the drugs, the largest seizure of narcotics in this northeastern province, said Pol Lt Gen Surachai.

Mr Khanchit had driven the lorry containing cement powder to Laos before he was approached by a drug dealer identified as Chaiporn to smuggle the products into the country, said Pol Lt Gen Surachai.

Mr Khanchit, a drug addict who took 2-5 speed pills a day, accepted the job. He drove the vehicle across the Thai-Lao friendship bridge to deliver cement powder to the Lao side on Aug 16 and took the opportunity to get the drugs from Mr Chaiporn. On the following day, he drove the lorry back to the Thai side, using the friendship bridge and was not stopped for a search. He later parked the lorry inside the factory while waiting for someone to pick up the drugs.

He said he was caught before being paid the promised 200,000 baht.

Pol Lt Gen Surchai ordered police to extend the investigation.
World News / Re: Iran unveils domestically built advanced fighter jet
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 05:51:01 PM »
They are showing off thanks to their rusky friends - Iran flaunts S-300 air defense missile system

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