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16 Chinese Nationals Arrested Trying To Swim Into Thailand

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16 Chinese Nationals Arrested Trying To Swim Into Thailand

Mae Sot police arrested 16 Chinese nationals trying to enter Thailand illegally by swimming across the Moei River early Sunday morning.

Thai media report the 16 men and women had been working at casinos in Myanmar but had been made redundant due to the COVID-19 situation.

It was reported the suspects swam across the river with several almost drowning prompting police to pull them to safety.

Six of those apprehended had valid passports but no documents while the remaining ten had no passports, identification or documents.

All were taken to Mae Sot provincial police station where they were charged with illegal entry and violating the Communicable Disease Act.

Land borders between Myanmar and Thai have all been closed except for the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge where cargo can cross.



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Four Shot Dead In Bangkok Gambling Den

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Four people, including a police inspector and a soldier, were shot dead on at an illegal gambling den in Bangkok on Monday night.

The incident happened at around 11pm at a four-storey building in the Yan Nawa district of the capital that left two men and two women dead.

Officers from Thungmahamek Police Station found four bodies including that of Pol Lt-Colonel Watthaseth Samniangprasert, investigation inspector from Samaedam Police Station. The dead soldier and the other two victims were not named.

A manhunt for the killer has been launched by police who gave away few details to the press.

Local media report neighbours heard several gunshots from the ground floor gambling den on Rama III Road Soi 66 where around 60 people were playing slots and baccarat.



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The Red Line Delayed Again Until 2023

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The Red Line Delayed Again Until 2023

The transport ministry has announced the contractor on the northern Red Line has asked for another 500 days to complete the project pushing the opening back to 2023.

Minister of Transport, Saksayam Chidchob, said delays were caused by extra work needed on electrical and power transmission systems, signalling and communication equipment, plus the automatic fare collection system.

Approval for the Red Line running from Thammasat University in Rangsit to Bang Sue was granted in January 2009 and has been plagued by delays, disputes, and budget overspending since construction finally started in 2013.

The Red Line was initially expected to open in 2018, then 2020, now 2023.

The budget for the 1st Phase of the Dark Red Line project has progressively increased due to the delays and further redesign of the project. It has risen from an initial 59.89 billion baht in 2007, to 75.55 billion baht in 2009 and to 80.38 billion baht in 2012. An additional requested for 8.14 billion baht will increase the current budget to 88.52 billion baht.

Initially, the SRT Red Line will run from the new Bang Sue Grand Central north for 26 km via Don Mueang to terminate at Rangsit in Pathum Thani Province. The line will then be extended a further 10 km north from Rangsit to Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus.

In phase 2 it will run 11km from Bang Sue south via Phaya Thai to terminate at Hua Lumphong station.

The final section of the line will run south-east from Hua Lumphong for 39 km to Maha Chai in Samut Sakhon Province via Wong Wian Yai along the current Maha Chai railway alignment.



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Taiwan Extending Visa-Free Entry For Thais

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The visa-free programme for visitors to Taiwan from Thailand has been extended for another year the Foreign Ministry in Taipei announced last week.

Taiwan began to ease visa rules for the 18 “New Southbound Policy” countries back in August 2016 as part of President Tsai Ing-wen’s efforts to advance ties with Asian countries following a significant slump in tourists from China.

Visitors from the Philippines, Brunei and Russia are also included, however, with borders to Thailand still pretty much sealed off and few international flights coming or going, it is unlikely many Thais will be heading for a holiday in Taiwan anytime soon.



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