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Commuter Chaos As BTS Breaks Down

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Bangkok commuters were left facing lengthy delays on Wednesday morning following a technical fault on the BTS Sukhumvit line that is expected to last all day.

Operators of the Skytrain system announced at 5am there were suffering a problem between Chit Lom and Siam station which has resulted in passengers having to transfer trains at Siam Station to continue their journey using the Sukhumvit line.

The Silom line is unaffected by the glitch, however, passengers are experiencing delays due to the knock-on effect of delays and queues on the network.

It was reported the defective equipment won’t be replaced until later in the day resulting in more commuter chaos during the evening rush hour.

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Chemical Engineer Caught Running ‘E’ And Meth Lab In Nonthaburi

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A chemical engineer who turned to producing Ecstacy pills and crystal meth at his condo in Nonthaburi was arrested this morning by officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.

The Saturday morning raid on a building in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi was led by Police General Manu Makemok, Deputy Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police and Police Lieutenant General Montree Yimyaem, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.

Inside the apartment, the prime suspect, 42-year-old suspect Patiwet “Heisenberg” Suwankiri was apprehended.

Drug production equipment and chemical precursors were seized along with 20,000 Ecstacy tablets and 50 grams of crystal meth.

Breaking Bad Thailand Edition

Breaking Bad Thailand Edition

Police General Manu said that the Narcotics Suppression Bureau got a tip that there was a group of pill producers who sold E tablets to entertainment venues in Bangkok.

A surveillance operation was set up and pinpointed Prayoon Thapinna as the dealer. He was taken in for questioning and soon after he folded like a deckchair telling cops who “Heisenberg” was.

During questioning “Heisenberg” was evasive saying he sold the drugs to tourists and that he imported the chemical precursors from online dealers.

Police dismissed both explanations as tourism in Thailand is virtually non-existent due to Covid-19 and the chemicals and tools needed to produce the E and meth have been on a banned list for many years.

He did admit to producing the drugs in his apartment saying he used the knowledge from when he studied chemical engineering

Investigators are working to find more people involved in the operation as the set-up was capable of producing around 3,000 tablets per day.

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CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks, Other Businesses

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has overturned the plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to allow five types of businesses and venues, including public parks and beauty salons, to open June 1.

Following the BMA Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Monday it was announceed that restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be lifted.

The news was welcomed by many with business owners getting to work in preperation for the sudden rreopening.

Then came the infamous flip-flop by the government when it was reported the CCSA had put the plan on hold for at least a further 14 days.

No reason was given for the sudden change.

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Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1

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This order was later overturned by the CCSA and the plan has been put on hold for at least a further 14 days.

Following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee today, it has been announced that public parks in the capital can reopen from June 1.

The committee, chaired by Governor Aswin, also lifted restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours.

Other establishments currently shuttered are to remain closed until at least June 14, 2021.

CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks

Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1

The news comes despite the capital reporting over 1,300 Covid-cases on Monday, however, the current crop of clusters are in migrant worker camps and wet markets.

While most welcomed the news that parks will reopen allowing outdoor exercise again, dozens in the expat community continued to grumble that gyms and fitness centres will remain closed.

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