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New 2k Fine For Spitting On The Street

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The “smoke police” will be happy chappies today now they have something else to harass farrangs about after the BMA announced that anyone spitting or blowing their nose on to the street now face a 2,000 baht.

All 50 districts have been ordered to step up their efforts to keep Bangkok clean and litter free with spitting and nose blowing the latest offense to be targeted as it’s considered infectious to others and city residents need to be more aware of how they dispose of their phlegm.

The new regulations also cover anyone spitting or snotting on public transport.

This law is anything but new and was originally passed some 20 years ago but like many rules and regulations across the country, they have never been enforced – that is until today’s announcement.

I can just see it all now, a group of tourists walking along Sukhimvit, bothering no-one when all of a sudden one sneezes. In a blink of an eye they will be surrounded by tessakit being hustled, harassed, lied to and left 2k light with a bitter taste in their mouth – and it won’t be from the snot but the city officials who patrol that area of the city picking on and targeting foreigners.

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Temporary Immigration Office At Muang Thong Thani Reopening July 13

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Temporary Immigration Office At Muang Thong Thani Reopening July 13

The temporary immigration office at the Central Investigation Bureau, inside its compound at Muang Thong Thani, will reopen on Monday 13th July under orders from the bureau chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang.

The update comes as many wait on news on the visa amnesty which expires at the end of July.

The temporary facility will ease crowding at Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road where the Immigration Bureau’s Division 1 is based.

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90 Day Reporting, Alien’s Residing Report (TM38) and Tourist Visa Extensions (30-day stamp) will be moved to the building in Muang Thong Thani from July 13.

The temporary office will ease congestion and allow social distancing in queues to control the spread of COVID-19.

It first opened in March but closed when the government introduced the visa amnesty for foreigners stranded in Thailand due to travel bans around the world caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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African Arrested Over Alleged Rape Of Teenager

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African Arrested Over Alleged Rape Of Teenager

A 58-year-old man from Guinea has been arrested for allegedly raping a teenage girl at a motel in the Phya Thai area of Bangkok earlier this week.

Mamady Keita was picked up outside a McDonald’s in Bang Rak after a 17-year-old girl filed a report with police she’d been sexually assaulted and robbed by an African man.

An investigation uncovered that Keita works as a ruby trader in the Silom area often going by the name “Michael”. He was tracked using CCTV footage to the fast-food restaurant where he was arrested.

His victim alleges she was approached and asked for direction before small talk led to the exchange of phone numbers and chat app details.

Keita later contacted the teenager offering her a job and a new smartphone.

A meeting was set to discuss the proposal and the pair went to a motel paid for by money allegedly stolen from the victims purse.

Thai media report similar allegation have been made in the past with the suspect matching the description of the attacker.

Keita now faces charges of abducting an individual over 15 but under 18 years old, rape and theft.

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New Immigration Website Launched

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New Immigration Website Launched

The Immigration Bureau has launched a new website design improving usability with a more simplified layout in both Thai and English.

The new layout comes with news, announcements and links for online services such as TM47 and TM30 reporting plus information on the QR code appointment booking system.

New Immigration Website Launched

The updated website is still lacking when it comes to English language in graphics and text even when switching from Thai.

A handy map is now available of all immigration centres across the country making it easier for tourists to locate the nearest bureau.

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