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1st September

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Second arrest made at Cambodian border
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First arrest

29th August 2015. See article from nytimes.com

erawan02 Thai police said they arrested a foreigner on Saturday who matched the description of a man who left a bag at the site of a Bangkok blast that killed 20 people nearly two weeks ago.

Police raided a decaying four-floor apartment block in a suburb of the capital and found multiple fake passports and bomb-making materials they said may have been used in the Aug. 17 bombing at a Hindu shrine, the deadliest in the country's history.

The suspect was a 28-year-old foreign man who had been in Thailand since January last year. He was being held at a military facility on charges of possessing illegal explosives and had admitted the passports were fake, police said.

Television showed still images of bags full of what appeared to be bomb-making materials seized at an apartment in Bangkok's Nong Chok district, which has a Muslim community and is close to mosques and Halal restaurants.

See more in article from nytimes.com

Update: 2nd suspect arrested

1st September 2015. See article from wsj.com

Thai authorities arrested a second foreign suspect in the bombing of a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago.

A foreign man described as the main figure behind the country's worst-ever terrorist attack, was detained as he was trying to cross Thailand's eastern border into Cambodia. Gen. Prayuth didn't say if he was the same man as the one caught on security cameras placing a pipe bomb beneath a bench at the Erawan Shrine during the evening rush hour on Aug. 17, but other officials in the ruling junta said he could be.

 See more in article from wsj.com

See also updated DavidT's slide show of news images about the Erawan Shrine bombing

 

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Tropico Espionage Mac Code Steam A non-binding video game ratings system has been proposed by the Thai Ministry of Culture. Six age-based ratings for games have been mooted by the Ministry of Culture that would be placed on all games released in Thailand but would not be legally binding on retailers to enforce. Pradith Posew of the Film and Video Censors Board said:

There won't be any legal effect in banning kids from playing games. It's merely a guidance for guardians to take care of their kids' video game playing, based on the appropriateness to their age.

He said it was also intended to help internet and gaming cafes to advise kids who play games at their shops.

In addition to a general audience category, the six ratings would include recommendations for minimum ages of 3, 6, 13, 15 and 18.

The ratings system has been sent to the military government for final approval, Pradith said.

On several recent occasions video games have been banned in Thailand. In 2008, the Ministry of Culture banned sales of Grand Theft Auto IV , after a 17-year-old student stabbed a taxi driver dead and blamed the game for his actions.

In August 2014, three months after the military seized power from an elected government, Thai authorities also banned sales of Tropico 5 , which allows players to assume the role of a dictator running a fictitious tropical island nation. The Film and Video Censors Board claimed the game could possibly affect the kingdom's political situation. The game creator hit back at Thailand this past June by launching a new Espionage mission tasking players with crippling the Thai tourism industry.

 

25th August

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CCTVs Bangkok bombing: claim of broken CCTV adds to investigators' woes

See article from theguardian.com

 

24th August

 Offsite Article: Dangerous Times...

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bangkok panorama Bomb found in Bangkok construction site not connected to shrine blast

See article from smh.com.au

 

22nd August

 Updated: Marketeers sound like they have had a few too many...

Chang beer drops all but one of its beers, shrinks the bottles and lowers the alcohol content
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chang classic advert Thai Beverage (ThaiBev) has consolidated all its beers under the Chang Classic brand in line with its rather hopeful vision to become a sustainable leader in the beer and non-alcoholic beverages market in Asean by 2020. Edmond Neo Kim Soon, chief executive officer for beer in Thailand made the ludicrous claim:

We are able to make a perfect liquid for consumers. So, we would like to contribute a single-minded focus actually on one single brand.

We have also launched the new look Chang Classic bottle, with a more elegant and very nice contour and good hand-feel. The new Chang Classic will be easy to drink with only a 5.5-degree alcohol level, down from 6 degrees previously.

The company aims to increase Chang's share of the local beer market from about 30 per cent to 45-50 per cent, making it the market leader. The company has already ditched the distribution of several sub-par beer products - Chang Light, Chang Export and Chang Draught.

The Chang Classic brand will be used for both the domestic market and export markets around the world.

Update: Shrinkage

22nd August 2015. From a post forum.thepattayaclub.com by Striderman

The size of Chang bottles has also shrunk. Striderman notes current sizes

  Small bottle Can
Leo, Singha,SML 330 330
Heineken, Tiger 325 320
Chang 320 320

 

17th August

 Offsite Article: Bomb attack...

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erawan-shrine-bangkok Deadly blast rocks Erawan Shrine in Bangkok

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6th August

  Flexibility for those who make frequent short visits...

Thailand set to introduce a 6 months multi-entry tourist visa
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Thai Immigration logo The Tourism and Sports Ministry and tourism operators have announced the approval of multiple-entry visas effective for six months as a measure that will help to attract more tourists to the country.

The ministerial regulation under the Immigration Act of 1979, approved by junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday, will allow tourists to get a visa enabling them to make multiple entries into Thailand during a six-month period .

The multiple-entry visa will cost 5,000 baht, while a visa for a single entry will be 1,000 baht.

Multiple entry visas will become available 60 days after the regulation is published in the Royal Gazette.

Charoen Wangananont, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents commented:

It's a good start, although even the six-month period may still be short for some visitors.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry earlier proposed the cabinet approve the multiple visa for a 12-month period .

 

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