Babar Azam And Co. Accused of Match-Fixing Allegation

(CTN News) – After allegations of spot-fixing and match-fixing against the Babar Azam and Pakistan cricket team surfaced online, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked anybody making such claims to come up with “proof”. The board also stated that if an allegation is made without proof, legal action will be taken against anyone involved. […]

Go to Source
Author: Arsi Mughal

Motorcyclists killed by unfinished road drain covers in East Pattaya

Motorcyclists killed by unfinished road drain covers in East Pattaya

Mayor Pinyo Homklan of Nong Pla Lai Municipality inspects the raised drain covers linked to fatal accidents involving motorcyclists. The protruding covers also pose risks to car tires, exacerbating safety hazards on the roads.

PATTAYA, Thailand – Residents of Nong Pla Lai in east Pattaya have raised alarm over elevated drain covers left incomplete by a contractor preparing for asphalt concrete paving. Installed months ago, these covers have become a source of significant inconvenience and safety hazards for locals.

The raised edges of the drain covers have been linked to several accidents involving motorcyclists, tragically resulting in two fatalities. Additionally, the protruding covers have caused damage to car tires, exacerbating safety risks on the roads. Compounding the issue, heavy rainfall has led to road overflow and flooding in nearby homes.

Mayor Pinyo Homklan of Nong Pla Lai Municipality recently inspected the site at the intersection of Highway No. 36, encompassing villages 4, 5, and 6 in Nong Pla Lai Sub-District, East Pattaya. He emphasized the municipality’s proactive approach in addressing the concerns, highlighting formal communications sent to the Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization (PAO), the project overseer. The municipality urged prompt action from the contractor to rectify the situation and alleviate residents’ hardships.

While the PAO has assured cooperation and outlined plans for the contractor to resume work by early June 2024, there has been no visible progress to date. Mayor Pinyo underscored the urgency of completing the project, stressing its critical importance for the affected villages. The municipality intends to escalate efforts to engage directly with the contractor to expedite the asphalt paving process, ensuring safe and convenient travel for the community.

The road improvement project, managed by the Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization, includes enhancing asphalt concrete roads and installing reinforced concrete drains with inspection chambers along the road passing through villages 4, 5, and 6 in Nong Pla Lai. Spanning two sections totaling 3,134 meters in length, with a budget of 18,250,000 Baht, the project began on October 30, 2023, and is contracted to T.R.Y. Enterprise Co., Ltd. It is scheduled for completion by August 25, 2024, adhering strictly to Nong Pla Lai Municipality’s design specifications.

Go to Source
Author: Pattaya Mail

Tourist police ramp up safety measures ahead of Q4 surge in Pattaya

Tourist police ramp up safety measures ahead of Q4 surge in Pattaya

Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira Puekaum, Commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau accompanied by Sukraj Singh Kalra, President of the Thai Indian Pattaya Businesses Association inspects Walking Street, reinforcing safety measures and engaging with local businesses and tourists.

PATTAYA, Thailand – Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira Puekaum, Commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, led a crucial meeting on June 20 to strengthen safety measures for tourists visiting Pattaya in the upcoming fourth quarter.

Highlighting the Prime Minister’s 2024 initiative to implement a “Visa-Free” policy for foreign tourists to boost national tourism, Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira emphasized its dual aim of promoting tourism across 55 provinces and reinforcing security measures to enhance tourist confidence.

In line with government directives, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports introduced stringent measures to raise safety standards for tourists. The Tourist Police Bureau has launched robust initiatives to improve safety, including crackdowns on illegal activities such as unlicensed tour guides, substandard tours, and exploitative sales practices. A targeted enforcement operation is scheduled from June 19 to 25 to address these issues.

Discussions also addressed concerns regarding disruptive tours and fraudulent product sales, with directives issued for thorough investigations and decisive actions. Progress on the Strong Tourist Community (S.T.C.) project was reviewed, highlighting its use of AI for monitoring and enhancing security across 33 locations in Walking Street through integrated CCTV surveillance.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira highlighted anticipated increases in tourist arrivals for Q4 and stressed the implementation of enhanced safety measures across tourist areas, supported by Thai and international volunteers. The Tourist Police’s emergency service hotline (1155) now operates in five languages around the clock, with plans to expand support to three additional languages.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira Puekaum, chairs a meeting on tourist safety in Pattaya attended by city officials and embassy representatives from South Korea, Ukraine, Russia, India, and Switzerland, followed by an evening inspection of Walking Street,

The meeting brought together key officials from the Pattaya Police Station, Department of Tourism and Sports, Pattaya Regional Marine Office, Pattaya Nightlife Business Association, Walking Street Community, Immigration officers, Pattaya city officials, and embassy representatives from South Korea, Ukraine, Russia, India, and Switzerland.

Following the meeting, Pol. Lt. Gen. Saksira and his team conducted an inspection of Walking Street, ensuring operational readiness, initiating targeted actions against ten prohibited groups, and engaging with local businesses and tourists to reinforce safety measures.

Go to Source
Author: Pattaya Mail

Government may raise foreign condo ownership limit to 75%

Government may raise foreign condo ownership limit to 75%

Government may raise foreign condo ownership limit to 75%Legacy

The government considers increasing the foreign ownership limit in condominiums from 49% to 75% of a building’s usable space, as disclosed by Deputy Prime Minister Phumtham Wechayachai.

The Interior Ministry is evaluating the feasibility of extending the maximum leasehold period for foreigners from 50 years to 99 years.

Phumtham stated that this proposal was first discussed at a Cabinet meeting in April. The aim is to introduce measures that will stimulate the economy and attract foreign investment.

Executives in the local property industry have been advocating for an increase in the foreign ownership cap due to the growing interest from foreign buyers. Simultaneously, high levels of household debt and stricter lending conditions have been impacting the demand for property among local buyers, leading developers to adopt a more cautious approach.

The Real Estate Information Center (REIC) reported a 19.7% decline in the number of land allocation permits nationwide during the first quarter of this year, marking the largest drop in nine quarters. This decrease is attributed to developers adjusting to a consecutive dip in low-rise house transfers.

The REIC noted that foreign ownership quotas for condos in popular destinations such as Phuket and Pattaya are fully occupied in several projects.

Vichai Viratkapan, the acting director-general of the REIC commented that certain locations do not attract domestic buyers.

“The government should increase foreign ownership quotas in those areas to stimulate the economy, as the condo market in such locations depends on foreign demand.”

Some projects have responded to this issue by reserving units for leasehold contracts with prices 10 to 15% lower than freehold units, catering primarily to foreign buyers.

According to the REIC, the number of condo transfers to foreigners in 2023 reached 14,449 units, up 25% from the previous year. The value of these transfers increased by 23.5% to 73.1 billion baht, surpassing pre-pandemic levels, reported Bangkok Post.

The Chinese were the largest group of foreign buyers, accounting for 45.8% of the total units and 46.7% of the total value. They were followed by Russians, Americans, and Myanmar nationals.

The story Government may raise foreign condo ownership limit to 75% as seen on Thaiger News.

Go to Source
Author: Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Budget deficit: Government to unveil new economic measures

Budget deficit: Government to unveil new economic measures

Budget deficit: Government to unveil new economic measuresLegacy

Amidst budget deficit concerns, the government will introduce new measures to boost the struggling economy next week, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced today.

Discussions about economic stimuli and the stock market were held with Finance Minister Pichai Chunhavajira yesterday evening.

“A significant announcement on short-term, medium-term, and long-term measures will be made tomorrow or the day after.”

When asked if these measures would be beneficial, Srettha replied, “let’s wait and see.”

Pichai will also engage with Bank of Thailand (BoT) governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput to discuss the inflation target.

Addressing the government’s response to the BoT governor’s disagreement with adjusting the inflation target, Srettha mentioned that the discussions aim to resolve their differences.

The 62 year old prime minister noted that adjusting inflation targets is one of several strategies to stimulate the economy.

“It is Pichai’s responsibility.”

The government and the central bank have been at odds for months over interest rates, with Srettha advocating for a rate cut to energise the economy.

Earlier this month, the BoT maintained its key interest rate at 2.50%. The next rate review is scheduled for August 21. In May, when Pichai took office, he indicated he would re-evaluate the 1% to 3% inflation target with the central bank. The central bank has previously asserted that both interest rates and the inflation target are currently appropriate. May’s annual inflation rate stood at 1.54%.

The renewed discussions come amid political instability that has unsettled markets, as courts deliberate on several critical cases, including one demanding the prime minister’s removal for appointing the controversial politician Pichit Chuenban as a PM’s Office minister.

Fiscal 2025

Meanwhile, the opposition Democrat Party criticised the government’s budget bill for fiscal 2025 during a parliamentary debate yesterday.

Romtham Khamnurak, a Democrat MP for Phatthalung, argued that the budget plans to borrow to fund the government’s digital wallet handouts, thus increasing the nation’s debt.

The fiscal 2025 budget includes a deficit of approximately 865 billion baht, a rise of 24.9% from the 2024 allocation.

Romtham highlighted that the government would need to borrow to cover the deficit, nearing the legal borrowing limit.

Public debt stood at 11.3 trillion baht, or 62.5% of GDP, as of February, with expectations for this to rise to 70% in the coming months. The 2025 budget outlines regular expenditure of 2.7 trillion baht against an estimated revenue of 2.88 trillion baht.

“That’s why the government has to come up with the budget deficit and try to borrow.”

Romtham further criticised the planned use of the 805-billion-baht central fund, which should be reserved for emergencies only.

“The government now plans to spend 152.7 billion baht from the central fund to finance its digital-wallet scheme. It is trying to push the scheme through despite warnings about potential financial risks.”

On May 28, the Cabinet approved a budget bill worth 3.75 trillion baht for the 2025 fiscal year, which starts on October 1 and ends on September 30 next year. Around 152.7 billion baht was designated to support the government’s 500-billion-baht digital money handout.

The Cabinet also sanctioned a proposal to allocate 122 billion baht from the 2024 fiscal budget for the same purpose, reported Bangkok Post.

Parliament had yet to vote on the 2025 budget bill.

The story Budget deficit: Government to unveil new economic measures as seen on Thaiger News.

Go to Source
Author: Mitch Connor

Chinese Tourists Choose Thailand and Japan as Top Travel Destination

Thailand and Japan are the top destinations for Chinese tourist travelling abroad this summer, as the world’s largest travel market seeks value-for-money trips. Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin started his push to lure more arrivals from China in September. South Korea and Japan have already seen an increase in Chinese tourists after their currencies weakened […]

Go to Source
Author: CTN News

Women Voters in France Move Sharply to the Far Right

Far-right voters in France have always been men, but French women are now defying the norm ahead of a high-stakes election that might usher in France’s first far-right government in recent memory. Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigrant National Rally is expected to win the most votes in a two-round snap election on June 30 and July […]

Go to Source
Author: CTN News