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Myanmaar Military Are Forcing Certain Civilians To Flee Their Homes

October 3, 2021

A number of civilians are believed to have been forced to flee their village in the Sagaing Region of Myanmar after security forces allegedly burned down homes and opened fire on residents.
The Irrawaddy news website reports that on Thursday – one day after two police officers died along with their families – government troops burned down a village in the township of Taze, northwest of Mandalay.
The Irrawaddy identified the area as Kyikone Village in a series of images posted on social media. Attacks on the military have increased since parliament members were ousted by the generals who called for a “people’s defensive war” earlier this month.
On September 18, soldiers attacked some 100 members of a local defense group after being “ambushed” in Thantlang, Chin, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, without specifying casualty numbers.
20 homes and a government building were destroyed in a fire after the clash, without specifying the cause. There are reports of casualties.
As a result of the violent overthrow of the government in February by the military, Myanmar has been in turmoil ever since. The ensuing uprising has been suppressed by the army.
Sagaing’s violence comes just one day after thousands of people fled Chin state near the Indian border following fighting between anti-coup dissidents and the militar

Thai Crime: Man Kills His Wife In Front Of Thai Police Station

September 13, 2021

A man stabbed his common-law wife to death outside of a police station after an argument. In Nakhon Si Thammarat in the south of Thailand, the crime occurred at about 9:30 a.m. today in front of the Cha-uat Police Station.
During an argument in front of the police station, the couple shouted abuse at each other. The man eventually pulled out a pointed knife and stabbed the woman eight times in the chest and neck.
He fled after committing the crime, but police found him and arrested him. The identity of the man was not revealed.
Thai woman was 48 years old and had previously been widowed. The man who stabbed her lived with her as a common-law couple.
After stabbing the woman in front of the police station, the man fled the scene, leaving the poor woman to bleed to death on the ground.
Police Chief Cha-uat confirmed the incident this morning. A criminal investigation has been launched, but no motive or explanation has been revealed.

Thai Crime: Thai Women in Pattaya Area Extorted By Fake Police Officers

September 3, 2021

During a shopping trip, a woman claims that she was arrested by fake police and detained in a dog kennel while being extorted for 50,000 baht. Her mother reported her missing on Monday after she didn’t come home from her shopping trip, and today police arrested 4 men and charged them with impersonating police officers.
Pattaya City Police raided a farmer’s chicken fighting facility with 3 pit bulls and dog kennels on-site. Unidentified woman says the men posing as police took her into custody and put a black bag over her head while driving her to a location with chickens and dogs. Though it was not revealed what crime the fake police officers had accused her of, she said they had held her in a dog kennel and told her that she could be released for 50,000 baht.
They told her that if they brought her to the actual police station, the punishment for her crimes would be harsher and more expensive. The next day, the victim attempted to obtain the money from her foreign boyfriend but was only able to get 16,000 baht. She went free for that price after the men holding her hostage agreed.
Police from Pattaya and Chon Buri visited the chicken fighting venue in Bang Lamung where the woman claimed that she and other captives were held hostage. The police uncovered two more victims of the group during their investigation, one of whom was actually the fourth member of the gang that had been arrested after the original report only identified three men.
As a result of the investigation, police learned that one suspect is a former Thai Navy officer, and they suspect that there are more perpetrators impersonating police officers who are part of this gang. It is also believed that there may be many more victims of fake officers. If you believe you have been targeted by the gang, you should file a report at the Pattaya Police Station.

Thailand and Indonesia Are Criticized For Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

September 2, 2021

Despite a drop in Covid-19 cases in Indonesia and Thailand, health experts say new infections could rise again because vaccination rates remain low.
Having contained the Coronavirus better than much of the world last year, Southeast Asia has turned into a global epicenter in recent months with the arrival of the virulent Delta variant.
While case numbers continue to rise fast in most of the region, Indonesia and Thailand, which have their largest economies, have started lifting curbs on dine-in restaurants and shopping malls to ease the economic pain of their lockdown.
Thailand reported 14,802 new cases on Wednesday, down 37% from its mid-August peak. Indonesia reported 10,534 new cases on Tuesday, down five times from its July peak.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), rates of positive tests often exceed the WHO’s recommended 5%, which is a result of low vaccination rates and a lack of testing.
“We are definitely concerned about the reopening without meeting all the criteria,” Abhishek Rimal, Asia Pacific Emergency Health Coordinator at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told Reuters.
Due to the Delta variant, which is highly transmissible, and the low vaccination rate, we may very well see a surge of Covid-19.
Indonesia recently recorded a positive test rate of 12%, while Thailand had a rate of 34%.
Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, said, “Surveillance is not so good, we still need to be careful.”
Since the start of the pandemic, Indonesia has recorded more than 4 million coronavirus cases and more than 133,000 deaths from Coronavirus-19. There have been 11,841 deaths and 1.2 million cases reported in Thailand.
Each of the two countries has a first vaccination rate of 30%, with Indonesia having 17% fully vaccinated and Thailand having 11%. Jakarta and Bangkok, their capitals, have much higher vaccination rates.
Some areas on Indonesia’s populous Java island allow restaurants to have a 50% dine-in capacity inside shopping malls, and malls can stay open until 9 p.m., while factories can operate at 100% capacity.
In Bangkok and 28 other provinces affected by severe outbreaks, dine-in restaurants are allowed to reopen at a capacity of 50%-75%, with hours capped at 8 p.m., just like shopping malls.
Orrapin Peenanee, a restaurant customer queuing in Bangkok, said, “There is an improvement because people are getting vaccinated and they are being more cautious.”
While easing lockdowns can have economic benefits, Dale Fisher of Singapore’s National University Hospital stressed they should also vaccinate their citizens more quickly.
“As you ease off the lockdowns, how much sort of punishment can you take before you have to bring a lockdown back in and be and be stronger? The answer’s in the vaccine,” he said.


Schools are still closed in Ubon.

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Thai Crime: An Autopsy of Suspect Who Was Killed By Thai Police in Viral Video Released

August 31, 2021

An autopsy conducted revealed that Jeerapong Thanapat, a deceased drug suspect in police custody in Nakhon Sawan province, died of suffocation.
Although traces of drugs were found in his body, they were not the cause of death, according to Pol Col Anek Taosuparb, one of the officers leading the investigation panel into Jeerapong’s death.
A drug squad from the Muang Nakhon Sawan police station arrested Jeerapong and his wife on Aug 4, posing as potential customers.
On the basis of intelligence reports, they took them to their home in Takhli district of the same province to seize ice and amphetamine.
They brought him back to the police station for questioning after finding nothing at his house. Jeerapong was suffocated at noon on the following day, as shown in the video clip.
During the session, Thitisant Utthanaphon, chief of the station, joined the investigation. The earlier sting operation and arrest had not involved him.
Jeerapong’s head was covered in plastic bags so he wouldn’t see his face, according to Pol Col Thitisant. Jeerapong’s hands were tied in front, so he tried to tear the bags, so more than one bag was used. His hands had to be tied behind his back.
He stopped Jeerapong’s breathing when he noticed that he was lacking oxygen. He was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by Pol Lt Torranin Maswanna, one of the team members.
In a car, they drove him to Princ Paknampo Hospital at 1.30 pm. Police Captain Thitisant followed in another vehicle.
Investigation reports state that while they were on their way to the hospital, Pol Lt Torranin continued to perform CPR on him. Jeerapong’s medical records showed that he had no pulse when he was taken to the emergency room.
The hospital received information from Pol Col Thitisant. An ice drug suspect had been chased by the police for 10 minutes, he told the staff. He fell and was not breathing after being caught.
Doctors applied electric shocks to restart his heart before they could find a pulse. They also inserted a tube into his bladder to obtain urine for drug screening as claimed by Pol Thitisant.
Jeerapong was transferred to Sawanpracharak Hospital at 7.20 pm as he required specialists and was involved in a drug case.
Upon arriving at the hospital, he was bleeding from the abdomen and had no vital signs. On Aug 6, doctors tried to restart his heart for 30 minutes, but he died at the public hospital at 1.20 p.m.
Since they found substances in his urine, the doctors at Sawanpracharak Hospital ruled the death a drug overdose. Asphyxiation was also mentioned as a possible cause.
On Aug 27, Methee Wongsiriwan, assistant to the secretary-general of the Medical Council of Thailand, said that, when a person died at a hospital, his relatives would need a death certificate from the doctor there indicating the cause of death. In accordance with the law, the district’s census office must be notified of his death within 24 hours.
Nevertheless, where the cause of death is not known at the time, an autopsy must be performed, he said.
“There are five types of deaths that require an autopsy by law: murder, suicide, killing by animals, unknown causes of death, and death in custody,” said Dr. Methee.
The hospital must have conducted an autopsy before cremating Jeerapong’s body, but the results weren’t immediately available, he said.
Pol Col Thirasant turned himself in without seeking bail. Earlier, six other policemen at the police station surrendered or were arrested.
Pol Col Thirasant and Pol Lt Torranin have been charged with murder, which carries the death penalty, and three lesser charges. All of them were denied.
Seven suspects were detained in the high-security wing of the Phitsanulok prison. If they had remained in the single-wing Nakhon Sawan jail, they would have been locked up with the people they sent to prison. Furthermore, the charges against them were serious, they said.


Domestic flights have started in Ubon again.

An Ordinary Bank Robbery Happened in Myanmar

August 31, 2021

In Yangon, four unidentified gunmen robbed a former state-owned bank and stole over 100 million kyats (US$61,000).
Global Treasure Bank (GTB) chairman U Maung Maung Thein confirmed the robbery at the bank’s branch in Yangon’s No. (1) ward on Monday morning.
“Around 100 million kyats were stolen. Our auditors are checking the details,” he told The Irrawaddy on Monday.
The robbery did not result in any injuries, he said.
According to a resident, the four robbers fled in a vehicle.
In the morning, a series of blasts rocked about eight locations in Yangon, including Insein Township near Mayangone, where the robbery took place.
Residents who live near the bank told The Irrawaddy that police and soldiers are currently looking for robbers.
Three gunmen robbed a GTB branch near a police station in South Oakkalapa Township, Yangon, in July. During that time, more than 10 million kyats were stolen.
In 1996, the GTB was established by the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development as a semi-government bank under the name Myanmar Livestock and Fisheries Development Bank. It has opened 172 branches in Myanmar.

The Designer of NES and SNES Has Left Nintendo After Nearly 40 Years

August 31, 2021

Lance Barr, the designer of the NES and SNES, is leaving Nintendo after almost 39 years.
Barr joined the Japanese giant in 1982 as a design and brand director. While Barr began his career designing arcade cabinets, he later redesigned Nintendo’s first two consoles, the Famicom and Super Famicom. This was primarily to appeal to western consumers on an aesthetic level
If you’re familiar with Nintendo’s Famicom line of consoles, you know that although they’re internally the same as the NES and SNES, their external appearance could not be more different. Famicom featured hardwired controllers, smaller cartridges, and a fun color scheme. The SNES’s design rework was much more subtle and only released in North America.
Nintendojo spoke with Barr about the process of transforming the Famicom into the NES:

“…the biggest change was the orientation and size requirements to accommodate a new edge connector for inserting the games. The new edge connecter was a ‘zero force’ design that allowed the game to be inserted with low force and then rotated down into the ‘contact’ position. The case had to be designed around the movement of the game and required the shape and size of the NES to grow from the earlier concepts. Many of the features remained, such as the two-tone color, left and right side cuts, and overall “boxy” look, but the proportions changed significantly to accommodate the new edge connector.

Throughout his career, Barr has continued to influence Nintendo’s hardware design. Barr has left his creative mark on Nintendo’s legacy with everything from the NES Zapper to the Nunchuck controller.
What is Barr going to do next? On his LinkedIn page, the designer indicates that he has retired. His website indicates he will move on to other untitled projects in the future. Barr certainly deserves some time off, but perhaps he has more in store for the iconic designer.
However, we wish you a long and happy retirement, Lance, and thank you for all you have done for us.

Thai Cabinet Approves More COVID-19 Relief

August 31, 2021

According to a government spokesman, the cabinet approved a further 44.3 billion baht in relief measures as the country struggles to control the worst Covid-19 outbreak to date.
Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said a briefing that the support will be for those affected by tough restrictions in 29 high-risk provinces, including Bangkok.
Thanakorn said the money was in addition to the previous relief package of 33.47 billion baht approved by the cabinet on August 10, 2021.
An increase in funds would benefit more than 9 million workers in 29 maximum-risk (dark red) provinces registered under Sections 39 and 40 of the Social Security Act, he said.
In an Aug 10 estimate, there were 6.7 million workers in need of assistance.
There are approximately 1.43 million eligible workers under Section 39 and about 8 million under Section 40. They will each receive 5,000 baht in cash, he said.
A worker covered by Section 39 of the Social Security Act is someone who previously paid contributions for at least 12 months under Section 33 and who, when they lost that status – either through retirement or termination of employment – continued to pay contributions to the fund.
A company wishing to retain its social security membership under Section 39 of the Social Security Act is one whose employees retire or become unemployed while they are still members under Section 33.
Workers under Section 40 are those who are not considered employees under Section 33 but have applied for social security insurance under the Act, while workers under Section 33 are insured company employees between the ages of 15 and 60 who are still working.

Thai Mystery: Friends Spend 8 Days Looking For Their Friend After Motorcycle Accident

August 30, 2021

The discovery of a man’s body after a motorbike accident was made even more tragic by the fact that police originally thought the victim had survived the accident but was trapped under his heavy motorbike and obscured by tall grass just meters from a busy road.
The Onong Kham Police in Si Racha was notified this week after friends searching for missing friends found his body, believed to have been dead for 8 days.TBueng Subdistrict, the same road where a recent motorbike crash victim was thought to be dead but was actually drunk and sleeping.
In Rayong, a 40-year-old man drove an 800cc “big bike”. During the week beginning August 18, his friends were unable to contact him and worried about his well-being. When they checked, he wasn’t at home. They then called local hospitals to see if he had been hospitalized for an accident or health condition, but no one could find him.
In search of clues, the friends traced his usual commute route from his job to his house. At the curve in the road, they noticed flattened grass and signs that something had run off the road. They were shocked to find their friend’s body under his motorbike when they wandered into the tall grass to investigate further.
The cyclist lost control of his bike and crashed into the grassy, wooded area just a few meters from the road, where he was injured but not killed. Due to his position and condition, he was unable to move his motorbike over his body and was trapped until he died.
He remained there for over a week before his friends found him. This week, his friends and family will lay his body to rest.

Opposition Commanders Have Admitted They Killed 25 Government Soldiers In June 2021

August 30, 2021

In June, two senior commanders of the Karen National Defence Organization (KNDO) admitted that security forces under their control detained and later killed 25 men in their territory near Myanmar’s border with Thailand, Fortify Rights reports.
Both Lieutenant Saw Ba Wah and General Ner Dah Bo Mya were suspended from their posts, but they told Fortify Rights that their men were responsible.
General Ner Dah Bo Mya denied wrongdoing, saying the men, who were not armed and not in uniform, were “spies” for the military and that his troops “had to finish them up, otherwise they try to run away during the fighting and then they would come back and it would be very hard for us.” The order came from a “captain of intelligence” at the Karen National Union (KNU) – the political group that controls the KNDO – the general added.
Fortify Rights said the KNU had confirmed they would cooperate with international investigators and share evidence of the killing and other crimes, as well as conducting its own investigation into the atrocities.
A war crime has been committed. Fortify Rights was announced on Tuesday.
Matthew Smith, the CEO of Fortify Rights, said in a statement that this was a massacre that should be investigated and prosecuted. The KNU is setting an important example of transparency, cooperation, and commitment to sharing evidence of atrocities with international justice mechanisms.”
In June, state media accused fighters from the KNDO of killing 25 civilians working on a road construction project.
The men were among 47 people, including 16 women and children, that the KNDO detained on May 31 in Kanele village in Karen state. The 25 men were killed on June 1, and the rest of the group was released a week later, Fortify Rights reported.
Besides interviewing General Ner Dah Bo Mya and Lieutenant Saw Ba Wah, the rights group also consulted a representative from the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), a member of Karen civil society, and independent analysts about the events of June 1.
There has been turmoil in Myanmar since the military seized power in a coup on February 1, with the KNU, one of the country’s largest ethnic armed groups, providing shelter to those fighting against the takeover.
Karen fighters seized a military post, and the army retaliated with airstrikes, the first in more than 20 years, causing 100,000 people to flee their homes, according to the UN.
In its crackdown on the anti-coup movement, the military has been accused of human rights abuses, with 1,000 killed since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.