Earthquake Jolted Off Eastern Indonesia

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake rocked off Indonesia’s eastern province of West Papua this morning, the country’s meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency said.

The earthquake occurred at 4:17 a.m. Jakarta time, today (2117 GMT Saturday), with its epicentre located 84 km north-east of Tambrauw district, with a depth of 10 km, the weather agency said.

The agency said, the earthquake did not have the potential to trigger giant waves

Source: Nam News Network

PM leaves Hanoi for high-level week of UN General Assembly’s 78th session

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam left Hanoi on September 17 afternoon for the US to attend the high-level week of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, and conduct bilateral activities in the country.

The PM is accompanied by Minister of Public Security General To Lam, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien, Minister of Finance Ho Duc Phoc, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Health Dao Hong Lan, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dang Quoc Khanh, Vice Chairman of the Government Office Nguyen Xuan Thanh, Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Nguyen Quoc Dung, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN Dang Hoang Giang, and Vietnamese Consul General in San Francisco Hoang Anh Tuan.

The General Debate of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly will take place under the theme of “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all.”

As an active and responsible member of the international community, and with positions in many major multilateral mechanisms, Vietnam has made effective and substantial contributions in all aspects at the multilateral forums, especially the UN.

Joining the General Debate, Vietnam continues to pursue its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation, and development, diversification and multilateralisation of relations, and further deepening these relations.

As part of his trip to the US from September 17-23, Chinh will conduct bilateral activities to deepen the bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, concretise outcomes of the recent visit to Vietnam by President Joe Biden, and implement agreements and commitments made by the high-ranking leaders of the two countries in the spirit of the joint statement on elevating the Vietnam-US relations to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for peace, cooperation and sustainable development./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Police commander refuses to answer progress in the “Kamnan Nok” case.

Police commander refuses to give an interview on the progress of the “Kamnan Nok” case, saying he has already made a lot of statements. There’s nothing in this matter.

Police General Damrongsak Kittiprapat Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Traveled to participate in the drug burning ceremony in Samut Prakan Province. By refusing to answer questions about the progress of the case, “Kamnan Nok” simply replied, “He has made many statements. Enough is enough.”

The reporter then tried to ask again: But it seems like this matter isn’t over easily. Police General Damrongsak Didn’t answer the question and tried to walk away. The reporter then went to ask if the truth had come to light or not, but Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Repeat the same. “There have been many announcements.” Enough. There are other matters. There is nothing in this matter.”

Source: Thai News Agency

The Prime Minister declares! Marijuana must be used medically.

The Prime Minister reveals the establishment of a committee to combat drugs. Drawing in soldiers to fix the border to prevent illegal transport, emphasizing the Ministry of Interior to build strength in the family, loudly! Marijuana must be used medically.

Mr. Settha Thavisin, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Referring to the announcement of drug suppression to be reduced within 1 year, he has now assigned a working group and relevant agencies to consider various regulations, which must be carried out in accordance with the law and provide fairness to all parties This will require reviewing the details one more time. especially the seizure of property and transfer of assets So that the issues that society has doubts about will disappear. The period for seizure and destruction must be done in the correct manner. and fastest Reduce movement Ready to reveal that a working group has now been set up today (Sept. 17), which includes the military joining in the work. to strengthen border areas where drugs are smuggled and asked for time for the working group to carry out its work before disclosing various details

As for enforcing the Ministry of Interior to take care of the community To reduce the drug problem in that area, the Prime Minister emphasized that solving the drug problem It must start with the family first. that must prevent family members from taking drugs This is considered a good starting point for strengthening every household. and give importance to prevention By after this The committee set up today (Sept. 17) carries out various projects to help all families work together to prevent drug problems, admitting that they are concerned about every dimension related to drugs, both for those who Drugs, dealers, and confiscation laws including destruction We will try our best to be as concise as possible. and will instruct all relevant agencies, including the Ministry of Interior Ministry of Public Health and the Royal Thai Police join in the operation

The Prime Minister also discussed the marijuana policy of the Bhumjaithai Party in the past government. that are causing problems in the community and schools, emphasizing that marijuana must be used for medical support only and measures will be issued accordingly. which Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior As former Minister of Public Health He whispered and reiterated to the Prime Minister that the cannabis policy must be a medical cannabis policy.

The Prime Minister also explained the case of visiting the area in Chiang Mai Province. He went to point his finger at the police officer in the car saying that because the officer was waiting in the car. The engine was left on. which will cause pollution So have the said officer turn off the engine first. If you don’t have a trip yet To reduce pollution

Source: Thai News Agency

MT 1 welcomes the Prime Minister’s son to speed up solving the drug problem at the provincial level.

MT1 welcomes the Prime Minister’s son to expedite the crackdown and solve the drug problem at the provincial level. Pointing out that it will not go away in 3 months, 6 months. Wait to see adjustments and increases in the 2024 budget in the interior sector.

Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Said that in the Ministry of Interior Will continue to work proactively After the Prime Minister ordered the crackdown to be expedited Regarding solving the drug problem at the provincial level Ready to clearly confirm receiving policies directly from the Prime Minister. This will be done as soon as possible. Because the drug problem never ends. It is not possible to estimate the time period for the drugs to go away within 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year because if you set a goal like this, it would not be correct. But it will cause the most hardship and obstacles to drug traffickers and users.

Consideration section Draft budget expenditure law for fiscal year 2024 for the Ministry of Interior Will there be a reduction or increase in the budget or not? Mr. Anutin said that Let’s wait and see first.

Source: Thai News Agency

Carry weapons and lead the group to the enemy.

Police arrested a gang of youths carrying weapons. Gather together to clear up the problems of rivals and prepare to burn motorcycles in Maha Sarakham Province.

CCTV footage captured a group of more than 20 youths, both male and female. More than 15 motorcycles, fully armed. Standing in front of the dormitory waiting for the enemy, hoping to resolve the issue. But the other party was not found. So they broke into the dormitory, took a motorcycle and set it on fire at Kaeng Loengchan Reservoir. After the incident occurred on the night of September 13, the investigation team of Muang Maha Sarakham Police Station They followed up and arrested 3 teenagers from this group, all youths aged 14-17 years. They were brought in by their parents to surrender from Kosum Phisai District, Maha Sarakham Province, and the remaining 17 were all youths in the Kosum Phisai District area. They are being tracked down. come to prosecute

Upon questioning, the 3 youths said that that night, seniors invited them to join them at the said dormitory. The 3 of them rode 2 motorbikes without knowing what the matter was. There was no weapon included. The story of a group of seniors taking a car The injured motorcycle was burned. They didn’t know about it. Because I had traveled back home. After the senior group took Arima’s motorcycle, now they wouldn’t dare go with the senior gang again.

Then he took everyone to see the crime scene. At Soi Khlong Somthawin 35, Mueang District, Maha Sarakham Province, there was Mr. Prawut, 20 years old, the victim said that he had a disagreement with the ringleader of this group on social media for a long time. and challenge each other through social media Until an appointment was made to clear things up. But he didn’t think that he would bring a group of people with this much equipment. So he fled to his dormitory. When we couldn’t find ourselves, this group was pushing a cart. His motorcycle went and burned it and sent pictures for you to see.

The investigative team inspected the scene of the accident and found that the motorcycle was burned. Can no longer be used It will be kept at the Muang Police Station. Police Lieutenant Colonel Suwanchai Seetha, an investigator at the Muang Maha Sarakham Police Station, said that now the investigative team has identified the entire group of teenagers. He sent people to come and surrender. Along with 3 charges, 1. Charge of home invasion 2. Whoever conspires with 5 or more people in the charge of harboring thieves and 3. Conspiring to commit theft. If you are a youth On the parent’s side There will be a random risk of being guilty. Child Protection Act 2003, including having to be held liable in civil matters along with the child Unless parents and guardians can prove that they have performed their duties appropriately

Source: Thai News Agency

NIDA Poll reveals the results of a survey on the issue of people with influential behavior in the area.

The polling center “NIDA Poll” reveals the results of a nationwide survey of people on the topic “Influential people and government officials”, totaling 1,310 samples about influential people in the area. The survey was conducted between 12-14 September 2023 from citizens aged 18 years and over.

Opinion polling center “Nida Poll” reveals the results of a public survey on “Influential people and government officials.” The survey was conducted between 12-14 September 2023 from citizens aged 18 years and over, distributed in every region. Educational levels, occupations, and incomes throughout the country, totaling 1,310 sample units. About influential people and government officials The survey relies on random sampling. By using the probability from the Master Sample database of “NIDA Poll”, sampling using the Simple Random Sampling method. Data were collected by means of telephone interviews. The confidence value was set at 97.0 percent.

From the survey when people were asked about groups of influential people in the province, it was found that a sample of 49.54 percent stated that there was no one in the area. was an influential person, followed by 26.34% said local politicians, 15.95% said kamnan, village headman, village chief inspector, assistant village headman, 15.80% said police, 13.21% said civil servants, central government officials, regional and local government officials, 12.14% said merchants, Business: Gray capitalists: 6.03 percent said merchants, businessmen, general capitalists; 5.95 percent said national politicians; 5.04 percent said hooligans and gunmen; 4.81 percent said soldiers; 2.44 percent said community committee chairmen; 0.76 percent said mass media. People in the entertainment industry and 0.38 percent said they didn’t know/didn’t answer/were not interested.

Regarding the courage of people to have problems or conflicts with influential people, it was found that 60.30 percent of the sample said they were not brave at all, followed by 16.34 percent that they were not very brave, 12.75 percent said that they were already brave, and 9.08 percent said that said they were quite brave and 1.53% said they didn’t know/didn’t answer/were not interested.

Public opinion regarding police protection and justice government official When people had problems or conflicts with influential people, it was found that 38.93 percent of the sample said they were not at all confident, followed by 37.10 percent said they were not very confident, 13.51 percent said they were somewhat confident, 9.92 percent said they were very confident, and 0.54 indicates not knowing/not answering/not interested.

Finally, when asked about people’s opinions about the presence of police. Some government officials act like subordinates. Protecting influential people found that 59.77 percent of the sample said they believed it a lot, followed by 26.49 percent said they somewhat believed it, 8.32 percent said they didn’t believe it at all, 4.35 percent said they didn’t believe it at all, and 1.07 percent said they didn’t know. Don’t answer/not interested

When considering the general characteristics of the sample, it was found that 8.55 percent of the sample had their hometown in Bangkok, 18.55 percent had their hometown in the central region, 18.01 percent had their hometown in the northern region, 33.44 percent had their hometown in the northeastern region, 13.74 percent had their hometown in the southern region. and 7.71 percent were domiciled in the eastern region. For example, 48.09 percent were male and 51.91 percent were female.

For example, 12.90% were 18-25 years old, 17.79% were 26-35 years old, 18.93% were 36-45 years old, 26.64% were 46-59 years old, and 23.74% were 60 years old and over. For example, 96.18% were Buddhists. 2.67 percent believe in Islam and 1.15 percent believe in Christianity and other religions.

For example, 34.35 percent were single, 63.13 percent were married, and 2.52 percent were widowed, divorced, separated. For example, 25.04 percent had completed primary education or less. 37.25 percent had completed secondary education or equivalent. 7.02 percent had completed an associate’s degree or equivalent. 26.34 percent graduated with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and 4.35 percent graduated with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

For example, 9.77 percent were civil servants/employees/state enterprise employees. 16.03 percent were private employees. 20.08 percent were self-employed/self-employed. 13.21 percent were farmers/fishermen. 17.10 percent were general contractors/laborers. 17.25 percent are housekeepers/housewives/retired/unemployed and 6.56 percent are students.

Example: 22.37 percent have no income, 20.00 percent average monthly income is not more than 10,000 baht, 29.62 percent average monthly income 10,001-20,000 baht 10.38 percent average monthly income 20,001-30,000 baht, 3.28 percent, average monthly income 30,001-40,000 baht, 3.74 percent, average monthly income 40,001 baht or more, and 10.61 percent did not specify income.

Source: Thai News Agency

DSI calls 58 companies to expand auction results tomorrow

DSI summons 58 companies that had applied to purchase 2 envelopes for Kamnan Nok’s projects. but did not participate in the auction Raise issues related to Kamnan Nok To expand the auction results

Auction for Kamnan Nok’s business group Previously, there were doubts about bidding on government projects. Tomorrow (September 18), DSI will invite representatives of 58 companies that participated in the bidding to provide information to check back on the work after P. Pattana Rungroj Construction Company. Limited to 2 projects of Kamnan Nok The work was received 30 percent lower than the median price. Both projects are 375 highway construction projects in Don Tum District – Lam Luk Bua Subdistrict, Nakhon Pathom Province, divided into 2 project phases. The first phase is the use of the 2017 budget of 300 million baht. The other The project period is the 2021 budget of 350 million baht.

Most of the companies that were invited to provide information were companies that came to buy bid envelopes for two projects, but when the time came to submit bids, the first project had a budget of 300 million baht. There was no indication of how much the price would be. But there is a contract limit of 298 million baht. There are 33 companies that bought bidding envelopes, but only 4 companies submitted bids. As for the second project, there were 32 companies that bought bidding envelopes, but only 3 companies submitted bids. Importantly, the project price is medium. It was at 349 million baht, but the bid received 240 million baht. The E-bidding bid was 31-37 percent lower than the median price. And after investigating all 58 companies, DSI officials will invite 7 companies in the 2 projects that submitted bid envelopes to provide information. too Previously, DSI raised the issue of requesting information from related companies. On the issue of whether or not influence was used or not. Compromise the benefits or not? And is it related to Kamnan Nok or not? Or is it just a company that does not pass the qualification criteria as specified by TOR?

Source: Thai News Agency