Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thailand Draft Electronic Waste Law Open for Public Review

The Department of Pollution Control is proposing a new law to tackle Thailand’s growing amount of electronic waste, according to the Bangkok Post.

Through the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Waste Management (WEEE law) bill the DPC is hoping to implement hazardous waste management methods like waste separation and hazardous waste recycling centers.
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The new bill also proposes a hazardous waste tax on electronics manufacturers in addition to a “compulsory take-back scheme” requiring manufacturers to accept old products from consumers who buy new ones.

According to the Bangkok Post, Srisuwan Janya, an environmental activist, said that manufacturers forced to manage their waste could potentially try to “pass on the burden to consumers” by increasing the prices of electronic appliances.

The draft law is presently available to the public for evaluation and is projected to be reviewed by the Thai Parliament in February 2015, reports the Bangkok Post.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Police Search for Man being Monitored for Ebola in Thailand Over

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A Sierra Leone citizen visiting Thailand was found after instigating a nationwide search when he didn’t report for mandatory medical checkups, reports the Bangkok Post.

Samuel Sesay, 31, flew into Bangkok on Nov. 13, and was reportedly taken to the Public Health Ministry upon arrival for further medical examination.

Health officials determined that Sesay did not have any Ebola-like symptoms and was healthy, and released him on Nov. 15, according to the Bangkok Post. As an apparent precaution, Sesay was asked to report for daily medical examinations.

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The Royal Thai Police and Immigration Bureau issued an urgent search after receiving a complaint filed by the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases that Sesay reportedly never appeared for further checkups.

According to the Bangkok Post, the man was found on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and left Thailand the same day.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thailand Bureaucracy Corruption: Land Office Tops the List in a New Survey

A recent survey shows that respondents gave the most bribes to land offices in Thailand making it the “most corrupt agency,” according to The Nation.

Faculty of Chulalongkorn University conducted the academic survey in January and February 2014, collecting results from 6,048 heads of Thai households.
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According to the survey, 7.2 percent of the survey respondents said “they were asked for a bribe by officials at land offices whenever contacted for a service,” reports The Nation. The total of bribes accepted by land offices amounted to 1.9 billion baht.

The Nation reports that an official from the Land Department, which oversees over 800 land offices that handle all land sales and purchases in Thailand, said the department is aware of “bad reputation” and is taking steps internally to prevent corruption.

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Draft Bill Imposing Thailand’s First Inheritance Tax Approved, Expected to Become Law

The draft Thai inheritance tax bill was endorsed by Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday, November 18, reports The Nation.

The tax rate in the draft bill is 10 percent and will only be collected on estates worth more than 50 million baht.
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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the tax will be “a form of income distribution," according to The Nation.

The draft bill will now be deliberated by the National Legislative Assembly and is reportedly projected to be passed into law, imposing Thailand’s first inheritance tax by June 2015.

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